Controlling an animatronic ‘Happy Face’ using Autodesk Maya

Published 21 July 2014

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: maya, model making, new blades, sfx, vfx, animatronic

The big animatronic head is controlled through Maya

On 12th June, Holborn Studios in London played host to New Blades, the 22nd annual model makers recruitment fair.

As a sponsor, DEVELOP3D went along to see the diverse range of models on display from the 100 graduates from six different colleges.

One of the standout exhibits was HAPPY FACE - a project by a group of students, graduates and lecturers from the University of Bolton’s Visual (VFX) and Special Effects (SFX) for Film and TV course.

The animatronic face was built by student Julian Griffiths with the facial control system created by course leader Richard Jones using custom developed tools within VFX software including Autodesk Maya.

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Hexagon acquires Vero CAM software

Published 21 July 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cam, vero software, vero, visi, hexagon metrology, hexagon, visi software

Hexagon has acquired UK CAM software company Vero

Sweden-based Hexagon, most commonly known for its metrology and geospatial measurement solutions, has announced its takeover of Vero software.

Vero is well-known for its product portfolio including Alphacam, Edgecam, Radan, SURFCAM, VISI, and WorkNC, supplying products to more than 45 countries, and being based in the UK.

For Hexagon the acquisition strengthens its software offerings, providing the means to close the gap of making data fully actionable by extending the reach of its newly developed Metrology Planning Software (MMS) to include CAM.

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The 7 best British graduate designers of 2014

Published 18 July 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, jobs, product design, london, university, new designers, graduate, graduates, product design jobs

The seven best graduate designers that we found on our journeys this year

As the graduate shows across the country finally close their doors, we took the chance to visit as many as possible, including the now standard New Designers show in London.

Like with most years, there was great variety in the projects, making it hard work to pick out individuals as the majority of the projects were so incomparable.

Yet, as always we persevered, from Northumbria in the north to Plymouth in the south, arriving with our magnificent 7 from the graduate year of 2014. Take a look and let us know your thoughts:

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Grab your duty free: Delta’s Innovation Class is coming in to land

Published 15 July 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: aerospace, ted, delta, pebble, innovation class

Delta Innovation Class lets a lucky passenger sit next to an industry mentor

Over the last few months Delta has been offering Innovation Class on its flights, giving a lucky customer the chance to sit next to some of the smartest people in the world in technology, business and the arts at 35,000ft.

Far be it from their co-passenger to steal their armrest, eat their mini-pretzels and fall asleep on their shoulder snoring; Delta try to find people that could benefit from the experience - on the first trip sitting digital visualisation geek James Patten next to Pebble founder Eric Migicovsky, and letting him pick his brain.

“It’s important to remember that people are the ones behind technology, both from the creators and the users. One of the coolest things you can do as a creator is go and talk to people,” said Migicovsky, preparing to board his flight.

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Aston Martin - The world of branded products gets louder

Published 15 July 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: automotive, aston martin, audio, speaker, hifi, audiomoda

The Aston Martin Zygote - a branded wireless speaker for the more discerning petrol head

This month, in conjunction with the seemingly brand-new Norwegian audio brand AudioModa, Aston Martin has released the Zygote - a home speaker packed with the latest wireless technology, and looking a bit like an oversized pebble*

We’re all aware of the branding power a prestige car marque has and the depths to which a marketing department will delve to rake every last penny of it’s worth.

Most of us are able to recognise the prancing horse, the three-pointed star of Mercedes, the double-R of Rolls Royce - all of which from actual cars, or from the landfill sized mountains of horrible branded tat, usually adorning F1 fans or stuffy old car club types.

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Lotus F1 and Boeing team up for 3D printing & sintering magic

Published 14 July 2014

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, rapid prototyping, engineering, carbon fibre, boeing, carbon fiber, lotus, filled materials

I think, by now, we’re used to snappy little videos about 3D printing.

Whether it’s the patron saint of shitty hip hop showing off a machine that may or may not use recycled plastic or some horrendously misdirected use of Europop to show off a gargantuan machine, there’s often very little in the way of meaty details - and that, as we all know, is where the devil lies.

Contrast that to this slick, short but ultimately, fascinating look into the collaborative work that’s being done by Lotus F1 and Boeing. As the video says, Boeing doesn’t have the rapid turn around for design, test, destroy, redesign, retest that a Formula 1 team does, but it does have a lot of specialist knowledge and spare carbon fibre!

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Dassault Systèmes - private cloud, new industries and UX-led design key to its future

Published 11 July 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: catia, dassault systemes, dassault systèmes, cad, enovia, cloud, dassault, bernard charles, bernard charlès, reseller

A future so bright it needs sunglasses? CEO Bernard Charles was in high spirits as he addressed the Dassault Systèmes global partner conference

Dassault Systèmes (DS) has made bold statements in its time, but now it’s openly gunning for a bigger chunk of the software market, its CEO Bernard Charles, trumpeting: “We have taken a very different strategy… Which is going to change the world of design”.

In the midst of its annual reseller and developer event, the clearest insight to how DS’ latest strategy is shaping up was given: ‘the Cloud is your future, you need to change your mindset, you need to invest in it like we are’.

DS boasted that its investment into developing all its software to work on the cloud has ran to over a billion dollars - a surprising amount considering it has hardly been the software company shouting the loudest about moving its products on to it.

Assisted by this shift, DS is looking to encompass new industry sectors - worth a potential $32b.

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