Published 23 September 2014
Posted by Tanya Weaver
After linking up with FEI Visualisation Sciences Group, a provider of 3D visualisation and analysis software and 3D graphics toolkits, the collaboration has enabled data translation experts Thoerem to integrate the FEI Open Inventor - a 3D software development toolkit - into its portfolio.
The use of the Open Inventor toolkit has also resulted in a new graphical user interface, which is being rolled out with the latest releases of the CADverter product suite.
Spoiler Alert! Blade Runner is not set in Birmingham.
If this news has knocked you askew, forcing you to drop your rich tea into your brew, then don’t fret - cyborgs are coming to the West Midlands on 12 October as part of the city’s Fierce Festival.
The finale event at Millennium Point is titled ‘Cyborg Days’, where many of the UK’s leading cyborg experts will discuss the cultural and scientific impact of cyborg cultures, with a guest appearance from Neil Harbisson from the Cyborg Foundation, who claims to be the world’s first officially recognised cyborg.
Understanding composite material behaviour is an increasingly needed skill for designers looking to incorporate advanced materials into lightweight products, which is why Digimat’s 5.1.1 release should be of interest.
Taking the complex process, it’s added new capabilities to help designers, engineers, material suppliers, and material users reduce the cost and time to engineer materials into products.
Encompassing end-to-end Finite Element (FE) analyses of materials, a FE meshing technology and solver gives necessary tools for the investigation of composites Representative Volume Element (RVE).
SolidThinking Evolve is a hidden gem of a tool, unlikely to be your day to day modeller, but something that from time to time you will pull out of the bag to get exactly the shapes you wanted, with the freedom of experimentation.
Some clever geometry creation and editing tools might just take things to the next level, while the Inspire add-on brings out parent company Altair’s showpiece - high quality surface design along with FEA-based optimisation tools.
To get you started we’ve dug out an excellent tutorial (even if it is going at a brisk pace) showing you the basics of Evolve, and even how to take a model into rendering within the package.
Bold Machines has been charged with exploring the forward edge of innovation of what Stratasys, MakerBot, and Solidscape 3D Printers can do, with its first project being Margo - a tale of an inspiring character that will star in a full-length animated feature.
With Bold Machines, the movie-making process has been turned it on its head and is being launched with the merchandise first – 3D printed merchandise.
By 2050 we should all be able to hop into a lift and journey up into space at a fraction of the cost of rockets, according to Japanese construction giant Obayashi.
The space elevator has often been touted in science fiction, but with the development of carbon nanotube technology and graphene in recent years, the challenges faced by its construction are now practical rather than theoretical, which is why Obayashi thinks it can succeed.
When built, its elevator it will reach 96,000 kilometres into space, using robotic cars powered by magnetic linear motors to ferry people and cargo to a newly-built space station, taking seven days to get there.
The keen-eyed amongst you will have noticed that the centrepiece of the global MakerFaire is now a Disney branded event, but why, you might ask, is the House of Mouse so eager to be involved?
Big Hero 6, the studio’s next big animation about a boy who is obsessed with modern day digital design and manufacturing of robots, would appear to be the reason, but there’s much more at play.
Having bagged Pixar’s digital R&D department back in the day, Disney Research was founded on the same principles in 2008, looking into new technologies - and it stretches far further than some notions around 3D printing novelty action figures.