Posts by Tanya Weaver

Pedal power to celebrate Tour de France coming to Yorkshire

Published 10 April 2014

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: solidworks, bicycle, printing, tour de france, bicycle design

This summer sees the Tour de France coming to Yorkshire for the first time with cyclists starting in Leeds on 5 July 2014.

To commemorate the Yorkshire Grand Départ, local Sheffield lad Brian Trevaskiss hatched an idea for a bike design to be showcased at the Yorkshire Festival 2014 - a 100 day arts festival preceding the start of the race.

But his design was for no ordinary bicycle. Instead of using it to cycle around with he would be using it to print posters.

In order to bring his Pedal Powered Printing Press to life Trevaskiss roped in friends from local industrial design consultancy, Click.

“The project included design and bikes; two of our favourite things, so when we were asked to help turn this idea into reality, naturally we jumped at the chance,” says Magnus Edmondson of Click.

So, with funding from the Sheffield Culture Consortium secured they were off.

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Female engineer pens an ‘ode to Engineering’

Published 04 April 2014

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: education, career, female engineers

Nowadays, with the speed of email, it’s very rare to get a letter via ‘snail mail’ that isn’t a bill or a statement; even rarer still, to have your name and address handwritten on the envelope.

So, when a letter addressed to myself landed through D3D Tower’s letterbox I was more than a little curious. Inside was a rather charming ‘ode to engineering’ written by a female engineer, Amaya Muñoz of amx engineering in Carlisle.

The reason for the ode was not to showcase a possible change in career but to draw attention to how vital engineering is to all our lives and to get young people excited by engineering so that they may consider it as a career.

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Artem bring Titanfall pilots to life in just 9 days

Published 21 March 2014

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, kuka, artem, special effects

Artem is no stranger to very tight deadlines.

Our February cover story revealed how this London-based physical special effects (SFX) company can turn around projects, like the Halo 4 suit that graced the front cover, using a range of tools and processes in an extremely tight timeframe.

In its most recent project Artem SFX was approached by Xbox and Sculptivate to create two replica ‘Titanfall’ costumes for the EMEA launch held in London.

These suits would be worn by freerunners who would be mimicking the rather athletic actions of the Xbox One game characters.

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Mechanical design input needed in tetra shed summerhouse concept

Published 20 March 2014

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Article tagged with: design, architecture, mechanical design, home office, garden office

Gone are the days when the garden shed was the domain of the man of the house to tinker and hammer away at various projects.

Nowadays with home working having become more commonplace, all sorts of ‘garden offices’ are springing up, some arguably more expensive than the cost of an extension to your house.

However, the tetra shed® garden office is different. It’s a 3D tessellating building system that is cost effective, customisable, doesn’t require planning permission and is pretty good looking. And now, the architects behind the system are working on a new ‘special’ option that requires the help of a mechanical designer.

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An open source design project to help save the bees

Published 13 March 2014

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: design, bees, crowdsourcing, beekeeping, cnc router

As DEVELOP3D’s resident beekeeper, anything beekeeping related piques my interest. It was certainly piqued recently when I stumbled across the work of the Open Source Beehives project.

Essentially these guys, which consist of a team of ecologists, makers, engineers, and open source advocates based in Denver, Barcelona and Brussels, are reacting to the drop in bee numbers - or what’s otherwise known as the Colony Collapse Disorder.

I won’t bang on about how vital bees are but will just say that if they disappear, so will we.

The solution that the Open Source Beehives project has come up with is one that involves all citizens in monitoring bee health. However, first the team had to design and develop the hive, which was done using Rhino, a plank of plywood and a CNC router.

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Ultimaker aims to bring 3D printing to UK schools

Published 08 March 2014

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, education, ultimaker

Hot on the heels of MakerBot’s announcement to get a 3D printer in every school in the US, Ultimaker GB has launched the CREATE initiative in a bid to do similar in the UK.

Ultimaker’s open source technology enables a collaborative approach between users and offers every student the opportunity to engage in the learning and development process of 3D printing.

The organisation will provide a free no obligation loan of an original Ultimaker to schools and are seeking 50 schools across the country to be appointed as 3D Hubs to help make 3D printing accessible to everyone.

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Parents are urged to encourage their daughters into engineering

Published 05 March 2014

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Article tagged with: engineering, girls in engineering, female engineers, queen elizabeth prize for engineering, qe prize

Abigail Hutty is a spacecraft structures engineer at Astrium working on the ExoMars Rover Mission

In a book I’m currently reading, which is set in 1940s London, a young, aspiring girl proclaims to her mother that she wants to go to university to study physics, to which her mother replies: “Why? After all, women’s highest calling is to be a mother and a wife.”

Thank god attitudes have changed. Or have they?

A recent survey conducted by the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering (QEPrize), which recently launched its £1 million engineering prize (read our earlier post), shows that engineering still suffers from an image problem, especially among the parents of girls.

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