Posts by Al Dean

Allegorithmic drops 3D printing & Additive materials into Substance Source

Published 12 December 2017

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, manufacturing, visualisation, materials, additive manufacturing, visualization, allegorithmic, substance source

Masters of all things relating to material and texture design in CGI, Allegorithmic, has added an intriguing update to its substance source library of accurate materials and textures.

This update brings together a group of ultra-realistic 3d printing and additive manufacturing materials for use in your visualisation workflows.

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Optis releases OMS2 2018 for advanced visualisation material capture

Published 30 November 2017

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: design, rendering, visualisation, materials, optis

Optis has released an update to its OMS2 system for creating accurate materials for reuse in visualisation and VR workflows. OMS2 is a combination of both software and hardware that allows you to capture material swatches then repurpose that data for reuse in both interior and exterior trim options visualisation applications.

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Emirates looking to SLS for on-board aircraft parts

Published 28 November 2017

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Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, manufacturing, 3d systems, aerospace, sintering, sls


For many years now, we’ve been told of how aircraft manufacturers are using 3D printing technology but it’s not often that you get a specific user story that details where and how the technology is being used.

A couple of weeks ago, Emirates issued a press release (interesting that it didn’t come through a vendor), detailing how it is using Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) for in-cabin display surrounds as well as conducting trials with the same for cabin air vent grills.

Emirates has worked with 3D Systems and with UUDS, a European aviation engineering and certification office and services provider, to print the first batch of video monitor shrouds using 3D Systems’ Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) technology platform. The material used to print Emirates’ monitor shrouds is a new thermoplastic developed from 3D Systems (Duraform ProX FR1200) which has both the surface quality and the flammability resistance required for commercial aerospace business applications.

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Wacom launches Pro Pen 3D input device

Published 07 November 2017

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Article tagged with: engineering, cad, solidworks, design, autodesk, industrial design, wacom

When it comes to computer hardware specifically for design and engineering software, there’s a pretty wide open space with not a lot filling it. Alongside the likes of 3DConnexion, one of the only long-term players is Wacom.

With its mastery of pen-based input, from the early days of tablet/digitizers (which continue to sell like hotcakes) into today’s products which combine both high-resolution displays and built-in computing devices with its legendary pen-based input.

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Inventables launches Easel Pro CNC software for the X-Carve + Carvey

Published 24 October 2017

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Article tagged with: design, cam, cloud, cnc

If you’ve been following Inventables, you’ll know that the company has a range of machining products that have seen wide adoption in both the hobbiest and professional market.

We’ve even spent our own money on a 1,000 x 1,000 mm CNC router in the form of an early generation X-Carve for our own tests (though we’re still waiting to upgrade the controller and spindle).

Alongside the X-Carve and the Carvey (which is more akin to a desktop CNC mill rather than router), the company also provides users with its own set-up and g-code generation software, Easel.

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Scania adopt Dassault Systèmes 3DExperience platform

Published 16 October 2017

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Article tagged with: engineering, design, dassault systemes, dassault systèmes, dassault systèmes’ 3d experience platform

Dassault Systèmes has announced an agreement with Scania to implement its 3DExperience platform for its development processes.

While it’s often difficult to parse the true meaning from DS’s press releases, it’s clear that this looks like a good win for the company with Scania taking on its application platform for development of its wide range of vehicles, particularly given the company’s position within the VW Group.

There are some interesting details over at engineering.com (written by D3D’s old friend, Verdi Ogewell).

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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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