The 3D Roundup: October 2012

    Posted by 3DxBlog Team on Nov 2, 2012 1:36:00 PM

    A collection of articles featuring 3D design tips & tricks, company news, product updates and more.

    3D Printing Paradox

    3D printer used for 3D design

    The 3D printing industry is booming these days, taking desktop manufacturing to the masses. But with all of the accessibility going mainstream, there’s bound to be a bit of skepticism.

    Take MakerBot’s Replicator 2, a sleek and stylish metal 3D printer that’s driven by a desktop application, allowing you to turn CAD files into physical things right in your own living room. While the DIY crowd, hobbyists and practicing engineers alike are all excited about such capabilities, policy experts warn that many industries that could be threatened by accessible 3D printing technology may soon begin pushing for legislation.” The intellectual property and digital rights issues on the line will likely have 3D content owners eventually calling for copyright protections to secure their critical IP assets.

    Companies on the Move

    • Earlier this month, Sunglass, a startup company that made its beta debut at the beginning of the year, announced its official public launch. Sunglass provides a web-based tool for sharing and collaborating on 3D models created in CAD programs, including SolidWorks, Autodesk Inventor and SketchUp.

    • Autodesk gets on the CAM track, announcing its acquisition of HSMWorks. This could create a 3D software relationship triangle, as HSMWorks is a top CAM solution for SolidWorks. Hoewever, Autodesk says that existing SolidWorks customers using HSMWorks will continue to receive support and product updates.

    • New CAD viewing tool Sketchfab allows users to easily explore and interact with 3D models online in real-time. The browser-embedded gallery accepts uploads from major modeling programs, such as 3ds Max, Maya, Blender and SolidWorks.

    • Gehry Technologies has launched its BIM collaboration platform, GTeam, a cloud-based 2D and 3D file management and project collaboration tool built for a distinct group: architectural design and engineering professionals, as well as building owners.

    3Dconnexion: October Updates

    We’ve recently released our Windows driver 3.16.1, which offers additional software support for Microsoft Windows 8, SolidWorks 2013, Siemens PLM Software NX 8.5 and Siemens PLM Software Solid Edge ST5. The new driver is now available for download, and is compatible with all currently supported 3Dconnexion mice (SpaceNavigator, SpaceNavigator for Notebooks, SpaceExplorer, SpaceMouse Pro, SpacePilot, SpacePilot Pro).

    Autodesk recently released a hotfix for AutoCAD 2013 to correct problems that some 3Dconnexion mouse users were experiencing within the software, including zoom speed variations and pivot point positioning. Download the update here.

    View a quick video to learn more about how to enhance work with 2D content in AutoCAD 2013 using a 3D mouse.

    Share your favorite 3D design articles from the month with us in the comments below.

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