Posts by Al Dean

HDR Light Studio Carbon - bringing the renderer to the HDR

Published 21 February 2018

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: design, industrial design, visualisation, 3ds max, lightmap, maya, hdr light studio, vray

If you’re at the top of your rendering and visualisation game, chances are you’ve come across HDR Light Studio - one of the finest solutions out there for creating and editing your own HDR environments for today’s rendering systems. Well, the good news is that there’s a new release. The team has dropped the numerical release and is instead going with codenames - so welcome, HDR Light Studio - Carbon.

Perhaps the biggest update for this release flips the existing idea of having a rendered built into the application to guess what your edits will look like in the final render, instead bringing your renderer of choice into the HDR Light Studio environment. At present, this works with V-Ray, Corona, Arnold, Redshift if you’re using 3ds Max, while Maya uses can use the V-Ray, Arnold, Octane, Redshift or RenderMan rendered directly. This means you’ll have a much better understanding of how your scene will look when you switch to your workhorse rendering system, rather than relying on an approximation.

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Desktop Metal launches Live Parts

Published 06 February 2018

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Article tagged with: engineering, solidworks, design, 3d printing, desktop metal, live parts

Perhaps the most exciting announcement out of SolidWorks World doesn’t come from Dassault, but rather from Desktop Metal. The announcement centres around a new technology for additive manufactured part design called Live Parts.

Built by Desktop Metal’s research and innovation group, DM Labs, Live Parts an experimental generative design tool that “applies morphogenetic principles and advanced simulation to shape strong, lightweight parts in minutes.” It uses the power of the GPU multi-physics engine to auto-generates designs in real-time.

This enables users to quickly realise the full potential of additive manufacturing - including material and cost efficiency, and design flexibility. The tool produces functional parts with complex, efficient geometries that are ideally suited for 3D printing. Desktop Metal is also claiming that “For users, Live Parts requires no prior knowledge of design for additive manufacturing techniques or guidelines.”

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Optis launches SolidWorks Lighting simulation tool

Published 05 February 2018

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Article tagged with: simulation, design, optis, speos, lighting design, systems

It’s SolidWorks World in Los Angeles this week, so brace yourself for an onslaught of announcements from Dassault and its partners as things progress. One of the first out of the trap with their news was Optis.

Optis has had its Speos product on the market for a good number of years and it’s found homes in all manner of industries where the ability to simulate light and its interaction with materials to a highly accurate degree is critical.

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LinkedinLearning is giving away SolidWorks Courses

Published 31 January 2018

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Article tagged with: simulation, solidworks, design, solidworks world, linkedin learning

With the annual SolidWorks World event coming up next week (so brace yourself for an onslaught of news), the team at Linkedin Learning (you might know them as the lynda.com crew) has just made a few of its video tutorials available for free.

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CEL Robox launch smarter, larger, RoboxPro 3D printer

Published 26 January 2018

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: prototype, design, 3d printing, dual extusion, cel robox

During the heyday of the 3d printing boom, we saw a lot of companies spring up, make a lot of noise then disappear in more recent time, but one that has stuck around is CEL’s Robox brand.

Unlike many other startups in the space, Robox benefitted from founder, Chris Elsworthy’s background and experience in power tool design (he appeared on Dragon’s Den) and it’s initial Robox desktop machine and the dual extrusion capable RoboxDual, has gained a pretty solid reputation since 2014.

CEL is back with a brand-new model, the RoboxPRO, building on the lessons learned with the initial products, but with a much larger build capacity.

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Hackrod launches crowd equity campaign

Published 22 January 2018

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, manufacturing, generative design, hackrod

We love the team at Hackrod - they’re doing some interesting things, taking a whole bunch of technology (AI, VR, Generative design, additive manufacturing) and looking for new ways to build, as they put it, some brand new cool shit.

We wrote about them last year (the story is here) and Mouse was kind enough to keynote our US event last autumn, with the good news: he’s set to come and tell his story at DEVELOP3D Live in Warwick in March this year, too.

In the meantime, the Hackrod crew has just launched its crowd equity campaign - so if you fancy taking a prospective punt on these lunatics, then you can (starting at $100).

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Kohler’s new Additively Manufactured bathroom product

Published 10 January 2018

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Article tagged with: design, manufacturing, industrial design, 3d systems, additive manufacturing, metals

3D Systems has teamed up with Kohler’s Kallista bathroom hardware group to develop a new product that it claims couldn’t have been easily manufactured any other way.

The minimalist Grid products are built by 3rd Dimension, using its 3D Systems ProX DMP 320 direct metal production system in a high-quality stainless steel 316 powder material named 3D Systems LaserForm 316L.

“Designers usually need to consider a manufacturing process and they have to design around that process,” said Kallista design studio manager Bill McKeone.

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