Posts by Stephen Holmes

WATCH // VW tackles Pikes Peak challenge

Published 20 June 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, simulation, design, automotive, automotive design, volkswagen, electric vehicle

There’s a huge amount of publicity accompanying Volkswagen’s push to be the fastest car up Colorado’s legendary Pike’s Peak hill climb, but thankfully it also throws up some cool design and engineering background, as well as some of the unique challenges faced.

The I.D. R Pikes Peak car will unleash its 680hp (although being electric, that means 500kW) of power up the hill later this month, but the likes of Ansys have revealed many of the simulation issues that have been worked on to try and be the fastest.

The unique track is 19.99-kilometers long and features 156 turns — climbing from 2,862 meters above sea level at the starting line to 4,302 meters at the finish line - with the high altitude resulting in about 35 per cent lower air density, creating different aerodynamic conditions than a racetrack on flat land.

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New Amazon partnership with Autodesk gives Generative Design new powers

Published 20 June 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, autodesk, manufacturing, cloud, london, fusion 360, tech, generative design

Autodesk has announced its new partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to provide the Cloud platform for Autodesk Fusion 360’s Generative Design capabilities.

As part of the launch, 1,000 new Fusion 360 Ultimate subscribers will receive 500 additional cloud credits to get started with the new design technology - on top of the 1,000 credits already provided - enough to potentially run two full scale part solve studies.

Launched by Stephen Hooper, senior director of industry strategy and business development for Autodesk Manufacturing, the news arrived at the company’s Autodesk University London user event.

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Rockwell Automation splurges $1B on PTC equity as part of new partnership

Published 11 June 2018

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Article tagged with: iot, ptc, tech, ar, rockwell automation, vuforia

Rockwell Automation and PTC have partnered, with Rockwell purchasing equity in PTC to the tune of over 8 per cent of the company’s worth

PTC and Rockwell Automation have announced an agreement for a strategic partnership that is expected to accelerate growth for both companies and transform their customer’s physical operations with digital technology.

As part of the partnership, industrial automation giant Rockwell Automation will make a $1 billion equity investment in PTC, and Rockwell Automation’s chairman and CEO, Blake Moret, will join PTC’s board of directors with the closing of the equity transaction.

The partnership will leverage both companies’ resources, technologies, industry expertise, and market presence - allowing for some exciting technical collaborations.

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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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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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