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Lexus Design Award returns with togetherness

Published 21 August 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: prototype, design, materials, milan, lexus

The 2018 Lexus Design Award has opened for entries, announcing the theme of ‘Co-’, a Latin prefix that means together with, or in harmony, as well as its line-up of judges.

The judges and mentors include Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, known for his ingenious use of lightweight, unconventional and lightweight materials in his work; Paola Antonelli, curator of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA); Birgit Lohman, designer, product developer and Chief Editor of designboom; design journalist and commentator Alice Rawsthorn; and Yoshihiro Sawa, President of Lexus International, who started his motor industry career in production and design.

Each year the award attracts thousands of entries, from which the panel draw up a list of 12 finalists who will have their projects displayed by Lexus at Milan Design Week.

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Giant Rolls Royce turbofan engine design gets £2M grant for topology optimisation

Published 21 August 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: simulation, engineering, manufacturing, automotive, aerospace, altair, rolls royce

The next generation of Rolls Royce UltraFan engine architecture has received a £1.998M grant from the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) for its focus on weight reduction and fuel efficiency, together with reduced noise.

UltraFan will have the largest fan diameter, making it the world’s largest geared turbofan engine, delivering an estimated 25 per cent improvement in efficiency over the first generation of Rolls-Royce Trent engines.

Altair Engineering will develop and deploy virtual simulation tools, software and methods to assist with UltraFan weight reduction for this Physical Optimisation of Structural Topology for Integrating Engines (POSTIE) project.

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Markforged goes ‘Industrial’, launches X3 and X5 3D Printers

Published 17 August 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, design, 3d printing, manufacturing, manufacture, materials, fdm, markforged

How the Markforged Industrial Series fits into the Markforged line-up, shown in orange,

Markforged has announced the addition of two new printers to its Industrial Series, the new X3 and X5 printers, specifically targeting price points to draw in more manufacturing businesses.

The X3 is powered by Onyx, a high-temperature capable carbon fiber filled nylon, letting it print engineering grade thermoplastic fiber parts, with the machine costing $36,990.

The X5 costs $49,900 and adds the ability to reinforce an Onyx part with a strand of continuous fiberglass, which Markforged claims makes the parts up to 19-times stronger and 10-times stiffer than traditional plastics.

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DriveWorks launches free certification to help students design for manufacture

Published 16 August 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: solidworks, engineering, education, driveworks, driveworks xpress

DriveWorks is looking to boost the skill sets of students for real world design with its latest free certification for its DriveWorksXpress software for mass customisation.

The DriveWorksXpress Training and Certification is free for all engineering and design students that have access to either an educational or commercial licence of SolidWorks, who can then activate DriveWorksXpress – the free, entry level design automation tool included in every licence of SolidWorks.

The certification consists of three steps and can be completed in three hours, giving students the ability to go beyond the theory discussed in the classroom and gain new skills that are sought after in the industry.

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