Best Way To Learn Autodesk Fusion 360


My hero, Tony Robbins said: “You can only learn by connecting something unknown to something you already know.”. Trying to learn a new CAD/CAM software can be painful, especially if you have no idea where to find someone to connect the unknown to the known.

Laser Institute’s LAM Workshop Explores State of the Art in Additive Manufacturing

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Lasers are an integral part of many 3D Printing processes, making it a natural fit that the Laser Institute of America [LIA] annually produces the Laser Additive Manufacturing [LAM] Workshop.

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Working with plastics in 3D printing

Leslie's Blog

Plastics, whether in powder, filament, or pellet form, are one of the main material types used in 3D printing/ additive manufacturing (3DP/AM). As 3DP/AM matures, developers continue to explore plastic chemistries and capabilities to offer materials that rival more traditional versions.

Make a DIY Waterjet Cutter From a Cheap Pressure Cleaner

DIY 3D Printing

In my youth, I used to work at a local car wash place. If you traveled trough Balkans you probably saw many of them, and they all use handheld pressure washers. When I saw this video it reminded me of that time and I thought you guys would enjoy and find something useful in this project.

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.

22nd Annual Wohlers Report

Wohlers Talk

I’m happy to announce this week’s publication of Wohlers Report 2017. I’d like to think that after so many years, it would become easier. It does not, mostly due to all of the changes and new developments in additive manufacturing and 3D printing.

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A Quick and Easy 3D Printable Valentine’s Gift

3D Printing for Beginners

Valentine's day is approaching fast. If you are still looking for a last-minute, yet creative gift, don't despair! We might just have the solution for you: a 3D printable Valentine's gift in the form of a heart-shaped bookmark. […]. 3D Printing Projects

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Don’t Miss the SOLIDWORKS Largest User Group Meeting Ever 2017

The Solidworks Blog

Last year Todd Blacksher proposed something unusual for the SOLIDWORKS User Group Network: The SOLIDWORKS Largest User Group Meeting Ever, or SLUGME.

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AEC Industry Trends: Driving Toward Connection, Digitization, Transformation

3D Perspectives

In his recent Architecture, Engineering & Construction Industry Trends presentation, Marty Doscher, Vice President, AEC Industry, Dassault Systèmes, identified four accelerating trends that are driving transformative changes across the industry: Higher usage of Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA), prefabrication, and modular construction. More data-driven decision-making as a result of greater BIM adoption. Expansion of Building Information Management (BIM) beyond design—in all stages of the project lifecycle, and by users across all disciplines. Growth of augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) as a social industry experience. Tweet: 4 growing AEC trends: #prefab, data-driven decisions, expanded #BIM, & #ARVR | @3DSAEC [link]. As these industry trends build momentum, demand is growing for solutions to overcome the barriers to greater success. For example, with increasing BIM adoption, Doscher expects to see a further increase in the use of VR as a design tool that boosts collaboration. The 3DEXPERIENCity “Experience Room” is one example of how AR/VR tools work for AEC: stakeholders are projected into a collaborative workspace through which experts from government, business, urban planning, infrastructure design, and so on, can work together in harmony to define a city’s future. Tweet: #BIM data drives demand for #ARVR in urban planning | #3DEXPERIENCity @3DSAEC [link]. The Experience Room, on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. The Shortcomings of BIM. BIM solves some of the AEC industry’s problems, but is not a total solution. BIM alone is incomplete. Tweet: “#BIM alone is incomplete.” @MartyDoscher @3DSAEC [link]. Most projects are still over budget and behind schedule—even now, more than 15 years after BIM was introduced. Today’s document-centric BIM methodology is still unable to break down silos among stakeholders. Too much energy is spent managing lines of communication that, when broken, lead to RFIs and heavy administrative costs. Plus, design, construction, and operations remain separate from one another. Once a facility is built, the operations team may receive BIM data. However, this data is insufficient for what is needed to support long-term maintenance. Instead, the operations team typically creates their own “digital as-built” of the facility with the information they need. Demand to solve these challenges are what drives transformation. 4 Examples of Transformative Tools in Action. AEC leaders are advocating to extend the functionality of BIM, so that a project is not simply an “end product” but a series of linked activities. The following 4 examples illustrate how practitioners are unlocking data, using that data to run and refine their processes, and leading the way to the next level of industry transformation. 1. SHoP Architects manages data, not documents. Model of the Botswana Innovation Hub. SHoP Architects has shifted its focus from design services to Building Lifecycle Management (BLM). This is a total business transformation—from a document-centric operation, to a data-centric one. By using CATIA on the cloud, SHoP works closely with partners around the world to create inspiring buildings, like the Botswana Innovation Hub. In this case, the New York-based architect used the 3D EXPERIENCE platform to coordinate with a fabricator in South Africa to deliver parts to a contractor in Botswana. All players shared digitized fabrication details, as well as project schedules, material cost information, and more. The result of this multi-national collaborative approach is an innovative building constructed within a conventional budget. Watch for more on SHoP Architects: 2. CTCE models the process, not the product. Photo Credit: CTCE Group. CTCE , a Chinese railway construction company, is using the 3D EXPERIENCE platform for design, management, and construction. Through the platform, stakeholders can drill down into and manage all activities—including the production of rebar, concrete, formwork, cables—and produce these parts modularly with a high degree of precision. The same model is then used for work instruction. The CTCE team realizes they aren’t modeling just an end product, but a process for the entire project. 3. Chengdu uses BIM for managing ongoing operations. Photo credit: Chengdu Living. Chengdu , the capital city of China’s Sichuan province, is using the 3D EXPERIENCE platform to improve management of urban roads and bridges. The city digitized thousands of drawings to build a comprehensive 3D model for operations. They are taking the tools into the field, and identifying and managing issues in the same way that contractors might manage a construction project. Chengdu is turning to BIM as the basis for ongoing operations management. When new projects are built with a focus on the total lifecycle of the structure, the project’s value increases dramatically. 4. 3DEXPERIENCity enables cities to make data-driven planning decisions. Virtual Singapore. 3DEXPERIENCity is the natural extension for designing and constructing the built environment. Dassault Systèmes is working closely with the government in Singapore to use 3DEXPERIENCity as a platform for making citywide planning decisions, managing design proposals, then simulating the impact of those proposals in the planning stage. Watch for more on the Virtual Singapore project: On the Horizon. To further meet AEC customers’ demands, Doscher concludes, Dassault Systèmes is developing solutions for the IMAGINE stage of a project—improving early simulation for global and environmental impact, as well as the OPERATIONS stage—improving the marketability and efficiency of the as-built environment. Tweet: 4 examples of the future of #AEC happening now, presented by @MartyDoscher @3DSAEC [link]. Related Resources. BIM Level 3 White Paper. Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Industry Solution Experiences from Dassault Systèmes. Author information Akio As head of global marketing for the AEC Industry at Dassault Systèmes, Mr. Moriwaki launches and promotes groundbreaking Industry Solution Experiences including "Optimized Construction," "Façade Design for Fabrication," and "Civil Design for Fabrication." He is a member of buildingSMART. The post AEC Industry Trends: Driving Toward Connection, Digitization, Transformation appeared first on 3D PERSPECTIVES. Architecture, Engineering & Construction 3DEXPERIENCE BIM Collaboration construction processes design processes Prefabrication VR

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Was ist heute bereits Realität bei 3D-Druck in der Medizintechnik?

Additively Blog

3D-Druck / additive Fertigung hat grosses Potential in der Medizintechnik: Von der Beschleunigung der Produktentwicklung, über die Kleinserienproduktion bis hin zu patientenspezifischen Lösungen. Doch was ist heute bereits Realität


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.

Understand Smarter Toolpaths – Adaptive…


I am sorry to bring it up, but someone has to do it. If you on a regular basis gets in contact with a CAM program or a CNC milling machine tool, you better keep reading. They said it was for roughing and so much faster, but that was only because they did not know how to explain it to you.

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DigiFabCon Explores how tools like 3DPrinting are changing the world!

3D Printer

For the 5th year, Fab Lab Hub is bringing together people from around the world who are using tools like lasers and 3D Printers to change their world.

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3D printing helps child achieve her dream of throwing a baseball

Leslie's Blog

The internet is full of stories about some student 3D printing a hand for a classmate or even themselves with a desktop 3D printer. Amazing to be sure, but for the most part those 3D printed hands offer limited function. Which might lead some to think that 3D printing is not really useful here.

Printrbot Printrbelt

DIY 3D Printing

Printrbot just teased their Printrbelt 3D printer with the heated conveyor belt print surface or "Infinite Z" as they described it. The belt is a steel belt covered in Kapton with adjustable bed height and tension.

CSU’s Idea2Product Lab

Wohlers Talk

Note: The following was authored by Ray Huff, manager of the I2P lab at Colorado State University. He is an intern at Wohlers Associates. At universities worldwide, 3D printing is unlocking doors previously unavailable to students, staff, and others.

Company Using Drones to Save Heart Attack Victims Lives

3D Printing Hub

Heart disease is the number one killer worldwide causing an estimated 17.3 million death each year. Only a small percentage of victims receive defibrillators in-time and survive. The time between cardiac arrest and defibrillation is the most important factor determening survival rates.

3D Printing Where and How: 3DP-RDM network event – 31st January

Capturing the Value

What: Final dissemination event of the 3DP-RDM network. Where: IfM, Cambridge. When: 31st January 2017. How: Register your participation on Eventbrite. Following the completion of the second round of 3DP-RDM feasibility studies you are warmly invited to join this final dissemination event to hear the final results of these studies. The event will feature presentations from the four 3DP-RDM feasibility studies conducted during 2016. Registration for this event is free but tickets are limited.

What’s New in SOLIDWORKS CAM 2018

The Solidworks Blog

It seems like we were just at SOLIDWORKS World 2017 last week announcing the addition of SOLIDWORKS CAM as part of our Design-to-Manufacturing solution. Since then, we have been busy building and testing SOLIDWORKS CAM.

Virtual Cities: Let’s Rethink the Way We Live

3D Perspectives

As a city evolves, how do you ensure you make the right decisions and meet the needs of the people? Singapore is a pioneer in creating a comprehensive virtual model of itself: a virtual city. Globalization, urbanization, and climate change present significant challenges to cities worldwide. .

7 Reasons Why Nuclear Waste Is Dangerous


Ever since we have discovered how to harness. the powerful energy contained within the nucleus of an atom, we have been using it – for both positive and negative purposes. Nuclear energy is an affordable, efficient and reliable option of generating power for many countries.

Top 10 3D Model Databases: The Best Sites to Download 3D Models for 3D Printing


If you intend to 3D print a model, that doesn’t mean you always have to start designing from scratch. There are tons of websites out there that offer (both free and premium) 3D models to download.

Standing on Shoulders of Titans Academy


Lifting the veil on a CAD/CAM Academy that has gained much support (from likes of Kennametal, Haas Automation)— and it’s as good as you thought it might be.

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Formlabs Gathering of 3DPrinting Thought Leaders At MIT Media Lab Explores The Digital Factory

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Formlabs has always been a wonder of innovation in the already creative 3D Printing space. The founding team – Maxim Lobovsky, Natan Linder, and David Cranor – designed a stereolithography 3D Printer while still students at the Center for Bits and Atoms in the MIT Media Lab and brought advanced capabilities to a wider audience by re-thinking the laser-based additive process.

5 amazing 3D printed cars

Leslie's Blog

It’s Friday. And it’s National Manufacturing Day. So, what better way to celebrate, and get ready for the weekend, than to look at a few 3D printed car designs. The Blade super car. The Blade before painting. Divergent Microfactories uses 3D printing to build parts for its supercar.

Six Axis Delta 3D printer from ZHAW

DIY 3D Printing

Oliver Tolar and Denis Herrmann, students from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) developed a six axis Delta 3d printer with movable build plate., Here is the video demonstration: Sources with further information: [link] https://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/3D-Drucker-mit-beweglicher-Druckplatte-3594506.html

The Future of 3D Printing

Wohlers Talk

Like many, I’m intrigued by the prospects of the future. For 30 years, I have put thought into the developments and applications of additive manufacturing and 3D printing—terms that are used interchangeably.

Drones are Speeding Hurricane Harvey Response by 800%

3D Printing Hub

For the past few days, the world has watched in horror as tropical storm Harvey continues to leave a trail of destruction in its wake. The hurricane brought the highest amount of rainfall ever recorded from a single storm.

3D printing software: How we optimize our batch using our Nesting tool


Last week, we started introducing you to the main tools […]. The post 3D printing software: How we optimize our batch using our Nesting tool appeared first on 3D Printing Blog: Tutorials, News, Trends and Resources | Sculpteo.

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Can You Identify the Best Design?

The Solidworks Blog

So, which is the best design? The only difference between the three designs are the angled support members at 30°, 45°, and 60° to the vertical uprights.

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Drones and the Digital Future of Agriculture

3D Perspectives

Drones and the Digital Future of Agriculture. A growing global population, less available arable land, aging workforces, and climate change, mean that the pressures on Agriculture producers are becoming more complex.

New report: Mass customisation governance

Capturing the Value

We’re pleased to be able to share the final project report from the feasibility study led by Dr Phoebe Li at University of Sussex. Mass customisation governance: regulation, liability, and intellectual property of re-distributed manufacturing in 3D printing ” describes results of their work undertaken during the 2016 round of 3DP-RDM feasibility studies. The results of this project were presented at the 3DP-RDM event 3D Printing Where and How on 31st January 2017 at the IfM in Cambridge.

Top 20: Most Popular 3D Modeling & Design Software for 3D Printing (2017 Update)


Creating a printable design is the crucial first step in the 3D printing process – and everyone seems to have a different opinion on which software is the most suitable for getting this job done. So what’s the most popular 3D modeling software for 3D printing? Read on to discover the top 20!

Why Should Small-Midsize Manufacturing Be On Social Media— Haas Demo Day 2017


Your current customers, future prospects, and possible dream hire are on social media. You have an opportunity today, to create REAL Awayness and REAL Brand for your small to mid-size manufacturing company. It is free and everyone, even grandma are there. This is easy.

3D Print Life Support Looking for Techs

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3D Print Life, one of my favorite 3D Printer filament suppliers, has recently introduced a much needed new program linking end users with global tech support. The new 3D Print Life Support referral site and marketplace allows 3D Printer owners to find technical support quickly and easily – and those of us in the industry know too well the challenges of keeping our machines up and running.

What engineers wanted to know about additive manufacturing in 2017

Leslie's Blog

It’s the end of 2017. Retrospection is in vogue at this time. So, in case you were wondering what stories interested your fellow colleagues; we have a list. These were the most read stories on Make Parts Fast during 2017. A few trends pop out from this list.

R-CNC DIY CNC Mill with 3D Printed Parts

DIY 3D Printing

RoMaker from France developed and published the R-CNC mill plans. It is made from 3d printed parts and aluminum structure elements. It looks easy to make with well documented build instructions. The cost of it should be relatively affordable and cheap to make. Eletronics is based on Ramps 1.4