Posts by Al Dean

3Dconnexion launch CADMouse Wireless

Published 19 September 2017

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: engineering, design, 3dconnexion, cadmouse, bluetooth, wireless

3Dconnexion, long time provider of a variety of input devices aimed fairly and squarely at the 3D CAD user, has launched a wireless upgrade to its CADMouse product.

Featuring the same form factor, the same (and pretty unique) three mouse buttons and a scroll wheel, the new CADMouse Wireless is available soon for $99.

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Luxion releases new Content Pack for KeyShot 7 

Published 13 September 2017

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Article tagged with: design, industrial design, visualisation, keyshot, textures, aversis, poliigon


Hot on the heels of the KeyShot 7.0 release (see our review here), Luxion is bringing together a set of additional content to help you nail those render projects. Luxion has teamed up with Aversis (a 3D visualisation service) and photorealistic texture developer, Poliigon to bring you some goodies.

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Other Machine Company rebrands to Bantam Tools

Published 08 September 2017

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Article tagged with: design, hardware, rapid prototyping, manufacturing, cam, product design, cnc, othermachine

For those of us on this side of the pond, the new name for Other Machine Company (who we wrote about back in our April issue - ) might conjure up shades of two stroke BSAs, but Bantam Tools (bantamtools.com) it is now known as.

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Ansys launches Discovery Live, a ‘revolution in simulation’

Published 07 September 2017

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Article tagged with: engineering, simulation, solidworks, design, hardware, gpu, cfd, develop3d live, ansys, fea

Ansys has launched Ansys Discovery Live, a brand new product line that aims to remove many of the barriers traditionally associated with simulation and analysis.

The subject of a three-year development program, Ansys Discovery combines drag and drop modelling tools with built-in simulation that solves in an instant.

The launch version looks to combine modelling technology from SpaceClaim (which Ansys acquired back in 2014) with Finite Element Analysis (FEA) of structures and harmonics as well as computational fluid dynamics (CFD) for both fluid flow (internal and external) and thermal simulation.

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A few thoughts on simulation - before it all changes

Published 06 September 2017

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: engineering, cad, simulation, solidworks, ansys, materials

Ever since I moved away from product design and using the tools we write about on a daily basis, I was instantly struck by the desire from most vendors to push things forward.

When you enter the world of technical journalism you get a different view on the industry as a whole and you get to meet a lot more people driving the development of these tools and gain an insight into what drives them.

When I started in this job we were at the cusp of the mainstream revolution. The long-standing vendors were struggling to react to the new kid on the block (SolidWorks), and things were changing for design and engineering technology.

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Solid Solutions Management to acquire NTCADCAM

Published 15 August 2017

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Article tagged with: cad, solidworks, design, var channel, solid solutions, ntcadcam

For those of us in the UK who were there in the beginning of the mainstream CAD revolution and the years since, most will be more than familiar with two of the UK’s leading resellers, Solid Solutions and NT CADCAM (That’s New Technology CADCAM).

As SolidWorks took hold, both organisations, along with others such as CADTek Systems and many more, spread the gospel according to SolidWorks amongst the many in the UK.

Now it has been announced that Solid Solution has acquired NTCADCAM, following its acquisition of CADTek Systems last year.

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Nikon launch new ModelMaker H120 laser scanner

Published 15 August 2017

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Article tagged with: reverse engineering, 3d scanning, 3d scanner, metrology, nikon

Nikon Metrology has launched the latest update to its range of portable laser scanning devices.

The new ModelMaker H120 is based on Nikon’s blue laser technology which features an ‘ultra-fast frame rate’, specially developed optics and the ability to measure the most challenging materials - something that lower end laser scanner (and some more pricey ones as well) struggle with.

Having a field-of-view width up to 120 mm and a point resolution down to 35 μm, the system is said to be ideal for users requiring fast, detailed data collection over a large area.

 

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