Posts by Stephen Holmes

Ultimaker Cura software adds 3rd-party CAD integration and 3D print farm management

Published 27 September 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, solidworks, 3d printing, manufacture, siemens

Ultimaker has announced it is to put software at the heart of its strategy by releasing regular software upgrades that continuously enhance the existing hardware over time, making for a ‘future-ready’ solution for users and businesses.

Ultimaker Cura 3.0, released on 17 October, looks to offer a powerful, no-hassle solution to prepare files for digital fabrication, while promising seamless workflow integration between CAD applications such as SolidWorks and Siemens NX via third-party app integration.

Maintaining the current trend we’re seeing for desktop printer farms, Cura Connect will be released in Ultimaker Cura on 7 November, to enable users to manage an array of Ultimaker 3D printers.

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New materials increase 3D printed functionalities for Stratasys’ J750 flagship model

Published 27 September 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, prototype, rapid prototyping, 3d printing, manufacturing, stratasys, materials, j750

The latest release of materials for the J750 include Vero Flex, specifically formulated for eyewear

Stratasys has announced three new materials for its flagship J750 full color, multi-material 3D printer - Agilus30 rubber-like material; Digital ABS Plus ‘engineering-grade’ material, and specifically for eyewear designers, Vero Flex, specifically formulated for eyewear prototyping

“We’ve finally cracked one of our challenges that we’ve had on the PolyJet side for many years, which is bringing a material out which combines strength, robustness and flexibility,” said Stratasys GM EMEA Andy Middleton.

A rigid photopolymer, Vero Flex offers a flexibility ideal for rapid prototyping eyewear, from concept validation to design verification and functional performance, with realism increased thanks to a wide range of colors, textures and materials from opaque to transparent.

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LimitState:Form v3.1 adds plugin to Ansys Discovery Live real-time simulation

Published 21 September 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, simulation, manufacturing, ansys, limitstate

LimitState:Form can also be used as a plugin to Ansys Discovery Live

In the upcoming release of its design optimisation tool, LimitState is targeting the time and effort needed to design strong and light truss forms for components and structures.

Version 3.1 of LimitState:Form includes a number of new features and enhancements including the ability to specify in advance the desired simplicity of an optimised component form, for example, the target maximum number of members meeting at a joint.

Additionally, new algorithms mean that users can now much more freely interact with an initially optimised component, adding and/or removing members to customise their design as necessary.

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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

Posted by Stephen Holmes

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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