Posts by Stephen Holmes

Autodesk and PTC add new levels of online security with Vera

Published 19 June 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, engineering, autodesk, ptc, manufacture, cloud, online, ip, security, vera

Vera has announced that its technology will be integrated into Autodesk and PTC software

Vera, a leader in data-centric security, has announced its partnership and product integrations with Autodesk and PTC’s design, engineering and PLM softwares.

The company offers embedded, ‘always-on security’ that travels with the data, protecting CAD files and data in PLM systems with persistent security and control.

Both Autodesk and PTC users will be able to control how and what recipients can do with CAD files, regardless of where designs ultimately move, while files can be encrypted with controlled access to confidential CAD drawings from creation to production, even after being taken to untrusted networks or devices.

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Waymo’s move to minivans kills new breed of autonomous car design before it even got going

Published 16 June 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, prototype, design, automotive, google, waymo

Farewell you daft little bugger

The autonomous little pod of Google’s self-driving car vision has been dumped at the roadside in favour of a re-jigged Chrysler mini-van, as the now standalone Alphabet enterprise, Waymo, evolves into a fully fledged automotive company.

The Firefly - the 25mph, two-seater vehicles with no interior controls - travelled thousands of miles in road tests as the goggle-eyed poster-boy of an autonomous car future, yet has been replaced in the project by 600 soccer-mom Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans, sporting weird roof-top appendages.

It’s a shame, as the pod design signalled a move away from traditional car stylings, form and engineering, but should reassure car giants looking on intently as they muster their own self-driving projects.

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Ancient forests get new website to aid materials and sustainability choices of designers

Published 16 June 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, materials, sustainabililty, eco, wood

New website can guide designers to the best and most sustainable wood type for a product

A new interactive forest map has been created to show the distribution, growth and removal of American hardwood species from the whole of the United States down to individual counties.

The technology from the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) presents accurate information in fantastic detail and visually demonstrates the sustainability of American hardwoods, while guiding designers to the various suitabilities of each material.

The American Hardwood Environmental Profile (AHEP) is an online tool that provides environmental impact data such as carbon footprint, forest replenishment time, acidification, and eutrophication for different species, lumber thicknesses and transport scenarios.

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New 37.5-inch Dell UltraSharp curved monitor offers a ‘two-monitors-in-one’ experience

Published 15 June 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, dell, monitor, monitors, display

The 37.5 inch, ultra-wide, curved Dell U3818DW

Multi-monitor designers might want to take note of the continuing presence of curved displays, fast disappearing from commercial TVs, but right at home on a cluttered designer’s desktop.

Dell’s pro brand UltraSharp range has launched it’s latest version, the 37.5 inch, ultra-wide, curved U3818DW, which with a panoramic WQHD screen Dell boasts it is able to deliver approximately 25 per cent more viewing content than a 34-inch WQHD 21:9 monitor.

Users can view applications between two PCs simultaneously and manage content with a single keyboard and mouse with its convenient KVM feature.

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Dell’s latest 4k projector can transform even a small office space into a dream boardroom

Published 15 June 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: dell, projector, collaborative

Dell has announced the S718QL, a laser projector capable of throwing up a 100-inch Ultra HD 4k picture from a unit positioned only four inches away from a wall - transforming a blank office slab into a giant collaborative/presentation space.

Its high brightness technology is designed for the workplace - meaning it’s viewable even in daylight, while the traditionally flaky projector lamps have been replaced with low-maintenance laser tech for instant on-and-off experience with up to 10 years of life based on an 8 hour workday.

8.3M pixels of eye-popping colour should make it a great tool or collaborative working, with it able to connect using a wide variety of devices and formats - wirelessly from up to four different devices simultaneously, or run Microsoft Office and 4K multimedia files directly from a USB, while Bluetooth connectivity enables audio from Bluetooth-compatible sound systems, no wires necessary.

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Stratasys looks to go supersonic with latest aviation partnership

Published 15 June 2017

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, stratasys, materials, aviation

Boom is looking to reintroduce commercial supersonic flight, partnering with Stratasys for the manufacture of its concept XB-1 aircraft

Fast off the back of its McLaren F1 partnership, Stratasys has signed a deal with Boom Supersonic to leverage its 3D printing technology in the design, development and manufacture of its supersonic planes.

Boom’s supersonic airliner will fly 2.6 times faster than any other aircraft on the market today, accelerating to 1,451 miles per hour, with a design 30 per cent more efficient than concorde, as it looks to shift commercial airline toward routine supersonic travel.

Its three-year deal with Stratasys will see them implement Stratasys FDM-based Fortus 450mc and F370 3D Printers for tooling and on-demand parts as it countdown to the first flight of its XB-1 supersonic demonstrator aircraft - the “Baby Boom”.

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Onshape Drawings updated thanks to user votes

Published 14 June 2017

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Article tagged with: design, onshape

Drawing thumbnail images, easier to find what you want, and now displayed on the Onshape Documents page

Onshape’s seemingly always-active updates have this month added improvements to Onshape Drawings, voted for by its users.

As always, the more votes a requested feature gets in the Onshape Forums, the faster it appears in the product - with the community clearly hankering for some symbols action in recent weeks -  so now ANSI and ISO weld symbols can now be added to drawings.

The sheet standard used determines the weld standard and dialog layout. Spot and seam welds, second fillet, symmetric and staggered welds are currently not supported, but will be added in a future update.

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