Software Add-On Streamlines Design for Additive Manufacturing Cycle
3D Systems launches its latest software solution 3DXpert for SolidWorks 15, which prepares and optimizes users’ designs for additive manufacturing.
3D Systems launches its latest software solution 3DXpert for SolidWorks 15, which prepares and optimizes users’ designs for additive manufacturing. This enables users to design complex structures and accelerate the product design life-cycle with better automation and seamless bi-directional data exchange. These enhancements help provide an accelerated path to design freedom, increased efficiency, reduced total cost of operation and gain competitive advantage for a range of applications and industries.
3DXpert is an add-on for SolidWorks, extending the program’s design capabilities with a complete design for additive manufacturing toolset, equipping designers with everything they need to prepare and optimize their designs for 3D printing.
Featured project from Phillips Plastics. The design for the DMLS conformal cooling tool insert incorporated channels that were designed to quickly and evenly cool individual cavities within the piece, which would not have been possible with conventional mold technologies. Expectations were reduced cycle time and higher quality parts.
When it comes to the manufacture of jigs, fixtures and assembly tools, time-to-market for new products can be reduced, overall costs can be saved and the quality of the resulting components/production can increase with the use of additive fabrication—laser sintering and fused deposition modeling.
Indirect tooling methods use the RP process to generate a pattern from which tooling inserts are made. This article describes two such indirect tooling processes - cast resin and sprayed metal tooling.