The 3D Roundup: April 2013

    Posted by 3DxBlog Team on May 14, 2013 2:48:00 PM

    3D printerIt’s hard to believe that the year is nearly a third over. But just because time is flying doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of it. This month’s 3D Roundup is built to help you do just that, with useful design tips, tools and news to take your designs even further!

    Speed Up Designs with 3D Printing

    The science fiction world of the Star Trek series has some seriously cool technology, including massive starships and handheld phasers. But one gadget in the series blows all the others out of the water: the replicator. Essential to the show’s heroes, the replicator creates objects out of thin air.

    Turns out, the real world has an equivalent: 3D printers. 3D printers print out objects by layering additive material—creating physical models almost out of nothing! Find out how this revolutionary technology can speed up your design cycles in this blog post on 3D printing's potential.

    Are you using 3D printers in your work? How? Be sure to visit the blog and leave a comment in the post!

    School’s Out, But Not Over

    Think design is all about aesthetics? Think again! Students in Southern Mexico designed a water collector that’s capable of collecting up to 2.5 liters of dew each and every night. The students used Autodesk software to design the device—and the result is an invaluable resource for isolated communities. 

    Speaking of motivated students, check out this interview with Nicholas Sceusa, a 3D animator who is teaching open-source 3D animation program Blender to high school students.

    Here at 3Dconnexion, we’re contributing a little to education as well. While we’ve long been a supporter of Formula Student, a racecar competition run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, we’re taking things one step further this year: We’re sponsoring Team Bath Racing, the Formula Student team from the University of Bath in the UK.

    The team aims to design the fastest car on the track, and they’re using 3Dconnexion 3D mice to do it. Check out this blog post on the race—and stay tuned for updates on the team’s progress throughout the year!

    Are you a design student or educator? Connect with us on Facebook or Twitter and let us know how you learn and teach in 3D!

    Tools, Technology and Tutorials

    There’s no better way to improve your design skills than by adding practical tips, tricks and tools to your 3D arsenal. Some of this month’s notable resources include:

    • Review of HDR LightStudio 4.0. Engineer Paul McCrorey, head of McCrorey Digital, gives you his expert take on the latest version of this image based lighting software.

    Know what else can speed up your design cycles? A 3D mouse! Bike frame manufacturer Duratec Ltd found that out when they adopted the 3Dconnexion SpacePilot and SpacePilot Pro.

    These 3D mice helped the firm shorten its design cycle by a whopping 20%. Learn more in this profile of Duratec in Design News. To find out all the other benefits Duratec received from 3Dconnexion 3D mice, read the full case study here.

    What are you doing to improve your designs and learn new techniques? Be sure to let us know in comments here on the blog, or on Facebook or Twitter, where we’re actively creating a community of like-minded designers, engineers and 3D professionals that you’re sure to love!

    Improve Your Creativity Starting Today

    Creativity isn’t a gift. It’s a skill. And you can improve it—beginning today. The Creativity Handbook for 3D Professionals is a manual packed with habits, tools and hacks that will make you more creative, more often.

    This handbook has 25+ pages of information that will help you boost your design creativity and improve your career. Get started today.

    3D design productivity guide

    Image courtesy of kakissel via Flickr.

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