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Monday, 22 September 2014 15:52

CAD/CAM Connect Announces CAD/CAM Reviews Site

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Still in BETA mode, industry-leading manufacturing hub, CAD/CAM Connect, announced that it has surpassed 100 product entries on its CAD/CAM Reviews site. This data reflects the commitment of CAD/CAM Connect to being an all-encompassing resource for the manufacturing community. The reviews site expands on current offerings to provide user’s a one-stop destination for information on CAD/CAM products, vendors, services, educational content and outstanding support.

“We understand that CADCAMReviews.com is a work in progress, but it's a starting point that gives visitors one place to go to get information covering a variety of different design to manufacturing products, topics and disciplines, stated Ken Wilson, Founder. This BETA launch allows us to gather feedback from users to help us make it better, while building community.”

“Unlike traditional review sites who try to be everything to everybody, we focus on one thing only: serving the needs of the manufacturing community – period,” stated Wilson. CAD/CAM Reviews is a place for engineers, machinists, design and IT professionals to turn to for educational articles and videos, unbiased feedback, ratings and advice from people who actually use these products in the real world. Visitors can filter by a wide variety of relevant categories, reducing the amount of time dedicated to the research, validation, and purchasing process. All ratings, comments, and suggestions are monitored and evaluated in real time, allowing CAD/CAM Connect to filter out untrustworthy information and spam.”

“The objective, like most reviews sites, is to build a community of user's sharing their knowledge and experiences while rating products to help others make better purchasing decisions. There's also a wealth of information explaining the benefits of products to help people solve problems, and align their processes to achieve optimal performance.”

The site is also unique in that it offers visitors the opportunity to call and speak with subject matter experts to discuss their needs before committing to a purchase. This personalized service is a benefit not offered by the majority of review sites today.

“Our goal has always been to make it easy to research, shop and save on CAD/CAM manufacturing products and services while helping companies solve critical business problems,” said Wilson. “Building an online destination that aggregates the best suppliers, educational content and industry experts in one place is what we’re all about. We’re doing it for CAM and FEA-CFD simulation software, PDM, PLM, ERP, CAD training, reverse engineering, 3D printers, rapid prototyping, CNC machinery, tooling and fabrication equipment and more.”

With over 100 years of combined industry knowledge in the CAD/CAM industry and thousands of engineering and supplier contacts, CAD/CAM Connect partners with top suppliers and industry experts to create a one-stop destination for educational content, leading industry forums and user reviews. The company helps facilitate communications between buyers and suppliers to help mechanical engineers, machinists, design and IT professionals make better purchasing decisions.

For more information, visit: www.cadcamreviews.com

GPI Prototype joins CADCAMConnect as a featured supplier. Now engineers looking to print their 3D CAD files into metal parts have an online community where they can get information and purchase products at a discount. Manufacturers are discovering the advantages of taking their 3D CAD models and printing metal parts from them...whether it is tooling for injection molding, medical applications or aerospace.

"The results are incredible: reduced waste, no tooling costs, the ability to create highly complex parts, little to no inventory and speed to market," said Tim Ruffner, VP Business Development at GPI Prototype.

Direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) is an additive metal fabrication technology. It produces solid metal parts by locally melting metal powder with a focused laser beam layer by layer. Building layer by layer allows for the manufacturing of highly complex geometries directly from the 3D CAD data. This applies specifically to part geometries where slides, inserts, cooling channels or other tool components are required. Additive manufacturing metals include Ti64, Aluminum, IN718, Cobalt Chrome, 15-5 & 17-4 Stainless and Tooling Steel. DMLS has many benefits over traditional manufacturing techniques. Prototypes can now be made out of the same material as the final production components, making them 100% functional and allowing for more rigorous testing. It creates parts with highly complex external and internal geometries in a single process.

In the aerospace industry, DMLS is used for turbines or titanium parts. For American Airlines, by removing just one pound of weight from each aircraft, it would save them more than 11,000 gallons of fuel annually. For medical device companies, DMLS has been an important tool offering a stainless steel, called PH1, that can be hardened and solution annealed to be used in surgery. Injection molders are using it to create conformal cooling channels to improve both the quality and economics of their parts. DMLS has reduced cycle time and scrap, while increasing productivity by 30%-60%.

"We're very proud to add GPI Prototype to our network of outstanding suppliers. This is just another step in our mission to offer the mechanical engineering community one place to go for all of their design to manufacturing needs," says Ken Wilson, Founder of CADCAMConnect.

Unlike traditional resellers, CADCAMConnect partners with multiple CAD/CAM/CAE product and service providers who are among the top in their industry. The site offers industry news, trends, user forums and discussion groups, with various deals on different products.

For more information, visit: www.cadcamconnect.com/direct-metal-laser-sintering

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