SOLIDWORKS World 2018 and 3D Printing

Additive Manufacturing, also known as 3D Printing, is the process of making three-dimensional, solid objects from a digital file. The object is built layer by layer using material only where needed, until the three-dimensional object is created. Our Additive Manufacturing department here at CAD Micro helps provide companies with the resources and expertise to create strong, beautiful prototypes and finished parts, faster and cheaper using 3D printers.

3D Printed Toys

 

3D printing technologies have been around since the 1980s but the fun has only now begun! Toys, toys, toys! … sure, that’s fun, but that’s not the 3D printing of the future. 

In the future, you will be able to purchase a product, customize it to meet your own requirements, and then have it 3D printed and dropped off right at your doorstep. The future is here! Customization is a huge driving force for businesses right now, particularly in the consumer products industry. The strongest companies are those that allow for their products to be the most tailored to individual consumers and their preferences in real time.

HP Jet Fusion 4200 Sample Prints

SolidWorks World 2018 embraced 3D printing and had many big industry players make appearances and announcements at the event in LA earlier this month. 

Big players like HP have entered the market with their own unique technology, aiming to address the biggest pain points in 3D printing right now. Using their patented Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) technology and open materials platform, HP intends to disrupt the industry with rapid, high-volume prototyping and production with a plethora of materials. At SWW18, HP announced a brand new set of printers - the world’s very first Voxel-level 3D printing technology in colour.

Another big announcement involved 3D printing for electronics, by a leader in electronics printing technology, Nano Dimension. Nano Dimension is already disrupting, shaping and defining the future of how electronics are made with their award-winning DragonFly 2020 Pro, the world's first professional 3D printer for electronics. SolidWorks has partnered with Nano Dimension, making it easier and faster for designers and engineers around the world to create complex electronic components that have broad functionality. Conventional editing software for 3D printed electronics limits users to design parts made of a single material, such as metal or polymer. Nano Dimension's new SolidWorks add-in for the DragonFly 2020 Pro allows uers to design components made of different materials simultaneously, and without leaving the SolidWorks design environment. The add-in is free and already available for download.

Markforged also attended SolidWorks World this year with the newest member of their family, the Metal X. The Metal X has revolutionized additive manufacturing by offering simple and more affordable printing than any other 3D metal printer on the market today. It is capable of manufacturing high-resolution parts from various metals such as aluminum, steel or titanium. The 3D printer works with the Eiger software developed by Markforged, which monitors every stage of the print through to wash and sinter in real time. Benjamin Taylor hosted a webinar earlier this month, “An Inside Look at Markforged’s Metal Process: From Design to Part”. You can watch the on-demand recording to learn more about the Metal X.

These were just a few of the 3D printing companies that attended SWW18, who are also partnered with CAD MicroSolutions. To see more highlights from SolidWorks World, be sure to visit the official website. We’ve only seen the tip of the 3D printing iceberg over the past 30 years and the best is on the way, with 2018 set to be a big year for the industry. If you are interested in receiving a complimentary consultation on the various technologies on the market and how 3D printing can enhance your current manufacturing process, please feel free to email us at sales@cadmicro.com, or call us at (416) 213-0533.

Dedicated to your success,

Meagan Khan
Additive Manufacturing Consultant
CAD MicroSolutions Inc.
mkhan@cadmicro.com
(416) 775-9715


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