Posts by Stephen Holmes

Vicon acquires new low cost outdoor motion sensor measurement system

Published 27 June 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, design, iot, product design, digital twin

The small wearable IMeasureU sensor will add an extra dimension for those looking to add more real world sensor data to their products

Motion capture technology specialist Vicon has announced the acquisition of IMeasureU, to add further sensor-driven movement measurement capture to its portfolio of engineering, entertainment and life sciences solutions.

Fusing wearable technology sensors and proprietary software, New Zealand company IMeasureU (IMU) has developed a high-fidelity motion measurement system that enables researchers to benefit from data-driven performance insights.

With product design and engineering software increasing the ability to add in real world sensor data to digital models, and the rise of the ‘Digital Twin’, the acquisition of IMU would give Vicon users an increased variety of applications to measure a person’s movements in parallel to a product’s sensor data.

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HP 3D Printing now ‘everywhere’ thanks to online 3D Hubs platform

Published 26 June 2017

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

HP’s 3D printed Nylon parts are now available globally through 3D Hubs

While we’ve been inundated with news of individual 3D printing bureaux announcing their unwrapping of HP’s multijet fusion 3D printing technology, some of us have been too far away to benefit, until now: 3D hubs has taken its availability online.

Partnering with service providers and guaranteed shipping, 3D Hubs is the first to make it globally available - beginning with the launch material, PA 12 (Nylon) in Grey and Black.

“At 3D Hubs we’re proud to be the first online platform to provide access to this new technology, giving designers and engineers a chance to try this new technology for themselves,” said 3D Hubs CEO Bram de Zwart.

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Creo Product Insight to bring a ‘new dimension’ to the design process

Published 23 June 2017

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Article tagged with: prototype, iot, ptc, creo, liveworx

PTC Creo has integrated new levels of sensor strategy for building accurate digital twins

With its unveiling of Creo Product Insight, PTC is aiming to aid engineers to replace assumptions in the design process with facts, bringing real-world usage data back into engineering and connecting it with the original CAD model - its digital twin.

Integrated with the company’s ThingWorx Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) platform, inside the normal Creo release, Creo Product Insight is also able to help designers optimise their product sensor strategy and provide secure, custom data streams needed by integrating sensors into the design process.

As designers increasingly look to better understand how products are used and how they behave, and proactively design products with custom data streams by integrating sensors into the design process, bringing the IoT to the front-end of the design process is an exciting development.

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Plexal opens as a giant new London workspace for tech innovation on former Olympics site

Published 20 June 2017

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Article tagged with: design, iot, london, work space, workplace, here east, plexal

London is making big strides to attract tech innovation, with Plexal being its new campus for innovation

Plexal, a new international technology innovation centre located at Here East on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, has opened its doors to start-ups, scale-ups and corporations seeking innovation collaboration.

Initial membership focus will support the development of products in emerging technologies including wearables, IOT, cybersecurity, smart cities, inclusive finance, sport, fashion and health.

With a capacity for 800 members over 68,000 sq ft, member benefits feature business support including accelerator programmes, access to funding, innovation ideas laboratory, industry-leading events, coaching, mentorship and entrepreneurship training, along with on-tap professional services from marketing, legal, accountancy and HR firms.

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Dassault Systèmes liked the company running its Cloud tools so much that it bought it

Published 20 June 2017

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Article tagged with: dassault systemes, dassault systèmes, cloud, 3dexperience

Dassault Systèmes has acquired a majority share of IaaS provider Outscale

Dassault Systèmes has announced that it has acquired a majority stake in Outscale, a French enterprise-class cloud service provider responsible for running the 3DExperience platform in the Cloud.

An initial investor in Outscale, the move should mean Dassault Systèmesis now able to adjust and control its cloud resources and services to manage peaks in activity, further diversify its industry segments, deploy new features, and provide on-premise, private and hybrid cloud solutions for its customers.

Founded in 2010, Outscale runs 10 data centres in Europe, North America and Asia, having developed its own secure cloud operating system, TINA OS, which orchestrates and automates cloud resources including calculations, storage and networks, thus helping organisations to easily deploy, manage and increase the availability of their cloud platform, including in the most complex environments.

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EOS adds camera-based monitoring software for 3D printing quality assurance

Published 19 June 2017

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, manufacture, cam, eos, aerospace

EOS’ new optical method of monitoring the 3D printing process means that parts deviating from the ‘normal’ can be quickly identified and marked

EOS is expanding its EOSTATE monitoring suite to include Exposure OT, its first system for optical tomography, which will provides real-time, camera-based monitoring of the additive, metal-based build process, based on the EOS M 290 system.

The solution fully maps each part throughout the build process, layer by layer, regardless of its geometry and size, helping customers meet stringent inspection requirements for each component, particularly in sectors such as aerospace.

With Optical Tomography (OT), the system deploys a high-resolution camera to monitor the exposure process, recording the complete building platform at high frequency in the near-infrared range throughout the entire print, thereby providing detailed data on the melting behavior of the material across the entire build space.

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Washbasins get full redesign to help fight in-hospital infection

Published 19 June 2017

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Article tagged with: design, medical, materials, healthcare, bathroom, ceramics, nhs

Armitage Shanks has redesigned the washbasin for hospitals, as it looks to help reduce the £1B bill the NHS faces due to the cost of infections contracted after hospital visits

A clinical ceramics range has been developed in response to the evolving threats in hospitals and significantly push forward hygiene innovation and bacterial prevention, helping reduce opportunities for bacteria to grow throughout hospitals.

Armitage Shanks, a British commercial bathroom products company, has been working in partnership with leading scientists and specialists to develop its two new healthcare solutions, reacting to the UK Parliament report that 300,000 people contract a healthcare associated infection after a hospital visit, creating a £1 billion additional care cost for the NHS.

The new Markwik 21+ fittings and Contour 21+ clinical ceramics ranges address the issues of pooling and water stagnation with clever design, materials and a view to improve maintenance.

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