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SimForDesign Available on Onshape App Store

SimForDesign Available on Onshape App Store

Fidesys, a provider of FEA (finite element analysis) tools, has added its SimulationForDesign solution to the Onshape App Store. This gives Onshape users more access to cloud CAE capabilities, allow them to examine parts performance throughout the design process.

With this integration, SimForDesign offers linear stress analysis directly within Onshape. Because SimForDesign operates in the cloud, users also do not have to worry about computational resources required for analysis — SimForDesign allocates everything automatically. Unlike in other cloud simulation services where users might pay for astronomical (real) hours, the SimForDesign billing system is very simple and straightforward basing usage on the actual CPU time, not the time spent setting up a simulation, the company states.

The Onshape App Store is currently in beta, but users can request access.

For more information, visit Fidesys.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

EnvisionTEC Launches Micro Plus 3D Printer Line

EnvisionTEC Launches Micro Plus 3D Printer Line

At formnext 2015, EnvisionTEC has launched a new line of 3D printers. The Micro Plus is available in two variations, the Micro Plus Hi-Res and Advantage. This desktop offering has a new body style, a touchscreen and an integrated embedded PC with Wi-Fi connectivity, a company press release states.

The Hi-Res provides a build envelope of 1.8 x 1.1 x 3.9 in. and a resolution of 30 micron. The Advantage has a dynamic Z resolution that varies between 25 and 75 micron with a build envelop of 2.3 x 1.8 x 3.9 in. The Micro Plus printers can produce functional parts with materials for applications such as jewelry, toy, medical, engineering and industrial design.

“The Micro Plus line is another example ofEnvisionTEC’s dedication to innovation. EnvisionTEC has always relied on a strong research and development team to ensure that we maintain our role as a global leader in 3D printing technologies,” said EnvisionTEC CEO Al Siblani. “We are not content with simply being at the leading edge, what is important is providing true solutions to our customers that include functional parts with best-in-class surface finish at high speeds and the Micro Plus line continues this legacy.”

For more information, visit EnvisionTEC.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

Optomec Partners with Dragonfly

Optomec Partners with Dragonfly

Optomec, a supplier of additive manufacturing solutions, has signed a distribution agreement with Dragonfly to expand its sales into Italy.

Optomec Aerosol Jet printers, according to the company, offer high-resolution 3D printing capabilities for smaller, lightweight and high-performance devices in industries such as aerospace, defense and consumer electronics.

Aerosol Jet technology, which is scalable for high volume production applications, uses a patented process of aerodynamic focusing to precisely print electronic circuitry and functional components in dimensions ranging from as small as 10 microns to as large as several millimeters in a single pass.

Optomec LENS printers use the energy from a high-power laser to build up structures one layer at a time directly from powdered metals. The LENS process can completely build new metal parts or add material to existing metal components for repair and hybrid manufacturing applications.

“Optomec is the world leading provider of additive manufacturing systems for high-performance applications. This is why we are very proud of this partnership” said Claudio Giarda, Dragonfly CEO. “We are sure that the Italian market is ready to embrace Aerosol Jet Printed Electronics technology and LENS powered-metal fabrication technology. This perfectly completes Dragonfly’s offer and suits the current innovation needs for the development of new smart and connected products, as well as the demand for new industrial solutions to redefine how metal parts are produced, replaced and repaired.”

For more information, visit Optomec.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

Avi Reichental Departs from 3D Systems

Avi Reichental Departs from 3D Systems

3D Systems (3DS) has stated that Avi Reichental, the company’s former president and CEO, is no longer with the company. Reichental stepped down on October 28, by mutual agreement with the company’s board of directors.

Following Reichental’s departure, the board of directors has established an executive management committee to support companywide operations and initiatives. According to a press release, the company will also immediately commence a search and evaluation process for a new president and CEO.

“Over the past 12 years, [Reichental] has helped build 3D Systems into a global leader in 3D design and digital fabrication and we thank him for his many contributions,” said G. Walter Loewenbaum II, chairman of the 3DS board of directors. “We are fortunate to have such a knowledgeable and capable leadership team already in place that can execute on our strategic initiatives while we identify the right individual to lead 3D Systems into a new era.”

“We are profoundly grateful for the visionary leadership Avi has provided to our business and to our industry, and we wish him well in his future endeavors,” said Charles Hull, co-founder, director, chairman of the Executive Management Committee and chief technology officer, 3DS. “As our industry continues to evolve and we look to the future, we are focused on aligning our resources and programs to best serve our customers and are excited about the many opportunities ahead.”

For more information, visit 3D Systems.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

Luxion Receives Official U. S. Patent

Luxion Receives Official U. S. Patent

Luxion, a provider of rendering and lighting technology, has received a patent for real-time rendering technology. The patent is specifically for “live editing and integrated control of image-based lighting of 3D models”

After first filing for protection of the intellectual property on March 2012, Luxion’s integration of high

dynamic range (HDR) image editing within KeyShot provided users of the software the ability to edit an HDR image, which represents omni-directional, real-world environment lighting, by easily adding and adjusting lights while seeing the results instantly in real-time within KeyShot. Additionally, users are able to modify the HDR image, adding highlights to their model, by simply selecting the area of the model to be lit.

“Creating, modifying or adjusting image-based lighting has always been difficult in, or disconnected from, rendering software,” says Claus Wann Jensen, CEO and co-founder at Luxion. “This solution not only provides a new method for adding and adjusting light, but also provides instant visualization of the light in the model environment.”

For more information, visit Luxion.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

Airbus APWorks Purchases MetalFAB1 System

Airbus APWorks Purchases MetalFAB1 System

Airbus APWorks, an Airbus Subsidiary, has ordered its first industrial metal printing system from Additive Industries. Airbus APWorks is the first confirmed beta customer for the MetalFAB1, the organization states.

Additive Industries’ offerings cover the entire value chain from component design to serial production. Airbus APWorks supplies customers in robotics, mechanical engineering, automotive, medical technology and aerospace.

“We are proud to team up with Airbus as our first customer to further develop the process, new materials and applications as well as verifying the performance of the MetalFAB1 system. Their commitment emphasizes the potential of our new metal additive manufacturing system for industrial series production of functional parts,” said Daan Kersten, co-founder and CEO of Additive Industries.

“With the integrated MetalFAB1 solution, we believe to be able to simultaneously improve the product consistency and lower the cost price for metal additive manufacturing,” adds Joachim Zettler, managing director of Airbus APWorks.

For more information, visit Additive Industries.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

PLM Market to Reach $6.27 Billion by 2022

PLM Market to Reach $6.27 Billion by 2022

According to a report by Transparency Market Research, the shift from traditional and non-traditional end-use sectors such as retail, consumer goods and packaged goods will grow the PLM (product lifecycle market) to reach $6.27 billion by 2020.

The research firm states that the global PLM market for consumer products and retail end-use by components category was dominated by the software segment with a market share of 46.2% in 2014. Globally, the demand for PLM software is driven by a reduction in time-to-market new products and reduction in operational cost. Rising demand for process automation, product data management, and integration with emerging tools such as analytics software would continue to fuel the growth of PLM software during the coming years. The share of on-premise PLM software market is forecast to expand at a moderate rate during the forecast period from 2015 to 2022. The cloud-based PLM software market segment is expected to have fastest growth during the forecast period.

North America led the global overall PLM market for consumer products and retail end-use market in 2014 with the share of about 35.7% in 2014. North America is the most significant market for PLM and its growth is majorly driven by the expansion of the PLM footprint in large enterprises, increasing adoption by SMEs, and penetration of PLM in new industries, such as consumer goods, retail, and telecom

For more information, visit Transparency Market Research.

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