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Bringing an old Nintendo N64 controller back from the grave

Published 20 September 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: solidworks, design, 3d printing, gaming

Classic video game fans can now wiggle their joysticks in celebration

If you’re a fan of old video games, then good look with sourcing hardware that can keep up with your playing - Nam Le is such a fan of classic Nintendo games that he was having to hunt down replacement controllers every two months.

With the original N64 controller’s iconic design now out of production, Le decided to design his own replacement components, using SolidWorks to model the parts and even simulate where the structural faults of the original were.

His modelling found that the main manufacturing flaw in the controller was that the entire joystick assembly would wear down causing all of the piece to fail.

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Siemens acquires Lightwork Design to deliver advanced 3D data visualisation

Published 20 September 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: rendering, visualisation, siemens, tech, lightwork design, lightworks iray+

Lightworks Design and its I-Ray rendering expertise has been acquired by Siemens PLM

The advanced visualisation, rendering and VR offered by Siemens PLM’s latest acquisition is set to increase the ‘accuracy of the digital twin’, claims its CEO Tony Hemmelgarn.

Sheffield-based Lightwork Design has been at the forefront of promoting the importance of Iray+ technology across different industries and building strategic partnerships - all of which has been combined into the heavy arsenal that is Siemens’ existing PLM Components business.

“The visualisation and virtual reality space is continually changing and growing, and Lightwork Design has the advanced 3D data visualization, rendering and virtual reality technology required to help keep us in the forefront of the marketplace,” said Hemmelgarn.

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Siemens Rail looks to eliminate obsolete parts and warehouse storage with on demand manufacture

Published 20 September 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, stratasys, siemens, transport, trains

Siemens Mobility’s flagship site, the RRX Rail Service Centre in Dortmund-Eving, Germany, services around 100 trains in the depot every month - a level of throughput that puts pressure on its supply chain.

In response, the RXX is looking to eliminate the need for an inventory of selected spare parts and reduce the manufacturing and delivery time of these parts by up to 95% by taking FDM 3D printing in-house.

“We believe our RRX Rail Service Centre is the most advanced train maintenance centre in the world,” said Siemens Mobility head of additive manufacturing Michael Kuczmik. “Bringing together a range of innovative digital technologies, we can significantly increase the efficiency of our customer’s rail operations.”

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WATCH // Sohi’s Ti 3D Printed Skate Trucks Take To The Streets

Published 14 September 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, autodesk, manufacturing, cloud, additive manufacturing, shapeways, autodesk fusion 360, paul sohi

Additive manufacturing hits the streets - hard, fast and even from a big drop

Paul Sohi has taken his Autodesk Fusion-360-generatively-designed skate trucks to the skateparks of Fremont with the upstanding folks of Braille Skateboarding.

The video shows the titanium versions of the Shapeways-printed trucks flying around a skatepark - proof that cutting weight with generative design can even impact the world of kick-flips.

Looked at as an exercise in product design then it’s pretty harsh - these things cost over a grand to produce, although they do out-perform most of the kit out there - but as a showcase for what you can do with current design and manufacturing tools (as well as the power of the Cloud) they’re amazing.

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