Posts by Stephen Holmes

Britain’s origins shown through ‘Cheddar Man’ brought to life with 3D tech

Published 13 February 2018

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, 3d scanning, ultimaker, archaeology, model making, artec

The reconstruction of the Cheddar Man, a clay sculpt upon a digitally produced skull base. [credit: Tom Barnes/Channel 4]

The 10,000 year old ‘Cheddar Man’, the oldest almost complete skeleton of our species, Homo sapiens, ever found in Britain, has been brought to life for a new television documentary using the latest 3D technology.

Using a Mesolithic skeleton and its DNA, discovered in 1903 at Gough’s Cave in Cheddar Gorge, Somerset, scientists as well as reconstruction experts Kennis & Kennis have rendered a physical model from a base of 3D scanning and 3D printing technologies.

The original skull was 3D scanned to capture the full detail as an STL file, before Kennis & Kennis printed the skull using their in-house 3D printer, before building up clay to produce the lifelike representation.

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Machines tools experts turns to 3D Printing for marriage of metal cutting and additive solutions

Published 08 February 2018

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing

A company with over 30 years experience of developing machine tools is turning its attention to additive manufacturing as it becomes a HP 3D printing reseller.

XYZ Machine Tools believes HP’s Jet Fusion 3D printing solutions can work alongside conventional metalcutting technology to produce a seamless design to manufacturing process, and has been selected as an official reseller, with the company stating that 3D printing is ‘a perfect addition’ to the machine tools it currently offers.

“We have looked at 3D printing as a technology solution for a while, but we wanted to be convinced about its ability to deliver production level quantities in a time efficient and cost-effective way,” said XYZ Machine Tools managing director Nigel Atherton.

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Aurora’s large format metals 3D printing targets production for end of 2018

Published 08 February 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, additive manufacturing, metals, australia, aurora

Aurora is targeting print speeds of one tonne of material deposited per day

For now, Aurora is taking things slow - by its standards - with its large format metals 3D printing technology prototype now able to print simple parts at a printing rate comparable to existing technology in the market, but much slower than the theoretical printing speed being targeted by the company.

It is a critical milestone for Aurora, the Australian start-up we first uncovered in 2014 with its sub £3k offering is now aiming for producing truly large parts at speed - printing masses at a tonne a day.

“When we talk about printing simple parts slowly, this is equivalent to the same speed of other metal 3D-printers currently in the market, while printing complex parts rapidly is targeting speeds that are approximately 100 times faster than existing 3D-printers,” said Aurora managing director David Budge.

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Will working with an OAP help you net part of the £72bn ‘Grey Pound’ products market?

Published 08 February 2018

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Article tagged with: design, product design, imeche, old people

A new report from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers suggests that ‘smart homes’ for older people could save NHS and social care system over £2.5 billion a year - presenting a ‘huge business opportunity’ in the process.

Creating more modified homes, which encourage older people to keep mentally and physically fit for longer, could help save the NHS and social care system billions of pounds each year

“About 7 million UK homes are headed by someone aged over 65 years, who will undoubtedly need some form of assistive technology to help with everyday living, within the coming decade,” said Dr Helen Meese, lead author of the report and Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

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International Women in Engineering Day launches for 2018

Published 06 February 2018

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Article tagged with: engineering, women in engineering, inwed

Given that today strikes the mark of 100 years since women were (somewhat tentatively) given the vote in the UK, it’s fitting that The Women’s Engineering Society has announced Saturday 23 June as this year’s International Women in Engineering Day (INWED).

The theme this year is ‘Raising the Bar’, which is an invitation for you to show the world how you are making positive change in what you do and how you do it - whether professionally, through studying or perhaps by creating a more diverse workplace.

The Women’s Engineering Society hopes to see lots of people and organisations demonstrating how they will be #RaisingTheBar for #INWED18 through events, activities and social media (note the hashtags people!).

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Other Reading // Naoto Fukasawa: Embodiment

Published 06 February 2018

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Article tagged with: product design, book, naoto fukasawa, book reviews, muji

A new hardcover, coffee table book from Naoto Fukasawa was always going to get our attention, and Phaidon are publishing just that - a 288 page monograph on one of the world’s most popular and influential product designers.

Following on from his debut publishing in 2007, this new tome beautifully profiles over one hundred of Fukasawa’s designs from the past 10 years.

The lad doesn’t hang about, working on products as diverse as egg boxes to sofas with simple, restrained, and user-friendly end products having universal appeal for both clients and consumers alike.

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Robotic automation sees Creaform introduce 24/7 3D scanning with its R-Series upgrades

Published 06 February 2018

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Article tagged with: design, hardware, manufacturing, 3d scanning, 3d scanner, creaform, robotics

Creaform has launched the R-Series Productivity Station and R-Series Autocalibration Kit as upgrades to its robotic metrology dimensional measurement solution a growing alternative to traditional shop-floor CMMs.

The MetraScan 3D R-Series solution has been designed to enable manufacturing companies to combine both optical measurements and industrial automation - with the auto calibration functionality and standalone station removing human interaction and allowing 24 hour operability.

The unit comes with Automatic field calibration procedure built within industrial-grade hardware, including tool changer, computers and touch screens; NEMA 12 certification; meaning fully robotized calibration.

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