Posts by Stephen Holmes

Hexagon up for sale to rivals for $20B?

Published 14 June 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: simulation, cad, engineering, cam, acquisition, hexagon metrology, hexagon, hexagon mi, abb

Hexagon has a huge portfolio of design and engineering software

The financial papers are buzzing today after news that Hexagon, owner of Vero, MSC and other CAD and engineering softwares, is rumoured to be the prospect of a sale to an industry rival at a cost topping $20 billion.

According to Reuters, covering the report from the Wall St Journal [paywall], Hexagon has a current market value of around 130 billion Swedish crowns ($15 billion) which has in part been buoyed by its recent acquisitions.

Hexagon has been on a serious spending spree in the last couple of years, most recently coughing up $834M for simulation software MSC, on top of a spate of other high profile buys, including Vero (which includes EdgeCAM, Vero’s VISI, AlphaCAM, Peps, Radan, WorkNC, SurfCAM and a few others), Forming Technology Inc (FTI), Intergraph, and Aicon 3D Systems.

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Digital manufacturing boom sees Comau open new UK robotic engineering facilities

Published 14 June 2017

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Article tagged with: engineering, manufacturing, manufacture, cnc, robot, comau, robotics

An automated future is coming to the North East of England

Comau has opened a new facility in the UK to help capitalise on the increase in digital fabrication and manufacture.

Offering its range of automation products such as Robots, Spot Guns, the RHEvo Hemming Solution and CNC machines, Comau UK has served customers throughout the country since 1991.

Its new Gateshead facilities are seen as ready to meet the needs of the North East of England thanks to its offering of a full range of competencies from concept design to full-line integration.

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Nvidia aims to tackle complex 3D printing with GPU power

Published 13 June 2017

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Article tagged with: engineering, design, 3d printing, hp, nvidia, manufacturing, gpu, materials

GVDB Voxels printed a 3D statue (L) of a complex image (R) with structural support and minimal material

As 3D printing charges towards its goal of complex multi-material, coloured, differing density prints, some limitations kick in - namely automation of designs for best possible prints.

HP Labs and Nvidia have now described how they’ve worked together to overcome these challenges using Nvidia’s new GVDB Voxel open source software development kit.

With a goal of 3D printing a winged angel statue, the test project amounted to adjusting the density of materials to account for external forces that increased structural integrity where needed, while minimising the amount and weight of material needed to produce it.

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Automotive sheet metal software AutoFormplus R7 integrates with MS Excel

Published 09 June 2017

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Article tagged with: simulation, engineering, automotive, sheet metal

AutoForm Engineering’s latest software solution for the sheet metal forming industry has integrated the generation of reports in Excel format within its latest version, AutoFormplus R7.

As a result, this will facilitate the generation of professional reports for users, who will be able to import and process Excel files as report templates directly in AutoForm-ReportManager as well as export reports generated in AutoForm-ReportManager to Excel.

During each simulation carried out for a stamping part, typically a number of reports are generated, which are a bugger to store and make available to all those involved on a project, so this will ease the burden by using a common file format.

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Oxidation resistant nano-copper particle process to improve 3D printed circuitry

Published 07 June 2017

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, materials, electronics, pcb, nano dimension

The oxidation resistant copper nanoparticles are packed into a unique spherical cluster

Nano Dimension Technologies has announced its development of novel copper nanoparticles resistant to oxidation that can be printed using inkjet technology, and fused into a conductive line after sintering process at temperatures lower than 160 degrees Celsius.

Resistant to oxidation in air, and also during the sintering process required to create a continuous conductive trace, the innovative copper nanoparticles are packed into a unique spherical cluster and have properties similar to a core or shell structure.

Typically, sintering of copper nanoparticles requires significant energy (high temperatures, lasers, powerful lamps) in an oxygen-free atmosphere, which can be an expensive and complex process.

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Global demand for custom jewellery sees Solidscape S300 push limits of wax 3D printing technology

Published 07 June 2017

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Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, manufacturing, manufacture, stratasys, jewellery, materials, lost wax casting, solidscape

The new S300 range from Solidscape is targeting the custom jewellery industry

Solidscape has unveiled its new S300 series wax 3D printer, designed with the focus of enabling more efficient high end custom jewelry production for jewellery designers, manufacturers and investment casting companies.

The Stratasys-owned company has announced two new printers, the S350 and S370, alongside a new castable material, Midas, and new dissolvable support Melt-J.

The S350 and S370’s feature a re-engineered material delivery system, temperature control system and tank level measurement with a 100 per cent increase in build capacity.

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WATCH // Land Rover BAR talks simulation for Americas Cup success

Published 06 June 2017

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Article tagged with: simulation, design, land rover, yacht, marine, america's cup

As the Americas Cup gets underway, we’ve turned towards the amazing amount of simulation and optimisation that goes into building one of the craft.

In this case it’s the British entry, Land Rover BAR, with simulation team leader Matteo Ledri talking us through some of the key challenges the team face.

ModeFrontier from Esteco was used widely throughout the design process of the AC 45 foiling catamarans, and here Ledri explains just how it was used to automate the process and implement a multi-disciplinary approach for complex workflows that incorporate all kinds of software solutions.

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