Chameleon Power Uses Digital Tools for Material Selections

NOVI, MI, Dec 12, 2018 – Chameleon Power, the visualization software leader across 2D, 3D, VR (virtual reality) and AR (augmented reality) platforms, has implemented digital tools that exploit architectural concepts for making material selections. The digital swatching suite can be used for exterior and interior selections during the design process.

The digital swatching tool provides users with the ability to select materials from a virtual database and collaborate with stakeholders. The tool can help customers make educated design decisions using pre-selected palettes, or design from scratch using the unlimited digital data set.

“Selecting from the ‘curbside view’ can be very challenging for decision makers, and the swatching tool simplifies product selections beyond traditional visualization,” said Dan Dempsey, president of Chameleon Power. “With this web-based virtual design tool, Chameleon has enhanced a concept regularly used by architects and designers.”

The swatching tools are available on Chameleon-powered websites and are being integrated into the homebuilder suite of selections tools.

Chameleon Power visualizers shorten the design cycle and enhance customer satisfaction. Websites that utilize Chameleon visualizers enjoy increased user time of more than 3X and sales increases of more than 75%.

About Chameleon Power

Chameleon Power is the leader in photorealistic visualization in 2D, 3D, virtual reality and augmented reality. Chameleon Power applications help businesses speed sales conversions by enabling their customers to configure, see and experience choices in a life-like digital environment. Chameleon Power’s visualization engine employs proprietary color and appearance technology and incorporates a robust content management system to facilitate seamless image and product data utilization across all mobile and web platforms.

Chameleon Power visualizers are used by category-leading companies in building, remodeling, construction and home décor, and are being adopted in all industries where visualization is critical to the purchase decision.

For more information, visit chameleonpower.com.

Orbex, Alabama University Select SoftInWay’s AxSTREAM Space

BURINGTON, MA, Dec 12, 2018 – SoftInWay is excited to announce that Orbex and the University of Alabama have become the latest commercial and educational organizations respectively, to leverage AxSTREAM Space, SoftInWay’s software bundle package specifically developed for space application and design of turbopump components and systems in rocket engines.

The AxSTREAM Space bundle includes all steps from multivariate conceptual design to full multi-dimensional geometry of the turbomachinery components, allowing design of both pumps and turbine, investigation of secondary flows, and analysis of rotor-bearing systems; all automated and integrated throughout the platform.

Founded in 2015, Orbex is an emerging European leader in orbital microlaunch services, focused on supporting the needs of the rapidly growing small satellite industry. Orbex is developing an innovative, break-through orbital launch vehicle called Prime to deliver small satellites into Earth’s orbit. When completed, the launch vehicle aims to be 30% lighter and 20% more efficient than its industry counterparts and will be able to transport payloads ranging between 100kg-220kg to altitudes of up to 1250km. To complete this project, the Orbex team will be using AxSTREAM Space for the design of cryogenic turbomachinery components and systems.

“Orbex is building a 21st century launch vehicle that will help shape the future of the small satellite industry, and we have invested very strongly in a reliable, industry-proven design and simulation toolchain for our propulsion systems,” said Chris Larmour, Orbex CEO. “Our core philosophy is to invest in the best solutions available, and the AxSTREAM platform is widely recognized as a key asset in a professional toolchain for launch vehicle development. With the introduction of the new AxSTREAM Space bundle, we have access to a suite of high performance tools that is precisely matched to the task we have at hand: not only can it accomplish full component design, but it can also handle sophisticated rotor dynamics analysis, and model secondary flows to determine systemic issues. These capabilities allow our engineers to converge on a design very quickly, helping them to deliver a robust and reliable main propulsion system.”

In addition to Orbex, the University of Alabama has recently adopted AxSTREAM Space into their aerospace program.  The Alabama Rocket Engineering Systems team, or ARES, a group made up of 16 students is working towards developing a CH4/LOX liquid-propelled rocket engine. They are using AxSTREAM Space to design the turbomachinery components and system needed to achieve their long-term goal of launching a university developed rocket to the Karman line, the boundary between the Earth’s atmosphere and space.

“Turbomachinery is the most intensive part of designing a liquid-propelled rocket engine,” said Jiar Meagher, lead engineer for the ARES turbomachinery group at the University of Alabama. ” SoftInWay has provided us with the tools and the support we needed to put our goals within reach.”

“Our future is only limited by our imagination, and as a celebration of our company’s 20th year anniversary, we want to ensure that we take a major part in supporting human kind in becoming an interplanetary species. We believe that this can only happen through pushing the boundaries to develop better technologies in how fast and efficiently we can get there,” said Valentine Moroz, SoftInWay’s COO. “We are excited to partner with the most innovative companies aiming to reach space, such as Orbex, as well as younger, student engineers with goals no less ambitious – such as becoming the first university to put a satellite and rocket into space. We hope that together, and with the help of AxSTREAM Space we can leverage technology to move beyond our planet, and open new frontiers for humanity.”

About SoftInWay Inc.

SoftInWay, Inc. is a global R&D engineering company specializing in the development of efficient turbomachinery components and systems by offering its integrated and automated software platform, AxSTREAM for all steps of the turbomachinery design, redesign, analysis, and optimization process (including complete 3D design, thermodynamic cycles, rotor dynamics, and secondary flow and cooling system simulation).  SoftInWay also offers a number of engineering services and educational courses, available both online and in a classroom-style setting.

You can find more information at www.softinway.com.

Anta Selects Centric for PLM

CAMPBELL, CA, Dec 12, 2018 – Anta, the largest sportswear company in China, has selected Centric Software to provide its product lifecycle management (PLM) solution. Centric Software provides the most innovative enterprise solutions to fashion, retail, footwear, outdoor, luxury and consumer goods companies to achieve strategic and operational digital transformation goals.

Anta Sports Products, Ltd. is the largest sports equipment and apparel company in China and the third largest in the world. Founded in 1994, Anta’s main focus is the design, development, manufacture and marketing of its own ANTA brand sports shoes, clothing and accessories for a range of sports including running, football, basketball, cross training and tennis. In 2017, Anta’s market value exceeded 100 billion Hong Kong dollars (12.75 billion USD).

Anta has ambitious plans to develop its position in the Chinese and international markets over the next ten years and an industry-leading PLM solution is critical to realizing Anta’s ‘single-focus, multi-brand, omni-channel’ business strategy.

“The Anta brand is striding out into the world and can be a truly international brand that attracts customers from all over the globe,” says Zheng Jie, executive director and president of Anta Group. “The way we manage products is very important because they are the most direct and close connection between brands and consumers. To meet the needs of consumers, we need to have complete control over our products including planning, design, development, manufacturing and quality control. This requires the support of a professional and powerful PLM platform.”

According to Chen Donghai, senior director of the Process and Information Management Center at Anta, the lack of a unified standard information platform to manage collaboration between product and supply chain teams resulted in inefficient internal and external coordination and restricted the development of Anta’s business. Selecting a suitable PLM solution was a high-priority project.

“Choosing a suitable PLM system is one of the largest investments Anta will make in its information management project,” he explains. “After a selection process that considered many vendors, Centric was chosen for its rich experience in the footwear and apparel industries.”

“The vision of the PLM project is to create a platform for standardized operations across the full supply chain of goods, digitize product information and achieve effective data integration, structure, reuse and analysis,” Mr. Chen concludes.

“We are very happy to announce that Anta, the largest sporting goods company in China and the third largest in the world, has chosen Centric as their PLM partner,” says Chris Groves, president and CEO of Centric Software. “We are excited to work with Anta on their digital transformation and their ambitious growth strategy.”

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About Anta Sports

Anta Sports Products, Ltd. is a leading sporting goods company in China. It is mainly engaged in the design, development, manufacture and marketing of Anta brand sporting goods, including sports shoes, clothing and accessories. In 2017, Anta Sports’ market value exceeded 100 billion Hong Kong dollars, becoming the third largest sports brand in the world.

For more information, visit www.anta.com.

About Centric Software 

From its headquarters in Silicon Valley and offices in trend capitals around the world, Centric Software provides a Digital Transformation Platform for the most prestigious names in fashion, retail, footwear, luxury, outdoor and consumer goods. Centric Visual Innovation Platform (VIP) is a visual, fully digital collection of boards for touch-based devices like iPad, iPhone and large-scale, touch-screen televisions. Centric VIP transforms decision making and automates execution to truly collapse time to market and distance to trend. Centric’s flagship product lifecycle management (PLM) platform, Centric 8, delivers enterprise-class merchandise planning, product development, sourcing, business planning, quality, and collection management functionality tailored for fast-moving consumer industries. Centric SMB packages extended PLM including innovative technology and key industry learnings tailored for small businesses.

Centric Software has received multiple industry awards, including the Global Frost & Sullivan Global Product Differentiation Excellence Award in Retail, Fashion, and Apparel PLM in 2018 and Frost & Sullivan’s Global Retail, Fashion, and Apparel PLM Product Differentiation Excellence Award in 2016 and 2012. Red Herring named Centric to its Top 100 Global list in 2013, 2015, and 2016.

Centric is a registered trademark of Centric Software. All other brands and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

For more information, visit www.centricsoftware.com.

Chungbuk Techno Park Selects Nano Dimension’s DragonFly Pro

NESS ZIONA, Israel, Dec 12, 2018 – Nano Dimension Ltd., a leading additive electronics provider, announced that it has sold and installed a DragonFly Pro additive manufacturing printing system at Chungbuk Techno Park in South Korea. The installation of the multi-material precision additive manufacturing system for 3D printed electronics was completed with HDC, Nano Dimension’s leading reseller in South Korea.

Chungbuk Technopark is a non-profit research institute that brings together industrial players, academia and the South Korean government for research and development in the fields of smart IT, premier consumer goods, transportation, energy and bio-health. It has received numerous national awards recognizing its excellent support for research and business endeavors in its 15 years of operations.

Chungbuk Technopark purchased the DragonFly Pro system to streamline electronics development on its premises, with a focus on the crucial design and prototyping phases of innovative electronics projects.

“The Korean market is one of the fastest growing markets for electronics, and we believe that additive manufacturing will play a major role in the future of printed electronics among Korean developers and manufacturers,” said Brian SEO, president of HDC.

“The South Korean market is very important to Nano Dimension and installations at premium and innovative customers such as Chungbuk Techno Park are one of the key reasons why we have partners like HDC,” said Gilad Reshef, APAC director at Nano Dimension. “Combining technical proficiency with an aggressive sales and marketing operation, tier one resellers like HDC are well positioned to bring Nano Dimension’s additive manufacturing solutions to the South Korea market and help drive the design and manufacturing of consumer goods, automotive, defense, medical and other industries that contribute so much to the Korea economy.”

About Nano Dimension Ltd.

Nano Dimension is a leading electronics provider that is disrupting, reshaping, and defining the future of how cognitive connected products are made. With its unique 3D printing technologies, Nano Dimension is targeting the growing demand for electronic devices that require increasingly sophisticated features. Demand for circuitry, including PCBs – which are the heart of every electronic device – covers a diverse range of industries, including consumer electronics, medical devices, defense, aerospace, automotive, IoT and telecom. These sectors can all benefit greatly from Nano Dimension’s products and services for rapid prototyping and short-run manufacturing.

For more information, please visit www.nano-di.com.

About Chungbuk Technopark 

Chungbuk Technopark is a non-profit governmental organization (NGO) that aims to foster biotechnology, computer science and hardware, electronics, energy, electrical power science and technology, health & pharmaceuticals, ICT & communications and assist business incubation. Over the years, it has conducted a balanced regional development by supporting both the local community and various small and medium sized companies in South Korea.

To find out more about Chungbuk Technopark, please visit www.cbtp.or.kr.

Angel Trains Partners with ESG Rail, Stratasys for 3D Printing

MINNEAPOLIS, MN & REHOVOT, Israel, Dec 11, 2018 – Angel Trains, one of Britain’s leading train leasing companies, has collaborated with engineering consultancy ESG Rail, and 3D printing technology provider Stratasys, to produce four fully approved interior components using 3D printing, also known as Additive Manufacturing.

3D Printed Grab Handle (Photo: Business Wire).

The components approved for service include an arm rest, grab handle and seat back table – all of which will now be trialled on in-service passenger trains in 2019.

The aim of this collaboration is to leverage additive manufacturing to help address the issue of obsolete parts, reduce whole life rolling stock costs and enable vehicles to remain in passenger service for longer. This innovation also has the added potential to lower costs for train operating companies, as they can produce low run parts as needed, rather than mass manufacturing vast quantities.

FDM 3D Printed Parts (from left to right): Electrical Connection Covers, Grab Handle, Arm Rest and Seat Back Table (Photo: Business Wire).

All parts have been designed for additive manufacturing and 3D printed using Stratasys’ Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) technology. In addition, the components have been structurally assessed by ESG Rail for manufacturing using Stratasys 3D printed tooling and the company’s advanced, rail-certified thermoplastic materials. The components will soon commence in-service passenger trials, which are expected to last until the summer of 2019.

Traditionally, standard thermoplastics have been used, but these have poor mechanical properties and fire performance, and are therefore unsuitable for rolling stock applications. New, high-performance materials, including Stratasys Antero 800 NA, a PEKK-based thermoplastic, have now been tested to demonstrate they are capable of achieving compliance to the Rail Standard EN45545-2.

D Printed Seat Back Table (Front) and Original Seat Back Table (Back) (Photo: Business Wire).

Commenting on this announcement, Mark Hicks, Angel Trains’ technical director said: “This exciting industry-first collaboration has the potential to transform manufacturing within the rail industry. We are proud to be driving this innovation with ESG Rail and Stratasys and hope that this solution will help to free the industry from technological constraints, and allow our trains to continue to meet passengers’ needs now and in the future.”

Martin Stevens, head of mechanical engineering, ESG Rail, commented: “We have learned so much during this project and have addressed many engineering challenges. We believe that this emerging method of manufacturing will reduce costs, production times and issues faced by component obsolescence.”

Yann Rageul, manager, strategic account team EMEA, Stratasys added: “With the highest level of repeatability in the industry and advanced, rail-certified, materials, we believe our FDM additive manufacturing solutions offer huge potential to replace traditional manufacturing for a diverse range of applications within the rail industry. This collaboration will help us to explore how we can support rail companies, such as Angel Trains, to produce parts on-demand – both cost-effectively and efficiently – eradicating the need for obsolete inventory and improving their ability to service customers.”

Kevin Dilks, business development manager, ESG Rail, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be working alongside Angel Trains and Stratasys in the development of additive manufacturing components for the rail industry. We are proud to be at the forefront of this emerging technology and we look forward to a long and fruitful collaboration.”

About ESG Rail

ESG Rail is the route to market for DB’s technology expertise. As part of the DB Group, ESG provides innovative, value-led strategic advice, technical consultancy and technology integration. Based in Derby, home to the largest cluster of railway companies in the world, ESG is a leading rolling stock consultancy and provides services to many of the UK’s train operators, manufacturers, owners and maintainers.

For further information, visit www.db-esgrail.com.

About Angel Trains

Angel Trains is one of Britain’s leading train leasing companies and has been an owner and lessor of rolling stock since 1994. The company leases to 18 franchised operators and two open access operators in the UK. Angel Trains is passionate about financing and delivering high quality, modern assets to its customers and is committed to working with the Government, the Rail Delivery Group (“RDG”) and other stakeholders to provide innovative funding solutions to modernize and improve the UK’s train fleet. Angel Trains has invested £5.0 billion in new rolling stock and refurbishment programmes since 1994 and is one of the largest private investors in the industry.

For further information, visit angeltrains.co.uk.

About Stratasys

Stratasys is a global leader in additive manufacturing or 3D printing technology and is the manufacturer of FDM and PolyJet 3D Printers. The company’s technologies are used to create prototypes, manufacturing tools, and production parts for industries, including aerospace, automotive, healthcare, consumer products and education. For 30 years, Stratasys products have helped manufacturers reduce product-development time, cost, and time-to-market, as well as reduce or eliminate tooling costs and improve product quality. The Stratasys 3D printing ecosystem of solutions and expertise includes: 3D printers, materials, software, expert services, and on-demand parts production. Corporate Headquarters: Minneapolis, Minnesota and Rehovot, Israel.

For more information, visit online at www.stratasys.com.

Dassault to Acquire IQMS to Extend 3DEXPERIENCE Platform

VELIZY-VILLACOUBLAY, France, Dec 11, 2018 – Dassault Systèmes today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire IQMS, a leading manufacturing ERP software company, for $425 million.  With the acquisition of the California-based IQMS, Dassault Systèmes extends the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to small and midsized manufacturing companies seeking to digitally transform their business operations.

IQMS’s software – on premise EnterpriseIQ and software as a service WebIQ – deliver an all-in-one solution to mid-market manufacturers for managing engineering, manufacturing and business ecosystems by digitally connecting order processing, scheduling, production and shipping processes in real time.  By integrating IQMS’s solutions into the 3DEXPERIENCE platform on the cloud, Dassault Systèmes will provide these manufacturers with an affordable system for operations that improves the collaboration, manufacturing efficiency and business agility needed to serve their customers successfully.  The manufacturers – many of them SOLIDWORKS users – also gain the flexibility to rapidly scale up as a business grows.

In parallel, these manufacturers can engage in new business opportunities and create value by supplying their manufacturing know-how and services to a large community of designers and engineers in Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE Marketplace – the world’s largest virtual factory.

“We must no longer think of industry as a set of means of production, but as a process of value creation.  This applies not only to disruptive startups and established corporations, but also to the hundreds of thousands of mainstream manufacturers that produce parts integral to the development of new consumer experiences,” said Bernard Charlès, vice chairman and CEO, Dassault Systèmes.  “IQMS has cultivated a deep knowledge of manufacturing and manufacturer needs.  We welcome IQMS to our team as we create a new category of business solutions that expands our offer for companies similar to those using SOLIDWORKS.  They can embrace the platform phenomenon and flourish in today’s Industry Renaissance.”

Today’s manufacturing ERP mid-market is estimated at $5 billion, with a 7 to 8 percent annual growth rate through 2023.  In the context of the Industry Renaissance – the convergence of a diverse and powerful collection of digital technologies that is transforming every aspect of industrial business – the world’s 250,000 small and midsized manufacturers must adopt and optimize new ways of producing and doing business through digital transformation in order to innovate and accelerate their growth in an increasingly competitive, global marketplace.

“For years, our business has been committed to maximizing our manufacturing customers’ success by delivering a comprehensive manufacturing ERP system built specifically for the mid-market manufacturers and backed by extensive support and educational services, which has earned us recognition in a number of industry reports and numerous business awards,” said Gary Nemmers, president & CEO, IQMS.  “As part of Dassault Systèmes, we can take the next steps in providing customers with new approaches to achieving operational efficiency and effectiveness and doing so with a global reach.”

Dassault Systèmes will help IQMS expand its customer base by leveraging the presence in the mid-market space achieved with Dassault Systèmes’ SOLIDWORKS applications, which are delivered and supported by the company’s Professional Solutions global partner channel.

“At Westfall Technik, we focus on innovation, design and bringing the best manufacturing practices from around the world to all of our operations,” said Brian Jones, founder, Westfall Technik, Inc.  “IQMS joining forces with Dassault Systèmes is exactly the kind of innovation we like to see from our partners. IQMS’s strength in manufacturing operations and Dassault Systèmes’ strength in design and digital transformation is a great outcome for Westfall Technik. We currently use both IQMS and SOLIDWORKS in multiple locations. We definitely look forward to the new partnership.”

IQMS’s solutions are used by 1,000 customers based primarily in the U.S. whose 2,000 manufacturing facilities in 20 countries produce for the automotive, industrial equipment, medical device, consumer goods, and consumer packaged goods industries. Customers include Westfall Technik, KKSP Precision Machining, AMA Plastics, Donnelly Custom Manufacturing, FlowBelow Aero Inc., Global Interconnect, Inc., Jabil Packaging Solutions, Schnipke Precision Molding, Steinwall Inc., Scientific, Inc., Sturgis Molded Products, Tribar, and Ventura Manufacturing Inc.  IQMS’s 2017 revenue was around $56 million.

The purchase price of IQMS will be paid in cash.  Completion of the transaction is subject to customary conditions precedent, including antitrust approval in the U.S.  Closing of the transaction is expected in early 2019.  Dassault Systèmes was advised by Goldman Sachs and Mintz Levin, and IQMS was advised by Harris Williams and Weil Gotshal & Manges.

Notice of Conference Call

The management of Dassault Systèmes will be hosting a conference call today, Tuesday, December 11, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. (London time) – 9:00 a.m. (New York time) – 3:00 p.m. (Paris time).

For more information about Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform, 3D design software, 3D Digital Mock Up and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, visit www.3ds.com.

About Dassault Systèmes

Dassault Systèmes, 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 Systèmes’ collaborative solutions foster social innovation, expanding possibilities for the virtual world to improve the real world. The group brings value to over 220, 000 customers of all sizes, in all industries, in more than 140 countries. For more information, visit www.3ds.com

3DEXPERIENCE, the Compass logo and the 3DS logo, CATIA, SOLIDWORKS, ENOVIA, DELMIA, SIMULIA, GEOVIA, EXALEAD, 3D VIA, BIOVIA, NETVIBES and 3DEXCITE are registered trademarks of Dassault Systèmes or its subsidiaries in the US and/or other countries.

AIA Appoints William Bates as President

WASHINGTON, DC, Dec 11, 2018 – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) inaugurated William J. Bates, FAIA, as its 96th president on Friday, Dec. 7.

“During my tenure as your president, and thereafter, I will focus on helping to make our profession one that welcomes and nurtures the talent of everyone who has a passion for design and who dreams of making our built world, and by extension our society, better,” said Bates. “My dream is for architects to lead efforts to create a more fair, sustainable and peaceful world that embraces all, and disenfranchises none.”

Bates’ many leadership positions and civic volunteer work have demonstrated the importance of connecting the built environment, communities and culture. He has served as AIA’s 2018 vice president and a member of AIA’s Board of Directors since 2011. He was also vice president and chair of the AIA Board Community Committee from 2015-2016. In 1991 and again in 2010, Bates served as president of AIA Pennsylvania and was also president of AIA Pittsburgh in 1987. He has chaired boards for Design Center Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation as well as the Green Building Alliance.

Bates recently retired from Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, where he was the vice president of real estate and responsible for the restaurant growth division. Previously, he managed the global design and construction of 1.4 million square feet of office, laboratory and manufacturing space with Marconi Communications, Inc. He was also an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University.

He earned his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame. Bates also studied graduate courses in Construction Management at both Pennsylvania State University and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

AIA elects its presidents on an annual basis. Bates will serve as the Institute’s president until Dec. 6, 2019. Complete details of AIA’s leadership are available online.

About AIA

Founded in 1857, AIA consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighbourhoods, and communities. Through more than 200 international, state and local chapters, AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing.

AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation, and world. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards.

For more information, visit www.aia.org.

MakerBot Introduces ‘Method’ Industrial 3D Printer

BROOKLYN, NY, Dec 11, 2018 – MakerBot, the pioneer of desktop 3D printing, introduces a new category for the professional segment with the launch of Method, the first performance 3D printer. Performance 3D Printing bridges the gap between desktop and industrial 3D printing by bringing features that were previously only available on industrial 3D printers to professionals at a significantly lower cost. Method leverages industrial technologies and expertise from Stratasys and combines it with the accessibility and ease of use for which MakerBot is known.

(Photo: Business Wire)

Industrial technologies on the MakerBot Method 3D printer include a Circulating Heated Chamber, Dual Performance Extruders, Precision PVA Water Soluble Supports, Dry-Sealed Material Bays, and an Ultra-Rigid Metal Frame. Method also includes built-in sensors and automation features that are designed to provide users with a seamless experience. The printer’s industrial features control the 3D printing process to deliver a high level of precision, reliability, and dimensional accuracy at an accessible price. This technological breakthrough defines the new Performance 3D Printing category.

“In an age of disruption, businesses are under pressure to innovate and bring products to market faster. Current desktop 3D printers derive their DNA from hobbyist 3D printers and are insufficient for many applications in the professional segment,” said Nadav Goshen, MakerBot CEO. “We believe that Method is the next step in helping organizations adopt 3D printing at a larger scale. Method provides a breakthrough in 3D printing that enables industrial designers and mechanical engineers to innovate faster and become more agile. It is built for professionals who need immediate access to a 3D printer that can deliver industrial performance to accelerate their design cycles. Method is developed to bring industrial technologies into an accessible platform, breaking the price-performance barrier and redefining rapid prototyping in the process.”

Method is designed to deliver industrial reliability and precision by carefully controlling every aspect of the 3D print environment, resulting in repeatable and consistent parts with ± 0.2 mm dimensional accuracy1 as well as vertical layer uniformity and cylindricity. Until now, this level of precision has been limited to industrial-grade 3D printers. The dual extrusion system found in Method combined with water-soluble PVA provides a superior surface finish, and enables unlimited design freedom and unrestricted geometries, such as complex overhangs without scarring.

Method allows users to turn their CAD files to parts faster by providing a seamless and reliable workflow without tinkering, up to 2X faster print speeds than desktop 3D printers2. Method offers out-of-the-box deployment and a hassle-free guided setup, making it easy to install and use. Method also includes automated maintenance procedures and support to ensure a smooth and seamless user experience.

Method delivers industrial-level performance at one-third of the first-year cost of ownership of an entry-level industrial 3D printer. With Method, teams can reduce design risks by testing and validating prototypes with accuracy early and often, minimizing potential cost overruns later in production. It is also designed to provide an elevated level of speed and control into product design cycles while reducing production costs – helping businesses bring products to market faster.

Industrial Reliability and Precision

From concept validation to functional part performance, Method is created to deliver consistent print results that match design dimensions.

  • The Circulating Heated Chamber controls the temperature and quality of every layer. In providing full active heat immersion during the entire duration of the print, Method allows printed materials to cool at a controlled rate, providing higher dimensional accuracy while improving layer adhesion and part strength.
  • Dual Performance Extruders are built for high-speed printing without compromising part accuracy. A dual-drive gear system grips the material securely while a powerful 19:1 gear ratio provides up to 3X the push force of a typical desktop 3D printer. This allows Method to provide a consistent feed of material into the hot end to produce consistent geometry. The new lengthened thermal core is up to 50% longer than a standard desktop hot end to enable faster extrusion rates, and allows for smooth extrusion throughout its high-speed movements and accelerations.
  • Precision PVA Dissolvable Supports enable fast and easy support removal without compromising part design or dimensional accuracy. Water-soluble PVA provides unrestricted geometric freedom and superior print quality and surface finish without the need for harsh solvents of industrial 3D printers or manual labor of removing breakaway supports.
  • Dry-Sealed Material Bays form a seal to keep filament material pristine and reduce moisture absorption. A suite of built-in sensors monitors humidity and alerts users of any changes to the environment—a feature previously only available on industrial 3D printers. This feature is especially crucial for water-soluble PVA, which quickly absorbs moisture when left in the open with devastating consequences on print quality.
  • MakerBot Materials for Method are manufactured to exacting diameter and quality specifications. Shipped in a vacuum-sealed metalized polyester bag, quality can be preserved right up until opening. MakerBot offers two categories of materials for use with Method: Precision and Specialty. Precision Materials are extensively tested by MakerBot for the highest reliability and measurably accurate parts and include MakerBot Tough, MakerBot PLA, and MakerBot PVA. Specialty Materials are for users looking for materials with advanced properties to push the limits of what’s possible. These materials provide basic print performance and can require additional workflow steps to print successfully. The first material on the platform is PETG, one of the most widely used polymers with excellent engineering properties, with more to follow.
  • The Ultra-Rigid Metal Frame runs the full length of the Method body to offset flexing. Less flexing means more consistent prints with better part accuracy and fewer failures.

Faster, Better 3D Printing

Method makes industrial 3D printing technologies accessible to individual designers and engineers. Advanced workflow features turn Method into an everyday tool that accelerates the agile design process. Users can turn their CAD files to parts faster and print up to 2X faster than desktop 3D printers.

  • The Smart Spool provides valuable information, including type, color, and amount of material remaining via an RFID chip directly to MakerBot Print, while desiccant in the spool maintains a low moisture level inside the drawer bay.
  • The 5” Capacitive Touchscreen provides the latest status updates of current print jobs and allows users to navigate the menus in the most intuitive way.
  • MakerBot Print Software easily integrates with 25 of the most popular CAD programs to allow designers and engineers to design with what they know best. For easy collaboration, teams can also save 3D files as projects and share them via the native Cloud Management platform. Method’s built-in onboard camera also allows users to monitor their print progress remotely with MakerBot Print or the MakerBot Mobile app.
  • The Spring Steel Build Plate provides true flatness for unyielding part accuracy and enables the printed part to pop off the plate.

The MakerBot Method 3D printer has been tested by MakerBot for over 220,000 hours of system reliability, subsystem, and print quality testing3.

Shipping of Method is expected to begin in Q1 2019. Pre-orders are now available. To learn more about the MakerBot Method 3D printer, visit makerbot.com/Method.

MakerBot also has dedicated business offerings that are created to reduce downtime and keep teams moving. To learn more about Method for Business, visit makerbot.com/Method-for-Business.

About MakerBot

MakerBot, a subsidiary of Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq: SSYS), is a global leader in the 3D printing industry. We help create the innovators of today and the businesses and learning institutions of the future. Founded in 2009 in Brooklyn, NY, MakerBot strives to redefine the standards for 3D printing for reliability, accessibility, precision, and ease-of-­use. Through this dedication, MakerBot has one of the largest install bases in the industry and also runs Thingiverse, the largest 3D printing community in the world. We believe there’s an innovator in everyone, so we make the 3D printing tools that make your ideas matter. Discover innovation with MakerBot 3D printing.

To learn more about MakerBot, visit makerbot.com.

 

1 ± 0.2 mm or ± 0.002 mm per mm of travel (whichever is greater). Based on internal testing of selected geometries.

2 Based on internal print speed testing compared to popular desktop 3D printers when using the same layer height and infill density settings. Dependent upon object geometry.

3 Expected total amount of testing to be completed prior to shipping.

ModuleWorks, Sandvik Machining to Develop Prism for CNC

ModuleWorks, the leading supplier of CAD/CAM software components for machining and simulation, and Sandvik Machining Solutions are collaborating on the development of the next generation of touch-based programming technology that enables users to quickly create and simulate CNC programs.

From left to right: Björn Rosengren (President and CEO of Sandvik AB); Anders Lindh (President of Applied Manufacturing Technologies at Sandvik Machining Solutions); Yavuz Murtezaoglu (Managing Director of ModuleWorks); Klas Forsstörm (President of the Sandvik Machining Solutions Business Area)

The new application is called Prism and is being developed by Applied Manufacturing Technologies, a division of Sandvik Machining Solutions. Applied Manufacturing Technologies is combining the deep manufacturing know-how of Sandvik Machining Solutions with the latest ModuleWorks toolpath generation and simulation technology to empower engineers and operators with the new shop floor programming concept that increases productivity and machine uptime.

For more information about Prism, see www.makewithprism.com.

About ModuleWorks

ModuleWorks is the leading software component provider for the CAD/CAM industry. With over 170 employees and 700 man years of software development, ModuleWorks’ expertise in toolpath creation and simulation is recognized throughout the industry and its software components are integrated in over 500,000 installed seats of CAD/CAM software around the world. From standard products to exclusive development projects, we work closely together with you to bring your own vision of Industry 4.0 to life. Our comprehensive product portfolio and cutting-edge software components enable you to optimize your CAD/CAM solutions and connect to CNC/MTB systems to increase your competitiveness and help you Get There Faster.

For more information, visit www.moduleworks.com.

About Sandvik

Sandvik is a high-tech and global engineering group offering products and services that enhance customer productivity, profitability and safety. We hold world leading positions in selected areas – tools and tooling systems for metal cutting; equipment and tools, service and technical solutions for the mining and construction industries; products in advanced stainless steels and special alloys as well as products for industrial heating. In 2017, the Group had approximately 43,000 employees and sales of 91billion SEK in more than 150 countries within continuing operations.

For more information, visit www.home.sandvik.

Trimble Introduces REF TEK Colt Sensor

WASHINGTON, DC, Dec 11, 2018 –  Trimble introduced the portable REF TEK Colt broadband seismometer that provides high-quality data for scientists and academics using seismic networks to conduct earth movement studies.

REF TEK Colt Compact Broadband Seismometer (Image Courtesy of Trimble website)

The announcement was made at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2018 Fall Meeting.

Working in combination with a Trimble or third-party seismic data recorder, the REF TEK Colt sensor enables scientific and academic researchers to study local, regional and global seismicity to learn more about the physics of earthquakes and to gain a deeper understanding of plate tectonics. The Colt can be used in Earthquake Early Warning (EEW) applications as well as in monitoring and cataloging earthquake activity.

The small, lightweight, vault quality Colt sensor weighs only 12 pounds and can easily be carried in one hand or in a backpack. During transit, a shock resistant housing and robust automatic mass locking system protects the internal components. In addition, the Colt’s low-power consumption means fewer batteries are required for portable or permanent vault deployments.

The REF TEK Colt’s exceptional performance makes the sensor ideal for a wide range of seismic monitoring applications. The seismometer operates with low self-noise and features a large dynamic range to enable the sensor to quietly observe and measure high-quality ground motion data. The Colt sets a new industry standard for low noise performance in a compact form factor.

The sensor also provides unique alignment tools for quick field setup. Successful setups depend on precise directional alignment; the REF TEK Colt makes that easy with north/south pointers installed in the base of the unit to make orientation to the scribe line effortless.

“Scientific and academic researchers require light-weight, compact, portable sensors that enable quick deployment while maintaining vault-quality data performance. The REF TEK Colt is an economical sensor with industry-leading performance,” said Shawn Hilliard, business area director of Trimble Monitoring Solutions. “Its noise performance is exceptional in this size category and the ease of use and installation makes this a versatile instrument, providing research scientists with robust data, and enabling our customers to do more with their budgets.”

To learn more about the new REF TEK Colt, visit www.trimble.com/Infrastructure/Trimble-REF-TEK-Colt.

About Trimble Monitoring Solutions

Trimble’s portfolio of advanced sensor solutions, application software and state-of-the-art recorders provide proven integrated tools for monitoring and earth systems applications. The solutions allow organizations to monitor the integrity of a building, dam, mine, bridge and other structures, or natural hazards monitoring the seismic activity for a project and surrounding communities. Trimble’s customizable and scalable monitoring solutions harness the power of GNSS, optical, seismic, engineering and geotechnical sensors to provide in-depth measurement, data analysis and management tools to help organizations meet a range of project requirements from periodic deformation measurements to real-time automated monitoring solutions.

For more information about Trimble Monitoring Solutions, visit www.trimble.com/monitoring.

About Trimble

Trimble is transforming the way the world works by delivering products and services that connect the physical and digital worlds. Core technologies in positioning, modeling, connectivity and data analytics enable customers to improve productivity, quality, safety and sustainability. From purpose built products to enterprise lifecycle solutions, Trimble software, hardware and services are transforming industries such as agriculture, construction, geospatial and transportation and logistics.

For more information about Trimble, visit www.trimble.com.