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D3D Poll - New Year new you?

Published 17 January 2011

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It might be a good time for a bit of career development…

The January blues are eating away at your soul; the weather is cold/damp/British; you’re skint until payday… It doesn’t get much worse.

But you could at least cheer yourself up a little with a bit of career development [I said a little bit - we’re not miracle workers].

This week’s poll looks at your career options for the New Year - are you happy where you are now? Looking to move on? Desperate to retire to a life of daytime TV and reducing your golf handicap? Then let us know.

We’d like to know what you’re planning and maybe [if you’re feeling chatty] the reasons why? A new family meaning you’re working from home? A dream of working abroad leading you back to further qualifications? A recent divorce seeing you take up a second job in your local McDonalds…?

Should you need a bit of encouragement then check out our new jobs site here - a quick browse might change your life.

The results for this week’s poll will be here on Friday lunchtime, so check back to see if you’re the only one brave enough to be seeking new pastures.

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Job of the week:

Published 15 December 2010

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Product Designer for an Idea Development Company

Job Type: Permanent
Software Category: CAD/CAM/CAE
Software Packages: CAD - Solidworks
Location: Salisbury

Enthusiastic and talented Product Designer required for a design company at the forefront of innovation.

We are an idea development company who specialise in helping individuals develop, protect and prototype their inventions; turning them into viable, marketable products.

We are looking for a skilled designer with a creative flair and a functional approach to product design to join our young and dynamic design team. The creative atmosphere and supportive environment will encourage and develop your design ability.

You will be working on front end concepts across a range of markets and will be required to come up with new and ingenious ways of solving problems and developing aesthetically pleasing concepts that meet our client’s requirements.

The role will involve concept generation, CAD development, photorealistic rendering, producing product visualisation boards and prototyping.

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Job of the week:

Published 08 December 2010

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Aston Martin IDEAS CAD Designer

Job Type: Contract
Software Category: CAD/CAM/CAE
Software Packages: CAD - NX, CAD - I-DEAS
Region: The Midlands

Aston Martin require an IDEAS designer to work in their current vehicle engineering department.

To apply for this position, candidates must be eligible to live and work in the UK

Responsibilities and Tasks
The successful candidate will work with engineers to update CAD, drawings and master packages to ensure releases are issued on schedule

Qualifications and Experience
- Degree level qualified or equivalent
- Worked in automotive industry
- Use IDEAS
- Trained in NX
- Experience in using Teamcentre & VIS mock-up
- Understands technical drawings & drawing standards
- Experience in BOM (bill of materials) and understands master packages
- Good knowledge of Excel

Salary: £24 per hour

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Sayl away with me honey…

Published 07 December 2010

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Herman Miller gets responsible with the help of Fuseproject

Last week DEVELOP3D were lucky enough to visit furniture giant Herman Miller’s London offices to have a one-to-one perch/slouch/bum-shuffle on it’s fancy new office chair, the Sayl.

Needless to say we’ll be taking an in-depth look at the suspension-bridge-backed chair in the new year, but what makes it more impressive is not only the collaboration with its design by Fuseproject, the team behind the One Laptop-per-Child, but also the extents they’ve gone to to make a sustainable, stripped down, barebones product with all the technical prowess and design quality of a typical high-end Herman Miller chair.

And it’s comfy.

Again, this is a product that asks questions about what consumers actually need from a product and good design being about less being more that Tanya asked questions about last month, but even down to it’s manufacture (the full product is going to be built at three different sites - Europe, Asia and North America - to cut emissions from transporting parts around the world) it seems to be locked on to future sustainable design practices.

http://www.hermanmiller.com

 

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Job of the week

Published 01 December 2010

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Norton Motorcycles Design Engineer

Job Type: Permanent
Software Category: CAD/CAM/CAE
Software Packages: CAD - Pro/ENGINEER
Region: The Midlands

The role of Design Engineer at Norton is an excellent opportunity for the right candidate to join a small close knit team of industry professionals in a fast moving and dynamic environment, working with one of the most passionate and exciting names in the motorcycling industry here at Donington Park.

The role would consist of product design and validation from concept through to production and production support, including scheming and detailed component engineering using the latest 3D CAD software (Pro E), homologation and vehicle testing.

Norton invites applicants from all engineering backgrounds however a practical experience of automotive fundamentals would be of great benefit as would a working knowledge of 3D CAD systems, the candidate must be a team player and posses and excellent work ethic.

Salary package dependent on previous skills and experience.

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Landlocked surfboard design

Published 30 November 2010

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Developing a product in an online community could give you something to look forward to next summer

Crowd sourcing ideas has been a concept for years, but now using forums like GrabCAD it’s developing a stage further to the actual design and production.

Siim Teller, the unlikely surfer in this story, is originally from central Estonia - not known for it’s devil-may-care surfer dudes.

Having caught the bug while on the West Coast of the UK three years ago Siim rates himself as a decent surfer, but one hankering after his own personal board, but in a surfless country like Estonia it was going to be hard.

This planted the idea of using crowd sourcing to design, engineer and eventually build a board.

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Take to the polls: A Christmas vacation

Published 29 November 2010

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This year I spent all my wages on Christmas lights, putting them up in July

26 full days before Christmas Day and TTTP is rushing off to a sunnier climate; one filled with sun, sea, sand and a free bar. As a result this will be the final poll of the decade.

Before getting misty-eyed at the end of an era, we’ll cast an eye over last week’s poll.

Seeing as everyone else is already packed, in the airport departures lounge and quaffing copious amounts of Duty Free booze, it’s down to me to piece together the facts.

Not entirely surprising is that over 30 per cent of those that voted are doing everything. At a time when everyone is being expected to cover all jobs to keep costs low most of you are doing the whole shebang.

But as the sharper amongst you might have noticed, this prompted a little debate on the ‘Comments’ section about what’s available for the “Everyman”.

As our own Al Dean put it: “Composer and Inventor Publisher do a good job of handling the technical illustrations, but there’s sod all for the “everyman” that does both.

“Arbortext is an excellent system for managing massively complex tasks, with multi-language and all that type of thing, but its not affordable unless you have a serious bottlebeck.

“Yes, many of the existing customers do and they get a very quick return on investment for what they invest… Not everyone CAN afford that sort of roll-out, either in terms of cash or justification.”

Some words of wisdom were also dealt out by Kevin Quigley who agrees with the lack of affordable tools for the rising numbers of you producing technical documents.

“What we all want is simple. We want something like Google Layout. Import the 3D Model, directly interact with it in the page layout, set thick n thin lines/render styles, add your text and notes, done,” says Kevin, adding: “Layout is the only app I have come across so far that does most of this in the context of the finished page. Just think what Adobe could have done…”

In an area where only 7 per cent of you are smugly avoiding anything to do with this it would seem a cost-effective tool is needed.

This week’s poll is something less dramatic and a lot more festive - we want to know what hardware you’d magically like to see in your stocking on Christmas morning? Don’t just tick the box, leave us a comment and feel free to get specific: How monstrous do you need your workstation to be? How fast your graphics? Would you want an iPad or another of the growing number of tablets?

See you in the New Year!

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