Posts by Stephen Holmes

Sorting though diamonds, 8 per second

Published 11 August 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, prototype, engineering, manufacturing, stratasys, fortus

The traditional methods look nice in marketing material, but in reality it’s a machine doing the sorting

While De Beers is the world leader in diamond exploration, mining, processing and retailing, supporting these activities is its R&D centre in Maidenhead, known as De Beers Technologies UK.

Here, the company’s engineers create automated methods for verifying and sorting diamonds, as well as machines that ensure all synthetics and treatments can be detected.

Some of the machines are required to operate at speeds of up to 8 diamonds per second to produce assortments according to size, shape, colour and clarity - posing some difficult challenges for its design team.

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Nvidia unveils first ‘Pascal’ Quadro GPUs

Published 28 July 2016

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Article tagged with: rendering, nvidia, gpu, workstation

The new Nvidia Quadro P6000

Nvidia has launched two new high-end GPUs based on its new generation Pascal architecture.

The Quadro P5000 and Quadro P6000 are designed predominantly for Virtual Reality, design visualisation and GPU compute (including the physically-based renderer, Nvidia Iray), although the Quadro P5000 could also benefit users of very high-end CAD.

The new Pascal architecture has two interesting features relating to VR and GPU compute.

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Ferrari’s Next Generation platform implements ‘organic design’ by using optimisation technology

Published 27 July 2016

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Article tagged with: design, simulation, automotive, engineering, manufacturing, cae, ferrari, altair, hyperworks

The Ferrari ‘Next Generation’ platform will have gone though the C123 optimisation process, similar to this model, halfway through the process - displaying optimum sizing of sections joints using low fidelity models

Luxury sports car maker, Ferrari, has been working with a team of specialised designers and engineers from Altair to realise the company’s ‘Next Generation’ vehicle platform.

The design will prove the basis of several new flagship vehicle derivatives, reportedly being 15 per cent lighter, while enhancing the performance of crash, NVH and other critical attributes by over 20 percent.

Altair’s team worked on-site at Ferrari’s vehicle development centre in Italy, alongside the Prancing Horse’s own design, engineering and manufacturing teams, to enable Altair’s ‘Concept Optimization Driven Process’ - C123 - driven by its HyperWorks simulation technologies.

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Gillette partners with 3D Hubs and Makers Cafe for sharp new competition

Published 27 July 2016

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Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, cad, london, 3d hubs, gillette, makers cafe

It’s the design degree staple - redesign the razor - that even secondary school kids are honing their skills on, so what better a subject to get people competing over 3D printing prizes than one we’ve all got shoved away in a drawer somewhere?!

By winning this competition, from Gillette, 3D Hubs and Makers Cafe, you have the chance to receive £300 cash on top of £500 worth 3D Hubs vouchers, with the possibility of an Ultimaker 2+ 3D printer worth £1699!

There are other place prizes worth fighting for, and the Ultimaker 2+ will be awarded to a lucky person who enters the contest or visits the RZR MKR pop-up store in London’s Boxpark next week, so it’s worth taking a look at the small print.

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DEVELOP3D Magazine - The Summer Edition

Published 27 July 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, magazine, summer

The Summer edition of DEVELOP3D is now available for free download.

This issue we do some heavy lifting with JCB; clean off with Grohe’s bathroom products; walk you through Onshape Feature Script, and hit the trails with a bespoke mountain bike frame, plus all the usual news and reviews.

The Summer cover story:

We visit construction equipment manufacturer JCB at its world headquarters to visit its top secret Innovation Centre and uncover the design behind the revolutionary Hydradig

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Edward Snowden turns product designer with untrackable iPhone

Published 25 July 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: prototype, hardware, iphone, hacker, snowden

While we all know the name Edward Snowden as a US whistleblower who disclosed some shady surveillance practises, the former CIA man is also knows his way around tech, and has turned to designing a iPhone add-on that stop journalists from being tracked by the phone’s GPS transmitter.

Partnering with the brilliant hardware hacker and blogger Andrew ‘bunnie’ Huang, the pair were dismayed by how ‘journalists can be betrayed by their own tools’.

“Their smartphones are also the perfect tracking device. Because of the precedent set by the US’s “third-party doctrine,” which holds that metadata on such signals enjoys no meaningful legal protection, governments and powerful political institutions are gaining access to comprehensive records of phone emissions unwittingly broadcast by device owners.”

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The Mcor ARKe 3D printer gets upgrades that push its models to 2 million colours

Published 22 July 2016

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, prototype, hardware, mcor technologies, mcor, colour

The Mcor ARKe has been boosted to ‘photorealistic’ levels of colour

Since its launch in January, the Mcor ARKe has had its engineers squirrelling away on upgrades for the machine that is already one of the best alternative choices for a desktop 3D printer.

Its photorealistic colour - with a 4800×2400dpi resolution - is a huge benefit to those wanting realistic prototypes straight off the printer bed, but this has been boosted even further by the new upgrades.

We turned to Mcor CEO and co-founder Conor MacCormack to update us on its engineering advancements:

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