University of Tampere and VTT to lead robotisation of SMEs with a total funding of EUR 32 million

Within the next few years, robotics to enable agile production will be developed in Tampere, Finland in two projects under the EU's Horizon 2020 programme with a combined budget of EUR 32 million. The projects are coordinated by the University of Tampere and VTT, respectivel

Smart Utilization of 3D Printing Equipment and Materials Facilitates Continued Innovation

Graphical representation of an idea often falls short of the impact of a 3 dimensional expression of the concept. Cars utilizing 3D printed components have graced auto shows for years.

Developing a New Product Using Advanced Manufacturing Technologies

Advanced manufacturing technologies were an integral part of the development of the reservoir. As with all of our projects, a design review is first conducted...

Carbon SpeedCell™: Additive Manufacturing Reinvented

Carbon the Silicon Valley-based additive manufacturing company, today announced the launch of SpeedCell, a system of securely connected products designed to upend traditional methods of manufacturing. The first components of the SpeedCell include two new products that provide a powerful solution for additive manufacturing at scale: The M2, a robust, industrial-grade 3D printer built with manufacturers in mind; and the Smart Part Washer that enables optimal cleaning and easy finishing of parts.  Carbon's Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP) technology coupled with the SpeedCell system enables previously impossible designs, from single-part combinations of complex assemblies to un-moldable and un-millable geometries like lattices, while also minimizing the tooling and prototyping stages of the design process to go directly to end-use part production. Manufacturers can now cost-effectively and quickly introduce new products, produce localized products for specific markets, provide inventory on-demand, and explore a breadth of other business models.   Full Press Release:

Vaquform: The World's First Digital Desktop Vacuum Former

The Vaquform is a Kickstarter project that hopes to add some digital technology to vacuum forming and also  bring an industrial level of quality to your desktop.   It goes far beyond the LCD interface. Vaquform brings high-end process control to desktop vacuum forming, turning it into a smart appliance fit for a modern engineering lab, design office, or artist studio.   Kickstarter page:

Keys To Developing A Successful Product Prototype

Moving a product concept to the prototype stage remains an exciting step.

3-D-printed robots with shock-absorbing skins

Adam Conner-Simons for MIT News:  Anyone who’s watched drone videos or an episode of “BattleBots” knows that robots can break — and often it’s because they don’t have the proper padding to protect themselves. But this week researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory(CSAIL) will present a new method for 3-D printing soft materials that make robots safer and more precise in their movements — and that could be used to improve the durability of drones, phones, shoes, helmets, and more. The team’s “programmable viscoelastic material” (PVM) technique allows users to program every single part of a 3D-printed object to the exact levels of stiffness and elasticity they want, depending on the task they need for it.   Cont'd...

Additive Manufacturing Boosts Prototyping of Medical Devices

The 3D CAD model enabled client to easily visualize the design and suggest necessary changes quickly.

The Advantages Of Using 3D Printing For Creating Your First Product Prototype

Why is accessible 3D printing so beneficial for first-time entrepreneurs? Read on for some answers.

ESI Connects Virtual Prototyping with Product Operational Performance

With recent acquisitions in Systems Modeling, Cloud delivery, Data Analytics and Machine Learning, ESI has dramatically extended the customer value of its core business of Virtual Prototyping. Today, ESI enables its customers to close the loop between:

Biggest Challenges Of Mass Customization And Tips For Addressing These Challenges

Everything from web design to order management to shipping - not to mention the actual manufacturing process - has to change to accommodate a market of one.

Volvo Construction Equipment Digs Up Prototype Savings Of 18 Weeks And 92% Of Costs

Since 3D printing the prototype cost $770 and took only two weeks, including both design and development, VCE completed its testing much sooner than traditional methods would have allowed.

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