Posts by Al Dean

Tulip launch Factory Kit for Industry 4.0

Published 23 April 2018

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: hardware, iot, manufacturing, tech, industry 4.0, tulip

Unless you’ve been under a rock for the last couple of years, you’ll be familiar with the concept of Industry 4.0, and while there are as many interpretations as there are experts on the subject, one of the cornerstones of the ‘next industrial revolution’ is the Smart Factory.

The technology industry is practically foaming at the mouth and expounding on how its toolset technology and product ‘align with the movement’, yet if you want to dip your toe into building a smart assembly environment or factory, it’s difficult to know where to start.

To help with this start-up Tulip has launched its Factory Kit, that when combined with its software as a service offering for connecting hardware to intelligent work instructions, shopfloor monitoring, analytics and much more, gives users the chance to start to explore the potential without costing you a small fortune in consulting and services.

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Siemens PLM and Hendrick Motorsports extend partnership

Published 18 April 2018

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: engineering, simulation, design, siemens plm, cam, teamcenter, siemens, autosport, siemens nx, nascar

Siemens PLM Software and 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports have extended their longstanding technical partnership through the 2024 racing season.

Since 1984, Hendrick Motorsports has earned a record 12 car owner championships in NASCAR’s premier division, and currently fields four full-time Chevrolet teams on the NASCAR Cup Series circuit

Teamcenter is the digital PLM backbone to help Hendrick Motorsports manage the product lifecycle for its racing operations, but is used not only CAD, CAM and simulation data, but it also encompasses a wide range of other data types, including on track performance data and build sheets.

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Chaos Group launches V-Ray for Unreal Beta

Published 28 March 2018

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: design, industrial design, visualisation, materials, vr, virtual reality, photorealistic, v-ray, chaos group, unreal

There’s a lot of action in the professional, technical visualisation end of the VR spectrum these days: in recent weeks, we’ve seen Unreal launch it’s Unreal Studio beta and Unity has linked up with PiXYX for better data import options.

This time around, it’s the turn of the Chaos Group, which has launched a beta for V-Ray for Unreal application set.

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Artec 3D launch Ray: A LiDAR scanner

Published 26 March 2018

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Article tagged with: engineering, design, reverse engineering, laser scanning, lidar, artec 3d, ray

Artec 3D has added to its 3D scanning technology portfolio with the announcement of the Artec Ray, a new metrology-grade laser scanner, able to capture data from large objects up to 110 meters away and can produce point clouds with sub-millimetre accuracy (though not at the same time).

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Ansys to acquire Optis for light simulation

Published 23 March 2018

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Article tagged with: simulation, design, rendering, automotive, ansys, materials, optis, autonomous technology, autonomous transport

Looks like Ansys is back at the acquisition game (it hasn’t acquired anyone in four months) and this time, it’s brought a pretty big name into its fold, optical simulation specialists Optis.

According to the press release, “The acquisition of Optis will extend Ansys’ industry-leading multi-physics-based portfolio into the increasingly important area of optical simulation.”

The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2018 with management due to provide further details regarding the transaction and its impact on the 2018 financial outlook after the closing.

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Epic Games announces an open beta of Unreal Studio

Published 06 March 2018

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: design, vr, virtual reality, unreal engine, datasmith

Epic Games has launched Unreal Studio as an open beta with the goal of providing customers in architecture, design and manufacturing a shortcut to producing high-quality, real-time, fully immersive visual experiences.

While the company has had Datasmith out there for a while to assist with data translation from your workhorse design system to the VR world (which requires much lightweight data), this new offering expands around it and brings a more complete workflow to the market. So let’s see what it includes.

 

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Siemens launches Solid Edge Portal Beta

Published 01 March 2018

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Article tagged with: cad, design, manufacturing, solid edge, siemens plm, siemens, collaboration

Discussed during the Solid Edge ST10 release cycle, the Solid Edge Portal is a new offering from the mainstream Siemens PLM crew that allows you to upload and share your 3D models in a variety of formats.

While there’s a host of these types of services around (Autodesk has one, GrabCAD certainly does, etc etc.) this one is interesting as it provides some inspection, review and mark-up capabilities over and above pure viewing and sectioning.

The service is based on projects rather than specific sets of data. That means if you share the link for a project with someone else, they can see everything in that project - useful if you have multiple files to share - not so useful if you just want to share one model.

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