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Onshape Update // July update includes major new surfacing tools

Published 18 July 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, design, industrial design, onshape

The Tangency option in the new Fill surfacing tool sets Onshape to create a surface that has continuity to the surfaces around it

It seems that summer is for surfaces at Onshape, with the July feature releases focussing on new surfacing tools, with fills and enclosures to make solids.

Users can now create a surface defined by a closed boundary of edges or curves by using the Fill tool, making it easy to close off a face, and automatically transform a collection of surfaces into a solid.

The tool adds intelligence for when the surface needs to match surrounding geometry. By selecting edges with the fill command, the Tangency option sets Onshape to create a surface that has continuity to the surfaces around it. This can be set to show ISO curves, as to show better the underlying surface.

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Aerospace’s adoption of 3D printed parts reaches new level

Published 18 July 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, 3d printing, manufacturing, manufacture, stratasys, aerospace

A rare view of 3D printed components, ready to be fitted to an Airbus A350 XWB

An announcement by Airbus that it will use Stratasys FDM 3D printers for non-structural parts such as brackets on its A350 XWB aircraft, sees the aerospace industry increase its adoption of 3D printed end-use parts.

Airbus will now use Stratasys Direct Manufacturing’s 3D printing capacity and infrastructure for parts on demand for its next generation of aircraft, with Airbus signalling that this will allow them to achieve greater supply chain flexibility, and improve cost competitiveness, while leveraging on reduced material consumption and waste.

The companies have worked together since 2013 on the implementation of 3D printing FDM applications, leading to the qualification in 2014 of the Ultem 9085 material for the production of flying parts on Airbus aircrafts. With thousands of parts installed on aircraft since 2015.

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Plataine Material and Asset Tracker allows ‘full traceability of Digital Thread’ through manufacture

Published 18 July 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: iot, siemens, materials, iiot, plataine

Industrial IoT software firm Plataine launches the latest version of its Material and Asset Tracker software, a ‘cutting-edge manufacturing optimisation software’.

As part of the new Version 4.0, Plataine has expanded support for the entire manufacturing supply chain, where OEMs and suppliers can collaborate on a single platform for integrated visibility of manufacturing status and traceability.

Analytical algorithms have been introduced to the system, analysing large-scale databases and driving alerts and recommendations, while users have complete visibility of the production floor, with real-time tracking of the location, condition and status of critical assets, such as raw materials, tools, parts and assemblies.

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MSC releases Marc 2017 for nonlinear modelling

Published 18 July 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: simulation, engineering, automotive, manufacturing, aerospace, materials, msc, hexagon, marc

Marc 2017 has been expanded to incorporating adaptive meshing, material modeling, and contact capabilities to increase productivity and accuracy for nonlinear modelling.

MSC Software, part of the Hexagon group, has aimed Marc’s new features at addressing composite materials across a vast spectrum of simulations for aerospace, automotive and manufacturing industries.

The main upgrade is for complex material models such as plastics, rubbers, and composites that require accurate experimental testing and material characterisation.

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