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In 1983, Applied Robotics incorporated in Troy, NY, with a focus on the integration and design of robotic automation equipment. The company’s first product, a specialty gripper, is designed using a T-square on a dining room table.  Approximately 34 years later, Applied Robotics is a leading global provider of specialized end-of-arm tooling and connectivity solutions for the automation and robotics industries.

Until 2008, Applied Robotics used Solid Edge Mechanical Design and E3 Electrical Design packages to develop, manufacture, and assemble the mechanical and electrical design aspects of its robotic automation solutions.  According to Stefan Casey, VP of Engineering, difficulties related to using the electrical schematic application and recruiting engineers who were trained in the mechanical package prompted the company to re-evaluate its 3D design solution.


SOLIDWORKS 2017 Rollouts

Fall is now upon us, and that means chilly air, leaves changing colors, football…and CADimensions Rollout Events! October is always a very exciting time for us at CADimensions, for it means the latest version of SOLIDWORKS is upon us. We can’t wait to get our hands on it to try out the new features, and new products that SOLIDWORKS has released. I have been around SOLIDWORKS for many years (the first version I used was 1999), and it still makes us feel like kids on Christmas when the new release comes out. This year is no exception, and we cannot wait to show you, our customers, all the new enhancements and products.

The Rollout Events will be held at all stops along the thru-way, begin in early October:


Camera Techniques in SOLIDWORKS Visualize – How a Camera Works

Minimize effort and maximize impact. It’s what we’re all aiming for isn’t it? We all want to expend as little effort as we can and get as much for it as possible. There is something satisfying about optimizing your time. As the old saying goes, time is money.

When it comes to rendering, many people see it as that optional last step that will get done if there is time. But I think the world is shifting. The request is on the rise to see a product in its environment before signing off on a project or committing to purchase. And why shouldn’t it? It just makes sense.

My stance has always been to encourage users to make their CAD data work harder for them. How much time do you suppose goes into any given model by the time it gets completed? It varies given the scale of the project but it’s a significant percentage of engineering time spent. It’s worth it, no doubt. The benefits of 3D modeling far outweigh the time it takes to do so. However, we all want to be smart with our investments. If that time investment could be paying greater dividends, I say, LET IT!


Big News from MakerBot Industries

In the past, MakerBot has received a lot of feedback from customers, on everything from materials, hardware, and software. They took your comments and concerns to heart, and worked hard to make meaningful changes to their products, in the hopes of significantly improving the customer experience. It is because of this feedback that they have worked tirelessly to advance virtually every aspect of their business, both internally and externally.

In 2013, the MakerBot brand was part of an acquisition by Stratasys. In early 2016, the Smart Extruder+ was released, to ensure a more dependable and consistent print performance.  And now, in September 2016, MakerBot has just released a few more surprises for you.

It is without further ado, that I unveil to you what has been dubbed “The MakerBot Experience”, a comprehensive restructuring of MakerBot infrastructure, as well as new additions to their hardware, software, and material catalog.


Making Clean Station Baskets

 I have been asked several times if Stratasys sells extra cleaning baskets.

While I am sure there is a way to order more, I always suggest printing one instead. The cleaning baskets supplied with Stratasys SRS Clean Stations are durable and stainless steel, but they are a standard 4" x 4" x 4" size.

Here is a great opportunity to build the size you want (need) and try some SOLIDWORKS features you may rarely use or may not know about.

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