Posts by Stephen Holmes

Bionic structures to advance at Airbus APWorks with Altair assistance

Published 16 June 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, simulation, airbus, altair, optimisation, apworks

The partnership sees Altair look to advance APWorks’ designs for 3D printing

Altair and APWorks have entered a partnership for advancing the geometrical freedom, lightweight, functionally integrated and customised designs of additive manufacturing.

Additionally, Altair will also provide the Airbus-owned subsidiary with consulting, advanced design and simulation technology as well as production processes.

Altair expects to explore the potential of additive manufacturing through pilot projects and technology demonstrators to help identify applications, redesign components, quantification of potential levels of product performance improvements, printing and physical testing of prototypes up to serial production, and cost analysis and business case preparation.

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First Look: Siemens Catchbook - flips sketches into accurate 2D drawings

Published 10 June 2016

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Article tagged with: solid edge, siemens, sketching, sketch, catchbook

Siemens PLM’s first foray in to consumer apps has arrived in the form of Catchbook, which offers to fix-up ‘beer mat’ sketches into accurate 2D line drawings - straight lines regardless of how many stiffeners you had at lunch time.

The app for tablets and smartphones, announced at Solid Edge University in 2015, will gladly convert the freehand squiggles by finger or stylus into files that are CAD compatible.

Using Siemens’ D-Cubed software component behind the scenes to act as a 2D geometric constraint solving tool, allowing the app to capture and preserve relationships between geometry.

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Lenovo smartphone first to launch with Google Tango 3D imaging technology

Published 10 June 2016

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Article tagged with: 3d scanning, lenovo, google

The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro features Google Tango 3D scanning tech

The first consumer product to feature Google Tango’s 3D depth sensing technology has arrived in the shape of Lenovo’s latest smartphone - the $500 Phab 2 Pro.

Within the smartphone a special IR camera - the core technology is a CMOS-based imager - enables depth sensing based on PMD’s Time-of-Flight 3D technology, is integrated, allowing a real-time 3D point cloud of the environment that gives the phone a understanding of its environment and motion.

The sensor is a miniaturised version of the Google Tango technology that has been popping up in various tablets, and now allows consumer apps such as VR style games, but expect some more professional uses such as 3D scanning to emerge among the 100+ apps Lenovo envisions.

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Pimped-out soldering iron that could touch up your 3D printer’s errors

Published 09 June 2016

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, electronics, model making

Most 3D printers are going to spit out botched results from time to time, and to perfect the finish of even the best models can be a pain, hence Full Circle Labs has developed a handheld tool to aid users.

The original idea was funded on Kickstarter, with Full Circle Labs formerly known as ‘3D 2.0’ creating the Retouch3D – a handheld, heated tool, like a soldering iron with more versatility - designed specifically for finishing 3D prints.

Now rebranded, the tool has evolved its modular platform with different shaped heated and vibrating heads that can lend themselves to 3D print retouching, wax modelling or accurate temperature soldering.

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Moto GP prize puts Esteco 2016 student design competition on pole position

Published 08 June 2016

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Article tagged with: simulation, competition, university, student, motorcycle, motorbike, esteco, aprilia

Esteco Academy, simulation software expert Esteco’s student user community, has partnered with Aprilia Racing and Gamma Technologies to launch its 2016 Design Challenge.

Entrants will have to test their skills in numerical analysis, simulation and testing to design the perfect race engine - with the winning team being awarded a six month work placement with one of the most exciting Moto GP teams on the grid, Aprilia Racing.

Competing teams will enjoy a hands-on experience and learn how to balance the use of cutting edge software with their analytical applied mathematics background, in the quest for the optimal design.

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CRL opens application process for 2016 hardware incubator candidates

Published 06 June 2016

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Article tagged with: design, start-ups, central research laboratory, incubator

If you’ve a clear idea of a physical product-based business, but need some assistance and support to build it into a money-making machine, then the Central Research Laboratory (CRL) Incubator might be for you.

The application process has just opened - you can apply with your idea here - and competition would look to be fierce following a successful first year of teams.

Most recently, the US has seen the growth of hardware incubators, focused on making physical products, rather than software and apps, and with the CRL the UK is following suit.

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Air conditioning goes green with space engineering

Published 06 June 2016

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Article tagged with: design, engineering, space, solar, esa

Helioclim’s solar collector for their zero-emission air-conditioning system turns to follow the Sun

The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced that four of its space engineers have created a ‘zero-emissions’ air-conditioning system that doesn’t pollute the atmosphere when turned on.

Using sunshine instead of electricity to power air conditioning and central heating, their system can also cool fridges and heat water.

Marie Nghiem, Yannick Godillot, Yann Vitupier and Charles Daniel worked at Thales Alenia Space in Cannes, France, on sophisticated satellites such as ESA’s Goce gravity-mapper and and Europe’s Jason ocean-monitors.

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