CyberGage360 aims to simplify 3D scanning with ‘one button’ process

Published 31 October 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, manufacturing, 3d scanning

The CyberGage360 aims to automate the 3D scanning process

US-based CyberOptics is making its latest model, the CyberGage360, available to the European market this winter, promising a metrology-grade, ultra-fast 3D scanning and inspection system.

Billed as a single-button process, a precision 360-degree 3D scan of complex parts along with a full 3D inspection report can be generated ‘in less than three minutes’, with little training required.

Incorporating CyberOptics’ proprietary 3D Multi-Reflection Suppression (MRS) technology, the automated single chamber machine looks to bring greater speed and accuracy to the industrial parts inspection and reverse engineering markets.

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Entry-level laser cutter from Japan starts at sub-$600 price tag

Published 31 October 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: prototype, hardware, japan, lasers, laser cutter, laser cutting, fabool

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Lasers. We all like lasers. For pointing at things during presentations, to blasting things out of the water, to attaching them to sharks. But the Fabool laser cutter from Japan might even be a little unsafe for our tastes.

The self assembly kit (first sign of a problem: you’ve got to build it) costs a mere $598 online, having been developed using the ¥60,195,000 (over half a million US dollars) it earned on crowdfunding site Ready For - making it the highest funded product to date on the Japanese site.

In its release video the Fabool Laser Mini will cut and engrave paper, wood, leather, and even some tasty macarons, but stump up an extra $250 and you’ll receive a more powerful version with a 3.5W laser.

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Apple beefs up 3D graphics for CAD on new MacBook Pro with AMD Radeon Pro

Published 28 October 2016

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: amd, apple, fusion, macbook, onshape, radeon pro

Apple has a shiny new MacBook Pro, available in 13-inch and 15-inch models.

It’s the lightest and thinnest ever and has a better, brighter, Retina display, as one would expect. It also has Touch ID built-in and a fancy new Multi-Touch display strip above the keyboard, called the Touch Bar, which offers a customisable alternative to the traditional function keys.

For 3D CAD users, however, arguably the most important update is the adoption of AMD Radeon Pro graphics in the 15-inch model.

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Microsoft enters workstation market with new machines for sketch and 3D CAD

Published 28 October 2016

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: solidworks, workstation, microsoft, 3d cad, sketching, siemens nx

Microsoft has launched two new ‘Surface’ machines that are capable of running 3D CAD software, including Siemens NX and SolidWorks.

This includes the Surface Studio, a desktop ‘workstation’ with a built in 28-inch screen and a new Surface Book laptop / tablet that boasts double the 3D graphics performance of the original Surface Book.

As with all Microsoft Surface hardware both machines are designed for sketching on screen, using applications like Autodesk SketchBook and Alias. However, the pen, which features 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity and an eraser, is now joined with another peripheral, the Surface Dial.

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Weekender: Pump out some pumpkin candles for Halloween

Published 28 October 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: maker, mayku, vacforming

Halloween pumpkin candles - a useful and moody thing to make this spooky season

Instead of trawling through the rafts of STL files of various halloween tat to be 3D printed, why don’t you have a go at vac-forming some rather useful, and still spooky, halloween candles.

The folks over at Mayku have created this video on how to create a whole handful of wax candles in the shape of a pumpkin with nothing more than a handy Form Box (other vac formers are available…) and the dinky little seasonal squash of the season.

Watch the video below to get some ideas of what you could make this weekend that doesn’t involve making more nasty stuff to end up in the landfill.

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AMD Radeon ProRender to be made available in Cinema 4D

Published 28 October 2016

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: rendering, gpu, cinema 4d, radeon pro, radeon, prorender

Cinema4D users will be able to implement AMD’s Radeon ProRender technology

MAXON is the latest software developer to license AMD’s Radeon ProRender physically-based rendering technology.

The GPU optimised renderer has been integrated into 3D modelling and rendering tool, Cinema 4D for both Mac and PC.

Radeon ProRender runs on GPUs, CPUs from AMD, Intel and Nvidia. It is also available for SolidWorks, Rhino, Maya and 3ds Max.

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Weekender // The Ulm Model

Published 28 October 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, education, london, weekender

The Ulm School exhibition includes designs famously commissioned from the school by corporate clients

During its short life from 1953 to 1968, the Ulm School of Design (HfG Ulm) in Southern Germany pioneered an interdisciplinary and systematic approach to its student’s design education – known as the Ulm Model – its achievements and history presented for the first time in the UK at London’s Raven Row gallery.

Including the foundation work in drawings and models by the students, the exhibition also includes the radical designs famously commissioned from the school by corporate clients such as Braun and Lufthansa.
From radiographs and weighing machines to traffic lights, petrol cans, bed frames and kitchenware, the exhibition gathers and correlates objects designed for diverse industries at HfG Ulm. Braun GmbH has provided the exhibition with the last remaining units of their iconic D 55 display structure, designed at the school in 1955 to exhibit its modernist reinvention of Braun’s audio sets.

The Ulm Model
5 October - 18 December, 2016
Raven Row Gallery, E1 7LS

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