The foundation of learning CAD – 1 Minute read


No one is spending more than 30 seconds on the foundation when looking to buy a new home. Though, Most of us understand the enormous importance of a solid structure on the ground. It is no different when trying to learn a new CAD system. The foundation is what will make or break the life of the design. The recipe for a house foundation is simple, dig deep enough and have the right mixture of concrete. Here is the absolute beginner foundation for a good CAD design: 1.

A 3D printing love story for Valentine’s Day

Leslie's Blog

The design job is not always problem solving for engineers, especially when you have a 3D printer. Sometimes, it’s just fun. According to Tyler Reid, a CAD, CAM, and a 3D printing specialist at GoEngineer and team leader on this project, “Stop-motion video is cool, but film making is not easy! Although the video SHeLvEd is less than 5 minutes long, it took about 3200 stills and 700 hours of filming and editing to complete.”.

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Wohlers Report 2018

Wohlers Talk

Wohlers Associates, Inc. announced today the release of Wohlers Report 2018 , the industry-leading global report on the state of the additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing industry, terms used interchangeably. Wohlers Associates has published its series of annual reports on AM for 23 consecutive years. According to the new report, an estimated 1,768 metal AM systems were sold in 2017, compared to 983 systems in 2016, an increase of nearly 80%.

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LulzBot Cluster 3D Printer Manufacturing Farm

DIY 3D Printing

Lulzbot presents their Lulzbot Cluster for manufacturing of 3d printed parts. It's an interesting video that shows the technology and how it evolved and scaled up. 3d print farms cell lulzbot taz 3 taz 4

Rapid Prototyping and On Demand Manufacturing

Our blog is focus on rapid prototyping and low volume manufacturing information for global product designer, engineers, purchase officer and entrepreneur.

10 Ways 3D Printing Changed Medicine in 2018


The stream of 3D printing news coming from the medical world is almost constant. From 3D printed implants to complex medical models to actual human tissue, there are so many developments happening so. View the entire article via our website.

How is technology influencing the 2018 winter games?

The Solidworks Blog

In 1924 in the French commune of Chamonix, the first winter games took place. Flash forward to today and the technology involved in the winter games has moved on spectacularly. Here’s a rundown of the some of the innovations that will be on show at the 2018 games. A techy take on the torch relay. The torch relay is an enduring pre-games tradition. For the first time ever, the torch relay for the upcoming Pyeongchang games featured not one, but two humanoid robots.

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The Benefits of Using 3D Printing Technology in Education

3D Innovations

The new school year is underway and social media is buzzing with fantastic projects that teachers have created to get their students involved as active learners—one big way involves 3D printing. As the cost of 3D printers has dropped significantly in recent years, more schools are able to adopt and incorporate the technology into the curriculum. Our 3D Academy has seen first hand the benefits of introducing 3D printing technology to students early-on.

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Designing a 3D Model for 3D Printing


We know that modeling for 3D printing can be confusing: in 3D modeling, as in 3D printing, there is no one size fits all approach. We all use different software, print in different materials, and not only use different printers but also different printing technologies. So it’s perfectly normal to feel lost and it can sometimes seem difficult to design a perfect 3D model for 3D printing. That’s why we’ve put together the ultimate list of mistakes to avoid when turning a 3D model into a 3D print.


Michael Lord

With the release of SOLIDWORKS 2019 we see a few enhancements with eDrawings Professional 2019. The most significant of those would have to be the ability to save a file […]. eDrawings SolidWorks solidworks 2019

Desktop Metal granted seminal Separable Supports patents for its metal 3D printing technology

Experience Matters

Desktop Metal announced today it has been granted seminal patents by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for its Separable Supports technology which enables 3D printing of large, complex parts through metal sintering and the removal of metal support structures by hand. 3D Printing Technology

Your CSWA Exam Prep Guide

This CSWA exam prep guide includes 30+ insider tips that will help you prepare, practice for, and pass the Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate exam.

Understand Generative Design – 1 minute read


To make you comfortable: If you know Inventor, Fusion 360, SolidWorks or any of the other mainstream CAD packages, you know that everything starts with a 2D sketch that then gets extruded into a 3D shape. And, with enough practice, you can model just about anything you want, as long as you know what the best design will look like. To make you even more comfortable: Generative Design is super easy to use, AND it does not care if you dont know what the best design should look like.

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3D printing turns physicians into point-of-care manufacturers

Leslie's Blog

For design engineers, 3D printing (3DP) and its ability to be used as additive manufacturing (AM) is opening design and employment opportunities in the medical care industry. 3DP/AM is behind the rise of Point-of-Care (POC) manufacturing. POC refers to the just-in-time creation of medical aids like surgical models, instruments, prosthetics, and other 3D printable items that improve the ability of physicians to deliver better and lower cost patient care.

3D-Printed Food

Wohlers Talk

The idea of 3D-printed food came in or around 2011 when Hod Lipson and his team at Cornell University produced some crude but intriguing examples. The team showed that it was possible to use a syringe-based material extrusion-based 3D printer to deposit cheese, peanut butter, chocolate, and other types of foods. The objects clearly demonstrated the concept. In 2014, 3D Systems introduced its ChefJet 3D printer for making candy and other food items.

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NERA 3D Printed Electrical Motorcycle

DIY 3D Printing

Project description: BigRep's NOWlab built an electric motorcycle that, excluding the electrical components, consists purely of 3D printed parts. The e-bike, NERA, was designed by Marco Mattia Cristofori and Maximilian Sedlak and NOWlab's co-founder, Daniel Büning, directed the project.

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3D Medical Applications

Held in Baltimore, Maryland, this event will bring together thought leaders, experts, engineers, doctors, researchers, and regulators in the many medical methods for 3D technology.The 3D Medical Applications conference is the most comprehensive, game-changing, meeting of minds for the future of 3D in healthcare.

Creature Comforts: 10 Ways 3D Printing Helped Animals This Year


Everyone loves a good animal story, and the 3D printing world has plenty of them. From animal prosthetics to implants to even robotic assistance for bees, 3D printing has helped animals just as much. View the entire article via our website. 3D Printing Medical 3D Printing 3D printed animal prosthetics 3d printed beak 3d printed fish 3d printed flowers 3d printed foot animals bees dogs Eagle fish hornbill sloth tortoises

Tech in Football: How Yamabiko Europe Scored with SOLIDWORKS

The Solidworks Blog

Thirty-two teams. Sixty-four games. One trophy. It all kicks off, quite literally, this June. Not merely a thrilling global display of elite athletic prowess, the world-famous football tournament is a carefully orchestrated exercise in preparation and management. From travel to turnstiles, from broadcast to blades of grass, every facet of this sporting spectacular requires precision planning. On the ball with modern technology. Football is a sport that’s developing at an astonishing rate.

4 Key Attributes of Successful Digital Manufacturers

3D Perspectives

Manufacturing is in the midst of a revolution…the digital revolution. The world is being shaped by a convergence of technology —the merger of automation, IoT, AI, business processes, big data and cloud computing. This in turn reshaping how manufacturers innovate and respond to customer demands. With consumers demanding more personalized products , manufacturers around the world are under pressure to transform from mass production to mass personalization.

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3D Printing Trends to Watch for in 2019

3D Innovations

2018 was an excellent year for 3D printing technology and there is no slow down in sight. Below are three major trends to watch for in the additive manufacturing segment in the coming year. Higher Quality Metal 3D Printing. Metals were a new frontier for 3D printing this year. Businesses wanted to expand beyond the traditional materials associated with 3D printing and into something more durable.

Recreating a Virtual City with Multicolor 3D Printing


Brace Yourself Games is an indie video game studio based in Vancouver, Canada. For the upcoming launch of their new city building simulation game, “Industries of Titan” , they wanted to present their concept in a more original way – and used 3D printing to bring the game to life! We spoke to Antoine Lendrevie, Art Director at Brace Yourself Games. Can you tell us about yourself? My name is Antoine Lendrevie, and I’m the Art Director at Brace Yourself Games.

SOLIDWORKS 2019 Hardware Recommendations

Javelin Tech Tips

Here is an overview of our current recommended SOLIDWORKS 2019 hardware. Please browse through this FAQ for more specific information. Processor : 3.3 GHz or higher clock speed. Operating System : Windows 10 64-bit. Memory : 32GB (16GB minimum). Hard Drive : Solid State Drive (SSD), maintaining at least 20GB free space. Graphics Card : NVIDIA Quadro P600 (entry level), P1000/2000 (mid-range) or P4000 (high-end). AMD Radeon Pro WX 3100 (entry level), WX 4100 (mid-range) or WX 5100 (high-end).

SOLIDWORKS 2019 – Trim Enhancement #SOLIDWORKS 2019

Michael Lord

SOLIDWORKS 2019 sees the introduction of enhancements to the Trim Entities tool. The Trim Entities tool hasn’t seen additional functionality since SOLIDWORKS 2005 with the introduction of power trim and […]. SolidWorks solidworks 2019 solidworks Trim

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You’re Welcome to Break my Endmill – 2 minute read


“There is no secret to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure” – Colin Powell. Here is a practical way to learn. Fail and fail quickly. However, in most machine shops there are two rules: Don’t crash the CNC machine (That’s a good one) and don’t come and ask for another endmill Do you know the cost of that 12mm endmill!?! Insert angrily Boss name here.). The problem is the way we think about failure. For centuries.

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How HP Inc. sees the transformation of manufacturing with 3D printing

Leslie's Blog

In a recent webinar with Design World at WTWH Media, presenter Dr. Stephen Rudisill, R&D scientist with HP Inc. 3D materials, discussed HP’s decision to enter the 3D printing industry and some of the ideas HP is considering to potentially transform manufacturing. Noted Rudisill, during the time prior to the Industrial Revolution, you could argue that individuals had maximum control over the making of an item, from material choice (of what was available) to design.

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AM in Formula One

Wohlers Talk

Note: Research associate Ray Huff authored the following. Two weeks ago, I attended the Circuit of the Americas Formula One race near Austin, Texas. I was a guest of Additive Industries, along with the Sauber Alfa Romeo team, for practice day at the track. The day was rainy, but spirits were high, and we enjoyed the spectacle of heavily-engineered race cars burning down the track at speeds of more than 322 km (200 miles) per hour.

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Small Industrial Grade Metal 3D Printing Factory

DIY 3D Printing

Major players in 3D printing are developing new miniature-factory manufacturing cells. Consider them as precursor to Star Trek industrial replicators. They can operate almost without human workers and create very valuable high-tech products. This will be a major shift in decentralized manufacturing and have a huge economic impact. 3d systems industrial 3d printer manufacturing metal 3d printing

WASP Launching Long-Term ‘3D Printing for Sustainable Living’ Construction Project


In September, WASP, or the World’s Advanced Saving Project, debuted its new Crane construction 3D printer, in Italy. It’s actually a modular 3D printing system, or “infinity 3D. View the entire article via our website. 3D Printing 3D Printing Materials 3d printed architectural model 3d printed housing 3d printed sustainable housing 3D printing program construction 3d printing crane digital fabrication Gaia sustainability sustainable wasp

The Magic Behind Holywood Blockbusters Using SOLIDWORKS

The Solidworks Blog

Every designer knows that careful attention to detail on their designs is important to ensure the manufacturing team can build the best product possible. However, in Hollywood, a lot can be done with special effects and CGI alone so what if there is no a physical manufacturing? What if they are just designing for the digital world? Should designers still be focused on details too? Well the answer is ‘Yes, definitely they should be!’

We’re the world’s most sustainable corporation

3D Perspectives

Corporate Knights just announced their list of the World’s Most Sustainable Corporations and we are proud to share that Dassault Systèmes ranks at the top of their list. Calling us “ a major force in sustainable innovation ” the report cited the impact that our digital technologies have had in helping companies and governments adopt renewables, experiment with various forms of sustainable mobility and create smarter cities.

4 New Year’s Resolutions for Event Organisers in 2018

Eventbrite UK

As we return to work after the festive break, it is the time to decide on those new year’s resolutions and set goals for the year ahead. Here are some ideas. The post 4 New Year’s Resolutions for Event Organisers in 2018 appeared first on Eventbrite UK Blog. Content / Production Event Management Event Planning January Leadership / Management Marketing Operations / Logistics Owner Promoter Sales event-planning New Year Resolutions


FreeCAD Tutorial & Review: From a 2D Sketch to a 3D Print


Are you thinking about getting started with 3D modeling and 3D printing but don’t know exactly where to start? Then it probably makes sense to take a look at FreeCAD – a free yet powerful 3D design program. This hands-on tutorial by Bram de Vries will enable you to create your first 3D printing project with FreeCAD – all the way from your first sketch to the final product! In this tutorial you will learn to create a 3D file in FreeCAD: from a sketch (left) to the final 3D model (right).

How to 3D Print Parts with Moving Components in One Print Job

Javelin Tech Tips

3D printing fully assembled, multi-component parts in a single job allows you to see dynamic components working in their prototyping stages. Rather than 3D printing smaller parts and assembling them together, you can reduce the workload by printing the full part in a single print. Once the supports are washed, you have a seamless, perfectly dynamic and mobile part. 3D Print Moving Components eliminates having to print very small, weak parts that could be damaged (or lost) in, say, a wash tank.

Windows Update – Don’t let it upset your SOLIDWORKS #SOLIDWORKS

Michael Lord

Microsoft has recently released it’s latest Update for Windows 10. Whilst that is normally a good thing, it is not always so. Microsoft has been pushing out new Drivers for […]. SolidWorks solidworks Windows 10 SOLIDWORKS Windows Update

Biggest Manufacturing Event in North America – 1 minute read


Have you booked your hotel yet? What?!?! IMTS in Chicago is about ten weeks away; I might have promised to buy you a drink in one of my videos, so make sure you reach out and get your name on that list. Besides that I need to bring my wallet for your drink, what else is worth for you to check out: Autodesk is serving up a few products you should make sure you take a look at: 1.

Additive manufacturing salaries—experience pays off

Leslie's Blog

Additive manufacturing (AM) is being promoted as the beginning of a revolution in manufacturing. The revolution is to make manufacturing digital where everything is connected through a digital thread. Because AM can be connected to the cloud and other forms of “digitalness,” it is being viewed as a natural evolution of manufacturing. Thus, much effort and research is going on to turn what once was a prototyping tool into a production tool.