VIDEO: Ross Robotics - designing a modular ‘multi-mission’ robot, via art, literature and nature

Published 23 May 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, engineering, develop3d live, biomimicry, d3d live, robotics

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With no formal background in engineering, Philip Norman embarked on a journey to develop a modular, scalable, and reconfigurable ‘multi-mission’ robot system – no small feat for a writer, caricaturist and fine artist.

Starting out with ink, a drafting table, his artistic creativity and curiosity in natural principles, it was Mr. Norman’s discovery of Solid Edge’s 3D capabilities that unleashed his creative processes and proved integral to his development of adaptable robot systems.

Mr. Norman’s unique narrative supports his philosophy that nature’s fundamental concepts can inspire the design and development of man-made systems.

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Geometric introduces eDrawings Publisher for Catia V5 10.6, supports eDrawings viewer 2015

Published 23 May 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: catia, geometric, edrawings

eDrawings for Catia V5 10.6 offers the ability to hide, show and move components in files up to 95% smaller than the original CAD

EDrawings, Geometric’s email enabled collaboration tool designed to ease the sharing and interpretation of 2D and 3D product design data, has been unveiled for Catia V5 10.6.

Allowing users to generate ultra-compact eDrawings, claimed to reach up to 95% compressed, and share them over email, the tool allows users mark-up and receive feedback on product designs with review-enabled eDrawings and collaborate with unlimited number of recipients.

The eDrawings can provide dynamic sections and the ability to hide, show and move components, and allow users to measure dimensions in part, assembly, and drawing files, while also providing support for eDrawings viewer 2015.

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Zemax OpticStudio 16 focuses on improving manufacturability of optical designs

Published 19 May 2016

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Article tagged with: simulation, optic, optical, lenses, zemax

OpticStudio 16 for optics design aims to speed the process to manufacture

The latest release of optical engineering software OpticStudio looks to combine its intuitive user interface with complex physics and interactive visuals to drive faster innovation towards manufacture.

Version 16 of Zemax’s software is targeted at optical engineers, researchers and scientists to design for manufacturability, with tool sets aligned with the engineering process, containing an impressive array of physics-based algorithms to analyse, simulate, and optimise optical systems all within tolerance specifications.

From camera lenses to medical devices, OpticStudio 16 has options for Dynamic Links to SolidWorks, Autodesk Inventor and PTC Creo, and can import a wide range of CAD data via IGES, STEP, SAT and STL files, and exports data in the same formats.

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Prodways launches luxury, design, art and architecture division, plus an entry level SLS 3D printer

Published 19 May 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, fashion, jewellery, sls, prodways

Combining ‘hi-tech expertise with skilled craftsmanship’, Prodways has launched its ‘Les Creations’ division to serve its 150 clients in the luxury, design, art and architecture sectors with tailored and sometimes unique creations.

Set aside from its more engineering-focused customers, the division, based in Haute-Savoie near the Swiss border, is specifically dedicated to creative professions, the products will be marked with a “Made in France” label.

At the launch Prodways sister company, design for 3D printing agency Initial, suggested that the luxury, design, art and architecture markets are a priority for it, with clients already including 25 watchmakers and jewelers of the Place Vendôme, scenography, design and architecture agencies, as well as national museums.

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Enhanced FDM features gives Stratasys’ Fortus range manufacturing advantages

Published 19 May 2016

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New ‘sacrificial tooling’ material ST-130 used to create a hollow inlet ducts by

With three new advancements to its professional FDM 3D printing technology, Stratasys is aiming to put itself ahead of the competition in the lucrative aerospace and automotive industries.

Stratasys is improving its ‘sacrificial tooling’ process with a new solution comprised of a new ST-130 material and new fill patterns to provide faster dissolution, rapid build speed and better autoclave performance.

Sacrificial tooling, a process in which 3D printed molds are wrapped in composite material and then removed after part curing, enables manufacturers to rapidly and cost-effectively create complex, hollow composite parts.

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HyperWorks adds early design stage cost estimation tool to partner portfolio

Published 19 May 2016

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Article tagged with: engineering, manufacturing, cost efficiency, altair, hyperworks, hyperlean

Hyperlean has joined Altair’s Partner Alliance, bringing its LeanCost design cost estimation tool to HyperWorks users.

LeanCost provides manufacturing cost estimation in the early design stages with the aim of helping keep project schedules on track, with detection of potential roadblocks and eliminating unexpected expenses.

In addition to cost planning, LeanCost is reported to be able to define technological parameters of a project and suggest the best production process based on general and specific customer needs, allowing customers to identify and make the necessary changes to optimise a product.

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Granta Design and Senvol team up for comprehensive professional 3D printing database

Published 17 May 2016

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, granta design, materials, granta mi, granta, senvol

Granta Design and Senvol have announced that the Senvol Database, a comprehensive database of 3D printing materials and machines, will be available within Granta’s materials software, Granta MI and CES Selector.

Detailing over 550 machines and over 700 materials, the Senvol Database users should be able to use it within the Granta software to search and compare materials based on properties, type, or compatible machines.

They can identify and compare AM machines based on supported processes, manufacturer, required part size, cost, or compatible materials (and their properties), making it easier to find new ideas when researching AM options and to focus in on the most productive routes for a project.

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