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Update: Reports of $60m Lagoa acquisition dismissed by Autodesk

Published 20 November 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: autodesk, rendering, visualisation, product design, develop3d live, 3d design, lagoa

Reports in the Canadian media suggest that Autodesk has acquired Lagoa for around $60m

UPDATE: After going straight to the source at Autodesk, we’ve been told that they haven’t acquired Lagoa. We’ll keep you updated should anything change


Lagoa, the cloud-based 3D rendering software has been reportedly acquired by Autodesk for over $60 million.

Having only launched properly in April 2013, the company raised $6.9 million through two rounds of funding, much of it from Cambridge-based Atlas Ventures.

Lagoa was aimed at moving the 3D rendering process to the cloud, changing the way product development teams collaborate on the design and marketing of the finished product.

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This bullet-proof safe for wristwatches is over-design nirvana

Published 20 November 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, firearms, security, watches, watch design, safe, brown safe, armour

Ballistic steel outer to keep your precious things safe inside

I’m sure we all woke up this morning with the same problem: our million dollar watch collection being targeted by .50cal gun fire. Annoying isn’t it?

However, there is a solution, the Chronos from Brown Safe, wrapped in ballistic steel that will repel those pesky large calibre gunshots, keeping your timepiece collection safe.

It’s security to the highest degree, although you can’t help but feel the need for that kind of protection is reserved to places you probably shouldn’t be storing your expensive keepsakes in the first place.

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National Freelancer Day: How are things looking for product designers?

Published 19 November 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cloud computing, crowdsourcing, crowdfunding, national freelance day, peopleperhour, freelance

The number of product designers doing freelance work is increasing

The workplace is changing, and freelance 3D designers are no longer an anomaly in the system: new technology is benefitting them, the internet is embracing them and there’s work out there.

Seeing as today’s National Freelancers Day we thought we’d investigate this a little further amongst the confines of design as a whole - freelance design is far more common in graphics web and VFX due to the short-timeframe nature of the work.

Speaking to freelance specialists PeoplePerHour it told us that there’s been a 70 per cent increase in the number of jobs that brands have completed using industrial design freelancers in the last year.

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Packed Pixels - from idea to Kickstarter

Published 19 November 2014

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: autodesk, industrial design, hardware, kickstarter, crowdsourcing, crowdfunding, indiegogo

We’re all aware, in the design and engineering community, of the wealth of activity that’s surrounding Kickstarter, IndieGoGo and the other sources of crowdfunding for hardware development projects.

From the big hitters that have achieved millions in funding through to the small, one or two person teams, and built small scale business.

Over the last year or so, we’ve been talking to the folks behind many of these projects and finding that there’s typically two streams of projects.

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