Samsung unveils new 4TB SSD – looks well suited to entry-level workstation upgrades

Published 27 November 2018

Posted by greg corke

Article tagged with: cad, workstation, workstations, ssd, samsung, sata

The Solid State Drive (SSD) took another step towards becoming the only storage medium you need, with Samsung launching a new budget SSD with a capacity of up to 4TB.

The Samsung 860 QVO SSD may be focused on consumers but looks to be a great affordable option for those looking to upgrade an entry-level workstation.

It’s based on the commonly used SATA interface and 2.5-inch form factor, which is supported in virtually all desktop and mobile workstations except the latest slimline mobile workstations. Samsung says it eliminates the need to use a combination of an SSD and an HDD for booting and storage.

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Chaos Group creates single viz pipeline for real-time and ray tracing with V-Ray for Unreal

Published 27 November 2018

Posted by greg corke

Article tagged with: rendering, vr, v-ray, unreal engine, unreal, ray trace rendering, real time viz

With its new V-Ray for Unreal plug-in, Chaos Group is looking to give traditional design viz artists – those skilled in the production of stills and animations – an easy route into real time visualisation and fully interactive VR.

“We heard from customers that they had this burning desire to get their projects into a real time scenario for a variety of different things, but they were frustrated in having to sort of go through two pipelines,” explains Chaos Group CCO Lon Grohs.

The new plug-in, which came out of beta earlier this month, is designed to combine real-time and ray tracing in a single pipeline. It allows users to build a V-Ray scene in their familiar DCC / CAD tool, then import every part of that scene file into Unreal Editor. The idea is that viz artists can quickly create a simple real time environment in Unreal without having to learn everything about popular game engine.

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New Vero WorkXplore exports scenes to Client Viewer

Published 22 November 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, vero, workxplore

The Client Viewer feature is among a number of enhancements made to Vero Software’s CAD file viewer and analyser, WorkXplore 2019.

It is now possible to export all scenes created in WorkXplore to the Client Viewer through an option that has been added to the Client Viewer Export window.

When the option’s ticked, all the user-selected entities and entities linked to the scenes – both wire entities and GDTs – will be exported to the Client Viewer. If the option isn’t ticked, on the selected entities will be exported.

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Carfulan adds Advanced Performance demo day to the December calendar

Published 22 November 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, stratasys, additive manufacturing, xjet, derbyshire

The Carfulan Group has announced that 25 live machine and technology demonstrations will take place at its inaugural Manufacturing Performance Network (MPN) meet-ups on 4 - 6 December.

Taking place at its headquarters near Derby, UK, product launches, software advancements and some unique industry insights will all be on the table as the group showcases its extensive range of complementary manufacturing technologies together under one roof.

The company owns familiar technology VARs covering additive manufacturing, metrology and tool inspection, including OGP UK, SYS Systems, Zoller UK and Vicivision UK, as well as XJ3D - set up as the first reseller for XJet’s Carmel 1400 systems.

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PTC Creo given a boost with Frustum acquisition

Published 21 November 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, cad, design, ptc, additive manufacturing, creo, frustum

PTC has announced that it has acquired Frustum, a start-up focused on a range of topology optimisation tools, based in New York.

Founded by Jesse Coors-Blankenship, Frustum’s technology will now be brought into the PTC fold. And the price for that shiny new tech? A cool $70 million.

According to PTC’s announcement: “Frustum offers patented desktop and cloud-based engineering software that enables designers and engineers to go beyond the limits of their personal experience by leveraging powerful AI capabilities that guide the discovery of high-performance, next-generation product designs.”

 

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Essentium lands big backers for AM market

Published 21 November 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, additive manufacturing, materials, materialise, essentium, basf, texas

Essentium’s High Speed Extrusion technology has the backing of BASF and Materialise

BASF has announced its further investment in Texas-based 3D printing company Essentium, bringing Belgian 3D Printing experts Materialise into the mix to help further develop Essentium’s new High Speed Extrusion (HSE) additive manufacturing platform.

The materials and coating giant BASF has already worked together on Essentium’s Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) solutions using proprietary FlashFuse technology for high mechanical strength in the build direction for extrusion printed parts.

Materialise is now entering this strategic partnership to add its 3D printing software knowhow and develop new software tools for the Essentium technology that allows users to take advantage of the speed of the HSE technology.

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US researchers find a way to 3D print ‘the ultimate polymer’

Published 19 November 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, materials, aerospace, university

An interdisciplinary team of researchers at Virginia Tech’s Macromolecules Innovation Institute (MII) have developed a new process to 3D print one of the most-desired materials in the electronics and aerospace industries.

Kapton was previously available only in thin 2D sheets and is known as the basis for the “gold foil” that wraps around satellites to insulate them.

A polyimide with exceptional thermal and electrical properties, Kapton has a degradation temperature of around 550°C, doesn’t dissolve in solvents, acts as an electrical insulator, and is resistant to ultraviolet irradiation.

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