Iterative design for humanoid robots gets backing from EOS’ 3D printing expertise

Published 15 February 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, prototype, manufacturing, eos, robot, robotics

Humanoid robots can also impact the design of prosthetics and exoskeletons for humans

A project between robotics experts Devanthro and the Technical University of Munich is aiming to advance the design of humanoid robots in order for them to gain the abilities of human bodies.

The vision is to iteratively improve Roboy robotic models until their performance is comparable to humans in terms of dexterity, robustness and flexibility, utilising muscles and tendons rather than motors in the joints.

The first prototypes have lent heavily on the abilities of 3D printing, with EOS providing the complete skeletal body structure of Roboy using its SLS technology, which encases the bones and muscles.

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UK’s national standard for engineering drawings is now all BS 8888:2017

Published 15 February 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, engineering, manufacturing, drawing

The BSI aims to stick a small rocket up the UK industry to move it over more fully to the ISO system of geometrical product specification

BSI, the British standards company, has revised BS 8888:2017 – Technical product documentation and specification.

I know… it’s been a long day, but stick with this…

The latest version explains the way in which engineering drawings outline and present these specifications, and covers all of the symbology and information that engineers and designers need to include on their drawings, whether they are produced in 2D or in 3D, created using CAD systems and 3D modelling.

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Tigerspike announces global launch of Intelligence Suite for productivity

Published 15 February 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: analysis, data management

Tigerspike, a global digital products company, has launched its Intelligence Dashboard to equip businesses with the knowledge they need to improve productivity, efficiency, and engagement.

Giving a real time view of complex data sets, ingested from multiple sources (Salesforce, SAP, Oracle, Google Analytics), the tools relate to high-value data worth analysis - a sector predicted to double by 2020.

Each configurable widget gives an aggregate view of a specific success metric, allowing non-technical business users to focus on their own measure of success.

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Kisters 3DViewStation Desktop boosts rendering performance for v2017

Published 14 February 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: solidworks, cad, rendering, solid edge, cloud, kisters

Improved rendering heads up the list of improvements for Kisters 3DVidewStation 2017

The 2017 release of Kisters 3DViewStation has tackled its aim to render ultra large assemblies on a small PC with standard graphics, says the 3D CAD viewer and universal viewer for engineers and designers.

“Graphics speed is now even better on built-in Intel HD series, compared to external graphics accelerators,” says Jim Eardly, Kisters North America sales manager.

“Using 3DViewStation’s progressive load and rendering, there are no long wait times during load of large assemblies. And users will experience smooth rotation and zoom.”

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McLaren unveils plans for a new carbon fibre chassis production plant in Sheffield

Published 13 February 2017

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: carbon fibre, materials, mclaren, mclaren automotive, composites, amrc, sheffield university

McLaren Automotive to open purpose-built production facility next to the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC)

Since 1981, McLaren has not built a car without a carbon fibre chassis. It was first seen on the Formula One grid in the McLaren MP4/1 and then in 1993 its first road car to debut a carbon fibre chassis was the McLaren F1.

It seemed a logical next step for this luxury sports car producer to find a facility where it can manufacture its own carbon fibre chassis. And it’s found such a facility at the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC).

The new purpose-built McLaren Composites Technology Centre will be housed in a 7,000m² building set over four acres and will be responsible for the research and development of future Monocell and Monocage carbon fibre chassis as well as the manufacturing of the chassis itself.

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Nvidia targets users of simulation software with new double precision Quadro GP100 GPU

Published 13 February 2017

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: simulation, nvidia, quadro, ansys, workstation, cae, abaqus

Nvidia has launched the Quadro GP100, a ‘Pascal’-based workstation GPU designed specifically for compute tasks, big news for users of simulation software, including Ansys and Abaqus.

This is the first compute focused workstation GPU that Nvidia has launched since the Kepler-based Quadro K6000 in 2013, with the Maxwell-based Quadro M6000 not tuned for double precision operations that are needed for Finite Element Analysis (FEA) or Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).

The Quadro GP100 features 3,584 CUDA FP 32 cores and 1,792 CUDA FP 32 cores, boasting peak single precision performance (FP 32) of 10.3 TFLOPS and peak double precision performance (FP 64) of 5.2 TFLOPs, which is more than double that of the Quadro K6000.

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WATCH // CRL’s prototyping lab does the work while you ease back

Published 10 February 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: hardware, london, incubator, startups, crl

Hardware incubator CRL has launched a rather soothing look at its prototyping facilities - part promotional tool for all its wonderful kit, part meditation if you’ve had a week fly in like ours.

We paid its headquarters on the outskirts of London a visit recently, but without giving much away about what the teams under its guidance are currently working on, the video shows some nice processes.

Sit back, put the kettle on and watch someone else doing the work for a change.

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