Chaos Group launches V-Ray for Unreal Beta

Published 28 March 2018

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: design, visualisation, industrial design, materials, vr, virtual reality, photorealistic, v-ray, chaos group, unreal

There’s a lot of action in the professional, technical visualisation end of the VR spectrum these days: in recent weeks, we’ve seen Unreal launch it’s Unreal Studio beta and Unity has linked up with PiXYX for better data import options.

This time around, it’s the turn of the Chaos Group, which has launched a beta for V-Ray for Unreal application set.

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Get ready for real time ray tracing with Nvidia RTX and Volta

Published 27 March 2018

Posted by greg corke

Article tagged with: cad, amd, design, rendering, visualisation, nvidia, gpu, quadro, workstation, vr


Nvidia today gave a glimpse of what design visualisation might look like in the near future, introducing a new ‘cinematic quality’ ray trace rendering technology that can deliver ‘photoreal visualisations of massive 3D models in real time.’

The Nvidia RTX technology uses deep learning to help predict what images will look like and runs on Nvidia Volta GPUs, including the professional-focused Quadro GV100, also announced today.

Real time ray tracing has always been the holy grail of rendering, which is why Nvidia is calling this the biggest advance in computer graphics in 15 years.

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Renishaw encourages uptake of STEM with Fabrication Development Centre launch

Published 27 March 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, education, renishaw

At its new site in South Wales, engineering technologies company Renishaw will officially launch its Fabrication Development Centre (FDC), a unique educational resource for hands-on learning.

It aims to inspire young people and to encourage a pipeline of talent into science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) careers, with schools or groups of young people able use the facility for free for lessons or workshops.

The FDC contains two classrooms, staffed by a qualified teacher and Renishaw’s STEM ambassadors, as well as being equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, including 3D printers.

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Artec 3D launch Ray: A LiDAR scanner

Published 26 March 2018

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: engineering, design, reverse engineering, laser scanning, lidar, artec 3d, ray

Artec 3D has added to its 3D scanning technology portfolio with the announcement of the Artec Ray, a new metrology-grade laser scanner, able to capture data from large objects up to 110 meters away and can produce point clouds with sub-millimetre accuracy (though not at the same time).

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Ansys to acquire Optis for light simulation

Published 23 March 2018

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: simulation, design, rendering, automotive, ansys, materials, optis, autonomous technology, autonomous transport

Looks like Ansys is back at the acquisition game (it hasn’t acquired anyone in four months) and this time, it’s brought a pretty big name into its fold, optical simulation specialists Optis.

According to the press release, “The acquisition of Optis will extend Ansys’ industry-leading multi-physics-based portfolio into the increasingly important area of optical simulation.”

The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2018 with management due to provide further details regarding the transaction and its impact on the 2018 financial outlook after the closing.

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Is your design office providing the right setting for productivity?

Published 22 March 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: office, workplace

Google’s new London HQ should offer the cutting edge in working environments

A report looking at the UK working environments has shown that employees and facilities managers are moving away from the traditional office set-up, and would like outdoor meeting spaces, flexible working and on-site childcare facilities to feature in their buildings.

Exploring the link between employee happiness and productivity, the report highlights that varying temperature conditions, unnatural lighting and not enough drinking water are the biggest aspects of an office environment that affect productivity, according to UK office workers. While 71 per cent say having high-quality coffee and tea available improves their working day [hands-up here].

It’s not unusual for reports like these to throw-up favourable stats for certain elements, this report was undertaken thanks to Brita water filters - so the idea that 64 per cent of people interviewed wanted onsite filtered water is hardly a shock - but the idea of keeping your workforce healthy and hydrated is probably good advice.

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WATCH // Cycling or design genius?

Published 22 March 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, simulation, design, cfd, cycling, aerodynamics

With sports increasingly about the equipment used and the levels of performance they can help attain, it’s nice to reflect on some designs that were so radical they had to be banned.

Graham Obree, nicknamed The Flying Scotsman, was a cyclist who twice broke the world hour record in the 1990s with the assistance of unique riding positions and a bike designed out of old washing machine parts to enable greater aerodynamics.

This short documentary by performance cycling company Endura - themselves taking cycling equipment performance design to new levels - takes Obree and his designs into the wind tunnel, to see just how revolutionary they were, and how much of their success was down to design or athletic ability.

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