Eplan Harness proD 2.6: New tools and conveniences

The EPLAN Harness proD version 2.6is intuitive 3D/2D software that covers all of today´s requirements for convenient, high quality wiring and wire harness engineering. New features include enhanced automatic wire dimensioning and intuitive routing of wires with predefined lengths. Open interfaces allow for true collaboration between mechanical and electrical engineering. In addition, version 2.6 delivers

Additive lays the foundation for full production

This year, nearly all the major vendors introduced additive machines capable of building parts in production quantities. Here are 11 of the major introductions. 1. Building bigger parts Stratasys Ltd. launched its Infinite-Build 3D Demonstrator, which uses Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) to produce very long parts by turning the Z axis on its side. The […]

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Configurable 3D CAD product downloads from Miki Pulley

If you’re looking for Miki couplings, brakes, or clutches, Miki Pulley has CAD downloads available on its website: mikipulley-us.com. This 3D model interface delivers an intuitive, faceted search so customers can find a solution quickly. To select the correct product, you enter the product type. The search will provide varying degrees of performance criteria, sizes, […]

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Version 14 of TIA Portal is here

Version 14 (V14) of the Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) Portal shortens the time to market for machine manufacturers. This package focuses on diagnostics, virtual commissioning and multi-users. The technology update has enhanced energy management and motion control, cloud connectivity, and digital twin for virtual commissioning. Cloud-based engineering helps users access the ‘plant controller’ from their […]

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CFD for Solid Edge

Mentor Graphics FloEFD is an embedded computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solution for Solid Edge software from Siemens. Users can simulate fluid flow in their design process. When used during the design process, it can reduce overall time to a solution by as much a 65%-75%. FloEFD CFD solution automates many CFD steps, which include transferring […]

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Smart wiring software

The Eplan Smart Wiring software opens new perspectives for wiring switchgear systems. A key feature is the system’s simplicity: the clearly arranged, touch-optimized user interface is suitable for mobile devices. The system includes step-by-step directions for the wirer. No schematic is necessary for wiring – thus making any interpretation of such complex documentation redundant. EPLAN […]

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3D Systems launches 3D Sprint 2.0 software

3D Systems announces the release of 3D Sprint 2.0, a productivity-enhancing print management and print optimization software for 3D Systems’ plastic 3D printers. 3D Sprint 2.0 streamlines 3D printing workflows by reducing the need for users to divide projects among multiple software programs. 3D Sprint 2.0 delivers a range of design tools specific to additive […]

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A hybrid additive and plastic casting technology

Collider serves the low volume customer with a process that brings manufacturing and tooling into the digital era. The founder, Graham Bredemeyer, who has an extensive history in 3D-printing and manufacturing, developed Programmable Tooling, a method for low volume production with a drop-in replacement for plastic casting. According to Bredemeyer, this technology combines the best […]

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Proving additive manufacturing for aerospace replacement parts

Doug Hedges, the President of Sintavia, is a mechanical engineer and an additive manufacturing professional. His experience includes part manufacture approval (PMA), designated engineering representative (DER) repairs, OEM part manufacture and design, and large-scale jet engine maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO). Recently, Doug set out to prove the ability to additively manufacture aerospace replacement parts. […]

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Additive Manufacturing Users Group announces keynote speakers for 2017 AMUG Conference

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) announced its featured keynote speakers for the 2017 AMUG Education & Training Conference, which will be held in Chicago, Illinois, from March 19 – 23, 2017. Stacey DelVecchio, Jason Lopes and Todd Grimm will inform, inspire and excite attendees with their discussions of additive manufacturing strategies, applications, trends and […]

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FAQ: How does the strength of 3D printed materials compare to that of other materials such as aircraft aluminum?

Material properties with a typical 3D printer are usually based on the layer-by-layer deposition of the material. Thus, in general, printed objects will be stronger on the XY axes and a little weaker along the Z axis. There are exceptions and there are ways to orient the build to address overall part strength. That said, […]

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Using additive manufacturing to create hydraulic parts

Additive manufacturing is part of daily use at Land Rover BAR with the help of the Technical Innovation Group (TIG). TIG project manager, George Sykes of PA Consulting commented, “We use additive manufacturing at three different levels within the team. The simplest level is as a prototyping and visualization tool. We manufacture a large number […]

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Switches have more channel density and extended speeds

The RF-MEMS is, according to the company, a breakthrough in switch technology that provides a long-sought replacement for electromechanical relay designs first adopted by the electronics industry more than 100 years ago. This switch technology enables faster, smaller, lower power, more reliable instrumentation equipment by resolving multiple performance limitations commonly attributed to relays. With the

High current ICs

This family of fully integrated current sensor linear ICs in a core-less package senses ac and dc currents up to 100 A. ACS780/ACS781 are provided in an automotive-grade, low-profile (1.5 mm thick) sensor IC package. This package has a small footprint and delivers high power density for current sensing applications. The Hall sensor technology also

Kit for touchless gesture controls

Ultrahaptics, specialist in mid-air touchless haptic technology, introduced a development platform that allows companies a route to evolve control solutions through gesture controls enhanced by tactile feedback sensations. The UHDK5 TOUCH Development Kit provides hardware and software with an architecture that can be embedded in product designs, from prototypes right through to volume production. Ultrahaptics

Printer marks medical instruments for better tracking

The METAZA MPX-95 is a photo impact printer. With its diamond stylus it can add custom text, data and images with photographic detail onto a variety of hard metals, such as stainless steel, iron, titanium and platinum, as well as softer substrates like gold, silver, copper, nickel, aluminum and acrylic – quickly and with pinpoint

Hollow shaft rotary encoders

The rotary encoder series ECI 4000/EBI 4000 is a modular device without integral bearing and with a 90 mm hollow shaft. It enables the user to replace the conventional toothed-belt drive for coupling a motor feedback system to torque motors. With fewer components, these rotary encoders provide wear-free operation. They open up new applications for inductive rotary

A safe approach to food and beverage lubrication

Jim Girard, VP/CMO, LUBRIPLATE Lubricants Co. Technological advances in H-1/food grade lubricants mean that food, beverage and pharmaceutical processors should not hesitate to convert to a 100% H-1/food grade lubrication program. Converting to such a program helps consolidate lubricant choices, reduces lubricant misapplication, and helps to ensure a safe product for the consumer. Food grade

Ac drives help reduce energy costs

The more efficient a drive, the lower the energy costs. The Allen-Bradley PowerFlex 755T drives offer harmonic mitigation, regeneration and common bus system configurations. The latest versions include TotalFORCE technology, which enhances motor control through precise, adaptive control of velocity, torque and position of electric motors. AC drive technology is an important investment for our

Simulation Is Becoming Democratized—At Last (Part 1)

Software choices for simulation continue to expand. Here’s an overview of some of what’s available. By Bruce Jenkins, President, Ora Research Two decades ago, engineering software developers launched their first efforts to make simulation and analysis capabilities accessible and safe to use by engineers and designers who were not professionally trained analysts. The result was […]

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Sciaky delivers metal additive machine to Airbus

Sciaky, Inc., a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries, Inc. (PSI), announced that Airbus will take delivery of a state-of-the-art Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM) 110 System in December 2016. The  aircraft manufacturer will use Sciaky’s industrial-scale metal 3D printing system to produce large structural parts made of titanium. The EBAM process combines computer-aided design (CAD), […]

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3D printing’s next dimension

Leaders in the 3D printing industry give insights into where 3D printing / additive manufacturing will go next. The higher profile industrial-grade 3D printing / additive manufacturing has experienced over the past decade has led to notable technology developments and potential new applications. The buzz over 3D printing has also created much speculation about whether […]

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Dassault Systèmes enriches computational fluid dynamics simulation on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform

Dassault Systèmes (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, world leader in 3D design software, 3D Digital Mock Up and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today announced the signing of a definitive share purchase agreement to acquire Next Limit Dynamics, a leader in highly dynamic fluid flow simulation used in aerospace and defense, transportation and […]

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Motion and visualization capabilities headline 2017 release of solidThinking Inspire and Evolve

For the 2017 release, the solidThinking product teams focused on improving current product usability and adding multiple customer requested features. Jim Hassberger, President of solidThinking noted, “Inspire was the first tool to market that focused on putting generative design in the hands of design engineers and it continues to be a world-class product. The latest […]

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3D Printing is changing the way we think about customization — and Christmas!

By Tyler Reid, Manufacturing Application Manager, GoEngineer. Our nieces and nephews stayed with us around the holidays for their Christmas vacation last year. Ages in this group ranged from 15 to 20 and our discussions included many of the same challenges I faced at that age: buying a fixer-upper as a first car, applying for […]

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