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Altair Optistruct offers topology optimisation for 3D Printing

Published 27 February 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, simulation, manufacturing, materialise, altair, hyperworks, optimisation, topology optimisation

Optistruct is aiming at the high-end 3D printing market with its topology and optimisation tools

With new solver capabilities, Altair’s OptiStruct topology optimisation software is aiming at the high-end 3D printing market to help print the most optimal and structurally efficient products.

Its eye-catching capabilities for 3D printing lie in its ability to manufacture hollow shapes with complex external geometry using tiny cells known as lattice structures.

OptiStruct now extends topology optimisation to assist in the efficient blending of solid-lattice structures with smooth transitional material volume, while lattice performance can be studied under tension, compression, shear, flexion, torsion, and fatigue life.

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Canon join the 3D printing carousel, acting as a 3D Systems reseller

Published 26 February 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, hardware, 3d systems, canon

Holding hands and skipping off into the night together, 3D Systems has partnered up with a new European reseller in the form of Canon

Canon Europe has announced its distribution agreement with 3D Systems to market, sell and support 3D Systems’ professional hardware from the beginning of March.

The deal includes selling the ProJet 1200, 3500 series, 4500, 6000 and 7000 in the UK and Ireland, with a view to rolling out across Europe.

Jeppe Frandsen, head of production printing group, Canon Europe, said: “At Canon we’re continually assessing new market opportunities where we believe we can make a difference to our customers. It’s clear that, because of the potential business benefits it can deliver, 3D printing is one such opportunity.

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Experiencing the season’s fashion trends through technology

Published 26 February 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: fashion, motion capture, vr, fashion technology, inition, fashion design, motion capture technology, westfield, ar

‘Fashion avatars’ bring the season’s key trends to life with motion tracking technology, then try to flog you a dress

To celebrate the launch of spring/summer fashion collections, shopping mall maestros Westfield will partner with London technology facilitators Inition to let visitors experience the products through virtual reality and avatars.

Future Fashion comes as a result of more shoppers being eager to explore new ‘fashion technologies’ and are intrigued by new virtual ways to experience it - 52 per cent would use Augmented Reality in a retail environment and 57 per cent are tempted by Virtual Mirrors.

This all points toward more digital 3D content creation in an industry that has lagged far behind more typical product design, and the problems of simulating material properties, accurate lighting, realtime rendering and motion capture.

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KeyShot 5.2 released with SolidWorks 2015 improvements

Published 25 February 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, rendering, visualisation, keyshot, workflow

The final point-release of KeyShot 5 includes boosters and stabilisers for SolidWorks 2015 performance

Luxion’s realtime ray tracing rendering software KeyShot 5 has received its final boost in the form of release 5.2, in preparation for the next major release.

KeyShot 5.2 addresses key performance improvements in the new features released with KeyShot 5 along with stability improvements.

Among the most biggest of these updates is new support for SolidWorks 2015 file format on both Mac and PC, allowing users to import SolidWorks 2015 files directly from the KeyShot interface.

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Wearables to benefit from process adding integrated electronics into injection moulded parts

Published 25 February 2015

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, industrial design, manufacturing, wearable technology, wearables, injection moulding

Greater design freedoms will become available with lighter, curved and flexible structural shapes now containing the devices electronics

Finnish electronic devices manufacturer, TactoTek, has unveiled details of its new manufacturing process, which enables light, thin designs that incorporate electronics into structural plastics

The company is able to insert electronic components into injection moulded parts, including LEDs for sophisticated lighting, sensors, ICs, and printed touch controls in both rigid and flexible designs, .

With integrated 3D printed electronics still some way off, this method, using a flexible substrate to encapsulate electronics into a more traditional injection moulded part, might lead the way for new wearables and electric vehicles technology.

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DEVELOP3D Magazine: March 2015

Published 24 February 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, magazine, rotoron

With DEVELOP3D LIVE only weeks away, this month we bring you a tantalising preview of some of the amazing things you can see at our very own conference on 26 March.

Elsewhere, we check out more pioneering British industry with Rotron’s UAV engines; head into the workshop with Roland’s latest desktop 3D printer and CNC counterpart; look at spoons, simulation and the ‘black art’ of prototyping products.

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EXOne gets super tough with launch of six new materials for industrial 3D printing technology

Published 23 February 2015

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, engineering, manufacturing, prototyping, exone, innovent

The new materials properties offer exciting new possibilities for companies looking to use industrial scale 3D printing

Fast on the tracks of launching its Innovent set-up for customers interested in developing their own 3D printing materials for product development, ExOne has launched six new materials with industrial properties.

From super tough Tungsten Carbide to corrosion resistant Stainless Steel, the new materials are ready to be used in its M-Flex printers, as well as for those looking to experiment using the aforementioned Innovent system.

“Utilisation of these materials in ExOne’s machines will allow our customers to advance our binder jetting applications with their technologies,” said Rick Lucas, ExOne’s chief technology officer.

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