Posts by Stephen Holmes

Artec Integrates 3D Scanners with Geomagic Freeform

Published 19 April 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, cad, design, manufacturing, 3d systems, geomagic, 3d scanning, artec

Artec 3D has announced the integration of its portable, hand-held 3D scanners with 3D Systems’ Geomagic Freeform software, as the companies look to streamline reverse engineering workflows.

Objects can now be captured directly into Freeform, where users can access a variety of advanced hybrid design capabilities including touch-based 3D sculpting, surfacing, design-intent modeling, 3D scan processing, mold making and CAD interoperability.

Freeform handles the import and export of 3D file formats like STL, OBJ, PLY, IGES, STEP, other neutral formats, and additional CAD formats through Geomagic Freeform Plus.

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Zortrax HEPA cover aims to improve 3D Prints and your safety

Published 18 April 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: hardware, 3d printing, materials, zortrax

A filtering device that can be attached to the top of its M200 and M200 Plus 3D printers, has been launched by Zortrax to help reduce the amount of Ultra Fine Particles (UFP) emitted during the printing process.

A HEPA filter reportedly catches over 99 per cent of particles emitted by heated thermoplastics, while also getting rid of unpleasant smells, and helping keep the build area suitably heated - reducing the potential for ABS-based materials to warp.

There’s all kinds of debate happening around the emissions from various FDM materials, so if you’re looking to keep a safe perspective your desktop printing safe - as well as improving the parts that come off the print bed - then its an interesting option.

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NASA Orion mission sets sights on taking 3D Printing into deep space

Published 18 April 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, manufacturing, stratasys, materials, additive manufacturing, aerospace, nasa, lockheed martin

NASA’s Orion vehicle is set to take off with more than 100 3D printed parts out of the Additive Manufacturing Lab at Lockheed Martin in conjunction with Phoenix Analysis and Design Technologies (PADT), utilising the latest, super tough Stratasys FDM materials.

Using advanced materials such as Ultem 9085 resin and the new Antero material, which incorporates critical Electro-static Dissipative (ESD) functionality, NASA aims to meet key requirements for 3D printed parts to perform in the extremes of deep space.

The newly released Antero is ideally suited to meet NASA’s requirements for heat and chemical resistance, along with the ability to withstand high mechanical loads.

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nViz adds Perceived Quality Review as plug-in for Autodesk VRED

Published 16 April 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, autodesk, visualisation, automotive, vr, nviz

The high-end visualisation of panel gaps is well established in automotive industry, having now scaled up to power walls, virtual reality software and even headsets.

To validate gap and flush tolerances, en­gineers use gap sections data from CAD and 3DCS to render combinations of min/max gap and flush tolerance values, and while Autodesk VRED has previously not offered this tool, nViz has produced the missing piece - the Perceived Quality plug-in.

Offering 3DCS-Data import from Excel files, interactive gap morphing in VRED, gap, flush and part transformation, there are even a set of templates for standard states (min/max gap, flush, wedge-A/Z etc.).

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ModeFrontier gets UI facelift, while Volta boosts enterprise collaboration in Esteco 2018 line-up

Published 16 April 2018

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Article tagged with: design, esteco, modefrontier, mode frontier, volta

The latest release of Esteco ModeFrontier has introduced a fresh user-friendly look: organising the visual space, centralising and simplifying a number of actions and improving the general usability of the software.

A Home Panel makes it more intuitive than ever to create, open and save projects, while simplifying its integration with Volta - giving quick access to the ModeProcess and ModeSpace applications, as well as other utilities and useful contents, such as user manuals, template projects and tutorials.

The new Toolbar displays workflow editor, run analysis and design space environments with freshly designed icons, giving a new look and feel to the Italian-based company’s software interface.

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Creaform’s CMM alternative - Cube-R - gets debut

Published 16 April 2018

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Article tagged with: design, manufacturing, 3d scanner, scanning, creaform

Billed as an off-the-shelf, fully integrated automated inspection solution as an alternative to CMMs in sheet metal, casting and composites, Creaform’s Cube-R should get some attention from big part suppliers.

The scanner extends the capabilities of Creaform’s MetraScan 3D for the dimensional measurement of parts ranging from 1- to 3-metres, with metrology-grade volumetric accuracy on the shop-floor.

The Cube-R looks to deliver both speed and volumetric accuracy over conventional systems, maximizing production cycle and throughput by offering a simultaneous operation of data acquisition and analysis in a continuous and uninterrupted measurement flow.

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New hardcore PEEK 3D printing material from Stratasys

Published 12 April 2018

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, hp, manufacture, stratasys, materials, peek

A new PEKK-based high-performance thermoplastic, Antero 800NA, has been released by Stratasys for 3D printed components needing to be exposed to hydrocarbons, such as fuels and lubricants, as well as many acids.

For use on Stratasys’ Fortus FDM ‘Production’ range of 3D printers, the first release from what the company says is a new family of PEKK materials, Antero 800NA has a number of advantages for manufacturers.

Its high operating temperature is designed to allow it to be used for applications under the hood or in engine compartments.

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