Will working with an OAP help you net part of the £72bn ‘Grey Pound’ products market?

Published 08 February 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, product design, imeche, old people

A new report from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers suggests that ‘smart homes’ for older people could save NHS and social care system over £2.5 billion a year - presenting a ‘huge business opportunity’ in the process.

Creating more modified homes, which encourage older people to keep mentally and physically fit for longer, could help save the NHS and social care system billions of pounds each year

“About 7 million UK homes are headed by someone aged over 65 years, who will undoubtedly need some form of assistive technology to help with everyday living, within the coming decade,” said Dr Helen Meese, lead author of the report and Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

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HP brings new enterprise features to ultra-portable HP ZBook 14u and 15u G5 mobile workstations

Published 07 February 2018

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: cad, mobile workstation, security, bim, enterprise, hp zbook

At only 17.9mm in height, HP says the ZBook 14u is the world’s thinnest mobile workstation.

HP has launched two entry-level mobile workstations which place a big emphasis on portability, build quality and enterprise features as well as the performance one would expect from a laptop designed for 3D CAD and BIM.

The HP ZBook 14u G5 and HP ZBook 15u G5 are very similar in terms of core spec - the main difference being the size of the display (14-inch or 15-inch) - and both machines feature a choice of 8th Gen Intel Core i7 / i5 Processors (2 or 4 cores), an AMD Radeon Pro WX 3100 GPU, up to 32 GB RAM and up to 2TB of NVMe storage (HP Z Turbo Drive).

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International Women in Engineering Day launches for 2018

Published 06 February 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, women in engineering, inwed

Given that today strikes the mark of 100 years since women were (somewhat tentatively) given the vote in the UK, it’s fitting that The Women’s Engineering Society has announced Saturday 23 June as this year’s International Women in Engineering Day (INWED).

The theme this year is ‘Raising the Bar’, which is an invitation for you to show the world how you are making positive change in what you do and how you do it - whether professionally, through studying or perhaps by creating a more diverse workplace.

The Women’s Engineering Society hopes to see lots of people and organisations demonstrating how they will be #RaisingTheBar for #INWED18 through events, activities and social media (note the hashtags people!).

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Other Reading // Naoto Fukasawa: Embodiment

Published 06 February 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: product design, book, naoto fukasawa, book reviews, muji

A new hardcover, coffee table book from Naoto Fukasawa was always going to get our attention, and Phaidon are publishing just that - a 288 page monograph on one of the world’s most popular and influential product designers.

Following on from his debut publishing in 2007, this new tome beautifully profiles over one hundred of Fukasawa’s designs from the past 10 years.

The lad doesn’t hang about, working on products as diverse as egg boxes to sofas with simple, restrained, and user-friendly end products having universal appeal for both clients and consumers alike.

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Desktop Metal launches Live Parts

Published 06 February 2018

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: engineering, solidworks, design, 3d printing, desktop metal, live parts

Perhaps the most exciting announcement out of SolidWorks World doesn’t come from Dassault, but rather from Desktop Metal. The announcement centres around a new technology for additive manufactured part design called Live Parts.

Built by Desktop Metal’s research and innovation group, DM Labs, Live Parts an experimental generative design tool that “applies morphogenetic principles and advanced simulation to shape strong, lightweight parts in minutes.” It uses the power of the GPU multi-physics engine to auto-generates designs in real-time.

This enables users to quickly realise the full potential of additive manufacturing - including material and cost efficiency, and design flexibility. The tool produces functional parts with complex, efficient geometries that are ideally suited for 3D printing. Desktop Metal is also claiming that “For users, Live Parts requires no prior knowledge of design for additive manufacturing techniques or guidelines.”

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Robotic automation sees Creaform introduce 24/7 3D scanning with its R-Series upgrades

Published 06 February 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, hardware, manufacturing, 3d scanning, 3d scanner, creaform, robotics

Creaform has launched the R-Series Productivity Station and R-Series Autocalibration Kit as upgrades to its robotic metrology dimensional measurement solution a growing alternative to traditional shop-floor CMMs.

The MetraScan 3D R-Series solution has been designed to enable manufacturing companies to combine both optical measurements and industrial automation - with the auto calibration functionality and standalone station removing human interaction and allowing 24 hour operability.

The unit comes with Automatic field calibration procedure built within industrial-grade hardware, including tool changer, computers and touch screens; NEMA 12 certification; meaning fully robotized calibration.

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Major new custom prosthetics initiative backed by Stratasys and Dassault Systèmes

Published 05 February 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: solidworks, design, 3d printing, manufacturing, dassault systemes, dassault systèmes, stratasys, prosthetics, robotics, robohand

A new initiative founded by self-taught robotics whizz Easton LaChappelle has been helped turned into a reality by Dassault Systèmes and Stratasys, as they aim to increase the amount of custom prothesis produced for children.

Tackling the traditional prosthetic models - often heavy, cumbersome and very expensive - Unlimited Tomorrow (the company founded when LaChappelle was 17 years old) will build intuitive, scalable models to engineer custom devices from start to finish.

Unveiled at SolidWorks World 2018, the input of Dassault and Stratasys will revolutionise the process/supply chain, tapping into digital, scanning and 3D printing technologies to streamline development and reduce multiple fittings – minimising the impact to each patient.

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