Posts by Tanya Weaver

With its Objet 3D printer, Design Reality went from ‘art to part and into action’ in three days

Published 12 September 2014

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: 3d printing, autodesk, objet, stratasys, 3d printer, wacom, creo 2.0, connex 500, ptc creo 2.0, wacom cintiq

Design Reality’s bespoke mountain bike goggles were printed on its new Objet500 Connex3 3D printer

Product design consultancy Design Reality recently invested in a new Objet500 Connex3 3D printer from Stratasys. To test what it and its material capabilities are made of, the design team undertook a product development project that scaled only three days.

The aim was to create a bespoke pair of mountain bike goggles that went from a sketch in Autodesk Sketchbook Designer on a Wacom Cintiq 21ux, to PTC Creo 2.0 on the computer, to a 3D printed part on the Objet, and then to the Alps for testing.

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SolidThinking launch the Inspire Engineering Challenge for students

Published 12 September 2014

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: competition, education, students, solidthinking

solidThinking’s free-to-download (student edition) Inspire software enables design engineers to generate and explore structurally efficient concepts such as this spring bracket

Design and engineering students have less than a month to download SolidThinking’s Inspire software and submit an entry into the Inspire Engineering Challenge.

The deadline is 6th October and winners will be announced at the Graduate Engineering and Science Show, taking place on Wednesday 29th October at The Roundhouse in Derby.

Having got to grips with the software, which SolidThinking assures is easy to learn and works with existing CAD tools to help create structurally efficient concepts, you or your team can choose from from one of three competition challenges.

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Tebis V3.5 - latest release gets multitasking upgrade for CAM

Published 12 September 2014

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: cam, tebis, mould design, mould making

New in Tebis V3.5 release 7 is multi-pane technology, which makes it easier for the user to switch between files and move elements

On a mission to make its solutions more effective and user-friendly, Tebis, a developer of CAD/CAM systems for tool, die and mould manufacturing, has released Tebis V3.5 version 7.

This release aims to enable users to multitask more easily. So, whilst work is being carried out in multiple CAD files, the toolpaths of very large components can be calculated in parallel.

Key to this is ‘multi-pane’ technology, enabling users to switch between several Tebis files, copy any graphic and library elements and paste them into the files.

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S’up Spoon - 4c design’s inclusive design for cerebral palsy sufferers

Published 12 September 2014

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: design, 4c, glasgow, 4c design, spoon

The hope is that through the Kickstarter campaign the £33,000 target will be met to take the S’up Spoon into manufacture

What began as a spoon redesign project between Mark Penver, an intern at Glasgow product design consultancy 4c design, and Grant Douglas, a man with cerebral palsy, has become a Kickstarter project.

Unlike traditional spoons, the S’up Spoon has a deeper cavity to hold contents more securely and reduce spillage.

Although designed for those whose movements and coordination are affected by cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s or essential tremor, the spoon’s sleek design and matte black finish does not single it out as an assistive device.

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Still confused by the Internet of Things? There are resources out there to help

Published 09 September 2014

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: ptc, cambridge consultants, internet of things, iot, thingworx

Cambridge Consultants has launched a guide to help demystify the connected world

So you think it’s time to jump on the Internet of Things bandwagon but you don’t entirely understand how you can ‘get connected’. Well, there are many resources out there to help. To start, here are three.

Cambridge Consultants has published a Top 10 issues guide to help you through the most important things to consider if you are to make a successful connected device.

The guide is aimed specifically at companies that are new to creating connected products – identifying the potential pitfalls and how to avoid making costly mistakes.

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Rolo Bikes’ revolutionary bike frame engineered using HyperWorks

Published 01 September 2014

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: simulation, altair engineering, bicycle, hyperworks, bicycle design, altair optistruct, optimization, optimisation, euro bike show

The Rolo road bike frame, at 710g, claims to be the lightest and stiffest in the world

Rolo Bikes has unveiled its results of a joint development project with Altair, producing a road cycle weighing in at a featherweight 710g.

Using Altair’s HyperWorks Suite, Rolo’s engineers took the design through a process of optimisation and virtual testing with the goal of achieving world leading levels of performance for weight, stiffness and comfort for a bicycle frame.

Beginning with a carbon fibre frame of 829g, by the end of the optimisation process the Rolo frame weighed just 710g, the company showcasing its work at the Euro Bike trade show.

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More partners lend support to £1m IoT launchpad competition

Published 28 August 2014

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: competition, london, internet of things, iot, sme, cambridge

The Launchpad competition was first announced by David Cameron at the CEBIT conference earlier this year

Following the announcement of the £1m Internet of Things (IoT) Launchpad competition, start-ups and SMEs in London and Cambridge have been racing for £150K in funding.

Supported by the Technology Strategy Board and Cambridge Wireless, these have the deadline of 3 September, before judges decide which IoT projects to dish out funding to from the £1m pot.

Since the competition launch the IoT has become the tech buzzword of the moment - as we covered in our article What is IoT and what it means for designs and engineers - and now other companies are getting involved.

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