UX special event on Human Factors in Product Design – 14th October 2014 at Hotel du Vin – Brighton
3D printing & laser scanning / bicycle engineering design / my research / news

UX special event on Human Factors in Product Design – 14th October 2014 at Hotel du Vin – Brighton

What a venue, what an event! This month’s UX event in the Hotel du Vin here in Brighton was a pearler! Tim Minor was kind enough to invite Dr Eddy Elton, Cathy Grundy and myself to give a series of talks surrounding the use of Human Factors in Product Design. Eddy gave a great comparison … Continue reading

Parametric finite element analysis of bicycle frame stiffness
bicycle engineering design / my research / news / parametric analysis & modeling in CAD/FEA / sports engineering design

Parametric finite element analysis of bicycle frame stiffness

Performing Finite Element Analysis (FEA) on bicycle frames has become a common activity for bicycle designers and engineers in the hope of improving the performance of frames. This is typically achieved by balancing priorities for key requirements, including minimising the mass of the frame (possibly using competition rules to constrain this), maximising lateral stiffness in … Continue reading

123D design, make and create programs/apps to make prototypes and CAD models
3D printing & laser scanning / my research / news / teaching & learning

123D design, make and create programs/apps to make prototypes and CAD models

We’ve recently been experimenting with the 123D design, make and create apps/programs from Autodesk (http://www.123dapp.com/) . These are seriously great for prototyping and for photogrammetry (capturing 3D geometry from a range of photographs of an object). Here’s an image of Evan Mackrill’s hockey sticks that have been prototyped using the Make app which allows CAD … Continue reading

3D printing & laser scanning / my research / news

Prototyping Euler Diagrams

We’ve managed to print some Euler diagrams with Dr Gem Stapleton from the Visual Modeling research group and Dr Jean Flower from Autodesk. They’ll be presenting these lovely models at their upcoming Diagrams conference in Canterbury. We’re really pushing new boundaries here, I never would have thought I’d be printing mathematical diagrams! Continue reading

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Microcontrollers and Apps: guest post from Dr Christoff Garet!

I have recently been struck by the rich electronic resources packed into today’s smart phones.  Because it is my business to educate students about “embedded systems” through the use of microcontrollers I wondered how easy it would be to connect a mobile to a microcontroller.  A quick scan via Google revealed so much material on … Continue reading

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Sports Engineering and the Olympics Lecture

Hi all, I will be giving a lecture this Thursday for the IMechE: Title: Sports Engineering in the Olympics: How much difference can it make?  Speaker:   Dr Derek Covill BEng(Hons) PhD CEng MIMechE Senior Lecturer, University of Brighton  Date:   Thursday 3rd May, 6.30 for 7.00pm start in the main Lecture theatre (LT1) in the Cockcroft Building, … Continue reading