Optis releases OMS2 2018 for advanced visualisation material capture

Published 30 November 2017

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: design, rendering, visualisation, materials, optis

Optis has released an update to its OMS2 system for creating accurate materials for reuse in visualisation and VR workflows. OMS2 is a combination of both software and hardware that allows you to capture material swatches then repurpose that data for reuse in both interior and exterior trim options visualisation applications.

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Emirates looking to SLS for on-board aircraft parts

Published 28 November 2017

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, manufacturing, 3d systems, aerospace, sintering, sls


For many years now, we’ve been told of how aircraft manufacturers are using 3D printing technology but it’s not often that you get a specific user story that details where and how the technology is being used.

A couple of weeks ago, Emirates issued a press release (interesting that it didn’t come through a vendor), detailing how it is using Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) for in-cabin display surrounds as well as conducting trials with the same for cabin air vent grills.

Emirates has worked with 3D Systems and with UUDS, a European aviation engineering and certification office and services provider, to print the first batch of video monitor shrouds using 3D Systems’ Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) technology platform. The material used to print Emirates’ monitor shrouds is a new thermoplastic developed from 3D Systems (Duraform ProX FR1200) which has both the surface quality and the flammability resistance required for commercial aerospace business applications.

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3D printed, pleated costumes for the Beijing Opera reveals flexibility possible with SLS parts

Published 28 November 2017

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: 3d printing, royal college of art, sls, sinterit, rca, textiles

The 3D printed costumes keeps the same shape and form of traditional costumes but with a contemporary aesthetic

Bringing together 3D printing with traditional Eastern pleating, PhD researchers from the Royal College of Art have created pioneering costumes for Beijing Opera performers.

The 3D printed parts have been printed using an SLS (selective laser sintering) technique from 3D printers Sinterit. This Sinterit Lisa machine has allowed for pleated and woven garments that are as soft and pliable as textiles.  

The costumes were designed using a parametric algorithm to translate a traditional pleating structure which can be applied to print the parts.

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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, exoskeleton, wheelchair design

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, materials, fea, 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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