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The Weekend: New and old designs to make things go boom

Published 12 December 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, engineering, aerospace, military

The lumbering-yet-deadly A-10 ‘Warthog’, remains in the theatre of war due a mistake with the design of its expensive successor

Two defence stories in the news this week have caught our attention - one showing the latest US Navy laser cannon being tested, the other announcing the return of a veteran US aircraft to the battlefield.

Both are stories that at their heart revolve around modern design: the possibilities of the cutting edge, married up with the reality of new designs running into problems that probably weren’t even considered during design.

Seen in live demonstration aboard the USS Ponce [see the video below], the US Navy Laser Weapon System (LaWS) has epic destructive power with pinpoint ‘laser’ accuracy, even with moving targets.

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Fuel3D targets consumer 3D scanning market with Sketchfab integration

Published 11 December 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d scanning, 3d scanner, fuel3d, sketchfab

  Knitted Toy   by Fuel3D   on Sketchfab

Fuel3D has integrated “publish to Sketchfab” functionality into its view and edit software for its consumer scanner product.

The Sketchfab platform allows users to publish and find the best 3D content that has been modelled or scanned, integrating all major 3D creation tools, supports 28 native 3D formats, and displays them in a browser in real-time.

The Sketchfab 3D viewer can be embedded on any web page, as easily as a YouTube video.

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New UV-curable, liquid plastic welder Bondic

Published 10 December 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: prototype, prototyping, model making, sugru, repairable products, bondic

We’ve been enamoured by Sugru for some time now, but when it comes to needing a more discreet direct fix we think we might have found it - Bondic.

This plastic welder remains fluid until exposed to UV light (in the form of the handy LED torch that comes with each packet) where it sets into solid plastic in four seconds.

It can be used in the same scenarios as super glue, but also repair objects where plastic needs to be refilled in a scratch, is water and heat resistant, and can even be used for manually building objects - like 3D printing with resins, but without the machine.

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Keyshot partners with 3D Systems software

Published 10 December 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, visualisation, keyshot, 3d systems, geomagic, product design, alibre

Keyshot is expected to provide realistic renderings of products that can be shared easily before colour 3D printing makes the real thing

Luxion Keyshot has announced its availability as the standard rendering solution to be included with many 3D Systems software products.

Previously Luxion had a partnership with Alibre and integration with their software. Then a partnership with Geomagic and integration with their software. Geomagic then bought Alibre; 3D Systems bought Geomagic, and from this a partnership with 3D Systems has risen like the proverbial phoenix.

Once a design has been rendered in KeyShot, it is expected that users can then export the full-color model directly to 3D Systems’ ProJet® x60 line of Color Jet Printers, and print a photo-realistic 3D model of their design to share with colleagues and prospective customers.

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