Posts by Al Dean

Hackrod launches crowd equity campaign

Published 22 January 2018

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, manufacturing, generative design, hackrod

We love the team at Hackrod - they’re doing some interesting things, taking a whole bunch of technology (AI, VR, Generative design, additive manufacturing) and looking for new ways to build, as they put it, some brand new cool shit.

We wrote about them last year (the story is here) and Mouse was kind enough to keynote our US event last autumn, with the good news: he’s set to come and tell his story at DEVELOP3D Live in Warwick in March this year, too.

In the meantime, the Hackrod crew has just launched its crowd equity campaign - so if you fancy taking a prospective punt on these lunatics, then you can (starting at $100).

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Kohler’s new Additively Manufactured bathroom product

Published 10 January 2018

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: design, manufacturing, industrial design, 3d systems, additive manufacturing, metals

3D Systems has teamed up with Kohler’s Kallista bathroom hardware group to develop a new product that it claims couldn’t have been easily manufactured any other way.

The minimalist Grid products are built by 3rd Dimension, using its 3D Systems ProX DMP 320 direct metal production system in a high-quality stainless steel 316 powder material named 3D Systems LaserForm 316L.

“Designers usually need to consider a manufacturing process and they have to design around that process,” said Kallista design studio manager Bill McKeone.

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Formlabs’ CES launch: glass filled resin & audiology workflow

Published 08 January 2018

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, manufacturing, industrial design, manufacture, materials, formlabs

Formlabs looks to have taken the opportunity of CES to launch a bunch of interesting things. Perhaps the most interesting is the new Rigid resin.

This is the first time that Formlabs has launched a filled resin, promising higher stiffness and a ‘polished finish’.

Filled resins have been around for a good long while and available for SLA machines from a variety of vendors, but the use of them is complex: the particulate needs to be agitated to ensure even distribution so it’ll be interesting to see how this material builds on the Form 2 and what effect it’ll have on the degradation of the build trays (given the abrasive nature of the glass components of the resin).

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Allegorithmic drops 3D printing & Additive materials into Substance Source

Published 12 December 2017

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Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, manufacturing, visualisation, materials, additive manufacturing, visualization, allegorithmic, substance source

Masters of all things relating to material and texture design in CGI, Allegorithmic, has added an intriguing update to its substance source library of accurate materials and textures.

This update brings together a group of ultra-realistic 3d printing and additive manufacturing materials for use in your visualisation workflows.

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Optis releases OMS2 2018 for advanced visualisation material capture

Published 30 November 2017

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Article tagged with: design, rendering, visualisation, materials, optis

Optis has released an update to its OMS2 system for creating accurate materials for reuse in visualisation and VR workflows. OMS2 is a combination of both software and hardware that allows you to capture material swatches then repurpose that data for reuse in both interior and exterior trim options visualisation applications.

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Emirates looking to SLS for on-board aircraft parts

Published 28 November 2017

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Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, manufacturing, 3d systems, aerospace, sintering, sls


For many years now, we’ve been told of how aircraft manufacturers are using 3D printing technology but it’s not often that you get a specific user story that details where and how the technology is being used.

A couple of weeks ago, Emirates issued a press release (interesting that it didn’t come through a vendor), detailing how it is using Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) for in-cabin display surrounds as well as conducting trials with the same for cabin air vent grills.

Emirates has worked with 3D Systems and with UUDS, a European aviation engineering and certification office and services provider, to print the first batch of video monitor shrouds using 3D Systems’ Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) technology platform. The material used to print Emirates’ monitor shrouds is a new thermoplastic developed from 3D Systems (Duraform ProX FR1200) which has both the surface quality and the flammability resistance required for commercial aerospace business applications.

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Wacom launches Pro Pen 3D input device

Published 07 November 2017

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: engineering, cad, solidworks, design, autodesk, industrial design, wacom

When it comes to computer hardware specifically for design and engineering software, there’s a pretty wide open space with not a lot filling it. Alongside the likes of 3DConnexion, one of the only long-term players is Wacom.

With its mastery of pen-based input, from the early days of tablet/digitizers (which continue to sell like hotcakes) into today’s products which combine both high-resolution displays and built-in computing devices with its legendary pen-based input.

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