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First look: Alphacam 2016 - automation key with 3D CAD files batch processing

Published 10 November 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cam, vero, alphacam

Batch processing, from file preparation right through to applying toolpath simulations is now available in Alphacam 2016

With a focus on increasing automation, a number of new features have been added to the 2016 release of Alphacam looking to reduce users’ CAD/CAM time.
A new Automation Manager means 2D and 3D Cad files, along with solid models from third party software, can now be batch processed, from file preparation right through to applying toolpaths, with NC code being generated automatically.

Three additional enhancements – Parametric Sketcher, File Inserter, and 2D Transform – have also been added, Alphacam claiming the combination of the features in each makes further operations quicker and easier.

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Optis and Luxexcel combine to produce virtual- and physical-prototypes for clear lens solutions

Published 09 November 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: automotive, lighting, optic, luxexcel

The new link-up means users can digitally and physically test optical prototypes - like car headlamps - from within the same ecosystem

A partnership between visualisation specialists Optis, and 3D printed lens experts Luxexcel, is looking to offer a complete service covering both virtual- and real- prototyping solutions for optical components.

By enabling automotive designers to first created fine tune the lighting and optical designs of their future products digitally in Optis, the partnership will let designers create an accurate, clear 3D printed prototype using Luxexcel’s technology.

The Luxexcel material is now integrated in the Optis Library, looking to significantly speed up the design and prototyping process.

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Misen knives reach start-up goals with sharp development process

Published 04 November 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: solidworks, product design, 3d hubs, misen

A 7-figure crowdfunding backed project was the result of a lean product design workflow

A new company aiming to redefine kitchenware essentials with premium materials and thoughtful design raced to their crowdfunding goal  of  $25,000  in a single hour thanks to their slick design process.

Founded by a pair of Brooklyn chefs,  Misen set out to produce a professional chef’s knife on a home cook’s budget over an 18 month period.

The team enlisted industrial designer Peter Muller in Chicago, and after a lengthy sketching process evolved initial designs in CAD, iterating on design upon design in SolidWorks before moving into the prototyping stages.

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UK Government invests £60M in Skylon Project

Published 04 November 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: aerospace, bae systems, uk, reaction engines

This year’s DEVELOP3D LIVE keynote speakers, Reaction Engines, have announced its £60m grant by the government to help it continue the development of its Skylon plane and Sabre engines.

The funding will also be used to help develop the company at its base at Culham Science Centre, Oxfordshire, from being mainly research-based to testing and eventual commercial applications.

BAE Systems has also bought a 20 per cent stake of the company for £20.6m.

Find out more about from this talk from Richard Varvill, Reaction Engines technical director and head designer:

DEVELOP3D LIVE 2015: Richard Varvill, Reaction Engines from DEVELOP3D on Vimeo.

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