Published 17 May 2013
Posted by Tanya Weaver
If there is one product that a Brit never leaves home without it’s an umbrella.
Although a conventional umbrella is fine if you have to dash out to get a sandwich or get to your parked car but what if you have to stand for long periods, say at a sporting event?
This is exactly the predicament Stephen Collier found himself in at last year’s Grand National when the weather literally rained on his parade. Feeling rather soggy and wind blown he hatched a plan for a new type of umbrella, modeled on a motorbike helmet.
Published 16 May 2013
Posted by Al Dean
So, we found out that this is our fifth year in print (they’re all here to download).
Imagine that. Five years.
Enough to get a child into school, enough time to pretty much travel the world (which I think we’ve about all done - Phileas Fogg might have beaten us to it). But as ever when you start up a company, you have an idea, a plan and you execute it.
Yet does that mean that you stop changing what you do and how you do it? That’s what I’m pondering, sat in the office, waiting for summer to arrive.
So I figured I’d ask you, our dear readers, what should we do next? Anything that we should change, anything that we should be doing differently, anything that you think we’re doing a bad job of?
Published 16 May 2013
Posted by Greg Corke
Dell has launched two new CAD-focused workstations at opposite ends of the spectrum: an entry-level desktop machine and a high-end rack workstation. Both come with bold claims.
The Dell Precision T1700 small form-factor (SFF) is said to be the smallest tower workstation chassis in its class, measuring a mere 290mm x 92.6mm x 312mm.
At the other end of the spectrum, the Dell Precision R7610 is claimed to be the world’s most powerful rack workstation.
The May edition of DEVELOP3D will soon be with you and is now available for free download.
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This month we reflect on the excitement that was DEVELOP3D Live – check out the post show site for images and videos of the day.
Elsewhere in the magazine we investigate the pioneering marvels of future 4D printing technology; uncover the legal issues behind 3D printing and intellectual property, and pitch architects against designers in a battle over sustainability, plus all the latest news, reviews and jobs.
The May cover story:
With the ambition of creating the world’s lightest electric vehicle, three Stanford University engineering graduates founded Boosted Boards, an electric-powered longboard capable of over 20mph.
One of the most exciting new technology charities we know, Techfortrade, has appointed one of our amazing DEVELOP3D Live speakers Dr Phil Reeves, managing director of Econolyst, to its board of directors.
The appointment follows techfortrade’s inaugural 3D4D Challenge at the end of last year, which aimed to find innovative uses for 3D printing technology to improve the lives of those in developing nations.
“Emerging technology such as 3D printing inevitably creates a lot of excitement. It is vital that we find ways to harness the potential to provide as much benefit to people as possible, and to create sustainable development,” said Dr Phil. “Techfortrade is committed to achieving this mission and I am honoured to be working to help drive its success.”
Generic computer mice can often be to big or too small, and for those using them every day it can cause some crippling problems.
Pyott Design have arrived at a solution using a simple 3D print, which creates a new tactile surface for the mouse that can be easily adjusted for the best ergonomic pattern.
The design cleverly fits the standard Logitech M100 mouse - one that comes with most PC’s as standard - and is printed through Shapeways for a speck under €70.
Published 13 May 2013
Posted by Tanya Weaver
Last week two things I feel pretty strongly about converged – my passion for more female engineers and my love of the Land Rover Evoque (still my favourite car) when Zara Phillips launched the Range Rover Evoque WISE Scholarship.
This new scholarship programme from WISE (otherwise known as Women in Science and Engineering) and Land Rover will provide a £9,000 bursary to three female students or apprentices who would like to explore a career or further studies in engineering. In addition the winners will also be provided with mentoring support from both Land Rover senior engineers and WISE representatives.
It is a bit bizarre that Zara Phillips is fronting the campaign being more inclined towards equestrian activities than engineering ones, and chose the Royal Windsor Horse Show last week in which to announce the scholarship but then I guess her mom, Princess Anne, is a patron of WISE.