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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Onshape makes 12 learning plans free online

Published 10 November 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, cloud, education, training, onshape

The Onshape Learning Center has opened up 12 of its self-paced online training courses to subscribers of its Public and EDU plans - giving students, open-source designers and anyone who wants to evaluate Onshape free training.

Previously only available for Onshape Professional subscribers, the 12 courses are organised into two Learning Pathways that include bite-size videos and practice exercises.

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Amazing automation from Goliath redesigns the workshop CNC

Published 10 November 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cnc, prototyping, maker, desktop

Portable, covering a huge work area, and for a price shading under $2k, the Goliath CNC machine is unlike any other.

First off the bat, this isn’t a tool that’s trying to convince sage CNC operators that it’s going to replace professional or even desktop CNC machinery - it’s simply a very clever alternative or partner tool.

A 900w Spindle that maxes out at 27,000 RPM, a patented sensor system triangulates the position of the robot as its omni directional, three-module wheel design, ensures that two rollers are always in contact with the panel while it crab-crawls its way around.

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Gerber partners with Avametric for AR and 3D visualisation of apparel and soft goods

Published 09 November 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, simulation, 3d design, apparel, app, gerber

The partnership between Gerber Technologies and Avametric aims to create an end-to-end 3D workflow

Gerber Technology has announced a major partnership with Avametric, fabric simulation and 3D consumer applications experts, to offer the first end to end 3D platform for apparel and material goods.

Taking the workflow end-to-end, from consumer facing virtual try-on applications to design, development and manufacturing, the joint 3D platform will provide realistic 3D simulations that can be used from consumer side visualisation all the way through production.

San Francisco-based Avametric technology creates digital garments that faithfully reproduce their real world equivalents, its ‘virtual fit’ technology having been used in web, mobile and AR applications by brands including Gap, and the iOS Fitting Room App.

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HP’s new 3D printing system upgrade targets injection moulding industry, adds new materials

Published 09 November 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, 3d printing, manufacturing, hp, materials

End-part manufacturing is the goal for HP’s 3D printing aspirations

HP hopes that its new high-volume 3D printing ‘system upgrade’, billed HP Jet Fusion 3D 4210, plus an expansion of materials will unlock 3D manufacturing’s economies of scale, as it looks to raise the ‘break-even point’ to 110,000 and enable what would be the industry’s lowest cost-per-part.

The new solution includes hardware and firmware upgrades for existing Jet Fusion systems to improve overall system efficiency and enable continuous operation, including a new processing station capable of handling significantly higher materials volumes.

The upgrade is available at present to those that purchased the initial 4200 3D printer, and will be commercially available in March 2018.

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Materialise Magics 22 looks to hit industrial 3D printing’s automation and optimisation sweet spot

Published 09 November 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: simulation, 3d printing, manufacturing, materialise, additive manufacturing, materialise magics

New honeycomb feature in Materialise Magics 22

The new updates to the Materialise Magics 3D Print Suite, including Magics 22 and Inspector 3, look to speed up the 3D printing workflow while tailoring it for industrial levels of output.

Magics 22 includes new design features such as the honeycomb structure, which reduces weight without sacrificing strength, and the shelling feature that reduces a part’s material consumption without changing its functional design.

Improved workflow and design optimisation tools offer an increase in speed and a reduction of material consumption, while the new version promises the user faster generation of metal support structures, create denser laser sintering platforms, and the ability to fit more parts on stereolithography, DLP and FDM platforms.

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Wacom launches Pro Pen 3D input device

Published 07 November 2017

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: engineering, cad, solidworks, design, autodesk, industrial design, wacom

When it comes to computer hardware specifically for design and engineering software, there’s a pretty wide open space with not a lot filling it. Alongside the likes of 3DConnexion, one of the only long-term players is Wacom.

With its mastery of pen-based input, from the early days of tablet/digitizers (which continue to sell like hotcakes) into today’s products which combine both high-resolution displays and built-in computing devices with its legendary pen-based input.

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