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3D Systems: has the machines, now enhancing the experience

Published 06 December 2012

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, rapid prototyping, industrial design, hp, 3d systems, quickparts

The 3D Systems ProJet 3500HD Max, possibly the best looking professional 3D printer you’re likely to find

It’s been another year of headline grabbing by 3D printing big guns 3D Systems (some more noticeable than others); by taking the opportunity to look at all its many divisions, you can see why.

Expanding from its stock SLA printers to acquire other 3D printer manufacturers, design houses, software companies, and flirt around with the consumer market, things haven’t stopped moving in some time. Yet what grabs you is the use of aesthetic design, colours, materials and user interface (UI) to take its machines and services that step further.

Its launch of the ProJet 3500HD Max not only unveiled an excellent tool, capable of printing six materials at four increasing definition settings, within a 298 x 185 x 203 mm, but also a machine that has been styled like a consumer product.

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The spirit of British manufacturing captured in photographs

Published 06 December 2012

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: manufacturing, awards, photography, made in britain

‘Precision’ by Mike Smith, a kaleidoscopic shot down self-contained hydrodynamic bearings, manufactured by Rolls Royce Michell in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

In today’s world we are all photographers and apps like Instagram con us into thinking we are actually rather good (well, it cons me at least). But seeing the winning photographs from the EEF Photography Awards 2012 makes me realise just how amateur I really am.

Organised by the EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, and sponsored by Canon, the theme for this year’s national competition was ‘Made in Britain’ and entrants were challenged to submit photos that championed the spirit of manufacturing in Britain. Over 800 photos were submitted from across the country and 87 were shortlisted.

All the winning photographs really showcase how beautiful (yes beautiful) manufacturing is. I bet you’ve never seen bearings captured quite so beautifully as Mike Smith has in the photograph above, who walked away as the winner of the professional category.

The rest of the winners and runners up….

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My new Ford… kind of

Published 05 December 2012

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, prototype, ford, fiesta

Those nice people at Ford have been at it again, showing off their design and engineering prowess with the launch of its new Fiesta.

Apart from letting us loose around the streets of Rome in a glimmering new car, featuring the British-engineered EcoBoost 1.0l engine, we were given a design showcase of how the Evoke concept car has evolved into a peach of an urban small car.

After the fun of careering through the mental traffic of the Italian Capital we were presented with a small 3D printed Fiesta model - one of 100 printed in Candy Blue for the press launch by 3D Creation Lab.

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Upgrade for Eplan electrical engineering software

Published 04 December 2012

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, cae, eplan, electrical

Eplan has launched its new 2.2 version of the Eplan CAE tools designed for electrical engineers adding functional extensions and innovative additional modules.

With uses in material planning, design, manufacture, assembly, commissioning, or maintenance - the new update adds new graphical macro selection, smart terminal analysis and automatic termination points when copying sections of a circuit provide rapid design engineering results.

Most impressive is its new wire harnesses and nailboard design tool, allowing individual form board design in 2D, even without full 3D data. If you’re designing something with a plug and wiring then this should be of use.

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