Posts by Stephen Holmes
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dremel, the producer of the much beloved Multitool drill/polisher/whizzing thing, is now selling its first 3D printer - the Idea Builder.
On firsts glance it appears to be a standard desktop FDM dressed up as a child’s cupcake oven, yet Home Depot, Amazon and Canadian Tire have jumped at the exclusive sales rights, selling it at $999.
However, the tool company suggests that this is more than a one-off product, forming a partnership with Autodesk to help provide free print-ready 3D models and online design tools.
Belgium’s giant 3D printing software and bureau service provider Materialise is adding scanning and measurement services to its repertoire.
The Leuven-based company already boasts a design and engineering team supported by over 100 3D printing machines of all sizes, specialists for every technology, and a battery of software developers, with scanning now giving it “the complete solution”.
With the addition of a scanning and measurement service, the team aims to offer additional possibilities for quality control, reverse engineering and scan for 3D Printing.