Inspiration: James Victore, live in London

Published 26 August 2014

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: design, develop3d live, graphics, d3d live, graphic design, mark shayler, who died and made you boss, james victore, take this job and love it, inspiration

Inspirational graphic designer James Victore is speaking in London next week

While we’re all about the design world at DEVELOP3D, it’s always good to grab some inspiration from other sectors, other industries and other people’s thoughts.

If you’re searching for inspiration then you can do a lot worse than listen to graphic design wizard James Victore deliver one of his talks - perfect for giving you that much needed adrenaline shot in the arm to get over the post holidays and post summer blues

The good news is that rather than sneaking a half-arsed glimpse of a youtube video during lunch, our friend, Mark Shayler at Ape, is bringing Mr Victore to London on 5 September to deliver his “Take this job and love it” discussion/rant/call to action.

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Passage to India - SolidWorks to open 50 training centres in the country

Published 26 August 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: solidworks, training, india, satc

Dassault Systèmes is taking direct action to increase authorised SolidWorks training in India

Dassault Systèmes has opened its first SolidWorks Authorised Training Centre (SATC) in India, with the aim of producing 15,000 SolidWorks trained professionals each year.

The centre is the first of a planned 50 to open in the next five months, offering organised SolidWorks training to increase the size of the certified user community in India.

The Indian CAD market is expected to have grown annually by 13.5 per cent over last four years, with the gap in certified skills being a restrictive factor.

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Teach Yourself: Intro to Python scripting

Published 26 August 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: rhino, teach yourself, tutorial, video, code, scripting, coding, python

An introduction to teaching yourself Python programming for generating geometry

Python is an open source programming language used for Rhino 3D, and one that we’re seeing designers and engineers from all industries getting hand-rubbing-ly excited about.

Used on projects from jewellery design to figuring out how to support the roof of the London Olympics Aquatic Centre, it offers masses of flexibility for designers.

It’s typically easier to learn and use than other non-scripting style languages like C#, or C++, yet is quite powerful, making it ideal for automating repetitive tasks in Rhino and generating geometry using algorithms.

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AMD previews OpenCL ray trace renderer on Maya

Published 25 August 2014

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: autodesk, amd firepro, gpu compute, maya, ray tracing, photorealism, nvidia iray

AMD’s new OpenCL ray trace rendering technology delivers photorealistic output in seconds using high-end FirePro GPUs inside Autodesk Maya

Siggraph delivered a whole number of interesting new technologies this year. One that’s stayed under the radar though is AMD’s new OpenCL 2.0-based ray trace renderer.

AMD’s Takahiro Harada showed a demo of a prototype plug-in for Autodesk Maya 2015 that delivered advanced photorealistic renders in seconds thanks to four AMD FirePro W8100 GPUs packed inside a single high-end workstation. Change the camera angle in the viewport and the image starts to refine immediately. Official details are still thin on the ground, but the company did tell DEVELOP3D that the Maya plug in is a result of collaboration with Autodesk and that its ray trace rendering technology has other adopters.

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Something for the weekend - wearable chair might just be what you need

Published 22 August 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, manufacturing, exoskeleton, swiss, noonee

Designed for the factory worker, the Noonee support device allows you to take the weight off

Designed for the long-suffering factory workers of this world, doing manual tasks repeatedly for long hours, the Noonee lower-leg posture support device is a product of many uses.

It’s a low-cost exoskeleton, that when strapped to the wearer allows them to semi-squat, taking the weight off their limbs and joints - according to its Swiss designers Audi and BMW are reportedly interested.

But imagine what else it could do for us naturally lazy, stooped people, who are always looking for a pew?

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Aircraft have feelings too: new sensor skin to let planes ‘feel’ damage

Published 22 August 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: materials, aerospace, materials science, bae systems, sensors, aircraft, materials developments

A skin of sensor nodes could report back on speed, temperature or even damage

Engineers at BAE Systems are working on enabling the detection of injury or damage to the outer surfaces of aircraft, through ‘smart skin’, which could eventually pass down to domestic vehicles and appliances.

Its Advanced Technology Centre is investigating the concept; tens of thousands of micro-sensors embedded into the surface, enabling it to sense wind speed, temperature, physical strain and movement, far more accurately than current sensor technology allows.

By continually monitoring their health, reporting back on potential problems before they become significant planes would require fewer regular check-ups on the ground and parts could be replaced in a timely manner, increasing the efficiency of aircraft maintenance, the availability of the plane and improving safety.

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Teach Yourself: Intro to surface modelling in SolidWorks

Published 22 August 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, design, surface modelling, solid works, teach yourself, tutorial, innova systems

Beginner’s guide to surface modelling in SolidWorks

In the quest for self betterment there are few worse times to start than at the beginning of an August Bank Holiday weekend (US - think Labor Day weekend), but if you’ve got the inclination, then we’ve got the goods.

Should you find a few minutes (or the ability to bookmark content for a future date when you’re not pouring cold beer down your neck) then here’s a great introduction to bringing surface modelling into your SolidWorks skill set.

It’s the tool you’d be looking to employ for creating organic shapes - salacious curves, ergonomic fits and, generally, wavy lines - that solid modelling software can struggle with.

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