Chaos Group to host new event on future of rendering

Published 28 February 2018

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: rendering, visualisation, automotive, gpu, cloud, vr, v-ray, chaos group

Total Chaos, is a new event from V-Ray developer Chaos Group, dedicated to the art, science & technology of computer graphics. The two-day event will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria on 18-19 May, bringing together experts from architectural visualisation, automotive design, games and visual effects.

There will be tech previews, product launches and masterclasses taught by creatives showcasing their production workflows, and three tracks - Art, Craft, Code.

Total Chaos launches with 25 speakers, including artists and technology experts from Porsche, Brick Visual, Blur, Method Studios and Nurulize (with more on the way).

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Stratasys sneaks out word of its metals 3D printing technology

Published 28 February 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, manufacturing, hp, stratasys, additive manufacturing, aerospace, metals, aluminium

Stratasys’ jetting technology is primed to deliver metals 3D printed parts - though will it resemble anything like its J750 3D printer?

Stratasys has announced the development of a new metal additive manufacturing platform, designed internally to become a viable manufacturing technology to ‘displace conventional methods for short-run manufacturing’.

In development over the past few years, the process is said to incorporate the company’s proprietary jetting technology - aiming to overcoming material limitations of currently available metal-based additive manufacturing systems.

Beginning with Aluminium parts, the goal is an economically competitive cost-per-part and throughput, with easy to implement post-processing and high part quality.

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Formula Student adds ‘driverless cars’ race category in its 20th year

Published 28 February 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, design, automotive, formula student, imeche, ai

Formula Student, the student racing car event run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), will see 130 student teams from over 30 countries take part in July 2018.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, this year marks the first time that there will be a driverless element to the competition, FS-AI, with some teams being tasked with developing a cost-effective software package to enable an Artificial Intelligence (AI) car to make its own decisions, and evolve to improve its own performance.

IMechE states that the new aspect of the competition will ensure the event continues to support industry by addressing the skills gap and providing mechanical engineering students with the opportunity for real-world experience of integrated electronics, software and systems engineering.

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Composites abilities take centre stage in MSC Apex ‘Harris Hawk’

Published 28 February 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: simulation, manufacturing, cae, fea, aerospace, composites simulation, composites design, msc, msc software, composites

MSC Apex model of a composite layup airplane structure

MSC Apex’s latest release, Harris Hawk, is targeting a unique composite modeling and simulation experience that closely mimics the steps of the manufacturing process, introducing a new geometry tool for surface extensions to eliminate manual rework and to allow engineers to automate model preparation tasks.

Instead of using Finite Element Abstractions (FEA), MSC Apex allows engineers to manipulate physical representation such as fabric, layups, plies, panels, and zones.

With this in mind, users are promised that within a few hours they can become efficient with composite modelling and on-the-fly failure calculation

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Ledas advances its Cloud kernel coupling by integrating with C3D Toolkit

Published 28 February 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, dassault systemes, dassault systèmes, cam, cloud, cae, ledas

Ledas, a Russian provider of software development services for the likes of Dassault Systemes and Cimatron, has announced its Cloud platform has taken another positive step with the ‘smooth integration’ running C3D Labs’ Toolkit in a web browser.

The move, states Ledas, shows that its 3D Web platform couples easily ‘with any general-purpose geometric modelling’, proving a step-up from its previous tests when coupled with an open-source B-rep geometric kernel and 3D modeling library.

This development was bridged with C3D to achieve better performance and quality for working with real-life user models.

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Wacom’s new 24” Cintiq beast with some nifty add-ons

Published 27 February 2018

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: design, hardware, industrial design, nvidia, product design, cintiq, wacom, pro

Wacom’s Cintiq product range has found homes in a wide variety of studio across the planet; for those looking for a more intuitive sketching experience without resorting to the likes of the iPad and the Surface, it’s a firm favourite.

The current line up has focussed on two display sizes for some time, 13” and 16” models, but for those wanting something a bit bigger Wacom has announced the availability of the Cintiq Pro 24, featuring all of the bells and whistles you’d come to expect from Wacom’s direct pen-based display and interaction devices - a slew of customisation options and hardware buttons, pressure sensitive pen input and all that jazz (have a read of our recent review of the MobileStudio Pro to get a better idea) - all built into a well designed unit.

After all, we’re all used to larger and large displays - and having a mismatch between your drawing surface and your additional screens might be a little jarring.

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Rhino 6 ships with Grasshopper and enhanced visuals

Published 26 February 2018

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: gpu, rhino, opencl, cuda, generative design, grasshopper

Grasshopper, the powerful generative design tool, is now built into Rhino

Rhino 6 for Windows, the long-awaited new release of the NURBS-based modeller, is shipping and is the first to have visual programming tool Grasshopper built into the software.

There are a host of other new features including a faster display pipeline, a GPU-accelerated real-time ray-tracer, a new material library, an enhanced documentation workflow and more flexible licensing.

Grasshopper is now installed with Rhino 6 for Windows, previously being only available as a long-term beta release.

The production ready software includes a number of new components, such as Make2D, Symbol Display, Bend, Flow, Maelstrom, Splop, Splorph, Stretch, Taper, Twist. Other components, including Contour, Dash Pattern, Divide Curve and Boundary Surface, are now multi-threaded, so they can solve much faster with multi core CPUs.

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