Posts by Stephen Holmes

Makers: Piccolo to Portugal as UK team heads to Lisbon MakerFaire

Published 16 September 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cnc, maker, maker faire, portugal, lisbon, piccolo, makerfaire

The tiny Piccolo CNC robot will be journeying to the first Portuguese MakerFaire

A UK-based team is heading out to Portugal with its open-sourced, pocket-sized, CNC robot - Piccolo - as 110 Maker projects from across Europe descend on Lisbon’s MakerFaire.

Costing less than $70, Piccolo is an Arduino-compatible kit for tinkering, and playing with basic CNC output - plotting a quick graffito, printing a one-off business card on the fly, or multiple Piccolos working together to create a large mural - digital fabrication at a small scale.

The team behind it are refining the prototype into an open-source design that is simple, quick to assemble, and easy to use, and is entirely composed of digitally manufactured components and inexpensive off-the-shelf hardware.

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New micro radio-chip could see all kinds of products connected to IoT

Published 16 September 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: stanford university, internet of things, iot, silicon

At only a few millimetres, radio-on-a-chip technology like this Stanford University prototype could enable trillions of devices to connect to the Internet of Things

The creation of a prototype radio-on-a-chip powered by ambient radio waves could change the way the Internet of Things is being viewed by designers and engineers.

The self-contained silicon chip devices don’t require batteries to run, are millimetres in size, and are potentially cheap to produce - allowing them to be placed in all manner of products previously thought too small to be connected.

Developed by a team of researchers at Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley, the product architecture is scalable to the number of antennae a product needs in a very small space, while the lack of battery power means there is no ‘lifetime’ associated with them, scavenging the energy it needs from existent radio waves.

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Missler joins the European project FibreChain for automating carbon fibre production

Published 16 September 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cam, carbon fibre, composites simulation, composites design, composites, missler

Missler is now involved in a European-wide effort to automate the production of complex composite materials

Missler, producer of TopSolid CAM software, has joined European-wide initiative FibreChain to optimise the production of multilayer composites, through the employment of robots in the supply chain.

The project was developed by 17 partners from 7 European countries, including university research institutes and industry heavyweights such as Nikon Metrology and Trumpf, to which the CAM specialists have now input of their experience in programming robotic machining patterns.

Missler has been working on piloting robots to control the production chain for some time, from the removal of carbon fiber strips in the raw state, to dimensional control through and machining definition and the calculation of phases, aiming to allow composites such as carbon fibre to be mass produced on an industrial scale.

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Competition: Reinvent the wheel - Win trip to Cologne to meet Ford’s design team

Published 15 September 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, automotive, competition, ford, steering wheel

Reinvent the steering wheel for Ford and win a once in a lifetime trip to Cologne to meet its design team

We’re offering you the unique chance to design a concept for automotive giant Ford, and win a trip to meet its European design team and tour its facilities in Cologne, Germany.

Ford of Britain and DEVELOP3D are offering you the chance to design a new concept that reinvents the Ford steering wheel.

We want to hear from designers from all industries, who do not necessarily have experience in the automotive industry, the more creative the better!

Design concepts will need to be submitted in the form of digital sketches or hand drawn images sent as a PDF or JPG to DEVELOP3D by 7 November, 2014

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Power of heritage: Goodwood Revival a showcase of the design and engineering prowess of yesteryear

Published 15 September 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, automotive, reverse engineering, ford, marketing, aerospace, goodwood, ford gt40, goodwood festival of speed

One of only 7 in the world, this road version of the legendary Ford GT40 Le Mans car was our ride for a lap of the Goodwood track

The power brand heritage holds over modern consumers is almost hypnotic; grown men reduced to shivering wrecks at the behest of childhood memories.

Last week we were that shivering wreck as we scampered away to an ex-airfield in the countryside more excited than we’d been in a long time - we were to attend Goodwood Revival as guests of Ford UK.

Ford, fresh from launching its new Mustang, was reinforcing the impact this car has had over the last 50 years with a flock of originals - part marketing gusto, part celebration of a design classic.

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Competition: Win FUJITSU CELSIUS Mobile Workstations

Published 11 September 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: nvidia, competition, workstation, fujitsu, mobile workstation


DEVELOP3D and AEC Magazine have teamed up with FUJITSU and NVIDIA to bring you a competition with prizes of epic proportions.

Two lucky winners will take home a powerful FUJITSU CELSIUS H730 mobile workstation, powered by NVIDIA Quadro K1100M graphics. The runner up will receive a FUJITSU Stylistic M532 ultra-slim 10.1-inch tablet.

To be in with a chance of winning all you need to do is answer a few questions at: tinyurl.com/WinWorkstation

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DEVELOP3D September 2014

Published 11 September 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: magazine, develop3d, d3d, september

The September edition of DEVELOP3D is now available for free download!

This edition we review the FormLabs 1+ 3D printer; check out the latest VR headsets; and investigate the implications of people digitally reproducing real world 3D content, plus all the usual news, reviews and jobs.

In addition we have not one, but two superstar competitions, including your chance to win a £1,600 FUJITSU CELSIUS mobile workstation, and a chance to visit Ford’s amazing European design headquarters in Germany and more.

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