Tutorials

diverse shape translation to JT or STP

8 2 Intermediate
Have found a way to import / translate easy shape files like 3ds, wrl, skp, stl, ifc and so on into JT or STP. The shape files can have texture or not. My interest was how to get the shape files with texture translated to JT. For this, I use PCon Planner and save as 3DS. After this, import it into MeshLab (single texture file / no layer) and save it as WRL (VRML 2). This is than easy to import into Teamcenter Livecyle Visualisation (TCVis) and save as JT. If you like to have more imported WRL/JT files into TCvis (JT2Go) please rename the texture or the view results in TCVis (JT2Go) are bad, looks like unplaced textures. If you like to export files with not a texture another way is to use. The fast one with no colours is to save as stl and import it into your volume modeller. The longer way is here to import it into PCon after this save as Skp (Sketchup) and now is to use Automapki (~40 $ or € / year sorry no freeware I have found) and save as STP file. The result you can now import into a volume modeller and use it there or (and) save it as JT and many other files too. Hope you like this tutorial a bit. If you have any questions please let me know.

How to Paint FDM Parts

5 1 Intermediate
There are many reasons for coating FDM parts. These include UV protection, sealing, shielding, or surface modification, but painting FDM parts for an aesthetically pleasing finish is the most common. Painting brings a product to life by adding depth, contrast and character. This is true for concept models, marketing samples, and finished goods. For product development and many production applications, paint completes the desired look and feel. With a little know-how and a touch of patience, models, prototypes, and parts can look like production parts. The following instructions are for creating top-quality painted parts. For applications that do not require this level of finishing, skip any unneeded steps. A good paint finish traditionally starts with sanding and filling.