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Designing Plastic Parts?  Why You Should Listen to Your CAD Service

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Wed, Aug 16, 2017 @ 03:08 PM

Designing Plastic Parts?  Why You Should Listen to Your CAD Service

Nearly everything these days is made from plastic or made with plastic parts.  In fact, in developed countries, nearly a two-thirds of the plastic that's manufactured is used in buildings or for manufacturing.  For instance, today's buildings include plastic piping, plastic plumbing parts and vinyl siding.  Today's  automobiles are made of up to 20% plastic.  Furniture and toys also make good use of plastic.  Plastics have many uses in the medical field as well.

In the United States, the plastics industry is the third-largest manufacturing industry, and growing, with its use in injection molding and 3D printing in high demand around the world.  With plastics being a key building block in manufacturing, and, since many of our clients come from the manufacturing sectors, we get our fair share of CAD work related to plastic parts design and development.

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Topics: CAD Services Outsource, CAD Service, 2D to 3D CAD Conversion, 3D Printing

What You Need to Know About 3D Printing

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Wed, Mar 08, 2017 @ 02:04 PM

What You Need to Know About 3D Printing

Some market predictions show that the 3D printing market is the United States is expected to show a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) between the years 2016 and 2022.  The prediction is for a marketing at or above $30.19 Billion by 2022.  While this prediction includes all kinds of 3D printing, from desk-top hobby printing to high-end industrial printing, industrial 3D printers are expected to account for the largest share of the printing market during the forecast period due to these three reasons:

  • increase in accuracy per inch of part dimension
  • faster printing speed
  • introduction of new materials
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Topics: 3D Scanning, 3D Printing

What's New in Scan to CAD?

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Fri, Jan 06, 2017 @ 03:11 PM

What’s New in Scan to CAD?

It used to be that scan to CAD meant one thing:  taking a paper drawing and it scanning with a large format scanner, then converting it via a process of raster to vector conversion, in order to end up with a digital CAD drawing.  And while we still get calls for that type of service the whole nature and complexity of CAD has changed.

Today’s technology is all about 3D scanning to 3D CAD models, and in 2017 all indications are that we will be providing far more 3D scan to 3D model for our clients than ever before. 

In fact, FARO, a trusted source for 3D measurement technology, says that “laser scanning technology has become established in many quarters -- from recording complex components, measuring buildings, façades, interiors and technical installations, to the documentation of traffic accidents and crime scenes.”

We know all about this technology.  We know that it often requires many scans to generate one model.  We also know that the larger the number of scans, the more complex the process becomes when it comes time to create a CAD model from individual scans or create visualizations of scanned objects from point clouds.

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Topics: 3D Scanning, 3D Printing, 3d CAD

How Resellers Can Sell CAD Conversion Service Packages and Make $

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Fri, Mar 11, 2016 @ 04:17 PM

How Resellers Can Sell CAD Conversion Service Packages and Make $

CAD CAM Services, Inc.  has begun packaging its 3D CAD Conversion Services to sell through Reprographics Shops, 3D Printer Resellers and 3D Printer Manufacturers.

While Repro Shops, Resellers and Manufacturers may have some 3D CAD conversion capabilities, or plan to develop their own 3D CAD conversion team, selling a 3D CAD Conversion package will enable them to augment their internal capabilities quickly or scale as needed.

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Topics: 3D Printing, 3D CAD Conversion

Is It Time to Start Printing in 3D?

Posted by Diane Mitol on Mon, Jul 28, 2014 @ 08:57 PM

Is It Time to Start Printing in 3D?

For each and every design, it appears that 3D printing can increase the chances of a successful product.    In fact, over the past several years, 3D printing has grown from just an interesting idea to an evolving technology capable of doing far more than just adding an interesting twist to a CSI plot.  This rapidly advancing technology brings new real-world applications to light nearly every month.  Furthermore, in more prosaic fields, such as manufacturing, 3D printing has proven to enable more thorough design evaluations with more iterative processes, ensuring more successful product launches at lower cost. Additionally, 3D technology is bringing dramatic changes to industries such as mass manufacturing, the delivery of consumer goods and the creation of artificial organs.

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Topics: 3D Printing

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