This month, solidThinking Inspire users will get an in-depth look at how to best benefit from the software’s sketch tools and Boolean operations. The team’s Nandeesh Madapadi provides insight on how to split a single part into design and non-design regions for concept design generation.
Click on the video below to see this tricks in action.
We’ve sponsored a challenge to the GrabCAD Community to create a steering column and wheel for the BLOODHOUND Supersonic Car. First prize includes a trip to the Product Innovation Congress 2013 in Berlin, Germany and a copy of solidThinking Inspire. The challenge deadline is January 31st, 2013. Good luck!
One of the latest projects developed by designers Paolo De Lucchi and Emanuele Rodella is certainly an interesting one, from both the design and the modeling point of view.
Modeling a complex object can be challenging but modeling something that, in some way, has no concrete shape – like a cloud – is even more challenging.
In order to develop a shape like one of the new Nèfos lighting systems (pictures below), it was essential to be able to modify the design while trying to achieve the desired result, a shape that could realistically resemble a soft and floating cloud.
Thanks to solidThinking’s Construction History, and how it handles parameter and control points editing, the result was great.
“The challenge was to create the model in a way that could allow us to handle any further variation that would have been required for aesthetical reasons,” said Emanuele Rodella. “We wanted to achieve the same shape control you have with a sculpture, especially for evaluating the whole shape while adjusting each single concave or convex area. I found a method to create a grid shaped structure that gave me the total control over the result, and each piece was dynamically connected to each other through solidThinking’s ConstructionTree. The modeling quality was noticeable, resulting in a smooth and sinuous model. solidThinking helped us a lot to realize this project.”
Nèfos is manufactured by Myyour and will be developed in four sizes and variants.
In the pictures below, designers Emanuele Rodella (on the left) and Paolo De Lucchi with some of his preliminary hand sketches.
solidThinking will exhibit at the HKTDC Inno Design Tech Expo in Hong Kong. The HKTDC Inno Design Tech Expo (IDT Expo) is a one-stop platform where visitors from different industries can explore the latest commercial design, brand strategies, applied technology, and related consultancy services. This exhibition is part of the Business of Design Week (BODW) an annual event which brings the best of the global design world to Hong Kong.
Come and meet us at Booth 1AF11/13 in the Trade Hall, Innovation and Applied Technology Pavillion.
Location: Hong Kong Convention& Exhibiton Centre1 Expo Drive, Wanchai, Hong Kong, China
Design and engineering team members from solidThinking and AltairProductDesign are excited to share that their joint submission of a human-powered “rescue tool” designed for use by the U.S. Air Force, has been recognized by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) and Fast Companymagazine as one of the 2010 most inventive and creative product and product concept designs.
Announced at the recent IDSA National Conference in Portland, Oregon, held from Aug 3-7, the rescue tool (or U.S. Air Force Extrication Tool) was selected as a winner from the highest number of entrants in the competition’s 30-year history. The tool is designed to allow U.S. Air Force search and rescue teams to extricate trapped personnel from damaged or disabled ground vehicles and aircraft without the use of auxiliary power sources. Following extensive user research, the tool is designed to be 30 percent lighter and 15 percent shorter than the tool currently deployed for rescue missions and is meant to be operable by a single rescuer.
When combined, these features not only make rescuers more efficient, but also give them the ability to get to mission locations more quickly and easy because the tool is lighter, smaller and easier to handle.
We wanted to share with you a cool application of product design collaboration for the transportation industry from our parent company, Altair. The company’s ProductDesign division recently announced it has officially kicked-off its BUSolutionsprogram to build an advanced bus design to lower transit authority operating costs and further minimize the environmental impact of public transportation.
The project makes extensive use of virtual prototyping and optimization technologies that drive the entire product design process, taking into consideration the needs of transit authorities, bus drivers, riders and the communities within the transit system.
It will deliver a low-floor, heavy-duty bus design that is substantially lighter than those currently available. This means reduced fuel consumption, reduced wear on city streets, longer tire and component life, and reduced noise and pollution; all highly-desirable benefits for communities that are reliant on public transportation.
BUSolutions is a collaborative effort between a number of public and private entities including local Southeast Michigan-based organizations Automation Alley, SMART and the Detroit Department of Transportation; and globally recognized companies Arvin Meritor and Alcoa Howmet among many others.
Altair ProductDesign is now one step closer to the fruition of the project. Fabrication of the bus body structure is currently underway with partner Odyssey Industries.
Final assembly is slated to begin this summer at Altair, so we are looking forward to sharing progress on this project and other innovative design applications from Altair with you.
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