Disrupt Dixon’s Design [D3] in 3D

By Fred

Dassault Systèmes and famous British designer Tom Dixon have teamed up to create the first open design competition based on a modular concept!  :-)

Tom Dixon gives to participants an access to as many files as tubes of different lengths and different types of junctions, and challenge contestants to re-configure and remix these 3D pieces into different functional objects.

Dixon’s design uses a simple, elegant system: aluminium tubes arranged into a functional form by interconnecting junctions. These junctions are created in additive manufacturing using 3D printing technology, provided by our partner Sculpteo.

Launched at MOST Salone in Milan during Design Week, the competition is accessible via a Dassault Systèmes online community. Through this online community, participants will get access to software to assemble and experience their design project in 3D, share projects, media and ideas, and interact with other members.

The winning entry, chosen by a jury including Tom Dixon, will receive an iPad, his concept being 3D printed and assembled, and be awarded and featured at “Maison & Objet” trade show in Paris, September edition.

Want to join the competition? Go to www.mostdisruptingdesign.com, register today to the online community and make sure to submit your contribution by June 30, 2013! Enjoy!  :D

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Tom Dixon and Dassault Systèmes swYm Conference

By Kate

Tom Dixon at swym conference

“I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time.”

– Blaise Pascal in Provincial Letters: Letter XVI

During this year’s Milan Furniture Fair, I got to meet Virtual Tom, aka designer Tom Dixon’s 3D twin. 

Today at Dassault Systèmes’ swYm conference (formally called Devcon), I got to meet the real person. 

While there are a few memorable geeky nuggets I’d like to dig down on in later posts, I’d like serve up a dosage of Tom-chat.  Sitting outside on the ivy-lined steps of DS Campus, Tom shared his thoughts on 3D and design, plus a glimmer of what he’d like to do for next year’s Milan fair.

“I like opposites, so juxtaposing what’s happening in 3D and online with something real is interesting.”  Tom

Tom’s goal is to make things simple, and “just because you can do lots of complex things with technology and design doesn’t mean that you should.” 

This reminded me of Oblong’s “you are the interface” and the ultimate goals to technology.  We shouldn’t feel the complexity in what’s happening with our 3D, VR or other techno; we should just be enjoying the experience without having to think about the how-to.  Much like we enjoy exquisite French meals.  If you get heady about it, the magic dies.  And if you get too complex in your recipes and presentation, you lose your Michelin star.  

But this is harder to accomplish than you may think.  You see this movement in the PLM space as Kurt Chen pointed out.  Users want simple interfaces and powerful results.  But I’m digressing. 

Tom.

One of the projects you may see developing from our partnership with Tom Dixon is a design contest for SolidWorks users whereby the winning design would be fabricated live at next year’s Milan Furniture Fair.  Tom, I’m rooting for you on this one, and BTW, if my boss is reading this, how about a ticket to Milan for some live blogging?  ;-)

If you happen to be at swYm, like Tom you may enjoy playing with the “toys” as he called them available on our partner stands.  Think haptic VR.  Tom’s thinking about it in a design context.

Off to some afternoon sessions.  If you’re around, please ping me so I can say hi live.  Otherwise, anything particular you’d like me to cover during the conference? 

Best,

Kate

Video Picks from Tom Dixon’s Virtual Milan Show

By Kate

I thought it was too late to talk about Virtual Milan and Tom Dixon again, but then I saw these videos and said . . .nah, you deserve to see them!

The first was produced by Australian Emma Elizabeth Designs.  Check out her interview with Tom, Fred and one of Tom’s artisan furniture makers.

Nice music huh?

The second is a fly through of Tom’s stand and his visitors’ interactions with the 3D experience.

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I may like this fashion music better. Nice drums.

Like I mentioned in my last Tom Dixon post, Tom creates all of his models in SolidWorks.  He mentioned in the Emma Elizabeth video that he’s cutting out the big producers and “just getting on with it” on his own.  A do-it-yourself guy!  Any correlation with designing his models in 3D I wonder?

Tom, are you out there?  We’d love your feedback if you get a chance.  In any case, bravo 3D Tom!
Best,

Kate



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