Morris Group’s distributor network to sell Desktop Metal’s Studio System

Morris Group, Inc. of Windsor, Conn., one of the largest CNC machine tool distribution networks in North America, has been selected by Desktop Metal of Burlington, Massachusetts as a top tier, Diamond Partner supplier of its metal 3D printing systems. Morris Group will distribute the printer in 30 states extending from Maine to Florida to the […]

Siemens and HP partner to advance 3D printing for additive manufacturing

Building on a longstanding partnership, HP Inc. and Siemens are accelerating 3D printing for industrial production through the creation of a new HP-certified Additive Manufacturing (AM) software module from Siemens. The new software module, Siemens NX AM for HP Multi Jet Fusion, is available from Siemens PLM Software as an extension to Siemens’ end-to-end design-to-production […]

TASS International acquisition propels Siemens to forefront of automated driving solutions engineering

Bruce Jenkins, Ora Research Siemens announced an agreement to acquire TASS International, a global provider of simulation software and related engineering and test services primarily to the automotive industry focused on autonomous driving, integrated safety, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and tire modeling. Based in Helmond, The Netherlands, TASS has developed what Siemens terms “a […]

MecSoft launches VisualCAMc Beta – production CAM for Onshape

MecSoft Corporation, the developer of computer aided manufacturing (CAM) software solutions, announces the launch of a free Beta program for VisualCAMc, its cloud hosted, fully integrated CAM add-on app for Onshape. The beta is free and available for anyone who has an Onshape account and is approved by MecSoft. VisualCAMc leverages the legendary manufacturing capabilities […]

The benefits of scale in architectural 3D printing

When you need to show detail, it can be a drawback to use a 3D printer with the average 12 by 12 by 12 in. build area. Larger build areas, such as those available with 3D Platform’s WorkSeries can make it easier to inspect details. This opportunity is especially true with architectural models and prototypes. […]

Nano Dimension Technologies Ltd. signs agreement with Jabil for commercial 3D printer

Nano Dimension Ltd., a leader in the field of 3D printed electronics (NASDAQ, TASE: NNDM), announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Nano Dimension Technologies Ltd., has signed an agreement with Jabil Inc. (NYSE: JBL), its first commercial customer. Jabil is a product solutions company providing comprehensive electronics design, production and product management services to global electronics and […]

ThyssenKrupp Elevator: Developing a revolutionary elevator system for tall buildings

Bruce Jenkins, Ora Research Commercial building designs from today’s architectural engineering industry are growing ever taller and more elaborate. Currently the world’s tallest skyscraper is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE, standing at 828 meters (2,717 feet). This commanding height brings a unique set of engineering challenges, one being how to transport people efficiently from […]

PADT and Stratasys announce Additive Manufacturing Lab in Colorado

Phoenix Analysis and Design Technologies (PADT) announced the company is teaming with Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq: SSYS), a global leader in applied additive technology solutions, to unveil a first-of-its-kind additive manufacturing lab in Colorado – located at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. Expected to open later this fall, the Lockheed Martin Additive Manufacturing Laboratory is […]

The future of additive technology in automotive manufacturing

Can additive manufacturing play an integral role in large-scale manufacturing, such as automotive? Additive vendors and industrial users continue to explore this question. A key value proposition of additive manufacturing in automotive engineering involves structural mechanics and lightweight construction. Such functional integration—implementing as many technical features as possible with as few components as possible—is an […]

Techniplas opens additive manufacturing center

Techniplas, a leading global design and manufacturing provider of automotive products and services, announced the opening of its Additive Manufacturing Center in Ventura, California. Operated by Techniplas Digital, the company’s digital-innovation and transformation unit, the new facility brings together the latest in generative design and light weighting technology with advanced 3D-printing capabilities. The Additive Manufacturing […]

What other equipment is needed with a 3D metal additive printer?

In addition to the metal additive machine, other pieces are needed, many of which are often included with the additive machine. These are: A wet separator, which is really a vacuum to remove excess metal powder. It includes a water tower where the vacuumed powder goes into, thus, “passivating” the reactive powder. To passivate means […]

How to work with different materials in an additive print

To avoid a failed 3D print in extrusion 3D printing, temperatures must be maintained to a narrow range. But what happens when the print involves two different materials, such as plastic and wood? Some 3D printers do print with a wood type of material, and it’s necessary to alter several print parameters with extrusion additive […]

What is Continuous Fiber Fabrication (CFF)?

Continuous Fiber Fabrication (CFF) is a term coined by Markforged for the material and 3D printing process it developed. CFF operates in this way. The printer uses two print nozzles. One nozzle operates like a typical extrusion process; it lays down a plastic filament that forms the outer shell and the internal matrix of the […]

What to expect from Stratasys at the TCT Show 2017

Next month, at the 22nd annual TCT Show (26-28 September, NEC, Birmingham), Stratasys will demonstrate how its applied additive technologies are used by a diverse range of customers including Airbus, Opel and McLaren to verify designs, achieve time-to-market goals and unlock design freedom. From keynote presentations to on-stand competitions, TCT visitors can look forward to […]

Engineer in France develops motorcycle racing simulator using MapleSim

Many innovative ideas and technological advances are born from passion, and the motorcycle racing simulator developed by Frédéric Nicolo is no exception. A numerical and scientific calculation engineer in France, Mr. Nicolo’s love for motorcycles inspired him to start his own venture after realizing there were no motorbike simulators that performed at the same level […]

Increasing design reliability with virtual HALT simulation

Craig Armenti, PCB marketing engineer, Board Systems Div., Mentor Graphics. Highly Accelerated Lifecycle Testing (HALT) is the gold standard for physical testing of a product to determine reliability issues. Deriving the physical constraints and fatigue issues for a design prior to manufacturing is essential to reduce board failure and improve product quality. Reliable products have […]

The Self-taught design system

Just where will artificial intelligence fit in with CAD software? Here’s a look at where developments stand now, and a preview of what might be coming. Jean Thilmany, Contributing Editor Artificial intelligence has a place in the future of computer-aided design technology, but right now, the role AI will play isn’t clear. That’s the view […]

Single board computer gives you greater flexibility

The ConnectCore 6UL SBC Pro is a secure, pre-certified connected Single Board Computer (SBC) based on the NXP i.MX6UL (Cortex-A7 @ 528 MHz) application processor. It offers integrated and diverse connectivity options in a compact Pico-ITX form factor (100 mm x 72 mm) and meets IEC 60068-2-1 standards for industrial operating temperature and rugged shock/vibration

EtherNet/IP connectivity to IO-Link devices

The CTEU-EP universal interface module makes EtherNet/IP connectivity low cost and plug and play for IO-Link devices and valve terminals. The CTEU-EP is ODVA conformant and a Rockwell Encompass referenced product. For flexibility, OEMs can integrate IO-Link devices such as pressure and flow sensors, RFID readers, and light stacks along with a valve terminal with

Wirelessly connect machinery

The NPort IAW5000A-6I/O is an enterprise-scale, out-of-the-box unit that integrates an RS-232/422/485 serial device server, a Wi-Fi client/bridge, and multiple digital I/Os. It lets users wirelessly connect machinery to an IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n network for the collection, remote monitoring, and analyzing of real-time visual insights on machine performance to ensure optimal manufacturing performance.   Its versatility

HMI touch panels with built-in Ethernet

Two C-more Micro touch panels display text, graphics, and bitmaps to effectively communicate critical HMI data to the operator. The EA3-S3ML C-more 3 in. Micro touch panel has a 3.1-in. STN LCD monochrome display and twelve selectable LED-driven backlight colors. It features a 128 x 64 pixel display, and five user-defined function keys with red

Tips on developing mobile apps in hazardous-area applications

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) connects people, machines, plants, logistics, products, processes, and systems. Mobile devices and smart HMI systems form the cornerstone of this new industrial age. But a lessor known advantage of the IoT emerges with digital and mobile solutions integrated with industrial processes, especially those in hazardous environments. With its intrinsically

Seal addresses lubrication needs of wind turbine bearings

The wind industry has evolved into a sophisticated, viable resource. With an additional 54 GW (gigawatts) of wind power added in 2016, nearly 500 GW of installed power worldwide and a projected annual growth rate of 11% in coming years, wind plant operators are becoming a leading source of clean, renewable energy for countries throughout

Light curtain system improves flexibility and safety

As production processes become increasingly automated and robots play a larger role on the production line, manufacturers are looking for more ways to maintain and reinforce a safe work environment. The Allen-Bradley GuardShield 450L safety light curtain system is a flexible and cost-effective approach to safety while improving productivity through innovative transceiver technology. Unlike traditional

Narrow belt for low to mid rate applications

The Narrow Belt Sorter is a modular and scalable belt that optimizes material flow and sorting accuracy in production operations and distribution center environments. The sorter is available in 2, 4, 6, or 10 carrier belt configurations and accommodates cartons, tote boxes, and trays of various sizes. The modular design is energy efficient; one drive