Posts by Stephen Holmes

Mcor reinforces its offerings for those wanting accurate colour 3D printing

Published 30 September 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, product design, mcor technologies, mcor, colour, colour match, packaging design

The Mcor Iris machine has enhancements that now see sharper colours, usage of 10 per cent less ink, and accredited screen to model colour accuracy

Mcor has further increased the colour capabilities of its IRIS 3D printer, offering sharper colours, higher quality colour on thin walls, meeting International Color Consortium (ICC) approval and 10 per cent reduced ink consumption.

The enhancements announced today build on the superior ‘True Colour’ capabilities that part of Mcor’s aggressive colour strategy, with the updates offering precise 3D models in industry-standard colours as presented in a photographer’s, engineer’s or designer’s photograph, CAD model, scan or illustration.

Without the ICC profile, 3D printers translate incoming colours to machine-specific ones, introducing unintended changes in the 3D printed colour along the way, with the IRIS outputting over 1 million colors and 5760 x 1440 x 508dpi.

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Capture and integrate: Autodesk’s ReCap Pro looks to clean up 3D scanning

Published 29 September 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: autodesk, 3d scanning, recap pro

ReCap Pro can create improved accuracy reports based on commonly-used registration targets, like checkerboards and spheres, to get the best accuracy

The new version of Autodesk ReCap Pro is heading your way, with the task of making 3D scanning easier and more accurate for all industries.

More than just a picture, the ReCap product line looks to give customers the ability to capture and integrate reality data directly into their design process - a car on the drive, a building project, your own beautiful-if-slightly-dented head.

ReCap Pro 1.4 looks to make it easier to check the quality of laser scans that you are feeding into the ReCap engine and turn the scans into 3D data models.

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Inspiration: IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards shortlist

Published 29 September 2014

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Article tagged with: jobs, education, ford, awards, iet, renishaw, rolls-royce, engineering career, women in engineering, selex

This year’s YWE shortlist: (L-R) Vidhyalakshmi Karthikeyan, Jessica Bestwick, Holly Driver, Nicola Combe, Laurie-Ann Marshall, Lucy Ackland, Naomi Mitchison, Hannah Stanbury and Hannah Pearlman

Five young female engineers have been shortlisted for a prestigious engineering industry award - The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards - which aims to banish outdated engineering stereotypes.

Working on projects as diverse as the next generation of 3D printers, laser warning systems for military aircraft and the cooling system for a futuristic new car, the engineers looking to help change the perception that engineering is about hard hats and greasy pipes, or only a career for men.

The IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards aim is to find female role models to help address the UK science and engineering skills crisis, where women currently represent only six per cent of the engineering workforce in the UK.

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Muppets: Propshop use to LightWave and 3D printing for car to catch Kermit

Published 29 September 2014

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, visualisation, automotive, film, lightwave, muppets, propshop, voxeljet

The Interpol car from Muppets Most Wanted evolved as the team from Propshop worked with the Muppet’s art team

Special effects is a wonderfully diverse industry, where else could you be crating warrior armour and weapons one day, then sculptures of footballers the next?

Propshop is one such company in the relatively small and interconnected world of effects, and most recently it’s been working on Disney Muppets movie, Muppets Most Wanted.

Charged with the task of creating a functional yet zany car to be driven by Interpol Agent Jean Pierre Napoleon, played by Actor Ty Burrell, the waist-high car is seen zipping through various scenes as the agent attempts to track down the notorious Constantine, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Kermit the Frog.

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Making stuff: Lost-wax casting

Published 26 September 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, delcam, 3d systems, stratasys, envisiontec, cnc, jewellery, artcam, milling, maker

The GemVision Revo540CX can produce super high detail wax parts for lost-wax casting in the jewellery industry

In a week where we’ve been chatting a lot in the office about 3D printing metals we became aware that it’s still a niche business, and that lost-wax casting is still king for small, detailed, metal parts.

This is not to say that lost-wax casting (or investment casting) technology hasn’t advanced, with wax 3D printing and advanced CNC milling being a revolution in its processes, it is speeding up industries like jewellery design considerably, while offering more freedoms for shapes not allowed by traditional moulding methods.

There’s a lot of choice out there offering a range of different finishes for your price point, and as it’s all based on a process that’s been used for thousands of years, which has to be reassuring, no?

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ANSYS makes ‘quantum leap forward’ to incorporate virtual systems prototyping

Published 25 September 2014

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Article tagged with: simulation, spaceclaim, ansys, modelica, modelon

ANSYS customers, such as those in electric vehicles, could soon be able to model modelling mechanical, thermal and thermofluid systems, with its existing IEEE-backed VHDL-AMS modelling technology for electrical systems

While model-based design has traditionally focused on a single systems modelling language, ANSYS has moved to expanded this to include electronics, mechanical and embedded software engineering.

ANSYS will incorporate Modelon Modelica, a broadly accepted and open standard for the behavioural modelling of mechanical, thermal and thermofluid systems, with its existing IEEE-backed VHDL-AMS modelling technology for electrical systems and its SCADE technology for embedded software.

“This agreement with Modelon breaks down the remaining barriers to full virtual system prototyping,” said Walid Abu-Hadba, chief product officer at ANSYS. “ANSYS users will be able to fully explore how their product will behave – not at the component level, but as a complete system.

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Composites: New computer model for testing aerospace materials to allow lightweight designs

Published 24 September 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: simulation, fea, aerospace, airbus, composites simulation, composites design, boeing, composite, composites, imperial college

Airbus has worked with Imperial College London to develop more accurate analysis models for its use of composites

New computer codes have allowed developers to create a computer model that accurately predicts how composite materials behave when damaged, making it easier to design lighter, more fuel-efficient aircraft.
Developed by researchers at Imperial College London working with partners, Airbus, and with funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the model is capable of showing details how an aircraft composite wing, for instance, would behave if it suffered small-scale damage, such as a bird strike.

In addition, any tiny cracks that spread through the composite material can be predicted using the model.

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