Digital Reality

Coming soon: Adobe’s Pen and Ruler set

Coming soon: Adobe’s Pen and Ruler set

Adobe is doing the groundwork to launch Project Mighty and Napoleon.

Facebook acquires Oculus VR for $2 billion… really

Facebook acquires Oculus VR for $2 billion… really

$2 billion in cash and stock; file this under: we did not see this coming.  GfxSpeak believes the deal could open up opportunities for VR as a visualization platform. There was a certain amount of good will and jubilation in the halls of Nvidia’s GTC (GPU Technology Conference) as the word spread that Facebook announced [...]

New 3D Systems ProJet 1200 commoditizes precision small parts manufacturing

New 3D Systems ProJet 1200 commoditizes precision small parts manufacturing

Dental and jewelry are the obvious applications, but a precision micro-SLA 3D printer the size of a coffee maker for $4,900 will find a lot of uses. Most of the chatter in the 3D printing world for the last year or so has been about the hobbyist market, but the vendors all know their bread-and-butter [...]

Virtual Reality makes a comeback at Game Developers Conference

Virtual Reality makes a comeback at Game Developers Conference

Sony demos prototype VR system called Project Morpheus.   By Kathleen Maher You didn’t ask for it, you didn’t know you wanted it, but the game developing world thinks you might be ready for another round of virtual reality (VR) products. The breakthrough is made possible by the proliferation of low-cost sensors and small screens [...]

LinceoVR moves product simulation into augmented reality

LinceoVR moves product simulation into augmented reality

Real-time rendering and Microsoft Kinect hooks offer new ways to examine products in Altair HyperWorks. Microsoft’s decision to provide easy third-party access to its Kinect 3D scanner continues to reap benefits years later, far beyond its gaming roots. The latest wrinkle marries augmented reality and product simulation. LinceoVR from Seac02 renders 3D models in real [...]

SpaceClaim 2014 service pack adds utility

SpaceClaim 2014 service pack adds utility

SpaceClaim just rolled out its service pack which includes two utilities: LiveReview for collaboration and STL Prep for 3D print.   As multi-CAD workflows become the norm, SpaceClaim is carving out a place for itself  in the middle of the design-to-manufacture pipeline. The company hopes to cement and grow that status with the introduction of [...]

President Obama unveils initiatives for renewed growth of manufacturing jobs in the U.S.

President Obama unveils initiatives for renewed growth of manufacturing jobs in the U.S.

Government investments in digital technologies—including direct manufacture, PLM, visualization, digital prototyping, and new materials development—will spawn innovation centers across the country. In a move that could mean an improved job picture for manufacturing in the United States and something of a mini-stimulus, President Obama announced a long-term initiative to foster the growth of manufacturing in [...]

By February 26, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Startup MarkForged makes composite parts

Startup MarkForged makes composite parts

Carbon fiber must be placed in proper alignment for its intended purpose, making 3D printing more challenging.   By Kathleen Maher The newest 3D printer on the scene comes from an eager bunch of MIT grads. Their invention, the MarkForg3D, is the first desktop automated fabricator that can produce parts reinforced with carbon fiber. Co-Founder [...]

By February 13, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Autodesk wind simulation to enhance Fox Sports Super Bowl coverage

Autodesk wind simulation to enhance Fox Sports Super Bowl coverage

Swirling winter winds can affect a football game. For the first time, viewers can see exactly what the wind is doing in the stadium. Technology originally developed for working with industrial plastics will find its way onto millions of TV screens on Super Bowl Sunday, as Fox Sports uses Autodesk wind simulation tools to show [...]

Stratasys introduces Objet 500 Connex3 3d printer

Stratasys introduces Objet 500 Connex3 3d printer

The Connex3 has a name straight out of robocop and sci-fi capabilities to boot.