Protected: Best 2017 3D Printers Under $4000

Protected: Best 2017 3D Printers Under $4000

TransMagic charts categories and performance specs in a runaway market At TransMagic we have many customers who utilize 3D printers or provide 3D printing services, and use TransMagic SUPERVIEW to generate optimized STL meshes. According to the Gartner group, ~220,000 3D printers were sold in 2015, the number doubled to ~450,000 in 2016, and we’re on track to see a factor of 15 increase to 6 million units sold in 2020 *. According to the Gartner group, ~220,000 3D printers were sold in 2015, the number doubled to ~450,000 in 2016, and we’re on track to see a factor of 15 increase to 6 million units sold in 2020 *. As we tried to wrap our heads around this...
Materials and Mass Properties

Materials and Mass Properties

This article will demonstrate how materials are applied to models in TransMagic R12, and how parts and assemblies can then be interrogated for Mass Properties. Mass properties are particularly useful if you are generating quotes or estimates, and need to know the weight or volume of materials for the part or complete assembly. Another common use for mass properties is to get the volume calculation for estimating 3D printing print times and material costs. The Mass Properties dialog box also provides moments of inertia and allows you to create three planes that intersect at the centroid. Applying Materials Parts should already have a default material assigned;...
Assembly Restructuring

Assembly Restructuring

Assembly Restructuring allows you to work with the parts you have and restructure components as necessary to fit your design or manufacturing objectives. Being able to restructure assemblies gives you viewing and functional flexibility, even if you no longer have access to the originating CAD system. Where necessary, parts can be renamed, instance groupings can be broken, new subassemblies can be generated from existing parts, parts can be removed individually from subassemblies, true assemblies can be flattened and multi-body parts can be turned into true assemblies. Creating Assemblies from Multiple Solid-Body Parts Figure 1 shows a single part (with...
CAD Atomization

CAD Atomization

CAD Atomization refers to the process of converting whole assemblies to separate, independent parts. This is a one-button process which can be used for both CAD and polygonal output. 3D printing houses can use Atomize to output all parts in an assembly to STL. If you are planning to do polygonal output, be sure to check Settings and adjust polygon density before outputting STL or other polygonal formats. This article covers various STL output settings. The Atomization process works whether you are using an assembly or a multi-body part (multi-bodied parts are single parts composed of two or more solid bodies); in both cases, parts and bodies are converted to...
PMI Data Extraction

PMI Data Extraction

Part Manufacturing Information (PMI) is critical data that was formerly regulated to drawings, and is now available as a component of 3D CAD models. Dimensions, GD&T (Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing) and notes provide the detailed criteria that make effective manufacturing possible. Having this information as a part of the 3D model solves a long-standing problem in the design and manufacturing world, where parts and drawings were both necessary and could lose sync when only one was updated; stories abound of out-of-sync parts and drawings, resulting in manufacturing errors when the wrong set of data was referenced. By combining PMI with a 3D CAD...
CAD Data Extraction

CAD Data Extraction

As mentioned in last week’s article, CAD files are rich sources of information which can be used to better understand and optimize the entire design and manufacturing process (see The Digital Thread article). ‘Informating’ is a term coined by researcher Shoshona Zuboff, who used it to describe, among other things, “computer-based, numerically controlled machine tools or microprocessor-based sensing devices (which) not only apply programmed instructions to equipment but also convert the current state of equipment, product, or process into data”. This newly available data can then be analyzed to gather new insights into our, in this case,...