Lenovo unveils Xeon W Series desktop workstations and new ultra-slim mobile workstation

Published 14 November 2017

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: quadro, workstations, workstation, lenovo, vr, thinkstation, thinkpad

Lenovo ThinkStation P520 can host up to two Quadro P6000 GPUs for high-end Viz and VR

Lenovo has announced two new single CPU desktop workstations as well as an ultra-portable mobile workstation to rival the HP ZBook Studio and Dell Precision 5520.

The ThinkStation P520 and compact P520c tower workstations are both built around the new Intel Xeon W processors, with speeds up to 4.5GHz (which is great for CAD) and up to 18 cores (for simulation or rendering).

The main difference between the two machines is in terms of graphics capabilities, with the P520 able to take up to two Quadro P6000 GPUs for ultra high-end viz and VR, while the P520c can host up to a single Quadro P5000 for more mainstream viz workflows.

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JCB helps Guy Martin build a replica WW1 tank to mark 100 years of their use in battle

Published 14 November 2017

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: engineering, design, manufacturing, construction, jcb, tanks, world war one, reconstruction, guy martin, replica

The modern-day recreation Mark IV tank will be the subject of a Channel Four programme - ‘Guy Martin’s WW1 One Tank’- to broadcast on Sunday 19 November 2017

When TV personality Guy Martin set his sights on building an authentic reproduction of a First World War tank, he called upon British manufacturer JCB, which used its skills and capabilities gained from building diggers to construct this 30-tonne tank. 

A century ago in the First World War, the Mark IV tank helped the allies on the Western Front make an unprecedented breakthrough at the Battle of Cambrai, Northern France.

JCB was tasked with creating the chassis of this tank from scratch in just eight weeks, which would go on to be displayed in Cambrai on Armistice Day, Saturday 11 November 2017.

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Authentise tops connections for 3D printing devices

Published 14 November 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, iot, manufacturing, additive manufacturing, industry 4.0

Authentise has announced claims that it has connected to and receives data from more additive manufacturing device types than any other software developer.

Having recently worked with a number of 3D printing equipment providers, and partnered with SLM Solutions, it has connected devices to the Authentise 3Diax platform and Manufacturing Execution System (MES).

The information provided by them is used to automate actions through Authentise MES - actions including automatic order updates, in-depth traceability report creation or the training of machine learning models that can improve the accuracy of cost, time and maintenance estimates.

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Deal sees Authentise 3Diax integrates real-time production data from SLM Solutions

Published 13 November 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, manufacture, authentise, slm solutions, industry 4.0

A cooperation agreement with Authentise could help SLM Solutions customers expand additive manufacturing capacities through greater efficiency, transparency and quality with their 3D printing.

The software will access real-time production data from SLM machines, a great tool for series manufacturing of components, in a step towards the fully automated processing of orders on SLM’s machines.

Direct data access to the 3D printer can be combined with other functionalities of Authentise’s 3Diax software modules to automate manual tasks, for example, to automatically update an order status, or generate documentation that enables finished components to be traced back to source.

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CAM in the Cloud on offer from OnCreate3D

Published 13 November 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: manufacturing, cam, cloud, cnc, oncreate3d

Toolpath generation and more is available with all the benefits of the Cloud via OnCreate3D’s latest software

The benefits of the Cloud for design and engineering software continues to march on, with CAM software from start-up OnCreate3D running in a web browser and on any mobile device.

The company, formed of experienced former big CAM company employees, is based in Pune, India, aims to provide an 80 per cent reduction in cost of owning a CAM Software - targeting small job shops, hobby machinists and new learners that can’t afford to invest huge amount in desktop based, one-time purchase CAM packages.

There are other benefits too - the software is set to upgrade monthly adding new features, while it’s web-based format means a machinist can invite designers with read or write permissions to let them know the problem areas in designs that are not allowing for accurate manufacturing of a component.

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Winners of the WISE Awards highlight inspiring women in science, engineering and technology

Published 10 November 2017

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: awards, women in engineering, stem, women in science and engineering, wise, wise awards, women in stem

The WISE winners with their awards, which were presented to them at a ceremony in London with Royal Patron of WISE, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal and 400 guests

A former Royal Navy engineer, a science toy and an entrepreneur using technology to help GPs pick up early signs of cancer were among winners at this year’s WISE Awards, which recognised the outstanding contributions of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

The annual awards, which have been organised by WISE since 2012, aim to shine a light on women working in STEM occupations in the UK. 

Although more women work in science and engineering than ever before – numbers have increased by more than 61,000 in the past 12 months and 230,000 in the past five years - Trudy Norris-Grey, WISE chair and Microsoft managing director, wants to see that figure vastly increase.

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Weekender // Design in the Digital Age

Published 10 November 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, manufacturing, materials, weekender, mx3d

Algorithms, digital fabrication, natural forms and decorative qualities all mix in Joris Laarman’s exhibition

On show at the Cooper Hewitt museum, Design in the Digital Age is a blast of digitally fabricated furniture by Dutch designer Joris Laarman.

The lab’s approach to smart algorithms, 3D printing and materials sees it trying to blur traditional distinctions between the natural and machine made, and also mix decorative with functional properties.

As well as plenty of seating, there’s a chance to get up close with a section of the MX3D bridge - being 3D printed by robots across a section of Amsterdam’s canal - that we featured earlier this year.

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