Monumental Deals on SolidWorks 3D CAD software

There’s never been a better time to buy SolidWorks software. For a limited time we are offering special discounts on a variety of SolidWorks products* to help shift your designs into high gear.

From CAD design and simulation to file management and documentation software, there is a SolidWorks solution for you.

Don’t delay, set up a one-on-one consultation with a SolidWorks representative today, either by completing this online form now, or by calling (918) 599-7500.

The deadline for this promotion is June 30, 2010–so act fast before time runs out.

*Offer valid in North America only. Expires June 30, 2010. Cannot be combined with any other discount or offer.

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!

Objet 3D Printing in the Architecture Industry

This Post comes from EngATech’s Technical Manager.

3D printing or rapid prototyping is typically associated with mechanical design, industrial design, or product design industries where physical prototypes are usually produced throughout the design cycle to check or confirm the form, fit, and function of parts and assemblies.  However, one of the fastest growing segments of 3D Printing champions are Architects.

3D Printing in the Architecture Industry “The name of the game is innovation. You find a new technology with promise, and discover new and better ways of utilizing it to deliver the best design and concept to the client. We are constantly striving to better ourselves, better our industry, and Objet is helping us do just that.” says Piet Meijs, with Rietveld Architects.  Rietveld Architects LLP, established in New York City in 1994, and is known throughout the United States and Europe for its large-scale, creative commercial and residential spaces. They use the Eden350 chosen for detail, accuracy and office friendliness.  Meijs also noted,”Objet is helping us do more with less, spurring innovation in our company and industry.” Click Here to download the full PDF case study.
This came apparent to me as I began working with one of our earliest Alaris30 owners, Richard Coleman, owner of Coleman & Associates in Houston,TX. Founded in 1984, Coleman & Associates is a team of model-making professionals who are experts in 3D development, model making and production. The team prides itself in producing the highest quality models and prototypes available.

Clients include attorneys who need models for litigation work, and architects, engineers and manufacturers that require accurate models as sales tools. Clients also need beautiful display models of larger-than-life projects for lobbies and museums. As I began looking at their history of work told through hundreds of models and pictures of models displayed throughout their work areas, I noted a significant number of buildings, structures and even communities sprinkled in between the models of cars, space satellites, and oil rigs.

According to Richard Coleman 3D printing has become an indispensable tool for his Architecture firm.  ” The Alaris30 takes several days out of the process and give us a more accurate model because it’s easy to customize.  This approach represents the next step up in the evolutionary process of model making.  We are always finding new was to integrate our Alaris30 with the model-making process.  It has become an indispensable tool in making scale modes for, not just our litigation clients, but all our clients.”

Click here to learn more about how Architecture firms are using 3D printing to increase their business.

AmCon Tradeshow in Tulsa, OK – June 9-10th

Next week the AmCon Tradeshow: A Contract Manufacturing Expo will be coming to Tulsa, OK from June 9th – 10th.

EngATech will be displaying the latest technology in rapid prototyping, Objet’s 3D printing systems and SolidWorks 3D CAD software solutions at Booth#: 110.

Objet’s 3D Printers have patented PolyJetTM and PolyJet matrix technology that provides a complete 3D printing solutions for virtually any rapid prototyping application.

SolidWorks 3D design software solutions help you design better products faster.  When you have an idea for a great product, you’ll have the tools to design in in less time and at a lower cost.

Stop by and see us at Booth#110 to learn more about these time-saving technologies and enter for your chance to win a Flip Video Camcorder.

The show details are as follows:
June 9-10, 2010
Tulsa Convention Center, Hall A
Booth#: 110

Wednesday, June 9th: 9:30am – 4:00pm
Thursday, June 10th: 9:30am-3:00pm

There is Free Admission to this event.  Hope to see you there!

Objet 3D Printing Technology Behind Iron Man 2: 3D Printing and the Future of Film

Check out this cool press release about how 3D printing was used to make the summer blockbuster Iron Man 2.

On May 7th, Robert Downey, Jr. once again transformed into the technologically advanced superhero Iron Man thanks to his character’s engineering prowess.  The plot line parallels the production of the film, also made possible to cutting-edge technology: the latest advances in rapid prototyping, often called 3D printing.

Using a 3D printer by innovation leader Objet Geometries, the film’s production company Legacy Effects created to iconic Iron Man suit, as well as the one worn by arch nemesis Whiplash (watch the trailer here).  This body armor is in fact “print-to-wear” – comprised of pieces that came directly out of a 3D printer, simply finished with paint.  Plus it’s specially designed to be durable and comfortable for the actors, who engage in grueling fight scenes while wearing the gear.

Technology that Fits Like a Glove
Robert Downey, Jr. for one is grateful for the technology.  He remembers filming for the original Iron Man, which took place before Legacy Effects had an Objet system.  The star was in constant discomfort due to the gloves he had to wear as part of the superhero suit.  They were extremely tight and made it difficult for him to maneuver.  For the sequel, the production company scanned Robert’s hands and used the 3D printer to specially create flexible gloves no thicker than a dime. He was thrilled with the change and happy to work in them for hours.

Click here to view the full story on our website.

2010 Innovator of the Year Finalist

Recently The Journal Record hosted the 2010 Innovator of the Year awards ceremony to help celebrate business innovation by honoring Oklahomans who set themselves apart with products and services that change the marketplace and make the state a better place to live and work.  EngATech Inc. was recognized with the 2010 Innovator of the Year Finalist award for providing 3D printing solutions to engineering and design companies.  Below is a snapshot of the profile they did on us.  Check out the full article on our news page.

In the field of industrial and high-end product design, achieving highly accurate fit, function and form testing is as essential as confidentiality. EngATech’s decision last year to add the Objet Alaris30 3D printing system to its line of products and services was aimed at helping its clients get their inventions to market faster and cheaper.  “The Objet 3D printing technology allows users to create ideas in a 3D CAD system and then just “print” it out. But instead of it printing in two dimensions on paper, it prints in 3D as a plastic part that can be taken out of the system to hold, test, show off, etc,” said Slaton.

EngATech’s new 3D printing solutions help companies catch costly errors early on, saving them time and money. After designing a product, it is ideal to test it out with a prototype to make sure everything is accurate. With these machines in-house, companies can maintain confidentiality of their designs and with the speed and low-cost of parts, can do many basic fit/form/function checks early on in the design process.

“Because of the level of our technology, we can boast higher detail, dimensional accuracy, speed and most importantly office-friendliness than our competitors.  Previously, prototyping was either accurate, but not strong, or strong, but not as accurate, and you had to send your electronic files off and have your prototypes shipped to you. Now you can have accurate and strong parts, but more than that have the technology right at your own desk,” Slaton said.

EngATech is the sole distributor of Objet’s 3D printing system in the five-state region consisting of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.