You may not have heard of re:3D Inc. yet, but they’re quickly becoming one of the most innovative companies in the ever-growing and evolving world of 3D printing.
Founded by a group of ex-NASA engineers and Engineers Without Borders, this startup is already doing amazing things.
For one, they already tout the world’s most affordable, life-sized 3D printers. That’s impressive by itself.
But the why behind what they’re doing is important here.
As a company, they are pioneering a platform to develop the future. Based on what they’ve put together, it’s pretty clear they’re hitting the mark.
At re:3D, they believe that size shouldn’t hold you back. That’s why they’ve built their Gigabot printer to rival other industrial printers, but at 1/10 the cost! Plus, it boasts a build volume that’s 30X larger than desktop models.
But what’s really great about this company is their commitment to inspiring local solutions. Because ultimately, that’s what this company is all about.
As part of that commitment, they donate one Gigabot printer to a group dedicated to improving their community for every 100 Gigabots delivered. Now that’s awesome.
As a relatively young company, they’ve got tons of passion and energy that’s driving their success. And they still have that startup company feel, which makes them fun, approachable, and easy to get behind.
Plus, all you need is one look at any of their resumes and you know their team is comprised of the best of the best.
So what’s the latest with this company? Just check out their social media accounts and you’ll see they’re always on the move. They travel all over the world to show people what’s possible with their technology.
And as it happened – I ran into their Lead Machinist, Steve Johnson, at the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago. That’s where I learned that they actually make all of their machined parts for their 3D printers inside BobCAD-CAM!
Just as a quick side note about Steve, he probably has one of the single best titles in his email signature, “Chip Slinger Extraordinaire”. #TitleGoals
Upon finding out that they use our software, I had to know how a bunch of brilliant, ex-NASA engineers use our software and more about their story.
Steve, as busy as he is, was happy to do a Q&A with me – here’s what we talked about…
How did you learn about BobCAD-CAM?
I researched online and found BobCAD-CAM several years ago when I was making motorcycle parts in my garage as a hobby side business. I originally purchased Version 22. When I came to work for re:3D, our company had no programming software at all. All programs were hand coded, and many of our toolpaths were very inefficient. Since we are a startup company only 3 years into business, I decided to upgrade to Version 28 out of my own pocket so that I could show our team the advantages of having a solid CAM system in place.
What was the reason you chose our software?
Having used BobCAD-CAM previously, I already knew the interface well. And because I was planning to buy the software myself, the entire decision was my choice to make. I went with what I felt was the best option, and the option I could afford. I used some money I had set aside for another project, and upgraded my package to Version 28.
What was the most important aspect when you were selecting your CAD/CAM software?
I wanted to take advantage of high speed milling toolpaths and present a modern approach to machining in the re:3D shop. re:3D being a company that was literally born from a group of ex-NASA employees who belong to Engineers Without Borders, re:3D’s focus is and always will be on making large scale 3D printers at a price that is accessible to everyone. Also, as a socially minded company, we give away a free Gigabot 3D printer for every 100 that we sell. So we operate on a very tight budget in order to be able to continue to meet our business and social goals. In order to achieve these goals, we try to eliminate unnecessary expenses anywhere we find them so we can keep the cost of Gigabot affordable. As a machinist with nearly 25 years in the industry, BobCAD-CAM has allowed me to not only reduce programming time, but also to create programs that reduce runtime, and increase tool life, effectively dropping our cost of production.
Tell me what your experience has been with our software, training, and support services.
Having upgraded to Version 28, a plethora of new cutting options have been opened, and tool management is very simple to use. At this point I have not done any training classes, but have benefited greatly from the Video Professor Series, which I purchased with both versions of BobCAD-CAM. I know support is right there if I need it, but so far, I haven’t had to use it, as everything works as it should. Even editing the Post Processors for our machines was simple and straightforward.
Can you think of a word that best describes BobCAD-CAM?
Value. Hands down, BobCAD-CAM brings the power of a high-end CAD-CAM system into an affordable price range that is not only perfect for small businesses such as re:3D, but for any manufacturing company. Buying software at three times the price and higher with the same capabilities just doesn’t make sense.
How has working with BobCAD-CAM changed the way your company makes your products?
Again, from hand coding to a modern toolpath approach, BobCAD-CAM has completely changed not only the quality of our product, but also our future possibilities. As we grow, we will acquire better machinery, and I have no doubt BobCAD-CAM will help us squeeze every drop of efficiency from our future offerings, allowing us to constantly bring a better project to market at a price that blows our competition out of the water.
Have you had our competitors approach you? If so, what did you tell them?
We are still a small company. But with Gigabots in 47 countries and our latest version of Gigabot releasing October 1st of this year, we aren’t getting any smaller. I imagine your competition will be at the door soon enough. But again, why pay more? BobCAD-CAM is exceeding our needs at a price that your competition can’t touch.
If a friend called you today and said they were thinking about using BobCAD-CAM, what would you tell them?
I have sent several business owners your way already. BobCAD-CAM hasn’t given me a reason to stop recommending them yet.
BobCAD-CAM has announced that they will be exhibiting at this years International manufacturing show; IMTS in Chicago, IL September 12 through 17. They will be in the BobCAD-CAM will be displaying their technology in the CAD-CAM Pavilion in Booth #E-3263.
CNC programmers all over the world are using BobCAD-CAM to create amazing parts and the proof is on social media. Check out how these cutting edge CNC shops are leveraging BobCAD-CAM’s powerful, time saving CAD-CAM software to get the job done right.
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Integrated CAD & CAM is the optimum design and manufacturing solution for the global markets under the title of “Manufacturing”. Because of this, CNC Cookbook surveys known CAD-CAM users in the market place to gain a better understanding of what they use in cad-cam technologies in order to get a better understanding of what is working vs. what is just available. When the results came back BobCAD-CAM was at the top for “Modular CAD-CAM”.
Manufacturers around the world use BobCAD-CAM CNC programming software to design and import 3D models of prototypes, custom parts, and mass-produced parts for machining. The software uses solid model designs to create toolpaths and NC g-code, which is the programming language that controls CNC machine tools for mill, router, plasma, laser, waterjet, lathe, and wire EDM machines. Version 28 of the software builds on the company’s 30 years of CAD-CAM innovations which include a powerful CAD design system, an easy to use wizard driven interface, Dynamic Machining Strategies™, advanced 2-5 axis high speed adaptive toolpath capabilities, realistic simulations, and much more.
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BobCAD-CAM, Inc., a world leader in cutting edge CAD-CAM software, has released a training video set for the company’s new BobART module, an artistic plug-in for SOLIDWORKS™.
New to the BobCAM family of SOLIDWORKS plug-in products, BobART brings and entirely unique set of creative toolsets that allow SOLIDWORKS users to apply artistic elements to CNC manufactured products. Popular in creative machining industries, BobART is typically used by sign makers, custom wood workers, jewelry designers, instrument manufacturers, engravers, mold makers, and many others.
As the first artistic CNC machining plug-in of its kind for SOLIDWORKS, BobART gives its users an easy way to work with artistic elements and opens the door to new revenue generating activities through expanded product offerings and increased opportunities for up-selling.
As part of the BobART launch, BobCAD-CAM has compiled a comprehensive video training series to break down artistic programming by individual features. The training videos also include a digital workbook, example CAD files, and follow-along tutorials so users can master artistic programming in an intuitive, progressive way.
“Your typical imported artwork isn’t natively compatible in SOLIDWORKS,” explains Walter Czyrsky, Technical Director at BobCAD-CAM. “That’s where BobART helps. It makes it easy to transform everything from images, logos, and scanned artwork into sketch geometry right inside SOLIDWORKS. Ever since its initial release, BobART has been one of our most popular add-on products and we’re very excited to finally be able to offer this artistic plug-in to SOLIDWORKS™ users.”
The new training set includes 34 individual videos and a digital workbook, which covers everything from converting image files to sketch geometry and creating 3D embossed models to applying CAM toolpaths and creating chiseled finishes with v-carving tools.
BobART for SOLIDWORKS and the new training series are available now at BobCAD-CAM Online Store.
Click HERE to download a trial copy of BobART for SOLIDWORKS.
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