Posts by Al Dean

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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Stratasys retools its office focussed range with F123 Series

Published 07 February 2017

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Article tagged with: solidworks, prototype, rapid prototyping, 3d printing, manufacturing, industrial design, 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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Xometry secures investment from GE Ventures

Published 02 February 2017

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: manufacturing, cnc, xometry

Xometry, which provides an on-demand manufacturing marketplace, has secured new funding from GE Ventures.

Along with existing investors, this brings the total that the company has brought in to around $23 million.

“We created a marketplace by creating price clarity where none existed,” said Randy Altschuler, co-founder and CEO of Xometry. “We thought if you can buy groceries and order a car off the internet, then why not custom parts?

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Hexagon to acquire MSC Software for $834 million

Published 02 February 2017

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: engineering, simulation, manufacturing, industrial design, cam, analysis, hexagon

2017’s acquisitions, are off to a big start. Hexagon has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire analysis and simulation legends, MSC Software.

Hexagon has been on a serious spending spree in the last couple of year, picking up a number of different companies, including Vero (which includes EdgeCAM, Vero’s VISI, AlphaCAM, Peps, Radan, WorkNC, SurfCAM and a few others), Forming Technology Inc (FTI), Intergraph, and Aicon 3D Systems.

These are alongside its historical strength in metrology, after it acquired the likes of Brown& Sharp, Leice Geosystems, Romer etc. The price for the acquisition is stated in the region of $834 million.

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