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Canon latest to form partnership with Materialise for 3D printing

Published 03 May 2016

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, materialise, materialise magics, canon

Canon 3D printing customers will now have access to Magics

Canon Europe has announced a new strategic partnership with Materialise to give ‘existing and prospective’ customers across Europe access to Materialise Magics 3D printing software.

While Canon’s own technology, announced last year, has yet to see daylight, Canon has been busily distributing a range of 3D Systems’ 3D printers through its sales channels, and we expect this is the market set to benefit.

It’s unclear whether any of the specialist Materialise Modules for sintering or support generation are included in this deal.

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Esteco aids fine-tuning of Americas Cup yachts

Published 03 May 2016

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Article tagged with: cae, yacht, esteco modefrontier 2014, esteco, yacht design, america's cup

Groupama Team France winning its first race of the season in Oman

The level of simulation and CFD analysis in Americas Cup yacht racing is unsurpassed by any other sport, and now Esteco has furthered its interest by becoming supplier for Groupama Team France.

Led by Franck Cammas, Michel Desjoyeaux and Olivier de Kersauson, the French entered the competition for the 35th America’s Cup less than a year ago and secured its first victory in the Americas Cup World Series in February in Oman skippered by Adam Minoprio.

The French team will use Esteco’s modeFrontier optimisation technology to maximise the hydrodynamic and aerodynamic performance of their catamarans, helping designers make the most out of their simulation data and refine design parameters.

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Battery designers creating always-on, self-charging and efficient energy cells to enable IoT

Published 27 April 2016

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Article tagged with: sensors, iot, internet of things, battery, power

The Ilika battery solution is an always-on, self-charging and efficient solution, here pictured in a perpetual beacon demonstrator

With designers and engineers hooked on the possibilities of connected, sensor-enhanced, realtime-feedback-producing products, the ability to power it has been the sticking point.

That is until companies like Ilika transform battery technology for IoT and address the key challenge of ‘fit and forget’ energy sources - its Stereax cell is one of the first always-on, self-charging and efficient energy cells available.

Ilika believes that the solution is in solid state batteries since they can be used in conjunction with all our current energy harvesting technologies whilst being able to match the energy needs for IoT devices.

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Stratasys takes colour multi-material 3D printing to new level with J750

Published 27 April 2016

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, stratasys, colour, j750

The colour printing abilities of Stratasys’ flagship polyjet 3D printer is a marked improvement on previous machines

The new Stratasys J750 technology is set to allow customers to add more than 360,000 different colour shades, plus multiple material properties, to a single 3D print build model.

The latest addition to the Objet Connex multi-colour, multi-material series of 3D Printers, aims to remove time wasted on standard post-printing jobs such as painting and assembly.

The machine is focussed on radicalising the prototyping process, giving designers faster access to an expanded array of colours over previous Polyjet technologies, thanks to a new higher resolution Ricoh printer head with 6 material jetting nozzles and two for support material.

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New polypropylene-style material for 3D printing launched by Envisiontec

Published 27 April 2016

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, envisiontec, materials

A sample of the new tough material from Envisiontec

PolyPro MAX 3SP is the latest 3D printing material to be released for Envisiontec’s 3SP technology.

The material is a tough and flexible photopolymer representation of polypropylene created by Envisiontec’s in-house team for a wide variety of engineering applications.

Designed for prototype and end-use model applications, PolyPro MAX 3SP is targeted as a solution for producing items such as snap-fit parts, automotive components and living hinges.

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Roboze targets advanced materials with One+400 desktop 3D printer

Published 26 April 2016

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, materials, roboze

Roboze is looking to lower the barrier to entry for printing advanced thermoplastics for functional parts

Designed for printing high-end thermoplastic materials, the Roboze One+400 is looking to lower the price barrier to printing advanced materials such as PEEK, PEI and carbon PA as well as 9 other functional materials.

Due to its excellent mechanical and chemical resistance properties, PEEK is extensively used in the aerospace, automotive and chemical process industries, while PEI offers outstanding elevated thermal resistance, high strength and stiffness, and broad chemical resistance.

Fitted with a new dual extruder, the print heads can reach temperatures of up to 400°C, allowing for printing with the two polymers, while a patented mechanical moving system - a ‘helical rack’ - is directly contacted by a pinion to drive both the X and Y axes, removing the need for a belt drive.

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Granta Design webinars to further materials research knowledge sharing

Published 26 April 2016

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Article tagged with: aerospace, materials, granta

Boeing will be presenting as part of Granta’s webinar series on materials knowledge sharing

Granta Design has announced guest speakers and topics for a wide-ranging series of web seminars related to materials information for engineering enterprises and university-level education.

Over the next two months the online talks will offer insights into how enterprises can better manage and use vital materials information, and provide inspirational ideas to enhance the teaching of materials in the engineering curriculum.

During its presentation on 24 May, aviation giant Boeing will cover how manufacturing enterprises are meeting the challenges posed by restricted substances at every level, from executives concerned with corporate liability, to engineers making practical materials choices.

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