Report from the National Women in Engineering Day conference

Published 23 June 2014

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: engineering, women in engineering, nwed, wes, female engineers, national women in engineering day

The NWED conference that took place at the iMechE headquarters in London

In case you missed it (unlikely if you’ve seen our twitter feed or facebook page today), it’s National Women in Engineering Day (NWED), with lots of events celebrating women in engineering all over the country.

At iMeche HQ in Westminster, the Womens Engineering Society (WES) hosted the NWED Conference.

I can’t explain how brilliant it was being at an engineering conference were 96 per cent of attendees were female. Having been a journalist in this industry for over 11 years, I’m used to seeing a sea of suits (the trouser variety) at industry events.

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Try CAD (SolidWorks) in the cloud with Nvidia GRID Test drive

Published 23 June 2014

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: solidworks, cloud, citrix, nvidia grid, remote cad

The Nvidia GRID Test Drive virtual desktop

Nvidia has launched the GRID Test Drive, a simple and secure way to test out your very own graphics-accelerated virtual desktop - CAD in the cloud, if you like.

With this proof of concept all of the processing is done on the cloud-based virtual machine and only pixel data is streamed to your local desktop. Mouse and keyboard input is sent back.

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AMD FirePro W8100: 3D graphics and compute in one card

Published 23 June 2014

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: simulation, amd firepro, opencl, graphics, ray tracing, 4k, displayport

The AMD FirePro W8100, which features 8GB GDDR5 memory, can be used for high-end 3D graphics and GPU compute.

AMD has unveiled the FirePro W8100, an 8GB professional GPU for high-end CAD/CAM/CAE that follows on from the 16GB FirePro W9100.

The company has three types of design and engineering users in its sights: those that use a) high-end CAD, b) Computer Aided Engineering (CAE), or c) design visualization software – or, indeed, all three if you have a particularly complex product development workflow.

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‘Girls can’t what?!’ - National Women in Engineering Day 2014

Published 23 June 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, education, imeche, women in engineering, apprentiships, national women in engineering day, women’s engineering society

This year’s focus is the great careers available to women in engineering

Today we’re celebrating National Women in Engineering Day, set up by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) to celebrate its 95th anniversary - with over 80 events taking place across the UK.

The focus this year is on the great opportunities for women in engineering, at a time when it has never been more important to address the engineering skills shortage.

The idea behind National Women in Engineering Day is to encourage all groups (governmental, educational, corporate, professional engineering institutions, individuals and other organisations) to organise their own events in support of the day, and link them together for maximum impact through the use of the NWED logo, corresponding website, and supporting resources.

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Millinery marvel - poem transformed into hat for Royal Ascot using 3D printing

Published 20 June 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, eos, sintering, 3trpd, 3t rpd

The 3D printed hat for Royal Ascot by milliners Gabriela Ligenza

For a sporting occasion, Royal Ascot is as much about the headwear in the stands as the horses under the jockeys, with Ladies’ Day prompting the crowds to don spectacular, eye-catching headpieces.

So with 3D printing still a headline grabbing snare, I was unsurprised to see a hat of white nylon SLS appearing in the stands, however it is rather a thoughtful piece.

The design by milliners Gabriela Ligenza is formed by the words from racing poet Henry Birtles, his poem specially penned for the event, with the words in 3D coiling around the wearer’s head.

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OpenCL support added to NX Nastran - simulation with a GPU

Published 20 June 2014

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: simulation, nx, amd firepro, gpgpu, nvidia tesla, nastran, intel xeon phi

Performance benefits of a GPU over 24 CPU cores can be significant

Siemens has added OpenCL (Open Compute Language) support to NX Nastran in the 9.1 release of its integrated simulation software tool.

This means users can now use CPUs, GPUs (AMD FirePro and Nvidia Tesla) and Intel’s Xeon Phi co-processor, which features Intel’s MIC (Many Integrated Core) architecture to accelerate engineering simulations.

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SpaceMouse Pro goes wireless for 3D control

Published 19 June 2014

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: cad, design, hardware, 3dconnexion, spacemouse, spacemouse pro, spacemouse wireless, spaceball, motion control, usb hub

Same motion control cap, customisable and configurable buttons and general awesomeness. Now without wires and a two month battery life.

If you’re a heavy user of 3D design systems, then the chances are that you’ve come across, if not bought, one of 3Dconnexion’s devices.

The company has been one of the only players in the “hardware specifically for 3D design” game for quite some time - others have come and gone or just hang around, waiting for the bells to toll.

For the last five or six years (if not more, my memory isn’t what it once was), the company has had two key product types.

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