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Solidworks Add-In for DragonFly2020 Pro Makes Creating 3D Printed Electronics Easier

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by Hanna Watkin
Feb 6, 2018

Nano Dimension, known for their circuit boards 3D printers, partnered up with software company Dassault Systèmes and implemented a Solidworks add-in for its DragonFly 2020 Pro 3D printer.

The DragonFly 2020 Pro is a 3D printer from Nano Dimension which was unveiled last September. It is designed to manufacture embedded electronics and circuit boards. All3DP covered the printer’s release.

However, Nano Dimension is always working on enhancing its 3D printers and for the latest improvement, it partnered up with French software company, Dassault Systèmes.

Solidworks is the software published by the French company which is now being implemented into the DragonFly 2020 Pro as an add-in. The hope is that adding this software to the fully industrial machine will hugely benefit mechanical and electrical engineers.

The reason being that this add-in makes 3D printing with embedded electronics accessible. In fact, it’s now possible for users to print complex shapes designed in Solidworks using metals and polymers. It takes just one build process to create designs with embedded electronics.

“By 3D printing electronics, designers can obtain faster prototypes and work on PCBs in 3D, not just 2D… With Nano Dimension’s SOLIDWORKS add-in, for the first time ever users can design and 3D print electronics with a push of a button. We are proud to be partnering with an industry innovator like Nano Dimension,” explains Suchit Jain, Vice President of Strategy & Business Development, SOLIDWORKS, Dassault Systemes.

Solidworks Software Add-In Features

Thanks to the new add-in, users can design objects in Solidworks and automatically transfer the files to slicing software. This will save time, enhance designs and hopefully create more reliable products.

Essentially, it’s now possible to 3D print designs which contain conductors without leaving Solidworks. Unlike with most editing software, it’ll be possible for users to design using more than one material.

It’s now simple to point and click in order to subdivide an object. Next, different object parts will automatically have either conductive or insulating materials. After this is complete, you’re ready to print.

“We developed this add-in for SOLIDWORKS applications as a direct response to our customers’ needs for prototyping increasingly complex designs… The SOLIDWORKS add-in for the DragonFly 2020 Pro is the first tool to enable the combination of freeform objects and embedded 3D electronics. This capability offers our customers the ability to make what is currently unmakeable,” explains Simon Fried, President of Nano Dimension USA.

Interested in finding out more? Nano Dimension’s technology will be on display at the Solidworks World 2018 showcase. This is happening between February 4th and 7th in Los Angeles, USA.

Source: tct Magazine

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