Posts by Al Dean

Stratasys retool’s its office focussed range with F123 Series

Published 07 February 2017

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Article tagged with: solidworks, 3d printing, prototype, rapid prototyping, industrial design, manufacturing, stratasys

Stratasys has launched the next generation of its office friendly machines, the F123 Series, replacing the Dimension and lower-end Fortus machine.

Comprised of three machines, the F123 Series brings a new take on what the company was founded in, building prototype parts using filament-based build technology.

We got a chance to learn a little bit more about the machines while out at SolidWorks World, so here’s the skinny.

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Overmoulding process delivers waterproof products for underwater special ops

Published 03 February 2017

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Article tagged with: prototype, manufacture, silicone

A pioneering offshore technology business is launching a new handheld underwater computer for search and rescue divers to locate objects on the seabed.

UK-based Blueprint Subsea designs products for the offshore, subsea and commercial diving markets around the world, using the latest advances in technology.

Its new underwater computer, the Artemis Pro, will be used by special forces divers engaged in covert operations to navigate and search the seabed.

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Xometry secures investment from GE Ventures

Published 02 February 2017

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Article tagged with: manufacturing, cnc, xometry

Xometry, which provides an on-demand manufacturing marketplace, has secured new funding from GE Ventures.

Along with existing investors, this brings the total that the company has brought in to around $23 million.

“We created a marketplace by creating price clarity where none existed,” said Randy Altschuler, co-founder and CEO of Xometry. “We thought if you can buy groceries and order a car off the internet, then why not custom parts?

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Hexagon to acquire MSC Software for $834 million

Published 02 February 2017

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Article tagged with: simulation, engineering, industrial design, manufacturing, cam, analysis, hexagon

2017’s acquisitions, are off to a big start. Hexagon has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire analysis and simulation legends, MSC Software.

Hexagon has been on a serious spending spree in the last couple of year, picking up a number of different companies, including Vero (which includes EdgeCAM, Vero’s VISI, AlphaCAM, Peps, Radan, WorkNC, SurfCAM and a few others), Forming Technology Inc (FTI), Intergraph, and Aicon 3D Systems.

These are alongside its historical strength in metrology, after it acquired the likes of Brown& Sharp, Leice Geosystems, Romer etc. The price for the acquisition is stated in the region of $834 million.

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Formlabs updates Durable resin

Published 01 February 2017

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, prototype, hardware, materials, formlabs, sla, form 2

Hot on the heels of the Ceramic resin launched at CES, Formlabs have added another new resin to it’s family of engineered polymers for its desktop SLA machines.

The new Durable resin is intended to be used to simulate the mechanical properties of polypropylene and with the Formlab’s resolution and ability to build thin walled structures that many desktop machines struggle with.

While the Durable resin has been around for a little while, this new formulation gives you improved mechanical properties, but just as importantly, removes the yellow tint, giving you a much more transparent prototype, more in line with what you’d expect from end result parts (particularly for the structural packaging design folks out there).

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Lexus Design Award 2017 - Finalists announced

Published 31 January 2017

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Article tagged with: design, automotive, toyota, milan, lexus


The finalists in the Lexus Design Award 2017 have been announced, featuring a collection of 12 projects that embrace contrasting qualities, true to the competition’s theme of ‘yet’.

If you’ve not come across the Lexus Design Award, it’s a rather curious competition. Lexus place great stock in exploring ideas that don’t conform to traditional products and mixes together material development, product design and art.

We got to spend time with the finalists last year and its clear that the Japanese auto-giant is both generous in its support, but also believes in the process (it has been running the competition since 2013).

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Makerbot launch educational program in the US

Published 26 January 2017

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Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, education, makerbot

Anyone that’s spent time in a classroom in a school of late will likely have noticed two things: There’s always a laser cutter that’s been used to death, and you’ll have probably noticed there’s a 3D printer sat in the corner, doing not a lot. Why is this the case?

There’s a reason that 3D printers don’t exactly help in the classroom and the answer is pretty much down to speed. 3D printing is a painfully slow process compared to other options available.

If you’ve got a room full of 30 rowdy kids, the novelty of watching an extruder head crawl across a build platform is going to wear thinly. That’s why the laser cutter reigns supreme – it’s fast, it’s efficient and you can use all manner of materials and supporting items.

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