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Markforged goes ‘Industrial’, launches X3 and X5 3D Printers

Published 17 August 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, design, 3d printing, manufacturing, manufacture, materials, fdm, markforged

How the Markforged Industrial Series fits into the Markforged line-up, shown in orange,

Markforged has announced the addition of two new printers to its Industrial Series, the new X3 and X5 printers, specifically targeting price points to draw in more manufacturing businesses.

The X3 is powered by Onyx, a high-temperature capable carbon fiber filled nylon, letting it print engineering grade thermoplastic fiber parts, with the machine costing $36,990.

The X5 costs $49,900 and adds the ability to reinforce an Onyx part with a strand of continuous fiberglass, which Markforged claims makes the parts up to 19-times stronger and 10-times stiffer than traditional plastics.

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DriveWorks launches free certification to help students design for manufacture

Published 16 August 2017

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Article tagged with: solidworks, engineering, education, driveworks, driveworks xpress

DriveWorks is looking to boost the skill sets of students for real world design with its latest free certification for its DriveWorksXpress software for mass customisation.

The DriveWorksXpress Training and Certification is free for all engineering and design students that have access to either an educational or commercial licence of SolidWorks, who can then activate DriveWorksXpress – the free, entry level design automation tool included in every licence of SolidWorks.

The certification consists of three steps and can be completed in three hours, giving students the ability to go beyond the theory discussed in the classroom and gain new skills that are sought after in the industry.

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Autodesk Product Design & Manufacturing Collection launches for ‘integrated workflow’

Published 09 August 2017

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Article tagged with: cad, simulation, engineering, design, autodesk, manufacturing, cam, cae, fea, nastran

Autodesk Industry Collections have been launched, with the Inventor-focussed Product Design and Manufacturing variant adding key manufacturing tools in the form of HSM CAM software and Nastran In-CAD for FEA analysis.

Replacing the former Industry Suites package of design tools, the new version extends it beyond the traditional design-focus, which as Stephen Hooper, Autodesk senior director, Manufacturing Business Strategy and Marketing explained to us, is focussed much more on tight integration between the included set of 2D and 3D CAD, CAE and CAM applications.

Autodesk acquired HSM CAM software back in 2012 bringing with it 5-axis machining capabilities, before non-linear simulation software Nastran was brought into the fold in 2014 adding its FEA tools to the party.

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MakeVR Pro for HTC Vive offers ‘3D solid modelling’ in VR

Published 09 August 2017

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Article tagged with: cad, 3d printing, vr, sketching, htc, vive headset, gravity sketch

Vive Studios has launched featuring an ‘industry-standard professional CAD engine’ to enables 3D solid modeling within Virtual Reality (VR) on the HTC Vive headset.

Using an interface based on natural two-handed motions, MakeVR utilises Vive’s room-scale VR to give creators a virtual space to explore and design objects.

The new new Pro release adds tools for the precision alignment of objects using grids and rulers, jigs, snapping, surface tracking, and mirroring, letting the user create solid-model content with positional and rotational accuracy in their virtual workshop.

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WATCH // Zaha Hadid Architects city emerges from 3D printing process

Published 07 August 2017

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Article tagged with: prototype, design, 3d printing, london, architecture, zaha hadid, aec magazine

The City of Towers installation at the Design Museum is a bit AEC for our tastes, but the video showing its fabrication using nylon Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) is a doozy for highlighting the prototype and iteration process.

The installation outlines the evolution of architectural research at structural superstars Zaha Hadid Architects and showcases the many possibilities and iterations for a tower, mapping its adaptations and development process.

Conceived in collaboration with Soho China for a proposed new business district and urban environment in central Beijing, the design breaks from the typical tower-with-podium typology by redefining the ground surface as a continuous landscape that seamlessly weaves between one tower and the next; creating a new civic centre for Beijing that embodies values of innovation, functionality and coherence.

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Faro unveils ‘virtual extension of human arm’, the Quantum S for 3D measurement and inspection

Published 07 August 2017

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Article tagged with: 3d scanning, inspection, faro, faroarm

Increased performance, durability and improved ergonomics are the three big gains Faro is hoping to make with the launch of its latest 3D scanner arm, the Quantum S.

The Quantum S is set up to work with the FaroBlu Laser Line Probe HD for both direct-to-parts contact and non-contact requirements in every working environment, with Faro naming the QuantumS a ‘virtual extension of the human arm’ citing it design to cause 15 per cent fatigue for the operator with direct, contact only units.

Amendments to the design have reportedly increased both comfort and portability, aiding operator productivity for long term use over a workday, while new FM Wi-Fi helps aid wireless scanning and probing.

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Materials, Configurator and VR support front up biggest KeyShot release yet

Published 04 August 2017

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Article tagged with: design, rendering, automotive, keyshot, cloud, vr, materials, viz

KeyShot 7 has arrived after its longest development stint yet, with a list of new features and tools an arm long as it focuses on bringing more ways to create with the new KeyShot Configurator, Studios and real-time VR support.

The KeyShot Configurator, debuted at KeyShot’s user event RenderWorld with Axalta, is available for KeyShot Pro allowing users to present model and material variations in real-time for design reviews or interactive point-of-sale displays.

A Configurator Wizard guides the user through setup Parent Models, Components and Component Groups and allows them to select material variations, Studios and define layout options for the interactive presentation mode.

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