Posts by Stephen Holmes

Teach Yourself: Flatten surfaces in SolidWorks

Published 31 October 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, solidworks, sheet metal, pattern, flatten

Picking up the latest abilities in a new software release can be a time consuming trawl, so let us help you with this video tutorial on how to simply flatten part surfaces in SolidWorks 2015 and export them.

It was one of the most requested new features for the 2015 release and is sure to come in handy at some point in the near future when you’re wanting to lay out a pipe or fitting to be cut as a sheet metal part.

Previously it would have taken lots of fiddling around, or a third party add-on software, such as Exactflat, which is a professional piece of kit for when using composites, industrial fabrics and technical textiles.

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Latest Star-CCM+ simulation readies users for ‘new level of understanding’ in 2015

Published 31 October 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: simulation, cfd, engineering, cae, analysis, cd adapco, star-ccm, cfd analysis

Partial wrapping and extended overset mesh capabilities deliver added realism in modelling with Star-CCM+

CD-adapco has released its latest Star-CCM+ software, aiming to get simulations closer to the final product by accounting for factors that are likely to influence the real world performance of a design.

These updates to the V9 series have been focused on accurately simulating large and sophisticated models, but according to senior VP of product management, Jean-Claude Ercolanelli, are merely setting the stage next level developments in versions 10.0x, which are due out in February, June and October 2015.

“These releases will take simulation to a new level of understanding,” trumpeted Ercolanelli.

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Autodesk announces $100M war chest to fund future of 3D printing

Published 30 October 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, autodesk, prototype, hardware, spark, ember

Autodesk’s Ember 3D printer is only the tip of the company’s push into the 3D printing sphere

Autodesk has announced that it intends to invest up to $100 million in 3D printing companies over the next few years, including entrepreneurs, startups and researchers who push the boundaries of 3D printing technology.

The Spark Investment Fund, which will be operated within Autodesk, with companies and individuals developing groundbreaking hardware, software, materials, marketplaces and maker spaces encouraged to apply to participate.

Earlier this year, Autodesk announced Spark, an open and free software platform for 3D printing that will connect digital information to 3D printers in a new way.

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IET appoints first female president

Published 30 October 2014

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Article tagged with: engineering, iet, women in engineering

Naomi Climer, president of Sony Media Cloud Services will become IET President on 1 October 2015

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has announced that Naomi Climer, president of Sony Media Cloud Services will become IET President on 1 October 2015.

Currently IET Deputy President, Climer has spent her career immersed in the rapidly changing world of media and entertainment technology from the analogue, pre-internet days of TV and radio through to the multi-channel, multi-platform, mobile experience of today.

Climer has a strong interest in diversity issues and has been an active campaigner for the need to encourage women within the engineering profession in the UK.

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HSMWorks 2015 CAM for SolidWorks announced

Published 30 October 2014

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Article tagged with: solidworks, autodesk, cam, machining, hsmworks

HSMWorks 2015 offers support for the latest high-end workstations, meaning faster tollbooth calculations

Autodesk has announced the release of HSMWorks 2015, its fully integrated CAM solution for users of SolidWorks software, the third since it acquired the HSMWorks product line.

In that time, the company has also released twelve updates with hundreds of new features and enhancements. These enhancements allow users to turn their models and assemblies into machined parts, all within a fully integrated design to manufacturing workflow.

Among the new features is support for the latest Intel Xeon Processors and high-end workstations, like the HP Z840 Workstation, configurable up to 36 total processor cores in one system.

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3D Systems offer new Geomagic Sculpt with new Touch device

Published 30 October 2014

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Article tagged with: 3d systems, geomagic, haptic, sculpt

The 3D Systems Touch haptic controller comes as part of the sub $4k package

3D Systems has launched a new 3D modelling software, which includes a haptic 3D stylus to provide ‘Design You Can Touch’, while also making models easier to 3D print.

Geomagic Sculpt comes with a TouchTM haptic 3D stylus, giving the freedom to design complex, curvy and organic shapes, with positioning input and instant force feedback that mimics the sense of physical sculpting.

The software and hardware pairing costs $3,900, while the set up complements 3D Systems’ 3D printing capabilities, with Geomagic Sculpt’s voxel-based modelling engine twinned with ‘automatic 3D printability analysis’, checking for common printability issues like feature size and proximity, flagging them so you can make changes before you print.

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HP Launch Live: Multi-Jet Fusion, ‘10-times faster 3D Printing’, and Sprout scanner/projector combo

Published 29 October 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, hp, hardware, workstations, tech, sprout, page wide, scanner, multijet fusion

Today HP launched MultiJet Fusion 3D printing, and its Sprout hardware

HP has finally unveiled its new 3D printing technology for industry - ‘10 times faster than technology that’s already out there’, partly thanks to its giant, single-pass, ‘pagewide’ printhead technology.

Powder-based, the process places 350 million, 21 micron drops of binder onto each layer with each print pass, forming full colour parts.

Also launched was the company’s Sprout hardware, a 5-in-1 device that sits over and above a computer monitor, that houses a scanner/projector that also acts as a mouse/keyboard/touchpad, allowing you to manipulate documents on both the monitor desktop, and the physical one in front of you.

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