Sunday, April 27, 2014

3D Houses in China and 3D Cars in America... Interesting times!

I saw an article on the BBC today.
They are producing 3D houses in China. $5,000 per detached house.

 I took this image from this webpage.

My brother used to teach bricklaying in a local college. He may well have found this technology threatening!

This link also had an article on 3D cars! What a bonus... President Obama makes a brief appearance on the video. Presently he is in Asia (Malaysia as I write) trying to improve trade relations.
I have added the video on an upcoming shared open design competition for a 3D car.

As design software becomes easier to use and production methods easier to execute Car design and industrial design will make huge leaps forward.


When I lived in Detroit, I would often cycle around to the Center for Creative Studies. This is a World renowned institution. I often had a sneek look through the windows!
Here is a video of their car design area. It looks very similar to real Design studio's.
It won't be long before the clay models are 3D produced!


Saturday, April 19, 2014

My comment on Dr. M's Proton Blog (Chedet)

Hello Tun,
I see that Proton still creates a lot of debate. Producing cars is a high investment/risk industry. Many countries steer well clear. Others make a commitment. The Malaysian Government has obviously decided to enter the market. Many will think this is a vanity project. As they feel they are directly or indirectly paying for it, they quite understandably feel they have a right to criticise.
That is to be expected.
I have worked in Proton, albeit on behalf of Lotus, I found the people to be welcoming and helpful. Commercially, it is difficult for a small Company to compete in a very global market. Proton has always struggled outside of Malaysia. It is not a Global brand.
How to address that?
Find a partner that can give you the exposure. It would be better yet if R&D costs could be shared. You can do this with Vendors and other OEM’s.
Additionally, as DRB Hicom now have education as one of there ‘Core’ businesses (as does Petronas) perhaps a global educational project that utilises Proton/Lotus hardware on geographically diverse campuses could be a profitable and effective way to promote the brand.
As you may know, I have such a proposal.
Proton has a Motorsport Division, I know Djan and presented with his Dad at ASLI 2010. Lotus and Petronas have Motorsport budgets.
Exploit your intellectual property. Share it in an ethical and commercially sustainable manner. Upgrade your profile locally and internationally. Improve your bottom line.
It makes sense. Do Proton a favour support this proposal. It will be a positive step forward.
Thanks for taking the time to read this.
John Mansfield