Posts by Stephen Holmes

Peugeot Design Lab gets gnarly with Surfboard concept

Published 18 April 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, carbon fibre, surfboard, peugeot

Ready for some Point Break-style action, the Peugeot GTi surfboard

As far as experimental products go, Peugeot - makers of hot hatch cars and much more pedestrian pensioner mobiles - has gone out on a limb for summer with its GTi Surfboard concept.

Blending traditional surfboard materials (er… wood) with carbon fibre technology, they’ve slapped on quad fins along the edge of a scalped tail, designed to give a ‘responsive, exhilarating and agile’ ride quality.

Having been brought up along the coast from this, trips to the seaside tended to avoid dips in the water, so we’re not best placed to comment on the added responsiveness, or potential lethal nature of four carbon fibre blades, but it certain fits Peugeot’s mantra of ‘technology and innovation working together in motion’.

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FARO takes latest 3D scanning technology to levels ‘captured by the human eye’

Published 15 April 2016

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Article tagged with: 3d scanning, 3d scanner, faro

The new Focus3D X 130/330 HDR models produces imaging allegedly comparable to that captured by the human eye

With the release of its latest 3D laser scanners FARO has added high dynamic range photography (HDR) technology that allows for more detailed images in different lighting conditions as well as increased resolution for superior color depth.

Historically, 3D laser scanning of scenes with large brightness contrast differences has been a challenge, yet the technology in the new Focus3D X 130/330 HDR models produces imaging allegedly comparable to that captured by the human eye.

While typical digital images cover a contrast range of 255-to-1, the new FARO laser scanners capture brightness ranges of up to 4 billion-to-1. Together with an extended color resolution of up to 170 megapixels per scan, the new Focus3D models capture small details with extreme clarity.

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The people and wood at the heart of De La Espada’s beautiful furniture factory

Published 15 April 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: furniture, milan, matthew hilton, de la espada

An internal wood grading system is entrusted to De La Espada’s craftspeople, who make many of the decisions about the high end furniture they produce

As a week of Milan’s Salone furniture festivities draws to a close, we’ve been sucked in by the calmness of De La Espada‘s behind the scenes look at its manufacturing hub in Portugal.

Away from the bustle of Milan, the buyers meetings and the parties, De La Espada’s team of craftspeople take pride in their work, applying their expertise to create some of the most beautiful furniture around, for designers like Matthew Hilton, Autoban, Neri&Hu and Studioilse.

Staff, comprising of 50 per cent women, have varying expertise including traditional skills such as cabinetmaking, joinery, upholstery, selecting timber, as well as 3D CAD drawing, and both operating and programming CNC machinery.

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Beautiful yet bizarre bicycle designs of the human mind

Published 14 April 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: rendering, visualisation, bicycle, bicycle design

Ever tried to draw a bicycle from memory? It’s tougher than it sounds, but to celebrate the creations (often wacky, out of scale, and suicidally out of kilter) designer Gianluca Gimini has rendered the sketches of others into life.

In 2009 he began pestering his friends and random strangers with a pen and a paper, asking them to draw a men’s bicycle from memory.

Soon he found most people have a very hard time remembering exactly how a bike is made - a device Gimini suggests is used in psychological testing to demonstrate how our brain sometimes tricks us into thinking we know something even though we don’t.

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Insurers to offer 3D printed service to replace the irreplaceable

Published 14 April 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, eos, jewellery, birmingham, cooksongold

The news will come as a relief to some people

The world’s first jewellery insurance to replace items with 3D printed replicas claims it is set to transform the future of contents insurance claims across a wide range of items.

Thanks to a collaboration brokered between Birmingham City University’s Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre, Cooksongold and The Assay Office Birmingham, claims specialists SBS Insurance Services has successfully replaced a range of bespoke items – a unique gold bangle, pendant and several sets of gold earrings – through the use of 3D printing technology, much to the delight of the policyholders who had assumed they would be lost forever.


This is a major innovation in the insurance industry which has faced increasing costs and complaints around jewellery claims, and was funded by Innovate UK as part of a Knowledge Transfer Programme.

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Latest acquisitions for Hexagon target sheet metal and 3D scanning

Published 11 April 2016

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Article tagged with: 3d scanning, hexagon metrology, sheet metal, hexagon, hexagon mi

AICON’s versatile Breukmann 3D scanner will now join the Hexagon family

Hexagon has continued its steady acquisition program, taking on AICON 3D Systems, an optical metrology company for industrial manufacturing, and sheet metal software Forming Technology Inc. (FTI).

Founded in 1990 and based in Braunschweig, Germany, AICON has been providing the measurement needs of renowned automotive manufacturers and companies in the aerospace, shipbuilding, renewable energy and mechanical engineering markets for over 25 years.

Its technology portfolio includes portable coordinate measuring machines for universal applications and specialised optical 3D measuring systems that enable efficient, high-precision monitoring, quality assurance and control in manufacturing production.

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Watch DEVELOP3D LIVE around the world with free online streaming

Published 30 March 2016

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Article tagged with: d3dlive, online

Can’t make it to the UK tomorrow? Watch online!

We’ve been excited about our annual conference/exhibition/general get together for months now, and finally it is here - DEVELOP3D LIVE 2016 - over 1,500 designers and engineers mingling together.

Taking place at Warwick Arts Centre, an area key to the UK’s big design and engineering industries, we’ve a line-up of 35 speakers that we hope encapsulates the future of the industry - from amazing design stories, to virtual reality; advanced topology for 3D printing, to using cloud tools for industry.

Additionally, there’ll be the sprawling exhibition zone that allows visitors to get hands on with all the CAD software, 3D printers, simulations tools, VR kit and more - 70 exhibitors all under one roof, a playground of design technology.

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