HP’s new 3D printing system upgrade targets injection moulding industry, adds new materials

Published 09 November 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, 3d printing, manufacturing, hp, materials

End-part manufacturing is the goal for HP’s 3D printing aspirations

HP hopes that its new high-volume 3D printing ‘system upgrade’, billed HP Jet Fusion 3D 4210, plus an expansion of materials will unlock 3D manufacturing’s economies of scale, as it looks to raise the ‘break-even point’ to 110,000 and enable what would be the industry’s lowest cost-per-part.

The new solution includes hardware and firmware upgrades for existing Jet Fusion systems to improve overall system efficiency and enable continuous operation, including a new processing station capable of handling significantly higher materials volumes.

The upgrade is available at present to those that purchased the initial 4200 3D printer, and will be commercially available in March 2018.

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Materialise Magics 22 looks to hit industrial 3D printing’s automation and optimisation sweet spot

Published 09 November 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: simulation, 3d printing, manufacturing, additive manufacturing, materialise, materialise magics

New honeycomb feature in Materialise Magics 22

The new updates to the Materialise Magics 3D Print Suite, including Magics 22 and Inspector 3, look to speed up the 3D printing workflow while tailoring it for industrial levels of output.

Magics 22 includes new design features such as the honeycomb structure, which reduces weight without sacrificing strength, and the shelling feature that reduces a part’s material consumption without changing its functional design.

Improved workflow and design optimisation tools offer an increase in speed and a reduction of material consumption, while the new version promises the user faster generation of metal support structures, create denser laser sintering platforms, and the ability to fit more parts on stereolithography, DLP and FDM platforms.

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Wacom launches Pro Pen 3D input device

Published 07 November 2017

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: engineering, cad, solidworks, design, autodesk, industrial design, wacom

When it comes to computer hardware specifically for design and engineering software, there’s a pretty wide open space with not a lot filling it. Alongside the likes of 3DConnexion, one of the only long-term players is Wacom.

With its mastery of pen-based input, from the early days of tablet/digitizers (which continue to sell like hotcakes) into today’s products which combine both high-resolution displays and built-in computing devices with its legendary pen-based input.

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FloEFD gets upgrades to bring CFD analysis to the front of design

Published 02 November 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: simulation, siemens plm, cfd, siemens, mentor graphics

Mentor has announced the latest release of its front-loading FloEFD Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) product with new functionality for geometry handling, physics and results visualisation.

Looking to enable fast and accurate simulation, the FloEFD solution helps allows users to frontload CFD simulation early into the design process to understand the behavior of their concepts and eliminate less attractive options.

Its new free surface simulation functionality enables users to simulate surface flows to observe fluid movement, such as flow of liquids into a storage tank.

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Anti Copying In Design ‘Name and Shame’ campaign highlights worst design rip-offs

Published 02 November 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, ip, copyright, acid

Spot the difference between these products - everything from furniture, toys and prints are being allegedly copied

Original design, or blatant copy? The Anti Copying In Design (ACID) campaign has stepped up its fight against IP infringements with a campaign, offering you the chance to spot the difference between someone’s hard graft, and a copy-cat product.

‘Imitation isn’t flattery if it costs you your business!’ is the motto, and thanks to this campaign and social media, ACID’s members are finding high profile ways to highlight blatant copying.

Success stories already include the case of Tatty Devine and Claire’s Accessories necklaces. This received an instant result with Claire’s Accessories removing an alleged lookalike of Tatty Devine’s design within 24 hours.

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Crowdfunder to work with The Design Council to bring new UK designs to life and to market

Published 01 November 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, manufacturing, design council, crowd source, crowdfunding, spark


Project financing site, Crowdfunder, has announced a new partnership with the The Design Council’s Spark 2018 initiative to support and encourage UK businesses to design innovative new products and get them to market.

As part of the partnership the Design Council will provide additional support to Crowdfunder’s many design projects, and the Crowdfunder.co.uk platform will help take products working with the Design Council to market.

Crowdfunder has to date worked with over 80,000 projects to help them raise money from crowd to make their ideas happen, including the world’s soon-to-be-fastest car Bloodhound, swimwear accessory Halto and #VOOM winner What A Melon.

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