Something for the weekend - wearable chair might just be what you need

Published 22 August 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, manufacturing, swiss, exoskeleton, noonee

Designed for the factory worker, the Noonee support device allows you to take the weight off

Designed for the long-suffering factory workers of this world, doing manual tasks repeatedly for long hours, the Noonee lower-leg posture support device is a product of many uses.

It’s a low-cost exoskeleton, that when strapped to the wearer allows them to semi-squat, taking the weight off their limbs and joints - according to its Swiss designers Audi and BMW are reportedly interested.

But imaging what else it could do for us naturally lazy, stooped people, who are always looking for a pew?

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Aircrafts have feelings too: new sensor skin to let planes ‘feel’ damage

Published 22 August 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: aerospace, materials science, materials, bae systems, sensors, materials developments, aircraft

A skin of sensor nodes could report back on speed, temperature or even damage

Engineers at BAE Systems are working on enabling the detection of injury or damage to the outer surfaces of aircraft, through ‘smart skin’, which could eventually pass down to domestic vehicles and appliances.

Its Advanced Technology Centre are investigating the concept tens of thousands of micro-sensors embedded into the surface, enabling it to sense wind speed, temperature, physical strain and movement, far more accurately than current sensor technology allows.

By continually monitoring their health, reporting back on potential problems before they become significant planes would require fewer regular check-ups on the ground and parts could be replaced in a timely manner, increasing the efficiency of aircraft maintenance, the availability of the plane and improving safety.

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Teach Yourself: Intro to surface modelling in SolidWorks

Published 22 August 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, cad, surface modelling, solid works, innova systems, tutorial, teach yourself

Beginners guide to surface modelling in SolidWorks

In the quest for self betterment there are few worse times to start than at the beginning of an August Bank Holiday weekend (US - think Labor Day weekend), but if you’ve got the inclination, then we’ve got the goods.

Should you find a few minutes (or the ability to bookmark content for a future date when you’re not pouring cold beer down your neck) then here’s a great introduction to bringing surface modelling into your SolidWorks skill set.

It’s the tool you’d be looking to employ for creating organic shapes - salacious curves, ergonomic fits and, generally, wavy lines - that solid modelling software can struggle with.

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SurfCAM 2015 R1 first Vero launch since Hexagon Metrology take over

Published 21 August 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: manufacture, cam, vero software, machining, vero, visi, hexagon metrology, hexagon, surfcam

SurfCAM 2015 R1 is the first product form Vero to be launched since its recent purchase

The new release of SurfCAM from Vero Software is the first from the company’s stable to launch since its take over by Sweden’s Hexagon Metrology.

The latest edition of Vero’s entry level product, SurfCAM 2015 R1 is set to represent the first in a series of planned steps to dramatically enhance programmer efficiency and provides the foundation for future releases.

New and enhanced functionalities are set to include improved in-line tool path editing; time-saving features for geometry and tool path management, and higher levels of user-defined customisation.

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SolidWorks Education revamped in time for new school year

Published 21 August 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, solidworks, dassault systemes, dassault systèmes, cad, jobs, engineering, education, schools, stem

SolidWorks Education Edition teaching guides and lessons have been updated with new content, with additional support for STEM subjects

The latest version of SolidWorks Education Edition has arrived early for school, like a swotty little kid trying to get the seat at the front of the classroom next to the teacher.

It promises numerous new additions to its 3D design applications, aiming to improve the ability of students not just design, but work with simulation, product data management, technical documentation and electrical design.

The global SolidWorks community has surpassed 100,000 certified users, and as part of French software giant Dassault Systèmes, is showing no signs of slowing down this expansion among the next generation of designers.

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Latest Kubotek KeyView gives Rhino users a chance to play

Published 21 August 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: rhino, cad, space mouse, kubotek, converter, keyview

Kubotek KeyView 12.6 allows you to open most of the popular CAD files, annotate them, and export them as a file type of your choosing

The launch of Kubotek KeyView 12.6, which allows users to open CAD-files with the need for the native system, has upped its game in offering accessibility to the latest CAD softwares.

As well as the usual IGES to CATIA switch, it now works with the latest versions of the major CAD softwares, including Rhino 3D, allowing files to be exported as a IGES, STEP, Parasolid, SAT, DWG/DXF or 3D PDF.

Not simply a way of switching annoying file types around, KeyView features tools for measuring, analysing, marking-up models, and more.

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And then there were three: Autodesk boosts its simulation powers by bringing NASTRAN into the fold

Published 20 August 2014

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: design, solidworks, autodesk, simulation, inventor, cad, cfd, fea, femap, nx nastran

The 3D design giant, Autodesk, has had a history in simulation (for the purposes of design and manufacturing) for nearly a decade and a half.

Since it first acquired Solid Dynamics to put motion simulation inside Inventor back in 2005, the company has been through a long string of acquisitions to get it to this point. Solid Dynamics was followed by a pretty consistent streak:

  • Moldflow for injection moulding
  • PlassoTech for CAD integrated, basic linear structural work inside Inventor
  • Algor for linear structural simulation
  • Blue Ridge Numerics for Computation Fluid Dynamics
  • Firehole for composites simulation

Last week, the company finally acknowledged that it had acquired NEi and its line of NASTRAN based tools.

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