Posts by Al Dean

Sharpen up those sketching skills with IDRAWMOTOS

Published 13 November 2019

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Whether you’re into two-wheel transportation or just curious about expanding your sketching skills, this one is going to be of interest. The fine folks at Idraw Creative Goods have teamed up with Dave Mucci of Moto-Mucci (a bike designer and builder that has built a solid reputation in the last few years - we wrote about him a few years back) to put together a set of tutorials, technical guides and other resources in a nice looking manual to help you design motorcycles from scratch, with a good understanding of the basics.

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Altair acquires DEM Solutions for discrete element analysis

Published 08 November 2019

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Following on from SimSolid and Polliwog recently, it looks like Altair’s acquisition spree isn’t over yet. The company has just announced its acquisition of DEM Solutions, developers of EDEM. EDEM, if you’ve not come across it before, allows you to accurately simulate discrete elements within a study, rather than using a more singular set of element meshes.

This allows the accurate simulation of a wide variant of activities processes, but it has really found a home in studying the interaction between pellets, tablets, powders, coal, soil and rocks within machinery. Whether that’s a potato sorting machine, a pill coating process of excavation of gravel at the road side.

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HP & Adobe launch Project Captis for materials capture

Published 07 November 2019

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Article tagged with: rendering, visualisation, hp, materials, vr, adobe

Prototype material scanning device from HP - image courtesy of PC Watch Magazine

Adobe has been running its Adobe Max event this week and one of the most interesting bits of news to emerge from the event is a collaboration between the company and HP.

You’re probably aware that Adobe acquired 3D materials and paint masters Allegorithmic earlier this year and we’ve all been waiting with baited breath for its tools to roll-out as part of Adobe’s Creative Cloud subscription.

While there’s no news on that front, this announcement looks interesting because it focusses on a pipeline to scan real-world, physical materials and quickly and efficiently turn those into materials ready for rendering.

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ExOne targets high volume production with new X1 160PRO metals printer

Published 05 November 2019

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Article tagged with: prototype, 3d printing, manufacturing, automotive, additive manufacturing, metals, exone

ExOne is perhaps one of the best kept secrets in the additive manufacturing world – particularly amongst those that are doing really interesting things with both the technology and the advantages that it brings. It is ExOne’s machines that are driving the design and manufacture of advanced cast part production with its sand core producing machines.

But today’s release is about its work in the direct production of metals, using a binder jetting-based process that sees metallic powder solidified using a binder (rather than a laser or electron beam), then this cured part is cured in a furnace to create the final production intent.

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3Dconnexion upgrades with CadMouse Wireless Pro

Published 05 June 2019

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Article tagged with: cad, design, 3dconnexion, mouse

3Dconnexion is a name long associated with the 3D design world: From its roots as part of the Logitech group, through its merge with Labtec (anyone still rocking a SpaceBall?), it has focussed on providing 3D motion control using its SpaceMouse products.

These gave your non-dominant hand control over your 3D model with a varying range of shortcut keys and other wizardry. But what about the dominant hand? Surely it could cook something up that gave us a professional, CAD focussed tool, for 3D design work to replace the common or garden mouse?

A few years ago, this challenge was answered with the release of the CadMouse, which on the surface of it, a pretty standard looking device, but one which brought back the third mouse button separate from the scroll wheel.

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HDR Light Studio - Tungsten is go

Published 09 May 2019

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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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