Posts by Stephen Holmes

Latest version of Vero WorkXplore file viewer can be downloaded from the web

Published 24 July 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, manufacture, cam, vero, workxplore

WorkXplore 2017 R1’s curvature analysis

Vero Software’s 3D CAD viewer and analyser WorkXplore, which can open all file types and sizes at high speed, is now available for trial and purchase directly from the software’s website.

Accorfding to Vero, WorkXplore often takes ‘less than half the time to open a file’ when compared to the original CAD application, letting users build virtual unified prototypes or 3D models imported from a wide range of file formats, including Catia, NX, Parasolid, SolidWorks, Solid Edge, STEP, IGES and many more.

The software saves the native CAD data in its own lightweight format, meaning manufacturers can carry out tasks such as calculating surface areas and volumes, and measuring thickness, dimensions and angles without requiring the original CAD information.

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FastEngineeringAnalysis.com offers on demand cloud simulation

Published 24 July 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, simulation, engineering, cloud, 3d scanning

Built around a core simulation application, FastEngineeringAnalysis.com‘s service is claiming meshing and simulation times reduced by ‘at least 50 per cent’ via the user’s set of Virtual Machines.

The service offers flexible licenses as short as three hours, or a ‘Total Service’ option for a fixed monthly price, and offers a choice of meshing engines between Tetgen (Tetrahedral) and a more controllable product by Simmetrix, with ‘an easy to use API’.

Within the Simulation App is an integrated report-writing facility where users can document the whole product development cycle, and keep track of the effects of changes to simulation variables throughout the process.

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BETA pre- and post-processing CAE software tools get updates

Published 24 July 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: simulation, nvidia, gpu, cae, beta

BETA CAE Systems has announced its new Ansa/Epilysis/Meta suite v17.0.5, boosting performance for the multidisciplinary CAE pre- and post-processing tools.

Ansa sees improvements to CAD translation when importing .igs files, the model browser, data management and production of volume meshes.

Meta now supports further interfaces, including specific Abaqus input files, and receives advancements in graphics display with shell element faults with Nvidia Quadro K4000 GPUs now solved.

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WATCH // NASA’s R&D back catalogue

Published 21 July 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, aerospace, space, nasa, video

Say goodbye to many, many, many, many hours of your life - once you’ve clicked the link, you’ve signed the contract to be engulfed by HUGE numbers of videos charting NASA’s aerospace tests.

From Mars Rovers to SCRAM Jets, Super Guppy’s to Buzz Aldrin’s pitching arm, this newly released YouTube archive is something to behold.

Below are a few of our favourite picks (so far!):

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Proto Labs Europe gets €4m refurb as demand for Advanced Manufacturing grows

Published 21 July 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, cnc, protolabs

Current and projected customer demand has seen a €4m outlay proposed for new machinery and expanding premises across Proto Labs’ advanced manufacturing services across Europe. 

The company has already confirmed large-scale purchases of Haas CNC machines and Arburg injection moulding machines for its UK base in Telford, boosting its inventory to 130 CNC machining and 57 injection moulding machines.

Lee Ball, Proto Labs UK general manager, said: “Customers today across all industries require fast turnaround, especially in product development.

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New UK workshop is ‘spilling the beans’ on additive manufacturing

Published 19 July 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, 3d printing, manufacturing, additive manufacturing, metals

Croft Additive Manufacturing has launched a new industry workshop to support those wanting to find out more about metal 3D printing and its benefits, as well as a chance to get ‘hands-on’ with the production process.

Attendees at the ‘Let’s Spill The Beans’ workshops will be given a detailed introduction to the fundamentals of the technology from one of the UK’s leading metals 3D printing bureaux.

From initial concept and design stage through to the finishing of components, as well as producing parts on one of Croft’s Realizer SLM-250 metal 3D printers, the events will help guide attendees from a wide range of professions.

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MTC looking to heavily test HP’s 3D printing technology as first UK machine arrives

Published 19 July 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: prototype, hardware, rapid prototyping, 3d printing, manufacturing, hp, mtc, europac 3d

Engineers flock around the HP Jet Fusion 4200 on a recent open day at the MTC in Coventry

A gauntlet of tests and scenarios are already being lined-up at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Coventry, as it takes the wrappers off its new HP Jet Fusion 4200 3D printer.

The machine forms part of a comprehensive technology line-up at the UK’s National Centre for Additive Manufacturing and will be available to all companies interested in testing the technology.

Being the first company to buy a specific 3D printer is not news in this age, but with the Coventry-based MTC having links to all manufacturing industries, its outcomes could be key to the technology’s advancement.

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