Researchers at the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) launched the Smart Manufacturing Systems (SMS) Test Bed. The test bed is an innovative model factory that will facilitate the advanced manufacturing technology known as the “digital thread” and help manufacturers cut costs, shorten production time, reduce errors and provide higher quality goods.

“The SMS Test Bed joins the many resources NIST offers to help U.S. manufacturers drive innovation and compete in a global market,” said Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director Willie E. May. “Digital manufacturing represents an exciting advance that is expected to yield significant operational and bottom-line benefits for manufacturers of all sizes.”

Until recently, manufacturers have predominantly used two-dimensional drawings in either printed form, computer-aided design plans or a combination of both to guide a product through its life cycle. Because these methods require humans to interpret, translate, re-enter and transmit data at each step in the process, there can be significant expenditures of time and money, as well as multiple opportunities for errors to occur. In spite of the disadvantages, however, 90 percent of small manufacturers still rely on traditional two-dimensional methods to make their products.

The digital thread relies on standardized, three-dimensional models for electronically exchanging and processing product and manufacturing information all the way from design through inspection of the final part. Researchers estimate that moving manufacturing from two-dimensional paper-based systems to three-dimensional digital manufacturing could cut production time by as much as 75 percent.

NIST’s SMS Test Bed is designed to make the digital thread and the resources needed to make it work accessible to all who want to explore its capabilities and contribute to its advancement. It also serves as a platform for measuring the effectiveness of standards for collecting and distributing production data that support the digital thread.

The test bed consists of three major components:

  • A computer-aided technologies laboratory with a suite of standardized software tools for controlling design, fabrication, inspection, data management, and verification and validation testing;
  • A real-world manufacturing facility at NIST’s Gaithersburg, Maryland, headquarters, featuring a variety of computer numerical control (CNC) machine tools (such as milling and turning centers) and precision inspection devices (such as coordinate measuring machines and digital micrometers); and
  • Online data streaming, collection, storage and publication services that provide real-time, universally compatible data links for experimenting with the digital manufacturing process; a searchable repository of all SMS Test Bed data generated; and preset data packages for model products previously fabricated using the digital thread that manufacturers can try at their own facilities.


“The goal of the SMS Test Bed is to create a shared resource that enables smart manufacturing research and development,” said NIST mechanical engineer Thomas Hedberg, co-coordinator of the project. “We are actively seeking collaborators who are willing to link their manufacturing data sets, fabrication processes and product data exchange systems with our test bed so that we can help them make their way toward digital manufacturing, and at the same time, let others who participate in the project gain from their knowledge and experience.”

According to NIST mechanical engineer and project co-coordinator Moneer Helu, future plans for the test bed include offering manufacturers the opportunity to compare the fabrication of test products (with preset designs and datasets) using their standard procedure and with an optimized “digital thread” plan. “We also hope to assist with the creation and launch of test beds like ours across the country so that eventually, a national network is established,” he said.

To establish the SMS Test Bed, NIST is working with the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), an organization that represents and promotes U.S.-based manufacturing technology; DP Technology Corp., a developer and supplier of computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software; Mazak Corp., a maker of advanced machine tools and automation systems; Mitutoyo America Corp., a maker of measurement equipment and software; the MTConnect Institute, a standards development organization; and System Insights Inc., a provider of predictive analytics software for manufacturing.

Researchers from academic institutions and public-private consortia have already begun using data available from the SMS Test Bed, including: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Virginia Tech, the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) in Virginia and the Digital Manufacturing & Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) in Illinois. DMDII is a member of the Manufacturing USA network, which NIST supports through the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office.

Published in NIST

VECTARY, the online 3D modeling tool and community platform, announces it has closed a $2.5 million seed round. Led by BlueYard Capital, with participation from Neulogy Ventures and several angel investors, the partnership kicks off with the arrival of the hugely anticipated VECTARY beta and its release to more than 10,000 waiting subscribers.

Vectary has set out on a mission to empower people to create incredible things in 3D. With 3D printers becoming more and more affordable and now selling in large numbers worldwide, 3D printing is driving the makers’ movement forward, yet it is still held back by the lack of easy-to-use and affordable 3D design software. VECTARY has come up with a simple, free modeling tool, which quickly and easily turns design ideas into beautiful, ready-to-print 3D models.

VECTARY stands apart from conventional 3D modeling tools and gives DIY creators and makers the means to create powerful 3D models in their browser, without the need of any engineering skills or having to install expensive and complicated legacy software. Its community-driven platform allows users to share and collaborate on designs. New users without any 3D design experience can easily get started by customizing already-existing models of other VECTARY community members.

Michal Koor, Vectary Founder and CEO said, “This funding will ensure our success, allowing us to further implement our vision to become the most widely used 3D modeling tool, and to scale quickly to new markets. There’s an increasingly large Makers community out there, mostly in the US, so the plan is to expand and cement our presence there, and in turn, attract further investments when the timing is right.”

Ciarán O'Leary, BlueYard Capital investor: "What got us excited about VECTARY was the transformational user experience of the tool, paired with the richness of a community. VECTARY’s platform can make a large contribution to democratizing 3D modeling beyond engineers, unleashing new products and markets in the process. Technologies that empower and democratize capabilities is exactly what we are looking for at BlueYard."

Over the following weeks VECTARY will continue to give more users access, getting their valuable feedback to improve the product and user experience, before opening up to everyone else late 2016.

Published in Vectary

After the successful Kickstarter campaign, founders of Skriware home 3D printer have launched a corresponding online store called Skrimarket. From now on, the startup offers a full and simplified system which brings 3D printing right to users doorsteps. At the same time, the company has announced a contest for designers. Authors of the best models can win attractive prizes and their works will feature on the marketplace.

Skriware is a Swedish-Polish startup that aims at redefining 3D printing experience with a printer for home use along with a compatible marketplace. The company has introduced an innovative ‘one-click printing’ feature that enables users to start printing straight from the online market with just a mouse click. Skrimarket offers ready-to-print designs that are transferred to a printer over WiFi and immediately printed without the need for hardware adjustments, complicated software, or any expert knowledge whatsoever.

"Thanks to our campaign on Kickstarter we were able to roll out an affordable and intuitive 3D printer. Yet we know that even the best hardware is not enough for home users. We all look for simple solutions and that is why we have decided to go ahead and develop an online marketplace with ready-to-print models. In this way, we provide our clients with a combo solution that meets their expectations in terms of usability, missed so far in 3D printing technology" says Daniel Losinski, CEO Skriware.

Having launched the online market, Skriware encourages all 3D designers to take part in their model making contest. Participants get a chance to show their best projects to a wider audience, win attractive prizes (including a Skriware 3D printers) and by uploading their works on the platform, start earning right away. The contest starts on July 4th and will last till September 30th, 2016.. Each week and month the jury will announce the winner of the week/month.

"Our contest is a great opportunity to get noticed and feature on the platform. Who knows, maybe we will even find a person who could become a Skrimarket curator and join our team for good. We encourage every 3D designer to give it a shot. A short message to all interested: be creative and upload your best models. The more you add, the higher your chances for winning" says Daniel Losinski, CEO Skriware.

Published in Skriware

PROSTEP's 3D PDF enhancement software, 3D PDF Pro™ Plugin for Adobe® Acrobat® Pro, is now available in version 2.2. This plugin enables readers outside the CAD world to go beyond static imagery and visualize project plans and other simulations in 3D within a PDF document.

Version 2.2 introduces a new search tool users may now include in their 3D PDF templates. This enables the reader to search the Model Tree and Part Attribute information to quickly navigate through the assembly model. Version 2.2 also simplifies development and/or updates to the 3D PDF document since the 3D PDF Pro™ plugin now automatically links the template description fields and action buttons to the current 3D content.

Additionally, an email application is no longer required to request a 30 day free trial license of 3D PDF Pro™. In order to use the 3D PDF Pro™ plugin you must have Adobe® Acrobat® XI Pro or Pro DC installed as the base product.

The PROSTEP Group has a current headcount of more than 250 in Germany and the USA. In addition to its headquarters in Darmstadt, PROSTEP also maintains branch offices in Berlin, Hamburg, Hanover, Cologne, Munich, Stuttgart, and Wolfsburg, as well as in Birmingham, Michigan (USA).

For more information, visit: www.3dpdf.com

Published in PROSTEP AG

Kubotek Creation Engineering announces the immediate availability of its KCM geometric modeling kernel. KCM solves the CAD interoperability problem and supercharges compute intensive 3D modeling applications. KCM is available for integration into current and existing CAD/CAM, ray tracing, robotics or other 3D modeling applications.

Software developers using KCM can now take full advantage of multiprocessor technology available on all modern computers. The KCM modeler is written from the ground up to be truly thread-safe, unlike older modelers whose thread-safety measures were added after multi-core processors became the norm.

Older modelers programmed their thread-safety after the fact by using mutexes, severely limiting the speed at which the computer can utilize multiprocessor capabilities. Mutexes severely limit data flow while ensuring integrity of data in a multiprocessing environment. With KCM’s mutex-free thread-safe code, one customer’s application achieved an almost 100% increase in speed for every processor added to its application, boosting their application's speed by 10x. This has given the company a significant competitive advantage in its market.

Paul Stallings, PhD., Vice President of Development at Kubotek, and Chief Architect of the KCM geometric modeler, compares mutexes to the classic gas station bathroom key: “Imagine a service station that serves hundreds of travelers per day, and in that service station, there is only one restroom available.  In order to access that restroom, you must wait in line for the key to unlock the door. And of course, the line grows longer during peak times. The frustration and discomfort felt by the travelers waiting in line is the same as software users who need to wait for their data to compute. Anyone using software powered by KCM will need not a key because data will flow freely, quickly and safely.”

Interoperability has been a decades-long problem in the CAD industry. As the only modeler architected with the express goal of working with other people’s data, Kubotek’s KCM solves this issue for CAD developers. As a variable precision modeler, it works exceptionally well with other CAD file formats, even if the file formats haven’t been written to that format’s exact specifications. This means when other modelers fail to import foreign geometry KCM will succeed. And in the rare case where there is an issue, the KCM translators provide application developers clear feedback on the points of failure.

Stallings says “Parasolid® and ACIS® have served the CAD and 3D software communities well over the last 20 years. They are solid, mature modelers and were great for their day. It is now time for the KCM modeler to bring software developers to new levels of speed, interoperability and a future of new possibilities. KCM is the next generation modeler.”

Kubotek is also announcing KCM options that can be purchased with, or separately from, the KCM modeler including:

  • CAD Translators, including these read/write options: ACIS®, Parasolid®, IGES®, STEP®, STL, OBJ, and read-only options of CADKEY®, CATIA®, Inventor®, ProE®/Creo®, KeyCreator®, NX®, SolidWorks®
  • KCM Display to create display views for the KCM modeler which supports different rendering modes and creation, selection and modification of objects and view manipulation, and
  • KCM Dialog – a very simple yet powerful way of creating dialog box interfaces in a cross-platform environment.


The KCM geometric modeler and options are available immediately.

For more information, visit: www.KCM3D.com

Published in Kubotek

Paris-based start-up 3D Slash has released a new version of its 3D modeling software. 3D Slash 2.0 makes 3D modeling faster, easier and more enjoyable than ever! 3D Slash is a unique 3D modeling tool thanks to its intuitive approach and captivating interface, it helps non-designers and children engage with 3D content creation.

3D Slash 2.0 simplifies so many functionalities that the former “Expert” tools are now integrated to the main Tool Menu. Users can now create refined models easily:

  • Copy-paste, move, resize and flip (among other actions) are now very simple and fast to perform
  • Parts of the model can now be selected and manipulated by color
  • Users can also pick up advanced features easily: import rounded shapes or external files (.stl or .obj), rework them and combine them
  • all still in a lively environment bearing the 3D Slash signature, with fun animations when cubes are destroyed.


Sylvain Huet, founder and creator of 3D Slash, comments on this new release:  “Our vision behind 3D Slash was to develop a tool that enables anyone to create or interact with 3D objects, in the same spirit of accessibility as tools like Windows PowerPoint. We believe this mission is fullfilled with this new version of 3D Slash! With fast-developing technologies relying on 3D content, such as 3D printing, augmented reality and virtual reality, our tool will prove invaluable to a growing number of users”.

3D Slash is seeing strong traction, with more than 70,000 files created since early 2015 on 3D Slash alone (this figure does not include the files created through 3D Slash’s partners such as AstroPrint, Pi-Top, YouMagine or La Poste). 

3D Slash is being used in a variety of situations, including STEM classes, at home and for professional use. These uses include:

  • Scale modeling, design-thinking, prototyping (for instance, 3D Slash is an essential building block for the Modular Internet of Things)
  • Booth design and optimization; design of logos, keychains, text plaques or other marketing items (especially for small businesses)
  • Digital entertainment (for children to create toys or fun shapes, paint and decorate them)
  • 3D Slash is also widely used as an educational tool,  in STEM classes or in earlier grades (to develop technology projects, study monuments outside and inside… or simply help children sharpen their three-dimensional vision).


For more information or to download, visit: www.3dslash.net

Published in 3D Slash

Awards & Prizes

There are two categories of awards in this challenge. Both best model and best portfolio category will have one winner and one runner-up.

Best 3D Printing Fashion Model

For the 1st place winner

  • MBot Grid II+ SH Printer by Mbot3D
  • LIX pen by LIX
  • 1 Reel of Innoflex 45, 1 Reel of Innoflex 60, 2 Reels of PLA or PET or ABS (chosen by the winner) by Innofil3D
  • 3 free sales by CGTrader
  • T-shirt by CGTrader


For the 1st runner-up

  • 1 Reel of Innoflex 45 or Innoflex 60, 1 Reel of PLA or PET or ABS (chosen by the winner) by Innofil3D
  • 1 free sale by CGTrader
  • T-shirt by CGTrader


Best 3D Printing Fashion Portfolio

For the 1st place winner

  • MBot Grid II+ SH Printer by Mbot3D
  • LIX pen by LIX
  • 1 Reel of Innoflex 45, 1 Reel of Innoflex 60, 2 Reels of PLA or PET or ABS (chosen by the winner) by Innofil3D
  • 3 free sales by CGTrader
  • T-shirt by CGTrader


For the 1st runner-up

  • 1 Reel of Innoflex 45 or Innoflex 60, 1 Reel of PLA or PET or ABS (chosen by the winner) by Innofil3D
  • 1 free sale by CGTrader
  • T-shirt by CGTrader


Judging

The judging of the challenge will be performed by CGTrader staff. Winners will be chosen following the requirements below

Best 3D Printing Fashion Challenge Model

  • Quality of the 3D Printing in Fashion World 2016 challenge model
  • Uniqueness, innovation, and general achievement in design of 3D Printing in Fashion World 2016 Challenge model
  • Clear and attractive presentation on CGTrader.com


Best 3D Printing Fashion Challenge Portfolio

  • Quality of the 3D Printing in Fashion World 2016 challenge portfolio
  • Uniqueness, innovation, and general achievement in design of the 3D Printing in Fashion World 2016 Challenge portfolio
  • Clear and attractive presentation on CGTrader.com


Things you must know

  • 3D Printing in Fashion World 2016 Challenge will run from the 14th of January, 2016, to the 14th of March, 2016.
  • Only Models uploaded during the challenge time are considered as entries in the competition.
  • When uploading your entry be sure to check "fashion-challenge" to get your model tagged and counted to the challenge.
  • Cool renderings are optional but we will definitely consider this when judging.


Things you should know

  • Designs uploaded to the gallery are not treated as valid entries.
  • Upon joining this challenge, you agree that your rendering scene might be used by sponsors for marketing (non commercial!) purposes.
  • You can have as much entry models as you want. By uploading more than 8 entry models you are eligible to enter Portfolio category too.
  • The challenge is open to everyone, including teams, legal entities and people from all over the world.
  • Participating in the challenge and uploading 3D models to CGTrader platform is free of charge.
  • All the entries must be original and not derivable.
  • Employees and relatives of CGTrader and sponsor teams are not allowed to participate in this challenge.
  • Any existing taxes or duties must be paid by the winner. CGTrader is not responsible for any illegal actions taken by the prize winners.
  • We are independent sheriffs of this challenge, so stick to the rules and don't do anything stupid.
  • Got some questions? Have suggestions? Check for FAQ or drop us a line at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


For more information or to enter, visit: www.cgtrader.com/challenges/3d-printing-in-fashion-world-2016

Published in CGTrader

The launch of ShareStation 3D will allow 3D enthusiasts to download, share and print functional projects at no cost. 3D hobbyists can now print circuit boards, Arduino components, solar lights and battery housings among other exciting projects.

Imagine using your home 3D printer to create an Mp3 player case, an automated timer housing for your house lights or replace a broken part for your coffee maker. This will one day be possible with the continued development of functional and specialty filaments for 3D printers. ShareStation 3D represents a first step in allowing home 3D print hobbyists – from the novice to the expert – to build and share 3D print projects that work.

Visitors are able to view, share or download print ready files of functional projects for free. Users can connect with other users, discuss projects, and even download free software that will allow them to convert their own circuit board designs into working 3D printable files.

ShareStaton 3D was developed and underwritten by Graphene 3D Lab, makers of functional and specialty 3D filaments. Elena Polyakova Co-CEO of Graphene 3D said, "Up until now, most home 3D printers have been limited to one type of print material – likely polymer – and owners are limited to projects that are static like cupholders, models, or jewelry. Using functional or specialty filaments allow users to print working projects, dramatically expanding what can be accomplished with a 3D printer." The company created ShareStation 3D as a destination where 3D print enthusiasts can share and download these projects and establish a community to advance these next generation 3D printing opportunities.

ShareStation 3D already features a number of functional 3D print projects available for download.  However, users can share their own projects, and connect with other 3D builders. A notable breakthrough in the 3D printing world was the introduction of the conductive filament. With this filament users are now able to design and build functional electronic projects.

Featured projects available for download on the ShareStation 3D site include Arduino sound maker board and miniature traffic light, as well as a battery housing. Daniel Stolyarov Graphene 3D Co-CEO added, "ShareStation 3D is an analogy for the advancement of 3D printing in the manufacturing sector. 3D printing started with static multi-dimensional objects, now we are adding functionality. Soon 3D printing will be able to create multi-functional devices in a single print allowing 3D printing to be at the heart of the manufacturing industry. ShareStation 3D allows home users to take part in this exciting advancement and be a part of the ever-expanding capabilities of the 3D printing phenomena."

For more information, visit: www.sharestation3d.com

Published in ShareStation 3D

Luxexcel has attracted a lot of attention from media and investors these days for their breakthrough in 3D printing transparent optics. Compared to classical manufacturing methods, manufacturing optics with 3D printing has obvious advantages when it comes to cost and time efficient prototyping and small series production.

The only question remaining is where does the underlying 3D design come from which is going to be printed? Until now, customers needed to create it themselves using CAD software or commission a professional 3D designer. Luxexcel wants to democratize the way optics are made and launched two online lens creators, powered by trinckle 3D software technology.

Customers can easily create their very own lens design, which perfectly fits the requirements of their specific use case. They just need to enter the relevant parameters like focal length and lens diameter and can have a look at the resulting model preview right away. The application generates a 3D printable model file, which is ready to order.

“With our new design tool we want to take the next step in opening up the world of optical development”, says Peter Paul Cornelissen, Head of Marketing & Online Business Development.

“Lowering the bar to make use of optimized optics for its application, and taking away the limitations of standard stock products will be a game changer for many designers that use optics in their products. The trinckle 3D customization software supports this development.”

The Berlin-based technology company trinckle 3D introduced its customizing cloud engine earlier this year and is currently implementing it for several business clients. The software solution enables mass customization of 3D printable products on a next-generation level. Partners like Luxexcel can easily integrate user-friendly, white-label applications in their websites.

“Luxexcel is a great partner and a perfect use case for our software, because the automated creation of custom-made lens models is an obvious and essential add-on to their cutting-edge production technology.” says trinckle 3D’s CEO, Florian Reichle. “However, product customization could be extremely important for every B2B or B2C company that tries to meet case-specific product requirements or the individual taste of a customer.”

For more information, visit: www.trinckle.com/blog/luxexcel-3dp-lenses

Published in trinckle 3D

Longview Advisors, organizers of the annual 3D Collaboration & Interoperability Congress (3DCIC), is proud to announce the agenda is complete for their 2015 event, to be held October 28-29 at the Marriott Westfields at the Dulles Airport in Washington DC. CIC 2015 will be co-located with CIMdata’s highly-regarded PLM Road Map for the Aerospace & Defense Community. The theme of this year’s CIC event is “Enabling MBE in Enterprise PLM”. Longview Advisors is co-producing CIC 2015 with Jennifer Herron of Action Engineering.

This year’s CIC will be focused on the Aerospace and Defense industry, but remains, as always, highly pertinent to mechanical and systems engineers in the Aerospace, Defense, Automotive, Medical, Industrial Equipment and other discrete manufacturing industries. CIC is the only vendor-neutral event addressing collaboration and interoperability in manufacturing and business communications. CIC has become a yearly barometer of the state of collaboration and interoperability strategy, technology and solutions across all sectors of discrete manufacturing.

PLM Road Map 2015 for the Aerospace & Defense (A&D) Industry featuring 3D CIC is the must-attend event for A&D industry executives and PLM practitioners globally; providing independent education and a collaborative networking environment where ideas, trends, experiences, and relationships critical to the A&D industry germinate and take root.

The first day of the event will focus on 3D Model-Based Design (MBD) for Product Definition, with emphasis on advanced features, data retention, and compliance. The second day will focus on Enabling a Model-Based Enterprise (MBE) with emphasis on the MBD/MBE vision, downstream integration, standards in MBD/MBE, quality, and inspection.

Attendees will be able to take advantage of over 25 presentations covering topics such as:

  • Digital Product Definition & Why Standards Matter
  • Influencing Standards for Data Storage & Exchange
  • 3D Model-Based Design for Aircraft Type Certification, an OEM’s Viewpoint
  • High Volume Real Time Global Collaboration & ITAR Compliance on an International Strategic Weapons Program
  • 3D Model-Based Definition at Embraer
  • Complementing Complex PLM Systems with Simplified User Interfaces
  • Long Term Archiving and Retrieval of Digital Product & Technical Data (LOTAR)
  • Enabling System-of-Systems PLM with Digital Thread Support: From Design to Manufacturing, Inspection & Beyond
  • Communicating a New Way of Doing Business – 3D PDFs the Boeing Way
  • Exploring the Advantages of the 3D Product Model to Build Ships
  • Classic Mistakes in MBD – How they can Impact Early Benefits
  • How do you rate in MBE?
  • What Does MBD look like for Organic Engineering in the U.S. Navy?
  • Building the Ship Before the Ship is Built
  • ASME Y14 Digital Product Definition Standards Enable MBE and MBD
  • Quality Information Framework, The Missing Standard for Quality & Inspection
  • The Impact of Standards-Based Interoperability (STEP AP242 and PMI) to enable the Supply Chain
  • The MBD Value Stream – Capabilities & Value Proposition
  • The Platformization of PLM


For more information, visit: www.3DCIC.com

Published in Longview Advisors

Manufacturers and users of laser scanners used in 3D imaging will benefit from a new ASTM standard that helps evaluate their measurement performance.

Specifically, the standard will help evaluate time-of-flight imaging systems, which determine measurements by detecting the reflected light from a scene illuminated by a modulated light source. The new standard is E2938, Test Method for Evaluating the Relative-Range Measurement Performance of 3D Imaging Systems in the Medium Range.

3D imaging systems are used to rapidly capture information of a scene or object through “point clouds,” or groupings of points, which may include associated color and intensity. This data helps with manufacturing airplanes, cars, roads, bridges and digital terrain maps. In addition, this technology is increasingly used in historic preservation of sites and monuments. Also, these scanners advance innovation in areas such as sensors for driverless vehicles, vehicle collision-detection systems, and advanced robotic material-handling systems.

Manufacturers can use the standard to specify the relative range error of their instrument at one or more ranges. Meanwhile, buyers and other users will be able to compare different instruments, verify manufacturers' relative range-error specifications, or specify requirements when buying a system.

“The standard was intentionally developed to be flexible enough to allow a user to evaluate a system over a series of ranges and/or for various surface properties to gain a fuller understanding of the system’s relative-range performance,” says ASTM member Kamel S. Saidi, Ph.D. “This flexibility is important due to the countless combinations of distances and surface properties that laser scanners can encounter in the field.”

ASTM Committee E57 on 3D Imaging Systems developed the new standard and welcomes all interested parties to join in its activities.

“We are seeking participants who are knowledgeable in any and all aspects of laser scanner technology, from best field practices to point-cloud data-processing algorithms,” says Saidi, a mechanical engineer at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. “We are also seeking those who are interested in developing standards for other types of 3D imaging systems, such as triangulation-based, short-range laser scanners and multiple-pixel-array ranging cameras.”

For more information, visit: www.astm.org/Standards/E2938.htm

Published in ASTM

Matter and Form Inc. announces the launch of a Kickstarter campaign to raise $150,000 to completely revolutionize mobile photography.

The Bevel clip attachment uses your phone or tablet’s existing camera in order to turn any Android or IOS device into a sophisticated tool that captures photographs in 3D. Priced at $49, it is affordable, universally compatible and easy to use. Bevel attaches to an ordinary headphone jack and fits any smartphone or tablet.

“My team and I think it’s ridiculous that 3D photography isn’t already a part of our everyday lives,” says Drew Cox, Founder and CEO of Matter and Form. “The fact is that the technology exists, has been around for a while actually, but no one has taken the time to translate it into an accessible, user-friendly product. The Bevel will change the way we communicate by integrating 3D photography into our daily online conversations.”

Just as digital cameras disrupted the popularity of 35mm film but providing a new, immediate type of photo processing, allowing for instant person-to-person sharing, 3D photography will revolutionize the way experiences are captured and shared across personal networks. Whether documenting for posterity, sharing rare finds on social media, creating a character for a video game, 3D printing or inspecting an online purchase, the use cases for integrating 3D photographic technology into our daily lives are limitless.

In order for disruptive technology to gain acceptance, a few requirements must be met. Its integration must be seamless and easy to use, it has to be well designed, and it has to work with existing technology. Bevel surpasses these requirements; using Bevel is as intuitive as capturing regular photos with your smartphone or tablet. Ergonomically, it’s the same as taking a panoramic photo, it is affordable and of course, aesthetically beautiful.

Running until August 27th, all Bevel Kickstarter backers will receive the Bevel app for their mobile device or tablet and free access to Cashew, Matter and Form’s exclusive platform for 3D content, which allows users to share 3D photos the same way traditional photos are shared; on social networks, via text message, email, or online.

For more information, visit: www.matterandform.net

Published in Matter and Form

Utilizing a unique technique combining 3D printing, glassblowing and blow molding, product designer Roos Meerman has pushed the boundaries of the art and science of 3D printing. Using Ultimaker’s family of 3D printers, Meerman experimented with the idea of inflating 3D sculptures to create unusual works of art. By using compressed air on heated 3D printed objects, she is able to create and experiment with extraordinary shapes. Ultimaker’s line of 3D printers brought Meerman’s ideas to life and can be purchased in the U.S. online and in select stores.

After studying product design, Meerman studied closely the process of creating new products and how innovation technology could inspire creative ideas. While experimenting with an Ultimaker 3D printer, she noticed that when the plastic was hot, it was pliable and able to stretch into new shapes. Utilizing that idea, she used the Ultimaker 3D printers to create 3D printed models of small shapes that she inflated afterwards.

“It isn’t pure art or pure science, it’s a combination of the two. I dream of printing objects which can be temporarily inflated and can be deflated back to its original small shape, making it easy to move from one place to another,” says Roos Meerman, “I would love to continue experimenting with this technique, find new applications for it and push the boundaries.”

Inspiring makers every day. From the very beginning, Ultimaker’s vision has been to make 3D printing accessible to all. It’s why all their desktop printers are extremely quiet, fast, accurate and effortless to use. Such a commitment has made them become one of the most successful open source 3D printing companies around.

For more information, visit: www.ultimaker.com/en/stories/view/11715-roos-meerman-aera-fabrica

Published in Ultimaker

Ford fans can now download digital images for Ford vehicles at the first-ever, automaker-authorized one-stop online store for 3D-printable vehicle files. The Ford 3D Store allows customers to use advanced technology to make their own models of Ford vehicles of the size and material they desire, or simply opt to purchase a 3D digital file from a growing library of more than 1,000 Ford images.

“3D printing at home is a growing trend, and it makes sense for us to offer our customers a chance to make their own 3D Ford models,” said Mark Bentley, licensing manager, Ford Global Brand Licensing. “At Ford, we’re using 3D printing every day to rapidly prototype parts, and now we want to share that fun with our fans.”

According to Juniper research, sales of desktop 3D printers will exceed 1 million units by 2018, from an estimated 44,000 sold annually in 2014.

Available 3D-printed Ford models include the new Ford GT, F-150 Raptor, Shelby GT350R, Focus ST and Fiesta ST. Printed models and digital files for additional Ford vehicles will be available at a later date.

3D-printed models available to order are 1/32nd scale in plastic, but purchasing a digital image allows users to have a Ford model 3D-printed to the scale and of the material they choose, either from their own printer or from an outside source. Professional 3D printers can create a model in materials ranging from soft plastics to sandstone and even various metals.

TurboSquid, a leader in marketing 3D image files commonly used in video games, built the new site for Ford and will provide order fulfillment.

“TurboSquid already allows customers to purchase more than 1,000 unique, licensed digital images of Ford products ranging from the Model T to the all-new Ford GT,” said Bentley. “We’re at the forefront of licensing 3D automotive images, and it made sense that TurboSquid help us complete that connection to the consumer.”

When a buyer purchases a model or digital image, he or she must register with the site and agree that the item will not be used commercially.

For more information, visit: 3d.ford.com

Published in Ford Motor Company

Microsoft is preloading the 3D Builder printing app with Windows 10 and turned to CGTrader.com in search for the final exquisite 3D model to complete its selection. They are looking for a 3D model specifically designed for testing and benchmarking 3D printers that will help users check the results for accuracy and deviations.

“We are delighted to launch the 3D modeling challenge in partnership with Microsoft. We believe it’s a strong signal for the whole 3D printing movement,” said Dalia Lasaite, CEO of CGTrader.com. “Our community members get an exclusive opportunity to have their work seen by millions of Windows 10 users.”

Models will be judged by CGTrader staff and Emmett Lalish, Senior Mechanical Engineer at Microsoft, experienced in 3D Printing, giving CGTrader’s designers full confidence to experiment with 3D concepts while sticking to the highest quality standards.

Designers are encouraged to follow the strict technical requirements to ensure a smooth 3D printing experience for the app users. The winner will be awarded head-spinning prizes, including the popular Surface Pro 3 tablet, and will have his/her model included on the 3D Builder app.

CGTrader’s recent partnership with Lowe’s and the joint challenge with Microsoft demonstrates the growing demand for 3D design skills and the increasing applicability and importance of 3D printing and scanning services. The company is relentless in its efforts to create an enjoyable and easily accessible environment for 3D enthusiasts and businesses seeking to keep up with emerging technologies.

The 3D modeling challenge is now open and will run until June 1, 2015.

For more information, visit: www.cgtrader.com/challenges/microsoft-3d-builder-test-model-challenge

Published in CGTrader

solidThinking Evolve® 2015 has been released and is packed with features that make 3D concept creation and modeling faster, easier, and more realistic than ever before. Featuring cutting-edge rendering technology, an enhanced user interface, and a new PolyNURBS toolset, users may now convert polymesh objects into NURBS curves and surfaces with a single click.

“Evolve 2015 gave us the opportunity to focus on what matters most to our user base,” says Darren Chilton, Program Manager for solidThinking Evolve. “This release gives users more control and flexibility for efficiently creating visually stunning models. Adding polygonal modeling and state-of-the-art rendering to an already robust set of tools truly makes Evolve 2015 the Swiss army knife of modeling and rendering software.”

“The updates to the solidThinking Evolve 2015 rendering engine are awesome,” says Tom Hicks, Senior Industrial Designer for Lear Corporation and longtime solidThinking user. “New visualization features streamline the rendering process while adding more textures, color and material choices. Also, upgrades to the user interface add improved functionality, making it easier to communicate concepts. Evolve 2015 captures the essence of ‘art to part’.”

Key enhancements for solidThinking Evolve 2015 include:

  • New PolyNURBS toolset with Nurbify – Convert a polygonal model to an organic NURBS surface with a single click using the new Nurbify tool.
  • Photorealistic rendering – A completely redesigned rendering tool creates life-like images with an enhanced user interface.
  • Improved surface modeling – Enhancements to the surface modeling toolset create a seamless experience with greater control over modeling outcomes.
  • Better user interface – An updated user interface focuses on creating more efficient workflows.
  • Greater compatibility -- Now compatible with 64-bit Mac OS X.


solidThinking Evolve allows industrial designers to develop forms faster, using either a Windows PC or Mac. The software captures an initial sketch, allowing exploration of styling alternatives and the visualization of products with high-quality renderings generated in real time. It combines the modeling freedom of organic surfaces and the control of parametric solids with a unique ConstructionTree™ history feature. Evolve releases designers from the constraints of engineering-oriented computer-aided design tools, while allowing the export of digital models required by a collaborative product development process.

For more information, visit: www.solidthinking.com/evolve2015.html

Published in solidThinking

PROSTEP's 3D PDF Pro 2.0, a new desktop plugin solution for Adobe® Acrobat® Pro, is now available.  The release of 3D PDF Pro 2.0 includes several new and exciting features which help to enrich 3D PDF documents.  These features bring static imagery to life by efficiently repurposing 3D CAD engineering data into interactive PDFs.

The capabilities of 3D PDF Pro have proven time and again to exceed customer expectations by reducing engineering overhead, loss of scrap, rework, and supplier response time.

3D PDF Pro now provides more tools to create easy-to-follow instruction manuals and generate animations on the fly. With the enhancements of 2.0, users can easily highlight a specific scope for an assembly and intuitively adjust part information without an external source. Additionally, 3D PDF Pro 2.0 offers added tools to search and filter large lists of assemblies or Model Structure items.

For more information, visit: www.pdfgenerator3d.com/en/client-solution.html

Published in PROSTEP AG

The LightWave 3D® Group, a division of NewTek, Inc., opens the door to a new era of creativity for artists, animators and designers working in 3D with the release of LightWave 2015 3D software for Windows and Mac operating systems.

LightWave 2015 offers many new workflow enhancements and features that are designed to streamline a variety of pipelines—from visual effects, motion graphics, and game development to architectural visualization, product design, and advertising and marketing.

"At Stargate Studios our VFX workflow for hit shows like 'The Walking Dead,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' and 'NCIS: Los Angeles' require massive stability and performance—LightWave delivers both," says Al Lopez, VP of Creative Services, Stargate Studios. "We are excited to add all of the new tools in LightWave 2015 to our pipeline because LightWave enables us to get the impossible done…every day."

LightWave 2015 introduces new features that are ideal for character animation, visualization, dynamic simulations, and more. It also extends the functionality of popular features like the Genoma character rigging system, Bullet Dynamics, dynamic parenting, rendering enhancements, and more.

Some of the many new highlights in LightWave 2015 include:

  • Bullet Constraints: Take control of dynamic simulations with new constraint types such as Point-to-Point, Hinge, Slider, Cone Twist, Spring and six degrees of freedom (DOF) constraint types. Whether it's a car rolling over a terrain with fully working suspension, or a rag doll falling down the stairs, constraints help make the movement believable.

  • Importance Sampling: Greatly improve the quality of scenes lit by GI and HDR images or background lighting.  Importance sampling intelligently concentrates rays into important areas and eliminates the noise and splotches that arise from highly differing light intensities for cleaner, more predictable renders.

  • Match Perspective Tool: Whether matching plates or simply placing objects in photographs, matching the camera position and rotation can be a time consuming process. The new Match Perspective tool can quickly sync the LightWave camera to an original photo or plate.

  • Genoma 2 Character Rigging System: This rapid modular rigging system, which at the base level is a complete rigging development kit (RDK), can be used to quickly rig characters for animation without the need to set up complex rigs from scratch. Genoma 2 can create expert rigs and generate custom presets that perfectly fit into any character animation pipeline. It supports the use of Math Expressions and Scripts and includes new and improved human, feline, and arthropod preset rigs.

  • Edge Rendering: Intersection Edges can now be drawn where geometry intersects on the same object and/or separate objects, allowing for more creative control over cel rendering. Use Patch Border Rendering to make Sub-Division patch borders visible in the renderer with the click of a button. It is perfect for modelers who want to showcase their mesh topology combined with the full render. Edge Buffer  can be used to render all edges into their own buffer, allowing for post-process manipulation in a compositing software.

  • 64-Bit QuickTime Support: Loading and saving Quicktime movies is now possible to those using 64 bit versions of LightWave for Windows.

LightWave 2015 includes new enhancements to the Viewport Preview Renderer (VPR) and introduces many new features and improvements such as Interactive Dynamic Parenting, Textured Falloffs in Modeler, Fiber FX, GoZ Multi-tool and Unity 5 support, and more. It also supports the latest interchange formats such as Alembic 1.5 and FBX 2015.

LightWave 2015 for Windows and Mac OS is now available along with no-cost 30-day full-feature trial.

For more information, visit: www.lightwave3d.com

Published in NewTek

ZMorph launched an updated version of its unique Voxelizer software, which allows creators to model using 3D pixels rather than triangles (a technique called voxelization). Unlike typical 3D modelling software which are focused only on creating exterior shapes, Voxelizer allows the modelling of volume as well as shape - making it suitable for printing from medical scans and other uses where volume is an essential property of the printed object.

Although Voxelizer has been created in-house by ZMorph, it is compatible with all open-source RepRap printers, including the well known Makerbot and Ultimaker brands, meaning that the vast majority of the growing community can experiment with Voxelization. This also opens up more possibilities beyond just 3D additive printing, as Voxelizer supports processes like 3D milling and laser cutting - something beyond other software packages.

One of the most exciting features of Voxelizer is its compatibility with DICOM medical imaging techniques, such as MRI (Magnetic Resonance Scanning), which means that 3D prints can be created directly from the scanned data. Because of the ability to incorporate different volumes into the object to be printed, it becomes possible to print both soft and hard tissue (for example, replacement cartilage and bone). This drastically lowers the barrier to entry for rapid and low-cost medical prototyping, as this kind of printing is no longer limited to expensive and high-end medical printers.

Other new features of Voxelizer include:

  • a new UI which makes Voxelizer simpler and easier to work with
  • a new engine which makes it x4 faster to voxelize an object
  • manipulating and editing object models using 3D filters such as selective thickening and strengthening - allowing creators to change the properties of an object as well as delivering a better quality printed object
  • the ability to import STL files and convert them into voxels - opening up access to other toolheads which require voxel data
  • the new software is compatible with both single and dual head extruders for plastic, rubber and nylon as well as ZMorph’s custom menu tools for cake, chocolate and ceramics, head for 2D and 3D CNC milling as well as laser cutting

“Our vision at ZMorph is to look beyond just 3D printing technology, and to see how intelligent fabrication can be used to make high-end processes accessible to many more people”, said Przemek Jaworski, founder and CEO of ZMorph. “We have deliberately made our Voxelizer software compatible with a wide range of printers so that as many creators as possible can understand the advantages that voxel modelling can bring to their creations. The other huge advantage it has is that it opens the possibility of using tools like CNC milling and engraving, so that creators are not limited to simple additive printing. We hope that this new version of Voxelizer helps to inspire more people to use these new technologies, and help our community grow”.

The new version of Voxelizer is available to download for free and is offered for both Mac and Windows.

For more information, visit: www.voxelizer.com/download

Published in ZMorph

3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced that its iSense™ 3D scanner for iPad is immediately available for pre-order on Cubify™ and through affiliated retailers, resellers and distributors with commercial shipments to commence in the second half of July. Previewed at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, the iSense is ideal for physical photography on the go, empowering users to easily capture and readily 3D print their memorable moments. Powered by 3DS’ popular Sense 3D scanning software, the iSense scans wirelessly in seconds for an easy capture experience.

As the newest addition to 3DS’ consumer offering, the iSense fully integrates with the Cube® family of consumer and prosumer 3D printers and also offers direct upload options to Cubify for cloud printing in a range of materials including Ceramix, Aluminix and Clear.

Powered by 3DS’ popular Sense software, the iSense gives you the freedom to scan anything and you don’t have to stand still or place an object into a box as required with other 3D scanners. Users simply attach the iSense to an iPad, walk around and scan entire objects or environments obtaining a digital copy of the real thing.

iSense Features:

  • Physical photography for the iPad - Discover the power of mobile 3D scanning on your iPad or iPad mini with the new iSense. Its integrated design makes it easy to capture every dimension of your favorite moments on your iPad. Scan your family and friends, everyday-events and adventures, all on your iPad, all in 3D.

  • Upgrade your iPad and get inspired on the go - The compact snap-on design of iSense instantly transforms your iPad into a 3D scanner, giving you the freedom to scan spontaneously where ever you are. Take it with you and allow your physical world to spark your creativity.

  • Big or small, scan it all - From shoes to SUVs, iSense has the most versatile scan range in its class with auto-optimized settings for objects large and small.

  • Zero-in on what matters - Automatic object recognition extracts precise targets from the busiest of backgrounds.

  • Edit with ease - With quick cropping, enhancement and solidifying tools, iSense can prepare 3D printable files within minutes.

  • Scanned for 3D printing - Physical to digital, and back again. Fully integrated with Cubify and your Cube 3D printer, the iSense allows you to upload scans directly for 3D printing, either at home or through the cloud.

For more information, visit: www.cubify.com/Products/iSense

Published in 3D Systems

3D Systems  (NYSE:DDD) announced that it has acquired Digital PlaySpace (DPS), a proprietary, innovative and immersive digital play platform that connects brands, retailers and consumers to 3D printable play activities. Through its two leading digital play properties, Digital Dollhouse and Dreamhouse Designer Facebook app, the DPS platform combines home design, gaming, and community sharing to deliver a vivid 3D create-and-make experience for children and their parents. Compelling content creation, capture and customization features make it quick, easy and fun to personalize and 3D print incredible creations at home on a Cube® 3D printer, or have them cloud printed using 3DS’ fulfillment service, available on its consumer destination site Cubify™.

Jesyca Durchin, DPS founder and CEO said, “We are thrilled to integrate our virtual and actual play experiences directly into the 3DS Cubify platform. Our vision is to deliver a ‘3D PlaySpace’ for everyone. The immersiveness and fun of our PlaySpace experience enhances brand recall and loyalty, enabling brands and retailers to connect with consumers in a whole new way. We designed Digital PlaySpace from the bottom-up for publishing flexibility and scalability, and 3DS is the perfect home for our growth.”

“We are excited to have Jesyca and her entire Digital PlaySpace team join our Cubify platform, enabling millions of new users to connect with family, friends and favorite brands in more immersive and socially creative ways,” said Cathy Lewis, Chief Marketing Officer, 3DS. “Digital PlaySpace’s ability to customize and rapidly publish mobile and web 3D printable content provides a differentiated value proposition for brands and consumers alike.”

Durchin is a leading developer of interactive and filmed entertainment for girls since 1994. She is an award-winning producer of both interactive and 3D animated films for Mattel, and has been a key advisor to Disney Theme Parks regarding brand-sponsored exhibitions targeting women. As a producer, Jesyca has created and produced games, films and rides for leading brands such as Mattel Entertainment, Buena Vista Games, Walt Disney Imagineering, Walt Disney Home Video, and Mattel Interactive.

From virtual worlds to social games, Digital PlaySpace captures and converts consumers through interactive entertainment that strategically leverages play behaviors and lifestyle preferences, seamlessly linking real and virtual goods within immersive and relevant games and interactive experiences. Digital PlaySpace understands brands, their promise to the consumer and how to fulfill that promise through social games. We create real brand engagement for consumers in keeping with what they want and expect, and design games for you that go beyond the traditional corporate/consumer relationship, creating “play spaces” that build brand awareness, fans and customer loyalty.

For more information, visit: www.digitalplayspace.com

Published in 3D Systems

Longview Advisors, organizers of the annual 3D Collaboration & Interoperability Congress (3DCIC), is proud to announce its 2014 event, which will be held May 28-30 at the Cheyenne Mountain Conference Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

3DCIC is dedicated to fostering and improving collaboration and interoperability throughout the product lifecycle. Now in its eleventh year, 3DCIC is the only vendor-neutral event in the world addressing collaboration and interoperability in manufacturing and business communications. The three-day international event gives attendees a unique opportunity to network, learn and strategize with thought leaders from a broad array of commercial and defense industries, as well as with representatives from government. 3DCIC has become a yearly barometer of the state of collaboration and interoperability strategy, technology and solutions across all sectors of discrete manufacturing.

Organizers are pleased to announce that NAFEMS (the International Association of the Engineering Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Community is holding their biennial American conference in conjunction with 3DCIC 2014. In addition, the PDES Board of Directors will again hold their annual meeting at 3DCIC and the 3D PDF consortium will be joining again for its third annual meeting.

“For decades, executives have understood that the seamless integration of design, analysis/simulation, manufacturing, downstream operations and the supply chain is the key to effective global business. It’s the core of the PLM vision,” explains David Prawel, president of Longview Advisors and program chair of the congress. “Making this work requires highly trained people, sharing information in efficient processes, supported by world-class technology. This is what 3DCIC is all about.”

“Engineering simulation continues to increase its penetration in to all aspects of the product lifecycle,” commented Tim Morris, NAFEMS CEO. “Integration with systems engineering and the use of multi-disciplinary technologies are gaining pace. At the same time, OEMs now delegate more engineering, and hence simulation, to suppliers. Systems level requirements must be cascaded down the supply chain, and simulation results delivered back up to systems integrators. The need for understanding of interoperability and collaboration issues is paramount. Aligning the NAFEMS and 3DCIC conferences will provide attendees with an unparalleled opportunity to explore, debate, discuss and understand these topics.”

For more information or to register, visit: www.3DCIC.com

Published in Longview Advisors

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) customers will now be able to access Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Revit, Autodesk Maya and Autodesk 3ds Max design tools via a web browser. For the first time ever, customers can access full-fledged 3D design, engineering and entertainment work in a browser without sacrificing performance, power or functionality.

The announcement furthers the company’s ongoing strategy to provide access to its most popular tools from almost anywhere, anytime, regardless of device and without compromising performance. Continuing to build on Autodesk’s collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS), OTOY and NVIDIA this new capability debuts as a tech preview and is an important expansion of the remote access capabilities provided through Autodesk Remote software. With this new capability, developers can access 90-day trials of Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Revit, Autodesk Maya and Autodesk 3ds Max software.

“Designers and engineers face deadline pressures and efficiency targets that demand work be more mobile than ever,” said Jeff Kowalski, chief technology officer at Autodesk. “It’s no longer a requirement to run sophisticated 3D design applications such as Inventor, Revit, 3ds Max or Maya on a powerful workstation. Now all you need is a simple browser and an Internet connection. We are excited to be first in the design industry to provide this capability.”

In August, Autodesk Remote was made available to Subscription and rental plan customers worldwide. Remote allows users to drive Autodesk software installed on their primary computer from a remote PC or iPad, utilizing its full power in their 3D design and modeling work regardless of the device. The collaboration with AWS and OTOY expands on this capability to include access to Autodesk applications hosted in the cloud.

“OTOY and Autodesk worked together to provide customers with a turn-key solution for accessing 3D design applications through their HTML5 browser,” said Jules Urbach, CEO of OTOY. “For the first time ever, design and engineering professionals can access all the features of Autodesk 3DS Max, Autodesk Maya, Autodesk Revit and Autodesk Inventor software to perform major design work, without ever having to download a piece of software to their local PC. OTOY's OctaneRender further enhances this experience by adding real-time, path-traced GPU rendering inside Autodesk applications. All of these pieces will be cohesively hosted on the cloud, leveraging the unprecedented scale and efficiency of AWS’ on-demand Amazon EC2 GPU instances. We believe this solution will not only translate to major cost savings for consumers, but greatly impact the mobility and efficiency of their workflow.”

“With the launch of G2 instances for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) today, we are enabling the delivery of high-quality, client-agnostic 3D experiences to customers around the world,” said Matt Wood, General Manager, Data Science, AWS. “We are working closely with leading organizations such as Autodesk to leverage these powerful capabilities to meet the needs of designers and engineers around the world.”

"Design professionals need fast, fluid interactivity with their digital creations to fully realize their vision and express their ideas,” said Jeff Brown, general manager of Professional Visualization and Design at NVIDIA. “With the availability of NVIDIA GRID GPUs and Autodesk applications in the cloud from AWS, high-performance graphics are now available to power the most demanding and advanced applications on essentially any device.”

For more information, visit: www.autodesk.com/subscription/overview

Published in Autodesk

CGTrader.com, the e-Bay like 3D model marketplace for 3D designers, is opening up a 3D Printing Competition and calls all 3D artists to start modeling for this rapidly growing technology.

“3D printers need 3D models just like an iPhone needs apps. This technology definitely requires professional-level 3D modeling skills, but there is a surprising gap between 3D printing industry and professional 3D designers.” says Marius Kalytis, CEO and founder of CGTrader.com.

This competition aims to attract these fresh talents and help the 3D designers acquire new modeling skills as well as experiment with designing for 3D printing. Anyone with 3D modeling skills is eligible to participate - the entrants just need to submit their models in .STL format by the end of June.

The entries will be judged based on level of professionalism, creativity, uniqueness, printability and general achievement in design of 3D printed model. Qualified jury from CGTrader will select the winner and two runners-up in the each of category: Best 3D Printable Model and Best 3D Printable Portfolio. Both winners will be awarded with 3D printers provided by Ultimaker. There are also a dozen of other valuable prizes from 3D Print UK, iMakr, Filaco, Sculpteo, and others. Competition deadline is the 30th of June.

Requirements:

  • Uploaded 3D model must be printable and marked as ‘print-ready’
  • Your submission should be uploaded in .STL format
  • The competition is free of charge and open to everyone including teams and legal entities
  • All the entries must be original and not derivable

NOTE: Some of prizes have additional requirements.

For more information or to submit an entry, visit: www.cgtrader.com/challenges-and-competitions/3d-printing-competition-2013

Published in CGTrader

Organovo Holdings, Inc. (OTCQX: ONVO) ("Organovo"), a creator and manufacturer of functional, three-dimensional human tissues for medical research and therapeutic applications, is working together with researchers at Autodesk, Inc., the leader in cloud-based design and engineering software, to create the first 3D design software for bioprinting.

The software, which will be used to control Organovo's NovoGen MMX bioprinter, will represent a major step forward in usability and functionality for designing three-dimensional human tissues, and has the potential to open up bioprinting to a broader group of users.

"Autodesk is an excellent partner for Organovo in developing new software for 3D bioprinters," said Keith Murphy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Organovo. "This relationship will lead to advances in bioprinting, including both greater flexibility and throughput internally, and the potential long-term ability for customers to design their own 3D tissues for production by Organovo."

"Bioprinting has the potential to change the world," said Jeff Kowalski, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Autodesk. "It's a blend of engineering, biology and 3D printing, which makes it a natural for Autodesk. I think working with Organovo to explore and evolve this emerging field will yield some fascinating and radical advances in medical research."

Organovo's 3D bioprinting technology is used to create living human tissues that are three-dimensional, architecturally correct, and made entirely of living human cells. The resulting structures can function like native human tissues, and represent an opportunity for advancement in medical research, drug discovery and development, and in the future, surgical therapies and transplantation.

The Autodesk Research group is dedicated to innovation and discovery ranging from methods to help users learn powerful digital prototyping tools to visualization and simulation techniques that enable designers to achieve new levels of performance. Advancing the state of the art in human-computer interaction, computer graphics and digital design technology, Autodesk Research collaborates openly with researchers at leading universities around the world. The bio/nano/programmable matter group within Autodesk Research is extending this expertise by developing software for the design and simulation of molecular systems and living systems.

Organovo designs and creates functional, three-dimensional human tissues for medical research and therapeutic applications. The company is working in collaboration with pharmaceutical and academic partners to develop human biological disease models in three dimensions that enable therapeutic drug discovery and development. Organovo's technology can also be applied to create surgical tissues for direct therapy. Their three-dimensional bioprinting technology was selected as one of the "Best Inventions of 2010" by TIME Magazine. Organovo leads the way in solving complex medical research problems and building the future of medicine.

For more information, visit: www.organovo.com/products/novogen-mmx-bioprinter

Published in Organovo

FARO Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FARO) has unveiled the FARO 3D App Center, the company’s new online exchange for Focus3D software applications. Through the 3D App Center, Focus3D users and software developers can download and share purpose-built apps to meet specific scanning challenges.

The FARO 3D App Center reduces costs and simplifies workflows by replacing expensive software packages that perform tasks users may never need.  Instead, customers can access and download FARO software apps built specifically to resolve their particular scanning challenges, such as surface or volume calculations. The result is lower operating cost and an assurance that scanning professionals have the FARO software they need, for the tasks they perform, each and every time.

FARO’s 3D App Center also provides a forum for software developers to create and share their own apps with the laser scanning world. Now, third-parties and other software companies can reach Focus3D customers directly, with apps tailored to meet their needs. All third-party apps are thoroughly tested and approved by the FARO team before making their way to the 3D App Center for download.

For more information, visit: 3d-app-center.faro.com

Published in FARO

Tech Soft 3D, one of PROSTEP AG's key technology partners, has released the "3D PDF Reader for Mobile", which makes almost all Adobe® Reader® functions available on iPads® and iPhones®.

The mobile app from Tech Soft 3D enables embedded U3D and PRC data to be displayed and even edited in a 3D PDF document on a mobile device for the first time. The 3D models can be rotated, moved and zoomed; PMI can be displayed and edited, animations can be executed and different views selected. It is also possible to measure and slice the 3D models.

"The 3D PDF Reader app is a truly impressive achievement by our key technology partner Tech Soft 3D," says Dr. Bernd Paetzold, CEO of PROSTEP AG. "This means that it is also possible to make comprehensive use of the files generated by PROSTEP's PDF Generator 3D on a mobile device for the first time. Having recently released our OpenDXM GlobalX app for iPhones, the app from Tech Soft 3D is a key component that supports the mobile offensive in our product development strategy."

The app is very easy to use: A 3D PDF document is opened on the mobile device in Adobe Reader Version 10.4 or higher and is displayed on the device in 2D. If the representation contains a U3D or PRC model and the 3D PDF Reader app has been installed, a tap on the model opens the 3D PDF Reader. Gestures allow almost all 3D relevant functions familiar from Adobe Reader to be used.

The 3D PDF Reader app can now be downloaded from the Apple AppStore® for just €4.49. Those who are quick off the mark can even get the app for nothing: the first 100 people to register on the PROSTEP PDF Generator 3D web site, will receive an iTunes gift certificate code from PROSTEP for free.

For more information, visit: www.us.pdfgenerator3d.com/index.php?id=278

Published in PROSTEP AG

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) introduced Autodesk 123D Design, a free 3D modeling tool that allows users to create a digital model and then 3D print or fabricate their idea whether on the iPad, Mac, PC or via their web browser. Autodesk 123D Design uses natural interactions for creation and editing, allowing makers to easily design things without learning complex CAD concepts.

“For the first time ever, users can create sophisticated, precise 3D models of real objects on their iPad, Mac, PC or via their web browser. People said this couldn’t be done on iPad, and we’re happy to prove them wrong,” said Samir Hanna, vice president of Consumer Products, Autodesk. “We believe that everyone is creative, and we intend to put easy to use design software in the hands of millions of people so they can create real objects, have fun doing it and then fabricate the things they want and need, just the way they want them.”

Eliminate the Dreaded Blank Canvas and Start Designing Fast

Autodesk 123D Design helps users get their projects started by providing base shapes and example models that help move past a blank screen and into the design quickly. Using natural interactions to add objects to the canvas and assemble parts together, users can enjoy the design process and create amazing 3D-printable designs.

123D Design also includes pre-set kits, such as “Robots” or “Houses” that are a fun way to experiment with design ideas or become more familiar with design concepts. More kits are available online from the 123D web site.

Freedom to Choose How and Where to Design and Make
 
123D Design is available on web, mobile and desktop, so users have the freedom to choose how and where they will make something. 123D Design also lets users go from design to 3D print with just a few taps or clicks.

Part of the Autodesk 123D family of apps, 123D Design allows users to take advantage of a connected group of Autodesk software, fabrication services for 3D printing and laser cutting, and a community of like-minded makers focused on making a wide variety of projects using 3D design and personal fabrication. 123D Design, 123D Make, 123D Catch, and 123D Sculpt are directly connected across platforms and products through “My Projects,” cloud storage for all 123D design projects, where users can save and access the things they’ve made, or objects other people have made and shared with the community. The 123D community is home to thousands of models shared by nearly 300,000 members from around the world, and it is growing every day.

The Autodesk 123D family of apps provides users with the ability to capture, design and make their ideas, and connect with other makers around the world for support or inspiration. Users can try Autodesk apps, services and communities to experiment and experience the creative process.

For more information, visit: www.123dapp.com/design

Published in Autodesk

MakerBot® Industries of Brooklyn, New York will be at the 3D PrintShow London 2012, October 19-21 at the Brewery in London. MakerBot is credited with having a large portion of the market share of all 3D printers (industrial and personal) with 21.6% market share in 2011. There are more than 13,000 MakerBot Desktop 3D Printers in use worldwide by engineers, designers, researchers, and people who just like to make things.

MakerBot will be at the London 3D Print Show and will showcase some exciting products to event attendees, including its most recent new product, the MakerBot® Replicator™ 2 Desktop 3D Printer. Introduced in the United States just one month ago, the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer is designed for the desktop of an engineer, researcher, creative professional, student or hobbyist.

In addition, MakerBot is also featuring some incredible groundbreaking artwork by California-based artist Cosmo Wenman that are replicas of masterpieces from the British Museum.

MakerBot will also be hosting the 3D4D Challenge Finals held in the MakerBot exhibit area of the Lower Sugar Room, at 5:00 pm, Friday, October 19. Bre Pettis, CEO and founder of MakerBot Industries, will provide the introduction to the Challenge and the presentations will streamed live at: www.3d4dchallenge.org/final-event

The 3D PrintShow London 2012 will be held:

Friday, October 19, through Sunday, October 21, 2012

Friday: 12:30 – 9:30 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 8:30 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Brewery
Chiswell Street
London, EC1Y 4SD

For more information, visit: www.3dprintshow.com/home

Published in MakerBot

IMSI®/Design, the developer of the popular free TurboViewer® DWG viewing app for iOS and Android, as well as TurboCAD®, announced TurboReview™, the first 2D and 3D mobile mark-up solution for the AEC world to support 3D PDF (U3D).

"Having a lightning-fast mobile app that lets you markup and measure a wide range of industry standard 2D and 3D documents, like DWG and 3D PDF, is a huge advantage for those in the field," stated Royal Farros, CEO of IMSI/Design.

Besides being the first to support 3D PDF, TurboReview includes several other firsts, including text that is "always facing" and arrow leaders that will snap to a 3D object, both important when orbiting in 3D.

TurboReview includes:

Mark-Up Features

  • Lightning-fast 2D and 3D environment
  • Redmark tools: Markup 2D and 3D objects using:
    • Line
    • Circle
    • Rectangle
    • Revision cloud
    • Highlighter
    • Text
    • Rectangular text box and leader
  • Inquiry tools: Distance/Dimension; Angle; Perimeter; Area
  • Layer Manager - Layer view manager to turn layers on/off, invert layers, turn all layers on/off
  • Layout support - View model space and paper space layouts in your drawing
  • Create screen shots of drawings and markups


Unique 3D Features

  • Support for 3D PDF (U3D)
  • Unique "always facing" text and dimensions that always face current view in 3D
  • Arrow leaders snap to 3D objects, uniquely allowing them to lock and orbit in 3D correctly


Viewing Features

  • Smooth multi-touch navigation; Pan, zoom, and 3D orbit effortlessly around document
  • A variety of visual styles include wireframe, hidden line, x-ray, gray scale, shaded, shaded without outline, and more
  • Adjust edge color range from white-gray-black
  • Adjust x-ray transparency factor
  • Option to use default or model lights (if any in drawing)
  • Option to render both inside and outside model (force two-sided rendering)
  • Custom perspective view - Now view 3D models in realistic perspective angles with the ability to view in human eye perspective or specify custom camera lens sizes in mm
  • AutoCAD® SHX font support - Native SHX font support to view localized or custom SHX fonts in your drawing file
  • TrueType font support - Improved visual fidelity with native TTF font file support to view True Type Fonts in your drawing file
  • Supports AutoCAD linetypes - Maintain visual fidelity as intended
  • Restore saved AutoCAD views - Quickly display the best vision of your design


Customized Usage

  • Tactile sound feedback - Sound confirmation for button and UI item selection
  • Autosense for 2D or 3D drawings - Option to automatically set appropriate gesture navigation of a drawing or model
  • Option to use two fingers to 3D rotate/tumble or constrain orbit
  • Unique time-savers - Able to navigate full-screen preview during file load; Cancel errant file load


File Sharing, Interoperability, and Localization

  • File Management: Create sub-folders; Cut/Copy/Paste/Rename files and folders
  • Quickly email marked-up files
  • Native support for DWG, DXF, DWF, PDF, 3D PDF (U3D), plus more than a dozen other popular AEC file formats including TCW, 2CD, 3DM, 3DS, ASAT, CGM, DCD, DGN, EPS, FCW, IGS, OBJ, PLT, SAT, SKP, STEP, STL, STP, and WRZ
  • Support for 15 languages: Chinese (simplified), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish


Availability and Pricing

TurboReview v1 for iPad has a limited-time introductory price of $34.99 (regularly $49.99) and is available from the Apple® App Store®.

For more information, visit: www.TurboApps.com



Published in IMSI Design

For ages, engineers have been fending off accusations of laziness. Of course, the best engineers know that overdesign is wasteful, and the optimal result comes from designing to the right tolerance. What is often falsely perceived as laziness can actually be good engineering.

Not only is this "lazy" philosophy important with the products we make, it's also important with our processes. One of the worst contributors of waste is overdesigning the CAD models and remodeling data that already exists. The promise of "data reuse" sounds great, but never seems to work out in the end. The heavy-duty history-based CAD systems are notorious for requiring massive amounts of rework.

SpaceClaim lets you be a smart engineer by being a lazy engineer. It works with all sorts of 2D and 3D data to create new geometry without the waste.

In this webinar, we'll show you how to:

  • Reuse data from any 2D or 3D content website, including TraceParts, TurboSquid, McMaster Carr, the SketchUp 3D Warehouse, and SolidWorks 3D Content Central
  • Clean up dirty geometry
  • Convert STL to solids and surfaces
  • Add custom driving parameters to imported data
  • Create beautiful drawings and proposals

SpaceClaim users report:

  • At least 50% time savings
  • 3-5X improvement in time to get to the right engineering answers

Thursday, September 13th
11:30am EDT

For more information or to register, visit: p.spaceclaim.com/lazyengineer

Published in SpaceClaim

3D printers provide an amazing opportunity to communicate and sell ideas with physical prototypes, but they aren’t very useful if your data is in 2D.  SpaceClaim offers the fastest way to convert 2D drawings and graphics to precise 3D solids.

In this webinar, we’ll show you how to:

  • Open common 2D file formats like DXF, DWG, bitmaps, and IGES
  • Repair dirty 2D geometry, converting it into precise, connected lines, arcs, and simplified splines
  • Pull 2D regions into accurate 3D solids
  • Save STL and VRML files at the right resolution for your or your service bureau’s 3D printer

Most customers find that the SpaceClaim 2D to 3D process is more than twice as fast as heavy-duty CAD.

Tuesday, August 28th
11:30am EDT

We hope you'll join us!

For more information or to register, visit: p.spaceclaim.com/2dto3dprintedpart

Published in SpaceClaim

Geomagic®, a global company providing 3D technology for digital reality, announced that it has released two new versions of software from its Sensable Group’s 3D modeling product lines – Freeform® v12 SP2 and Claytools® v4. These new releases are the first since Geomagic’s April 2012 acquisition of Sensable Technologies, Inc., and the Freeform Plus release is the first instance of incorporating Geomagic technology into a Sensable 3D modeling product.

Freeform v12 SP2 is an update release to v12 which shipped earlier this year with key features and usability enhancements that allow customers to save significant time and effort when designing highly detailed and complex organic models. It adds support for 3D Connexion’s SpacePilot Pro and SpaceMouse Pro, which can be used in addition to Sensable’s force feedback haptic device, to allow for enhanced 3D manipulation. Additionally, Freeform Plus users now have advanced auto-surfacing capabilities, incorporated from Geomagic Studio. Autosurfacing is used to convert Freeform’s voxel or polygonal models into solid and surface models, so they can be imported into traditional CAD engineering programs such as Dassault’s SolidWorks®, PTC’s Creo®, or into CAM products for tool path generation.

"I am impressed with the way that Geomagic's surfacing capabilities are now incorporated into Freeform Plus," said Nancy Hairston, principal of SculptCAD in Dallas, Texas. "This combines the industry's best surfacing product with the world's best organic sculpting product. It's fast and produces excellent results, especially on thin objects and highly detailed areas which can be difficult to handle." She adds, "It's a fantastic combination making Freeform that much stronger and efficient. We look forward to seeing additional integration of the Sensable and Geomagic products lines moving forward."

Claytools v4 is an exciting new release of the organic 3D modeling software targeted at sculptors, prototypers, model makers, jewelry designers and digital content creators. New features make it even easier to achieve complex, organic designs, including:

  • Curve Spheres – replicating the sculptor’s real world armature, allows designers and sculptors to quickly create volumetric models controlled by an underlying curve skeleton. Allowing quick volume studies, fast re-posing and base model generation.
  • New Mesh tools, such as Mesh Division, allow a toy designer, for example, to take an animated character model that is highly faceted, and in 1 or 2 clicks replace the facets with a smooth surface ready for production.
  • Paint – ability to paint models and project or map imported images onto models
  • Enhanced Carving tools, a new Pipe tool, improved capabilities for modeling with curves
  • Hot Wax Tool – replicating more subtle techniques, this allows sculptors to gain a finer control when sculpting, as well as combining multiple tools into one for a faster, more natural workflow.

“We are creating new ways of working -- where previously impossible tasks are now possible, and new technologies are changing the way products are created and manufactured,” said Joan Lockhart, vice president of sales and marketing, Geomagic Sensable Group. “Products like Freeform and Claytools make it faster and easier to design great products digitally – freed from the constraints of conventional CAD – and produce them using new additive fabrication methods, or just as easily import them into traditional CAD/CAM formats when needed.”

Both versions are currently shipping on new products and available to customers on active maintenance contracts through their reseller channels.

For more information, visit: www.sensable.com/products-sensable-overview.htm

Published in Geomagic

EON Reality, the world's leading interactive 3D software provider, today released EON Creator 4.8, an easy-to-use eLearning authoring tool that integrates 3D concepts with the web, PowerPoint, videos, sounds, animations and more into complete, blended learning environments. The new release also comes with an updated website look and new video tutorials.

With EON Creator 4.8, users can create unique educational 3D lessons and interactive scenes using high-quality 3D components from the EON Experience portal and blend them together with their own 3D content. The portal contains thousands of models and scenes accessible directly from inside the EON Creator authoring tool. Once content is downloaded into EON Creator, users can add contextual knowledge to any 3D object in their scene. Users can also link multiple 3D scenes together to create continuous learning environments.

3D content can then be published automatically in the EON Experience portal or shared in a live 3D multi-user session in EON Coliseum. EON Creator can present the virtual 3D learning experience across multiple devices- from laptops to 3D projected displays.

“With our rapidly growing community of EON Creator users we are pleased to be able to release this major upgrade with many enhanced functionalities and requested features. Our goal is to provide the easiest and most intuitive workflow for interactive 3D content development for education, allowing teachers and instructors as well as our fastest growing user segment students to start producing content quicker,” said Mats W. Johansson, President, EON Reality, Inc.

The new EON Creator 4.8 release brings a range of updates and improvements to the EON Experience platform, where the most notable additions are:

  • Improved creation process in Quiz mode: Users can now create customized questions and answers using the Quiz function, as well as separate the Quiz and Annotation function as desired.
  • Expanded support for more stereo devices: EON Creator Pro can now support three modes of stereoscopic 3D: Top/Bottom, Interleaved, and Frame Sequential 3D.
  • Recording video of your content is now easier than ever: Users can upload their experiences with 3D lessons directly to YouTube.
  • Simplified login process: Users can now signup and login with a single click via Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Google+.
  • Expanded file support for EON Experience Player: The EON Experience Player can now open EON Experience simulation (.edz, .eop, .eoz) and EON Experience scene files (.eos).
  • Easier user interactions: Users can now explore different parts of an object with a single click.
  • Configuration of pivot-points for 3D objects: The pivot-point is the central point where an object is rotated around.

EON Reality, Inc. is the world's leading interactive 3D solutions provider for businesses and education based on Virtual Reality technology. EON Reality provides state-of-the-art 3D display technology for immersive and stereoscopic viewing, from portable tablet PCs and glass free stereo display systems to curved-screen and immersive rooms consisting of multi-channel projection walls. The technology foundation for developing interactive digital content includes importing the most common 3D animation formats into EON's authoring software and creating modules and applications that can be viewed on various display systems. EON’s technology solutions enable all organizations to more effectively visually communicate, collaborate and accelerate knowledge transfer.

For more information, visit: www.eonexperience.com/eon-creator/eon-creator.aspx

Published in EON Reality

The goal of this webinar is to introduce you to the fastest path to CAD integrated with any FARO ScanArm device. You will learn how to create a parametric, editable solid CAD model from the 3D scan data, and, observe how to convert and then apply this feature-based model in your preferred CAD software.

Rapidform XOR is the perfect companion to the FARO ScanArm for reverse engineering.

What you can expect:

Learn how to use the FARO Laser ScanArm and Rapidform XOR together as the ultimate 3D scanning solution.

  • Create a fully editable, parametric feature model from massive point clouds and meshes
  • Capture design intent of a physical part with the FARO ScanArm
  • Seamless interoperability with all major CAD systems (AutoCAD, SolidWorks, Siemens NX, Creo, CATIA, and new for 2012, Inventor)

This webinar will be held in English and questions will be answered after the presentation.

Title: Create Parametric 3D CAD Models with the FARO Laser ScanArm and Rapidform

Date: Tuesday 19 June 2012

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM EDT (New York)
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM GMT+1 (London-Dublin)
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM GMT+2 (Berlin-Paris-Rom)
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM GMT+3 (Istanbul)

For more information or to register, visit: www.faro.com/contentv2.aspx?ct=uk&content=misc&item=2140

Published in FARO

SolidWorks 3D CAD is a comprehensive 3D design solution that enables you to create, validate, communicate, and manage your product designs. In just 22 minutes you will learn about SolidWorks 3D CAD tools and how these tools can be used to help you develop better products faster and more cost effectively.

Space is limited, so sign up today to reserve your chance to learn the Essentials of SolidWorks 3D CAD.

WHAT:

Learn the essentials of SolidWorks 3D Design in 22 minutes

WHEN:

June 12th, 2012, 1 pm EST

For more information or to register, visit: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/234132632

Published in SolidWorks

The MetraSCAN 3D scanners are the most accurate scanning solutions on the market, whether in lab or on the shop floor. Like Creaform’s entire portfolio of measuring technologies, the MetraSCAN 3D are easy to master and use, and they take only a few minutes to set up.

Featuring Creaform's TRUaccuracy technology, the MetraSCAN 3D ensure highly-accurate dimensional surface measurements, regardless of the measurement environment (instability, vibrations, thermal variations, etc.) or operator skills.

The combination of a MetraSCAN 3D CMM scanner and a HandyPROBE arm-free CMM makes for a complete and powerful measurement system for points and surfaces, and enable geometrical and freeform inspection on the same part, with the same system.

Join us on June 12-13, 2012! Attendance is limited, so book your place today!

  • Discover the indisputable benefits of this complete and powerful inspection and scanning solution.
  • Learn about Creaform's TRUaccuracy technology behind the MetraSCAN 3D line-up.
  • Interact live with our product manager and get instant answers to your questions.

Tuesday June 12, 2012
Americas - 2:00 PM EDT
Europe - 8:00 PM CET
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/451412673

Wednesday June 13, 2012
Americas - 8:00 AM EDT.
Europe - 2:00 PM CET.
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/975409632

Published in Creaform

This webinar explains how you can digitize fast, flexible and unique existing 3D concepts with a Creaform Handyscan 3D scanner. Then, you will see how the 3D scan data will be converted with Rapidform XOR into a parametric 3D CAD.

  • You have an existing 3D concept?
  • You are looking for a flexible 3D scanner with dynamic referencing?
  • You would like to get a parametric 3D CAD?

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM BST

For more information or to register, visit: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/858053680

Published in Creaform

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) announced that 123D Catch is now available for iPad on the App Store. This new free app lets users take images from their iPad camera and upload them to the Autodesk cloud service that transforms the images into a 3D model.

Complementing the desktop and newly released online versions, the Autodesk 123D Catch app allows users to capture the world around them in 3D while on the go. Imagine the potential for photos of vacation memories, family or other mementos brought to life in 3D. Captures made in 123D Catch can also be used as the foundation for further 3D modeling, 3D animation, or used to create a 3D printed object.

Part of the 123D family of products, 123D Catch users can take advantage of a connected group of Autodesk software, fabrication services for 3D printing and laser cutting, and a community of like-minded individuals focused on 3D design and personal fabrication. The Autodesk 123D family provides users with the ability to capture, design and make their ideas, and connect with others for support or inspiration. Anyone can try Autodesk apps, services, and communities to experiment and experience the creative process.
 
Autodesk also introduced a new feature for 123D products called My Corner, which provides cloud storage for all 123D design projects while connecting 123D product workflows. This feature will enable users to share files between products—123D, 123D Catch, 123D Make, and 123D Sculpt— to explore their creative ideas, or even use that model to create a physical object through fabrication services. Users can also share their projects and explore other people’s creations from an online gallery that supplies an abundance of ideas for creative projects.

“The Autodesk family of 123D products breaks down barriers between the physical and digital, empowering users to customize the world around them,” said Samir Hanna, vice president, Consumer Products, Autodesk. “The launch of 123D Catch for iPad allows anyone to capture, explore, experiment and experience the 3D design and personal fabrication process.”

For more information, visit: www.123dapp.com/catch

Published in Autodesk

Creaform, leader in portable 3D measurement technologies, is proud to unveil its new line-up of MetraSCAN 3D optical CMM scanners – the most accurate 3D scanners for demanding quality control and reverse engineering applications.

The MetraSCAN 3D optical CMM Scanners

The MetraSCAN 3D scanners are the most accurate scanning solutions on the market, whether in lab or on the shop floor. Like Creaform’s entire portfolio of measuring technologies, the MetraSCAN 3D are easy to master and use, and they take only a few minutes to set up. Featuring Creaform's TRUaccuracy technology, the MetraSCAN 3D ensure highly-accurate dimensional surface measurements, regardless of the measurement environment (instability, vibrations, thermal variations, etc.) or operator skills.

The combination of a MetraSCAN 3D CMM scanner and a HandyPROBE arm-free CMM makes for a complete and powerful measurement system for points and surfaces, and enable geometrical and freeform inspection on the same part, with the same system.

The new MetraSCAN 3D handheld scanners are now offered in two versions:

  • The MetraSCAN 70 offers optimal resolution. It is ideal for projects where geometrical feature definition is key, such as sheet metal and tooling inspection.
  • The MetraSCAN 210 offers increased measurement speed. Its increased stand-off and depth of field make for enhanced scanning flexibility. It is ideal for large surface metrology and large-scale reverse engineering.
  • Both 3D scanners feature the same accuracy and they have been fitted with a new light carbon structure.

“We believe that this expanded and enhanced MetraSCAN line-up fits the needs of our customers now more closely when it comes to quality control or reverse engineering applications, said Jean-François Larue, product director. What’s more, we integrated the know-how acquired on the technology since the launch of the first generation of MetraSCAN in 2010. Among all the inspection systems available on the market, the MetraSCAN 3D scanners remain best at increasing the reliability, speed and versatility of the measurement process.”

The new devices will be presented to the public for the first time during the CONTROL tradeshow in Stuttgart, Germany, from May 8 to 11 (hall 5, booth 5108).

Creaform develops, manufactures and sells 3D portable measurement technologies and specializes in 3D engineering services. The company offers innovative solutions that cover the entire range of 3D applications, including 3D scanning, reverse engineering, advanced surfacing, inspection and numerical simulation. Its products and services are intended for industries such as the automotive, aerospace, 3D body measurement, consumer products, heavy industries, manufacturing, power generation and research & education.

Creaform has developed and sells the Handyscan 3D portable, self-positioning 3D scanners, along with the HandyPROBE arm-free portable CMM and the MetraSCAN 3D optical CMM scanners. The company also brings photogrammetry to all its technologies with the MaxSHOT 3D optical coordinate measuring system. Moreover, the company offers the Creaform 3D Body Digitizers.

Creaform reached C$37.5 million in sales in 2011. The company employs more than 300 people worldwide, and has offices in Québec City, Montréal, the United States, France, Germany, China, India and Japan. The company’s head office and Quebec-based offices are 9001 : 2008 ISO certified.

For more information, visit: www.creaform3d.com/en/metrascan/default.aspx

Published in Creaform

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park, Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, is unveiling a large-scale, 3D-printed replica of the celebrated ballpark. Designed in 3D software, using blueprints and up-to-date images, the 3' x 5' replica captures even the finest details of Fenway, from the Green Monster and Pesky Pole to the exact number of lights and famed, red Ted Williams seat in right field.

The 3D replica, which was printed on an Objet Connex500 multi-material 3D printer at the company's North American headquarters in Billerica, is about 1/200th scale, includes 40 separate printed sections and weighs about 105 pounds. The model will be on display this week and in the coming months through Boston.

On April 19, the Fenway replica will be on display at Game On!, where it will join other Fenway memorabilia on display during the Fenway 100 Magazine Launch Event hosted by the Boston Globe. There, columnist Dan Shaughnessy will moderate a panel discussion with former players, historians and fans, including Bill Lee, Ken Casey, John Powers and Dick Johnson.

On April 20, the 3D-printed replica will be on display at the Museum of Science for an hour-long demonstration of 3D printing. Objet then will donate the 3D print to the Boston Sports Museum.

"As longtime Red Sox fans, and frequent visitors to Fenway, we wanted to celebrate this historic event by sharing something that all fans could appreciate,'' said Bruce Bradshaw, Director of U.S. Marketing for Objet. "Objet's printers are used by architecture firms around the world to create incredibly detailed models in mere hours rather than weeks; so it seemed a natural fit for us to use this technology to recreate Fenway and deliver it to people throughout Boston."

You can follow the amazing 3D printed Fenway model around its 'victory tour' of Boston starting today, Thursday the 19th.

Morning, April 19th - Check out the 3D printed Fenway model on Fox 25 Morning News (at around 9.30 am)

Evening, April 19th - See the 3D printed Fenway model at the Game On! bar/restaurant opposite Fenway park (from 6pm - 9pm)

Afternoon, April 20th - the model will be on display at the Museum of Science in Boston for a 3D printing demo (at 12.30 mid-day)

For more information, visit: www.objet.com

Published in Objet

Fujitsu Laboratories Limited and Fujitsu Research and Development Center Co., Ltd. have developed a technology for retrieving partially similar models from stored 3D CAD models.

In the manufacturing industry, for example, new parts designed using CAD models are not designed from scratch. By retrieving and reusing models with similar shapes from the existing models which incorporate prior design know-how, companies are able to shorten design time. Until now, while global shape retrieval has been possible, the inability to retrieve and reuse partially similar shapes has posed a challenge. With Fujitsu Laboratory's newly developed technology, 3D CAD models are automatically segmented into distinctive part models, such as protruding parts. Even if the orientation, size or position of the segmented parts differ, as long as the shapes are similar, they are determined to be similar, and can therefore be retrieved.

Because the new technology enables retrieved part models to be reused in combination with multiple other parts, design time can be shortened by 90% compared to designing from the ground up. This, in turn, helps to reduce design costs and enhance a product's competitiveness by quickly bringing it to market.

Background

In order to quickly develop competitive products and rapidly bring them to market, companies in industries such as manufacturing need to shorten product design time by reusing existing 3D CAD models which incorporate prior design know-how, rather than designing models from the ground up. To achieve this target, technology that can efficiently retrieve reusable 3D CAD models is required.

Existing 3D CAD model retrieval technology can perform text-based retrieval using part names and other keywords, as well as global shape retrieval (Figure 1) that retrieves 3D CAD models from the global shape.

Technological Issues

As can be seen with the tab example in figure 3, there is currently a need to shorten design time by reusing 3D CAD models with partially similar shapes. At the same time, because global shape retrieval employs the global shape of each model, the inability to retrieve 3D CAD models with partially similar shapes has posed a challenge.

Newly Developed Technology

Key features of the technology are as follows:

1. Automatically segments each 3D CAD model into distinctive parts, such as protruding shapes

Fujitsu Laboratories has developed a technique that analyzes the elements composing a 3D CAD model, including the positional relationship between different surfaces, and automatically segments the model into distinctive parts that are suitable for later retrieval, such as protruding shapes. Furthermore, the company has developed a technology that automatically extracts shape features, such as concave and convex surfaces, from the segmented parts, and compares them to the shape features of the search key. As a result, even if the orientation, size or position of the models is different, as long as the shapes are similar, they can be determined to be similar. As part of the system's initial pre-processing (Step 1 in Figure 2), 3D CAD models stored in the database are segmented into part models through automatic segmentation process. After the designer specifies a shape to be used as a search key, similar parts are retrieved from the segmented models using global shape retrieval technology (Step 2 in Figure 2).

2. Retrieval via interactive interface

The designer-specified search key and 3D CAD models with partially similar shapes can be viewed together in a virtual 3D space (Figure 3). In addition, the system allows for efficient retrieval through color-coded highlighting of the similar parts.

Results

This newly developed technology makes it possible to efficiently retrieve 3D CAD models containing shapes that are similar to a specified search key from a massive 3D CAD model database. With the new technology, 10,000 3D CAD models were automatically segmented into approximately 100,000 parts, and the 3D CAD models containing similar shapes to a specified search key could be retrieved in roughly three seconds, making it practical for real-world use. With the new technology, retrieved part models can be reused in combination with multiple other parts, for instance, making it possible to efficiently design new parts. As a result, the time required to design a part can be shortened by 90% compared to conventional technology. In addition, the new technology enables increased reusability of standard parts, making it possible to lower part-management costs.

Future Plans

Going forward, Fujitsu Limited will pursue the commercialization of the new technology, and plans to incorporate it into Fujitsu's PLEMIA general design information management system before the end of FY2012.

For more information, visit: jp.fujitsu.com/labs/en

Published in Fujitsu

Have you ever noticed that some CAD vendors seem to think that 2D data doesn’t exist, and that everything must be done in 3D?  At SpaceClaim, we know that many manufacturing workflows rely on 2D, and that 2D drawings often need to get integrated with 3D models from other CAD systems.  SpaceClaim has a ton of useful tools that solve every day 2D/3D shop floor hassles, and now we’re showing them off all in one place.

In particular, we’ll show how to:

  • Clean dirty 2D imports for design and MFG
  • Easily go from 2D DWG/DXF to 3D in a blink of an eye
  • Go from a dumb solid from any CAD system to a printed hole table in ten clicks
  • Make a sheet metal flat pattern from an imported CAD concept
  • Import a v5 or JT part with PMI and turn it into a detailed 2D drawing you can print

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM EDT

For more information or to register, visit: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/546954506

Published in SpaceClaim

EON Reality, the world's leading interactive 3D software provider, today announced the release of the new EON Icube Mobile, a portable multi-sided immersive environment in which participants are completely surrounded by virtual imagery and sound. It offers the most user-friendly interface - from hardware setup to software deployment. This high impact 3D immersion solution benefits many different markets such as energy, aerospace, healthcare, AEC, education and entertainment.

The hardware construction truss frame is in a lightweight sturdy aluminum material that is easy to set up and it comes with a reusable shipping container for easy transport. It is a front projected system consisting of 120” Diagonal Size Screens with 4:3 aspect ratios. Ceiling height required is 9 feet (2.7 m) and display foot print required is 10 x 10 feet (3 x 3 m). The system cost starts at less than 30% compared to traditional Icube cost.

“For the first time ever we can offer a fully immersive motion tracked interactive 3D experience at about 1/3 of the cost compared to traditional Icubes while at the same time taking up roughly 1/5th of the floor space and fitting within a 9 foot ceiling height. This combination will allow full immersion to be used in areas and applications that we have never reached before,” said Mats W. Johansson, President, EON Reality, Inc.

EON Icube software utilizes high-end active stereo projectors, with stereoscopic glasses and motion tracking position trackers and allows users to be completely immersed in a virtual world. 3D objects float in space with high quality graphics and can be manipulated by users in real-time.

Motion trackers are implemented to monitor the user’s position and orientation and are used to calculate a stereoscopic perspective view. This allows the user to freely move into and around floating objects. Peripheral devices, such as wands and optional gesture gloves, are integrated into the system. EON Icube software has the ability to rapidly deploy 3D interactive virtual simulations using a series of built-in classes of objects, drivers, and a large library of 3D models, textures, and easy to use built- in functionalities.

EON Icube Mobile can be used as a single or as multi-user experiences with EON Coliseum Icube option. The remote collaboration system option is ideal for safety and technical training, architecture, and construction purposes.

For more information, visit: www.eonreality.com/products_icube_mobile.html

For Icube videos, visit: www.youtube.com/user/EonReality/videos?query=icube

Published in EON Reality

ZWSOFT, a leading supplier of 2D and 3D CAD/CAM solutions to the AEC and MCAD industries, announced today that it will partner with GrabCAD to present a 3D CAD model challenge. This contest wants CAD users to create imaginative and intricate 3D models that are designed in ZW3D CAD/CAM software. The winning entries of this challenge, will receive cash and other prizes, as well as a chance to be featured on the cover of a ZW3D 2013 brochure.

In this 3D CAD model challenge, participants are encouraged to run wild with their imaginations and create something extraordinary. Entries can be any object designed in ZW3D CAD/CAM, from a nice mobile phone to a sports car. For those who are new to ZW3D, it is easy to learn the CAD/CAM software with its built in show-n-tell tutorials.

“ZW3D is an amazing CAD/CAM product for modeling, mold design and machining. It offers top-notch design experience,” says Colin, Manager of ZW3D Technical Support Department, “now with this powerful software teaming up with GrabCAD, there will be a multitude of creative minds working, and I believe that this challenge will unleash new innovation in 3D design.”

This challenge will have a total of 6 winning entries, out of which one will have the chance to be on the cover page of ZW3D 2013 brochures. The first place winner will receive $500 USD and a 3Dconnexion SpacePilot™ Pro 3D Mouse which is valued at $399 USD. The second place winner will get $300 USD plus a 3Dconnexion SpaceMouse™ Pro 3D Mouse valued at $299 USD. The challenge is open to everyone. To enter, go to Grabcad.com, sign up and submit your design.

For more details on this challenge, visit: www.grabcad.com/challenges/3d-cad-model-challenge

ZW3D can be downloaded for a free 30-day trial from: www.zwsoft.com/en/products/zw3d.html

Published in ZWCAD

Geomagic®, the leading provider of 3D software for creating and inspecting digital models of physical objects, today announced the first service release of the Geomagic 2012 product lines. The Geomagic 2012 SR1 product line builds on the innovations that were introduced in the initial 2012 product release, with a focus on even faster and more robust processing of large data sets, expanded availability of embedded CAD importers, and increased accuracy.

Enhancements to the products affect Geomagic Studio®, Geomagic Wrap®, Geomagic Qualify™ and Geomagic Qualify Probe ™, industry-leading products for reverse engineering, 3D imaging, inspection, measurement and metrology.

This latest release implements Tech Soft 3D’s Hoops Exchange v5.0 software, which enables CAD interoperability into the Geomagic Qualify products.

Improvements include:

  • Updated CAD format support including Dassault Systems’ CATIA V5 R21 and SolidWorks 2012, plus NX 8, and Solid Edge ST4 from Siemens PLM

  • New PMI support for CATIA V5 R21, as well as JT and STEP files

  • Native support for PTC’s Creo files

This widened format support delivers greater freedom for customers to natively import 3D CAD data files of their choice into Geomagic Qualify and Geomagic Qualify Probe for immediate comparison to inspection and measurement data in quality workflows.

Enhancements to the Geomagic platform technologies which form the backbone to Geomagic applications enable faster and more intuitive user workflows, especially with large data sets. Users can now align data at low resolution, and quickly apply the transforms to the original, high resolution data. More robust processing for noise reduction, and global registration means that large data can be turned into usable 3D faster and more accurately.

Improvements to the QuickProbe function enable more intuitive feature creation as a part is being measured by customers in an inspection workflow using a portable CMM. In addition, the ‘Best Fit’ alignment for probe data delivers users greater confidence that the nominal model and probed data are perfectly aligned for measurement and comparison.

Commented Kevin Scofield, Senior Product Manager, Geomagic, “While the 2012 product launch delivered game-changing functions for customers last November, this release reaffirms and strengthens the products for even faster and more accurate functionality.”

Geomagic 2012 SR1 is available now for Maintenance customers to download at no charge. Please visit the Geomagic portal for more information.

All versions of Geomagic products are available for free 30-day trial versions at: www.geomagic.com

Published in Geomagic

Longview Advisors, organizers of the annual Collaboration & Interoperability Congress (CIC), today announced its lineup of speakers for this year's event.

The 3D Collaboration & Interoperability Congress is dedicated to fostering and improving collaboration and interoperability in product design, development and manufacturing.  Now in its ninth year, the annual Congress is the only vendor- and product-neutral event in the world addressing collaboration and interoperability in manufacturing and business communications. The international event has grown into an essential forum for executives, managers, senior engineers and IT professionals to network, learn and strategize with thought leaders from automotive, aerospace and many other manufacturing industries, as well as with representatives from government and defense communities.

The 2012 CIC program is highlighted by the following information-packed presentations and panels of industry experts:

  • Lessons Learned in over 40 years in Aerospace and Defense, Jack Harris, Vice Chairman, Iowa Innovation Council, Chairman, Iowa Advanced Manufacturing Council and Rockwell Collins, Director, Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Retired
  • Leveraging Virtual Engineering Environments to Drive Margin Improvement AND Product Development Flexibility, Eli Wieskamp, Chief Engineer, United Rotocraft - An Air Methods Division, and David Fedler, Founder, Summit of Everest Group
  • Aerospace and defense: Global interoperability across the supply network for life, Howard Mason, Corporate Information Standards Manager, Office of the CIO, BAE Systems
  • Democratizing 3D: Leveraging Product Data Assets Beyond Design Engineering,  Lars Peder Hansen, Senior Systems Consultant - CAD/PLM, Grundfos Group, Denmark
  • Manufacturing & PLM in 2020, Stephen Bodnar, VP Manufacturing Solutions, Autodesk, Inc.
  • 3D based process plans on 787, Leveraging Model Based Definition for Manufacturing, Max Jensen, Senior Developer, ME Systems Development, Boeing
  • Driving High Volume and High Quality in a Huge, Globally Inter-Connected Automotive Supply Chain, Rahim Alsaffar, Lead Engineering Specialist at Johnson Controls Automotive Group
  • How PMI and Data Modeling Standards Affect Successful Implementation of 3D MBD and MBE, Bryan Fischer, President, Advanced Dimensional Management
  • An update on LOTAR for Long Term Archival and Retrieval of Digital Design and PDM data, Richard Zuray, Technical Principal - CAD/CAM/CAI and Quality Engineering, The Boeing Company
  • The Impact of Social Networks on PLM and Global Supply Chains, Chad Jackson, President and Founder of Lifecycle Insights
  • Incorporating Equipment Information into New Facility Construction and Retrofits, Jason Hosch, Senior Industrial Engineer, Intel
  • Downstream Supplier Challenges within MBE, Ric Norton, Program Manager and Technical Data Analyst for the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Logistics Information Service
  • Leveraging the rise of the social consumer for new product innovation, Rob Fisher, Director of Marketing, Madison Electric Products
  • A Comparison of Light-Weight 3D Formats, Peter Pfalzgraf, Director Product Center PDFGEN3D, PROSTEP AG
  • Data Distribution on the 787, Bringing Model Based Definition to the World, David Briggs, Associate Technical Fellow -787 Engineering Information Delivery, The Boeing Company
  • Successfully engaging Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), Dr. Nathan Hartman, Assistant Department Head, Department of Computer Graphics Technology, Purdue University; Philip Rosche, Senior Associate, ICF International; Kevin Fischer, Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Rockwell Collins
  • Model Based Enterprise Impact on Organizational Behavior, James DeLaPorte, Partner and Business Transformation Leader, NexTec
  • 3D in Heavy Construction at Shimazu, Sakiko Seki, Business Development Manager, Smartscape, Inc., Japan
  • How does the small and large supplier support MBE standards?, Rich Eckenrode, President, Recon Services
  • PDM/PLM Validation Handbook, Roy Wittenburg, Project Manager for UTRS, US Army
  • CAx-IF -- Supporting STEP development for Collaboration and Interoperability, Philip Rosche, Senior Associate with ICF International, STEP CAx Implementors Forum
  • PLM Vendor Panel, hosted by David Prawel with Four PLM Vendor Panelists
  • Design, Development, and Testing of an Open Standards-Based Simulation Data Management and Archival System, Keith Hunten, Senior Staff Aerospace Engineer, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company
  • Using 3D to visualize concepts in business-analytic landscapes, Robb Bush, Technology and Innovation Marketing , Global Center of Excellence, SAP

To find out more about the event and for free access to presentations and audios from past events, visit: www.3dcic.com

Published in Longview Advisors

Innovative technology company BumpyPhoto.com launched a new patent-pending product line to turn a standard 2D photo into a full-color 3D relief sculpture. Customers can capture special memories and freeze them in time-and-space with this one-of-a-kind personalized photo art, ordered online and delivered straight to their doorstep.

More consumers are now choosing to keep digital copies of their photos and never actually purchase prints. Classic 2D photographic printing is in fact being replaced by a growing demand for high-value photo gifts, such as mugs, shirts or stylized canvases. BumpyPhoto.com takes this mass-customization trend to the next level by offering a new medium for photography. There was a time when only the rich and famous could afford to have bas-relief or cameo sculptures carved in stone and hand-painted. Now, with the advent of state-of-the-art 3D printing technologies, this art form available to everyone.

Simply upload a standard 2D digital photo of people, pets, landscapes, paintings, cartoons or any other subject and a photorealistic color depth map is reconstructed from the photo which is the basis for the 3D printing process. The sculptures can be as small as 1" and as large as 15"- or more on request.

"You can now literally touch and feel your photographic memories. It makes your photos truly sense-sational!” says John Katon, Sales Director of BumpyPhoto.com.

For more information, visit: www.bumpyphoto.com

Published in Bumpy Photo

FARO Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FARO), the world’s most trusted source for 3D measurement technology today announced the release of SCENE 5.0, the latest in the company’s line of point cloud capture processing software for the Focus3D. For the first time, SCENE users can view their scans in true stereoscopic 3D for unprecedented levels of realism. Automatic fine registration eliminates the need for artificial targets in many cases when piecing together multiple scans, and the new Project Database enables enhanced levels of networking between users.

SCENE 5.0 contains automatic fine registration, a new cloud-to-cloud enhancement that reduces or removes the need for the placement of artificial targets in many scanning applications, and significantly reduces post-processing time. Rather than utilizing spheres or checkerboards, the software identifies prominent objects such as corners, edges and other flat structures within the scan and uses them as reference points. These features help to seamlessly meld together multiple scans to form a single, complete point cloud. This new addition, unique to SCENE 5.0, further expedites the merging of scans between remote users.

The Project Database is FARO’s latest way to facilitate scanning project collaboration. This new addition seamlessly stores project information and a step-by-step history of each scanning project. Users may now return to any step in a scanning database, quickly and easily, no matter where they may be in their process. They may also select which details to display on a given project, allowing users to choose which level of detail to display and reducing extraneous data points. SCENE 5.0 also supports the new ASTM E57 industry standard, a manufacturer-independent, binary data exchange format for 3D data. Through this, users may import and export scanning data regardless of the specific product used to capture it.

New for SCENE 5.0, stereoscopic visualization allows users to view their scans on 3D-enabled monitors. The result is an added level of detail and a heightened sense of realism found in major motion pictures. For users in the real estate marketing, construction, renovation and other markets, this 3D viewing feature literally adds new dimensions to their scanning work. “SCENE 5.0 combines ease-of-use, networking and an enhanced 3D experience to deliver a complete scan processing solution,” said Oliver Burkler, Senior Technical Product Manager for the Focus3D.

For more information, visit: www.faro.com/focus/us/software

Published in FARO

Design reviews, kaizen events, customer presentations. You want to quickly review the status of a project, identify challenges, and suggest improvements. But how do you perform design reviews in CAD? With traditional history-based modelers, one wrong click and the meeting is over. It’s impossible to make changes in real time. Lightweight viewers are great at assembly mockup, but they don’t let you edit the actual geometry. Wouldn’t it be great if you could make edits to the actual design, quickly, with changes automatically tracked for follow-up?

SpaceClaim’s 3D direct modeling provides a fast and easy way. SpaceClaim eliminates the nasty constraints, eternal dependencies, and rebuild errors that can wreck a meeting. It’s simple and fast user interface lets your ideas flow freely. The entire team can see the changes on real geometry, removing confusion and preventing rework.

Our webinar we will show how to:

Open and edit designs from major CAD systems

Quickly draw new ideas in 3D without getting bogged down in details

Reuse existing designs to generate new concepts

Track changes and delegate edits to be made in CAD

Work in the context of existing CAD, PLM, and mock-up infrastructure

Wednesday, March 7th
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (EST)

For more information or to register, visit: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/929826874

Published in SpaceClaim

3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced today that its President and Chief Executive Officer, Abe Reichental, will present a keynote address “Create and Make with Confidence” at the first annual 3D Documentation Forum sponsored by FARO and held February 21-22nd, 2012, at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando, Florida. The keynote will provide a vision of the transformative power of 3D content-to-print solutions and the impact they are having on the future of localized manufacturing, consumerism and education as a competitive advantage.

The “3D Documentation Conference” is the destination for the exchange of ideas and best practices between 3D content-to-print solutions and services providers and their users and peers.

“I am very grateful to participate in this forward thinking ideation forum,” said Abe Reichental, President and CEO of 3D Systems. “As a leading provider of 3D content–to-print solutions we are committed to democratizing access to tangible and affordable products and services for the benefit of professionals and consumers, alike.

This conference brings 3D professionals together under one roof to share ideas, best practices and techniques. As the leader in 3D imaging technology, FARO is well positioned to provide a forum for the best minds in the industry to share their unique insights.

For more information, visit: www.3d-documentation-conference.com

Published in 3D Systems

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) exhibited an innovative new approach for 3D interactive building instructions at LEGO® World 2012 in Copenhagen. The digital assembly instructions can be experienced on a custom developed iPad app powered by Autodesk Inventor Publisher Mobile Viewer and was created specifically for the event.

Autodesk Inventor Publisher software helps manufacturers explain their products with clear, accurate and compelling 2D and 3D product documentation. Providing an alternative to traditional instructions, Inventor Publisher generates 3D interactive instructions that run on iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and Android devices. Working with The LEGO Group, Autodesk developed the LEGO branded app utilizing Inventor Publisher technology to help provide a totally new building experience for LEGO fans at the LEGO World 2012 event.

At LEGO World, children of all ages will have the opportunity to use the app to view interactive 3D animated building instructions to assemble Brickley, the LEGO dragon. At any time, they can stop the animation, zoom in on a part or rotate the model to see exactly how parts need to be fitted together—presenting a new experience that brings the physical and digital world together in an exciting way.

The goal of The LEGO Group is to help children enjoy a seamless, tactile play experience from the 3D digital instructions on their mobile device touch screen to the physical LEGO bricks. By teaming up with Autodesk, the LEGO Group is able to explore how the impact of 3D interactive technology can potentially enhance the customer experience.

“With the increased preference for 3D visualization and the proliferation of mobile devices, we are partnering with technology leaders and innovators like Autodesk to harness powerful digital design data to show what’s possible to our customer base,” said Olav Gjerlufsen, director at The LEGO Group. “We’re excited to provide fans at LEGO World Copenhagen with these interactive building instructions to digitally view and interact with LEGO bricks to complement their building experience.”

For more information, visit: usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/pc/index?id=14640987&siteID=123112

Published in Autodesk

Longview Advisors, organizers of the annual 3D Collaboration & Interoperability Congress, announced the 3D PDF Consortium will hold its first annual meeting in conjunction with the 3DCIC on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 23, 2012. The 3DCIC is dedicated to fostering and improving collaboration and interoperability in product design, development and manufacturing. The 3D PDF Consortium also is sponsoring the popular industry forum.

"3DCIC is a natural fit for our annual meeting," says David Opsahl, the Consortium executive director. "The Congress focuses on end user experiences across any industry, and how users are meeting their objectives by leveraging product data assets in ways that generate real return on investment. This is very appealing to our members. They gain valuable insights on innovative ways their manufacturing colleagues are addressing some of the same challenges they themselves face."

The 3D PDF Consortium is a community of companies interested in collaboration of dynamic 3D data through PDF files. Software providers, systems integrators, government agencies, and businesses that provide and consume 3D data solutions look to the 3D PDF Consortium to demonstrate the success of these solutions within the market and promote 3D PDF as a solution to improve business results. The 3D PDF Consortium promotes 3D PDF adoption through demonstrating best practices and generating awareness of the power of 3D-enabled PDF to solve a multitude of communication and collaboration challenges across various industries.

The 3D Collaboration & Interoperability Congress is dedicated to fostering and improving collaboration and interoperability in product design, development and manufacturing.  Now in its ninth year, the annual Congress is the only vendor- and product-neutral event in the world addressing collaboration and interoperability in manufacturing and business communications. The international event has grown into an essential forum for executives, managers, senior engineers, and IT professionals to network, learn and strategize with thought leaders from automotive, aerospace and many other manufacturing industries, as well as with representatives from government and defense communities.

For more information, visit: www.3DPDFConsortium.org or www.3dcic.com

Published in Longview Advisors

Geometric Limited announced the launch of its new extensible and customizable 3D visualization tool, Glovius® for consumption of product design data anywhere, anytime. Glovius runs on Windows® and as an app for iPad®/iPhone® and Android™ systems.

“Glovius is a strategic initiative for Geometric. It will enable us to build solutions across various applications for our enterprise customers. Today, high fidelity 3D product design data is consumed using expensive, difficult to use, proprietary applications, with limited customization and interoperability abilities. Glovius helps organizations expand the reach of 3D data beyond traditional CAD and PLM users. It is an easy to use, on-the-go and customizable tool to enable these new users to view high fidelity 3D data in an affordable manner”, says Manu Parpia, MD & CEO, Geometric.

Glovius for Windows is a free viewer with an add-on based architecture, and operates on the industry standard JT file format. Its add-ons allow users to import CAD files from multiple platforms like CATIA® V5, NX™, Pro/ENGINEER®, Creo™, SolidWorks®, Autodesk® Inventor®, STEP and IGES. Many more out of the box add-ons for implementing industry standard use cases are in the pipeline, including visualization with markup and collaboration, drawing-less manufacturing, etc. Glovius is also available as a toolkit along with rich Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for building custom solutions.

Salient features of Glovius for Windows:

  • Interactively view 3D models using Zoom/Pan/Rotate
  • Hide/Show Components and PMI data
  • Perform simple sections and see section profile
  • Measure point to point distance
  • Export to a mobile optimized format, and transfer it to your smart phones and tablets


Glovius apps for iOS and Android will help users access 3D data anywhere, anytime. Users can consume and showcase 3D information on their smart phones and tablets. They can interact with 3D models using the intuitive touch interface, view PMI & Product structure, hide/show components, take sections and email snapshots from within the application. To access 3D models on the go, users can convert them to a mobile optimized format using Geometric’s Babel3D.com, an online translation and storage service. All major CAD formats are supported.

For more information, visit: www.glovius.com

Published in Geometric

FARO Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FARO), the world’s leading provider of portable measurement and imaging solutions announces it will host their annual 3D Documentation Conference at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando, February 21-22, 2012. It’s the company’s first time holding the event on U.S. soil. The conference will feature visionary keynote speakers from many areas of 3D documentation delivering their thoughts on the current state and future of the technology. Workshops in a number of tracks including civil engineering, historic preservation and forensic investigation will provide attendees with hands-on training opportunities from respected industry experts.

“This conference brings 3D professionals together under one roof to share ideas, best practices and techniques,” said David Morse, FARO’s Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Americas. “As the leader in 3D imaging technology, FARO is pleased to provide a forum for the best minds in our industry to share their unique insights.” Registration investment for the 3D Documentation Conference is $495 and includes a welcome reception, breakfasts, lunches and a gala dinner. Exhibitors are invited to participate in the 3D Exhibition to be held during the conference. Space is limited, and all lunches and breaks will be held in the main hall, so exhibitors are assured an opportunity to interact and meet, one-on-one, with decision-makers from all areas of 3D scanning.

The Gaylord Palms Resort is located just minutes from many of Central Florida’s most famous attractions. Acres of indoor gardens and spaces will provide guests with ideal opportunities for hands-on scanning instruction.

For more information, visit: www.3d-documentation-conference.com

Published in FARO

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) announced several new features to be added to the next release of AutoCAD WS, a free web and mobile application that enables users to view, edit and share AutoCAD projects across desktop, web and mobile devices. AutoCAD WS users will have access to 3D interactive features, including the ability to work with 3D drawings on mobile devices. In addition, AutoCAD WS will include GPS capabilities, allowing geographic location information to be shared and saved with design projects, as well as new Plot-to-Print capabilities for immediate remote printing to any HP ePrinter, including Designjets. With more than three million downloads to date, AutoCAD WS supports increased collaboration among architects, designers and engineers, as well as non-CAD professionals.

“Our ongoing objective with AutoCAD WS is to foster a collaborative design experience no matter where designers do their work,” said Amy Bunszel, vice president, AutoCAD Products at Autodesk. “With this next version, we are excited to deliver highly requested features that extend the value of the application and improve the design workflow.”

AutoCAD WS can be used virtually anywhere to view, edit, and share drawings among design teams and project stakeholders. The next version expands the functionality of AutoCAD WS with the following:

* 3D interactive features ― An interactive 3D mode will enable users to view and share 3D drawings with AutoCAD WS using mobile devices.
* GPS integration ― Utilizing the GPS capabilities of most mobile devices, users will be able to improve orientation in their drawings, including the ability to share and save comments to geographic locations within the drawing ? all while in the field.
* Plot to Print with HP ePrint & Share ― By registering for HP ePrint & Share, a free HP online service, AutoCAD WS users can easily access and print their designs on any web-connected HP Designjet printer directly from AutoCAD WS with full control over plot styles, paper sizes, layouts and more.

“Design professionals are constantly moving between the office, the job site and offices of partners and clients,” said Santiago Morera, vice president and general manager, Large Format Printing, HP. “The new cloud printing functionality of AutoCAD WS made possible through HP ePrint & Share will give users a full solution for documenting and sharing their designs in hardcopy wherever they may be, which is critical to their business.”

For more information, visit: www.autocadws.com

Published in Autodesk

My Robot Nation™, a pioneer in bridging creativity and emerging technologies, today announced the official launch of the world's first consumer-friendly digital-to-actual 3D creation service, just in time for the holidays!

My Robot Nation™ allows anyone, regardless of artistic or computer skills, to quickly and easily create their own totally unique custom robot collectible online, then have it made real with full-color 3D printing and delivered to their door!

With an engaging and easy-to-use interface designed by veteran game industry creatives, My Robot Nation leverages its proprietary (patents pending) online browser technology with WebGL™ 3D graphics to provide a fun and playful creation process that allows everyone to instantly access the exciting, futuristic power of 3D printing.

The robot you create is completely unique: more than 9 billion possible combinations of body shapes, limbs, color, decals and attachments exist. Your personalized creation is then made real through high-quality, full-color 3D printing by premier 3D printers, Offload Studios (Vancouver, BC), and mailed directly to your home. My Robot Nation uses Z Corporation's (Burlington, MA) cutting-edge, environmentally friendly 3D printing technology – the fastest, most affordable in the industry – to make the high-quality ceramic-like collectibles the ultimate, personalized holiday gift.

My Robot Nation is a champion of revolutionary technology that facilitates creativity, as first recognized by Google® when the service was featured as an exclusive Beta on the Google® Chrome® Web Store. My Robot Nation brings a new sense of high-tech cool to this holiday season, combining technology with personal creativity in a completely accessible way. In preparation for the holidays, My Robot Nation has included a gifting option that allows you to make a present of the creation experience. This holiday season, give your favorite people something utterly unique: a custom robot collectible they design themselves, then can hold in their hand – a taste of the future of personalized manufacturing made possible through 3D printing.

"As a fangeek of all things future-tech, I'm blown away by My Robot Nation," said Bob Goodman, Emmy Award-winning writer-producer of Warehouse 13™, Batman® Beyond, Justice League® and Batman: The Animated Series. "The idea that you can design your own robot – and they'll 3D print it and mail it to you in a matter of days – is incredible. The interface is easy and intuitive, and the design is gorgeous and fun – it's a killer app for 3D printing!"

Once created, each robot is showcased online in the My Robot Nation gallery, where a community of creators can share and compare designs, "like" and promote robots, and share robot photos on Facebook®, Twitter®, and Google+. Users can even repurpose shared designs from other members as a starting place to create their own robots and add to their Robot Nation. News, featured robots and special promotions are tweeted regularly from @myrobotnation on Twitter.

"At My Robot Nation, we believe that everyone is creative, and everyone can create – we all just need a fun and easy way to get started. YouTube®, Facebook and Twitter show us how creative everyone can be digitally – we're giving people an amazing new way to bring that creativity into the real world," said Sarah W. Stocker, co-founder of My Robot Nation. "Robots are only the beginning – the My Robot Nation platform is designed to be flexible and allow for the creation and customization of objects of any type. 3D printing is a revolution in creation – we want everyone to have access to it!"

"WebGL allows us to create and manipulate 3D objects right in your Chrome browser in real-time – something that was previously only possible in PC applications or consoles games. We're using that power and flexibility to connect people with real-world object creation through 3D printing, one of the most potentially world-changing emerging technologies," said Mark Danks, co-founder of My Robot Nation.

As part of its launch, My Robot Nation is offering limited-edition holiday robot designs for the gift-giving season – it's the ultimate, unique holiday gift!  Pricing details and videos showcasing the robot creation process can be found at www.myrobotnation.com and through the My Robot Nation app on the Chrome Web Store.

Published in Z Corporation

Infinite Z, Inc. ®, a technology provider that enables virtual-holographic 3D imagery to bring designs to life, today announced the formal launch of the company and its flagship product, zSpace® at Autodesk University. The revolutionary zSpace platform is immediately available to early access beta customers as a standalone product now supporting Autodesk® Maya® and Autodesk® Showcase® software. zSpace will be generally available in the first half of 2012.

zSpace provides a highly realistic 3D visualization experience that enables designers and engineers to work with product designs in a way not previously possible in a traditional 2D computing environment. Using a proprietary stereoscopic display, trackable eyewear, a new type of direct interaction stylus and an innovative software platform, objects in zSpace appear "solid" in open space, with full color and high resolution, and can be directly manipulated as if they were real physical objects. This capability gives users a natural way to navigate, grab, slice, carve, zoom and explore models as never before possible.

Initially focused towards the digital/product design, scientific, medical, GIS/geospatial and government markets, zSpace is a completely new model for experiencing and communicating design ideas and significantly advancing the way people solve problems, learn, teach and communicate in today's world.

"zSpace is the wave of the future for product design and development," said Paul Kellenberger, CEO of Infinite Z. "Our immersive zSpace experience enables users to interact with 3D applications just as naturally and intuitively as they would with real physical objects, which has never been possible before in the virtual computing space. zSpace has the potential to dramatically enhance and improve user workflows, saving companies time and money, and enabling designers and engineers to represent their ideas more effectively and realistically than possible with today's 2D displays."

zSpace replaces indirect access of 2D rendered 3D objects with direct control of stereo 3D rendered objects, providing increased productivity for those proficient in Maya 2011 and Showcase Professional 2012  and accelerated learning and utilization of products for less experienced users. Beta versions of zSpace plug-ins are available today for Autodesk Maya 2011 and Showcase Professional 2012, as well as a proof-of-concept zSpace demo for Autodesk Alias Design software.

"The quality of 3D stereo in zSpace is impressive; I feel like we've been living in a 2D world, and an application like zSpace with such immersive qualities gives better cognition to digital 3D content," said Brian Pene, senior principal researcher, office of the CTO at Autodesk. "I think the future is 3D content so seamlessly realistic that you can't tell the difference between the virtual and real worlds. I can see many use cases for zSpace that fit into Autodesk's breadth of solutions and am looking forward to working on zSpace with additional Autodesk software products moving forward."

Infinite Z will be showcasing zSpace at its booth #911 in the exhibit hall of Autodesk University as well as at the Autodesk gallery, Autodesk® manufacturing lounge, IMAGINiT Technologies, booth, 3Dconnexion booth and Lenovo Platinum Lounge.

A virtual demonstration of zSpace is available at: www.zspace.com





Published in Infinite Z

Dassault Systèmes, announced the availability of CATIA Natural Sketch, a breakthrough 3D sketching experience, that finally brings together the intuitiveness of creative 2D painting gestures and the power of accurate, realistic 3D modeling. For most designers, sketching is the medium of choice to express their ideas. By making sketching in 3D as intuitive as sketching on paper, CATIA Natural Sketch brings an experience that matches creative purposes while removing emotional barriers towards 3D creation.

“Dassault Systèmes is continuously striving to make the power of its widely recognized 3D creation solutions accessible to a larger audience with the right experience empowering designers with intuitiveness while enhancing their creativity,” said Anne Asensio, VP, Design Experience, Dassault Systèmes. “To turn dreams into reality we have successfully brought together forward-looking designers and Dassault Systèmes technology experts, resulting in registered patents and delivering this unique 3D sketching experience.”

This first-of-its-kind, lifelike creative experience helps designers to free up their creativity and share their ideas more rapidly and precisely.

“Enticing, inspirational, and intuitive! The strokes look like real pencil on paper and it’s great fun to sketch. I imagine that it would revolutionize the way I design every day,” commented Jens Paulus, Jens Paulus Design. “Maybe the greatest advantage is that you get inspired while creating 3D as you are sketching at the same time.”

Alexandre Meyer, automotive designer, added, “An incredible ergonomic step forward: easier than pen on paper. A powerful way of working with concepts! It is probably one of the first designer's mind-oriented technologies. This technology is transforming any creative workflow.”

CATIA Natural Sketch also eliminates workflow disruptions through the entire industrial design process. Transitioning from ideation to actual design is typically challenging. A sketched 2D idea can turn out to be  not feasible in 3D and the process of constructing 3D models from an original 2D sketch is very time consuming and prone to design intent interpretation errors.

Sketching in 3D with CATIA Natural Sketch enables designers to better understand their design in 3D, avoid misinterpretations of 2D views, and better communicate their ideas to 3D modelers. It also gives designers and design studio teams the ability to use 3D sketched curves to create a model with surface modeling or subdivision surface modeling tools within CATIA. By directly transforming a 2D sketch into a 3D digital product, inconsistencies between the design intent and reality can be avoided, resulting in dramatic improvements in design quality.

Following the release of CATIA Live Rendering for interactive, photorealistic visualization a year ago, CATIA Natural Sketch is a key new element of Dassault Systèmes’ Live Design leadership strategy. CATIA Natural Sketch completes the CATIA for Creative Designers solution, which now combines 3D sketching, concept modeling, class-A surface modeling, rapid prototyping and visualization.  CATIA for Creative Designers addresses the complete industrial design workflow in a unified environment, from ideation and concept to refinement, design validation, and final production-ready 3D product.

"Discovering the new CATIA for Creative Designers solution was very fascinating as it enables me to literally draw in 3D,” said Pauline Deltour, Product Designer. “It offers a direct translation of the idea I have in mind into the 3D world and takes care of all the uncomfortable steps of the process."

Published in Dassault Systèmes

Autodesk, Inc. a world leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, introduced two exciting offerings in the company's emerging Autodesk 123D family-- Autodesk 123D Catch and Autodesk 123D Make Technology Preview. The offerings enable anyone to quickly and easily capture 3D models from the world around them, and additionally turn 3D models into their own artistic creations. The new technology is further proof that Autodesk is continuing to push boundaries in personal manufacturing, empowering more people to imagine and create things, and share them with others whether for fun, learning or profit.

The Autodesk 123D Catch application--previously codenamed Project Photofly on Autodesk Labs--is a new, public beta release that uses the power of cloud computing to quickly transform digital photos into photorealistic 3D models. Anyone capable of using a point-and-shoot, mobile phone or advanced digital SLR cameras to snap a series of photos of objects, people or scenes can use 123D Catch to generate impressive 3D models. Capturing your own personal avatar or favorite vacation scenes in 3D is now both possible and easy. The app also has built-in sharing capabilities with short movies or animations for viewing on mobile devices, YouTube and other social media channels.

Capturing 3D models has helped a research team that used Project Photofly in the field at the Pompeii archeological site to document and analyze the architecture of one of the city's largest, but least understood buildings.

"Although standard archaeological recording practices are reliable, they are painstakingly slow," said Eric Poehler, assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. "Each year we have only a limited amount of time at Pompeii to capture the archeological site through 3D models, and with Project Photofly, we were able to dramatically increase our efficiency and accuracy."

Autodesk 123D Make application is a also a new, free technology preview for the Mac, capable of converting digital 3D models into 2D cut patterns that can be easily assembled in low-cost materials, such as cardboard, wood, fabric, metal or plastic. The cut pieces come together to create a physical representation of the original digital model. 123D Make enables users to create art, furniture, sculptures or other quick prototypes in order to test how a design will look in real life. Autodesk developed this technology to act as a digital engineer capable of helping individuals create 3D models and, eventually, transform the models into the real thing. 123D Make is designed for creative self-expression or for users that perhaps can't find what they're looking for in mass-produced items and decide to make it on their own.

"Today's DIYers need a range of cutting-edge 3D tools to make the most of the artistic and economic opportunities in the emerging maker movement," said Samir Hanna, vice president of Consumer Products at Autodesk. "Autodesk is committed to removing obstacles to creativity and innovation in this time of the new industrial revolution."

The Autodesk 123D family also includes the Autodesk 123D desktop application, enabling makers to bring ideas to life by designing highly precise and makeable objects. The Autodesk 123D Sculpt free app is for sculpting and painting 3D creations on the iPad. Inventors, tinkerers, artists, entrepreneurs, and arts and crafts enthusiasts can use the Autodesk 123D portfolio on a variety of platforms and devices, with access to content, Autodesk fabrication partners and social connections at a single destination.

Pricing and Availability

The Autodesk 123D Make technology preview is available as a free download for the Mac at: www.123Dapp.com/make

The Autodesk 123D Catch public beta app is available for free download from: www.123Dapp.com/catch



Published in Autodesk

Sensable announced that custom facial prosthetics, custom dental and maxillofacial implants, as well as custom surgical guides, created with its Freeform® 3D modeling and design system will be spotlighted at the 2011 American Association of Maxillofacial Prosthetics annual conference starting this Saturday, October 29th in Scottsdale, Arizona. Freeform’s touch-enabled 3D modeling system allows maxillofacial surgeons and prosthetic designers to start with existing CT or MRI scans, then create and manufacture complex and exceptional-fitting restorations in a fraction of the time previously required by producing them by hand – speeding patient access to improved comfort, aesthetics and function.

Also at the conference, speakers from US military medical institutions will cite custom implants and prostheses created using Sensable Freeform, during a session on advances in the use of digital techniques for treating wounded soldiers.

Maxillofacial medicine treats anomalies of the face, skull and jaws, both congenital and acquired, through surgery and custom-made implants and appliances. Prosthetists – specialists in designing and fitting restorations – are going digital, and rely on Freeform as their go-to tool for the prosthetics-making process.

“FreeForm allows us to help surgeons rebuild faces -- and lives," said Nancy Hairston, president of MedCAD, a Dallas based custom medical device manufacturer whose custom surgical splints for a complex mandible/maxilla realignment were made on a 3D printer in biocompatible material and are on display at the show. "In the past, custom implants and guides cost a lot more than off the shelf parts. Today, with digital solutions like Freeform, we can create customized parts for the same cost, save time, and with even greater accuracy.”

“With FreeForm, our team can create our ClearShield craniofacial implants at least 50 percent faster , moving from an STL file created from a patient-specific CT scan, through to completed design a 3D model in as little as a week,” said Cynthia Brogan, CEO of Osteosymbionics, whose naturally shaped implants correct cranial defects.

In addition to the above cases, other custom prosthetics and surgical guides designed in Freeform and showcased at the AAMP conference include:

* Custom dental guides for complex implant surgeries from ProPrecision Guides of Gainesville FL.
* 3D study model of an aneurism to help a surgeon better locate and analyze a treatment plan than by using 2D radiology images alone, from service bureau Protowerx of Langley, British Columbia.
* An obturator from City University of New York (CUNY), and other complex dental appliances provided to treat congenital deformities or for cancer patients when large sections of their palates must be removed, restoring basic human functions such as speaking, breathing and eating.

As a design solution optimized for organically-shaped products, Freeform saves hours, even days, when designing human forms. Its design-for-manufacturability features allow service bureaus to streamline the process of delivering a completed implant or appliance, as well as custom tools and guides which can aid in surgery, using the latest additive manufacturing techniques and biocompatible materials.

“Precise dental implant placement is paramount to stability, comfort and life expectancies. With Freeform, I can design a typical surgical guide in 15 minutes, instead of 45 minutes. The resulting surgical guide is a perfect fit, and with direct manufacturing, we also avoid the heat, fumes, dust and debris involved when manually forming acrylic guides and grinding them to fit, as well as numerous intermediary steps,” said John Pellerito, principal of ProPrecision Guides.

“Freeform is the one solution I can’t live without in my toolbox,” said Shawn Cherewick, owner of Protowerx. “The product has made it possible for us to take notoriously ‘noisy’ CT scan files, and manipulate their organic shapes so that even jagged and protruding edges of the aneurism – shapes that traditional CAD would choke on - could be produced as models effectively and efficiently like never before.”

Freeform Enables Maxillofacial Implant Designers to:

* Easily mirror intact anatomy from one side of the body to the other damaged side, to create perfect symmetry
* Split anatomical files at precisely the right location – both standard and non-standard
* Intuitively control the position of anatomy and implants
* Match jagged or irregular edges – for example, a skull patch for a wounded soldier – at least 5 times faster than traditional CAD
* Prep models for rapid manufacturing and tooling quickly and accurately
* Readily drive new biocompatible materials and additive manufacturing processes, including

* Trabecular metal that supports bone in-growth;
* 3D printing in a host of new biocompatible resins including polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA)
* Milling and traditional casting, in titanium or PEEK

* Streamline digital workflows
* Scan, then design complex solid models such as in medical applications.
* Easily and quickly explore designs and produce study models
* Readily create manufacturable files, for example testing insertion directions and draft

“We’re witnessing a revolution in patient-specific manufacturing today, where implants are being designed and produced faster, more accurately and in new materials that provide enormous benefits to patients,” said Joan Lockhart, vice president of marketing, at Sensable. “We’re proud to showcase the innovation of our Freeform customers and demonstrate how they are using our systems to produce transformational implants and prosthetics for patients.”

Founded in 1993, Sensable remains the leading developer of touch-enabled solutions and technology that allow users to not only see and hear an on-screen computer application, but to actually “feel” it. With 44 patents granted and over 10,000 systems installed worldwide, Sensable helps people innovate with human touch solutions. The company markets and sells the Intellifit™ Digital Restoration System for dental labs; a suite of 3D organic design solutions that includes its flagship product, Freeform; and the Phantom® and Omni™ lines of haptic devices, used in surgical simulation and planning, stroke rehabilitation, medical training, and a range of research and robotic applications. With an unparalleled commitment to partnering with customers, Sensable brings a human touch to innovating and implementing customer-centric solutions. Sensable products are available through direct and reseller channels worldwide.

For more information, visit: www.sensable.com

Published in SensAble Technologies

Geomagic, the leading provider of 3D software for creating and inspecting digital models of physical objects, has announced that its 3D imaging and reverse engineering software, Geomagic Studio, has been used to create the highest resolution, most dimensionally accurate 3D digital model ever of the world-famous, 5000 years old monument, Stonehenge, in England.

The project has been undertaken by surveying and 3D laser scanning specialists Greenhatch Group Ltd. on behalf of English Heritage, who are the custodians and conservators of Stonehenge as well as many other historical monuments, buildings and ancient sites across England.

Together with Atkins Mapping and Archaeo-Environment Ltd., Greenhatch used short- and long-range laser scanners from Z+F UK and Leica Geosystems, along with other survey equipment, to digitally capture all the visible faces of the standing and fallen stones, as well as the tops and faces of the lintels, to a resolution of +/- 0.5mm. Surveys of all the stone faces to this level of accuracy have never been achieved before. The surrounding landscape was also captured as part of the overall project to create the most accurate 3D digital model ever of the monument.

Precise 3D digital models

The data captured by the scanners was read into Geomagic Studio software where it was processed to create highly accurate 3D digital polygon mesh models of the individual stones and the surrounding landscape. The individual stones could then be placed digitally in their correct positions to create a highly accurate 3D virtual model of the whole monument, which in turn could be placed accurately within the virtual model of its real-world context.

The digital models are being used for a number of purposes. They provide a precise base-line to enable English Heritage to monitor the physical condition of the monument, which is subjected to daily weathering. They are also a valuable resource to anyone wishing to produce reconstruction models, drawings or images for public understanding and interpretation and to create animation sequences. This will allow experts from English Heritage to fly virtually through and over the monument from different perspectives in order to aid their studies of the stones – and for their work on the proposed new visitor centre at Stonehenge.

Commenting on the scale of the project and its benefits, Andrew Dodson, director, Greenhatch Group, said, “Many of the raw 3D point cloud files from the scans of the stones comprised up to 50 million points, or 1.5 GB of data, each. Without the advanced point cloud processing capabilities of Geomagic Studio we would not have been able to convert them into the accurate 3D digital polygon models that this project demanded.”

“As well as helping people to understand how Stonehenge was built and how it has been changed at certain times in the past”, he added, “the 3D virtual models that have been produced with Geomagic Studio hold out the promise of enabling people to find out the secrets that lie within the eroded surfaces of these ancient stones. They will therefore add greatly to the English Heritage store of knowledge of Stonehenge.”

An online version of the animation is available at: www.english-heritage.org.uk/about/news/3d-stonehenge-model-unveiled

Published in Geomagic

Lattice Technology® Inc., the standard for technical communication and digital mock up software in the manufacturing enterprise, today announced the availability of the iXVL View application for the iPad®. It is available free of charge from the Apple App Store.

The ultra-lightweight 3D XVL format is widely used in industries such as automotive, aerospace, defense, heavy machinery, medical devices etc. where products can have a large number of parts and complex structures. Now, iXVL View will allow that data to be shared and viewed using the iPad®.

The iXVL View player will read previously captured/converted XVL files, displaying 3D models that can be rotated, panned and zoomed using the intuitive finger tip controls common in iPad® applications. XVL’s industry leading compression will allow even the largest CAD files (often more than 1GB!) to be viewed easily on all iPad® devices.

iXVL View joins the existing family of products and free players available from Lattice Technology. It will ensure that companies wanting to adopt the iPad® to distribute and share 3D data and product information can do so easily.

Additional information about “ iXVL View” can be found at: www.lattice3d.com/products/ixvl/index.html

Published in Lattice Technology

3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD), announced today that The3dStudio.com has made available over 21,000 newly released stock photo images from the Yuri Arcurs collection. Yuri Arcurs is often called the world's top selling microstock photographer and one of the masters of stock photography.

Tracy Eau Claire, Director of Business Development at The3dStudio.com says "Yuri's latest photos showcase new models and authentic lifestyle images that are perfect for all types of commercial image needs."

The3dStudio.com is a leading 3D content-to-print on-line marketplace that delivers over 1.9 million free and priced 2D and 3D content files and tools including printable 3D models, textures, stock photos and images. Its resources are used by designers, Makers, architects, ad agencies, game developers, graphic artists, book cover designers, filmmakers and publishers.

For more information, visit: www.the3dstudio.com

Published in 3D Systems

Spatial Corp., the leading provider of 3D development components for engineering and manufacturing software applications, is pleased to announce registration is now open for 3D Insiders’ Summit 2011. The Summit is being held on Oct. 11-12 at the Westin Hotel in Westminster, Colorado. The Summit is a valuable opportunity for customers and prospects to hear Spatial’s vision and strategy directly from executive management; learn more about the latest technology and relevancy to industry trends; receive technical updates on Spatial components along with product roadmaps. Additionally, it allows time for networking with peers to discover how Spatial’s technology is used to innovate and accelerate application development within multiple industry domains.

"The Summit is a great opportunity to provide feedback to our executive team, product management and development organization. Customer input is critical to determining our company and product direction. The event offers a fantastic venue to exchange information and help ensure our plans align with our customers," commented Linda Lokay, VP of Marketing and Business Development. "Our focus is to build long-term customer relationships. The Summit is another opportunity to further develop our relationship with prospects and continue to strengthen those with our customers. It is going to be information packed and a really fun event."

The two-day event includes sessions on Convergence Geometric Modeler (CGM); 3D ACIS Modeler R22; 3D InterOp; Constraint Management/Solving; Thread-Safe ACIS and Customer Workflows; Visualization and Meshing; customer feedback sessions; along with exhibits and demos of our technology.

Register Now: Early bird registration ends Sept 19. For more information on the event and to register, visit: www.spatial.com/community/3d-insiders-summit-2011

Published in Spatial Corp

HP held its annual global Imaging and Printing Conference and announced several new innovations, collaborations, apps and solutions for all types of users – from consumers and small to midsize businesses (SMBs), to enterprise organizations and graphic arts customers.

HP also announced that customer adoption of its cloud-enabled, web-connected print technologies has reached the mainstream, with more than 10 million printers sold to date.

“HP’s history of innovation runs deep, and we continue to leverage that legacy and build on it for future growth,” said Vyomesh Joshi, executive vice president, Imaging and Printing Group, HP. “While printing in the traditional sense will continue to be integral to what we bring to the world, we are disrupting the market with leading innovations beyond the page as well.”  

Scanning of 3-D objects

Micro and small businesses need the best tools to market and operate their businesses, especially when faced with potentially rapid growth. HP’s innovations help these businesses keep pace with the speed of customers:

To capture images of 3-D objects and scan documents, the HP TopShot LaserJet Pro M275 is an affordable desktop companion that’s ideal for small businesses or home offices. It is equipped with HP TopShot Scanning, a revolutionary technology that captures six separate images of a document or 3-D object and produces one final seamless image of exceptional quality. With this technology, SMBs can quickly produce high-quality images for immediate use in printed materials or on the web.

For more information, visit: www.hp.com/united-states/campaigns/topshot/index.html

Published in HP

Concept design software developer solidThinking, Inc. will offer designers a sneak preview of the new tools that will be available in solidThinking Version 9 when the company demonstrates its software at the 2011 Industrial Designers Society of America International Conference Sept. 14-17 at booth 20 of the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans.

Designers attending the conference will have the opportunity to “test drive” some of the advanced capabilities that will be incorporated into the next version of solidThinking, which is scheduled to be released in late 2011. In addition, they will be able to participate in a demonstration of solidThinking 8.5 and solidThinking 8.5 Inspired, which incorporate hundreds of improvements, enhancements and updates from previous versions, based on user feedback, to make the development of digital 3D designs even more intuitive and flexible.

Current solidThinking design tools also have been displayed across the nation this year at regional IDSA conferences, enabling solidThinking product specialists to gather more firsthand reactions from the user base and to share new approaches to design. That experience will be incorporated into the next version of solidThinking.

“IDSA is an important element in our development process, because it enables us to gain wide-ranging user feedback while demonstrating our latest tools to those who rely on solidThinking for designing everything from accessories to product packaging to furniture and architecture,” said Jim Hassberger, Vice President of Business Development, solidThinking, Inc. “This year at IDSA, in line with the conference theme of ‘power in community,’ designers not only have the chance to work with our most current version of solidThinking but, for the first time, to preview features of an upcoming version and offer a direct hand in its development.”

solidThinking’s NURBS-based design software offers conceptual modeling, high-quality visualization tools and fast real-time photorealistic rendering for design presentation. Its best-in-class ConstructionTree™ technology allows designers to experiment with designs without having to start from scratch if they change their minds. solidThinking is available on Mac and Windows operating systems and is compatible with leading CAD/CAID/CAE software, encouraging enhanced collaboration and productivity between industrial designers and engineers during the product development cycle.

solidThinking is a subsidiary of Altair Engineering, Inc., a leader in simulation, predictive analytics and optimization, leveraging high-performance computing for engineering and business decision-making. solidThinking is now also available as part of Altair’s HyperWorks computer-aided engineering (CAE) software suite and can be accessed by HyperWorks customers using their existing license units.

For more information, visit: www.solidthinking.com or www.idsa.org/2011internationalconference

Published in solidThinking

Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced as part of its ongoing investment in education, a Student Edition of its Solid Edge® software for 3D CAD that is now available free of charge to all full or part time students throughout the world at any academic level. This no-charge 12-month license is available only to students through an easy, instant download. It contains not only the latest Solid Edge functionality necessary to create detailed product designs, but also Siemens PLM Software’s market leading synchronous technology, which represents the next generation of design software.

“The global manufacturing community – including all of our customers – has an insatiable appetite for new engineering graduates with the ability to add instant value to their product design and development process,” said Karsten Newbury, senior vice president and general manager of Solid Edge and Velocity Series, Siemens PLM Software. “With today’s announcement, we are helping to educate a new generation of students with the skills, experience and confidence needed to immediately leverage the industry’s most advanced CAD design methods using Solid Edge with its revolutionary synchronous technology. Through this long-term commitment to education we are enabling the individuals who will invent and produce the innovative products required to address the world’s future needs and challenges.”
Robust functionality with comprehensive training and support

The Student Edition of Solid Edge contains all of the functionality necessary to create complete designs using some of the industry’s most sophisticated and modern techniques. In addition to Siemens PLM Software’s unique synchronous technology, which combines the speed and flexibility of direct modeling with the precise control of dimension driven design, students will have access to the full function modules of Solid Edge drafting, sheet metal, surfacing and advanced assembly design.

In order to ensure students have the ability to effectively use all of the Solid Edge functionality provided, registrants are provided with links to tutorials and other on-line media, and granted access to a dedicated Internet forum that will allow collaboration with other students using Solid Edge. Users of the Student Edition of Solid Edge will also gain access to technical productivity tips to help further increase their proficiency.

"In my experience as both a student and as an intern, I've used the other leading CAD programs in the industry. None of them provide me with anything close to the comprehensive user interface or surfacing capabilities of Solid Edge," said Elle Mileti, a dual major student in Mechanical Engineering and Product Design & Innovation at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Class of 2013. "And with access to its synchronous technology, I can easily and efficiently create geometry that's almost impossible to accomplish with the other software. Nothing is more frustrating than sifting through drop down menus when you know what needs to be done; with Solid Edge I can focus on design."

Solid Edge® software is the most complete hybrid 2D/3D CAD system that uses synchronous technology for accelerated design, faster change, and improved imported reuse. With superior part and assembly modeling, drafting, transparent data management, and built-in finite element analysis, Solid Edge, a core component of the Velocity Series™ portfolio, eases the growing complexity of product design.

To register for and download the Student Edition of Solid Edge, students can visit: www.siemens.com/plm/solid-edge-student. The license can be renewed each year provided the user remains a qualified student.

Published in Siemens

Tri-D Technologies Inc., developer of ExactFlat, announces that its 3D to 2D flattening software has been certified for Autodesk Inventor 2012 3D mechanical design software by the Autodesk Inventor Certified Applications Program. To be certified, the product must meet certain guidelines and demonstrate a high level of quality as well as compatibility with Autodesk Inventor software.

In minutes, ExactFlat converts 3D models into accurate, production-ready 2D cut patterns. Fully integrated with Autodesk Inventor software, ExactFlat extends the power of Inventor by making it optimally suited for manufacturers using industrial fabrics.

"ExactFlat's 3D to 2D flattening algorithms have been used in some of the largest, most demanding, and most advanced global manufacturers for years and we are excited to bring this functionality to Autodesk Inventor. Now that ExactFlat is seamlessly integrated into the Inventor menu ribbon, it is easier than ever before for customers to save time, money and effort when they need to flatten complex 3D models into accurate 2D flat patterns," said Carl White, director of Inventor digital design product management at Autodesk.

"ExactFlat leverages the engineering and CAD data within Autodesk Inventor to automate and simplify the manual, time consuming, and costly processes for flattening 3D models into 2D flat patterns. With well-designed models, 3D to 2D flattening is only 5 simple steps and can be completed in about 5 minutes. Manufacturers in marine, automotive, aerospace, architecture, performance garments, furniture and other industries using industrial fabrics will find ExactFlat indispensable to improving their prototyping and production efficiencies," added Mark Jewel, founder of Tri-D Technologies.

ExactFlat removes the design and manufacturing constraints imposed by traditional manual flattening processes. If you're using 3D CAD and you need to create 2D flat patterns for the cutting table, ExactFlat is the fastest, most accurate and simple way to do it.

For more information, visit: www.exactflat.com

Published in Tri-D Technologies

The Coordinate Metrology Society announced today their annual Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference (CMSC) 2011 attracted more than 400 professionals in the precision 3D measurement and inspection field. Manufacturers, engineers, scientists, quality control specialists, metrologists, educators, and students attended the weeklong event. The 27th gathering of the organization was held in late July at the exceptional conference facilities of the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, AZ. CMSC members are professional and novice users, service providers, and OEM manufacturers of close-tolerance industrial coordinate measurement systems, software, and peripherals.

Authoritative Source for Portable Metrology Professionals
Mr. Frank Foeller of The Boeing Company was the keynote speaker at the 2011 CMSC. The conference delivered a comprehensive program of 26 expert technical presentations delivered by CMSC members, special industry guests, and master users of portable measurement technology for quality control, quality production and precision assembly. Industry experts from more than 10 countries covered a wide spectrum of 3D industrial measurement topics and applications. The agenda included speakers from The Boeing Company, Mann+Hummel USA, Rolls-Royce North America, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Sigma Space, Argonne National Laboratory, National Physical Laboratory (UK), University of Arizona, University of Ontario Institute of Technology and more leading companies.

CMSC Exhibition Hall Brims with Bright Ideas, New Technology
The CMSC also showcased 47 exhibitors in the sold-out Exhibition Hall, which was abundant with new product introductions, technology previews and end-to-end solutions for portable metrology requirements. Advanced workshops were also conducted including a 3D Metrology Hardware Review, a CMS Certification Committee Update, and a venue covering GD&T software as applied to 3D scan data.

After the successful Gage R&R Study in 2010, the CMS organized a new large-scale, interactive study for this year’s conference focused on measurement strategies and behaviors of coordinate metrologists. The participants used a laser tracker, portable articulating arm, and an optical system to perform a series of prescribed measurements. More than 130 attendees participated in the daily data collection activity coordinated by the National Physical Laboratory (UK) and assisted by members of the CMSC Certification Committee. The results of the two day study were presented in a fourth workshop entitled “Results of the CMS Measurement Study and Statistical Analysis”.

The CMSC agenda also included well-attended networking events including a kick-off Icebreaker, Social Hours, User Group Meetings, and the CMSC Banquet and Trivia night. New to the conference was the early morning 5 Billion Micron Fun Run/Walk which attracted over 70 participants. Many CMSC visitors also attended a tour of the Boeing Advanced Development Center for Rotorcraft in Mesa, AZ, and concluded the day with a community outreach event in support of the Mesa United Way.

New CMS Officer Slate
The Coordinate Metrology Society also elected officers for the 2011-2012 membership year. Chuck Pfeffer will serve as the 2012 CMSC Chairman, with Robb McIvor in the supporting role of Vice Chairman. Talion Edwards is the Past Chairman. Other volunteer members serving on the CMS Executive Committee are Michael Raphael, Martin Lambky, Nancy Reeves, Randy Gruver, Nick Moffitt, Rina Molari, Trevor Toman, Lisa Spoon, Jan Rode, Cali Schwartzly, Tara Mitchell, and Ulysses Green. To learn more about the Coordinate Metrology Society and the upcoming 2012 CMSC to be held in New Orleans, LA, please visit http://www.cmsc.org regularly, as the web site is updated throughout the year.

The Coordinate Metrology Society is a membership of users, service providers, and OEM manufacturers of close-tolerance industrial coordinate measurement systems, software, and peripherals. The society gathers each year to gain knowledge of the advancements and applications of any measurement system or software solution that produces and uses 3D coordinate data.

The Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference is an annual event sponsored by the Coordinate Metrology Society. Established in 1984, the five-day conference is held each year at a different location, and attracts visitors from around the globe.  CMSC has achieved world renown for its comprehensive program of top-shelf white papers and applications presentations given by industry experts from science/research laboratories and leading manufacturing industries. No other trade show rivals the high level of authoritative information provided by CMS members and master users of metrology instrumentation, software, and peripheral equipment for quality control, quality production, and precision assembly and metrology-aided alignment.

Communicate, comment and control – the new version 2.0 of the server solution PROSTEP PDF Generator 3D provides even more comprehensive functions for utilizing and making engineering data available on the basis of PDF within the borders of a single company and in collaborative scenarios involving external partners. Thanks to the even deeper integration of the PLM connectors, it is now much easier to read out BOMs, other PDM information and related documents automatically and incorporate them in 3D PDF documents. With the new version, PROSTEP AG now also offers its customers the optional modules PDF Generator 3D Reader Extensions and PDF Generator 3D Rights Management, which can be used during generation of the 3D PDFs to define exactly what the recipient may and may not do with the documents.

Five months have passed since PROSTEP PDF Generator 3D was successfully launched onto the market, and it has been extremely well received by customers. In the meantime, the company, which is headquartered in Darmstadt, Germany, and specializes in business management services and engineering solutions, has been working hard on the further development of the server solution. In addition to even deeper integration of PLM connectors, PROSTEP PDF Generator 3D also offers more CAD translators that allow native data from the CAD systems NX 7.5, Solid Edge ST3, SolidWorks2010 and 2011 as well as Inventor 2011 and 2012 to be converted and published in the 3D PDF format at the push of a button. One key advantage of the format is that the 3D PDF documents can be visualized with the normal Adobe Reader.

Integration of the PROSTEP PDF Generator 3D Reader Extensions Module in the solution also offers the option of activating a large number of additional functions for using the generated 3D PDF documents in Adobe Reader. The recipient can then, for example, add comments or fill in certain fields on a form. “These additional functions make PDF Generator 3D a powerful tool for all business processes where 3D data not only needs to be visualized but where information also needs to be added such as in the case of requests for quotations“, explained Peter Pfalzgraf, head of the product center for the 3D PDF portfolio at PROSTEP AG.

With the help of the PDF Generator 3D Rights Management Module, the information contained in the 3D PDF documents can also be effectively protected against access by unauthorized persons. The recipient must identify himself or herself at a special server in order to be able to open and read the 3D PDF documents. The special charm of the solution is that access rights can be restricted to a specific period of time and if necessary can be revoked when, for example, a document is no longer valid.

PROSTEP PDF Generator 3D Version 2.0 and the additional modules are available immediately. PROSTEP believes that the new version will allow an even greater level of systematic use of the 3D PDF technology for making 3D data available to other departments and in cross-enterprise collaboration scenarios.

For more information, visit: www.prostep.com

Published in PROSTEP AG

Geomagic® and Nikon Metrology today announced a new cooperative agreement that enables Nikon Metrology to fully integrate and offer its entire range of handheld 3D laser scanners with Geomagic Studio®, Geomagic Qualify™, and Geomagic Wrap®.

This partnership enables customers to seamlessly collect scan data directly from Nikon scanners into Geomagic Studio software for processing 3D polygon, surface and parametric models for reverse engineering, product design, rapid prototyping and analysis. Similarly, scan data is immediately passed to Geomagic Qualify to graphically and rapidly compare as-built parts with digital reference models for first-article inspection, production inspection and supplier quality management.

As a plug-in to Geomagic, the Nikon Metrology API manages point cloud acquisition by controlling all interaction between the new generation digital ModelMaker laser scanners and handheld localizer of choice. Highly accurate and reliable, it delivers control tools for the laser scanner, including scanner parameter modification or running of qualification routines. The resulting point cloud data is fed directly into Geomagic in real time, ready for processing into usable 3D data and models.

“This integration of Nikon Metrology data with Geomagic software products aligns with our belief that obtaining and using 3D data should be as easy and simple as possible,” said Tom Kurke, COO, Geomagic. “As part of our continuous efforts to integrate leading handheld point cloud digitizers, we see it as a big step forward that ModelMaker scanners can be interfaced with and directly controlled from within Geomagic.”

Jos Jans, Nikon Metrology Executive VP Marketing, adds that Geomagic software users now have direct access to the best digital laser scanning technology, offering high accuracy, fast data capture and automatic laser intensity adaptation to scan nearly all surfaces. “The plug-in offers design and manufacturing engineers fast-lane access to first-class laser scanners, while enjoying the convenience of the point cloud software environment they know inside out.”

Geomagic Wrap, Geomagic Studio and Geomagic Qualify are all available as 30-day free trial downloads. To register, visit: www.geomagic.com

For more information visit: www.nikonmetrology.com

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A1 Technologies was invited to present at a meeting of the Bristol Society of Model and Experimental Engineers recently, demonstrating the need to introduce these technologies to new users and that allowing them to get their hands dirty is often the best way to get people excited.

Getting on the road, meeting people face to face and giving them the opportunity to see and experiment with equipment for themselves is central to A1 Technologies’ philosophy of democratizing 3D digital technology for everyone. Thus when the company was invited to present at a meeting of The Bristol Society of Model and Experimental Engineers (BSMEE), the A1 team headed along the M4. Essentially, the BSMEE exists to promote the development of the wider Model Engineering hobby, by providing support and encouragement to interested people to construct and operate models of an engineering nature. Members come from a range of trades, professions and backgrounds sometimes without formal engineering training but all have a keen interest in developing the skills to undertake Model Engineering activities.

To kick off the meeting, Martin Stevens, CEO at A1 Technologies, took a straw poll of the attendees to get an idea of how many were familiar with 3D digital technologies. About a third of the audience were or had been users of 3D CAD. Fewer still were acquainted with or were users of 3D printing and 3D scanning. Despite the simplicity of the poll, these statistics are reflected across many industries and professions involved with engineering disciplines time and time again. This alone highlights the need to take the message deeper and wider across every field of use. Getting back to the hobbyists, a discipline that is often overlooked, this meeting highlighted just how much this genre has to offer the engineering sector — and by making them aware of alternative processes for product development in the form of advanced, low-cost 3D technologies there is great potential for opening up new applications.

On a much more positive note, following a presentation that expounded the value of 3D digital technologies, the industry that has sprung up around them and how they can be applied, the audience members rolled up their sleeves to try out the full A1 Technologies product range for themselves. This resulted in many questions and lively debate across the rest of the evening, with on-site feedback that all of the products would be of great interest and very useful to members (and many other people like them) for their endeavours. Cementing this feedback was an invitation to demonstrate the technologies at a model making exhibition later in the year, with model making visitors expected to exceed 10,000. 

All in all, the BSMEE meeting threw up some interesting issues and, what really made the trip worthwhile — there are new converts to the benefits of 3D digital technology planted across Bristol.


The A1 Product Range

Over the last two years, A1 Technologies has brought together a range of ultra-low-cost, advanced 3D digital technology products. The company can now offer a remarkable and comprehensive suite of 3D technologies:

• StudioMill — a 5-axis CNC machine complete with software and a range of tools
• BfB 3000 — a pre-built 3D printer with 4 kg of print material and conversion software for the printer, which will also check and repair .stl files
• Chameleon — a creative haptically-enabled 3D design package
• DAVID laserscanner — a 3D laser scanner
• UNIMAT — an engineering kit that allow students to experience six different machines; including a jigsaw, lathe, mill, drill and sander.

For more information visit: www.a1-tech.co.uk

Published in A1 Technologies

A new 11-hour video course on DS Solidworks 2011 offers a practical introduction to solid modeling and 3D computer-aided design using the popular software. Developed by Infinite Skills Inc, the course features 96 lessons targeted toward beginners, demonstrating installation, configuration and a complete range of fundamental design techniques that can be applied to real world projects.

Infinite skills - Solidworks 2011 Tutorial Videos

“Whether you’re using the program on its own or with one of its many plugins and validation extensions, Solidworks lets you visualize your design plans at a crucial early stage and plan accordingly,” said Colin Boyd, sales director for Infinite Skills. “These lessons focus on the core skills that will let users quickly get started with their own inventions and designs.”
Written and narrated by Solidworks enthusiast and community educator Alex Ruiz, these Solidworks tutorials follow a logical progression, starting with product installation and moving through interface tips, file management, and essential sketching techniques and solids geometry.

Viewers learn about using reference measurements, constructing various parts and assemblies and utilizing display states and visualization methods to control how each project is viewed. Finally, the later tutorial videos go through export, printing and sharing with colleagues and clients, including how to generate a usable bill of materials.
“Solidworks is a go-to tool for designers and engineers in many different fields,” said Chris Johns, content development manager with Infinite Skills. “We’ve created a course that offers a basic introduction to Solidworks tools that is ideal for beginners and professionals looking to migrate from other systems.”
Because Infinite Skills uses leading experts and established authors for its training titles, the tutorial video content is comparable to classroom and seminar-style courses costing hundreds and even thousands of dollars more, Johns said.
The complete Solidworks 2011 Training Video package can now be ordered on a Mac and Windows compatible DVD-ROM or as a direct digital download from the Infinite Skills website. The course includes usable work files that correspond with the examples featured by the instructor onscreen.

For more information visit: http://infiniteskills.com/training/learning-solidworks-2011.html

Published in Infinite Skills

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) President and CEO Carl Bass joined Wired editor-in-chief Chris Anderson for a conversation about "The New Industrial Revolution" on May 3, 2011, at the Wired Business Conference in New York City. Bass announced that Autodesk plans to address the Maker Movement with a new free 3D modeling application coming out later this month called Autodesk 123D that allows individuals to create things in 3D. Bass also described some key partners that will help students, hobbyists or entrepreneurs get their designs made.

Carl Bass is president and chief executive officer of Autodesk, the world’s leading maker of design software for the architecture, engineering, and entertainment industries. The company’s products range from its flagship AutoCAD program to digital modeling and prototyping tools for industry. Autodesk’s CG apps have been used on every movie that’s won the Academy Award for Visual Effects in the past 15 years, from Titanic to Avatar. Under Bass’ leadership the California-based firm has been repeatedly honored by Fast Company as one of the world’s most innovative companies.

After graduating from Cornell, Bass cofounded a computer graphics business called Flying Moose Systems, later renamed Ithaca Software. He moved west when Autodesk purchased the company in 1993. In the past decade, he’s held nearly every executive role at Autodesk. From 2002 to 2004, he served as head of the Design Solutions Group, where he led the company’s crucial transition from 2-D to 3-D and model-based design.

For more information visit: Autodesk 123D or www.wiredbusinessconference.com

Published in Autodesk

NewTek, a worldwide leader of 3D animation and portable live production systems, today announced that LightWave™ 10.1 has received a Computer Graphics World magazine Silver Edge Award for industry-changing technology exhibited at NAB 2011, in Las Vegas.

Designed to recognize products that offer the best of show at leading industry conferences, such as NAB, Computer Graphics World Silver Edge Award-winning products are selected by the magazine's editorial staff, based on criteria such as technological advancements and the excitement and buzz the products generate at a trade show.

"NewTek really nailed it with LightWave 10's stereo 3D features and Viewport Preview Renderer (VPR)," said Karen Moltenbrey, chief editor, Computer Graphics World. "With 10.1, it only gets better."

From the Computer Graphics World Silver Edge Award announcement:
NewTek's LightWave 10.1 is packed with impressive technology and capabilities. Among the most attractive features are the stereo functions, offering access to all major stereo camera rigs-parallel, toe-in, and off-axis. It also offers interactive OpenGL off-axis adjustment of the right and left camera planes, click-and-drag convergence point adjustment in the viewport, and the ability to disable the anaglyph representation of the stereo camera in OpenGL. Additionally, the interocular and convergence point can both be animated dynamically over time to track stereo changes within a shot. Another great feature continues to be the Viewport Preview Renderer (VPR) for directly interacting and adjusting lights, textures, volumetrics, and more within the viewport.

"Of the thousands of products on display at NAB, it's exciting to have LightWave 10.1 recognized as game-changing technology by one of the most influential magazines in the computer graphics industry," said Rob Powers, vice president of 3D software development, NewTek. "We are inspired and motivated by this award for LightWave 10.1 and are as committed as ever to keep 'nailing it' for our customers."

Try LightWave free for 30 days at http://www.newtek.com/lightwave/lwtrial.php

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We are proud to announce a new partnership with Geomagic. From now on, CBD's Gemini and MegaCapturor ditigizers will be bundled with Geomagic Wrap 12.

Creaform Body Digitizers

The Creaform 3D Body Digitizers adapt to most surfaces and digitize the human body in full color in less than one second, producing results as realistic as a photo!

Geomagic Wrap® integrates with and processes data from 3D scanners, providing powerful yet simple to use tools for point cloud and polygon mesh editing. Geomagic Wrap can be used to create, repair and modify STL data to prepare for rapid manufacturing.

Benefits of the partnership

This new package offers Creaform's acquisition speed and reliability, backed up by the power and performance of the Geomagic software, at a retail price that is actually lower than the former CBD/EM software duo.

Webinar - CBD Gears up with Wrap!

Learn how Geomagic Wrap's functionalities can be used to enhance and complement CBD digitizers' features and performance. Tuesday May 10th, at 10 am (GMT - 4:00). Book your seat now!

Published in Creaform

solidThinking, Inc., a global concept design and styling software company, today announced that designers will have an opportunity to participate in hands-on demonstrations of the recently released solidThinking 8.5 and solidThinking 8.5 InspiredTM software at the Product Design + Innovation Conference in London, May 18-19. solidThinking is a major sponsor of the event, where senior product design and innovation professionals from leading brands, OEMs and consultancies will share ideas and explore emerging sources for growth.

As a silver sponsor of the conference at ExCeL London, the international exhibition and convention center on London’s waterfront, solidThinking will welcome members of the industrial design community to its exhibit. Designers, concept engineers and architects will be able to view and try out the new features of solidThinking 8.5 and solidThinking 8.5 InspiredTM with its morphogenesisTM capabilities. The software’s better, faster, easier functions include expanded approaches to modeling, data exchange and CAD collaboration, rendering, presentation and form generation.

Joining solidThinking at the conference will be its recently appointed distributor for the U.K., Cadsoft Solutions Limited. Located in Cambridge, Cadsoft Solutions provides 2D and 3D CAD and design software solutions that enable innovative product development and design.

“ProductDesign + Innovation is one of the few international conferences focusing specifically on the needs of the industrial design community,” noted Alessandro Mazzardo, vice president of product strategy and marketing for solidThinking. “It presents not only an excellent networking opportunity for designers but also an ideal venue in which to learn about our latest technology advancements.”

ProductDesign + Innovation is organized by Crain Communications and is supported by British Design Innovation, (BDI) Verband Deutscher Industrie Designer (VDID) and the Institution of Engineering Designers. Major global brands, including Sony, Pegler, Hasbro and Novo Nordisk, will participate in the conference, which will feature speakers from such companies as Jaguar Land Rover, Unilever, Electrolux, Philips Design, Seymourpowell, Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group, Tangerine and British Airways. Joining solidThinking as event sponsors are Objet Geometries Ltd., DuPont and IP Research Ltd.

For more information visit: www.solidthinking.com or www.pdesigni.com

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LPKF Laser & Electronics introduces the new Fusion3D 1100, designed to create three dimensional circuits and laser-structuring of molded interconnect devices (MID) for small volume production. The system is easy to install and can be incorporated into any work environment due to its compact size.

The Fusion3D 1100 has no restrictions in terms of 3D freedom and utilizes laser direct structuring technology (LDS) and MID to combine both mechanical structures and electronic circuits into a single 3D part. MID consists of circuit traces embedded into molded thermoplastics which creates an electrical pathway. The 3D circuits are structured by using LDS grade resin which is laser activated by a scanner based laser system. The circuit pattern is written directly on the molded piece and conductive paths are plated using electroless plating technology, adhering only to where the plastic has been activated by the laser beam.

“With its compact size, substantially lower price, and advanced technology, the new LPKF laser structuring system creates an opportunity for further growth of affordable LDS technology,” explains Dr. Ingo Bretthauer, CEO of LPKF Laser & Electronics. LPKF is expecting to start delivery of the Fusion3D 1100 systems to North American customers in July 2011.

LPKF Laser & Electronics is the world leading manufacturer of both mechanical and laser systems for demanding tasks in printed circuit board technology and microelectronics. LPKF’s worldwide headquarters is located in Garbsen, Germany outside of Hannover and maintains North American headquarters in Portland, OR.

For more information visit: www.lpkfusa.com

Published in LPKF

At the Hannover Fair a pre-production model of the new LDS laser structurer generated a great deal of interest. LPKF presented the complete solution for prototypes and small series production, using the LDS process, for the very first time at SMT.

Until now there has been a gap between the layout and production of three-dimensional carrier structures: the prototyping of molded interconnect devices (MID) has thus far been expensive and time consuming. LPKF Laser & Electronics AG (LPKF) wants to change exactly this with a new process based on three developments from their laser laboratories in Garbsen. With Laser Direct Structuring (LDS), high-quality smart phone antennas are integrated on existing plastic parts, for example, and this completely replaces conventional antennas. With the LDS method a laser beam activates the surface of the component; in subsequent electroless baths the desired metal layers are constructed.

The starting point is any three-dimensional component. For this purpose plastic prototypes from 3D printers, for example, are suitable. These components are coated with the laser-activatable LPKF ProtoPaint LDS lacquer. Here, the LPKF Fusion3D 1000 takes on the structuring. Unlike large production machines, it uses a single processing head. It has a large work platform, so that users can integrate their own fixture and handling systems. Structuring is done, if necessary, in successive steps. A pilot laser helps by establishing the optimal component position.

After structuring, electroless metallization takes place. This hardly differs from the series parameters and can occur in beakers in a laboratory. LPKF even offers a coordinated, reliable process for the metallization.

"With LDS prototyping, we have closed the gap between design and production. The prototypes allow realistic conclusions about standard parts. At the same time, the process is so flexible that different layouts can be tested without high costs or delays," explains Nils Heininger, Director of the Cutting and Structuring Laser Department at LPKF.

With 3D MID prototyping, LPKF creates an affordable entry in the development of three-dimensional interconnect devices.

Printed circuit board prototyping and UV cutting
Visitors to SMT not only obtain information about the prototyping of 3D circuits, but also get their money worth in reference to conventional flat circuit boards. LPKF will be introducing a new series of circuit board plotters. These systems can easily be upgraded from an entry level to top-level system, and can be extended with options such as: 15 point tool change, milling width adjustment, vacuum table, the vision tool, and a solder paste dispenser.

LPKF is presenting the MicroLine UV cutting systems in a complete production line at the IZM joint booth in Hall 6, Stand 434. These systems cut assembled and unassembled PCBs with high precision, without mechanical stress, and into any desired contours.

LPKF Laser & Electronics AG manufactures machines and laser systems used in electronics fabrication, medical technology, the automotive sector, and the production of solar cells. Around 20 percent of the workforce is engaged in research and development.

For more information visit: www.lpkf.com or www.mesago.de/en/SMT/home.htm

Published in LPKF

The Cambridge Science Festival, which took place 14th–27th March, is a fully interactive series of events open to the general public to raise awareness and encourage young people to experience new aspects of science and technology.

Many exciting events took place across the city during the two-week festival. One of the highlights, and one of the busiest events was the Manufacturing Zone at the University’s Institute for Manufacturing, on Saturday 26th March.  A1 Technologies was invited to take part during the day and to present the company’s 3D products and digital technologies to a torrent of fascinated visitors — some of whom were as young as 3 years old!

Parents and children alike were caught up by Dr Bill O’Neill’s presentation on “the Santa Claus machine”.  No doubt delivered in his own inimitable style, Dr O’Neill, Head of the IfM’s Laser Research, demonstrated the many capabilities of 3D printing technology with this captivating title. The kids, however, were even more impressed when they got to get their hands dirty and have a go with real 3D design and make technologies.

A1’s distinctive Chameleon 3D design package was a huge success with visitors as they were able to experience the haptic nature of this device as they created their own virtual 3D models. This remarkable package allows the sense of touch to be used along with excellent visual graphics to build and mould products on screen. Convention dictates that 3D Design belongs in the realm of experts and A1 Technologies is fully committed to proving this convention wrong. A particularly special moment for the A1 team during the day in Cambridge, was when a three year old little girl — using both of her hands — started designing in 3D, and showed that she was able to use the Chameleon to start her very own 3D design.

In a similar vein, the David 3D laser scanner caught the imagination of a four-year old little girl. Using her father as a platform to reach the equipment, she was able to start scanning and reverse engineering an object independently.

Throughout the entire day, children and adults were fascinated by the entire A1 Technologies range, and many learnt how to use a sander, a jigsaw and a lathe — part of A1’s Cool Tool product series. The rewards were obvious as visitors left the room with enthusiasm and satisfaction written all over their faces — the proof, if any were needed, was evident in the mess that had to be cleared up. There were mountains of sawdust!

A1 Technologies was delighted to be able to contribute to the Cambridge University Science Festival and to enthusing and motivating children in this area by showing them how exciting technology can be.

Martin Stevens, CEO at A1 Technologies commented on the day: “At the end of an exhausting day, the A1 team left Cambridge feeling totally exhilarated. Judging by the children who came to see us, and we were overwhelmed by the crowds all day, I don’t believe it is an exaggeration to say that there will be about 1,000 more children considering a career centered around this technology in the future.”

Martin is also Chairman of ‘Made in London’, an organization that represents the 15,000+ manufacturers based in London and he hopes to translate the success witnessed in Cambridge to ‘Made in London’s’ stated commitment of bringing these technologies into the hands of primary school children in the capital — to illustrate how stimulating and exciting technology can be.

For more information visit: www.a1-tech.co.uk

Image Credit: Courtesy of the Institute for Manufacturing at Cambridge University

Published in A1 Technologies

PROSTEP AG has published a White Paper entitled “3D Formats in the Field of Engineering – A Comparison”. It provides an overview and serves as an orientation guide for companies faced with selecting the appropriate neutral 3D format for specific use cases that are frequently encountered in practice.

Neutral 3D formats are indispensible for the distribution and exchange of 3D models in engineering departments and in upstream and downstream departments and divisions when the original system is not available, the distribution of native data is too expensive and a high level of detail is not necessary, or if a company’s intellectual property needs to be protected. The selection of a certain format will determine, for example, the range of possible applications and the follow-up costs involved. Which neutral 3D format is the right one for a company will depend on a number of factors.

PROSTEP is confronted with this issue on a day to day basis and in this White Paper provides help with identifying which 3D format is appropriate for a given use case.

The White Paper is available at: www.pdfgenerator3d.com/nc/en/product/white-paper.html

Published in PROSTEP AG

EON Reality, the world's leading interactive 3D software provider, today announced the release of EON Interact™, a new stereoscopic 3D display solution based on natural user interaction (NUI). Using hand and body gestures for driving user interactions, EON Interact provides ease of use and the most intuitive user experience available for medium-sized 3D displays with interactive 3D content.

EON Interact is offered both as an integrated turn-key system solution as well as an add-on module:

EON Interact™ System

The EON Interact System, provides a turn-key system that includes a bright 47” 3D display and a high-end graphics PC for stereoscopic 3D presentations, making it ideal for Corporate Communication, Tradeshows or Virtual Showrooms. The EON interact System is also bundled with a powerful suite of EON software that enables easy conversion of 3D and CAD data formats and provides photorealistic, real-time interactive 3D authoring and visualization.

EON Interact™ Module

For existing users of EON Professional and EON Ultra, an ‘EON Interact’ add-on module is also available, offering complete flexibility in developing custom hand or body gestures for use in an EON-based 3D applications.

“Using gestures-driven interactions with EON Interact engages you as an active participant in the 3D application, and not merely a spectator,” said Kelvin Lee, Senior Manager Technical Solutions, EON Reality Pte. Ltd, in Singapore.

For more information visit: www.eonreality.com

Published in EON Reality

Spatial Corp., a leading provider of 3D development components for design, manufacturing and engineering applications, and IronCAD, Inc., a leading provider of design collaboration solutions, announce that Spatial's 3D InterOp Suite provides the native CAD translators for the IronCAD Design Collaboration Suite (DCS) 2011. These native translators are packaged as a Translator Bundle allowing IronCAD users to seamlessly leverage existing 3D designs regardless of the originating CAD system. The bundle is available for IRONCAD, INOVATE and IronCAD's newest product, IRONCAD DRAFT. The licensing of 3D InterOp is in addition to IronCAD's long-standing licenses of 3D ACIS® Modeler and industry standard translators for IronCAD's entire suite of design collaboration products.

"Spatial has been a key development partner of ours since the initial release of our products. Spatial's 3D ACIS Modeler and CAD translators continue to be fundamental contributors to the value we provide our users. More recently, our licensing of Spatial's 3D InterOp Suite makes high-quality native CAD translators accessible to all of our customers," stated Dr. Tao-Yang Han, IronCAD President. "Today, CAD interoperability is fundamental to successful design collaboration and we are pleased to be working with Spatial to ensure our customers have the best-in-class set of native CAD translators."

Spatial's 3D InterOp Suite provides high-quality import and export for popular CAD formats including CATIA V4, CATIA V5, IGES, STEP, Parasolid®, and import for SolidWorks®, Inventor®, Pro/ENGINEER®, and NX®. 3D InterOp includes post-processing functions to automatically address geometric inaccuracies inherited from the originating model. Post-processing ensures high-quality data translation for application reuse, a critical need for applications such as the IronCAD's DCS components that include functions for model manipulation.

IronCAD's newest product, IRONCAD DRAFT, provides unique 3D integration capabilities, enabling users to work in 2D but also to view, leverage, analyze, render and reference imported 3D model data created by suppliers, customers or colleagues. With 3D InterOp, multiple models from differing CAD systems can be imported to build assemblies, verify interferences, and communicate the 3D representation to customers using realistic rendering and animations. In addition, users can then leverage this critical 3D data in the 2D environment as a fully associative reference allowing detailing and 2D designs based on the information.

"User demand for seamless integration of 3D models into CAD workflows is driving the need for applications to provide reliable, multi-CAD, high-quality translation. We are extremely pleased that IronCAD has licensed 3D InterOp Suite for their DCS Translator Bundles to address this requirement. IronCAD's decision is recognition of Spatial's continued commitment to provide the industry's highest-quality CAD translation components," commented Jean-Marc Guillard, Spatial Chief Operating Officer. "In addition to this recent licensing agreement, Spatial and IronCAD have been long-term development partners, with over 35,000 end-user IRONCAD seats built on Spatial's 3D ACIS Modeler and CAD translation components."

For more information visit: www.spatial.com or www.ironcad.com

Published in Spatial Corp

SpaceClaim, the leader in direct modeling software that enables all engineers to work in 3D, will host a half day event on March 24 focused on sharing techniques and strategies designed to leverage 3D direct modeling to lower product development costs. Customers will share how they are using SpaceClaim to grow revenue, eliminate waste and to reduce time-to-market. Applications to be discussed include bid modeling, concept modeling, CAE analysis and manufacturing model preparation.

Speakers will include:

* Jayeson Fougner, General Dynamics Land Systems
* Matt Thomas, Navistar
* Don Mekkes, Modern Tool
* Steve Costello, VP of Americas Sales, SpaceClaim
* Blake Courter, Co-Founder, SpaceClaim
* John Graham, Application Engineer, SpaceClaim


Details:

* March 24, 2011, 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
* Embassy Suites Troy, 850 Tower Drive, Troy Michigan
* Complimentary Breakfast and Lunch to be served

To register please go to http://www.spaceclaim.com/en/Mkting/SpaceClaim-March-Detroit-Event.aspx  or call 978-482-2206

Published in SpaceClaim

We here at Spar Point Group have been working with Ken Smerz, head of Precision 3D Scanning, a service provider doing laser scanning for the construction vertical, in creating what we believe is the first non-profit trade association dedicated to 3D imaging. Essentially, we lent some technical support to help him get a web site off the ground and figure out a couple of the particulars of launching an organization. It will be unveiled at the SPAR Conference March 21, here at the Marriott.

3D Professional Association Announcement:

The world is going 3D and now there is an association to support the education, promotion, and development of those working within the 3d world: The ‘3d Professional Association,’ also known as ‘3dPA’

The mission of this non-profit association is to share information and to educate members regarding anything relative to 3d imaging.

Membership will consist of providers, users, developers, academic community, and vendors. The 3dPA plans on immediately serving the following markets:  Architects/Engineers/Contractors (AEC), Building Information Modeling (BIM), forensics, transportation, industry, manufacturing, power, nuclear, historical preservation, gaming/entertainment, airborne LiDAR, film industry, and scholars.

The association has many goals, but the most basic is to help the membership become successful in achieving their objectives in providing a platform for the fresh exchange of information on 3d imaging on a global basis. The 3dPA will also be a resource for technical information as well as forging new relationships within the industry.

Membership is open to anyone who desires to learn and participate in taking the world 3d.

Additional details will be forthcoming as the launch of this worldwide project occurs at the upcoming SPAR 2011 Conference, to be held this March 21-24 in Houston, TX.

Materialise is proud of its involvement in the successful pilot study conducted by Dr. J. Victor, AZ St Lucas, Brugge, Belgium which evaluated the feasibility of using computer-assisted surgical planning and patient-specific surgical guides in correcting lower limb malalignment. In this study, Materialise’s SurgiCase Orthopaedics was used to describe lower limb malalignment and virtually plan multi-planar correction using CT scans. It was proven that planned corrections can be obtained and fixed accurately during surgery with the help of Materialise’s patient-specific surgical guides.

Despite recent innovations, lower limb malalignment continues to be corrected using traditional methods and techniques, i.e. relying on 2D plain X-rays and using rulers and protractors, although this can be prone to error and in some cases, inaccurate in multi-planar deformities. Therefore, the aim of this pilot study was to evaluate the feasibility of virtual pre-operative 3D planning and correct execution of osteotomies around the knee with the aid of patient-specific surgical guides.

Eight patients presenting with significant malalignment of the lower limb were included in the study (7 valgus, 1 varus knee). Pre-operative CT scans of the affected limbs and the normal contra-lateral side were obtained and sent to Materialise where 3D models of the patients’ anatomy were created. These models made it possible for Dr. Victor to carefully evaluate the three-planar deformity of each patient and identify customized surgical corrections.

After creating the virtual surgical plans with Dr Victor, the Materialise team – in close collaboration with Dr. Victor – continued designing the patient-specific surgical guides used to perform the planar osteotomy and achieve the planned wedge opening and hinge axis orientation. These guides were also used in the drilling of the planned screw holes and thus, determined the position of the plate relative to the bone. Post-operative assessments of the corrections were obtained through AP and Lateral X-rays, and full leg standing X-rays.

The results of the study are promising. All of the patient-specific guides were successfully used during surgery and accurately guided the osteotomy plane and screw holes. The guides fit uniquely onto the patients’ bones and it was possible to perform the osteotomies through the guides. The predrilled screw holes matched the locking plates and adequate fixations were obtained. No significant peri-operative complications occurred.

Materialise will be exhibiting at the AAOS 2011 annual meeting in San Diego, CA, Feb. 15-19, booth 1850.

For more information visit: www.materialise.com/orthopaedics

Published in Materialise

Following the release of version 5 of its professional MEDUSA4 2D/3D mechanical CAD and design automation suite, CAD Schroer has just made version 5 of its free MEDUSA4 Personal™ software available for download.

MEDUSA4 Personal has gained a strong reputation among hobby and model engineers, as well as professional design engineers, over the past few years. At home, people use the free CAD package on non-commercial DIY projects, or for model engineering. Schools and universities increasingly use MEDUSA4 Personal as an introduction to CAD for the next generation. And thanks to the “pay per result” eSERVICES portal, even businesses can take advantage of the free software, merely paying a small fee to convert viable results for commercial use.

What’s New in MEDUSA4 Personal 5.0?
Version 5.0 re-introduces the MEDUSA4 SHEET METAL DESIGN™ module, which allows users to work flexibly in 2D and 3D to create sheet metal parts. There’s also a new skin with updated buttons, colours and dialogs to make the user interface even more intuitive. The DXF/DWG interface (which expertly converts AutoCAD® drawings up to version 2010) now also allows the mapping of dimension elements, and mapping of special characters has been further improved. A new raster tool allows users to invert the colours of any imported images incorporated in their design. Other usability enhancements include new printing options and layer selection tools, as well as additional options for handling info text on sheets. It is now even easier to create multi-sheet parts lists. There are also new dimensioning and line trimming options.

Free for Private Use, with Pay-Per-Result Portal for Commercial Applications
Private, non-commercial use of MEDUSA4 Personal is completely free of charge. Those wishing to use the software for commercial purposes can do so on a pay-per-result basis. The CSG eSERVICES portal unlocks MEDUSA4 Personal drawings for unlimited commercial use. This means that businesses do not have to pay for the software, only for using the results once these are commercially viable.

Windows and Linux
As well as supporting Windows XP, Vista and 7, MEDUSA4 Personal is released for five Linux distributions: CentOS, Fedora, RedHat, SuSE and Ubuntu.

Published in CAD Schroer

PROSTEP AG is today unveiling the first version of its own PROSTEP PDF Generator 3D for Adobe® LiveCycle®, which replaces what was previously the Adobe LiveCycle PDF Generator 3D ES2 software. The Darmstadt-headquartered company, which specializes in business management services and engineering solutions, licensed the underlying technology from Adobe Software Inc. several months ago and used it as the basis for developing the new 3D PDF solution, which is now available. PROSTEP PDF Generator 3D allows 3D CAD models and other engineering data to be extracted automatically from the respective CAD, PLM or ERP systems and merged in a PDF document so that other departments or outside partners can view and work with them using the standard Adobe Reader®. The new PROSTEP product is now available for global distribution.

PROSTEP is Adobe’s exclusive partner for the development and global marketing of 3D PDF enterprise solutions for the manufacturing industry. It is the only partner worldwide that can integrate other components from the Adobe LiveCycle ES2 platform in these solutions directly, e.g. for digital rights management or for activating additional functionality directly in Adobe Reader. The aim of this strategic collaboration between the two companies is to anchor 3D PDF technology in the machinery and plant engineering industry, the automotive industry, the aerospace industry and other branches of the manufacturing industry as the standard for the 3D communication and documentation of product data. PROSTEP is also working closely with the company TechSoft 3D, which develops PDF converters for the leading 3D CAD systems, to improve the quality of the converted model data and increase the possibilities for using this data in downstream departments.

PROSTEP PDF Generator 3D is the only software solution for the server-based conversion of 3D models and PLM metadata into 3D PDF documents worldwide that is fully integrated with the Adobe LiveCycle products. It is based on the Adobe LiveCycle ES2 platform and controls the centralized creation, merging, publication and archiving of engineering data from different sources in an open format that can be viewed and annotated with Adobe Reader. This means that no additional software tools are needed for communicating the data to other departments or to partners outside the company.

The use of 3D PDF technology makes an important contribution to improving and speeding up communication processes and decision-making processes within a company and extended networks of companies, while at the same time appropriate protection mechanisms provide for improved control over mission-critical information.

For more information and example PDF files visit www.pdfgenerator3d.com

Published in PROSTEP AG

Ashlar-Vellum announces the release of Service Pack 3 for Graphite version 8, their software for 2D/3D precision wireframe drafting.

Over a dozen user-requested enhancements and issues were addressed in this service pack such as:

  • Implemented Preference setting for mouse wheel direction.
  • Added support for first pen button on some Windows tablets.
  • Clarified Edit Object dialog box for midpoint line objects.
  • Enhanced Preferences to track arrow settings for Pen menu.


Service Pack 3 is a free update available to all those on Graphite v8, including Cobalt and Xenon v8 users with a courtesy license to Graphite. Upgrades are available from previous versions, with prices varying according to the age of the software.

For more information visit: www.ashlar.com/sections/products/graphite/graphite.html

Published in Ashlar-Vellum

Catalog Data Solutions Inc. (CDS), creator of 3DModelSpace.com, today announced immediate availability of a new version of the CAD Model Search Engine the enables industrial suppliers with online CAD models/drawings to be found by design engineers.

“Based on user feedback, the new version provides an enhanced user interface (UI) with category selection and more relevant search results. As always any manufacturer or distributor can now ensure that their downloadable CAD models/drawings can be found on 3DModelSpace under whatever search terms they choose,” said John Major, CEO, Catalog Data Solutions. “For industrial suppliers’ online marketing to be successful they first need a good website, second they must ensure that their content is syndicated and found.”

“Already over a million designers and engineering are accessing 3DModelSpace each month from inside Pro/Engineer Wildfire, Autodesk Manufacturing Community, and all the general search engines. If you have invested in online CAD drawings and models for your website you should ensure that 3DModelSpace points to them and helps ensure they get found.”

Suppliers’ drawings and models stay on their own sites – nothing is copied to 3DModelSpace so nothing gets out of date. Simply give 3DModelSpace the links for your CAD drawings and models, and select the search terms under which you want your products to be found.

About 3DModelSpace.com
CAD model downloads are a proven way to lock-in your component products during the design phase and generate new sales when those products are built. 3DModelSpace was launched in 2007 as a search engine for designers and engineers to quickly find CAD models of the component products they need. For manufacturers and distributors 3DModelSpace delivers high quality click-throughs by designers and engineers at highly relevant decision points during their design/product selection process. 3DmodelSpace reaches over 2,000,000 CAD users because it is built directly into Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire and is featured in the Autodesk Manufacturing Community. 3DModelSpace is a CAD model search engine, not a CAD library - it directs designers and engineers to your website where your brand is promoted, leads captured, CAD downloads generated and products sold. To have your CAD models included in 3DModelSpace visit www.3DModelSpace.com and select ‘promote’.

About Catalog Data Solutions, Inc. (CDS)
Catalog Data Solutions, Inc. is a leading SaaS provider of product search, configuration, and online CAD solutions for Industrial Suppliers. Founded in 2005 with headquarters in San Jose, CA, Catalog Data Solutions enables Industrial Suppliers to increase sales by enabling their products to be specified into new designs, improve website conversion rates, generate high quality sales leads, and improve customer service. CDS SaaS solutions include the CDS ModelServer™, CDS Catalog™, and CDS CAD Configurator™. CDS’s highly skilled and experienced professional services team provides implementation services for the successful deployment of CDS SaaS solutions. The company’s customers include the world’s leading manufacturers and distributors in the High Tech and Industrial Manufacturing industries. For more information CDS can be reached at 408.550.8820 or by visiting www.catalogdatasolutions.com

Published in Catalog Data Solutions

To meet growing demand for the company’s UV-LED inkjet printer/cutters, engravers and 3D products, Roland DGA Corp. has formed a new strategic accounts team to capture new business opportunities.

“Roland UV inkjet, engraving and 3D products present tremendous opportunities for growth, and we have taken steps to strengthen our presence in key markets for these products including the label and package prototyping industry, personalization and industrial marking industries, the educational market and other specialized markets served by our rapid prototyping solutions,” said Rick Scrimger, vice president/general manager for Roland DGA Corp.  “It is with pleasure that I announce the promotion of Tony Miller and the addition of Adam Sebran and Grant Davis to our new strategic accounts team.”

Tony Miller, Sales Manager, Strategic Accounts

To lead the team, Roland has promoted Tony Miller to the position of sales manager, strategic accounts.  He has more than 17 years of industry experience, including six years in management-level sales and product management positions with Roland as well as technical sales and product management experience with ENCAD and Eastman Kodak Company.  He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Wheaton College.

Adam Sebran, Business Development Manager, Engraving

Adam Sebran has joined Roland to lead business development efforts for the company’s engraving product line.  In this position, Sebran is responsible for channel development for Roland EGX engravers and MPX impact printers. Sebran has 19 years of sales and management experience with industry organizations including MultiCAM and ScanVec, and as owner of Advanced Machine Tool Corp.

Grant Davis, Business Development Manager, UV Products

Roland has hired Grant Davis as part of the team to support business development opportunities for the company’s VersaUV UV-LED inkjet printer/cutter line.  Davis brings strong equipment sales experience to the position including 22 years working with Roland products. Most recently, Davis served as vice president of equipment sales and service at Proveer, an authorized Roland dealer.  Davis’ background includes experience managing his own dealership and as well as serving as a previous southeastern sales manager for Roland.

The strategic accounts team also includes Glenn Kennedy, who serves as channel sales manager for 3D milling and scanning products, and Matt Owens, business development manager for Roland’s VersaUV UV-LED inkjet printer/cutter line.

‘We have a very strong strategic accounts team in place, bringing years of experience to our customers and partners across these markets,” Miller said.  “We are well positioned to help our customers and partners build strong businesses and maximize their investment in innovative Roland technology.”

Roland DGA Corp.

Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., Roland DGA Corp. serves as the U.S.-based marketing, distribution and sales arm of Roland DG Corp. in Hamamatsu, Japan. Professionals worldwide rely on Roland solutions everyday in the sign, grand-format, sublimation, UV inkjet, digital graphics, vehicle graphics, fine art, photography, packaging, label, engraving and 3D modeling industries. Roland DGA is ISO 9001:2008 certified, and Roland DG is ISO 9001:2000 and 14001:2004 certified.

For more information on Roland DGA products, please call (800) 542-2307 or visit the website at www.rolanddga.com

Published in Roland

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