What Could YOU Do With Over 100 3D Printing Materials??

A NEW RECORD IN 3D PRINTING! THE 100 MATERIAL RANGE BARRIER HAS BEEN BROKEN BY OBJET!

3D Printed Classic Cars in Multiple Materials

Objet, the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing has announced 39 new ‘Digital Materials’ available with its Objet Connex range of multi-material 3D printing systems. This development places Objet customers at the forefront of additive manufacturing in terms of range of possible printing materials to choose from.

Customers can now select from 107 materials ranging from rigid to rubber-like substances in terms of texture, standard to ABS-grade engineering plastic in terms of toughness, as well as from transparent to opaque, in terms of clarity and shades.

3D Printed Keyboard in Transparent and Black Materials

                                   For more details on Objet Materials, click here.

90 of the 107 materials made available by Objet are ‘Digital Materials’, derived by the composite mixing of primary Objet materials. This enables designers, engineers and manufacturers to simulate very precise material properties to closely resemble their intended end-product with the greatest level of realism.

The use of the Objet Connex multi-material 3D printer allows users to also combine up to 14 of these materials; such as rigid and flexible, or opaque and transparent materials, at the same time in a single consistent model.

 

Check out this link for the full story, which includes a video on all the material combinations!

SolidWorks eDrawings App for iPad!

eDrawings App for iPad

eDrawings is the only CAD viewer on iPad that allows you to view native eDrawings files as well as native SolidWorks parts, assemblies and drawings files. In addition, eDrawings allows convenient viewing of DWG and DXF files.

eDrawings App for iPad Demo

Multi-touch gestures let you pan, zoom, and rotate models easily. eDrawings also supports configurations, drawing sheets, and exploded views for eDrawings files published from SolidWorks and all other supported CAD software.

Features:

  • Open files from email, iTunes File Sharing, network
  • Zoom, pan and rotate your 2D or 3D CAD data using multi-touch
  • Animate 3D standard views as well as 2D drawing views.
  • Browse your assembly components tree, configurations and drawing sheets
  • View your designs in full screen and double tap to fit it on screen
  • Store your files on your iPad through iTunes Files Sharing
  • Intuitive and easy-to-use user interface
  • Sample files included

eDrawings App for iPad Demo

Since the initial release on May 1, an update is now available, with the following changes:

 
  • Transparent parts
  • Standard orthogonal views
  • Shaded with edges mode
  • Perspective mode
  • Hide, show & make components transparent
  • Select components from graphics area
  • Hyperlinked views in drawings
  • Sort files by name, extension, date and size
  • Leave file open during background execution for fast app switching
  • Fixed shaded drawing views during panning and zooming
  • Fixed incorrect legends in SolidWorks Simulation files
  • Bug fixes
If you already have eDrawings for iPad, you can download the update directly from the App Store.

Objet and Stratasys Merge to Become a Leader in 3D Printing

Objet and Stratasys Combine to Create a Leader in 3D Printing

Stratasys, Inc. a leading manufacturer of 3D printers and production systems for prototyping and manufacturing applications, and privately held Objet Ltd., a leading manufacturer of 3D printers for rapid prototyping, today announced that the boards of directors of both companies have unanimously approved a definitive merger agreement under which the companies would combine in an all-stock transaction with a combined equity value of approximately $1.4 billion. The transaction will position the combined company as a leader within the high-growth 3D printing and direct digital manufacturing industry.

 David Reis Quote

 

For more details on the merger, read the entire Press Release here.

Introducing Objet’s Newest Product!

Check out the latest innovation from Objet: Announcing the Objet30 Pro Desktop 3D Printer!

Objet30 Pro - The Newest Objet 3D Printer

Objet30 Pro at a Glance:

  • The ultimate prototyping solution for designers, engineers and product managers
  • Ideal for consumer goods, consumer electronics, medical devices and design consultancies
  • Combines the accuracy and versatility of a high-end RP machine with a small footprint
  • 7 different materials; the world’s only desktop 3D printer with clear transparent, high temperature and rigid opaque polypropylene-like materials.
  • Reliable and easy to use

Click on the image to watch the new video of the Objet30 Pro!

Patio Set Printed on the New Objet30 Pro Desktop 3D Printer

The Industry’s Widest Desktop Versatility with 7 Materials

Car Representing all 3D Objet Printing Materials

  1. Windscreen, Headlamps & Base – in Objet Transparent Material (Objet VeroClear) for fit and form testing of transparent parts & PMMA simulation
  2. Engine & Radiator – in Objet High Temperature Material for advanced functional testing, hot air & water flow, static applications & exhibition modeling
  3. Bodywork – in Objet Rigid Gray Material (Objet VeroGray) ideal for fine detail emphasis and superior dimensional stability
  4. Chassis & Wheels – in Objet Rigid Black Material (Objet VeroBlack)
  5. Seats – in Objet Rigid Blue Material (Objet VeroBlue) ideal for fine detail emphasis & photography
  6. Hubcaps – in Objet Rigid White Material (Objet VeroWhitePlus) for multi-purpose applications
  7. Axels & Crankshaft – in Objet Polypropylene-like Material (Objet DurusWhite) for Polypropylene like snap fits applications

Mobile Tips for 3DVia Composer

mobile tips for 3dvia composer with solidworks

…. a tip from Earl Hasz, Technical Sales Expert with SolidWorks:

I am frequently asked about what can be done on the shop floor with respect to mobile devices, given that Composer Player requires Internet Explorer and mobile devices typically do not support the Windows OS.  There are a couple of different options that we can look to for these devices.

 1. Setup static images that are included with existing PDF or HTML pages showing the operations

  • This is the typical first step that I have seen.  Basically leveraging existing processes and using Composer to create the content rather than resorting to digital pictures or CAD screen shots.
  • The mobile device is irrelevant as we are leveraging existing processes.

 2. SVG output provides the next logical step and adds some interaction

  • All of the latest HTML browsers support SVG viewing.  Thus the Composer author can create SVG files with hotspots to show either text or URL links to additional pages for next operations
  • Again mobile devices all have browsers that can support this functionality

mobile devices with 3dvia Composer

 3. Publishing the Composer Player content is the most interactive solution

  • This form can either be shown on its own or embedded in an HTML page
  • The Composer Player requires the Windows OS on its own or the use of Internet Explorer for the HTML solution
  • Mobile tablets that run with the Windows OS should work fairly well providing their graphics chipset supports OpenGL 2.0

4. Mobile devices that are running iOS or Android OS require the use of an app such as AirDisplay

  • AirDisplay sets up your mobile device as a secondary display, providing it resides on the same WiFi network
  • This allows the operator to interact with the Composer Player or HTML solution on the workstation from their mobile device
    • I had a customer show this implementation to me.  They were preparing to provide each assembly cell with an iPad and workstation.  The Composer file was set up in such a way so that the operator could point to a given component in the viewer and see the basic assembly information in the tooltip that popped up.  All of the components were setup with this basic information by the Composer author.

Objet 3D Printers & Injection Molding

Injection molding is a manufacturing process that can produce high precision, complex 3D parts from a wide range of plastics.  The procedure of injection molding is very fast and widely used.  However, each part needs its own injection molding tool which is a costly expenditure & can take weeks to months to build, especially when accounting for design integrations and/or mistakes.  Thus, injection molding is economically viable only when mass-production is needed (usually more than 10,000 parts) due to the high costs & wait-times for injection molding tools.

Objet is capable of printing Injection Molding parts So what about short series production (roughly 100 parts)?  What solution is there to reduce expenses & turn-around times for injection molding tools?

Objet has developed new materials that permit 3D printing of the injection molding tool itself.  In just a few hours, a 3D CAD design can be converted to a mold & printed on an Objet 3D Printer, ready to be used as an injection molding tool.  Then, the Objet printed tool is installed on the injection molding machine & the plastic part is injected using the actual production material.  If design changes are needed, the corrected printed injection molding tool could be ready & installed in the injection machine by the evening shift!

Injection Mold and Parts from Objet Printer  Testing complex parts with living hinges, holes, thin & thick walls, bosses, gussets, ribs, snap fits, and/or logos is now possible for a fraction of the cost and wait-time with the use of an Objet 3D Printer to create injection molding tools.  Even if only a few parts are needed, using Objet printed injection molding tools are commercially viable for almost any business thanks to the low cost of printing.

 Injection Molds Printed on Objet Printer

When looking for a fast and cost effective solution to create injected parts for real functionality testing, Objet 3D Printers are the solution.

How Can 3DVia Composer Save You Time and Money?

SolidWorks is not just a CAD package. It is a family of software packages. One member of that family is 3DVia Composer. 3DVia helps companies create technical communications.

Wamore Parachutes

Wamore, Inc. – USA makes airdrop equipment for the U.S. Military. In this case study they show how they utilize 3DVia to help them make assembly instructions faster and easier.

Delivering payloads of up to 42,000 pounds from cargo aircraft to the ground via parachute can be a risky proposition. Ensuring that airdropped payloads arrive intact and on-target requires the expertise of a manufacturer like Wamore, Inc. The Arizona company’s products support the US military in active combat theaters and range from Air Guidance Units (AGUs) and inertia reels to parachute release systems and soft landing airbags.

 Challenge:

Create easier-to-understand airdrop system assembly instructions more efficiently and without having to wait for the appropriate production phase to capture photographic images.

 Solution:

Implement 3DVIA Composer technical communications software to automate the development of assembly instructions as part of the design process.

 Results:

• Shortened assembly instructions development time by 85 percent

• Improved informational quality of assembly instructions

• Updated assembly instructions automatically with design changes

• Reduced assembly questions on shop floor substantially

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