Posts by Stephen Holmes

Datakit announces Creo 4.0 support for its CAD data exchange tools

Published 28 April 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, ptc, proengineer, creo

Creo file converted in 3D PDF with Datakit CrossManager.

Coming fast on the heals of PTC Creo 4.0, Datakit has announced its supporting CAD data exchange tools, with many technical improvements on the previous version.

Datakit software are now able to read files from Pro/ENGINEER 2000i to Creo 4.0, and able to convert them into many 2D and 3D formats.

“Since we developed the support of Creo 3.0 in 2014, we have been working continually on improving our reading library,” said Philippe Baudrion, in charge of Datakit’s Creo reader. “The reading of the geometrical data has been greatly improved, becoming even more precise and powerful.

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Creaform unveils new MaxShot 3D system for large-scale metrology projects

Published 28 April 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d scanning, creaform, cmm

Optimised for large scale metrology projects, Creaform’s latest MaxShot 3D lineup is billed as an ‘intelligent measurement solution’ adding guidance to accuracy and repeatability for parts from two to 10m.

Building on the first generation of MaxShot 3D, Creaform has added autonomous guidance to point users to the right measurements using visual projections with live ‘go/no-go’ feedback directly on the part, guiding the user to the correct position to take the shot.

Creaform hopes the system will pose a serious alternative to laser trackers for many applications, used in combination with Creaform’s 3D scanners and portable CMMs, while it can be used as a standalone measurement device.

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Special effects crawl on with crab houses

Published 27 April 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, prototype, london, artem, crabs

Special effects company, Artem SFX, got to stretch their model-making skills building shells for hermit crabs for a property website’s latest advertising campaign.

The new advert features hermit crabs wearing shells with miniature houses on top - built by Artem’s prop specialists as the client Zoopla were keen to use physically rather than digital special effects.

This meant the crustaceans had to be happy in their new costumes, leading Artem to use samples of real shells taken from the filming location in Costa Rica.

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Food trucks leading the way for future automotive customisation ideas

Published 26 April 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, automotive, stratasys, customisation, citroen

The new old - the Type H-Reinvention and its Bertoni-designed inspiration

From San Francisco to Stirling, the shape of the Citroen H-Van is now synonymous with food trucks - part rustic fromage fettler, part wild pheasant and squid tacos with a pineapple jus…

Yet the original vans, designed by styling maestro Flaminio Bertoni, are mostly rumbling on from their heyday well over 50 years ago.

Step in the Type H-Reinvention - a fibreglass body kit that can be built onto the chassis of a modern Citroën Jumper van.

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University of Cambridge looking for first Professor of Innovation

Published 26 April 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: education, innovation, cambridge

Dr John C Taylor OBE has funded the new position of Professor of Innovation at Cambridge University

Thanks to a philanthropic donation from one of the most successful British inventors of the last 50 years, the University of Cambridge is now looking to hire a Professor of Innovation to inspire the next generation.

Dr John C Taylor OBE, a man with over 400 patents to his name, including cooling systems for Jaguar cars; electrical control parts; the bimetallic thermostat and 360-degrees cordless connectors for kettles, graduated from Corpus Christi College, Cambridge in 1959, and wants the UK to continue its incredible track record of inventors, engineers and thinkers.

“It’s essential that those who have great ideas have the skills and support to develop successful business models around them.  This way, they can develop inventions from prototype to production for the benefit of the creator while generating local employment through manufacturing growth.

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New SolidWorks user groups for the UK help spread knowledge

Published 26 April 2017

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Article tagged with: solidworks, product design, london, swug


Over the past few months the SolidWorks User Group (SWUG) team have been busy setting up new groups in the UK, creating relaxed environments where designers can get together locally and discuss everything and anything SolidWorks related.

We discovered a while back that for serious users tackling different problems on a regular basis, that these meet ups are of great use - a lot of cost-cutting, time/sanity-saving information, advice and knowledge, with an opportunity to get your voice heard at the top table of one of the world’s biggest software companies - all while shovelling pizza, winning prizes and networking for free.

- Next Midlands SWUG event - 24 May, University of Worcester - find out more here, or follow the group on Twitter here.

- Next London SWUG event - 22 May, iMakr Store, Clerkenwell - find out more here, or follow the group on Twitter here.

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Demand for craft beer leads to quick fire packaging design tools

Published 25 April 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: manufacturing, packaging design

Drink brands and designers wanting to visualise and share their creations for a 3D can designs can use a simple app to apply artwork to a label template for virtual application onto a 33cl can.

Over the last two years, the demand for craft beer in cans has driven the launch of affordable, short-run and mobile canning manufacturing companies, which offer brands the option of direct-to-can printing, or labels.

Can Creator’s 3D design app allows for new label template allows brands to test their designs and choose between both formats, along with the option to test their design on a black, as well as a silver can.

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