Autodesk launches Project Leopard: Fusion 360 in the browser

Published 11 November 2015

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: autodesk, cloud, fusion, fusion 360, onshape, project leopard

It looks like our predictions are coming to fruition, as Autodesk has quietly launched a private, invite only beta to its browser-based way of accessing Fusion 360 - its cloud-based 3D design system.

Codenamed Project Leopard, this sees another to access Fusion’s tools made available, directly in the browser.

If you’ve not played with Fusion 360, while the data is stored and synchronised with the cloud, the majority of the functions are held in a locally installed client.

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ESI’s predictive simulation for automotive panels and developing new lightweight structures

Published 10 November 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: simulation, esi

Car body panels can be simulated for stamping with Pam-Stamp

Looking to address the needs of OEMs and tier-suppliers in the automotive, aerospace and heavy industries, ESI’s Pam-Stamp aims to predicts the outcome of complete sheet metal forming processes.

For manufactures this should means saved time and cost throughout the entire product development cycle - from conceptual design to try-out and production. For tooling suppliers, it should enable production die engineering by providing predictive simulation to support the styling of outer panels and the development of new lightweight structural parts.

“Car manufacturers aim to shorten their development cycles, sometimes to under a year. As a result, it is essential to forming operation and tool design engineers to be assured of very high surface quality early in the tool development cycle,” explains Harald Porzner, ­ESI ­director of virtual manufacturing product management.

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First look: Alphacam 2016 - automation key with 3D CAD files batch processing

Published 10 November 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cam, vero, alphacam

Batch processing, from file preparation right through to applying toolpath simulations is now available in Alphacam 2016

With a focus on increasing automation, a number of new features have been added to the 2016 release of Alphacam looking to reduce users’ CAD/CAM time.
A new Automation Manager means 2D and 3D Cad files, along with solid models from third party software, can now be batch processed, from file preparation right through to applying toolpaths, with NC code being generated automatically.

Three additional enhancements – Parametric Sketcher, File Inserter, and 2D Transform – have also been added, Alphacam claiming the combination of the features in each makes further operations quicker and easier.

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Optis and Luxexcel combine to produce virtual- and physical-prototypes for clear lens solutions

Published 09 November 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: automotive, lighting, optic, luxexcel

The new link-up means users can digitally and physically test optical prototypes - like car headlamps - from within the same ecosystem

A partnership between visualisation specialists Optis, and 3D printed lens experts Luxexcel, is looking to offer a complete service covering both virtual- and real- prototyping solutions for optical components.

By enabling automotive designers to first created fine tune the lighting and optical designs of their future products digitally in Optis, the partnership will let designers create an accurate, clear 3D printed prototype using Luxexcel’s technology.

The Luxexcel material is now integrated in the Optis Library, looking to significantly speed up the design and prototyping process.

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Misen knives reach start-up goals with sharp development process

Published 04 November 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: solidworks, product design, 3d hubs, misen

A 7-figure crowdfunding backed project was the result of a lean product design workflow

A new company aiming to redefine kitchenware essentials with premium materials and thoughtful design raced to their crowdfunding goal  of  $25,000  in a single hour thanks to their slick design process.

Founded by a pair of Brooklyn chefs,  Misen set out to produce a professional chef’s knife on a home cook’s budget over an 18 month period.

The team enlisted industrial designer Peter Muller in Chicago, and after a lengthy sketching process evolved initial designs in CAD, iterating on design upon design in SolidWorks before moving into the prototyping stages.

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UK Government invests £60M in Skylon Project

Published 04 November 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: aerospace, bae systems, uk, reaction engines

This year’s DEVELOP3D LIVE keynote speakers, Reaction Engines, have announced its £60m grant by the government to help it continue the development of its Skylon plane and Sabre engines.

The funding will also be used to help develop the company at its base at Culham Science Centre, Oxfordshire, from being mainly research-based to testing and eventual commercial applications.

BAE Systems has also bought a 20 per cent stake of the company for £20.6m.

Find out more about from this talk from Richard Varvill, Reaction Engines technical director and head designer:

DEVELOP3D LIVE 2015: Richard Varvill, Reaction Engines from DEVELOP3D on Vimeo.

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Kickstarter isn’t helping all product designs

Published 03 November 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, product design, kickstarter, crowdfunding

The generic image of ‘old man at a computer’ might not be as relevant today, but online crowd funding is still not reaching an audience that could benefit from it, limiting product development

Browsing Kickstarter is always a great way to find new designs, exciting ideas and inventions often built out of an individual’s needs that can be shared with someone with an equally isolated need elsewhere in the world.

Yet this crowdfunding godsend isn’t always a path to equality in product design. A quick look this morning found a world of Raspberry Pi add-ons, wristwatches, gadgets and gizmos, body armour for your chihauhau... products not necessarily aimed at a specific demographic.

Yet despite an ageing population, there’s very little in the way of products for those getting on in their years.

The reason, I think it’s safe to assume, is that there are few people in their senior years trawling crowdfunding pages, looking to splurge their pensions when there’s a nice quiz show on the daytime TV and the back pages of the Sunday supplements contains all the Skymall-esque nonsense they think they need.

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