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

Published 17 May 2018

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

Published 16 May 2018

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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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Altair gets the nod to distribute GE’s engine system modelling tool

Published 16 May 2018

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Article tagged with: engineering, simulation, design, aerospace, altair, ge

Flow Simulator model of a GE aircraft engine

Altair and GE have signed a multi-year software agreement making the former the exclusive distributor for GE’s Flow Simulator software.

The comprehensive engine system modeling software provides the functionality of numerous tools for fluid systems to enable multi-disciplinary analyses, which Altair will leverage its expertise in commercial software deployment to expand the technology’s adoption.

Developed internally by GE, Flow Simulator is a robust multi-grid based solver dependent on the continuity-based Newton-Raphson method, which encompasses several numerical techniques that conquer the robustness issues of stiff fluid system designs.

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NextSense acquired by Hexagon, adds auto compensate skills for 3D scanning

Published 16 May 2018

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Article tagged with: manufacturing, automotive, 3d scanning, hexagon metrology, hexagon

Non-contact profile measurement and surface inspection firm NextSense has been added to the expansive portfolio of Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division.

Headquartered in Graz, Austria, NextSense is best known for its patented Calipri technology that automatically compensates for tilts and rotations during scanning, letting users spot profile deviations and surface defects.

The move should complement Hexagon’s drive to enable the ultimate smart factory, with Hexagon president and CEO Ola Rollén, saying: “The acquisition extends our breadth of capabilities in automotive fit and finish – the analysis of how well the parts of a car fit together, which impacts perceived quality at the point of purchase – as well as in industries such as rail and steel where we have a comparatively small footprint today.

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US Navy shipyard adopts 3D Systems additive manufacturing for next generation vessels

Published 10 May 2018

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Article tagged with: engineering, 3d printing, manufacturing, 3d systems, additive manufacturing, ship, naval, navy

Newport News Shipbuilding is the sole builder of US Naval aircraft carriers

3D Systems has announced its collaboration with Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) to qualify its metal additive manufacturing technologies to build the next generation of US naval warships.

Huntington Ingalls Industries company, NNS is the sole designer, builder and refueler of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and one of two providers of U.S. Navy submarines.

The first milestone in the agreement was achieved with 3D Systems delivering and installing a ProX DMP 320 3D metal printer at NNS’s site in Virginia, with the aim to use the ProX DMP 320 to produce marine-based alloy replacement parts for castings as well as valves, housings and brackets - for future nuclear-powered warships.

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WorkXplore 2018 R2 speeds up file opening and updates help functionality

Published 10 May 2018

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Article tagged with: cad, vero, workxplore

Colour has been added to enhance surface faces

Vero has released an updated version of WorkXplore, completely updating its online help in the latest version to include new icons along with dialog and menu screen captures, to aid users recognise where they are in the help file.

The software was created to efficiently import and analyse all file types and sizes at high speed - taking up to less than half the time to open a file compared to the original CAD application - with the time saved better put to use.

2018 R2 displays RGB colour for sheets, added into the software’s Face Information dialog.

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