Posts by Stephen Holmes

‘Intelligent Tooling’ looks to take high value machining to the next level

Published 08 February 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: manufacturing, machining, cnc, cnc machining, innovate uk

By adding embedded sensors into the cutting environment, it is hoped times and costs can be reduced, while higher resolutions can be achieved

A two year Innovate UK project titled ‘Intelligent Tooling’ is developing embedded sensors and electronic components within high value machining applications for the manufacturing sector.

Based in the UK, it will seek to develop a prototype tooling insert with embedded sensing capability, designed to withstand and exceed the harsh environmental conditions that are present in metal machining.

Further developmental focus will be to upscale the prototype to derive the data needed for commercial market adoption for sectors including defence, space, rail, automotive, marine and energy.

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SolidWorks World 2016 - Day Three

Published 03 February 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, solidworks, dassault systemes, visualisation, dassault systèmes, solidworks world

It’s the final day of a packed schedule here at SolidWorks World 2016 - where we’ll be bringing you all the action from the main stages and behind closed doors press sessions.

Today’s big keynote talk comes from ‘dynamic innovator’ Peter Diamandis, the founder and CEO of the X Prize Foundation, who has successfully pushed the technological boundaries around spaceflight and other human endeavors.

Follow todays proceedings live as they happen below the line - and catch up with Day One and Day Two via the links.

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Stratasys cements Adobe relationship to make colour 3D printing ‘more accessible’

Published 02 February 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, stratasys, adobe, connex

Around 1000 colours are now possible from Stratasys’ colour 3D printing technology

Having stripped back its PolyJet 3D printer line-up to the multi-material colour Connex3 systems, Stratasys has further boosted its credentials with Adobe’s specialist software.

With a goal of not only streamlining the assigning of colours and patterns, but also removing the process of paining up and harsh post processing, the Creative Colors Software tools are set to launch in standard Adobe Photoshop this May.

It is hoped that further 3D printing tools in Photoshop will open up 3D printing to more 2D focussed creatives - using the same tools they are used to, and being able to share 3D files simply through PDFs.

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SolidWorks World 2016 - Day Two

Published 02 February 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, solidworks, dassault systemes, industrial design, dassault systèmes, gian paolo bassi

Welcome to the second day at packed SolidWorks World 2016 - where following a day of coquettish teasing, we’re expecting a day packed out with new stuff.

We’ve an interview with CEO Gian Paolo Bassi later today, plus a wealth of cool presentations from the general sessions.

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SolidWorks World 2016 - Day One

Published 01 February 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, solidworks, dassault systemes, dassault systèmes, product design, yves behar

Welcome to the packed halls of SolidWorks World 2016 - Dassault Systèmes giant user event for its ever popular CAD software.

We’ve been told to expect product updates for the coming year, as well as news that there’s something secretive looming on the horizon to be announced over the coming days.

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Testing those headphone designs just got creepier

Published 21 January 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: prototyping, audio, headphones, audio design

Microphone specialists GRAS produce an out of the box solution for testing various styles of head- and earphones

You might have a flash design for a pair of cans or earbuds, but how do you make sure they’re working the best? You get out the fake ears.

GRAS’ Kemar Manikin is a creepy head and torso simulator that is factory configured for hearing aid tests, ear- and headphone tests and sound quality recordings.

Obtaining accurate measurements from earbuds and in-ear/on-ear headphones can be hampered by leakage and inaccurate seals, for which this model can be used to test prototypes for, as well as testing the sound technology prowess by using GRAS’ specialist microphone technology inside the head.

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Partnership for virtual prototyping to increase child seat safety

Published 21 January 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: virtualisation, esi

Virtual Pre-Certification helps accelerate the certification process while lowering R&D costs

Child car seat design and development specialists JMDA are joining forces with virtualisation experts ESI to allow child car seat manufacturers to reach new levels of technical understanding and design

By combining child car seat design and virtual prototyping, using ESI’s Virtual Seat Solution, a proposed design can be virtually tested, to gain information about expected product performance and regulatory compliance before committing to major investments.

The seat and its restraint system can be optimised early on in the design phase; reaching higher performance levels, while enabling manufacturers to achieve Virtual Pre-Certification, accelerating the product certification process while lowering R&D costs and making less conservative design decisions.

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