Stratasys launches its new EMEA 3D Printing Academy with first training centre in UK

Published 19 October 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, stratasys, additive manufacturing, tritech

The first Stratasys Authorised Training Center in the UK has opened and is the first Academy of its kind in the EMEA region, operated by Stratasys’ platinum partner Tri-Tech 3D.

A varied number of courses on offer look to train 3D printing operators and designers of different abilities, covering key topics such as, ‘how to design for additive’, among many others, while software training with GrabCAD programmes are also featured within the courses.

The UK leads the way, as further Authorised Training Centres across the country are expected to be announced in the coming months, as well as sites in Scandinavia and Benelux.

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Materials realism at core of Keyshot 8.0 release

Published 11 October 2018

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: rendering, visualisation, keyshot, luxion, materials

If you’re rendering sparkly materials, fluids with bubbles or other awesomeness, then this is the release for you!

Luxion has announced the release of KeyShot 8, which introduces a host of new tools and enhancements that aim to provide the advanced features and flexibility 3D professionals to create amazing visuals, while delivering on speed and quality.

While KeyShot built its reputation of providing a very efficient route from CAD data to rendered output, recent releases has seen the company start to introduce more sophisticated control over how both scenes are constructed and how materials, in particular, are defined.

KeyShot 8 continues much of this work adding advanced technology and features such as displacement mapping, materials with embedded flakes and bubbles, volumetric materials including volume caustics, liquid interfaces, interactive cutaways, interactive image colour and intensity curve adjustments, material ways for advanced product configurations, and much more.

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DSM extends its additive materials reach in UK with Europac3D partnership

Published 11 October 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, materials, sla, europac 3d, dsm somos

Europac3D will provide access to DSM materials like Somos Taurus (top) and Somos PerFORM (bottom)

Europac3D has signed a deal to become the latest DSM channel partner in the UK, offering the full range of some 20 SLA 3D printing materials.

The materials are each designed to suit any application, from wind tunnel models to certified medical solutions, with their open-source nature meaning they can be used in most SLA machines.

Headquartered in Crewe, Cheshire, Europac3D has more than 20 years of experience in the field of 3D scanning, printing and installation, serving a range of sectors and more than 500 businesses across the UK.

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Custom specialist Apps now free to create in Comsol Multiphysics 5.4 release

Published 11 October 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, simulation, cfd, materials, fea, comsol

Comsol has launched the last version of its Multiphysics system which provides a host of improvements and enhancements to existing tools along with two brand new products into the portfolio.

The first of the two new products, the Comsol Compiler, allows users to create standalone Comsol apps, allowing expert users to encapsulate knowledge into easy to use applications that can be used by a much wider range of an organisation’s staff.

Previously, these applications required Comsol licences, but the new compiler allows the creation of executables that include the Comsol runtime, so applications can be distributed without the need for an additional licence.

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Onshape launches first live collaborative 3D CAD editing app for Magic Leap

Published 10 October 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, design, vr, onshape, ar, mr, magic leap

An example of the Magic Leap hardware running an F1 car CAD model in the Onshape App

A new Onshape app will support live 3D editing of CAD models, with design changes updated in real time through Magic Leap’s mixed reality headset.

The product design app is for Magic Leap’s ‘spatial computing universe’ and is specifically designed for the Magic Leap One Creator Edition, a lightweight head mounted display that allows digital content to step out of the screen and appear in the real world.

What Onshape hopes will set it apart from other CAD VR apps is seemingly its Cloud-based system and the ability for users to bring life-size 3D CAD models into their physical surroundings and collaborate with other Magic Leap wearers on design changes.

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Enforcing ‘control and security’ over digital manufacturing at heart of LEO Lane’s new SaaS

Published 10 October 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, cloud, additive manufacturing, saas

Israel-based LEO Lane is aiming to protect brand integrity and IP protection through its new SaaS for securely managing additive manufacturing workflows - picking up on the industry fears associated with on-demand production.

Once a brand has identified which part it wants to additively manufacture and has established the correct way to produce it - printer type, material, machine settings - the SaaS solution secures it as a Limited Edition Object (LEO) file.

This means of saving the digital asset looks to protect and preserve a product or part design by controlling how it is produced.

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Samsung launches superfast portable SSD X5. Can transfer 20GB video file in just 12 seconds

Published 09 October 2018

Posted by greg corke

Article tagged with: hardware, samsung, samsung ssd

Samsung has launched its first NVMe-based portable solid state drive (SSD), the Samsung Portable SSD X5, based on Thunderbolt 3, which is up to four times faster than USB 3.1.

The drive is available in three capacities 500GB (£360 inc VAT), 1TB (£630 inc VAT) and 2TB (£1,250 inc VAT).

On paper, the SSD X5 stands out for its ability to read / write large files very quickly. It offers a read speed of up to 2,800 MB/s, which is up to 5.2 times faster than the widely used SATA interface portable SSDs and up to 25.5 times faster than external HDDs.

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