Future tyres to become smart products reliant on biomimicry and 3D printed construction

Published 09 March 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, automotive, manufacture, iot, biomimicry, goodyear

Goodyear Eagle 360 concept tyres are helping visualise the transport of the future

While we cover much to do with the automotive industry, tyres are typically left out of the story as a third party product with little to do with the car they’ll be mounted on.

Goodyear, with its latest concept for the tyre of the future, has changed all that, adding much more to the design and make up of its grippy rubber - incorporating biomimicry, IoT sensors, 3D printing as well as being spherical and being mounted to the car via magnetic levitation.

The Goodyear Eagle 360 concept highlights ultimate maneuverability, safety and connectivity for the driverless car of the future,  where this concept plays a dual role both as a creative platform to push the boundaries of conventional thinking and as testbeds for next-generation technologies.

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Moldex3D R15.0 streamlines its workflow with pre-processing and simultaneous coupling process

Published 08 March 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: simulation, manufacturing, manufacture, cae, mold design, moldex3d

Plastic injection molding simulation solution Moldex3D has unveiled version R15.0, which looks to cut back simulation time significantly with its new features.

One of the most significant improvements is the reduction in pre-processing time and effort, with a new runner meshing technology enables automatic generation of high-resolution hexahedral meshes, offering various node types for line runner connections to better capture the intended geometric shape of the runner design and deliver more accurate predictions.

An extended non-matching mesh technology supports the automatic meshing of mold components to be non-matched, such as the interface between part and part insert/mold base in order to obtain accurate simulation results with minimal effort.

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Stratasys joins the carbon fibre-filled party with new FDM 3D printing material

Published 08 March 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, prototype, industrial design, develop3d live, stratasys, aerospace

The impressive strength-to-weight ratio of the FDM Nylon 12CF could prove transformative for many industries

In it’s latest materials release, Stratasys has finally taken the lid off its chopped carbon material, launching FDM Nylon 12CF with a very high stiffness-to-weight ratio.

The thermoplastic is capable of replacing some metal components in a range of prototyping, tooling and end-use applications due to its 35 per cent chopped carbon-fiber make-up and potential for 0.254 mm layer thickness.

“It enables designers to develop more practical and functional designs and get them to market faster, without worrying about how to prototype those parts using metal or molding,” said Zehavit Reisin, VP, head of rapid prototyping for Stratasys, who will be explaining more about the new materials at DEVELOP3D LIVE on 28 March.

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WATCH // NASA’s testing and analysis of advanced composite shells

Published 06 March 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: manufacturing, space, nasa, video

The NESC Academy offers its viewers the opportunity to learn from senior NASA scientists, engineers, and subject matter experts, and it doesn’t hold back with the amount of varying content it offers.

This week we’ve stumbled across this lecture from Dr Chauncey Wu, a NASA science officer for mission assessments, as he explains what goes into the analysis of composite structures, especially for their manufacture.

Like all the NESC videos, it features lessons learned, discoveries, best practices, and innovative strategies, but also, it shows just how much detail and effort goes into these projects.

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Optis adds technical thermoplastics to its visualisation library

Published 06 March 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, viz, optis, render

Optis users will now be able to access a full library of Albas Plastics for accurate rendering

Optis has partnered with Albis Plastics to add its range of technical thermoplastics with lighting-related properties, making them easier to integrate into lifelike 3D rendered scenes.

The Alcom plastics brand is home to a broad spectrum of thermoplastic materials offering light diffusion, light guiding and light blocking characteristics, designed to boost the light efficiency of the final products. 

Lighting specialists can now virtually benefit from all the optical qualities of the Alcom product lines: colors, levels of transmission, diffusion, transparency, opacity, reflection – and select the material which best suits their design.

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Williams F1 front wing takes shape with 3D printed prototypes

Published 06 March 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: simulation, cad, 3d printing, prototype, manufacturing, f1, williams f1

Iterative prototype designs have been mades faster through using laser sintering

Taking its designs from simulation to the track faster, and with fewer compromises, Williams F1 has developed its carbon fibre process with the help of EOS 3D printing.

With composite materials tricky to work with, Williams has decided to additively manufacture prototypes for the wing in order to test the shape, using both EOS’ P 390 and P 760 laser sinterers to build a number of front wing cascades.

Each design contains the intricate geometries that correspond to the ideas and simulations for high down-thrust and optimum tyre grip, letting the team physically test each design in the wind tunnel.

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DEVELOP3D Magazine // The March Issue - VR Special

Published 02 March 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, cad, visualisation, automotive, magazine, vr

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

This month we bring you a Virtual Reality special - after months of delving in and out of headsets and caves, reviewing multiple softwares for CAD, visualisation and engineering, and speaking to some of the world’s experts.

We find out how VR is accelerating automotive design at McLaren Automotive today; plus uncover the future of the technology for designers in all industries. Plus we bring you all the usual news and reviews.


The March cover story:

With one of the swiftest automotive design processes in the world, McLaren Automotive is hell bent on going even faster, this time with the help of Virtual Reality. Stephen Holmes reports


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