25 August 2017 13:31
While we’ve previously looked at some of the sophisticated, professional-level CAD software available, it’s important to remember that you don’t necessarily need to spend a huge amount of money to delve into 3D modelling and printing. There are a range of free CAD software tools available online that can be successfully utilised for industrial 3D printing applications. These can potentially be used for education, home use, or introducing 3D printing to a manufacturing operation for the first time in order to gain the support of external stakeholders. Here are some of ...
04 July 2017 16:46
A successful industrial 3D printing operation depends on having the right tools readily available. This means the full arsenal of physical tools and machines, but also includes the right software. There are a lot of different software platforms used in modern manufacturing operations, but perhaps the most crucial is the CAD program. If you just want to design 3D models at home, there’s plenty of free software online that will be more than sufficient, but a professional operation will require professional software tools. It’s therefore important to consider your options ...
17 February 2017 16:31
Any quality 3D printed product -- whether it’s a prototype or production part -- begins with a quality file, with all data properly checked and any errors repaired. A process for preparing the 3D model for printing should be established as part of an effective workflow management plan, with the appropriate systems and tools put in place to minimise any chances of human error. As your foundation, before sending any file to 3D model for conversion into STL format for printing, consider the following six areas:   1) Will your 3D printer and choice of ...