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First Look - SolidThinking Inspire 2015: more options, better speeds, and new UI prove highlights

Published 18 June 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, cad, simulation, cae, solidthinking, optimisation, inspire

The addition of fasteners and joints to Inspire 2015 should allow more complete assembly analysis and optimisation

The latest release of SolidThinking’s design exploration and optimisation software Inspire has been launched, promising faster geometry functions as well as a fresh User Interface (UI).

The latest version looks to expand the complexity of problems that Inspire can tackle, looking to model optimise, and analyse full model assemblies through the addition of fasteners, joints (with pins) and contacts.

Several of the new functions have been added based on the most common requests from the Inspire user community, as more users want to use Inspire for realistic simulation of multiple components and the surrounding structures.

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Autodesk announces Ignite Platform for ‘Young Learners’

Published 17 June 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, autodesk, education, makerbot, project ignite, tinkercad

Project Ignite hopes to inspire and educate young learners in all the latest creative technologies

Autodesk has launched Project Ignite, a free learning platform available in English for educators and students in the US and abroad, to build the skill and confidence of young learners.

Targeting K-12 schools, Project Ignite encompasses the end-to-end design experience, from idea to digital modelling to physical fabrication, utilising creative, hands-on design experiences focused on the latest technology trends like 3D printing and electronics.

The project brings together Autodesk’s Project Ignite, Tinkercad and 123D Circuits websites, along with support from companies including Microsoft, MakerBot, and Electroninks Writeables, and additionally offers classroom bundles, which include hardware such as 3D printers and electronics kits along with professional development and training services, to help educators get up and running quickly.

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3D Systems iSense ready 3D scanning anywhere with iPhone

Published 17 June 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, 3d systems, iphone, 3d scanning, isense

The iSense 3D scanner can be built into an iPhone case for pocketable 3D scanning

3D Systems has announced that its portable 3D scanning hardware, iSense, is now available for use with the iPhone - putting 3D scanning to 1mm accuracy in your pocket.

Previously seen attached to the iPad, the device is now available to run on iOS 7 or later when linked up to your more mobile device via lightning port, allowing users to upload scans directly for 3D printing, either at home or through cloud printing.

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KScan3D drops $300 price, makes its 3D scanning app free

Published 17 June 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d scanning, software, canada, kscan3d

KScan3D is now available for free

Canadian metrology firm LMI Technologies is making its KScan3D software for low cost hardware free, after scrapping its original $299 download price.

The software is designed with consumer 3D scanners in mind, such as the Microsoft Xbox Kinect and Asus Xtion, and a PC running Windows OS, with files exportable as .obj and .stl.

KScan3D 1.2 software is available at no charge on a self-service, online basis only, and LMI states that all future versions will also be made available at no cost.

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