Scribble Pen - scan any colour and reproduce it physically or digitally in seconds

Published 14 August 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: kickstarter, drawing, sketch, concepts, pen, scribble pen

The Scribble Pen cad scan colours from physical or digital objects, storing it on its inbuilt memory

In more hi-tech pen news today we’re excited to about the Scribble colour reproducing pen, once it gets back onto Kickstarter with a new video (required to show more in-depth how it works - the perils of crowd funding, eh?).

Available for pre-order soon, Scribble has the ability to scan and reproduce up to 16 million colours, either on tablet (using the Scribble Stylus) or on paper (using the ink-mixing Scribble Ink) its a great tool for designers on the move, who have been taken by a spot of inspiration, or simply want to try out new colour schemes without hassle.

The technology is already Photoshop and Corel compatible, although we’ll have to wait for further information on 3D CAD products, yet colours can be imported to both Mac and PC, so we can’t see any reason why this couldn’t work.

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3D printing pens - CreoPop offers an SLA printer in your pocket with range of functional ‘inks’

Published 14 August 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, craft, sketching tools, sketching, solidoodle, 3d printing pen, creopop

The CreoPop 3D pen ‘draws’ in photo curable resin, allowing you to sketch in 3D much quicker than the previous generation of ABS-melting pens

Till now 3D printing ‘pens’ have been, in essence, repurposed glue guns/soldering irons, melting plastic at high temperature with few actual design-related uses.

This was until we saw CreoPop’s efforts, which uses UV curing of photopolymers - meaning no heat (or accidental 250 degree burns), no smells, and immediately handleable parts, meaning fast designs.

An interesting way of 3D sketching a form or idea, the venture-backed company based in Singapore has launched a wide array of new ‘inks’, including an elastic ink and a conductive ink.

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Hyve-3D provides a new immersive interface for 3D content creation

Published 13 August 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: vr, projector, immersive, hive-3d, montreal

A new world of immersive 3D sketching and collaboration in the Hyve-3D

Hyve-3D is an interesting new project to come out of the University of Montreal, allowing 3D content creation via embodied and collaborative 3D sketching, taking you into the 3D model itself.

Lead researcher Professor Tomás Dorta, of the university’s School of Design, explained from its presentation at Siggraph: “The system is a full scale immersive 3D environment. Users create drawings on hand-held tablets. They can then use the tablets to manipulate the sketches to create a 3D design within the space.”

The tablets are hooked up to the high resolution projector running off a standard MacBook, displaying in realtime across the projection of the image onto a five metre diameter spherically-concave screen, via a domed mirror. In short - it’s cheap and cheerful.

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What you’d rather be designing: Car makers and wristwatches

Published 13 August 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, industrial design, ford, jaguar land rover, jaguar, bugatti veyron super sport, watch design, watches, bugatti, ian callum

Ford’s timepiece is a sporty yet understated number, with design input from the European design team

Even designers at top tier companies long to try their hand at another industry, so it was somewhat unsurprising to find a small band of automotive designers getting involved in watchmaking.

Not simply content with badge branding exercises on behalf of their motors, designers from Ford, Jaguar, and (to an extent) Bugatti have been having direct input into timepieces reflecting the marques.

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Consumer 3D printing filament no longer a specialist consumable

Published 13 August 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, abs, filament, pla, verbatim

From data storage to spools of plastic, Verbatim is looking to become a consumables provider for the 3D printing market

If you’ve a little desktop 3D printer chugging away nearby, you’ll have a set system of where you buy the filament for it from - either from the same place you bought the machine, or from a specialist website.

Yet news from Europe’s giant consumer products show, IFA Berlin, is signalling an end to this monopoly, with data storage company Verbatim launching a range of PLM and ABS filaments.

You’ll probably recognise the brand from the glut of USB thumb drives you have in your work drawer, or the stacks or re-writable blank CDs that are sitting dormant on your shelves, but the company has a secret weapon.

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Model maker Amalgam uses augmented reality to complement physical models

Published 13 August 2014

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: prototype, augmented reality, model making, amalgam, models

A physical model of a superyaht draws visitors to the exhibition stand whilst the augmented reality app on an iPad enables them to interact with the model virtually

Augmented reality (AR) is a type of virtual reality that superimposes information, such as graphics, video and audio, over a real-world environment to enhance the experience for the user.

It is by no means new but it is rapidly gaining pace, including in the model making industry.

Chris Conlon of Amalgam, Bristol-based model makers, was approached by a client in the superyacht industry that was keen to complement a physical model of a yacht with a virtual model on an iPad app at a forthcoming exhibition.

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Dell to offer Teradici PCoIP workstation access software on Precision workstations

Published 12 August 2014

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: dell precision, teradici, remote workstation, hp rgs

Teradici made a name for itself in remote workstations thanks to hardware, both host and client side. The new PCoIP Workstation Access software, which is used instead of a host card, such as this Tera2220, marks a change in direction for the Canadian firm

Dell is expanding the remote access options that are available for its desktop workstations.

It will soon be offering Teradici’s new PCoIP Workstation Access software as a cost option on its Precision workstations.

Dell has worked closely with Teradici over the years and has offered the company’s PCoIP (PC over IP) technology as a hardware-based solution. Here, a Teradici PCoIP Remote Workstation card sits inside a workstation and sends pixel data to a zero client that sits on as user’s desk.

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