Jigs and Fixtures: 6 Ways to Improve Production Efficiency with 3D Printing

May 13, 2021 | 91 views

Whether it’s jigs, fixtures or grips, tooling remains a vital, if seemingly mundane, part of the manufacturing process. Regardless of the complexity of your products, the productivity and efficiency of your production depend on the availability of high-quality tooling aids.
Maximising production efficiency and productivity is a key concern for manufacturers. Jigs and fixtures are manufacturing aids used to increase the reliability, accuracy and quality of the manufacturing process whilst minimising production cycle times and improving worker safety.

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3D Printing Ally

3D Printing Ally was formed in July of 2013 with one goal, to bring 3D printing to all manufacturing companies big and small. 3D printing can help any size company save time and money with manufacturing aids like: Design communication for complex parts - Let your programmers, toolmakers and machinists hold a sample part to get a better visualization of what’s needed.

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EDM set to lead skills development in new £10 million digital engineering centre

Article | July 13, 2022

UWE Bristol will play a central role in a new £10 million digital engineering centre for the region. The Centre for Digital Engineering Technology & Innovation is a research, innovation and skills initiative created to develop and accelerate digital engineering across multiple industry sectors, to ultimately benefit future generations of engineers and engineering products, and to help tackle global challenges.

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Service Tech Mobile Unveiled at AHR

Article | August 17, 2021

The recent AHR Expo 2020 was a showcase of the very latest - and coolest - technologies for service contractors. From cutting-edge air and water purification systems to virtual reality headsets to advanced sensors and alert systems to enhance safety, one thing is clear: service contractors today have a lot more tools at their disposal than they have in years past.

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The Future of Construction from a Leader in SLAM-Based Laser Scanning

Article | August 25, 2021

Since the early days of the personal computer the construction industry has been slow to adopt digital technology. As a result, increases in construction productivity have lagged virtually every other major industry, such as automotive and aircraft manufacturing. It’s true that every construction project is different, unlike automobiles and planes, but we can do more to improve the future of construction.

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Article | February 10, 2020

SAP is tweaking and twisting everything it can to make everybody happy. The efforts of Mucic, Morgan and Klein are remarkable. The three musketeers strike again: SAP co-CEOs Jennifer Morgan and Christian Klein as well as CFO Luka Mucic want to make everyone in the SAP community happy, and they want to make everyone happy all at once. To make that happen, they are moving large sums of money around – only through legal, albeit a little questionable, methods, primarily financial engineering.

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3D Printing Ally

3D Printing Ally was formed in July of 2013 with one goal, to bring 3D printing to all manufacturing companies big and small. 3D printing can help any size company save time and money with manufacturing aids like: Design communication for complex parts - Let your programmers, toolmakers and machinists hold a sample part to get a better visualization of what’s needed.

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Microdesk Extends Sustainability Capabilities with One Click LCA Partnership

Microdesk | January 20, 2023

On January 19, 2023, Microdesk, a leading BIM, Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) and Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) services provider, announced a new collaboration with One Click LCA, the global leader in construction Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), and Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) software. Building LCA is a scientific methodology for quantifying a building's lifetime environmental impacts, and One Click LCA makes the assessment simple as the science is built into the tool. One Click LCA assists in measuring and reducing the ecological consequences of buildings, achieving green building certifications, and complying with legislations that are now required in many countries. Michael DeLacey, Chief Executive Officer at Microdesk, commented, "Joining forces with One Click LCA gives Microdesk a tremendous opportunity to help our clients achieve and accelerate their goals to decarbonize the AEC industry and support sustainability." He also added, "We are committed to providing the most effective and innovative technologies and tools and One Click LCA delivers that with software that adds value to all facets of planning and building while supporting the environment in a meaningful way." (Source – PR Newswire) The environmental goals the construction industry strives to achieve extend to the products used in construction of the projects as well. As a result, manufacturers are responding to the growing demand for Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) in order to reliably quantify and convey the lifetime environmental effect of their products. The LCA and EPD solution from One Click LCA provides manufacturers with an easy way to deliver third-party validated EPDs based on US and international standards. About Microdesk Headquartered in Nashua, New Hampshire, Microdesk is a leading BIM, Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) and Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) services provider. It was founded in 1994 as an Autodesk Reseller with a mission to help Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Owner/Operators, and GIS organizations improve workflows and integrate project delivery technologies. The company has over 30 years of experience adopting innovative technologies and processes, as well as sustainable design and building initiatives. Its increased emphasis on digital transformation is another indication of the company's tradition of introducing new tools to the AEC industry in order to boost sustainability, efficiency and the ability to respond to macroeconomic changes.

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OpenSpace with Insta360 Sphere Expands Support for Drone-based Reality Capture

Openspace | January 24, 2023

OpenSpace, a global leader in reality capture and AI powered analytics, has recently announced platform support for the Insta360 Sphere, an easy-to-install, dual 360° camera that can be mounted to DJI Mavic Air 2 and Air 2S drones. When combined with OpenSpace's technology, drone capture with Sphere is simple and scalable, making 360° capture accessible to a broader corporate audience. Sphere joins an increasing list of capture technologies supported by OpenSpace's platform, such as 360° cameras, mobile cameras, drone cameras, and LiDAR scanners, empowering users to capture in a manner of their choice. The Insta360 Sphere integration produces a 360° view using two cameras, one upward facing and one downward facing, where the camera is rendered invisible in the capture, allowing drone pilots of varying levels of experience to capture all aspects of a job site without the need for additional flights. In addition, Sphere simplifies installation and flight with an easy locking mechanism and FlowState stabilization to ensure smooth filming. OpenSpace is currently beta testing captures with the Insta360 Sphere in order to optimize calibrations, capture processing, image quality, battery life, ease of installation, elevated captures, and angle selection. Customers will be able to get Sphere support later this quarter. OpenSpace Capture allows users to attach cameras to their hard hats, drones, robot, or other apparatus and walk around the site as they usually would. Once the video is sent to the cloud, OpenSpace's computer vision technology stitches images together and pins them to the floor plan regardless of where the camera is mounted, thus establishing a reliable visual record of the site state. Powered by the company's Vision Engine, the site image map is ready to view about 15 minutes after it has been uploaded. About OpenSpace OpenSpace, founded in 2017, is an AI technology firm on a mission to bring new levels of transparency and efficiency to the construction and real estate industries. It uses cutting-edge technology to empower teams to capture, evaluate, and complete their job efficiently. OpenSpace integrates common off-the-shelf 360° cameras, computer vision, and artificial intelligence, thereby making it simple to capture a complete visual record of a project site, share it over the cloud, and track progress remotely. The platform serves as a single source of information, increasing coordination, driving accountability, and simplifying conflict resolution.

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Hilti Launches New Digital Layout Tool to Boost Productivity

Hilti | January 27, 2023

On January 26, 2023, Hilti North America, a provider of innovative tools, software, technology, and services for the commercial construction industry, introduced the PLT 400, a digital layout tool created to help increase the productivity of jobsite layout crews. Single-operator tools like the PLT 400 are vital due to continued labor shortages and jobsite restrictions. This tool improves accuracy and layout speed, features advanced prism tracking and auto-calibration, and requires minimal training. Improved technology, faster layout, and fewer labor hours contribute to a cost-saving and productivity-boosting solution for jobsites. The PLT 400 can lay out digital BIM (Building Information Modeling) designed plans without the time-consuming step of creating points on the plans first. It can also help keep your BIM model up to date during the construction process, contributing to an optimized end-to-end workflow. The company's digital construction software is also compatible with AutoCAD, Revit, and other specialized layout platforms. The layout tool works in tandem with Hilti's entire solutions ecosystem, including ON!Track and the Fleet program. Aside from access to high-performance tools and cutting-edge technology, Fleet customers also receive free verification of tool accuracy, complying with manufacturer specifications and theft coverage to reduce unexpected expenses and financial risk. In addition, the PLT 400 comes with an industry-leading Tool Warranty and is available in the United States and Canada. Michael Haugtvedt, Product Manager at Hilti North America, shared, "We took customer feedback on our previous total stations and addressed those pain points with the launch of the PLT 400." He added, "This camera-based tool has enhanced prism tracking and upgraded communications making sure you stay connected and increase layout productivity on the jobsite, while a built-in calibration module helps ensure your layout is within spec every time you turn the tool on." (Source – PR Newswire) About Hilti North America Based in Plano, Texas, Hilti provides technology to make construction more efficient, sustainable, and safer. The company's products, systems, and services provide construction professionals with innovative solutions with exceptional added value. Its product line includes cordless tools, grinders, drills, saws, fasteners, anchors, and design/layout software and services. With more than 3,800 team members in North America, Hilti is committed to providing exceptional customer service and engagement.

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Microdesk Extends Sustainability Capabilities with One Click LCA Partnership

Microdesk | January 20, 2023

On January 19, 2023, Microdesk, a leading BIM, Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) and Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) services provider, announced a new collaboration with One Click LCA, the global leader in construction Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), and Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) software. Building LCA is a scientific methodology for quantifying a building's lifetime environmental impacts, and One Click LCA makes the assessment simple as the science is built into the tool. One Click LCA assists in measuring and reducing the ecological consequences of buildings, achieving green building certifications, and complying with legislations that are now required in many countries. Michael DeLacey, Chief Executive Officer at Microdesk, commented, "Joining forces with One Click LCA gives Microdesk a tremendous opportunity to help our clients achieve and accelerate their goals to decarbonize the AEC industry and support sustainability." He also added, "We are committed to providing the most effective and innovative technologies and tools and One Click LCA delivers that with software that adds value to all facets of planning and building while supporting the environment in a meaningful way." (Source – PR Newswire) The environmental goals the construction industry strives to achieve extend to the products used in construction of the projects as well. As a result, manufacturers are responding to the growing demand for Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) in order to reliably quantify and convey the lifetime environmental effect of their products. The LCA and EPD solution from One Click LCA provides manufacturers with an easy way to deliver third-party validated EPDs based on US and international standards. About Microdesk Headquartered in Nashua, New Hampshire, Microdesk is a leading BIM, Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) and Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) services provider. It was founded in 1994 as an Autodesk Reseller with a mission to help Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Owner/Operators, and GIS organizations improve workflows and integrate project delivery technologies. The company has over 30 years of experience adopting innovative technologies and processes, as well as sustainable design and building initiatives. Its increased emphasis on digital transformation is another indication of the company's tradition of introducing new tools to the AEC industry in order to boost sustainability, efficiency and the ability to respond to macroeconomic changes.

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OpenSpace with Insta360 Sphere Expands Support for Drone-based Reality Capture

Openspace | January 24, 2023

OpenSpace, a global leader in reality capture and AI powered analytics, has recently announced platform support for the Insta360 Sphere, an easy-to-install, dual 360° camera that can be mounted to DJI Mavic Air 2 and Air 2S drones. When combined with OpenSpace's technology, drone capture with Sphere is simple and scalable, making 360° capture accessible to a broader corporate audience. Sphere joins an increasing list of capture technologies supported by OpenSpace's platform, such as 360° cameras, mobile cameras, drone cameras, and LiDAR scanners, empowering users to capture in a manner of their choice. The Insta360 Sphere integration produces a 360° view using two cameras, one upward facing and one downward facing, where the camera is rendered invisible in the capture, allowing drone pilots of varying levels of experience to capture all aspects of a job site without the need for additional flights. In addition, Sphere simplifies installation and flight with an easy locking mechanism and FlowState stabilization to ensure smooth filming. OpenSpace is currently beta testing captures with the Insta360 Sphere in order to optimize calibrations, capture processing, image quality, battery life, ease of installation, elevated captures, and angle selection. Customers will be able to get Sphere support later this quarter. OpenSpace Capture allows users to attach cameras to their hard hats, drones, robot, or other apparatus and walk around the site as they usually would. Once the video is sent to the cloud, OpenSpace's computer vision technology stitches images together and pins them to the floor plan regardless of where the camera is mounted, thus establishing a reliable visual record of the site state. Powered by the company's Vision Engine, the site image map is ready to view about 15 minutes after it has been uploaded. About OpenSpace OpenSpace, founded in 2017, is an AI technology firm on a mission to bring new levels of transparency and efficiency to the construction and real estate industries. It uses cutting-edge technology to empower teams to capture, evaluate, and complete their job efficiently. OpenSpace integrates common off-the-shelf 360° cameras, computer vision, and artificial intelligence, thereby making it simple to capture a complete visual record of a project site, share it over the cloud, and track progress remotely. The platform serves as a single source of information, increasing coordination, driving accountability, and simplifying conflict resolution.

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Hilti Launches New Digital Layout Tool to Boost Productivity

Hilti | January 27, 2023

On January 26, 2023, Hilti North America, a provider of innovative tools, software, technology, and services for the commercial construction industry, introduced the PLT 400, a digital layout tool created to help increase the productivity of jobsite layout crews. Single-operator tools like the PLT 400 are vital due to continued labor shortages and jobsite restrictions. This tool improves accuracy and layout speed, features advanced prism tracking and auto-calibration, and requires minimal training. Improved technology, faster layout, and fewer labor hours contribute to a cost-saving and productivity-boosting solution for jobsites. The PLT 400 can lay out digital BIM (Building Information Modeling) designed plans without the time-consuming step of creating points on the plans first. It can also help keep your BIM model up to date during the construction process, contributing to an optimized end-to-end workflow. The company's digital construction software is also compatible with AutoCAD, Revit, and other specialized layout platforms. The layout tool works in tandem with Hilti's entire solutions ecosystem, including ON!Track and the Fleet program. Aside from access to high-performance tools and cutting-edge technology, Fleet customers also receive free verification of tool accuracy, complying with manufacturer specifications and theft coverage to reduce unexpected expenses and financial risk. In addition, the PLT 400 comes with an industry-leading Tool Warranty and is available in the United States and Canada. Michael Haugtvedt, Product Manager at Hilti North America, shared, "We took customer feedback on our previous total stations and addressed those pain points with the launch of the PLT 400." He added, "This camera-based tool has enhanced prism tracking and upgraded communications making sure you stay connected and increase layout productivity on the jobsite, while a built-in calibration module helps ensure your layout is within spec every time you turn the tool on." (Source – PR Newswire) About Hilti North America Based in Plano, Texas, Hilti provides technology to make construction more efficient, sustainable, and safer. The company's products, systems, and services provide construction professionals with innovative solutions with exceptional added value. Its product line includes cordless tools, grinders, drills, saws, fasteners, anchors, and design/layout software and services. With more than 3,800 team members in North America, Hilti is committed to providing exceptional customer service and engagement.

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