Posts by Stephen Holmes

Job of the week: Product Design Engineer - JMDA Design - Worcester

Published 01 April 2015

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Article tagged with: jobs, job of the week, d3d jobs, jmda

Job of the week: Product Design Engineer - JMDA Design

Job Type: Permanent
Software Packages: SolidWorks
Location: Bishampton, Worcestershire

JMDA Design are looking for a candidate with an entrepreneurial spirit to help build on the company’s expanding status and to lead projects.

The role has career advancement potential and the opportunity to influence designs at a strategic level.

Strong 3D CAD skills - preferably in SolidWorks - as well as a good grasp of mechanical engineering fundamentals, are a must.

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Injection moulded nickel steel now on the menu at Proto Labs

Published 01 April 2015

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Article tagged with: rapid prototyping, manufacturing, proto labs, metal

A metal injection moulded part sits on top of a pile of the latest nickel steel feedstock

Product designers and engineers have new options for low volume metal production parts with Proto Labs’ new injection-molded metals range.

The company has added two nickel steel materials (Catamold FN02 and FN0205) and a chrome-moly material (Catamold 42CrMo4) that is the Metal Injection Molding (MIM) equivalent of 4140 steel.

Low-alloy steel creates strong, wear-resistant metal parts when heat-treated and is able to be to be coated in post-processing for further protection, expanding the potential applications for parts produced by Proto Labs’ MIM process.

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Pixar’s Renderman technology is now free to download

Published 31 March 2015

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Article tagged with: rendering, visualisation, 3ds max, cinema 4d, the foundry, pixar, renderman

RenderMan is Pixar’s core rendering technology, and is now available for free

RenderMan, Pixar’s core rendering technology for animation and visual effects in movies such as Frozen and The Incredibles, has been made free.

Before all you product designers get super excited to be creating animations with the same incredible characteristics as Monsters Inc. there’s a few slight problems - firstly, the free version is only available for non-commercial products.

Secondly, unless you’re bugging out in a studio equipped with Autodesk Maya, The Foundry’s Katana, or Cinema4D then the options are limited - there’s a third-party app for 3ds Max on the way, but nothing as yet planned for Modo, Rhino, or any of your standard solid modelling CAD tools

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Dassault’s new upgrades to R2015x Simulia engineering simulation tool brings focus to the designer

Published 31 March 2015

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Article tagged with: simulation, dassault systemes, dassault systèmes, engineering, simulia

Dassault has announced its outline for what’s new in the latest release of Simulia - from new tools for designers to 10 new apps in R2015x.

Dassault Systèmes is adding extra focus to getting product designers using its latest release of engineering simulation tool Simulia.

Noting how historically, simulation has been the domain of a ‘Simulation Specialist’, its Design Simulation product suite is “tailored to the needs of the product Designer rather than the Specialist”.

“Design Simulation products function within the design environment rather than within a simulation environment,” explains the DS website. “Design Simulation does not mean simple simulation, it is based on leading technology, including part and assembly analysis, realistic material behavior and product response, and scenario definition that reflect how products are used.”

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Dassault Systèmes offers education platform via the cloud

Published 30 March 2015

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Article tagged with: dassault systemes, dassault systèmes, education, university, cloud

An incredible range of tools for education are now available via the 3DExperience on the cloud

How do you negate the fear of the cloud among designers and engineers? Start ‘em young: Dassault Systèmes (DS) is offering its 3DExperience platform for Academia on the cloud.

“The academic field now has simplified and secured access to Dassault Systèmes’ product design, digital manufacturing, realistic simulation and collaborative innovation applications on the cloud that have transformed industrial processes worldwide,” rattles the press release.

This is great news for those needing to access a wide range of academic tools - be they teachers or students - giving easy deployment and maintenance, secured data access anytime, anywhere on a student’s or an institution’s own devices, and eliminating the need for complex IT infrastructure.

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Groupe Gorgé takes further steps to establish itself among 3D Printing’s big brands

Published 30 March 2015

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, norge, prodways, group gorgé

Low cost SLS machine maker Norge Systems is now part of the the growing Groupe Gorgé portfolio

French engineering company Groupe Gorgé has made further 3D printing acquisitions, adding leading French service bureau Initial, and UK low-cost SLS machine designers Norge Systems to its portfolio.

The company acquired Prodways in 2013, which has since increased its range of SLA machines using its MovingLight technology, and looks set to continue growing its 3D printing technology options.

“The operational, technical and business success of Prodways’ teams have helped our Group to gain greater perspective of a market with huge potential,” said Raphael Gorgé, chairman and CEO of Groupe Gorgé.

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Bass-blasting fire - a technology that needs design to help it reach its potential

Published 30 March 2015

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Article tagged with: engineering, bass, george mason university, fire

Like blowing out a candle, the bass-tube fire extinguisher uses air vibrations to put out the flames

My grandad always used to say ‘fight fire with fire’, which is what got him kicked out of the fire service… But if only he’d thought of turning up the low range on his Perry Como records.

Two engineers from George Mason University have devised a way to blow out flames using a bass tube, impressive enough in a YouTube video, but something with epic potential should they hook up with some industrial designers.

Viet Tran and Seth Robertson are already aware of the next step, suggesting that it could be installed in a cooker hood over a stove, or even operated by fire fighting drone squads to tackle forest fires.

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