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DEVELOP3D Gifts For Designers Guide 2016

Published 06 December 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, london, booze, christmas, gifts

The best gifts for designers - however extravagant your budget

What to buy for the designer in your life? It might be your partner, your work colleague, your offspring or just a mate - but never underestimate how far a solder sucker, pack of beers, or hardback book will go towards making you the best present giver this year.

Whatever your budget (from a £2.80 bottle of beer, to a luxury new desktop monitor a few quid shy of a grand) there’s something in here for everyone.

Give a gift that’s worth having this year - you never know, it might inspire something brilliant.

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German brewers adopt metals 3D printing for assembly line spares

Published 06 December 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, 3d design, additive manufacturing, concept laser, metals

Metals 3D printing keeps the beers flowing off the production line

In the world of German beverage packaging the production 40,000 – 80,000 bottles or cans per hour are not unusual. in an industry thriving on speed. A plant shut down could cost anywhere up to €30,000 per hour.

Finding the fault, requesting a spare part, shipping and installing it – in a worst case scenario can take a few days and result in delays to deliveries to the trade.

Specialists in stainless steel components for beverage filling plants, Jung & Co. Gerätebau, are increasingly relying on metals 3D printing to ensure that these spare parts for beverage filling plants are available faster.

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Thermal vision smartphone add-on gives user ‘Predator vision’ for product design

Published 05 December 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: simulation, electronics, flir, thermal camera

The FLIR One gives its users the handy power of thermal vision, through detailed infrared images that can show where a heat escapement might be needed in a product casing, the temperature of a 3D print build, or for checking how much heat an electrical connection is giving off.

The iOS/Android compatible device costs £199 and attaches to your smartphone via standard connection, using its MSX Technology merges and extracts detail from thermal images and visible images to create enhanced pictures and videos that reveal what the naked eye can’t see.

In our quick workshop hands-on it’s proved a useful tool for checking the thermal properties of a whole host of things - finding possible leaks in more mechanical products, verifying (roughly) thermal simulation results, finding out where that wintery draught is coming from, and general usefulness in almost any project.

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Cloud Bill of Materials tool OpenBoM receives updates for 2017

Published 05 December 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, cloud, bom, openbom

OpenBoM has received updates for 2017 including more intuitive CAD integration and design changes reflected in the BoM

The latest release of OpenBoM’s cloud-based tool ‘significantly expands’ openBoM’s existing feature set and improves the product’s out-of-the-box CAD integration.

New features include improved BoM visualization, improved BoM and inventory information, seamless updates of design changes from CAD documents into a BOM, and enhanced team administration and data sharing capabilities.

Design changes made in CAD will now ‘seamlessly merge’ into a BoM when changes are made, giving users the ability to make simultaneous changes to a shared BoM between engineering and manufacturing teams whilst at the same time, automatically updating changes made by design engineers in CAD.

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