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Objet advances desktop RP market with new 3D printer

Published 20 October 2008

Posted by greg corke

Article tagged with: 3d printing, rapid prototyping, objet

Objet Geometries has upped the ante in desktop 3D printing with the launch of its latest machine, the Alaris30. The office friendly machine is small enough to fit on a desk but still manages to offer a build volume of 300 x 200 x 150mm. Like Objet’s other 3D printers, it utilises the company’s PolyJet Photopolymer Jetting Technology, meaning it can print parts with fine detail (0.1 - 0.2mm accuracy), including “finished-quality” smooth surfaces, and moving parts. The sample parts we have seen are testament to this.

To achieve such high accuracy the Alaris30 squirts Objet’s proprietary FullCure photopolymer material at 600 x 600dpi in 28 micron layers. Similar to an inkjet printer, the jetting head moves back and forth along the X-axis depositing a single layer of photopolymer onto the build tray. Each layer is immediately cured and hardened by UV light, producing fully cured models that can be handled immediately without additional post-curing.

The machine also builds support structures with a gel-like FullCure Support material, and this enables complicated geometries, such as cavities, overhangs, undercuts, delicate features and walls as thin as 0.6mm. When the build is finished, the support material can be removed by water jetting or by hand, and the model is ready for fit, form and function testing. According to Objet, it can also be painted, drilled, chrome-plated or used as moulds for tooling.

In terms of operation, the Alaris30 is designed to act like a network printer and its four cartridge loading permits up to 36 hours of unattended printing. CAD data is prepared using Objet’s Studio software.

Unlike Objet’s Connex500, the Alaris 30 doesn’t offer the ability to print multiple model materials with varying mechanical properties simultaneously.
Look out for a full review soon.

www.objet.com

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Print3D offers realtime prototype pricing software

Published 09 October 2008

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: siemens plm, solid edge, 3d connexion

Providers of rapid prototyping services Print3D have got all excited about their new software release that promises real-time pricing of CAD models before they are sent into production.

Users will apparently receive real-time quotes for plastic or metal prototypes for whatever components they have open in their modeling workspace, and even customise their order to add paint and finish options before sending the request to rapid prototyping facilities from their 3D modeler.

It can be used as a standalone piece of kit or as a plug-in for AutoCAD, Rhinoceros, SolidWorks, SolidEdge, Alibre Design, and SpaceClaim, while users of Pro Engineer, Revit, Maya, and 3DMax will be catered for in the coming months.

“Just from a day-to-day perspective, designers get more sophisticated pricing and greater control over the quality of the orders in far less time than they would exporting and uploading each part to a website,” explained Print3D CEO Ron Barranco.

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Solid Edge gets 3D Connexion mice

Published 09 October 2008

Posted by Stephen Holmes

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The three-dimensional mouse from 3D Connexion is now supported by Siemens’ Solid Edge, bringing it’s useful manipulation of screen navigation to the synchronous technology involved.

Advanced navigation features in Solid Edge Part, SheetMetal, Weldment, Assembly, and Draft documents allowing engineers to move in all three dimensions simultaneously with six degrees of freedom.

The addition brings the total number of 3D software titles supporting this nifty bit of hardware to over 130.

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DWG: Do We Give a…

Published 09 October 2008

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: autodesk, dassault systemes

For anyone trying to keep tabs on the flurry of law suits being undertaken and pending between the major CAD software producers, Autodesk have asked for their action against Dassault Systemes to be suspended.

This move comes after they have already spent a reported $2 million in this case of ‘handbags’ over the use of the initials DWG.

Having registered DWGgateway and DWGeditor as trademarks, Autodesk went to work on Dassault in the civil courts, being particularly annoyed with this (the same initials as the .dwg file name they feel they have rights over). Autodesk are hoping that the action through the civil courts will be enough to avoid dragging the whole carbuncle up to the US patent office. Not as exciting as OJ, but news nonetheless.

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