PTC announces ThingWorx Converge, new IoT offering for product data collection

Published 05 May 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: ptc, internet of things, iot, thingworx

Santa Cruz mountain bikes took to the stage at PTC’s LiveWorx event to announce PTC ThingWorx Converge

PTC’s Internet of Things (IoT) ThingWorx platform has been advanced for companies that create, operate and service manufactured products, with its latest Converge extension.

Announced at the company’s LiveWorx event in Boston, ThingWorx Converge will aim to provide companies with an IoT hub that offers more efficient and secure ways to access, collect, organise and expose the data, events and services of connected devices.

“Companies need a consistent framework for application developers, system integrators and technology providers to develop modular and sustainable IoT applications for smart products,” said Howard Heppelmann, general manager, connected product management, PTC.

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Optis adds mobility to its visualisation tools with Newscape acquisition

Published 05 May 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: visualisation, training, vr, optis, viz

The acquisition should allow for easier manoeuvring of heavy 3D models in virtual reality and mobile scenarios

Visualisation specialists Optis are looking to expand the use of its visualisation tools following the acquisition of Newscape Technology, specialists in the manipulation of heavy 3D models on mobile devices.

Newscape’s focus on the mobile 3D CAD market led to the development of NST3DCAD for meshing optimisation, allowing users to manipulate very heavy models and be used in virtual reality.

In the first phase, Optis will adapt the NST3DCAD to HIM, its immersive virtual reality tool to virtually validate assembly, use, maintenance and disassembly processes and train operators, in a life-size environment.

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Training series added for BobART to get most out of creative CNC machining

Published 05 May 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: manufacturing, cnc, training, bobcad-cam, bobart

29 individual videos make up the core of this end to end training kit

A new training product from BobCADCAM is aiming to help users get the most from features and advanced functionality within its BobART add-on.

The BobART software offers a wide range of image vectorisation and relief modeling functionality that can be translated into machine programming code for 2.5, 3, 4, and 5-axis CNC machines.

The BobART Training Professor Video Series offers 29 individual videos for the software used by sign makers, custom woodworking shops, and mold makers to turn pictures into machine programming code and relief models for 3D machining.

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First look: Comsol Multiphysics 5.1 expands app capabilities

Published 05 May 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: simulation, cfd, engineering, cae, fea, apps, app, comsol

The new release makes it easier to create simulation apps and share them within your team

A fully integrated environment for users to create their own custom simulation models, build simulation apps and share them with non-experts are the big changes in version 5.1 of Comsol Multiphysics.

Just released, its upgrades to the Application Builder include full integration between it and the Model Builder, improved layout tools for app design, with the flexibility of being able to run applications on multiple computers with Comsol Server.

The move to apps is hoping to spread the use of simulation tools among both CAE professionals and other designers hoping to benefit by employing the benefits of specialised simulation models earlier in the product design process.

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Say goodbye STL, say hello 3MF (possibly - you know how these things are…)

Published 01 May 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: solidworks, 3d printing, autodesk, rapid prototyping, dassault systemes, dassault systèmes, cad, manufacture, manufacturing, microsoft

The new 3MF file format is setting out to become the new unified file format that plays more closely to the design process

Microsoft is all over 3D printing, hanging out with its new bezzie mate Autodesk to put its Spark product straight into Windows 10 and starting up a new file format 3MF especially for the technology.

During its Build Developer Conference keynote, Microsoft announced that it will be partnering with Autodesk to incorporate the Spark platform into Windows 10, “accelerating the future of digital and physical 3D creation”, looking to make 3D printing a more useful and reliable experience for businesses and individuals alike.

Part of this is the new 3D printing file format 3MF - part of the outcome of a new 3MF Consortium, featuring our two aforementioned buddies, and the likes of Dassault Systèmes, HP, SLM Solutions, FIT AG (Netfabb) and Shapeways.

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Minimal equipment providing maximum support - Paula Radcliffe’s secret London Marathon kit

Published 30 April 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: london, sports, running, marathon

Paula Radcliffe and her 3D printed insoles, designed though pressure scanning the way she runs

Paula Radcliffe is one of the world’s best known female athletes, the current world record holder for the marathon (a brisk 2:15:25), who completed in her last London Marathon last weekend.

Although not running amongst the pro athletes, the 41-year-old mother ran the course in a not-to-shabby 2:36:55 (her slowest ever!), surrounded by club runners and cheered on by the crowd all along the course, back pounding the miles with some secret support of her own.

Stubbornness, a strong mind, some top doctors and physios have got her back running, and last but not least, newly designed insoles utilising 3D-printing technology, helped her tackle one last marathon.

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DEVELOP3D Magazine - May 2015

Published 30 April 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: magazine, develop3d

The May edition of DEVELOP3D is now available for free download.

This month we tell the story of a desktop CNC milling machine; look back at the amazing day that was DEVELOP3D LIVE 2015, and group test some of the best 15” portable workstations out there, plus all the usual news, reviews and jobs.

The May cover story:

We track the design and manufacture of the Othermill - a San Francisco-born desktop CNC milling machine - from its beginnings as an educational research project, to a Kickstarter campaign and now as a commercial product.

Download the issue for free here - or if you haven’t done so already, register with your email address to get all issues FREE!

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