Crystallon open source project helps create lattice structures in Rhino and Grasshopper

Published 26 February 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, 3d printing, autodesk, industrial design, rhino, grasshopper, lattice optimisation, fathom, lattice

An open source lattice generation tool, Crystallon, has been developed for Rhino CAD software without the need to export to an third-party software, and has been made available for free through Github.

Each tool is a cluster which can be opened and modified by the user in the spirit of open source, where by the developer, former Autodesk Artist In Residence and now researcher and industrial designer at Fathom, Aaron Porterfield.

With users wanting to use lattices for varying applications and having different needs from the structures, the open source nature of Crystallon should hopefully present enough feedback and improvements from users with unique case studies.

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Altair heats-up its interest in cooling with TES acquisition

Published 22 February 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: simulation, design, automotive, cfd, altair, electronics

ElectroFlo’s applications range from consumer electronics to automotive, like the Bussed Electrical Center (BEC) shown here

Michigan-based TES International is the latest simulation software company to be acquired by Altair, with its high power-density application electronics cooling package, ElectroFlo, CFD software the pick of its tools.

TES was founded in 1994 to service the electronics cooling market, and produces cross-industry software solutions for thermal design and packaging, custom programming, general heat transfer, stress and vibration analysis, and computational fluid dynamics (CFD).

“ElectroFlo is a great extension to our thermal simulation portfolio,” said Altair CTO Dr. Uwe Schramm. “There is a lot of synergy with AcuSolve 3D CFD which has been widely used for thermal management in a multitude of use cases.

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Other Reading // LPW’s AM powders research

Published 21 February 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, education, materials, additive manufacturing, sls, lpw, lpw technology

For anyone investigating the world of advanced manufacturing materials, the world of 3D printing powders for Selected Laser Melting (SLM) will be of great curiosity - with quality of parts directly impacted.

Producers of SLM powders, LPW, has launched an in-depth guide and research study, including 14 case studies that cover everything from powder degradation, flow after recycling, laser diffraction and even the evolution of oxygen within powders.

It’s in-depth, educational, and it might just adjust your thinking about what you’re throwing into you additive manufacturing workflow.

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HDR Light Studio Carbon - bringing the renderer to the HDR

Published 21 February 2018

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: design, industrial design, visualisation, 3ds max, lightmap, maya, hdr light studio, vray

If you’re at the top of your rendering and visualisation game, chances are you’ve come across HDR Light Studio - one of the finest solutions out there for creating and editing your own HDR environments for today’s rendering systems. Well, the good news is that there’s a new release. The team has dropped the numerical release and is instead going with codenames - so welcome, HDR Light Studio - Carbon.

Perhaps the biggest update for this release flips the existing idea of having a rendered built into the application to guess what your edits will look like in the final render, instead bringing your renderer of choice into the HDR Light Studio environment. At present, this works with V-Ray, Corona, Arnold, Redshift if you’re using 3ds Max, while Maya uses can use the V-Ray, Arnold, Octane, Redshift or RenderMan rendered directly. This means you’ll have a much better understanding of how your scene will look when you switch to your workhorse rendering system, rather than relying on an approximation.

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Discovery Live gets full commercial release from Ansys

Published 13 February 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, simulation, design, nvidia, ansys, discovery live

After a five-month long technology preview, Ansys has finally launched its ‘Pervasive Engineering Simulation’ tool Discovery Live to anyone who wishes to use it

Its capabilities for realtime solving of physics problems during the design stages made it the most successful customer preview in Ansys’ history, with the product launch expanding the types of inputs and displays users have at their disposal; increasing fluids, structural and thermal capabilities.

Discovery Live is powered by Nvidia graphics processing units and CUDA parallel computing that provide supercomputing capabilities to deliver results thousands of times faster than more traditional methods within a real-time design environment.

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Britain’s origins shown through ‘Cheddar Man’ brought to life with 3D tech

Published 13 February 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, 3d scanning, ultimaker, archaeology, model making, artec

The reconstruction of the Cheddar Man, a clay sculpt upon a digitally produced skull base. [credit: Tom Barnes/Channel 4]

The 10,000 year old ‘Cheddar Man’, the oldest almost complete skeleton of our species, Homo sapiens, ever found in Britain, has been brought to life for a new television documentary using the latest 3D technology.

Using a Mesolithic skeleton and its DNA, discovered in 1903 at Gough’s Cave in Cheddar Gorge, Somerset, scientists as well as reconstruction experts Kennis & Kennis have rendered a physical model from a base of 3D scanning and 3D printing technologies.

The original skull was 3D scanned to capture the full detail as an STL file, before Kennis & Kennis printed the skull using their in-house 3D printer, before building up clay to produce the lifelike representation.

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AMD shows how to boost 3D performance in laptops with a professional external GPU

Published 12 February 2018

Posted by greg corke

Article tagged with: amd, gpu, dell, mobile workstation, laptop, radeon prorender, radeon pro, gpu rendering, hp zbook, egpu

External GPU plugs into a laptop over Thunderbolt 3

At SolidWorks World (SWW) last week AMD demonstrated an enhanced version of its XConnect technology that allows users of pro 3D applications to boost the graphics performance of a laptop or mobile workstation by plugging in an external desktop GPU.

AMD’s demo centred on a Dell Precision 7520 mobile workstation with built in entry-level AMD Radeon Pro WX 4130 GPU. The 15-inch laptop was shown working with an ultra-high-end AMD Radeon Pro WX 9100 GPU, housed in a Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Box and connected over Thunderbolt 3.

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