Posts by Stephen Holmes

My new Ford… kind of

Published 05 December 2012

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: prototype, 3d printing, ford, fiesta

Those nice people at Ford have been at it again, showing off their design and engineering prowess with the launch of its new Fiesta.

Apart from letting us loose around the streets of Rome in a glimmering new car, featuring the British-engineered EcoBoost 1.0l engine, we were given a design showcase of how the Evoke concept car has evolved into a peach of an urban small car.

After the fun of careering through the mental traffic of the Italian Capital we were presented with a small 3D printed Fiesta model - one of 100 printed in Candy Blue for the press launch by 3D Creation Lab.

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Upgrade for Eplan electrical engineering software

Published 04 December 2012

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, cae, eplan, electrical

Eplan has launched its new 2.2 version of the Eplan CAE tools designed for electrical engineers adding functional extensions and innovative additional modules.

With uses in material planning, design, manufacture, assembly, commissioning, or maintenance - the new update adds new graphical macro selection, smart terminal analysis and automatic termination points when copying sections of a circuit provide rapid design engineering results.

Most impressive is its new wire harnesses and nailboard design tool, allowing individual form board design in 2D, even without full 3D data. If you’re designing something with a plug and wiring then this should be of use.

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Mcor’s paper cuts the need for resins

Published 30 November 2012

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, hardware, 3d printing, rapid prototyping, mcor, paper

What instantly sets Mcor’s machines apart from other printers* is that they don’t build models using resins or plastics, but standard A4 paper.

Effectively a large robotic cutter, adding a sheet layer of paper at a time before carving out the accurate dimensions, the latest offering, the Iris, it can be configured to print models with 300dpi accurate colour to a Pantone standard.

The package actually buys you two printers in one - what more proven a way to apply a specially adapted ink to A4 paper than a desktop printer stored in the larger cutting section’s stand.

The ink from this printer can be adapted to give full Pantone colours if desired, printing different hues simultaneously from a palette more than twice the size of its nearest competitor, including pure black.

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3D printing makes Will.i.am’s new music video [watch with the volume off]

Published 30 November 2012

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, makerbot, music, will.i.am

I don’t know how to approach this without it sounding like my bitter, disgruntled, hangover-ridden self, but the good news is 3D printing is in a music video in the form of a Makerbot Replicator 2 printing off a head.

The bad news is it’s that fella Will.i.am again - he’s a sort of quasi-vocoder-powered robot producing music so cutting edge it immediately sounds dated when you hear it creeping out of the door of your local Yates’ Wine Lodge on the highstreet tonight, being danced to by 40 year old divorcees swigging cider by the litre while they take photos of themselves in the mirrors on the toilet walls with their camera phones.

Which is handy as Mr Will.i.am is also flogging a phone case he’s designed in the video that makes it more of a camera. That and showing off his horribly designed car. There’s a message about money not buying taste here, and that you should never allow a man that writes a chorus of “Ohw-wee-ohw-wee-ohwee-oh” to be let loose on any type of product design.

But 3D printing is still cool, just not in this way…

 

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The X line 1000R - huge SLM machine for 3D printing metals

Published 27 November 2012

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, slm, euromold, concept laser

The real thing looks less crappy than this render, and a lot bigger

Having already seen the launch of the large build Objet1000 at Euromold, Concept Laser has launched the (Terminator-esque-sounding) X line 1000R, its large-scale laser fusing machine initially designed for Daimler.

Daimler requested the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology and the LaserCUSING (equivalent to SLM) specialist Concept Laser to develop the X line 1000R, which apparently has the largest build chamber size yet developed, and a high-power laser in the kilowatt range that purportedly gives a 10-times increase in productivity compared with standard SLM machines.

The LaserCUSING process, which is equivalent to the SLM process, is used to produce metallic components that can be subjected to mechanical and thermal loading with high precision. Depending on the application, the materials used are high-grade and tool steels, aluminium or titanium alloys, nickel-based superalloys, and cobalt-chromium alloys. In the future, precious metals such as gold and silver will also be used.

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Objet launch new large format 3D printer - the Objet1000

Published 27 November 2012

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: prototype, design, 3d printing, objet

Taking its scalable 3D printing technology to the next level, Objet has launched the Objet1000 with a 1000 x 800 x 500 mm build envelope, while maintaining its ability for fine detail and multi materials.

The machine is a bigger version of the technology within the excellent Connex500 and capable of producing similarly high detail models but on a grander scale. Maintaining all the different ‘digital materials’ technology that allows ‘standard’ materials to be mixed via the printing process to give a model or part of it up to 14 different physical properties.

Resin cartridges have also increased in size to allow for longer builds, as has the solid-looking, beast-of-a casing for the machine (definitely not a desktop printer…) - although we’re yet to learn if the build speed has increased greatly.

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Job of the week: Industrial Designer - Hodges & Drake Design Ltd

Published 27 November 2012

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: jobs, job of the week, hodges & drake, leicester

Industrial Designer - Hodges & Drake Design Ltd -  Leicester

Job Type: Permanent
Software Packages: Pro/Engineer
Location: Leicester

Hodges & Drake is looking to add more industrial designers to its development design team, working on a broad range of projects for international clients.

The ideal candidate should have a minimum of five years experience within a product design/development environment utilising 3D CAD (preferably Pro/E) to deliver first class solutions from concept development through to production.

Working within a dynamic open plan studio, the candidate must have the ability to work under pressure and deliver to tight schedules and be able to work individually or as part of a team. Must have excellent problem solving abilities and communication skills.

If this sounds like the job for you then apply here.


If you have a vacancy that you are wanting to fill, get in touch here

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