Posts by Stephen Holmes

DriveWorks earns two Queen’s Awards for enterprise

Published 24 April 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: tech, driveworks, awards, uk

Recognised for both innovation and international trade, UK-based Driveworks has been awarded two highly coveted Queens Awards for Enterprise.

‘We are thrilled to receive these two Queen’s Awards. They are tangible recognition of the vision and passion for technology that inspires our entire team,’ said DriveWorks CEO Glen Smith

Since 1966, The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise have been awarded to businesses in the UK for outstanding achievement, with The Queen making the awards on the advice of the Prime Minister, who is assisted by an Advisory Committee.

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Ferrari Competizioni GT solve faster with new Ansys Mosaic meshes

Published 18 April 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, simulation, automotive, ansys, ferrari

Ansys’ engineering simulation software has been drafted in by Ferrari Competizioni GT to help develop its next great GT car.

Every two or three years the engineering team pushes themselves to create an upgraded racing GT within a 12-month window, with production efficiency key to their success, with the team historically using Ansys Fluent meshing to deliver turbulence models and solver technology to take their cars’ performance to the next level.

Now the team is using Mosaic-enabled meshing to make what it claims as a considerable impact on its aerodynamics designs — letting them achieve improved accuracy with fewer cells and solving ‘in half the time’.

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Maxon acquires GPU rendering tech provider Redshift

Published 09 April 2019

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Article tagged with: rendering, visualisation, gpu, vr, cinema 4d, maxon, nemetschek

Redshift was recently used to power award-winning LEGO mini movies for client Atwater Studios

The developer of the Redshift rendering engine, a GPU-accelerated renderer built to meet the specific demands of contemporary high-end production rendering, has been acquired by Maxon and its parent company Nemetschek Group.

Already available as plugin for Maxon’s Cinema 4D and other 3D applications, Redshift has a suite of features that aim to make rendering large or complicated 3D projects faster than traditional rendering solutions.

Redshift is currently a separate product and looks likely to remain that way, while Maxon and Redshift are committed to continue active development and support for its Maya, 3dsmax, Houdini and Katana plug-ins, as well as the recently announced plugin for Blender.

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The design and engineering behind… a rocket-powered golf club!

Published 04 April 2019

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Article tagged with: engineering, cad, design, golf

We’re huge fans of Mark Rober and his YouTube videos (automatic dartboard, delivery theft glitter bombs and more…), so we loved it even more when he went into more detail behind the design and engineering of his latest project - a twin-rocket powered golf driver.

From shonky early prototypes, through reverse engineering, CAD modelling to a custom 3D printed mount and tee-holder…. its a great story.

Watch it all on his video below, and take a look at the other videos of this former NASA JPL engineer here.

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Stratasys breaks into industrial SLA 3D Printing with new V650 Flex Stereolithography

Published 01 April 2019

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, stratasys, materials, makerbot, sla, stereolithography, dsm somos

The first commercialised SLA printer in Stratasys’ 30-year history, the V650 Flex marks a change in direction for the company with its open source materials

Leaning on the expertise of proprietary technology developed for its Direct Manufacturing arm, Stratasys has launched the V650 Flex – its first commercial stereolithography 3D printer in its 30-year history.

In a bid to ‘disrupt traditional stereolithography 3D Printing’, the V650 comes with a 20 x 20 x 23 inch build chamber, interchangeable resin vats for quick materials changeovers, and an opensource materials policy – another first in Stratasys’ history.

A partnership with DSM and its popular line of Somos stereolithography resins means that there are four ‘verified’ resins set for its launch in Q3 2019, although most SLA resins on the market are expected to work with the ‘Open Vat’ platform.

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Mayku FormBox gets greater UK support with Express Group

Published 22 March 2019

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, mayku

Desktop manufacturing hardware company Mayku has appointed Express Group as its new UK distributor for the FormBox, its desktop vacuum former.

Marketed as the ideal sidekick for a 3D printer - 3D print what you would like to cast, then place it in the FormBox to create a mould - from its output you can create casts in a variety of materials including concrete, wax, plaster, soap, jesmonite and chocolate.

“As well as being a UK reseller, we were already fulfilling their repair work,” said Express Group sales director James Blackburn. “Adding distribution now means we can offer a total solution for Mayku.”

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Anodised aluminium added to Protolabs’ repertoire

Published 20 March 2019

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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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