Posts by Tanya Weaver

Siemens FEA tools helped create the extremely lightweight Solar Impulse 2 plane

Published 16 March 2015

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: siemens, fea, femap, aerospace, nastran, solar impulse, solar energy, nastran nx

Femap with NX Nastran is being used to optimise and verify the structure of first plane to circumnavigate the earth using solar power alone

Last week we published a blog post on the Solar Impulse 2 project and its attempt to fly around the world powered only by solar energy.

Following lift off in Abu Dhabi on 9 March, the plane has been to Muscat, Oman, then Ahmedebad, India, and is currently being prepared for its third flight to Varanasi, also in India. The team’s progress can be followed via the project’s logbook.

A plan hatched by the Swiss team and co-pilots, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, the aim is to fly around the world with the craft’s only power coming from the sun.

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Solar Impulse 2 embarks on epic global flight with help from Dassault Systèmes

Published 09 March 2015

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: design, dassault systemes, dassault systèmes, aerospace, aircraft, 3dexperience, solar impulse, solar energy, solar

The Solar Impulse 2 airplane was designed using Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform

The first attempt to fly around the world in a plane that is powered only by solar energy began early this morning in Abu Dhabi.

The Solar Impulse project, which has been in design and development for over 12 years, is the result of the pioneering spirit of its co-founders - Swiss aeronaut Bertrand Piccard, who co-piloted the first balloon to circle the world non-stop, and Swiss businessman André Borschberg.

The project’s first plane - Solar Impulse 1 - was a test bed for the complex new technologies, while the second Solar Impulse will carry the mission forward by flying around the world, making 12 stops over five months, with a total flight time of around 25 days.



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Renishaw’s in-house training scheme for applications engineers proves fruitful

Published 02 March 2015

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Article tagged with: engineering, training, additive manufacturing, graduates, renishaw, careers, recruitment, applications engineers

Graduates from Renishaw’s Applications Academy are being snapped up by the global engineering firm as fast as they can complete the training

In 2010, Renishaw established a specialised internal training scheme in response to a growing demand for applications engineers.

This Applications Academy, which is a 21 month course and based at Renishaw’s headquarters in Gloucestershire, has proven popular with the company doubling its intake of graduates last year. So far 35 candidates have graduated from the Academy and have been snapped up into a number of divisions within the company.

The Applications Academy programme equips graduates with an understanding of engineering principles, manufacturing processes, methods and techniques, as well as communication and business skills.

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Designs of the Year 2015: A look at the product design category

Published 20 February 2015

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Article tagged with: competition, product design, design museum, awards, exhibition, designs of the year

Designs of the Year is the Design Museum’s exhibition of innovative, interesting and forward-looking design

It’s that time of the year again when London’s Design Museum launches its annual Designs of the Year award.

Now in its eighth year, these international awards celebrate design globally featuring ‘superstar’ designers alongside those that are lesser known.

There are 76 projects that have been nominated across six categories including architecture, digital, fashion, product, graphics and transport.

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Designing the Zenos E10 S - a new affordable British sportscar

Published 13 January 2015

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: design, rendering, automotive, vred, automotive design, sportscar

Production-ready Zenos E10 S debuts at the 2015 Autosport International show, featuring a design by automotive design consultancy Drive Design


During last week’s 2015 Autosport International Show, the first production-ready model of the £29,995 E10 S sports car was launched.

Featuring a bold ‘intelligent’ design by Surrey-based consultancy Drive Design, this sub-£30k track-day screamer is the first of the company’s new range of accessible sports cars.

The words ‘sportscar’ and ‘affordable’ are not usually found in the same sentence however, in 2012 Zenos Cars approached Drive Design with plans to build a completely new British sports car brand around a mid-engined, carbon-tubbed trackday car priced at less than £25K.

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Lockheed Martin UK adopts VR and immersive visualisation tools

Published 09 January 2015

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Article tagged with: vr, virtalis, immersive, lockheed martin

With the ActiveWall, Lockheed Martin’s engineers can jump into an immersive virtual environment with the Oculus Rift

Lockheed Martin, the global aerospace, defence, security and advanced technology giant, has adopted a range of new Virtual Reality (VR) and 3D immersive visualisation solutions from Virtalis.

An early adopter of Visionary Render software, its set-up is able to immerse users in a real-time, interactive VR environment created from huge 3D datasets. 

Users can work alone, in small groups, or collaborate with distant colleagues in a common virtual environment to perform design reviews, rehearse in-depth training, validate maintenance procedures or verify assembly and manufacturing processes.

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Caselace cleverly stops your headphone cables from getting knotted and tangled

Published 19 December 2014

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Article tagged with: design, kickstarter, model making, mobile phone, phone case

Caselace is a a new mobile phone or MP3 player case that wraps your headphone cables securely

How long does it take you to untangle and remove the knots from your headphone cable before you can use them? With the new Caselace design it will take you no time at all.

Caselace is a mobile phone case with hooks or “wibbles” along the outside edge that enables you to easily wrap your headphone cable directly around your phone still allowing you to text and make phone calls.

Caselace, which was founded by three partners, one of whom is Phil Champ of Champ Industrial Design who carried out the design of the case, was recently launched as a Kickstarter campaign.

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