3D Systems adds accelerated programming speed and enhanced visualisation to GibbsCAM 2016

Published 06 May 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, 3d systems, cnc, gibbscam

GibbsCAM 2016 is designed to help users eliminate scrap and reduce cycle times

The latest version of GibbsCAM CNC machining platform introduces a range of new speed and simulation improvements as it looks to enhance the link between its parent company’s interests in 3D printing and end use parts.

3D Systems suggests that GibbsCAM’s ‘enhanced kinematic framework’ makes it a versatile CAM platform that complements the additive manufacturing processes which its parent company has a firm grounding in.

Compatible with a wide range of programming and machining operations, including solid modeling, high speed machining, 2- to 5-axis milling, wire-EDM, multi-task machining and more, GibbsCAM is designed to help users eliminate scrap and reduce cycle times.

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Ravensbourne launches new materials library for design students

Published 05 May 2016

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Article tagged with: university, materials, ravensbourne

The materials library at Ravensbourne will grow to include some 1,500 materials used in product development and manufacturing

Ravensbourne University has launched its library of over 500 selected materials, designed to encourage students to research material selection when creating and developing products.

The first partnership materials library in the country, the university has partnered with Material ConneXion, a global materials consultancy with some of the world’s most advanced, innovative and sustainable materials and processes.

The library of materials and technologies aims to help students studying product design, fashion and architecture to understand the use of materials in the design and manufacturing process.

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DEVELOP3D Magazine - The May Edition

Published 04 May 2016

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The May edition of DEVELOP3D is now available for free download

This month we get loud with Sonos’ design team; check out Toyota’s wooden concept car; and put a bun in the oven with AEG’s new product range, plus all the usual news and reviews.

The May cover story:

When it comes to the Sonos Play:5 looks can be deceiving. We met the design and engineering team behind its creation, who explained the complexities and challenges involved in creating such a seemingly simple product

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LulzBot launches its latest desktop FDM 3D printer, maintains open source ethic

Published 04 May 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, fdm, desktop, lulzbot

The Taz 6 is set to continue LulzBot’s standing as one of the leading open source desktop 3D printers on the market when it launches on 17 May.

New and improved features for the $2,500 3D printer include self-leveling, self-cleaning, and a wider range of supported materials, with the open source hardware all reportedly made in Colorado, USA.

With a 280 x 280 x 250mm build area and heated glass build platform, and what looks to be a more solid construction, the printer should take the battle for desktop FDM 3D printing to the likes of Ultimaker and Makerbot.

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Polygonica expands platform support to Linux and Mac

Published 04 May 2016

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, mac, linux, polygonica, machineworks

Polygonica is well suited to cloud based mesh processing tasks for 3D printing and CAE

Future versions of cloud based mesh tool for 3D pruning and CAE, Polygonica, will soon include support for Linux and Macintosh operating systems.

Owner, MachineWorks Ltd, announced that while Polygonica is currently available for Microsoft Windows and a range of Visual Studio Compilers, from Polygonica version 1.3 the full range of functionalities will be available across all platforms.

“We are seeing more demand from our customers for additional platforms as new opportunities and technologies gain traction,” said Polygonica Sales Manager Dr David Knight.

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Mayku FormBox launches on Kickstarter for desktop manufacturing

Published 03 May 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, prototyping, mayku, vacforming

Ready for rapid prototyping and mould making, the FormBox is available on Kickstarter for $349

Mayku has finally launched its FormBox vacuum former - unveiled at DEVELOP3D LIVE - on Kickstarter, rocketing towards its $50,000 target with astonishing speed.

The FormBox makes 3D shapes in seconds by heating up sheets of material and forming them around a template with a regular vacuum cleaner - letting users vac-form anything from customised chocolate moulds to one hundred piece runs of professional grade products, right from their tabletop.

The FormBox maker pack has launched at $349, and consists of a FormBox vacuum former, 30 sheets of material, a universal vacuum connector and a kit to get users started.

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Canon latest to form partnership with Materialise for 3D printing

Published 03 May 2016

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, materialise, materialise magics, canon

Canon 3D printing customers will now have access to Magics

Canon Europe has announced a new strategic partnership with Materialise to give ‘existing and prospective’ customers across Europe access to Materialise Magics 3D printing software.

While Canon’s own technology, announced last year, has yet to see daylight, Canon has been busily distributing a range of 3D Systems’ 3D printers through its sales channels, and we expect this is the market set to benefit.

It’s unclear whether any of the specialist Materialise Modules for sintering or support generation are included in this deal.

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