Pixar’s Renderman technology is now free to download

Published 31 March 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: rendering, visualisation, 3ds max, cinema 4d, the foundry, renderman, pixar

RenderMan is Pixar’s core rendering technology, and is now available for free

RenderMan, Pixar’s core rendering technology for animation and visual effects in movies such as Frozen and The Incredibles, has been made free.

Before all you product designers get super excited to be creating animations with the same incredible characteristics as Monsters Inc. there’s a few slight problems - firstly, the free version is only available for non-commercial products.

Secondly, unless you’re bugging out in a studio equipped with Autodesk Maya, The Foundry’s Katana, or Cinema4D then the options are limited - there’s a third-party app for 3ds Max on the way, but nothing as yet planned for Modo, Rhino, or any of your standard solid modelling CAD tools

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Dassault’s new upgrades to R2015x Simulia engineering simulation tool brings focus to the designer

Published 31 March 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: simulation, dassault systemes, dassault systèmes, engineering, simulia

Dassault has announced its outline for what’s new in the latest release of Simulia - from new tools for designers to 10 new apps in R2015x.

Dassault Systèmes is adding extra focus to getting product designers using its latest release of engineering simulation tool Simulia.

Noting how historically, simulation has been the domain of a ‘Simulation Specialist’, its Design Simulation product suite is “tailored to the needs of the product Designer rather than the Specialist”.

“Design Simulation products function within the design environment rather than within a simulation environment,” explains the DS website. “Design Simulation does not mean simple simulation, it is based on leading technology, including part and assembly analysis, realistic material behavior and product response, and scenario definition that reflect how products are used.”

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Dassault Systèmes offers education platform via the cloud

Published 30 March 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: dassault systemes, dassault systèmes, education, university, cloud

An incredible range of tools for education are now available via the 3DExperience on the cloud

How do you negate the fear of the cloud among designers and engineers? Start ‘em young: Dassault Systèmes (DS) is offering its 3DExperience platform for Academia on the cloud.

“The academic field now has simplified and secured access to Dassault Systèmes’ product design, digital manufacturing, realistic simulation and collaborative innovation applications on the cloud that have transformed industrial processes worldwide,” rattles the press release.

This is great news for those needing to access a wide range of academic tools - be they teachers or students - giving easy deployment and maintenance, secured data access anytime, anywhere on a student’s or an institution’s own devices, and eliminating the need for complex IT infrastructure.

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Groupe Gorgé takes further steps to establish itself among 3D Printing’s big brands

Published 30 March 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, prodways, norge, group gorgé

Low cost SLS machine maker Norge Systems is now part of the the growing Groupe Gorgé portfolio

French engineering company Groupe Gorgé has made further 3D printing acquisitions, adding leading French service bureau Initial, and UK low-cost SLS machine designers Norge Systems to its portfolio.

The company acquired Prodways in 2013, which has since increased its range of SLA machines using its MovingLight technology, and looks set to continue growing its 3D printing technology options.

“The operational, technical and business success of Prodways’ teams have helped our Group to gain greater perspective of a market with huge potential,” said Raphael Gorgé, chairman and CEO of Groupe Gorgé.

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Bass-blasting fire - a technology that needs design to help it reach its potential

Published 30 March 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, fire, bass, george mason university

Like blowing out a candle, the bass-tube fire extinguisher uses air vibrations to put out the flames

My grandad always used to say ‘fight fire with fire’, which is what got him kicked out of the fire service… But if only he’d thought of turning up the low range on his Perry Como records.

Two engineers from George Mason University have devised a way to blow out flames using a bass tube, impressive enough in a YouTube video, but something with epic potential should they hook up with some industrial designers.

Viet Tran and Seth Robertson are already aware of the next step, suggesting that it could be installed in a cooker hood over a stove, or even operated by fire fighting drone squads to tackle forest fires.

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SolidWorks World 2015 - interview with new SolidWorks CEO Gian Paolo Bassi

Published 24 March 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: dassault systemes, nvidia, dassault systèmes, develop3d live, lenovo, solidworks world, gian paolo bassi, sww15, sww

We caught up with new SolidWorks CEO Gian Paolo Bassi after SolidWorks World, and before his appearance at DEVELOP3D LIVE

While at SolidWorks World, we were lucky enough to wrestle new SolidWorks CEO Gian Paolo Bassi away from the crowds for a quick one-to one.

We chatted about his first SWW as CEO, the newly announced SolidWorks Industrial Design software (SW-ID), and his forthcoming appearance at DEVELOP3D LIVE in the UK.

“It’s going to be fun, yeah?!” opened GPB to this last topic. Given the interview that follows, we can guarantee that you’re not going to want to miss him on stage at DEVELOP3D LIVE on 26 March.

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3D printing plays direct role in assembly tools for Volvo

Published 20 March 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacture, stratasys, manufacturing, fortus, volvo, stratasys fortus 900mc, assembly

Volvo Trucks is using 3D printed tools to help make the assembly of vehicle parts, like its engines, faster, cheaper and more flexible

Designing tools for assembling products is a full-time hassle in itself - hence why those with thousands of components to piece together are looking to 3D printing to speed up the process.

Volvo Trucks’ engine assembly plant in Lyon, France (it makes parts for Renault Trucks too, with the Swedes having bought it a while back), is using Stratasys’ Fortus 3D printers to build jigs and fixtures for the assembly line staff, reducing the time it takes from 36 days to two days.

The speed comes as a factor of not having to build these in metal, which also means that it’s cheaper too - especially where customised or small quantities of tools are needed.

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