SurfCAM 2015 R1 first Vero launch since Hexagon Metrology take over

Published 21 August 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: manufacture, cam, vero software, machining, vero, visi, hexagon metrology, hexagon, surfcam

SurfCAM 2015 R1 is the first product form Vero to be launched since its recent purchase

The new release of SurfCAM from Vero Software is the first from the company’s stable to launch since its take over by Sweden’s Hexagon Metrology.

The latest edition of Vero’s entry level product, SurfCAM 2015 R1 is set to represent the first in a series of planned steps to dramatically enhance programmer efficiency and provides the foundation for future releases.

New and enhanced functionalities are set to include improved in-line tool path editing; time-saving features for geometry and tool path management, and higher levels of user-defined customisation.

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SolidWorks Education revamped in time for new school year

Published 21 August 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, cad, solidworks, design, dassault systemes, dassault systèmes, jobs, education, schools, stem

SolidWorks Education Edition teaching guides and lessons have been updated with new content, with additional support for STEM subjects

The latest version of SolidWorks Education Edition has arrived early for school, like a swotty little kid trying to get the seat at the front of the classroom next to the teacher.

It promises numerous new additions to its 3D design applications, aiming to improve the ability of students not just design, but work with simulation, product data management, technical documentation and electrical design.

The global SolidWorks community has surpassed 100,000 certified users, and as part of French software giant Dassault Systèmes, is showing no signs of slowing down this expansion among the next generation of designers.

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Latest Kubotek KeyView gives Rhino users a chance to play

Published 21 August 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, rhino, space mouse, converter, kubotek, keyview

Kubotek KeyView 12.6 allows you to open most of the popular CAD files, annotate them, and export them as a file type of your choosing

The launch of Kubotek KeyView 12.6, which allows users to open CAD-files with the need for the native system, has upped its game in offering accessibility to the latest CAD softwares.

As well as the usual IGES to CATIA switch, it now works with the latest versions of the major CAD softwares, including Rhino 3D, allowing files to be exported as a IGES, STEP, Parasolid, SAT, DWG/DXF or 3D PDF.

Not simply a way of switching annoying file types around, KeyView features tools for measuring, analysing, marking-up models, and more.

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And then there were three: Autodesk boosts its simulation powers by bringing NASTRAN into the fold

Published 20 August 2014

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: cad, simulation, solidworks, design, autodesk, inventor, cfd, fea, femap, nx nastran

The 3D design giant, Autodesk, has had a history in simulation (for the purposes of design and manufacturing) for nearly a decade and a half.

Since it first acquired Solid Dynamics to put motion simulation inside Inventor back in 2005, the company has been through a long string of acquisitions to get it to this point. Solid Dynamics was followed by a pretty consistent streak:

  • Moldflow for injection moulding
  • PlassoTech for CAD integrated, basic linear structural work inside Inventor
  • Algor for linear structural simulation
  • Blue Ridge Numerics for Computation Fluid Dynamics
  • Firehole for composites simulation

Last week, the company finally acknowledged that it had acquired NEi and its line of NASTRAN based tools.

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Project Velocity: Belfast students aiming to break legendary 47-year-old motorcycle speed record

Published 20 August 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: kickstarter, motorcycle, motorcycles, motorcycle design, belfast, legend, burt munro, queens university, northern ireland, team velocity

The legendary Burt Munro’s record is the one Team Velocity are trying to beat on Bonneville Salt Flats

A team of students, with its roots at Queens University, Belfast, is aiming to break the 1,000cc Bonneville Salt Flats speed record, which has stood for over 47 years.

Still held by Burt Munro, a New Zealand motorcycle racer who worked 20 years on customising his 1920s Indian motorcycle to break the record for a final time in 1967, his story has inspired this new generation of land speed racers.

Team Velocity are aiming to hit 250mph on the famous flats next year, and although they have a full year of research and development behind them, they’ve taken to Kickstarter to enlist support.

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MechanicalColor - Wheely plug in for Modo

Published 20 August 2014

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: design, industrial design, modo, the foundry, adam eats pizza with a fork, mechanicalcolor

Wheely: Easy Radial Symmetry for MODO from Adam O'Hern on Vimeo.

If you’re using Modo for design (come on, you KNOW you want to), then you’ll know that while it has all those fancy bells, whistles and other bits and bobs that let you create complex geometry using some Sub D magic, it’s not so hot on some of the tools that more mainstream CAD tool users might be used to - like patterning features in a radial array for instance.

So, with great cheer, the folks at MechanicalColour have released the Wheely plug-in (or kit) for Modo that gives you some of that power back.

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168 Hours with a Formlabs Form 1+ 3D printer: Day 2 & 3

Published 20 August 2014

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: engineering, cad, prototype, design, rapid prototyping, 3d printing, industrial design, formlabs, uv curing 3d prints, uv oven

Our first test print - Makie Boots - fine details combined with solid little parts that have some interesting features here and there - thumbtack for scale

If you’ve not been following this, we’re spending time with the Form 1+ from Formlabs.

The initial post is here, but to bring you up to speed, we spent the first day unpacking, setting up the machine and printing some first test parts.

The results are in and they came out pretty well.

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