Posts by Stephen Holmes

Design Council launch £300k Spark fund for product design

Published 24 November 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, industrial design, product design, design council, uk, funding, spark

With a £300k pot, the new Design Council Spark fund and accelerator is looking for UK-based candidates

The Design Council has launched its own product design investment fund and accelerator for individuals and teams with revolutionary product ideas.

Open to anyone over 18 and based in the UK with a brilliant product idea that they want to bring to market, the programme welcomes early stage ideas as well as working prototypes.

Refreshingly, the product prototype or idea should be primarily physical rather than digital, and will be judged against the following criteria:

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New India-UK collaboration funding boost for clean-tech and advanced manufacturing projects

Published 24 November 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: manufacturing, clean tech, uk, cleantech, funding, india, innovate uk

The new scheme can benefit collaborations on clean tech and advanced manufacturing

A new collaborative industrial R&D programme between the British and Indian governments looks to aid projects tackling grand societal challenges with a route to future commercial success.

The programme will provide grant funding to help participants build sustainable research partnerships between UK and Indian companies, and increase bilateral R&D collaboration with the aim of generating new intellectual property and developing technology prototypes.

UK designers and engineers with projects in clean-tech energy, affordable healthcare, advanced manufacturing, or the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in any of those, are now eligible to sign up for the scheme, which can offer up to 50 per cent of the project funding.

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Five new materials for 3D Systems ProJet 1200

Published 24 November 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, rapid prototyping, prototype, 3d systems, jewellery

New materials make this micro SLA printer a more attractive option for pro desktop printing

3D Systems has announced the expansion of its ProJet 1200 suite with the arrival of five new materials specifically for the desktop printing capabilities of its micro-SLA 3D printer.

The five new materials join its existing VisiJet FTX Green material, expanding the capabilities of jewellers, dental labs, manufacturers, engineers, and 3D artists in the creation of casting patterns, small end-use parts, figurines and presentation models.

Jewellers will immediately benefit from the new FTX Cast material is a wax/resin hybrid material developed specifically for compatibility with a wide range of jewellery casting methods and materials.

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The Weekender: Britain is the most entrepreneurial nation in Europe

Published 21 November 2014

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Article tagged with: design, awards, uk, entrepreneur, start-ups, weekender, britain

Leading the way for Europe, the UK is great for entrepreneurs

From James Dyson-esque garden shed hardware start-ups, to the man in Liverpool city centre that does headstands into a bucket for small change, Britain is the most entrepreneurial country in Europe.

Have some of that, Iceland.

English speaking countries top the entrepreneurial nations table, with the USA, Canada and Australia above the UK in the Global Entrepreneurship Network Index 2015 table.

This year’s ranking is the UK’s highest position in the five-year history of the index and has seen steady improvement during that time, and although this isn’t a direct measure of success, it is something that we should all take pride in.

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Autodesk joins structural and manufacturing simulation tools for composites analysis

Published 21 November 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: autodesk, moldflow, autodesk labs, analysis, materials, composites

Autodesk Simulation Composite Analysis can now interpret Moldflow information and combine it with structural analysis for more realistic simulation results

Autodesk’s Simulation Composite Analysis is now able to interpret imported Moldflow information and combine it with a structural mesh to then perform nonlinear structural analysis of the component within the user’s FEA software.

Using a new feature called Advanced Material Exchange, users are able to export material properties, fiber orientations and residual stress/strain information from Autodesk Simulation Moldflow in order to better understand the as-manufactured state of a component.

The result for users is significantly improved insight and accuracy of the structural performance of chopped fiber composite components, such as simulating the warped shape prior to structural analysis or computing the ultimate failure load and mode of the structure using state of the art failure theories.

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First Look: PLM-integrated Moldex3D eDesignSYNC for NX

Published 21 November 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: nx, siemens plm, siemens plm teamcenter, teamcentre, siemens nx, edesignsync, moldex3d

Moldex3D eDesignSYNC integrates into Siemens NX and Teamcentre

Moldex3D’s new integrated Siemens NX flow simulation tool allows users to add plastic injection moulding technology directly into Teamcenter PLM data.

It is suggested that the new eDesignSYNC integration enables users to easily detect possible manufacturing defects in their initial design, allowing users to simulate and visualise how plastic is injected to fabricate a plastic part and share valuable simulation data through the product cycle.

By keeping the simulation data on Teamcenter its aim is to aid designers, engineers and tool makers better adjust their tasks with more reliable information.

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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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