Posts by Al Dean

Fusion 360 gets TraceParts integration

Published 18 May 2017

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: cad, autodesk, manufacture, traceparts, fusion 360

While there’s already a number of standard parts integrations built directly into the Fusion 360 interface (perhaps most notably the slick integration with McMaster-Carr), there’s now a new one on the block.

Autodesk and TraceParts have announced that the Fusion 360 format is now available from TracePart’s standard and manufacturer specific parts library.

What that means is that there isn’t a need for a plug in, you have your Fusion session running, your browser open, find your part, select the part configuration you want, select the Fusion 460 format from the drop-down list and you’re presented with two options - to insert it into a new document or to insert it into the window you’re currently working in.

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Optis looks to integrate rich VR with haptic feedback and audio simulation

Published 16 May 2017

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: simulation, design, visualisation, nvidia, aerospace, vr, optis

Looking to bring together the visual richness of VR with sound and feel, visualisation specialist, Optis has launched a new product, HIM 2017 Human Ergonomic Evaluation.

If you consider the rapidly advancing state of truly immersive VR capabilities we have now and how far that’s going to extend in the future, it’s interesting that most vendors are focusing on the visual aspects.

When we conduct a design review, there is much more than pure visual properties and feedback at play. There’s the sense of feel from holding and interacting with a product. There’s how it sounds as well. How many times have you found a product satisfying, not because of how it works, but also how it looks, sounds and feels?

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Solid Edge ST10: Release highlights from PLM World

Published 08 May 2017

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: simulation, cad, design, engineering, 3d printing, nx, solid edge, develop3d live, cloud, siemens

Siemens PLM has lifted the lid on the latest release of Solid Edge at its PLM World event in Indianapolis, this afternoon.

The company’s mainstream design and engineering modelling system is looking to gain better handling of mesh-based geometry (using Siemens’ convergent modelling technology also built into NX), topology optimisation, better tools around 3D printing as well as other updates across some of the add-ons for CFD simulation, CNC machining and dated a management.

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Formlabs look to solve desktop SLA’s dirty secret

Published 08 May 2017

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, materials, formlabs, sla

Formlabs has launched a two-piece post processing system for desktop SLA 3D printers, the Form Wash and the Form Cure, but despite these products being at the often overlooked end of the process, we’re excited to hear about their development.

As we’ve pointed out before, the rise of the desktop level SLA machine is undoubtedly a good thing - the resolution on most machines is amazing, there’s a vast range of resins available to provide you with the mechanical, aesthetic or downstream performance requirements you want - but it’s a messy business, for a couple of reasons.

The first is that we’ve talking about light curable resins. Whether you’re using a system that uses cartridges or whether it’s a manually filled tank, you’ll see your model, in fine, crisp detail emerge, but after that moment of wonder, you’ll be stuck with all of the remaining resin, both on your part and in your build chamber.

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Desktop Metal launches breakthrough metals additive manufacturing machines

Published 25 April 2017

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: engineering, 3d printing, hardware, manufacturing, stratasys, materials, metals, desktop metal

Additive manufacturing and 3D CAD dream team lift the veil on technology that has gained $100million in venture capital (from the likes of Google, BMW) - and it’s as good as you thought it might be.

With an executive team that reads like a who’s who of the 3D CAD and additive manufacturing industry, no surprise then that the jungle drums have been beating about Desktop Metal and its metal printing process for some months now.

Founded by Ric Fulop, one of the lead investors in not only Protolabs, but also Onshape and Markforged, but also luminaries from the MIT (who invented not only binder jetting build process - central to the likes of Z Corp, X-Jet and many more) but also metal injection moulding) and the inventor of eDrawings, Desktop Metal has finally announced what it has been working on since 2015.

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Stratasys retool’s its office focussed range with F123 Series

Published 07 February 2017

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Article tagged with: solidworks, prototype, 3d printing, 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

Posted by Al Dean

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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