Posts by Stephen Holmes

Link3D introduces blockchain to connect the digital thread for Additive Manufacturing

Published 10 April 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, additive manufacturing, link3d, blockchain

Digital Factory, the flagship SaaS product from Link3D, has added Blockchain technology, enabling enhanced data governance, provenance, audibility and validation - helping to link the start-to-finish data strand.

Link3D suggest that the inclusion of Blockchain solves major problems in the 3D printing workflow, including file integration, IP integrity, with Blockchain technology being used to track origination of each design file and its evolution.

It is also capable of facility matching and authentication, as service bureau capability can be stored on Blockchain and orders can be pre-verified, while real-time data from machines can be stored in an immutable way for forensics during recalls and for traceability.

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QR codes built into 3D printed parts adds extra AR dimension

Published 10 April 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, ip, rize inc, rize one

A combination of Rize’s voxel-level ink jetting 3D printing capability and the usage of the new 3MF format means that significant intelligence on the additive part can now be carried from the digital world into the physical world.

Engineers can 3D print secure information on an industrial part, in a QR code for example, allowing common smartphone app can scan the QR code on the part and instantly display the corresponding digital information online.

Its an interesting use for Rize’s 3D Printing capabilities, connecting the part with an ever increasing digital ecosystem - with uses for compliance, authenticity and traceability.

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Post processing of 3D printed parts gets smart with new Connect3D software

Published 05 April 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, additive manufacturing, post process

PostProcess Technologies, a pioneer of automated post-print solutions for industrial 3D printing, announced today its Connect3D software platform, an expansion of its Automat3D software offering.

Where Automat3D powers the intelligent removal of 3D support materials and surface finishing, the new Connect3D platform extends this capability into the cloud for the first time, allowing the digital thread for smart additive manufacturing to move beyond design and print, all the way through to the final post-printing step.

Connect3D allows PostProcess solutions to leverage the native CAD-file or 3D printer sliced files to automatically define the necessary requirements and algorithms for post-printing - allowing the software to become progressively smarter and more efficient in the decision-making required to deliver optimal post-printing results.

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Stratasys ‘spin-off’ company looks to replace injection moulding with STEP

Published 04 April 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, stratasys, evolve additive solutions

Evolve Additive Solutions, a spin-off of Stratasys’ Selective Toner Electrophotographic Process (STEP) technology, is looking to challenge injection moulding’s place in the manufacturing pipeline.

The STEP process combines time-tested 2D imaging technology with proprietary IP developed by Evolve to precisely align incoming layers and sophisticated bonding techniques that create final parts it states are ‘fully dense with isotropic properties’ of injection moulding.

Having spent nearly 10 years as an incubation project within Stratasys, the technology is billed as being up to 50 times faster than existing additive manufacturing solutions, while using engineering-grade materials.

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OnScale Cloud HPC available for CAE

Published 03 April 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, simulation, cloud, cae, hpc, onscale

Fresh out of secretive development, the OnScale Solver-as-a-Service platform has emerged for general availability, posing a new option for those looking to use High Power Computing (HPC) to solve CAE dilemmas.

OnScale states its combination of ‘sophisticated CAE multiphysics solvers’ with the power of cloud HPC will remove performance and cost constraints of legacy CAE/HPC, reduce design cycles from months to weeks or even days, and deliver ‘unequaled solver performance that easily scales to meet ever-changing CAE workloads’.

Additionally, according to OnScale, engineers using OnScale Cloud no longer have to worry about buying expensive new CAE software licenses, paying for maintenance and support, procuring expensive HPC hardware, or waiting for IT to deploy and maintain CAE systems.

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Renishaw encourages uptake of STEM with Fabrication Development Centre launch

Published 27 March 2018

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Article tagged with: engineering, education, renishaw

At its new site in South Wales, engineering technologies company Renishaw will officially launch its Fabrication Development Centre (FDC), a unique educational resource for hands-on learning.

It aims to inspire young people and to encourage a pipeline of talent into science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) careers, with schools or groups of young people able use the facility for free for lessons or workshops.

The FDC contains two classrooms, staffed by a qualified teacher and Renishaw’s STEM ambassadors, as well as being equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, including 3D printers.

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Is your design office providing the right setting for productivity?

Published 22 March 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: office, workplace

Google’s new London HQ should offer the cutting edge in working environments

A report looking at the UK working environments has shown that employees and facilities managers are moving away from the traditional office set-up, and would like outdoor meeting spaces, flexible working and on-site childcare facilities to feature in their buildings.

Exploring the link between employee happiness and productivity, the report highlights that varying temperature conditions, unnatural lighting and not enough drinking water are the biggest aspects of an office environment that affect productivity, according to UK office workers. While 71 per cent say having high-quality coffee and tea available improves their working day [hands-up here].

It’s not unusual for reports like these to throw-up favourable stats for certain elements, this report was undertaken thanks to Brita water filters - so the idea that 64 per cent of people interviewed wanted onsite filtered water is hardly a shock - but the idea of keeping your workforce healthy and hydrated is probably good advice.

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