New Partner Integration Makes Customized 3D Printing Inside of SOLIDWORKS Easy

The impact of additive manufacturing in the manufacturing industry has been significant and is only poised to grow in both usage and downstream impact. Manufacturers in a wide variety of industries are actively piloting and implementing 3D printing today.

Prototyping continues to dominate the reasons why enterprises pursue 3D printing, but the opportunity to improve new product development and time-to-market are long-term goals.

This all leads to the question: How do you 3D-print a part designed with SOLIDWORKS today? I’d love to discuss with you in the comment area below, but here is what I usually have to go through using Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) machines:

  1. Finish a design in SOLIDWORKS
  2. Export it as a STL file
  3. Import this STL file into a separate 3D printer application
  4. Reorient the model as often needed
  5. Scale up/down the model
  6. Add support structures
  7. Send to print
  8. Go back to the printer to check up from time to time

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to print directly inside SOLIDWORKS so that we wouldn’t have to export, import, or reorient models anymore? Now we can, with the integration inside SOLIDWORKS and 3D printers developed by Sindoh Ltd. as shown below:

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In its 56 years of history, Sindoh holds a list of impressive records:

  • The first developer of copiers and fax machines in Korea in 1960.
  • The first SOLIDWORKS customer in Korea in 1996, also one of the country’s largest.
  • The number-one brand in Korean copier market.
  • The first 2D printer company with massive production capabilities to expand into 3D printing business.
This image above shows its first product 3Dwox, which was designed in SOLIDWORKS.
This image above shows its first product 3Dwox, which was
designed in SOLIDWORKS.

How Sindoh is different

Unlike other additive manufacturing companies at hundreds or thousands of machine-production scale, Sindoh is applying experiences accumulated through millions of 2D printers into 3D printers. By leveraging 56 years of expertise and massive manufacturing capacities, Sindoh is able to ensure consistent quality, improve user experiences beyond technology, and provide competitive pricing.

For example, Sindoh 3D printers reuse motors, timing belts, touch panels, chip on board (COB), and other components that have been mass-produced, fine-tuned, and proven in millions of 2D printers. Also Sindoh engineering and manufacturing teams use their own 3D printers for prototypes directly, which validates and improves their capability and quality in an efficient closed-loop.

Now Sindoh has moved one step further: they have become a SOLIDWORKS partner and developed a full integration into SOLIDWORKS so that we can not only design, but also print in SOLIDWORKS.

In the image below, inside of SOLIDWORKS, we can see a dedicated command bar for Sindoh 3D printer. You can add a local or network printer just like 2D printers. We can set print quality, slice the model, add support structures automatically and so on. Then once we hit Print, we can find the estimated time and filament needed. And, on the Task panel on the right hand side, we can even monitor printing progress. The camera feed can also be monitored on your phone.

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Print directly inside SOLIDWORKS

 

Monitor from your phone
Monitor from your phone
A SOLIDWORKS part right out of the oven
A SOLIDWORKS part right out of the oven
Nested prints in one batch
Nested prints in one batch

I know you cannot wait to get your hands on this machine yourself. You can find Sindoh is in Booth #702 in the Partner Pavilion at SOLIDWORKS WORLD 2016. Please check them out and print some SOLIDWORKS models yourself, or you can visit its webpage. I’d love to hear your comments below too.

Oboe Wu

Oboe Wu

Product portfolio manager of SOLIDWORKS MBD, passionate about smart manufacturing opportunities, Keen listener to customer challenges, Sharp problem solver with 20 years of experiences in engineering, Sleepless father trying best to take care of a baby daughter.
Oboe Wu
  • Bob McGill

    Great to hear this, Oboe. It sounds like Sindoh is the first to integrate a 3D printer driver into SolidWorks. Very nice. Hopefully other 3D printer vendors will take note and follow SIndoh’s lead with their own integrated 3D printer drivers. Once that happens, the STL file and the process that you describe in your article can gracefully fade away. Just this week I received a 3D print in the mail from a vendor, but it is the mirror image of the STL file that I sent to them. Close but no cigar. Kudos to Sindoh for making this happen and to SolidWorks for supporting their efforts. And very cool that their printer was designed with SolidWorks. Now, maybe Haas will develop a “print driver” to their SolidWorks designed MiniMill!