Posts by Stephen Holmes
While there’s been a flurry of 3D printed prosthesis stories of late, intricate production grade components are mostly still best left to traditional forms of manufacturing - like this myoelectric prosthetic hand.
Designed by prosthetic experts Steeper, they developed the Bebionic, which is modelled on an accurate skeletal structure and is constructed from an array of components designed to provide the most true to life movements.
Mimicking the functions of a real hand via 14 different precision grips, it enables amputees to engage in a range of activities that would have previously been complex and unmanageable.
AutoForm Engineering, a leading supplier of software solutions for the sheet metal forming industry, has released AutoForm-HemPlannerplus, supporting roll, conventional die and table top hemming.
Used in the automotive industry to join two sheet metal panels together, where the flange of the outer panel is bent over the inner one, hemming is commonly used to assemble the outer parts of a car, such as doors, bonnet, boot and fenders, accuracy is very important for surface quality.
The software is fully integrated into AutoFormplus’ R6 version, adding efficiency to the workflow and a newly enhanced graphical user interface.
Yesterday saw the announcement that Avi Reichental has stepped down as president and CEO, and even his position as a director, at 3D Systems through ‘mutual consent’.
As most sports fans understand the term, ‘mutual consent’ (or even its latest incarnate, ‘consciously uncoupled’) means someone got the boot, and following some tough times for 3D Systems on the stock markets, sure enough the board of directors have given Avi the heave-ho.
It’s another marker for an industry that has undergone sweeping changes over the last 12 months since then MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis stepped down from his post. Now two of the most recognisable figures that had ridden the industry boom are gone, to be replaced with business-focussed choices.
A rare and rather fantastic piece of RAF history has been painstakingly restored and rebuilt over the last 16 months to bring it back to its former glory, and is now going up for sale thanks to Jet Art Aviation.
This Tornado fighter jet has been finished and specced almost identically to when it last served, the Panavia Tornado GR1 ZA355 includes two Martin Baker MK10A ejection seats, a head up display, and a cockpit that is largely intact, despite the being no longer airworthy.
Now a very large garden ornament, to sit among the garden gnomes and other ‘collectors pieces’, it is likely to be one of only a few times a RAF Tornado is offered for sale.
Having collected feedback from designers, project managers and other users who utilise A360 for project collaboration, Autodesk has introduced an ‘enhanced user experience’ within its collaborative tool.
Focussed on a new user interface, it centers on design and project data and simplifies creation and management of data for users working in a team environment, with enhanced search, viewing, sharing and reviewing are now front-and-center in the new interface.
Design data is displayed in rich formats and users can be navigated easier through the design hierarchy, while improved data overview and immersive views have been streamlined, so to be easier to navigate, and optimised for design workflows.
A new web app from materials specialist Granta Design looks to answer the often-crucial question: ‘Where is this material used?’, allowing CAD users to explore alternative materials for their designs.
Accessed by CAD plug-in, the new ‘where used?’ app enables designers selecting a material from their Granta MI database to query their PLM system to find out which of their existing products or parts already contain that material.
When considering a plastic for a new product, for example, the designer may want to know where else that grade has been used so knowledge from earlier applications can help optimize design or avoid problems.
With the fanfare that it’s latest release ‘significantly expands STAR-CCM+ application coverage’, CD-Adapco Star-CCM+ v10.06, features the introduction of computational rheology.
Targeting problems where viscous and viscoelastic effects are dominant, computational rheology expands the multidisciplinary scope of Star-CCM+, allowing it to solve flow in static mixers (bread dough food), flow into containers (toothpaste, shampoo), pumping slurries with significant heat generation, as well as extrusions (foam rubber insulation for door seals, rubber tires) and material processing.
The capability is built on the same Finite Element (FE) framework as Computational Solid Mechanics delivered in v10.04 and forwards the company’s mission to facilitate innovation through Multidisciplinary Design Exploration (MDX) to help customers discover better designs, faster.