Posts by Stephen Holmes

Prototype helping ExoMars rover to tackle terrain

Published 11 January 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, prototype, cnc, space, mars, ogle model & prototypes

The ExoMars rover is set to land on the red planet in 2021

Sending a planetary landing craft to Mars is hard enough, but how do you test how it will manage once there?

Europe’s plan to send a UK-assembled robotic rover to the red planet was directed towards Ogle Models to deliver a precision prototype of the 2021 Mars Rover.

Making the body and solar panels for the Mars Lander chassis, the robotic rover is a drivable test vehicle to be used for terrain handling testing purposes in lab conditions.

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Formlabs celebrates its ceramics at CES

Published 09 January 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, materials, formlabs, form 2, ceramics

Formlabs has announced its latest resin for 3D printing ceramic parts, allowing the creation of structures and complex geometries not possible with traditional ceramic fabrication techniques.

The resin is the first of the company’s new Form X range, an offshoot of MIT’s experimental product platform, and was announced at CES in Las Vegas.

“In announcing Form X, we want to get innovative materials and research tools into the hands of those who wish to explore, improvise, and push the boundaries of what’s possible with 3D printing and on the Form 2,” said Formlabs chief product officer Dávid Lakatos.

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Latest JT translator for Catia launched by Theorem

Published 09 January 2017

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Article tagged with: catia, cad, dassault systemes, dassault systèmes, manufacturing, theorem solutions, jt, theorem

Theorem’s latest release, V19.3, enables the Catia users to create a JT representation of their data

The release of the latest CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE to JT translator, from Theorem’s Visualize 3D product range, features new enhancements alongside updates to improve geometry quality.

Based upon the Dassault Systemes strategic XCAD technology, Theorem’s latest release, V19.3, enables the Catia users to create a JT representation of their data, and supports the translation of assembly structure, geometry, attributes, 3D product manufacturing information and metadata.

In doing so, the product facilitates Model Based Definition (MBD) processes containing sufficient information to manufacture and inspect products without the need for 2D engineering drawings.

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Insta360 Pro 8k 3D camera to take pro VR and viz further into realism

Published 09 January 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: visualisation, hdr, vr, viz, camera, 8k

8k 360 cameras are already here with Insta360’s new Pro model

Insta360’s new Pro camera is capable of capturing 60-megapixel 360-degree 8k 3D stills, giving professionals real life detail for VR and visualisation projects.

Leveraging six independent, high-definition lenses, the camera supports both HDR and RAW formats to bring out levels of detail and low-light performance - exceptional ability from such a small form factor.

Insta360’s real-time image stitching technology also allows 360-degree video to be recorded in up to 4K and offers both H.264 and H.265 video compression, which substantially improves video quality at the same bit rate.

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WATCH // Common mistakes of entrepreneurs in hardware start-ups and innovation trends

Published 06 January 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, develop3d live, start-ups, startups

As an experienced VC at Highland Capital, Sean Dalton looks at some of the most common mistakes made by entrepreneurs setting out into the cut and thrust world of hardware start-ups.

Dalton’s approach is straightforward: match big challenges to entrepreneurs with the hunger, experience, and commitment to go all out toward delivering the best solution.

To this end, he uses his broad experience in technology to ask the hard questions—questions that determine whether an innovative idea has what it takes to succeed as a business.

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Weekender // Magnificent folding machine turns 30

Published 06 January 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, develop3d live, bicycle, strida, bicycle design, cycle

A cult favourite around the world, the Strida folding bicycle | Image via @LaiWaiShing

Two wheels, three tubes, three joints and a low maintenance drive belt. The simplicity of the design of the Strida, especially its folding mechanism, has made it a favourite among riders in cities around the world.

Even at 30 years old the design is still as clean and fresh as ever, boosted by a new black and orange livery in a commemorative S30 edition.

Click here to read our interview with its inventor Mark Sanders following his first appearance at DEVELOP3D LIVE in 2012, which is a great look at the development and evolution of folding bicycles - including the Mando Footloose electric powered cycle that Sanders has also designed.

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Design Council Spark makes final call for 2017 bright ideas

Published 06 January 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, design council, spark, start-ups

The call for entries is open, with a huge pot of development money, experience and advice available to 15 lucky entrants


Entries are open for Design Council Spark 2017, a support programme and fund designed to help people turn their idea into a commercially successful product.

Entries close for the programme on 10 January, which is in its third year and will provide up to 15 UK-based inventors a place on their 16-week programme providing specialist expertise and bespoke one-to-one mentoring, plus an initial grant of £15,000 for product development.

The Spark programme only deals in physical products, and takes no equity, instead it simply requires participants to give a small percentage of their product’s sales back to the fund to support more ideas in the future.

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