Posts by Stephen Holmes

Gee-Up! Because you never know when you’ll need a 3D model of a horse

Published 03 July 2012

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, rendering, visualisation, horses, dosch

Creators of stock digital 3D models and textures, Dosch Design, have launched a range/herd of horses to its downloadable catalogue of buildings, furniture and appliances.

The completely textured 3D-models are provided in multiple file formats: 3DS, 3dsmax (version 9 and above), 3dsmax V9 & VRay, 3dsmax V9 & Mental Ray, Lightwave (version 6 and above), OBJ, VRML, SoftimageXSI, Cinema 4Dversion 8 and above, DWG and DXF, so you have no reason not to stick a piebald colt in the background of that Audi R8 rendering you’ve been slaving over.

Sadly, there are a lack of celebrity horses such as Frankel, Black Caviar, Black Beauty or Donkey from Shrek. We’re waiting…

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DesignBUZZ update: GrabCAD join up + deadline extension

Published 02 July 2012

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, competition, grabcad, bees, design buzz, buzz

You might be in the midst of scribbling your designs, or touching up your final renderings, but there’s a challenge coming over the horizon - GrabCAD, the largest online community of designers and engineers - are now officially part of our DesignBUZZ competition.

The competition to create modern tools for beekeepers is now an official GrabCAD Challenge - but don’t let the legions of professionals put you off, the competition is still open to one and all, as we accept wobbly concept sketches of great ideas, or fully functioning 3D CAD models - with an extended deadline of 30 July (we have to give the GrabCAD people a fair chance!).

For more information on how to enter, click here.


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Olympic cycling nostalgia from 1992 - design destroys the field

Published 29 June 2012

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, bicycle, bike, olympic, glendenning, boardman

You can still see the original at London’s Science Museum

It’s up there as one of my clearest childhood memories of the Olympic games - the bizarre shape and construction of Chris Boardman’s Lotus track bike.

Designed by Mike Burrows, it’s monocoque, wind-tunnel honed carbon fibre shape, with its unaligned wheels and stretched rider position obliterated the field with a rider who otherwise modestly expected to win bronze at best.

Read the excellent article from this week’s Guardian by Barry Glendenning to get the full story, and bring back some wistful memories.


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World Industrial Design Day: let’s all join hands and sing a song?

Published 29 June 2012

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, industrial design, industrial design day

“People all over the world, join hands, start a love train… love train…”

Today is the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design‘s (ICSID) World Industrial Design Day, although frankly we’re unsure how to celebrate this.

June 29, 2012, is the designated date yet nobody appears to have baked a cake and there’s less bunting in the streets of London than previous weeks.

If someone would care to let us know what we’re meant to be doing - the ICSID has some vague ideas here - and where this occasion ranks on the scale of the other prestigious 365 ‘internationally observed days’ [it’s a leap year remember] including International Caps Lock Day, and International Ballpoint Pen Day (June 10 and 28 respectively) then we want to hear from you. Otherwise, the ICSID have made a little video:

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Postion this: Software solution for dummies

Published 28 June 2012

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: automotive, scanning, crash test, creaform, dummies, faurecia

For those intrigued by the world of automotive crash tests, the dummies inside provide an important tool in measuring the safety of a vehicle.

3D optical measurement technologies and engineering services firm Creaform, along with Faurecia Autositze GmbH are working on a software solution for the measurements and positioning of dummies, which will also find application in other industries worldwide.

The software for dummy positioning, which is currently developed with Faurecia Autositze, will allow simultaneous and real-time measurement of all 3D measurement points necessary for the alignment of dummies before the crash test. This gives in combination with the portable optical 3D measurement systems from Creaform a flexible and mobile solution that should be speedier than the present process.

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Job of the week: Production Engineer - Colebrook Bosson Saunders - London

Published 27 June 2012

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, jobs, job of the week

Production Engineer - Colebrook Bosson Saunders

Job Type: Permanent
Software: 3D sheet metal and moulding
Location: London

Colebrook Bosson Saunders are searching for a Production Engineer to be part of its award-winning design and production team.

You will need experience in:

- Production of 3D CAD models and issue of data and drawings to suppliers
- Design for die casting, injection moulding and sheet metal
- Degree level or higher qualification in a high engineering design-related area
- Time served within a manufacturing environment
- Pragmatic problem solving approach to deliver realistic manufacturable cost-effective solutions that will maintain and promote the quality of our products

Sound like the job for you? Apply here

If you have a vacancy that you are wanting to fill, get in touch here

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Job of the week: Senior Tech Support Engineer - Symetri - Newcastle

Published 20 June 2012

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: autodesk inventor, jobs, job of the week

Senior Tech Support Engineer - Symetri

Job Type: Permanent
Software: Inventor
Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne

Symetri is Autodesk’s leading platinum partner working in the oil, gas, nuclear, renewable energy and manufacturing sectors.

Due to expansion it requires a Senior Technical Support Engineer to join its team. You will be required to provide pre- and post-sales technical support and have experience of a modern 3D system with Autodesk’s Inventor being the preferred option. Training will be provided to suitable candidates with relevant experience of other 3D CAD systems.

You will be degree qualified or combine relevant industrial experience with an HND/HNC qualification, hold a full UK driving licence and be a good communicator.

Sound like the job for you? Apply here

If you have a vacancy that you are wanting to fill, get in touch here

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