3D printed & sustainable Melonia Shoe nominated for a Brit Insurance Design Award

Published 16 February 2011

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: 3d printing, direct manufacturing, materials, materialise, fashion, sustainable design, prototyping, shoe design, laser sintering

From the 16th of February until the 7th of August, the Design Museum in London will be holding an exhibition entitled the Brit Insurance Designs of the Year 2011, showcasing the works nominated for the Brit Insurance Design Award, “the Oscars of the design world”. This prestigious award is given to the most forward thinking and innovative designs from around the world, spanning seven categories. Within the fashion category are nominees Naim Josefi and Souzan Youssouf for the Melonia Shoe, a 3D printed shoe which hit the runway last February.

Naim Josefi and Souzan Youssouf are nominated for the Melonia Shoe

Naim and Souzan, of Beckmans and Konstfack design school respectively, collaborated in the creation of the shoe, 3D printing five pairs with Materialise for use in Naim’s “Melonia” collection at last year’s Stockholm Fashion Show. The shoe was designed to be a closed loop, in which a person can go to a shop, have their foot scanned, and have a shoe printed of homogenous, recyclable material. This pair of shoes can then be recycled to provide the material for a new pair when needed, the entire process embodying the concept of “no waste”.

3D printed in polyamide using Laser Sintering at Materialise’s headquarters in Belgium, the Melonia shoe is truly wearable art. Despite its delicate skeletal look, it is surprisingly strong, and as five models were able to prove on the runway, can be functional as well.

Materialise said it is “incredibly proud to have taken part in this project and wishes both Naim Josefi and Souzan Youssouf the best of luck on the 15th of March when the winners of the Brit Insurance Design Award are announced. We encourage people to go to the exhibition at the Design Museum in London to see the Melonia Shoe in person, as well as the other projects nominated for this prestigious award.”


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BMW signs 10 year deal for DS’ V6 for Electronics/Electrical development & its AIDA project

Published 10 February 2011

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: catia, dassault systemes, dassault systèmes, simulia, bmw, v6, ee, aida, ds

Dassault Systèmes made an intriguing announcement this morning. Alongside the Q4 and 2010 year earning (if you’re interested revenue growth of 20% to €1.56 billion; new licenses revenue up 30%), there was an announcement from BMW, extending the deals already announced around a year ago concerning Catia and Simulia.

BMW has signed up for V6 as the backbone for development of its future electrical, electronics, and embedded software (E/E) architecture of its cars. According to the release, the Architecture, Integration and Design for Automotive Project (AIDA), will see BMW implement a “seamless collaborative process to connect the various constituents and actors of the E/E process, putting BMW’s customers’ values at the centre of the innovation process. By leveraging Dassault Systèmes’ V6 to create a single IP reference, BMW will link customer requirements to implementable functions in the car, while defining the logical architecture of the systems and releasing the physical expression in form of hardware and software.

It continued with “BMW will leverage the V6 solution to manage the future complexity of embedded systems in the car by providing a master architecture for all car derivations and enabling a constant modernisation of car functions. The re-use of functions and the separation of hardware and software components in the development process will help BMW gain significant cost savings in the E/E domain.

DS has been making some serious moves in the systems engineering space over the few years to get into this field and bring it all under the same PLM umbrella and allow customers to manage almost everything associated with complex products from within the same environment. Looking back over the last year, one of the most significant moves that seemed to have slipped by unnoticed was DS’s acquisition of Geensoft, which brought them tools to model and generate vehicle control system software.

Signing a 10 year deal with BMW is a solid validation of the work it’s been doing.

It certainly is an interesting time in the automotive world. As we’ve said only recently, vehicles are shifting away from fossil fuel based systems that have been the status quo since 1885 (Mr Ford was well behind the times) and into brand new territory. Looking at what BMW are doing, their current concepts are a radical shift away and the vehicles they have now are going to look dated and practically pre-historical if any of its plans make it to production. There’s also huge co-operative work at play in the automotive world. BMW is working with French car maker Peugeot to develop new hybrid drive systems and this is just the tip of the iceberg (note: PSA is also a DS house in many respects).

For once, the release also contained a quote from a software executive that pretty much sums up how I feel about the subject. Dominique Florack, senior executive vice president, products – R&D at Dassault Systèmes said “The car of the future cannot be built with the processes and tools from the past.

Couldn’t have put it better myself.

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Job of the week: H2 Product Development

Published 09 February 2011

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: jobs

H2 Product Development - Product Design Engineers

Job Type: Permanent
Industry Sector: Product Development and Manufacturing
Software Category: CAD/CAM/CAE
Software Packages: ProEngineer
Location: Birmingham

H2PD is a leading NPD consultancy with an enviable client base and great projects to work on.

It’s seeking exceptional Product Design Engineers with experience of plastic enclosure and electronic assembly design.

As a valued member of the team you will take designs from concept to production, liaising with clients and suppliers.

- Creative thinking
- Experienced Pro/Engineer user
- Sketching, making, proving and implementing designs
- Sound DFMA practices
- Quality detailing & sensitive interpretation of design intent
- Minimum 3 years experience; preferably more
- Great communication skills

Salary is based upon experience

Apply here


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What exactly do you get out of ‘Labs’ technology?

Published 09 February 2011

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: solidworks, autodesk, geomagic, labs websites

Activity on Autodesk’s Labs site had a big increase last year

Autodesk’s recent news that its Labs Website has experienced more activity than ever before will come as little surprise to most. Last year there was a real flood of exciting new technologies, both in manufacturing and AEC (Architecture, Engineering, Construction).

But what do you think about was Labs sites in general? Autodesk is not exclusive in its ‘Labs’ approach to letting its users test out and influence the development of new technology. SolidWorks and Geomagic also have active sites and I’m sure there are many others, but how exactly are these embryonic technologies being used and who is using them?

  • What do you get out of test driving Labs technology?
  • With ever increasing work pressures how do you find time to test them out?
  • Do you have a technologist that specifically looks into these things?
  • How much time do you need to invest in these tools?
  • Do you ever use these tools on live projects?
  • Or maybe you really couldn’t care less about Labs technology.

We’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Dell unveils ‘Sandy Bridge’ Precision T1600 and re-writes the rules for entry-level workstations

Published 09 February 2011

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: workstation, intel, amd firepro, nvidia quadro, dell precision, sandy bridge

The Precision T1600 - the follow up to the Precision T1500

The definition of ‘entry-level’ appears to be changing as Dell launches the Precision T1600, powered by mid-range professional graphics, up to 16GB ECC memory and the latest Intel processors.

The Precision T1600 is the follow up to the Precision T1500 , a single-socket, entry-level workstation designed for professional 2D and entry-level 3D applications.

When Dell launched the Precision T1500 it was marketed very much as an AutoCAD-level machine, but with the Precision T1600 Greg Weir, Manager, Dell Precision Workstation Team, was keen to emphasise how the new machine has been tested and certified to work with many more CAD/CAM/CAE applications.

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Clouds gather for GPU-based rendering

Published 03 February 2011

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: catia, rendering, nvidia, gpu, bunkspeed, cloud, 3ds max, realityserver

Bunkspeed’s Cloud Solution helps users publish interactive photorealistic scenes or 3D content to the Web. Image modelled in SolidWorks, rendered in Bunkspeed Shot

While there’s isn’t exactly a shortage of cloud providers offering arrays of CPUs that wouldn’t be out of place in a science fiction movie, there is nowhere near the same choice when it comes to GPUs (Graphics Processing Units). This is changing, however. Last year Peer 1 Hosting, a global online IT hosting provider, delivered what it described as the industry’s first large-scale, hosted GPU cloud. Amazon Web Services also started offering cloud-based GPU resources in November 2010.

Both cloud providers currently use Nvidia hardware. Peer 1 Hosting runs the RealityServer 3D web application service platform, developed by Nvidia-owned mental images. This uses Nvidia Tesla GPUs and 3D web services to deliver interactive and photorealistic applications over the web using the iRay renderer.

Of course, demand for GPU-based cloud computing will come from the software sector and last month Bunkspeed, the developer of specialist 3D rendering and animation software, introduced its Bunkspeed Cloud Solution. It utilises Bunkspeed Shot Pro and mental images’ RealityServer and helps users publish interactive photorealistic scenes or 3D content to the Web. These can then be accessed from anywhere in the world, on almost any device via a web browser. It also helps non-CAD decision-makers view and review such projects.

Bunkspeed is the first major rendering software developer to fully utilise GPU-based cloud resources and introduce new rendering workflows. In theory, any software developer that uses mental images iRay as a rendering solution should also be able to do this without too much trouble. This includes Dassault Systèmes with Catia Live Rendering, Real Time Technology with RTT DeltaGen and Autodesk with 3ds Max. With Autodesk already showing interest in cloud-based rendering and collaboration, we would be surprised if the company didn’t unveil a GPU-based technology soon.

Of course the question arises: does it really matter to the end user what hardware is being used to render a scene? The answer is: probably not. What are important are speed, cost, quality and the ability to benefit from new workflows, and the market will ultimately decide how important cloud-based GPU rendering will become.

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Workstation manufacturers respond to flaw in Intel chipset

Published 03 February 2011

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: intel, sandy bridge, interpro, scan, chipset

Just when everything was looking so rosy for Intel, the chip giant announced this week that it has discovered a design issue in the chip that supports its new Sandy Bridge processor. The glitch in Intel’s 6 Series chip, code-named Cougar Point, could mean that the performance of SATA-linked devices, such as hard-disk drives, will degrade over time. The Sandy Bridge processor itself is not affected.

Following this bombshell which, according to some reports, could cost Intel a total of $1bn, all the major PC manufacturers have been busy releasing statements. While the likes of Dell, HP, and Lenovo yet to launch Sandy Bridge workstations, the position of these companies will be of less interest to readers of DEVELOP3D.

However, here are some statements from some of the UK’s specialist system builders. Interestingly, InterPro is only using the SATA-III ports (0 &1) where possible, which are unaffected by this issue.

“Customers whose systems only have 1x SATA-III HDD and 1x Optical drive will never see the issue if the secondary SATA controller is disabled in the BIOS,” reads the InterPro statement.

InterPro statement
Scan statement

*********** UPDATE ***********

Workstation Specialists has released this Q & A

Q: Does this affect any systems you’ve already shipped to customers and will you be recalling any?

A: This does affect a very small number of systems that have already been shipped to customers (the majority of orders placed for Sandy Bridge are in the very final stages of production and awaiting despatch). We do not plan to re-call any of these systems at this stage (as the issue only affects SATA2 ports and all the systems in the field are single HDD SATA3 configurations so are unaffected) however we will be notifying all customers and offering to swap out systems once the re-release from Intel is available.

Q: Will this affect what you’re currently offering?
A: Unfortunately yes. We have had to remove the WS1410 from sale due to this issue. We will not actively market/sell what is known to be faulty (despite is only affecting multiple HDD configs). We will revert back to our still very popular WS1400 series and re-launch the WS1410 Sandy Bridge once everything is resolved by Intel.

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