Artificial Intelligence used to design new alloy for 3D printing

Published 30 April 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, additive manufacturing, materials, ai, cambridge

Alchemite, a machine learning algorithm developed by Cambridge-based artificial intelligence (AI) company Intellegens, has been used to design a new alloy specifically for a for a jet engine component.

In a research collaboration between several commercial partners and the Stone Group at the University of Cambridge, the algorithm was used to design a new nickel-based alloy for direct laser deposition, without the need for expensive, speculative experiments – saving the team involved an estimated 15 years of research and in the region of $10m (USD) in R&D expenditure.

Capable of learning from data that is as little as 0.05% complete, Alchemite was able to link and cross reference the data available; verify the physical properties of potential new alloys; and accurately predict how they would function in real-life application scenarios.

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Missler Software changes name to TopSolid

Published 30 April 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cam, acquisition, software, missler, topsolid, france

Missler Software is now known as TopSolid following the completion of its takeover earlier this year by a pool of investors led by Siparex to help it boost its development.

Three years in planning, the name change signals the first step in the company’s new era, with customer base of around 50,000 SMEs, SMIs and large groups all looking on.

Mostly known for its TopSolid CAM offering, the rebrand puts all the company’s software under the TopSolid name - including TopSolid Design, TopSolid Sheetmetal and TopSolid Mould.

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Paramatters upgrades its generative design software CogniCAD

Published 30 April 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, cloud, additive manufacturing, generative design, paramatters

Paramatters has announced the release of CogniCAD 2.1, an upgrade of its platform that generates ready-to-3D print, lightweighted structures for aerospace, automotive and other mission critical applications.

The latest version offers an enhanced variety of loading conditions including thermal loads as a beta release and force/moments via remote points, in addition to existing acceleration (G-forces) and pressure.

The software also allows design for additive manufacturing and investment casting as a beta release. CogniCAD 2.1’s functional design capabilities include stress, compliance (stiffness) and deformation constraints.

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Additive International summit explores the science behind 3D Printing

Published 30 April 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, additive manufacturing, conference, additive international summit

Additive International will celebrate its 14th annual summit this July, kicking off with a session on 9th July that will explore new developments, advances and industry deployments in Additive Manufacturing.

With a focus on large-scale initiatives, presenters at the ‘Future Additive Manufacturing’ day will discuss the very latest in UK science and industrial research supported by funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Innovate UK and key industry players.

“There continues to be a vibrant community in the UK working on cutting edge research advancing additive manufacturing,” said conference chair Richard Hague. “This year’s pre-conference and full Additive International summit will help to fuel this community, providing a platform for experts from the UK and around the world to share updates, new developments, knowledge, ideas and applications in additive manufacturing.”

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AMT expands 3D printing post processing range with new models

Published 30 April 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, post processing

AMT is launching two new post processing system for additive manufactured parts that utilise its ‘physio-chemical performance’ technology, BLASTTM, for thermoplastic polymers.

The PostPro3DColor and the PostPro3DMini feature the company’s proprietary Boundary Layer Automated Smoothing Technology (BLASTTM) for mass production applications ranging from aerospace to footwear.

AMT suggests that the process is ‘highly controllable’, allowing “reproducible results with no degradation of the mechanical properties of parts”, while its testing has even demonstrated an increase in Elongation at Break (EAB) due to the reduction of crack initiation sites on the polymer surface due to the removal of surface porosity.

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Mirrakoi heads to US market with Novedge partnership

Published 29 April 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, design, rhino, t-splines, novedge, usa, mirrakoi

Having launched its first CAD product, XirusCAD, for intuitive freeform and organic product design with full BRep compatibility, Swiss tech company Mirrakoi has now announced its availability in the USA.

A new partnership with Novedge, one of the largest online US resellers for design software, sees XirusCAD onside in North America for the first time.

According Novedge, XirusCAD expands the capabilities of Rhino, making it of interest for architects, industrial designers, and jewellery designers, with its abilities “Picking up where t-Splines left off”.

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Creaform launches two reengineered versions of its 3D Scanning products

Published 26 April 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, hardware, 3d scanning, creaform, metrology

Spark - the latest version of the Creaform Go!Scan handheld 3D scanner

Both the Creaform HandyScan and its Go!Scan 3D scanners have seen ‘thoroughly reengineered and refined’ upgrades for their latest generation releases.

The Go!Scan Spark edition has been designed for product development professionals who need an efficient portable scanner to capture 3D data of physical objects anywhere.

Featuring four inline cameras for faster 3D scanning and colour acquisition, it has features an ergonomic design that allows for different types of hand positions, and weighs little over a kilogram.

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