Posts by Stephen Holmes

Artec adds further automation to its Studio 12 software release for 3D scanning

Published 25 April 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: solidworks, cad, industrial design, 3d scanning, artec

Following the footsteps of its next generation AI-based 3D scanner, the Artec Leo, the company’s latest Studio 12 software boasts enhanced speed, an improved user interface, and new automated features that minimise the time needed for scanning and processing.

With 28 new features (75 per cent of these are said to be direct customer requests), this release tackles some of the most troublesome elements of post processing 3D scan data, including base removal.

First introduced in Artec Studio 11 (full review here), the software features improvements to the algorithms used for automatic base removal with a Smart Base Removal too, helping it to distinguish between a platform an object is sitting on, the object being scanned.

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Siemens sets up own manufacturing and supply platform for additive manufacturing

Published 25 April 2017

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Article tagged with: engineering, manufacturing, siemens, additive manufacturing, siemens nx

Siemens is introducing its own part manufacturing platform to address what it views as a growing need for on-demand, worldwide access to additive manufacturing and the latest technology.

The platform, due to launch mid-2018, aims to create an online ecosystem made up of highly qualified members from a variety of areas such as product designer, job shops, part buyers, 3D printer OEMs, material suppliers, expert services providers, and micro-factories.

The scheme, launching at Hannover Messe 2017, suggests that members will be able to instantly connect with other members to initiate co-innovation of products using the latest software tools for additive manufacturing.

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The tech behind rescuing a 1950s Ferrari classic in time for its Monaco Grand Prix

Published 24 April 2017

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Article tagged with: solidworks, cad, engineering, cam, geomagic, 3d scanning, creaform, ntcadcam

A beautiful 1952 Ferrari 225 ready to race thanks to reverse engineering

Rebuilding the old with the new is a skill set made for reverse engineering tools, helping companies like Redesign Sport Ltd (RSL) perform bespoke restoration projects.

Based near St Albans, RSL has been breathing life back into classic vehicles since 2006 that would otherwise have been left in collections or museums, unused, allowing their owners to go race them or undertake long distance tours.

However, irrespective of how much the customer is willing to spend, these £1million – or even £20million – cars sometimes can’t go anywhere because sourcing old parts or getting them remade has hitherto been horrendously difficult.

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Zortrax’s new 3D printing material offers full electrostatic protection

Published 20 April 2017

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, materials, zortrax

Ready for testing, the latest Zortrax material better stands up to electrostatic discharge and chemical resistance

Electrostatic discharge is a common problem for anyone dealing with electronic elements in their products, so to combat this in the prototyping stages, Zortrax has releases its new Z-ESD 3D printing material.

Maintaining volume resistivity in a wide range from 104 to 109 ohm, the new filament provides electrostatic protection as well as a broad chemical resistance against acids, salts and alkalis.

Available in any colour as long as it’s black, the filament is ready for use on the Zortrax M200, M300 3D printers.

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Sir Patrick Stewart boldly goes into the metrology future

Published 20 April 2017

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Article tagged with: manufacturing, metrology

Star of stage and screen (and professional Yorkshireman) Sir Patrick Stewart popped into Huddersfield University’s Future Metrology Hub, a £30 million research centre aiming to transform UK industry by developing sensors embedded into machinery.

In his role as Emeritus Chancellor of the University, as well as working closely with young actors and film studies students, Sir Patrick was also shown some of the scientific and technological research taking place.

The Future Metrology Hub is led by the University of Huddersfield, building on the achievements of its EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Advanced Metrology.

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Airbus, Global Deans and UNESCO join forces for more diversity in engineering

Published 19 April 2017

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Article tagged with: engineering, education, aerospace, airbus

Airbus and the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC) have partnered with UNESCO to boost diversity in engineering with an award to celebrate the projects doing just that.

The 2017 GEDC Airbus Diversity Award has opened its calls for entries to help shine a light on projects that have encouraged more young people of all backgrounds to study and succeed in engineering.

Three successful finalists will be invited to attend the GEDC Annual Conference in Niagara Falls, Canada, in October 2017, where the recipient of the award will receive $10,000 to help further develop their project, while the two runners up will each receive $1,500 to support the promotion of their project.

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Aerospace and automotive giants join with EOS to design factory of the future

Published 19 April 2017

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, automotive, manufacturing, manufacture, eos, aerospace, daimler, aerotec

A vision of what the automated NextGenAM factory of the future could look like

Premium Aerotec and Daimler have joined with EOS to prepare their production lines for large scale aluminium part serial manufacturing using metals 3D printing.

The metal and carbon fibre composite aircraft structures supplier Premium Aerotec is looking to expand its capabilities beyond aerospace, joining with the other parties to invest several million euros developing its NextGenAM project.

Scheduled to begin in May 2017, at Aerotec’s technology centre in Varel, Germany, the objective is to progress the automation of the entire industrial 3D printing process.

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