MakerBot Releases RapidRinse, ABS-R Materials

BROOKLYN, NY, Oct 20, 2021 – MakerBot, a Stratasys company, introduced a new game-changing solution that significantly simplifies 3D printing with ABS polymer material by effectively streamlining workflow steps and reducing the need for more equipment and additional costs. Developed for high performance on the MakerBot METHOD X and METHOD X Carbon Fiber 3D printers, the new MakerBot RapidRinse and ABS-R materials are suited to print a range of industrial applications to specification, from manufacturing tools to production parts.

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RapidRinse is a new and unique patent-pending, fast-dissolving support material designed to eliminate cumbersome and costly post-processing procedures. RapidRinse easily dissolves in warm tap water and does not require caustic chemicals, typical for some soluble support materials. RapidRinse can dissolve significantly quicker than other high-temperature soluble support materials under the same conditions.1 Without the need for solvents, engineers no longer need to purchase additional post-processing equipment. RapidRinse’s water soluble properties are intended to make it an easier and safer support material to work with, leaving behind minimal residue.

ABS is one of the most in-demand, yet difficult, materials to successfully print on a desktop 3D printer due to its propensity to shrink, warp, curl, or crack without the right conditions. ABS-R is a new ABS formulation that provides superior printing reliability and performance for consistent, repeatable ABS prototypes, tools, and parts. ABS-R is optimized to work with the new RapidRinse fast-dissolving support material to deliver the best print quality and user experience.

The METHOD X’s heated chamber, a patented VECT (Variable Environmental Controlled Temperature) 110 Technology, combined with proprietary RapidRinse soluble supports are designed to deliver incomparable ABS parts as easily as PLA but with superior material properties. Printing with RapidRinse on METHOD X can produce dimensionally accurate ABS parts of ±0.2mm (±0.007 inch)2, giving engineers more confidence in creating parts to spec.

“Our goal with METHOD has always been to make industrial 3D printing easy, reliable, and accurate on a desktop 3D printer. With RapidRinse and ABS-R, we are continuing to deliver on that promise,” said Nadav Goshen, CEO, MakerBot. “METHOD is the only desktop 3D printer in its price class with a heated chamber that can print a range of advanced polymers, composites, and metal—all on one machine. Further, RapidRinse is another step we are taking with Stratasys in our ongoing efforts to support sustainable manufacturing practices and industry safety standards.”

The addition of RapidRinse and ABS-R further strengthens METHOD X’s growing portfolio of advanced engineering-grade materials. MakerBot materials for METHOD are formulated to meet the highest standards. METHOD X can print the same polymers, composites, and metals found in familiar manufacturing processes—from injection molding to machining—due to its unique environmental control features. Its 6-in-1 modular extruder platform also allows for a quick change between material groups, preventing cross-contamination and faster extruder degradation.

Engineered and tested for over half a decade to print non-stop with over 15 patented technologies from Stratasys, METHOD 3D printers are built to reliably deliver prototypes, parts, complex assemblies, and manufacturing aids with greater strength and dimensional accuracy.

RapidRinse and ABS-R are expected to begin shipping in December 2021. For more information, visit http://www.makerbot.com/methodx.

About MakerBot

MakerBot, a Stratasys company, is a global leader in the 3D printing industry. The company helps create the innovators of today and the businesses and learning institutions of the future. Founded in 2009 in Brooklyn, NY, MakerBot strives to redefine the standards for 3D printing for reliability, accessibility, precision, and ease-of-use. Through this dedication, MakerBot has one of the largest install bases in the industry and also runs Thingiverse, the largest 3D printing community in the world.

1) Based on internal testing that shows RapidRinse filament dissolves significantly faster than competing soluble support materials.
2) 0.2 mm or ± 0.002 mm per mm of travel (whichever is greater). Based on preliminary internal testing of selected geometries.

CCE Updates EnSuite-Cloud ReVue for 2D Drawing Data

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI, Oct 20, 2021 – CCE, a leading provider of advanced CAD interoperability solutions, announced a significant enhancement of its flagship Real-time  Collaboration and Design Review Software, EnSuite-Cloud ReVue, by now allowing users to share 2D Drawing data in addition to 3D CAD support available since its launch.Since its very successful launch earlier in the year, EnSuite-Cloud ReVue is being used extensively for sharing 3D CAD data for engineering design reviews.  With this recent update, EnSuite-Cloud ReVue now supports CATIA V5 2D Drawing viewables in direct response to users clamoring for support of CATDRAWING data for the past several months.

“We have always had customers drive our product roadmap. When we set out to create this product, our focus was 3D data. But clearly there is significant interest for collaboration using 2D data as expressed by our user base. Even among 2D users, demand for CATIA V5 drawing data was clearly the highest. This update for support of CATDRAWING data is in direct response to the requests we have been receiving from our users. In the next few months, we will add 2D support for other formats like SOLIDWORKS and NX,” said Vinay Wagle, CCE’s VP sales and marketing.EnSuite-Cloud ReVue supports latest versions all the major CAD formats, including CATIA V5, CATIA V6 (3DXML), NX, SOLIDWORKS, Inventor, Creo, Solid Edge among others. Besides allowing users to collaborate using 2D and 3D CAD data, users can also share engineering documentation via screen-share thanks to its multi-document support in the same collaboration session.

“Given our exclusive focus on engineering design collaboration, we always keep our product updated with support for the latest CAD formats and versions. So even though products like Zoom are suitable for simple collaboration using documents, spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations, for engineering design reviews using a mix of complex 2D/3D CAD data with the added ability to screens-share supporting engineering documents, EnSuite-Cloud ReVue is the natural tool of choice,” added Vinay.

Some of the key benefits of using EnSuite-Cloud ReVue for engineering design reviews over typical screen-sharing apps like Zoom include:

  • No software installation or browser extensions required
  • Integrated conference call facility
  • Real-time collaboration using 2D and 3D multi-CAD data. No CAD licenses required!
  • Support for multiple documents in the same collaboration session
  • Screen-sharing option for non-CAD documents for richer collaboration
  • High-quality 3D rendering with zero loss of fidelity of viewable data
  • Natural collaboration experience without any overhead for data or session preparation
  • Independent control of collaboration session without compromising intellectual property
  • Ultra-low latency allowing for excellent response/refresh rates
  • Low bandwidth usage allowing for easy sharing of large 3D CAD models

Since its general availability earlier this year, EnSuite-Cloud ReVue has received rave reviews from leading industry analysts in publications like Lifecycle Insights, Engineering.com, MCADCafe, Digital Engineering among others.

EnSuite-Cloud ReVue can be used for conducting engineering design reviews directly in the browser or access it from an active CAD session using ReVue LiveLink. ReVue LiveLink is available for major formats like SOLIDWORKS, Inventor, Solid Edge, SketchUp, 3D Max, Revit among others and is particularly useful for design reviews (conceptual design or engineering changes) where the CAD model needs to be edited and the results updated in real-time with participants in the collaboration session.

All new users can get a 15-day free trial for an Organizer license to evaluate the product. Users can visit the EnSuite-Cloud ReVue page for additional product and pricing information or to start their 15-day free trial.

About CCE

Incorporated in Michigan, CCE has more than 30 years of CAD/CAM/CAE software development experience, as well as an extensive background in related services. Since 1989, CCE’s focus on CAD technology & application development has spearheaded its mission to deliver customers value through innovative, disciplined, and communications-focused technology products and services. CCE has offices located in Farmington Hills, MI and Fort Lee, NJ.

For more information on CCE’s products and services, visit www.cadcam-e.com.

Creaform Introduces Three Solutions to R-Series Suite

Creaform has announced the latest additions to its R-Series lineup, including a new MetraSCAN-R BLACK | Elite HD with improved performance as well as a new edition of VXelements designed for long-term support (LTS). This state-of-the-art set of solutions also includes a new version of VXscan-R module specially made to accommodate custom automated 3D scanning cell layouts, while keeping the ease of use of its digital twin programming software.

Creaform offers in the latest additions

  • Speed and repeatability: MetraSCAN-R BLACK Ι Elite HD offers an optimized field of view for increased performance levels during challenging applications, such as 3D measurements on sheet metal parts.
  • Ideal for the automotive market: With its 69 laser lines and 3,000,000 measurements/s, this specialized 3D scanner is perfect for parts with many edges, trims, and boundaries.
  • Personalized solution: The intuitive VXscan-R software module makes it possible to include the custom features of your 3D scanning CMM (enclosure, robot base, turntable, etc.) for fast and easy programming.
  • Long-term support: Exclusive to the R-series products, the new VXelements LTS version extends the period of software maintenance while also increasing software robustness and dependability by limiting the number of new feature releases.
  • Operational simplicity: With its compatibility with major 3D metrology software, off-line programming, and seamless integration within any production workflow, the R-Series is accessible to all, regardless of the expertise or experience level.

About Creaform

Creaform develops, manufactures, and sells 3D portable and automated measurement technologies. The company offers innovative solutions for 3D scanning, reverse engineering, quality control, NDT, and product development. Its products cater to a variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, consumer products, heavy industries, manufacturing, oil and gas, and power generation.

With headquarters and manufacturing operations in Lévis, Québec, Creaform operates innovation centers in Lévis, Grenoble, France, and Texas, with direct sales operations in Canada, USA, Mexico, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, Korea, Thailand and Singapore. Creaform is part of the Ultra Precision Technologies, a division of AMETEK Inc.

For more information, visit www.creaform3d.com.