WATCH // Why manufacturing is the future for Stratasys’ large format 3D printing

Published 20 January 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, develop3d live, stratasys, boston

Stratasys took to the stage at our Boston event to unveil its future plans for 3D printing in manufacturing

With the mainstream spotlight shifted away from 3D printing, the big players are working harder than ever to develop tools, machines and materials to make the technology work for large scale manufacturing.

Stratasys SVP of global software, Jon Stevenson, explained to our audience in Boston just how the 3D printing giant is helping develop the collaborative nature of its software for better design and printing, as well as giving us an insight into what it’s been working on with Boeing and Ford for the next generation of its 3D printing technology: Infinite Build.

An age of composites and advanced thermoplastics is upon us, and as more designers look to take advantage of such materials, it will be down to the likes of Stratasys to ensure new found design freedoms emerging from CAD and simulation tools can be built to industry standards.

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Debrett’s 500 List - the designers that will crop up in posh dinner party conversation in 2017

Published 20 January 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, jonathan ive, design museum, tom dixon, priestmangoode, heatherwick studio, posh book

Six British product designers have made the annual list

Ah Debretts! A British Institution to add to the list of British Institutions that should have its proprietors locked up in a British institution… Its tome of 500 names for 2017 has been unveiled.

The Debrett’s 500 recognises Britain’s 500 most influential people, having been ‘carefully compiled by independent specialists in each of a number of sectors’, with Debrett’s charting of people of influence and achievement having existed for nearly 250 years.

The book of names for people to rattle off at dinner parties and ambassadors receptions (in order to look like they have a clue what’s happening in the world) has received its 2017 update, and features no fewer than six illustrious product designers.

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Automotive sheet metal process simulation reaches next level with AutoFormplus R7

Published 20 January 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: simulation, automotive, sheet metal

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AutoFormplus has announced its latest R7 release will offer advances in process modeling for hot forming, while allowing users to take cooling channels into account.

The software, focussed on sheet metal process simulation for the automotive market, will allow users to benefit from higher flexibility and efficiency in process set-up and final validation for all forming processes in general and in particular for progressive dies and hot forming.

Cooling channels can now be easily modeled with 3D curves and their corresponding diameters. While different cooling channel layouts leading to different temperature distributions on the tool surfaces, hot spots on the tool surface can be detected and controlled via R7 depending on the selected layout of the cooling channels.

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P&G creates first recyclable shampoo bottle from beach plastic

Published 20 January 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: sustainabililty, sustainable design, recycling, packaging

The project will use 2,600 tons of recycled plastic every year

Head & Shoulders will produce the world’s first recyclable shampoo bottle made from up to 25 per cent recycled plastic sourced from beaches, with half-a-billion bottles of Proctor and Gamble products following suit by 2018.

In partnership with recycling experts TerraCycle and SUEZ, the Head & Shoulders bottle will launch in France this summer as a limited-edition edition available to consumers in Carrefour supermarkets.

If you’re glancing around for design trends at this early a stage in 2017 then prepare to be hit with the craze for advancing the circular economy with sustainable materials, with Procter & Gamble following Adidas by recycling plastic waste taken from the sea.

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HOOPS Exchange 2017 promises ‘fastest and most accurate’ data exchange solution

Published 19 January 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, cad, manufacturing, hoops, tech soft 3d, jt, 3mf

HOOPS Exchange delivers access to over 20 CAD file formats through a single interface

With support for SolidWorks 2017, NX11, Solid Edge ST 9 and many more, HOOPS Exchange 2017 software development kit looks to enable broad CAD file read/write capability without dependency on proprietary CAD systems or having to develop in-house file-reading technology.

Tech Soft 3D’s latest release of HOOPS Exchange delivers access to over 20 CAD file formats through a single interface and has expanded its support of manufacturing workflows by adding support for JT 9.5, as well as 3MF to expand support for 3D printing file formats.

Another major enhancement is the ability to use multi-process to improve the loading time of CAD assemblies, letting users access and work with large, complex CAD assemblies in seconds, instead of waiting for files to load entirely.

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EpiGrid uses multi user AMD FirePro GPUs to stream SolidWorks and other CAD tools from the cloud

Published 19 January 2017

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: solidworks, cad, amd, gpu, firepro, workstation, cloud, vdi, epigrid

EpiGrid can stream SolidWorks and other 3D CAD applications to thin clients

EpiGrid is using AMD’s multi-user FirePro GPUs in a private cloud VDI solution that can stream 3D CAD applications to remote thin clients. The EpiGrid VDI can also integrate with on-premise servers to create a hybrid cloud implementation.

EpiGrid offers managed application services for a number of CAD tools including SolidWorks CAD, SolidWorks PDM, Pro/Engineer, and Driveworks.

“It is essential to our VDIs provide fast and consistent GPU performance; that is comparable or better than an on-premise workstation,” said Chad Garrish, Chief Technology Officer, EpiGrid.

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Altair adds SantosHuman human-centric virtual design and analysis

Published 19 January 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, product design, ergonomics, altair

Santo Pro offers human-centric virtual design and analysis for products

The Altair Partner Alliance (APA) has announced the addition of SantosHuman’s Santos Pro to its software offering, letting users predict the exposure to risk of injury for manual material handling tasks of their products.

Santos Pro predicts human performance in order to aid in human-centric virtual design and analysis, while considering human strength, fatigue, flexibility, balance, vision and posture as well as clothing and other equipment worn on the body, external forces and environmental conditions.

Example uses include identifying potential workplace motion inefficiencies and injuries, and enhancing the user experience during product design.

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