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Hexagon announces Vero added to its Production Software line

Published 07 January 2019

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Article tagged with: cad, design, manufacturing, cam, vero software, vero, hexagon, hexagon mi

Having acquired Vero Software and its CAD CAM software in 2014, Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division has announced that it will join two other technology branches to form its Production Software business.

Along with FASys (tooling and resource management) and SPRING Technologies (G-code verification), Vero will adopt Hexagon’s corporate identity, as well as working closer together - something Production Software business CEO Steve Sivitter suggests has already been happening for some time.

“Operating together as a single entity is a natural step for us,” said Sivitter, “We’re all excited at the prospect of what’s possible now creating innovative manufacturing intelligence solutions in the production software space.”

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MIT develops system to break down complex designs into simpler shapes for custom manufacturing

Published 03 January 2019

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Article tagged with: cad, design, 3d printing, manufacturing, mit

MIT researchers have devised a technique that reverse engineers complex CAD models — breaking them down into individual shapes to easier customise and manufacture

In presentation at AMC SIGGRAPH Asia conference, MIT researchers announced its system that breaks down CAD models into their primitive shapes, such as spheres and cuboids.

At present, while designers use CAD to create and assemble individual shapes into a final object; the MIT researchers’ method does the reverse, disassembling the CAD models into individual shapes that can be edited.

As input, the system takes a 3-D triangle mesh and first determines the individual shapes that make it up, before Program Synthesis goes through all the shapes to figure out how the shapes were put together and assembled into a final model.

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Onshape gets radiation detection designers organised

Published 14 December 2018

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Article tagged with: cad, cloud, onshape, nuclear

Silverside Detectors, a developer of next-generation nuclear radiation detection technology for the defence and homeland security market, has spoken about its design processes and its choice of CAD software.

The company’s neutron detectors are used for large-area and standoff detection operations, and are designed to maximise the neutron sensitivity and go beyond the US government-set performance standards.

Silverside VP of hardware engineering, Philip Taber, said that part of its choosing Onshape’s Cloud-based CAD for its design and engineering was based on the need for help with data management. “With our previous CAD system, we’d have engineers trying to figure out which version was the latest version of a design.

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MakerBot brings 3D Printing Method to the office space

Published 11 December 2018

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Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, stratasys, product design, makerbot

MakerBot has returned after more than two years of developing a new desktop FDM 3D printer – the MakerBot Method - this time focused on the professional product designer

Targeting the offices of design studios, the MakerBot Method 3D printer rekindles the brand’s product line for a space much more developed than the one it helped spawn with the original Replicator in 2012.

The new offering is much more polished, including a heat circulating sealed build chamber, dual extruders, PVA water soluble support material, and dry-sealed material bays.

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AMFG and LEO Lane partner for secure end-to-end AM workflow

Published 11 December 2018

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, additive manufacturing, malcolm nicholls ltd, amfg, leo lane

AMFG, a provider of workflow automation software for Additive Manufacturing (AM), has announced a strategic partnership with LEO Lane to offer file security and IP protection solutions for the AM industry.

The move will see both companies integrate their software solutions to offer customers a secure solution for end-to-end AM workflow management, including virtual inventories and on-demand production.

“Security and IP protection are two of the main considerations for additive manufacturing today,” said Felix Doerr, AMFG’s head of business development. “Customers want to be sure that all files and data are secure as they go about managing their AM operations.

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Online quote service for 3D Printed parts allows UK bureau to cut its prices

Published 11 December 2018

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Article tagged with: prototype, 3d printing, malcolm nicholls ltd

Malcolm Nicholls Limited has launched its own online quote engine for faster processing and hands-on control for the experienced customer wanting parts fast.

The benefits of the online quoting system, powered by AMFG’s technology, means that components ordered through the online tool can be offered at 15 per cent lower than prices quoted through the company’s office-based human quotation service.

“The service, which is aimed at regular 3D printing users who simply want to upload and print parts, is a fantastic addition to our company. It compliments the consultative approach to providing prototypes matches to exacting requirements provided by the office-based staff,” said Ross Nicholls, technical director at Malcolm Nicholls Limited.

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2020 colour trends shifting towards green and cool

Published 11 December 2018

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Article tagged with: trends, colour

The 14th edition of ColorForward annual colour forecasting guide for the plastics industry has noted that its trend watchers have seen a shift to cooler blues and greens in the palette they developed for 2020.

Of the 20 colours in the latest edition of ColorForward, five of them are different shades of green; some are genuine and natural looking, while others seem more artificial or ‘digital’.

There are a range of reds, yellows and even a couple of oranges, all which tend to be bright and, in many cases translucent or tuned up with special effect pigments.

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