Inside the mind of an inventor: ‘Tom’s Fantastic Floating Home’ on TV screens starts this week

Published 24 July 2014

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: inventor, tom lawton, invention, tom's fantastic floating home

In his new TV program, Tom Lawton will take inspiration from his six-year-old son, Barney, for their boat

Tom Lawton and his six-year-old son Barney are set for their TV debut when the four-part series Tom’s Fantastic Floating Home kicks off on Channel 4 on Sunday 27 July.

Inventor Tom Lawton has featured a number of times in DEVELOP3D over the years, his Bubblescope invention graced the cover in November 2012 .

Those who attended DEVELOP3D Live 2013 will also remember his entertaining talk about the trials and tribulations of being an inventor and designer (the video is still available to watch here).

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PTC continues its charge towards Internet of Things, acquires connectivity provider Axeda

Published 24 July 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: ptc, acquisition, technology hype cycle, technology, thingworx, internet of things, iot, tech, axeda

PTC’s second big IoT acquisition sees it pushing to lead the sector


PTC has announced its forthcoming acquisition of Axeda, an Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity provider that offers companies a secure way to connect their products to the cloud.

Teamed up with its take over of ThingWorx in December of 2013, in PTC’s own words, it signals how serious they are about offering solutions for closed-loop lifecycle management and enabling the design of products for IoT use.

Core to Axeda’s technology is secure connectivity and remotely monitoring and management of a wide range of machines, sensors, and devices.

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Tour of Britain - Asylum SFX move the cogs for Transport for London

Published 23 July 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: solidworks, london, bicycle, bike, tour de france, water-jet, sfx, asylum, tour of britain, cycle

The TFL journey plan poster for London anticipating the Tour of Britain visiting the capital

With the Grande Départ having long left Yorkshire, and before Le Tour started for real on the continent, the Tour de France’s peloton passed through humble London town - generally ballsing up the weekend traffic.

Ever the sage minds, Transport for London (TFL) anticipated this and produced some literature to remind the local chimney sweeps and the like, with the resulting poster showing the city skyline forming the sprockets of a bicycle.

The job was taken on by Asylum SFX, a company that has worked on some spectacular TV and movie special effects in its time, but also does some strange and interesting concept work, sometimes straying into the more everyday product design spectrum.

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Odlo sportswear - Keeping the sportsmen winning and the boys downstairs warm

Published 23 July 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, fashion, apparel, modaris, lectra, pattern, odlo

Sochi 2014 cross-country skiing gold medalist Dario Cologna is a big fan of Odlo’s underwear

In the midst of our brief London summer (a two-week ‘heatwave’ before going back to cloud and rain) its hard to imagine an office of busy little Swiss people designing performance sportswear for the depths of winter.

Established in 1946 in Norway, and a Swiss company since 1986, Odlo is the European ‘leader in sports underwear’, a much fought for title, and is proud of its technological innovation in this area.

Providing world champion cross-country skiers, alpine skiers and other snow lovers with specialist under garments, to develop its design process further it has taken on Lectra Modaris 3D software, giving it the upper hand when delving down below for form and fit.

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Controlling an animatronic ‘Happy Face’ using Autodesk Maya

Published 21 July 2014

Posted by Tanya Weaver

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The big animatronic head is controlled through Maya

On 12 June, Holborn Studios in London played host to New Blades, the 22nd annual model makers recruitment fair.

As a sponsor, DEVELOP3D went along to see the diverse range of models on display from the 100 graduates from six different colleges.

One of the standout exhibits was Happy Face - a project by a group of students, graduates and lecturers from the University of Bolton’s Visual (VFX) and Special Effects (SFX) for Film and TV course.

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Hexagon acquires Vero CAM software

Published 21 July 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cam, vero software, vero, visi, hexagon metrology, hexagon, visi software

Hexagon has acquired UK CAM software company Vero

Sweden-based Hexagon, most commonly known for its metrology and geospatial measurement solutions, has announced its takeover of Vero software.

Vero is well-known for its product portfolio including Alphacam, Edgecam, Radan, SURFCAM, VISI, and WorkNC, supplying products to more than 45 countries, and being based in the UK.

For Hexagon the acquisition strengthens its software offerings, providing the means to close the gap of making data fully actionable by extending the reach of its newly developed Metrology Planning Software (MMS) to include CAM.

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The 7 best British graduate designers of 2014

Published 18 July 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, jobs, product design, london, university, new designers, graduate, graduates, product design jobs

The seven best graduate designers that we found on our journeys this year

As the graduate shows across the country finally close their doors, we took the chance to visit as many as possible, including the now standard New Designers show in London.

Like with most years, there was great variety in the projects, making it hard work to pick out individuals as the majority of the projects were so incomparable.

Yet, as always we persevered, from Northumbria in the north to Plymouth in the south, arriving with our magnificent 7 from the graduate year of 2014. Take a look and let us know your thoughts:

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