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How the redesign of a plane wing-tip has saved 95 million tonnes of CO2

Published 21 January 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, aerospace, boeing, aerodynamics

Aviation Partners’ super economical Split Scimitar Winglet

The next time you have a window seat on a flight, check out the very end of the aircraft wing for a guide to how economical your trip is about to be.

The latest design from Aviation Partners Boeing (APB), a Seattle based joint venture between Aviation Partners and Boeing, is redefining the aerodynamics of an aircraft through the reshaping of the wing tip.

Aviation Partners’ Blended Winglets have already demonstrated more than 60 per cent greater effectiveness over similar sized winglets with angular transitions, but now its Split Scimitar Winglet is going a step further, reducing Boeing’s Next-Generation 737 block fuel consumption by an additional 2.2 per cent over the Blended option.

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Solidscape reappears with new desktop DLP 3D Printer

Published 16 January 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, stratasys, solidscape, prodways

When Prodways picked up established lost wax casting 3D printer company Solidscape from Stratasys midway through last year, few were thinking we’d see a new machine arrive so early, let alone in a new sector.

The first SLA 3D printer under the Solidscape brand, will hit the market at the beginning of Q2 2019, and is set to maintain the company’s close ties to jewellery design with the new SolidscapeDL model’s castable resins.

The machine will use a DLP engine, developed from Prodways’ MOVINGLight production scale machine series; and resins developed by Deltamed, Prodways’ UV light curing materials arm, and has more than a few similarities with Prodways’ ProMaker LD3 DLP 3D Printer launched in June 2018.

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Hexagon announces Vero added to its Production Software line

Published 07 January 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, design, manufacturing, cam, vero software, vero, hexagon, hexagon mi

Having acquired Vero Software and its CAD CAM software in 2014, Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division has announced that it will join two other technology branches to form its Production Software business.

Along with FASys (tooling and resource management) and SPRING Technologies (G-code verification), Vero will adopt Hexagon’s corporate identity, as well as working closer together - something Production Software business CEO Steve Sivitter suggests has already been happening for some time.

“Operating together as a single entity is a natural step for us,” said Sivitter, “We’re all excited at the prospect of what’s possible now creating innovative manufacturing intelligence solutions in the production software space.”

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MIT develops system to break down complex designs into simpler shapes for custom manufacturing

Published 03 January 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, design, 3d printing, manufacturing, mit

MIT researchers have devised a technique that reverse engineers complex CAD models — breaking them down into individual shapes to easier customise and manufacture

In presentation at AMC SIGGRAPH Asia conference, MIT researchers announced its system that breaks down CAD models into their primitive shapes, such as spheres and cuboids.

At present, while designers use CAD to create and assemble individual shapes into a final object; the MIT researchers’ method does the reverse, disassembling the CAD models into individual shapes that can be edited.

As input, the system takes a 3-D triangle mesh and first determines the individual shapes that make it up, before Program Synthesis goes through all the shapes to figure out how the shapes were put together and assembled into a final model.

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