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Q&A with Renishaw engineer shortlisted for Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards

Published 31 October 2014

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: awards, iet, renishaw, female engineers, women in engineering, apprentice, young woman engineer of the year, apprenticeship

Lucy Ackland (26) is a project manager in Renishaw’s Additive Manufacturing Products Division

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards honours the best early career female engineers working in the UK today.

This year sees five female engineers shortlisted, with the winner announced on 10 December.

DEVELOP3D caught up with one of the finalists - Lucy Ackland, a project manager in Renishaw’s Additive Manufacturing Products Division - and posed a few questions regarding her path into engineering, her views on attracting women into the profession and what more can be done.

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Teach Yourself: Flatten surfaces in SolidWorks

Published 31 October 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, solidworks, sheet metal, pattern, flatten

Picking up the latest abilities in a new software release can be a time consuming trawl, so let us help you with this video tutorial on how to simply flatten part surfaces in SolidWorks 2015 and export them.

It was one of the most requested new features for the 2015 release and is sure to come in handy at some point in the near future when you’re wanting to lay out a pipe or fitting to be cut as a sheet metal part.

Previously it would have taken lots of fiddling around, or a third party add-on software, such as Exactflat, which is a professional piece of kit for when using composites, industrial fabrics and technical textiles.

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Latest Star-CCM+ simulation readies users for ‘new level of understanding’ in 2015

Published 31 October 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: simulation, cfd, engineering, cae, analysis, cd adapco, star-ccm, cfd analysis

Partial wrapping and extended overset mesh capabilities deliver added realism in modelling with Star-CCM+

CD-adapco has released its latest Star-CCM+ software, aiming to get simulations closer to the final product by accounting for factors that are likely to influence the real world performance of a design.

These updates to the V9 series have been focused on accurately simulating large and sophisticated models, but according to senior VP of product management, Jean-Claude Ercolanelli, are merely setting the stage next level developments in versions 10.0x, which are due out in February, June and October 2015.

“These releases will take simulation to a new level of understanding,” trumpeted Ercolanelli.

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Autodesk announces $100M war chest to fund future of 3D printing

Published 30 October 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, autodesk, prototype, hardware, spark, ember

Autodesk’s Ember 3D printer is only the tip of the company’s push into the 3D printing sphere

Autodesk has announced that it intends to invest up to $100 million in 3D printing companies over the next few years, including entrepreneurs, startups and researchers who push the boundaries of 3D printing technology.

The Spark Investment Fund, which will be operated within Autodesk, with companies and individuals developing groundbreaking hardware, software, materials, marketplaces and maker spaces encouraged to apply to participate.

Earlier this year, Autodesk announced Spark, an open and free software platform for 3D printing that will connect digital information to 3D printers in a new way.

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