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2D or not 2D that is the question?

Posted by Geoff Haines on 2 August, 2016

Continuing my theme of Shakespearian references, I
wonder if the bard was prescient foreseeing this question that has been asked many a time by managers when they start design projects?  “Should we do this in 2D, it will be quicker, or should we take the plunge and model it in 3D” – how many times has that been said in the last two decades or so, let alone 400 years?

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Topics: 2D Design

3 simple ways to improve machine tool life

Posted by Geoff Haines on 21 July, 2016

When you’re halfway through machining components for a project that’s nearing the deadline, it can be very frustrating when the machine tool breaks and your manufacturing process slows down. 

The fact is, machine tools go through a lot of wear tear over the course of their lives and eventually have to be replaced. But this can be very expensive and nobody wants to fork out thousands of pounds on replacing CNC machines.

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Topics: Various - Machine Tools

Why Composite Materials are the best thing for the Automotive sector

Posted by Geoff Haines on 14 July, 2016

If we get right down to it, composite materials are essentially the combination of multiple materials. Who knew that something so simple could be so powerful?

Fibre glass, Kevlar, carbon fibre. These are just some examples of composite materials that have changed the way we approach engineering and manufacturing. In particular, the automotive industry has benefitted significantly from the intelligent development of composite materials.

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Topics: Automotive

3 important talking points in the automotive sector

Posted by Geoff Haines on 7 July, 2016

Developments in the automotive industry are happening all the time, making it difficult to keep up with the latest news and industry progress.

So we’ve outlined 3 of the biggest talking points in the automotive sector to get you up to speed with some of the latest developments.

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Topics: Automotive

3 ways a 3D approach improves your design and manufacturing

Posted by Geoff Haines on 30 June, 2016

For years, 2D drawings have played a significant part of the design and manufacturing process. They’ve provided vital information on the tolerances and dimensions required for fit and functionality of a part. Yet 2D drawings are struggling to keep up with the pace of design and manufacturing in industry today. 

Taking a 3D approach to design and manufacturing is highly effective in helping organisations to stay ahead of competition compared to a 2D approach, providing cost and time savings amongst other significant advantages.

So here’s 3 ways a 3D approach overcomes the challenges of a 2D approach in design and manufacturing.

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Topics: Various - 3D Master

The threat of 3D Printing to intellectual property

Posted by Geoff Haines on 23 June, 2016

Additive manufacturing, commonly referred to as 3D printing, is widely recognised as a leap forward in the manufacturing of a wide variety of products. From prosthetic limbs to smartphone cases, 3D printing represents an opportunity to solve a wide range of manufacturing challenges across industry sectors. 

Still, while 3D printing has been lauded for its ability to produce customized parts at a significantly faster rate than standard manufacturing practices, it’s not without its risks.

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Topics: Various

5 important articles in manufacturing you may have missed

Posted by Geoff Haines on 16 June, 2016

Whether you’ve just started a new project or you’ve got deadlines coming up, it’s not easy to stay up to date with the latest industry news. 

So we’ve put together a list of 5 interesting articles to help you catch up on some intriguing discussions happening right now in manufacturing, including Nissan's development of a solar farm to UPS' on-demand 3D printing network.

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Topics: Various

To BIM or not to BIM?

Posted by Geoff Haines on 9 June, 2016

I can’t claim originality to this Shakespearean title which has suitable gravity for many companies in the construction industry. It was thought up by Dr Steve Lo of Bath University for a one-day conference I attended organised by the “Future Envelope” community of façade designers and manufacturers.

Drawing from members of the European Façade Networks, the Society of Façade Engineers and Centre for Window Cladding technology, the aim of the conference was to discuss how BIM can help or even hinder the design and construction process of building facades.

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Topics: AEC - CATIA

The advantages and disadvantages of self-driving cars

Posted by Geoff Haines on 2 June, 2016

The automotive sector is one area where technology is developing at a significantly fast pace. From developments in green technology to forward emergency braking in luxury vehicles, innovation is at the heart of the automotive sector. 

A particularly popular area of interest is driverless vehicles. Essentially, these self-driving cars use a vast array of sensors to understand the environment around the vehicle and use this information to navigate through the streets to your destination – without the need for assistance from a human.

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Topics: Various

Using the cloud to bring your designs to life

Posted by Geoff Haines on 26 May, 2016

As a designer, you put your heart and soul in creating some of the most innovative and edgy designs you can think of. When you’ve got the design locked down, it can be awfully frustrating when it comes to mass-producing your product – because the end product is often quite far-removed from your original design.

When compromises have to be made to your design, the final product tends to be quite different to what customers originally demanded.

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Topics: Automotive - 3DExperience