Posts by Stephen Holmes

Tailored Fibre Placement poses new options for designers

Published 02 August 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: manufacturing, automotive, materials, tech, carbon fibre, composites, germany, zsk

ZSK expects its new Tailored Fibre Placement to increase the use of composites in industry verticals such as automotive

German supplier ZSK has launched a series of innovations for Tailored Fibre Placement (TFP), an interesting carbon composite manufacturing technique, which offers to dramatically cuts costs and offer new possibilities for improved component design.

Unlike the conventional approach of weaving the fibres of a composite into a perpendicular arrangement then cutting the fabric to the required shape, TFP arranges the functional fibres in bundles exactly where they are most needed for structural performance and stitches them into position on a compatible base layer.

ZSK commits that this gives ‘absolute freedom of positioning’, allowing fibres to be placed in the optimum directions to carry the loads, ensures that they do not move during processing, and cuts fibre wastage to just three per cent instead of the usual 30-70 per cent on a typical automotive component.

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New AI platform launched to detect ‘3D printed gun’ designs

Published 01 August 2018

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, london, 3d design, firearms, 3d printed gun

Flagg3D is a platform designed to detect and flag unsuitable and prohibited 3D content on sites, platforms, networks and databases, powered by proprietary shape recognition technology

A new AI tool, Flagg3D, has launched, claiming to trace and flag the digital files of 3D printable gun blueprints for administrators of 3D content sharing and collaboration sites, as well as online 3D printing platforms and bureaux.

Powered by proprietary 3D shape recognition algorithms, the Flagg3D platform states it is able to scan large 3D databases and networks at scale, whilst also analysing inbound 3D designs in real time.

The machine-learning based platform matches against existing known gun parts, as well as similar and related designs, thus identifying and flagging unsuitable content.

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Other Reading // Goodyear celebrates 120 years with vision of the future

Published 31 July 2018

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Article tagged with: art, goodyear, future transport

To mark its 120th anniversary, Goodyear has collaborated with artist Edward Carvalho-Monaghan, renowned for his bright, block colour illustrations, to bring together a vision of what the world could look like in just over a century’s time.

Embarking on its very own voyage of discovery, Goodyear asked what the public think our world will look like in 120 years - including both children and adults - before enlisting artist Edward Monaghan to draw up a representation of the two viewpoints in his signature bold, psychedelic style.

Based on the findings Monaghan created a triptych that provided him with the space to showcase the disparity and similarity between the two viewpoints separately:

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Automotive industry sheds weight for amazing Altair Enlighten Awards

Published 31 July 2018

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Article tagged with: engineering, design, 3d printing, automotive, additive manufacturing, materials, cae, bmw, altair, chevrolet

The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado is over 200kg lighter than its predecessor thanks to some thoughtful design and engineering that have also garnered this ‘slimmer of the year’ with a trophy from the Full Vehicle category at the annual Altair Enlighten Awards.

Honouring the greatest achievements in vehicle weight savings each year, the awards incentivise automotive lightweighting advancements and provides a global platform to recognise and share technological achievements, with six winners from a field of 57 finalists this year.

BMW Group claimed the Module category with the first 3D printed metal component used in a production series vehicle, which captured a 44 per cent component weight savings on the 2018 BMW i8 Roadster.

 

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Netfabb 2019 adds powerful updates for simulation and latticing

Published 31 July 2018

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Article tagged with: simulation, 3d printing, autodesk, cloud, additive manufacturing, netfabb, lattice optimisation, lattice

Autodesk Netfabb 2019 adds more updates to its most powerful tools

The latest release of Autodesk’s 3D printing-focussed software Netfabb has added updates to two of its most powerful features: simulation and latticing, in addition to new features focused on improved productivity.

Cloud based, multi-scale, metal powder bed process simulation is now available on the Cloud for Netfabb subscribers beginning at the Premium tier.

The cloud credit cost for a PRM file is fixed, but part-scale simulation is dependent upon the complexity of the user’s parts; when a simulation is submitted the user receives a quote price for the simulation cloud credit cost and have the ability to proceed or stop.

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MIT’s Rapid Light Printing showcases bags of potential

Published 30 July 2018

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, materials, tech, mit, new york, rlp

Its creators believe that rapid liquid printing, can help reimagine manufacturing as an ‘artistic experience’

MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab has given insight into the development of its Rapid Liquid Printing technology with the launch of a new ‘futuristic manufacturing facility’ public installation at New York’s Patrick Parrish Gallery.

The 3D printing technology, developed in collaboration with furniture makers Steelcase, uses a tank of gel to suspend the part being printed, which it claims allows for large parts to be produced with better surface quality.

“Rapid liquid printing can produce large-scale objects out of high-grade materials like rubber, foam, or plastic in a matter of seconds or minutes by “drawing” them in a gel suspension,” said a Self-Assembly Lab spokesperson.

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Women in Innovation Awards returns for 2018 with incredible package of prizes

Published 30 July 2018

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Article tagged with: competition, women in engineering, funding, innovate uk

Innovate UK has launched the 2018 edition of its Women in Innovation Awards - allowing business women to apply for one of 8 Women in Innovation Awards - which includes £50,000 funding each and a bespoke package of mentoring, coaching and business support.

Judges are looking for women who are rising stars looking to make a significant impact towards one of what it regards as the Industrial Strategy Grand Challenges: AI and Data, Healthy Ageing, Clean Growth, and The Future of Mobility.

The competition is open to female founders, co-founders or senior decision makers working in UK-based companies that have been operating for at least one year.

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