CAD Links Worth Your Time: Star Wars Art, Free SketchUp Renders, The Future of 3D Animation & More

    Posted by 3DxBlog Team on Oct 6, 2015 10:00:00 AM



    For Your Inner Geek 

    Your Own 3D-Printed Butler

    Over at Creative Bloq, designer Danny Choo (@dannychoo) reveals how he created a four-foot-tall, 3D-printed robot that is controlled from a smartphone. Choo hopes the robot will be standard in homes, and eventually connect to internet-of-things devices like Nest and Dropcam. 

    Is the Future of 3D Animation in China?

    Creative Bloq writer Tom May (@tom_may) investigates the Silicon Valley of 3D animation that just came online in China. The Jiangye Newtown Technology Park is attracting attention as a hub for CG work, and its tech firms have worked on major blockbuster films like Captain America, as well as video games for the global market. Get the lowdown here.

    The Force is Strong with This Art Collection

    Love Star Wars? Can’t wait for a new Star Wars movie later this year? Tide yourself over with this gorgeous book collection of official and unofficial Star Wars art. It’s filled with both digital and traditional art, and it’ll keep you satisfied until our favorite galaxy far, far away returns to the big screen. 


    Autodesk Inventor 2016 Video Training Tutorials

    Speaking of Inventor 2016, this mammoth video training series is the only Autodesk certified course and will teach you everything you need to get up and running fast with Inventor. It has over 60 hours of content over nine course tracks that cover every major part of the software. This is a resource you don’t want to miss. 

    Speed Up Geometry Point Location and Creation

    Inventor 2016 is running on countless workstations, and Desktop Engineering has you covered with pro tips for the software courtesy of IMAGINiT Technologies.

    This article breaks down “various methods of creating and locating points during sketching that may not be so obvious.”


    Meet Onshape, The First Full-Cloud CAD Software

    Onshape, maker of the world’s first full-cloud CAD software, aims to bring CAD work solidly into the 21st Century. While the software is still relatively new, Engineering.com writes that the package has “gained strength quickly with its most recent update.” This article from the site dives into all the new features you’ll see in this latest release.

    Just as notable, 3Dconnexion and Onshape just announced a partnership to bring 3D mice and CadMouse support to this exciting new platform.


    Free Plant Renders for SketchUp

    It’s time to go green if you’re a SketchUp user. ArchDaily turned us on to this free library of plant renders for your SketchUp designs from OneCommunity, which can be used to spruce up your building designs with some outdoor foliage. The team that put together these renders even included a botanist, so you know you’re getting the best, most accurate end product.


    Adjusting Models with the SOLIDWORKS Freeform Feature

    Do you need to adjust a surface or model? The SOLIDWORKS Freeform Feature is where it’s at. This article on Engineering.com from Edwin Alan Gavidia shows you via text and video how to use the tool for fast model adjustment.


    A Mobile CAD Workstation That Packs a Punch

    BOXX Technologies is known for producing world-class workstations that pack a punch. According to Desktop Engineering, that’s not limited to desktops. The publication reviewed the GoBOXX 15 SLM Mobile Workstation, a high-performance mobile workstation perfect for 3D design work. Says Desktop Engineering: 

    “And on the AutoCAD rendering test, a multi-threaded test where systems equipped with fast, multi-core CPUs have a distinct advantage, the GoBOXX 15 SLM turned in the best results we have ever recorded for a mobile workstation, completing our test rendering in just over 55 seconds.”

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