Posts by Tanya Weaver

Combine automation with LEGO Mindstorms in COPA-DATA’s zenon Challenge

Published 26 September 2014

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: visualisation, lego, ergonomics, lego mindstorms ev3, cola datas, zenon

z.T is the official 2014 zenon Challenge mascot. The competition combines the complexity of the automation industry with the creativity and fun of LEGO MINDSTORMS

Earlier this year COPA-DATA, an industrial automation software provider, launched its biennial competition - zenon Challenge.

Both existing and potential members of the COPA-DATA Partner Community are invited to use the company’s ergonomic HMI/SCADA software zenon as the visualisation and control system to power LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 creations.

With the competition deadline of 16 October, there is still time to get a team together, enter the challenge and submit a video of your amazing creation.

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Reverse engineering: an aluminium cycling helmet a shining example of CNC skills

Published 26 September 2014

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: industrial design, delcam, engineering, powershape, cnc, 3d scanning, bikes, cnc machining, cycling, helmets

An aluminium version of the Rudy Project’s Windmax Helmet being created out of alluvium on a Mazak machine

A shiny incarnation of Rudy Project’s Windmax Helmet, has been milled in aluminium by Delcam to show off its Delcam’s reverse engineering capabilities.

The Windmax helmet is the choice of the Delcam-sponsored cycling team at the Italian manufacturer Progetto Cycling.

Although Rudy Project is not a customer, Delcam Italia general manager Franco Calloni approached the Italian company with the request of using the helmet to promote the Delcam Solution: Reverse – Milling – Inspection.

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New report says 16 is critical age at which women are lost to potential engineering careers

Published 25 September 2014

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: jobs, education, schools, girls in engineering, apprentiships, female engineers, women in engineering, jaguar landrover

Jaguar LandRover has schemes in place to attract young girls into a career in engineering such as ‘Young Women in the Know’

We’ve been banging on about it here at DEVELOP3D for some time in various articles and blog posts: we need more female engineers, who currently only account for 7 per cent of the professional engineering workforce in the UK.

A new report by the the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), states, an additional 87,000 graduate-level engineers are needed each year between now and 2020, yet only 46,000 are being produced.

The release goes on to demonstrate that 16 is the critical age at which women are lost to a potential career in engineering: this is the point at which far more women than men make A-level and vocational subject choices that close off pathways into careers in engineering.

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New partnership sees Theorem Solutions relaunch fresh look Data Exchange Navigator

Published 23 September 2014

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: data exchange, theorem solutions, converter, theorem, fei open inventor

Users of Theorem’s CADverter product suite will notice a new graphical user interface, which Theorem claims is vastly improved and offers a more interactive experience as a result of the FEI Open Inventor integration

A new partnership has seen Theorem Solutions able to redevelop and relaunch its Data Exchange Navigator (DXN).

After linking up with FEI Visualisation Sciences Group, a provider of 3D visualisation and analysis software and 3D graphics toolkits,  the collaboration has enabled data translation experts Thoerem to integrate the FEI Open Inventor - a 3D software development toolkit - into its portfolio.

The use of the Open Inventor toolkit has also resulted in a new graphical user interface, which is being rolled out with the latest releases of the CADverter product suite.

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James Dyson Awards 2014: A Bee monitor is amongst the national winners

Published 19 September 2014

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: dyson, student design, james dyson foundation, beekeeping, james dyson award, dyson award, engineering design, dyson foundation

Mima is a minimal invasive monitoring assistant for apiarists, which allows for the monitoring of a hive without having to open it up

Being DEVELOP3D’s resident beekeeper, I made a beeline (pardon the pun) for the German national winner of this year’s James Dyson Awards.

These annual awards, run by the James Dyson Foundation, is open to current and recent design engineering students from all over the world.

Created by Lisa Reichardt, an industrial design student at Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design Germany, Mima allows apiarists to inspect a beehive without having to open it up.

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Local Motors to use Autodesk Spark 3D printing platform

Published 18 September 2014

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: 3d printing, autodesk, 3d printer, digital manufacturing, local motors, spark, strati

Autodesk and Local Motors collaborate on first industrial application of Spark, the open 3D printing platform to solve challenges in large format 3D printing

In a post last week we reported how Local Motors is taking the final steps towards completing its first full scale 3D printed car - the Strati.

Well, this US vehicle manufacturer has now announced that it will be using Autodesk’s Spark 3D printing platform in the Strati’s continuing development.

Earlier this year, Autodesk revealed that it would be launching its open 3D printing software platform called Spark alongside its own 3D printer.

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Medical applications for 3D printing: HeartPrint model from Materialise

Published 17 September 2014

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: 3d printing, medical, materialise, heartprint, 3d print

Bradley White looking at the 3D model of his heart by Materialise, with the heart printed in a flexible transparent material and the tumour in a hard opaque material

Remember the days, they weren’t that long ago, when we ‘oohed’ and ‘aahed’ over the capabilities of 3D printing. This technology has served up everything from scarves to unmanned aerial vehicles, and not much amazes anymore.

But one area where pioneering 3D printing technologies is very exciting is in medical applications.

One such example is HeartPrint, Materialise‘s service for providing 3D printed cardiovascular models from medical image data, which was recently used by doctors at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to determine the best treatment for Bradley White, a teenager born with a tumour.

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