Posts by Stephen Holmes

CoreTechnologie updates IP security for 3D CAD models

Published 31 October 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, plm, ip, security, coretechnologie

A compressor CAD model, before and after simplification in CoreTechnologies 3D Evolution

With the protection of 3D CAD data critical to continued exclusivity in the market, IP protection experts CoreTechnologie has enhanced its software 3D Evolution to provide new levels of safety.

The German-French software manufacturer’s Simplify module has automated algorithms that offer to rapidly remove internal parts of geometry without losing any external features or surfaces while maintaining a solid model, while assemblies can be flattened into a single multi-body part thus eliminating the part names.

By integrating custom geometry manipulation tools developed by CoreTechnologie directly into the existing Teamcenter or other PLM architecture, CoreTechnologie says can allow for secure processing of heavy data without the need for extracting data to a local or shared drive.

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SolidCAM adds robotics integration with Octopuz

Published 30 October 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: simulation, manufacturing, industrial design, manufacture, cam, robots

Offline robotic programming and simulation software Octopuz has partnered with SolidCAM to offer users the ability to program, simulate and generate code for multiple robots, simultaneously, with support for most robot brands in any configuration.

With the partnership comes full integration of Octopuz and SolidCAM products, combining advanced tool paths with the world of industrial robotics, allowing toolpaths, origins, and other parameters to be converted into the correct joints, twists, and turns of robotics.

The robot can then follow a path given the specifications set in SolidCAM or the manipulations applied to the paths in Octopuz.

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GKN improves machinery across auto production plants with 3D printed parts

Published 27 October 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, manufacture, stratasys, gkn

Improved grease dispensers - not sexy, but very, very useful

The next stage of wringing every last efficiency out of GKN’s manufacturing and assembly lines includes printing replacement or improved parts to upgrade its production machinery.

At its Driveline Florence plant, GKN is expanding the deployment of 3D printing across the manufacturing floor beyond jigs and fixtures, creating end-use custom parts for its robots and machinery, resulting in improved business performance.

The Florence plant churns out thousands of parts for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Group each week, including its luxury marques Maserati and Ferrari, but to achieve such magnificent products needs exceptional achievements in the mundane - such as a redesigned and printed grease nozzle tool.

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MakerBot Labs ‘experimental platform’ sees company edge towards its open source roots

Published 18 October 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: hardware, 3d printing, autodesk, stratasys, makerbot, materials

A MakerBot Replicator+ with updated hardware, allowing it to print in ColorFabb filaments with abrasive fills

MakerBot has announced the launch of its new experimental platform, MakerBot Labs, which aims to allow advanced users to experiment with software and materials.

Not quite a full ‘step-back’ towards the company’s open source routes, the announcement was explained further in an interview with Makerbot CEO Nadav Goshen [see bottom of article for interview in full], who stated that it is introducing this new, “more open platform as a direct response to our advanced users calling for greater freedom with materials and software”.

MakerBot Labs includes new customisable hardware and software with open APIs, and custom print modes for MakerBot Print - targeting those wanting some serious aftermarket upgrades.

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Single automated post processing machine for 3D printed parts aims to tackle multiple materials

Published 18 October 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, manufacture, additive manufacturing, post processing

PostProcessing Technologies has launched Hybrid DECI Duo, its first automated machine for support removal and surface finishing of 3D printed parts of all materials.

Tested with FDM, SLS, SLA, Polyjet, Multi Jet Fusion (MJF), CLIP, Ultem, Metals and more, PostProcessing claims its intelligent algorithms will offer fast cycle times for even the most complex parts, including those with internal channels, organic geometries, and honeycombs.

A single, multi-functioning system, the Hybrid DECI Duo has been designed with a space-saving footprint to optimse production floor space.

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GKN launches Additive division as ‘signal of intent’ + Partners with GE Additive

Published 16 October 2017

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Article tagged with: engineering, 3d printing, manufacturing, automotive, manufacture, aerospace, ge, gkn

Global aerospace and automotive engineering group GKN has pulled its global 3D printing activity together into one new brand: GKN Additive.

The company has produced 3D printed aerospace components that are certified and flying on 7 major platforms today, and parts driving in today’s cars, as well as being a specialist powder producer through its Powder Metallurgy division.

Operating from ‘global centres of excellence’ in four countries - likely to include its facility in Filton UK, which specialises in powder bed processes - GKN Additive will act as the focal point for all this activity in the future.

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XYZprinting’s Nobel DLP 3D printer gets a Superfine upgrade

Published 10 October 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, envisiontec, jewellery, formlabs, sla, formlabs form 2

the XYZprinting Nobel Superfine is targeting the jewellery industry

The Nobel 3D Printer from XYZprinting has returned with a ‘Superfine’ suffix and 25 micron accuracy from the company’s latest Digital Light Processing (DLP) technology.

Using a digital projector screen to flash a single image of each layer across the whole platform, it can make it faster for print some parts than Stereolithography (SLA) technology with its lasers, although both use similar light sensitive resin material.

What catches the eye most is the price point, at £2,659 it’s nearly a grand cheaper than a Formlabs Form 2 - that’s a lot of resin.

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