February came with SOLIDWORKS World 2017 and tons of exciting news and announcements from the 3D printing industry. Check out some of our favorites.
The latest SOLIDWORKS World event, held at the beginning of the month in Los Angeles, CA, saw the latest installment of the globally renowned event tackle the latest approaches to technology, design and engineering. Among the many featured speakers and guests was TriMech client PRS Guitars. (via The Manufacturer)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, has a robotics design contest—called the “mother of all robot contests”—in which each student has to build a functional robot in a 15-week semester course. MIT chose SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software as the primary tool, and shortened CAD learning to just six sessions, establishing milestones for robot development. (via The Financial Express)
Stratasys announced that it is partnering up with Dassault Systèmes, in order to “provide next generation design tools that improve the functionality, efficiency and weight ratio” of parts that are produced through additive manufacturing. Considering the recent management shake-ups at both Stratasys and its subsidiary MakerBot, finding a way for its customers to get even more out of their FDM 3D printers is a good move. (via 3DPrint.com)
There are nominees ranging from automotive to makers and from medical & dental to aerospace. We’ve seen nominations for 3D printing materials, 3D scanning, 3D design software and the academic research that makes innovation possible. 3D Printing Industry will be running longer profiles of the categories and companies involved, but here we take a look at a small sample of the 3D Printing Industry Awards so far. (via 3D Printing Industry)
And the Academy Award Goes to...3D Printing!
We know that last year, 3D printing technology was introduced into the Oscar statuette process – and according to Share America, the trend continued this year as well. New York-based foundry Polich Tallix Fine Art Foundry used digital scans and 3D printers to create the statuettes for the ceremony this year; up until 2015, this job was taken on by R.S. Owens & Company. Daniel Plonski, 3D artist for Polich Tallix, said that the method of 3D printing makes the entire manufacturing process go a lot faster, and “also allows it to be faithful to the art deco original.” (via 3dprint.com)
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