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DEVELOP3D Summer 2014 - Download it now

Published 28 July 2014

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Article tagged with: design, automotive, magazine, develop3d, summer, morgan

Available now - the Summer edition

The Summer edition of DEVELOP3D is now available for FREE DOWNLOAD.

This edition we drive some modern classics at Morgan Motors; peek inside Dell’s Workstation Labs; visit to ‘Chicago’s product design king’ MNML; review PTC Creo 3.0, Autodesk Fusion 360 and HDR Light Studio 4.0, plus all the usual news, reviews and jobs.

The Summer cover story:

Back in the day, four wheels were for big jessies

We spend a day at the 100-year-old Morgan Motor Company to see how this British manufacturer is marrying traditional craftsmanship with cutting edge technology to create unique cars.

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Materials, IP and collaboration: International Conference for Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing

Published 25 July 2014

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, nottingham trent university, additive manufacturing, nottingham, international conference

The three key topics this year were IP, collaboration and materials

The 9th International Conference for Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing was a hotbed of future technology, business models, medical developments, industrial design and intellectual property.

Priding itself on bringing together industry experts, the event was packed with more than 300 people in attendance hailing from more than 20 countries, all getting involved with three key topics: IP, collaboration and, of course, materials.

Underpinning each of these themes was the importance of innovation, which was universally agreed to be the key factor in the economic success and viability of the Additive Manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing industry and the products it helps to create.

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Kingston University top Formula Student 2014 UK electric rankings with new designs

Published 25 July 2014

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Article tagged with: automotive, jobs, engineering, university, graduate, kingston, formula student, formula-e

The Kingston University electric race team at Silverstone

Last summer we popped over to Kingston University’s Roehampton campus and had a nose around it’s automotive engineering department with a view to look at its new Formula Student project.

Its aim was to crack the electric race car category, one gaining much more attention as automotive engineers look to the future of motorsports like FormulaE.

Safe to say we were happy to hear that the team had achieved its goal, being the top ranking UK electric team at Formula Student 2014.

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Internet search engine for 3D shapes launched

Published 25 July 2014

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Article tagged with: online, web, 3di, search engine, 3dindustries, 3dshap.es

3Dshap.es allows users to search using shape as the query

3Dindustri.es (3DI) has launched 3Dshap.es, a search engine that navigates 3D content on the Web by shape and sourcing of 3D printable files.

Powered by proprietary 3D search algorithms that organise and search by shape and form, it offers an alternative to navigating 3D content compared to conventional search engines. In this way, it also overcomes differences in language, labeling and naming conventions.

With the imminent arrival of 3D scanning devices embedded in hardware such as the Google Tango phone, Google Glasses and Amazon’s Fire phone, 3D data is set to explode online, while 3D search queries will also increase.

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PTC continues its charge towards Internet of Things, acquires connectivity provider Axeda

Published 24 July 2014

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Article tagged with: ptc, acquisition, technology hype cycle, technology, thingworx, internet of things, tech, iot, axeda

PTC’s second big IoT acquisition sees it pushing to lead the sector


PTC has announced its forthcoming acquisition of Axeda, an Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity provider that offers companies a secure way to connect their products to the cloud.

Teamed up with its take over of ThingWorx in December of 2013, in PTC’s own words, it signals how serious they are about offering solutions for closed-loop lifecycle management and enabling the design of products for IoT use.

Core to Axeda’s technology is secure connectivity and remotely monitoring and management of a wide range of machines, sensors, and devices.

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Tour of Britain - Asylum SFX move the cogs for Transport for London

Published 23 July 2014

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Article tagged with: solidworks, london, bicycle, bike, tour de france, water-jet, sfx, asylum, tour of britain, cycle

The TFL journey plan poster for London anticipating the Tour of Britain visiting the capital

With the Grande Départ having long left Yorkshire, and before Le Tour started for real on the continent, the Tour de France’s peloton passed through humble London town - generally ballsing up the weekend traffic.

Ever the sage minds, Transport for London (TFL) anticipated this and produced some literature to remind the local chimney sweeps and the like, with the resulting poster showing the city skyline forming the sprockets of a bicycle.

The job was taken on by Asylum SFX, a company that has worked on some spectacular TV and movie special effects in its time, but also does some strange and interesting concept work, sometimes straying into the more everyday product design spectrum.

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Odlo sportswear - Keeping the sportsmen winning and the boys downstairs warm

Published 23 July 2014

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Article tagged with: design, fashion, apparel, pattern, odlo, modaris, lectra

Sochi 2014 cross-country skiing gold medalist Dario Cologna is a big fan of Odlo’s underwear

In the midst of our brief London summer (a two-week ‘heatwave’ before going back to cloud and rain) its hard to imagine an office of busy little Swiss people designing performance sportswear for the depths of winter.

Established in 1946 in Norway, and a Swiss company since 1986, Odlo is the European ‘leader in sports underwear’, a much fought for title, and is proud of its technological innovation in this area.

Providing world champion cross-country skiers, alpine skiers and other snow lovers with specialist under garments, to develop its design process further it has taken on Lectra Modaris 3D software, giving it the upper hand when delving down below for form and fit.

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