Posts by Stephen Holmes

HSMWorks 2015 CAM for SolidWorks announced

Published 30 October 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: solidworks, autodesk, cam, machining, hsmworks

HSMWorks 2015 offers support for the latest high-end workstations, meaning faster tollbooth calculations

Autodesk has announced the release of HSMWorks 2015, its fully integrated CAM solution for users of SolidWorks software, the third since it acquired the HSMWorks product line.

In that time, the company has also released twelve updates with hundreds of new features and enhancements. These enhancements allow users to turn their models and assemblies into machined parts, all within a fully integrated design to manufacturing workflow.

Among the new features is support for the latest Intel Xeon Processors and high-end workstations, like the HP Z840 Workstation, configurable up to 36 total processor cores in one system.

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3D Systems offer new Geomagic Sculpt with new Touch device

Published 30 October 2014

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Article tagged with: 3d systems, geomagic, haptic, sculpt

The 3D Systems Touch haptic controller comes as part of the sub $4k package

3D Systems has launched a new 3D modelling software, which includes a haptic 3D stylus to provide ‘Design You Can Touch’, while also making models easier to 3D print.

Geomagic Sculpt comes with a TouchTM haptic 3D stylus, giving the freedom to design complex, curvy and organic shapes, with positioning input and instant force feedback that mimics the sense of physical sculpting.

The software and hardware pairing costs $3,900, while the set up complements 3D Systems’ 3D printing capabilities, with Geomagic Sculpt’s voxel-based modelling engine twinned with ‘automatic 3D printability analysis’, checking for common printability issues like feature size and proximity, flagging them so you can make changes before you print.

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HP Launch Live: Multi-Jet Fusion, ‘10-times faster 3D Printing’, and Sprout scanner/projector combo

Published 29 October 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, hp, hardware, workstations, tech, page wide, sprout, scanner, multijet fusion

Today HP launched MultiJet Fusion 3D printing, and its Sprout hardware

HP has finally unveiled its new 3D printing technology for industry - ‘10 times faster than technology that’s already out there’, partly thanks to its giant, single-pass, ‘pagewide’ printhead technology.

Powder-based, the process places 350 million, 21 micron drops of binder onto each layer with each print pass, forming full colour parts.

Also launched was the company’s Sprout hardware, a 5-in-1 device that sits over and above a computer monitor, that houses a scanner/projector that also acts as a mouse/keyboard/touchpad, allowing you to manipulate documents on both the monitor desktop, and the physical one in front of you.

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Formlabs announces castable, flexible resins

Published 27 October 2014

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, formlabs, materials, lost wax casting, casting

The new cartable resin should burn out cleanly, without ash or residue, capturing crisp, precise details, and smooth surfaces

FormLabs has announced a new family of high-performance functional resins, allowing for the production of castable and flexible parts.

The new resins for the desktop Form 1+ SLA 3D Printer allows for the investment casting of metal parts, as well as the printing of soft, impact-resistant models.

The castable resin is designed to hold fine detail and burn out cleanly, a requirement for investment casting, making it ideal for jewellery, metalwork, and engineering applications.

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Gerber AccuMark 10 moving garment development and pattern making into 3D

Published 27 October 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: solid edge, cad, fashion, fashion design, pattern, 2d, gerber

Gerber is gearing up to move the 2D pattern cutting industry into using its 3D tools

Gerber Technology has announced its new integrated 3D solution for garment development and pattern making, AccuMark 10, will be available in the spring of 2015.

The new software will allow designers to share 3D images and motion files, furthering collaboration and centralisation of data, giving designers real-life visualisation of designs and be able make pattern corrections that can then be visualised in 3D.

“Gerber Technology recognises the impact 3D will have on the lives of its customers,” said Mike Elia, CEO Gerber Technology. “3D will be a disruptive technology. Its applications are broad and will have an impact from the creative and garment development process to merchandising and e-commerce.”

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

Published 24 October 2014

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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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