Posts by Stephen Holmes

Kenesto Drive 2.0 updates cloud product document management, collaboration and version control

Published 08 February 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: solidworks, engineering, plm, solid edge, cloud, kenesto

Kenesto’s Drive 2.0 takes document storage and management to the Cloud

Kenesto Drive 2.0 aims to provide a secure, cloud-based sharing storage and sharing method for engineering documents, with its latest version offering encryption for all documents cached on laptops as well as providing two factor authentication.

Drive 2.0 now allows users to manually define document dependencies for any type of document and, within products such as SolidWorks and Solid Edge, defines those dependencies automatically.

Having defined these dependencies, users are able to find all of the places where a document is used (Where-Used), and selectively replace or rename instances of documents that are used in SolidWorks and Solid Edge assemblies.

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DEVELOP3D Magazine - The February issue

Published 06 February 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, manufacture, magazine

The Winter edition of DEVELOP3D is now available for free download

The February edition of DEVELOP3D is now available for free download.

This month we go big with Stage One, small with a palm-sized Vype device, and delve into new products from CES, as well as an in-depth review of the revamped Makerbot Replicator+, plus all the usual news and reviews.

The February cover story:

Stage One designs and manufactures large-scale products for opening ceremonies, architecture pavilions and galleries. We visit its aircraft hangar workshops to discover the fine details involved in executing such projects

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Other Reading // The Materials Sourcebook for Design Professionals

Published 06 February 2017

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Article tagged with: design, book, materials

With a seemingly infinite number of creative choices for materials, understanding them all properly helps designers make inspired decisions in a practical and confident manner.

The Materials Sourcebook for Design Professionals is a one-stop resource for all levels of designer, giving information about the basic materials with which they work on a daily basis, as well as a complete breakdown on new and exciting developments in high-tech materials.

Major material groups are then separated further into chapters that examine the properties of individual types of materials, with nearly 100 material types featured, each one supported by examples of how it can be used in a variety of industries, an outline of its most desirable properties and details on its form and texture.

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WATCH // Aero design for the Roborace car

Published 03 February 2017

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Article tagged with: design, automotive, robots, motorsports, daniel simon

The world’s first AI and driverless racing series sounds like something of science fiction, but behold the team of engineers bringing Roborace to life with its pilot vehicle.

If you’ve been following Roborace’s progress (catch up here) you’ll have already been glued to previous episodes of the car’s development through its full-size development car - Devbot.

However, episode five of the Youtube series sees the concept’s designer, the incredible Daniel Simon, work on the car’s stylings and aerodynamics with the help of a scale model and a wind tunnel.

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Sciaky continues to go large, with 3D printed parts hitting new depths for AUVs

Published 02 February 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, engineering, canada, sciaky

ISE’s Arctic Explorer Autonomous Underwater Vehicle class of vehicles has been used by Canadian authorities to map sea beds

International Submarine Engineering (ISE) has taken large-scale 3D printed part to new depths with its titanium Variable Ballast (VB) tanks, built using Sciaky’s EBAM 3D printing process.

The titanium VB tank is a unique sub-system of ISE’s Arctic Explorer Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) class of vehicles, enabling it to park on the sea floor or hold itself on the underside of the ice during missions that have previously seen it used by Canadian authorities to map the sea floor underneath the Arctic ice shelf.

After the titanium forging facility that produced propellant tanks for the Russian space program closed, the submersibles company turned to Sciaky having learned that it had 3D printed titanium propellant tanks for Lockheed Martin Space Systems in 2015.

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LiveLink for SolidWorks puts Comsol’s simulation apps right in front of designers

Published 02 February 2017

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Article tagged with: solidworks, simulation, cad, analysis, comsol

The Comsol Multiphysics ribbon tab and embedded Comsol Server interface in the SolidWorks user interface.

Comsol has announced an update to its LiveLink for SolidWorks product, which acts as an add-on to the Comsol Multiphysics software let a CAD model be synchronised between the two software packages.

The latest version allows easier access for launching and running simulation apps that can be used in synchronicity with SolidWorks, and allowing users to build their own apps with the Application Builder

Capabilities are shown nicely through existing apps such as Bike Frame Analyzer; available in the Application Libraries it leverages LiveLink to interactively update the geometry while computing the stress distribution in the frame that is subject to various loads and constraints.

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Sigmetrix previews latest 1-Dimensional tolerance stackup analysis tool EZtol

Published 01 February 2017

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Article tagged with: solidworks, simulation, cad, analysis, sigmetrix

EZtol is set to work with files from most major CAD systems

To be officially unveiled at SolidWorks World next week, Sigmetrix has offered us a preview of its latest 1-Dimensional tolerance stackup analysis program EZtol.

Most stackup analyses are defined in spreadsheets, most commonly Microsoft Excel, but often spreadsheets don’t tell the full story, leading Sigmetrix to turn its attentions to a 1D product for designers.

“We know not everyone needs, or believes they need, a solution as powerful as [Sigmetrix product] CETOL 6σ, so this new solution should be of great interest to mechanical designers and engineers who are involved in CAD-modeling activities,” said a Sigmetrix spokesperson.

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