Nike’s new 3D-designed spike plates made their debut in the Rio Olympic games as Olympian Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce ran in the women’s 100- and 4 x 100-meter relay. The shoe’s spikes are printed using 3D technology and custom-made to fit the sole of the sprinter’s foot.
Prior to the Rio Olympic games, researchers spent years testing how the firmness and build of the spikes affected the overall pace of the athlete, as different levels can affect how each step recoils from the track during a race. 3D printing allowed researchers to quickly test more than 20 prototypes of the plates, ultimately leading them to a new innovative design to cut down on sprinters’ times.
Fraser-Pryce went on to win medals in two of this summer’s Olympic games. She received silver in the women’s 4 x 100 meter relay and bronze in the women’s 100 meter.3D-Printed Phone Case Improves Pokémon Go Aim
Now Pokémon Go players can give their scores a boost. Jon Cleaver recently designed a phone case made to help players aim in-game, allowing them to easily guide their fingers across their phone screens in a straight line.
The lightweight case is made to fit over the iPhone 6 and includes openings for players to guide their fingers up the center of their screen for each throw. While the case obstructs the view for more advanced moves like curve balls and moves performed during battles, it improves the accuracy for straight throws and aim. Interested players can buy the model to print on their own 3D printer at home, or buy a ready-to-use case through the designer’s Etsy page.
As virtual reality (VR) continues to gain momentum in CAD and other design fields, this video demonstrates just how it works by taking viewers into the model using a VR headset. You’ll see a demonstration of a handful of VR’s capabilities in CAD, including how to better estimate size and accuracy of CAD models.
As part of their Global Month of Impact, in which Autodesk’s global offices participate in a philanthropic cause, Autodesk partnered with Enable Community Foundation (ECF) and Voodoo Manufacturing to produce 3D-printed limb prosthetics for children in need.
A typical prosthetic normally costs thousands of dollars and can take months to develop. However, through partnering together the companies have 3D printed 22,500 parts, which were then used to create 750 prosthetics.
Many designers and engineers use more than one type of CAD software: almost all of them understand the frustration of having to switch between settings and readjust basic functions. Now, Onshape is giving its users the ability to match their functions to other CAD applications.
By adjusting their settings in their Onshape dashboard, users can update their preferences to match the settings of a variety of applications, including SOLIDWORKS, Creo and AutoCAD. Users can match the functions for rotation, pan and zoom. Of course this isn’t necessary when using a 3D mouse, which provides a consistent navigation experience across applications.