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Sanjay Gangal
Sanjay Gangal
Sanjay Gangal is the President of IBSystems, the parent company of, MCADCafe, EDACafe.Com, GISCafe.Com, and ShareCG.Com.

AON3D: Revolutionizing 3D Printing with Metal Replacement Polymers

July 1st, 2024 by Sanjay Gangal

In the ever-evolving landscape of additive manufacturing, AON3D stands out as a pioneering force. Founded in 2015, this Montreal-based company has made significant strides to make it easy and affordable to 3D print the world’s highest performance polymers, also known as metal replacement polymers. In a recent conversation with Eric Beardslee, Product & Content Marketing Manager at AON3D, we delved into the innovative solutions and applications that are propelling the company to the forefront of the industry.

AON3D’s Vision and Mission

AON3D’s mission is clear: to democratize industrial 3D printing by providing open material printers that allow users full control over the entire process. Beardslee explained that the founders were frustrated with the status quo, where proprietary systems limited users to specific settings and materials. This motivated them to create a printer that offers unparalleled flexibility and control with end-to-end automation for those who want “just push print usability”.

“We are a hardware and software company that focuses primarily on metal replacement polymers,” Beardslee stated. “We’re working towards AM adoption in regulated applications through process automation, AI-drive process tuning, and in-process monitoring, which delivers stronger, more consistent, and quality verified parts.”

Cutting-Edge Hardware: The Hylo High Temperature 3D Printer

The Hylo High Temperature 3D Printer

At the heart of AON3D’s hardware offerings is Hylo, one of the largest and fastest high temperature 3D printers on the market, is able to process the world’s highest performance polymers, such as PEEK and ULTEM™. With a build volume of 650 x 450 x 450 mm and independent dual extrusion, Hylo can produce full scale, end-use parts in a fraction of the time. 

“Our printer has end-to-end automation,” Beardslee said. “It features an automated material system, optical nozzle inspection and XY calibration, independent extruder leveling, and in-process monitoring. Through automation, we can achieve new levels of reliability and part consistency”

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Unleashing New Horizons: Gemini Era Ushers in Revolutionary AI Developments at Google I/O

May 15th, 2024 by Sanjay Gangal

At this year’s Google I/O, the electrifying atmosphere was palpable as Google unveiled its latest triumph in artificial intelligence—the Gemini project. This year’s keynote, delivered by Sundar Pichai amidst rousing applause, emphasized Google’s relentless drive to refine and enhance AI capabilities, pushing the boundaries of what technology can achieve in our daily lives.

The conference kicked off with a spirited recap of the year’s achievements and a peek into the “Gemini era,” a bold new phase in Google’s AI development. The introduction of Gemini, a model designed from the ground up to be natively multimodal, capable of processing and integrating text, images, video, and more, marks a significant leap forward. This model is not just an incremental update; it’s a transformational shift that promises to redefine how we interact with technology.

In a demonstration of its prowess, Google revealed that Gemini can handle complex, multimodal tasks with ease, showcasing examples from various Google ecosystems such as Search, Photos, and Android. For instance, the newly enhanced Google Photos now utilizes Gemini to allow users to interact with their photos in revolutionary ways—like asking the app to recall specific details from images without manually searching.

One of the most exciting announcements was the expansion of Gemini’s capabilities into consumer products. Now integrated across Google’s suite of applications, Gemini’s reach extends into everyday use, making advanced AI tools accessible to everyone. The introduction of Gemini Advanced and the announcement of its availability on mobile platforms underscore Google’s commitment to democratizing AI technology.

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Intel Sets New Paradigms in Enterprise AI with Launch of Gaudi 3 at Intel Vision 2024

April 11th, 2024 by Sanjay Gangal

At Intel Vision 2024, under the leadership of CEO Pat Gelsinger, Intel demonstrated its strong commitment to transforming enterprise artificial intelligence (AI) with groundbreaking announcements and product launches. Highlighted by the unveiling of the Intel® Gaudi® 3 AI accelerator, the event showcased Intel’s comprehensive strategy to advance AI technologies in the enterprise sector. This strategy includes the development of open, scalable systems that facilitate AI operations across all segments, partnerships with industry giants to enhance ecosystem integration, and an aggressive push towards improving AI inference and power efficiency with cost-effective solutions. Pat Gelsinger’s vision for Intel marks a significant leap forward in the company’s quest to democratize AI technology and drive innovation across diverse industries.

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Intel Unleashes the Power of Speed: The Core i9-14900KS Sets New Standards for Desktop Performance

March 14th, 2024 by Sanjay Gangal

In the realm of desktop computing, speed and power are the twin pillars upon which the ultimate user experience rests. Today, Intel has once again affirmed its commitment to these principles with the announcement of its Intel® Core™ 14th Gen i9-14900KS processors, heralding a new epoch in desktop processor speeds.

Intel’s latest marvel, the i9-14900KS, bursts through previous boundaries by offering a staggering 6.2 gigahertz (GHz) max turbo frequency straight out of the box. This isn’t just another incremental step forward; it’s a giant leap that cements Intel’s status as the purveyor of the world’s fastest desktop processor. For the legion of PC enthusiasts, gamers, and content creators, this represents not just an upgrade but a transformation in what they can expect from their desktop systems.

Intel Core 14th Gen i9-14900KS Special Edition Unlocked Desktop Processor Provides Record-Breaking 6.2GHz frequency right out of the box – giving high-end PC enthusiasts the cutting edge power they look for in their desktops. (Credit: Intel Corporation)

“The Intel Core i9-14900KS showcases the full power and performance potential of the Intel Core 14th Gen desktop processor family and its performance hybrid architecture,” says Roger Chandler, Intel’s vice president and general manager of the Enthusiast PC and Workstation Segment. His words underscore a fundamental truth about today’s computing demands: they are evolving, and Intel is leading the charge in meeting these demands head-on.

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Bridging Innovation: The Pioneering Partnership Between SOLIDWORKS and Cadence Redefines Product Development

February 19th, 2024 by Sanjay Gangal

In an ambitious move that signals a new dawn for product development, Dassault Systèmes’ SOLIDWORKS and Cadence Design Systems have embarked on a pioneering partnership. This collaboration is set to transform the landscape of design and manufacturing by seamlessly integrating the realms of mechanical and electronic design. The convergence of SOLIDWORKS’ 3D CAD technology with Cadence’s unparalleled electronic design automation (EDA) capabilities, facilitated through the 3DEXPERIENCE cloud platform, marks a watershed moment in engineering.

A Synergy of Expertise

At the core of this groundbreaking partnership is the fusion of two distinct yet complementary worlds: the mechanical design strength of SOLIDWORKS and the electronic design finesse of Cadence, particularly its OrCAD and Allegro PCB design tools. This integration is poised to solve a perennial challenge in product design—bridging the gap between mechanical and electronic design workflows that have traditionally operated in silos.

The Unified Design Vision

The partnership’s cornerstone is its commitment to a unified design process. By integrating mechanical and electronic tools on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, the collaboration promises a cohesive design environment. This holistic approach ensures that every design element, from PCB layouts to mechanical enclosures, is synchronized, reducing errors and iterations, and significantly accelerating time-to-market for new products.

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MCADCafe Industry Predictions for 2024 – Comsol

January 25th, 2024 by Sanjay Gangal

By Ed Fontes, Chief Technology Officer, COMSOL

Trends in Computer-Aided Engineering: A Multiphysics Perspective

Ed Fontes

In the last decades, modeling and simulation (M&S) has become essential for understanding, predicting, and optimizing the behavior and design of processes and devices. Moore’s law, new numerical methods, and new software have facilitated this development.

M&S was once exclusive to R&D departments at large companies, universities, and governmental labs but has since spread to the design departments of both large and small organizations. The use of models has also changed. For decades, models were used in the exploratory and development stages of a project. Today, models can be incorporated into devices and processes to continuously adapt to, extract information from, and control them during operation. For example, models can be incorporated into digital twins in order to determine when a wing should be replaced in a fighter jet or when a wind turbine needs service.

Due to this expanding scope of use, the expectations for computer-aided engineering (CAE) software have grown together with the demand for M&S. Although CAE software has become more user friendly, most products still require some degree of knowledge about mathematical and numerical modeling. Ease of use — in terms of assisting engineers and scientists with modeling issues such as consistent initial conditions, boundary conditions, loads, and constraints — is an important aspect of CAE software design. Additionally, making user interfaces more self-guiding is something that most software developers are spending considerable resources on, partly driven by increased demand but also by the scarcity of M&S specialists. In this context, the use of bots may become more important to guide users in the general modeling process and give instructions for specific modeling steps.

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MCADCafe Industry Predictions for 2024 – C3DLab

January 24th, 2024 by Sanjay Gangal

By Oleg Zykov, CEO, C3D Labs

Oleg Zykov

In 2024, the boom of new CAD/CAM/CAE developments continues, both by independent vendors and within corporations. China is obviously becoming the epicenter of CAD development. Just look at the number of Chinese companies among the founding members of ODA or at the Open Geometry Group. Under the conditions of significant time constraints, the industry imposes high requirements to CAD software components and the speed of their development. What technologies will be most in demand in the new year? Let’s note two.

The first trend is the web: a huge number of products for data management, both in engineering and construction, are moving or being written from scratch to work in the browser. To ensure comfortable work with large assemblies, these products must be built on modern web visualization components. This is largely why C3D Web Vision module has become one of the drivers of our business in 2023.

Next trend – the boundary representation is no longer enough for CAD. Too much data has started coming to designers in polygonal representation. Here we are talking about data coming from 3D scanners, and about the results of generative design. CAD must have tools both to convert such models to solids and to work directly with polygonal models using traditional methods. Working ahead of the curve, we started a project to create a polygonal geometry kernel.

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MCADCafe Industry Predictions for 2024 – ModuleWorks

January 23rd, 2024 by Sanjay Gangal

(R)evolution in Manufacturing Space in 2024 by Dr. Yavuz Murtezaoglu

Dr. Yavuz Murtezaoglu

Revolutions happen overnight, whereas evolutions happen over a longer period. But sometimes revolutionary changes happen over a long period of time silently in the background. This is the case in Manufacturing space.

Discrete Manufacturing (Milling, Turning, Drilling) utilizes CNC Machines and CAD/CAM Software to produce parts worth trillions of US Dollar. Although CNC controls are already smart devices and CAM software is quite powerful, the digital transformation in Manufacturing has still a long way to go.

Different software and hardware vendors have their own languages to describe the machining process which makes it hard to have reliable and resilient fully digital workflows. It requires skilled operators and CAM programmers to keep the systems working at the required productivity. Since the output of manufacturing is growing year by year, this means a growing need for more people to be trained, which is getting quite a challenge due to demographic constraints in many countries.

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MCADCafe Industry Predictions for 2024 – Proshop

January 22nd, 2024 by Sanjay Gangal

By Paul Van Metre, ProShop ERP

Paul Van Metre

Reflecting on the Past: Insights from 2022 and 2023

As we move into 2024, it’s crucial to reflect on the predictions made in the preceding years. TheCNC machining/manufacturing sector witnessed significant shifts, primarily influenced bytechnological advancements, cybersecurity concerns, and market segmentation.
In 2022, we observed the pivotal role of cloud-based ERP systems in streamlining supply chainsand enhancing operational efficiency. Some shops embraced a heightened focus on sales andmarketing strategies, which became increasingly important as competition intensified.Cybersecurity emerged as a critical concern as CMMC 2.0 loomed on the horizon, withcompanies struggling to understand the costs and impact on their systems to safeguardcustomer and business data.
2023 was a dichotomous year, bringing record-breaking success for some while othersstruggled to survive. The industry saw a clear division between companies that embraced asales-driven approach and those that did not. Compliance with cybersecurity regulations likeCMMC and NIST 800-171 became ever larger in the windscreen, with the release of theproposed rule in December. Furthermore, certifications such as AS9100 and ISO 13485solidified their importance, underpinning business efficiency and opening doors to high-endmarkets. Many shops pursued certification to help open doors to new markets and reaped thebenefits of doing so.

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MCADCafe Industry Predictions for 2024 – Wohlers

January 18th, 2024 by Sanjay Gangal

By Terry Wohlers, Head of Advisory Services and Market Intelligence, Wohlers Associates, powered by ASTM International

Terry Wohlers

The following forecasts are related to additive manufacturing (AM) and related processes. The impact of new developments in AM is almost never like flipping a switch. Most require many years to unfold and mature to full commercialization.

The architecture and construction industry continues to explore ways to put AM to work. Some examples are interesting, but many are not. Even so, organizations are beginning to determine when and where AM produces real value. Until better materials and business cases develop, much of the value will come from improved aesthetics and architectural creativity.

Automotive chassis, suspension, brakes, and other major subsystems will be produced for high-end cars from Aston Martin, Ferrari, Mercedes-AMG, and others. Divergent Technologies is leading much of this work and paving the way for mainstream (i.e., more affordable) automobiles, which will take several more years.

Expect to see increased use of AM for heat exchanger design and production. One has been certified for use on the F-35 combat aircraft, with Sintavia playing an important role.

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