Posts by Tanya Weaver

LEGO Technic and Volvo partner to create six-cylinder Wheel Loader

Published 29 July 2014

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Article tagged with: engineering, lego, construction, volvo, lego technic

The 2kg remote controlled loader not only drives, steers and lifts but also loads just like its 55 tonne equivalent



Toy giant LEGO and Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) have joined forces to create a motorised LEGO Technic L350F Volvo Wheel Loader.

Comprising over 1,600 parts and measuring 23cm in height and 59cm in length, the Wheel Loader is the latest flagship motorised model from the LEGO Technic line.

Powered by six-cylinder engine pistons, the model’s loader arm can lift approximately 1kg and the attached bucket is the largest part ever engineered for a LEGO Technic model in its 37-year history.

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Design of the commemorative 50 pence piece for the Commonwealth Games

Published 28 July 2014

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Article tagged with: design, tangerine, money, sport, coin design, royal mint, 4c, commonwealth games

The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games are underway and the first batch of Glasgow 2014 50p coins designed by tangerine have entered circulation

As well as seeing sport on the telly for the next two weeks whilst the 2014 Commonwealth Games are under way in Glasgow, you may also come across a ‘sporty’ 50p piece in your wallet.

The UK’s product design agencies have had their part to play in the CommonWealth Games with Glasgow-based 4C Design creating the relay baton and now London-based tangerine has announced its contribution to the Games in the way of small change.

The Royal Mint invited design agencies to design a circulating coin. tangerine beat off over 50 competitors to secure the commission.

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Inside the mind of an inventor: ‘Tom’s Fantastic Floating Home’ on TV screens starts this week

Published 24 July 2014

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Article tagged with: inventor, tom lawton, invention, tom's fantastic floating home

In his new TV program, Tom Lawton will take inspiration from his six-year-old son, Barney, for their boat

Tom Lawton and his six-year-old son Barney are set for their TV debut when the four-part series Tom’s Fantastic Floating Home kicks off on Channel 4 on Sunday 27 July.

Inventor Tom Lawton has featured a number of times in DEVELOP3D over the years, his Bubblescope invention graced the cover in November 2012 .

Those who attended DEVELOP3D Live 2013 will also remember his entertaining talk about the trials and tribulations of being an inventor and designer (the video is still available to watch here).

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Controlling an animatronic ‘Happy Face’ using Autodesk Maya

Published 21 July 2014

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

The big animatronic head is controlled through Maya

On 12 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.

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Dell UK adds MakerBot Replicator 3D printers to its portfolio

Published 09 July 2014

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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

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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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