Posts by Stephen Holmes

Stratasys sneaks out word of its metals 3D printing technology

Published 28 February 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, manufacturing, hp, stratasys, additive manufacturing, aerospace, metals, aluminium

Stratasys’ jetting technology is primed to deliver metals 3D printed parts - though will it resemble anything like its J750 3D printer?

Stratasys has announced the development of a new metal additive manufacturing platform, designed internally to become a viable manufacturing technology to ‘displace conventional methods for short-run manufacturing’.

In development over the past few years, the process is said to incorporate the company’s proprietary jetting technology - aiming to overcoming material limitations of currently available metal-based additive manufacturing systems.

Beginning with Aluminium parts, the goal is an economically competitive cost-per-part and throughput, with easy to implement post-processing and high part quality.

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Formula Student adds ‘driverless cars’ race category in its 20th year

Published 28 February 2018

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Article tagged with: engineering, design, automotive, formula student, imeche, ai

Formula Student, the student racing car event run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), will see 130 student teams from over 30 countries take part in July 2018.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, this year marks the first time that there will be a driverless element to the competition, FS-AI, with some teams being tasked with developing a cost-effective software package to enable an Artificial Intelligence (AI) car to make its own decisions, and evolve to improve its own performance.

IMechE states that the new aspect of the competition will ensure the event continues to support industry by addressing the skills gap and providing mechanical engineering students with the opportunity for real-world experience of integrated electronics, software and systems engineering.

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Composites abilities take centre stage in MSC Apex ‘Harris Hawk’

Published 28 February 2018

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Article tagged with: simulation, manufacturing, cae, fea, aerospace, composites simulation, composites design, msc, msc software, composites

MSC Apex model of a composite layup airplane structure

MSC Apex’s latest release, Harris Hawk, is targeting a unique composite modeling and simulation experience that closely mimics the steps of the manufacturing process, introducing a new geometry tool for surface extensions to eliminate manual rework and to allow engineers to automate model preparation tasks.

Instead of using Finite Element Abstractions (FEA), MSC Apex allows engineers to manipulate physical representation such as fabric, layups, plies, panels, and zones.

With this in mind, users are promised that within a few hours they can become efficient with composite modelling and on-the-fly failure calculation

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Ledas advances its Cloud kernel coupling by integrating with C3D Toolkit

Published 28 February 2018

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Article tagged with: cad, dassault systemes, dassault systèmes, cam, cloud, cae, ledas

Ledas, a Russian provider of software development services for the likes of Dassault Systemes and Cimatron, has announced its Cloud platform has taken another positive step with the ‘smooth integration’ running C3D Labs’ Toolkit in a web browser.

The move, states Ledas, shows that its 3D Web platform couples easily ‘with any general-purpose geometric modelling’, proving a step-up from its previous tests when coupled with an open-source B-rep geometric kernel and 3D modeling library.

This development was bridged with C3D to achieve better performance and quality for working with real-life user models.

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Crystallon open source project helps create lattice structures in Rhino and Grasshopper

Published 26 February 2018

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Article tagged with: cad, 3d printing, autodesk, industrial design, rhino, grasshopper, fathom, lattice optimisation, lattice

An open source lattice generation tool, Crystallon, has been developed for Rhino CAD software without the need to export to an third-party software, and has been made available for free through Github.

Each tool is a cluster which can be opened and modified by the user in the spirit of open source, where by the developer, former Autodesk Artist In Residence and now researcher and industrial designer at Fathom, Aaron Porterfield.

With users wanting to use lattices for varying applications and having different needs from the structures, the open source nature of Crystallon should hopefully present enough feedback and improvements from users with unique case studies.

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Altair heats-up its interest in cooling with TES acquisition

Published 22 February 2018

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Article tagged with: simulation, design, automotive, cfd, altair, electronics

ElectroFlo’s applications range from consumer electronics to automotive, like the Bussed Electrical Center (BEC) shown here

Michigan-based TES International is the latest simulation software company to be acquired by Altair, with its high power-density application electronics cooling package, ElectroFlo, CFD software the pick of its tools.

TES was founded in 1994 to service the electronics cooling market, and produces cross-industry software solutions for thermal design and packaging, custom programming, general heat transfer, stress and vibration analysis, and computational fluid dynamics (CFD).

“ElectroFlo is a great extension to our thermal simulation portfolio,” said Altair CTO Dr. Uwe Schramm. “There is a lot of synergy with AcuSolve 3D CFD which has been widely used for thermal management in a multitude of use cases.

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Other Reading // LPW’s AM powders research

Published 21 February 2018

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, education, materials, additive manufacturing, sls, lpw, lpw technology

For anyone investigating the world of advanced manufacturing materials, the world of 3D printing powders for Selected Laser Melting (SLM) will be of great curiosity - with quality of parts directly impacted.

Producers of SLM powders, LPW, has launched an in-depth guide and research study, including 14 case studies that cover everything from powder degradation, flow after recycling, laser diffraction and even the evolution of oxygen within powders.

It’s in-depth, educational, and it might just adjust your thinking about what you’re throwing into you additive manufacturing workflow.

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