Got the horn - Swedish university 3D prints a nylon saxophone

Published 08 August 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, rapid prototyping, university, music, sweden, guitar, musical instrument, lund, olaf, saxophone

Printed using an SLS 3D printer, this saxophone weighs only 25 per cent of a standard instrument

Our favourite musically-tinged professor, Olaf Diegel, has been 3D printing yet more musical instruments - this time spending the last six months creating the world’s first 3D-printed saxophone.

The professor of product development at Lund University in Sweden has previous form, with guitars, drum housings and other instrument casings, but this time set the challenge to 3D print an instrument usually cast from brass.

Built from 41 different components using an SLS printer, it weighs less than 25 per cent of a real saxophone (and frankly, sounds horrendous*). But not to be stalled, Olaf is already planning another prototype, with both mechanical and aesthetic improvements.

Read more…

Add comment (0 comments)

AMD extends 50% cash back offer on high end FirePro GPUs

Published 08 August 2014

Posted by greg corke

Article tagged with: gpu, amd firepro, opencl, gpu compute, graphics

With its 16GB ultra high-end FirePro W9100 GPU AMD shows it is just as serious about compute as it is 3D graphics

AMD has extended its FirePro Experience Cashback Program until 31 September 2014, offering an exceptional 50% discount on some of its high-end GPUs.

Companies can claim back up to £1,195 ($1,995) off their first card purchase thanks to the cash back offer.

Read more…

Add comment (0 comments)

Baking cakes is for old ladies - schools should get involved with The Great British Make Off

Published 07 August 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: education, schools, uk, design and technology, d&t, make, great british make off

A new schools competition, the Great British Make Off is setting a design challenge around cycling

The Design & Technology Association is teaming up with leading UK designers to get schoolchildren excited about design and technology with a new design competition - The Great British Make Off.

For children aged 11-14, working either in teams or as individuals, students will be asked to respond to a challenging design brief inspired by Britain’s current sporting passion: cycling.

Winners will earn the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend a day working with a major UK designer or product developer to refine their design concept, with the winning designs forming part of a national exhibition.

 

Read more…

Add comment (0 comments)

Dell provides the hardware for 2014 Commonwealth Games glory

Published 06 August 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: dell, workstations, sports, athletics, commonwealth games, glasgow

Powering to victory: Dell supplied all the computer hardware for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Now the dust has finally settled on the rip-roaring success of Glasgow 2014, Dell will be awarding itself a medal for its services to providing hardware to support the entire event.

Away from poring over the design and manufacture of professional workstations for designers, it also provides end-to-end solutions for events such as the Commonwealth Games, and other sports such as aiding the Caterham F1 team.

So it was with great pleasure that DEVELOP3D had a wee journey ‘North of the Wall’ to check out some of the track and field events, and to see how Dell had kitted out the Technology Operations Centre (TOC) to monitor, operate and manage things using PowerEdge servers with Intel Xeon processors, Dell EqualLogic and Dell PowerVault storage.

Read more…

Add comment (0 comments)

Direct editing STL files for engineering models enhanced by Materialise 3-maticSTL 9.0

Published 06 August 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, 3d printing, automotive, cae, materialise, hyperworks, leuven, materialise magics, 3-maticstl, belgium

Using 3-matic, 3D texturing can be applied directly to the STL file, giving flexibility to quickly change and preview 3D textured components without having to go back to traditional 3D CAD tools.

Belgian 3D printing behemoth Materialise has just announced the launch of version 9.0 of its 3-maticSTL tool that allows for fast design modification, simplification, 3D texturing, and more on the STL level.

Designs can be stripped back to lightweight structures to lower weight without compromising on strength or allow to variable flexibility and rigidness within a part, to split or group components, and generally speed up the time taken creating models designed for physical testing.

Without having to take designs back to creative CAD tools, users can prepare data for a quick and efficient finite element analysis; design or repair missing or badly scanned components; efficiently create textures, perforations and patterns straight to the STL data.

Read more…

Add comment (0 comments)

Reinventing the toilet for the developing world

Published 05 August 2014

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: design, student design, toilet design, reinventing the toilet

LuLoo - an aspirational toilet for all designed by a team at Loughborough University’s Design School

In the developing world 2.5 billion people lack basic sanitation.

This is a huge problem and in October 2013, the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) under the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Government of India and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in collaboration with India’s Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) launched the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge:India.

One of the multidisciplinary teams that received funding to develop their ideas was formed by Loughborough University’s Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) and consisted of research associates at the University’s Design School. 

Read more…

Add comment (0 comments)

Daimler brings topology optimisation to the designer’s desktop with solidThinking Inspire

Published 05 August 2014

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: engineering, cad, simulation, design, automotive, product design, 3d design, solidthinking, altair, topology optimisation

Everyone knows that you want a six wheeled G-Class, baby

solidThinking (part of the Altair group) has just announced that its solidThinking Inspire application for quick topology optimisation has been certified by Daimler AG.

As the press release states: “With this certification, the tool becomes available to all design engineers at the customer as part of the Altair HyperWorks computer-aided engineering software suite.”

The release continues with “The automotive industry is continually striving for lighter and more structurally efficient designs to meet global emission regulations while improving product performance.

Read more…

Add comment (0 comments)

Page 9 of 10 pages « First  <  7 8 9 10 >