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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3D Print your part of a world record this June

Published 26 April 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: education, maker, liverpool, maker faire

To mark its fifth anniversary, Liverpool MakeFest is setting off to break a world record for the largest collaborative 3D printed object - in this case, a rocket to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landings.

The rocket, named Eagle, will need over 500 individual parts of the tubular midsection to be printed by volunteers (ie. you folks) and then sent to the venue in time for the main event on Saturday 29 June 2019.

Liverpool MakeFest has teamed up with the good people at Create Education and Ultimaker, and have prepared a simple STL file for download, and to be printed in any filament you fancy, before you post it off, or deliver it yourself on the day (tickets are free, here).

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DriveWorks earns two Queen’s Awards for enterprise

Published 24 April 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: tech, driveworks, awards, uk

Recognised for both innovation and international trade, UK-based DriveWorks has been awarded two highly coveted Queens Awards for Enterprise.

‘We are thrilled to receive these two Queen’s Awards. They are tangible recognition of the vision and passion for technology that inspires our entire team,’ said DriveWorks CEO Glen Smith

Since 1966, The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise have been awarded to businesses in the UK for outstanding achievement, with The Queen making the awards on the advice of the Prime Minister, who is assisted by an Advisory Committee.

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Ferrari Competizioni GT solve faster with new Ansys Mosaic meshes

Published 18 April 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, simulation, automotive, ansys, ferrari

Ansys’ engineering simulation software has been drafted in by Ferrari Competizioni GT to help develop its next great GT car.

Every two or three years the engineering team pushes themselves to create an upgraded racing GT within a 12-month window, with production efficiency key to their success, with the team historically using Ansys Fluent meshing to deliver turbulence models and solver technology to take their cars’ performance to the next level.

Now the team is using Mosaic-enabled meshing to make what it claims as a considerable impact on its aerodynamics designs — letting them achieve improved accuracy with fewer cells and solving ‘in half the time’.

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Maxon acquires GPU rendering tech provider Redshift

Published 09 April 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: rendering, visualisation, gpu, vr, cinema 4d, maxon, nemetschek

Redshift was recently used to power award-winning LEGO mini movies for client Atwater Studios

The developer of the Redshift rendering engine, a GPU-accelerated renderer built to meet the specific demands of contemporary high-end production rendering, has been acquired by Maxon and its parent company Nemetschek Group.

Already available as plugin for Maxon’s Cinema 4D and other 3D applications, Redshift has a suite of features that aim to make rendering large or complicated 3D projects faster than traditional rendering solutions.

Redshift is currently a separate product and looks likely to remain that way, while Maxon and Redshift are committed to continue active development and support for its Maya, 3dsmax, Houdini and Katana plug-ins, as well as the recently announced plugin for Blender.

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The design and engineering behind… a rocket-powered golf club!

Published 04 April 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, cad, design, golf

We’re huge fans of Mark Rober and his YouTube videos (automatic dartboard, delivery theft glitter bombs and more…), so we loved it even more when he went into more detail behind the design and engineering of his latest project - a twin-rocket powered golf driver.

From shonky early prototypes, through reverse engineering, CAD modelling to a custom 3D printed mount and tee-holder…. its a great story.

Watch it all on his video below, and take a look at the other videos of this former NASA JPL engineer here.

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