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#TechTipTuesday: Modeling Trick- Creating a Die Relief

Posted by John Agoglia on Tue, Nov 29, 2016

Today's #TechTipTuesday highlights a simple trick to help you easily create a Die Relief while working in KeyCreator. 

 

 

 

 

 

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#TechTipTuesday: Modeling Trick- Fast Pipe Routing

Posted by John Agoglia on Tue, Nov 15, 2016

Today's #TechTipTuesday uses the powerful Dynamic CPLANE and Rectangle by Corners functions to quickly create an accurate, orthogonal path between two points. 

 

 

 

 

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From CAD Design to Prototype--A Look at 3D Printing File Formats

Posted by Michael Cole on Thu, Nov 10, 2016

3D Printing, or Additive Manufacturing is an up-and-coming technology.  Obviously, CAD is going to be a big part of this process for many prototyping shops, and additive manufacturers.  We’ve been following all of the newest developments, and find it both interesting, and—if we’re being honest— pretty cool.

We’ve found lots of interesting, different uses, from printers that had been modified to print delicious chocolate shapes to massive scale printers that print concrete castles and other large structures. the type of file used for your 3D CAD design for Output matters

One of the big things that we’ve been looking into is compatibility, as we want you, and our software to both be prepared to make the leap to any new technologies that come to the industry.  The most specific issue with compatibility is the array of different file types.  So far, we found that there are four major file types used with 3D Printing, and we’d like to take a minute to explain them all to you.  So take a look at the different pros and cons of the various file types, and hopefully, it will help you to determine how to purchase your 3D printer.

The two most common file types are .obj and .stl.  These files are used exclusively with consumer-level 3D printers handled these files .  These files are fairly simple, and .stl files, for example, cannot handle multiple color printing, and if you get a printer with a better print resolution, your .stl files can become enormous having to break your geometry down into more and more triangles.

An issue, for some, concerning both .obj and .stl files, is that they are surface only file types.  This is fine if you do not need to print something with an intricate skeleton, or inside structure.  Again, this is a case of most consumer level printers being for people who don’t need to do this.  Is it a deal-breaker?  That’s up to your needs and uses for 3D printing.

While a consumer-level 3D printer might work for some aspects of design and prototyping, most commercial shops need something a bit more robust. When dealing withcolor printing, and higher resolution, most industrial and manufacturing users will need to work with .vrml files.  KeyCreator can output to .obj, .stl, and vrml.  This makes your CAD designs compatible with nearly all printers except those with their own proprietary file types.

Of course, there will be times you may want to reverse enigineer a product to be printed out using a 3D scanner. 3D scanning, can be a useful tool in taking in an object, making changes to it with KeyCreator, and then printing it out.  This can help speed up the prototyping process, but it still represents a fairly small portion of the 3D printing industry.

While researching, we did find a fourth file type. that is used when working with 3D scanning.  Many 3D scanners use a file .ply, which unfortunately KeyCreator doesn’t import, however we found that most scanners are able to output to .step, .iges, and .stl, all of which we are supported.

Interoperability and ease of use is what is nearest and dearest to us. We’re going to continue watch the 3D printing and scanning market so we not only keep up with the curve, but get ahead of it. We’ll be sure to update you as we find out what’s new. 

Have you begun to do prototyping with 3D printers at your shop? Let us know in the comment section below. 

 

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#TechTipTuesday: Grouping an Assembly

Posted by John Agoglia on Tue, Nov 08, 2016

In this #TechTipTuesday you will learn to quicky group a sub-assembly and then manipulate it using the XFORM Dynamic Tool. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#TechTipTuesday: Using the AlongE Function - 3D

Posted by John Agoglia on Tue, Nov 01, 2016

In this #TechTipTuesday We'll use the AlongE Function to position holes in a drilling operation on a sloped part of the face to drill two holes halfway up an equal distance from each side. 

 

 

 

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