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, link3d, space, nasa

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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Radan 2020 sees Hexagon add speed to sheetmetal

Published 01 May 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, manufacturing, cam, hexagon, hexagon mi, radan

Hexagon has launched RADAN 2020.0, placing user experience as its top priority for the new release and making this sheetmetal industry software easier to use than ever before.

A reduction in mouse clicks and improvements to nesting and reporting should mean a real increase in efficiency, saving both time and costs, with the changes led by new quicker starts to projects.

A new ‘quick nest’ mode in provides a more visual interface, with limited upfront setup for projects, while a redesigned new project dialog allows users to nest parts quicker.

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Authentise push for full digital workflow in AM with Microsoft integration & new mobile app

Published 01 May 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, additive manufacturing, microsoft, authentise, app

Authentise, a creator of data-driven workflow tools for additive manufacturing, has agreed to a multi-year collaboration with Microsoft to utilise Microsoft Azure and integrate its workflow management system into Microsoft Flow.

The integration should give operators directly involved in additive manufacturing quoting, production and analytics processes the opportunity to create their own automations without any coding knowledge.

Flow allows them to connect Authentise’s data with third-party applications such as Microsoft Office 365, Quickbooks, text messaging, email and more, simply by dragging and dropping the operations into place.

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