Posts by Tanya Weaver

Biomimicry and AI engineering experts head-up SolidThinking’s Converge event for 2017

Published 01 August 2017

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: engineering, simulation, design, manufacturing, automotive, solidthinking, ai

Zaha Hadid, Amazone and APWorks have all been lined-up for Altair’s European future of design event, Converge, with an impetus on looking to nature as well as artificial intelligence for design inspiration.

Talks from the likes of the Elise Alfred Wegener Institut will cover how the evolution of nature has impacted its designs - in Elise’s case the digitalisation of ocean biomimicry.

Leaning heavily on the abilities of its topology optimisation and generative design softwares SolidThinking, the event will give a platform to those exploring the ‘innovative intersections of technology and design’.

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WATCH // How Rolls-Royce assembles its Trent XWB aero engine

Published 21 June 2017

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: engineering, manufacturing, aerospace, rolls royce, rolls-royce, engine

Rolls-Royce recently uploaded a video of its new Trent XWB assembly line in Dahlewitz, Germany, offering a glimpse into how 20,000 components come together to form what the company claims is the world’s most efficient aero engine.

This recently opened assembly line complements the main production line in Derby, UK, and will help meet the demand for Rolls-Royce’s Trent XWB engines by delivering up to two engines per week by the end of 2017.

Combining this with the capacity to deliver up to five Trent XWB engines from its main production line in Derby the company says that it will be able to deliver one Trent XWB engine per day at peak.

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New technology allows for more cranes in tight urban sites

Published 16 June 2017

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Article tagged with: prototype, design, industrial design, manufacture, model making

The new windsail solution was designed for luffing jib cranes facing tough space and safety restrictions

The world’s first retractable crane windsails have been put to work on cramped urban building sites, with thanks to some expert prototyping knowhow producing 1:1 scale models used for wind testing.

The design, which enables cranes to achieve a smaller parking radius whilst retaining the full operational wind speed limit, were designed for Select Plant Hire by Industrial Design Consultancy (IDC), making full advantage of its own in-house model making division.

A number of 3D printed SLA models were produced throughout the early design stages, followed by a full-sized working prototype of the windsail, which was almost 9 metres in length.

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Early-stage startups can now apply for CRL’s hardware accelerator

Published 14 June 2017

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Article tagged with: funding, start-ups, startups, accelerator, hardware accelerator, crl

One of the CRL accelerator alumni is Do It Kits by Helen Steer

The six-month hardware accelerator programme from London-based Central Research Laboratory (CRL) will help hardware startups take their vision for a product and make it a reality.

During this intensive programme CRL will offer mentorship, workshop facilities including prototyping materials, a trip to Shenzhen to meet with manufacturing partners, £5,000 startup grant and up to £100,000 in seed investment. In exchange, CRL ask for a 3% equity stake in your business.

To qualify you’ll need a working prototype, two or more team members, desire to build a scalable product based business and a business model displaying genuine innovation.

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‘Stop printing crap’ on your 3D printers

Published 12 June 2017

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: 3d printing, thingiverse.com, thingiverse, 3d print, landfill

Dave Hakkens, a designer from the Netherlands, is calling on those who own or who have access to 3D printers to “stop printing crap” just because you can.

He urges users of 3D printers to use the materials responsibly and not create useless tat that will gather dust on their desk and eventually head to landfill.

Sites such as Thingiverse have literally tens of thousands of 3D models that users can download and use to print off all manner of things like keyrings, wrenches, flimsy spectacle frames, arty objects, weird ornaments, vases etc. etc. In other words, objects that, according to Hakkens, are crap.

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IKEA invites start-ups to join its Bootcamp program

Published 12 June 2017

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Article tagged with: funding, start-ups, start-up, ikea, startups, accelerator, ikea bootcamp, mentoring

IKEA Bootcamp is calling out to early stage start-ups to find solutions that address the big challenges in our daily lives but at the same time have a positive impact on the planet and society.

The ten selected start-ups, who will each be awarded Euro 20,000, will spend three months from September to December at the IKEA Range & Supply Democratic Design centre in Älmhult, Sweden.

As well as free co-working space and housing during the program, you will also have access to mentorship and advice from IKEA and Rainmaking (a global cooperative of entrepreneurs who run startups and innovation programs in more than 40 countries).

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CT scan data used in the reconstruction of a life-size skull in 3D printing and VR

Published 09 June 2017

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, medical, fdm, virtual reality, healthcare, sls

3M BIC utilises 3D printing and VR in a project that demonstrates maxillofacial reconstruction as a way of repairing broken bones

Using the data from an employees’ CT scan 3M Buckley Innovation Centre (3M BIC) 3D printed two life-sized skulls - one using SLS and the other FDM technology.

With this in-house project the Huddersfield-based design team aimed to demonstrate how 3D printing has advanced and the impact it can have in the medical and healthcare industries. In this particular instance, the reconstruction of a damaged skull.

In addition to the 3D prints the team has since converted the files for use in virtual reality applications, including the Microsoft Hololens.

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