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…

Invent better – the new features in Autodesk Inventor 2021

It’s that time of the year once again when Autodesk introduces their latest and greatest version of Inventor. The Inventor 2021 release is structured around greater productivity for the end user as well as a more efficient workflow with less…

AI SpaceFactory: How to Become a Space Architect

Who doesn’t want to go to space? The ever-growing list of companies—from SpaceX to Jacobs—would seem to make that answer rather obvious. But that range also gives you a sense of the broad spectrum of technologies and expertise that we…

Virginia Tech on training the DoD’s next gen digital design and manufacturing workforce

Earlier this year it was announced that the Department of Defense awarded Virginia Tech’s Hume Center for National Security and Technology $3.8 million in support of the Office of the Secretary of Defense/Office of Naval Research’s Manufacturing Engineering Education Program.…

Affordable Housing and Military Construction Get a Boost from Space Technology

In our previous conversation with Jacobs’s Digital Delivery Director, Kurt Maldovan, we discussed how Jacobs is developing radical innovations in additive manufacturing that could make living on a whole different planet a reality.  But these technologies, which are so critical…