ESI, Cardenal Herrera University launch joint research program on virtual manufacturing of materials

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ESI Group is a leading innovator in Virtual Prototyping software and services for manufacturing industries, announces the launch of a 5-year joint research program with the CEU Cardenal Herrera University (CEU-UCH) in Valencia, Spain. The aim of this program is to achieve a significant technological leap in the field of virtual manufacturing of materials through the creation of an Endowed Chair at the University and by facilitating high level training in this field. Continue reading “ESI, Cardenal Herrera University launch joint research program on virtual manufacturing of materials”

Autonomous 3D scanner determines 3D printability of objects in real time

Autonomous 3D scanner

Let’s say the armrest is broken in your vintage car. As things stand, you would need a lot of luck and persistence to find the right spare part. But in the world of Industrie 4.0 and production with batch sizes of one, you can simply scan the armrest and print it out. This is made possible by the first ever 3D scanner capable of working autonomously and in real time.

Part of the charm of vintage cars is that they stopped making them long ago, so it is special when you do see one out on the roads. If something breaks or stops working in the vehicle, however, this special status quickly becomes a problem, as spare parts are no longer manufactured either. With the advent of Industrie 4.0, this is set to change: manufacturing is turning toward batch sizes of one and individualized production. This is sometimes also referred to as “highly customized mass production.” Continue reading “Autonomous 3D scanner determines 3D printability of objects in real time”

Spare parts stored digitally & 3D printed when needed, a competitive advantage (Video)

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Spare parts stored digitally & 3D printed when needed, a competitive advantage

Five percent of spare parts could currently be stored in digital warehouses. This would make parts more quickly and easily available, while creating considerable cost savings. Digitalisation will also enable individual customisation and an increase in the intelligence of parts. 

A two-year project involving companies, and led by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Aalto University, investigated how businesses can gain a competitive advantage from digital spare parts.

Spare parts and all of the related information can be stored and transferred digitally. Availability increases when a new spare part can be 3D-printed according to need, close to the end user.

“Industry now has every opportunity to boost business by making spare parts into a focus area of development. Around five percent of parts can currently be manufactured digitally, according to need. 3D printing technology has reached the stage where high-quality manufacturing is possible,” says Sini Metsä-Kortelainen, VTT’s project manager for the project. Continue reading “Spare parts stored digitally & 3D printed when needed, a competitive advantage (Video)”

Renishaw, Identify3D to offer an end-to-end, secure digital manufacturing process

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Renishaw, Identify3D to offer an end-to-end, secure digital manufacturing process

Renishaw, a world leader in metrology and additive manufacturing (AM) technologies, and Identify3D, a leader in software for the digital supply chain, are pleased to announce a collaboration to offer an end-to-end, secure digital manufacturing process.

Identify3D will provide data protection coupled with contractual and manufacturing licensing from design to production on Renishaw AM systems. By choosing to secure all digital data in the engineering phase, the technology enables users of Renishaw systems to protect their digital intellectual property (IP), enforce production rules and provide traceability in the digital supply chain at the industry’s highest standard.

“Renishaw understands how important it is to have an efficient and reliable control of data flow all the way to its machines,” said Stephan Thomas, Chief Strategy Officer at Identify3D. “We are pleased that Renishaw, one of the world’s leading engineering and scientific technology companies, has selected Identify3D as a strategic partner to provide such a solution to the market place — from design to distribution and production.” Continue reading “Renishaw, Identify3D to offer an end-to-end, secure digital manufacturing process”

TNO Researchers Are Investigating Virtual Material Design in 3D Printing

3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, has been a popular topic of discussion on the COMSOL Blog and throughout the scientific community. New initiatives have furthered the capabilities of this technology, while extending its reach in various fields of research, manufacturing, and design. With the help of COMSOL Multiphysics, researchers at the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) are investigating the promise of 3D printing in the realm of material design. Continue reading “TNO Researchers Are Investigating Virtual Material Design in 3D Printing”

Researchers Develop Algorithm to 3D Print Vibrational Sounds (Video)

What if we could ease the design of musical instruments while also making their shapes wildly different, and use these underlying techniques to reduce unwanted sounds and vibrations in everyday objects?

In creating what looks to be a simple musical instrument — a glockenspiel with keys shaped like zoo animals — computer scientists at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), Columbia Engineering, Disney Research, and MIT have demonstrated that they can control the sound of an object by altering its shape through computational design. Continue reading “Researchers Develop Algorithm to 3D Print Vibrational Sounds (Video)”

Anglian Water, Sheffield University launch 3D printing trial

Anglian Water has become the first UK water company to explore the future of 3D printing technology. This was achieved through collaboration with The Sheffield Water Centre, an interdisciplinary research centre at the University of Sheffield, dedicated to solving major challenges in the water sector.

This project saw engineers in the University’s Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Civil and Structural Engineering working in partnership with Anglian Water to develop ways in which the emerging technology of 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, could be used to produce vital parts more efficiently and at a lower cost. Continue reading “Anglian Water, Sheffield University launch 3D printing trial”

NanoRacks, Made in Space Team Up for 3D Printing Satellites in Space (Video)

Upon the announcement of their successful experiments in 3D printing inside of a vacuum, space-printing startup Made In Space has announced a partnership that will take them even further towards the goal of in-space manufacturing. Today, the firm has made public an agreement with NanoRacks, a commercial provider of low-Earth orbit services, to 3D print satellites on-demand from the International Space Station or any other CubeSat deployment platform. Continue reading “NanoRacks, Made in Space Team Up for 3D Printing Satellites in Space (Video)”