5 Tips For Choosing an Additive Manufacturing File Format

February 17, 2017 - DesignNews

For engineers, designers, and management, one of the most critical additive manufacturing decisions -- along with choosing the hardware -- is selecting the software to use in an additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, system. Manufacturing is changing rapidly from a physical industry to a digital industry. Selecting the right digital infrastructure is critical to the efficient running of your additive manufacturing system.

Tetra4D 3D PDF Products Now Support 3D Printing Workflow, Enhances App-Like Functionality of PDF

February 8, 2017 - Digital Journal

Bend, OR -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/08/2017 -- Tech Soft 3D, leading provider of software development tools and native 3D PDF technology to the engineering industry, today announced the Tetra4D 2017 portfolio of products – Tetra4D Converter, Tetra4D Enrich and Tetra4D Automate. The enhancements made to Tetra4D Converter and Tetra4D Enrich result in the data-rich 3D PDF's generated functioning like an application, which provides an even more interactive and richer experience for those consuming them. Improved support for import and export formats, and new workflows focused on 3D printing demonstrate the valuable role 3D PDF plays in helping companies to improve communication, save time and money.

SOLIDWORKS 2017: 3D Printing as Easy as 2D Printing

November 9, 2016 - solidapps.co.uk

SOLIDWORKS 2017 takes another step towards making 3D printing as easy as 2D printing. Quite a bold statement, and to be honest, it will never be quite that straight forward; after all, there is a whole extra dimension to it.

In the File drop down menu, underneath Print (for 2D prints), you will see Print3D, which has been enhanced significantly over the last couple of releases. Now there is the ability to create your own custom printer. This is so you can plan the location on the build platform that you want to build the model, and check it fits on your machine. The plane selected for the build direction is usually key when 3D printing and once this is selected, the information is stored in the new 3MF format (that SOLIDWORKS helped to create, see 3MF Consortium for more details).

Time for Monumental Thinking in Additive

November 2, 2016 - advancedmanufacturing.org

As additive manufacturing emerges from a long infancy, the industry is grappling with a key challenge: A file format and design tools from the 20th century are being asked to do 21st century jobs.

Convergent Modeling: New modeling paradigm in Siemens PLM’s NX 11 converges facets, surfaces, solids

October 10, 2016 - oraresearch.com

In its recently launched NX 11 product engineering software, Siemens PLM introduced a new modeling paradigm it calls Convergent Modeling. This new technology “greatly simplifies the ability to work with geometry consisting of a combination of facets, surfaces and solids, without the need for time-consuming data conversion,” the company says. Billed by Siemens as first-of-its-kind technology, Convergent Modeling is designed to deliver three key benefits: “to help engineers optimize part design for 3D printing, speed up the overall design process, and make reverse engineering a far more common and efficient practice in product design.”

The Top 10 New Features in SOLIDWORKS 2017 [VIDEO]

September 19, 2016 - javelin-tech.com

SOLIDWORKS 2017 is packed with new, customer-focused enhancements. Whether you design single components, incredibly complex equipment, or even entire facilities, SOLIDWORKS 2017 delivers easy-to-use tools to help turn your ideas into higher-quality products. Check out the SOLIDWORKS 2017 Top Ten list of features to look out for in the new release:

Extensions from 3MF Bring New Efficiency and Manageability to 3D Printing

August 16, 2016 - itc.mb.ca

The 3MF Consortium (3MF) recently released two specification extensions to its 3MF Core Specification 1.1 for general availability. The 3MF Production Extension and the 3MF Slice Extension provide productivity enhancements that allow high-volume additive manufacturing facilities to better integrate and manage their 3D printing operations than previously possible. The 3MF Production and 3MF Slice Extensions are free to download immediately.

Extensions from 3MF bring efficiency, manageability to 3D printing

August 10, 2016 - todaysmedicaldevelopments.com

Wakefield, Massachusetts – The 3MF Consortium (3MF) released two specification extensions to its 3MF Core Specification 1.1 for general availability today. The 3MF Production Extension and the 3MF Slice Extension provide productivity enhancements that allow high-volume additive manufacturing facilities to better integrate and manage their 3D printing operations than previously possible. The 3MF Production and 3MF Slice Extensions are free to download immediately.

New Free 3D Printing File Extensions From 3MF Consortium

August 8, 2016 - designnews.com

The 3MF Consortium, which released its free initial core specification last year for a new 3D printing file format, has added two free extensions based on best practices.

3MF extensions address needs for productivity and full part description

August 8, 2016 - makepartsfast.com

The 3MF Consortium (3MF) released two free specification extensions to its 3MF Core Specification 1.1 for general availability. These extensions are the 3MF Production Extension and the 3MF Slice Extension. They will enable high-volume additive manufacturing facilities to better integrate and manage their 3D printing operations.

PTC Joins 3MF Consortium as Founding Member

August 4, 2016 - dailycadcam.com

India – August 4, 2016 –– PTC (NASDAQ: PTC) today announced that it has joined the 3MF Consortium at the founding membership level. 3MF Consortium is an industry association created to develop and promote a new full-fidelity file format for 3D printing.

3MF Consortium released expansion for production and slicing

August 3, 2016 - 3druck.com

The 3MF Consortium has released two extensions for its 3MF Core Specification 1.1: 3MF Production Extension and 3MF Slice Extension. The 3MF format should combine all the advantages of different file formats for 3D models for 3D printing and was developed by a consortium of many specialists. The two new additions to pave the way to an end-to-end 3D printing solution for a completely integrated production of large quantities. This article is in the German language.

3MF Consortium Introduces Two New Extensions to 3MF Core Specification

August 3, 2016 - 3dpsystem.com

Recently, the Consortium brought ASTM International on board to help implement standards for 3MF and get it set for widespread use. At that time, the Consortium stated that the core specifications of the format are ready for adoption, and that they had also developed some extensions to further improve 3MF’s performance. Yesterday, the Consortium released details on two extensions that have been added to the 3MF Core Specification 1.1.

3MF Consortium Introduces Two New Extensions to 3MF Core Specification

August 2, 2016 - 3dprint.com

The 3D printing industry is getting ever closer to the adoption of a standardized 3D printing file format.

3MF Expands Capability of Universal 3D Printing File Format

August 2, 2016 - engineering.com

Today, the 3MF Consortium has announced the most recent fruits of its labor, two new extensions meant to improve productivity for high-volume additive manufacturing (AM)