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Toyota launch $4M challenge to transform lives of people with lower-limb paralysis

Published 20 November 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, design, competition, toyota, wheelchair, wheelchair design, exoskeleton

The Toyota Mobility Foundation has joined with Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre to launch a multi-million dollar challenge to expand mobility across the globe for people with lower-limb paralysis.

The Mobility Unlimited Challenge will reward development of personal mobility devices incorporating intelligent systems, with judges readying to assess solutions from across the technological and design spectrum, from artificial intelligence to exoskeletons.

Supported by international ambassadors from worlds of sport, media, design, art and technology, the finalists will be revealed on 14 January 2019, with the winners announced in Tokyo in 2020 as it aims to radically improve the mobility and independence of people with paralysis.

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Laminates and composites FEA analysis targeted by MSC Nastran 2018

Published 20 November 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: simulation, automotive, fea, materials, aerospace, nastran, msc, msc software

Simulating pre-stressing and fan blade out of a jet engine in Nastran 2018

Nastran 2018.0 will bring ‘new assembly modeling techniques’ according to MSC, which will allow for the creation, combination and management of multilevel assemblies for complex structural models.

The FEA tool is targeting the shift towards light weighting and high-strength materials and composites, with tools for managing the noise and vibration accounting for their frequency and spatial dependent properties during the analysis.

Short-Fiber Reinforced Plastics (SFRP) laminates, laminated glass windscreen, laminated metals (two sheets of steel with a viscoelastic damping layer), and carbon fibres are all focussed on in the new release.

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All the key 3D Printing news from Formnext 2017

Published 20 November 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: prototype, 3d printing, manufacturing, hp, manufacture, 3d systems, stratasys, materials, additive manufacturing

Should you have been unable to attend Europe’s largest 3D Printing event last week, don’t panic, we’ve picked among the mass of news and launches from the event to bring you the most important snippets from Formnext.

The show was a hotbed of new technology launches, first looks at research works and a great meeting place for the European industry, as well as thousands travelling in from further afield.

Below are our top 13 stories from the show floor, with many of them promising to make a difference to the way we design, prototype and manufacture in the very near future.

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3D Systems incorporates automation to its ‘future factory’ with Figure 4 and new metals printer

Published 17 November 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: prototype, 3d printing, manufacturing, 3d systems, materials, additive manufacturing, metals, figure 4

3D Systems continues to push its plans for extended manufacturing with additive technologies, launching a new metals 3D printer ready for the automated production line.

Based on the company’s existing SLS metals technology, the DMP 8500 is a scalable, automated and fully integrated - from powder in to part out - metal additive manufacturing solution, with a build chamber 500 x 500 x 500 mm, the system is engineered to open up new applications for users.

The modular design, combined with practicalities for production line use, such as rear access and ability to be placed side-by-side with other 3D printers, while sealed, removable print units manage powder and part transport between printer, powder, and transport modules for a continuous production workflow.

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