Alvanon and Under Armour collaboration sets standards for 3D in fashion design

Published 15 July 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: visualisation, product design, tech, fashion, clothing, under armour, alvanon

Fashion technology company Alvanon has announced a new collaboration with sportswear giant Under Armour (UA) to inspire fashion brands to further embrace 3D deign tools and software.

The two companies partnered on a project to develop new 3D tools, particularly working with 3D avatar size sets, to make better product, with improved sizing and standardisation, that delivers next-level accuracy and fit for the consumer.

Many companies, including UA, have turned to 3D virtualisation to significantly reduce the time and cost of product design and development - aiming to minimise the laborious and slow physical sampling stage.

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Sandvik moves deeper into AM with purchase of BeamIT stake

Published 15 July 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: manufacturing, additive manufacturing, materials, aerospace, sweden, beamit, sandvik

It might have little over 20 3D printers installed around the world, but materials, engineering and tooling company Sandvik has seen enough in BeamIT’s AM technology to purchase a ‘significant stake’ in the Italian company.

Sandvik’s ambition to become a leading solution provider for the wider component manufacturing industry has led it to further its position in additive manufacturing, which given its metals machining and materials knowledge makes a lot of sense - having earlier this year integrated its Powder division into the Additive Manufacturing division, to offer an end-to-end service.

A key marker for why Sandvik has chosen to take a stake in privately held BeamIT, with an option to increase it over time, might be found in the number of relevant quality certifications, including AS 9100 for aerospace and NADCAP approval, which provides easy inroads into several high value verticals.

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3D Systems FabPro 1000 gets new flexible material

Published 15 July 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: prototype, 3d systems, materials, fabpro 1000

A double-pipe clip 3D printed in 3D Systems’ FabPro Flexible BLK material

FabPro Flexible BLK is the latest addition to 3D Systems vast materials portfolio, offering stretch and impact resistance to parts coming off its FabPro 1000 3D printer.

Giving parts the look and feel of moulded polypropylene, its material properties include an elongation at break at a reported 93 per cent, as well as high impact strength – making it ideal for a wide variety of prototypes and functional testing.

According to 3D Systems’ report of its ‘unnotched Izod impact strength testing to ASTM D4812 standards’, the FabPro Flexible BLK material did not break.

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Domin Fluid Power turns to AM for next generation of servo valves

Published 10 July 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, additive manufacturing, renishaw

After spending years on testing different prototypes and designs Domin Fluid Power has launched a new range of fluid servo valves developed with metals 3D printing technology at its core.

An example product is 25 per cent of the original size and 25 per cent more powerful, while being produced at a third of the cost, with much of the benefits arising through collaboration with additive manufacturing experts Renishaw.

“We’ve worked with Domin throughout the whole process, from investigating material properties, to exploring the advantages of using the latest technologies, such as the RenAM 500Q, in production,” explained Renishaw AM lead technical consultant Martin McMahon.

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Simcenter 3D elevates electromagnetic simulation in new release

Published 10 July 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: simulation, cfd, siemens, cae, simcenter

Simcenter can now help maximise antenna and sensor performance and address electromagnetic interference

The latest version of Siemens Digital Industries Software’s Simcenter 3D software features some major enhancements for low- and high-frequency electromagnetic solutions to help accelerate their simulation processes.

Increased multidisciplinary integration capabilities, faster CAE process, openness and scalability are additional upgrades in what looks like a move to add greater capabilities to the software to allow it to integrate with what Siemens calls its ‘digital thread’.

With more electronics included in products, it’s becoming even more important for engineers to understand how electromagnetic performance can potentially affect products, with Simcenter 3D looking to take the lead on electromagnetic simulation and streamline multi-physics workflows between electromagnetic and other physical simulations.

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Coffee-based yarn knits a better sneaker for everyone

Published 08 July 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, materials, materials developments, sportswear, coffee, materials information management, sneakers, finland

Recycled coffee beans are being used to create a new fabric yarn with some interesting properties you perhaps wouldn’t expect while downing your fifth Monday morning espresso.

The basis of footwear start-up Rens’ latest sneakers, the upper is knitted from a blend of coffee yarn and recycled polyester, before a waterproof nano membrane is laminated between the shoe upper and inner lining.

Aside from the waterproof properties of the membrane layer, the coffee yarn brings some other bonuses - its antibacterial, has micro-pockets in its structure that help trap and release bad odours and dry twice as fast as standard polyester, and it is resistant to fading by UV light.

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XYZPrinting continues its shift into the professional 3D printing market

Published 03 July 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: prototype, 3d printing, additive manufacturing, materials, xyzprinting, new kinpo group

The new large volume SLS MfgPro230 xS

Known predominantly for its wide range of 3D printers for the education and consumer markets, XYZPrinting has a backstory worthy of a dark and brooding superhero - it’s owners are a huge contract manufacturer.

Its parent company, New Kinpo Group, are OEMs for a huge range of electronics brands and products [fun fact: chances are that if you’ve ever used a digital calculator, NKG made it] and has the manufacturing and factory nous to move its 3D printing kit into the realm of professional additive manufacturing.

The first signs of this were mentioned at the end of 2018, and already its professional range is expanding - with more still to come - adding the large volume SLS MfgPro230 xS to the range.

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