Saturday, May 26, 2018
IMTS 2016 Show Daily

3D Systems Offers a Triple Threat

September 15, 2016 / , Editorial Director MoldMaking Technology

This week marks the first IMTS in which Cimatron, GibbsCAM and now Geomagic are on display together as 3D Systems solutions for manufacturing. 3D Systems of Moorpark, California, additionally is taking advantage of this week to unveil a major update to Cimatron CAD/CAM software for tooling in Booth E-3310, offering demonstrations of more than 250 new features and enhancements.

According to the company, Cimatron 13 hones in on mold, die and toolmakers, introducing new and enhanced capabilities that can dramatically accelerate productivity and minimize overhead in the design and manufacture of molds, dies and discrete parts. Some of those features and capabilities being demonstrated in the booth include new CAD for tooling functionalities; boosted drafting capabilities; new mold-design applicative tools; dedicated environments for progressive and transfer dies; smart electrode mirroring tools; hybrid design environments; a new plate machining solution; new measurement technology; improved NC programming capabilities; and a concurrent design and manufacturing environment.

On hand to discuss its beta test of the new conformal cooling design capability of Cimatron 13 is customer Bastech, a shopfloor, additive manufacturing services and equipment sales provider.  Using Cimatron as part of an end-to-end workflow system, Bastech says it accelerated its design process for conformally cooled injection molds, then leveraged direct metal printing with 3D Systems’ ProX 200 to manufacture the molds. The finished molds were inspected using 3D Systems’ Geomagic Control 3D inspection software.

According to Bastech President Ben Staub, Cimatron automated the company’s conformal cooling process, saving it 70 percent on mold design time and cutting mold costs by 16 percent. This led to a 14-percent reduction in injection cycle times and an overall increase in part quality, he says.

“Cimatron helps our moldmakers make better decisions about how to set up cavities, cores and inserts before bringing them into reality using 3D Systems’ direct metal 3D printing,” he says.


Share This Article