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Markforged Brings Elastomers to Composite 3D Printers With TPU 95A Launch

Markforged Brings Elastomers to Composite 3D Printers With TPU 95A Launch

Just like with any manufacturing process, there is no 3D printing material that fits the requirements for every single application. For example, some parts will require extreme strength to succeed in their application while others need high heat resistance. Further still, some parts may require the ability to bend and flex while maintaining chemical resistance to accomplish their intended function. To help with applications such as these, Markforged has added the new Smooth TPU 95A material to their Digital Forge. In this post, we will look at some properties of this new material and how you can use it to further take control of your supply chain.

October 6, 2022
How to Revolutionize Your Product Development Cycle With Multiple Solutions

How to Revolutionize Your Product Development Cycle With Multiple Solutions

The product development cycle has been changing dramatically due to additive manufacturing. From gathering measurements, designing optimal parts, and rapidly creating parts for testing; additive and traditional design tools are complimenting each other to make going from idea to physical quicker than ever before.

To discuss how these changes are improving design cycles, we developed a case study that uses a combination of additive technology and CAD software to create and modify an aftermarket clip to attach to a truck bed. Two of Hawk Ridge Systems engineers discuss which tools were used and thought process that went into the development of the case study, knowing different technologies will be used. 

September 23, 2022
Validating a 3D Printed Compliant Mechanism Using SOLIDWORKS Simulation

Validating a 3D Printed Compliant Mechanism Using SOLIDWORKS Simulation

Locking pins are commonly used when assembly and disassembly are frequent and needs to be done quickly. Some common uses are vehicle hitches, adjustable scaffolding, telescoping arms, or basically anything with holes that needs a pin to align it. Traditionally, quick release pins are made up of multiple components and are spring-loaded, have a cotter pin, or a swinging wire to keep them in place. 

September 22, 2022
Designing a 3D Printed Compliant Mechanism With SOLIDWORKS

Designing a 3D Printed Compliant Mechanism With SOLIDWORKS

A quick release pin is used in many designs to keep the holes of multiple components aligned. They are commonly used when assembly and disassembly are frequent and needs to be done quickly. Some common uses are vehicle hitches, adjustable scaffolding, telescoping arms, or basically anything with holes that need a pin to align it. Traditionally, quick release pins are made up of multiple components and are spring-loaded, have a cotter pin, or a swinging wire to keep them in place.  

September 22, 2022
Choosing the Right SOLIDWORKS Data Management Solution for You

Choosing the Right SOLIDWORKS Data Management Solution for You

You may have been using SOLIDWORKS for a while, or maybe you are just getting started. Whatever the case may be, there has never been a better time than now to think about managing all the files that you’re creating. Issues with missing references, incorrect revisions of drawings being used in production, or even overwritten files are all common challenges that are difficult to solve without a proper product data management (PDM) software.

September 15, 2022