Posts by Stephen Holmes

IOT start-ups awarded prizes to solve challenges of city living

Published 17 February 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, prototype, london, iot

Things Connected is looking to develop IoT devices to solve city challenges ranging from flooding, to air pollution, to helping the NHS make better use of its buildings

Six SME’s from across the UK have been awarded a share of £50,000 funding to help tackle problems such as noise pollution, making cycling safer and helping the NHS utilise under-used space, via IoT devices.

Things Connected is ran by the Future Cities Catapult, a UK Government-supported centre of excellence in urban innovation, which will fund the SMEs to develop and demonstrate connected devices in London using its Things Connected Low-Power LoRaWAN (Long Range Wide Area Network).

With the UK’s IoT marketplace current worth £13.3bn, and expected to rise to £20bn by 2018, the Things Connected network provides huge opportunities for entrepreneurs and developers to test and trial new ideas that can be rolled out on commercial networks.

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Iterative design for humanoid robots gets backing from EOS’ 3D printing expertise

Published 15 February 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, prototype, manufacturing, eos, robot, robotics

Humanoid robots can also impact the design of prosthetics and exoskeletons for humans

A project between robotics experts Devanthro and the Technical University of Munich is aiming to advance the design of humanoid robots in order for them to gain the abilities of human bodies.

The vision is to iteratively improve Roboy robotic models until their performance is comparable to humans in terms of dexterity, robustness and flexibility, utilising muscles and tendons rather than motors in the joints.

The first prototypes have lent heavily on the abilities of 3D printing, with EOS providing the complete skeletal body structure of Roboy using its SLS technology, which encases the bones and muscles.

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UK’s national standard for engineering drawings is now all BS 8888:2017

Published 15 February 2017

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Article tagged with: cad, engineering, manufacturing, drawing

The BSI aims to stick a small rocket up the UK industry to move it over more fully to the ISO system of geometrical product specification

BSI, the British standards company, has revised BS 8888:2017 – Technical product documentation and specification.

I know… it’s been a long day, but stick with this…

The latest version explains the way in which engineering drawings outline and present these specifications, and covers all of the symbology and information that engineers and designers need to include on their drawings, whether they are produced in 2D or in 3D, created using CAD systems and 3D modelling.

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Tigerspike announces global launch of Intelligence Suite for productivity

Published 15 February 2017

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Article tagged with: analysis, data management

Tigerspike, a global digital products company, has launched its Intelligence Dashboard to equip businesses with the knowledge they need to improve productivity, efficiency, and engagement.

Giving a real time view of complex data sets, ingested from multiple sources (Salesforce, SAP, Oracle, Google Analytics), the tools relate to high-value data worth analysis - a sector predicted to double by 2020.

Each configurable widget gives an aggregate view of a specific success metric, allowing non-technical business users to focus on their own measure of success.

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Kisters 3DViewStation Desktop boosts rendering performance for v2017

Published 14 February 2017

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Article tagged with: solidworks, cad, rendering, solid edge, cloud, kisters

Improved rendering heads up the list of improvements for Kisters 3DVidewStation 2017

The 2017 release of Kisters 3DViewStation has tackled its aim to render ultra large assemblies on a small PC with standard graphics, says the 3D CAD viewer and universal viewer for engineers and designers.

“Graphics speed is now even better on built-in Intel HD series, compared to external graphics accelerators,” says Jim Eardly, Kisters North America sales manager.

“Using 3DViewStation’s progressive load and rendering, there are no long wait times during load of large assemblies. And users will experience smooth rotation and zoom.”

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WATCH // CRL’s prototyping lab does the work while you ease back

Published 10 February 2017

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Article tagged with: hardware, london, incubator, startups, crl

Hardware incubator CRL has launched a rather soothing look at its prototyping facilities - part promotional tool for all its wonderful kit, part meditation if you’ve had a week fly in like ours.

We paid its headquarters on the outskirts of London a visit recently, but without giving much away about what the teams under its guidance are currently working on, the video shows some nice processes.

Sit back, put the kettle on and watch someone else doing the work for a change.

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Researchers mimic natural cellular architectures via 3D printing in ceramic foam ink

Published 08 February 2017

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Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, engineering, materials, mit, boston, harvard

Inspired by natural cellular structures, researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, and MIT have developed a new method to 3D print materials with independently tunable macro-and microscale porosity using a ceramic foam ink.

Harvard and MIT researchers 3D printed lightweight hexagonal and triangular honeycombs with tunable geometry, density, and stiffness using a ceramic foam ink containing alumina particles, water, and air.

“Foam inks are interesting because you can digitally pattern cellular microstructures within larger cellular macrostructures,” said Joseph Muth, a graduate student in the Lewis Lab and first author of the paper.

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