WATCH // D3D LIVE 2017 - Paved With Gold - Taking your idea to the masses, successfully!

Published 26 May 2017

Posted by Carmen Aquilina

Article tagged with: design, develop3d live, crowdfunding, start-up

You’ve had an amazing idea, but how do you present it to the world and make sure it is seen by the right people?

This talk from Paved With Gold co-founders Kaye Symington and Richard Ling takes you through launching your idea using crowdfunding and how to find, build and grow a great community around it.

Click here to watch more videos from our 2017 event as they’re uploaded, as well as the entire back catalogue of some of the best talks from past events.

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WATCH // Jewellery manufacturing process, broken down from all angles

Published 26 May 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, design, product design, jewellery, birmingham

Weston Beamor has been casting jewellery for over 70 years

The jewellery design and production process is one of the most beguiling for us here in D3D Towers - so simple on paper, it’s actually a complex act of blending high technology, ancient nous, and delicate human craftsmanship.

Melding 3D CAD, 3D wax printing, lost-wax casting, precious metals, gem stones and a whole lot of buffing, it’s pretty much the same process should you make a truly unique high-end piece, or a mass produced ‘out of the back pages of the Argos catalogue’ job.

For product designers, it should also open a few eyes, given the skill levels involved in a process somehow claimed by the craft industry - it’s no surprise that traditional jewellery and watchmaking companies often move into medical and weapons design, given their skills of designing, producing and mechanising tiny components.

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Kickstarter offers manufacturing help with new partnerships

Published 25 May 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, prototype, hardware, manufacturing, kickstarter, materials, crowdfunding, dragon

Assistance for product designers using crowdfunding for their ideas is here with the Kickstarter Hardware Toolkit

Crowdfunding site Kickstarter is teaming up with hardware manufacturing experts, Dragon Innovation, who bring years of experience and smart software to helping companies build at scale, and Avnet, a global technology distributor that helps customers design and make their ideas and bring them to market.

Together Kickstarter is looking to take ideas at the prototyping stage through to production, and possibly reduce some of the failed projects that have cast a negative light over the idea of crowdfunding physical products.

“Kickstarter is an excellent way to raise funds and build an audience for your hardware project — but will you be ready for what comes after that? Figuring out how to engineer a product for large-scale manufacturing can be daunting. Some creators have a great idea and a working prototype, but could use help taking the next steps,” said Kickstarter at its Hardware Studio Toolkit launch.

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Desktop CNC makers Other Machine Company acquired by former Makerbot CEO Bre Pettis

Published 25 May 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cnc, makerbot, maker, desktop, bre pettis

Former Makerbot head honcho and Maker Movement poster boy Are Pettis has re-entered the desktop fabrication market as the new owner of the Other Machine Company.

“I believe that supporting creative explorers and empowering human potential is the most worthwile endeavor,” wrote Pettis on his personal blog announcing the acquisition.

The Othermill Pro, with a spindle speed of around 26,000rpm, quiet enough to use in an office or classroom, and priced at around $3,100, is described by Pettis as “the cutest CNC milling machine… tiny, but strong”.

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SUMMER CAMP // BOM brings an industrial revolution to Birmingham for 9 - 12 year olds

Published 25 May 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, education, birmingham

The Birmingham Open Media (BOM) Summer Camp is back this August with five packed days of art and electronics - this year transporting kids aged 9 - 12 into a world of inventions, inspired by Birmingham’s Industrial Revolution!

BOM Fellow and Creative Technologist Ben Neal will lead young inventors through an exciting journey of creativity and discovery, designing, building and coding new projects with programmable technologies.

Born from Hacker culture, BOM is proactively addressing barriers to cultural participation, by connecting world-class practitioners with activist research and communities - and it’s Summer Camp 2017 sounds amazing.

It takes place 21 - 25 August 10am to 4pm with all children booked onto the full five days, at a total cost of £125 per child.

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New Learning Center offers an online crash course in Onshape fundamentals

Published 25 May 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, cloud, education, onshape

The Learning Center offers users a new means of learning about working with full-cloud CAD

A self-guided online learning program for experienced engineers and designers has been launched by Onshape to speed up their transition from traditional desktop-installed CAD to the brand’s ‘full-cloud CAD’.

Access to the Onshape Learning Center is free for all its annual Professional Plan subscribers, with the curriculum breaking down into short introductory courses with practice exercises that CAD professionals can complete at their own pace and also revisit later.

The Learning Center was created as an alternative onboarding option to Onshape’s interactive Overview Training, which is comprised of four daily two-hour online sessions with an expert instructor.

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Vest for safer water transport wins DuPont packaging awards

Published 22 May 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, materials, packaging, dupont

DuPont has announced its 2017 winners of the DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation, with the highest honor awarded to the Fritz Water Vest, which allows people in developing countries to carry up to 20 pounds of water easily and safely.

Judges felt the design was an ‘out-of-the-box solution’ for a significant global problem and was designed with an overwhelming sense of the greater good. The vest is antimicrobial, ergonomic and reusable.

Designed by several packaging experts joining together and distributed as a non-profit, the design was conceived to enable people in disaster areas, or where water is not easily available, to transport water.

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