Solid Edge University 2013: Live Blog

Published 26 June 2013

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, solid edge, cam

As you can tell from the image above, we’re here in Cincinnati for Solid Edge University. Actually we’re in northern Kentucky, but it’s not like geography really matters, it’s all about the software.

We’re underway with The Who as the soundtrack, and the term ‘Edgers’ has been coined. It’s going to be one of those days.

Stick with us below the line for all the information from this year’s event - and the breaking news on ST6 being launched today.


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Autodesk Fusion 360 is go

Published 25 June 2013

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: prototype, design, autodesk, industrial design, visualisation, inventor, develop3d live, t-splines, fusion, fusion 360

It’s probably the worst kept secret on planet CAD in some years, but today, Autodesk are going live with their Fusion 360 tools.

They’ve been in beta test for the last few months and it’s finally going to be available for commercial use.

If you’ve missed out on the available information so far, here’s a quick recap and intro from Uncle Carl Bass, Autodesk’s CEO at DEVELOP3D Live.

If you can’t be arsed with that, the basics are this: Autodesk Fusion 360 is a web-based collaborative environment for both CAD design and simulation.

It seems the amalgamation of the fusion direct modeling technology the company has been working on the past few years along with the integration of t-Splines technology that it acquired a little while ago.

But what is it in reality? Here’s the bullet points:

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Student designs repairable toaster and kettle

Published 25 June 2013

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: solidworks, keyshot, student design, new designers 2013, repairable products, fixing

Those who read my comment in the June issue will know my feelings towards fixing and our throwaway culture – basically we should fix more and throwaway less. So, I was very heartened to discover that a student designer shares that same sentiment.

Samuel Carr, a product design masters student at Sheffield Hallam University, has designed a repairable toaster and kettle as his final year project.

The inspiration came during his seven month internship at Morphy Richards last year. As he describes, “I noticed a vast amount of products being returned due to failures in relatively simple components such as timers/wire connections. I also noticed that after these products were returned they often found their way onto landfill sites.

“This isn’t just an issue that is isolated to Morphy Richards either, it’s an industry wide problem, mainly, due to the way the products are developed and manufactured.”

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A UK designed baton on a 3,300 mile journey across the USA

Published 21 June 2013

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: student design, prototyping, sla, running

Today marks day 14 of the 23 day, 3,300 mile non-stop running relay from LA to Boston, which features a baton designed and prototyped in the UK.

The One Run for Boston race was hatched up by three friends in the UK who were horrified by the Boston Marathon bombing earlier this year. They wanted to organise an event that would enable them to raise money for One Fund Boston, the charity helping those affected by the bombing.

“One Run For Boston is a chance for runners to come together and show solidarity in a really dynamic way. To be part of something remarkable, to demonstrate the strength of human spirit and send a powerful message of support to the city of Boston and those whose lives were changed on 15 April,” says Kate Treleaven, who organised the event together with Danny Bent and Jamie Hay.

The trio chose dates and mapped out a route. Their aim was to divide the route into 319 separate stages with participating runners either paying $50 for themselves or $25 for a team. The distance they run could be anywhere from five to 26 miles. So far 1,565 runners have signed up and raised over $60,606.

 

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Stratasys + MakerBot - Let the games commence

Published 19 June 2013

Posted by Al Dean

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Bre Pettis, CEO, MakerBot. Imagine the same photo, but with a mahoosive pile of cash


It’s been expected for a while since the Wall Street Journal talked about how MakerBot was up for acquisition rather than further investment, but the news that Stratasys is looking to merge it’s operations with the entry level 3D printer manufacturer still came as a surprise.

According to the press release, the ‘bot will continue as a separate business unit with it’s own products, it’s own strategies and retain head honcho, Bre Pettis, running the show.

So the obvious question is “Does this make sense?”

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3D printed cars racing at the Scalextric 4 Schools final

Published 17 June 2013

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: 3d printing, ptc, scalextric, scalextric 4 schools

Yesterday saw the final of the Scalextric 4 Schools challenge, a PTC initiative that challenges middle and high school children to design, make and race their own Scalextric cars.

Scalextric 4 Schools consists of six challenges that focus on different aspects of design and engineering.

Nottingham’s Westbury School’s students chose to enter into the F3 circuit race, where cars are raced around a twisting circuit and the Bloodhound SSC land speed record, where cars have to travel as fast as possible in a straight line.

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Greenpower racing back and booming

Published 17 June 2013

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: automotive, solid edge, education, schools, greenpower, apprentice, simens

Want to get young people racing? How about a few laps around Goodwood for starters?!

For hundreds of schools around the country the weekends of June and July mean one thing - race time! - as the small electric-powered Greenpower race cars hit famous race tracks.

There’s a massive interest this year - we got hooked at last year’s finale - with the race series powered by the sponsorship and enthusiastic support of Siemens PLM Solid Edge, which has included the first entry from the USA.

The team from Huntsville Technology Centre, Alabama, have arrived from the home of the American space program to race against teams from across the UK in a battle of race handling, electrical economy and aerodynamic design that is rather exciting to watch.

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