Posts by Stephen Holmes

Substance Designer 6 promises ready-to-use tiling materials for render, straight from 4 phone snaps

Published 24 February 2017

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Article tagged with: design, rendering, materials, viz

Substance Designer 6 from Allegorithmic comes fitted with with new filters to help build a complete workflow for creating clean, ready-to-use tiling materials adapted to photogrammetry rendering.

New Scan Processing nodes allow users to create accurate scanned materials from a set of pre-lit photos - photos that can be shot with minimal setup, even on a phone, a tripod and a flashlight or LED strip.

With four or 8 photos of the same surface with varying light angles, the user crops and feeds them into the Scan Processor.

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ShapeID, a new shape code so condensed that it can fit within QR and RFID markers

Published 22 February 2017

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Article tagged with: cad, manufacture, shape

ShapeID is extracted based on the geometry and then embedded into a QR label or a RFID to be scanned for triggering a shape search

iSEEK Corp has announced a new shape code so condensed that it can fit within the small format of Quick Read (QR) codes or embedded technologies such as Radio Frequency Identification (RFID).

The ShapeID compact shape code is able to retain high precision to differentiate even minor differences in shape - starting from a CAD model ShapeID is extracted based on the geometry and then embedded into a QR label or a RFID to be scanned for triggering a shape search.

The process goes past simple part number identification to capture the three-dimensional geometry of the part including topology and dimensions: Scanning a QR code with ShapeIDembedded triggers a shape search for identifying the part, while simultaneously identifying identical and similar designs despite the different part numbers.

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Browser-based 3D machine builder platform from Vention looks to democratise design

Published 22 February 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, cad, engineering, industrial design, manufacturing, cloud, bolt, vention

The infrastructure is entirely cloud-based, enabling Vention to implement real-time collaboration features

A beta version of Vention.io’s browser-based 3D machine builder platform has been launched, claiming that with its use of artificial intelligence it is paving the way for the ‘democratisation of mechanical engineering’.

With the aim enabling designers to design and order their custom industrial equipment in just a few days, the cloud-based 3D design platform has a library of ready-to-order industrial-grade components, suiting fixed and automated equipment in the fields of small business automation, lean manufacturing, product validation and research, and industrial design.

Vention CTO Max Windisch suggests that the use of artificial intelligence in such a way is paving the way for the democratisation of design, enabling those without CAD skills to build industrial machines and prototypes.

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Alongside home and work, IoT connectivity is turning the car into the third living space

Published 21 February 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, automotive, iot, bosch

The interior of Bosch’s concept of the future showcases how IoT connectivity is set to transport car interior design

According to global products giant Bosch, the global market for connected mobility is set to grow by almost 25 per cent each year before 2022, transforming cars into mankind’s ‘third living space’ alongside home and work.

In just a few years, cars will become an active part of IoT, and will be able to communicate with other modes of transportation as well as with the smart home.

Bosch unveiled its Forward ShowCar at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, with the simulator showcasing a broad range of technologies, including a face recognition Driver Monitoring Camera, setting the steering wheel, mirrors, interior temperature, and radio station according to that particular driver’s personal preferences.

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SolidThinking launches Envision 4.0, its latest tool for IoT data analytics

Published 17 February 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: visualisation, cloud, iot, solidthinking, data management, analytics

Envision 4.0, the newest feature release of SolidThinking’s data analytics platform, has been described by the company as ‘feature-rich across the board’, making it ‘more capable, refined and easy to use’.

With several new functions added for internet of things (IoT) and industrial analytics, aspects such as real time data refresh gives the option to visualise dashboards for synced up IoT products.

The goal is to offer users fast free-form data exploration, visualisation and analytics, in a scalable model on an open architecture.

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IOT start-ups awarded prizes to solve challenges of city living

Published 17 February 2017

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Article tagged with: design, prototype, london, iot

Things Connected is looking to develop IoT devices to solve city challenges ranging from flooding, to air pollution, to helping the NHS make better use of its buildings

Six SME’s from across the UK have been awarded a share of £50,000 funding to help tackle problems such as noise pollution, making cycling safer and helping the NHS utilise under-used space, via IoT devices.

Things Connected is ran by the Future Cities Catapult, a UK Government-supported centre of excellence in urban innovation, which will fund the SMEs to develop and demonstrate connected devices in London using its Things Connected Low-Power LoRaWAN (Long Range Wide Area Network).

With the UK’s IoT marketplace current worth £13.3bn, and expected to rise to £20bn by 2018, the Things Connected network provides huge opportunities for entrepreneurs and developers to test and trial new ideas that can be rolled out on commercial networks.

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Iterative design for humanoid robots gets backing from EOS’ 3D printing expertise

Published 15 February 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, prototype, manufacturing, eos, robot, robotics

Humanoid robots can also impact the design of prosthetics and exoskeletons for humans

A project between robotics experts Devanthro and the Technical University of Munich is aiming to advance the design of humanoid robots in order for them to gain the abilities of human bodies.

The vision is to iteratively improve Roboy robotic models until their performance is comparable to humans in terms of dexterity, robustness and flexibility, utilising muscles and tendons rather than motors in the joints.

The first prototypes have lent heavily on the abilities of 3D printing, with EOS providing the complete skeletal body structure of Roboy using its SLS technology, which encases the bones and muscles.

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