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Markforged goes ‘Industrial’, launches X3 and X5 3D Printers

Published 17 August 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, design, 3d printing, manufacturing, manufacture, materials, fdm, markforged

How the Markforged Industrial Series fits into the Markforged line-up, shown in orange,

Markforged has announced the addition of two new printers to its Industrial Series, the new X3 and X5 printers, specifically targeting price points to draw in more manufacturing businesses.

The X3 is powered by Onyx, a high-temperature capable carbon fiber filled nylon, letting it print engineering grade thermoplastic fiber parts, with the machine costing $36,990.

The X5 costs $49,900 and adds the ability to reinforce an Onyx part with a strand of continuous fiberglass, which Markforged claims makes the parts up to 19-times stronger and 10-times stiffer than traditional plastics.

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DriveWorks launches free certification to help students design for manufacture

Published 16 August 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: solidworks, engineering, education, driveworks, driveworks xpress

DriveWorks is looking to boost the skill sets of students for real world design with its latest free certification for its DriveWorksXpress software for mass customisation.

The DriveWorksXpress Training and Certification is free for all engineering and design students that have access to either an educational or commercial licence of SolidWorks, who can then activate DriveWorksXpress – the free, entry level design automation tool included in every licence of SolidWorks.

The certification consists of three steps and can be completed in three hours, giving students the ability to go beyond the theory discussed in the classroom and gain new skills that are sought after in the industry.

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Solid Solutions Management to acquire NTCADCAM

Published 15 August 2017

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: cad, solidworks, design, ntcadcam, solid solutions, var channel

For those of us in the UK who were there in the beginning of the mainstream CAD revolution and the years since, most will be more than familiar with two of the UK’s leading resellers, Solid Solutions and NT CADCAM (That’s New Technology CADCAM).

As SolidWorks took hold, both organisations, along with others such as CADTek Systems and many more, spread the gospel according to SolidWorks amongst the many in the UK.

Now it has been announced that Solid Solution has acquired NTCADCAM, following its acquisition of CADTek Systems last year.

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Nikon launch new ModelMaker H120 laser scanner

Published 15 August 2017

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: reverse engineering, 3d scanning, 3d scanner, metrology, nikon

Nikon Metrology has launched the latest update to its range of portable laser scanning devices.

The new ModelMaker H120 is based on Nikon’s blue laser technology which features an ‘ultra-fast frame rate’, specially developed optics and the ability to measure the most challenging materials - something that lower end laser scanner (and some more pricey ones as well) struggle with.

Having a field-of-view width up to 120 mm and a point resolution down to 35 μm, the system is said to be ideal for users requiring fast, detailed data collection over a large area.

 

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