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Digital 3D Models in Medicine – we’ve come a long way

3D Modelling is now an established medical technology Back in the late 1990’s I was working as an PR consultant for Insight Marketing & Communications Limited, which at the time was one of the UK’s leading technology PR agencies. My favourite client was a company SDRC Inc. This was a high-end computer-aided design (CAD) software vendor, now owned by Siemens.…

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Once upon a time 3D-Printing was called Rapid Prototyping

Ford Duratec engine - modelled in I-DEAS CAd software

The democratisation of one-off digital-to-physical things Once upon a time in a far, far world, people used to make one-off prototypes of planned new products using really exotic stuff and incredibly expensive computer systems. Today, in a small office near you, someone is doing the same thing for a fraction of the cost. And without the need to prepare baths…

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Things I wish I could do in CAD

Part of the Avon Ring Road

Computer Aided Geekiness I’m no designer or engineer, but I absolutely love Computer Aided Design (CAD) software and all its derivatives and associated applications. I love 3D-modelling, I love surface manufacturing. I love rendered visualisations. And I love all the things you can do with them. I’m also pretty keen on Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) and Computer Aided Engineering (CAE).…

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Autonomous vehicles – the weakest link

1911 Argyll - winner of the Gordon Bennett Rally - definitely NOT autonomous

The nut holding the steering wheel Anyone who is truly interested in cars has been told that the weakest part is the nut holding the steering wheel. Ha ha – everyone laughs at that one. But how many actually think it applies to them? I’m not a confident driver. Sure, I’ve driven for 30+ years, so far avoiding any serious…

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It’s all in the name

Computer crash test simulaton

One day a couple of years ago, I looked up from my desk, glanced at a paper, and discovered that someone had invented 3D-Printing. Except they hadn’t. Once I worked out what was being described I realised that I wrote about it 20-odd years ago (in a publication called Time Compression Technologies) while working with one of my CAD clients.…

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