Posts by Stephen Holmes

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

Published 04 October 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

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

Posted by Stephen Holmes

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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Ultimaker Cura software adds 3rd-party CAD integration and 3D print farm management

Published 27 September 2017

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Article tagged with: cad, solidworks, 3d printing, manufacture, siemens

Ultimaker has announced it is to put software at the heart of its strategy by releasing regular software upgrades that continuously enhance the existing hardware over time, making for a ‘future-ready’ solution for users and businesses.

Ultimaker Cura 3.0, released on 17 October, looks to offer a powerful, no-hassle solution to prepare files for digital fabrication, while promising seamless workflow integration between CAD applications such as SolidWorks and Siemens NX via third-party app integration.

Maintaining the current trend we’re seeing for desktop printer farms, Cura Connect will be released in Ultimaker Cura on 7 November, to enable users to manage an array of Ultimaker 3D printers.

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New materials increase 3D printed functionalities for Stratasys’ J750 flagship model

Published 27 September 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, prototype, rapid prototyping, 3d printing, manufacturing, stratasys, materials, j750

The latest release of materials for the J750 include Vero Flex, specifically formulated for eyewear

Stratasys has announced three new materials for its flagship J750 full color, multi-material 3D printer - Agilus30 rubber-like material; Digital ABS Plus ‘engineering-grade’ material, and specifically for eyewear designers, Vero Flex, specifically formulated for eyewear prototyping

“We’ve finally cracked one of our challenges that we’ve had on the PolyJet side for many years, which is bringing a material out which combines strength, robustness and flexibility,” said Stratasys GM EMEA Andy Middleton.

A rigid photopolymer, Vero Flex offers a flexibility ideal for rapid prototyping eyewear, from concept validation to design verification and functional performance, with realism increased thanks to a wide range of colors, textures and materials from opaque to transparent.

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LimitState:Form v3.1 adds plugin to Ansys Discovery Live real-time simulation

Published 21 September 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, simulation, manufacturing, ansys, limitstate

LimitState:Form can also be used as a plugin to Ansys Discovery Live

In the upcoming release of its design optimisation tool, LimitState is targeting the time and effort needed to design strong and light truss forms for components and structures.

Version 3.1 of LimitState:Form includes a number of new features and enhancements including the ability to specify in advance the desired simplicity of an optimised component form, for example, the target maximum number of members meeting at a joint.

Additionally, new algorithms mean that users can now much more freely interact with an initially optimised component, adding and/or removing members to customise their design as necessary.

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