As a working professional, do you make the effort to visit exhibitions and conferences in your field? Which one did you visit last and was it any good? The number of events put on every year is staggering and they are usually free to attend. Choosing which one to go to, and then getting work to grant you the day off, can be difficult. When in full time employment, the number of design events I visited was a big fat zero, which is utterly terrible looking back. As a business owner and designer I make it a priority to visit a number of design events throughout the year.
My recommend top 3 events for designers are:
- Develop 3D Live (Warwick)
- Engineering Design Show (Coventry)
- TCT Live – 3D Printing (Birmingham)
After missing last year’s DEVELOP3D LIVE 2017 with the date clashing on my son’s birthday, I made sure to attend this year, on my birthday! That’s how good it is; it’s well worth the visit.
DEVELOP3D LIVE is probably the UK’s leading conference and exhibition showcasing everything from design, engineering and manufacturing technology. Organisers proudly claim that the event ‘helps brings world-leading products to the market faster’.
I first attended five years ago and have loved it ever since. It is usually held at Warwick Arts Centre, Warwick University – a place which has undergone change with heavy investment in such as short space of time, even since I’ve been going. The event always boasts an excellent line up of speakers spread across four halls. All ranging from award winning designers, influencers, and CEO’- such as Gian Paolo Bassi of Solidworks, and Brian Thompson from PTC – to name a few. They are all here to tell you about the latest technology, software trends, with live presentations and discussions about the future design world, and how it’s rapidly evolving.
Core Topics at Develop3D Live:
- Technology use in Product Development
- Computer Aided Engineering
- Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM)
- 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing
- Workstation Technology
- Rendering and Animation
- Reverse Engineering
You also get a chance to speak to industry experts from different areas of the design world, companies also exhibit their latest products at the conference, showcasing the latest 3D CAD software, hardware, Virtual & Augmented Reality, 3D printing (FormLabs, Desktop Metal) and 3D scanning.
DEVELOP3D Live showcases the essential technologies used throughout the entire product development process – from concept development, model generation and analysis – through to final render.
As a designer, be it product, industrial, mechanical, or conceptual, this is the event for you and you should be visiting. The conference is essential to understand which technologies in your industry are at the forefront and seeing if your company can implement these.
My agenda for this years’ event was to watch, absorb and ask questions on the subject of Augmented and Virtual Reality to help with potential business projects. As a small business, funds aren’t available compared to some of the automotive and aerospace companies, who can invest anywhere between £50,000 to £100,000 on VR software and systems to help develop their products.
A personal highlight was watching Richard Seale from Seymourpowell design agency developing a car chassis in their customised virtual reality software. Using hand controllers to sketch 3D lines (splines), and when complete import it back into design software Alias as a STEP file. Incredibly, all appeared natural but fascinating to watch.
It capped off a fascinating show, which left me wanting to learn and know more. Will we be using traditional CAD software and work stations in 5 or 10 years’ time? The future looks exciting if you’re a designer.
Thanks for reading, please like, or perhaps comment if you attended the show? What did you like or dislike about Develop3D Live 2018?