Posts by Al Dean

HDR Light Studio - Tungsten is go

Published 09 May 2019

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: solidworks, rendering, visualisation, hdr, hdr light studio


If you’re deep into your visualisation game, chances are you’ll have heard of HDR Light Studio, which has just announced its latest Tungsten update.

For those that are using Physically-Based Rendering (PBR) systems, it has become a tool of choice to help with both tweaking existing HDR environment images (which the PBR systems use to generate their lighting conditions) as well as to create new environments from scratch.

Over the years (it’s now 10 years old), the system has grown in capability as well as integration with other visualisation tools.

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HP launches production focused Jet Fusion 5200 Series, new materials & alliance with Siemens

Published 09 May 2019

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HP has made a raft of announcements around its 3D printing offerings, this time focussing on the industrial end of the spectrum – particularly interesting for organisations looking for a means of cost-effective additive manufacturing of polymer parts.

First, there’s a new advanced set of hardware in the form of the HP Jet Fusion 5200, which looks to bring together everything needed from the hardware side (in terms of build and post processing) along with some interesting software aspects. HP’s goal is to enable customers to ramp up their 3D production and target business growth.

It’s looking to accomplish this with high-quality parts and optimal yield of parts on an ‘industrial scale’.

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Formlabs goes all out for third gen SLA Form 3 machines

Published 02 April 2019

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, materials, tech, formlabs, sla, resin

Go big or go home comes to mind when looking at Formlabs’ announcements today: The Boston-based SLA and SLS machine developer has announced the third generation of its Form stereolithography machines which have found a home on the desktops of designers and engineers across the planet.

The new range features the Form 3, a desktop sized unit in the vein of previous machines, alongside the much larger Form 3L, which features a build size of 200 x 335 x 300 mm (7.9 x 13.2 x 11.8 in).

The Form 3 range is built on a process developed by Formlabs that differs from its previous iterations. Named Low Force Stereolithography (LFS), it uses a newly designed tank with a flexible base that aims to “drastically reduce the forces of the peel process, providing incredible surface finish and detail, and linear illumination to deliver accurate, repeatable parts.”

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Spares and repairs with additive at Wyedean

Published 08 March 2019

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Article tagged with: engineering, design, 3d printing, manufacturing, additive manufacturing, spare parts, repairs

There is a whole industry spinning up about additive manufacturing becoming a significant part of the future of manufacturing, but the state of the art at present is in some interesting places that might not immediately be obvious.

One such area is in the use of the technology to enable repairs and replacement of parts that for which no tooling or digital information exists. Across the manufacturing world, there are untold numbers of machines that are working every day, day in, day out and have been doing so for decades - if not centuries.

It can be catastrophic for companies when components fail in these machines for which spares can not be sourced, and the more niche the area of manufacturing, the more this become true.

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PTC Creo Simulation Live launches with inbuilt Ansys live simulation tech

Published 28 February 2019

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Article tagged with: cad, simulation, prototype, design, ptc, nvidia, gpu, proengineer, product design, ansys

PTC and Ansys has announced a new offering in the Creo product line, Creo Simulation Live, which combines PTC’s flagship 3D product development system with Ansys’ brand spanking new real time simulation technology directly inside in the system.

If you’re not familiar with it, Ansys’ Discovery Live technology takes advantage of the compute power of modern GPUs to deliver analysis results in a fraction of the time that they would typically require.

Yes, there are some trade offs (in terms of fidelity of results), but what you lose there, you more than make up for in interactivity, and now that technology is available inside PTC’s Creo, as a new module, called Creo Simulation Live.

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Siemens adds Machine Learning prediction & productivity to NX

Published 20 February 2019

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Article tagged with: engineering, cad, siemens, ai, siemens nx, artificial intelligence, machine learning


Siemens has just issued details of the latest release of its flagship NX system which sees the beginning of the development team adding some features that take advantage of Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Whereas most ML and AI references in the world of 3D design software usually focus on the generative design subject (and are mostly nonsense), in this instance, this is about helping the user to be more productive - specifically, having the system predict next steps the user might take when conducting an operation, then update the user interface to help users more efficiently use software to increase productivity.

What does that mean? Essentially, you begin a modelling or detailing activity in NX, then the system knows, through analysis and prediction (the machine learning part) what you’re most likely to do next, so brings up the most commonly used operations or commands.

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Simcenter 3D update focusses on faster modelling and more accurate simulations

Published 31 January 2019

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Article tagged with: engineering, simulation, siemens, tech, simcenter

In the latest release of Simcenter 3D (2019.1), Siemens PLM Software introduces new, cutting-edge simulation capabilities, along with stronger connections to the broader Simcenter portfolio (That portfolio includes the likes of Femap, Madymo, STAR-CCM+, Flotherm as well as all of the tools from the LMS acquisition for physical testing).

For those that are additive curious, it’s also worth noting that the solution set has also been updated to include simulation of the additive manufacturing process, as well as more traditional engineering simulation tools to cover transmission simulation, aero-structure margin of safety analysis and fluid-structure interaction.

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