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Legendary British Formula 1 team McLaren F1 has ramped up its 3D printing program with Stratasys 3D printing solutions for visual and functional prototyping, production tooling and potentially end-use parts.
Stratasys will work closely with the McLaren-Honda team as it ramps up its rapid manufacturing capacity at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, UK.
Under the agreement the latest FDM and PolyJet based 3D printing solutions and cutting-edge materials will be delivered as the team strives to make performance and productivity gains in its design and manufacturing operations.
IC.IDO 11 is the first version of ESI’s software built to run on head-mounted displays (HMD), in addition to VR CAVEs, powerwalls and desktop systems letting users delve deeper into design exploration through immersive VR.
The additional benefit is that HMDs also promote a collaborative experience: IC.IDO 11 enables users throughout the world to connect to the same session using the same data on the same network, so colleagues can collaborate with each other within the same VR model, regardless of where they are.
ESI adds that users in version 11 will have a ‘more natural experience’, with realistic hand and arm motion, and continue to benefit from real-time and real-scale product interactions.
As Lead Industrial Designer / Advanced Development at Bose Corporation, Gustavo Fontana is always on the look-out for new manufacturing technologies and awesome 3D tools.
At our Boston even he described his views on the evolving digital design process, and what part these play in developing luxury audio products.
Fontana believes in relentless execution and prototyping to develop intuitive, simple, market-winning solutions - here this video gives some great examples of this, from in-ear headphones to the tiniest details on speaker grilles.
With the mainstream spotlight shifted away from 3D printing, the big players are working harder than ever to develop tools, machines and materials to make the technology work for large scale manufacturing.
Stratasys SVP of global software, Jon Stevenson, explained to our audience in Boston just how the 3D printing giant is helping develop the collaborative nature of its software for better design and printing, as well as giving us an insight into what it’s been working on with Boeing and Ford for the next generation of its 3D printing technology: Infinite Build.
An age of composites and advanced thermoplastics is upon us, and as more designers look to take advantage of such materials, it will be down to the likes of Stratasys to ensure new found design freedoms emerging from CAD and simulation tools can be built to industry standards.
Ah Debretts! A British Institution to add to the list of British Institutions that should have its proprietors locked up in a British institution… Its tome of 500 names for 2017 has been unveiled.
The Debrett’s 500 recognises Britain’s 500 most influential people, having been ‘carefully compiled by independent specialists in each of a number of sectors’, with Debrett’s charting of people of influence and achievement having existed for nearly 250 years.
The book of names for people to rattle off at dinner parties and ambassadors receptions (in order to look like they have a clue what’s happening in the world) has received its 2017 update, and features no fewer than six illustrious product designers.
AutoFormplus has announced its latest R7 release will offer advances in process modeling for hot forming, while allowing users to take cooling channels into account.
The software, focussed on sheet metal process simulation for the automotive market, will allow users to benefit from higher flexibility and efficiency in process set-up and final validation for all forming processes in general and in particular for progressive dies and hot forming.
Cooling channels can now be easily modeled with 3D curves and their corresponding diameters. While different cooling channel layouts leading to different temperature distributions on the tool surfaces, hot spots on the tool surface can be detected and controlled via R7 depending on the selected layout of the cooling channels.
Head & Shoulders will produce the world’s first recyclable shampoo bottle made from up to 25 per cent recycled plastic sourced from beaches, with half-a-billion bottles of Proctor and Gamble products following suit by 2018.
If you’re glancing around for design trends at this early a stage in 2017 then prepare to be hit with the craze for advancing the circular economy with sustainable materials, with Procter & Gamble following Adidas by recycling plastic waste taken from the sea.