Anodised aluminium added to Protolabs’ repertoire

Published 20 March 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, manufacturing, cnc, protolabs, aluminium

Protolabs’ UK base in the West Midlands is now offering aluminium anodising as part of its on-demand production service - allowing for initial part design through to a finished protected all from the same supplier.

Anodising applies a thin, protective coat to the part forming a protective oxide layer, creating a barrier against corrosion, increased abrasion resistance and adds a decorative effect through enhanced surface finish and dyes.

Protolabs currently offers two levels of anodising: For parts needing protection against a harsh environment it provides hard anodising to ISI 10074, whereas if an aesthetic finish is required, then decorative anodising to ISO 7599 is available.

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5 Reasons Your Boss Wants You To Visit D3D LIVE 2019

Published 19 March 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, manufacture, education, tech, d3d live, sheffield, sheffield university

A day out of the office isn’t always an easy one to swing past the powers that be, so we’ve struck up a shortlist of key reasons to convince your gaffer why you need to be at our live event on 17 April in Sheffield.

If you’re not the type to need that sort of permission (or fancy yourself as the type of carefree rebel employee that keeps entire HR departments lying awake at night), then you can sign up straight away, here.

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Siemens PLM opens UK Machinery Academy - display of its ‘Digital Twin’ tech

Published 11 March 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, cad, design, manufacture, siemens, digital twin, machine tools

Siemens PLM is opening up the doors to its new factory automation demonstration suite in Manchester for a series of workshops over the coming months, as it looks to promote its tools for enabling a ‘Digital Twin’ for machinery manufacturers.

Siemens’ Virtual Commissioning technology looks to bring machine commissioning tests earlier into the design and development phase, allowing for what-if scenarios to be tested with no risks on a Digital Twin, reducing the engineering error quota and validating the security of the design – before the real machine even exists.

“The academies are a new initiative being launched by Siemens PLM to bring together diverse machinery builders in a collaborative environment to discuss the impact of digitalisation and automation,” said a spokesperson.

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Weekender // Prototyping in Tokyo exhibition, Japan House London

Published 08 March 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: prototype, 3d printing, additive manufacturing, london, tech, weekender

Prototyping in Tokyo: Illustrating Design-Led Innovation closes on 17 March, so it’s the penultimate weekend to head down to Japan House in London for this wonderful exhibition of bio-mimicry and epic prototypes.

It’s an excellent showcase of the innovative designs of design engineer Professor Yamanaka Shunji, founder of Leading Edge Design and a professor at the University of Tokyo, Shunji is one of the most respected design engineers in Japan.

The exhibition explores the potential of prototypes to act as a link between cutting-edge technology and society, offering us a glimpse into the structures and textures of the future, including the ‘Ready to Crawl’ series of robots that are ‘born’ fully formed just like a living thing.

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Spares and repairs with additive at Wyedean

Published 08 March 2019

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: engineering, design, 3d printing, manufacturing, additive manufacturing, repairs, spare parts

There is a whole industry spinning up about additive manufacturing becoming a significant part of the future of manufacturing, but the state of the art at present is in some interesting places that might not immediately be obvious.

One such area is in the use of the technology to enable repairs and replacement of parts that for which no tooling or digital information exists. Across the manufacturing world, there are untold numbers of machines that are working every day, day in, day out and have been doing so for decades - if not centuries.

It can be catastrophic for companies when components fail in these machines for which spares can not be sourced, and the more niche the area of manufacturing, the more this become true.

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PTC Creo Simulation Live launches with inbuilt Ansys live simulation tech

Published 28 February 2019

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: cad, simulation, prototype, design, ptc, nvidia, gpu, proengineer, product design, ansys

PTC and Ansys has announced a new offering in the Creo product line, Creo Simulation Live, which combines PTC’s flagship 3D product development system with Ansys’ brand spanking new real time simulation technology directly inside in the system.

If you’re not familiar with it, Ansys’ Discovery Live technology takes advantage of the compute power of modern GPUs to deliver analysis results in a fraction of the time that they would typically require.

Yes, there are some trade offs (in terms of fidelity of results), but what you lose there, you more than make up for in interactivity, and now that technology is available inside PTC’s Creo, as a new module, called Creo Simulation Live.

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3D Hubs expands its Student Grant awards for 2019

Published 28 February 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, product design, education, competition, stem, 3d hubs

Past winners of the 3D Hubs Student Grant have included CUDA by Archie O’Brien, and K-Pan by Paul Kohlhaussen

Product Design, Robotics, Sustainability, Transportation and Healthcare are all new applicable fields for the 2019 3D Hubs 3D Printing Student Grant competition.

3D Hubs is looking for students and recent graduates that can show how they used 3D printing to solve real-life problems in their respective fields, with a grant of $1,000 in each of the five categories to help fund their project.

Additionally, this year 3D Hubs will support the winners and finalists who are interested in turning their project into a product by showcasing their work to a global audience and by providing technical support and advice on how to go from prototyping to production.

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