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How an inventive product to tackle DVT was brought to make with some slick tooling design

Published 10 October 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: prototype, manufacturing, cnc, hexagon, visi, hexagon mi

Having arrived at a design for a device to reduce the possibility of suffering a Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), RBR Active needed to take it a step further and ready its Legflow product for manufacture.

The idea behind the device is to use it to carry out three simple foot exercises, leading to a claimed 11-fold increase in blood flow to the lower limbs - with its compact size making it effective anywhere during long periods of inactivity such as air travel, working in an office, being in hospital, or just through prolonged sitting.

This tough product would need to be injection moulded form polypropylene, so RBR contacted Fenton Precision Engineering in Northamptonshire to help design its idea for manufacture, bringing the concept to reality in under 11 months.

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Läpple Group turns to MakerBot for its ‘real-world’ engineer training, with tangible benefits

Published 09 October 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: prototype, 3d printing, manufacturing, automotive, additive manufacturing, education, makerbot, fdm

Läpple Group has spoken about how it is using MakerBot’s desktop FDM 3D printers to train its engineers on the production of complex-shaped parts using additive manufacturing, resulting in tangible benefits straight away.

The German automotive supplier’s renowned vocational program was established for over 80 years and today is helping educate its engineers using the Using MakerBot Method and Replicator Z18 3D printers to complement their technical product design course.
Using desktop FDM 3D printing, students learn to import CAD files, auto-arrange and print on one or multiple printers, offering instant conversion and realisation from design to prototype, with the output resolving recurring issues with fixtures and tooling, and reliably print components which are difficult or impossible to produce with conventional methods.

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New Elysium software connects design, manufacturing and quality inspection phases

Published 09 October 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, manufacturing

Elysium is releasing a solution for multi-CAD to/from Quality Information Framework (QIF) for translation and validation between users as part of the new release of Asfalis software planned for early 2020.

The capability aims to connect design, manufacturing and quality inspection phases and streamlines workflows to support MBD/MBE, by using an XML architecture that defines, organises, and associates quality information needed in manufacturing systems.

With this capability, users will be able to translate CAD geometry and Product Manufacturing Information (PMI) to QIF and import high-quality data to QIF-supported metrology software and hardware.

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Rugby embraces eyewear as design makes World Cup debut

Published 01 October 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, tech, eyewear, rugby, new zealand

New Zealand’s loose forward Ardie Savea will take to the field in the Rugby Union World Cup wearing a pair of specially designed goggles, making him the first to do so in the international tournament’s history.

The player discovered several years ago that the vision in his left eye was deteriorating, and decided to wear the goggles to protect his vision - potentially saving him from losing his sight in the eye altogether.

Until now the use of goggles was forbidden in contact rugby games, although in an effort to allow people who need to wear corrective lenses to do so safely while playing, the International Rugby Board commissioned Italian eyewear designers Raleri to develop specific ‘Rugby Goggles’.

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