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WATCH // Why manufacturing is the future for Stratasys’ large format 3D printing

Published 20 January 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, develop3d live, stratasys, boston

Stratasys took to the stage at our Boston event to unveil its future plans for 3D printing in manufacturing

With the mainstream spotlight shifted away from 3D printing, the big players are working harder than ever to develop tools, machines and materials to make the technology work for large scale manufacturing.

Stratasys SVP of global software, Jon Stevenson, explained to our audience in Boston just how the 3D printing giant is helping develop the collaborative nature of its software for better design and printing, as well as giving us an insight into what it’s been working on with Boeing and Ford for the next generation of its 3D printing technology: Infinite Build.

An age of composites and advanced thermoplastics is upon us, and as more designers look to take advantage of such materials, it will be down to the likes of Stratasys to ensure new found design freedoms emerging from CAD and simulation tools can be built to industry standards.

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Debrett’s 500 List - the designers that will crop up in posh dinner party conversation in 2017

Published 20 January 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, jonathan ive, design museum, tom dixon, priestmangoode, heatherwick studio, posh book

Six British product designers have made the annual list

Ah Debretts! A British Institution to add to the list of British Institutions that should have its proprietors locked up in a British institution… Its tome of 500 names for 2017 has been unveiled.

The Debrett’s 500 recognises Britain’s 500 most influential people, having been ‘carefully compiled by independent specialists in each of a number of sectors’, with Debrett’s charting of people of influence and achievement having existed for nearly 250 years.

The book of names for people to rattle off at dinner parties and ambassadors receptions (in order to look like they have a clue what’s happening in the world) has received its 2017 update, and features no fewer than six illustrious product designers.

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Automotive sheet metal process simulation reaches next level with AutoFormplus R7

Published 20 January 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: simulation, automotive, sheet metal

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AutoFormplus has announced its latest R7 release will offer advances in process modeling for hot forming, while allowing users to take cooling channels into account.

The software, focussed on sheet metal process simulation for the automotive market, will allow users to benefit from higher flexibility and efficiency in process set-up and final validation for all forming processes in general and in particular for progressive dies and hot forming.

Cooling channels can now be easily modeled with 3D curves and their corresponding diameters. While different cooling channel layouts leading to different temperature distributions on the tool surfaces, hot spots on the tool surface can be detected and controlled via R7 depending on the selected layout of the cooling channels.

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P&G creates first recyclable shampoo bottle from beach plastic

Published 20 January 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: sustainabililty, sustainable design, recycling, packaging

The project will use 2,600 tons of recycled plastic every year

Head & Shoulders will produce the world’s first recyclable shampoo bottle made from up to 25 per cent recycled plastic sourced from beaches, with half-a-billion bottles of Proctor and Gamble products following suit by 2018.

In partnership with recycling experts TerraCycle and SUEZ, the Head & Shoulders bottle will launch in France this summer as a limited-edition edition available to consumers in Carrefour supermarkets.

If you’re glancing around for design trends at this early a stage in 2017 then prepare to be hit with the craze for advancing the circular economy with sustainable materials, with Procter & Gamble following Adidas by recycling plastic waste taken from the sea.

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