On to the next one: GE turns to next available metals 3D Printing company, buys Concept Laser

Published 27 October 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, aerospace, ge, concept laser, arcam, sim solutions

Might GE’s aerospace prowess benefit from the acquisition of Concept Laser?


GE, spurned in its pursuit of buying German metals 3D printing experts SLM Solutions, has instead bid for a 75 per cent stake of fellow German company Concept Laser.

The move signals a future takeover, costing in the region of €549 million, and some strong determination to progress its additive manufacturing capabilities.

According to Fortune, investor Elliott Advisors, which owns 20% of SLM and rejected the GE bid, also owns a stake in Arcam - originally billed as part of a dual target industry sweep by GE.

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Siemens launch Solid Edge for Startups program

Published 27 October 2016

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: design, solid edge, siemens plm, startups

Interesting bit of news out of Solid Edge University this week in Indianapolis; Siemens PLM has launched the Solid Edge for Startups program aimed at giving a helping hand to those starting up their own design and engineering projects and companies.

If you qualify (if your company is less than three years old, a legal entity, with less than $10 million in annual revenue and below $1 million in funding), you’ll get your hands on a licence of Solid Edge Premium (that gets you all of the integrated tools - design, simulation, cable and harnessing and a lot more - details here) for each of your engineers, access to training resources, guidance from a community of product experts and there’s also some potential for co-marketing opportunities.

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New E-Cool Toolset in STAR-CCM+ enables improved thermal insight of electronics systems

Published 27 October 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: simulation, siemens plm, cfd, cd adapco, star-ccm

New E-Cool ability can aid simulation for effective heat dispersal from electronic components

Siemens PLM has released STAR-CCM+ v11.06, the first to align with Siemens’ Smart Innovation Portfolio, and introducing new tools for the optimisation of electronics cooling.

Parts such as fans, heatsinks, chips, and boards can be imported from industry-standard IDF files, or created in STAR-CCM+, allowing the Electronics Cooling Toolset (E-Cool) to facilitate the creation and manipulation of the components for thermal performance analysis of board and system level electronics devices.

“This new capability allows engineers to focus their time on making the right decisions for improving the thermal efficiency of their electronics systems,” said Siemens PLM Software senior VP of product management Jean-Claude Ercolanelli.

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GE dream deal for metals 3D printing might not take off after all [updated]

Published 27 October 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, aerospace, ge, arcam, slm solutions

GE believes it has enough options to advance its 3D printing capabilities should the takeover of SLM Solutions fail

In an interview with Reuters, General Electric has warned it can build its 3D printing capability without buying SLM Solutions in light of opposition from a 20 per cent shareholder.

The deal, which would see the giant US tech company buy the German metals 3D printing company, combined with a similar deal for Sweden’s Arcam, is one of the biggest in history, valued at $1.4B.

GE CFO Jeff Bornstein, said: “We have options and alternatives,” Bornstein told Reuters in an interview. “We don’t have to do SLM. We’d like to. We like the company, we like the technology, we like the people.”

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Formlabs launch four new ‘engineering materials’

Published 27 October 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, prototype, 3d printing, formlabs, sla, resin

The in-house materials development team at Formlabs has released the company’s new line of resins, set to simulate real world engineering grade properties with four new materials.

Durable, Tough, and High Temp resins, and an existing Flexible resin, make up the new family of materials as the Form2 machine continues to target professional users.

“We’ve experienced lots of internal ‘aha!’ moments experimenting with these new resins, and one of the most exciting things about the development process is when we’re able to print something on the Form 2 that we couldn’t have created before,” said a spokesperson.

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Thousands of IoT products recalled in wake of cyber attacks, bringing ramifications for designers

Published 26 October 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: iot, legal

Chinese manufacturer Hangzhou Xiongmai Technology Co Up has recalled nearly 10,000 webcams in the aftermath of a cyber attack that blocked access last week to some of the world’s biggest websites.

Devices such as the CCTV cameras were compromised by hackers and used to perform a denial-of-service (DoS) attack on internet infrastructure provider Dyn, which cut access to websites including PayPal, Spotify and Twitter.

Such attacks harness hundreds of thousands of connected devices globally to flood the targeted servers, forcing them to crash.

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London’s phone boxes to be replaced with super fast free WiFi obelisks

Published 26 October 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cloud, london

The look of London’s streets is set to change as BT rolls out its Link wifi kiosks

London’s street furniture will take a turn to the future as unloved phone booths are set to be transformed into super fast wifi emitting obelisks, as BT rolls out its LinkUK kiosks.

Hundreds of users within range of a Link will be able to access free ultrafast Wi-Fi on the move, with speeds of up to 1Gbps - the fastest free public Wi-Fi service available - of great news to anyone running cloud CAD on the move.

The next evolution of BT’s public payphone service will replace hundreds of BT’s existing phone boxes, which will also feature sensors that can capture real-time data relating to the local environment - including air and noise pollution, outdoor temperature and traffic conditions.

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