Posts by Stephen Holmes

WATCH // When Kid’s TV helped build a race car

Published 21 May 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, design, automotive, tv, blue peter

Blue Peter, the children’s television show as much a part of English social fabric as a Royal Wedding or over-hyped sports team, was once allowed access to a Formula 5000 race team.

While there’s nothing new with a bit of youth-focussed marketing, what stands out from this archive footage from 1975 is A) just how casual all the engineering and design is mentioned to its post-school audience, and B) how old-school this industry was compared with today where the sport is classed as the ‘pinnacle of technology’.

Magnesium castings? Aluminium sheet rolling? Five litre Chevy V8s? Footage of a car on fire? David Purley trying to keep it together for a pre-watershed audience describing how shit his tyres were? Not entirely sure these would make it onto today’s kids networks, but here it is in all its pomp:

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Rolls-Royce using Visionary Render to open huge engine models in its VR Cube

Published 17 May 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, simulation, design, visualisation, vr, aerospace, virtalis, rolls-royce

Rolls-Royce sees a positive future for using VR in its aerospace engineering - and is working with academic partners to develop new processes to merge simulation results with CAD geometry in real-time

Rolls-Royce Deutschland has huge CAD models, with the typical aero engine having around 20,000 components (ie. several massive gigabytes of data), right down to individual screws, so visualising them immersively, with a fluent frame rate, is no easy task.

“With such complicated and detailed models, we need to not just visualise in 3D, but also enable intuitive interaction (such as dynamic sections),” explained Prof. Dr Marius Swoboda, head of physical, computational and design sciences at Rolls-Royce.

The team, located in Blankenfelde just outside Berlin, has installed a bespoke 8.5-metre wide Virtalis ActiveCube display system, comprising of three walls, splayed at 130°, with an active floor.

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Arevo launches continuous fibre 3D print process, new CEO & $12.5M funding

Published 17 May 2018

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: hardware, 3d printing, manufacturing, manufacture, additive manufacturing, carbon fibre, peek, arevo, continuous carbon fibre

Arevo has come out of stealth with a series of announcements around the startup’s activity in the 3D printing/additive manufacturing space.

The company, founded by Hemant Bheda, uses a mixture of a commercial, off the shelf robotics, a continuous fibre and PEEK/Nylon matrix material and lasers to deposit material.

What’s interesting here is that unlike other fibre-focussed systems from the likes of Markforged, Arevo is looking to tackle how to build continuous fibre strengthened parts out of plane.

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Formlabs launches Ceramic Resin

Published 16 May 2018

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: prototype, design, 3d printing, industrial design, materials, additive manufacturing, formlabs, ceramics


First hinted at back at CES, Formlabs has finally launched its Ceramic resin.

The new silica filled resin is intended to assist building ceramic parts which are then kiln fired to both remove the binder resin and to sinter the ceramic particles together.

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Sinterit announces new ‘benchtop’ Lisa 2 SLS machine, complete with nitrogen build chamber

Published 16 May 2018

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, prototyping, sls, desktop printing, sinterit, poland

The Lisa 2 has been announced for preorder by Sinterit, creating a compact end-to-end SLS 3D printing system suitable for a small workshop.

With a build volume of 150 x 200 x 260mm, the Lisa 2 has grown from the company’s initial offering, while also adding a built-in nitrogen chamber to allow for new materials, and new, more intuitive Sinterit Studio software.

New Flexa Grey and PA11 materials will be of interest to many, with the latter offering superior chemical and temperature resistance, while the Polish company’s engineers are already working on the next wave of materials.

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Ansys brings its Digital Twin and Additive Simulation tech to market with 19.1 release

Published 16 May 2018

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: engineering, simulation, design, 3d printing, manufacturing, ansys, additive manufacturing, digital twin

Ansys has announced details of it’s the latest release, Ansys 19.1, which seems to encompass both a range of its existing technologies and capabilities as well as start to address new areas the company had yet to explore.

A key theme for 19.1 is the release of Ansys Twin Builder. With the concept of the digital twin becoming key to many of the more advanced product engineering technology providers (Siemens, PTC, Dassault et al), it’s interesting that Ansys is diving into this area head first.

As you might imagine, the focus is heavy on the simulation aspects and how you link the digital model to your physical assets - whether that’s for product testing or more importantly, preventative maintenance and prediction.

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Microsoft Surface Hub 2 adds mobility to 50” 4k collaboration screens

Published 16 May 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: collaboration, microsoft, workplace, surface, whiteboard

The future of collaborative working is the target for Microsoft’s latest incarnation of the collaborative smart whiteboard - the stunning new Surface Hub 2.

Billed as sleeker, more agile and more affordable to fit any workspace or work style, the 4K+ 50.5” multi-touch display is a “canvas to co-create”, harnessing the power of Microsoft’s software, including Teams, Microsoft Whiteboard, Office 365, Windows 10 and the intelligent cloud.

Able to tile up to four screens together in portrait or landscape view, Microsoft has also worked with Steelcase to create a system of rolling stands and easy-to-use mounts that allow for easy deployment and rotation from landscape to portrait modes.

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