PS5 VS Xbox Series X review

PS5 Vs Xbox Series X review

PS5 and Xbox Series X the NEXT GEN console battle is upon us, Now that Sony has finally   released the much anticipated console, PS5 we can battle both consoles to see which one is really powerful. 

June 22, 2020

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Manufacturing Comparisons​

Both Sony and Microsoft help elevate the video game in mainstream culture and popularise 3D graphics and home console gaming. Through the spirit of innovation, Sony and Microsoft use technology to make a generational leap in real time interactive entertainment continued which each screen platform of PlayStation 2 and 3 and Xbox 360 ad Xbox one. 

With their previous generation consoles which are 7 years old now since they came out, PS4 and Xbox One came with added refined features and proved to always stay ahead of their customers or player’s needs.

As you might have heard that the Xbox Series X is more powerful than the PS5, however they are quite a few ways in which PS5 significantly tops the Xbox Series X, without further generalization here are the full specs comparison between the PS5 and Xbox Series X focusing on: Design, CPU, GPU, Memory, Storage, Special features/design, Exclusive games, Cost, and the manufacturing/ texture and surface finishing processes used per components.

Xbox Series X

Series X Design

The plastic parts on the PS5 are the casing and controller, plastic and rubber seemingly used on the analogue stick buttons and grip pad. The plastic used on the PS5 is likely HDPE (High Density polyethylene) which is a moulded thermoplastic. The use of HDPE for the casing makes it a durable, lightweight, hygienic and cost effective material for the PS5.

As much as this design has been received with mixed feelings the majority do agree that the PS5 wins on the cool factor.

 

The console is predominately white and features some quite sleek curved surfaces. With black slopes in the middle section where the components are held. It has some cooling ventilation on the edges and some blue lights which accent the edges of the box, giving the PS5 a stealthy look. On the front of the console are USB – A and USB – C. 

Series X Texture and surface finish

Polyethylene) and plastic injection moulded. The design is simpler in nature when compared to the new PS5 allowing for simplistic cooling via the bottom of the machine axial fan and out of the top designed for optimal air flow. (70% more airflow than the previous generation).

The form factor of the machine is defined by the amount of power it needs to process. The design is made of different aspects – the optical drive, heat sink volume and height is dictated by the airflow. The signature large holes on the top of the machine are used to expel the large amount of airflow needed by the machine. 

The manufacturing consists of plastic moulding, ultrasonic welding and heat staking. The controller of the X box X is an evolution of the controller design with much of the same components used, however small changes have resulted the design.

Both the rectangular box and its curved surface controller are bead blasted to a smooth flat matte finish. This finish provides gamers with smooth consistent feel throughout the playing whether your hands are sweating/wet or dry.

PS5

PLaystation 5 Manufacturing and Design

Sony unveiled the PS5 console, as you can see it is far better looking than its competitor the Xbox Series X.

 

The console is predominately white and features some quite sleek curved surfaces. With black slopes in the middle section where the components are held. It has some cooling ventilation on the edges and some blue lights which accent the edges of the box, giving the PS5 a stealthy look. On the front of the console are USB – A and USB – C. 

Playstation 5 Texture and surface finish

The plastic parts on the PS5 are the casing and controller, plastic and rubber seemingly used on the analogue stick buttons and grip pad. The plastic used on the PS5 is likely HDPE (High Density polyethylene) which is a moulded thermoplastic. The use of HDPE for the casing makes it a durable, lightweight, hygienic and cost effective material for the PS5.

As much as this design has been received with mixed feelings the majority do agree that the PS5 wins on the cool factor.

CPU (PS5, Xbox SX)

Console Similarities

Both consoles have:

  • AMD processor 
  • Zen 2 Architecture, 8 core 
  • 3rd generation Ryzen (processor)

Which makes them similar to AMD Ryzen 7 3700 X Processor which is (8 core/ 16T, 36MB cache, 4.4 GHz maximum boost). Which is well received CPU. But the PS5 and Xbox series are not anywhere near the Ryzen 7 3700 X processor since they have lower clock speed of 3.5 and 3.8 GHz compared to 4.4 GHz.

Console Difference

  • The clock speed of PS5 is 3.5 GHz with SMT (simultaneously multi- threading) enabled and the X box series X has 3.8 GHZ without SMT enabled and about 3.6 GHZ with SMT enabled since good gaming depends on SMT.
  • The PS5 has an in built turbo boost which will always rum at 3.5 GHz only when needed or necessary otherwise it always runs at lower clock speed ( <3.5 GHz) to keep the system cool and also to bring the  fan noise down.  X box series X will run at 3.5GHz all the time which makes it have a slightly high performance in clock speed with high fan noise and heated engine.

In term of CPU the Xbox Series X seems faster and more powerful than the PS5, however Microsoft indeed confirmed that with adding the SMT the clock speed will drop from 3.8 GHz to about 3.6 GHz which makes it more comparable to PS5 when it comes to speed. Since most games application require takes advantage of SMT the Xbox Series X is not that powerful as compared to PS5 although it does have a small speed advantage.

GPU (PS5, Xbox SX)

GPU Difference

PS5

  • The newer GPU architecture of PS5 is based on RDNA-2
  • 10.28 TFLOPS 
  • 36 (CU) computer units 
  • Clock speed 2.23 GHz 

Xbox series X

  • 12.16 TFLOPS 
  • 52 (CU) computer units 
  • Clock speed 1.825 GHz

The PS5 has a lower number of TFLOPS than the Xbox series X, which is about 1.88 TFLOPS difference. But again the PS5 uses a much newer GPU architecture which is RDNA -2 and is not the same as the PSU of the PS4. Generally when you calculate the rom performance of the GPU in terms TFLOPS you need to consider few things CUs (computer units) and the frequency at which the CUs are running at. If you look at the above difference you will notice that the PS5 has 36 CU which runs at high frequency of 2.23GHz whereas Xbox Series X has more CUs (52) which runs a 1.825 GHz which is much slower speed than the PS5. Sony believes that a high clock speed per CU is more preferred than a high number of CU with lower clock speed.

Console PCB texture and surface finish

 PS5 and Xbox PCB which contains GPU.

Glass fibre is impregnated with epoxy resin through dipping and spraying to make the substrate used for PCB.  The panels of substrate are stacked one on top of each other pinned together and keep them from moving. The joined stacked panels are then placed in a CNC machine (3 axis) and holes are drilled according to the desired pattern achieved when the boards were laid out. The holes are deburred to remove excess material adhering to the edges of the holes.

Console PCB difference

Ryzen, Zen 2 architecture, 8 core

Electro polished steel

Stainless steel housing, processor PCB and Coated 316/303 steel

AMD, APU in PS5 and Xbox

The processor casing is made of 303/316L steel, which Is CNC machined into the desired shaped  the metal component is further Electro polished in an electrochemical process used to polish. Passivate and deburr the parts to reduced surface to surface roughness 

PS5 and Xbox PCB manufacturing process.

For a double side PCB the holes are designed to provide a conductive circuit from one side of the board to the other and to the other are coated with copper. Non-conductive holes are plugged to keep them from being plate or are drilled after the plating has happened.


The panels are further electroplated with copper, foil is placed on the substrate surface to act as cathode in the electro coating process. Copper is electroplated in the foil exposed area to a thickness of between 0.025-0.050 mm. Tin-Lead Is used to coat the surface of copper printed circuit pattern to prevent it from oxidation. The Tin-lead is further fused into a reflow oven to close its porosity and make it shiny. 

Memory, RAM (PS5, Xbox SX)

RAM Similarity

  • 16 GB GDDR6
  • Created by AMD 

NB* GDD is not RAM but video memory, however part of it is used as RAM and the remainder is used in games as actual game memory.

RAM Difference

PS5

  • 256 –bit Memory interface.
  • 448 GB/s bandwidth
  • 3.5 Gb for OS 
  • 12.5 GB for developers.

Xbox Series X

  • 320- bit memory interface, split into:
  • 1st chuck – 10 GB @ 560 GB/s bandwidth. (higher than PS5)
  • 2nd chuck –  6 GB @ 336 GB/s bandwidth (lower than PS5)
  • Average bandwidth is 448 GB/s ( similar to PS5)
  • 2,5 GB for OS @ 336 GB/s
  • 10 GB for GPU @ 560 GB/s 
  • 3.5 GB CPU @ 336 GB/s

 Microsoft did that because they want developers to have access to an extremely fast GPU memory, well a CPU does not need a faster memory and neither does the OS. That means in game the GPU will receive 10GB of memory at 560 GB/s, the OS will receive 2.5GB at 336 GB/s and the CPU will receive about 3.5 GB of memory at 336 GB/s bandwidth.  Here is a cool fact if you take the average bandwidth of the two chuck spilt of the 320-bit memory interface Avg [560, 336] you will get 448 GB/s which is similar to the bandwidth of the 256-bit memory interface of the PS5. Which makes sense since APU which constitute of the GPU and CPU of both consoles are made by AMD. So the memory is quite similar just that Microsoft decided to spill it to give developers an advantage.

Storage (PS5, Xbox SX)

Storage Similarity

  • SSD 
  • Used on RAM 

Storage Difference

PS5

  • SSD speed 5.5 GB/s
  • 800GB – 1 TB Drive 
  • 825 usable storage. 
  • High capacity use of SSD
  • Wide range of modules on amazon with at least 5.5 GB/s.
  • Expansion module replaces interface one.

Xbox Series X

  • SSD speed 2.4 GB/s.
  • 1 TB 
  • Only one drive is allowed 
  • External hard drive support.

5.5 GB/s is insanely fast and about 110 time faster than its previous generation PS4. On the other hand Xbox Series X speed is 2.4GB/s which is 50% which is considerably slower than the PS5 drive. Adding on to this Sony sad that its PS5 storage is so fast that it can technically be used as RAM. Because 5.5 GB/s is almost as fast as DDR3 RAM with its 1066 MHz of memory is 8.5 GB/s faster. Since the faster memory has a direct impact on the frame rate of the game then Sony has a bigger advantage here. 

The Xbox Series X has 1 TB internal drive memory whereas the PS5 has between 800GB- 1TB and the usable one is 825 GB. In Xbox Series X you can expand the memory by insert a 1TB of memory drive at the back and with PS5 you can support any modules which you can buy off Amazon that has at least 5.5GB/s in speed, which is a wide range of selection of drives as compared to Xbox Series X which can only offer one.

Special Features (PS5, Xbox SX)

Feature similarities

  • Backward compatibility 
  • Ray tracing support (reflecting/shadows)
  • 120Hz output.
  • 120 fps
  • Dynamic 8k resolution
  • Native 4k resolution

Feature differences

PS5

  • Kraken compression 
  • Exclusive games.
  • Backward compatibility for some PS4 games only.
  • 3D Audio (premium gaming audio redefined which can support 3D audio on any type of headsets.)
  • TV speakers and sound bars 
  • Full display Controller with hepatic feedback.

Xbox Series X

  • BCpack compression.
  • No exclusive games for the first 2 years.
  • Games require PC support.
  • Games require Xbox 1 support 
  • Backward compatibility for Xbox 1,  360, 
  • Dynamic latency input ( reduce input lag from the controller)

Comparison Table

PS5XBOX SX
+ Faster storage+ CPU
+ System memory+ GPU
+ Third party SSD support+ Wider backward compatibility
+ 3D Audio+ Lower controller latency
+ Controller haptics feedback+ 2 console models
+ Game exclusiveness+ Cost - $300 (Lockhart) low-end console model
+ Cost - $400+ Cost - $600 (Lockhart) high-end console model

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Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Geomiq. Examples of analysis performed within this article are only examples. They should not be utilized in real-world analytic products as they are based only on very limited and dated open source information. Assumptions made within the analysis are not reflective of the position of any Geomiq Employee.

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Friends of Geomiq Adapting under COVID

Friends of Geomiq Adapting under COVID

VIKASO is a new company based in Aylesbury focussed on integrating Collaborative Robots (Cobots). Formed with a vision of accelerating Cobot deployment in the UK, VIKASO offers an Ecosystem of Cobot products and full integration services.
April 20, 2020

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Vaibhav Boricha is an old friend of Geomiq having introduced us to the team at BMW & Rolls Royce and helping us get approved as a Tier 1 Supplier a few years ago. After leaving BMW Vaibhav formed VIKASO a Collaborative Robots (Cobots) integration specialist with a vision of accelerating Cobot deployment in the UK.

VIKASO offers an Ecosystem of Cobot products and full integration services however with Covid-19, like many in the industry has had to adapt to not just survive but thrive! VIKASO have built a Virtual Strategy meaning their customers can benefit from his services while working remotely!

As the manufacturing industry currently faces huge challenges due to COVID-19, VIKASO has come up with a Virtual Strategy that is designed to allow manufacturing companies to continue evaluating and planning for automation. The idea being that with a small investment (e.g. £2500 for a low-complexity project), companies can see a detailed virtual concept of their automation requirements. This activity will contribute towards the final implementation, when companies are in a better position and decide to go ahead with the project. The target of this concept development offer is to validate the critical points for a Cobot application such as:

  1. Cycle time.
  2. Layout.
  3. Safety Concept.
  4. Process Concept.
  5. Mechanical Concept.
  6. Back-up Process (in case of breakdown).
 

“VIKASO’s core business is Cobot Integration. This means that we can offer services right from the initial consultation to the last step of commissioning and safety certification. Products on offer go hand-in-hand with the services on offer.”

Great work VIKASO you rock!

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Friends of Geomiq in the Fight Against COVID

Friends of Geomiq in the Fight Against COVID

In recent weeks the manufacturing and hardware ecosystems have come together to step up and solve some incredibly complex challenges at lightning speed. We are collectively learning almost overnight that the old rules of strategy and crisis management no longer apply.
April 20, 2020

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In recent weeks the manufacturing and hardware ecosystems have come together to step up and solve some incredibly complex challenges at lightning speed. We are collectively learning almost overnight that the old rules of strategy and crisis management no longer apply.

As a business working to support these teams Geomiq is privileged to help deliver on many of these projects and we are keen to spread the word of how many amazing companies are adapting to not just survive but thrive whilst delivering innovation in their own fight against COVID-19.

One such company we are keen to Promote is Automata who are offering Free automation support during the COVID-19 crisis

Automata
, a London-based robotics company that makes desktop robot arms is offering its tech its man power and its robots to support manufacturing businesses now at the forefront of these collective efforts and the fight against COVID-19.

The team at Automata are offering their full support to manufacturers of:

  • Ventilators
  • Hospital equipment and instrumentation
  • Medicines and medical devices
  • Lab automation
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Hand sanitisers and cleaning equipment
  • Food supply chain
  • Plus other essential items and processes in the fight against COVID-19 including labs ramping up sample testing capacity

How they can help:

  • Advice: Video consultations with our experts sharing guidance on how to approach automation of critical manufacturing processes
  • Technology: Loan of Eva units at no cost
  • Support: Free integration support and training

So if you’re working on the front line of critical supply manufacturing through this crisis whilst dealing with local operating restrictions and the impact of COVID-19 on your team, robotic automation could be the answer, and the team at Automata are ready and willing to support!

Thanks Automata you rock!

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The 2020s – A decade of transformation for the world economy

The 2020s – A decade of transformation for the world economy

January 27, 2020

Dominic Keen, CEO Britbots

Welcome to the 2020s, a decade that looks set to be shaped, in part, by the increasingly sophisticated robotics and artificial intelligence technologies that are set to proliferate in many areas of our economic lives.  As we start this new decade, it is a good moment for investors in robotics to take stock of where we are and to look ahead at the some of the themes which are likely to shape industry in the period ahead. 

The last few years have seen the initial signs of diversification from robots solely being used in high volume manufacturing processes, such as car-making, towards a broader set of application areas.  Robotic vacuum cleaners and lawn-movers, whilst not yet widespread, have become more commonplace in households; and people are increasingly likely to be speaking to their electronic devices, in particular smart-speakers such as Alexa or Google Home.

It also appears that the era (since the mid-eighties) of largely unchecked flows of goods, people and capital may be coming to an end.  Globalisation, whilst having delivered lower consumer prices, is increasingly being perceived to have also resulted in slower growth, precarious employment and social disruption. If this is indeed the case, it is likely that the UK will continue developing explicit national industrial policies to boost spending on R&D and sharpen its focus on raising domestic productivity.  This could to lead to a more benign climate for the growth of embryonic domestic robotics businesses in the near-term but might limit their scope for the export-led opportunities in the long-run as well.

We anticipate many more robotics use-cases developing over the forthcoming years as the price of robots continue to fall whilst the cost-of-labour increases.  (The minimum wage in the UK is rising 6.2% this year to £8.72 per hour.) Increasingly sophisticated artificial intelligence capabilities are allowing robotic platforms to act with greater autonomy and precision, addressing ever more nuanced and unpredictable tasks.   Further to this, continued advancements in computing-power and communication networks will support the increasing adoption of ‘plug-and-play’ robots by small and medium-sized businesses and open-up sectors that are currently untouched by widespread robotics adoption.

Trends which we believe drive growing levels of robotic adoption, namely falling global productivity, shrinking labour pools and increasing personal workloads, show few signs abating. We see some of biggest opportunities for robotics in markets where it is difficult to hire and retain labour.   Sectors such as construction, agriculture and elderly care seem particularly ripe for robotic disruption of this sort. We also expect that some categories of products and services which are currently scarce or uneconomic will become more abundant in the forthcoming decade because of their roboticisation.  Potential candidate areas for this type of transformation may include: chauffeuring and other types of domestic service; localised environmental interventions; and highly individualised product customisations.

Whilst stereotypes of a roboticised future tend often to be dystopian, it is our view that the forthcoming changes are likely to be gradual yet widespread and in many ways unremarkable.  Nonetheless, given the breadth of robotics invention currently underway, it’s safe to assume that capable autonomous devices will be playing a much greater role in everyone’s lives by the time the New Year chimes usher in the 2030s.  

Dominic Keen, CEO Britbots
Having successfully floated his mobile software business on the London Stock Exchange in 2013, Dominic founded Britbots in 2016 to support best in class UK robotics, ai and automation start-ups and capitalise from the UK’s technology prowess in these areas. Since then, Britbots has invested in 15 exciting, high-growth companies and helped support an exciting new generation of intelligent autonomous machines that promise to transform our world. 

Britbots are currently actively looking to fund pre-seed start-ups (pre-money valuations usually below £1.5m) in the UK robotics, ai and automation space. If you are looking for funding, please get in touch with [email protected] with your pitch deck.

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Preparing for Chinese New Year: Everything you need to Know about CNY

Preparing for Chinese New Year:
Everything you need to Know about CNY

What is Chinese New Year?

Chinese New Year (CNY), or “Spring Festival” is considered the Thanksgiving or Diwali of China only on a much larger scale. To give you an idea of the scale: the largest migration in the world occurs during CNY month, an estimated 2.98 Billion trips taken in 2017. The time of the year when gifts & “Red Envelopes” containing money are exchanged within families. Especially important among factory workers, this is the only time of the year factory workers can see their families.

Source: Baidu 2017 - Migration of Urman workers during CNY period.

Chinese New Year Dates & Length

Chinese New Year is based on the Lunar Calendar, the exact date changes every year, but normally falls between January 22nd and February 19th. This inconsistency ads to confusion and planning complexities.

CNY 2020: January 25th - 30th

Chinese New Year 2020 starts on Saturday 25th, however many factories will cease operation before that date. Chinese offices and factories typically close for about three working weeks, allowing workers time to travel back home to spend the holiday with their families.  

Since China is an economic giant in global exporting industry, effects of CNY can ripple around the world, especially industries involved in manufacturing.

Below is a list of future CNY dates for the coming 5 years.

2021: February 12 

2022: February 1 

2023: January 22

2024: February 10

2025: January 29

Why does Chinese New Year affect global manufacturing so much?

  1. Length of Factory Closure
  2. Payment Request before CNY 
  3. Production Length & Quality issues after CNY

How to minimise your impact of Chinese new year on your business?

1. Work with Trusted Manufacturing Partners

If you just started doing business with your supplier during this time of year, it would be difficult to get any attention especially for low-volume production. If you’re the newest account in the factory, chances are, you are not going to get priority when it comes to completing production. If you’re working with a manufacturing partner, ensure that they have experience in handling the CNY rush. One of the advantages of working with a manufacturing partner is that they have years of experience building a trustworthy network of manufacturing suppliers that can help you navigate during this stressful time of year. Ask your manufacturing partner what processes they have in place to help their customers plan for CNY. 

2. Plan Inventory

Planning for CNY starts between September – October. Well organised factories will send their largest customers a note asking to place large orders that need to be shipped before CNY. It is important to accurately forecast high-volume parts you require before CNY.

3. Stay on top of production

Stay on top of production so that you are aware of the status of your parts and at what stage they are. Highlight and work aggressively to keep them on schedule, in our experience, often the customers who insist get their parts delivered on time.

4. Have a Quality Control Plan

We have many times heard of nightmares like receiving orders of goods essentially defective or of poor quality right before CNY and they needed to wait until after CNY to have anything done about it. This is when working with a trusted supplier or manufacturer will avoid this terrible situation. We strongly urge clients to thoroughly inspect their parts and inform our production team in a timely manner as to reduce the risk of delays caused by quality problems.

5. Plan ahead of shipment

We would like to remind you that Chinese New Year (CNY) is from Jan 25th – 30th! In order for us to deliver your parts manufactured and delivered on time without having to worry about delays, login and place your orders by Jan 15 to avoid any delays.

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Healthcare Automation Trends to Look Forward To

Healthcare Automation Trends to Look Forward To

December 17, 2019

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The healthcare industry has seen a massive technological transformation across the globe and automation has inspired progress, innovation and efficiency. Similarly, digitalisation brought about by IoT technologies is enabling intelligent automation procedures which enhance productivity and allow for better healthcare outcomes.

The healthcare IT market is expected to top $390 billion (£302 billion) by 2024 and while it has been resistant to large-scale technological change, it is sensitive to the ‘butterfly effect’, where even small-scale changes can have dramatic effects. With that in mind, let’s have a look at some of the trends disrupting healthcare in the next few years.

3D Printing

Much like it has transformed other industries, 3D printing is enabling customisation, prototyping and in-house manufacturing for healthcare. The global market for 3D printing is expected to reach $2.3 billion (£1.8 billion) by next year, and it’s not surprising. From producing physical objects like a 3D printed model of a human heart to printing prosthetics, the technology has afforded much more patient-specific and personalised care for every individual. Additionally, many medical devices and surgical tools can be 3D printed cost-effectively and in less time. New 3D printing technologies like tissue engineering is revolutionising the industry and enables medical professionals to recreate intricate body parts and organs that were not possible a few years ago.

Marketing

Through effective patient engagement and personalisation, marketing automation can improve long-term customer experience and have a substantial return on investment. Medium explains that a marketing automation program allows marketers to be more strategic in creating an efficient targeted campaign to reach out to patients. It eliminates repetitive tasks and allows marketers to focus more on strategic thinking and learning. The process of automation is most effective, however, when used in conjunction with a comprehensive marketing strategy. This is why healthcare professionals should be leaning on SEO as a way to inform patients of their services, as well as gather and analyse the right data. Ayima Kickstart regards SEO as one of the most crucial aspects of digital marketing, noting how establishing a ranking presence in Google is no easy feat for any business or website. While a variety of factors need to be considered when creating a marketing automation program, the most important aspect is the digital marketers themselves, who’s effort will ultimately drive better patient outcomes and experiences.

Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR & AR)

The technology has made a huge impact in the gaming industry but it’s now being used for vital purposes in healthcare automation. With VR and AR in the healthcare market reaching $5.1 billion (£3.9 billion) in the next 5 years, the technology is becoming an indispensable tool for training and surgery simulation. While VR has helped patients with trauma, PTSD, depression, cancer, and autism, AR is helping surgeons during brain surgery and other complex procedures.

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

With the rapid growth of AI, it’s potential in the industry is strong in the field of marketing automation, that we mentioned, but more importantly as an invaluable tool that can reduce and mitigate the risk of preventable medical scenarios. One of its most important uses is to discover those in need of medical intervention and generate alerts for medical staff to create custom care plans. AI-enabled robots can also act as physicians to diagnose and triage minor medical issues, while health practitioners and doctors concentrate on more serious cases. With AI in healthcare estimated to grow to a $6.6 billion (£5.1 billion) industry by 2021, it can help reduce the spread of disease and help populations stay healthier.

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Manchester tops list of the most innovative cities in the UK

Manchester tops list of the most innovative cities in the UK

December 4, 2019

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At Geomiq our business revolves around helping inventors and designers create prototypes of their products, and since launching we’ve had the pleasure of working with thousands of inventors from every corner of the globe. So, as we begin to move into 2020, we decided to look at which areas of the UK are the most innovative, based on how many requests we’ve had from each city – here’s what we found.

Based on our request data we’ve curated a list of the ten most innovative cities in the UK, with Manchester coming out on top followed by London and Bristol.

To form this list we interrogated more than 48,000 data points from the last two years, relating to England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland they’ve received.

Manchester topped the list, with 13,695 requests for prototypes in the last two years. London and Bristol complete the top three, with 9,301 and 7,712 requests in each city since 2017, respectively.

The ten most innovative cities in the UK, and the number of requests for prototypes received from each, are as follows:

  1. Manchester – 13,695
  2. London – 9,301
  3. Bristol – 7,712
  4. Birmingham – 6,207
  5. Edinburgh – 3,337
  6. Brighton – 2,100
  7. Liverpool – 1,769
  8. Leeds – 1,731
  9. York – 1,486
  10. Southampton -1,342

The industries that have seen the most innovation in the last year, as well as the number of requests within each sector are as follows:

  1. Health – 8,836
  2. Eco-tech – 6,340
  3. Beauty – 4,002
  4. Education – 3,873
  5. Cooking – 3,201
  6. Energy – 2,997
  7. Robotics – 2,989
  8. Home Appliances – 2,871
  9. Baby-tech – 1,519
  10. Mechanic Appliances – 1,372

Outside of these sectors, the platform also serviced more than 13,000 additional requests.

Another interesting take away from our findings is that since the Brexit extension was announced on October 28th, we’ve actually seen seen a 31% increase in the number of requests coming in when compared with the month prior to that announcement, despite the widespread uncertainty and doubt gripping the UK.

Sam Al-Mukhtar, founder of Geomiq, said,

“Since launching a few years ago we’ve worked with thousands of inventors and businesses, almost all of whom were looking for a prototype of their new products, so with the year coming to a close we decided to look at which areas of the UK was the most innovative. As expected, eco-tech continues to be an area with huge potential for innovative solutions, and as ever health is one of the fastest growing sectors in terms of innovation.”

“There were thousands of data points to look at, but Manchester came in at the top by a surprisingly large margin – my assumption, prior to looking at the data would have been London given the number of amazing startups the city attracts! We’re excited to continue helping inventors realise their dreams going into 2020, and to see how this list changes over the next twelve months.”

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How to increase productivity in Solidworks with formulas, equations & Linked Global Variables

How to increase productivity in Solidworks with formulas, equations & Linked Global Variables

Program your dimensions & tolerances using global variables on every element of your part. Step by guide by experimenting with this useful tool.
November 6, 2019

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Why hassle trying to fiddle with every single dimension & tolerance one by one. You can now program your dimensions & tolerances using global variables on every element of your part. Now whenever you need to change the dimension of a repeating element within your part or assembly you can now change the value of just the global variable & instantly this would change all programmed elements. We will demonstrate a step by step by guide on the Geomiq icon logo by experimenting with this very useful tool. Please open your part and follow the same steps for you own part / assembly.

Step 1

Open your original sketched part. I have opened our company’s icon logo which I work from.

Step 2

Open the equation manager by right-clicking & selecting on the equation’s icon on the features section on the tree alternatively you can right-click on the part, hovering over hidden tree items & selecting the equation manager. You will be promoted with a new window.

Step 3

Program your different dimensions that you require that need to be duplicated across different elements by assigning different letters to different values that you require. Type in a letter in the global variables section & type the desired value next to the equal sign. For Our case lets put A =50, B=25 & C=10. You can also create a simple function / equation by programming a previously created global variable and putting a mathematical operation in front or after it. In our case we use the addition operation by adding 10 to global variable C. Now press OK to save it.

Hint: You can also use more complex global variable for trigonometric functions e.g. sine & cosine. Another option is adding file properties e.g. Volume & mass.

Step 4

Now when selecting a dimension type in the equal sign & select the global variable that you have create. In this case I will choose the global variable & I will select is on the elements that will have that same dimension which are the outside edges of the Geomiq icon. Now you can do the same with the other global variables on other sides if you like on your part.

Step 5

We can also also explore this feature in 3D. By extruding the boss of the part from the features tab, you can now select the depth of the extruction using a global veriable by again typing in the equal sign & pressing the letter of the global variable that you require. In my case I will pick global variable C. Then press OK.

Step 6

Now let’s say that you need to change the dimensions of the outer whole part in order to scale it up or down. Now you only need to change the value of global variable the rather then changing the dimension values of every single side. Just open the equation manager again & type in your new changed values. I will now change mine from A=70 & C=100.

Step 7

You can also create global variables on the fly by selecting a global variable dimension that you have not yet programmed. Just select a previous untaken latter and press that button that looks like a globe & press yes.

Step 8

In order to create a global variable of a new element that is equal to an existing element for example the depth of the original Geomiq Icon logo here, just press equals and that side, this will automatically create a variable named =”[email protected]″. This will depend exact feature & letter of your global veriable.

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What’s new in Solidworks 2020.

What’s new in Solidworks 2020.

Dassault Systemes, Solidworks 2020 what are the key features, enhanced tools, how to streamline your workflow, new capabilities and core features that will boost your productivity.
October 31, 2019

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Geometry-Based Boundary Conditions

Assign boundary conditions such as Injection Locations, Control Valves, and Mould Wall Temperatures directly on geometry entities. In addition to the mesh-based assignment of boundary conditions, you can assign boundary conditions directly on geometry. This will let you position Injection Locations or Control Valves more accurately and associate boundary conditions assignment directly to geometry when changes to the part geometry occur. The boundary conditions are directly saved to your .sldprt file.

Geometry based boundary conditions in Solidworks are going to significantly improve your workflow, help you make Solidworks Plastics 2020 analysis more accurate and more importantly save you time.

Searching For Materials

One other great feature of Solidworks 2020 is the ability to search for materials. This might be self-explanatory but it’s here so that you know it exists. This feature can save you a lot of time when trying to figure out the material you need from the Solidworks database.

Adding a Selection to a Selection Set

A new feature in Solidworks 2020 allows you to add to an existing selection set.

On your 3D model select multiple items in the FeatureManager design tree or graph area, right-click the selection and save selection. To add an item to a new set, New Selection Set – To add an item to an existing set Selection-set#(##) where # indicates the order of creation and ## indicates the number of items in the set. Clicking Selection Sets will show the selection set.

Adding Reference Axes and Reference Planes to Mesh Bodies

3D scanning and 3D printing technologies continue to be more accessible and affordable, design workflows can take advantage of 3D CAD software. Solidworks solutions allow you to create reference geometry based on this imported scanned data. Scanned geometry can be imported into Solidworks as a Mesh Body, the 3D model is broken down into triangular faces (one issue is that these triangular faces are planar, this poses a problem where non-planar geometry is represented incorrectly Rounded geometry, fillets, circular holes are going to be broken down to thousands of triangular faces. This greatly increased the file size and rebuild times due to the number of planar faces)

User Interface Markups

Solidworks 2020 features a new Markup functionality ability for non-touch devices to use your mouse for creating markups and markups for drawings. This was originally known as the “ink Markup toolbar” it has now been renamed as the “Markup toolbar” in Solidworks 2020. There are minor differences to the Markup toolbar depending on the type of device you are using.

Custom Scales for Drawing Sheets and Views

In SOLIDWORKS 2020 it’s possible to quickly define custom drawing scales AND save them for future use for quick access. This is a faster way of choosing your new sheet scale & setting them a default location.

Warning Users when transitioning Files

Displays a warning if you try to transition a file through a workflow transition without selecting a recipient. SOLIDWORKS workflows can be used to notify team members when a file changes state. This is particularly useful when you need a team member to review a file or engineering drawing and approve the design.

Simulation Evaluator

The purpose of this CAD software tool is to check the setup of a simulation study, prior to solving, to determine if the setup is correct for a successful simulation. Simulation Evaluator performs a number of system checks prior to running the study which aids the user in the successful setup of the study. It first checks conditions related to the results folder, including the storage capacity of the results-driven. This provides helpful information to the user of where the results are being saved and the disk space available. The next check that Simulation Evaluator performs is related to the materials used in the simulation. If any parts or bodies in the study have not been assigned a material, a warning message will appear alerting the user to this oversight. The last check that Simulation Evaluator performs is a comparison between the volume of the mesh and the volume of the CAD geometry. If there is a large difference between mesh and CAD volume this will get flagged and could be the result of a gap in the mesh. If there are any conditions in the study that would prevent a successful simulation run, the Simulation Evaluator dialog box provides information for corrective action.

Pattern and Mirror Support

In 2020, you can pattern the entire Structure System using a linear or circular or mirror patterns.  You keep the intelligence integrity for all your members and any additional Structure Systems that are added while referencing the patterned members.  When patterning bodies, this is not possible. After exiting the Structure System, the Corner Management tool determines the corners between the new members.  This is based on the first Structure System and its patterned members, which then determines the proper Trim Tool Member and Trim order. You have the ability to create and modify structural members of different profiles in a single feature.

Body Compare

With SOLIDWORKS 2020, bodies can now be any type for body comparison not only solid bodies: classic BREP bodies, mesh BREP bodies, or graphics bodies. Classic BREP and mesh BREP can be solid or surface bodies. You can take your mesh data and compare it to your SOLIDWORKS 3D model. This is not a metrology application by any means, but you can scan your manufactured part and compare it to your design data.

Visualize

SOLIDWORKS Visualize now supports AxF™ measured materials. The .axf file format from X-Rite stores digital material representations, most notably measured materials, from their BTF scanning technology. To add .axf files to a project, drag from Windows Explorer into your scene, or add them from the pallet. You can now export *.gltf and *.glb file formats of your SOLIDWORKS Visualize project data for use in augmented and virtual reality viewers. SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2020 can now handle duplicate geometry, such as patterned components from SOLIDWORKS assemblies, more efficiently. Typically, for larger SOLIDWORKS assemblies, the use of duplicated geometry requires less GPU memory and reduces the likelihood of running out of GPU memory. However, appearance part-grouping mode does not support this functionality, so you’ll want to use the advanced mode when exporting to Visualize. Now, SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2020 supports full editing capabilities of vMaterials. You can adjust bump heights, texture scaling, colors, and even add additional textures for things like fingerprints or dust on glossy surfaces. The materials now accurately show up in preview modes when you want to quickly adjust textures without ray-tracing.

Flexible Components

Flexible components allow features, driven by external references, to update effortlessly as the externally referenced entities move within the assembly. Some practical applications include; springs, bellows, and hinges to name a few, as well as many impractical applications.To create a flexible component there must be a single degree of freedom that is not in-context of the component itself.

This guide will help you with solidworks, draftsight & every other solidworks product which is part of the dassault systèmes family of products. Solidworks is a design 3D CAD Software which enhances the 3dexperience traditional Computer-aided-design process. This 3dexperience platform will enable you with designing, testing, simulating & with product data management.

Learn more about new features on www.solidworks.com

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Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Geomiq. Examples of analysis performed within this article are only examples. They should not be utilized in real-world analytic products as they are based only on very limited and dated open source information. Assumptions made within the analysis are not reflective of the position of any Geomiq Employee.

Automotive Manufacturing Technologies

Automotive Manufacturing Technologies

Techniques used in the automotive sector are sophisticated and more engaging. There has been an improvement in the technology used over decades, such as automation of the manufacturing process. The application of new technologies has resulted in faster construction, reduction in cost, and improvement inefficiency.
October 22, 2019

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The automotive industry is an economic sector that involves designing, construction, supply, and trading of motor vehicles. It provides a mode of transportation in many countries like the use of commercial vehicles and collects huge revenue. The best and high automotive producer countries in the world enjoy a good income from this venture as compared to low-volume production or non-producing countries. Manufacturing is cost-effective and requires high levels of machinery. It is defined as the process of transforming raw material to construct motor vehicles and their construction parts.

Automotive companies

Automotive companies refer to groups or organizations that are involved in the automotive manufacturing sector. The creation of these companies can be described as progress for the companies to cope up with better advancements. There is a massive competition among the companies resulting in improvement in efficiency and the rise of new technologies to outdo each other. Better producers who come up with automobiles that are more advanced and more comfortable are going to compete better in business and make more sells. Besides producing the best automotive producers, the best companies entail the best framework to ensure they have the best marketing and even branding techniques an essential tool for marketing.

These companies have slogans to market their products and gain unique identification in the market. For instance, Volkswagen AG Company has a slogan that identifies its products. Volkswagen’s marque has helped the company to achieve the market globally. Some of these companies include ford that originated in the United States, Nissan, and Toyota that originated in Japan and the jaguar land rover. These producers are known to be among the world’s best producers and remain relevant in the market. They always come up with new productions or make even better advancements in their creations.

Automotive manufacturing techniques

Techniques used in the automotive sector are sophisticated and more engaging. There has been an improvement in the technology used over decades, such as automation of the manufacturing process. The application of new technologies has resulted in faster construction, reduction in cost, and improvement inefficiency. Some of the techniques used in manufacturing include:

Injection Molding

Injection moulding is a process that is useful in the formation of parts of motor vehicles by inserting molten material into a cavity. The equipment takes shape, size, and configurations of the mold after cooling. The molten material is injected into metal cavities or steel depending on the preferences in the construction material of the parts. Currently, it’s applied in the construction of plastic parts of motor vehicles. This can be molded to any required shape as the shape depends on the shape and size of material you are going to pour the hot mold into.

3D Printing

3D printing is a technology that involves the use of 3D printers to apply layers to products. The process is computer-controlled. It has enabled the production of finished products with complex shapes and improved accuracy. The application of this technology in the manufacturing sector has led to the creation of digital models on finished products. Most of the automotive in recent times digitalized. This helps to make their operation less complicated, comfortable, and updated; hence, technology plays a part and is very helpful.

CNC Machining

Computer numerical control machining is a technology that uses computers to control machines such as drills and lathes automatically. It involves feeding a computer numerical control machine with coded information that it uses to execute its functions without being handled manually. CNC is an automated technology and has enabled faster production of products as compared to the non-computerized machining. A computer numerical control machine is a free tool that is controlled by a computer. CNC is cost-effective and more convenient. This technology has helped in the production of more beautiful and more precise productions as it is more accurate as compared to manual handling.

Sheet Metal Fabrication

This technology is automated and applied in car modification sustaining and satisfying customer needs. Sheet metal is used because of its plasticity and elasticity. Sheet metal fabrication is also involved in the construction of unibody parts, car restoration, and roll cage work, thus improving the performance and safety of these components. The best producers also focus on the best ways of improving safety, whereby sheet metal can also play a role.

New technology

Advancement in the use of computer systems in this industry has resulted in rising of better techniques in the manufacturing of motor vehicles. The transition from old technology to new technology has posed a lot of benefits. Some of the advantages include faster production of products; they are efficient, convenient, and allow customization of products according to specifications. The technologies that are advancing include:

Digital Manufacturing

Digital manufacturing is a computer-based technique of manufacturing products that are currently used. It has enabled engineers to establish convenient manufacturing techniques to improve the finished product. The producers can give accurate information on the production period, and even durability as this type of manufacturing is entirely very reliable. On-demand is the following technologies

Addictive Manufacturing

It’s an automated process that applies a layer after a layer on the finished products. It has enabled the use of fewer workforces, and therefore the manufacturing cost is reduced. It has also resulted in the production of products at a faster rate, saving time, and a lower price. Every manufacturer aims to make profits after the sale of output. It means coming up with technologies that will save a lot in terms of production costs to make the difference, which is the profits.

Rapid Manufacturing

Rapid manufacturing has enabled the production of a large number of products over a short period. It’s also an automated process hence quicker. This has helped to match the demand in the market with the supply hence a stable economic state.

Cloud-based Manufacturing

Cloud-based manufacturing enables access to information from various sources used in the production of the products. It’s open to social networks and helps to improve efficiency, reduce cost, and facilitates good response to customers.

Three-dimensional Modeling

Three-dimensional modeling is a technology that enables engineers to modify tools to be used in the manufacturing process, thus reducing cost and improving efficiency.

Rapid prototyping

Rapid prototyping has accelerated the development of products, minimized errors, and led to higher accuracy in product manufacturing. It involves CNC applied in construction and soft tooling silicon modeling. Its a more efficient technology in manufacturing.

Advancement in technology has resulted in a reduction in the cost of manufacturing, improved accuracy of many processes, and minimum value used. It has also enabled autonomous driving. The independent driving of autonomous vehicles has improved safety on the roads, welfare, and reduced traffic congestion. Advanced technology has also enabled the construction of more sophisticated cars such as BMW, electric vehicles, and ford.

Automotive sector

This sector involves a lot of activities ranging from construction, supply, and marketing the products. It’s one of the leading industries in revenue earnings in many economies like the UK economy. The supply chain in this sector includes many relationships between the sales channel, suppliers, manufacturers, and the transportation sector. In the industry, low volume production occurs when there is a need for prototyping, manufacturing of niche vehicles, and initial production of new models.

Current six automotive trends in the automotive Industry

  1. Acceptance of autonomous vehicles in most parts of the world with less concern about safety.
  2. The use of internet in the sector enables the vehicle to vehicle communication, thereby enhancing efficiency in this sector.
  3. Sharing of automotive vehicles hence there’s a decline in ownership of cars, and this has helped reduce traffic congestion inroads.
  4. Digitization and automation of automotive products that have resulted in better efficiency and quicker action in production
  5. The improved requirement for social skills and is helping to reduce the unemployment rate in the economy.
  6. The emergency of hardware and software updates.

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Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Geomiq. Examples of analysis performed within this article are only examples. They should not be utilized in real-world analytic products as they are based only on very limited and dated open source information. Assumptions made within the analysis are not reflective of the position of any Geomiq Employee.