ThingWorx Studio adds creation of fast, scalable MR experiences for HoloLens

Published 27 September 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: ptc, vr, microsoft, ar, thingworx, vuforia, microsoft hololens, mr

PTC is allowing users to create and publish MR experiences for HoloLens

PTC has announced from Microsoft’s Ignite user event that it is working to create enterprise Mixed Reality (MR) experiences for use with Microsoft HoloLens via its ThingWorx Studio MR authoring and publishing tool.

Powered by Vuforia, PTC states that ThingWorx Studio offers HoloLens customers ‘native support for building and rapidly creating scalable mixed reality experiences’ via its drag-and-drop authoring environment, with built-in support for gestures and voice commands.

The goal is a tool that enables users to quickly and efficiently create immersive HoloLens interactions without the need for skilled programming or costly custom designers.

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Ultimaker Cura software adds 3rd-party CAD integration and 3D print farm management

Published 27 September 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, solidworks, 3d printing, manufacture, siemens

Ultimaker has announced it is to put software at the heart of its strategy by releasing regular software upgrades that continuously enhance the existing hardware over time, making for a ‘future-ready’ solution for users and businesses.

Ultimaker Cura 3.0, released on 17 October, looks to offer a powerful, no-hassle solution to prepare files for digital fabrication, while promising seamless workflow integration between CAD applications such as SolidWorks and Siemens NX via third-party app integration.

Maintaining the current trend we’re seeing for desktop printer farms, Cura Connect will be released in Ultimaker Cura on 7 November, to enable users to manage an array of Ultimaker 3D printers.

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New materials increase 3D printed functionalities for Stratasys’ J750 flagship model

Published 27 September 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, prototype, 3d printing, rapid prototyping, manufacturing, stratasys, materials, j750

The latest release of materials for the J750 include Vero Flex, specifically formulated for eyewear

Stratasys has announced three new materials for its flagship J750 full color, multi-material 3D printer - Agilus30 rubber-like material; Digital ABS Plus ‘engineering-grade’ material, and specifically for eyewear designers, Vero Flex, specifically formulated for eyewear prototyping

“We’ve finally cracked one of our challenges that we’ve had on the PolyJet side for many years, which is bringing a material out which combines strength, robustness and flexibility,” said Stratasys GM EMEA Andy Middleton.

A rigid photopolymer, Vero Flex offers a flexibility ideal for rapid prototyping eyewear, from concept validation to design verification and functional performance, with realism increased thanks to a wide range of colors, textures and materials from opaque to transparent.

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Faro unveils mobile augmented reality solution Visual Inspect

Published 25 September 2017

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: faro, inspection, augmented reality, ar, metrology, measurement, visual inspect

Visual Inspect enables CAD data to be transferred to an iPad to help streamline the inspection and design process

In December 2016, Faro announced its acquisition of mwf-technology, an Augmented Reality (AR) solution provider that had created technology to enable the user to view large, complex 3D CAD data on a tablet device and compare that data to real-world conditions.

Faro has now integrated that technology into its latest product family - Visual Inspect, which provides users with an “in hand, on demand” solution to view their CAD data.

The CAD data is stored locally on the iPad through a compressed, mobile format. Any documented problems and errors can then easily be exported into a Microsoft Excel office document.

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IoT musical toothbrush to get the whole family brushing

Published 22 September 2017

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: iot, product design, kickstarter, product development, start-up, startups, paved with gold, bleepbleeps

Benjamin Brush is the latest in the BleepBleeps line of cute connected devices that make parenting easier

In most instances, kids and toothbrushes are not friends. But London start-up BleepBleeps has a solution in the form of a smart electric toothbrush that will play a chosen tune from its integrated music store for the two minutes of scheduled brushing time.

The toothbrush, which recently launched on Kickstarter, comes with one base unit and two interchangeable brush heads - the pom-pom brush head with its omnidirectional silicone bristles for toddlers and the big brush head for older kids and adults.

The supporting app keeps track of how long and how often users brush for. Everyone gets points so users can playfully compete with family and friends, or parents can reward children for good brushing.

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The Future Metrology Hub aims to play a crucial role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Published 22 September 2017

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: university, research, renishaw, metrology, measurement, epsrc

The director of the Future Metrology Hub is Professor Dame Xiangqian (Jane) Jiang, a Professor of Precision Metrology at the University of Huddersfield

The Future Metrology Hub, which has received £40 million in funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and industry, recently launched at the University of Huddersfield.

At the launch event, the Hub’s Director, Professor Dame Xiangqian (Jane) Jiang, said that metrology is critical to modern manufacturing and pledged that the technology she and her colleagues develop in the lab – such as sensors and artificial intelligence control systems – would be geared up for use in the real world of industry.

She stressed the need for inter-disciplinary collaboration across a wide range of sectors. “That is what the Hub is all about,” she said and added that its goal was a transformation in UK manufacturing performance.

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LimitState:Form v3.1 adds plugin to Ansys Discovery Live real-time simulation

Published 21 September 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, simulation, manufacturing, ansys, limitstate

LimitState:Form can also be used as a plugin to Ansys Discovery Live

In the upcoming release of its design optimisation tool, LimitState is targeting the time and effort needed to design strong and light truss forms for components and structures.

Version 3.1 of LimitState:Form includes a number of new features and enhancements including the ability to specify in advance the desired simplicity of an optimised component form, for example, the target maximum number of members meeting at a joint.

Additionally, new algorithms mean that users can now much more freely interact with an initially optimised component, adding and/or removing members to customise their design as necessary.

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