Posts by Tanya Weaver

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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Date for your diary: Engineering Design Show, Coventry

Published 27 August 2014

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: conference, electronics, design engineering, engineering design show

The Engineering Design Show is expected to attract more than 4,000 visitors and 250 exhibitors

If you’re a design or electronic engineer, mark off 22 - 23 October in your diary as dates to visit the Ricoh Arena in Coventry for the annual Engineering Design Show.

Now in its third year, the Show will once again be co-located with the Electronics Design Show and will feature Engineering Materials Live showcasing developments in materials and additive manufacturing technology.

New for this year is the Embedded Design Show, which has been launched by the organisers Findlay Media to fill a gap in the growing embedded electronics market.

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Model maker Amalgam uses augmented reality to complement physical models

Published 13 August 2014

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: prototype, augmented reality, model making, amalgam, models

A physical model of a superyaht draws visitors to the exhibition stand whilst the augmented reality app on an iPad enables them to interact with the model virtually

Augmented reality (AR) is a type of virtual reality that superimposes information, such as graphics, video and audio, over a real-world environment to enhance the experience for the user.

It is by no means new but it is rapidly gaining pace, including in the model making industry.

Chris Conlon of Amalgam, Bristol-based model makers, was approached by a client in the superyacht industry that was keen to complement a physical model of a yacht with a virtual model on an iPad app at a forthcoming exhibition.

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What’s new in Delcam PowerMILL 2015 - a CAM system for high-speed and five-axis machining

Published 11 August 2014

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: delcam, powermill, delcam powermill, five axis machining, powermill 2015

PowerMILL 2015 gives smoother toolpaths for machines with tilting tables

Delcam’s PowerMILL has developed into a CAM system that controls all manner of complex machine tools, from micromachining strategies for small parts to high-speed removal rates on large components.

Now, with the release of PowerMILL 2015, Delcam promises even faster machining of parts whilst maintaining superior part quality.

Big news for the 2015 release (check out Al Dean’s review of PowerMILL 2014 here) is improvements to the Vortex high-efficiency area-clearance strategy, improved collision checking to also cover near misses, and more efficient raster finishing.

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Reinventing the toilet for the developing world

Published 05 August 2014

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: design, student design, toilet design, reinventing the toilet

LuLoo - an aspirational toilet for all designed by a team at Loughborough University’s Design School

In the developing world 2.5 billion people lack basic sanitation.

This is a huge problem and in October 2013, the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) under the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Government of India and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in collaboration with India’s Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) launched the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge:India.

One of the multidisciplinary teams that received funding to develop their ideas was formed by Loughborough University’s Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) and consisted of research associates at the University’s Design School. 

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The Internet of Things - TEO: the padlock of the future

Published 01 August 2014

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: product design, cisco, internet of things, iot, padlock

With TEO your smartphone becomes your key

TEO (Transferable Electronic Operation) is a keyless padlock that can be locked and unlocked via a smartphone app or other Bluetooth enabled device.

TEO is a new ‘thing’ in the Internet of Things (IoT). This IoT term has been bandied about for some time and it’s at the point now where we can no longer close our ears to its chatter (look out for an IoT article in the July/August issue of Develop3D).

Similar to the August Smart Lock, TEO’s physical keys are replaced with a smartphone app.

“Keeping track of physical keys is a pain,” says Gord Duncan, TEO’s founder, who came up with the TEO idea whilst on holiday with his family in Costa Rica afraid that he was going to lose the keys to their SUV.

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