Posts by Tanya Weaver

Controlling an animatronic ‘Happy Face’ using Autodesk Maya

Published 21 July 2014

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: maya, model making, new blades, sfx, vfx, animatronic

The big animatronic head is controlled through Maya

On 12th June, Holborn Studios in London played host to New Blades, the 22nd annual model makers recruitment fair.

As a sponsor, DEVELOP3D went along to see the diverse range of models on display from the 100 graduates from six different colleges.

One of the standout exhibits was HAPPY FACE - a project by a group of students, graduates and lecturers from the University of Bolton’s Visual (VFX) and Special Effects (SFX) for Film and TV course.

The animatronic face was built by student Julian Griffiths with the facial control system created by course leader Richard Jones using custom developed tools within VFX software including Autodesk Maya.

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Dell UK adds MakerBot Replicator 3D printers to its portfolio

Published 09 July 2014

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: 3d printing, dell, makerbot, 3d printers

The MakerBot Replicator 2X is one of the 3D printers now available to purchase from Dell UK

Dell UK is getting in on the 3D printing action as it announced today that it will now offer MakerBot Replicator 3D printers to its UK customers. 

Those who attended Develop3D Live earlier this year may have noticed the Makerbots on Dell’s stand. Well, now they are officially available for purchase, a few months after the US announcement.

The aim of this addition to the Dell portfolio is to provide an end-to-end solution, from concept through to print, for small and medium-sized businesses enabling fast and affordable prototyping.

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3D printing the smallest ears in the world

Published 08 July 2014

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: 3d printing, 3d printer, sla, viper sla

3D printed insect ears on SLA tips at 400x magnification. The tweezer in the shot gives an idea of dimensions

We’ve come across all manner of objects printed via 3D printing and now the Industrial Design Consultancy (IDC) has managed to produce 3D models of the smallest hearing organ known to science.

As part of pioneering research at the University of Bristol, IDC Models (the rapid prototyping and model making division of IDC) has pushed 3D printing to the limit in the development of life-size replicas of the katydid’s ears, using its high resolution Viper SLA machine. 

The research project is focused on understanding how katydids actually hear as their ears, which are located in their legs, are up to 100 times smaller than the sound wave they are listening to. 

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McLaren Automotive debuts two new cars at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

Published 02 July 2014

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Article tagged with: automotive, mclaren, mclaren automotive, cars, goodwood festival of speed, vehicles

Building on the 12C GT3, the 650S GT3 was unveiled in front of fans and the media

This past weekend people and vehicles descended on the Goodwood Estate in the Sussex Downs for the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Amongst the various vehicles on display and those taking to Goodwood’s famous hill, were two debut vehicles from McLaren Automotive.

The first is a GT version of the recently unveiled 650S. This track-focused 650S GT3 will race at the GT3 (Cup Grand Touring Cars) championships from the 2015 season.

According to the company, the GT3 iteration has been honed using CFD technology and the latest in automotive and motorsport simulation to offer enhanced aerodynamics and improved levels of cooling.

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Future transport – Aero-X hoverbike design

Published 27 June 2014

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Article tagged with: motorcycle, transport, flying motorcycle, future transport, hovercraft

Look familiar? The Aero-X seems to have taken design cues from the original Star Wars’ Speeder Bike

The flying car is almost here with AeroFex‘s announcement that in 2017 its flagship Aero-X hoverbike will go on sale.

Aero-X, which was unveiled in 2012, rides like an off-road motorcycle. But, unlike a motorcycle, it leaves the ground flying up to 10 feet at 45 miles per hour.

Although not specifically designed for the daily commute, it can carry two people across open terrain and used for things like surveying, search and rescue, border patrol, disaster relief, aerial agricultural, ranching etc.

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Shake your power: musical instrument that creates electricity

Published 26 June 2014

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Article tagged with: design, kickstarter, renewable energy, kenya, musical instrument

SPARK is a musical instrument that generates enough kinetic energy to power a light or charge a phone

To get light you simply flick a switch, right? In many developing countries this isn’t always the case; for instance, 75 per cent of Kenya’s population live without access to electricity.

Given our ever increasing reliance on devices such as mobile phones and computers at work, it’s an incredible statistic to try an imagine.

Sudha Kheterpal, a professional percussionist who has toured the world with bands such as Faithless and The Spice Girls, has come up with a bright idea: SPARK, a prototype percussion shaker that converts kinetic energy generated from shaking into useable electricity.

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Report from the National Women in Engineering Day conference

Published 23 June 2014

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Article tagged with: engineering, female engineers, women in engineering, wes, national women in engineering day, nwed

The NWED conference that took place at the iMechE headquarters in London

In case you missed it (unlikely if you’ve seen our twitter feed or facebook page today), it’s National Women in Engineering Day (NWED), with lots of events celebrating women in engineering all over the country.

At iMeche HQ in Westminster, the Womens Engineering Society (WES) hosted the NWED Conference.

I can’t explain how brilliant it was being at an engineering conference were 96 per cent of attendees were female. Having been a journalist in this industry for over 11 years, I’m used to seeing a sea of suits (the trouser variety) at industry events.

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