The 3D Roundup: February 2013

    Posted by 3DxBlog Team on Mar 8, 2013 4:35:00 AM

    GoldenMousetrapAWARD logoWinner (1)From 3D printing to incredible CAD software, there are few limits to the design possibilities offered by 3D technology. That makes now the perfect time to take advantage of tools that showcase your creative streak.

    Whether you’re new to 3D, a hobbyist or a seasoned professional, the 3D world is waiting for your creativity!

    What designs are you working on? Connect with us on Facebook or Twitter and share your wild, wonderful ideas. To inspire you, here’s the latest and greatest 3D news from the past month.

    For the Love of Design

    Waiting in an airport is about to become a lot more interesting if some of the world’s most talented architects have their way. Check out these 9 incredible airport designs currently planned for travel hubs around the world.

    They include a spectacular design for a new London airport from Zaha Hadid, and a colorful aviation hub in Lisbon, Portugal designed by HOK (read HOK’s story here).

    While airport designs take up entire city blocks, a new list from Business Insider celebrates the small stuff with a roundup of tech history’s best gadget designs. What do you think of the list? Any gadgets that should have been included? Let us know in the comments!

    Speaking of cool designs, 3Dconnexion is proud to announce that Design News awarded the SpaceMouse Pro a Golden Mousetrap Award! Click here to check out all the award winners.

    Truly, though, it’s our customers who deserve awards for all the creative ways they use 3Dconnexion 3D mice. Take a look at how one person is using a 3Dconnexion SpaceNavigator to pilot a remote-control helicopter!

    The fun doesn’t end there. This post explores the possibilities of making 3D mice compatible with top computer games, and highlights a few ways you can get up and running in the meantime. What games would you like to play with a 3Dconnexion mouse? Let us know at the bottom of the post.

    3D Printing Marches Forward

    It’s full steam (or should we say, full additive plastic?) ahead for 3D printers this month—and one recent development has a great story behind it.

    83-year-old Hugh Lyman designed a machine that drops the price of 3D printing by 90%. His invention turns plastic pellets into the filament needed to 3D print objects—a cheaper alternative than buying the filaments outright.

    The best part? Lyman is a hobbyist who built the machine in his free time, then won more than $40,000 in cash and prizes.

    Lyman isn’t the only one making 3D printing more affordable. Researcher Joshua Pearce at Michigan Technological University developed the RecycleBot, which turns plastic milk jugs into 3D printing material.

    Turning trash into 3D treasure? Sounds like a great deal for designers and the planet!

    International Repetitive Strain Injury Awareness Day

    On February 28, we celebrated International Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Awareness Day, a global event that recognizes injuries caused by muscle and tendon strain.

    Extensive computer use often causes these injuries, which makes RSIs a major concern for CAD users. RSIs develop into chronic aches and pains, as well as more serious conditions like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. They sometimes even force workers into retirement.

    3Dconnexion is proud that our 3D mice are proven to alleviate pain and discomfort during the design process, according to several independent research reports. Please take a moment to read our post about the dangers of RSIs, and how 3D mice can help.

    How do you prevent and/or alleviate RSIs? Let us know in the comments. By raising awareness, we all promote better health for CAD workers everywhere.

    For more information on the benefits of 3D mice, dive deeper into these independent research reports:

    And don’t forget: if you’re new to the 3Dconnexion family, register your 3D mouse today. We love getting to know new users!

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