PTC pushes Internet of Things at its European user event

Published 21 November 2014

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: ptc, internet of things, iot, thingworx, user event, liveworx, streetscooter, m2m

This year’s PTC Live Stuttgart, which took place on 18-19 November 2014 at the ICS in Stuttgart, saw an Internet of Things co-located event: LiveWorx Europe

PTC is the only CAD vendor that really seems to be shouting about the Internet of Things (IoT). And it’s certainly making a loud noise with the recent $300 million investment of two IoT related companies - ThingWorx and Axeda.

At PTC Live Global 2014 held earlier this year in Boston, PTC’s CEO Jim Heppelmann kicked off the event by introducing IoT and discussed the company’s strategy in this area (read the article here which also explains what IoT is). This event featured an IoT focussed conference stream called LiveWorx.

At its European user conference - PTC Live Stuttgart - which took place earlier this week, the second LiveWorx event took place. Over two days, the packed agenda saw PTC employees, customers, researchers, analysts and thought leaders talk about the benefits and business value that IoT can deliver.

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The Weekender: Britain is the most entrepreneurial nation in Europe

Published 21 November 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, awards, uk, entrepreneur, start-ups, weekender, britain

Leading the way for Europe, the UK is great for entrepreneurs

From James Dyson-esque garden shed hardware start-ups, to the man in Liverpool city centre that does headstands into a bucket for small change, Britain is the most entrepreneurial country in Europe.

Have some of that, Iceland.

English speaking countries top the entrepreneurial nations table, with the USA, Canada and Australia above the UK in the Global Entrepreneurship Network Index 2015 table.

This year’s ranking is the UK’s highest position in the five-year history of the index and has seen steady improvement during that time, and although this isn’t a direct measure of success, it is something that we should all take pride in.

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Autodesk joins structural and manufacturing simulation tools for composites analysis

Published 21 November 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: autodesk, moldflow, autodesk labs, analysis, materials, composites

Autodesk Simulation Composite Analysis can now interpret Moldflow information and combine it with structural analysis for more realistic simulation results

Autodesk’s Simulation Composite Analysis is now able to interpret imported Moldflow information and combine it with a structural mesh to then perform nonlinear structural analysis of the component within the user’s FEA software.

Using a new feature called Advanced Material Exchange, users are able to export material properties, fiber orientations and residual stress/strain information from Autodesk Simulation Moldflow in order to better understand the as-manufactured state of a component.

The result for users is significantly improved insight and accuracy of the structural performance of chopped fiber composite components, such as simulating the warped shape prior to structural analysis or computing the ultimate failure load and mode of the structure using state of the art failure theories.

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First Look: PLM-integrated Moldex3D eDesignSYNC for NX

Published 21 November 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: nx, siemens plm, siemens plm teamcenter, teamcentre, siemens nx, edesignsync, moldex3d

Moldex3D eDesignSYNC integrates into Siemens NX and Teamcentre

Moldex3D’s new integrated Siemens NX flow simulation tool allows users to add plastic injection moulding technology directly into Teamcenter PLM data.

It is suggested that the new eDesignSYNC integration enables users to easily detect possible manufacturing defects in their initial design, allowing users to simulate and visualise how plastic is injected to fabricate a plastic part and share valuable simulation data through the product cycle.

By keeping the simulation data on Teamcenter its aim is to aid designers, engineers and tool makers better adjust their tasks with more reliable information.

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Update: Reports of $60m Lagoa acquisition dismissed by Autodesk

Published 20 November 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: autodesk, rendering, visualisation, product design, develop3d live, 3d design, lagoa

Reports in the Canadian media suggest that Autodesk has acquired Lagoa for around $60m

UPDATE: After going straight to the source at Autodesk, we’ve been told that they haven’t acquired Lagoa. We’ll keep you updated should anything change


Lagoa, the cloud-based 3D rendering software has been reportedly acquired by Autodesk for over $60 million.

Having only launched properly in April 2013, the company raised $6.9 million through two rounds of funding, much of it from Cambridge-based Atlas Ventures.

Lagoa was aimed at moving the 3D rendering process to the cloud, changing the way product development teams collaborate on the design and marketing of the finished product.

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This bullet-proof safe for wristwatches is over-design nirvana

Published 20 November 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, firearms, security, watches, watch design, safe, brown safe, armour

Ballistic steel outer to keep your precious things safe inside

I’m sure we all woke up this morning with the same problem: our million dollar watch collection being targeted by .50cal gun fire. Annoying isn’t it?

However, there is a solution, the Chronos from Brown Safe, wrapped in ballistic steel that will repel those pesky large calibre gunshots, keeping your timepiece collection safe.

It’s security to the highest degree, although you can’t help but feel the need for that kind of protection is reserved to places you probably shouldn’t be storing your expensive keepsakes in the first place.

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National Freelancer Day: How are things looking for product designers?

Published 19 November 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cloud computing, crowdsourcing, crowdfunding, national freelance day, peopleperhour, freelance

The number of product designers doing freelance work is increasing

The workplace is changing, and freelance 3D designers are no longer an anomaly in the system: new technology is benefitting them, the internet is embracing them and there’s work out there.

Seeing as today’s National Freelancers Day we thought we’d investigate this a little further amongst the confines of design as a whole - freelance design is far more common in graphics web and VFX due to the short-timeframe nature of the work.

Speaking to freelance specialists PeoplePerHour it told us that there’s been a 70 per cent increase in the number of jobs that brands have completed using industrial design freelancers in the last year.

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