The latest from the DEVELOP3D Blog:
Among the towering stands at the Frankfurt Messe there was a lot to be uncovered at Formnext, the latest 3D printing exhibition in Europe.
All the familiar names were there, but there were more than a few eye-catching technologies to take our interest.
Here’s our four key takeaways from the event:
The Headkayse cycle helmet is a folding, flexible and soft but safe, multiple-impact piece of kit, that is looking to shake off the image that hard hats need to be, well, hard.
Designed and developed in the UK, the helmet is built from what the designers are calling a ‘unique Enkayse material’, which is tough and flexible, allowing the helmet to fold, whilst being tough enough to survive multiple impacts.
Realise Design, based in Bristol, has been working with Headkayse’s technical director George Fox for much of the design work, a large part being physical model making and later on in 3D CAD.
Compatible with the Raspberry Pi, 3D Slash is a free 3D design application for the Pi-Top, the educational minicomputer based on the Raspberry Pi hardware.
The interface will be familiar to anyone that has played with LEGO or dabbled with Minecraft, in that it is a rudimentary 3D block-based interface, with extract/shape controls.
The £25 program allows users to design 3D objects on the Raspberry Pi single board computer, something unthinkable even a few years ago.
At the start of this year, over 284 million web domains were registered globally, and with everyone fighting for a piece of our industry, is a new suffix likely to help your company?
Domain specialists 123-Reg have began offering domain names such as .design, .engineering, .digital, and the slightly more fruity .xxx, and expect that as the global demand for generic domains grow, specialist domain names will offer the opportunity to carve a niche in the online marketplace.
“While generic domains are great multi-purpose business domains, they don’t make what you do clear in the same way that a specialist domain can,” says 123-Reg’s Nick Leech. “By selecting an extension in your specific area, such as .design, you can convey a sense of expertise in your field.”