Stray light and photoluminescence handled in latest Zemax OpticStudio release

Published 26 October 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: rendering, zemax, lenses

Zemax OpticStudio 16.5 comes prepared with a list of new upgrades to make the optical and illumination design software more functional and wider reaching.
New stray light analysis tools identify and block unwanted rays in optical systems and help streamline stray light analyses to deliver consistent, accurate results faster.

Users should be able to isolate critical data by specifying the quantity of rays to investigate in Ray Database files, and display stray light paths in the Layout and Shaded Model system viewers.

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Competition to design Scotland’s Baby Box opened by V&A Dundee Museum

Published 25 October 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, baby, competiton, baby products, scotland

The Scottish Government and V&A Dundee museum have launched the competition to design a baby box to be given to all newborn children

A competition to design a box of essentials to be given to every newborn child in Scotland at birth has been launched, in an effort to give every child born in Scotland an equal start in life.

The Scottish Baby Box will be based on the successful Finnish model – where it is credited with contributing to one of the lowest levels of infant mortality in the world.

Delivered by the Scottish Government, with the help of the V&A Dundee and Scotland’s colleges and universities, the competition has been launched to design the surface of the box in aid to make it a more than simply a container of items, but a way in which the child’s first year can be captured and recorded.

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How much value does a colour add?

Published 25 October 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: prototype, aerospace, colour

Would an exclusive rose gold finish make you more likely to buy this private jet?

Last year we stumbled across what we believed to be the ultimate crowdfunding project, the Cobalt Co50 Valkyrie private plane - yours starting from $595,000.

Nothing more than prototypes and renders were available at the time, yet now super retailer Marcus Neimann has added the Co50 Valkyrie to its list of seasonal Fantasy Gifts at an eye-bleeding price of $1.5M, complete with an even more retina blasting rose gold colour way.

This price tag also bags you an exclusive interior from the skilled hands of former luxury goods craftsmen, but it’s a hefty price to pay, regardless of how incredible the design, engineering and finish - so does the colour bring it more attention than ‘standard’ private jet white, moody black, or Trump gold?

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ZTE brings crowdsourcing into its phone design process with Project CSX

Published 25 October 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: crowdsourcing, smartphones, zte

The winning ZTE USA concept for Project CSX

With smartphone manufacturers coming under fire in 2016 for their design changes (headphone jacks anyone?), ZTE USA has gone to its community to progress its design direction.

Its Project CSX device is set to launch in 2017 featuring eye-tracking technology, plus a self-adhesive backing to hold the phone in place on a surface.

The eye tracking system is said to consist of two laser-focusing cameras, one on the top and one on the bottom that capture the user’s pupils’ movement in a vertical dimension. With this feature, the user can scroll up and down without even tilting their head up and down.

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Scan introduces HTC Vive Business Edition alongside new Nvidia ‘VR Ready’ workstations

Published 24 October 2016

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: nvidia, gpu, quadro, workstations, workstation, vr, scan

The HTC Vive Business Edition, a pro focused version of the ‘room scale’ Virtual Reality (VR) headset, is now available exclusively in the UK through custom workstation manufacturer Scan.

Key features include a dedicated phone support line and better peripherals, including a 5 m (16-foot) headset extension kit, plus 4 face cushions.

The Business edition also comes with the Vive Enterprise Software, an enterprise-friendly installation that does not requiring the installation of the games focused Steam store.

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Reebok’s ‘Liquid Factory’ to transform shoe design and manufacture

Published 24 October 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, reebok

The race to ditch moulds and adopt more freedom for shoe outsoles has seen Reebok take the lead, as it looks to open a ‘Liquid Factory’ in Rhode Island, USA next year.

Using a custom 3D printer to pipe a proprietary liquid material developed by BASF, the current parts form the first step in producing fully formed shoe outsoles.

Upscaling this process to take over an entire new US outpost could see footwear becoming one of the first major US reshoring success stories thanks to digital manufacturing.

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Honda’s ‘3D printed car’ takes most sensible path yet

Published 24 October 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, manufacturing, automotive, honda

The adorable Honda delivery EV concept

Honda’s design for a future electric urban delivery van is so achingly cute, it should probably pop up in Pokemon’s next outing, but on top of that it displays remarkable restraint when it comes to the level of technology used in its construction.

3D printed vehicles are perceived by many to be the holy grail, sandwiching multiple components into a single build and producing them anywhere. Honda has other ideas, and with the aid of Japanese 3D printing vendor Kabuki took advantage of its Rinkak Mass Customisation Solution to provide custom non-critical body panels and decals.

With the idea of the client being food retailer Toshimaya, the brief was a branded delivery vehicle for the area’s narrow roads in the area for their home delivery business - in this case basing it on Honda’s Variable Design Platform.

The platform fits key components together, like the power unit, battery and controls, while the lightweight chassis can be varied - in this example, a lightweight chassis and pipe frame structure.

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