Female engineer pens an ‘ode to Engineering’

Published 04 April 2014

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: education, career, female engineers

Nowadays, with the speed of email, it’s very rare to get a letter via ‘snail mail’ that isn’t a bill or a statement; even rarer still, to have your name and address handwritten on the envelope.

So, when a letter addressed to myself landed through D3D Tower’s letterbox I was more than a little curious. Inside was a rather charming ‘ode to engineering’ written by a female engineer, Amaya Muñoz of amx engineering in Carlisle.

The reason for the ode was not to showcase a possible change in career but to draw attention to how vital engineering is to all our lives and to get young people excited by engineering so that they may consider it as a career.

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World Cup means new balls: Adidas designs ‘Brazucam’ camera football for journey to Brazil

Published 02 April 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: football, adidas, world cup, brazil, sport, ball

Adidas has fitted a special version of the World Cup ball with HD cameras to capture its journey around the world

It’s a World Cup year which means several things: grown men crying like babies; increased absences from work due to ‘illness’; the global economy resurrected through beer sales, and of course ‘The New Ball’.

For each tournament a new football design is mustered (it hardly seems to happen in any other ball sport) that has a new eye-bleeding design, is made of all sorts of technogubbins, and will be the go to excuse for every goalkeeper from here to the Maracanã Stadium.

Yet Adidas has gone a step further this year by adding in HD cameras, which although missing from the actual ‘Brazuca’ match balls, will record a journey around the world on its way to Brazil this summer.

The official Brazuca game ball, without cameras

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Prepping for DEVELOP3D Live - 2 weeks to go!

Published 01 April 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, solidworks, 3d printing, develop3d live, d3dlive, conference, event, show, wearable technology, bertrand sicot

So close you can smell the excitement seeping from its pores, DEVELOP3D LIVE is a mere two weeks away, and holds more goodies for you in a single day than any show you could wish to drudge around for a five times as long.

Our latest killer announcement is that DEVELOP3D LIVE will be hosting a SolidWorks User Group (SWUG) - where not only will attendees have the chance to meet SWUG honcho Richard Doyle on UK soil, but also be able to discuss the future of SolidWorks with its CEO Bertrand Sicot.

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Creaform offers free education manuals for 3D scanning

Published 31 March 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, reverse engineering, education, 3d scanning, scanning, inspection, lasers

3D scanner company Creaform has launched fee manuals for education staff on how to use the technology

Portable 3D measurement solutions company Creafom has announced the release of two teaching manuals aimed at assisting educators teaching at universities, colleges and schools around the world.

As design and technology classrooms across the country have become transfixed with 3D printing and CAD, Creaform has created guides on how to best scan for reverse engineering and for inspection.

The manuals, free to download from the website, cover theoretical and practical information on 3D measurement technologies and their uses, including a lab guide on how to use Creaform technologies.

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Denise Greaves joins the DEVELOP3D team to help drive expansion in US market

Published 27 March 2014

Posted by Greg Corke

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We’re extremely excited to announce that Denise Greaves has joined DEVELOP3D, fulfilling the role of Director of Sales and Marketing North America.

Denise brings with her a wealth of experience in sales, marketing and business development, especially in exhibitions, which promote emerging technologies.

Denise also has a proven track record in both the AEC and manufacturing industries and will be central to driving our plans for further expansion into the US market and strengthening our considerable US community.

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Neri Oxman designs a chair. It probably won’t go with your current decor and DFS won’t stock it.

Published 27 March 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, objet, stratasys, furniture, connex, art, colour

Neri puts her feet up after designing the Gemini Alpha chair

Having recently moved home, from one grim hovel to another, purchasing furniture has been top of the bill*, and with so much to choose from in the DFS catalogue, it’s hard to find something eye-catching.

So it’s nice to see pint-sized professor, designer, artist, architect and all round tech ambassador Neri Oxman having a crack at a two-part chaise lounge - the Gemini Alpha - using some exciting colour 3D printing technology from Stratasys.

“Conveying the relationship of twins in the womb through material properties and their spatial arrangement,” wafts the press release, and there’s some interesting uses of material thrown in for good measure.

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Dell teams up with CAD software developers to deliver certified virtual workstation solution

Published 26 March 2014

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: dell, virtualisation, citrix, nvidia grid, rack workstation, vmware

With the new Dell Wyse Datacenter for Virtual Workstations solution powerful 3D CAD tools can be run on virtually any device.

Dell is making a massive push for the growing virtual workstation market, teaming up with major CAD software developers to deliver its new Dell Wyse Datacenter for Virtual Workstations solution. The rack-based technology is designed to give engineers and designers secure and central access to their data and graphics-rich CAD tools from any location on almost any device.

Dell is working with Siemens PLM Software, Autodesk, PTC and Dassault Systémes to certify standard configurations of its new virtual workstation solution for NX, Inventor, SolidWorks and Creo. The idea is that design and engineering firms will be able to invest in these recommended configurations, which include hardware and software, and have confidence that they will be stable and deliver good performance.

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