Mcor reinforces its offerings for those wanting accurate colour 3D printing

Published 30 September 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, product design, mcor technologies, colour, mcor, colour match, packaging design

The Mcor Iris machine has enhancements that now see sharper colours, usage of 10 per cent less ink, and accredited screen to model colour accuracy

Mcor has further increased the colour capabilities of its IRIS 3D printer, offering sharper colours, higher quality colour on thin walls, meeting International Color Consortium (ICC) approval and 10 per cent reduced ink consumption.

The enhancements announced today build on the superior ‘True Colour’ capabilities that part of Mcor’s aggressive colour strategy, with the updates offering precise 3D models in industry-standard colours as presented in a photographer’s, engineer’s or designer’s photograph, CAD model, scan or illustration.

Without the ICC profile, 3D printers translate incoming colours to machine-specific ones, introducing unintended changes in the 3D printed colour along the way, with the IRIS outputting over 1 million colors and 5760 x 1440 x 508dpi.

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Capture and integrate: Autodesk’s ReCap Pro looks to clean up 3D scanning

Published 29 September 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: autodesk, 3d scanning, recap pro

ReCap Pro can create improved accuracy reports based on commonly-used registration targets, like checkerboards and spheres, to get the best accuracy

The new version of Autodesk ReCap Pro is heading your way, with the task of making 3D scanning easier and more accurate for all industries.

More than just a picture, the ReCap product line looks to give customers the ability to capture and integrate reality data directly into their design process - a car on the drive, a building project, your own beautiful-if-slightly-dented head.

ReCap Pro 1.4 looks to make it easier to check the quality of laser scans that you are feeding into the ReCap engine and turn the scans into 3D data models.

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Inspiration: IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards shortlist

Published 29 September 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: jobs, education, ford, awards, iet, renishaw, women in engineering, rolls-royce, engineering career, abb

This year’s YWE shortlist: (L-R) Vidhyalakshmi Karthikeyan, Jessica Bestwick, Holly Driver, Nicola Combe, Laurie-Ann Marshall, Lucy Ackland, Naomi Mitchison, Hannah Stanbury and Hannah Pearlman

Five young female engineers have been shortlisted for a prestigious engineering industry award - The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards - which aims to banish outdated engineering stereotypes.

Working on projects as diverse as the next generation of 3D printers, laser warning systems for military aircraft and the cooling system for a futuristic new car, the engineers looking to help change the perception that engineering is about hard hats and greasy pipes, or only a career for men.

The IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards aim is to find female role models to help address the UK science and engineering skills crisis, where women currently represent only six per cent of the engineering workforce in the UK.

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Muppets: Propshop use to LightWave and 3D printing for car to catch Kermit

Published 29 September 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, visualisation, automotive, film, voxeljet, lightwave, propshop, muppets

The Interpol car from Muppets Most Wanted evolved as the team from Propshop worked with the Muppet’s art team

Special effects is a wonderfully diverse industry, where else could you be crating warrior armour and weapons one day, then sculptures of footballers the next?

Propshop is one such company in the relatively small and interconnected world of effects, and most recently it’s been working on Disney Muppets movie, Muppets Most Wanted.

Charged with the task of creating a functional yet zany car to be driven by Interpol Agent Jean Pierre Napoleon, played by Actor Ty Burrell, the waist-high car is seen zipping through various scenes as the agent attempts to track down the notorious Constantine, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Kermit the Frog.

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Combine automation with LEGO Mindstorms in COPA-DATA’s zenon Challenge

Published 26 September 2014

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: visualisation, lego, ergonomics, lego mindstorms ev3, cola datas, zenon

z.T is the official 2014 zenon Challenge mascot. The competition combines the complexity of the automation industry with the creativity and fun of LEGO MINDSTORMS

Earlier this year COPA-DATA, an industrial automation software provider, launched its biennial competition - zenon Challenge.

Both existing and potential members of the COPA-DATA Partner Community are invited to use the company’s ergonomic HMI/SCADA software zenon as the visualisation and control system to power LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 creations.

With the competition deadline of 16 October, there is still time to get a team together, enter the challenge and submit a video of your amazing creation.

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Reverse engineering: an aluminium cycling helmet a shining example of CNC skills

Published 26 September 2014

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: engineering, industrial design, delcam, cnc, powershape, 3d scanning, bikes, cnc machining, cycling, helmets

An aluminium version of the Rudy Project’s Windmax Helmet being created out of alluvium on a Mazak machine

A shiny incarnation of Rudy Project’s Windmax Helmet, has been milled in aluminium by Delcam to show off its reverse engineering capabilities.

The Windmax helmet is the choice of the Delcam-sponsored cycling team at the Italian manufacturer Progetto Cycling.

Although Rudy Project is not a customer, Delcam Italia general manager Franco Calloni approached the Italian company with the request of using the helmet to promote the Delcam Solution: Reverse – Milling – Inspection.

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Making stuff: Lost-wax casting

Published 26 September 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, 3d systems, delcam, stratasys, cnc, envisiontec, jewellery, artcam, milling, maker

The GemVision Revo540CX can produce super high detail wax parts for lost-wax casting in the jewellery industry

In a week where we’ve been chatting a lot in the office about 3D printing metals we became aware that it’s still a niche business, and that lost-wax casting is still king for small, detailed, metal parts.

This is not to say that lost-wax casting (or investment casting) technology hasn’t advanced, with wax 3D printing and advanced CNC milling being a revolution in its processes, it is speeding up industries like jewellery design considerably, while offering more freedoms for shapes not allowed by traditional moulding methods.

There’s a lot of choice out there offering a range of different finishes for your price point, and as it’s all based on a process that’s been used for thousands of years, which has to be reassuring, no?

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