Advanced manufacturing and 3D printing keep the USAF flying

Additive manufacturing is proving its place amongst the U.S. Air Force (USAF). When aging aircraft need repairs, it is often becoming difficult to find replacement parts and cost-prohibitive to manufacture parts using traditional fabrication methods. Unfortunately, until recently, these were…

New in Inventor 2021 – Drawing Sheet Formats

Autodesk’s most recent 2021 release of Inventor came equipped with a few noteworthy features – if you would like to read a comprehensive blog of what’s new, click here. For today’s topic, however, we will be focusing on one specific…

Digital Scanning Gives UH-60L Blackhawks New Lease on Life

Long an icon of the U.S. military, the UH-60 “Blackhawk” helicopter is a workhorse of military aviation, and over its nearly four decades of service, its many variants have been called upon to do everything from transport the President to…

Eaton uses advanced manufacturing to rapidly produce PPE for COVID response

The COVID-19 pandemic in our nation began in late January with one single case in Washington State. Just a few short weeks after that, some U.S. states started to experience massive outbreaks, including New Jersey, New York, California, Massachusetts, Michigan…

Generative design and injection molding – making complex plastic parts possible

Exploration deals with big, early decisions. Are you going to use traditional injection molding, gas-assist, or microcellular techniques? Are you going to use traditional cooling, conformal cooling, or high conductivity inserts? Are you going to try a new material? That…

Fabricate better: the new features in PowerMill 2021

This article was contributed by  Alex Alvarez of KETIV Technologies. Autodesk’s flagship CAM software, PowerMill just keeps getting better and better. Ever since the acquisition of Delcam, Autodesk has made it their mission to not only focus on core user…

Army Research Laboratory Pioneering Next-Generation Materials for the Next-Generation Fight

As the military modernizes to prepare for a next-generation fight with peer or near-peer adversaries, the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory (CCDC-ARL) contributes by developing groundbreaking innovations in 3-D printing that dramatically expand what capabilities can…

Manage data better: the new features in Vault 2021

There’s a time of year that CAD geeks (like me) look forward to with great excitement, but network and infrastructure administrators (also, like me) dread. It happens every spring when the good folks at Autodesk release the new versions of…

LASIMM Demonstrates New Possibilities for Manufacturing Large Metal Parts

Advanced manufacturing techniques, such as  additive and subtractive manufacturing, allow designers and manufacturers to produce components more efficiently and enable the production of new components that could not have been fabricated using legacy methods.  However, there are technical challenges that…

KickStart International Uses Digital Design to Help Small Scale African Farmers

While additive manufacturing techniques can be used for ambitious, large-scale projects like establishing colonies on Mars, using smart digital design and 3D printing can also make a tremendous difference when it’s being used on a smaller scale, but for no…