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LulzBot launch Mini 2 with design advanced for desktop 3D Printing

Published 24 April 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, manufacturing, education, lulzbot

‘Whisper-quiet’ operation and a build volume increase of approximately 20 per cent over the previous model with no increase in footprint should see the LulzBot Mini 2 find some admirers among those after desktop FDM 3D Printing.

The Mini 2 features a belt-driven Z-axis and included as standard equipment are three accessories previously offered as add-ons to the original LulzBot Mini: A next generation Aerostruder Tool Head designed around the E3D Titan Aero hot end and extruder; the LulzBot modular bed system with reversible heated glass/PEI surface, and a Graphical LCD Controller for tetherless operation.

Announced at this year’s Rapid event, it highlights the role of desktop 3D printing to the industry at large, and LulzBot’s own renewed focus on the company’s core markets in product and process engineering, manufacturing, and education.

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Jigs and Fixtures for GrabCAD Print automates 3D printing for factory floor jobs

Published 24 April 2018

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Article tagged with: cad, 3d printing, manufacturing, stratasys, grabcad, additive manufacturing

The use of 3D printing for creating custom jigs and fixtures, faster and cheaper that traditional milling processes, has been one of the biggest ‘wins’ for the technology to date, so its of little surprises to see Stratasys unveil specific software to streamline the process.

Jigs and Fixtures for GrabCAD Print aims to simplify and automate the print preparation for Stratasys’ FDM 3D Printing technology by eliminating the need for users to convert their CAD design to an STL file,

By accepting native CAD designs, Stratasys believes that the part’s original design intent is maintained, which can result in key information not being lost during translation.

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Ford adopts Impossible Objects’s technology for composites R&D

Published 24 April 2018

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, manufacture, materials, ford, carbon fibre, impossible objects

Ford has purchased two of Impossible Objects’ Model One machines for its research and development teams, as it looks to enable complex composite parts manufacture at production speeds for the automotive industry.

Leveraging high-speed 2D graphics technologies, the Model One enables users to use a wide-range of composite and advanced materials, including carbon fiber, Kevlar and fiberglass together with PEEK and other high performance polymers, to automate lay-ups to build the strongest, lightweight parts at scale.

“We believe there’s huge opportunity for our technology across the $12 trillion global manufacturing market, and we’re honored to have Ford as a customer,” says Impossible Objects chairman and founder Bob Swartz. “We’re looking forward to working with Ford and exploring all the ways the company can use 3D printing at scale.”

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Flagship F900 range leads the way for Stratasys’ vision of the future factory

Published 23 April 2018

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Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, manufacturing, stratasys, materials, additive manufacturing, fortus

Stratasys has unveiled a range of new FDM 3D printing solutions designed to accelerate the use of additive manufacturing on the factory floor, led by its new F900 family.

The F900 is available in a new series of three solutions: the F900, the F900 AICS (Aircraft Interiors Certification Solution), and the F900 PRO, all boasting 914.4 x 609.6 x 914.4 mm build area, that can be split to provide two ‘build zones’ for either small or large build sheets.

The F900 Aircraft Interiors Certification Solution (AICS), announced at the Paris Air Show, is a solution for flight-worthy parts.

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Visionary Render 2 ramps up the possibilities for Industry 4.0

Published 23 April 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, cad, design, iot, visualisation, workstation, cloud, vr, virtalis, visionary render

 

The latest version of Visionary Render, Virtalis’ flagship engineering VR software, offers the ability to share 3D models across an entire enterprise thanks to a new cloud-based structure.

Built specifically to maintain design and engineering information, as opposed to a repurposed gaming engine, Visionary Render 2 acts as a platform linking both structured and unstructured data, meaning CAD PLM can be brought together with any mix of data from IOT, laser scans, point clouds, weather feeds and more.

Virtalis says that giant data sets can be rendered at lightning speed, and that thanks to its mesh network, it can stream to a range of devices, ‘including tablets, all while maintaining vital security and data integrity features’.

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Artec Integrates 3D Scanners with Geomagic Freeform

Published 19 April 2018

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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

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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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