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Post-Processing: Removing Supports

By |2020-02-21T18:32:03-05:00February 21st, 2020|3D Printing|

Post-Processing: Removing Supports  The majority of 3D printing projects require some type of support structure to be successfully printed. Understanding how to safely remove these support structures can be critical to maintaining the function and/or aesthetic you desire for your part. In this article, we’ll explain in greater depth what support structures are, what [...]

On-Demand 3D Printing

By |2020-02-12T17:36:49-05:00February 12th, 2020|3D Printing|

On-Demand 3D Printing 3D printing can be a great way to manufacture your parts. Particularly, when used on an as-needed basis, it can help increase efficiency and better cater to demand. In this article, we’ll discuss how on-demand 3D printing works, the pros and cons of it, and if it’s right for you.   How [...]

Parametric vs. Direct Modeling

By |2020-01-31T14:26:46-05:00January 31st, 2020|3D Scanning|

Parametric vs. Direct Modeling  There are two approaches to creating CAD: parametric modeling and direct modeling. Both are useful for different aspects of the design process and can make your model creation much smoother. In this article, we’ll discuss the characteristics of both approaches, how they are made, and how the two compare to [...]

Mesh vs. CAD

By |2020-01-24T19:19:43-05:00January 24th, 2020|3D Scanning|

Mesh vs. CAD When it comes to 3D digital models, it can be a bit confusing to know which model or file type you need. The two primary types of models you will encounter are meshes and CAD files. In this article, we’ll break down the difference between both model types and explain how [...]

What is Design Intent?

By |2020-01-17T19:21:39-05:00January 17th, 2020|3D Scanning|

What is Design Intent? Design intent refers to a designer’s specifications of how a part should appear and function. Ideally, when manufactured, the resulting part will match this design exactly. The concept of design intent plays a primary role in reverse engineering, which is a process that works backwards to take measurements from an [...]

Precision vs. Accuracy

By |2020-01-14T18:45:14-05:00January 14th, 2020|3D Scanning|

Precision vs. Accuracy  Obtaining reliable measurements from 3D scanning is not as simple as it may appear. There are several factors at play in this aspect, including the 3D scanner’s precision and accuracy capabilities. In this article, we’ll discuss how the two terms differ, what can alter them, and when and how you should [...]

Advantages & Disadvantages of 3D Laser Scanning

By |2020-01-08T15:20:58-05:00January 8th, 2020|3D Scanning|

Advantages & Disadvantages of 3D Laser Scanning 3D laser scanning is a fast and reliable way to create digital design files from existing parts, prototypes, or landscapes. It is used in many industries to streamline the design and production process. In this article, we will cover how industrial 3D laser scanning works, its applications, [...]

Jigs & Fixtures

By |2019-12-31T17:24:19-05:00December 31st, 2019|3D Printing|

Jigs & Fixtures Today’s mass manufacturing processes create everything from the cell phones we carry to the cars we drive and make these products with extreme accuracy and uniformity. This would not be possible without the use of jigs and fixtures. In this article, we cover the difference between jigs and fixtures, their benefits [...]