Posts by Stephen Holmes

Autodesk partners with Unity for VR and AR experiences in 3ds Max and Maya

Published 09 October 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, autodesk, visualisation, vr, ar, unity

Unity Technologies and Autodesk have announced their collaboration to create ‘a greater link’ between several tools, with Unity the first creation engine with source code access to the Autodesk FBX SDK.

The collaboration aims to deliver a streamlined process for asset sharing and in-game iteration that will improve the capabilities of artists working in Unity, Autodesk 3ds Max and Autodesk Maya.

The latest Unity release, Unity 2017.2, includes new and improved FBX import/export capabilities, including support for the Autodesk interactive physically based shader, and custom properties.

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Koenigsegg’s epic detail runs right down to its custom, metals 3D printed, window washer jets

Published 06 October 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, automotive, product design, metals, sweden, koenigsegg, digital metal

By now we’re used with seeing Koenigsegg rolling state-of-the-art hypercars off its hand-assembled Swedish production line; designs where no part is insignificant, and hence some very special windshield washer nozzles.

The surface of the nozzle is supplied with mirror gloss finish and the outlet itself is a cut-out of the Koenigsegg logotype, while inside the 3D printed design means the nozzle body contains a number of ‘secret, performance-enhancing functions’ for increasing the ability for blasting dead bugs and bird shit clean out of view.

The detailed part is built on a Digital Metal DM P2500 3D printer, a fully industrial unit from a brand that might be new to many, however it comes with a solid pedigree, having been developed by Höganäs AB -  the world’s largest producer of iron and non-ferrous metal powders.

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Say goodbye to instruction manuals - new PTC Vuforia AR release recognises shapes instead of targets

Published 05 October 2017

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Article tagged with: design, ptc, visualisation, ar, vuforia

Ground Plane enables content to be placed on the ground, floor or tabletop, whether indoors or outdoors extending the functionality of the Vuforia Smart Terrain feature

The upcoming release of PTC’s Vuforia AR development platform, Vuforia 7, will introduce ‘major advancements’ in the ability to attach digital content to more types of objects and environments, and a new capability for AR experiences on handheld devices.

Vuforia 7 will introduce Model Targets, a new feature for attaching content to objects that have not been recognisable using existing computer vision technology - finding objects by shape, in contrast to existing methods that rely on detailed visual designs typically found on print media, product packaging and many consumer goods.

With Model Targets, content can be attached to objects such as automobiles, appliances, and industrial equipment and machinery, which PTC expects will enable a new class of AR content that can replace traditional user manuals and technical service instructions.

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New era of marketing has product designers at the heart of it

Published 04 October 2017

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Article tagged with: design, product design, marketing

Matter’s award winning design for Cujo protects devices on a network from hacks

While the stampede of Chinese marketing behemoths snapping-up established design agencies (à la FuseProject) never quite arrived, the trend is lingering, most notably with the recent acquisition of product design agency Matter Global by marketing giant Accenture Interactive.

Experiences. Breakthrough Digital Services. A human-centered approach with robust methodology… Marketing speak might seem a eon away from the tangible nuts and bolts of product design, but they might well be coming for your company next.

As the lines blur between physical and digital worlds, so do the means of selling an idea, ideal or product.

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CRL launches new business support programme for entrepreneurs

Published 04 October 2017

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Article tagged with: design, london, european regional development fund, crl, european commission

London’s Central Research Laboratory (CRL) has launched Boost, a brand new business support offer funded by the European Regional Development Fund - meaning no cost to registered companies.

Consisting of tailored sessions in the areas most important to established entrepreneurs, Boost is designed to support companies that want to improve their product development and design processes, develop a more robust product to market and retail strategy, secure further investment, and generally improve on business development, leadership and marketing.

CRL is working with a range of high profile and experienced business leaders and experts to deliver a set of sessions in each area, known as ‘Blocks’, with the companies taking part ideally being in the position to expand and grow their teams, and/or secure further investment.

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Link3D Digital Factory SaaS to manage 3D printing processes

Published 02 October 2017

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, additive manufacturing, link3d

Link3D, an additive manufacturing software company focused on software advancements for the 3D printing industry, has announced its flagship product for the real-time manufacturing of industrial 3D projects.

Digital Factory will allow engineering companies to create a virtual ‘digital factory’ to manage their 3D printing processes, adding automation, accessibility, and traceability to every connecting point within an organisation’s growing 3D printing ecosystem across multiple sites.

Link3D discovered that most companies that implement additive manufacturing have had serious issues with decentralisation, disconnected silos, and manual processes that hinder the full-scale adoption and efficiencies.

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ThingWorx Studio adds creation of fast, scalable MR experiences for HoloLens

Published 27 September 2017

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Article tagged with: ptc, vr, microsoft, ar, thingworx, microsoft hololens, vuforia, mr

PTC is allowing users to create and publish MR experiences for HoloLens

PTC has announced from Microsoft’s Ignite user event that it is working to create enterprise Mixed Reality (MR) experiences for use with Microsoft HoloLens via its ThingWorx Studio MR authoring and publishing tool.

Powered by Vuforia, PTC states that ThingWorx Studio offers HoloLens customers ‘native support for building and rapidly creating scalable mixed reality experiences’ via its drag-and-drop authoring environment, with built-in support for gestures and voice commands.

The goal is a tool that enables users to quickly and efficiently create immersive HoloLens interactions without the need for skilled programming or costly custom designers.

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