Audi sees the light: colour and transparent 3D printed prototypes for automotive design

Published 07 June 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: prototype, 3d printing, stratasys, materials, tech, audi

Audi, with a little coaxing from Stratasys, has revealed how 3D printing parts has sped up its new vehicle approval process from a design standpoint - and it’s not necessarily the parts you’d expect either.

The Audi Pre-Series Center in Ingolstadt has built rear light covers using its Stratasys’ J750 full-color, multi-material 3D printer, nailing the colour accuracy and textures, along with the all important transparency allowed by the ‘digital materials’ process.

Physical models and prototypes for the brand require the allocation of most parts of the vehicle in an early stage of product development – everything from wheel covers and door handles to radiator grills - for which the team traditionally uses milling or molding to produce components.

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ThingX Connect IIoT platform from ThingTech launches

Published 07 June 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, iot, cloud, tech, thingtech

ThingTech has launched its ‘revolutionary’ ThingX Connect platform that looks to productise the IIoT into a simple yet configurable plug-and-play solution.

The system integrates in real time to Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) software to capture streaming data from IoT devices/sensors at the edge, that can be processed on the device’s SoC (system on chip) or connected to ThingTech Enterprise, a cloud-based EAM system with deep MRO and workflow functionalities.

Any chosen actionable intelligence gleaned from these insights can be extended to field service operations and visualised with ThingX Mobile, a mobile application that enables field service mobility with GPS navigation and mapping, enhanced scheduling and dispatch, work order optimisation, and other mobile workforce management tools.

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VR wizards Masters of Pie gain £1.6M investment

Published 05 June 2018

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: cad, design, siemens, vr, ar, masters of pie

Masters of Pie, a London-based technology outfit specialising in virtual and augmented reality software for manufacturing and wider enterprises, has gained some significant investment, to the tune of £1.6 million from Downing Ventures.

You might have seen some of its technology being demonstrated, particularly by Siemens, which has integrated a set of it into NX (in fact, that integration was demonstrated on stage today PLM Connections in Arizona).

There was an announcement around the partnership between the two, but it didn’t see much in the way of exposure.

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EOS polymers Formiga P 110 system kicks on with new Velocis edition

Published 05 June 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, eos, materials, additive manufacturing

With an install base of more than 550 systems, EOS’ Formiga machine family are among the most prevalent polymer 3D printers on the market, which means the promised 20 per cent extra productivity of its new Velocis 3D printer should be of interest.

Based on the Formiga P 110 for additive manufacturing with plastic materials, Velocis’ technical improvements are based around an accelerated heating and re-coating process, as well as an improved temperature distribution in the build chamber of the system.

This is managed by an improved heating system and software control to preheat the polymer material on the build layer, before being fused precisely using a laser beam.

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Prodways downsize with new DLP desktop 3D Printer

Published 05 June 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, tech, desktop printing, desktop, prodways, french

Prodways has announced its new compact ProMaker LD-3 desktop 3D printer with the goal of implementing its 3D printing technology into production processes for dental and jewellery industries.

With a build area of 64 x 120 x 130mm, the printer is offered in industry specific packages for dental and jewellery, and works with three existing Prodways resins - PLASTCure Model 320, PLASTCure Clear 200 and PLASTCure Cast 300 HD.

Inline with Prodways’ ‘Moving Light’ technology production 3D printers, ProMaker LD3 features a moving DLP projector with a native pixel resolution of 50µm, and a layer thickness range that goes from 25 to 100µm, giving high resolution parts.

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Three finalists announced for the 2018 MacRobert Award

Published 04 June 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, design, london, innovation, royal academy of engineering, award

In the Year of Engineering, three innovations in healthcare, space and energy will go head-to-head for the top UK engineering prize, worth £50,000.

The UK’s longest-running and most prestigious national prize for engineering innovation will be competed for by Owlstone Medical’s ReCIVA Breath Sampler; Oxford Space Systems cost-competitive satellite antennas and structures, and Williams Advanced Engineering and Aerofoil Energy technology for energy efficiency on supermarket fridge shelves.

The winning organisation will be presented with a gold medal, and the team members will receive a cash prize of £50,000, with past winners including the engineers behind innovations such as the Pegasus jet engine, catalytic converters, the roof of the Millennium Dome and intelligent prosthetic limbs.

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Hexagon’s latests acquisition looks to build its autonomous mobility industry

Published 04 June 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: iot, automotive, cloud, tech, hexagon

Hexagon has announced the acquisition of AutonomouStuff, one of the world’s leading suppliers of integrated autonomous vehicle solutions.

Founded in 2010, US-based AutonomouStuff builds platforms for autonomous vehicle development, robotics and data intelligence innovation that are already in use with 2,500 customers from Silicon Valley to South East Asia.

“The acquisition of AutonomouStuff accelerates Hexagon’s ability to move our customers beyond the data impasse of IoT,” said Hexagon president and CEO Ola Rollén.

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