Summer days are coming among us here at our Geomagic Solutions RTP office, nice enough, in fact for a company lunch outside today. But the serious work continues on and here are a few highlights from our week for your reading (and viewing) pleasure.
How do bits and bytes feel on your fingertips? Like your controller’s gravelly rumble when a video game football player gets tackled? Like bubbles of turbulence on an airliner simulator control wheel? Like the rubbery resilience of 3D digital clay? Like the hairline cracks on a fragile archaeological find?
By Calvin Hur, VP and General Manager of 3D Systems, Geomagic Solutions
3D Systems has integrated the combined power of Geomagic, Rapidform, Alibre and Sensable into Geomagic Solutions, which I believe will be at the vanguard of 3D authoring and is already one of the most creative, innovative and passionate groups around. This group is reinventing the engineer’s desktop. And I am honored to be a part of it.
On May 12, 2013, I was the commencement speaker at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Engineering, were I received my MS in Computer Science in 1990. It was a great honor to take part as about 1,300 graduates attended this wonderful event, celebrated and received their diplomas.
This morning it was announced that James Mason, a product designer in the UK, was the winner of Develop3D Magazine’s Make A Bot competition.
By Rachael Dalton-Taggart
3D is seemingly popping up everywhere: 3D printing, 3D movies. But 3D has been successfully used in visual effects (vFX) for entertainment for about 20 years. In that time, has just been getting better and better at creating stunningly realistic worlds for your TV and movie screens.
by Steven Sciandra
Development Engineer, 3D Systems - Geomagic Solutions
People like shiny things; we all know that. And technically-minded people like technically shiny things. We also know that different people see different things, even when they are looking at the same thing.
Case in point: We recently received a couple of Cube 3D printers to take a look at and get familiar with, etc. The Cube 3D printer is a 3D printer that anyone can use to print out custom items such as toys, jewelry, mugs, etc., and it’s supported by the cubify.com web site, where you can download designs or buy 3D prints. But while printing pretty custom jewelry is all well and good, I was seeing the technical details. I was more interested in investigating and understanding the following:
- What software format does it use?
- What should I print first to explore the above?
When we get on a commercial flight to go across the country, we are all pretty sure that the pilots, and indeed the attendants, are well trained. And we inherently know that parts of that training have been in virtual environments. That is, not many of them have been specifically involved in a crisis or emergency, but they have trained for such a situation in a virtual environment, and we all have a certain confidence that they can cope.
For over 12 months now, the Geomagic team has been advising and watching as the team at Idaho State University’s Virtualization Lab went full bore into creating 3D data out of natural history subjects: whale skeletons, dolphin skeletons, fossils and more.
Here in North Carolina, it looks like the weather is going to be drab and gloomy all weekend. So while everyone is hunkered down indoors, here are yet more new articles and links from the world of Geomagic and 3D Systems to keep you entertained and informed.