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Raspberry Pi Zero W should have your prototypes connected in no time

Published 01 March 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: prototype, rapid prototyping, hardware, prototyping, raspberry pi

Ain’t she a beaut? The $10 Raspberry Pi Zero W

On its fifth birthday Raspberry Pi has brought into the world the latest version of its ‘general purpose’ computer - the wireless LAN and Bluetooth connected Raspberry Pi Zero W, priced at only $10.

With a 1GHz, single-core CPU, 512MB RAM, as well as power and connector ports, the additions of wifi and bluetooth connectivity should make prototyping easier, and more varied as it frees up a connector port (and saves a few quid, given that most people use a dongle that costs more than the board).

Raspberry Pi have also worked with Kinneir Dufort and T-Zero to create an official injection-moulded case, with three interchangeable lids: A blank one; one with an aperture to let you access the GPIOs, and one with an aperture and mounting point for a camera.

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Materialise joins Manufacturing Technology Centre’s list of technology partners

Published 28 February 2017

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacture, manufacturing

MTC additive manufacturing operations manager Chris Ryall and Materialise executive vice president Bart Van der Schueren awkwardly pose with some 3D printed parts

Materialise is bringing its years of expertise in delivering 3D printing solutions to the UK’s Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) as a new member.

The MTC is home of the National Centre for Additive Manufacturing in Coventry, and will utilise Materialise software to produce build files for component manufacture, as the centre looks to drive the industry towards production, quality, repeatability and process control with 3D printing.

The MTC will have access to Materialise Magics, as well as the Control Platform and Inspector software - tools that allow the user to analyse data coming from all stages of the production process in order to improve and guarantee part quality.

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Substance Designer 6 promises ready-to-use tiling materials for render, straight from 4 phone snaps

Published 24 February 2017

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Article tagged with: design, rendering, materials, viz

Substance Designer 6 from Allegorithmic comes fitted with with new filters to help build a complete workflow for creating clean, ready-to-use tiling materials adapted to photogrammetry rendering.

New Scan Processing nodes allow users to create accurate scanned materials from a set of pre-lit photos - photos that can be shot with minimal setup, even on a phone, a tripod and a flashlight or LED strip.

With four or 8 photos of the same surface with varying light angles, the user crops and feeds them into the Scan Processor.

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ShapeID, a new shape code so condensed that it can fit within QR and RFID markers

Published 22 February 2017

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Article tagged with: cad, manufacture, shape

ShapeID is extracted based on the geometry and then embedded into a QR label or a RFID to be scanned for triggering a shape search

iSEEK Corp has announced a new shape code so condensed that it can fit within the small format of Quick Read (QR) codes or embedded technologies such as Radio Frequency Identification (RFID).

The ShapeID compact shape code is able to retain high precision to differentiate even minor differences in shape - starting from a CAD model ShapeID is extracted based on the geometry and then embedded into a QR label or a RFID to be scanned for triggering a shape search.

The process goes past simple part number identification to capture the three-dimensional geometry of the part including topology and dimensions: Scanning a QR code with ShapeIDembedded triggers a shape search for identifying the part, while simultaneously identifying identical and similar designs despite the different part numbers.

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Browser-based 3D machine builder platform from Vention looks to democratise design

Published 22 February 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, cad, engineering, industrial design, manufacturing, cloud, bolt, vention

The infrastructure is entirely cloud-based, enabling Vention to implement real-time collaboration features

A beta version of Vention.io’s browser-based 3D machine builder platform has been launched, claiming that with its use of artificial intelligence it is paving the way for the ‘democratisation of mechanical engineering’.

With the aim enabling designers to design and order their custom industrial equipment in just a few days, the cloud-based 3D design platform has a library of ready-to-order industrial-grade components, suiting fixed and automated equipment in the fields of small business automation, lean manufacturing, product validation and research, and industrial design.

Vention CTO Max Windisch suggests that the use of artificial intelligence in such a way is paving the way for the democratisation of design, enabling those without CAD skills to build industrial machines and prototypes.

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Alongside home and work, IoT connectivity is turning the car into the third living space

Published 21 February 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, automotive, iot, bosch

The interior of Bosch’s concept of the future showcases how IoT connectivity is set to transport car interior design

According to global products giant Bosch, the global market for connected mobility is set to grow by almost 25 per cent each year before 2022, transforming cars into mankind’s ‘third living space’ alongside home and work.

In just a few years, cars will become an active part of IoT, and will be able to communicate with other modes of transportation as well as with the smart home.

Bosch unveiled its Forward ShowCar at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, with the simulator showcasing a broad range of technologies, including a face recognition Driver Monitoring Camera, setting the steering wheel, mirrors, interior temperature, and radio station according to that particular driver’s personal preferences.

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SolidThinking launches Envision 4.0, its latest tool for IoT data analytics

Published 17 February 2017

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Article tagged with: visualisation, cloud, iot, solidthinking, data management, analytics

Envision 4.0, the newest feature release of SolidThinking’s data analytics platform, has been described by the company as ‘feature-rich across the board’, making it ‘more capable, refined and easy to use’.

With several new functions added for internet of things (IoT) and industrial analytics, aspects such as real time data refresh gives the option to visualise dashboards for synced up IoT products.

The goal is to offer users fast free-form data exploration, visualisation and analytics, in a scalable model on an open architecture.

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