Posts Tagged ‘Solidworks’

Partnerships | Join MakerBot at SOLIDWORKS World 2015


The Superbowl isn’t the only big-ticket event to come to Phoenix, AZ this month. MakerBot will be joining our friends at Dassault Systèmes for SOLIDWORKS World 2015, a gathering of over 5,000 CAD designers and other users of the popular 3D modeling software.

Attendees can check out exciting speakers and training workshops, including a keynote speech from former MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis.

Let SOLIDWORKS and MakerBot Help You Travel in Style
We’ll be co-hosting the “3D Print Zone” in the Product Showcase in the main exhibition hall, which will give visitors the opportunity to customize a 3D printable luggage tag in SOLIDWORKS 2015, and 3D print it directly to one of six MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printers on site. Come by and witness the latest advancements in creating a seamless 3D printing workflow between SOLIDWORKS and the MakerBot 3D Ecosystem.

Get A Free Pass to the Exhibition Hall
MakerBot and SOLIDWORKS fans in the Phoenix area can register for a free exhibit hall pass to attend conference (a $250 value) using the promo code SWW15EX11.

See you there!

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3D Design Software 101

Heart Gears by emmett (Opened in Wings3D)

While MakerBot Operators are more than happy to print the thousands of incredible objects posted to Thingiverse, eventually many catch the design bug and reach out for guidance for how to get started designing models.

Your mission: to create a solid, manifold (“watertight”) STL-formatted file for importing into ReplicatorG. STL, created as the format for stereolithographic CAD files, is a ubiquitous format, so the design application options are vast. ReplicatorG also offers experimental OBJ and Collada file import capability — though the files are then converted into STL files. (You can open dozens of file formats in MeshLab, netfabb Studio Basic or similar 3D swiss army knife tools — and then export as binary or ASCII STL files, opening up even more models to ReplicatorG.)

Choosing Your Hammer

8-bit Heart by schmarty ( image)

For design software, there are many powerful free and open source design tools for us to introduce to Operators. Favorites include, Sketchup, OpenSCAD, Wings3D, and Blender. We have heard about but not experimented much with POV-ray (excellent tutorials here), FreeCAD, HeeksCAD, and Art of Illusion — apps that have serious fans in the 3D printing world.

Plastruder MK5 Solidworks 2011 Model by kai

For commercial solid CAD apps: Rhino (Mac users — jump on the free beta), Autodesk Autocad, Inventor, Creo, and SolidWorks are probably the biggest players in the field. But perhaps you don’t have upwards of $1k to spend on design software? Try the highly-capable $99 Alibre Personal Edition, Cheetah3D (mac only), or bonzai3d.

Below the fold is a handy five step exercise for brand new designers to get their feet wet with 3D modeling.

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