The 3D Roundup: December 2012

    Posted by 3DxBlog Team on Jan 14, 2013 12:09:00 PM

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

    2013 Dubbed the Year of 3D Printing

    Happy New Year from the 3DxBlog Team! With the New Year, you’re sure to find top trend lists all over the place.

    One of the main trends for the industry in 2013 is 3D printing. While definitely not new this year, pricing and accessibility breathe new life into the market—potentially taking 3D printing directly into the consumer space. In fact, you may even be able to upload designs to the Staples website, and have them 3D-printed at your nearest store sometime in the near future. How’s that for revolutionary?

    And for those of you who use 3D CAD professionally, remember that 3D printing isn’t just for industrial and engineering purposes; there are also big plans for the technology that will benefit medical researchers. The worlds of bio and CAD collided when Autodesk recently partnered with biological printer manufacturer Organovo to create 3D software for designing and printing living tissue.

    A Deeper Look at 3D Scanning Applications

    This is a pretty cool story. Using a process called photomodeling that includes 3D printing and scanning software, a team from the Harvard Semitic Museum is recreating a Mesopotamian artifact that was smashed more than 3,000 years ago. The project will blend fragments of the original statue, and also add in pieces created through 3D software scans of its intact mirror image.

    The process of going from a 3D scan to a usable CAD model is often tedious. And, until now, engineers and designers have dealt with the challenge of high-quality software often being too expensive to implement, thus either not using the technology, or having to settle for affordable, but lower-quality products. 3D software development and technology company Geomagic plans to change that with Spark, a new, professional scan-to-CAD platform that allows users to quickly design in 3D from actual objects.

    Relatedly, print giant 3D Systems announced the acquisition of Geomagic at the beginning of 2013. The acquisition is said to strengthen 3D Systems' application portfolio, and ultimately give it broader exposure in the 3D printing market. Do you think this is a game-changing move?

    3Dconnexion: December Updates

    3Dconnexion mouse users span a wide variety of industries, and we love to hear their stories, tips and tricks for other 3D CAD designers and engineers.

    3DX Moto1 resized 600For example, MotoCzysz, a motorcycle company out of Portland, Oregon, USA, pairs the SpaceMouse Pro with SolidWorks to design some of the fastest, most aerodynamic motorcycles in the world. Read more about why they choose 3Dconnexion in our guest article on Design News.

    Over at RevitForum.org, 3Dconnexion 3D mouse user Michael Anonuevo shared a couple of great tips for using the tools with Autodesk Revit 2013. Check them out here to make sure you’re getting the most out of your device this year.

    Mechanical engineering students from India's UVCE received national recognition for their award-winning, futuristic contractible vehicle design, inspired by their city's parking problem (and a caterpillar). The UVCE team beat more than 1,000 other teams, and took home a cash prize and a SpaceMouse Pro. Congratulations! We’re proud to be a part of the design process.

    What Did We Miss?

    Share your favorite 3D design articles, or 3Dconnexion stories and tricks, in the comments below.

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