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Vicon sets up framework for future Aircraft engineering inspection using drones

Published 26 June 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, aerospace, inspection, uav, vicon, drones, easyjet

The test set up in Easyjet’s Luton engineering hangar, with Vicon T-Series cameras tracking the UAVs

Recently, airline operator Easyjet made the headlines for its plans to have drones actively inspecting aircraft for damage in ten of its engineering hangars across Europe by the end of 2016.

Analysis by these self-controlled inspection drones is expected to help cut the amount of time an aircraft is out of service following events such as lightning strikes or hailstorms compared to the man-hours required for manual inspection.

According to Boeing, lightning strikes a commercial aircraft on average once a year, this rate is frequent enough for a lightning strike to be considered almost inevitable. For every hour an aircraft is out of service the cost to the airline run’s into tens of thousands of pounds, even before the repair is carried out.

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Formlabs announce new ‘tough resin’ for 3D printing

Published 26 June 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, formlabs, materials, resin

The new Formlabs resin should deliver a superior combination of yield strength, elongation, and impact resistance

A new ‘tough resin’, designed for applications in engineering and prototyping, has been announced by Formlabs for its Form 1 and 1+ SLA 3D Printers - offering ‘physical properties similar to ABS plastic’.

It is claimed that Formlabs’ Tough Resin will be able to absorb high-impact and other mechanical stressors that would normally cause 3D printed parts to snap or shatter.

“From load-bearing gears to snap-fit enclosures, Tough Resin material has been engineered for applications that require performance under stress or strain” said Formlabs, which adds the Tough Resin to a growing materials library that already includes castable and flexible resins.

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Scott Sports takes designs to marketing and back again with visualisation performance

Published 25 June 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: dassault systemes, visualisation, dassault systèmes, cycling, viz, render, 3dxcite, scott

Close ups of materials, interesting angles, all add value to the design process for Scott Sports and its customers

Seeing as everyone is seemingly glued to a digital device, marketing departments are fast using product renders to get customers interested in new products long before production.

3D visualisation technology is earning its time on our screens, as Scott Sports is finding using Dassault Systèmes 3DXcite, which gives their design team photorealistic, detailed images and even unique perspectives – like the interior layers of shoes – that can also be translated to the marketing department for catalogues and web campaigns.

The goal at Scott was to become more efficient and cost effective, but also to allow for more time during the creative process, allowing instant feedback from its customers via social media to make changes before any manufacturing has been done - meaning smarter products and happier customers.

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V-Ray 3.2 for 3ds Max embraces virtual reality

Published 25 June 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3ds max, vr, vray, oculus rift, chaos group

V-Ray now includes VR rendering capabilities for putting your products in situ. Image courtesy of Steelblue

VR rendering capabilities and multiple V-Ray RT GPU enhancements have been added to Chaos Group’s latest release, V-Ray 3.2 for 3ds Max.

Two new VR camera types have been added to the rendering toolkit so users can now render stereo cube maps and spherical stereo images - allowing scenes to be viewed on the latest Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR hardware.

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