Re-design for London’s hire bikes keeps Great British heritage and upgrades tech

Published 31 October 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, manufacture, london, bike, cycle

The redesign has been carried out by England’s longest established cycle manufacturer, Pashley Cycles

The all-new design for London’s Santander-branded hire bikes - otherwise known as ‘Boris Bikes’ - has been envisaged by Pashley Cycles to offer improved handling, safety and comfort, alongside innovative smart technology.

The first of the new bikes have rolled onto the capital’s streets, with thousands set to join TfL’s flagship cycle hire scheme over the next few years, with 10.3m hires last year and demand rising fast.

The bikes have been built by England’s longest established cycle manufacturer, Pashley Cycles in Stratford-upon-Avon, as part of an industrial team assembled by scheme operators Serco.

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CoreTechnologie updates IP security for 3D CAD models

Published 31 October 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, plm, ip, security, coretechnologie

A compressor CAD model, before and after simplification in CoreTechnologies 3D Evolution

With the protection of 3D CAD data critical to continued exclusivity in the market, IP protection experts CoreTechnologie has enhanced its software 3D Evolution to provide new levels of safety.

The German-French software manufacturer’s Simplify module has automated algorithms that offer to rapidly remove internal parts of geometry without losing any external features or surfaces while maintaining a solid model, while assemblies can be flattened into a single multi-body part thus eliminating the part names.

By integrating custom geometry manipulation tools developed by CoreTechnologie directly into the existing Teamcenter or other PLM architecture, CoreTechnologie says can allow for secure processing of heavy data without the need for extracting data to a local or shared drive.

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SolidCAM adds robotics integration with Octopuz

Published 30 October 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: simulation, manufacturing, industrial design, manufacture, cam, robots

Offline robotic programming and simulation software Octopuz has partnered with SolidCAM to offer users the ability to program, simulate and generate code for multiple robots, simultaneously, with support for most robot brands in any configuration.

With the partnership comes full integration of Octopuz and SolidCAM products, combining advanced tool paths with the world of industrial robotics, allowing toolpaths, origins, and other parameters to be converted into the correct joints, twists, and turns of robotics.

The robot can then follow a path given the specifications set in SolidCAM or the manipulations applied to the paths in Octopuz.

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GKN improves machinery across auto production plants with 3D printed parts

Published 27 October 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, manufacture, stratasys, gkn

Improved grease dispensers - not sexy, but very, very useful

The next stage of wringing every last efficiency out of GKN’s manufacturing and assembly lines includes printing replacement or improved parts to upgrade its production machinery.

At its Driveline Florence plant, GKN is expanding the deployment of 3D printing across the manufacturing floor beyond jigs and fixtures, creating end-use custom parts for its robots and machinery, resulting in improved business performance.

The Florence plant churns out thousands of parts for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Group each week, including its luxury marques Maserati and Ferrari, but to achieve such magnificent products needs exceptional achievements in the mundane - such as a redesigned and printed grease nozzle tool.

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Inventables launches Easel Pro CNC software for the X-Carve + Carvey

Published 24 October 2017

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: design, cam, cloud, cnc

If you’ve been following Inventables, you’ll know that the company has a range of machining products that have seen wide adoption in both the hobbiest and professional market.

We’ve even spent our own money on a 1,000 x 1,000 mm CNC router in the form of an early generation X-Carve for our own tests (though we’re still waiting to upgrade the controller and spindle).

Alongside the X-Carve and the Carvey (which is more akin to a desktop CNC mill rather than router), the company also provides users with its own set-up and g-code generation software, Easel.

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AMD boosts performance in free SolidWorks renderer

Published 20 October 2017

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: rendering, gpu, radeon prorender, radeon pro, physically based rendering

AMD has boosted the performance in Radeon ProRender, the company’s no cost physically-based rendering engine. The updated Radeon ProRender plug-in for SolidWorks is said to provide up to 14 percent than the previous version, while the Blender version is up to 29 percent faster, the 3ds Max version up to 35 percent faster and the Maya version up to 28 percent faster.

AMD has also added some new features to the OpenCL rendering engine that is optimised for GPUs, but also runs on CPUs. The Radeon ProRender add-in for SolidWorks, for example, now includes physically accurate sun and sky simulation and also works with SolidWorks 2018.

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Winners of new IET photography competition show dynamic and creative side of engineering

Published 18 October 2017

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: engineering, design, competition, photography, iet, stereotypes

Naf Selmani was announced as the winner of the Structure and Transport category as well as the competition’s overall winner for ‘The Hive’

A spectacular bee-inspired sculpture, a car VR simulator and a pyramid of pandas were all winners as the the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) launched its International Engineering Photography Competition.

The IET received over 500 photos from children, young people and adults across the world, who submitted photos to five categories: Digital, Environment and Energy, Structures and Transport, Robotics, and Design and Production.

“We launched our photography competition to help banish the outdated perception that engineers just fix and mend things. We received some brilliant images and I’d like to congratulate our winners,” said IET president Nick Winser.

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