CATIA Fans May Like This

By Kate

Whether you run on Mac or Windows, if you like CATIA, 3D CAD softwares or 3D design in general, you may enjoy downloading the new CATIA screensaver.

I downloaded it and am enjoying seeing the beautiful 3D designs rotate on my screen.  Plus it’s a different way to access the Dassault Systèmes RSS news feed.

Here’s a video glimpse as to what you’ll get.  You’ll see an assortment of design objects from the inside and out.

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Simply follow the link, select Mac or Windows, and then enter your email address and prove you’re not a bot.  Happy downloading!

Best,

Kate

Composites of Sailing Innovation

By Tom

Is it a bird . . . a plane . . . or . . . ?  No! It’s a World Speed Sailing Yacht!

I studied Aerospace Engineering at university and so as you’d imagine I have a keen interest in all things aerospace. When Tim Clarke from Verney Yachts first showed me his new design, my gut reaction was, “this is one strange looking plane!” This was very quickly followed by a moment of confusion and then a moment of realisation.

Tim and his team at Verney Yachts have set themselves the challenge of breaking the world outright sailing speed record using the Yacht they are designing, the V39 – Albatross:

V-39 Albatross Wing Sails

To break the record they aim to travel at 60-65 knots (Approx. 71-76 miles per hour). Also the operation of the sail is a little different than normal. To tack, the wing-sail rotates by 90 degrees around a hinge on the hull of the boat. Even Tim has acknowledged the challenge: “the concept design phase has thrown up a really challenging and interesting set of requirements for the wing-sail structure.”

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Verney have been using SIMULIA’s Abaqus software to conduct non-linear finite element analysis on the boat and wing-sail as well as conducting the overall design in SolidWorks. As you can see it has two wings (or sails!) in an “L” configuration. The wing-sails are made of a composite construction, much like an ultra-modern aircraft wing. This material choice makes the wings very light and strong, but complex.

I’ll be following Tim and Verney throughout their quest to break the world record and you can too:

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Good Luck Verney!

Cheers, Tom

Open Innovation, Empowerment and Exploitation

By Kate

Jonathan sent me the link to the below presentation this morning.  I was intrigued by slide number 29, which suggests that Open Innovation (in the case of the presentation, a hybrid approach using crowdsourcing and co-creation) is a “thin line between empowerment and exploitation.”

I started thinking about Jonathan’s Social Innovation in Plain English video that ends with the benefits a person could reap for participating in such a project:

  • New skills
  • PR
  • New opportunities
  • Satisfaction
  • Listened to
  • Experience
  • Networking
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Business development

And then I started pondering why I, Kate, would take the time, thought and energy to participate?

Is this just a reflection of the freemium business model?  You give, and then later, maybe you’ll get paid to give more?

Will the future entail us having to roll up our sleeves and transpire a little to be accepted into the “it” networks?  You know, the ones actually doing something other than networking.

Or are we talking altruism?  I think it’s naïve to think people will lend their time and talent for free.  Unless it’s for a NGO.

How will this crowdsourcing, social innovation, co-create, open collaboration thing REALLY work . . . for the individuals?

Best,

Kate



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