Archive for month: February, 2015

February 24, 2015
24 Feb 2015

MecSoft Releases RhinoCAM 2015

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IrvineCA, March 2, 2015: MecSoft Corporation, the developer of industry leading CAD/CAM software solutions, has announced the availability of RhinoCAM 2015, a major version release for MecSoft’s integrated CAM solution for Rhino.

RhinoCAM 2015 includes four CAM modules known as RhinoCAM-MILL, RhinoCAM-TURN, RhinoCAM-NEST, and RhinoCAM-ART, each of which run integrated inside the Rhino 5 CAD program and can be bought and licensed independent of each other. All CAM modules were significantly enhanced and improved in this 2015 release to provide customers with a powerful and complete manufacturing platform.

“In this new release of RhinoCAM, we have not only significantly enhanced all of our CAM modules but are also introducing our first automatic machining functionality. With the introduction of Hole Feature detection and the automatic machining of these hole features, we are significantly increasing the productivity of our customers. All of this new functionality makes the Rhino and RhinoCAM 2015 combination one of the best design and manufacturing systems in the market today, even when compared with systems that cost significantly more.” stated Joe Anand, President and CEO of MecSoft Corporation.

The free demo software of RhinoCAM 2015 can be downloaded at Rhinocam.com.

For more information, please visit mecsoft.com or call (949) 654-8163.

About MecSoft Corporation

Headquartered in Irvine, California, MecSoft Corporation is a worldwide leader in providing Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software solutions, addressing both Additive and Subtractive manufacturing technologies, for the small to mid-market segments. These solutions include products VisualCAD/CAM/3DPRINT®, VisualCAM for SolidWorks®, RhinoCAM™ & Rhino3DPRINT™ and VisualCAM for Geomagic®. These software products deliver powerful, easy-to-use and affordable solutions for users in the custom manufacturing, rapid prototyping, rapid tooling, mold making, aerospace, automotive, tool & die, woodworking, and education industries. For the latest news and information, visit www.mecsoft.com or call 949-654-8163.

February 9, 2015
09 Feb 2015

MecSoft Releases VisualCAD/CAM/3DPRINT 2015

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Irvine, CA, February 9, 2015: MecSoft Corporation, the developer of industry leading CAD/CAM software solutions, has announced the availability of VisualCAD/CAM/3DPRINT 2015, MecSoft’s standalone additive and subtractive manufacturing software suite.

VisualCAD/CAM/3DPRINT includes two products. The first is VisualCAM, to address the traditional subtractive or CNC manufacturing market with modules VisualMILL, VisualTURN, VisualNEST, and VisualART. The other is Visual3DPRINT, a newly introduced product to address the needs of the emerging additive manufacturing market. Both of these products run completely integrated inside the VisualCAD 2015 base CAD platform and can be bought and licensed independent of each other. MecSoft continues to provide VisualCAD as a completely free design tool. VisualCAD along with all of the above mentioned modules of VisualCAM were significantly enhanced and improved in this 2015 release to provide customers with a seamlessly integrated complete manufacturing platform.

“This release is one of the most exciting releases in the history of MecSoft as we are redefining what CAM means by addressing both the subtractive and the additive manufacturing markets with a single product suite. This release includes a brand new Visual3DPRINT product and the upgraded version of VisualCAM as a single manufacturing platform called VisualCAD/CAM/3DPRINT. As we see both additive and subtractive manufacturing technologies increasingly start to coexist in shops across the world, we are uniquely positioned to offer solutions to meet the requirements of our customers. We are truly redefining CAM.” stated Joe Anand, President and CEO of MecSoft Corporation.

The free demo software of VisualCAD/CAM/3DPRINT 2015 can be downloaded at https://mecsoft.com.

For more information, visit mecsoft.com or call (954) 654-8163

About MecSoft Corporation

Headquartered in Irvine, California, MecSoft Corporation is a worldwide leader in providing Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software solutions, addressing both Additive and Subtractive manufacturing technologies, for the small to mid-market segments. These solutions include products VisualCAD/CAM/3DPRINT®, VisualCAM for SolidWorks®, RhinoCAM™, Rhino3DPRINT™ and VisualCAM for Geomagic®. These software products deliver powerful, easy-to-use and affordable solutions for users in the custom manufacturing, rapid prototyping, rapid tooling, mold making, aerospace, automotive, tool & die, woodworking, and education industries. For the latest news and information, visit mecsoft.com or call 949-654-8163.

February 3, 2015
03 Feb 2015

Additive & Subtractive Manufacturing Workshop at RhinoDAY

We were invited to present at the workshop & conference from January 15-17 at RhinoDAY in Savannah, Georgia.  I got into Savannah a day before the workshop and it was one of the coldest days of the year (not being used to this cold in Southern California). We were all geared up for the cold weather and our workshop was held at Savannah College of Art & Design’s (SCAD) Jewelry department in the historic district of Savannah, GA.

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The main focus of the workshop was to gain hands-on experience in working with both MecSoft’s Additive and Subtractive manufacturing software products running inside Rhino 5.0.

We started the day by teaching Rhino3DPRINT – the “additive manufacturing software” which is latest addition to MecSoft’s suite of software products.

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Our attendees were excited to learn this new plug-in product as it fully integrates into Rhino’s interface. As they were all familiar with Rhino it was easy start and they found the Rhino3DPRINT tools very powerful & easy to use. We started out with a point cloud data & worked thro creating, repairing and smoothing out the mesh model. We then exported the model as STL and by the end of our 1st hour we had our 3D model ready to be printed. Ty Donaldson at SCAD was one of our attendees and helped us out in printing the Rubber duck model on the uPRINT SE printer from Stratasys. The printer’s software automatically added the required supports and estimated the total print time to be little over an hour. Here are some pictures & videos of our first 3D printed part.

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We worked through several other models that required mesh repair and fixing. Our attendees were wowed with the ease of use, powerful and automatic tools for the preparation of 3D data.

We then moved on to the Nesting module in RhinoCAM. The tabbed interface in the RhinoCAM’s Nesting browser made workflow very easy to nest the parts to a sheet. They learned how to use True shape and Rectangular nesting by the time we headed out to lunch.

Thanks to the administrative staff at SCAD. They were very helpful and it was nice of them to take us all into their campus dining in their shuttle.

After getting back from lunch our focus shifted to RhinoCAM’s MILL module to learn subtractive manufacturing. Our attendees learnt how to use RhinoCAM to program prismatic parts and complex 3D models using the different machining methods offered in RhinoCAM. They found the cam interface very intuitive and noticed that how well it integrated into Rhino. Making a change to the CAD geometry in Rhino only required the toolpaths to be regenerated in RhinoCAM without having to start over.

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During the workshop we also programmed a V-Carving toolpath and machined this on a Handibot CNC from Shopbot tools. This portable CNC machine does an amazing job where you place the Handibot on top of the workpeice to be cut. Within a few minutes we had the engraved letters cut on the machine. Here are some pictures of the machined part. Thanks to Bill Young of Shopbot tools for making this CNC available to us at the workshop.

Watch the Handibot in action…


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Overall it was a great experience to be part of the RhinoDAY workshop. I would like to thank Jackie Nasser & Andrés González from McNeel Miami for all their help & support in putting together this event and inviting us.

Check out our events page to see when our next presentation will be.