Posts by Stephen Holmes

Update: Reports of $60m Lagoa acquisition dismissed by Autodesk

Published 20 November 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: autodesk, rendering, visualisation, product design, develop3d live, 3d design, lagoa

Reports in the Canadian media suggest that Autodesk has acquired Lagoa for around $60m

UPDATE: After going straight to the source at Autodesk, we’ve been told that they haven’t acquired Lagoa. We’ll keep you updated should anything change


Lagoa, the cloud-based 3D rendering software has been reportedly acquired by Autodesk for over $60 million.

Having only launched properly in April 2013, the company raised $6.9 million through two rounds of funding, much of it from Cambridge-based Atlas Ventures.

Lagoa was aimed at moving the 3D rendering process to the cloud, changing the way product development teams collaborate on the design and marketing of the finished product.

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This bullet-proof safe for wristwatches is over-design nirvana

Published 20 November 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, firearms, security, watches, watch design, safe, brown safe, armour

Ballistic steel outer to keep your precious things safe inside

I’m sure we all woke up this morning with the same problem: our million dollar watch collection being targeted by .50cal gun fire. Annoying isn’t it?

However, there is a solution, the Chronos from Brown Safe, wrapped in ballistic steel that will repel those pesky large calibre gunshots, keeping your timepiece collection safe.

It’s security to the highest degree, although you can’t help but feel the need for that kind of protection is reserved to places you probably shouldn’t be storing your expensive keepsakes in the first place.

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National Freelancer Day: How are things looking for product designers?

Published 19 November 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cloud computing, crowdsourcing, crowdfunding, national freelance day, peopleperhour, freelance

The number of product designers doing freelance work is increasing

The workplace is changing, and freelance 3D designers are no longer an anomaly in the system: new technology is benefitting them, the internet is embracing them and there’s work out there.

Seeing as today’s National Freelancers Day we thought we’d investigate this a little further amongst the confines of design as a whole - freelance design is far more common in graphics web and VFX due to the short-timeframe nature of the work.

Speaking to freelance specialists PeoplePerHour it told us that there’s been a 70 per cent increase in the number of jobs that brands have completed using industrial design freelancers in the last year.

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Dassault Systèmes user event: Live Blog

Published 11 November 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, dassault systemes, industrial design, automotive, dassault systèmes

Bernard Charles will be on stage later today!

Morning kids, we’re huddled for warmth in a Las Vegas conference room waiting for some exciting Dassault Systèmes action for the North American crowd.

As per, we’re not exactly sure what to expect, so hang in there with us as we hope to find out some tasty morsels about 3DXcite, possibly SolidWorks, and hopefully Catia.

Follow along below as we aim to keep you updated as and when it happens. Play the ‘Compass’ and ‘Experience’ drinking game at your own risk:

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Headphone heroes: British design makes the tangles go away

Published 07 November 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, iphone, kickstarter, iphone cases, british

Mous is the form-fitting phone case that has an inbuilt headphone winder

Death and taxes are one thing, but it’s inevitable that at some point in life the cord on your headphones will get knotted and tangled, which is why the Mous iPhone case is such a bright piece of design.

The case protects both your iPhone and Apple headphones, winding up the cord into the safety of the case - with the added benefit of your never forgetting your headphones again, and your pick of colourways.

To make this even better, the design and manufacture of the products is British-based, with the Mous team of James Griffith and Josh Shires based in Manchester.

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Caffeine kicks with TS Design and the single cup Coffee Gourmet filter

Published 07 November 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: makerbot, kickstarter, coffee, ts design

A single cup of blessed joy - simplified filter coffee by the cup thanks to Coffee Gourmet

Amongst the unabashed vices all at DEVELOP3D labour around our necks like family size albatrosses, coffee is close to being the biggest - so a new means of administering caffeine caught our eye.

The single cup filter system from coffee gourmet has been two years in development, working with filter coffee suppliers along the way to get the perfect cup of joe.

Started by a pair of engineers who were looking for a way to get perfect coffee for even the smallest of cups, the evolution found itself on the doorstep of TS Design, whereby a digital design process took hold, speeding it through prototyping and onto Kickstarter.

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3D Scanning: Fuel3D expanding operations to the tune of £4m

Published 04 November 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d scanning, kickstarter, funding, fuel3d

The handheld scanner is set for a commercial launch in 2015

One of our favourite low-cost 3D scanners, Fuel3D, has secured £4 million in expansion funding, leaving it looking across the Atlantic in search of bigger audiences and new uses for its tech.

The handheld scanner that uses pre-calibrated stereo cameras with photometric imaging to take 3D scans in a couple of seconds, has added to the £1.6m in funding it received earlier this year, paving the way for the commercial launch of the company’s consumer scanner product in 2015.

Fuel3D has said it will use the funding to expand the scope of the company’s technology to ‘address commercial opportunities in a range of vertical markets through its Fuel3D Labs division, including biometrics and eyewear’.

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