Link 28 Jun Anthony Dewar - Industrial designer»

So I finally worked out my web site and have it up, a lot of work still needs to be done to get all my projects up but its coming along

Video 8 Feb

A few quick renders of Composter project I’ve been working on

Video 7 Dec 1 note

So this is a little animation I’ve been working on for the last 14 hours.  It is for a presentation in Major Studio at Carleton University school of industrial design

Text 2 Dec 1 note Tablet Generation

we are all mimes now just mimicking motions on slates of glass, walking around town.

Text 18 Nov Wd Tv Live Plus with a Unix server

Not sure if this will help anyone but I was having some problem connecting my Wd Tv Live Plus to the Unix server that’s running with the households media on it.  The problem was that it would continually sign in as a guest and would try to even once the guest account was turned off, the solution I found was to go into network setting and turn off the auto login to network shares function. Once this was done it would ask me for a user name and password for the server and works, once input you can go back and turn on the auto login again.

Link 7 Nov Interesting HCi collection»
Photo 17 Sep Over the Summer I was thinking about the possibility to mimic a desert beetles ability to collect water and was thinking of electroplating the patternwith metals. Yesterday I was roasting a marshmallow on my stove and noticed the exact pattern needed, so maybe another way to pull off the pattern is to bubble up a surface with heat?

Over the Summer I was thinking about the possibility to mimic a desert beetles ability to collect water and was thinking of electroplating the patternwith metals. Yesterday I was roasting a marshmallow on my stove and noticed the exact pattern needed, so maybe another way to pull off the pattern is to bubble up a surface with heat?

Photo 2 Sep Ah just updated the Bios and drivers on my z68 mother board, now everything runs faster and it can output 3 monitor signals (2 from the graphics card, and 1 from the motherboard)

Ah just updated the Bios and drivers on my z68 mother board, now everything runs faster and it can output 3 monitor signals (2 from the graphics card, and 1 from the motherboard)

Video 14 Aug

I have not been posting much up on this page as of late but I will be posting some of the stuff I’ve been up to this summer. Starting with fixing up the light table done as a 3rd year project in Industrial Design.

Since the previous post on my light table was just the model for class it was unable to recharge and had a very limited life, This upgrade has added a 2000mah Li-pol battery and the appropriate USB charging hardware to the package. Now the device can be powered off USB or Battery, as well as charging up via USB.

A future fix will be to replace the Polystyrene anchors with aluminum in order to hold the acrylic in line with the lights more securely.

Text 22 Jul Laptop for ID (response to CIDSA blog post)

I would suggest staying away from the MBP since they do have some stability problems in windows, and the wireless cards do not always work on the schools networks (noticed on MacBookPro5,2), as long as you are not hung up on the looks of the system and cost is something your factoring in a pc has much better performance per dollar.

Keyshot and Shot are the two main 3rd party rendering programs that are used. Keyshot uses your computers CPU so your graphics card does not matter as much, and Shot uses your GPU so having a better graphics card will speed up your render.
Both have a free trial on their sites.
http://www.keyshot.com/index.html
http://www.bunkspeed.com/shot/


The 2nd generation Intel chips have a major performance boost over the 1st generation especially in rendering. (I just updated my desktop to the i7 2600k and what used to take 12 hours on my old [930d]CPU takes under 5 min.) (those are drastic changes since the old CPU was about 5 years old)

As for the difference between a workstation card and a gaming card. Workstation cards are certified to work with Solidworks and preform all the features (most of which you will never use) that Solidworks can preform. an example is stereoscopic rendering (3d glasses on your computer) or live rendering, the one feature it provides which could be useful is realview which slightly renders your model as you work on it as to provide better reflections so the designer can visualize how the light dances over the surface.

Workstation cards are designed to process as much detail as possible with low frame rate, and gaming cards are the opposite with frame rate being the major task. With this said the modern gaming cards have a much better price to performance and is said they outperform the majority of the lower to mid range workstation cards. so if cost is an issue and you don’t care about realview id go with a gaming card in the 400 or 500 series from Nvidea. (I personally stay away from AMD who now makes what used to be called ATI cards, as all the cards I got from them tend to overheat or glitch. with that said some people love AMD products and never have any problems) (From what I have seen very few people get computers with workstation cards in iD, so if you save some money by going with a gaming card you will not be left out) (on another note laptops with workstation cards usually have a poor battery life as they tend to consume more power then gaming cards, this might factor into your decision if you wish to use this computer to take notes in your other classes as power outlets are rare in most lecture halls)

As for what you are thinking of for a laptop…

CPU
good (see above for more information)

Ram
8gb is a safe amount of ram (with Solidworks you only need more ram if the complexity and number of models you are working on goes up drastic. Which your probable not going to need any more then 8gb as most models I have made usually top out between using 2-3gb of ram) you do want to get the faster clocked ddr3 ram if possible as it will speed up your computer, this might be hard to find out with a laptop.

Hard drive
A solid state drive (SSD) does preform a lot better, however the size is very limited and the cost is a lot higher. If you are wanting to make this computer as fast as possible and do not care that your storage space is limited (cant fit your entire music collection and your school work) I would suggest going SSD. With that said some laptops can have 2 hard drives in them which could be setup so your os and software is on the SSD and all your files are on the HDD, or you can use an external drive to backup files that you don’t need with you all the time.

GPU
read the above information.



I think that is all, sorry if this is a little all over the place or filled with spelling errors. If you have any more questions or would like part of this clarified you can just post back or I can give you contact information.


One last thing, I would suggest against getting a Mac book pro as the hardware Quality is not what it used to be (the mother boards and hard drives die very often and the power supplies break) however if you have the extended apple care they will fix them no problem but you are left without a laptop. A few things I like about the MBP is the giant multitouch trackpad, what used to be a very long battery life, and a nice high res screen.


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