LinkedinLearning is giving away SolidWorks Courses

Published 31 January 2018

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: simulation, solidworks, design, solidworks world, linkedin learning

With the annual SolidWorks World event coming up next week (so brace yourself for an onslaught of news), the team at Linkedin Learning (you might know them as the lynda.com crew) has just made a few of its video tutorials available for free.

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CEL Robox launch smarter, larger, RoboxPro 3D printer

Published 26 January 2018

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: prototype, design, 3d printing, cel robox, dual extusion

During the heyday of the 3d printing boom, we saw a lot of companies spring up, make a lot of noise then disappear in more recent time, but one that has stuck around is CEL’s Robox brand.

Unlike many other startups in the space, Robox benefitted from founder, Chris Elsworthy’s background and experience in power tool design (he appeared on Dragon’s Den) and it’s initial Robox desktop machine and the dual extrusion capable RoboxDual, has gained a pretty solid reputation since 2014.

CEL is back with a brand-new model, the RoboxPRO, building on the lessons learned with the initial products, but with a much larger build capacity.

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Hackrod launches crowd equity campaign

Published 22 January 2018

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, manufacturing, generative design, hackrod

We love the team at Hackrod - they’re doing some interesting things, taking a whole bunch of technology (AI, VR, Generative design, additive manufacturing) and looking for new ways to build, as they put it, some brand new cool shit.

We wrote about them last year (the story is here) and Mouse was kind enough to keynote our US event last autumn, with the good news: he’s set to come and tell his story at DEVELOP3D Live in Warwick in March this year, too.

In the meantime, the Hackrod crew has just launched its crowd equity campaign - so if you fancy taking a prospective punt on these lunatics, then you can (starting at $100).

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HTC Vive to boost resolution and take VR cable free

Published 10 January 2018

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: gpu, workstation, vr, product development, viz, vr headset

The Vive Pro features a resolution of 2,880 x 1,600 (1,440 x 1,600 per eye), a 78 percent increase over the original Vive

Virtual Reality (VR) is about to get a bit more realistic and less pixelated thanks to the Vive Pro, an enhanced version of the popular head mounted display that is designed for VR enthusiasts and enterprise users.

VR is also set to go cable free with HTC Vive unveiling its Vive Wireless Adaptor that works with both the original Vive and the Vive Pro.

The big news about the Vive Pro is that the resolution of the dual-OLED displays has gone up to 2,880 x 1,600 (1,440 x 1,600 per eye) - a 78 per cent increase from the 2,160 x 1,200 (1,080 x 1,200 per eye) resolution of the current Vive.

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Kohler’s new Additively Manufactured bathroom product

Published 10 January 2018

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: design, manufacturing, industrial design, 3d systems, additive manufacturing, metals

3D Systems has teamed up with Kohler’s Kallista bathroom hardware group to develop a new product that it claims couldn’t have been easily manufactured any other way.

The minimalist Grid products are built by 3rd Dimension, using its 3D Systems ProX DMP 320 direct metal production system in a high-quality stainless steel 316 powder material named 3D Systems LaserForm 316L.

“Designers usually need to consider a manufacturing process and they have to design around that process,” said Kallista design studio manager Bill McKeone.

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VR-ready laptops to become thinner and lighter

Published 09 January 2018

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: amd, gpu, intel, cpu, vr, mobile workstation

Intel shrinks processor by combining Intel Core CPU and AMD Radeon Vega GPU in a single package

Powerful 3D laptops and 2-in-1s are set to become thinner and lighter (and desktop PCs smaller) thanks to a new Intel technology that combines an Intel Core CPU and an AMD Radeon Vega GPU in a single package.

The new 8th Gen Intel Core processor with Radeon RX Vega M Graphics features a semi-custom AMD graphics chip with fast HBM2 memory that is powerful enough for 3D games and VR. The CPU and GPU communicate with each other at high-speed thanks to Intel’s EMIB interconnect technology.

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HP unveils Z 3D Camera for your workstation

Published 09 January 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: autodesk, rendering, visualisation, hp, workstation, vr, zbrush

HP has pushed out the 3D camera from its Sprout computers as a product in its own right, as it looks to take advantage of the increased demand for 3D content.

The HP Z 3D Camera’s design minimises desktop space, clipping to monitors like a webcam, for real-time capture and visualisation - its scanning technology constructing the 3D model in real time.

Workflows are enhanced by scanning objects with computer-graphics-friendly resolutions that maintain separate texture maps for physical-based rendering (PBR) and AR, VR and mixed reality content creation.

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