Archive for the ‘ Uncategorized ’ Category

Additional FDM 3D Printer Line Coming Soon

PressRelease-3dPrintingEngATech is pleased to announce, with the completion of the Stratasys/Objet merger, that we will soon offer a new line of Stratasys Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printers in addition to our inkjet line of Objet 3D printers.  This addition aligns perfectly with our mission to help our clients design better products faster!  By offering clients and prospects a wider range of 3D printers we will be able to best meet their unique design needs. To sum up, we will provide 3D printing systems that fit every stage of the design process from initial idea to high-powered prototypes to full production parts:

Stratasys’ Idea Series (Including the Mojo) of compact, affordable 3D printers gives designers and engineers the power to discover their design potential through a high quality 3D printed model that can be invented and reinvented at the push of a button.

Stratasys’ Design Series (Including Objet and Dimension technology) of advanced 3D printing systems can effortlessly simulate the true performance and aesthetic realism of virtually any intended product.

Stratasys’ Production Series (Including Fortus FDM Technology) allows manufacturers and engineers to think beyond the confines of the production line floor and respond instantly to new manufacturing directions, production floor innovations and customization requirements.

Check out this short video to learn more or contact us today!

The Edge Factor TV Show Chronicles SolidWorks-Designed Bike Parts in Gnarly Competition

CONCORD, Mass., USA, October 4, 2011 – Slopestyle mountain biking, a genre that combines big-air, stunt-filled freeride with BMX-style tricks, is growing in popularity. As the sport grows, so does the catalogue of products designed for participants. To showcase both the sport and the gear, The Edge Factor Show has produced a new episode entitled “Gnarly Metal,” which chronicles the design and development of cutting-edge bicycle parts by Straitline Components. The parts were designed with SolidWorks® 3D design software and tested at the JumpShip Invitational Dirt Jump Competition in the inner harbor of Victoria, British Columbia.

Slopestyle riding puts enormous pressure on bikes, and if the equipment doesn’t hold up, riders can sustain serious injuries. With this in mind, Straitline Components has developed a slopestyle-grade bike pedal built to withstand the enormous pressure of riding which is being used in competition today.

This innovation is what led slopestyle rider Mike Montgomery to approach Straitline Components to design a hydraulic brake line detangler, which allows handlebars to spin without tangling brake lines. Existing hydraulic brake line detanglers are not currently effective due to weak seals, so Straitline Components looked to combat this challenge by designing one to withstand the rigors of competitive slopestyle riding. Using SolidWorks Simulation software, Straitline tested the new design to ensure the seals were leak proof and the prototype was ready for competition. Edge Factor highlights the development and testing of this design, as well as the competition itself, including commentary from designers and riders.

Read the full story here.

3D Printing Helps Create the movie Real Steel

Check out the below from Objet’s latest blog on how 3D Printing Helps Create ‘Real Steel’ – Hugh Jackman’s Latest Action Film.

Released last week, Real Steel is an American science fiction action film starring Hugh Jackman and directed by Shawn Levy. The film is based on the premise that by 2020 the sport of boxing is no longer played by humans, but robots. Hugh Jackman’s character – Charlie Kenton plays a former boxer who builds, trains and manages his own robot ‘boxers’ in illegal matches. After a couple of his robots are destroyed, Charlie finds and repairs an obsolete robot called Atom, who he finds in a junk yard. He then trains the robot to fight..and of course the rest you’ll have to watch for yourself. In the meantime here’s a clip of Charlie training Atom to box.

To make the robots as real as possible for the film, animatronic robots were built with motion capture technology used to depict the fights. Legacy Effects was commissioned to build the robot models for the film. Legacy’s Senior Systems Engineer, Jason Lopes has kindly provided us some great photos below showing exactly how Objet’s 3D printers were used to produce the amazingly life-like results.

Being able to print high resolution models on the 3D printer allowed Legacy’s designers to go from concept, to final design and into full size production in the shortest possible time. This is an important factor in the film industry today, where special effects and technical enhancements often come at the cost of increasing time delays. In order to remain competitive, studios are constantly searching for ways to be more efficient, such as beginning their casting and special effects even while they are still rewriting the screenplay, or validating an effect in real-time during the actual filming process.  Using 3D printing allows studios to save on reshoots, editing and post production – all of which results in a shorter time-to-market and lower overall costs.

Show below in order:

  1. Atom final concept model, 1/5th scale, assembled and painted.
  2. Atom’s chest logo, brought to life using Objet VeroClear transparent material and some amazing hands-on artistry
  3. Quick test build of Atom’s torso and left arm, printed in Objet VeroGrey


 


 

 

Wishing You A Prosperous New Year!

We here at EngATech would like to extend a Thank You to all of our customers and prospects for another great year.  We know that next year will be even better as we continue to help you become the best that you can be through our software, hardware, training, tech support, and services.   Please let us know how we can help your company reduce time and save money.  Happy Holidays from EngATech!

SolidWorks 2011 is Reveled Next Week

And it’s not to late to sign up!

The latest version of the SolidWorks product line has arrived. Come see what’s new inside SolidWorks 2011 at one of our live events and how you can turn your best ideas into big results.

SolidWorks 2011 What’s New/Launch Agenda Includes:

Lunch compliments of EngATech
Door Prize Drawings
What’s New in SolidWorks 2011 Presentation
Short Sponsor Presentation
Networking Opportunity

Time: 12:00pm – 2:30pm, Networking 2:30-3:00pm
Cost: FREE

Oct 7: Tulsa Event: OSU – Tulsa, North Hall, Room 150 – 700 N Greenwood Ave, Tulsa, OK
Oct 8: Springdale Event:
La Quinta Inn & Suites Meeting Room,  Springdale, AR 72762
Oct 27:
Dallas Event: 1400 Preston Rd, Suite 400, Plano, Texas 75093
Oct 28: Houston Event: 11811 North Freeway, Houston, Texas 77060

To sign up for any of our live events, click here

Tulsa Event: OSU-Tulsa, North Hall, Room 150 700 N. Greenwood Ave, Tulsa, OK 74120

Have you gone beyond the SolidWorks Help file? Need more?

EngATech offers many tech tips!  We cross commonly asked questions during Tech Support or in our daily work. With this information, we will regularly make tech tips as videos, information pages or white papers that can help you with your day-to-day work. Do you want to use Variables in Equations effectively? Ever wanted to know the volume inside a hollow part? And more? If so, check out our tech tip page, http://www.engatech.com/tip-archive.asp.

We also do some question of the week/month/year tech tips and this season, it is “How do I upgrade my SolidNetwork Licenses to the latest version of SolidWorks?” If you also have this question, check out our video here, www.engatech.com/SWtips/SNL_tech_tips.zip

Lastly, if you have any recommendations for future tech tips let us know via our contact form.

SolidWorks Tech Tip: How to Manually Update Your Toolbox

At least once a year, people update to a new service pack or release of SolidWorks design software. During the upgrade, you can update your toolbox to the matching version. If you forget to do this, as most users do, it is very easy to manually update the Toolbox. To do this…

  1. Turn off Toolbox and Toolbox Browser addins in SolidWorks for all users
  2. Go to your SolidWorks install directory to the toolbox install folder
    1. C:\Program Files\SolidWorks Corp\SolidWorks\Toolbox\data utilities\UpdateBrowserData.exe
    2. NOTE: If you have a 64 bit machine go to Program Files not Program Files (x86)
  3. Run the UpdateBrowserData.exe file
  4. Click the (…) button and browse for the database file
    1. Should be located at S:\Solidworks Common Data\Toolbox\lang\english\swbrowser.mdb
  5. Run the update

This should only take a few minutes to complete. Then you can turn back on your addins and get back to your work at hand!