Space: Manufacturing for up in the stars gets lighter with every design

Published 07 October 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, 3d printing, industrial design, aerospace, additive manufacturing, space, nasa, titanium, esa

Sentinel-5 Precursor is scheduled for launch in 2016 to monitor the atmosphere from polar orbit. The satellite will carry the Tropospheric Ozone Monitoring Instrument, Tropomi, which has parts redesigned to benefit from 3D printing

The international space agencies are all operating at high speed to nail down suitable new designs to leverage 3D printing.

The process might not be the new Industrial Revolution, but is definitely at the heart of the new space race as different agencies, suppliers and subsidiaries all looking to a future of parts being built by automated printers in space as we jet off to another galaxy.

Yet, for the time being, getting things off the ground for research is the priority, and weight saving measures are at the top of the list - not only are agencies looking to benefit from the costs of low run production parts, but in terms of shaving off weight and adding material strengths.

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MSC launches Apex project for next generation simulation

Published 06 October 2014

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: cae, msc, msc software, apex

MSC Software has been uncharacteristically quiet of late.

While other vendors have made announcements, acquisitions and all manner of noise in the simulation world, MSC has remainded tight lipped. Those involved in the user community were aware that it had big plans brewing, but few knew the details and, if they did, they were under the restrictions of an NDA.

Now the cat is out of the bag and the company has released details of its Apex initiative.

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Delcam adds enhancements for 2015 SolidWorks integrated CAM

Published 06 October 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: solidworks, cam, delcam, machining, delcam for solidworks

Delcam for SolidWorks 2015 adds intelligence into the turning algorithm to avoid tool dragging

It may be owned by Autodesk, but Delcam is still churning out the upgrades for its SoldWorks integrated CAM products, including some for programming three-axis tool paths and drilling.

Fully integrated into the SolidWorks environment to the point that it looks and behaves like an eery British doppleganger, the 2015 version offers full associativity so that any changes in the CAD model are reflected automatically in the tool paths, adding in the option to review the choice of cutting tools and machining strategies.

Programming of three-axis toolpaths for complex parts has been made easier and more reliable with the addition of automatic collision checking of the tool shank and holder, as well as the cutter, for both roughing and finishing operations. If a gouge is detected the toolpath can be recalculated with any segments that will cause a gouge clipped away.

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Autodesk Fusion 360: The family expands with new Ultimate edition

Published 06 October 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, autodesk, industrial design, product design, fusion 360, ultimate

Fusion 360 Ultimate: includes all the standard Fusion 360 features plus added extras

Autodesk has been busy introducing a new tier to its Fusion 360 product line: Fusion 360 Ultimate, which includes all the standard Fusion 360 features plus added extras.

This new top tier adds 2D drawings capabilities, 3D exploded views and animations, and 3-axis CAM with advanced support, all this comes with plans to expand it to allow team-based collaboration and data management workflows (longhand for exploring design variations and concurrent reviews), and some more simulation tools.

The best news is that Autodesk has stated it’s backdating this release for existing customers - so if you’re a paying Fusion 360 customer at the time Autodesk releases Ultimate, you will be “a Fusion 360 Ultimate customer for life” – regardless of what new customers might have to pay.

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Fujitsu unveils Haswell Xeon E5 v3 Celsius M740 and R940 workstations

Published 06 October 2014

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: quadro, firepro, workstation, ssd, fujitsu celsius, celsius, pcie, virtual desktop infrastructure, xeon phi, haswell xeon

The new Fujitsu Celsius M740 and R940 (centre and centre right) join the mobile Celsius H730, the rack C620 and single CPU W530 (centre left)

Today, Fujitsu became the final tier one workstation manufacturer to unveil its new Intel Haswell Xeon E5 v3 workstations.

The Japanese firm, whose workstations are designed and manufactured in Germany, has taken a slightly different approach to the other manufacturers. Instead of three it has only released two Intel Haswell Xeon E5 workstations: the single processor Celsius M740 and the dual processor Celsius R940. These two machines join the Celsius W530, which is its mainstream single processor workstation.

Both the Celsius M740 and R940 feature an abundance of CPUs and GPUs - the biggest choice out of all the major manufacturers.

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3D Printing in glass? HP keeps us guessing what technology it’s working on

Published 03 October 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, hp, materials, hewlett packard, materials science, glass

HP Labs has already been playing around with glass printing, comparing particle sizes and firing of the glass prints

We’ve waited expectantly for technology giant HP to launch its ‘industrial 3D printing’ technology for some time, yet a recent job posting suggests that we all might be off target.

In the ad, the job description reads: “HP Labs’ research into printing of inorganic materials is working towards hybrid printing of glass (and other inorganic materials) onto items that are already mass produced.

“As part of this activity we have a vacancy for someone primarily with experience in robotics, to lead the building of novel prototype robotic platforms that will be used to produce 3D printed structures on the surface of objects that are not planar.”

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Transport: London’s new Crossrail passenger trains to be designed by Barber & Osgerby

Published 03 October 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, industrial design, transport, barber&osgerby;, bombardier

The interior, exterior and livery for the trains are to be created by London design studio Barber & Osgerby

The new London public transport system, Crossrail, is set to change the Capital’s landscape once more, yet it’s the city’s designers Barber & Osgerby that have been chosen to design the face of this system: its passenger trains.

Barber & Osgerby have won the tender to create the interior, exterior and livery for the trains that will be used on the Crossrail line, a new cross-capital railway due for completion in 2017.

They will work with Transport for London and UK train manufacturer Bombardier to design and build the trains. Each train will be made up of nine carriages, measure just over 200 metres long, and capable of carrying up to 1,500 passengers.

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