Solid Professor’s Introduction to CATIA V5 course sets everything out for beginners

Published 24 January 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, catia, education, training, solid professor

Solid Professor’s CATIA V5 course will help users through the very basics, including how to navigate and customise the interface, and various tips and tricks to make designing easier

The latest course to hit online training provider Solid Professor’s site is an Introduction to CATIA V5 course, that promises to get users up and running in Dassault Systèmes’ software in just a few hours.

Covering key topics like the Sketcher, Part Design, Assembly Design, and Drafting, no previous experience with CATIA is required, this course will step users through the very basics, including how to navigate and customise the interface, and various tips and tricks to make designing easier.

Overall it looks a great starting point for anyone new to CATIA, working through a number of hands-on exercises to create and edit sketches, create geometry from scratch, as well as modify existing geometry, create moving assemblies, and create drawings of parts and assemblies.

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Audi undertakes ‘holistic approach’ to metals 3D printing, partners with EOS

Published 24 January 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, prototype, automotive, manufacture, manufacturing, eos, sls, audi

Audi’s 3D printed 1936 Auto Union Type C race car replica was an exercise in its investigation of 3D printing technology

Audi has partnered with EOS’ consulting division Additive Minds to support the automotive manufacturer in the ‘holistic implementation of this industrial 3D printing technology’ and creation of a 3D printing centre in Ingolstadt, Germany.

The industrial use of 3D printing is first being applied to equipment and prototype building at Audi, as well as its motor sports division, which already benefits from the technology.

“The aim is to not only supply Audi with the right additive systems and processes but to also support them during applications development, when building up internal AM knowledge and training their engineers to become in-house AM experts,” said Güngör Kara, director of EOS global application and consulting.

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McLaren F1 partners with Stratasys to push 3D printing

Published 23 January 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, rapid prototyping, automotive, manufacturing, stratasys, f1, mclaren

Legendary British Formula 1 team McLaren F1 has ramped up its 3D printing program with Stratasys 3D printing solutions for visual and functional prototyping, production tooling and potentially end-use parts.

Stratasys will work closely with the McLaren-Honda team as it ramps up its rapid manufacturing capacity at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, UK.

Under the agreement the latest FDM and PolyJet based 3D printing solutions and cutting-edge materials will be delivered as the team strives to make performance and productivity gains in its design and manufacturing operations.

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IC.IDO now runs on head mounted displays for design and engineering VR

Published 23 January 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, vr, esi

For the first time, ESI’s IC.IDO VR software for design and engineering will work on HMDs like the HTC Vive

IC.IDO 11 is the first version of ESI’s software built to run on head-mounted displays (HMD), in addition to VR CAVEs, powerwalls and desktop systems letting users delve deeper into design exploration through immersive VR.

The additional benefit is that HMDs also promote a collaborative experience: IC.IDO 11 enables users throughout the world to connect to the same session using the same data on the same network, so colleagues can collaborate with each other within the same VR model, regardless of where they are.

ESI adds that users in version 11 will have a ‘more natural experience’, with realistic hand and arm motion, and continue to benefit from real-time and real-scale product interactions.

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WATCH // Defining the digital design workflow at Bose

Published 23 January 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, industrial design, manufacturing, develop3d live, gustavo fontana, bose, headphones, boston

As Lead Industrial Designer / Advanced Development at Bose Corporation, Gustavo Fontana is always on the look-out for new manufacturing technologies and awesome 3D tools.

At our Boston even he described his views on the evolving digital design process, and what part these play in developing luxury audio products.

Fontana believes in relentless execution and prototyping to develop intuitive, simple, market-winning solutions - here this video gives some great examples of this, from in-ear headphones to the tiniest details on speaker grilles.

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WATCH // Why manufacturing is the future for Stratasys’ large format 3D printing

Published 20 January 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, develop3d live, stratasys, boston

Stratasys took to the stage at our Boston event to unveil its future plans for 3D printing in manufacturing

With the mainstream spotlight shifted away from 3D printing, the big players are working harder than ever to develop tools, machines and materials to make the technology work for large scale manufacturing.

Stratasys SVP of global software, Jon Stevenson, explained to our audience in Boston just how the 3D printing giant is helping develop the collaborative nature of its software for better design and printing, as well as giving us an insight into what it’s been working on with Boeing and Ford for the next generation of its 3D printing technology: Infinite Build.

An age of composites and advanced thermoplastics is upon us, and as more designers look to take advantage of such materials, it will be down to the likes of Stratasys to ensure new found design freedoms emerging from CAD and simulation tools can be built to industry standards.

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Debrett’s 500 List - the designers that will crop up in posh dinner party conversation in 2017

Published 20 January 2017

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Article tagged with: design, jonathan ive, design museum, tom dixon, priestmangoode, heatherwick studio, posh book

Six British product designers have made the annual list

Ah Debretts! A British Institution to add to the list of British Institutions that should have its proprietors locked up in a British institution… Its tome of 500 names for 2017 has been unveiled.

The Debrett’s 500 recognises Britain’s 500 most influential people, having been ‘carefully compiled by independent specialists in each of a number of sectors’, with Debrett’s charting of people of influence and achievement having existed for nearly 250 years.

The book of names for people to rattle off at dinner parties and ambassadors receptions (in order to look like they have a clue what’s happening in the world) has received its 2017 update, and features no fewer than six illustrious product designers.

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