Posts by Stephen Holmes

Automotive sheet metal process simulation reaches next level with AutoFormplus R7

Published 20 January 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: simulation, automotive, sheet metal

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AutoFormplus has announced its latest R7 release will offer advances in process modeling for hot forming, while allowing users to take cooling channels into account.

The software, focussed on sheet metal process simulation for the automotive market, will allow users to benefit from higher flexibility and efficiency in process set-up and final validation for all forming processes in general and in particular for progressive dies and hot forming.

Cooling channels can now be easily modeled with 3D curves and their corresponding diameters. While different cooling channel layouts leading to different temperature distributions on the tool surfaces, hot spots on the tool surface can be detected and controlled via R7 depending on the selected layout of the cooling channels.

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P&G creates first recyclable shampoo bottle from beach plastic

Published 20 January 2017

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Article tagged with: sustainabililty, sustainable design, recycling, packaging

The project will use 2,600 tons of recycled plastic every year

Head & Shoulders will produce the world’s first recyclable shampoo bottle made from up to 25 per cent recycled plastic sourced from beaches, with half-a-billion bottles of Proctor and Gamble products following suit by 2018.

In partnership with recycling experts TerraCycle and SUEZ, the Head & Shoulders bottle will launch in France this summer as a limited-edition edition available to consumers in Carrefour supermarkets.

If you’re glancing around for design trends at this early a stage in 2017 then prepare to be hit with the craze for advancing the circular economy with sustainable materials, with Procter & Gamble following Adidas by recycling plastic waste taken from the sea.

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HOOPS Exchange 2017 promises ‘fastest and most accurate’ data exchange solution

Published 19 January 2017

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, cad, manufacturing, hoops, tech soft 3d, jt, 3mf

HOOPS Exchange delivers access to over 20 CAD file formats through a single interface

With support for SolidWorks 2017, NX11, Solid Edge ST 9 and many more, HOOPS Exchange 2017 software development kit looks to enable broad CAD file read/write capability without dependency on proprietary CAD systems or having to develop in-house file-reading technology.

Tech Soft 3D’s latest release of HOOPS Exchange delivers access to over 20 CAD file formats through a single interface and has expanded its support of manufacturing workflows by adding support for JT 9.5, as well as 3MF to expand support for 3D printing file formats.

Another major enhancement is the ability to use multi-process to improve the loading time of CAD assemblies, letting users access and work with large, complex CAD assemblies in seconds, instead of waiting for files to load entirely.

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Altair adds SantosHuman human-centric virtual design and analysis

Published 19 January 2017

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Article tagged with: design, product design, ergonomics, altair

Santo Pro offers human-centric virtual design and analysis for products

The Altair Partner Alliance (APA) has announced the addition of SantosHuman’s Santos Pro to its software offering, letting users predict the exposure to risk of injury for manual material handling tasks of their products.

Santos Pro predicts human performance in order to aid in human-centric virtual design and analysis, while considering human strength, fatigue, flexibility, balance, vision and posture as well as clothing and other equipment worn on the body, external forces and environmental conditions.

Example uses include identifying potential workplace motion inefficiencies and injuries, and enhancing the user experience during product design.

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Adidas Speedfactory to reshore German brand’s manufacturing with tech-heavy facility

Published 17 January 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, prototype, automotive, manufacture, manufacturing, jobs, shoe design, footwear, shoes, adidas

The Adidas Speedfactory will reshore some of the brand’s manufacturing

Sportswear manufacturer Adidas is creating a new digital manufacturing factory in the German town of Ansbach that will use robots, 3D printing and knitting machines to produce the latest footwear.

The move will reduce the reliance on having the footwear made by hand in overseas factories in countries such as China, Indonesia and Vietnam, and follows in the footsteps of American brands, such as Reebok, moving to reshore manufacturing with the aid of digital manufacturing.

The Adidas Speedfactory aims to produce up to 500,000 pairs of trainers a year, and comes off the back of the company’s work under the umbrella of the German government’s plans for Industry 4.0.

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Adobe Project Felix integrates V-Ray into Creative Cloud

Published 16 January 2017

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Article tagged with: design, rendering, cloud, adobe, vr, viz, creative cloud, chaos group

Adobe states that Project Felix means ‘You don’t have to be a 3D expert to incorporate 3D techniques into your creative process’

Chaos Group has partnered with Adobe to bring V-Ray’s rendering technology to the Creative Cloud (CC), giving graphic designers the power of photorealistic 3D rendered composites with Project Felix.

Project Felix is a public beta desktop app that helps users composite 3D assets like models, materials and lights with background images, resulting in an editable render they can continue to design in Photoshop CC.

For example, users can turn a basic 3D model of a generic bottle into a realistic product shot that is fully lit and placed in a scene to create an ad, concept mock-up or even abstract art.

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CEL looks to make distributed manufacturing a reality with Robox Root, Tree and Mote

Published 16 January 2017

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, hardware, manufacturing, product design, cloud, robox, cel

CEL’s Robox line is aiming to become a platform for distributed manufacturing, with three new additions hoping to let users to share hardware, carry out multiple jobs at the same time, with greater speed and reliability.

The new additions include Root, a remote control device which allows users to share, control and monitor multiple prints via a wired or wireless network; Tree, a compact furniture system which houses multiple Robox units in a small footprint; and Mote, a simple, dedicated, low cost, touchscreen interface for Root.

CEL CEO Chris Elsworthy, said: “In a business environment, or where there are multiple Robox units available, these new systems will make prototyping and development much more efficient. Each Robox connected to Root can be visible to others on the network, so an office full of individually controlled printers is also a networked print farm.

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