Understand various software options for creating designs for use with 3D printers. Learn about the different tools that SOLIDWORKS offers to make 3D printing easy. Learn about Augmented Intelligence tools that can help design complicated parts. Learn about products like 3DXpert to assist in printing assemblies. Learn about new 3D printing technology.
Understand some steps you can take to ensure a successful 3D printing job. Learn ways to send a file to a 3D printer. Learn what to watch for when a print begins to make sure the part prints correctly. Learn different ways to monitor the machine while it is printing.
Understand how export settings impact the quality of the 3D printed model. Learn about the different file types supported by todays 3D printers. Learn how to change file settings in SOLIDWORKS for better print results.
Learn how to prepare a model before 3D printing. Understand how to orient the part for the best printing results. Understand the implication of infill, wall thickness, shrinkage, and more on part strength and material usage.
Understand the materials used in 3D printing processes. Learn about the advantages of Polylactic Acid (PLA) and Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) materials that are used in FDM printers. Learn about the differences in the resins used SLA printers.
Understand the differences between various 3D printing processes. Learn about the common 3D printing processes: Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) and Stereolithography (SLA). Learn about more advanced processes: Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) and Selective Laser Melting (SLM) Understand why some 3D printers are “open” or “closed” and why some machines are larger than others.
Understand the basics of additive manufacturing. Understand the differences between subtractive and additive manufacturing processes. Learn about the costs and capabilities of various 3D printing processes.
Use Automatic Feature Regognition (AFR) to automatically extract the machinable features to be machined. Set options to define feature types to extract. Review the hole recognition and feature groups options. Review options to automatically generate operations and toolpaths. Extract machineable features and review the features in the CAM Feature Tree.
Use the Coordinate System command to define and assign a Fixture Coordinate System for the active machine. Select the method for defining coordinate system. Define and select a coordinate system. Examine the option for creating a SOLIDWORKS coordinate system.
Use the Stock Manager to define the material, stock type and size to machine the part from. Select the stock material. Select stock type to define size and shape. Set the stock size options. View the stock preview.
Use the Machine dialog to define the parameters of the machine tool used to manufacture the part. Set machine properties to select machine type and duty for manufacturing. Select tool crib to be used by machine. Select the post processor used to generate NC code. Set posting parameters for post processor.
It is important, when creating an inspection report, that the items are ballooned in the correct order. Also numbering schemes can help quickly identify characteristics: Change the order of the characteristics. Define balloon sequences. Manually change a balloon number.
Enter measurement data directly in the SOLIDWORKS Inspection project and compare them with the part specifications: Enter measurements. Quickly identify defects with color-coded information. Export an inspection report that inclodes color-coded data.
Define default tolerance values to ensure manufactured product falls within specification as drawings often don't have explicit tolerance values associated with them: Manually edit tolerance value. Set default tolerances.
Use the New Contain Area command on an operation to restrict toolpaths to a specific area. Copy the face mill operation containing the avoid areas and delete the avoid areas from the copy. Create contain areas on the copied face mill operation using the 2D sketches in the part. Generate a toolpath for the copied face mill operation. Examine the contain areas of the face mill operation.
Use the Post Process command to generate NC code from the parts toolpath and operation information. Select the post processor within the machine dialog. Run the Post Process command and set a file name and location for saving. Generate the NC code and select the option to Open G-Code in the SOLIDWORKS CAM NC Editor. Review the NC code within the SOLIDWORKS CAM NC Editor.
Use the New Avoid Area command on an operation to designate an area not to be machined. Create avoid areas on a face mill operation using the 2D sketches in the part. Examine the avoid areas by expanding the face mill operation.
Use the Combine Operations and Link Operation commands to combine like operation types. Combine operations for all like rough and contour mill operations. Drag and drop a hole feature from one center drill operation to a like center drill operation. Link like contour mill operations between two different setups.
Use the Edit Definition command to optimize a roughing operation to increase toolpath efficiency and reduce machine cycle time. Modify the optimization of a rough mill operation. Set optimization method to shortest path. Set start point options. Simulate the toolpath to examine results.
Use Interactive Feature Regognition (IFR) to manually create a machinable feature. Create a corner slot feature using the 2.5 axis feature command. Review geometry selection options to define the feature. Set the feature end condition. Modify the machining strategy for the feature.