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Cimatron version 14 is released


With over 200 new features and enhancements, Cimatron 14 offers major benefits and more user value to manufacturing shops across their entire range of operations. From Tool design through NC programming, this latest version helps to ensure that our customers are more productive than ever, in their competitive marketplace.

Cimatron v14

NC – New cutting strategies allow faster machining time with the use of cutters such as Barrel, Oval, Lens Tools. Overall reducing Rough machining time by an average of 20%. A new Guided Cleanup process allows controlling the milling direction of each region in Cleanup. Improved 5-axis Tilting toolpath and guiding curves for user
controlled tilting. A large number of new and improved capabilities that boost programming automation for plate machining, such as the Facing procedure, automatic Chamfer Recognition, wider Pocket Recognition capabilities and more functionality of Automated Drill as well as using templates for pocket automation.

Die – New integrated incremental analysis options enable the user to accurately simulate the design, and find design flaws before the manufacturing process. Users can see whether they have carrier or material problems, non-desirable punch results or SpringBack, as well as incorrect press force definitions.
New advanced Die design geometry tools such as Addendum faces and Fuzzy Offset were added to extend the application capabilities.

CAD for Tooling – Many long requested enhancements in Part, Assembly and Drafting were implemented for faster and easier design. New enhancements to the Mesh kernel of Cimatron with operations such as a new robust selection tool that was introduce for Split/Copy and Add/Remove commands. In addition, Advance 3D Text capability is now available for mesh and solid.

Mold & Electrode – New functions and enhancements for faster and safer Mold design such as Hole (Cooling) verification, Hole (Library) recognition and handling of ejectors with different diameters.

PLM Integration with Windchill – An integration with PTC Windchill PLM system. This Integration allows Windchill users who work with Cimatron files to perform Windchill operations (such as sync, check out/in, etc.) from within a Cimatron assembly or from the Cimatron browser.

CDG help school win Student F1 prize


Thank you so much for making it possible for our team to reach race day. None of that could have been done without your generous sponsorship. At the competition we won the entry class competition and had a fantastic day. We may even enter development class next year. Thank you for making it possible.

Yours sincerely

Colin Soppitt

Team SeedWing

The Mary Erskine School 


Well done boys!

F1 in schools

FabPro now with Dental Biocompatible materials


Digital Light Printing (DLP) technology uses a projector to image each layer within a photopolymer-based dental material for easy and precise printing, with the ability to build several smaller parts on a single platform for increased productivity. 3D Sprint™ software for print preparation and management provides an easy user interface, and changing materials and post-processing is easy with comprehensive solutions.FabPro 1000 Dental Models

  • Certified and Biocompatible Materials

    3D Systems is optimizing the recently announced FabPro 1000 desktop printer for compatibility with selected NextDent biocompatible materials for specific dental applications, starting with surgical guides and orthodontic and denture models.

  • Start to Finish Workflow

    The FabPro 1000 can be combined with other 3D Systems dental solution components to create a comprehensive and trusted workflow. This includes the NextDent LC-3DMixer for optimal stirring of materials, and the NextDent LC-3DPrint Box for UV post-curing.

    LC-3DPrint Box Mixer for the Fabpro 1000

    3D Systems NextDent Ortho Rigid Material

  • Lower Costs, Delivered

    Engineered for material efficiency and repeatability, the FabPro 1000 makes digital dentistry more accessible and affordable than ever before. And it’s simple to use—from set-up to material loading, post-processing, cleaning and maintenance—making it a perfect entry-level benchtop solution.

Dental Labs future with NextDent and 3D Systems


Interview: 3D Systems to redefine digital dentistry with NextDent 5100

"I fundamentally believe it starts with the materials - use case by use case, once you have the materials, hardware and software workflow, we can switch to digital" - Vyomesh Joshi, 3D Systems' CEO.

by  Feb 2018


CDG in pole position at Develop3D Live


CDG are at the Develop3D Live Show at Warwick University on Tuesday 20th March. See the award winning ProJet 2500, plus the latest Omni, Intamsys and Zmorph 3D printers. You can't miss us!

Develop3D Live 2018

3DXpert for SolidWorks


Market leading 3D printer manufacturer 3D Systems has announced the launch of 3DXpert for SolidWorks, a 3D print preparation software package that optimises 3D designs for additive manufacturing. 3DXpert is available exclusively to SOLIDWORKS customers as part of their annual subscription. The upgraded 3DXpert software includes a new range of tools to create a direct path from SOLIDWORKS designs to both metal and plastic additive manufacturing.

3DXpert for SOLIDWORKS workflow. Image via 3D Systems.
3DXpert for SOLIDWORKS workflow. Image via 3D Systems.

Helping designers fulfill technological potential

Despite the importance of more of the workforce reorienting their existing skills in light of the growth of additive manufacturing, 3D Systems suggests that the difficulty of this is preventing some designers taking full advantage of 3D printing technologies.

With the new 3DXpert software, SOLIDWORKS users will have the design freedom to deliver complex geometries, light-weight parts without compromising strength, and to apply surface textures that deliver functional or aesthetic benefits.

“We’ve seen a tremendous increase in the adoption of additive manufacturing,” said Gian Paolo Bassi, SOLIDWORKS CEO. “As a result, we collaborated with 3D Systems to provide SOLIDWORKS users with the tools to help them design specifically for additive manufacturing, which requires a different set of operations and rules than more traditional, subtractive manufacturing.”

The key features of 3DXpert for SOLIDWORKS

As part of the design workflow in 3DXpert for SOLIDWORKS, designers can import native CAD data without the need to convert it to STL, and maintain the integrity of the original design until 3D printing it.

Another important feature is the ability to optimize the object structure. This can be done through freely altering lattice structures or infill designs, modifying surface texture, and implementing automatic adjustments based on 3DXpert’s FEA linear-stress analysis.

Similarly, support structures can be designed to simultaneously deliver quality prints and save material by minimizing supports. In 3DXpert for SOLIDWORKS, automatic analysis inserts supports where they are needed, but these can also be tilted, scaled, or reconfigured to facilitate their removal.

Support structures can be edited freely to suit each 3D print job. Image via 3D Systems.
Support structures can be edited freely to suit each 3D print job. Image via 3D Systems.

Preparation time well spent

Finally, print preparation time is streamlined with automatic features such as tray setup, estimations of material usage, and calculations of build time.

Hybrid CAD tools, automatic best fit options, build plate positioning, and multiple format export options also ensure minimal divergence from the CAD design and the 3D printed result. 3D Systems CEO Vyomesh Joshi commented that:

“This collaboration enables SOLIDWORKS users to create more shapes, more ways, and accelerate product development cycles while lowering costs.”

“We are offering designers a true competitive advantage while re-defining the design and manufacturing process,” Joshi added. 

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