That time of year comes around quick!
Actually springtime is usually a busy time for most business, particularly so in Product Design Development where plans get the green light, for modifying existing ranges or innovating from the ground up and creating new products for market. A new year beckons and we wanted to reflect a moment on some of our work (which we are able to talk about ) from the year just passed. We are proud to have been a big part in three projects from varied sectors that all went on to receive awards, in no particular order; Read More
Were really chuffed for our client SimpAlarm with a focus on Assisted Living Technology, having just won The Discovering Start-Ups competition .
We managed to get an afternoon out of the office to visit the NEC for TCT Additive Manufacture show last week. It was our first time to TCT this year, however first impressions were the industry show is changing. In many ways a coming together of aerospace standard scanning and printing systems and the Maker Faire / Hackspace type community. Read More
You will likely have heard of Elon Musk? Techcrunch referred to him as the worlds busiest rich dude / Mad scientist. In fact the video post taps into the concept of Elon as inspiring the directors of the movie Iron Man for his formula of High Rolling tech interests. We have a lot of respect for his achievements, he has certainly been productive in the technology sphere, in ways Branson and the like could dream of…
2013 has proved to be a good year for awards. We have had the pleasure of working with Sapient Nitro, Standard Chartered and Liverpool FC on the Techball. Since we last posted on Techball, the 90seconds to Anfield tour has rolled on. Over the summer Techball visited Sao Paulo and was sunning it self at the Cannes Lions week as an Innovation Lions finalist. It is always rewarding to see our development projects obtaining such critical acclaim, especially one with the unique challenges of the Techball. We outline some of those challenges in the video. The competition was stiff however, with rivals like Google with their google creative labs for example.
In fact the category winner was Yota Phone, with a concept for a mobile with two screens, notably one being an E-Reader / digital ink screen. Two reasons this brought a smile to our faces, first its a good idea and second, we had actually proposed this to one of HTCs consulting design firms way back in 2010 see concept F on our portfolio. We hope they do well and are interested to see how it does in such a fierce marketplace.
That brings us upto this very weekend. It is actually the competition final for the 90 Seconds to Anfield campaign. The competition winners from around globe are having a VIP trip to Anfield culminating in half time penalty kicks at this weekends Liverpool V Manchester United game. We should be bringing you the footage as it comes in. Should be a good game, were told a 40,000 capacity crowd and a televised audience close to 1Bn! Lets hope Techball performs 😀
We know we have been talking desktop printing a little of late, however when we make parts available for download we thought we would share a simple and brief update here.
We love the Ultimakers ability to allow us rapid validation of our CAD work , were very impressed with the materials Ultimaker supply also. However there is a plethora of ABS and PLA filament options out there to use from other suppliers. What we found however, is there is a large variation in the spool dimensions. We bought a spool that would not fit the standard bracket. So – we made one ourselves and here it is built only two hours later. Read More
We have always used rapid prototyping as part of our product development process. If we need high accuracy parts made from specific materials, then rapid CNC is the way we would prototype our developing CAD model. If material type is less important we may have chosen from various Rapid prototyping techniques, including SLS ( Selective Laser Sintering ) Parts fused by a laser from a bath of powdered plastic and SLA ( Stereolithography ) Parts activated in layers, by a laser in a bath of photo-active resin. These are all good in their own way, however the machines themselves can cost upto £50k and need constant work 24/7 to be cost effective, if used inefficiently that cost would go on to the customer, which we would never want. While we have world class resources in the UK and Far east for prototyping and small scale manufacture, as noted from our previous post, we were keen to have a desktop solution as part of the open source community for 3D printing. We went to the global community for their recommendation, Read More