Posts by Stephen Holmes

Latest UK University Technical College opens: design + engineering for the next generation

Published 09 September 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: sustainability, education, university, schools, sustainable, school, wind turbines, university training college, cumbria, nuclear

Students at the school will be taught an extended curriculum, including a BTec in engineering

Opened a hundred years ago to service Cumbria’s booming steel industry, Workington Technical College is now a long gone memory, yet this week sees the opening of its ultra modern equivalent.

The Energy Coast University Technical College (UTC) is no longer servicing the steel rail-making industry, but the county’s developing renewable energy specialism.

With the area surrounded by wind farms, tidal generator projects and nuclear decommissioning specialisms, demand for a suitably skilled workforce is growing, with the UTC held in high hopes.

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Apple ‘iWatch’ preview? How about a D3D LIVE talk from an expert wearables team Zero360?

Published 09 September 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, industrial design, apple, iphone, develop3d live, d3d live, iot, wearable technology, watch design, iwatch

See if you can pick up any hints of what to expect from today’s Apple product launch from expert wearables designers Zero360

At DEVELOP3D Live in April this year we had the team from Zero360, a product design consultancy who have been working on wearables technology.

With a rich history in designing for watch brands and incorporating wearable technology, they have been looking at how to get people wearing products like the iWatch as a regular thing, rather than it being thrown in the back of a drawer after a couple of months.

They’ve even arrived at a luxury wearables design, with some amazing inbuilt technology.

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3D Printing: New machines in Stratasys Objet Connex range give three materials magic

Published 08 September 2014

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, rapid prototyping, prototype, objet, stratasys, connex, connex 500

Stratasys has expanded the Objet500 Connex range with two new 3D printers

Stratasys has upgraded its Objet Connex range with two new printers - the Objet500 Connex1 and Connex2 - with triple-jetting multiple material capabilities.

Stratasys triple-jetting technology is designed to allow the user to build products with up to three different materials in a single run, or even mix multiple material droplets to form new digital materials.

As well as the Objet500 Connex3 colour multi-material 3D Printer, showcased at for the first time in the UK at DEVELOP3D Live, the Objet500 Connex1 and Objet500 Connex2 line up like this:

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Tungsten latest 3D printing material to light up interest

Published 08 September 2014

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, medical, aerospace, philips, holland, tungsten

Smit Röntgen has spent the last 10 years developing its Tungsten 3D printing process

Philips-owned company Smit Röntgen has announced its ability to 3D print pure Tungsten parts - the metal with the highest melting point of 3422°C.

Imaging component manufacturer Smit Röntgen has been developing the process over the last decade, and has now opened the lid on its process that through laser melting technology can produce solid parts from this tricky material.

The downside is that a minimum of 48 hours is required for a CAD model to be transformed into a solid product, yet the interest that this will create in the aerospace and medical industries should see this development time drop further in time.

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Hexagon Metrology’s latest Romer CMM offers portability for 3D measurement

Published 08 September 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: hardware, engineering, 3d scanning, hexagon metrology, cmm, romer, absolute arm

For measuring on the go, the Romer Absolute Arm 1.2m is a portable CMM

The release of the Romer Absolute Arm 1.2m portable Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) sees the versatile arm gain further flexibility and ergonomic design, with quick-start functionality.

To simplify its set-up, a counterweight system enables the Absolute Arm 1.2m to be used without mountings on any surface, while encoders eliminate annoying referencing procedures, letting the operator start measuring with the flip of a switch.

The transportable unit, which can also be battery powered, is aimed for use within confined spaces, including inside a machining center for dimensional control of molds, parts, tooling, castings, and more.

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Automotive: Haas brings its machining might into F1 arena

Published 08 September 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: automotive, machining, cnc, f1, ferrari, haas automation

Following its sponsorship this season, Haas will take on the Ferrari V6 power plant for its own F1 team in 2016

Known for precision CNC machines with an edge of ‘Good Ol’ Boys American NASCAR spirit’, Haas Automation has officially thrown in its hat for the 2016 F1 Championship.

The first American-led F1 team since 1986, founded by industrialist Gene Haas, the Haas F1 Team is based in the United States on the same Kannapolis, North Carolina campus as its championship-winning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team, Stewart-Haas Racing.

That being said, the team will be taking some European finesse into the fold by partnering with Scuderia Ferrari for its power unit.

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Autodesk Fusion 360: September updates

Published 08 September 2014

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Article tagged with: autodesk, cad, t-splines, fusion, fusion 360, updates

This month’s Autodesk Fusion 360 updates includes a variety of tool command improvements, such as better creasing behaviour in Sculpt workspace

With annual updates now as passé as Miley Cyrus salivating over a sledgehammer, Fusion 360’s cloud-happy overlords have been producing further off the cuff upgrades for the CAD tool.

A round-up of September’s updates includes a variety of tool command improvements, such as way better creasing behaviour in Sculpt workspace; significant improvements to graphics and rendering with better OpenGL support; new CAM enhancements make machining more intuitive, and - as if simply to prove just how modern 360 is - improved mobile apps on Android and iOS.

We’re aware this is lacking in specifics, so somewhat handily, Autodesk has produced a video outlining the full range of updates:

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