HDR Light Studio - Tungsten is go

Published 09 May 2019

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: solidworks, rendering, visualisation, hdr, hdr light studio


If you’re deep into your visualisation game, chances are you’ll have heard of HDR Light Studio, which has just announced its latest Tungsten update.

For those that are using Physically-Based Rendering (PBR) systems, it has become a tool of choice to help with both tweaking existing HDR environment images (which the PBR systems use to generate their lighting conditions) as well as to create new environments from scratch.

Over the years (it’s now 10 years old), the system has grown in capability as well as integration with other visualisation tools.

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HP launches production focused Jet Fusion 5200 Series, new materials & alliance with Siemens

Published 09 May 2019

Posted by Al Dean

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HP has made a raft of announcements around its 3D printing offerings, this time focussing on the industrial end of the spectrum – particularly interesting for organisations looking for a means of cost-effective additive manufacturing of polymer parts.

First, there’s a new advanced set of hardware in the form of the HP Jet Fusion 5200, which looks to bring together everything needed from the hardware side (in terms of build and post processing) along with some interesting software aspects. HP’s goal is to enable customers to ramp up their 3D production and target business growth.

It’s looking to accomplish this with high-quality parts and optimal yield of parts on an ‘industrial scale’.

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Micro automated 3D Scanner from Artec brings big ability to the desktop

Published 07 May 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, reverse engineering, 3d scanning, 3d scanner, desktop, artec

Equipped with cutting-edge twin cameras, Artec’s Micro is not only the company’s most accurate 3D scanner to-date, but its desktop presence and good looks mean that it’s a piece of kit likely to garner some admiring looks.

Complete with twin blue light scanners that are synchronised with the dual-axis rotation system, Artec suggests that the Micro creates the perfect digital copy using minimal frames.

Fully-automated, this cute little box is an industrial scanner that produces high-resolution colour scans and boasts a point accuracy of up to 10 microns, a tenth the size of a single grain of table salt.

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Fashion’s biggest annual event showcases digital design and manufacturing

Published 07 May 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, materials, fashion, protolabs, ge, ge additive, fashion design, met ball

Fashion, that most stubborn of 2D design industries, has relented somewhat to include digital design and fabrication methods for this year’s Met Ball - the most globally gossiped about celebrity frock fest.

Most notably taking advantage of 3D printing and scanning were dresses and accoutrements by American designer Zac Posen, who dressed British supermodel Jourdan Dunn, actresses Nina Dobrev, Katie Holmes, Julia Garner and Bollywood icon, Deepika Padukone.

The garments and accessories differed from full rose petal dresses to delicate cufflinks - with the production and materials blending with traditional fabrics and dressmaking to blend (rather than the typical ‘statement’ 3D printed piece usually consisting of a geometric shape, built of Nylon and plonked on someone’s head for the sake of it).

Teaming up with GE Additive and Protolabs, the story of three of the key pieces is below:

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DWS signs major UK reseller deal for its SLA 3D printing technology

Published 03 May 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, materials, sla, dsm somos, europac 3d, dws

Italian manufacturer of stereolithography 3D printers and materials, DWS, has long been on our radar but just out of reach - this is about to change with its announcement of a new UK distributer.

Europac3D will now be DWS’ exclusive UK distributor, giving a wider range of customers the chance to try out its range of SLA 3D printers, created with many years of experience in the jewellery industry, but perfect for a wide range of purposes.

The new S PRO X is DWS’ premium 3D printer for professional bureaus and production environments, with a unique four laser system, which enables large industrial parts to be manufactured and with a wide choice of materials.

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ARC and Link3D announce partnership to enable AM standards compliance

Published 02 May 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, manufacturing, additive manufacturing, aerospace, space, nasa, link3d

ARC is designing the next generation of rocket engines

Link3D has announced its partnership with Additive Rocket Corporation (ARC), a California high performance and ultra-low cost additive manufacturing rocket engine company.

The partnership is the first step and major move for ARC to introduce Additive MES within its organisation as it races to streamline 3D printing production for reliable and affordable propulsion solutions, but also implement a unified, data-driven approach to empower it to consistently follow, enforce, and comply to regulatory authorities (namely SAE International, NASA and AS9100 standards).

Adherence to quality control and QA requirements from each regulatory standards board (e.g. SAE, NASA, AS9100, ISO 9001) will be embedded into Link3D’s additive manufacturing workflow solution to trace and track governing standards including, but not limited to: part classification, qualification testing, process controls, material properties, finishing, cleaning and repair allowances, and part inspection.

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Markforged launch flame retardant version of its Onyx 3D Printing material

Published 02 May 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, materials, markforged

Onyx FR, a new, V-0 rated flame-retardant material designed for industries like aerospace, automotive, and defence has been released by Markforged.

Its first flame-retardant plastic is reinforced with continuous carbon fibre, giving it strength, superior print quality, and a high-quality surface finish – all while resisting fire and propagating a flame.

“With Onyx FR, customers with automotive, aerospace, and defense applications can now make parts that meet fire safety standards. When these parts are reinforced with strands of continuous carbon fiber, they are as strong as aircraft grade aluminum at half the weight,” said Markforged VP of Product Jon Reilly.

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