New Hybrid series for post processing 3D prints in metals and thermoplastics

Published 24 May 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, post processing

The “PostProcess Technologies Hybrid Series for post processing advanced 3D printed materials

Solutions provider for the post processing of 3D printed parts, PostProcess Technologies, has launched its latest series of machine to aid and automate some of the toughest support material removal.

The Hybrid Series aims to further accelerate the use of 3D printing in production volumes by significantly reducing cycle time by reportedly removing supports from metals as well as high-end thermoplastics, such as Ultem.

Typically this is done in a lengthy manner by hand, however PostProcess Technologies is aiming to reduce this bottleneck with its jetting, suspended solids and detergents technology.

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Kreon aims for the skies with new Ace Skyline 3D scanning arm

Published 24 May 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: reverse engineering, laser scanning, 3d scanning, 3d scanner, cmm, rev eng, kreon

Kreon is throwing its 25 years of know-how into its eye-catching new Ace Skyline 3D scanning arm, as it integrates its accuracy technology with a large laser line width for improved speed.

The laser scanner can measure a width of up to 200mm, with a top frequency of 300Hz (lines per second) and a scanning speed of 600,000 points per second.

In addition to the Laser scanner it can be equipped with an HD camera, blue laser scanner to digitise shiny or reflective parts and an integrated probe for contact and non-contact measurements.

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Making a giant slide for the world’s biggest cruise liner, Harmony of the Sea

Published 23 May 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, ship, naval

What’s 10 stories tall and purple?

While the world is finding much to be amused at by London’s Orbit sculpture finally finding a use by being fitted with a slide, German engineers have been busy building one of their own for out at sea.

At 10 stories high the Ultimate Abyss is not only the tallest slide at sea - being parked on the world’s largest cruise liner, Harmony of the Seas - but also an amazing engineering feat.

Watch this video to get an idea of the design and verification process, including a natty CAD model of how the giant slide fits to the ship, some visualisations, and the bloke calling himself “the world’s only Thrill Engineer’. The sheer scale and skills for making it are worth persevering for.

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Opportunities for circular economy in Innovate UK’s Materials and Manufacturing competition

Published 23 May 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: sustainabililty, materials, innovate uk, circular economy

Innovate UK’s latest funding competition includes potential awards for those with designs for product end-of-life, materials reuse, and remanufacture

Innovate UK has fired in to the new financial year by pushing a wheelbarrow full of £50 notes in the direction of the circular economy.

The body is looking to award products, services and those developing novel materials for manufacturing and design for end-of-life.

The competition scope includes:
• the development of novel services that open up new sources of revenue from manufacturing
• innovation in manufacturing business models
• innovation in materials reuse
• design for end-of-life

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VIDEO: Ross Robotics - designing a modular ‘multi-mission’ robot, via art, literature and nature

Published 23 May 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, engineering, develop3d live, biomimicry, d3d live, robotics

This talk appeared at DEVELOP3D LIVE, the UK’s biggest free product design and engineering conference and exhibition - find out more here


With no formal background in engineering, Philip Norman embarked on a journey to develop a modular, scalable, and reconfigurable ‘multi-mission’ robot system – no small feat for a writer, caricaturist and fine artist.

Starting out with ink, a drafting table, his artistic creativity and curiosity in natural principles, it was Mr. Norman’s discovery of Solid Edge’s 3D capabilities that unleashed his creative processes and proved integral to his development of adaptable robot systems.

Mr. Norman’s unique narrative supports his philosophy that nature’s fundamental concepts can inspire the design and development of man-made systems.

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Geometric introduces eDrawings Publisher for Catia V5 10.6, supports eDrawings viewer 2015

Published 23 May 2016

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Article tagged with: catia, geometric, edrawings

eDrawings for Catia V5 10.6 offers the ability to hide, show and move components in files up to 95% smaller than the original CAD

EDrawings, Geometric’s email enabled collaboration tool designed to ease the sharing and interpretation of 2D and 3D product design data, has been unveiled for Catia V5 10.6.

Allowing users to generate ultra-compact eDrawings, claimed to reach up to 95% compressed, and share them over email, the tool allows users mark-up and receive feedback on product designs with review-enabled eDrawings and collaborate with unlimited number of recipients.

The eDrawings can provide dynamic sections and the ability to hide, show and move components, and allow users to measure dimensions in part, assembly, and drawing files, while also providing support for eDrawings viewer 2015.

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Zemax OpticStudio 16 focuses on improving manufacturability of optical designs

Published 19 May 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: simulation, optic, optical, lenses, zemax

OpticStudio 16 for optics design aims to speed the process to manufacture

The latest release of optical engineering software OpticStudio looks to combine its intuitive user interface with complex physics and interactive visuals to drive faster innovation towards manufacture.

Version 16 of Zemax’s software is targeted at optical engineers, researchers and scientists to design for manufacturability, with tool sets aligned with the engineering process, containing an impressive array of physics-based algorithms to analyse, simulate, and optimise optical systems all within tolerance specifications.

From camera lenses to medical devices, OpticStudio 16 has options for Dynamic Links to SolidWorks, Autodesk Inventor and PTC Creo, and can import a wide range of CAD data via IGES, STEP, SAT and STL files, and exports data in the same formats.

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