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Xometry launches Shop Advantage Program for manufacturing

Published 14 September 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: manufacturing, dell, product design, cnc, additive manufacturing, xometry

A new program for qualified members of Xometry’s manufacturing partner network looks to give users easier access to offers on computer hardware, tooling, raw materials, and business services such as equipment financing.

With over 2,400 manufacturers on its platform, ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies, it offers product designers and engineers an shop window to source parts, with 24/7 access to instant pricing, expected lead time and manufacturability feedback.

Previously this has tended to focus on services such as CNC machining, additive manufacturing, and injection moulding, yet the new program takes the offering further including digital hardware, supply chain cost reduction services and even financing.

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SolidWorks aims for the stars with 2019 release

Published 14 September 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, cad, solidworks, vr

The Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer 10-metre-class telescope is being designed in SolidWorks

SolidWorks has launched its 2019 offering of the widely used 3D CAD software, choosing its online launch to showcase the increase in power behind the software, reinforcing the message that it is ‘Powered by Dassault Systèmes’ 3DExperience platform’.

“We are using SolidWorks to support implementation of the Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer 10-metre-class telescope that will open new possibilities for scientific discovery,” said Greg Green, an enthusiastic mechanical designer and instrument maker at the Canada France Hawaii telescope facility.

Green isn’t messing about: the final version of the project consists of well over 100,000 parts, with the day-to-day design and engineering generating ‘a large and growing dataset’, with the message from SolidWorks being that the 2019 release offers new technologies and workflows to improve collaboration and enable immersive, interactive experiences during such mammoth projects.

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3D Systems combines ‘best of both worlds’ with DMP 500 Factory collaboration

Published 12 September 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, 3d systems, cnc, additive manufacturing

3D Systems has collaborated with Georg Fischer AG’s GF Machining Solutions to produce a joint industry solution, the DMP Factory 500, a scalable manufacturing system.

Designed to transform metal manufacturing through a simplified workflow to build metal parts up to 500 x 500 x 500mm, it aims to offer a lower total cost of operation while maintaining 24/7 production cycles.

A modular design enables continuous function of all metal 3D printing and powder management modules to maximise the uptime, throughput and operational value.

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Additive advances aesthetics and time to market for Steelcase

Published 12 September 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, manufacturing, furniture, carbon, carbon3d, chair

Carbon, Fast Radius and Steelcase have worked on a custom arm rest cap for the SILQ chair, combining four parts into one and reducing material usage by nearly 70%

The use of 3D printing has been used to accentuate the design of office furniture manufacturer Steelcase’s SILQ chair armrests, combining creative customisation with rapid a design-to-manufacturing process.

Fast Radius, a 3D printing bureau with three bases across the USA, worked on designing the armrest with 3D printing vendor Carbon’s engineers to print the custom arm cap - using the exercise to explore how additive manufacturing could improve the product development process and differentiate its products in the market, while also greatly reducing the time it took to bring the product to life.

“The additive manufacturing process meant Steelcase could go through as many redesigns as needed to get it right,” said Fast Radius CEO Lou Rassey. “In this instance, we went from the initial idea with around 100 variables and produced over 12 unique designs in just 8 weeks.”

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