Lotus F1 and Boeing team up for 3D printing & sintering magic

Published 14 July 2014

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, rapid prototyping, engineering, carbon fibre, boeing, carbon fiber, lotus, filled materials

I think, by now, we’re used to snappy little videos about 3D printing.

Whether it’s the patron saint of shitty hip hop showing off a machine that may or may not use recycled plastic or some horrendously misdirected use of Europop to show off a gargantuan machine, there’s often very little in the way of meaty details - and that, as we all know, is where the devil lies.

Contrast that to this slick, short but ultimately, fascinating look into the collaborative work that’s being done by Lotus F1 and Boeing. As the video says, Boeing doesn’t have the rapid turn around for design, test, destroy, redesign, retest that a Formula 1 team does, but it does have a lot of specialist knowledge and spare carbon fibre!

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Dassault Systèmes - private cloud, new industries and UX-led design key to its future

Published 11 July 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: catia, dassault systemes, dassault systèmes, cad, enovia, cloud, dassault, bernard charles, bernard charlès, reseller

A future so bright it needs sunglasses? CEO Bernard Charles was in high spirits as he addressed the Dassault Systèmes global partner conference

Dassault Systèmes (DS) has made bold statements in its time, but now it’s openly gunning for a bigger chunk of the software market, its CEO Bernard Charles, trumpeting: “We have taken a very different strategy… Which is going to change the world of design”.

In the midst of its annual reseller and developer event, the clearest insight to how DS’ latest strategy is shaping up was given: ‘the Cloud is your future, you need to change your mindset, you need to invest in it like we are’.

DS boasted that its investment into developing all its software to work on the cloud has ran to over a billion dollars - a surprising amount considering it has hardly been the software company shouting the loudest about moving its products on to it.

Assisted by this shift, DS is looking to encompass new industry sectors - worth a potential $32b.

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IBM invests in a future without silicon chips

Published 10 July 2014

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: cpu, ibm, silicon, 7nm

IBM’s CMOS Integrated Silicon Nanophotonics chip technology integrates electrical and optical devices on the same piece of silicon, enabling chips to communicate using pulses of light (instead of electrical signals).

IBM is worried that computer chip technology as we know is reaching its limits so is investing $3 billion over the next 5 years to develop new technologies.

Current silicon chip technology gets faster by shrinking the die, but the smaller it gets the harder it is to obtain a reliable on/off state. Current chips are around 22nm and future generations should scale down to 14nm and 10nm in the next few years, but beyond this things start to get harder.

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Dell UK adds MakerBot Replicator 3D printers to its portfolio

Published 09 July 2014

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: 3d printing, dell, makerbot, 3d printers

The MakerBot Replicator 2X is one of the 3D printers now available to purchase from Dell UK

Dell UK is getting in on the 3D printing action as it announced today that it will now offer MakerBot Replicator 3D printers to its UK customers. 

Those who attended Develop3D Live earlier this year may have noticed the Makerbots on Dell’s stand. Well, now they are officially available for purchase, a few months after the US announcement.

The aim of this addition to the Dell portfolio is to provide an end-to-end solution, from concept through to print, for small and medium-sized businesses enabling fast and affordable prototyping.

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3D printing the smallest ears in the world

Published 08 July 2014

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: 3d printing, 3d printer, sla, viper sla

3D printed insect ears on SLA tips at 400x magnification. The tweezer in the shot gives an idea of dimensions

We’ve come across all manner of objects printed via 3D printing and now the Industrial Design Consultancy (IDC) has managed to produce 3D models of the smallest hearing organ known to science.

As part of pioneering research at the University of Bristol, IDC Models (the rapid prototyping and model making division of IDC) has pushed 3D printing to the limit in the development of life-size replicas of the katydid’s ears, using its high resolution Viper SLA machine. 

The research project is focused on understanding how katydids actually hear as their ears, which are located in their legs, are up to 100 times smaller than the sound wave they are listening to. 

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Create UK - launch of cross sector initiative to boost creative industries

Published 03 July 2014

Posted by Alan Cleveland

Article tagged with: facebook, creative industries council, vince cable, create uk, ukti

Create UK is pledging £16m to the UK’s creative industries

Last night the Creative Industry Council (CIC) launched cross-sector business strategy - pledging £16m to the country’s creative industries.

Including fashion, film, games, literature publishing, architecture, crafts, graphic design, and (somewhere amongst it all) product design; its aim is to double the sector’s annual exports to £31 billion by 2020.

The launch was held at Facebook’s UK headquarters where its VP for Europe Nicola Mendelson, is also co-chair of the CIC committee.

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Ariel Ace - tailor-made for motorcycling performance

Published 02 July 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: automotive, cnc, motorcycle, cnc machining, atom, motorbike, motorcycle design, ariel, ace

The Ariel Ace reportedly offers customisation levels never before seen by a motorcycle manufacturer

Makers of the ridiculous, somehow street legal Aerial Atom stripped back race car, are now taking on the motorcycle market with the Ariel Ace.

We’ve covered crack motorcycle manufacturers KTM hitting the road with four pieces of rubber in its X-Bow car, but now we’re equally excited to find Atom developing its relationship with Honda and creating two-wheeled designs.

What makes it even more interesting is Ariel’s proposed customisable ‘bespoke build service’ that will impact every bike that rolls of its production line in Crewekern, Somerset.

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