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Geomagic Control and GibbsCAM get 2017 industrial updates from 3D Systems

Published 19 September 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: manufacturing, cam, 3d systems, geomagic, cnc, gibbscam

Parent company 3D Systems has continued its own industrial revolution with updates to two of its tools from the manufacturing-end of the spectrum - GibbsCAM 12 and Geomagic Control X 2018.

Taking advantage of an updated platform architecture, Geomagic Control X 2018 enables customers to more efficiently create inspection models as well as scan, evaluate, and communicate inspection results with newly customisable and intuitive reports.

Reduced calculation time by up to 50 per cent should give users faster analysis during their common inspection workflows, while Geomagic Control X 2018 enables users to import, align, and compare faster than before.

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Automatic 2D drawing generation leads Kisters’ 2017 3DViewStation product line

Published 18 September 2017

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Article tagged with: cad, kisters

Version 2017 of Kisters 3DViewStation Desktop has added ‘advanced’ automatic 2D drawing generation to tackle the legal hurdles still faced by many companies.

According to Kisters, 3DViewStation helps to automatically derive 2D drawings from 3D CAD models by rendering them, performing a ‘true hidden line removal’, a vectorsation and a line reduction before outputting to DXF or SVG.

The 3D CAD viewer and universal viewer for engineers and designers ships with current and mature importers for a broad range of 3D and 2D formats including Catia, NX, Creo, SolidWorks, SolidEdge, Inventor, JT, 3D-PDF, STEP, DWG, DXF, DWF, MS Office and many more.

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Circuits might never be the same again as Nano Dimension unveils DragonFly 2020 3D Printer

Published 13 September 2017

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Article tagged with: prototype, rapid prototyping, 3d systems, materials, electronics, pcb, nano dimension

Nano Dimension has finally launched its larger form factor 3D printer for the rapid prototyping of electronics, which is great news for the fight against the the Printed Circuit Board (PCB) bottleneck for prototypes.

The larger DragonFly 2020 Pro replaces the desktop-sized model that many will be familiar with seeing since the company’s launch in 2012, since then the company has raised millions in funding and appointed former 3D Systems CEO Avi Reichental to its board of directors during a shake up earlier this year.

The DragonFly 2020 Pro prints high resolution ‘trace and space’ with an inkjet deposition system, allowing it to construct a full range of multilayer PCB features – including interconnections such as buried vias and plated through-holes.

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Local Brownies group earns badge of engineering honour

Published 13 September 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, design, 3d printing, education

A Brownies group from Miskin in South Wales has tackled CAD, 3D printing and fabrication to earn their badges of Engineering Honour.

Global engineering technologies company, Renishaw, recently hosted its local group to help them earn the new badge, giving the members a project to design and engineer their own name badges for their uniforms over three sessions.

“By getting girls interested in engineering during extra-curricular activities we hope to get them thinking about the opportunities available in engineering careers,” explained Simon Biggs, Education Liaison Officer at Renishaw. “Other groups are approaching us asking how they can get a new badge in engineering. The prospect of competition has encouraged more groups to ask for sessions at Renishaw, supporting our aim to get more children excited about engineering.”

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Modo VR pops out of Foundry Research with fully immersive design content creation

Published 12 September 2017

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Article tagged with: modo, vr, the foundry

Modo VR has moved the Modo Viewport from the monitor and into VR headsets, with the Foundry’s Beta software placing creations into real life scale and perspective.

Built on the Modo Advanced Viewport technology, Modo VR is the work of the Foundry Research division, and although the software is not targeted to a specific release of Modo, expect to see it in the future once Foundry has gathered enough user feedback.

The tools at present allow first person manipulation of layout, annotations, playback, and review directly in Modo in VR, while reducing the time needed to switch applications - improving the overall immersion and connection the user has with an object.

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Onshape Update // September brings tabs, fillets and reliefs

Published 12 September 2017

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Article tagged with: cad, onshape, fillet command, sheet metal

The new variable Fillet command in Onshape

The fine-tuning of Onshape continues apace as the month of September has collated a big group of updates to some of the smaller things in the workflow.

Something as simple as being able to create tabs in sheet metal parts will no doubt enliven someone’s workflow, letting users create multiple tabs with a single feature, then being able to define a subtraction scope for subtracting tabs from other sheet metal parts.

A variable Fillet command now allows users to create a fillet with a variable radius, while sizes for sheet metal corners and bend reliefs can now be specified.

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Voxeljet unveils ‘High Speed Sintering’ 3D printing system

Published 11 September 2017

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, materials, sls, voxeljet

So far focused on tooling and pattern making applications, Voxeljet has announced the release of its first 3D printing system based on its new High Speed Sintering (HSS) process.

Already a provider of high-speed, large-format 3D printers for industrial and commercial customers, the new HSS process is said to enable the printing of parts with properties and qualities similar to Selective Laser Sintering, Multi Jet Fusion or injection moulding.

HSS will launch on its VX200 platform in November, promising a range of thermoplastic materials with varying properties, and has the same basis as voxeljet’s core technology, binder jetting.

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