and collaborate to create a life-changing invention
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The prototyping event kicks off today in the distinguished presence of English inventor Trevor Baylis OBE, best known for developing the wind-up radio. Five participating teams comprising design specialists from leading companies including Arduino, Dyson, Elektor, Hitex, RepRapPro, Schneider Electric, SpaceClaim, 3M, TE Connectivity, and TraceParts, will be tasked to invent a design or concept that could make a significant positive impact on people's lives, constructed around themes such as accessibility to technology and sustainability.
Over the course of the next two days, the teams will combine their own ideas with those gathered from the online DesignSpark community and from followers of the challenge on social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter. Together they will illustrate how this fast and easy-to-use free tool, which was developed in conjunction with SpaceClaim, breaks down the barriers of complex, time-intensive 3D design, and opens up the possibility of design experimentation to anyone interested or involved in product development. This is enabled by a powerful methodology called 'direct modelling', which uses simple gestures that can be likened to virtual clay modelling.
From Friday 20th September, followers will have one week to vote for their favourite final design by visiting http://www.designspark.com/design-challenge. A video channel will also be running throughout the challenge at the same location. Designs will be made available for free under an open source licence from DesignSpark.com.
"Until now, 3D design has been out of reach for anyone other than CAD specialists who understand the complexities of 3D modelling, and have been in a position to invest in expensive high-end 3D CAD software", said
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