Lenovo unveils new Xeon Scalable-based ThinkStation workstations

Published 12 September 2017

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: quadro, workstation, lenovo, xeon, thinkstation, nvme

ThinkStation P920

Lenovo has released details of two new high-end workstations that are due to ship in late October. The ThinkStation P920 and ThinkStation P720 feature two Intel Xeon Scalable processors, on-board M.2 NVMe SSDs and the latest Nvidia Quadro GPUs.

The driving force behind these new machines is the new Intel Xeon Scalable processor family, which boasts up to 28 cores per CPU and is available in speeds up to 3.6GHz. It spells an end of the long-standing Intel Xeon E5-2600 Series of CPUs, which were at the heart of the ThinkStation P710 and ThinkStation P910.

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Voxeljet unveils ‘High Speed Sintering’ 3D printing system

Published 11 September 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, materials, sls, voxeljet

So far focused on tooling and pattern making applications, Voxeljet has announced the release of its first 3D printing system based on its new High Speed Sintering (HSS) process.

Already a provider of high-speed, large-format 3D printers for industrial and commercial customers, the new HSS process is said to enable the printing of parts with properties and qualities similar to Selective Laser Sintering, Multi Jet Fusion or injection moulding.

HSS will launch on its VX200 platform in November, promising a range of thermoplastic materials with varying properties, and has the same basis as voxeljet’s core technology, binder jetting.

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Ledas announces platform for building Cloud CAD apps

Published 11 September 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, cad, visualisation, cloud

Ledas has unveiled its new cloud platform for 3D modelling which can act as a basis for developing various cloud CAD/PLM and AEC/BIM applications.

According to Ledas, the platform combines many typical engineering functions like visualisation and authoring 3D models with cloud abilities of dispatching user requests and data storage.

While all computations with a 3D model are made on cloud servers, users have access to a representation of the 3D model and can navigate and operate it in web browser-based application by means of WebGL and Typescript/Javascript.

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British Design Fund announces first wave of funding recipients

Published 11 September 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, manufacturing, product design, funding, crowdfunding

A portable rocking device that attaches to any pushchair has received BDF funding

The British Design Fund has announced the recipients of its first wave of backing from its fund of over £500k from over 160 individual investors since it launched earlier this year.

Both Rockit, a portable rocking device which can attach to any pushchair, pram, car seat or crib, and Calla Shoes, a new brand of stylish footwear for women who suffer from bunions will receive an as yet unspecified amount of funding.

An early stage investment fund for UK start-ups in the product design and manufacturing spaces, the British Design Fund was set up by John Mathers, ex-CEO of the Design Council, and design entrepreneur Damon Bonser, after successfully reaching its crowdfunding target earlier this year, with over 100 companies registering to apply for funding since launch.

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Other Machine Company rebrands to Bantam Tools

Published 08 September 2017

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: design, hardware, rapid prototyping, manufacturing, cam, product design, cnc, othermachine

For those of us on this side of the pond, the new name for Other Machine Company (who we wrote about back in our April issue - ) might conjure up shades of two stroke BSAs, but Bantam Tools (bantamtools.com) it is now known as.

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Ansys launches Discovery Live, a ‘revolution in simulation’

Published 07 September 2017

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: engineering, simulation, solidworks, design, hardware, gpu, cfd, develop3d live, ansys, fea

Ansys has launched Ansys Discovery Live, a brand new product line that aims to remove many of the barriers traditionally associated with simulation and analysis.

The subject of a three-year development program, Ansys Discovery combines drag and drop modelling tools with built-in simulation that solves in an instant.

The launch version looks to combine modelling technology from SpaceClaim (which Ansys acquired back in 2014) with Finite Element Analysis (FEA) of structures and harmonics as well as computational fluid dynamics (CFD) for both fluid flow (internal and external) and thermal simulation.

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Massivit shows scale of 3D printing for retail marketing with giant prints

Published 07 September 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, retail, massivit

This larger-than-life, two-metre tall sports shoe was 3D printed by a Swiss model making bureau as a concept piece to show the scale of a single build on a Massivit 3D printer.

Dekom 3D Plus, based in Switzerland, uses the technology to produce giant parts for promotional and marketing campaigns - aiming to boost the wow-factor with scaled-up replicas to draw in their target audience.

The scale for producing one-off physical models has seen retail marketers and even large format printing companies (think vinyl wraps for double decker buses etc.) adopt the technology for inshore displays and big promotional events, with some interesting examples coming from Big Apple Visual Group’s work for Macy’s department stores, and Carisma’s New York tourist bus wraps featuring pop-out movie logos and characters - including Ghostbusters.

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