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3D Design: Inside SOLIDWORKS 2018

3D Design: Inside SOLIDWORKS 2018

User-favorite SOLIDWORKS recently announced software updates to the frequently-used platform for the 2018 edition. With several big themes and myriad projects bundled into these updates, a quick overview isn’t enough to dive in to all that the industrious team...
Tough 3D Printing Puts Outdoorsy Spin on Rugged Icon Wheelchairs

Tough 3D Printing Puts Outdoorsy Spin on Rugged Icon Wheelchairs

Today, it often seems like anything should be possible with the advanced technology so many researchers, inventors, and designers have at their fingertips. And many innovations are allowing the disabled to add to their quality of life—including those who rely on wheelchairs. We’ve seen such devices created via 3D printing for everyday use, Paralympics racing, […]

Today, it often seems like anything should be possible with the advanced technology so many researchers, inventors, and designers have at their fingertips. And many innovations are allowing the disabled to add to their quality of life—including those who rely on...
SOLIDWORKS 2018 Enhances User Experience, Encourages Simulation, Adds Features to Optimize 3D Printing Experience

SOLIDWORKS 2018 Enhances User Experience, Encourages Simulation, Adds Features to Optimize 3D Printing Experience

When it comes to 3D software, SOLIDWORKS is a mainstay in today’s busy design world. SOLIDWORKS Corporation’s software suite, acquired by France-based Dassault Systèmes back in 1997, sees widespread use across a number of applications and industries; its use in 3D printing is a given for many designers. The platform is best known for bringing 3D […]

When it comes to 3D software, SOLIDWORKS is a mainstay in today’s busy design world. SOLIDWORKS Corporation’s software suite, acquired by France-based Dassault Systèmes back in 1997, sees widespread use across a number of applications and industries; its...
3D Printed Maps Help Visually Impaired Texas A&M Students Get Around Campus

3D Printed Maps Help Visually Impaired Texas A&M Students Get Around Campus

Kaitlyn Kellermeyer is a senior economics major at Texas A&M University. She is also blind, and working on a project to help other blind and visually impaired students orient themselves on campus. The project involves placing wind chimes at certain locations around campus, particularly in confusing areas, to help people figure out where they are. […]

Kaitlyn Kellermeyer is a senior economics major at Texas A&M University. She is also blind, and working on a project to help other blind and visually impaired students orient themselves on campus. The project involves placing wind chimes at certain locations...
Dassault Systèmes and the Importance of Relationships and Integration in 3D Printing

Dassault Systèmes and the Importance of Relationships and Integration in 3D Printing

In Waltham, Massachusetts, Dassault Systèmes‘ North American headquarters houses a 3DEXPERIENCE Lab filled with an integrated ecosystem of advanced technologies. The 3,100-square-foot fablab was announced this year at SOLIDWORKS World and officially opened on May 30th; this week I was in Boston to see the facility and talk to the team behind the popular SOLIDWORKS software […]

In Waltham, Massachusetts, Dassault Systèmes‘ North American headquarters houses a 3DEXPERIENCE Lab filled with an integrated ecosystem of advanced technologies. The 3,100-square-foot fablab was announced this year at SOLIDWORKS World and officially opened on...
3D Printing Business News: Prodways Group Announces Acquisition of AvenAo Industrie

3D Printing Business News: Prodways Group Announces Acquisition of AvenAo Industrie

In May of this year, 3D printer manufacturer Prodways Group went public on the Euronext exchange, and performed remarkably well right away, with an offering price of €4.80 per share. Today, Prodways Group announced that it has made the first significant acquisition since the initial public offering. The company has acquired AvenAo Industrie, a French company that provides solutions […]

In May of this year, 3D printer manufacturer Prodways Group went public on the Euronext exchange, and performed remarkably well right away, with an offering price of €4.80 per share. Today, Prodways Group announced that it has made the first significant acquisition...
Olaf Diegel Goes Heavy Metal with Nylon 3D Printed Skeletor Microphone

Olaf Diegel Goes Heavy Metal with Nylon 3D Printed Skeletor Microphone

“Multitalented” is a good word to describe Olaf Diegel, but it may be a bit of an understatement. The design engineer works as a professor of product development at Sweden’s Lund University and an Associate Consultant with Wohlers Associates, as a principal author of the industry-known Wohlers Report and teaching new design for additive manufacturing courses, and still […]

“Multitalented” is a good word to describe Olaf Diegel, but it may be a bit of an understatement. The design engineer works as a professor of product development at Sweden’s Lund University and an Associate Consultant with Wohlers Associates, as a...
Winners of the 3D Hubs Student Grant Announced - Applicants Used 3D Printing in a Creative Way to Positively Influence the World

Winners of the 3D Hubs Student Grant Announced - Applicants Used 3D Printing in a Creative Way to Positively Influence the World

A little over a year after 3D Hubs, the largest online network of 3D printing services in the world, launched its discount Student Program, it made a further commitment to 3D printing education by introducing its inaugural 3D Hubs Student Grant. Over 449 applicants from 300 universities tried for the grant, which featured three categories: Product […]

A little over a year after 3D Hubs, the largest online network of 3D printing services in the world, launched its discount Student Program, it made a further commitment to 3D printing education by introducing its inaugural 3D Hubs Student Grant. Over 449 applicants...
After Finishing a Full Iron Man Suit, Military Veteran Tim O'Sullivan 3D Prints the War Machine Mark III Suit

After Finishing a Full Iron Man Suit, Military Veteran Tim O'Sullivan 3D Prints the War Machine Mark III Suit

3D printing has found a home in the world of superheroes – the technology has been used to make superhero prosthetics, costumes, Legos, and models. One of the more popular choices is Iron Man, who’s something of a maker himself. We’ve seen 3D printed Iron Man prosthetic hands and arms, an action figure, a boot prototype, Iron […]

3D printing has found a home in the world of superheroes – the technology has been used to make superhero prosthetics, costumes, Legos, and models. One of the more popular choices is Iron Man, who’s something of a maker himself. We’ve seen 3D printed...
Olaf Diegel's Desktop Distillery Proves Metal 3D Printing is More Fun without Post-Processing

Olaf Diegel's Desktop Distillery Proves Metal 3D Printing is More Fun without Post-Processing

Post-processing. No one wants to talk about it, but everyone working with metal additive manufacturing has to do it. …Right? While Rize is working to remove the pain of post-processing from plastic 3D printing processes, and Desktop Metal has been making headway with easily removable supports on the metals side, as of today there’s no […]

Post-processing. No one wants to talk about it, but everyone working with metal additive manufacturing has to do it. …Right? While Rize is working to remove the pain of post-processing from plastic 3D printing processes, and Desktop Metal has been making headway...
Around the World in 3D Printing: First Half 2017

Around the World in 3D Printing: First Half 2017

As the 3D printing industry heats up, so do the jet and car engines as we continue to travel around the US and the world to check in on the latest developments directly. 2016 kept us busy, from trade shows to site visits, from Barcelona to San Diego, as we went around the world in […]

As the 3D printing industry heats up, so do the jet and car engines as we continue to travel around the US and the world to check in on the latest developments directly. 2016 kept us busy, from trade shows to site visits, from Barcelona to San Diego, as we went around...
BlackBelt 3D Printer Smashes Kickstarter Funding Goal in 15 Minutes

BlackBelt 3D Printer Smashes Kickstarter Funding Goal in 15 Minutes

It didn’t take BlackBelt 3D long to smash through its Kickstarter funding goal. We’ve been anticipating the launch of the company’s novel industrial 3D printer since we first learned about it in early May, and it seems we’re not the only ones: the Kickstarter campaign for the BlackBelt 3D printer, which launched today, hit its […]

It didn’t take BlackBelt 3D long to smash through its Kickstarter funding goal. We’ve been anticipating the launch of the company’s novel industrial 3D printer since we first learned about it in early May, and it seems we’re not the only ones:...
From Concept to Production: Simulation Helps Additive Manufacturing Get Real

From Concept to Production: Simulation Helps Additive Manufacturing Get Real

Dassault Systèmes is in the very real business of simulation, as technology helps production get real. Midway between conceptualization and realization, simulation is increasingly coming into play as a means to make production processes more efficient — a trend notably rising in additive manufacturing. 3D printing makes possible more geometries than ever before, but that doesn’t mean […]

Dassault Systèmes is in the very real business of simulation, as technology helps production get real. Midway between conceptualization and realization, simulation is increasingly coming into play as a means to make production processes more efficient — a trend...
Autodesk 2017 Roadmap for Fusion 360 Details Updates and Improvements to Popular 3D Software Package

Autodesk 2017 Roadmap for Fusion 360 Details Updates and Improvements to Popular 3D Software Package

Like any good company, Autodesk is constantly changing and adapting to the needs of their customers and to advancements in technology. Recently, the company released a roadmap about where their focus is going to be in 2017, and there’s a lot to be excited about. Let’s take a look! First of all, Autodesk says, quality […]

Like any good company, Autodesk is constantly changing and adapting to the needs of their customers and to advancements in technology. Recently, the company released a roadmap about where their focus is going to be in 2017, and there’s a lot to be excited about....
Online Educators SolidProfessor Partners with SOLIDWORKS to Offer New Certification Courses

Online Educators SolidProfessor Partners with SOLIDWORKS to Offer New Certification Courses

As technology continues to exponentially improve, the future of industry and manufacturing is rapidly requiring new employees have at least a passing familiarity with 3D technology. Automation, additive manufacturing and computer aided design (CAD) software are all gaining outsized roles in new job requirements, and any employee who wants to achieve a long and successful career […]

As technology continues to exponentially improve, the future of industry and manufacturing is rapidly requiring new employees have at least a passing familiarity with 3D technology. Automation, additive manufacturing and computer aided design (CAD) software are all...
Custom Prototypes Attempts to Claim AMUG Prize for Second Year with Stunning 3D Printed Stained Glass Window

Custom Prototypes Attempts to Claim AMUG Prize for Second Year with Stunning 3D Printed Stained Glass Window

I remember doing several projects in elementary school that involved “stained glass” – e.g., tissue paper dyed with watercolors, or other clever simulations. Of course, no one would ever mistake these childhood projects for anything close to actual stained glass, but they were still pretty, and fun to do. Stained glass itself is a complex and […]

I remember doing several projects in elementary school that involved “stained glass” – e.g., tissue paper dyed with watercolors, or other clever simulations. Of course, no one would ever mistake these childhood projects for anything close to actual...
PhD Candidate Turns to 3D Hubs to Create Realistic, Functioning 3D Printed Neonatal Models for Medical Training

PhD Candidate Turns to 3D Hubs to Create Realistic, Functioning 3D Printed Neonatal Models for Medical Training

It’s hard when a loved one has to undergo surgery. Obviously, it’s difficult for the patient, but it’s also hard to sit in the waiting room, powerless, hoping the doctor comes in soon, but not too soon, and gives you good news. I don’t have personal experience with this, but I imagine it’s probably even […]

It’s hard when a loved one has to undergo surgery. Obviously, it’s difficult for the patient, but it’s also hard to sit in the waiting room, powerless, hoping the doctor comes in soon, but not too soon, and gives you good news. I don’t have...
How MakerBot Helped Design the Space Telescope of the Future

How MakerBot Helped Design the Space Telescope of the Future

How often do you stop to think about the number and variety of objects that are floating around out in space? Not just the natural celestial objects and the rocks, dust and other debris that sometimes appear to us as meteors, but the man-made objects that we’ve sent up there ourselves – the satellites, the […]

How often do you stop to think about the number and variety of objects that are floating around out in space? Not just the natural celestial objects and the rocks, dust and other debris that sometimes appear to us as meteors, but the man-made objects that we’ve...
Mayo Clinic Researchers Design 3D Printed Bioabsorbable Scaffold to Help Reconstruct ACL Ligaments and Deliver Time-Released Protein

Mayo Clinic Researchers Design 3D Printed Bioabsorbable Scaffold to Help Reconstruct ACL Ligaments and Deliver Time-Released Protein

Whenever I hear someone talk about the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, I know the discussion will gear towards extremely innovative medical procedures, research, and surgical tactics. According to the most recent U.S. News & World Report rankings of top hospitals, the Mayo Clinic is the country’s #1 overall hospital, and is also #1 in more […]

Whenever I hear someone talk about the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, I know the discussion will gear towards extremely innovative medical procedures, research, and surgical tactics. According to the most recent U.S. News & World Report rankings of top hospitals, the...
Shapeways Shows You How to Create Your Best Self in 3D Print

Shapeways Shows You How to Create Your Best Self in 3D Print

While the 3D printed selfie is still a novelty for most, we’ve seen it emerging in many forms lately from that of candy to superheroes to selfie action footage—just to name a few. Now, Shapeways takes the selfie right down to the user level with ease and affordability.  Brigitte and Astrid from Shapeways explain how […]

While the 3D printed selfie is still a novelty for most, we’ve seen it emerging in many forms lately from that of candy to superheroes to selfie action footage—just to name a few. Now, Shapeways takes the selfie right down to the user level with ease and...
India: Dassault Systèmes Continues to Encourage Youth & Startups in 3D Printing

India: Dassault Systèmes Continues to Encourage Youth & Startups in 3D Printing

Dassault Systèmes obviously has a strong world view from the perspective of industry. They’ve created an impressive framework for working with businesses in many different countries, allowing them to strengthen that competitive edge with the use of famed SOLIDWORKS software and 3DExperience, a digital software solution platform. The France-based company has also had their eye […]

Dassault Systèmes obviously has a strong world view from the perspective of industry. They’ve created an impressive framework for working with businesses in many different countries, allowing them to strengthen that competitive edge with the use of famed...
Popular 3D Printing Channel Hits Major Milestone: A Few Minutes with Devin from Make Anything

Popular 3D Printing Channel Hits Major Milestone: A Few Minutes with Devin from Make Anything

Last week I had the privilege of meeting and sharing a few beers with Devin Montes from the YouTube channel Make Anything, in the city of angels during SOLIDWORKS World 2017. We had a whale of a good time where it may or may not have led to me injuring my ankle… during this time I […]

Last week I had the privilege of meeting and sharing a few beers with Devin Montes from the YouTube channel Make Anything, in the city of angels during SOLIDWORKS World 2017. We had a whale of a good time where it may or may not have led to me injuring my ankle…...
Programming at SWW17 Presented a Broad Vision of a 3D Future

Programming at SWW17 Presented a Broad Vision of a 3D Future

SOLIDWORKS World 2017 has come and gone, and now that we’re all nestled safely back at home behind our own computers, those who attended this year’s event hosted by Dassault Systèmes in Los Angeles are surely still abuzz with thoughts gleaned from the programming-heavy show. While I was only in LA for three nights, the […]

SOLIDWORKS World 2017 has come and gone, and now that we’re all nestled safely back at home behind our own computers, those who attended this year’s event hosted by Dassault Systèmes in Los Angeles are surely still abuzz with thoughts gleaned from the...
The Ancient and the Advanced Come Together in 3D Printed Primal Crafts Jewelry

The Ancient and the Advanced Come Together in 3D Printed Primal Crafts Jewelry

Kristoffer Rønn-Andersen recently graduated with a Master’s degree in engineering, but he found that he just couldn’t resist the call of the creative. Having started out by designing a few gifts for his girlfriend, he soon found himself unable to turn away from the maker’s siren song and now works full time creating, promoting, and running […]

Kristoffer Rønn-Andersen recently graduated with a Master’s degree in engineering, but he found that he just couldn’t resist the call of the creative. Having started out by designing a few gifts for his girlfriend, he soon found himself unable to turn away...
Forging On: Markforged Showcases Strength in 3D Printing at SWW17, Announces Partnership with Hawk Ridge Systems

Forging On: Markforged Showcases Strength in 3D Printing at SWW17, Announces Partnership with Hawk Ridge Systems

With some companies, there’s no such thing as too much of a good thing, and definitely no such thing as down time. Chatting with Markforged CEO Greg Mark at SOLIDWORKS World 2017 this week, we both laughed as I asked what was new, as it hadn’t been a full month since we last talked at […]

With some companies, there’s no such thing as too much of a good thing, and definitely no such thing as down time. Chatting with Markforged CEO Greg Mark at SOLIDWORKS World 2017 this week, we both laughed as I asked what was new, as it hadn’t been a full...
SWW17 Day Two: 3D Printing Shows Its Versatility

SWW17 Day Two: 3D Printing Shows Its Versatility

There was no sophomore slump today at SOLIDWORKS World 2017 as day two kicked off in another high-energy General Session and maintained the pace of innovation and excitement throughout the day. At this morning’s General Session, the team from Dassault Systémes again presented an enthusiastic composite of various aspects of the team and customers to […]

There was no sophomore slump today at SOLIDWORKS World 2017 as day two kicked off in another high-energy General Session and maintained the pace of innovation and excitement throughout the day. At this morning’s General Session, the team from Dassault Systémes...

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