3D Scanning & 3D Printing to keep Dutch vessels at top condition

3D Scanning & 3D Printing to keep Dutch vessels at top condition

Keeping its vessels in top condition is a critical aspect of a naval force’s readiness, but to do so each part, little or big, needs full attention. Claire Apthorp looks at a project to scan the entire Dutch Navy in 3D.

The Royal Netherlands Navy contracts work for the maintenance of its vessels and submarines to Dutch organisation Marinebedrijf Koninklijke Marine. In addition to maintaining the vessels, Marinebedrijf Koninklijke Marine is responsible for creating new parts for the ships to replace damaged parts, and carrying out modifications to on-board components when required, from everything to the hull to weapons systems and engines.

In order to speed up its servicing, Marinebedrijf Koninklijke Marine turned to Artec 3D, a company that produces 3D scanners that allow maintenance personnel to reverse engineer parts for vessels that need to be replaced, for which the drawings or 3D CAD files are not accessible. Continue reading “3D Scanning & 3D Printing to keep Dutch vessels at top condition”

SLM Solutions enters into software joint venture with CADS GmbH

Together with the Austrian software developer CADS, the SLM Solutions Group AG – a leading provider of metal-based additive manufacturing technology (3D printing) – plans to develop design software that facilitates the development of components for customers.

Henner Schöneborn, SLM Solutions Management Board member for Corporate Development and Innovation, explained the project: “We have previously used the design software of a third-party provider which is, however, unable to meet the special characteristics of selective laser melting and our customer requirements to the extent required. CADS have impressed us with deep knowledge in manufacturing and solutions for the medical sector, combined with innovative ideas. We see a major opportunity in proprietary software development over the medium-term in order to better meet the design practice requirements of our customers.” Continue reading “SLM Solutions enters into software joint venture with CADS GmbH”

Autodesk, Microsoft Partner to Integrate 3D Printing Platform into Windows 10

Clearly the CAD software giant, Autodesk views 3D printing as a major part of their business plan moving forward. Not only have they integrated 3D printing into several of their software packages, but they’ve also created an entire platform called Spark, as well as manufacturing their own SLA 3D printer. Continue reading “Autodesk, Microsoft Partner to Integrate 3D Printing Platform into Windows 10”

Safran and Dassault Systèmes have entered into strategic partnership for additive manufacturing

Also known as 3D-printing, additive manufacturing uses computer-aided design, engineering, manufacturing and materials science software to generate 3D models of parts and subsystems, which are then built using successive layers of materials.

Using Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform and Safran’s expertise in innovative technologies, the companies will develop expertise for virtual validation of an additive manufacturing process.

Dassault Systèmes R&D senior executive vice-president Dominique Florack said: “Our 3DEXPERIENCE platform’s strategy covers all aspects of the additive manufacturing process, from material design to conceptual design, generative design to manufacturing, and certification to repair.

“Together with Safran, we can nurture virtual world processes for a complete approach in this field that will help revolutionise tomorrow’s manufacturing.”

The new process will facilitate upstream material design, downstream manufacturing processes and testing to offer digital continuity for various engineering parameters. Read more..

Source: aerospace-technology.com

Growing Lattice in CAD: AM Prompts Designers to Look Beyond Solids and Surfaces

Lilian van Daal wants to bring Nature’s engineering methods into people’s living rooms. The 2010 graduate of HAN University (Netherlands) created a series of 3D-printed soft seats. The softness comes from her clever use of Nature-inspired lattice structure to create flexibility out of stiff materials. Continue reading “Growing Lattice in CAD: AM Prompts Designers to Look Beyond Solids and Surfaces”