Posts by Stephen Holmes

£1.2m grant sees Grainger & Worrall increase its hi-tech manufacturing performance

Published 24 October 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: manufacturing, awards, exone, grainger and worrall, sand casting, casting, government

Grainger & Worrall have received a £1.2m grant, which will be used to continue its future technical innovations

UK metal castings firm Grainger & Worrall (G&W) has been awarded a £1.2m grant to further develop its aerospace component production and development capabilities,

The company, which uses a blend of traditional casting methods and finishings, combined with the latest in 3D printed sand castings, received the boost as part of the government’s Sharing in Growth (SiG) initiative, and will use it to drive continued innovation at its high-precision engineering headquarters.

One of the only independent UK casting business to employ in-house ExOne 3D sand printing and CT scanning technology as part of its rapid prototyping process, G&W is using these technologies to enable projects like fully-machined engine cylinder head development in less than six weeks.

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Mcor looks to extend reach of 3D printing in schools by giving away consumables

Published 24 October 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, education, schools, mcor technologies, mcor

Cheap materials mean more design iterations for students, and fewer headaches for teachers managing costs

Mcor is offering three years of free IRIS 3D printer consumables to US schools if they purchase a Mcor IRIS 3D printer education package before 15 December.

“To be effective in education, 3D printing must be accessible to all students,” said Dr. Conor MacCormack, co-founder and CEO of Mcor Technologies. “Yet, the high cost of 3D printer consumables can severely limit students’ access to 3D printing technology and be prohibitively expensive for schools. This offer enables students much wider access to our breakthrough full color, professional, paper-based 3D printers.”

It’s fair to say they have a point, the education market has rushed to bring 3D printing in house, but the associated costs are often an afterthought.

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Materials thinking - Seat string a few things together for lace car

Published 23 October 2014

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Article tagged with: automotive, sustainability, materials, art, seat

A lace ‘cover’ of the new Seat city car has us thinking about local production and materials

It has no engine, no metal or glass, and has a whiff of your grandma’s house about it, but as part art project, part materials mix-up, Seat has produced a lace ‘cover’ of its new city car.

The lace Seat ‘Mii by Mango’ is a marketing gimmick, designed to link up with fashion chain Mango that had a hand in the design of its road-going twin, but unassumingly it asks a question about sustainable design.

While a Spanish lace replica might just be high-street statement, like the 3D printed car from Local Motors it asks questions about using local materials and production to save costs and resources.

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First Look: Materialise Magics 19

Published 23 October 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, prototype, 3d systems, stratasys, eos, manufacturing, materialise, materialise magics

The new distribution option for the 3D nester in Magics should improve part quality and build time

First launched in 1994, Magics has been providing support to 3D printing professionals for two decades, although with new challengers on the horizon many are paying close attention to see what developments are being made to the tool.

Currently it’s the industry standard software for professional 3D printing STL file preparation, with users loving its ability to import a wide variety of CAD formats and export STL files ready for printing, while swiftly repairing and optimising 3D models; analyzing parts; making process-related design changes on STL files; designing fixtures; and planning production.

The latest version, Magics 19, comes under the banner of ‘Focused on making your workflow as efficient as possible’, promising improvements on its existing tools and modules for data preparation.

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First Look: Vero VISI 21

Published 22 October 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cam, vero software, machining, cnc, vero, visi

VISI 21 is set to have an emphasis on intelligent solutions for mould making and stamping die industries

Due for release next month, Vero VISI 21 is set to include over 340 product enhancements and an emphasis on intelligent solutions for mould making and stamping die industries. 

There are a host of CAD developments and the next generation of CAM tool paths for VISI machining ready for new complex operations.

We’ve taken had a preview of the new features in VISI 21 and have picked out a few key additions.

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Women With Bright Ideas winners announced

Published 22 October 2014

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Article tagged with: competition, nt cadcam, women in engineering

Joint winner was Chloe Meineck’s musical memory box, to help dementia sufferers

A musical memory box to aid dementia sufferers and an ergonomic cutlery set for children have become joint winners of a competition set up to celebrate National Women In Engineering Day.

The Women With Bright Ideas competition was launched by the Engineering and Innovation Network South West (EIN-SW) with support from SolidWorks reseller NT-CADCAM to celebrate National Women In Engineering Day, with 25 budding entrepreneurs and designers from all over the country entering their ideas.

All the finalists received advice from intellectual property lawyer Jessica Bent from Withy King Solicitors and an inspirational workshop from Joni Farthing, founder of Women Outside The Box. While NT CADCAM is supporting both winners with any CAD design and support that they might need.

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Rise of the desktop CNC machines - Inventables launch Carvey

Published 21 October 2014

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, cnc, kickstarter, milling, desktop, carvey, inventables

Some nice industrial design and soundproofing make this a desktop CNC that could fit cleanly into a design office

Inventables has launched a luxurious looking new desktop CNC machine, Carvey, to the desktop market, grabbing our interest with its slick design by MNML, and new easy use software.

Once you’ve got past the horrendous marketing schtick about ‘3D carving being the new 3D printing’, it’s actually an interesting bit of kit at a decent price point - $1,999 via its KickStarter campaign.

It’ll cut through the usual array of materials, including wood, soft metals and plastics on its 12” x 8” x 2.75” cutting bed, but thanks to a clever case, manages to cut back the milling noise to something relatively acceptable to have in an office environment.

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