Wetsuit washer looking to clean-up on crowdfunding

Published 30 November 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: prototype, design, sports, idc models, idc, water

‘Think outside the bucket’ is the mantra for MAS Bully’s latest product to help water sports fans clean up their wetsuits in the best possible fashion.

Replacing the traditional dunk in a bathtub, sink or beachside bucket, with the help of design consultants IDC, Bully has created a strengthened hangar with attached shower head that cleans the neoprene suits when attached to an outside hose.

With the goal of performing efficiently while using only a minimal amount of water, with the hangar speeding up the drying process and removing any crumples that impact the function and aesthetics of the wetsuit.

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Winner of Le Mans 2030 Global Design Competition adds driverless element

Published 30 November 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, automotive, competition, concept, le mans

Tao Ni’s winning entry, Infiniti Le Mans 2030

The global ‘Le Mans 2030’ 2017 Michelin Challenge Design has been won by Tao Ni of Wuhu, China, for his entry Infiniti Le Mans 2030.

The RCA MA Vehicle Design student has already been decorated for previous automotive concepts, and his future Le Mans car combines the pinnacle of driver skill for during the daylight hours, and computer controlled automation - to test the limits of its engineering - during the night stages.

Graphene technology, smart batteries, cutting edge aerodynamics, the concept is loaded with technology as Ni looks to wrestle the title of most advanced racing from F1 and return it to the prestige 24 hour contest.

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Big Rep partners with Kühling&Kühling for new pro FDM machine

Published 29 November 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, materials

The VP75 will be a dual-branded FDM machine capable of outputting ‘engineering grade’ materials

Big Rep and Kühling&Kühling have partnered on a new ‘delta-style’ FDM 3D printer that aims to enter the precision professional market at around €44,000 with the latter’s VP75 machine.

Also branded as the BigRep Tech, the two upcoming German 3D printing firms have focussed on building in a surprising amount of features and solidity into the VP75 that given its 400 x 600mm - or 75 litre - build volume, makes its price very interesting.

The fully enclosed heated build chamber automatically calibrates the build platform - which also uses vacuum build surface fixation technology - while the high temperature print head 0.5mm nozzle is capable of outputting engineering grade materials like high-impact polycarbonate.

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Watch // Repurposing F1 cars as art

Published 29 November 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, automotive, f1, art

To celebrate the career of F1 driver Jenson Button, Channel 4 commissioned former F1 race team chief mechanic Alastair Gibson, who now produces works of art under the studio moniker Carbon Art 45, to produce him a sculpture.

Made from a wide range of car parts from Button’s racing history, Gibson created a manta ray-type creature complete with rotating geared plinth.

It’s an interesting way of encapsulating a career within a sculpture, and its very personal nature (Gibson was chief mechanic at BAR Racing when Button won the World Championship) make this a work of automotive art without making it representing a car.

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WorldViz introduces “Skofield” - like ‘GoToMeeting for VR’

Published 29 November 2016

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Article tagged with: vr, collaboration, worldviz, oculus rift, htc vive

Enterprise Virtual Reality (VR) solution specialist WorldViz is working on a new communication platform, codenamed “Skofield”, that is said to operate much like a GoToMeeting for VR.

Currently in alpha, Skofield aims to bring VR to businesses looking for cost-effective and more immersive methods for communicating complex ideas to dispersed teams.

“Accurately conveying visual ideas to remote decision makers is still a huge challenge for companies,” said WorldViz CEO and co-founder, Andrew Beall. “We see it all the time - modern communication technologies such as telephony, video conference calls, and PowerPoint sharing simply can’t bring people together in a collaborative setting or enable decision makers to experience complex concepts, designs, and spaces first hand. Companies are spending a staggering $1.25 trillion globally on business travel to circumvent this limitation. We believe Skofield is the answer to that challenge.”

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WATCH // Keyshot 7 - Sneak Peek

Published 25 November 2016

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: design, rendering, industrial design, visualisation, keyshot, luxion, product design

If you’re into visualisation and rendering, then you’ll be aware of Luxion’s Keyshot.

The last release (our review is here) brought some amazing tools, but the Keyshot 7.0 release looks to raise the game to a whole new level.

We’re just going to leave it at that and let you watch the video below.

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Weekender // Design Museum

Published 25 November 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: london, design museum, conran, weekender, museum

The Design Museum opens its doors this weekend in London, having relocated to Kensington

It might have been announced by founder Sir Terence Conran as a ‘Cathedral of design’, but this weekend the front doors are flung open for the congregation to flood in and around the new Design Museum at will.

It’s an impressive building, particularly because of the amount of space the post-war modernist building - the former Commonwealth Institute - affords its exhibitions.

The opening array of exhibitions might at times stray politely into the realm of art, but there’s always a strong technical element at play that brings it back to the relevance of modern day design -  such as Madeline Gannon’s project with Autodesk to produce a ‘sentient’ robot, or Neri Oxman and Stratasys’ work ‘Vespers’: a range of colourful and at first flippant 3D printed artworks that contain ridiculous organic formations and shapes.

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