DEVELOP3D LIVE 2015 preview

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DEVELOP3D LIVE is a globally unique product design conference and exhibition, featuring talks from leading designers, engineers, design tool developers, hardware manufacturers and rapid prototyping technologists.

We have brand new products to see, free training, graphics cards and workstation competition prizes. The conference features four tracks of speakers, hand picked by the DEVELOP3D editorial team, with multiple exhibition spaces, special technology break out areas and tours of the Warwick Manufacturing Group’s (WMG’s) impressive engineering facilities.

The event is free to attend, we provide lunch and coffee/tea at regular intervals, and we hope you enjoy celebrating the best in product design and engineering.


Throughout the year we meet and visit many innovative designers and engage with all the key design tool developers.

DEVELOP3D LIVE enables us to bring our written stories to life for one day. With four simultaneous tracks, we have 34 speakers talking on a wide variety of design-related topics: conceptual, automotive, aerospace, product, analysis, virtual/augmented reality, design tools and professional 3D printing.

Product development tech

These are interesting times in the design software market, with many established desktop products available we are beginning to see a number of new generation design tools come to market, offering innovative connected modelling tools with collaboration capabilities. Looking forward, how should designers prepare for the next generation of tools?


DEVELOP3D LIVE will feature a major launch of a new CAD system and presentations on the next generation of tools.

Product design & engineering

This year we have doubled down on product designers and engineers with two tracks covering a wide range of specialist areas.

See below for the highlights and check here for the latest news.

Make and fabrication

The revolution is now. It’s never been so easy to bring your designs to life and we have an array of designers and engineers that want to share their experiences and workflows with their peers.

Expect to hear some new stuff and get a peek into the future of desktop manufacture.

Frank Cooper, Technical Manager of the Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre, and RIUT founder Sarah Giblin


New for 2015, DEVELOP3D LIVE features a track dedicated to those who want to bring their inventions to market, looking at funding, product development and fi nding a route to market.

With talks from those who have managed to pull it off with those who have helped along the way.


On 26 March, Warwick Arts Centre is going to be full with the most varied and innovative exhibits.

With over 60 stands and many new-to-market products on show, there’s plenty to touch and see; 3D printers, modelling tools, design visualisation technology, laser scanners, document management, simulation tools, workstations, and the latest in desktop fabrication.

There will also be hands on training sessions with Autodesk Fusion and the brand new Onshape Pro from the original SolidWorks team.


The Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) is on-site at the Warwick University campus and offers UK firms the opportunity to carry out research or assist in solving design and production problems.

Tour places are limited to three groups of 20 on the day, so be sure to book your slot when you arrive on-site, at registration.


We realise that many of you travel great distances to attend the show. With registration opening at 8:00 am on Thursday 26 March, and the event starting promptly at 9.00 am, we are pleased to offer quality affordable bed and breakfast accommodation on-site on Wednesday 25 March.

Cost is £66 inc VAT and includes a full English breakfast, free Wi-Fi and parking. Book your room directly at (conference registration also required — see below).

We look forward to welcoming you to DEVELOP3D LIVE at Warwick Arts Centre, CV4 7AL on Thursday 26 March

Andy Claughton – Ben Ainslie Racing

Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) was conceived in 2011 by four times Olympic gold medalist and 34th America’s Cup winner, Sir Ben Ainslie, with the long-term aim of challenging for Britain and bringing the America’s Cup back home to where it all began in 1851.

Britain’s Andy Claughton is one of the world’s most accomplished and experienced America’s Cup designers, having been involved with the competition since 1983. As Technical Director of Ben Ainslie Racing, Andy will coordinate a team of designers and engineers as they design, build and test the prototype and final boats that will challenge for the 35th America’s Cup.

The future of CAD

Autodesk CEO Carl Bass, and SolidWorks CEO Gian Paolo Bassi

With embryonic ‘next generation’ modelling tools coming to market and an increasing number of cloud-based services and applications, designers need to understand their implications on modelling, simulation and fabrication.

As these new products are introduced initially as ‘companion’ seats, does this mean the tools we have invested in and completely rely on will soon be legacy systems?

Dan Staples, Siemens PLM Solid Edge VP of Engineering R&D, and Brian Thompson, VP of Product Management, PTC

DEVELOP3D LIVE will bring all the major CAD tool developers under one roof to explain how these new capabilities will, both now and in the future, improve on the current tools and how we can manage this transition.

With a high-ranking line-up of executives, expect to hear the latest on developments concerning SolidWorks, PTC Creo, Autodesk Inventor and Fusion, Siemens Solid Edge and NX and more. We also welcome Jon Hirschtick, founder of SolidWorks, to launch a brand new cloud-based modeller, Onshape.

Onshape chairman Jon Hirschtick

Richard Varvill – Reaction Engines

Reaction Engines conducts research into space propulsion systems, centred on the development of the Skylon re-usable SSTO spaceplane, using its own Sabre engine design.

Skylon is an unpiloted, reusable spaceplane intended to provide reliable, responsive and cost effective access to space

The company has also developed the A2 passenger plane concept, capable of flying non stop, halfway around the world at hypersonic speed (Mach 5+).

Richard Varvill is Technical director and head designer and is currently responsible for the technical aspects of Skylon and the Sabre engine. He is one of the founding directors along with Alan Bond and John Scott-Scott.

Dominic Wilcox – Artist + inventor + designer

Dominic Wilcox works between the worlds of art, design, craft and technology to create innovative and thought provoking objects.

Recent projects include the design of a pair of shoes with inbuilt GPS to guide the wearer home, a Binaudios device to listen to the sounds of a city, a race against a 3D printer at the V&A and a stained glass driverless car of the future.

In 2009 he started a Webby award nominated blog called Variations on Normal where he shows his sketchbook inventions and observations. He has received commissions from a diverse range of organisations such as Paul Smith, Selfridges, The V&A museum, BMW Mini and Jaffa Cakes.

RML Group

The Nissan ZEOD (Zero Emissions On Demand) features ground breaking hybrid powertrain solution including multi award winning 3 cylinder engine.

One of the world’s most successful and innovative motorsport organisations, DEVELOP3D LIVE is proud to have Arnaud Martin, Director of Powertrain at RML (Ray Mallock Ltd) talk at the conference.

RML Group engages in design, development, build and operations of race vehicles, performance road cars, concept vehicles, advanced engines, EV and Hybrid powertrain and electronics.

A fantastic lineup of speakers

Mark Shayler of Ape, and Hutch Hutchinson of Vertu

As usual DEVELOP3D LIVE will have a plethora of designers, engineers and industry specialists. This year we have three key areas: Product Design, Make / Fabricate and Start-up.

We have doubled down on product design with a wide range of innovative practitioners telling us their experiences with technology, fabrication and clients.

Make/Fabricate is the track for those interested in rapid prototyping, 3D printing and taking design from art to part. We have the guys from MakerCafe,

FBFX, Inition and Granger and Worrall to name but a few, and also some exciting exclusives from Autodesk and HP on its 3D printers.

UCL’s Mona Hess, and Mark Sanders of MAS Design

We have two star designers making a return to the stage: Mark Sanders of MAS design (Strida folding bike, one touch can opener) and Mark Shayler of Ape, who doesn’t mince his words when it comes to eco-design. Chris Cheung from the Foundry will be on hand to divulge the latest in conceptual design.

We also have Hutch Hutchison from Vertu luxury phones and presentations on jewellery design, scanning and much more.

Check out for more exciting announcements.

Design visualisation

Scene rendered in Luxion KeyShot

A wide range of specialist design visualisation and rendering technologies will be demonstrated including V-Ray from Chaos Group, KeyShot from Luxion, iray+ from Lightworks and HDR Light Studio.

For CAD-integrated design visualisation, including real time rendering, check out SolidWorks, Solid Edge, NX, PTC Creo, Autodesk Fusion, Autodesk Inventor, solidThinking, and more.

Workstation tech

HP Z640

There will be a massive array of workstation technologies on show including the latest AMD FirePro GPUs, which can handle heavy duty 3D graphics and compute tasks on a single card, plus a whole range of new workstations based on Intel’s Xeon E5-2600 v3 series CPUs.

HP will be highlighting its new Z workstations including the HP ZBook 15u Workstation Ultrabook.

Lenovo will be showing off its shiny new ThinkStation P Series desktops and ThinkPad mobile workstations, while Fujitsu and Dell will present their respective Celsius and Precision workstation families.

Specialist manufacturer Scan will demo its overclocked workstations while 3Dconnexion will present its CAD-focused 2D and 3D mice.

3D printing

The Mark One 3D printer can reinforce parts with carbon fibre

DEVELOP3D LIVE will play host to its biggest ever range of 3D printing technologies including Blueprinter’s low-cost sintering tech, Formlabs stereolithography machine, and Markforged’s Mark One, which can reinforce parts with carbon fibre.

Emco Education will highlight 3D Systems’ range of printers. CDG will have live demos of the ProJet 1200 micro-SLA 3D printer and other machines. Laser Lines and Tri-Tech 3D will both showcase the full range of Stratasys 3D printers.

Meanwhile, Hobs Studio, Malcolm Nicholls Limited (MNL), Ogle Models and Prototypes and Proto Labs will all be on hand to promote a wide range of 3D printing and prototyping services.


SolidWork Industrial Design

CAD software will be in abundance on the exhibition floor with demonstrations of leading product development software including Autodesk Fusion, Siemens PLM Software NX and Solid Edge, PTC Creo, and SolidWorks Industrial Designer.

Onshape, a next generation, cloudbased CAD tool, founded by the original SolidWorks team, will also be given plenty of floor time, as well as EPLAN for electrical engineering, DriveWorks for design automation, ITI TranscenData for CAD data exchange and solidThinking for industrial design and developing structurally effi cient concepts.

There will also be a wide range of manufacturing technologies from Delcam, Vero and Tebis, including tooling design, reverse engineering, 5-axis machining, wire EDM and others.


DS Simulia Abaqus

There will be a wide variety of Finite Element Analysis (FEA), Computational Fluid Dynamics software (CFD) and multiphysics simulation technologies on display.

Ansys, the specialist Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) software developer will be showcasing its latest release, Ansys 16.0, while Autodesk, Siemens PLM Software, PTC and SolidWorks will be presenting a wide range of CADintegrated simulation technology.

FlowHD will be showing meshless XFlow CFD technology, Strategic Simulation & Analysis (SSA), a reseller for the DS SIMULIA product range, will be promoting its training and consulting services, and NAFEMS the independent, not-for-profit, CAE association, will be on hand for best practice advice.

More exciting tech

Faro Focus3D X330 Laser Scanner

For quality inspection and organic modelling, CDG will have live product demonstrations of Geomagic Capture and Geomagic Sculpt.

Delcam’s PowerINSPECT will also be on show for comparison of parts, prototypes and tooling against CAD data.

Faro will exhibit its portable Faro Arm Edge with LLP and Focus3D X330 Laser Scanner, while Physical Digital will be promoting its non-contact 3D scanning technology.

For data management, CSI will be on hand to discuss DesignDataManager (DDM), while Kenesto will demo its cloudbased, collaborative solution.

Mainframe2 will be showing how easy it is to put CAD in the cloud.

DEVELOP3D LIVE 2015 looks set to be our most exciting event yet

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