Competition: Reinvent the wheel - Win trip to Cologne to meet Ford’s design team

Published 03 October 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, automotive, competition, ford, steering wheel

Reinvent the steering wheel for Ford and win a once in a lifetime trip to Cologne to meet its design team

We’re offering you the unique chance to design a concept for automotive giant Ford, and win a trip to meet its European design team and tour its facilities in Cologne, Germany.

Ford of Britain and DEVELOP3D are offering you the chance to design a new concept that reinvents the Ford steering wheel.

We want to hear from designers from all industries, who do not necessarily have experience in the automotive industry, the more creative the better!

Design concepts will need to be submitted in the form of digital sketches or hand drawn images sent as a PDF or JPG to DEVELOP3D by 7 November, 2014

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Lattice Technology targets lightweight ease of use for BOMs

Published 03 October 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: technical documentation, bom, lattice

Version 13 of Lattice3D Studio allows for the creation of lightweight bill of materials documents to be created and shared

The latest version of Lattice3D Studio aims to increase technical documentation use, allowing authoring from any CAD model, and creating lightweight Bill Of Materials (BOM) files easy enough for all aspects of a business to understand.

The models in version 13 of the product are marketed as ‘ultra-lightweight’, usually half of one percent of the size of the native CAD model, and because of this, these 3D models can be consumed on virtually any Windows computer as well as many Windows and Apple tablets for free.

The software allows for a master Engineering BOM to be created, which can have multiple BOM views for different purposes, accurate geometry along with related annotations and product manufacturing information.

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On the road: Everything seems a bit MadMax as tech goes cross country

Published 03 October 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, autodesk, manufacture, 3d systems, stratasys, education, 3d design

The Stratasys 2014 Roadtrip sets off later this month

How do you get your software or hardware into the hearts and minds of respectable US designers and engineers? The answer appears to be ‘with a road trip’.

Today Stratasys has announced it is the latest company to pack up the RV, throw some of its latest 3D printers in the back and to head off across the United States of A to spread its gospel.

Hitting the road in Boston on 21 October the Stratasys 2014 Roadshow will then slink its way cross country, somehow ending up in Toronto on 21 January - but that is unless it ends up in a road war with the 3D Systems road warrior ‘Cube Odyssey’, and Autodesk battle cruiser ‘3DRV’.

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3D printing optics process poised to take on injection moulding

Published 03 October 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: rapid prototyping, 3d printing, industrial design, lenses, optical, luxexcel

The new ‘LUX-Opticlear’ material means that the process might ready to compete with injection moulding

A revolutionary method and new clear polymer for making optical components using 3D printing is enabling the production of high quality optics manufacturing up to 20mm in height.

Dutch specialists, Luxexcel Group, states that its new material ‘LUX-Opticlear’ means that its process is ready to compete with injection moulding for small and mid-sized series’ of optical components, cutting out the need for tooling and lengthy post processing.

Customers will be able to access the technology from Luxexcel’s new online platform, which enables the uploading of various different types of CAD files and automatically re-processes the CAD data into specially formatted print-files.

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Voxeljet buy UK special effects company Propshop

Published 02 October 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, voxeljet, sfx, propshop, special effects

Propshop printed one-third scale Aston Martin DB5s for Skyfall on a Voxeljet 3D printer

German large-format 3D printing company Voxeljet has announced today that it is to buy special effects house Propshop, known for making great use of its technologies.

Propshop will become Voxeljet UK, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the company, and will continue to support the film and entertainment industry from its Pinewood Studios base, as well as continuing to satisfy the demand for its 3D printing services.

This move is a great idea for Voxeljet as it gives it some great marketing presence - Propshop has produced props and stand-ins for movies like the James Bond epic Skyfall, and the Batman flick The Dark Knight Rises - giving the company, which has entirely industrial purposed machines, a means to get in on the 3D printing buzz.

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Information Age: Science Museum launches exhibition of ‘Six Networks That Changed Our World’

Published 02 October 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: technology, history, science museum, networks, communication

The face of communication has changed through amazing design and engineering - something that the Science Museum is showcasing in its new exhibit, Information Age

This October the London Science Museum will launch the first permanent gallery in the UK dedicated to the history of information and communication technologies.

Featuring more than 800 unique objects from the Science Museum collections and state-of-the-art interactive displays, ‘Information Age: Six Networks That Changed Our World’ will bring to life the dramatic personal stories of those whose lives were changed by each new wave of technology.

From the design of the first transatlantic telegraph cable that connected Europe and North America in minutes rather than weeks, to the advanced computing power of the modern smartphone, Information Age will look at the huge impact of developments in communication technology have had on all our lives.

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Winner of Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering’s ‘Create the Trophy’ competition announced

Published 02 October 2014

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Article tagged with: competition, science museum, queen elizabeth prize for engineering, qe prize

Euan Fairholm of Edinburgh produced the 2014 winning design for the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering

Euan Fairholm from Edinburgh has won the 2014 ‘Create the Trophy’ competition, beating hundreds of UK hopefuls with his design The Golden Crown.

His design will be developed into a final form and presented by Her Majesty the Queen to the winner of the 2015 Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering.

20-year-old Euan, who is studying mechanical engineering at Glasgow University, has also won £2,000.

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