SOLIDWORKS World 2017, Part 1: New Products and Services for SOLIDWORKS Users

15 Feb, 2017 By: Cyrena Respini-Irwin,Nancy Spurling Johnson

Event report: Virtual reality, 3D printing, and much more are highlights of this year’s Partner Pavilion.


New Exhibitors for 2017

The expanded exhibit hall featured several dozen first-time SOLIDWORKS World participants, including the following companies:

3D Platform manufactures large-scale, industrial-class 3D printers for prototyping and production at a fraction of the cost of other professional printers, according to the company. The flagship 3DP Workbench offers a large build area of 1 m x 1 m x 0.5 m and starts at $27,000.

CAVRNUS was in the AMD booth demonstrating its solution for collaborating on 3D models in a virtual environment. Designers and engineers, whether located in the same office or on different continents, can virtually reach into a model, grab a component, and hand it to others while discussing improvements — even making notes on a virtual whiteboard.

Digabit was exhibiting Documoto, its cloud-based parts information management solution designed to eliminate bottlenecks between engineering and technical publishing. Documoto can accelerate production of print and online parts books by more than 50% compared with desktop publishing tools and increase online sales by 10%, according to the company. The Documoto cloud storefront offers manufacturers online market share for OEM spare parts, accessories, and other products, and the Documoto cloud library is an online repository and document management tool for supporting aftermarket sales, maintenance, and customer service.

DOTProduct develops software and hardware for real-time 3D data capture via tablet, smartphone, and laptop computer. Users can create 3D models by simply recording with the device, similar to operating a handheld video camera.

Emulate3D is the creator of Demo3D, which allows users to build accurate demonstration models, create CAD layouts, and generate bills of materials from plug-and-play catalog elements; communicate solutions through video presentations; and view solutions via a range of virtual and augmented reality hardware.

German RepRap manufactures a full line of professional 3D printers for prototyping and mold and model making, as well as DIY kits and ready-assembled 3D printers for consumers. It is said to be the first company in Germany to release a large-capacity 3D printer for professional users, the X400.

GoProto, a new rapid prototyping and production provider, offers sheet metal, machining, and injection molding techniques, as well as a variety of 3D printing technologies. The company is fully independent, and therefore free to adopt any process or technology it deems useful to its customers, said Jesse Lea, president of GoProto.

Integration Guard’s DCV software provides sustained integration of solid models, maintaining associativity after models are imported from any source. Changes to imported designs update the native CAD model as well as any associated engineering applications.

KBMax automates SOLIDWORKS operations to speed customization and sales of configurable products, allowing manufacturers to increase standard product offerings and freeing engineers to focus on higher-value tasks such as one-offs, R&D, and design innovation.

MarkAny is the maker of 3D SAFER, which provides intellectual property rights protection of 3D data and a secure collaboration environment for 3D printing, CAD, and interactive AR/VR.

MatterHackers, a 3D printer distributor, develops MatterControl, a free, open source software package for tracking, previewing, and printing 3D parts.

Meta is developing a headset to facilitate augmented reality (AR) that virtually imposes 3D model data on an actual, physical setting through transparent lenses. Using natural hand gestures, users can touch, grab, and move digital objects intuitively without the queasiness associated with some VR tools, the company reports. The product is available for preorder at $949.

Simerics offers a robust line of advanced computer-aided engineering (CAE) tools for analyzing fluid components and systems, including Simerics MP, a 3D multipurpose computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation tool for product validation, design optimization, problem diagnosis, and research, and PumpLinx, which builds on Simerics MP to facilitate fluid flow simulation in pumps, motors, turbines, compressors, valves, and other devices and systems with rotating/sliding components.

SprintRay’s MoonRay S is a compact desktop 3D printer that offers 1”/hr print speed and parts as large as 5” x 3.2” x 8” with 100-micron minimum feature size and 20-micron minimum layer thickness. Another model, the MoonRay D, is said to be the first 3D printer calibrated for digital dentistry.

StressRefine extends the capabilities of SOLIDWORKS Simulation by extracting more accurate stress results, without remeshing or user intervention, according to the company. The add-in can work quickly on very large models by adaptively analyzing local regions of stress concentration. It provides feedback on mesh quality and guidance about where mesh controls could be useful.

Virtalis offers VR4CAD, an entry-level VR software tool designed to make it quick and easy for CAD engineers and designers to view and annotate CAD models using PC-based HMDs or 3D screens. It supports SOLIDWORKS and a variety of other CAD solutions and neutral file formats.

WakingApp’s cloud platform, ENTiTi Creator, allows any user to create advanced interactive VR/AR content without prior programming skills of any kind. Content can be created once for viewing via all supported mobile devices and VR/AR head-mounted displays.

Xometry offers a free add-in that provides advice about how to best manufacture a part as well as instant pricing from directly inside SOLIDWORKS. Available processes include 3D printing, sheet metal fabrication, and CNC milling from more than 200 materials.

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