Posts by Al Dean

Formlabs unveils breakthrough €10k SLS 3D printer

Published 05 June 2017

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: cad, design, 3d printing, 3d systems, materials, formlabs, sls

Formlabs has announced its latest 3D printer, a desktop-sized SLS machine, priced at €9,999, that looks to bring the benefits of stronger parts built using sintering technology, typically reserved for the more industrial end of the additive manufacturing spectrum, to the desktop.

Formlabs, which has built its reputation on bringing SLA to a wider, more cost conscious market, unveiled the Fuse 1 at the company’s Digital Factory event in its home town of Boston.

Offering a build volume of 165 x 165 x 320 mm, the Fuse 1 launches with Nylon PA 12 and PA 11 materials, both of which have been the long standing benchmark materials for sintering from the likes of 3D Systems, EOS and many others.

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Alibre 3D CAD to make a return following its divestiture from 3D Systems

Published 05 June 2017

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: cad, solidworks, design, 3d printing, industrial design, 3d systems, product design, cloud, alibre, onshape

It looks like the low-cost parametric modelling system Alibre is about to make a return to the market and active development after its ‘wilderness years’ at 3D Systems.

A low-key post on the Geomagic Design/Alibre forums earlier this month showed that there was some news on the horizon.

The post, from former Alibre VP of marketing Max Freeman, informed users that “Myself and several ex-Alibre employees have created a new company called Alibre, LLC, and we have entered into a definitive agreement with 3D Systems to transfer Geomagic Design to our company for sales, support, development, etc.”

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Fusion 360 gets TraceParts integration

Published 18 May 2017

Posted by Al Dean

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

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, vr, aerospace, 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: engineering, cad, simulation, design, 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, hardware, 3d printing, 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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