Posts by Stephen Holmes

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

Published 12 September 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

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

Posted by Stephen Holmes

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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Ledas announces platform for building Cloud CAD apps

Published 11 September 2017

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Article tagged with: engineering, cad, visualisation, cloud

Ledas has unveiled its new cloud platform for 3D modelling which can act as a basis for developing various cloud CAD/PLM and AEC/BIM applications.

According to Ledas, the platform combines many typical engineering functions like visualisation and authoring 3D models with cloud abilities of dispatching user requests and data storage.

While all computations with a 3D model are made on cloud servers, users have access to a representation of the 3D model and can navigate and operate it in web browser-based application by means of WebGL and Typescript/Javascript.

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British Design Fund announces first wave of funding recipients

Published 11 September 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, manufacturing, product design, funding, crowdfunding

A portable rocking device that attaches to any pushchair has received BDF funding

The British Design Fund has announced the recipients of its first wave of backing from its fund of over £500k from over 160 individual investors since it launched earlier this year.

Both Rockit, a portable rocking device which can attach to any pushchair, pram, car seat or crib, and Calla Shoes, a new brand of stylish footwear for women who suffer from bunions will receive an as yet unspecified amount of funding.

An early stage investment fund for UK start-ups in the product design and manufacturing spaces, the British Design Fund was set up by John Mathers, ex-CEO of the Design Council, and design entrepreneur Damon Bonser, after successfully reaching its crowdfunding target earlier this year, with over 100 companies registering to apply for funding since launch.

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Massivit shows scale of 3D printing for retail marketing with giant prints

Published 07 September 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, retail, massivit

This larger-than-life, two-metre tall sports shoe was 3D printed by a Swiss model making bureau as a concept piece to show the scale of a single build on a Massivit 3D printer.

Dekom 3D Plus, based in Switzerland, uses the technology to produce giant parts for promotional and marketing campaigns - aiming to boost the wow-factor with scaled-up replicas to draw in their target audience.

The scale for producing one-off physical models has seen retail marketers and even large format printing companies (think vinyl wraps for double decker buses etc.) adopt the technology for inshore displays and big promotional events, with some interesting examples coming from Big Apple Visual Group’s work for Macy’s department stores, and Carisma’s New York tourist bus wraps featuring pop-out movie logos and characters - including Ghostbusters.

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HP launches new footwear solution and ties with Siemens NX

Published 07 September 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, hp, nx, siemens, 3d scanning, retail footwear and apparel, footwear, retail

A Fit Station foot scanner

HP is driving its Multi Jet Fusion technology hard as a production-ready commercial 3D printing system, and today it has made further announcements, on top of its most recent partnership with Deloitte, to show that it means business.

Fit Station is aimed at disrupting the footwear retail market, forming an end-to-end solution for scanning a customer’s foot, designing an insole around its unique walk and run pressures, using the data to suggest suitable off the shelf shoe types, and combining this all with a 3D printed custom insole.

Meanwhile, HP has reinforced its partnership with Siemens NX, launching its new AM for HP Multi Jet Fusion software module, officially certified by HP for production-scale industrial 3D printing.

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