Engineering

Creating Life – the new field of Synthetic Biology

Animation, Biology, Engineering

We were commissioned to produce a series of animations to help explore the abstract world of synthetic biology, allowing the concepts of designing and programming bacteria to perform a particular task, in this case creating a colour change when exposed to a parasite – brilliant for testing water sources in remote locations, with a clear visual result.
For information on the documentary itself, please contact Kelly Neaves at kellyneaves@gmail.com

ESA’s Solar Orbiter, Reloaded

Animation, Engineering, Space

An update of the Solar Orbiter mission animation, to reflect the new configuration as it competes with other high profile ESA missions for the final commissioning decision.  Go go gadget orbiter!!!
Supplied with an updated CAD file and a list of changes to materials and instrument configurations, we were able to re-make the animation in record time for less than 20% of the original cost.  We even threw in some improvements to the graphics (including an extra ambient occlusion pass and extensive retexturing), and added some stock video clips to replace stills in the previous incarnation.  And recorded the new voiceover.  I guess that’s why our customers keep coming back….


View more about the Solar Orbiter mission.

One million views at one thousand mph!

Animation, Bloodhound SSC, Engineering

The original Bloodhound SSC vs Bullet film has today received its ONE MILLIONTH view on Youtube – not to count the people who copy and paste it on their own channel to boost their own self esteem.  Buy a Ferrari.  Or compensate some other way….

Royal Society Summer Exhibition

Animation, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering

We recently had two animations aired at the Royal Society’s Summer Exhibition. The Royal Society is the national academy of science of the UK, and this event allowed the general public to meet the minds behind some of the UK’s most exciting scientific advances.  We produced two videos for the University of Cambridge‘s Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, showcasing their development work on producing green electricity directly from algae.  One of only 31 teams selected to present their research. Very clever science!

Part 1: Electricity from Algae

Part 2: Scaling-up Electricity Generation from Algae

Links for more information on the science:
http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/news/dp/2010062502
http://www.seefurtherfestival.org/exhibition/view/meet-algae-diversity-biology-and-energy

Bloodhound SSC in stereoscopic 3D (via Youtube)

Animation, Bloodhound SSC, Engineering, Just for fun

Ok, so Youtube has a pretty nifty stereoscopic 3D encoding option, where you can upload left-eye and right-eye videos, and users can choose their viewing mode (e.g. red/cyan, amber/blue, etc.). We thought it would be fun to see how it coped with Bloodhound SSC in 3D. Pretty well as it turns out. It looks even more cool in 3D.
You’ll probably need to click on the video until a Youtube window pops up, as you can only get the 3D controls on the Youtube page (not the embedded applet). If you have any problems, go to Equinox Graphics’ Youtube channel and it should definately work from there. We recommend using red/cyan glasses with the Dubois optimised colour, at least until Youtube adds support for shutter glasses!

Hmm…. wonder if there might be some 3D Bloodhound in the pipeline then…..? 😉

IMechE animation – How Nuclear Works

Animation, Engineering, Physics

We’ve just completed a rush project for the IMechE to illustrate how a second generation nuclear reactor works.  It’s a pressurised water reactor (PWR). Not bad, considering the brief was “Show how a second generation nuclear reactor works, aimed at a Guardian reader”.


Read the IMechE’s guide to Nuclear Power here.

Equinox Graphics at the Space IGS launch

Animation, Engineering, Space

We produced a series of short animations illustrating the applicability of space and satellite technology to everyday life, showing the abundance of space-related industry and academia in the UK, and a method of control for trains to improve their service – by using variable stantions (i.e. the space between the trains is controlled, but can vary, rather than using fixed geographical sections of the track). Also improves fuel efficiency, as drivers tend to treat the accelerator like a digital device – on or off!


Check out Space IGS website and Nottingham Scientific, who are developing the asset tracking and control system.