Posts with tag: ‘innovation’

How Vending Machines Are Reshaping the 3D Printing Industry

The self-service industry has been around for more than two decades, but the emergency of 3D printing vending machines could change both that and the 3D printing industry. Self-serving machines such as self-help kiosks and vending machines have served a wide range of clientele including retail, entertainment, travel, financial services, and healthcare among others. You must have used a self-help kiosk at a hotel, an airport, or a restaurant such as McDonald's or a vending machine at the cinema or your office at some point.

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Project spotlight: Hybrid Air Vehicles

Founded in 2007, Hybrid Air Vehicles is the company behind the innovative Airlander range of hybrid aircraft. They utilise new aerospace technology that combines the best characteristics of fixed wing aircraft with helicopters and "lighter-than-air" technology to create a new breed of hyper-efficient aircraft, with a significantly lower carbon footprint and operating cost than other forms of air transport. The Airlander 10 is designed to stay airborne for up to five days at a time to fulfill a wide range of communication and survey roles, as well as cargo carrying and tourist passenger flights.

I talked to Mike Durham, Technical Director, about their vehicle and the development process.

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GE seeks open innovation from the GrabCAD Community

Today we launched another great GrabCAD Challenge with GE. I talked to Lisa Ralph, Open Innovation Leader & Global Strategy at GE, about this Challenge to give you more details on their engineering problem, so you can create the best entry possible. This Challenge, ending March 9, has a prize pool of $10,000. The winners will be announced by June 8, after thorough testing and evaluation.

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Challenge Finalists: GE Jet Engine Bracket

GE just announced 10 finalists for their 3D Printing Design Challenge to redesign a jet engine bracket. Their goal was to tap the GrabCAD Community to make a lighter 3D printable design. There were more than 700 entries and the finalists come from nine countries as different and far apart as Hungary and Indonesia. They will each receive a $1,000 prize with more rewards on the table after Phase II.

GE jet engine bracket V2 by Alexis on GrabCAD (Rendering by Miloš Barbir)

Pictured: GE jet engine bracket V2 by Alexis on GrabCAD (Rendering by Miloš Barbir)
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Orion Shuttleworth talks about designing the “Most Innovative Superyacht 2013”

I had the opportunity to talk to superyacht designer from UK, Orion Shuttleworth about his work and the award winning 42,5 M Trimaran Adastra.
Trimaran Adastra rendering

What is your background?

I remember spending weekends with my father in his design office building models and trying to mimic his drawings when I was about 7 years old, so I guess this is when I first started to design yachts. I then designed boats for my A-levels and during my BA in Product Design which I studied at Nottingham Trent University. After graduating in 2004 with a First Class Honours I went on to work for my father’s company John Shuttleworth Yacht Designs Limited. After one year I moved to work for power boat designers Bernard Olesinski Limited where I became the lead designer on a number of projects for British motor yacht company Princess Yachts. In 2010 I set up my own consultancy Orion Shuttleworth Design Limited, to work on the design of Superyacht Adastra and a number of other projects. Both John and I now work together under a collaborative company called Shuttleworth Design Limited. Read the rest of this entry »