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BobCAD-CAM gets better CAD tools to help drive efficiency

Published 18 September 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, industrial design, cam, cnc, machining, bobcad-cam

A new CAD Solid Action Tree in BobCAD-CAM allows users to modify any step of their solid creation

Lesser known on UK shores, BobCAD-CAM is, as the name suggests, a CAD/CAM CNC machining software for manufacturing businesses, and has now released its latest v27 edition.

Ranging from 2.5 axis to 3, 4 and full 5 axis simultaneous CNC machining the latest edition is aiming to streamline the process of selecting tools, materials and cutting strategies, producing the numeric code that the machine requires to actually machine the part fast.

In addition to CAM machining enhancements, the v27 software has received a major overhaul for its CAD functionality, adding a new CAD Solid Action Tree that allows users to modify any step of their solid creation.

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Dremel’s 3D printer sadly doesn’t come with a 165-piece accessory kit

Published 18 September 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, autodesk, fdm, desktop, multitool, dremel, cupcake oven

Dremel has entered the 3D printing market with this $999 desktop FDM machine

Dremel, the producer of the much beloved Multitool drill/polisher/whizzing thing, is now selling its first 3D printer - the Idea Builder.

On firsts glance it appears to be a standard desktop FDM dressed up as a child’s cupcake oven, yet Home Depot, Amazon and Canadian Tire have jumped at the exclusive sales rights, selling it at $999.

However, the tool company suggests that this is more than a one-off product, forming a partnership with Autodesk to help provide free print-ready 3D models and online design tools.

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Materialise expands, brings scanning and measurement in-house

Published 18 September 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, reverse engineering, 3d scanning, materialise, leuven, belgium

Materialise has added 3D scanning to its long list of in-house services

Belgium’s giant 3D printing software and bureau service provider Materialise is adding scanning and measurement services to its repertoire.

The Leuven-based company already boasts a design and engineering team supported by over 100 3D printing machines of all sizes, specialists for every technology, and a battery of software developers, with scanning now giving it “the complete solution”.

With the addition of a scanning and measurement service, the team aims to offer additional possibilities for quality control, reverse engineering and scan for 3D Printing.

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Medical applications for 3D printing: HeartPrint model from Materialise

Published 17 September 2014

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: 3d printing, medical, materialise, heartprint, 3d print

Bradley White looking at the 3D model of his heart by Materialise, with the heart printed in a flexible transparent material and the tumour in a hard opaque material

Remember the days, they weren’t that long ago, when we ‘oohed’ and ‘aahed’ over the capabilities of 3D printing. This technology has served up everything from scarves to unmanned aerial vehicles, and not much amazes anymore.

But one area where pioneering 3D printing technologies is very exciting is in medical applications.

One such example is HeartPrint, Materialise‘s service for providing 3D printed cardiovascular models from medical image data, which was recently used by doctors at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to determine the best treatment for Bradley White, a teenager born with a tumour.

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