Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Delcam Releases FeatureCAM 2015

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BIRMINGHAM, UK, Sep 17, 2014 - Delcam has released the 2015 version of its FeatureCAM feature-based CAM system with a range of enhancements in three-axis milling, two-axis and five-axis drilling, turning and turn-mill, and wire EDM to make the software even more powerful and easier to use. 

 

FeatureCAM was the world’s first feature-based programming software when it was launched in 1995. Constant development since then has ensured that the system has retained its leadership in programming speed and ease of use, while an increased range of strategies has been added to provide more efficient toolpaths that give greater productivity on a wider range of machinery, including mill-turn machines, five-axis mills and wire EDM equipment.

In FeatureCAM 2015, programming of complex parts has been made easier and more reliable with the addition of automatic collision checking of the tool shank and holder, as well as the cutter, for both three-axis roughing and finishing toolpaths. The user has the choice of either stopping the simulation immediately when a gouge is detected or of running the complete toolpath with any gouges being highlighted on the model as they are detected. The toolpath can then be recalculated with any segments that will cause a gouge clipped away.

Removing these segments of the toolpath will leave an area of unmachined stock that will need to be removed with a longer tool. This extra toolpath can be calculated using a stock model of material remaining after the shorter tool has been used to ensure there is no re-machining of stock that has already been removed.

As part of this development, an additional function, called ‘maximum machine stock’, has been added that removes direct moves where clipping has occurred. These direct moves can leave witness marks on the part so their removal improves surface finish.

Another improvement in three-axis machining allows stock models to be used in conjunction with other geometry, such as the part surface dimensions, solid models, the stock dimensions and boundary curves. This addition gives better control over the area to be machined by each toolpath and so gives more efficient machining by allowing the user to confine toolpaths to specific regions and to eliminate air-cutting by referencing the stock model.

Five-axis programming of multiple holes has also been made easier in FeatureCAM 2015. It is now possible to create patterns of holes of similar size with regular positioning. Any subsequent changes to the program can then be made for all the holes in the pattern in one operation, rather than having to edit the toolpaths separately for each individual hole.

A series of improvements have been introduced to make turning with FeatureCAM more efficient. The software now produces toolpaths that rapid up and over previously machined diameters, rather than feeding along them. This reduces the overall cycle time and avoids dragging of the tool.

‘Pinch and follow’ turning can now be chosen when machining components using the ‘face’ or ‘back face’ cycles. Using this method gives better results since having the tools cut in opposing directions to each other means that the cutting forces are better balanced.

Two additions have been made to provide support for a wider range of turning and turn-mill machine tools. Firstly, support has been added for the use of traveling steady rests to give increased flexibility when turning very long parts. Secondly, FeatureCAM 2015 has the ability to manage multiple part-catchers on turn-mill equipment. Machines with multiple part-catchers include the Nakamura WT-150, NTJX and NTMX, all of which have part-catchers for the main spindle and a separate part-gripper for the sub-spindle.

FeatureCAM 2015 also provides full-machine simulation and post-processing for the rotating sub-spindle on the Mori Seiki NTX1000 turn-mill equipment. The user has full control over the angle of the sub-spindle, with the software inserting automatically an operation on each channel so that the lower turret is positioned correctly prior to the movement of the sub-spindle.

For users of wire EDM, FeatureCAM 2015 provides an expanded wire-cut database to support multiple machines with varying formats and methods of operation, with the ability to specify nozzle type and fluid type as well as material type and thickness, wire type and diameter, and EDM machine. This gives more flexibility by providing the option to store and apply a greater variety of different parameters.

Finally, FeatureCAM 2015 allows easier programming of families of parts. Working with the part library, the software matches the names of features within the part library with user-created curves relating to those features. This makes the programming of subsequent parts in the family much easier and faster.

For further details, including video demonstrations, visit www.delcam.tv/fc2015.

For more information about Delcam and its products, visit www.delcam.com.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Autodesk Maya 2015 Service Pack 4 Available

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Sep 16, 2014 - Autodesk Inc., makes available a new service pack v4.0 to its product, Autodesk Maya 2015. The new service pack includes several important fixes. 

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Dassault Acquires Quintiq for 250M Euro

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VELIZY-VILLACOUBLAY, France, Sep 16, 2014 - Dassault Systems (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, world leader in 3D design software, 3D Digital Mock Up and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, announced the completion of the acquisition of Quintiq, a leading provider of on-premise and on-cloud supply chain and Operations Planning & Optimization software for approximately €250 million. With 800 employees, Quintiq, whose offerings include production, logistics and workforce planning applications, is rated as a leader in the market by top industry analysts and its solutions are used today by 250 customers, at 1,000 sites, in more than 90 countries.

Quintiq solutions are used to plan and schedule the most complex production supply chains at such manufacturers as Novelis, ASML, Lafarge, AkzoNobel, and ArcelorMittal. They also plan and optimize some of the most complex logistics operations, including DHL, Walmart, DB Schenker and TNT. Quintiq is enabling full operations planning at Brussels Airport, KLM, Canadian National and the Federal Aviation Administration. Quintiq is differentiated by leading optimization technology; a platform approach to covering long-term strategic to day-of-operational planning; and capabilities which go beyond supply chain to encompass full operations planning and optimization.

"Lafarge recently selected Quintiq to provide sales and operations planning as well as transport optimization in our 64 countries of operations. Quintiq's capability extends beyond what traditional resource planning software provides and gives us opportunities to improve our top and bottom lines. We are pleased to see the joining of Quintiq and Dassault Systems, the two firms are known for innovation and we expect that together they will bring great value to their customers." said Rachid Benyakhlef, Supply Chain Senior Vice-President at Lafarge, a world leader in building materials.

"NSG Pilkington recently selected Quintiq for operations planning and optimization. Dassault Systèmes is a visionary company with world-class technology and deep expertise in the auto market. Together Quintiq and Dassault Systems will be a business operations planning leader that can help companies like ours transform results and customer experience." said Phil Millichap, CEO of NSG Pilkington Automotive OE, a global glass leader.

Quintiq will expand Dassault Systems' DELMIA brand, adding the new product line of Operations Planning and Optimization to the existing ones of Digital Manufacturing and Manufacturing Operations Management. Quintiq provides new reach into industries such as metals, mining, oil & gas, rail, delivery and freight.

About Dassault Systems

Dassault Systems, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, provides business and people with virtual universes to imagine sustainable innovations. Its world-leading solutions transform the way products are designed, produced, and supported. Dassault Systems' collaborative solutions foster social innovation, expanding possibilities for the virtual world to improve the real world. The group brings value to over 190,000 customers of all sizes, in all industries, in more than 140 countries. 

For more information, visit www.3ds.com.

3D Systems Unveils Simbionix VR Surgical Simulation Training Module

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ROCK HILL, SC, Sep 16, 2014 - 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced the addition of a new Simbionix ultrasound training module for the practice of trans-vaginal ultrasound exams (GYN TVS) at the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG) exhibition in Barcelona, Spain.

Trans-vaginal ultrasound is a commonly used exam in many Obstetrics and Gynecology practices, and as such, the ability to both perform and interpret ultrasounds has always been an important part of the curriculum in clinical training programs. Unlike ultrasound exams that are performed externally, practicing pelvic ultrasound poses more of a challenge to both learners and educators.

The company also plans to add its Bespoke Modeling, a cloud-based, easy-to-use, affordable service that allows medical professionals to quickly create, view, share and 3D print full-color 3D anatomical models directly from DICOM data. When used with Simbionix simulators, Bespoke Modeling gives medical professionals the power to diagnose and communicate more effectively, simplify medical imaging and improve medical learning and training. Bespoke Modeling makes it easy to view patient-specific 3D data, bookmark views, add annotations, explore specific anatomical structures and then order color 3D cloud-printed models or print on-site.

The U/S Mentor simulator provides a true-to-life training environment in which physicians and sonographers of different experience levels may practice ultrasound procedures. The new GYN TVS training module was developed based on the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) standards and guidelines for the accreditation of ultrasound practices. Training is performed on a dedicated mannequin combined with simulated anatomies and pathologies. Virtual patient cases include normal anatomical variations, early IUP, ectopic pregnancy, fibroids, ovarian malignancies, hydrosalpynx and more. The comprehensive training incorporates didactics, real time guidance and captured metrics for objective assessment.

Pelvic ultrasound simulation training using the U/S Mentor simulator provides a safe and low stress environment in comparison with the traditional method of training on live patients.

"The U/S Mentor has been very well accepted, with customers especially impressed with the realistic imaging and training options that it offers," said Gary Zamler, Vice President and General Manager, Simbionix Products, 3DS. "Our well-established advanced ultrasound simulation technology, which has been developed over the last 10 years, allows us to rapidly enhance the product and provide a variety of unique training packages in correspondence with our client's needs."

Availability

The module will be available for hands-on experience at Simbionix booth #33 at the ISUOG exhibition in Barcelona, Spain, September 14-17.

3D Systems offers a full array of Simbionix medical training simulators, PROcedure Rehearsal Studio for case rehearsal and planning and MentorLearn Simulator Training Management to advance clinical performance and optimize procedural outcomes through education and collaboration. For more information on Simbionix, visit www.simbionix.com.

About 3D Systems

3D Systems is pioneering 3D printing for everyone. 3DS provides the most advanced and comprehensive 3D design-to-manufacturing solutions including 3D printers, print materials and cloud sourced custom parts. Its powerful digital thread empowers professionals and consumers everywhere to bring their ideas to life in material choices including plastics, metals, ceramics and edibles. 3DS' leading healthcare solutions include integrated 3D planning and printing for personalized surgery and patient specific medical and dental devices. Its democratized 3D design and inspection products embody the latest perceptual, capture and touch technology. Its products and services replace and complement traditional methods with improved results and reduced time to outcomes. These solutions are used to rapidly design, create, communicate, plan, guide, prototype or produce functional parts, devices and assemblies, empowering customers to manufacture the future.

For more information, visit www.3DSystems.com.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Delcam CRISPIN to Host 1st Footwear Tech Forum in Milan on 14-15th Oct

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BIRMINGHAM, UK, Sep 9, 2014 - Delcam CRISPIN, the world's largest supplier of CADCAM software to the footwear industry, is running its first international Footwear Technology Forum for designers and manufacturers of all types of footwear. It will be hosted at the Hotel Hermitage in Milan on 14th and 15th October. For further details, visit www.ft-forum.com.

The Forum will focus on current and emerging technologies that will help companies to develop more innovative designs, reduce costs and get new products to market more quickly. Top industry experts from organizations including; Ars Sutoria, Autodesk, Crocs, Energy Group, Lectra and SATRA will cover topics including; the latest developments in 3D Printing, digital prototyping, sustainability, new materials and novel manufacturing methods.

John Hubbard, Environment & Sustainability Consultant at SATRA, will be delivering a presentation on the sustainability considerations throughout the supply chain. He will highlight some of the potential contradictions that exist but also look at some of the easy wins that are achievable in some areas. He will also consider the opportunities for promoting environmental and sustainability credentials through product labeling or facility accreditation.

Delcam CRISPIN, will deliver a keynote on Augmented Reality, demonstrating the development of the ShoeMirror, a virtual reality shoe fitting system. Following discussions on the future uses of this technology, Autodesk will present their insight into on 3D rendering. A session on the uses of 3D printing will then open up the floor to a discussion on the uses of digital prototyping within the footwear industry.


Presentations will also be delivered by Lectra (supplier of integrated technology solutions specifically designed for industries using fabrics, leather, technical textiles, and composite materials), who will be discussing advances in manufacturing technologies.

Skomageriet (Orthopaedic footwear specialist), will also be delivering an educational presentation on Orthopedic shoes and their insight into the future of customized shoes.

Delcam CRISPIN is still adding sponsors from organizations that are leading the way in development and application of technology in the footwear industry. Anyone interested in speaking at, or sponsoring the Forum should contact Simon Hamilton by email to sah@delcam.com.

For more information, visit http://www.delcam.com.

Delcam Launches PowerINSPECT 2014

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BIRMINGHAM, UK, Sep 9 , 2014 - Delcam announces the launch of 2014 version of its PowerINSPECT inspection software. The latest release of Delcam's PowerINSPECT inspection software has a new interface with new icons that make the software more intuitive and even easier to use. Other enhancements in the new version include the ability to create compound items, and so speed up and simplify repetitive measurements, enhancements to the measurement dialogs and a further increase in the range of geometric features that can be inspected.

For further details, plus video demonstrations of the new functionality, visit the PowerINSPECT Learning Zone at www.delcam.tv/pi2014/lz

The new interface was developed to further improve the ease of use that has been central to PowerINSPECT becoming the world’s leading hardware-independent inspection software. Over the last few releases, the software has seen a significant increase in the range of measurements that it can make. The software can now be used to take all types of simple measurements and to inspect a growing variety of geometric features, as well as offering more tools for analysing complex 3D surfaces. In addition to making it easier to negotiate the greater range of options, the new interface features freshly-designed icons, which give a cleaner look and feel to the software.

In addition, PowerINSPECT now has the ability for users to create custom toolbars, which allow frequently-used commands to be grouped together in one convenient place, and so improve speed and ease of use. It is possible to export and import toolbars, so users can easily transfer their set-up to a different PC or share their toolbars with other operators.

During inspection, 2D features (circles, slots, rectangles and the like) are always projected to a reference plane. For example, when inspecting a circle representing the top of a cylinder, the user will want to measure the properties of the circle and its height. PowerINSPECT can now create a compound item that combines the plane and the feature together into a single compound feature, and assumes that the 2D feature is to be reported, while the plane is not. This leads to a shorter sequence tree that is easier to navigate and a report that shows only the properties of the 2D features by default.

This option is especially valuable for any iterative building operation, where an assembly needs to be measured, adjusted and re-measured until the results are acceptable. Using compound features makes it much quicker and easier to go back and forth between measurements. In particular, if the plane needs to be re-measured to determine the height of the circle, rather than the xy position, it can be re-measured immediately. This new functionality was primarily designed for the building and calibration of fixtures but it is useful in any scenario where the user has to re-measure and adjust features within an assembly.

Enhancements to the measurement dialogs in PowerINSPECT allow a wider range of information to be shown in addition to the measured values. The user can now also choose to display nominal, deviation and error values, helping to highlight immediately whether each measured feature is in tolerance. This provides the operator with more complete information, allowing even faster decisions about the status of the part and whether to continue with, or to end, the measurement routine.

The range of geometric features that can be measured with PowerINSPECT continues to be increased with a new option to create a probed ellipse. A new constructed geometric feature allows the user to create the circle at the intersection of two tori. This can then be used to locate the transition point in ‘S’ bends in tubing and ductwork applications. In addition, enhancements have been made to the measurement of a constructed ellipse.

Improved calibration records can now be recorded in the probe database. This allows better traceability of the data and provides more assistance for the user to manage their calibrations.

Finally, PowerINSPECT now includes improved support for the Renishaw PH20 probe. This probe is becoming more popular as the five-axis motion of the PH20 does not require calibration of every stylus angle and allows measurement points to be taken by moving only the head rather than the complete CMM structure, so maintaining accuracy at higher measuring speeds.

For more information, visit http://www.delcam.com.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

3D Systems, Vortex VR Join to Develop VR Mobile Phone Case, HMD Device

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ROCK HILL, SC, Sep 4, 2014 - 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced that it has partnered with Vortex VR, Inc., an emergent leader in virtual reality technology, and GameFace Labs, to develop the VRTX I, Vortex VR's new virtual reality mobile phone case and head mounted display (HMD) device. The VRTX I provides stunning, high-definition VR immersion without wires and is tailor-made for the new LG G3 Quad HD smartphone. 

3DS designers contributed advanced manufacturing and materials expertise in designing the VRTX I to be lightweight, highly functional and durable. The HMD devices were then 3D printed using 3DS' advanced Selective Laser Sintering technology. By relying on 3D printing, the VRTX I team was able to complete the entire design-to-manufacturing process in less than 30 days, without the need for lead-times and costly tooling.

"This is an exciting project for 3D Systems, one that combines the power, flexibility and rapid time-to-value enabled by 3D printing with the incredible advancements in virtual reality and wearables," said Cathy Lewis, Chief Marketing Officer, 3D Systems. "This will change how we design, manufacture and interact with these exponential technologies forever."

"With our technology partners, GameFace Labs and 3D Systems, we have been able to rapidly bring to market a mobile case and device with technology that has been developed to best leverage the Android OS, along with the powerhouse of hardware within the G3," said David Haines, Chairman and Interim CEO, Vortex, VR, Inc. "This is the mobile VR experience everyone has been waiting for."

The VRTX I is Vortex VR, Inc.'s inaugural product. The company plans to launch additional products and services that will cover the entire VR ecosystem and value chain in the coming months.

About 3D Systems

3D Systems is pioneering 3D printing for everyone. 3DS provides the most advanced and comprehensive 3D design-to-manufacturing solutions including 3D printers, print materials and cloud sourced custom parts. Its powerful digital thread empowers professionals and consumers everywhere to bring their ideas to life in material choices including plastics, metals, ceramics and edibles. 3DS' leading healthcare solutions include integrated 3D planning and printing for personalized surgery and patient specific medical and dental devices. Its democratized 3D design and inspection products embody the latest perceptual, capture and touch technology. Its products and services replace and complement traditional methods with improved results and reduced time to outcomes. These solutions are used to rapidly design, create, communicate, plan, guide, prototype or produce functional parts, devices and assemblies, empowering customers to manufacture the future. For more information, visit www.3DSystems.com.

About Vortex VR, Inc.

Vortex VR is an emerging virtual reality technology company. The company has developed a revolutionary virtual reality (VR) smartphone device, the VRTX I, and is developing and bundling studio quality games and cinematic content for the android marketplace. Vortex HMD products feature perfectly configured optics, ergonomic designs and integrated controllers. Consumers can now use their smartphone as a virtual cinema, talk to other VRTX users in a virtual chat room, and get immersed into the virtual gaming world. For more information, visit www.vrtx.io.

3D Systems Acquires Belgium's LayerWise

www.3DSystems.comROCK HILL, SC, Sep 4, 2014 - 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced that it has acquired Belgium-based LayerWise, a leading provider of advanced direct metal 3D printing and manufacturing services. LayerWise delivers quick-turn, 3D-printed metal parts, manufactured on its own proprietary line of direct metal 3D printers, for aerospace, high-precision equipment and medical and dental customers. The transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to 3DS' cash generation. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

"We are delighted to integrate our proprietary direct metal technology and processes into 3D Systems' leading portfolio of products and services," said Jonas Van Vaerenbergh, one of LayerWise's founders. "With its culture of continuous innovation dating back to its founder Chuck Hull, the inventor of the first 3D printing technology, and its commitment to advancing direct metal 3D technology and medical device services, 3DS is the perfect fit for our company and strengthens our combined growth potential."

Since 2008, LayerWise has designed and built its own direct metal 3D printers. Its proprietary powder-to-solid metal printers can produce functional metal parts at convincing production scale. LayerWise's direct metal printers deliver relative part density of up to 99.98% and match conventional metals mechanical properties, at substantial unit weight reduction. These capabilities have led to rapid adoption of LayerWise manufacturing services by medical device, transportation and precision equipment customers for whom weight-reduction, strength and accuracy are paramount.

"The addition of LayerWise, with its award-winning direct metal printing technology, automated manufacturing processes at convincing scale and leading medical devices services, extends our first mover advantage in these high-growth areas substantially, to the immediate benefit of our aerospace, automotive and medical device customers," said Avi Reichental, President and CEO, 3DS.

LayerWise will operate under the continued leadership of co-founders Jonas Van Vaerenbergh and Peter Mercelis and immediately pursue new projects in its high-end target markets, taking full advantage of the global market leadership of 3DS by leveraging the combined resources and expertise to advance the entire portfolio further and faster.

About 3D Systems

3D Systems is pioneering 3D printing for everyone. 3DS provides the most advanced and comprehensive 3D design-to-manufacturing solutions including 3D printers, print materials and cloud sourced custom parts. Its powerful digital thread empowers professionals and consumers everywhere to bring their ideas to life in material choices including plastics, metals, ceramics and edibles. 3DS' leading healthcare solutions include integrated 3D planning and printing for personalized surgery and patient specific medical and dental devices. Its democratized 3D design and inspection products embody the latest perceptual, capture and touch technology. Its products and services replace and complement traditional methods with improved results and reduced time to outcomes. These solutions are used to rapidly design, create, communicate, plan, guide, prototype or produce functional parts, devices and assemblies, empowering customers to manufacture the future.

For more information, visit www.3DSystems.com.

About LayerWise

As a pioneer in the direct metal printing process, LayerWise is the leading company for 3D printing of high-quality metal parts in serial production. The focus is on creating added value for its customers, by implementing LayerWise' proprietary metal 3D print solutions and engineering know-how to increase the efficiency and performance of the products. LayerWise achieves this by offering co-engineering and full production and finishing services in many high quality metal alloys. Besides high-tech industries, LayerWise has strong presence in the medical and dental industries where LayerWise manufactures revolutionary orthopedic, maxillofacial and dental prostheses.

For more information, visit www.layerwise.com.