CAD Links Worth Your Time: 3D-Printed Case Improves Pokémon Aim, CAD in Virtual Reality and More

    Posted by Mark Driscoll on Oct 6, 2016 12:45:00 PM

    CAD News

    Nike’s 3D-Printed Shoe Improves Olympian’s Speed

    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.

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    Tags: Design, 3D mouse, 3D CAD, 3D

    How to Get the Most Out of SketchUp

    Posted by Mark Driscoll on Oct 4, 2016 11:03:00 AM

    SketchUp is a 3D modeling computer program commonly used by engineers to draw and design with ease. As it plays an essential role in the design process, there are an abundance of online resources to help educate engineers on SketchUp’s new features and functions. 

    Below, we’ve rounded up nine resources to help you get the most out of SketchUp.

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    Tags: Design, 3D design efficiency, 3D CAD

    6 (More) Design Sites You Need to Bookmark

    Posted by Mark Driscoll on Sep 7, 2016 11:30:00 AM

    To stay up to date with the most recent advancements and technology impacting the world of CAD, we’ve gathered seven more important sites for you to add to your bookmarks. Each site includes many valuable resources for you to take advantage of, including industry news and events, webinars, CAD tips and more.

    Design Engineering

    If you’re looking to stay up to date with the latest advancements in CAD, 3D design and technology, and all things engineering, Design Engineering is the place to start. The site is updated daily with articles on the latest products in all fields of engineering, as well as the newest products hitting the market. Once you’ve checked out the site, be sure to subscribe to their weekly newsletter for regular updates straight to your inbox.


    3DPrint.com not only publishes their own news and features on the newest 3D technology, but also includes a weekly wrap-up of curated content to cover all things impacting the 3D printing industry. The site also includes regular content about 3D technology in the community and how it impacts different industries.

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    Tags: Design, 3D CAD, Productivity

    CAD Links Worth Your Time: New Print as You Design Tool, FeatureScript Tutorials and more

    Posted by Mark Driscoll on Aug 22, 2016 9:00:00 AM

    CAD News 


    Researchers Develop Tool to Print as You Design

    A common frustration for designers is reprinting each version of their prototype as they make changes to it. Now, printers can keep up. A group of Cornell researchers developed a tool in which designers can pause printing at any time to make changes, which will then be reflected in the printed design

    Their printing system uses a similar version of WirePrint, which was designed to make the prototype process faster. With extendable nozzles and a removable base, the system can detect when and where to make changes. Designers have the option to pause printing or continue designing while printing is in progress.

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    Tags: Engineering, Design, Creativity, Productivity

    CAD Links Worth Your Time: Redesigned Panama Canal, the Onshape Education Plan and Zero-Gravity 3D Printing

    Posted by 3DxBlog Team on Jul 28, 2016 11:00:00 AM




    Expanding the Panama Canal

    When the Panama Canal first opened, it provided a shortcut for ships traveling between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. But, almost half of today’s ships are too large to get through the canal. In 2009, engineering firm MWH Global began redesigning the canal. 

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    Tags: Engineering, Design, Architecture, Creativity, CAD Management

    Augmented Reality: The Future Of CAD Design

    Posted by 3DxBlog Team on Mar 22, 2016 10:00:00 AM

    The concept of virtual reality (VR) has been around since the 1950s. The idea that someone could connect to a machine and view a never-ending screen was intriguing. It held the promise of transporting people to new places where they could view art, listen to a concert, or have any number of other experiences without the burden of travel. 

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    Tags: Design, 3D CAD

    Onshape Launches The Ultimate App Store For CAD Designers

    Posted by 3DxBlog Team on Mar 15, 2016 10:00:00 AM

    Onshape App Store Categories

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    Tags: Design, 3D CAD, onshape

    7 Video Game Design Schools To Blast You Into Your Career

    Posted by 3DxBlog Team on Feb 18, 2016 10:00:00 AM

    Does the look and playability of video games gets you just as excited as the gameplay itself? Do you marvel at the ability of a game to immerse players in another world? Do you enjoy 3D CAD design or have the passion to learn? If you fall into those categories, game design may be the perfect career for you.

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    Tags: Design, 3D CAD, Gaming

    7 Engineering Wonders That Show How Far We’ve Come Since The Ancient Pyramids

    Posted by 3DxBlog Team on Feb 16, 2016 10:26:16 AM

    Engineers have designed incredible structures throughout time. Some of these are still shrouded in mystery, such as the Great Pyramids and Stonehenge. We still don’t know exactly how the engineering plans were actually carried out in terms of getting huge, heavy bricks and rocks in place.

    Not knowing how they were made hasn’t stopped us from trying to build things even more impressive. Innovations and new technologies have allowed us to construct bigger and taller designs, and in places we could have only dreamed even 50 years ago. The following projects are perfect examples of how far we’ve come and continue to go.

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    Tags: Engineering, Design, Architecture

    High School CAD Designer Creates a Solution to Make Elderly More Mobile

    Posted by 3DxBlog Team on Feb 11, 2016 10:00:00 AM

    Alex Tacescu is not your average ordinary high school student. A senior at Clovis North High School in Fresno, California, Tacescu is a robot enthusiast. He is a CAD and engineering team leader for his local robotics team, FIRST FRC Team 2761. FIRST stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. FRC stands for FIRST Robotics Competition.

    During a visit with his grandparents, he saw his grandfather (who had Parkinson’s disease) struggling with daily tasks. He was having trouble getting around which got Tacescu thinking. He saw an opportunity to use his knowledge of robotics to design a way for disabled people to easily move around.

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    Tags: Engineering, Design, 3D CAD