Over the past thirty years, Additive Manufacturing (AM) technology has become a familiar route for validating CAD before committing to costly manufacturing tooling and processes. It may come as a surprise to some just how broadly the range of roles AM technology now plays in mechanical design and manufacturing, thanks to the swiftly changing professional desktop 3D printer ecosystem. In addition to traditional rapid prototyping, this technology now offers teams better tools for shaping initial
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10 hours ago
SOLIDWORKS World is fast approaching and this time it is going to be bigger than ever. If you are there on the Monday, February 5th, and you are interested in Additive Manufacturing (AM), make sure you check out the Additive Manufacturing Symposium. Building on the success of the Design for Additive Manufacturing learning path introduced at SOLIDWORKS World 2017, this year’s breakout sessions dedicated to AM are all in the same room and on the same day. This makes it even easier to get a
SOLIDWORKS Blog
7 days ago
Bring your 3D models to life at SOLIDWORKS World 2018! For the first time ever, every conference attendee has the opportunity to submit and receive custom 3D-printed models from Formlabs. Simply submit your model by January 28, 2018 following the instructions below, and pick it up at the Formlabs booth (#806) any day during SOLIDWORKS World 2018. Bring Your Designs to Life with Desktop SLA Desktop 3D printing is a natural part of the design process.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
16 days ago
Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, AlphaLab Gear is a nationally ranked hardware accelerator with a mission of helping early-stage physical product companies grow and scale in order to move through the first stages of the company faster. AlphaLab Gear invests up to $125,000 in each startup then provides guidance in two different modules: the first focused on customer discovery, and the second is focused on manufacturing at scale. With an excellent staff, on-site technical experts, mentors,
SOLIDWORKS Teacher Blog
29 days ago
The Dassault Systemes 3DEXPERIENCE Lab Boston, located in the North American Headquarters at Waltham, MA, has two components – a Startup Accelerator and a Fab Lab. The Accelerator works with early to mid-stage startups that focus on new technologies and products that can shift the scales of Innovation across domains of City, Life, Lifestyle, Internet of Things and Ideation. These startups have access to a state-of-the-art Fab Lab with mentorship and support from Dassault Systemes (DS) community.
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1 month ago
Wednesday 8th, 2017, DASSAULT SYSTEMES sponsored Mass Innovation Nights for their 104th event. Over 300 people signed up to attend a night of revolutionary products and networking on DASSAULT SYSTEMES’ Waltham Campus. Ten startups showcased their companies while multiple experts offered time to sit and chat with the enthusiastic crowd. SolidWorks FP&A, Tamir Jacob From EYP, Jeff Schantz Mass Innovation Nights strives to help local entrepreneurs get more visibility for their new products.
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2 months ago
Before SPEE3D, metal 3D printing had a historical problem of being both too slow and too expensive. Today, the industry has dramatically changed due to SPEE3D’s new process known as supersonic 3D deposition (SP3D). The company is focused on making manufacturing easier by providing the freedom and flexibility to build parts at a cost and speed suitable for the field. SPEE3D is an expert on manufacturing aluminum and copper parts and their world first, industrial 3D printer allows manufacturers to
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3 months ago
Fruit flies are one of the keys for biologists to unlock the secrets behind human genetics, as well as understanding disease, behavior, neuroscience and more. For more than 100 years, scientists have used Drosophila as a model organism to learn about genes, disease, behavior, neuroscience, and more. But in the course of their work, there is a great deal of tedious, manual labor required to classify and sort each fly by physical characteristics such as sex and eye color. FlySorter LLC provides
SOLIDWORKS Teacher Blog
3 months ago
Designers, Makers, Engineers, Parents and Kids, they were all at the Maker Faire 2017 NYC this weekend! Kids of all ages got to try out SOLIDWORKS Apps For Kids, Through workshops, coloring activities, and hands-on practice, kids quickly designed their models using Shape It, Style It, Print It software applications and collected 3D Printed charms and assembled 2D printed cubes. T Thank you FIRST Robotics teams, FRC, FTC, for stopping by to say hello and showing us your robots and SOLIDWORKS
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3 months ago
Over a billion people worldwide suffer from poor vision because they do not have the eyeglasses they need. While there are affordable eyeglasses that can be bought for less than $4, there are not enough eye care professionals to prescribe eyeglasses. PlenOptika created QuickSee to increase the throughput of optometrists, allowing them to prescribe more eyeglasses and make more money. QuickSee is an innovative, handheld auto-refractor that provides highly accurate measurements at the push of a
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4 months ago
Born from over a year of dedicated research and personal experiences, Joulez empowers tween girls to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Joulez incorporates four key elements into its approach: identity, vocabulary, skills and tribe. They believe that each of these four areas must be addressed to engage girls in STEM over the long term. Founder and CEO of Joulez, Stephanie Rowe, has spent her whole career in STEM surrounded by mostly male coworkers.
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4 months ago
How does a young entrepreneur break into an established industry? Well, it helps when the concept behind the company has the potential to turn the industry on its head. That’s what Greg Mark, CEO of Markforged, did when he introduced the industry’s first continuous carbon fiber 3D printer. With the help of SOLIDWORKS’s user-friendly CAD software, Mark was able to change the pace and direction of the 3D printer market.
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4 months ago
Last year, our Community and User Advocacy Manager, Rachel York, interviewed a mechanical engineering entrepreneur from Texas A&M University, who used SOLIDWORKS to help create his own business. This year, Rachel and I wanted to catch up with him. This student is none other than rising junior, Tyler Wooten; the man who stepped up in figuring out a way for visually impaired students to no longer feel inhibited around college or business campuses.
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5 months ago
BOLT Sports is revolutionizing tennis rackets. Normal rackets are designed to flex as a way to absorb the ball’s impact energy and control the ball’s rebound speed. A stiff frame however is powerful, so the balance of control and power is always a compromise between the two. Now, BOLT has shifted the control of the ball’s rebound speed away from the frame and into a patented design called a Zipstrip – Power and control are achieved together, no compromise!
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5 months ago
WiBotic has commercialized technology developed at The University of Washington to deliver wireless power and battery intelligence solutions for autonomous robots. These fully autonomous robots are able to navigate and “think” for themselves; but, there is a problem. Their batteries do not last very long and recharging stations with physical contacts wear out over time.
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5 months ago
Bringing together design, prototyping and short-run production with 3D CAD knowledge and 3D printing methods, 3dl.tech supports their clients’ needs. With their team of experienced engineers, 3dl.tech delivers interdisciplinary projects. 3dl.tech focuses on professional 3D printing, 3D design, prototype series and production tools. (Left to right) FDM print, Stereoligraphy print, Vacuum Casting Because 3dl.tech makes prototypes for their clients, they have been able to experience many different
SOLIDWORKS Teacher Blog
6 months ago
Of the 114,000 thousand plastics recognized by the Society of Plastics Engineers, roughly 600 are used in 3D printing processes. 3D printing materials are often referred to by their traditional names like ABS, nylon, polypropolene, etc., but be aware that many 3D-printed materials only mimic true thermoplastics. For example, a 3D-printed part in ABS-like material will have similar, but not identical, properties to a molded ABS part. Stereolithography machines can build parts from a number of
SOLIDWORKS Blog
7 months ago
The SOLIDWORKS Apps for Kids team is busy. Time to visit Maker Faires and summer camps. It’s also time to explore the new App – “Print It“. I love the Print It app!
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7 months ago
Metal 3D printing is not intended to replace traditional metal manufacturing processes. Rather, it’s a manufacturing tool that opens up new possibilities for product designers. There are many metal 3D printing technologies out there like direct metal laser sintering (DMLS), selective laser melting (SLM), electron beam melting (EBM). Each are fairly similar in how they build parts from atomized metal powders.
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7 months ago
“I was debating on getting an entrepreneurship minor or starting my own company. I decided to make the leap. Starting a company is you putting yourself out there. If you have an idea, go for it.
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7 months ago
Yesterday I had the pleasure of joining hundreds of additive manufacturing enthusiasts at the Dassault Systemes’ first-ever Additive Manufacturing Symposium in Chicago, which was part of the larger SCIENCE in the Age of Experience event being held May 15-18. The goal of the event was to bring the world’s leading experts and advocates of additive manufacturing (AM) together to share insights regarding the latest innovations, collaboratively address on-going industry challenges, and generate ideas
SOLIDWORKS Blog
8 months ago
Most product developers and engineers have gained a solid working knowledge of 3D printing over the years. Also known as additive manufacturing, the term covers a range of technologies, such as filament-based fused deposition modeling (FDM) that creates plastic prototypes, laser-curing processes that make parts from photopolymer resins, and powder-bed fusion machines that produce fully dense metal and plastic components. A direct metal laser sintering machine fuses together powder to form each
SOLIDWORKS Blog
8 months ago
Additive Manufacturing or 3D Printing has had a huge amount of hype in the last few years and in many cases has not lived up to expectation. This is because it is not a miracle manufacturing method for making anything and everything, but a different way of making things that has reached a maturity where for certain applications it is commercially viable. However, as with all manufacturing methods, design for manufacture is crucial. Understanding how that method works is key to that.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
8 months ago
This year’s SAE AERO Design West competition took place in the heart of the USA, nestled right in Fort Worth Texas. Students from all around the world and from different walks of life, filled the hotel lobby with propellers, DC motors, and aerodynamic fuselages, as they marched their planes in and out of the judges’ arena. Day 1 of the event was all about technical qualifications. A warm Texas morning welcomed the teams to the Thunderbird Field that hosted the Day 2’s agenda: Flight.
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9 months ago