Posts by Stephen Holmes

Natural History Museum’s new Stegosaurus gets scanned and 3D printed

Published 19 February 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, 3d scanning, voxeljet, propshop, museum, natural history museum, dinosaurs, stegosaurus

Sophie the Stegosaurus, working it for the cameras

The Stegosaurus - six metres and several tonnes of belching, farting lizard meat - last roamed the earth 155 million years ago, which is why we’re very happy to see one finally making it to London.

With a worldwide scarcity of well-preserved skeletons, London’s Natural History Museum, in a private donor assisted coup, somehow managed to purchase a Stegosaurus discovered in 2005, in Wyoming, USA.

Nicknamed Sophie, the skeleton is on display at the museum, but it also gives museum staff a chance to do more research into the big girl - starting with getting the entire thing laser scanned.

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Teach Yourself: Intro to Autodesk Fusion 360 CAM

Published 19 February 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, autodesk, cam, cnc, fusion 360, teach yourself

The CAM aspect of Autodesk’s cloud-based Fusion 360 is one of the most intriguing, including both 2D and 3D machining with a pretty extensive set of operations from the HSMWorks stable, which Autodesk acquired a few years ago.

It’s one thing jumping from creating cool things in a CAD package to setting them up for machining, especially if you’re new to this lark - which given the comparatively low cost entry point for Fusion 360, there’s a good chance you’re a newbie.

This video tutorial is the first in a line from Autodesk’s Lars Christensen, who also has a fine blog in the shape of CADCAMStuff - where even the most hardened machining types can pick up few tips.

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SolidWorks World 2015 - What we learned about the new generation of SolidWorks products

Published 18 February 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, solidworks, industrial design, cad, engineering, gian paolo bassi, concept, sketch, model based definition

In front of 5,500 attendees at its SolidWorks World user event in Phoenix, new CEO Gian Paolo Bassi heralded the arrival of SolidWorks Industrial Design (SW-ID).

Representing the next generation SolidWorks tool, SW-ID is based on the 3DExperience platform of parent company Dassault Systèmes (DS), rather than the standard SolidWorks.

Previewed at SolidWorks World 2014 as Industrial Conceptual, SW-ID is billed as an ideation enabler, aiming to equip mechanical engineers with ‘product design’ tools, as well as enabling cloud-based workflows.

SolidWorks Industrial Design allows for cloud-based collaboration through a web browser-based interface

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Pointwise 17.3 release for CFD Meshing with overset grids

Published 18 February 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: simulation, meshing, pointwise, overset gridding, cfds

Integrated overs rigging and CFD within the latest Pointwise release should make the simulation process more efficient

Pointwise has announced its version 17.3 R1 release, with new updates for Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) meshing featuring direct integration with overset grid assembly (OGA) software.

Overset gridding is a technique that avoids the topological complexity of generating abutting, point-to-point connected, multi-block grids by allowing the component grid blocks to overlap.

The price paid for that flexibility is the need to ensure a sufficient degree of overlap so the CFD solver can accurately share data between the component grids, done cleverly in Pointwise 17.3 using overset grid assembly software.

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LightWave 2015 offers alternative for artistic rendering and animation

Published 18 February 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: rendering, visualisation, automotive, animation, viz, lightwave

Lightwave 2015 has new updates for more control over product design renders

With a mantra of ‘created by artists for artists’, LightWave 3D has launched its 2015 edition of its end-to-end production pipeline for artists and designers to model, animate, render, and output to 3D.

Alongside its longstanding Sub-D modelling tools and as standard animation and rendering tools, LightWave 2015 includes a full list of new features, which might prove useful for product visualisations.

Most improved is its Bullet dynamics feature, an open source physics engine with 3D rigid body dynamics, new constraints for 2015 give more control of dynamic simulations with new constraint types such as Point-to-Point, Hinge, Slider, Cone Twist, Spring and six degrees of freedom constraint types.

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Granta goes after 3D printed manufacturing market with advanced data control

Published 17 February 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, simulation, granta design, additive manufacturing, granta mi, granta

MI:Additive Manufacturing can analyse data to determine mechanical properties for CAE and design optimisation for production

Granta Design has announced MI:Additive Manufacturing, a software solution aimed at improving repeatability in the additive manufacturing industry by overcoming data challenges, such as logging materials and process information.

The MI:Additive Manufacturing workflow begins by importing ‘logfiles’ directly from 3D printers. The system automatically stores process parameters, extracts logged data for specific builds, links this information to supplier data on the batches of material used to make a part, and captures testing and inspection results.

This data can feed into statistical analyses that determine mechanical properties, which can be exported to simulation codes and the results can be captured for use in optimising part design and production.

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SolidWorks World 2015 - Live Blog Day 3

Published 11 February 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, solidworks, dassault systemes, industrial design, dassault systèmes, cad, solidworks world

It’s day three and we’re back in the big room ready to get underway - stick with us throughout the day for the best collation of what’s happening here, wherever you are in the world.

As with the previous two days we’re being brought to you by Lenovo and Nvidia, our fine sponsors.

The lights are dimming and we’re underway - remember to check back throughout the day and follow the event below the line.


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