ARRK opens new CNC machining hub

Published 27 November 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cam, machining, prototyping, arrk

The new building adds a range of 3- and 5-axis machines to ARRK’s portfolio

Opening just across the street from its current prototyping facility, ARRK has announced its new dedicated building for rapid machining in Gloucester.

The 12,000sq ft space will significantly increase the number of CNC machines ARRK is able to operate, boosting numbers to 10 in total, with a mixture of 3- and 5-axis machines.

The expansion follows the announcement last month of it opening of a new rapid prototyping facility in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

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Need prototyping in London? Black Friday is your friend

Published 26 November 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, london, laser cutting

The shameless hawking of crap products at lukewarm discounts isn’t usually enough to get us going, however, if you’re in the Capital you’d swap your mother’s teeth for a discount on prototyping services.

We’ve been given the heads up for tomorrow - Black Friday - by a couple of independent vendors in London, which could help you if you’re saving the pennies for your office heating bill this winter.

Here’s the deals:

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DEVELOP3D at Autodesk University 2015

Published 26 November 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: autodesk, autodesk university, au2015

From Tuesday next week DEVELOP3D will be live from Las Vegas as we bring you all the news, interviews and releases from Autodesk University.

We’ll be live blogging the two-day event - an ‘as it happens’ collation of big stage keynotes, news, photos, videos and the best from the social networks - plus we’ll have exclusive interviews, features and anything else we can get access to.

For the first time, DEVELOP3D will also be exhibiting at the event - so if you, or someone you know, is attending then tell them to come say hi at booth 30 to pick up a free iOS subscription to the magazine, and the chance to win an incredible HP ZBook 15U G2 Mobile Workstation thanks to our sponsors for the event, HP and AMD FirePro.

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Formnext - 4 things we learned from Europe’s big 3D printing event

Published 25 November 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, trumpf, concept laser, sinterit, audi, ricoh

The show floor of Formnext bristling with activity

Among the towering stands at the Frankfurt Messe there was a lot to be uncovered at Formnext, the latest 3D printing exhibition in Europe.

All the familiar names were there, but there were more than a few eye-catching technologies to take our interest.

Here’s our four key takeaways from the event:

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‘Soft-material’ cycle helmet design looks for hard backing

Published 25 November 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: materials, cycling, safety

Using Enkayse material the helmet is ‘soft-but-safe’

The Headkayse cycle helmet is a folding, flexible and soft but safe, multiple-impact piece of kit, that is looking to shake off the image that hard hats need to be, well, hard.

Designed and developed in the UK, the helmet is built from what the designers are calling a ‘unique Enkayse material’, which is tough and flexible, allowing the helmet to fold, whilst being tough enough to survive multiple impacts.

Realise Design, based in Bristol, has been working with Headkayse’s technical director George Fox for much of the design work, a large part being physical model making and later on in 3D CAD.

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3D Slash brings 3D CAD to the Raspberry Pi

Published 25 November 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, 3d printing, raspberry pi, 3d slash

The latest version of 3D Slash is compatible with the single board Raspberry Pi computer

Compatible with the Raspberry Pi, 3D Slash is a free 3D design application for the Pi-Top, the educational minicomputer based on the Raspberry Pi hardware.

The interface will be familiar to anyone that has played with LEGO or dabbled with Minecraft, in that it is a rudimentary 3D block-based interface, with extract/shape controls.

The £25 program allows users to design 3D objects on the Raspberry Pi single board computer, something unthinkable even a few years ago.

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.design or .engineering? New domain names look to help you stand out among the 284 million

Published 25 November 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: online, business

A specific domain name might be a better way of standing out

At the start of this year, over 284 million web domains were registered globally, and with everyone fighting for a piece of our industry, is a new suffix likely to help your company?

Domain specialists 123-Reg have began offering domain names such as .design, .engineering, .digital, and the slightly more fruity .xxx, and expect that as the global demand for generic domains grow, specialist domain names will offer the opportunity to carve a niche in the online marketplace.

“While generic domains are great multi-purpose business domains, they don’t make what you do clear in the same way that a specialist domain can,” says 123-Reg’s Nick Leech. “By selecting an extension in your specific area, such as .design, you can convey a sense of expertise in your field.”

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