Posts by Stephen Holmes

Rio 2016 Olympic Torch - colourful expanding design for the games

Published 09 July 2015

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Article tagged with: design, olympics, olympic torch, brazil, rio

With Rio 2016 just around the corner, the new Olympic Torch has been unveiled - with moving coloured segments

It seems like only yesterday we made a fanfare of London 2012’s BarberOsgerby crafted Olympic Torch, but it’s shocking to realise that Rio’s turn to host the event is quickly upon us - and its torch is ready to light up.

Designed by Sao Paolo-based design studio Chelles & Hayashi, the torch features an expanding, segmented body that reveals the colours of the host nation’s sky, mountains, sea and earth when passed between torchbearers.

The multi-disciplinary studio, headed up by Gustavo Chelles and Romy Hayshi, has a huge mixed portfolio of product and packaging designs, and seem to create at least part of their 3D output in SolidWorks.

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Altair adds geometry healing with Elysium’s CADoctor

Published 08 July 2015

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Article tagged with: cae, elysium, altair, cadoctor

CADdoctor understands multiple CAD formats and can simplify geometry, to midpoints for example, for more efficient CAE analysis

The Altair Partner Alliance has grown once more, with Elysium’s 3D geometry healing and translation software CADdoctor joining the ranks.

CADdoctor understands multiple CAD formats and Product Data Quality (PDQ) criteria to translate and repair data as well as simplify geometry to reduce file size for efficient CAE analysis.

CADdoctor is equipped with a standalone user interface, which applies the built-in geometry healing module that can automatically detect and repair errors, generate mid-surfaces from detailed solid models, repair and optimise polygon data.

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First Look: Netfabb Professional 6 - early version of 3MF file format already in place

Published 07 July 2015

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, netfabb, 3mf

Because a man in a tie means business - Netfabb Professional 6 has new features for making mass production less of a nightmare

The latest release of Netfabb’s professional 3D printing software tool for the likes of service bureaux and in-house departments has been revised and extended, aiming to simplify frequent tasks and shorten production cycles.

Netfabb has recently boosted its standing in the professional market by becoming one of the founding members of the 3MF Consortium, alongside big players such as Microsoft, HP, Autodesk and Dassault Systèmes.

The German company suggests that it has been heavily involved in developing the new 3MF file format for industrial 3D print data, and in version 6 has implemented a future-proof format that will work with it.

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Airbus flies with Aras Innovator for its PLM requirements

Published 07 July 2015

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Article tagged with: plm, enovia, windchill, aerospace, airbus, aras, teamcentre

Airbus has adopted Aras Innovator as its PLM tool of choice - an act that could disrupt the PLM market


Airbus and Aras have signed a ‘Strategic Partner Agreement to use Aras Innovator for enterprise-wide Engineering Business Processes beyond 30,000 users’.

What this means in short: the aerospace giant has swerved past the usual PLM players - Dassault Systèmes, PTC and Siemens - in favour of Aras’ open source Innovator platform and subscription model.

Aras Innovator remains a free to download and open source product, but the costs come with upgrades, maintenance and support, while the customer can add in its own levels of customisation as and when it wishes.

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Major 3D printing players join push for new 3MF file

Published 06 July 2015

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, cad, stl, 3mf

Further support for the 3D printing file format 3MF means the STL’s days could be numbered

At the start of May we brought you the news of the new 3D printing file format 3MF - part of the outcome of a new 3MF Consortium, launched by Autodesk and Microsoft during the latter’s Build Developer Conference keynote - well now the 3D printer manufacturers are joining up.

3D Systems, Materialise and Stratasys have all joined the consortium, along with CAD software vendors Siemens PLM Software, bolstering the present members of Dassault Systèmes, HP, SLM Solutions, FIT AG (Netfabb) and Shapeways.

This move signals that nearly all the big CAD and 3D printing figureheads are pulling together behind this new file format, with the standard STL file’s days seemingly numbered.

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Vicon sets up framework for future Aircraft engineering inspection using drones

Published 26 June 2015

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Article tagged with: engineering, aerospace, inspection, uav, vicon, drones, easyjet

The test set up in Easyjet’s Luton engineering hangar, with Vicon T-Series cameras tracking the UAVs

Recently, airline operator Easyjet made the headlines for its plans to have drones actively inspecting aircraft for damage in ten of its engineering hangars across Europe by the end of 2016.

Analysis by these self-controlled inspection drones is expected to help cut the amount of time an aircraft is out of service following events such as lightning strikes or hailstorms compared to the man-hours required for manual inspection.

According to Boeing, lightning strikes a commercial aircraft on average once a year, this rate is frequent enough for a lightning strike to be considered almost inevitable. For every hour an aircraft is out of service the cost to the airline run’s into tens of thousands of pounds, even before the repair is carried out.

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Formlabs announce new ‘tough resin’ for 3D printing

Published 26 June 2015

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, formlabs, materials, resin

The new Formlabs resin should deliver a superior combination of yield strength, elongation, and impact resistance

A new ‘tough resin’, designed for applications in engineering and prototyping, has been announced by Formlabs for its Form 1 and 1+ SLA 3D Printers - offering ‘physical properties similar to ABS plastic’.

It is claimed that Formlabs’ Tough Resin will be able to absorb high-impact and other mechanical stressors that would normally cause 3D printed parts to snap or shatter.

“From load-bearing gears to snap-fit enclosures, Tough Resin material has been engineered for applications that require performance under stress or strain” said Formlabs, which adds the Tough Resin to a growing materials library that already includes castable and flexible resins.

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