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solidThinking Evolve 9.5 – Free Webinar on July 24

Posted: 22 Jul 2013 10:52 AM PDT

Everything you ever wanted to know about Evolve, but didn't know who to ask…. Ah well, I'm sorry I couldn't resist the quote. But now that I have your attention, it will be great if you make a note that solidThinking Evolve 9.5 is hosting a 45-minute webinar will include a brief presentation followed by a live demonstration of the new Evolve 9.5. With just two days to go, the webinar will be hosted twice: July 24, 2013 9:00 AM Eastern and 2:00 PM Eastern. Details here.

The news is that Evolve delivers organic surfacing, construction history, and integrated rendering on both the OS X and Windows operating systems. It allows industrial designers to develop forms faster and captures an initial sketch, then allows exploration of styling alternatives and the visualization of products with high quality renderings generated in real time. Ace Hollywood concept artist Ron Mendell says that Evolve is his go-to tool for all his movie work.

The demo will showcase the following:

  • Incredible surface control
  • Parameter editing, point editing and global deformation
  • Superior geometry creation and editing
  • The enhanced ConstructionTree
  • Integrated photo-realistic rendering
  • Creation of animated sequences

Important new features in solidThinking Evolve 9.5 include:

  • Improved Windows Support – New 64-bit Windows support maximizes efficiency in managing large files (a 32-bit Windows version is also available).
  • Greater Modeling Control – All new Sweep and Blend Curve tools provide greater modeling control and an easier workflow.
  • Superior Geometry Creation and Editing – New selection aids such as pre-highlighting, micro-dialogs, and direct hull selection simplify geometry creation and make editing more intuitive.
  • Enhanced ConstructionTree –The construction history is now more visually refined and robust.
  • Localized Language Support – Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish are now supported.

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(solidThinking Evolve 9.5 – Free Webinar on July 24 was originally posted on Yanko Design)

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Go Further with Ford Trend Conference

Posted: 22 Jul 2013 10:32 AM PDT

Ford invited YD to the Go Further with Ford trend conference where the company will emphasize how newer technologies in production, manufacturing, and design are shaping the company inside out. It was a great opportunity to hear from one of the largest car manufacturers in the world discuss their position in this new era of mobility transportation. We sent a guest writer, Neil Carpenter to Dearborn, MI to get the scoop. Hit the jump!

This year's 2013 "Go Further with Ford Conference" was kicked off with Key note speaker Bill Ford, who emphasized their efforts to become a "mobility company"; no longer constricting themselves to a car & truck brand. A growing business focus at Ford is the "Power of Choice" or the democratization of technologies previously seen exclusively in high end vehicles. Very little of Fords technologies struck me as "new", which at first, was quite discouraging. Rather than developing breakthrough innovations, Ford had chosen to make new technologies more accessible to the average consumer.

Bill Ford expressed his concerns with a projected population growth of 7-9 billion and a resulting Global Gridlock. "There is no single bullet to solve this problem". As per the future of Electronic Vehicles; the ubiquity of a Plug-In as well as an ending to range anxiety are two major challenges automobile manufactures face. Unless car companies develop an infrastructure, there's no future for EV's.

On Tuesday I had the opportunity to sit in on a several fascinating panels. The most noteworthy of which, was a discussion between Jim Buczkowski (Ford) and Steve Wozniak, (co-founder of Apple) called "Disrupting the Drive". Here, 4 videos were aired showing off Ford's Concept Evos (the ultimate expression of Ford's design and technology vision) featuring such innovations as: Real Time Routing, Mood Music, Social Navigation, & Adaptive Dynamics. The Evos pushes the Ford Sync technology to be agnostic of various ecosystems (ie: Microsoft, apple, etc) seamlessly.

Steve and Jim discussed the intelligence of a car and even the possibility of a self-driving vehicle. The dichotomy of active and passive was the essence of this topic. For example: a heads up display paired with tactile controls is far less distracting then a large central touch screen. Wozniak notes that "the technology must improve your driving experience, not impede".

It’s interesting that we’re beginning to hear more and more from the big car companies. For a long while, they seemed to operate on a totally different track from the rest of industrial design but new tools like 3D printing, the clash of integrated services with telematics provided by technology companies like Google, Microsoft, Apple and environmental concern has dramatically shifted their focus.

Guest Writer: Neil Carpenter

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(Go Further with Ford Trend Conference was originally posted on Yanko Design)

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Easy Glider

Posted: 22 Jul 2013 09:30 AM PDT

Alexander Shevchenko’s Delta hang-glider explores the use of new materials that are more efficient to fix or replace in common occurrences like breaks, cracks or other damage. Composed primarily of laminated foam, the winged structure maintains rigidity and lightness necessary for flight but can also be easily and cheaply repaired, replaced, and recycled. 

Designer: Alexander Shevchenko

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Retro Brick Phone

Posted: 22 Jul 2013 08:20 AM PDT

If we imagine a world without Smartphones, then it's easy to picture this Just 5 Brick Phone by Art Lebedev Studio as a must-have. However, we do live in the world of Technicolor so a large-key, monochromatic graphics-display phone sounds a bit off. Or does it? Specs like retractable antenna, radio, alarm clock, flashlight, calculator, calendar, handheld meter, only one game – “Race” and mapping are nostalgic. The winner of course is the one-week battery power. Will you trade this for your iPhone or Samsung Galaxy?

Designer: Art Lebedev Studio

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Monitor Your Vision

Posted: 22 Jul 2013 08:13 AM PDT

Imagine being able to stare at your computer screen all day long without your glasses or contact lenses. A farfetched though for myopic folks like me, unless we undergo surgery; or we see the fruition of the i-Free concept. The idea is to have auto-correcting screen that portrays images according to the prescription number you have. This ways you strain your eyes lesser and it helps your vision in the long run. I'm all ears to know more if this idea is plausible; any comments?

i-Free is a 2013 iF Design Award project.

Designer: Jongwoo Choi

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I Used to be a Washing Machine

Posted: 22 Jul 2013 12:08 AM PDT

At the end of a clothes washing machine’s lifespan, we have no problem leaving the old thing out on the curb. What’s it good for anyway, right? Wrong! Did you know that inside your old washer is a chair…or 2… or 3??!!  Taking repurposed material to a whole new level, Tony Grigorian shares his “I Used to be a Washing Machine” project with us and shows YOU how to DIY your own chairs from washing machine scrap. Check out the vid to see how it’s done!

Designer: Tony Grigorian

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Fool-Proof Perfect Lines

Posted: 22 Jul 2013 12:01 AM PDT

Unless you have a guillotine-style paper cutter, cutting in a straight line is near impossible! The Linear Scissors, however, take the heavy equipment out of the equation and are so easy to use that premarking the line with a pencil isn’t even necessary. The solution:  handles with a built-in right angle that square up to the edge of any table, making it possible to cut perfectly straight. Better yet, the handle’s shape diverts the excess material out of the way while cutting. Genius!

Designer: Tamás Fekete

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