Posts by Al Dean

Inventables launches Easel Pro CNC software for the X-Carve + Carvey

Published 24 October 2017

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: design, cam, cloud, cnc

If you’ve been following Inventables, you’ll know that the company has a range of machining products that have seen wide adoption in both the hobbiest and professional market.

We’ve even spent our own money on a 1,000 x 1,000 mm CNC router in the form of an early generation X-Carve for our own tests (though we’re still waiting to upgrade the controller and spindle).

Alongside the X-Carve and the Carvey (which is more akin to a desktop CNC mill rather than router), the company also provides users with its own set-up and g-code generation software, Easel.

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Scania adopt Dassault Systèmes 3DExperience platform

Published 16 October 2017

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: engineering, design, dassault systemes, dassault systèmes, dassault systèmes’ 3d experience platform

Dassault Systèmes has announced an agreement with Scania to implement its 3DExperience platform for its development processes.

While it’s often difficult to parse the true meaning from DS’s press releases, it’s clear that this looks like a good win for the company with Scania taking on its application platform for development of its wide range of vehicles, particularly given the company’s position within the VW Group.

There are some interesting details over at engineering.com (written by D3D’s old friend, Verdi Ogewell).

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3Dconnexion launch CADMouse Wireless

Published 19 September 2017

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: engineering, design, 3dconnexion, cadmouse, bluetooth, wireless

3Dconnexion, long time provider of a variety of input devices aimed fairly and squarely at the 3D CAD user, has launched a wireless upgrade to its CADMouse product.

Featuring the same form factor, the same (and pretty unique) three mouse buttons and a scroll wheel, the new CADMouse Wireless is available soon for $99.

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Luxion releases new Content Pack for KeyShot 7 

Published 13 September 2017

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Article tagged with: design, industrial design, visualisation, keyshot, textures, aversis, poliigon


Hot on the heels of the KeyShot 7.0 release (see our review here), Luxion is bringing together a set of additional content to help you nail those render projects. Luxion has teamed up with Aversis (a 3D visualisation service) and photorealistic texture developer, Poliigon to bring you some goodies.

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Other Machine Company rebrands to Bantam Tools

Published 08 September 2017

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: design, hardware, rapid prototyping, manufacturing, cam, product design, cnc, othermachine

For those of us on this side of the pond, the new name for Other Machine Company (who we wrote about back in our April issue - ) might conjure up shades of two stroke BSAs, but Bantam Tools (bantamtools.com) it is now known as.

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Ansys launches Discovery Live, a ‘revolution in simulation’

Published 07 September 2017

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Article tagged with: engineering, simulation, solidworks, design, hardware, gpu, cfd, develop3d live, ansys, fea

Ansys has launched Ansys Discovery Live, a brand new product line that aims to remove many of the barriers traditionally associated with simulation and analysis.

The subject of a three-year development program, Ansys Discovery combines drag and drop modelling tools with built-in simulation that solves in an instant.

The launch version looks to combine modelling technology from SpaceClaim (which Ansys acquired back in 2014) with Finite Element Analysis (FEA) of structures and harmonics as well as computational fluid dynamics (CFD) for both fluid flow (internal and external) and thermal simulation.

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A few thoughts on simulation - before it all changes

Published 06 September 2017

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: engineering, cad, simulation, solidworks, ansys, materials

Ever since I moved away from product design and using the tools we write about on a daily basis, I was instantly struck by the desire from most vendors to push things forward.

When you enter the world of technical journalism you get a different view on the industry as a whole and you get to meet a lot more people driving the development of these tools and gain an insight into what drives them.

When I started in this job we were at the cusp of the mainstream revolution. The long-standing vendors were struggling to react to the new kid on the block (SolidWorks), and things were changing for design and engineering technology.

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