New partnership for advancing aerospace’s 3D printing applications

Published 25 April 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, cae, aerospace, altair, inspire

Morf3D’s Innovation Centre will be producing 3D printed parts for aerospace as part of the three-way partnership

Altair, RUAG and Morf3D have recently entered a non-exclusive partnership for cooperation in advancing 3D printing for Aerospace applications.

The partnership will address the full additive manufacturing process including design, analysis, build, test and certification, aiming to offer a start-to-finish service primarily to the aerospace industry.

Altair will lead the provision of solidThinking Inspire software for design and analysis, Morf3d will lead program management, part production, R&D and associated quality control and RUAG will take the lead on design, analysis, documentation, testing and certification.

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Scan introduces workstation rental program for flexible projects

Published 20 April 2016

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: cad, workstations, scan, rent

Bolton-based Scan, a specialist in overclocked workstations, is making its Scan 3XS Pro Graphics workstations available to hire.

Business customers can rent any number of machines on a monthly basis, for up to 12 months. At the end of the rental period there is the option to buy the workstation at a discount or upgrade to a new workstation to take advantage of the latest technology.

All of Scan’s workstations are fully configurable, with typical 3D CAD workstation rental agreement starting from around £89 plus VAT per month and a typical ‘design viz’ workstation rental agreement starting from around £119 plus VAT per month.

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AMD gets serious about Virtual Reality

Published 20 April 2016

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: amd firepro, vr, vred, oculus rift, htc vive

Autodesk VRED, a high-end 3D visualisation and virtual prototyping tool that is pushing the limits of GPU hardware.

Last month Nvidia launched a 24GB version of its top end Quadro M6000 GPU. Now AMD has gone one step further introducing a 32GB model of its FirePro W9100, double that of the original W9100.

But, in the world of design and engineering, why would you need a GPU with such a colossal memory footprint - more than the system memory (RAM) of a typical CAD workstation?

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Leave nothing behind: The hotel room Butler

Published 20 April 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, furniture, furniture design, wood, david chipperfield architects

Ever left something behind in a hotel room? The Butler hopes to solve that problem with style

Given the number of hotels we stay in on our travels, a brief office survey suggests we’ve left behind at least half an ill-fitting wardrobe after checkout - a story familiar to many, and why London-based David Chipperfield Architects has designed an alternative storage unit, The Butler.

“Most hotels have badly designed wardrobes and cupboards,” says David Chipperfield. “They are not well organised and unpacking your suitcase is not enjoyable. The idea of Butler was to design a ‘dressing table’ that makes unpacking in a hotel room into a joy.”

The combined wardrobe and suitcase stand fits the modern traveller who rarely unpacks their bag fully, creating a bespoke piece of furniture that allows travellers to hang and store their belongings easily and openly enough to ensure they won’t leave anything behind.

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SAS Analytics for IoT targets streamed data for sensor-enabled product enterprises

Published 20 April 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: manufacturing, software, iot, big data, sas

SAS’s new Analytics for IoT tool aims to help users mine data from sensors, and detect patterns of interest easier

Analytics company SAS is looking to help design and manufacturing customers interpret rapidly moving and accumulating data with its latest Analytics for IoT tool, to let them make decisions based on sensor data.

SAS’ latest toolset combines streaming technology, analytics and domain expertise to turn IoT data into insight that can be used - allowing users to be able to predict things such as product maintenance needs.

Organisations can mine and analyse their IoT data throughout the software’s connected ecosystem, and it allows them to combine IoT data with other contextual data to make it easier to detect patterns of interest.

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Creaform re-engineers its portable CMM to tackle modern quality control challenges

Published 20 April 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: manufacturing, 3d scanning, inspection, creaform, metrology, cmm

The wireless HandyProbe Next is targeted at shop floor CMM inspection

A next-generation, optical-based contact inspection solution, the HandyProbe Next is Creaform’s latest hardware for addressing increased demands for rigorous quality control directly on manufacturing production lines.

Creaform announced that the wireless HandyProbe Next has a volumetric accuracy of 0.064 mm, making it ASME B89.4.22 compliant, regardless of environment instabilities, with the ability to perform real-time dynamic referencing of its scanning and probing devices as well as on targets of the object that is being inspected.

Working with the Creaform C-Track optical tracker, the wireless probe has the ability to be moved at any time during the measurement sequence and still generate the same quality data.

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Formlabs launches biocompatible resin, updated formulas and new materials manager

Published 19 April 2016

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: 3d printing, formlabs, materials, dental, form 2

Formlabs has just announced an interesting new resin to add into the existing set of engineering focused resins for it’s Form 2 desktop SLAs.

Unlike the most recent additions (which have also had a formulation update this week), which vary mechanical properties, the new Dental SG resin is intended to be used in environments where bio-compatibility is key – specifically targeting the building of surgical guides in the dentistry field.

Dental SG is certified biocompatible Class 1 material designed primarily for surgical guide applications and Formlabs are quoting that the materials can be used high-precision drill guides from digital scan data for implant surgeries.

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