Future Tech - 3D printing and Additive Manufacturing International Conference 2014

Published 30 June 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, prototype, rapid prototyping, 3d printing, manufacture

The 2014 edition is sure to throw up some exciting developments in 3D printing

Taking place on 8 - 9 July is the UK’s definitive conference for 3D printing - the 3D printing and Additive Manufacturing International Conference - and while some feel it lacks for colourful fluff that adorns most other tech events, it is strictly at the business end.

For us, because we actually care about the direction in which the technology is moving, it influences the way in which we view the coming glut of 3D printing developments for designers, and be assured that everyone there speaks their mind.

There’s a great speaker line-up, and although we expect to have a lot of the science-laden banter making us feel like we brought a MA knife to a EngD gunfight, the likes of Phillips, BMW and enough cutting edge university research means something impressive is about to go off.

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Upgrade your meeting room with an interactive whiteboard

Published 30 June 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, collaboration, collaborate, steljes, whiteboard, meeting

Digitally enabling your standard whiteboard could add a whole new element to your group design meetings

Getting the team around the design office whiteboard is still one of the best ways to collaborate on a project, but now might be the time to move it - like your workflow - into the digital world.

It can be a costly change - 84”, 4k, E-LED, multi-touch displays are simply stunning, but beauty comes at a price - so Steljes has brought in a more cost effective option that the majority of design bureaux can benefit from.

The SMART LightRaise 60wi2 interactive projector turns standard whiteboards into digital workspaces, giving four touch/dual gesture capability and includes SMART MeetingPro software to annotate over presentations.

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Future transport – Aero-X hoverbike design

Published 27 June 2014

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: motorcycle, transport, flying motorcycle, hovercraft, future transport

Look familiar? The Aero-X seems to have taken design cues from the original Star Wars’ Speeder Bike

The flying car is almost here with AeroFex‘s announcement that in 2017 its flagship Aero-X hoverbike will go on sale.

Aero-X, which was unveiled in 2012, rides like an off-road motorcycle. But, unlike a motorcycle, it leaves the ground flying up to 10 feet at 45 miles per hour.

Although not specifically designed for the daily commute, it can carry two people across open terrain and used for things like surveying, search and rescue, border patrol, disaster relief, aerial agricultural, ranching etc.

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HP launch PageWide large format printing - a clue to its 3D printing future?

Published 26 June 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: prototype, 3d printing, hp, stratasys, objet, page wide, large format printing, lfp

HP’s new page-wide inkjet printing technology could be key to its 3D printing ambitions

Inkjet Large Format Printing (LFP) technology is changing fast with HP launching the prototype of its first page-wide inkjet machine that will transform the 2D printing market.

Using a scalable number of printheads that nest together in one long line, when launched in the second half of 2015, HP’s 40” PageWide-branded colour inkjet machine will print at the same speed as its monochrome laser printers rivals.

If you’re not aware, that is seriously quick for accurate full colour, and given that the wait for such technology was based around getting the chemistry and mechanics right, would it be wrong to expect this ability to transfer to a 3D printer?

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Shake your power: musical instrument that creates electricity

Published 26 June 2014

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: design, kickstarter, renewable energy, musical instrument, kenya

SPARK is a musical instrument that generates enough kinetic energy to power a light or charge a phone

To get light you simply flick a switch, right? In many developing countries this isn’t always the case; for instance, 75 per cent of Kenya’s population live without access to electricity.

Given our ever increasing reliance on devices such as mobile phones and computers at work, it’s an incredible statistic to try an imagine.

Sudha Kheterpal, a professional percussionist who has toured the world with bands such as Faithless and The Spice Girls, has come up with a bright idea: SPARK, a prototype percussion shaker that converts kinetic energy generated from shaking into useable electricity.

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Homing drone cam will follow you to the extreme

Published 25 June 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, stratasys, sports, uav, fortus, drones, air dog, latvia

The AirDog, an automated drone that follows a wrist-worn tracking device and can house a GoPro sports camera

For extreme sports lovers, recording the jaw-dropping moment you finally landed that jump (or crashed monumentally into the side of a cliff) is now part and parcel of the thrill.

However, strapping a camera to your head or needing a third party cameraman is not the only option available. Now you can have your own personal aerial tracking shots.

Entirely 3D printed, AirDog is an auto-follow UAV set up to fit your GoPro camera, following you to the limits (or your untimely death), recording everything in HD as it goes.

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Round-up: National Women In Engineering Day 2014

Published 24 June 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, women in engineering, nwed, wes, national women in engineering day, women’s engineering society

In case you missed the full day’s events we’ve rounded up all of our content from National Women in Engineering Day here for you - including our report from last year about the steps being taken to get more young people interested in the profession.

- Women in engineering - we discover what initiatives and schemes are helping to encourage women into engineering and track down some ladies who are making their mark

- Report from NWED London Conference - we headed along to the day’s flagship event with some amazing speakers

- 7 women in engineering that you should know - some heroines of engineering (with a UK bias!)

- #IAmAnEngineer selfies for National Women in Engineering Day - We want to see your #IAmAnEngineer selfies on Twitter!

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