When you know it’s a design classic: Toyota Land Cruiser 30th anniversary

Published 28 August 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, design, toyota, japan, hero, land cruiser, design classic

What’s that coming over the hill? It’s a re-issued Toyota Land Cruiser 70, a design icon and engineering wonder

The gargantuan SUV is a controversial beast, yet it was designed to serve a functional purpose before becoming a style issue, hence our delight at the Toyota Land Cruiser 30th anniversary re-release.

Its robust design means that like its more rugged, outdoorsy sister, the Hi-Lux, it can go pretty much anywhere, and should there be a problem, there’s likely to be parts to fix it.

As Toyota’s longest-running model, there have been 7.9 million units produced worldwide, meaning plentiful parts across the world - even in the middle of nowhere - a reason why the U.N., the Red Cross and lots of military types both use the Land Cruiser wherever they are heading.

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Speeding up 3D scanning using FlexScan3D automation software

Published 28 August 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d scanning, canada, flexscan3d, lmi technologies, lmi

FlexScan3D was designed to be used with LMI’s range of HDI 3D scanners

LMI Technologies (LMI) is looking to optimise the 3D scanning workflow by introducing more features to automate steps previously done manually.

Its software, FlexScan3D, is capable of triggering a new scan automatically once the scan target is placed into a new position for scanning, detecting movement to the scan target, either by hand or mechanical means, and decides when to trigger a new scan.

When coupled with automated geometry alignment, two scans will automatically match up even if the scans are in not close in proximity or in different orientations.

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DEVELOP3D’s art director, Rob Biddulph, publishes first picture book - Blown Away

Published 28 August 2014

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: kids, rob biddulph, fun, picture book, penguin blue

If you read DEVELOP3D magazine we hope you’ve enjoyed the wonderful designs and illustrations of Rob Biddulph. Remember the Zombie inspired Death of SolidWorks or any one of these glorious covers?

What you might not know is Rob is also the award-winning art director of the Observer Magazine and has just become a published author!

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Bike that can’t be stolen? How a design countering theft is more likely to give the user a headache

Published 27 August 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: education, student, student design, bicycle, bike, bicycle design, chile, theft

Novel designs for bikes that can’t be stolen - like this example from Chile

Bike theft is a massive ball ache, hence the raft of locks and other anti-theft devices on the market, but what if a bike couldn’t be stolen without detriment to its frame and parts?

Students at Chile’s University of Adolfo Ibáñez have arrived with the design of Project Yerka, in which the down tube splits out, allowing the seat post to connect the ends around a lamppost or other vertical post.

It’s a nice idea, but it has a fault not of its own making: bike thieves are remorseless bastards.

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Date for your diary: Engineering Design Show, Coventry

Published 27 August 2014

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: conference, electronics, design engineering, engineering design show

The Engineering Design Show is expected to attract more than 4,000 visitors and 250 exhibitors

If you’re a design or electronic engineer, mark off 22 - 23 October in your diary as dates to visit the Ricoh Arena in Coventry for the annual Engineering Design Show.

Now in its third year, the Show will once again be co-located with the Electronics Design Show and will feature Engineering Materials Live showcasing developments in materials and additive manufacturing technology.

New for this year is the Embedded Design Show, which has been launched by the organisers Findlay Media to fill a gap in the growing embedded electronics market.

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SolidWorks, 3ds Max or any other 3D tool coming to your Chromebook soon?

Published 26 August 2014

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: solidworks, hardware, 3ds max, citrix, nvidia grid, vdi, vmware

SolidWorks running with VMware on a Chromebook.

VMware, NVIDIA and Google are working together to deliver high-performance virtual desktops and workstation-class graphics to Google Chromebooks.

The technology will allow any 3D application to run on the low powered notebooks. Demonstrations at VMware World today highlighted DS SolidWorks, Autodesk 3ds Max and Blender as three of those tools.

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Delcam’s dancing feet: express custom orthotics, 3D scanned and milled in minutes

Published 26 August 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: delcam, medical, footwear, orthodontics, dancing feet

Delcam’s iQube scanner feeds the 3D model of the foot directly into the software and on to the CNC milling machine faster than you can waltz

Taking it’s pro milling know-how, Delcam has jumped feet first into the custom orthotics industry, supplying Prestige Healthcare with a full CADCAM and 3D scanning portable solution for its patients.

Delcam’s iQube, OrthoModel and OrthoMill were all demonstrated to the public at the recent Ideal Home Show, scanning people’s feet and milling custom insoles for shoes using its portable equipment on its trade stand.

Once a person has stood on the iQube stand-on scanner, the data is transferred to the OrthoModel software, which allows direct shaping options for people suffering from shin splints or other common ailments.

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