Posts by Stephen Holmes

Desktop Metal adds Fiber to its product line-up

Published 01 November 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, hardware, materials, tech, desktop metal

Based on a new process called Micro Automated Fiber Replacement (AFP), Desktop Metal has launched its latest 3D printing technology for industrial grade continuous fibre composite materials.

It says that the new process will allow users to print parts with in a broad range of materials, that traditionally required million dollar AFP systems.

Fiber seems targeted at custom or SME production: featuring a large build envelope, a robotic tool changer, and it has designed to be arranged in print farm configuration of 6 or 10 printers.

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JCB picks up Dewar Trophy for outstanding engineering for a second time

Published 01 November 2019

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Article tagged with: engineering, design, automotive, tech, agricultural, jcb, royal automobile club

Bob Womersley, Director of Advanced Engineering at JCB with JCB Chief Innovation and Growth Officer Tim Burnhope

Earlier this week we were lucky enough to be invited to The Royal Automobile Club as it awarded the prestigious Dewar Trophy to JCB for it’s electric-powered mini excavator.

The Dewar Trophy is the CLub’s recognition of ‘Outstanding Technical Achievement in the British Automotive Industry’, with the large trophy only presented in years when the Club’s expert committee believes that there are contenders of sufficient merit.

This is one such year, and we were treated to finding out more about the JCB 19C-1E from the company’s director of advanced engineering Bob Womersley.

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Radan Designer launches as specialist sheet metal CAD/CAM from Hexagon

Published 29 October 2019

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Article tagged with: solidworks, manufacturing, manufacture, cam, hexagon, radan

Hexagon is billing its new Radan Designer software as a pivotal part of Radan’s functionality as the “ultimate solution for taking geometry through to manufacture”, even allowing full CAD assemblies to be imported for accurate cost quoting.

Used for preparing parts for bending, nesting and cutting, in workflows such as model design to part repair and modification, the new module contains a material library and several calculation methods to create the correct unfolded shape.

“Unfolding parameters such as bend allowances, can be controlled independently of the geometry, leading to more accurate flat blanks, more accurate folding, and ultimately, to a higher quality product,” explained product manager Olaf Körner.

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EOS launches Digital Foam program with software and QA partners

Published 29 October 2019

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, eos, additive manufacturing, materials, footwear, carbon, ntopology

A hub of technologies, orchestrated by EOS is looking to connect CAD, materials, part qualification, and additive manufacturing to replace foams used in a wide variety of industries.

The benefits of 3D printed foam-like structures mean that materials can be custom tuned for purpose for superior comfort, safety, and performance characteristics.

“The level of engineering required to produce, say, a safer football helmet is massive, but the benefits are equally massive for end users,” said Dr. Greg Hayes, senior vice president of applied engineering at EOS North America. “The Digital Foam program was designed to make those huge improvements much easier and less time-consuming for organisations.”

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Ansys acquires Dynardo to add its simulation and optimisation tools into Minerva

Published 25 October 2019

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Article tagged with: simulation, cloud, ansys, tech

ANSYS has announced that it is to acquire Dynardo, a provider of simulation process integration and design optimisation (PIDO) technology, which should allow users to identify optimal product designs faster and more economically.

The integration of Dynardo’s tools will sit with Ansys Minerva’s simulation data, processes and knowledge management solutions, and should form a package that lets users integrate and manage critical simulation and optimisation results.

An existing Ansys partner, Dynardo develops leading-edge algorithms for optimisation, uncertainty quantification, robustness, scenario variation, sensitivity analysis, simulation workflow building and data mining.

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UK’s first Primary Education 3D Printing Hub to open in collaboration with Rolls-Royce

Published 24 October 2019

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, education, tech, rolls-royce, create uk, derby

Wyndham Primary Academy, Derby, will become the UK’s first Primary Education 3D printing hub

A primary school in Derby has been announced as the UK’s first Primary Education 3D printing hub in collaboration with Create Education and Rolls-Royce.

The prize, awarded to Wyndham Primary Academy, includes Ultimaker 3D Printers, software, curriculum consultation, curriculum CPD including technical training, plus lifetime curriculum and technical support.

Over the past 8 years the schools has gone from being labelled as a bottom 200 school in the country to being awarded World Class School status in 2017, and now forms the first STEM hub of its kind.

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PTC acquire ‘CAD on the Cloud’ provider Onshape

Published 24 October 2019

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Article tagged with: cad, ptc, cloud, tech, onshape, acquisition

PTC has announced its acquisition of Onshape

PTC has announced that it is to acquire Onshape for approximately $470 million, as the company doubles down on its view of ‘inevitable industry transition to Software as a Service’.

Onshape launched in 2012, with its ‘CAD on the Cloud’ maturing to add data management and collaboration tools to form the first SaaS product development platform, and will contimue to operate as a business unit within PTC, with current management reporting directly to PTC President and CEO Jim Heppelmann.

With 5,000 subscribers using Onshape software globally, PTC’s CEO believes the move will accelerate PTC’s ability to attract new customers.

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