Edward Snowden turns product designer with untrackable iPhone

Published 25 July 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: prototype, hardware, iphone, hacker, snowden

While we all know the name Edward Snowden as a US whistleblower who disclosed some shady surveillance practises, the former CIA man is also knows his way around tech, and has turned to designing a iPhone add-on that stop journalists from being tracked by the phone’s GPS transmitter.

Partnering with the brilliant hardware hacker and blogger Andrew ‘bunnie’ Huang, the pair were dismayed by how ‘journalists can be betrayed by their own tools’.

“Their smartphones are also the perfect tracking device. Because of the precedent set by the US’s “third-party doctrine,” which holds that metadata on such signals enjoys no meaningful legal protection, governments and powerful political institutions are gaining access to comprehensive records of phone emissions unwittingly broadcast by device owners.”

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The Mcor ARKe 3D printer gets upgrades that push its models to 2 million colours

Published 22 July 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, prototype, hardware, mcor technologies, mcor, colour

The Mcor ARKe has been boosted to ‘photorealistic’ levels of colour

Since its launch in January, the Mcor ARKe has had its engineers squirrelling away on upgrades for the machine that is already one of the best alternative choices for a desktop 3D printer.

Its photorealistic colour - with a 4800×2400dpi resolution - is a huge benefit to those wanting realistic prototypes straight off the printer bed, but this has been boosted even further by the new upgrades.

We turned to Mcor CEO and co-founder Conor MacCormack to update us on its engineering advancements:

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Dassault Systèmes adds electromagnetic simulation to portfolio

Published 21 July 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, simulation, dassault systemes, dassault systèmes, analysis, aerospace, electronics, iot

The acquisition of CST should enable further simulation for connected devices

Electromagnetic (EM) and electronics simulation company Computer Simulation Technology (CST) entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Dassault Systèmes for approximately €220 million.

CST’s CST Studio Suite software is used by designers and engineers at more than 2,000 companies in the transportation, aerospace and defence, and energy industries to evaluate all types of EM effects during every stage of electronic system design processes.

Current CST customers include Airbus Defence and Space, Bosch Group, Frauscher Sensor Technology and Sirona.

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Aquarium teams up with school kids to design a prosthetic for a penguin

Published 19 July 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, 3d systems, education, penguins

Middle school students from Mystic Middle School, Connecticut, US, have helped to create a 3D printed orthotic boot for a penguin at the nearby Mystic Aquarium.

Using 3D Systems’ technology to make a custom-fit flipper for an injured endangered penguin, the students 3D scanned a foot cast, then modelled and 3D printed the grippy new boot for Purps the penguin.

The process depressed with the time consuming wrestling needed to fit a penguin with a bulky manual traditional cast, while being able to add in some custom elements like rubbery grips on the bottom.

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Designjunction supports dyslexia in design with a curated exhibition

Published 18 July 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, exhibition, lighting

Designjunction will be supporting the British Dyslexia Association this London Design Festival

As part of the London Design Festival, designjunction will be playing host to the inaugural Dyslexic Design, an exhibition which explores the connection between dyslexia and the creative industries.

The project, running from 22 – 25 September at 1 Granary Square, King’s Cross, is in support of the British Dyslexia Association, and celebrates the work of dyslexic designers across multiple design disciplines including product, fashion, illustration, home decor and fine art.

The Dyslexic Design exhibition, curated by leading UK homewares designer Jim Rokos, will challenge perceptions of dyslexia by accentuating the positive effects of living with dyslexia and its close association with design in a bid to remove the stigma sometimes associated with it.

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In-flight comfort - ESI Virtual Seat Solution allows design pre-certification for manufacturers

Published 18 July 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, simulation, automotive, product design, aerospace, vr, esi

ESI Virtual Seat Solution 2016 aids the design of transport seating - assisting with safety pre-testing

ESI Group’s Virtual Seat Solution 2016 now lets aeronautic manufacturers evaluate seat comfort right from the design stage, to assess the living space available for passengers, and to virtually pre-certify seats.

Reducing the need for costly physical prototypes - and therefore associated costs and time - the faster resolution means more design time can be spent creating innovative lightweight seats, while ensuring their performance.

With Virtual Seat Solution already established in the automotive sector, the new 2016 version brings in dedicated functionalities to benefit aerospace applications.

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How fast is your Siemens NX workstation?

Published 13 July 2016

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: workstation, graphics cards, benchmarking, siemens nx

Gas Turbine, one of seven models used in the new SPECapc for NX 9.10 benchmark.

SPECapc has completely redesigned its performance evaluation software for Siemens NX. The SPECapc for NX 9/10 benchmark is designed to give NX users an easy way to compare the relative performance of desktop and mobile workstations and professional graphics cards based on real world user interaction. 

The benchmark features new models, new graphics display modes and a fresh GUI. It is designed for Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit platforms and can be run with Siemens NX 9.0 or NX 10.0, although results from the two different NX versions are not comparable.

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