PartXplore - Vero’s new high speed CAD file viewer

Published 16 December 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cam, vero

Vero PartXplore can open a range of CAD files, saving the native data in its own lightweight format

Vero Software is rolling out a new high speed 3D viewer, PartXplore, which directly displays and evaluates 3D CAD files without the need for the original CAD application.

The software saves the native CAD data in its own lightweight format, meaning manufacturers can carry out tasks such as calculating surface areas and volumes, and measuring thickness, dimensions and angles without requiring the original CAD information.

3D models cab be imported from a wide range of file formats, including Catia, NX, Parasolid, SolidWorks, Solid Edge, STEP, and IGES, and PartXplore can also open the native files of Vero Software’s Edgecam, VISI and WorkNC, with further brands in the Vero portfolio expected to follow suit in a second release in 2016.

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Onshape - Heads out of Beta + Launches App Store

Published 16 December 2015

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: cad, design, cloud, onshape

One of Onshape’s new Cloud Integrated Partners - SimulationHub - running directly in the Onshape window

If you’ve been following the rise of Onshape, the cloud-based design start-up, then you’ll be aware that since its launch in March last year the service/product has been in beta.

That means that while anyone was free to experiment with the system, even stump up the $100 a month to remove the limitations on the free plan, you weren’t supposed to be using it for production work (at least, that’s my take on it).

In that time since the launch, the product has been growing rapidly, with a hectic release schedule seeing updates pushed out every three to four weeks (it’s worth a look through the What’s New blog posts)

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AU2015 - Press Q+A with Autodesk top brass

Published 16 December 2015

Posted by Martyn Day

Article tagged with: autodesk, carl bass, jeff kowalski, spark, ember, forge

As is traditional practice at AU, Autodesk held an afternoon session featuring key executives to give an overview of the mainstage keynotes and to be on hand for the international press to ask questions.

This year the Q&A sessions featured: Andrew Anagnost, senior VP of industry, strategy and marketing, chief technology officer Jeff Kowalski, and president and CEO Carl Bass.

The session opened with Anagnost picking out the customer stories an underlying messages from Kowalski and Bass’ Keynotes, highlighting the work that Autodesk has been doing with Airbus on computer generated solutions to engineering problems.

The big message was that this is a fundamentally different way for design and looking forward, where we can all start to work with computers to solve problems, as opposed to merely document.

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E-Floater rushes through development traffic with rapid prototyping phase

Published 15 December 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, stratasys

In order to reach its November deadline, Floatility’s lightweight, solar-powered, electric scooter was fast tracked to a working prototype thanks to durable 3D printing technology from Stratasys.

The alternative was silicone moulding, which would’ve required assembly of up to 20 parts, with higher costs and production time. Instead, both PolyJet and FDM 3D printing technology was used - from the hand grips, right through the frame to the tyres.

“The need to build prototypes that exactly resembled the final product and that would enable us to test everything thoroughly was vital to the successful launch of this product,” says Floatility’s founder Oliver Risse.

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New solutions launch Dassault Systèmes cruise into maritime

Published 15 December 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: catia, dassault systemes, dassault systèmes, marine, ship, ships

Meyer Werft is rolling out two new Dassault solutions for cruise ship design and manufacture

Cruise ship manufacturers Meyer Werft is deploying Dassault Systèmes’ latest packaged industry solutions to aid efficient design and manufacture of its ocean-going ships.

‘On Time to Sea’ and ‘Designed for Sea’ industry solutions had been deployed at Meyer Werft’s new Technology and Development Center in Papenburg which will pool most of the design and development work from its 500 designers and engineers who are shaping future cruise ships.

Building cruise ships is a particularly complex task compared to other industries. One cruise ship is made of more than 10 million individual parts and assemblies, compared to about one million parts for today’s largest passenger airplanes and about 10,000 parts for a car.

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Private planes - the ultimate crowdfunding product?

Published 09 December 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: aerospace, crowdfunding, planes, cobalt, xti

The Cobalt Co50 Valkyrie - yours from $595,000… with conditions

Given the huge variety of crowdfunding sites and schemes, there’s a whole sliding scale of potential investment levels.

At one end is the $5 ‘shoutout and T-shirt’ option, at the other there’s the likes of XTI Aircraft, which is sitting on a huge pot of ‘non-binding reserved shares’ for its concept vertical takeoff aircraft.

Since June 2015, the US Securities and Exchange Commission passed approval on the final Regulation A+ rules under Title IV of the JOBS Act - meaning companies like XTI can raise up to $50m in equity from both accredited and unaccredited investors, giving rise to investment into previously untenable projects like luxury air travel.

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First look: Javelin 2016 CNC scheduler

Published 09 December 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: manufacture, cnc, vero, javelin

This could be your schedule of Tinder dates… or the advanced scheduling function for CNC jobs in Vero Javelin 2016

If you’ve just looked up after a long morning of scheduling the day’s CNC jobs, then this could be the news for you: Vero’s Javelin advanced scheduler is ready for the new year.

For 2016 its new Advanced Scheduling function claims to work to the nearest second, giving an accurate sequence of operations, instead of the daily capacity bucket offered in earlier releases.

The new system also looks to add more efficiency in handling nested operations, treating each one as a single step, meaning the next operation in the sequence can’t be started until all components in the complete nest have been manufactured.

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