Materials thinking - Seat string a few things together for lace car

Published 23 October 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: automotive, sustainability, materials, art, seat

A lace ‘cover’ of the new Seat city car has us thinking about local production and materials

It has no engine, no metal or glass, and has a whiff of your grandma’s house about it, but as part art project, part materials mix-up, Seat has produced a lace ‘cover’ of its new city car.

The lace Seat ‘Mii by Mango’ is a marketing gimmick, designed to link up with fashion chain Mango that had a hand in the design of its road-going twin, but unassumingly it asks a question about sustainable design.

While a Spanish lace replica might just be high-street statement, like the 3D printed car from Local Motors it asks questions about using local materials and production to save costs and resources.

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First Look: Materialise Magics 19

Published 23 October 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: prototype, 3d printing, manufacturing, 3d systems, stratasys, eos, materialise, materialise magics

The new distribution option for the 3D nester in Magics should improve part quality and build time

First launched in 1994, Magics has been providing support to 3D printing professionals for two decades, although with new challengers on the horizon many are paying close attention to see what developments are being made to the tool.

Currently it’s the industry standard software for professional 3D printing STL file preparation, with users loving its ability to import a wide variety of CAD formats and export STL files ready for printing, while swiftly repairing and optimising 3D models; analyzing parts; making process-related design changes on STL files; designing fixtures; and planning production.

The latest version, Magics 19, comes under the banner of ‘Focused on making your workflow as efficient as possible’, promising improvements on its existing tools and modules for data preparation.

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Autodesk’s Parisian 3D Printing gallery to head out across Europe

Published 23 October 2014

Posted by Martyn Day

Article tagged with: prototype, design, 3d printing, autodesk, industrial design, manufacture, aerospace, fashion, paris, europe

Autodesk’s Paris gallery is a showcase for its customers work, stretching from architectural structures to Maker projects

With Autodesk’s first European pop-up gallery in the heart of Paris attracting over 1,500 visits in the first four days, the company is now considering other cities for in which to hold the experience.

The software giant already has US-based engagement centres where it showcases customer work, such as at its headquarters in downtown San Francisco, and the Gallery within its fabrication Lab on the city’s Pier 9, but for the first time it has taken its outreach further.

Its first pop-up in the heart of Paris will run for three weeks; the space including a 3D print zone and Fablab, artist in residency, evening events and customer work from architecture, product design, fashion, 3D printing and laser scanning.

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First Look: Vero VISI 21

Published 22 October 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cam, cnc, vero software, machining, vero, visi

VISI 21 is set to have an emphasis on intelligent solutions for mould making and stamping die industries

Due for release next month, Vero VISI 21 is set to include over 340 product enhancements and an emphasis on intelligent solutions for mould making and stamping die industries. 

There are a host of CAD developments and the next generation of CAM tool paths for VISI machining ready for new complex operations.

We’ve taken had a preview of the new features in VISI 21 and have picked out a few key additions.

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Women With Bright Ideas winners announced

Published 22 October 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: competition, women in engineering, nt cadcam

Joint winner was Chloe Meineck’s musical memory box, to help dementia sufferers

A musical memory box to aid dementia sufferers and an ergonomic cutlery set for children have become joint winners of a competition set up to celebrate National Women In Engineering Day.

The Women With Bright Ideas competition was launched by the Engineering and Innovation Network South West (EIN-SW) with support from SolidWorks reseller NT-CADCAM to celebrate National Women In Engineering Day, with 25 budding entrepreneurs and designers from all over the country entering their ideas.

All the finalists received advice from intellectual property lawyer Jessica Bent from Withy King Solicitors and an inspirational workshop from Joni Farthing, founder of Women Outside The Box. While NT CADCAM is supporting both winners with any CAD design and support that they might need.

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Rise of the desktop CNC machines - Inventables launch Carvey

Published 21 October 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, cnc, kickstarter, milling, desktop, carvey, inventables

Some nice industrial design and soundproofing make this a desktop CNC that could fit cleanly into a design office

Inventables has launched a luxurious looking new desktop CNC machine, Carvey, to the desktop market, grabbing our interest with its slick design by MNML, and new easy use software.

Once you’ve got past the horrendous marketing schtick about ‘3D carving being the new 3D printing’, it’s actually an interesting bit of kit at a decent price point - $1,999 via its KickStarter campaign.

It’ll cut through the usual array of materials, including wood, soft metals and plastics on its 12” x 8” x 2.75” cutting bed, but thanks to a clever case, manages to cut back the milling noise to something relatively acceptable to have in an office environment.

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New pro 3D print model fixer utilising MachineWorks Polygonica

Published 20 October 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, stl, materialise, magics, polygonica, machineworks, limit state

LimitState has unveiled its new STL fixer as a ‘one click automatic fix’ solution for professionals

Sheffield’s LimitState software has released its new application, LimitState:Fix, which sets out to simplify the process of preparing 3D models for printing in a professional services.

Although we’re used with seeing such tools for consumer printers being launched on an almost weekly basis, new tools for the professional that can rival Materialise Magic’s dominance of the market are seemingly on the rise.

LimitState has used MachineWorks’ Polygonica technology, providing a “one click automatic fix solution” for 3D STL files, closing solids, fixing polygon orientation, removing self-intersections and noise shells, and ensuring the geometry is manifold, enabling them to be printed.

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