Posts by Stephen Holmes

Job of the week: Mechanical Design Engineer - Solidworks - Essex

Published 16 November 2011

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Mechanical Design Engineer

Job Type: Permanent
Software: Solidworks
Location: North Essex

There’s an opportunity for a Mechanical Design Engineer position based in North Essex. You will be required to ensure mechanical engineering designs are delivered in a timely and cost effective manner whilst being versatile throughout the engineering department.

You will have proven knowledge of the packaging industry and those that use this machinery and have worked on small engineering solutions previously in a similar role, ideally from a special purpose machinery background ideally in packaging machinery. You will be an advanced user of SolidWorks and AutoCAD.

Sound like the job for you? Apply here


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Running on vapours

Published 11 November 2011

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: prototyping, spitfire, vapour polishing

The video from which the above image comes from is possibly one of the most impressive things I’ve seen all week

It’s a rather dangerous process, using a boiling solvent called Weldon-4, which dates back to the Second World War and the need to make acrylic Spitfire cockpit canopies clear again after repairs.

We’re not ones to play off a news story with a vague connection to Remembrance Day [although, if it serves as a reminder then that’s OK], but this is a process that can help modern day designers when prototyping clear items such as automotive lenses.

Acrylic prototypes aren’t the strongest especially when compared to polycarbonates, but can be much easier to polish to a glossy transparent finish - A polycarbonate might need twice the effort and never has the same crystal clear look, unless of course, you’re willing to pay for it with a process such as vapour polishing.

 

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Hitting stealth mode in the eco-conscious Fisker Karma

Published 10 November 2011

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, catia, automotive, sustainability, enovia, dassault systems, eco, fisker

Any car that comes with a bonafide stealth mode was always going to end up on here.

The Karma, is California-based Fisker’s latest eco-conscious model, with the ability to toggle between an all-electric, whispery quiet ‘Stealth Mode’ or fuel assisted ‘Sport Mode’ with the simple shift of the paddle.

Its Captain Planet credentials don’t stop with the power plant (incidentily, it’s a 2.0 liter 260 HP 4-cylinder direct injection petrol engine, with 981 lb/ft of torque instantly available at 0RPM), the roof is the largest solar glass roof ever designed for a production vehicle, giving you 200 miles travel for free each year; F1-style regenerative breaking technology; a water-based paint containing a recycled glass flake mixture for shine; and an interior trim made from sustainable reclaimed wood.

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Prime Cuts: Boom Badda-Boom – Natal drums bang it

Published 10 November 2011

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: autodesk inventor, prime cuts, music, milling, drums, roland, marshall, natal

Marshall Amplification is known for creating a rock’n’roll racket, and with its takeover of Natal Drums, it hasn’t taken long for it to make some noise with new designs.

Marshall founder Jim Marshall was an accomplished drummer during the early sixties in London. Following demand from guitarists who tended to accompany drummers visiting his shop to try out kit, he then began building the now famous Marshall amplifiers.

Nearly half a century later, Marshall have returned to drums by acquiring Natal - a relatively new company when it comes to producing drums – inputting all its know how from its rockstar connections to try and make the perfect kit.

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Job of the week: VAX middle + senior industrial design positions

Published 09 November 2011

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: jobs, vax, vacuum cleaner

Industrial Designers, VAX

Job Type: Permanent
Software: Pro/Engineer
Location: Droitwich, Worcestershire

VAX have enlisted us to find them middleweight and senior industrial designers, to have full accountability and responsibility for delivery of projects from insight to market launch of floorcare products and the opportunity for international travel (most likely the Far East); With the successful candidates reporting directly to the design manager.

Experience:

- A demonstrable track record of success in delivering world class consumer facing injection moulded products, delivered through effective and efficient application of structured design tools and techniques
- Experience in CAD (ProE preferred), design for tooling, estimating product costing and working with overseas manufacturing facilities
- A degree in an Industrial/Product Design or engineering discipline


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Robots rock!

Published 08 November 2011

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: rapid prototyping, zcorp, robots

Like many, you’ve dreamed of the day you’d have your own robot to do your devious biddings - to take over the world, invade a colleagues desk space, or simply to snuggle up with and watch the telly.

Fear not - that day has come!

Admittedly, they’re only 2 to 6 inches tall, and effectively an inanimate object, yet My Robot Nation allows you to design your faithful robot in a snazzy web browser-based creation platform.

With over 9 billion possible combinations of base parts, colours, attachments and stamps, you can create an utterly unique and customised object, before having it 3D printed as a full colour ZCorp model and delivered to your door.

With the design platform created by games developers, and the printing done by professional outfit Offload Studios, it’s another eating step towards customisation of products, 3D printed and delivered direct to the consumer.

[Remember: A robot is for life, not just for Christmas]

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DEVELOP3D November

Published 04 November 2011

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: magazine, develop3d, kids

Winter’s fast approaching, so what could be better than taking shelter with the November edition of DEVELOP3D. This month we look at 3D printing for the next generation; product designers making movies; a whole host of rendering and visualisation features, plus all the best news, features and reviews.

The November cover story

The target market for 3D printers in the home is adults, right? Not necessarily – with creativity a natural part of childhood, we look at the Origo 3D printer designed for children.

Register here and download the magazine for free every month

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