Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Productivity Tools in Solidworks Simulation: 4 Part Blog

What if I told you there was a way to use tools inside Solidworks Simulation that would make you more efficient when running and/or setting up your FEA studies?  In this blog series, I will take through a wide range of tools that are primarily in Simulation Professional to help you do just that!

In each video, I will be covering at least three of these tools.  If you have a specific tool you’re interested in, please jump to the video shown in the list below:

Video 1:  Auto Fasteners, Unconstrained Bodies, Contact Visualization Plot, Trend Tracker, Frequency

Video 2: Load Case Manager, Sub-modeling, Edge Weld Connector, Matereality

Video 3: Flow to Structures, FEA Optimization, Thermal to Structure, 2D Simplication

Video 4: Motion (time based), Motion (event based), Motion Optimization

While viewing these videos, you will develop a clear understanding of how you can create faster and more accurate simulation models.

Happy Simulating!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

3D Printing for the Injection Molding Process

In the world of injection molding, the amount of challenges that mold makers and part designers face
can be overwhelming. Factors such as weld lines, air traps, balanced fill, and sink marks are just a small handful of issues that can be incredibly detrimental to producing a really good quality plastic part. Many designers utilize different simulation tools to ensure quality, but there is no substitute for being able to hold and touch a physical part, however tooling an aluminum mold for a small volume of parts can be rather expensive and take a fair amount of time to create.  This is where many injection molders are utilizing 3D print their molds saving both time and money when producing low volume production parts and prototypes.

Utilizing Polyjet 3D Printing technology to create molds can be a great option under the right circumstances. These printers use a photopolymer to layer by layer build a molds core and cavity. The mold can be put into a mud base and injected with the actual material that the end use part will be made of. By doing this mold makers can produce parts that are high quality at a fraction of the cost. Granted these molds are not as durable as tradition injection molds but for low volume production 3D printed molds can be a major cost reduction tool. 

Friday, May 20, 2016

Stratasys Announces New Acceleration Kit for Fortus 900

Earlier this week Stratasys released a new acceleration kit that will get builds in their
Fortus 900 machines done faster and more effectively. The top of the line Fused Deposition Modeling machine current customers are using features the T20 extruder tip, this can be upgraded to a new T40 tip which will provide customers:

·        The largest available slice height for FDM systems.
·        Throughput 2-3 times faster on average compared to T20 tip.
·        Plug-and-play’ solution that requires no additional hardware.

900 users will need to have the latest controller (Version 3.19) and insight software (Version 10.8) updates in order to utilize the upgraded tip. The Fortus 900 delivers to its customers all the available benefits that Stratasys FDM printers have available, this new tip enables user the ability to continue producing high quality parts, but in a way that enables more control and faster build speeds. 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Not Just Why 3D Printing, but Why the Stratasys J750

In order to create great products creativity, prototyping, and concept validation are key. Design engineers have broken new ground in their designs with Stratasys’ new J750 3D printer. Ever since it’s April debut, the J750 has made waves with its creative capabilities.

 Incredible Part Realism

A hallmark of the Stratasys J750 is its true full-color capability, a breakthrough in 3D printing technology. Although printing in various colors isn’t new, getting the quality you want along with a whopping 360,000 color selection is.

 Unmatched Versatility

This versatility originates from its robust material capacity, accommodating input of up to six base resins. Because advanced PolyJet systems create composite materials right on the build tray, the number of material options is far greater than the number of input materials. In the Stratasys J750, those six base resins yield hundreds of thousands of colors, translucencies and durometers.

Fast, Efficient, and Easy to Use

Printing with the J750 is easy, starting with PolyJet StudioTM software to process your part. PolyJet Studio is the next generation of Objet StudioTM software and offers multiple improvements for workflow efficiency. Improvements include an intuitive interface that makes it easy to choose material, optimize the build, and mange print queues. After the parameters of the part are selected, the user hits “print” and it’s ready to build.

The J750 is ideal for any user, whether you’re planning on creating detailed surgical guides or looking to produce color coded jigs and fixtures.  For more information, click here to download the newly released J750 EBook

Thursday, April 14, 2016

The Future of Manufacturing with 3D Printing Event

World leading Stratasys 3D printing partner Fisher Unitech is excited to announce The Future of
Manufacturing Event series highlighting the benefits manufacturing is seeing with the utilization of 3D printing. The landscape of manufacturing is transforming and 3D printing is becoming essential to production. Fisher Unitech welcomes all to this excellent opportunity to learn more about how 3D printing can increase time to market, drive innovation, and save costs.

Participants of these events will learn about: 

Fused Deposition Modeling and Polyjet Technologies 
3D Printing Applications and customer success stories
New J750 Features and Functionality 
3D Printing Materials Overview
3D Printing Post Processing Techniques 

The Future of Manufacturing Event Series is complimentary to attend and breakfast will be provided at all locations for participants. Please click below to attend at any of the 4 current locations.

-Troy, Michigan at the Fisher Unitech Headquarters May 5, 2016. Register 

-Schaumburg, Illinois at the Hyatt Hotel May 10, 2016. Register 

-Cincinnati, Ohio at Fisher Unitech Local Office May 17, 2016. Register

-St Charles, Missouri at the St Charles Convention Center May 19, 2016. Register 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

More Video Opportunities to Learn Simulation and Analysis Fundamentals


I just received an email from my analysis colleagues at SOLIDWORKS  kicking off a series of Simulation training videos.  This is one of the great things about SOLIDWORKS there's so many places to learn and this is a great team to learn from.

Check out the series link:  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiKqXuECiKNKYUZ9N6cIAzADKQ2hUh3dO

If you have not read my post from last year summarizing other places to find help you can check out that blog post here:


Happy Simulating,


Monday, April 4, 2016

New Stratasys J750 Breaking Down Design Walls

Earlier today, Stratasys announced the J750, the latest addition to their world-leading professional 3D printer lineup. Building on the already successful high-resolution multi-material PolyJet technology, this printer delivers unrivaled aesthetic performance as the world’s first full color 3D printer.

Unmatched Realism
Full-color capability, texture mapping, and color gradients allow the creation of prototypes that look, feel, and operate like a fully finished product. Thanks to the Stratasys J750’s wide range of material properties, painting and assembly are no longer required.  

Maximum Versatility
With the fastest PolyJet mult-material 3D printer, time for part intricacy and complexity is no longer a sacrifice. J750 allows users to take full advantage of unparalleled 3D printing by channeling a range of applications that previously required a several step process in order to achieve an all-in-one package with a vast array of colors and material properties. Users will now be able to print parts that feature Digital ABS alongside a variety of flexible Shore values and/or translucencies.  

Print with 6 Materials at Once
The large, six-material capacity of the Stratasys J750 means you can load your most used resins and avoid downtime associated with material changeovers. Print simulated production plastics, like Digital ABS™, in half the time or with twice the resolution. With an astounding 360,000+ color combinations to choose from and multi-material capability, the Stratasys J750 allows you to bring even your most imaginative ideas to life. 

Customer Success 
For more information on how customers are utilizing the new J750, check outthis case study discussing build service provider Synergy is saving their customers time and money, while providing the most vivid detailed concept models ever produced by a 3D printer. 

Friday, April 1, 2016

A Comparison Chart Between SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard And Professional

You've probably heard the terms PDM Standard and Professional thrown around recently, but what exactly are the differences between the two? And why do they really matter if you're already using PDM Workgroup? We have the answers for you.

We put together this chart below that shows the comparisons--and differences--between PDM Standard and Professional so you have a better understanding of their functions for your business.

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There are some major differences between Standard and Professional, both with their own unique benefits for different company types and sizes. This is crucial information to know when you're ready to make the upgrade from Workgroup to either PDM solutions in the future.

But the differences go deeper than that, plus both have so many more features and benefits that can't all fit into a single infographic or even one blog post.

So, why does this all matter? SOLIDWORKS have announced they will be gradually phasing out Workgroup until it will be completely unsupported by 2018. There is still quite a bit of time to make the switch and we're here to help consult and support you every step of the way to make the upgrade as smooth as possible.

Moving data to a newer platform can seem daunting, but the process can be made much easier when you have knowledgeable experts helping you at every point, ensuring you keep moving forward with your innovations.

Want to learn more about both PDM Standard and Professional? Schedule a one-on-one demonstration with one of our engineers.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Fisher Unitech Named Top Selling Stratasys Partner World Wide

Stratasys, the industry leader in 3D printing, recently announced that Fisher Unitech LLC has been named the 2015 number one selling partner worldwide.  The company, a SOLIDWORKS product life-cycle management solutions provider and Stratasys partner for over 19 years, supplies its customers with 3D Printing production equipment, materials, and build services.

With a territory that ranges throughout the Midwest, Fisher Unitech’s strategic positioning throughout
its territory with its sales and applications personnel has enabled them to develop working relationships with its customer base, strengthening the support needed to prove out the capabilities of 3D printing technologies. Over the course of Fisher Unitech’s partnership with Stratasys the strategy for success continues to be customer centric. The 3D printing team at Fisher Unitech focuses on two basic principles: applying their collective learning from applications ranging from automotive and aerospace, to consumer goods and medical and using this significant experience to solve seemingly unrelated challenges in manufacturing, tooling, product development and design. Fisher Unitech also empowers their team with the proper training and resources to become leading 3D printing experts.

 “It was very gratifying for Fisher Unitech to again receive the honor as #1 Stratasys Distributor Worldwide,” Says Fisher Unitech Director of 3D Printing Sales/Service Andy Dehart, “Stratasys has been a fantastic partner--providing evolving solutions for the broadening 3D Printer Market since the inception of our relationship in the early 90s, we are proud to be recognized by Stratasys in this regard and look forward to the bolder challenges in 2016.”

To learn more about how Fisher Unitech is supporting customers with 3D printing applicaions, be sure to check out our upcoming webcasts

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

New Stratasys Incentives Announced for Those Looking to Purchase 3D Printer

3D printing is one of the fastest growing areas in manufacturing and design.  Recent announcements
from Stratasys should give those interested in exploring the benefits of owning a 3D printer an incentive on why now is a good time to buy.

Material Promotion:
·         50% off the first $15,000 (MSRP) of designated material of your choice for the first 6 months with purchase of any new SSYS printer listed at or above $75k (MSRP).

·         50% off the first $2,000 (MSRP) of designated material of your choice for first 6 months with purchase of any new SSYS uPrint.

Trade-In Promotion:
 Trade in any old or Stratasys 3D printer and upgrade to the latest, leading technology from Stratasys.  (For certain printers, this promotion can be combined with other offers). Speak with your Fisher Unitech sales representative for more details.

Buy a 3D Printer, Get One FREE
 Any new Stratasys Production Systems customers can now take advantage of the inclusion of a Mojo 3D printer OR two MakerBot Replicator 3D printers with any 3D printer purchase of 60k or more.

For more information on these offers, contact your sales representative at Fisher Unitech. If you are just starting the process of checking out 3D printing, please join our upcoming webcasts to learn more!