Posts by Stephen Holmes

HyperWorks adds early design stage cost estimation tool to partner portfolio

Published 19 May 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, manufacturing, cost efficiency, altair, hyperworks, hyperlean

Hyperlean has joined Altair’s Partner Alliance, bringing its LeanCost design cost estimation tool to HyperWorks users.

LeanCost provides manufacturing cost estimation in the early design stages with the aim of helping keep project schedules on track, with detection of potential roadblocks and eliminating unexpected expenses.

In addition to cost planning, LeanCost is reported to be able to define technological parameters of a project and suggest the best production process based on general and specific customer needs, allowing customers to identify and make the necessary changes to optimise a product.

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Granta Design and Senvol team up for comprehensive professional 3D printing database

Published 17 May 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, granta design, materials, granta mi, granta, senvol

Granta Design and Senvol have announced that the Senvol Database, a comprehensive database of 3D printing materials and machines, will be available within Granta’s materials software, Granta MI and CES Selector.

Detailing over 550 machines and over 700 materials, the Senvol Database users should be able to use it within the Granta software to search and compare materials based on properties, type, or compatible machines.

They can identify and compare AM machines based on supported processes, manufacturer, required part size, cost, or compatible materials (and their properties), making it easier to find new ideas when researching AM options and to focus in on the most productive routes for a project.

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EnvisionTec reveals SLCOM 1 composites 3D printer

Published 17 May 2016

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, envisiontec, composites, composite

The latest EnvisionTec 3D printer uses laminate composites

The launch of the SLCOM 1 3D printer is EnvisionTec’s solution for industrial manufacturing of composite materials, employing a new patent pending process known as Selective Lamination Composite Object Manufacturing (SLCOM).

The technology allows for the building of composite parts using layer-by-layer laminated thermoplastic composite fabric sheets from a roll. The first 3D printer employing this technology, the SLCOM 1 will be capable of building objects up to 24” x 30” with a 24” height. 

Able to process a wide range of custom made thermoplastics, reinforced with unidirectional or multidirectional woven fibres, EnvisionTec suggests the materials can be tailored to customer performance needs.

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Materialise wastes no time, Magics is HP certified

Published 17 May 2016

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, hp, materialise, materialise magics

Materialise’s software is certified for HP’s newly launched 3D printers

Only minutes into HP’s foray into 3D printing market and Materialise Magics is already a certified solution partner for HP’s Open Software Platform, powering the new HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing solution.

Integration between Materialise software and the HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution was based on the input from HP engineers and Materialise’s hands-on experience with a HP Jet Fusion prototype, allowing it to develop the build processor that, when combined with Materialise Magics 3D Print Suite, allows users to fix files and adjust pre-print processing.

“This collaboration with HP combines more than 100 years of software and printing expertise,” stated Materialise CEO Fried Vancraen.

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Stratasys looks to cut design-to-3D print times with GrabCAD Print

Published 17 May 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, stratasys, grabcad

A preview shot of the GrabCAD Print file preparation

While the majority of us still recognise GrabCAD for its community of more than 3 million designers, engineers and students, Stratasys has been busy leveraging its software knowledge, creating GrabCAD Print.

The new software is designed to make 3D printing easier and more intuitive by reducing errors through eliminating requirements to translate and repair CAD files, with product designers, engineers, and 3D printer operators now able to send native CAD files to a Stratasys 3D Printer or service bureau directly from their familiar CAD environments.

GrabCAD Print is an open, partner friendly platform that already has collaboration with SolidWorks, Catia, PTC Creo, Siemens NX and Autodesk Inventor, and can operate on desktop, web or mobile platform - meaning no more having to trek to the workshop to check on a build.

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University submarine racing team buoyant thanks to 3D printing

Published 12 May 2016

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, stratasys, manufacturing, warwick university, warwick manufacturing group, submarines

The Godiva 2 human powered submarine, showing its internal components, many of which are 3D printed

The University of Warwick’s ‘Godiva 2’ submarine is set for the European International Submarine Races in Gosport, UK, thanks to dropping design and production time with numerous 3D printed parts.

The team won the competition’s prestigious innovation award at last year’s human-powered submarine championship, having used 3D printing to prototype the submarine, this year the team decided to produce the final manufactured parts on its Stratasys Fortus 3D printer.

Having designed the craft to withstand a harsh ocean environment, parts including the fins, feet, propeller and interior steering components were produced on the professional FDM printer, saving an estimated £3,000 in production costs through a 75 per cent materials cost reduction.

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PTC ThingWorx 7 launches with enhanced tools for connected products and public cloud support

Published 12 May 2016

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Article tagged with: ptc, sensors, iot, thingworx

ThingWorx 7 sees PTC evolving the tools, and allowing integration with public clouds, such as Amazon Web Services

PTC’s latest version of its Internet of Things (IoT) platform, ThingWorx 7, is put forward by the Boston-based company as containing one of the most complete sets of integrated IoT-specific development tools and capabilities.

New features of ThingWorx 7 include an enhanced set of tools for managing connected products, powerful new analytics capabilities, support of public clouds, and simplified platform components that should make it easier for developers to use their preferred tools to experiment with, prototype, and develop new IoT solutions.

ThingWorx 7 will for the first time see the tool integrate with leading public device clouds to provide an open IoT platform for customers, partners, and vendors to help meet their IoT goals, beginning with Amazon Web Services (AWS) IoT.

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