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HP sets out its vision for open source 3D printing materials on an industrial scale

Published 21 March 2017

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, hp, manufacturing, materials

HP has taken another big step towards its goal of an open source materials ecosystem for 3D printing

With the launch of the industry’s first 3D printing Material Development Kit (MDK), HP has shown its drive to accelerate testing and certification of innovative new materials from its partners.

An ‘App Store’ ecosystem is envisaged, with HP marshalling the materials of the future from suppliers - such as BASF and Evonik - already working with the manufacturing industry today to produce end part products.

Expanding the development and lowering the cost of advanced 3D printing materials and applications is viewed as the critical catalyst for the “digital reinvention of the global manufacturing industry”, and given the potential for 3D printing to grown into this market, HP is driving the charge for materials development.

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Entry level version of metals 3D printer MetalFAB1 can be upgraded with modular design

Published 15 March 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, metals, metalfab1

Designed as a development machine, the MetalFAB1 entry level option can be used for development materials

Additive Industries has presented a ‘competitive’ entry level model of its MetalFAB1 model for metals 3D printing, developed specifically for process and application development and prototyping.

Combining a 420 x 420 x 400mm symmetrical build chamber in a compact footprint, the modular architecture, typical of the MetalFAB1 system family, allows for upgrading to a full size MetalFAB1 system later.

The aim of the machine is for existing users of the MetalFAB1 machines to be able to use the new system to develop the build strategies and process settings for new materials and applications before transferring these to their larger industrial MetalFAB1 systems for series production.

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Spatial announces 3D Precise Mesh to improve the CAD to solver process for analysis and simulation

Published 14 March 2017

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Article tagged with: simulation, cad, dassault systemes, dassault systèmes, spatial

Spatial has incorporated this lightweight meshing component into 3D Precise Mesh

Dassault Systèmes subsidiary Spatial has added 3D mesh technology from Distene S.A.S. into its 3D modeling software development toolkits as it aims to improve processes for analysis and simulation solutions.

3D Precise Mesh bids to automate the process, while improving the overall quality of the resulting generative design.

“We were looking for a lightweight meshing component to be used in all our finite-element-solvers and decided on components from Distene,” said Dassault Systèmes’ Oleg Skipa. “Their Tetrahedral meshing technology represents the de facto industry standard.”

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MSC delivers real time analysis capabilities with Adams

Published 13 March 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: simulation, hardware, automotive, msc, hexagon

Users can integrate their Adams model with their hardware controller, or driving simulator through SimWB

Adams Real Time has been announced by MSC Software Corporation, its first release to allow users to run analysis in the Concurrent SIMulation Workbench real time modeling environment, on the RedHawk Linux operating system.

The Adams Solver can participate in co-simulations performed in the SimWB real time environment via extensions to Adams’ support for the Functional Mockup Interface (FMI).

A functional mockup unit exported from Adams Controls or Adams Mechatronics within Adams View or Adams Car can now be imported into SimWB, letting users integrate their Adams model with their hardware controller, or driving simulator through SimWB.

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Lockbook adds biometric security to your sketchbook

Published 10 March 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: sketch, start-ups, indiegogo

The LockBook offers security for your sketchbook/notepad/diary with a biometric scanner

The world’s first notebook with a biometric fingerprint sensor has been launched, offering to protect your secret sketches and notes with a fingerprint enabled locking mechanism.

The notebook case contains sections for business cards, and even your passport, while a range of papers are available for the binder.

We’re not exactly sure how secure the binder is (I’m expecting 4 seconds with a bandsaw along the edge should be enough…) but to stop prying eyes from snooping should you leave it on your desk or at a client’s office, it’s not a bad idea.

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FANUC releases Machining Simulator with Autodesk Fusion 360

Published 10 March 2017

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Article tagged with: simulation, autodesk, cam, cnc, fusion 360, fanuc

A physical simulator now works alongside a software counterpart in Fusion 360

FANUC America has developed Machining Simulator, its solution to allow direct training for the ‘complete manufacturing process’ - from part design and engineering to CNC programming to virtual production simulation.

Featuring Autodesk Fusion 360 software and a custom machining simulation program designed by ModuleWorks, the software simulator comes free with Fusion 360, working on both Mac and PC hardware using the cloud.

Users can use Fusion 360 to perform CAD/CAM work and the included post processors convert the designs into G-code suitable for the included CNC, while the simulation system also includes a simple G-code editor for making modifications before the program is sent to the CNC.

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Artec 3D unveils first AI-based handheld 3D Scanner

Published 10 March 2017

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Article tagged with: design, nvidia, 3d scanning, 3d scanner, artec, artec 3d

Heralding what its company president and CEO describes as “the next wave of the 3D scanning industry”, the Artec 3D Leo is the first to use AI algorithms to capture and automatically processes huge amounts of data, all on a single device.

Building on last year’s release of Autopilot - an AI-based feature within the Artec Studio 11 software that automatically processes raw 3D data into 3D models -  Leo is the first to autonomously select and process data onboard, without connecting to a tablet or computer.

Built on Nvidia’s Jetson platform, the Artec Leo, the scanner captures data at up to 80 frames per second, using a 9 degrees of freedom inertial system (accelerometer, gyro and compass)to provide precise information about its position and environment.

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