With additive manufacturing - such as 3D printing - growing in adoption, especially in high-tech industries such as aerospace, we speak to Ray Bagley, Director of Product Management at Spatial to build an understanding of the fascinating trend.
When coming from a standard format, very often that data has to be repaired or improved, and Spatial does that as part of our interop product.
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One of the important uses of 3D models in the building information modeling (BIM) process is as inputs to analysis. There are many different areas of building analysis, the most obvious ones being structural analysis for static loads, for dynamic loading under winds, or the stress resulting from earthquakes.
There is a new wave of innovative processes and solutions that improve product production throughput, and enable once-impossible product creation. Advances such as model-based design (MBD), additive manufacturing (3D printing), pervasive engineering simulation, and robotics are making it possible to streamline the product development process, reduce cost of production, and accelerate time to market.
In the 3D modeling space, application developers face a number of challenges — getting to market on time, delivering the right feature set, producing a high-quality product — all while staying within budget. For companies to remain competitive, it is critical to invest resources and time on developing differentiated product features, rather than on behind-the-scenes, enabling technology.
Recently I was asked a question about one of the standard test files generated by NIST (National Institute for Standards and Technology) that was being translated by our 3D InterOp translator. The question concerned the diameter of a hole in the geometry with a dimension on it specifying ⌀0.238, which sounded innocuous enough at first.
It has already been a year since release 2017 1.0, which saw the introduction of a number of innovative features aimed at Innovation and Industrialization. Release 2018.1.0 is no different, building on the innovation of 2017.1.0 by improving the end-user experience, enabling new and evolved industry workflows and enabling faster time to market.
Every new technology goes through a honeymoon phase, where new technology X can now do Y and obsoletes all previous technology that used to do Y. Additive manufacturing (a.k.a., 3D printing) was no different, with predictions that soon practically everything from shoes to houses would be printed rather than made using traditional manufacturing techniques. And while 3D printing has moved in to mission-critical areas, such as medical implants and aviation, these efforts have come after significant investments in research & development (R&D) by large original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to fully qualify the manufacturing process.
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Modern port design is a complex, multi-disciplinary exercise that deals with all aspects of a project, from the geological assessment to wharf construction. A general contractor has to facilitate the work of a wide number of engineering and construction teams. A wide range of disciplines must be covered: geology, geotechnical analysis, hydraulic design along with construction design.