Wearables to benefit from process adding integrated electronics into injection moulded parts

Published 25 February 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, industrial design, wearable technology, wearables, injection moulding

Greater design freedoms will become available with lighter, curved and flexible structural shapes now containing the devices electronics

Finnish electronic devices manufacturer, TactoTek, has unveiled details of its new manufacturing process, which enables light, thin designs that incorporate electronics into structural plastics

The company is able to insert electronic components into injection moulded parts, including LEDs for sophisticated lighting, sensors, ICs, and printed touch controls in both rigid and flexible designs, .

With integrated 3D printed electronics still some way off, this method, using a flexible substrate to encapsulate electronics into a more traditional injection moulded part, might lead the way for new wearables and electric vehicles technology.

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DEVELOP3D Magazine: March 2015

Published 24 February 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, magazine, rotoron

With DEVELOP3D LIVE only weeks away, this month we bring you a tantalising preview of some of the amazing things you can see at our very own conference on 26 March.

Elsewhere, we check out more pioneering British industry with Rotron’s UAV engines; head into the workshop with Roland’s latest desktop 3D printer and CNC counterpart; look at spoons, simulation and the ‘black art’ of prototyping products.

Download it here for free.

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CL3VER interactive 3D presentation tool to include real-time lightmap technology

Published 24 February 2015

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: 3d, collaboration, presentations

CL3VER, the cloud based platform for interactive 3D presentations, is to include a new WebGL GPU-based real-time lightmap technology in the upcoming 3.0 release.

The technology is claimed to drastically reduce rendering times from several hours to just minutes.

CL3VER can be used to create “Interactive 3D Product Experiences” for manufacturing, automotive, consumer products and industrial equipment - from engineering to marketing to sales.

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EXOne gets super tough with launch of six new materials for industrial 3D printing technology

Published 23 February 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, 3d printing, manufacturing, prototyping, exone, innovent

The new materials properties offer exciting new possibilities for companies looking to use industrial scale 3D printing

Fast on the tracks of launching its Innovent set-up for customers interested in developing their own 3D printing materials for product development, ExOne has launched six new materials with industrial properties.

From super tough Tungsten Carbide to corrosion resistant Stainless Steel, the new materials are ready to be used in its M-Flex printers, as well as for those looking to experiment using the aforementioned Innovent system.

“Utilisation of these materials in ExOne’s machines will allow our customers to advance our binder jetting applications with their technologies,” said Rick Lucas, ExOne’s chief technology officer.

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Job of the week: Alias Industrial Designer - JCB

Published 23 February 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: autodesk, jobs, alias, job of the week, jcb

Job of the week: Industrial Designer - JCB - Rocester

Job Type: Permanent
Software Packages: Autodesk Alias
Location: Rocester, Staffordshire

JCB, those of big yellow earthmoving machines, are on the hunt for an industrial designer to join its team.

The lucky soul will function on a daily basis as a part of the in-house industrial design team, producing vehicle concepts and overseeing designs through to production in conjunction with project engineering staff.

Their output will be in the form of both sketches and 3D CAD work, with a proficiency in Autodesk Alias software being listed as ‘essential’.

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Designs of the Year 2015: A look at the product design category

Published 20 February 2015

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: product design, competition, design museum, awards, exhibition, designs of the year

Designs of the Year is the Design Museum’s exhibition of innovative, interesting and forward-looking design

It’s that time of the year again when London’s Design Museum launches its annual Designs of the Year award.

Now in its eighth year, these international awards celebrate design globally featuring ‘superstar’ designers alongside those that are lesser known.

There are 76 projects that have been nominated across six categories including architecture, digital, fashion, product, graphics and transport.

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3D Scanning + 3D Printing UK roadshow - see the tech working together up close

Published 19 February 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, 3d scanning, tritech, central scanning

The tour will be hitting 9 venues over 2015

The savvy 3D Scanning folks at Central Scanning Limited have teamed up with the crack 3D printing team Tri-Tech 3D to tour the UK throughout the course of 2015 with a unique roadshow.

Showing how the technology can work together in a variety of different set-ups, its an opportunity for those curious about the latest kit to get up close and hands on.

The tour stretches from Glasgow to London, taking in Manchester, Nottingham, Milton Keynes, Leeds, Solihull, Reading and Bristol along the way.

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