Posts by Tanya Weaver

PTC pushes Internet of Things at its European user event

Published 21 November 2014

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Article tagged with: ptc, internet of things, iot, thingworx, user event, liveworx, streetscooter, m2m

This year’s PTC Live Stuttgart, which took place on 18-19 November 2014 at the ICS in Stuttgart, saw an Internet of Things co-located event: LiveWorx Europe

PTC is the only CAD vendor that really seems to be shouting about the Internet of Things (IoT). And it’s certainly making a loud noise with the recent $300 million investment of two IoT related companies - ThingWorx and Axeda.

At PTC Live Global 2014 held earlier this year in Boston, PTC’s CEO Jim Heppelmann kicked off the event by introducing IoT and discussed the company’s strategy in this area (read the article here which also explains what IoT is). This event featured an IoT focussed conference stream called LiveWorx.

At its European user conference - PTC Live Stuttgart - which took place earlier this week, the second LiveWorx event took place. Over two days, the packed agenda saw PTC employees, customers, researchers, analysts and thought leaders talk about the benefits and business value that IoT can deliver.

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DEVELOP3D: November 2014

Published 18 November 2014

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The November edition of DEVELOP3D is now available for free download.

In this edition you can read about how green 3D printing really is, take a look at the latest innovations in the world of drones, get a sneak peak inside motion capture technology company Vicon and learn about contact routines in structural simulation.

There is also the usual news, comments and jobs. And, of course, reviews - this month you can get hands on with both Tebis 3.5 for Manufacturing and Esteco modeFronrier 2014.

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A UK engineering team turning waste into plastic wins gold at an international competition

Published 17 November 2014

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Article tagged with: engineering, sustainable design, student competition, sustainabililty, materials, bio-plastic, imperial college

The team of students from Imperial College London whose project uses harmless engineered bacteria to turn landfill waste into bio-plastic

The International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) is a worldwide synthetic biology competition that sees undergraduates create a genetically engineered system, before travelling to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to present their results.

For its project, Plasticity, a team at Imperial College London re-engineered the genetic code of harmless E.coli bacteria so that they can break down landfill waste and turn it into a biodegradable plastic or bio-plastic.

Plasticity won gold at the recent iGEM awards ceremony, coming first in the manufacturing section and third overall out of total of 200 teams worldwide.

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New technology gives beer the barista treatment

Published 14 November 2014

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Article tagged with: engineering, product design, innovation, beer, brewing

Beer is getting a taste of innovation with Cambridge Consultants’ Hoppier: Beer Brewed by Engineers

As it’s almost the weekend and beer o’clock is just around the corner, it feels apt to close off this Friday with a beer-related post.

UK product design and development firm Cambridge Consultants is using coffee machine technology to give a new twist to the traditional pint in what it is calling ‘Hoppier: Beer Brewed By Engineers’.

These days, beer drinkers are being more adventurous quaffing speciality and craft beers. Capitalising on this trend, Cambridge Consultant’s technology allows barmen (and women) to adjust the ‘hoppiness’ level of each pint on demand.

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The Foundry acquires Made With Mischief with its pen-based sketching tool

Published 13 November 2014

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Article tagged with: sketching tools, the foundry, sketching, mischief, visual effects, made by mischief

Mischief, a pen-based sketching application for Mac and Windows, blends sophisticated underlying technology with an elegant, clean interface

At The Foundry’s headquarters in Central London today, this visual effects software company revealed that its expanding its market reach by acquiring a pen-based sketching tool called Mischief.

Mischief is the flagship product of Made with Mischief, which will operate within The Foundry. In other words, a company within a company.

Mischief will appeal to product designers looking for an intuitive, accessible and fast tool for use in the sketching and concept stages of product development.

The basic version is free whilst the full version will only set you back £17.49.

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Collaborative project between RUAG Space, Altair and EOS to be unveiled at Euromold

Published 13 November 2014

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, eos, cae, additive manufacturing, altair, hyperworks, space

The symbiosis of topology optimisation and additive manufacturing will bring one of longest metal components ever manufactured by industrial 3D printing into space

During the annual trade fair Euromold, which takes place from 25th to 28th November 2014 in Frankfurt, a collaborative project to create a new antenna support component for the Sentinel 1 satellite will be presented by Altair.

RUAG Space, a European supplier of aerospace products, wanted to redesign the aluminium component so that is was much lighter and significantly stiffer than its predecessor.

To redesign and optimise this part, engineers used Altair ProductDesign and then produced the component using 3D printing or additive manufacturing technology from EOS.

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Airfix uses LIDAR scanning in the development of its 2015 model range

Published 11 November 2014

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Article tagged with: engineering, scanning, lidar, airfix, scale models

The model of the Heinkel HE111-P2, a primary Luftwaffe bomber during World War II, is slated for release in Q3 2015 to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain

Airfix, the oldest UK manufacturer of scale plastic model kits, has announced that it has used LIDAR (Light Radar) scanning for the first time in the development of key models in the 2015 range.

The announcement was made by the Airfix development team during a presentation at IPMS Scale ModelWorld 2014, an annual model show that took place in Telford on 8 and 9 November.

In essence, LIDAR scanning uses laser light to accurately map the surface of an object (such as a plane) in three dimensions, resulting in a high-definition 3D computer image of the object.

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