Posts by Stephen Holmes

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, lmi, flexscan3d, canada

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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Bike that can’t be stolen? How a design countering theft is more likely to give the user a headache

Published 27 August 2014

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Article tagged with: education, student, student design, bicycle, bike, bicycle design, theft, chile

Novel designs for bikes that can’t be stolen - like this example from Chile

Bike theft is a massive ball ache, hence the raft of locks and other anti-theft devices on the market, but what if a bike couldn’t be stolen without detriment to its frame and parts?

Students at Chile’s University of Adolfo Ibáñez have arrived with the design of Project Yerka, in which the down tube splits out, allowing the seat post to connect the ends around a lamppost or other vertical post.

It’s a nice idea, but it has a fault not of its own making: bike thieves are remorseless bastards.

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Delcam’s dancing feet: express custom orthotics, 3D scanned and milled in minutes

Published 26 August 2014

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Article tagged with: delcam, medical, footwear, orthodontics, dancing feet

Delcam’s iQube scanner feeds the 3D model of the foot directly into the software and on to the CNC milling machine faster than you can waltz

Taking it’s pro milling know-how, Delcam has jumped feet first into the custom orthotics industry, supplying Prestige Healthcare with a full CADCAM and 3D scanning portable solution for its patients.

Delcam’s iQube, OrthoModel and OrthoMill were all demonstrated to the public at the recent Ideal Home Show, scanning people’s feet and milling custom insoles for shoes using its portable equipment on its trade stand.

Once a person has stood on the iQube stand-on scanner, the data is transferred to the OrthoModel software, which allows direct shaping options for people suffering from shin splints or other common ailments.

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Passage to India - SolidWorks to open 50 training centres in the country

Published 26 August 2014

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Article tagged with: solidworks, training, india, satc

Dassault Systèmes is taking direct action to increase authorised SolidWorks training in India

Dassault Systèmes has opened its first SolidWorks Authorised Training Centre (SATC) in India, with the aim of producing 15,000 SolidWorks trained professionals each year.

The centre is the first of a planned 50 to open in the next five months, offering organised SolidWorks training to increase the size of the certified user community in India.

The Indian CAD market is expected to have grown annually by 13.5 per cent over last four years, with the gap in certified skills being a restrictive factor.

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Teach Yourself: Intro to Python scripting

Published 26 August 2014

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Article tagged with: rhino, teach yourself, tutorial, scripting, video, python, coding, code

An introduction to teaching yourself Python programming for generating geometry

Python is an open source programming language used for Rhino 3D, and one that we’re seeing designers and engineers from all industries getting hand-rubbing-ly excited about.

Used on projects from jewellery design to figuring out how to support the roof of the London Olympics Aquatic Centre, it offers masses of flexibility for designers.

It’s typically easier to learn and use than other non-scripting style languages like C#, or C++, yet is quite powerful, making it ideal for automating repetitive tasks in Rhino and generating geometry using algorithms.

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Something for the weekend - wearable chair might just be what you need

Published 22 August 2014

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Article tagged with: design, manufacturing, swiss, exoskeleton, noonee

Designed for the factory worker, the Noonee support device allows you to take the weight off

Designed for the long-suffering factory workers of this world, doing manual tasks repeatedly for long hours, the Noonee lower-leg posture support device is a product of many uses.

It’s a low-cost exoskeleton, that when strapped to the wearer allows them to semi-squat, taking the weight off their limbs and joints - according to its Swiss designers Audi and BMW are reportedly interested.

But imagine what else it could do for us naturally lazy, stooped people, who are always looking for a pew?

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