Posts by Stephen Holmes

Renishaw collaborates with Materialise on new metals 3D printing software

Published 04 March 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, materialise, magics, renishaw

Renishaw’s AM250 laser melting system has its 3D printing capabilities boosted by the new software collaboration with Materialise

Materialise and Renishaw have joined their considerable 3D printing knowhow to further advance 3D printing software for metals.

The Renishaw Build Processor software has been devised to enhance the capabilities of Renishaw’s AM250 additive manufacturing system, allowing users to input STL files from any CAD package or to import native CAD formats directly into the Materialise Magics software.

Users can then edit, manipulate and heal models before orientating and adding build supports, while allowing material files to be freely designed and edited before an output is created, which can be read directly by the AM250 system.

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Esteco collaborative optimisation tools at work for Ford

Published 04 March 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: ford, optimisation, esteco, modefrontier

The latest generation of Ford cars looks set to benefit from optimisation enabled by Esteco’s software

Ford has adopted Esteco’s collaboration environment based on Somo - enterprise collaboration and distributed execution framework for multidisciplinary product optimisation.

The set-up allows networking between multiple departments and geographically distributed sections of the company, helping achieve institutionalised and transparent management of the engineering MDO design process.

Collecting domain-specific models, integrating them into a large-scale optimisation workflow, preserving and versioning all the data in a central archive as well as sharing results with managers and decision makers: all of these activities can now be efficiently carried out within a single enterprise environment.

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BenQ sets sights on 3D CAD users with latest 34” 4k UHD monitor

Published 03 March 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: hardware, workstation, graphics, monitors, benq

The latest BenQ monitor is SolidWorks certified and boasts a UHD display

Designed to meet the rising demands for large-sized viewing and ultra-high definition, BenQ’s latest BL3201PT monitor boasts a 32” 4K2K display built with its IPS technology for precise color rendition and over 300 per cent working space.

With a CAD/CAM Mode for ‘clearly distinguished details in complicated object wireframes’, the CAD/CAM mode alters the monitor’s color and contrast settings to view highly detailed graphic information, with the 3840 x 2160 4K2K model coming with SolidWorks Certification.

Its dual-aspect ratio is designed for professional designers accustomed to working with a square monitor, with the feature allowing the user to work with nearly two 19” displays by dividing a 32” BL Series monitor screen in half, or two 4:3 or 5:4 viewing areas – which can be further resized from 19”S to 30”W in size using the Display Mode feature.

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Folding electric bikes to beat our cities’ future gridlock?

Published 02 March 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: ford, bicycle, bike, eco

Ford’s new foldable electric bicycle collection, designed to compliment and fit within its more typical four-door range

Two new foldable electric bikes have been launched by automotive giant Ford as it looks to solve the problem of increasing gridlock on city streets.

The MoDe:Me and MoDe:Pro are both prototypes designed to be folded up and stored in the back of more typical four-wheel Ford vehicles, allowing users to park in easier to access parts of town before riding the rest of the distance.

The Mobile World Congress is an unusual place for hardware launches outside of the usual smartphones and pocketable gadgets, but Ford has used the event to launch the bikes - one for personal use, the other a larger goods bike for deliveries - and its corresponding MoDe:Link iPhone app.

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What’s the use of a SolidWorks User Group? It turns out: rather a lot

Published 27 February 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: solidworks, solidworks world, community, jeff mirisola, michael lord, networks, swug, sww15

At SolidWorks World, this was a literal ‘badge of honour’

While covering SolidWorks World (SWW) this year, we were once again fixated on the tribes of loyal users coming together to listen, learn, and party - the SolidWorks User Groups.

By far and away the strongest networks exist in the US - at SWW our stiff British upper-lips went harder than a woodpecker’s at the sound of US attendees openly cheering the Top Ten Ideas list - but there are new networks popping up across the UK.

Yet with so many resources now available online, what can members expect to get from these groups? We set out to find out more from SolidWorks User Group leaders across three continents - here are their answers:

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Altair Optistruct offers topology optimisation for 3D Printing

Published 27 February 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, simulation, manufacturing, materialise, altair, hyperworks, optimisation, topology optimisation

Optistruct is aiming at the high-end 3D printing market with its topology and optimisation tools

With new solver capabilities, Altair’s OptiStruct topology optimisation software is aiming at the high-end 3D printing market to help print the most optimal and structurally efficient products.

Its eye-catching capabilities for 3D printing lie in its ability to manufacture hollow shapes with complex external geometry using tiny cells known as lattice structures.

OptiStruct now extends topology optimisation to assist in the efficient blending of solid-lattice structures with smooth transitional material volume, while lattice performance can be studied under tension, compression, shear, flexion, torsion, and fatigue life.

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Canon join the 3D printing carousel, acting as a 3D Systems reseller

Published 26 February 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, hardware, 3d systems, canon

Holding hands and skipping off into the night together, 3D Systems has partnered up with a new European reseller in the form of Canon

Canon Europe has announced its distribution agreement with 3D Systems to market, sell and support 3D Systems’ professional hardware from the beginning of March.

The deal includes selling the ProJet 1200, 3500 series, 4500, 6000 and 7000 in the UK and Ireland, with a view to rolling out across Europe.

Jeppe Frandsen, head of production printing group, Canon Europe, said: “At Canon we’re continually assessing new market opportunities where we believe we can make a difference to our customers. It’s clear that, because of the potential business benefits it can deliver, 3D printing is one such opportunity.

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