Posts by Stephen Holmes

Hat trick of amazing new machines forms core of Nottingham University’s 3D printing research

Published 16 June 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, nottingham, nottingham university

The lab hopes to develop new materials for nano fabrication of multifunctional systems

A £2.7m grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has funded new facilities and state-of-the art bespoke machines for The University of Nottingham.

The Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing Research Group based at the university is now looking to drive 3D printing applications from medical uses to printing multiple functional materials as conductive metals and semiconductors, all in one go, on a single machine.

The lab’s capabilities are based around three flagship pieces of technology:

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Dassault Systèmes offers new industry solution ‘Experiences’

Published 16 June 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: dassault systemes, dassault systèmes, aerospace, vr, packaging

VR capabilities are part of the aerospace ‘Passenger Experience’

Aerospace and consumer packaging designers - as different as those world’s are - can both now leverage custom grouped Dassault Systèmes (DS) industry solution ‘Experiences’.

These both leverage the addition of 3DXcite visualisation technology to utilise the design and engineering data to encompass the wider marketing and sales roles within a company - Using DS software from initial customer interaction and design validation and verification, through to marketing campaigns.

For aerospace, this can be used by cabin designers for virtual mockups, or cabin staff for training before aircraft manufacture has even begun.

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ScanR Green laser 3D Scanner to offer ‘enhanced materials coverage’

Published 16 June 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d scanning, lasers, perceptron

Green laser technology could be the answer for all those 3D laser scanning issues involving reflective surfaces

Perceptron’s new ScanR product is aiming to dramatically extend the range of engineering materials that can be laser-scanned with its latest green laser technology.

Offering ‘significant customer advantage over red and blue laser scanners’ for scanning highly reflective and carbon fiber parts, the technology is the sixth generation of the company’s CMM-laser scanners.

Highly reflective materials such as machined aluminum and carbon fiber composites have always required part spraying with a powder coat, which severely inhibits its practical use on repetitive production parts.

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Rhino for Mac finally gets full launch

Published 15 June 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: rhino, cad, apple, mac

Rhino can finally be used on Mac

Last week at the UK Rhino User Meeting we were privy to the announcement that Rhino for Mac would be happening soon - in fact it launches today.

Those wanting to get straight into trialling Rhino for Mac can utilise the 90-day free evaluation download, here.

However, the highly anticipated release does vary quite a lot from the current Rhino 5 for Windows product - plugin support is not quite there yet; there’s a question mark over the Rhino Script properties, and there’s no Grasshopper or VRay yet.

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Perceptron launches first in its new generation of its Helix 3D scanning systems

Published 12 June 2015

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Article tagged with: rapid prototyping, engineering, reverse engineering, 3d scanning, perceptron

Perceptron’s new Smart3D system has accuracy to 50 microns

With the lofty aim of beginning a ‘revolution in automatic reverse engineering’, Perceptron has launched its Smart3D scanning system aiming to capture the 3D printing market’s attention.

Based on Perceptron’s Helix sensor technology that lets users programme laser line quantity, density and scanning volume, negating the necessity to physically move the laser scanner over the part, Smart3D comes with a fully integrated automatic rotary table and Scanworks Studio Software.

The system automatically provides STL models for reverse engineering, 3D printing or graphical web content, and can also be used for the verification of production parts against nominal part geometry data.

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Testing materials for space with high power 3D cameras

Published 11 June 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d scanning, materials, space, esa

ESA’s Aramis 3D camera system can identify sub-millimetre material strain without touching the part

A new video from the European Space Agency (ESA) reveals how its Aramis 3D camera system can identify sub-millimetre material strain, and helped repair the Kourou craft’s Vega launch tower.

Once its mobile launch gantry is moved away, then Europe’s Vega launcher is primed for lift-off – except for the time the stuck gantry refused to move.

Solving the problem and getting the gantry mobile again was one of the more unusual tasks of ESA’s Materials and Electrical Components Laboratory, and it took analysis of the gantry’s wheels movement to solve the problem.

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Live Blog: Rhino 3D UK user event London

Published 09 June 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, rhino, cad

Some of the amazing works of Marc Newson Ltd will be presented by the studio’s design director later today

Today we’ll be bringing you live news and exciting happenings from Rhino’s UK user meeting - more of a mini conference held in the cosy crypt of a Clerkenwell church - with an amazing line up of speakers.

As well as interesting users stories, expect some sneak previews of the next release of Rhino, which should include a long awaited version for Mac.

Follow the day as it goes along below the line, and feel free to tweet us any questions as we go.

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