Altair’s 2019 user event ready for ‘open-minded thinkers’ in Detroit this October

Published 10 September 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: simulation, cae, tech, altair, detroit

Autumn sees the return of conferences and user events, with the mix of technologies on show at the Global Altair Technology Conference (ATC) caching the eye on 10 - 11 October in Detroit.

The conference program will feature talks from brands at the forefront of innovative business practices including Biomimicry 3.8, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, and more.

“We pride ourselves on being an organisation filled with open-minded thinkers who have created some of the world’s best technologies that help businesses make better decisions,” said James R. Scapa, Altair’s founder, chairman and CEO.

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Materialise first to offer new material for HP 3D printers

Published 09 September 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, design, 3d printing, hp, materials, materialise

new flexible material developed by BASF for HP’s new Jet Fusion 5200 Series

Materialise has announced that it is the first to offer the new BASF TPU Material for use on HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D printers for applications that require elasticity, shock absorption and wear resistance.

The Belgian additive manufacturing experts are the first to make the new material available through its online platforms Materialise OnSite and i.materalise, and through its offline prototyping and manufacturing services.

Developed by BASF for HP’s new Jet Fusion 5200 Series, Ultrasint TPU aims to combine smooth surface quality and crisp details with excellent mechanical properties.

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American acquisitions in UK form Scotland’s largest product design agency

Published 09 September 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, product design, scotland

The acquisition of Livingston-based product design agency A2E along with that of Glasgow-based product design company WideBlue in April 2018 has seen Pivot International form the largest independent product design agency north of the border.

Kansas-based Pivot International has facilitate in 10 countries around the world and is looking to ‘bolster its presence in Europe’, with the 17 years-old A2E specialising in single-source solutions, from concept development and design, prototype testing to design for manufacturing.

David Ross, managing director of A2E Limited, said: “The acquisition will help serve our clients with an expanded team of experts, capabilities, resources and locations globally.  We are very optimistic about our affiliation with Pivot and its effect for our clients and our employees.”

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Nexa3D announces UK availability for its fast SLA 3D printing, and a new CEO

Published 06 September 2019

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3D printer manufacturer Nexa3D has signed up Creat3D as its new UK reseller, meaning its fast stereolithography 3D printing technology out of California is now available on the shores of Blighty.

The NXE400 by Nexa3D promises ultrafast SLA 3D printing of 10mm per minute in the Z-axis using Lubricant Sublayer Photo-curing technology to transform how fast it can build 3D models using three available materials - its fast option, a tough option and a ‘super tough’.

Nexa3D’s transformation from a start-up has arisen out of the Californian technology hub Xponential Works, founded by former 3D Systems CEO Avi Reichental, who has also been announced as Nexa3D’s permanent Chief Executive Officer while also also continuing to serve as the company’s Executive Chairman.

Meanwhile, Creat3D continues to grow as a reseller of the latest 3D printer brands, including Formlabs, Makerbot, Markforged, and BigRep.

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Detachable design for drivers might solve bacteria boom on buses

Published 05 September 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, prototype, design, bus, pailton engineering

According to studies, the steering wheel of your local bus is likely carrying more bacteria than a toilet seat, furthering poor cabin hygiene for the no doubt grumpy driver, and any passengers they come into contact with.

Custom steering system manufacturer Pailton Engineering is offering a potential solution of a detachable bus steering wheel — a concept designed for infection prevention and the reduction of work-related sickness among the bus and coach driving workforce.

“Many bus drivers would agree that the cab is not always the most hygienic of working environments,” explained Roger Brereton, head of sales at Pailton Engineering.

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nTopology’s expansion into Germany is ‘logical next step’

Published 04 September 2019

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Article tagged with: engineering, design, manufacturing, topology optimisation, generative design, ntopology, germany

Software company nTopology, headquartered in New York, USA, has announced the opening of its first European office in Regensburg, Germany.

The new location was added in response to the company’s growing partner and customer base in Europe who are creating highly complex designs suited for advanced- and additive-manufacturing processes.

“Large, global, enterprise-level manufacturing companies are adopting nTopology’s software to address engineering challenges and initiatives such as lightweighting, generative design and Industry 4.0,” said nTopology founder and CEO Bradley Rothenberg, adding: “Our expansion into Germany is the logical next step since that is the base for much of European manufacturing.”

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MachineWorks announces In Process Workpiece technology for Parasolid

Published 04 September 2019

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Article tagged with: simulation, cam, siemens, cnc, polygonica, machineworks

MachineWorks, developers of a range of software for CNC simulation, verification and polygon meshing, has announced details of an interesting project it has recently completed resulting in a new product called MachineWorks Parasolid Software bridge.

Reading the press release (found here), the details are a little obscured, but once you work out what they’ve done, the result is really interesting for those engaged in complex, multi-step machining – whether moving work pieces between orientations, different machines and between different processes.

When CNC software calculated toolpaths, an in-process stock model can be created at the end of each toolpath upon which the next operation will be based. If you’re not familiar with what this means, imagine taking a solid billet of metal, carrying out your initial machining operation to remove a large bulk of material.

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