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3D Systems unveils Figure 4 for speedy mass production of plastic parts

Published 20 March 2017

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: 3d systems, mass customisation, additive manufacturing, figure 4

Figure 4 is a fully automated, high-volume 16-print engine production solution

3D Systems has announced Figure 4, which it claims is the industry’s first modular, scalable and fully-integrated additive manufacturing platform that is capable of producing plastic parts more than 50 times faster than current systems.

Based on its Figure 4 technology, the company’s new platform allows customers to tailor configurations and select materials to address specific applications.

Configurations can range from single-print engine machines to high-volume production systems with 16 or more print engines, automated material delivery and integrated post-processing.

“We believe our breakthrough Figure 4 platform will revolutionise manufacturing by transforming production of both mass customised and complex end use parts with a compelling total cost of operations versus conventional methods,” said Vyomesh Joshi (VJ), president and CEO, 3D Systems.

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Entry level version of metals 3D printer MetalFAB1 can be upgraded with modular design

Published 15 March 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, metals, metalfab1

Designed as a development machine, the MetalFAB1 entry level option can be used for development materials

Additive Industries has presented a ‘competitive’ entry level model of its MetalFAB1 model for metals 3D printing, developed specifically for process and application development and prototyping.

Combining a 420 x 420 x 400mm symmetrical build chamber in a compact footprint, the modular architecture, typical of the MetalFAB1 system family, allows for upgrading to a full size MetalFAB1 system later.

The aim of the machine is for existing users of the MetalFAB1 machines to be able to use the new system to develop the build strategies and process settings for new materials and applications before transferring these to their larger industrial MetalFAB1 systems for series production.

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Spatial announces 3D Precise Mesh to improve the CAD to solver process for analysis and simulation

Published 14 March 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: simulation, cad, dassault systemes, dassault systèmes, spatial

Spatial has incorporated this lightweight meshing component into 3D Precise Mesh

Dassault Systèmes subsidiary Spatial has added 3D mesh technology from Distene S.A.S. into its 3D modeling software development toolkits as it aims to improve processes for analysis and simulation solutions.

3D Precise Mesh bids to automate the process, while improving the overall quality of the resulting generative design.

“We were looking for a lightweight meshing component to be used in all our finite-element-solvers and decided on components from Distene,” said Dassault Systèmes’ Oleg Skipa. “Their Tetrahedral meshing technology represents the de facto industry standard.”

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MSC delivers real time analysis capabilities with Adams

Published 13 March 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: simulation, hardware, automotive, msc, hexagon

Users can integrate their Adams model with their hardware controller, or driving simulator through SimWB

Adams Real Time has been announced by MSC Software Corporation, its first release to allow users to run analysis in the Concurrent SIMulation Workbench real time modeling environment, on the RedHawk Linux operating system.

The Adams Solver can participate in co-simulations performed in the SimWB real time environment via extensions to Adams’ support for the Functional Mockup Interface (FMI).

A functional mockup unit exported from Adams Controls or Adams Mechatronics within Adams View or Adams Car can now be imported into SimWB, letting users integrate their Adams model with their hardware controller, or driving simulator through SimWB.

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