Posts by Al Dean

Peel 3D launch Scan-to-CAD offering

Published 07 January 2020

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Article tagged with: cad, solidworks, 3d scanning, 3d scanner, peel 3d

There are a wealth of cost effective 3D scanners available these days, from depth sensor-based solutions to more accurate, higher resolution devices from the likes of Shining3d’s EinScan (which we took a look at recently).

One vendor that’s at the more advanced end of the spectrum is Canadian Peel 3D and its range of hand-held 3D scanners.

The company has just announced its new offering that combines its Peel 2 scanner with a new set of software, which allows you to push your scan data into your CAD system of choice, including Solidworks, Inventor and Creo, in a bundle called Peel 2 CAD.

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Wacom One - New entry level for pen-based input & display

Published 07 January 2020

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Article tagged with: design, wacom, sketch, lamy

It’s CES this week, so the tech world is going nuts for all manner of nonsense that’s being launched this week – the good news is that there are a few highlights for those interested in products to help with the design and engineering process (rather than being the result of it).

One of the first highlights is Wacom’s latest product, the Wacom One. Don’t confuse this with an existing product called the One by Wacom that’s a simpler tablet-without-the-display device.

This is an entry level 13” pen-based input and display that’s coming in much cheaper than its professional focussed Cintiq products (at £350 compared to over £549 for the Cintiq16HD).

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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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