Dassault Systèmes’ Fashion Lab uses cloud tools for Ecco footwear designs

Published 21 November 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: simulation, 3d printing, dassault systemes, dassault systèmes, cloud, 3d design, footwear, generative design

Dassault Systèmes has partnered with footwear designers ECCO on new project, Project Quant-U

The FashionLab by Dassault Systèmes has been collaborating with ECCO Innovation Lab on a 3D print footwear project that can interpret biomechanic data into geometries for 3D printing, without any operator intervention.

Project Quant-U’s generative designs are created using the cloud-based 3DExperience Platform, and are validated through FEA simulations for superior functionality.

“Shoes will be automatically engineered to a wearer’s unique biomechanical and orthotic parameters representing a revolution in ultimate engineered comfort,” said Lauriane Favre, marketing director for the Consumer Goods & Retail Industry at Dassault Systèmes.

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Toyota launch $4M challenge to transform lives of people with lower-limb paralysis

Published 20 November 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, design, competition, toyota, wheelchair, wheelchair design, exoskeleton

The Toyota Mobility Foundation has joined with Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre to launch a multi-million dollar challenge to expand mobility across the globe for people with lower-limb paralysis.

The Mobility Unlimited Challenge will reward development of personal mobility devices incorporating intelligent systems, with judges readying to assess solutions from across the technological and design spectrum, from artificial intelligence to exoskeletons.

Supported by international ambassadors from worlds of sport, media, design, art and technology, the finalists will be revealed on 14 January 2019, with the winners announced in Tokyo in 2020 as it aims to radically improve the mobility and independence of people with paralysis.

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Laminates and composites FEA analysis targeted by MSC Nastran 2018

Published 20 November 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: simulation, automotive, fea, materials, aerospace, nastran, msc, msc software

Simulating pre-stressing and fan blade out of a jet engine in Nastran 2018

Nastran 2018.0 will bring ‘new assembly modeling techniques’ according to MSC, which will allow for the creation, combination and management of multilevel assemblies for complex structural models.

The FEA tool is targeting the shift towards light weighting and high-strength materials and composites, with tools for managing the noise and vibration accounting for their frequency and spatial dependent properties during the analysis.

Short-Fiber Reinforced Plastics (SFRP) laminates, laminated glass windscreen, laminated metals (two sheets of steel with a viscoelastic damping layer), and carbon fibres are all focussed on in the new release.

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All the key 3D Printing news from Formnext 2017

Published 20 November 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: prototype, 3d printing, manufacturing, hp, manufacture, 3d systems, stratasys, materials, additive manufacturing

Should you have been unable to attend Europe’s largest 3D Printing event last week, don’t panic, we’ve picked among the mass of news and launches from the event to bring you the most important snippets from Formnext.

The show was a hotbed of new technology launches, first looks at research works and a great meeting place for the European industry, as well as thousands travelling in from further afield.

Below are our top 13 stories from the show floor, with many of them promising to make a difference to the way we design, prototype and manufacture in the very near future.

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3D Systems incorporates automation to its ‘future factory’ with Figure 4 and new metals printer

Published 17 November 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: prototype, 3d printing, manufacturing, 3d systems, materials, additive manufacturing, metals, figure 4

3D Systems continues to push its plans for extended manufacturing with additive technologies, launching a new metals 3D printer ready for the automated production line.

Based on the company’s existing SLS metals technology, the DMP 8500 is a scalable, automated and fully integrated - from powder in to part out - metal additive manufacturing solution, with a build chamber 500 x 500 x 500 mm, the system is engineered to open up new applications for users.

The modular design, combined with practicalities for production line use, such as rear access and ability to be placed side-by-side with other 3D printers, while sealed, removable print units manage powder and part transport between printer, powder, and transport modules for a continuous production workflow.

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A return to desktop with FabPro 1000 sees 3D Systems try to take back small format 3D printing

Published 17 November 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: rapid prototyping, 3d printing, 3d systems, formlabs, desktop printing, desktop, dlp, fabpro 1000

3D Systems is reentering the desktop 3D printing category with the introduction of the FabPro 1000, a sub $5,000 DLP printer that will form the starting point for its revamped professional range.

The resin 3D printer is billed as being between two and four-times faster than its competition - such as the Formlabs Form 2, although it does have a smaller build area - and 3D Systems says its technology and materials will delivers ‘up to 40 per cent lower part cost’.

As the name suggests, the FabPro 1000 is aimed professionals looking for detailed prototypes, and with a growing number of desktop SLA/DLP printers on the market 3D Systems hopes its speed and integrated pro software, 3D Sprint, will set it apart.

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Weekender // Guy in a tank on the telly

Published 17 November 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, weekender, jcb, tanks, guy martin

A five-month project to resurrect a World War One British Mark IV tank is interesting enough, but throw in motorcycle racer and truck mechanic Guy Martin, and his genuine affliction for design and engineering elevates any programme.

Much of the work was performed by JCB for the authentic reproduction of the 30-tonne tank, built from scratch, the process began with CAD data drawn up by a hobbyist modeller, before JCB designers upgraded the model and used cutting-edge manufacturing techniques to recreate the chassis of the historic machine in just 8 weeks.

The completed chassis was transported to Norfolk tank museum, near Norwich, where the remainder of the project took place.

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