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Demand for craft beer leads to quick fire packaging design tools

Published 25 April 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: manufacturing, packaging design

Drink brands and designers wanting to visualise and share their creations for a 3D can designs can use a simple app to apply artwork to a label template for virtual application onto a 33cl can.

Over the last two years, the demand for craft beer in cans has driven the launch of affordable, short-run and mobile canning manufacturing companies, which offer brands the option of direct-to-can printing, or labels.

Can Creator’s 3D design app allows for new label template allows brands to test their designs and choose between both formats, along with the option to test their design on a black, as well as a silver can.

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Artec adds further automation to its Studio 12 software release for 3D scanning

Published 25 April 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: solidworks, cad, industrial design, 3d scanning, artec

Following the footsteps of its next generation AI-based 3D scanner, the Artec Leo, the company’s latest Studio 12 software boasts enhanced speed, an improved user interface, and new automated features that minimise the time needed for scanning and processing.

With 28 new features (75 per cent of these are said to be direct customer requests), this release tackles some of the most troublesome elements of post processing 3D scan data, including base removal.

First introduced in Artec Studio 11 (full review here), the software features improvements to the algorithms used for automatic base removal with a Smart Base Removal too, helping it to distinguish between a platform an object is sitting on, the object being scanned.

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Siemens sets up own manufacturing and supply platform for additive manufacturing

Published 25 April 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, manufacturing, siemens, additive manufacturing, siemens nx

Siemens is introducing its own part manufacturing platform to address what it views as a growing need for on-demand, worldwide access to additive manufacturing and the latest technology.

The platform, due to launch mid-2018, aims to create an online ecosystem made up of highly qualified members from a variety of areas such as product designer, job shops, part buyers, 3D printer OEMs, material suppliers, expert services providers, and micro-factories.

The scheme, launching at Hannover Messe 2017, suggests that members will be able to instantly connect with other members to initiate co-innovation of products using the latest software tools for additive manufacturing.

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AMD releases dual GPU, Polaris-based Radeon Pro Duo graphics card for CAD / VR / rendering

Published 24 April 2017

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: cad, rendering, gpu, vr, radeon pro

AMD has launched a new professional graphics card that should be of particular interest to CAD users who also rely on GPU rendering or Virtual Reality applications. The Polaris-based Radeon Pro Duo essentially combines two ‘VR Ready’ Radeon Pro WX 7100 GPUs on a double height graphics card.

The $999 GPU is equipped with 32GB of GDDR5 memory (four times that of a single Radeon Pro WX 7100), which will allow it work with much bigger datasets.

For VR, the Radeon Pro Duo can use each of its two GPUs to render out separate images for each eye. AMD says that this can increase VR performance over single GPU solutions by up to 50% in the SteamVR test. It should be noted, however, that not all VR engines can currently make use of dual GPUs, but support will likely increase in the future.

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