MSC delivers real time analysis capabilities with Adams

Published 13 March 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: simulation, hardware, automotive, msc, hexagon

Users can integrate their Adams model with their hardware controller, or driving simulator through SimWB

Adams Real Time has been announced by MSC Software Corporation, its first release to allow users to run analysis in the Concurrent SIMulation Workbench real time modeling environment, on the RedHawk Linux operating system.

The Adams Solver can participate in co-simulations performed in the SimWB real time environment via extensions to Adams’ support for the Functional Mockup Interface (FMI).

A functional mockup unit exported from Adams Controls or Adams Mechatronics within Adams View or Adams Car can now be imported into SimWB, letting users integrate their Adams model with their hardware controller, or driving simulator through SimWB.

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Lenovo previews three new mobile workstations, including ‘VR Ready’ ThinkPad P71

Published 10 March 2017

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: gpu, quadro, workstation, lenovo, vr, mobile workstation, thinkpad

The ‘VR Ready’ ThinkPad P71, out in April.

Lenovo has unveiled three new mobile workstations – the ultra-portable 15.6-inch ThinkPad P51s, the mainstream 15.6-inch ThinkPad P51 and the VR-ready 17.3-inch ThinkPad P71.

With a redesigned 1.95kg chassis, Lenovo says the ThinkPad P51s is the lightest and thinnest 15-inch mobile workstation it has ever developed.

It’s more than 220g lighter than the previous generation and, with Power Bridge Technology, it can host two hot-swappable batteries for what Lenovo describes as ‘double digit’ battery life.

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BOXX claims world’s smallest workstation with overclocked ‘Kaby Lake’ Core i7

Published 10 March 2017

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: rendering, amd, nvidia, gpu, quadro, workstation, vr, mobile workstation, boxx

Is this the smallest workstation featuring an i7 Kaby Lake processor?

BOXX has introduced the APEXX 1 1402, which it claims to be the world’s smallest workstation featuring an overclocked Intel Core i7 ‘Kaby Lake’ processor.

The space saving machine is only 4.7” (11.9cm) wide, 8.5” (21.6cm) high and 9” (22.9cm) deep and features a quad-core Intel Core i7-7700K processor overclocked to 4.7GHz.

In addition to the latest CPU technology, the liquid-cooled workstation is configurable with either an Nvidia Quadro K620, K1200 or AMD Radeon Pro WX 4100 low profile professional graphics card and will soon accommodate the new Nvidia Quadro P1000 GPU.

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Lockbook adds biometric security to your sketchbook

Published 10 March 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: sketch, start-ups, indiegogo

The LockBook offers security for your sketchbook/notepad/diary with a biometric scanner

The world’s first notebook with a biometric fingerprint sensor has been launched, offering to protect your secret sketches and notes with a fingerprint enabled locking mechanism.

The notebook case contains sections for business cards, and even your passport, while a range of papers are available for the binder.

We’re not exactly sure how secure the binder is (I’m expecting 4 seconds with a bandsaw along the edge should be enough…) but to stop prying eyes from snooping should you leave it on your desk or at a client’s office, it’s not a bad idea.

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FANUC releases Machining Simulator with Autodesk Fusion 360

Published 10 March 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: simulation, autodesk, cam, cnc, fusion 360, fanuc

A physical simulator now works alongside a software counterpart in Fusion 360

FANUC America has developed Machining Simulator, its solution to allow direct training for the ‘complete manufacturing process’ - from part design and engineering to CNC programming to virtual production simulation.

Featuring Autodesk Fusion 360 software and a custom machining simulation program designed by ModuleWorks, the software simulator comes free with Fusion 360, working on both Mac and PC hardware using the cloud.

Users can use Fusion 360 to perform CAD/CAM work and the included post processors convert the designs into G-code suitable for the included CNC, while the simulation system also includes a simple G-code editor for making modifications before the program is sent to the CNC.

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Artec 3D unveils first AI-based handheld 3D Scanner

Published 10 March 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, nvidia, 3d scanning, 3d scanner, artec, artec 3d

Heralding what its company president and CEO describes as “the next wave of the 3D scanning industry”, the Artec 3D Leo is the first to use AI algorithms to capture and automatically processes huge amounts of data, all on a single device.

Building on last year’s release of Autopilot - an AI-based feature within the Artec Studio 11 software that automatically processes raw 3D data into 3D models -  Leo is the first to autonomously select and process data onboard, without connecting to a tablet or computer.

Built on Nvidia’s Jetson platform, the Artec Leo, the scanner captures data at up to 80 frames per second, using a 9 degrees of freedom inertial system (accelerometer, gyro and compass)to provide precise information about its position and environment.

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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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