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Stratasys and Objet merge as 3D printing arms race heats up

Published 16 April 2012

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, rapid prototyping, prototype, objet, 3d systems, stratasys, merger

The battle for 3D printing superiority has taken another bold step as Stratasys and Objet announced a merger that will combine two already high-ranking companies and associated technologies under the Stratasys brand.

Since 3D Systems embarked on a spending spree with a flurry of acquisitions the stage has been set for a clash of titans as the major 3D printing players look to take control of the industrial and newly touted domestic markets.

With an expansive product and technology portfolio, the new look Stratasys will be worth a staggering $1.4billion. It will combine Objet’s expertise in design verification and visualisation with Stratasys’ knowledge in functional testing and direct digital manufacturing.

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AMD teams up with PTC to help boost 3D graphics performance in Creo Parametric 2.0

Published 13 April 2012

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: amd firepro, graphics cards, creo 2.0

With Creo 2.0’s new Order Independent Transparency (OIT) setting AMD claims that users can experience 900% faster performance in 3D transparency with AMD FirePro professional graphics cards

AMD has spent the last few years doing the rounds with many of the leading CAD/CAM/CAE software developers. Its FirePro professional graphics team has helped optimise the graphics engines in a whole range of applications including CATIA, SolidWorks, Vero and EdgeCAM.

Now it’s the turn of PTC and a collaboration between the two companies has led to a pretty substantial increase in performance in PTC’s brand new Creo Parametric 2.0.

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Geomagic to acquire haptic hardware & organic modelling specialist, Sensable

Published 12 April 2012

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: design, geomagic, reverse engineering, freeform, sensable, haptic, digital sculpting, studio

The Sensable Phantom devices are amongst the only true haptic feedback devices on the market

A quick conference call with the Geomagic team last night confirmed that the company is undertaking the acquisition of Sensable Technologies 3D modelling and hardware business (Geomagic isn’t taking on its dental business) - a move which took me by surprise at first, but then started to make sense immediately. For those unfamiliar with the company, Sensable (Pronounced Sense-Able) splits its developments into two key areas. The first is a hardware solution (called the Phantom) that provides haptic feedback to 3D modelling operations. Using a series of powered joints in an articulated arm, fitted with either a ball or a pen, this allows the user to push and pull geometry on screen and have the system feedback directly to your hand. Without being able to sit us all down and show one off, its a little difficult to explain, but once you see the devices, I’m sure you’ll get the gist.

Seanable’s Freeform system combines organic sculpting with hardcore manufacturing preparation tools

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Prime Cuts: The Adastra - luxury on the high seas

Published 12 April 2012

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, nx, prime cuts, adastra, marine

Yesterday saw the launch of the $15 million, 42-metre luxury trimaran yacht Adastra, which we featured in DEVELOP3D in August 2011.

Making its debut in some decidedly dirty water, the beautifully efficient design drew an impressive local crowd and some headlines in the world’s press.

Despite its expense and looks, the craft is incredibly economical, with its 1150hp Caterpillar C18 engine and two Yanmar 110hp outrigger engines, it has a range 4000 nautical miles at 17 knots.

Read our interview with its designer John Shuttleworth after the jump.

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