Posts by Stephen Holmes

Get mobile with the backpack that has designers in mind

Published 29 August 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, hardware, apparel, tech, travel, booq, boa, rucksack, backpack

Booq’s Boa Flow Graphite has all the storage a creative could need

Despite the internet making the world a smaller place, designers are still expected to spend an inordinate amount of time travelling around to visit clients, sites, or generally lugging kit about with them.

For this reason Booq has designed the Boa, a special backpack with the creative sector in mind.

A laptop compartment has been densely padded to fit up to a 17” mobile workstation, meanwhile there’s exterior pockets keep small valuables such as phones and cash concealed, while the side pockets will fit a water bottle and keep business cards or pens handy.

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Future of automotive crash testing speeds up Honda

Published 29 August 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: simulation, dassault systemes, visualisation, dassault systèmes, gpu, dassault systems, rtt, render, 3dxcite

3DXcite and Honda have collaborated to produce more realistic crash test simulation

We were intrigued to see Honda’s latest crash test software, Real Impact, making the pages of the LA Times this week, proposing a new level of realism in automotive testing.

Real Impact is the work of Dassault Systèmes 3DXcite working directly with Honda on its DeltaGen product to develop a software that can simulate a collision making it possible for engineers to isolate single components of the vehicle and view the impact this has.

FEA technology is already employed by automotive companies around the world - we took time to visit Ford’s German crash test site, where CAD FEA model testing measures up with physical tests.

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SolidProfessor now offering online 3ds Max training

Published 29 August 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: solidworks, autodesk, 3ds max, 3dsmax, training, tutorial, solidprofessor

New online courses for 3ds Max are now available from the former SolidWorks-focused site SolidProfessor

An Autodesk 3ds Max professional course is now available from online training dons SolidProfessor, aiming to boost your visualisation output with the software.

With over 8 hours of video instruction, the course is set to cover the fundamentals of using 3ds Max to give the user the skills to create 2D and 3D assets, from standard primitives and textures, to rendering MassFX tools.

The online, video-based lessons cost $299 a year, or $29 per month for an individual, and are designed to let you to learn from certified instructors at your own pace, on your own time.

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Top 10 Engineers: Queen Elizabeth Prize steps up with a countdown of the best

Published 28 August 2014

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Article tagged with: engineering, history, queen elizabeth prize for engineering, qeprize, qe prize, hero, top ten

The people have voted - who is the greatest engineer?

The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering is not simply a £1m pay cheque, but a gateway to the pantheon of history’s great thinkers and makers, so it’s fitting that they have surveyed who our favourite engineers are.

Last week it asked its twitter followers to tweet their #engineeringhero suggestions, with an amazing response, resulting in an overall top 20, with the details of the top 10 only just being announced.

Take a look and let us know what you think about the results - who would you have voted for?

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3D Coat - for making your SubD CAD models dance

Published 28 August 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: autodesk, modo, maya, modelling, mudbox, sub-divisional surfaces, animation, zbrush, sub-d, clay

Retopology tools like 3D Coat reduce the number of polygons of SubD models, making them ready for animation

As more product designers look to dabble with SubD CAD software for modelling, the more we get interested in the nitty-gritty behind it, hence our interest in retopology tool 3D Coat.

Software such as ZBrush and Mudbox allow designers to work with digital ‘clay’, but with the problem that the end result is millions of polygons that would be too much for an animation program to work with.

Tools like 3D Coat import your model from from your SubD software of choice and allows you to ‘paint’ a polygon mesh on top of it that is sympathetic to the original intentions of the designer.

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When you know it’s a design classic: Toyota Land Cruiser 30th anniversary

Published 28 August 2014

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Article tagged with: design, engineering, japan, toyota, hero, design classic, land cruiser

What’s that coming over the hill? It’s a re-issued Toyota Land Cruiser 70, a design icon and engineering wonder

The gargantuan SUV is a controversial beast, yet it was designed to serve a functional purpose before becoming a style issue, hence our delight at the Toyota Land Cruiser 30th anniversary re-release.

Its robust design means that like its more rugged, outdoorsy sister, the Hi-Lux, it can go pretty much anywhere, and should there be a problem, there’s likely to be parts to fix it.

As Toyota’s longest-running model, there have been 7.9 million units produced worldwide, meaning plentiful parts across the world - even in the middle of nowhere - a reason why the U.N., the Red Cross and lots of military types both use the Land Cruiser wherever they are heading.

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Speeding up 3D scanning using FlexScan3D automation software

Published 28 August 2014

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Article tagged with: 3d scanning, lmi technologies, flexscan3d, canada, lmi

FlexScan3D was designed to be used with LMI’s range of HDI 3D scanners

LMI Technologies (LMI) is looking to optimise the 3D scanning workflow by introducing more features to automate steps previously done manually.

Its software, FlexScan3D, is capable of triggering a new scan automatically once the scan target is placed into a new position for scanning, detecting movement to the scan target, either by hand or mechanical means, and decides when to trigger a new scan.

When coupled with automated geometry alignment, two scans will automatically match up even if the scans are in not close in proximity or in different orientations.

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