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3D Printing for Additive Manufacturing - What You Need to Know

Mon Jul 13, 2020

There’s a lot of confusion around what the terms additive manufacturing and 3D printing mean.

Tags: CGM Core Modeler 3D Software Development Kits 3D Modeling Additive Manufacturing 3D Interoperability Manufacturing & Fabrication Meshing CGM Polyhedra 3D Printing

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13 Key Applications of CFD Simulation and Modeling

Mon Dec 9, 2019

Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is a science that uses data structures to solve issues of fluid flow -- like velocity, density, and chemical compositions. 

Tags: 3D Modeling Additive Manufacturing 3D Interoperability Manufacturing & Fabrication 3D Data

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What is FEA (Finite Element Analysis) in CAD?

Fri Nov 22, 2019

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Engineers have the unenviable position of being held entirely responsible for the integrity and safety of all the products and structures they design. Small mistakes in design often lead to imminent disasters (that frequently go to court and get litigated). 

This is why products and structures go through an array of stress testing and optimization before being deployed in the real world. But doing so over hundreds of iterations (and to scale) can be prohibitively expensive. So engineers often look to simulation modeling techniques (like Finite Element Analysis) to automate and simplify this testing.

This helps to reduce the use of materials for iterative prototyping, which would otherwise be used in actualization. 

Finite element analysis is one of the most common techniques used by engineers and CAD designers to simulate “stress” on their designs. 

Tags: 3D Modeling Additive Manufacturing 3D Interoperability Manufacturing & Fabrication 3D Data

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VoxelDance Makes Additive Manufacturing Data Do the Samba

Thu Sep 19, 2019

To the uninitiated, 3D printing may seem a simple process — download your CAD file and hit print. But the world of additive manufacturing is more complex. A manufacturer will have to contend with a range of data formats of varying quality (especially if a manufacturer is having to deal with multiple subcontractors for an assembly). This data needs to be correctly translated, made watertight, and made manufacturable — all while retaining design intent. Then a manufacturer needs to combine as many parts as possible to minimize both print time as well as wasted material.

Tags: 3D InterOp 3D Modeling Additive Manufacturing 3D Interoperability Manufacturing & Fabrication 3D Data

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The Construction Industry’s Transformation to Manufacturing Workflows and BIM

Thu Mar 7, 2019

The construction industry has long taken advantage of prebuilt components, from prehung doors to prefabbed roof trusses. But the latest trend is to apply manufacturing workflows to larger standardized and custom components, with digital modeling empowering factory-built bespoke components.

Tags: 3D Modeling Manufacturing & Fabrication Building Information Modeling (BIM)

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Clashing Geometry in BIM Datasets

Mon Nov 26, 2018

 A major benefit of constructing a building virtually is the cost savings gained by identifying errors in the design before they are found on site. One of the more common errors that can be avoided is when two objects overlap in space or clash. For example a beam that should stop at a wall may have been wrongly dimensioned so that when placed on site, it passes through the wall. Right through or only partly through, either way it is very costly to fix if it is only identified as the wall is being built .

Tags: 3D Modeling Manufacturing & Fabrication Building Information Modeling (BIM) 3D Data

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Vertex Systems — 30 Years of BIM Innovation

Thu Nov 15, 2018

We often focus the success of new partners, showcasing how Spatial helped with bringing a new product to market. But that focus overlooks the importance of the benefits and results of a decades-long partnership. It is time to celebrate nearly 30 years of market leadership of one of our oldest customers and the partnership that helped build it.

Tags: 3D ACIS 3D Modeling Manufacturing & Fabrication Building Information Modeling (BIM)

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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.

Tags: Manufacturing & Fabrication

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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.

Tags: Additive Manufacturing Manufacturing & Fabrication

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What are SLDPRT & SLDASM files and How are They 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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