Siemens recently announced its new SINUMERIK CNC control system. While Siemens has long been a hallmark of CNC controllers, this new system takes its cue from other parts of the company’s repertoire.
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3D Printed Pharmaceuticals Pave the Way for Customizable Drug Therapies
Since its inception during the later decades of the last century, 3D printing (also known as additive manufacturing) has moved far beyond merely fabricating simple plastic parts.
MSC Joins the Generative Design Parade
We catch up with Dr. Thomas Reiher, cofounder of AMendate, who is now director of Hexagon’s generative design division.
The GeForce RTX 30 Cards Are Insane. What’s Coming Up for Quadro?
NVIDIA has come out to play with three new graphics cards, the GeForce RTX 30 Series.
SOLIDWORKS’ CEO: “We Will Never Fight With a Low Price as an Argument for PLM in the Cloud”
One of the secrets behind Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS’ journey to becoming a world-leading software in the mainstream desktop 3D CAD arena is its sensitivity to users’ wishes.
Physna’s Radical and Effective Geometric Search Engine
You may not know that you need a search engine for parts.
Mesh Modeling, Part 3: Autodesk’s Fusion 360 Aspires Subdivision Modeling
The discussion about subdivision modeling has opened up significantly since the start of this series.
Million Dollar Air Force Contract Will Repair Parts With 3D Printing
Additive manufacturing company Optomec was awarded a $1 million contract by the U.S. Air Force to repair engine turbine parts.
Digitizing the Industrial Workforce with Innovapptive
Innovapptive Inc., a Houston-based digital transformation provider, strives to connect machines, methods and workflows seamlessly with industrial managers, supervisors and workers.
Arduino Launches IoT Cloud Service
Arduino has launched its IoT Cloud, designed from the ground up as a low-code approach that allows users to collect, graph and analyze their projects’ sensor data.
You Could Win $25K Worth of 3D Printing Services
A start-up based in Berkeley, California, polySpectra, is attempting to make better materials for 3D printing.
Mesh Modeling, Part 2: Siemens Convergent Modeling for Meshes and NURBS-based Geometry
Developers of Siemens NX are working to integrate mesh data for everyday CAD users.
Mesh Modeling, Part 1: 3D Printer Company 3D Systems Has Geomagic, Other Software for Meshes
For decades, many CAD users have looked askance at data for any purpose made from point clouds, or polygonal meshes.
Printing a New You: A Look at 3D Bioprinting
A look at the challenges facing the prospect of 3D bioprinting living tissue.
BMW Group Opens New Additive Manufacturing Campus
The BMW Group’s new Additive Manufacturing Campus in Munich, Germany, is finally open.
Creaform’s Latest 3D Scanner is 4 Times Faster
Creaform, maker of 3D portable measurement and analysis technologies, recently announced the latest generation of its MetraSCAN product line: the MetraSCAN BLACK and the MetraSCAN BLACK|Elite.
Could 3D-Printed ‘Bone Bricks’ End Amputation?
Researchers at the University of Manchester have developed 3D-printed ‘bone bricks’ as a cost-effective method of repairing shattered limbs that are a result of blast explosions.
Startup’s Bike Helmet is Custom Fit, 3D Printed Honeycomb
UK’s Hexr introduces £299 helmet made from castor bean oil.
LEHVOSS Develops a New Flame-Retardant 3D Printing Filament
The chemical company LEHVOSS Group announced the introduction of a new 3D printing filament with flame-retardant properties.
Not for Lack of Support—Netfabb 2021.0 for 3D Print Processing
Netfabb’s latest release helps with the thankless 3D print tasks of adding and removing supports.
New French Organization Covid3D Creates 24-7 3D Printing Factory for 40 Hospitals
A Paris hospital has organized a 3D print factory specifically for healthcare PPE applications.
2020 Update: Carbon Fiber 3D Printing
Why is composite 3D printing so important, and what role does Carbon Fiber play?
GE’s Additive Manufacturing Project for the U.S. Air Force Takes off
The great promise of 3D printing combined with innovative 3D design (such as generative design) is to reduce parts and material waste while creating geometry that surpasses the capability of traditional subtractive machining.
3D Printed Microlenses for Long-Distance Spectroscopy
3D printed microlenses have been produced by researchers for use in spectroscopy.
Researchers Develop New Ultrafast Additive Manufacturing Technique
Researchers have developed an unusual metal 3D printing process that requires no post processing, electrostatic hydrodynamic redox.
Georgia Tech Researchers Advise DIY Mask Makers with Advanced Aerosol Instrumentation
Since late March, a team of Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) researchers have been providing recommendations for readily available materials to use as filters in homemade face masks.
Relativity Space to Launch First 3D-Printed Rocket
Relativity Space is currently working on its first rocket, the Terran 1, 3D printed with its own robotic printer, the Stargate.
3D Printing the Strongest Steel
The US Air Force, in concert with scientists from Texas A&M University, developed a novel way of 3D printing the strongest type of steel.
Free 3D Printable “Maker Mask” Receives Federal Approval
A former Microsoft executive leveraged his connections to achieve certification for a 3D printable respirator mask that makers can download and manufacture on their 3D printers.
ExOne Adds New Metal Materials for Industrial 3D Printing
ExOne’s X1 160PRO metal 3D printer will be used for research and development by institutions.
Creo 7.0 Adds Generative Design and More
PTC has revealed details of the latest Creo release, Creo 7.0, available on April 14.
Auto Industry Hammered by COVID-19
The auto industry, like so many other sectors, has had its hands full dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
Can Older, Simpler Versions Of This Ventilator Address The Shortage?
Some very good ideas for optimizing the emergency manufacturing of ventilators.
What’s New in 3D Bioprinting?
Scientific research into using 3D bioprinting to re-create and regenerate human limbs and organs from patient-specific DNA is progressing slowly but surely.
ExOne Adds New Metal Materials for Industrial 3D Printing
ExOne’s X1 160PRO metal 3D printer will be used for research and development by institutions.
Additive Manufacturing Materials: Proprietary or Open?
The debate over use of proprietary or open materials ecosystems is becoming a big topic in 3D printing.
The Importance of Surface Finish in Additive Manufacturing
Some thoughts about the ongoing dilemma of obtaining good surface quality on production parts made using additive manufacturing.
ABB RobotStudio Adds 3D Printing Capability
ABB RobotStudio created a new kind of 3D printing technology for the company by combining robotics and deposition technology.
NewPro3D and Henkel’s Innovative DLP Process Helps Surgeons Prepare
Vancouver-based 3D printing company NewPro3D has entered a collaborative partnership with chemical company Henkel.
The Da Vinci Color 5D Looks Like a Multi-Machine Maker’s Dream
XYZprinting has released a new 3D printer, the Color 5D, which, as you might suspect, can 3D print in full color.
When Generative Design Backfires – VW’s New Wheels
What looked like twigs proved to be generatively-designed shapes, the output of generative design algorithms available in Autodesk’s Fusion 360, then cast in metal.
A Smarter Way to Look at Simulation Results?
The company’s main product is VCollab, a solution created to make the results of engineering simulation more easily shared and understood.
Volkswagen Shows Viability of Metal Additive Manufacturing in Automotive
Last year Volkswagen selected HP Metal Jet for the high volume manufacturing of production-grade metal parts, as the foundation for its strategy to industrialize additive manufacturing with a multi-year design and production roadmap.
Optimizing Machining and Workholding for Metal Additive Manufacturing
What is the best way to set up additive manufacturing jobs to ensure production finishing can take place?
New, Faster Carbon Fiber Manufacturing Process Independently Verified
Researchers at Deakin University studying the chemical reactions that take place during the production of carbon fiber composites developed a method which dramatically cuts the time and energy required for these reactions.
Dollars and Sense: Your Next Simulation Should Be On the Cloud
You might value the perfect simulation model, striving for perfection—an engineering ideal if ever there was one.
Discovery of New Method Speeds Up Precision 3D Bioprinting
Researchers have devised yet another method of bioprinting that could offer substantially faster print speeds.
Northwestern Spin-Out Launches Massive, Fast DLP 3D Printer
3D printing startup Azul has produced a new device that uses the High Area Rapid Printing (HARP) process to 3D print objects at high speed and low cost.
Voxel8 Returns to 3D Print Shoe Uppers
Voxel8, who debuted in 2015 at CES with an electronics 3D printing concept, disappeared, only to now return with a footwear 3D printing solution.
Show Me the Money: Siemens Software CEO Opts for Substance Over Flash
An interview with Siemens’ CEO Tony Hemmelgarn reveals how the manufacturing giant is thinking about 3D printing.
3D Printing in Construction: More than Overhyped Promises and Underwhelming Deliveries?
The number one material used in the global construction industry is concrete, but how is it being used with recent construction 3D printing ventures?
Kennametal Turns to AM to Drive Growth, Product Innovation
In a press release last week, Kennametal announced the launch of a new business unit focused on additive manufacturing (AM).
Hello Class, Today We’re Making a Jumbo 747
Learning CAD? How about starting with modeling an entire Boeing 747? Yes, that actually happened.
Measurement is often seen as non-value-added work. However, if we properly account for the expected costs involved in passing defects on to customers, then the increased value of the product can be clearly shown.
COMSOL Multiphysics 5.5 Is Evolutionary
What new features are found in COMSOL Multiphysics 5.5? We have a list of new features in the CAD optimization tool.
Anisoprint: Anisotropy as Advantage in Carbon Fiber 3D Printing
A major competitor of Markforged is Anisoprint, as it markets a powerful 3D printer capable of inserting continuous carbon fiber into prints.
SOLIDWORKS 2020: A Bridge to 3DEXPERIENCE
It’s September 2019, and that means SOLIDWORKS 2020 is here.
Cloud-Based Design and Simulation Powers Next-Generation Engineering
CAD tools have changed significantly, and today the promise of cloud-based design services could provide even greater capabilities in the future.
Protolabs Adopts Carbon’s 3D Printing for On-Demand Production
Minnesota-based Protolabs announced this week the addition of Carbon’s Digital Light Synthesis (DLS) technology to its portfolio of manufacturing and prototyping technologies.
Solid-State Battery 3D Printing Preps for Production
Is it possible to 3D print batteries? It seems so, as KeraCel is attempting to do so.
Product Design in the Cloud Gets a Helping Hand
There’s no longer much doubt about the benefits and ubiquity of the cloud, but its utility in product design is still being understood.
Startup Targets 3D-Printed Consumer Goods with Unique Four-Gantry 3D Printer
It was around 2014 that the consumer 3D printing bubble burst, causing the stocks of stalwarts like Stratasys and 3D Systems to plummet.
How Lockheed Martin is Using Augmented Reality in Aerospace Manufacturing
Lockheed Martin is famous for engineering innovation, dating back to the legendary Skunkworks.
How Additive Manufacturing Complements Conventional Plastics Production
Doing traditional manufacturing? You may want to consider integrating additive manufacturing or 3D printing into your polymer production line.
Autodesk Introduces Fusion 360 Extensions
Using Autodesk Fusion 360 for manufacturing? Autodesk has introduced extensions to the popular 3D CAD software to enhance manufacturing and additive operations.
AI-Powered Multi-Material 3D Printing Makes Closed-Loop Fabrication a Reality
In some ways, true multi-material 3D printing has been the dream of the additive manufacturing (AM) industry for some time.
Machine Learning System Detects Manufacturing Defects using Photos
Machine learning can be used for more than violating your privacy for a social media challenge.
Voxeljet Looks to Take the Next Step in Production-Scale AM
Late last month, Voxeljet AG shared the latest in its line of industrial 3D printers with attendees at the GIFA show in Dusseldorf, Germany.
SimSolid Faster than FEA, Just as Accurate. What’s Not to Like?
It’s no fun to get a part or assembly ready for simulation. SimSolid is a very useful FEA tool that can assist with CAD simulations and designs.
Onshape Bringing Back the Local User Meeting
Turn out at the Onshape user meeting was light.
Continuous Carbon Fiber 3D Printing Gets Massive
While we recently reported that carbon fiber 3D printing is still in its early stages, we have also learned that development in the space is quickly progressing.
How a High-Schooler Trying to Save Water Got a Crash Course in Engineering
Eighteen-year-old Tucker Sawyer of Hays County, TX, had a flash of inspiration while sitting in his high school chemistry class.
Mountain Biking Gets a Boost from Generative Design
Mechanical engineer PJ Tolentino loves biking on the many mountainous trails in his native Philippines.
New 3D Printing Materials at RAPID + TCT 2019
Without materials, no manufacturing process would be able to do… well, anything.
VR in CAD: Where Are We Now?
Virtual reality (VR) has come a long way since the offerings of the late 1980s and 1990s.
Realizing 3D Printing’s Potential via Automated Post-Processing Tech
As the 3D printing space continues to transform into something that fits into industrial factory settings, we’ve seen materials expand, systems improve, and a trend toward automation. What has so far seemed to be the missing piece is an equal improvement in post-processing technologies.
From Design Database Shards Come Great Products
For prospective and current users, there is no shortage of 3D CAD options.
3D Printing with Carbon Fiber: Tracing the Lifecycle Thread
3D-printing carbon fiber is now a mainstay of the additive manufacturing (AM) industry.
New Joint Project Brings Metallic 3D Printing To Automakers
A new collaborative venture, led by BMW and including researchers, manufacturers and auto companies, is working on expanding advanced manufacturing (AM) in the automotive industry.
Which Technologies Will Transform CAD?
Here at engineering.com, we love to write about new tools and technologies in the world of CAD.
What They Don’t Tell You About 3D Printing PLA
In the desktop 3D printing community, polylactic acid (PLA) is easily one of the most popular plastics.
COBOD Begins Distributing BOD2 Construction 3D Printing
While we await livable 3D-printed homes and buildings, the field of additive construction is experiencing steady development.
Autodesk Announces Inventor 2020
Autodesk has announced Inventor 2020, which will be available for users to download over the next few weeks.
Additive Manufacturing Research Center to Open in the Philippines
The Filipino Department of Science and Technology has announced plans to build a new research-focused manufacturing center.
Bugatti 3D Prints Classic Car for Kids
French sports car manufacturer Bugatti first made its mark on the world with the Bugatti Type 35 race car (“the Bugatti Baby”) in the early 20th century.
Busses and Tractors to Receive 3D-Printed Spare Parts
One application primed for disruption by 3D printing technology is the production of spare parts.
Texas Instruments Aims to Evolve SLS with New DLP Chip
Stereolithography introduced to the world the possibility of turning digital CAD models into physical reality
Four Ways 4D Printing Is Becoming a Reality
If you’re immersed in tech news, every once in a while you come across a new story about 4D printing.
Medical 3D Printing: Where Are We Now?
In 2015, market research firm Gartner projected that medical 3D printing would become the pioneering field that would drive additive manufacturing (AM) into the mainstream in two to five years.
Researchers Whip up Soy-Based 3D-Printing Resin
As we explored in a previous article, the overwhelming majority of 3D-printing plastics are made from fossil fuels.
DED Metal 3D Printing Goes Desktop with ADDiTEC
Some startups jump into public view with a big splash.
Carbon Introduces 3D-Printed Auto Parts for Ford
Ford Motor Company has been a long-time partner of Silicon Valley-based 3D printing firm Carbon.
Where Do 3D Printing Metals Come from?
With an understanding that something doesn’t just come from nothing, we explored the base materials used for the creation of plastics used in the 3D printing industry.
3D Printing Predictions for 2019
3D printing has come a long way from its origins in the 1980s, with a brief entry into the consumer space galvanizing its growth in the earlier part of the decade.
The Generative Design Challenge: Build a Better Bicycle Frame
A road bike frame is a study in elegance and minimalism.