Posts by Al Dean

EDF signs 20 year deal with Dassault Systèmes to transform nuclear engineering

Published 03 July 2018

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Article tagged with: engineering, design, dassault systemes, dassault systèmes, dassault, 3dexperience, digital twin, nuclear, edf, capgemini

Dassault Systèmes, French consulting firm Capgemini and energy giant EDF (Électricité de France), have the signing of a long-term partnership agreement for the future of EDF’s nuclear engineering and its wider ecosystem.

The partnership aims to support EDF in the digitalisation of its plant engineering projects with the view to strengthen plant performance and overall competitiveness of nuclear power. parties describe the deal as representing “a major step in accelerating the digital transformation of the nuclear industry as a whole”.

In keeping with the terms of the agreement, EDF and Dassault Systèmes are engaging in a 20-year partnership that will sustainably support industrial projects using Dassault’s 3dexperience platform.

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Ansys and PTC work to bring real time simulation to Creo

Published 19 June 2018

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Article tagged with: engineering, simulation, design, ptc, ansys, creo, discovery live

Ansys and PTC have announced a partnership to bring Ansys Discovery Live (ADL) directly into the Creo interface.

The combined solution will be sold by PTC and its partners as part of the Creo price book and will bring together one of the beasts of 3D product engineering and the simulation world’s hottest new technology.

If you’re not familiar with it, Ansys Discovery Live offers a new approach to simulation by taking advantage of the power of GPU computing to provide simulation results in near real-time (our review from the time of launch is here).

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VR wizards Masters of Pie gain £1.6M investment

Published 05 June 2018

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Article tagged with: cad, design, siemens, vr, ar, masters of pie

Masters of Pie, a London-based technology outfit specialising in virtual and augmented reality software for manufacturing and wider enterprises, has gained some significant investment, to the tune of £1.6 million from Downing Ventures.

You might have seen some of its technology being demonstrated, particularly by Siemens, which has integrated a set of it into NX (in fact, that integration was demonstrated on stage today PLM Connections in Arizona).

There was an announcement around the partnership between the two, but it didn’t see much in the way of exposure.

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Onshape launches Enterprise initiative

Published 24 May 2018

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Article tagged with: cad, design, cloud, data management, onshape, admin

Onshape has unveiled the culmination of 18 months’ work (and arguably, fruition of its plans since founding) with the release of Onshape Enterprise.

This follows hot on the heels of its Design Data Management 2.0 release earlier this year.

The idea here is that rather than having every user within your organisation, each with their own separately managed Onshape account, a master account is used instead to aid control and administration - and that Onshape master account also has some seriously impressive tricks up its sleeve.

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Arevo launches continuous fibre 3D print process, new CEO & $12.5M funding

Published 17 May 2018

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, hardware, manufacturing, manufacture, additive manufacturing, carbon fibre, peek, arevo, continuous carbon fibre

Arevo has come out of stealth with a series of announcements around the startup’s activity in the 3D printing/additive manufacturing space.

The company, founded by Hemant Bheda, uses a mixture of a commercial, off the shelf robotics, a continuous fibre and PEEK/Nylon matrix material and lasers to deposit material.

What’s interesting here is that unlike other fibre-focussed systems from the likes of Markforged, Arevo is looking to tackle how to build continuous fibre strengthened parts out of plane.

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Formlabs launches Ceramic Resin

Published 16 May 2018

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Article tagged with: prototype, design, 3d printing, industrial design, additive manufacturing, materials, formlabs, ceramics


First hinted at back at CES, Formlabs has finally launched its Ceramic resin.

The new silica filled resin is intended to assist building ceramic parts which are then kiln fired to both remove the binder resin and to sinter the ceramic particles together.

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Ansys brings its Digital Twin and Additive Simulation tech to market with 19.1 release

Published 16 May 2018

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: engineering, simulation, design, 3d printing, manufacturing, ansys, additive manufacturing, digital twin

Ansys has announced details of it’s the latest release, Ansys 19.1, which seems to encompass both a range of its existing technologies and capabilities as well as start to address new areas the company had yet to explore.

A key theme for 19.1 is the release of Ansys Twin Builder. With the concept of the digital twin becoming key to many of the more advanced product engineering technology providers (Siemens, PTC, Dassault et al), it’s interesting that Ansys is diving into this area head first.

As you might imagine, the focus is heavy on the simulation aspects and how you link the digital model to your physical assets - whether that’s for product testing or more importantly, preventative maintenance and prediction.

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