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Local Motors to use Autodesk Spark 3D printing platform

Published 18 September 2014

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: 3d printing, autodesk, 3d printer, digital manufacturing, local motors, spark, strati

Autodesk and Local Motors collaborate on first industrial application of Spark, the open 3D printing platform to solve challenges in large format 3D printing

In a post last week we reported how Local Motors is taking the final steps towards completing its first full scale 3D printed car - the Strati.

Well, this US vehicle manufacturer has now announced that it will be using Autodesk’s Spark 3D printing platform in the Strati’s continuing development.

Earlier this year, Autodesk revealed that it would be launching its open 3D printing software platform called Spark alongside its own 3D printer.

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BobCAD-CAM gets better CAD tools to help drive efficiency

Published 18 September 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: industrial design, engineering, cam, machining, cnc, bobcad-cam

A new CAD Solid Action Tree in BobCAD-CAM allows users to modify any step of their solid creation

Lesser known on UK shores, BobCAD-CAM is, as the name suggests, a CAD/CAM CNC machining software for manufacturing businesses, and has now released its latest v27 edition.

Ranging from 2.5 axis to 3, 4 and full 5 axis simultaneous CNC machining the latest edition is aiming to streamline the process of selecting tools, materials and cutting strategies, producing the numeric code that the machine requires to actually machine the part fast.

In addition to CAM machining enhancements, the v27 software has received a major overhaul for its CAD functionality, adding a new CAD Solid Action Tree that allows users to modify any step of their solid creation.

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Dremel’s 3D printer sadly doesn’t come with a 165-piece accessory kit

Published 18 September 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, autodesk, fdm, desktop, multitool, dremel, cupcake oven

Dremel has entered the 3D printing market with this $999 desktop FDM machine

Dremel, the producer of the much beloved Multitool drill/polisher/whizzing thing, is now selling its first 3D printer - the Idea Builder.

On firsts glance it appears to be a standard desktop FDM dressed up as a child’s cupcake oven, yet Home Depot, Amazon and Canadian Tire have jumped at the exclusive sales rights, selling it at $999.

However, the tool company suggests that this is more than a one-off product, forming a partnership with Autodesk to help provide free print-ready 3D models and online design tools.

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Materialise expands, brings scanning and measurement in-house

Published 18 September 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, reverse engineering, 3d scanning, materialise, leuven, belgium

Materialise has added 3D scanning to its long list of in-house services

Belgium’s giant 3D printing software and bureau service provider Materialise is adding scanning and measurement services to its repertoire.

The Leuven-based company already boasts a design and engineering team supported by over 100 3D printing machines of all sizes, specialists for every technology, and a battery of software developers, with scanning now giving it “the complete solution”.

With the addition of a scanning and measurement service, the team aims to offer additional possibilities for quality control, reverse engineering and scan for 3D Printing.

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