The 3D Roundup: January 2013

    Posted by 3DxBlog Team on Feb 15, 2013 2:32:00 PM

    3D designThe New Year is just getting started, and we want to know: What’s your design resolution for 2013? Are you learning new software, adopting advanced hardware or starting a new project? Connect with us on Facebook or Twitter to let us know how you are resolving to change your 3D world this year! And if you need some inspiration, don’t worry: We’ve got you covered. Check out how loads of people are already designing some incredible things!

    Starting the Year Off Right

    Architect Ethan Anthony, with firm Cram & Ferguson, starts off this year’s inspiring stories with something appropriately retro: a return to designing the first true Gothic churches seen in the United States since the Second World War.

    In this Boston.com Q&A, Anthony shares his mission to merge the classic and the modern by designing churches that pay homage to the past while incorporating sustainable materials. Check it out!

    While Anthony is paying tribute to the past, a group of scientists at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland have eyes only for the future. They’re using human stem cells as “ink” in a 3D printer.

    But don’t worry, the experts aren’t hogging all the cool designs. Fans of HBO’s Game of Thrones created printable 3D models of the show’s opening sequence, which depict 3D imagery of the fantasy world’s locales.

    Take to heart the words of the article’s author Graham Templeton (@GrahamTempleton): “Whether it’s a city planner looking to mock up a new plaza or a general looking to familiarize commanders with the layout of an enemy encampment, the ability to quickly turn digital images into physical schematics is getting more popular as it gets cheaper.”

    The future might be bright for Gothic churches, scientists and Game of Thrones fanatics, but it’s also looking good for engineering students, according to the LA Times. The paper reported that engineering majors now make more on average than business majors.

    Talk about 3D design being a good investment!

    SolidWorks World

    We had an absolute blast at SolidWorks World 2013. Not only did we get to meet tons of cool 3D users, but we also demonstrated the power of 3Dconnexion mice in person. 

    If you missed the event but love SolidWorks, check out this post about how to get the most out of your SolidWorks designs. What strategies do you use to get the most out of SolidWorks?  Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments.

    Speaking of SolidWorks users, Nolan Farmer over at Farmer Plastics and Machining told us about how he uses SolidWorks and a 3Dconnexion SpaceExplorer 3D mouse to produce some stunning machines—including a fifth-scale, glow fuel-powered, radio-controlled super bike, which Farmer says, “may be the most sophisticated one on the planet.” See his story

    And stay tuned: 3Dconnexion’s recap of SolidWorks World 2013 is coming soon!

    Stick to Your Design Resolutions

    If your design resolutions include learning how to use a 3D mouse—or becoming even more of a 3D mouse pro—then you have to check out these instructional videos:

    • Here’s a helpful primer on what a 3D mouse is and how to get started using one to expand your 3D world.
    • In this video, 3Dconnexion shows you how to become comfortable with your 3D mouse by holding the controller cap correctly.
    • If you’re looking to take your 3D mouse skills to the next level, watch this. It shows you how to effectively use a 3Dconnexion 3D mouse’s professional features.

    If you’re a new 3D mouse user, don’t forget to register your product, and be sure you have the appropriate drivers for your device and software by visiting our drivers download page. We love welcoming users to the 3Dconnexion family!

    If you have any questions about the material covered here, or have suggestions of future videos you’d like to see, let us know in the comments! 

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