London Calling, Nissan Comes Through With New Taxi Design

London’s iconic black cab, as synonymous with taxis as the yellow cab is in New York City, is about to hit the streets with a full design makeover, in part to ensure it conforms to new regulations governing the Hackney Carriage status and to serve as a launch pad for a soon-to-be-released EV version.

Nissan, which is using its multi-purpose NV200 platform as the base for the taxi redesign, is planning to release a 1.6-liter petrol engine fleet with an automatic gearbox this December, following up with a zero emissions electric version in 2015. London’s current Mayor Boris Johnson has called for all city cabs to be emission-free by 2020. →']);" class="more-link">Continue reading

DE Editor Digitally Captured in Photogrammetry and Hand-Held Scanner

Recently, by sheer coincidence, I found myself in two successive press briefings where I was digitized into a 3D mesh model, by two distinctly different methods. During a visit to the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco, the Autodesk ReCap team offered to digitize me through its photogrammetry technology (previously called 123D Catch). A few days later, while visiting 3D Systems‘ San Francisco office, the product managers offered to digitize me using Cubify Sense, a handheld scanner. This serendipitous alignment of tech demos gave me the opportunity to observe in person how the different approaches work. →']);" class="more-link">Continue reading

SolidWorks Launches New Product to Support Paperless Manufacturing

Is the paperless office a reality? Or a Utopian concept? Whatever you might think, SolidWorks seems convinced there’s sufficient interest in it to warrant a new product.

At the press preview of SolidWorks 2015 two weeks ago, the company shared details about a brand new product, dubbed SolidWorks MBD (Model-Based Definition). In a SolidWorks blog post, Jeremy Regnerus, the company’s senior user advocate and community manager, writes, “MBD provides an integrated, drawing-less manufacturing solution for SolidWorks 2015. With these tools, you can define, organize, and publish 3D Product Manufacturing Information (PMI) and 3D model data in industry standard file formats … defines 3D PMI such as dimensions, datums, geometric tolerances, surface finishes, welding symbols, bills of material (BOM), callouts, tables, notes, meta-properties, and other annotations within the SOLIDWORKS 3D environment. The process is both intuitive and interactive and helps multiple people within the supply chain understand the design without the need for 2D drawings.” →']);" class="more-link">Continue reading

What Would You Do With Your Mojo?

Your don’t need a sorcerer’s talisman or a wizard’s charm to turn ideas into tangible prototypes. You can do that with the industrial magic of a 3D printer. We have the power to give away one such printer — Mojo from Stratasys.

The Rapid Ready Sweepstakes is back! Like last year, you can enter to win a Mojo 3D Print Pack, which includes:

  • a Mojo 3D Printer;
  • print wizard and control panel software;
  • WaveWash 55 support cleaning system;
  • Start-up supplies.

Last year’s sweepstakes winner Joe Lutgen, who owns and operates the RSI Mechanical LLC. consulting business, began offering affordable printing services to his clients. When we caught up with him a few months after he collected his prize, Joe said, “I’m printing everything, from blow-molded parts and brackets to fixtures that can be glued together. One of my main clients now regularly asks me to print stuff, and smaller clients sometimes also ask me to print designs. It’s been nice to be able to bring [a prototype] to their office, show them what I’ve made already so they can see how it works.”

It turns out, the entire Lutgen household benefited from the presence of the Mojo. For a class assignment, one of Joe’s sons designed a crumb catcher — a tray that snaps onto the edge of the dinner table. Today, a 3D-printed version of Lutgen Jr.’s invention keeps the floor tidy. Last Christmas, Joe also designed and printed a few dangling ornaments for the family Christmas tree.

Mojo uses Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) to build concept models. According to Stratasys, the printer “[builds] spot-on, functional concept models and rapid prototypes in ABSplus thermoplastic. With the lowest price, fastest build and finest layers of any Idea Series 3D printer, Mojo’s good vibes inspire boundless creativity.”

The estimated value of the Mojo 3D Print Pack is $13,900 — and it can be yours, courtesy of Stratasys and DE.

So start thinking about what you might do with your Mojo, and go to the online sweepstakes form posted here to enter.

The 3D RV, Collecting Stories of Design and Innovation Across the U.S.

A blue RV painted with and gadgets and branded with high-tech logos is making its way across the U.S., from California to the New York Islands. The vehicle is commandeered by TJ McCue, a writer and 3D enthusiast. The road trip’s goal is to “[celebrate] the creative process, while illuminating the impact of design through firsthand customer stories, consumer creativity and student innovations,” as TJ puts it in his blog.

The 3DRV, as the journey is called, will cover more than 100 stops in eight months. The road trip is made possible by Autodesk, NVIDIA, HP, and Stratasys, among others. So far, TJ has met with people developing a 3D printer that’ll work in space, an underwater camera that could survive shark bites, and footwear that could double as a cellphone charger. As of today, the RV has covered 6,209 miles, made 54 stops, and TJ has gulped down his 269th cup of coffee. →']);" class="more-link">Continue reading