Lexus Design Award 2017 - Finalists announced

Published 31 January 2017

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: design, automotive, toyota, milan, lexus


The finalists in the Lexus Design Award 2017 have been announced, featuring a collection of 12 projects that embrace contrasting qualities, true to the competition’s theme of ‘yet’.

If you’ve not come across the Lexus Design Award, it’s a rather curious competition. Lexus place great stock in exploring ideas that don’t conform to traditional products and mixes together material development, product design and art.

We got to spend time with the finalists last year and its clear that the Japanese auto-giant is both generous in its support, but also believes in the process (it has been running the competition since 2013).

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Launch of the British Design Fund to back product designers

Published 31 January 2017

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: design, prototype, hardware, product design, funding, investment, start-ups, startups

The British Design Fund has launched to invest in and support early stage UK product design and manufacturing companies.

Founded by ex-Design Council CEO John Mathers and design entrepreneur Damon Bonser, the program is set up in partnership with Sapphire Capital Partners LLP and Twenty20 Mentoring.

The fund will provide financing and advice to help consumer product and hardware-based start-ups take their products to market, along with the funding they need to prototype, test and set up manufacturing.

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Researchers at the University of Manchester discover inkjet printable 2D material inks

Published 30 January 2017

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: engineering, aerospace, materials, composites, graphene, inkjet, university of manchester, 2d material

By combining graphene with other 2D materials, new materials are being created for applications that were once thought to be science fiction

We’ve all heard about graphene - the world’s first 2D material to be isolated by scientists at the University of Manchester in 2004.

These scientists worked out a way in which to extract it from graphite and despite being the thinnest material ever discovered (it’s only one atom thick), graphene is 200 times stronger than steel, lightweight, flexible and more conductive of copper.

Knowing that they discovered something very remarkable (and for which the two scientists involved won the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics ), the University of Manchester set up the £61million National Graphene Institute (NGI).

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Allo, allo - Philippe Starck imagines a new generation of smartphone

Published 30 January 2017

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: design, industrial design, concept design, smartphones, starck

Alo features no screen and instead relies on holograms, voice control and haptic feedback

Famed French designer Philippe Starck is known for being a bit radical and ‘out there’ with his designs and now he was co-created a smartphone called Alo that, well, doesn’t look like a phone at all.

Working with fellow French industrial designer, Jerome Olivet, the duo have concocted a screen-less smartphone concept for European technology company Thomson.

In this imagined future, text messages will be a thing of the past and instead we’ll view them as 3D holographic images.

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A flat-pack, emergency shelter for refugees is named Beazley Design of the Year 2016

Published 27 January 2017

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: design, manufacture, product design, london, design museum

The Better Shelter is a temporary 17.5 m2 light weight, modular emergency shelter that resembles a house with semi-hard walls, four windows and a high ceiling

At an awards ceremony held at London’s Design Museum last night the team behind Better Shelter, a Swedish social enterprise organisation, were awarded the coveted Beazley Design of the Year 2016 award.

Better Shelter aims to be the leader in emergency and temporary shelter innovation by developing products together with partners, customers and, most importantly, the people who live in the shelters.

For this, its first product, the organisation worked with the IKEA Foundation and the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees), to develop a safer, more dignified home for those who have been displaced due to conflict and natural disasters.

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Makerbot launch educational program in the US

Published 26 January 2017

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, education, makerbot

Anyone that’s spent time in a classroom in a school of late will likely have noticed two things: There’s always a laser cutter that’s been used to death, and you’ll have probably noticed there’s a 3D printer sat in the corner, doing not a lot. Why is this the case?

There’s a reason that 3D printers don’t exactly help in the classroom and the answer is pretty much down to speed. 3D printing is a painfully slow process compared to other options available.

If you’ve got a room full of 30 rowdy kids, the novelty of watching an extruder head crawl across a build platform is going to wear thinly. That’s why the laser cutter reigns supreme – it’s fast, it’s efficient and you can use all manner of materials and supporting items.

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Solid Professor’s Introduction to CATIA V5 course sets everything out for beginners

Published 24 January 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, catia, education, training, solid professor

Solid Professor’s CATIA V5 course will help users through the very basics, including how to navigate and customise the interface, and various tips and tricks to make designing easier

The latest course to hit online training provider Solid Professor’s site is an Introduction to CATIA V5 course, that promises to get users up and running in Dassault Systèmes’ software in just a few hours.

Covering key topics like the Sketcher, Part Design, Assembly Design, and Drafting, no previous experience with CATIA is required, this course will step users through the very basics, including how to navigate and customise the interface, and various tips and tricks to make designing easier.

Overall it looks a great starting point for anyone new to CATIA, working through a number of hands-on exercises to create and edit sketches, create geometry from scratch, as well as modify existing geometry, create moving assemblies, and create drawings of parts and assemblies.

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