Posts by Al Dean

Formlabs goes all out for third gen SLA Form 3 machines

Published 02 April 2019

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: 3d printing, materials, tech, formlabs, sla, resin

Go big or go home comes to mind when looking at Formlabs’ announcements today: The Boston-based SLA and SLS machine developer has announced the third generation of its Form stereolithography machines which have found a home on the desktops of designers and engineers across the planet.

The new range features the Form 3, a desktop sized unit in the vein of previous machines, alongside the much larger Form 3L, which features a build size of 200 x 335 x 300 mm (7.9 x 13.2 x 11.8 in).

The Form 3 range is built on a process developed by Formlabs that differs from its previous iterations. Named Low Force Stereolithography (LFS), it uses a newly designed tank with a flexible base that aims to “drastically reduce the forces of the peel process, providing incredible surface finish and detail, and linear illumination to deliver accurate, repeatable parts.”

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Spares and repairs with additive at Wyedean

Published 08 March 2019

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: engineering, design, 3d printing, manufacturing, additive manufacturing, spare parts, repairs

There is a whole industry spinning up about additive manufacturing becoming a significant part of the future of manufacturing, but the state of the art at present is in some interesting places that might not immediately be obvious.

One such area is in the use of the technology to enable repairs and replacement of parts that for which no tooling or digital information exists. Across the manufacturing world, there are untold numbers of machines that are working every day, day in, day out and have been doing so for decades - if not centuries.

It can be catastrophic for companies when components fail in these machines for which spares can not be sourced, and the more niche the area of manufacturing, the more this become true.

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PTC Creo Simulation Live launches with inbuilt Ansys live simulation tech

Published 28 February 2019

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Article tagged with: cad, simulation, prototype, design, ptc, nvidia, gpu, proengineer, product design, ansys

PTC and Ansys has announced a new offering in the Creo product line, Creo Simulation Live, which combines PTC’s flagship 3D product development system with Ansys’ brand spanking new real time simulation technology directly inside in the system.

If you’re not familiar with it, Ansys’ Discovery Live technology takes advantage of the compute power of modern GPUs to deliver analysis results in a fraction of the time that they would typically require.

Yes, there are some trade offs (in terms of fidelity of results), but what you lose there, you more than make up for in interactivity, and now that technology is available inside PTC’s Creo, as a new module, called Creo Simulation Live.

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Siemens adds Machine Learning prediction & productivity to NX

Published 20 February 2019

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Article tagged with: engineering, cad, siemens, ai, artificial intelligence, siemens nx, machine learning


Siemens has just issued details of the latest release of its flagship NX system which sees the beginning of the development team adding some features that take advantage of Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Whereas most ML and AI references in the world of 3D design software usually focus on the generative design subject (and are mostly nonsense), in this instance, this is about helping the user to be more productive - specifically, having the system predict next steps the user might take when conducting an operation, then update the user interface to help users more efficiently use software to increase productivity.

What does that mean? Essentially, you begin a modelling or detailing activity in NX, then the system knows, through analysis and prediction (the machine learning part) what you’re most likely to do next, so brings up the most commonly used operations or commands.

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Simcenter 3D update focusses on faster modelling and more accurate simulations

Published 31 January 2019

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: engineering, simulation, siemens, tech, simcenter

In the latest release of Simcenter 3D (2019.1), Siemens PLM Software introduces new, cutting-edge simulation capabilities, along with stronger connections to the broader Simcenter portfolio (That portfolio includes the likes of Femap, Madymo, STAR-CCM+, Flotherm as well as all of the tools from the LMS acquisition for physical testing).

For those that are additive curious, it’s also worth noting that the solution set has also been updated to include simulation of the additive manufacturing process, as well as more traditional engineering simulation tools to cover transmission simulation, aero-structure margin of safety analysis and fluid-structure interaction.

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Ansys to acquire material data management wizards, Granta Design

Published 24 January 2019

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Article tagged with: design, manufacturing, ansys, granta design, acquisition

Ansys has just announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire material selection specialists, Granta Design. For those working in materials and their data management, this is a fascinating move. For those that aren’t familiar with Granta Design, chances are that if you’ve been through the university system and studied materials selection, chances are you’ve come across the work of Mike Ashby and David Cebon’s seminal textbooks on materials selection - and the associated Cambridge Engineering Selector software.

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Altair acquires SimSolid, citing ‘profound impact’ it will have on product design

Published 23 October 2018

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Article tagged with: engineering, simulation, manufacturing, additive manufacturing, solidthinking, altair, inspire

Altair has announced that it is acquiring SimSolid, an FEA start-up that has focussed on a meshes approach that dramatically shortens the set-up and solve time for structural analysis.

If you’ve not come across SimSolid, we spoke to its CEO, Ken Welch a little while ago and he explains its approach nicely.

Welch said its tools are ‘a generalisation of classical FEA’ - “While it uses the same variational principals, the difference comes in how we build approximation functions and associate them with geometry. SimSolid doesn’t break the system into finite elements, instead it discretises the original geometry in a more abstract mathematical way.”

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