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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HTC has announced a strategic partnership with Dassault Systèmes to drive Virtual Reality (VR) into the enterprise space, utilising its current Vive VR headset to bring Dassault applications ‘to life’.
Recent examples of Dassault’s 3D design software solutions have developed to leverage the total experiential immersion and room-scale capability of the HTC Vive VR system, such as that showcased at its recent ‘Age of Experience’ event in Milan, which continues on to Boston, Shanghai and London, where the HTC Vive VR system demonstrated conceptual modelling abilities mixed with realtime 3D scanning.
“With HTC Vive, our collaborative 3DExperience platform provides a second to none consistent experience of the virtual twin of the real world, thus addressing our customer needs in collaborative innovation from ideation to marketing and selling,” said Dassault Systèmes president and CEO Bernard Charlès.
As part of Honda’s ‘Great Journey’ advertising campaign, the entire premise is to try and imagine how autonomous vehicles might adapt for various conditions by 2020.
Rather than us all nipping around in the same hatchback with computer-aided controls, the playful aspect of Honda’s design team was to create scenario specific vehicles - from snow sleds to island hoppers - and to visualise these physically with the detailed models that make up much of the stop motion campaign.
Although Honda’s team are seen crafting blocks of styrofoam into rough shapes and forms of vehicles, the detailed 1:24 scaled models were produced by specialists Ogle, which crafted each vehicle using SLA 3D printing, some high levels of finishing and paint techniques, as well as some delicate hand-shaped details.