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3D Printing PolyJet Jul 22, 2021

Stratasys recently added several new 3D printers to their portfolio, including the highly anticipated J35 Pro - a multi-material, desktop PolyJet 3D printer offered by the leader in professional additive manufacturing solutions.  The J35 Pro is an affordable office-friendly and user-friendly desktop 3D Printer - but don't let its small size fool you. It may have a compact frame, but its possibilities are endless - from small and delicate models to fully-functional engineering prototypes.

3D Printing Metal Jul 21, 2021

Since 2014 VELO3D made it their mission to develop a metal 3D printing solution that could overcome the challenges faced by the additive manufacturing space. Applying experience and knowledge gained in the semiconductor manufacturing industry, process control, data acquisition, and quality assurance form the backbone of VELO3D’s success. 


Reverse Engineering Jul 14, 2021

Geomagic Design X is a premier reverse engineering software capable of processing large .STL files and 3D scanned data and converting them into high-quality, feature-based models that can be easily manipulated and edited directly in your preferred 3D CAD software. Because Geomagic Design X works so similarly to industry-leading CAD packages and includes tool sets for solids, surfaces, and meshes, its learning curve is unlike any other reverse engineering software available on the market. 

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Jun 28, 2021

Prefer a darker background? Want a larger crosshair at the cursor? Zooming the wrong direction? We can adjust all of these settings and more in the Interface Configuration selection in SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematics 2021To get there, go to the Tools Tab (1), and then the Interface configuration button (2).



3D Printing FDM Jun 23, 2021

Be on the lookout! Stratasys will soon be updating the print heads for their F123 Series 3D printers. This updated design will not only help improve performance but will eliminate an error that can occur during auto-changing materials on the F270 and F370 3D printers. 

3D Printing FDM Jun 09, 2021

In May 2020, amid a global pandemic, devastation and destruction struck mid-Michigan yet again, when both the Edenville and Sanford dams collapsed following a record-breaking rainfall. This “500-year flood” forced more than 10,000 residents in Midland County to evacuate and seek safety before the breached dam water ransacked their homes and belongings.  Having endured watching their community suffer from the aftermath, Mid Michigan College (Mid) Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) students began their research to investigate the cause and help prevent future floods from devastating their community, and others as well. 



We all know how to make a helix in SOLIDWORKS, right? Well what if you needed to create a non-circular helix? Think squares, rectangles, slots, etc. How would you create that? The Helix command and Spiral command in SOLIDWORKS can only be created from a sketch circle. In this post, I will illustrate an example of creating a rectangular spring in SOLIDWORKS using clever surfacing and curve commands.



Some remote workers struggle to be as productive on their mobile workstation screens alone, or are toggling tasks between one or two additional monitors - but are your monitors equipped to handle all your engineering needs? If you use 3D CAD software like SOLIDWORKS, you’re likely already aware that when working on designs, display quality is critical, so monitor size and resolution quality can influence how effective and efficient you are in your digital workspace. 

Do you have external references in your SOLIDWORKS file that you need to manually remove? Then this article is for you! Refer to other posts at the end of this article to learn more about what external references are and when they are appropriate for use. The scope of this piece will be purely about manually removing external references in part files.