tct live

October 24, 2009

I attended the tct live: software and technology for product development and manufacturing show at the Ricoh Arena in coventry on the 20 October.

I was able to sit in on the following seminars:

Chair: Gay Penfold, JIIC Birmingham University

11.00 am Keynote: Holition – The Future of Online Jewellery
Lynne Murray, Holition, UK

11.30 am Digital Design & Rapid Prototyping within a Busy Jewellery Manufacturing Environment
Tony Shellam, Weston Beamor

12.00 pm Selling Jewellery That Doesn’t Exist – A Survey of CAD/CAM Applications in Jewellery
Jack Meyer, H3D UK

12.30 pm Virtual Jewellery
Mike Russell, Inneo Solutions

2.00 pm Affordable Manufacturing by DMLS in the Jewellery Industry
Stuart Jackson, EOS UK

2.20 pm The Digital Highway: What RP&M Means for the Jewellery Industry
Martin Forth, Envisiontec

2.40 pm When is a Piece of Jewellery Not a Piece of Jewellery? Metalise it…
Andy Allshorn, AT 3D SQUARED

3.00 pm Custom Made Ceramic Parts
Christophe Chaput, Cerampilot, France

3.20 pm “Master & Servant” – The Relationship Between Jewellery Designer & His Digital Tool Box
Hillary Corney,

3.40 pm Increased Productivity & Freedom of Design with Digital Jewellery Manufacturing Solutions
Colin Blain, 3D Systems

It was a useful event to attend. I was particularly interested in cerampilot. They make ceramic components and specialise in biomedical, electronics and jewllery products. The possibilities for using their materials  and process for my product look interesting.

another company which showed an innovative approach was 3ddc and their ‘metalise it’ process. Although perhaps a little expensive –  it offered the possibilites of plating RP parts made from resin or plaster. This could add a structural coating as well as  a cosmetic finish. they displayed a hearing aid which had been 3D scanned from the client’s ear.Then a resin model was made. after which it was plated in gold and therefore ready to wear. Moving from RP to RM immediately.

It has added a few possibilites to my materials resources.


October 6, 2009

Attended Digital Manufacturing 2: from the idea to the finished product, organised by the Design Exchange and Metropolitan works.

Michael Eden from Eden ceramics spoke. He sees himself as an ‘ipotter’! He has just completed an MPhil research project at the RCA. he talked of how his practice had leapt 250 years fro pre industrial revolution techniques to using technology from the next industrial revolution. he ses his work as fitting into the definition of ‘Design Art’

He has managed to use the resin from RP and had substances inserted which allow him to apply glazes and fire in a kiln. He has created geometric forms which he could not do by simply using traditional techniques.

Also Dr Guy Bingham from DeMontfort University talked about RM Textiles. From creating chain mail he and his team have now begun to develop other materials which interlock and which offer a level of geometric complexity.

He also mentioned Richard Hague’s project with Personalised Protective Equipment (PPE) The SCUTA project. The protective material is made using RM and personalised after a person’s body is 3D scanned, it has no need for seams or joins.

Although this is being developed for (impact) sports, this could be of interest for artefacts which I am interested in developing. Particularly those which involve splinting or just to offer protection from further injury.

DeMontfort University are also hosting Digital Design Art: Creative Practice in the Digital Age on 16th November 2009 9.30 -6pm £25 to attend. 10 practitioners from art craft and design will present work ‘that focuses on the creative use of emergent digital technologies in the making of artefacts. Confirmed so far are: Assa Assauach; Keith Brown ( a founder of  of FastUK); Annie Cattrell; Lionel T. Dean (Future Factories); Philip Delamore; Geoffrey Mann; Tavs Jorgensen.


October 5, 2009

I visited the Helen Hamlyn show Closer. I was struck by the simplicity and focus of the design and the designers. Also by the collaborations between designers and industry was inspiring.

Visited the Serpentine to see the overview of Gustav Metzger’s Work. I loved the Liquid Crystal Environment, which I found particularly beautiful and mesmeric. other I found done with a heavy hand-  too obvious?  but still engaging. The show was very informative and I came away with an insight into the Gustav Metzger’s work.

Also there was the Pavilion designed by Kazuyo Sejma and Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA.  the highly polished aluminium meant you could look up and see your reflection. from afar it seems to sweep and float in its environment.

Very pleasurable, and perhaps a reflection of the Serpentine itself.