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7 Common Manufacturing Problems Caused By File Translation Errors

Fri Aug 10, 2018

Manufacturers rely on 3D computer-aided design (CAD) files provided to them by design and engineering teams. This could occur internally (within a company possessing both design and production capabilities) and across different companies.

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Why Does Anyone Need Polyhedral Formats?

Fri Jul 6, 2018

Following the design and analysis phase, computer aided design (CAD) files are usually converted into polyhedra file formats for preparation and manufacturing in 3D printers. STL (STereoLithography or Standard Tessellation Language) is the most common polyhedra file format, having originally been developed to translate CAD files into a readable format for 3D printers in 1987.

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How SLDPRT and SLDASM are Effectively Used in Additive Manufacturing

Thu Jul 5, 2018

Since launching in 1995, SolidWorks has emerged as a widely adopted computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided engineering (CAE) suite. In fact, as of March 2016 SolidWorks had captured 32% of the CAD market, making it the leading CAD suite in use.

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Why Your Apps Should Move to Support SLDPRT

Fri Jun 29, 2018

Since its introduction in the 1980s, IGES (short for “Initial Graphics Exchange Specification) was the main computer aided design (CAD) format used for enabling the sharing of CAD files.

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How to Fully Leverage CAD in the Additive Manufacturing Process

Thu Jun 28, 2018

The main phases involved in additive manufacturing are that of design and the manufacturing process. Practically, the design work is done on a computer aided design (CAD) suite such as SolidWorks (and others), while the physical production phase - i.e. 3D printing - is facilitated by exporting the CAD file (e.g. SLDPRT) to STL, a format that can be read by 3D printers.

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Innovative Uses of Additive Manufacturing

Tue Jun 19, 2018

The use of additive manufacturing is growing in high-tech industries. According to the market research firm MarketsandMarkets (M&M), 3D printer production and additive manufacturing outputs grew in value to $3.5 billion in 2017. The leading adopters of additive manufacturing were the medical devices, aerospace and automotive industries.

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Additive Manufacturing Technology and How SDKs Can Help

Thu Jun 14, 2018

In our interview with Spatial’s Director of Product Management, Ray Bagley, we discuss how 3D printing and additive manufacturing as a whole are changing the manufacturing industry.

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Subtractive vs. Additive Manufacturing

Tue Jun 12, 2018

With additive manufacturing - such as 3D printing - growing in adoption, especially in high-tech industries such as aerospace, we speak to Ray Bagley, Director of Product Management at Spatial to build an understanding of the fascinating trend.

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Common Problems Identified in the STL File Healing Process

Thu Feb 22, 2018

When coming from a standard format, very often that data has to be repaired or improved, and Spatial does that as part of our interop product.

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The Powerful Combo of Water and 3D

Tue Jun 10, 2014
For those of you not familiar with waterjet machining, this is an industrial tool that is capable of cutting a variety of materials using an extremely high-pressure jet of water.  A mixture of water with an abrasive substance is sometimes used as well.  This method is used primarily when the materials being cut are sensitive to the high temperatures generated by other methods.  Waterjets have the widest range of application of any machine tool, while maintaining high precision. There are virtually no limits to what waterjets can cut. So how does 3D come into play for waterjets?

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