New EOS P500 targets industrial scale printing of polymers

Published 15 November 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, eos, materials, additive manufacturing, polymers

The P500 is a future facing polymers printer from EOS as it looks to tackle mass production

Lowest cost-per-part is fast becoming the battle cry among several 3D printing vendors, but EOS is looking to push those costs lower with its most efficient polymers printer, the P500.

Operating at up to 300°C with dual laser fusing system, the printer preheats the polymer material in advance before it is applied on the build platform, reducing layer times, while efficiencies are improves as all recycled powder can be recycled for the next build job at higher fill rates.

A new job can be started 15 minutes after the previous build has finished, thanks to switching between the exchangeable frames, with EOS also boasting of only weekly cleaning cycles and annual maintenance - maximising uptime.

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Stratasys gets down to the voxel level with new GrabCAD software for 3D printing on the J750

Published 15 November 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, stratasys, grabcad, 3d design, voxel

The whispy internal leg details of this table were produced by controlling the voxels of the print with GrabCAD

By combining GrabCAD Voxel Print and its J750 3D printing solution, Stratasys hopes that it has unlocked a new era of control at microscopic detail within its 3D printed parts.

Voxels, a term for a 3D pixel, form the building blocks of the company’s high-resolution ink-jet deposited PolyJet 3D printing, enabling users to create advanced structures, gradient color patterns, internal properties, textures and precise material requirements for various applications.

Users can use their own model layer slicer tool to assign properties at the voxel level, slice by slice, creating the ability to go beyond boundary representation to volumetric modelling, before GrabCAD Voxel Print generates a GrabCAD Voxel File (.GCVF) that can be directly loaded to GrabCAD and fabricated on a Stratasys J750 3D Printer.

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MSC provides simulation tools for both Stratasys’ FDM and Materialise’s metals 3D Print

Published 15 November 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, simulation, 3d printing, manufacturing, stratasys, materials, materialise, metals, msc, hexagon

The use of new Digimat simulation tools should be of interest for Stratasys’ Fortus 900mc users looking to target production manufacturing

Part of the Hexagon Group, MSC Software has continued to expand its simulation expertise into the world of 3D printing with industry heavyweights Stratasys and Materialise.

Although both differ in the materials covered, both look to take advantage of advanced simulation technologies to conquer potential build errors.

Stratasys is collaborating with MSC’s e-Xstream Engineering, an advanced tool for multi-scale modeling of composite materials and structures, to deliver high performance process modeling and structural analysis numerical tools.

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An ‘enthusiastic user of technologies’ presented with honorary IET Engineering Fellowship

Published 15 November 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, 3d systems, london, iet, will.i.am

In more ‘world’s going to hell in a handcart’ news, one of the largest global engineering bodies has announced sometime-seat-swivelling former vocoder-pop-tune-lover, Will.I.Am, is to receive an honorary fellowship to its ranks.

With over 163,000 members in 127 countries, and keen to represent the diverse modern interdisciplinary nature of engineering, the IET has given this year’s awards top billing to a man it describes at best as “an enthusiastic user of technologies in both his professional and personal life”.

In a sector desperate for marketing and promotion - and rightly so - this probably seemed a good idea to someone in the back offices of the IET. So instead lets look at the other honorary fellowship awardees and their astounding list of actual world-changing engineering achievements:

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Lenovo unveils Xeon W Series desktop workstations and new ultra-slim mobile workstation

Published 14 November 2017

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: quadro, workstations, workstation, lenovo, vr, thinkstation, thinkpad

Lenovo ThinkStation P520 can host up to two Quadro P6000 GPUs for high-end Viz and VR

Lenovo has announced two new single CPU desktop workstations as well as an ultra-portable mobile workstation to rival the HP ZBook Studio and Dell Precision 5520.

The ThinkStation P520 and compact P520c tower workstations are both built around the new Intel Xeon W processors, with speeds up to 4.5GHz (which is great for CAD) and up to 18 cores (for simulation or rendering).

The main difference between the two machines is in terms of graphics capabilities, with the P520 able to take up to two Quadro P6000 GPUs for ultra high-end viz and VR, while the P520c can host up to a single Quadro P5000 for more mainstream viz workflows.

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JCB helps Guy Martin build a replica WW1 tank to mark 100 years of their use in battle

Published 14 November 2017

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: engineering, design, manufacturing, construction, tanks, guy martin, jcb, world war one, replica, reconstruction

The modern-day recreation Mark IV tank will be the subject of a Channel Four programme - ‘Guy Martin’s WW1 One Tank’- to broadcast on Sunday 19 November 2017

When TV personality Guy Martin set his sights on building an authentic reproduction of a First World War tank, he called upon British manufacturer JCB, which used its skills and capabilities gained from building diggers to construct this 30-tonne tank. 

A century ago in the First World War, the Mark IV tank helped the allies on the Western Front make an unprecedented breakthrough at the Battle of Cambrai, Northern France.

JCB was tasked with creating the chassis of this tank from scratch in just eight weeks, which would go on to be displayed in Cambrai on Armistice Day, Saturday 11 November 2017.

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Authentise tops connections for 3D printing devices

Published 14 November 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, iot, manufacturing, additive manufacturing, industry 4.0

Authentise has announced claims that it has connected to and receives data from more additive manufacturing device types than any other software developer.

Having recently worked with a number of 3D printing equipment providers, and partnered with SLM Solutions, it has connected devices to the Authentise 3Diax platform and Manufacturing Execution System (MES).

The information provided by them is used to automate actions through Authentise MES - actions including automatic order updates, in-depth traceability report creation or the training of machine learning models that can improve the accuracy of cost, time and maintenance estimates.

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