NASA Orion mission sets sights on taking 3D Printing into deep space

Published 18 April 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, manufacturing, stratasys, materials, additive manufacturing, aerospace, nasa, lockheed martin

NASA’s Orion vehicle is set to take off with more than 100 3D printed parts out of the Additive Manufacturing Lab at Lockheed Martin in conjunction with Phoenix Analysis and Design Technologies (PADT), utilising the latest, super tough Stratasys FDM materials.

Using advanced materials such as Ultem 9085 resin and the new Antero material, which incorporates critical Electro-static Dissipative (ESD) functionality, NASA aims to meet key requirements for 3D printed parts to perform in the extremes of deep space.

The newly released Antero is ideally suited to meet NASA’s requirements for heat and chemical resistance, along with the ability to withstand high mechanical loads.

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Siemens PLM and Hendrick Motorsports extend partnership

Published 18 April 2018

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: engineering, simulation, design, siemens plm, cam, teamcenter, siemens, autosport, siemens nx, nascar

Siemens PLM Software and 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports have extended their longstanding technical partnership through the 2024 racing season.

Since 1984, Hendrick Motorsports has earned a record 12 car owner championships in NASCAR’s premier division, and currently fields four full-time Chevrolet teams on the NASCAR Cup Series circuit

Teamcenter is the digital PLM backbone to help Hendrick Motorsports manage the product lifecycle for its racing operations, but is used not only CAD, CAM and simulation data, but it also encompasses a wide range of other data types, including on track performance data and build sheets.

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nViz adds Perceived Quality Review as plug-in for Autodesk VRED

Published 16 April 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, autodesk, visualisation, automotive, vr, nviz

The high-end visualisation of panel gaps is well established in automotive industry, having now scaled up to power walls, virtual reality software and even headsets.

To validate gap and flush tolerances, en­gineers use gap sections data from CAD and 3DCS to render combinations of min/max gap and flush tolerance values, and while Autodesk VRED has previously not offered this tool, nViz has produced the missing piece - the Perceived Quality plug-in.

Offering 3DCS-Data import from Excel files, interactive gap morphing in VRED, gap, flush and part transformation, there are even a set of templates for standard states (min/max gap, flush, wedge-A/Z etc.).

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ModeFrontier gets UI facelift, while Volta boosts enterprise collaboration in Esteco 2018 line-up

Published 16 April 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, esteco, modefrontier, mode frontier, volta

The latest release of Esteco ModeFrontier has introduced a fresh user-friendly look: organising the visual space, centralising and simplifying a number of actions and improving the general usability of the software.

A Home Panel makes it more intuitive than ever to create, open and save projects, while simplifying its integration with Volta - giving quick access to the ModeProcess and ModeSpace applications, as well as other utilities and useful contents, such as user manuals, template projects and tutorials.

The new Toolbar displays workflow editor, run analysis and design space environments with freshly designed icons, giving a new look and feel to the Italian-based company’s software interface.

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Creaform’s CMM alternative - Cube-R - gets debut

Published 16 April 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, manufacturing, 3d scanner, scanning, creaform

Billed as an off-the-shelf, fully integrated automated inspection solution as an alternative to CMMs in sheet metal, casting and composites, Creaform’s Cube-R should get some attention from big part suppliers.

The scanner extends the capabilities of Creaform’s MetraScan 3D for the dimensional measurement of parts ranging from 1- to 3-metres, with metrology-grade volumetric accuracy on the shop-floor.

The Cube-R looks to deliver both speed and volumetric accuracy over conventional systems, maximizing production cycle and throughput by offering a simultaneous operation of data acquisition and analysis in a continuous and uninterrupted measurement flow.

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New hardcore PEEK 3D printing material from Stratasys

Published 12 April 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, hp, manufacture, stratasys, materials, peek

A new PEKK-based high-performance thermoplastic, Antero 800NA, has been released by Stratasys for 3D printed components needing to be exposed to hydrocarbons, such as fuels and lubricants, as well as many acids.

For use on Stratasys’ Fortus FDM ‘Production’ range of 3D printers, the first release from what the company says is a new family of PEKK materials, Antero 800NA has a number of advantages for manufacturers.

Its high operating temperature is designed to allow it to be used for applications under the hood or in engine compartments.

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Link3D introduces blockchain to connect the digital thread for Additive Manufacturing

Published 10 April 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, additive manufacturing, link3d, blockchain

Digital Factory, the flagship SaaS product from Link3D, has added Blockchain technology, enabling enhanced data governance, provenance, audibility and validation - helping to link the start-to-finish data strand.

Link3D suggest that the inclusion of Blockchain solves major problems in the 3D printing workflow, including file integration, IP integrity, with Blockchain technology being used to track origination of each design file and its evolution.

It is also capable of facility matching and authentication, as service bureau capability can be stored on Blockchain and orders can be pre-verified, while real-time data from machines can be stored in an immutable way for forensics during recalls and for traceability.

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