The Weekender: A space to get hands on among the pomp of London Design Festival

Published 19 September 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: london, craft, london design festival, formlabs, maker, the saturday market project, bare conductive

Our favourite find of London Design Festival

London Design Festival draws mixed emotions from me - part of me is overawed and excited at the scale of the event on my doorstep, the other resigned after 30 minutes of seeing nothing but new chairs.

Don’t get me wrong - I like furniture - but to encapsulate design as simply ‘overpriced domestic furnishings’ is a bit soft: London has a lot more to offer.

So I was delighted to stumble across The Saturday Market project on Leonard Street, where among various homeward designs (which were lovely) were bits about making things; not in a twee, crafty way, but solidly, with a hint of industrialism.

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James Dyson Awards 2014: A Bee monitor is amongst the national winners

Published 19 September 2014

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: dyson, student design, james dyson foundation, beekeeping, james dyson award, dyson foundation, dyson award, engineering design

Mima is a minimal invasive monitoring assistant for apiarists, which allows for the monitoring of a hive without having to open it up

Being DEVELOP3D’s resident beekeeper, I made a beeline (pardon the pun) for the German national winner of this year’s James Dyson Awards.

These annual awards, run by the James Dyson Foundation, is open to current and recent design engineering students from all over the world.

Created by Lisa Reichardt, an industrial design student at Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design Germany, Mima allows apiarists to inspect a beehive without having to open it up.

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Autodesk: Fusion360 now available on the Apple App Store, some tips and advice

Published 19 September 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: autodesk, apple, mac, fusion, fusion 360, app store

Autodesk’s Fusion 360 software is now available via the Apple App Store

Launched amongst the flapping of Apple Fanboys scrambling to download iOS8, Autodesk Fusion 360 has been rolled out via the Apple App Store.

Billed by Autodesk as the “first professional CAD/CAM solution to be launch on the Mac App Store”, it has been a labour of love for the 360 team, of who a small portion of which have been working late nights to get this online.

Autodesk stopped support for Inventor Fusion on 15 July, with Fusion 360 replacing it, although elements have been retained.

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CAD library goes mobile with new TraceParts app

Published 19 September 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: traceparts, 3d modelling, app, mobile, spiderman

The TraceParts app gives access to an extensive library of 3D models wherever you are. Sadly there’s no help for the man with 8 arms…

TraceParts, a digital engineering 3D content company, has launched a new mobile application to give access to an extensive database containing millions of technical data with 3D models.

The application, available on both the Android and iOS platforms, can be used anywhere and anytime, during a commute or in a meeting, with parts that can be viewed live and moved around at a touch.

Free to download, the app is built from TraceParts’ long established online CAD library, where once selected from among hundreds of suppliers’ catalogues, models can be easily sent by email in any one of the many supported native or neutral CAD formats.

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Workspace: SME friendly ‘ContainerVille’ in the heart of London

Published 19 September 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: jobs, london, containers, sme, workplace

A new office in the heart of the city, but by the canal?

It’s not often that we delve into the murky world of real estate, but having stumbled across this new ‘development’ we thought it would be unkind not to share it:

ContainerVille is a stack of 30 shipping containers arranged over two floors, up-cycled* into modern work spaces by Broadway Market and the Regents Canal.

Each container can comfortably accommodate four desks, has running water, electricity and a 100Mb internet connection, while being slap bang at the centre of East London’s hippest, design-focused boroughs.

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Local Motors to use Autodesk Spark 3D printing platform

Published 18 September 2014

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: 3d printing, autodesk, 3d printer, digital manufacturing, local motors, spark, strati

Autodesk and Local Motors collaborate on first industrial application of Spark, the open 3D printing platform to solve challenges in large format 3D printing

In a post last week we reported how Local Motors is taking the final steps towards completing its first full scale 3D printed car - the Strati.

Well, this US vehicle manufacturer has now announced that it will be using Autodesk’s Spark 3D printing platform in the Strati’s continuing development.

Earlier this year, Autodesk revealed that it would be launching its open 3D printing software platform called Spark alongside its own 3D printer.

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BobCAD-CAM gets better CAD tools to help drive efficiency

Published 18 September 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: industrial design, engineering, cam, machining, cnc, bobcad-cam

A new CAD Solid Action Tree in BobCAD-CAM allows users to modify any step of their solid creation

Lesser known on UK shores, BobCAD-CAM is, as the name suggests, a CAD/CAM CNC machining software for manufacturing businesses, and has now released its latest v27 edition.

Ranging from 2.5 axis to 3, 4 and full 5 axis simultaneous CNC machining the latest edition is aiming to streamline the process of selecting tools, materials and cutting strategies, producing the numeric code that the machine requires to actually machine the part fast.

In addition to CAM machining enhancements, the v27 software has received a major overhaul for its CAD functionality, adding a new CAD Solid Action Tree that allows users to modify any step of their solid creation.

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