Posts by Stephen Holmes

Aircraft have feelings too: new sensor skin to let planes ‘feel’ damage

Published 22 August 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: aerospace, materials science, materials, bae systems, sensors, materials developments, aircraft

A skin of sensor nodes could report back on speed, temperature or even damage

Engineers at BAE Systems are working on enabling the detection of injury or damage to the outer surfaces of aircraft, through ‘smart skin’, which could eventually pass down to domestic vehicles and appliances.

Its Advanced Technology Centre is investigating the concept; tens of thousands of micro-sensors embedded into the surface, enabling it to sense wind speed, temperature, physical strain and movement, far more accurately than current sensor technology allows.

By continually monitoring their health, reporting back on potential problems before they become significant planes would require fewer regular check-ups on the ground and parts could be replaced in a timely manner, increasing the efficiency of aircraft maintenance, the availability of the plane and improving safety.

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Teach Yourself: Intro to surface modelling in SolidWorks

Published 22 August 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, cad, surface modelling, solid works, tutorial, teach yourself, innova systems

Beginner’s guide to surface modelling in SolidWorks

In the quest for self betterment there are few worse times to start than at the beginning of an August Bank Holiday weekend (US - think Labor Day weekend), but if you’ve got the inclination, then we’ve got the goods.

Should you find a few minutes (or the ability to bookmark content for a future date when you’re not pouring cold beer down your neck) then here’s a great introduction to bringing surface modelling into your SolidWorks skill set.

It’s the tool you’d be looking to employ for creating organic shapes - salacious curves, ergonomic fits and, generally, wavy lines - that solid modelling software can struggle with.

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SurfCAM 2015 R1 first Vero launch since Hexagon Metrology take over

Published 21 August 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: manufacture, cam, vero software, machining, vero, visi, hexagon metrology, hexagon, surfcam

SurfCAM 2015 R1 is the first product form Vero to be launched since its recent purchase

The new release of SurfCAM from Vero Software is the first from the company’s stable to launch since its take over by Sweden’s Hexagon Metrology.

The latest edition of Vero’s entry level product, SurfCAM 2015 R1 is set to represent the first in a series of planned steps to dramatically enhance programmer efficiency and provides the foundation for future releases.

New and enhanced functionalities are set to include improved in-line tool path editing; time-saving features for geometry and tool path management, and higher levels of user-defined customisation.

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SolidWorks Education revamped in time for new school year

Published 21 August 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, solidworks, dassault systemes, dassault systèmes, cad, jobs, engineering, education, schools, stem

SolidWorks Education Edition teaching guides and lessons have been updated with new content, with additional support for STEM subjects

The latest version of SolidWorks Education Edition has arrived early for school, like a swotty little kid trying to get the seat at the front of the classroom next to the teacher.

It promises numerous new additions to its 3D design applications, aiming to improve the ability of students not just design, but work with simulation, product data management, technical documentation and electrical design.

The global SolidWorks community has surpassed 100,000 certified users, and as part of French software giant Dassault Systèmes, is showing no signs of slowing down this expansion among the next generation of designers.

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Latest Kubotek KeyView gives Rhino users a chance to play

Published 21 August 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: rhino, cad, space mouse, kubotek, converter, keyview

Kubotek KeyView 12.6 allows you to open most of the popular CAD files, annotate them, and export them as a file type of your choosing

The launch of Kubotek KeyView 12.6, which allows users to open CAD-files with the need for the native system, has upped its game in offering accessibility to the latest CAD softwares.

As well as the usual IGES to CATIA switch, it now works with the latest versions of the major CAD softwares, including Rhino 3D, allowing files to be exported as a IGES, STEP, Parasolid, SAT, DWG/DXF or 3D PDF.

Not simply a way of switching annoying file types around, KeyView features tools for measuring, analysing, marking-up models, and more.

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Project Velocity: Belfast students aiming to break legendary 47-year-old motorcycle speed record

Published 20 August 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: kickstarter, motorcycle, motorcycles, motorcycle design, queens university, legend, burt munro, northern ireland, belfast, team velocity

The legendary Burt Munro’s record is the one Team Velocity are trying to beat on Bonneville Salt Flats

A team of students, with its roots at Queens University, Belfast, is aiming to break the 1,000cc Bonneville Salt Flats speed record, which has stood for over 47 years.

Still held by Burt Munro, a New Zealand motorcycle racer who worked 20 years on customising his 1920s Indian motorcycle to break the record for a final time in 1967, his story has inspired this new generation of land speed racers.

Team Velocity are aiming to hit 250mph on the famous flats next year, and although they have a full year of research and development behind them, they’ve taken to Kickstarter to enlist support.

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Pennsylvania, 3D Systems and America Makes turn to universities for future of 3D printing

Published 20 August 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, 3d systems, carnegie mellon university, america makes, pennsylvania, lehigh university

Dr. Ozdoganlar, Carnegie Mellon University, Dr. Allen Snyder, Lehigh University, Jim Williams, 3D Systems, Gov. Tom Corbett, Ralph Resnick, America Makes, Ed Morris, America Makes

As part of the larger Research for Additive Manufacturing in Pennsylvania (RAMP) program, 3D Systems has announced a new award scheme for universities researching future 3D printing technologies.

Along with Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and America Makes, it announced that grants of $1m have been awarded to Carnegie Mellon University and Lehigh University, while additional private industry in-kind contributions to a value of $1m are being provided to fund both projects.

Ultimately the project is a drive by Pennsylvania to spark interest from some of the State’s best universities in collaborating with its manufacturing and technical institutions, a smart move for a state edging to be at the forefront of America’s movement to re-shore manufacturing.

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