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Major 3D printing players join push for new 3MF file

Published 06 July 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, cad, stl, 3mf

Further support for the 3D printing file format 3MF means the STL’s days could be numbered

At the start of May we brought you the news of the new 3D printing file format 3MF - part of the outcome of a new 3MF Consortium, launched by Autodesk and Microsoft during the latter’s Build Developer Conference keynote - well now the 3D printer manufacturers are joining up.

3D Systems, Materialise and Stratasys have all joined the consortium, along with CAD software vendors Siemens PLM Software, bolstering the present members of Dassault Systèmes, HP, SLM Solutions, FIT AG (Netfabb) and Shapeways.

This move signals that nearly all the big CAD and 3D printing figureheads are pulling together behind this new file format, with the standard STL file’s days seemingly numbered.

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zSpace unveils all-in-one VR desktop for Education

Published 01 July 2015

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: design, gpu, amd firepro, education, vr

zSpace has released an all-in-one desktop virtual reality solution specifically designed for education.

The appropriately named zSpace for Education is a hardware and software solution that allows students to manipulate virtual, 3D objects ranging from human hearts to helicopters aiding learning in maths, physics, engineering and biology.

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Vicon sets up framework for future Aircraft engineering inspection using drones

Published 26 June 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, aerospace, inspection, uav, vicon, drones, easyjet

The test set up in Easyjet’s Luton engineering hangar, with Vicon T-Series cameras tracking the UAVs

Recently, airline operator Easyjet made the headlines for its plans to have drones actively inspecting aircraft for damage in ten of its engineering hangars across Europe by the end of 2016.

Analysis by these self-controlled inspection drones is expected to help cut the amount of time an aircraft is out of service following events such as lightning strikes or hailstorms compared to the man-hours required for manual inspection.

According to Boeing, lightning strikes a commercial aircraft on average once a year, this rate is frequent enough for a lightning strike to be considered almost inevitable. For every hour an aircraft is out of service the cost to the airline run’s into tens of thousands of pounds, even before the repair is carried out.

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Formlabs announce new ‘tough resin’ for 3D printing

Published 26 June 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, formlabs, materials, resin

The new Formlabs resin should deliver a superior combination of yield strength, elongation, and impact resistance

A new ‘tough resin’, designed for applications in engineering and prototyping, has been announced by Formlabs for its Form 1 and 1+ SLA 3D Printers - offering ‘physical properties similar to ABS plastic’.

It is claimed that Formlabs’ Tough Resin will be able to absorb high-impact and other mechanical stressors that would normally cause 3D printed parts to snap or shatter.

“From load-bearing gears to snap-fit enclosures, Tough Resin material has been engineered for applications that require performance under stress or strain” said Formlabs, which adds the Tough Resin to a growing materials library that already includes castable and flexible resins.

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