Here are some of the changes and additions for the design resources in Stockwell Street this new academic year.
Studio layout has changed; the tall walls in the crit pit put up for exhibition will now stay. These walls are now open ended with shelving inside for extra portfolio storage in the studios. More tables and chairs have been purchased too as well as new wheelable roll cages for tidier storage and transport of models / media / drawings.
Please make use of the extra storage – this year we are required to be tidier and less cluttered with work and models, etc. Please identify models and portfolios as your own – we may move these to storage shelves if they are cluttering the spaces.
The areas assigned to course groups have changed too; broadly the user / studio arrangement is like this
- 1001 / 1002 : Landscape Architecture
- 1003 / 1004 / 1005 / 1006 : Graphic Design
- Crit Pit / 1020: Architecture
- 1010 / 1019 : Shared studios
Software Updates :
- Autodesk 2020 [about to be installed]
- Sketchup 2019
- Zbrush 2019
- Cinema 4d r20
- Blender 2.8
- Vray Next
- KeyShot 8 – standalone renderer for Rhino, Sketchup etc. Easy to use and fast.
- Insta360 Studio – 360 camera editing
- Cyclone Register 360. Laser Scanner registration and processing software
Plotting and Equipment
The plotting software has changed, we are now using Uniflow. Prices have stayed the same, but now you will plot per area of plot – meaning you can choose any of the standard ISO sizes or make a custom size plot (for example a long plot). The price is calculated according to the area and you will get a confirmation dialogue with the price for that area before going ahead.
New sheet feed plotter – we have an additional Canon TX-3000 plotter which has replaced the old sheet feed plotter. Higher quality and faster – plots are also now charged per area of plot.
New Laser Printers: All of the A3/A4 laser printers in the University have been replaced. The new models are faster, higher quality and deal with heavy PDF files better. When printing duplex the second (back) page costs less.
NEW Ideal 4315 electric guillotine: this is a guillotine that will let you cut up to 40mm thick reams of paper / card in one go. It has an electric gauge and laser guide to allow precise measurements of cuts. MUST NOT to be used with Perspex / wood etc. You will require the key to unlock and use this cutter – this will be available from support staff
Insta EVO 360 Camera
Camera for recording 360 degree movies and stills (used for creating video at top of this page). Includes “invisible” selfie stick.
NEW Ultimaker 5S 3D Printer: this is a new larger printer that allows print volumes of 330 x 240 x 300 mm. Small but important feature of this printer is that it will pause when it runs out of material the resume when it is refilled.
NEW laser cutter: Universal ILS9.150D can cut sheets up to 914 x 610. It is much more powerful than the old laser cutter it is replacing and much faster. The focus this year will be on all students doing their own laser cutting for straightforward jobs.