Other Reading // LPW’s AM powders research

Published 21 February 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, education, materials, additive manufacturing, sls, lpw, lpw technology

For anyone investigating the world of advanced manufacturing materials, the world of 3D printing powders for Selected Laser Melting (SLM) will be of great curiosity - with quality of parts directly impacted.

Producers of SLM powders, LPW, has launched an in-depth guide and research study, including 14 case studies that cover everything from powder degradation, flow after recycling, laser diffraction and even the evolution of oxygen within powders.

It’s in-depth, educational, and it might just adjust your thinking about what you’re throwing into you additive manufacturing workflow.

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HDR Light Studio Carbon - bringing the renderer to the HDR

Published 21 February 2018

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: design, industrial design, visualisation, 3ds max, lightmap, maya, hdr light studio, vray

If you’re at the top of your rendering and visualisation game, chances are you’ve come across HDR Light Studio - one of the finest solutions out there for creating and editing your own HDR environments for today’s rendering systems. Well, the good news is that there’s a new release. The team has dropped the numerical release and is instead going with codenames - so welcome, HDR Light Studio - Carbon.

Perhaps the biggest update for this release flips the existing idea of having a rendered built into the application to guess what your edits will look like in the final render, instead bringing your renderer of choice into the HDR Light Studio environment. At present, this works with V-Ray, Corona, Arnold, Redshift if you’re using 3ds Max, while Maya uses can use the V-Ray, Arnold, Octane, Redshift or RenderMan rendered directly. This means you’ll have a much better understanding of how your scene will look when you switch to your workhorse rendering system, rather than relying on an approximation.

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Discovery Live gets full commercial release from Ansys

Published 13 February 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, simulation, design, nvidia, ansys, discovery live

After a five-month long technology preview, Ansys has finally launched its ‘Pervasive Engineering Simulation’ tool Discovery Live to anyone who wishes to use it

Its capabilities for realtime solving of physics problems during the design stages made it the most successful customer preview in Ansys’ history, with the product launch expanding the types of inputs and displays users have at their disposal; increasing fluids, structural and thermal capabilities.

Discovery Live is powered by Nvidia graphics processing units and CUDA parallel computing that provide supercomputing capabilities to deliver results thousands of times faster than more traditional methods within a real-time design environment.

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Britain’s origins shown through ‘Cheddar Man’ brought to life with 3D tech

Published 13 February 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, 3d scanning, ultimaker, archaeology, model making, artec

The reconstruction of the Cheddar Man, a clay sculpt upon a digitally produced skull base. [credit: Tom Barnes/Channel 4]

The 10,000 year old ‘Cheddar Man’, the oldest almost complete skeleton of our species, Homo sapiens, ever found in Britain, has been brought to life for a new television documentary using the latest 3D technology.

Using a Mesolithic skeleton and its DNA, discovered in 1903 at Gough’s Cave in Cheddar Gorge, Somerset, scientists as well as reconstruction experts Kennis & Kennis have rendered a physical model from a base of 3D scanning and 3D printing technologies.

The original skull was 3D scanned to capture the full detail as an STL file, before Kennis & Kennis printed the skull using their in-house 3D printer, before building up clay to produce the lifelike representation.

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AMD shows how to boost 3D performance in laptops with a professional external GPU

Published 12 February 2018

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: amd, gpu, dell, mobile workstation, laptop, radeon prorender, radeon pro, gpu rendering, hp zbook, egpu

External GPU plugs into a laptop over Thunderbolt 3

At SolidWorks World (SWW) last week AMD demonstrated an enhanced version of its XConnect technology that allows users of pro 3D applications to boost the graphics performance of a laptop or mobile workstation by plugging in an external desktop GPU.

AMD’s demo centred on a Dell Precision 7520 mobile workstation with built in entry-level AMD Radeon Pro WX 4130 GPU. The 15-inch laptop was shown working with an ultra-high-end AMD Radeon Pro WX 9100 GPU, housed in a Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Box and connected over Thunderbolt 3.

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Machines tools experts turns to 3D Printing for marriage of metal cutting and additive solutions

Published 08 February 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing

A company with over 30 years experience of developing machine tools is turning its attention to additive manufacturing as it becomes a HP 3D printing reseller.

XYZ Machine Tools believes HP’s Jet Fusion 3D printing solutions can work alongside conventional metalcutting technology to produce a seamless design to manufacturing process, and has been selected as an official reseller, with the company stating that 3D printing is ‘a perfect addition’ to the machine tools it currently offers.

“We have looked at 3D printing as a technology solution for a while, but we wanted to be convinced about its ability to deliver production level quantities in a time efficient and cost-effective way,” said XYZ Machine Tools managing director Nigel Atherton.

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Aurora’s large format metals 3D printing targets production for end of 2018

Published 08 February 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, additive manufacturing, metals, australia, aurora

Aurora is targeting print speeds of one tonne of material deposited per day

For now, Aurora is taking things slow - by its standards - with its large format metals 3D printing technology prototype now able to print simple parts at a printing rate comparable to existing technology in the market, but much slower than the theoretical printing speed being targeted by the company.

It is a critical milestone for Aurora, the Australian start-up we first uncovered in 2014 with its sub £3k offering is now aiming for producing truly large parts at speed - printing masses at a tonne a day.

“When we talk about printing simple parts slowly, this is equivalent to the same speed of other metal 3D-printers currently in the market, while printing complex parts rapidly is targeting speeds that are approximately 100 times faster than existing 3D-printers,” said Aurora managing director David Budge.

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