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Recreating the greatest high-wire performance of modern times

Recreating the greatest high-wire performance of modern times

Atomic Fiction recreates the famous stunt in The Walk with Faceware. On a warm summer day in 1974, French high-wire artist and stuntman extraordinaire Philippe Petit surprised morning commuters in lower Manhattan when a cable appeared connecting the two towers of the World Trade Center. Petit and his team put it there so he could do […]

By May 11, 2016 Read More →
Finding a way to make tractors less noisy

Finding a way to make tractors less noisy

Commercial and agricultural manufacturer CNH needed a better way to study noise reduction strategies. The solution was found in MSC Actran. Commercial and agricultural vehicles are built for work, not personal use. Compared to automobiles, big trucks, tractors, and construction vehicles generate much more noise. It is important for drives to hear their motors, but […]

By April 12, 2016 Read More →
Aerospace toolmaker removes programming bottleneck with Delcam PowerMill

Aerospace toolmaker removes programming bottleneck with Delcam PowerMill

Using software designed for toolmakers instead of programmers made the difference. The toolmakers at G. Parker Aero Tooling Solutions were getting frustrated with the rising backlog of projects not being completed in a timely fashion. The problem was a bottleneck in programming the ten computer-aided machining (CAM) units. The two seats of their existing software […]

By February 19, 2016 Read More →
Lanmar Services turns old NASA buildings into geometry with 3D scanning

Lanmar Services turns old NASA buildings into geometry with 3D scanning

Thinkbox Sequoia now commercially available after lengthy beta cycle.   Austin, Texas-based Lanmar Services has found new work saving clients time and money by using laser scanning to record and translate 3D structural data from existing buildings into functional, precise 2D CAD or 3D building information models (BIM). They use Sequoia, point cloud meshing software […]

By February 1, 2016 Read More →
ILM, Whiskeytree and the digital construction of Tomorrowland

ILM, Whiskeytree and the digital construction of Tomorrowland

Creative teams at ILM and Whiskytree used CineSync to stay in constant contact regarding scenes and CG creations. The gleaming futuristic cityscape is a central character in Disney’s Tomorrowland. A hidden city in a parallel dimension, built in the film by the great minds of the 19th Century but created for the silver screen by […]

Ford virtual reality lab brings ultra-high definition to immersive collaborative design

Ford virtual reality lab brings ultra-high definition to immersive collaborative design

Using Autodesk VRED, Ford has become the first automotive company to equip its design team with 4K real-time virtualization.    In recent years Ford Motor Company has become a leader in exploring new technology for design and engineering. The company’s newest initiative is the Ford Immersive Vehicle Environment (FIVE) Lab, led by Elizabeth Baron, Ford […]

Giant burrowing snake machines create London Crossrail tunnel

Giant burrowing snake machines create London Crossrail tunnel

Designed in PTC Creo, eight 1,000-ton units are cutting through 26 miles of widely varying conditions. For years the Crossrail project has been burrowing tunnels for a new rail line directly under London. More than 26 miles in total have been carved out by gargantuan tunnel boring machines (TBMs), purpose built for Crossrail by German […]

Growing dragons challenge Game of Thrones CG team

Growing dragons challenge Game of Thrones CG team

Pixomondo created the babies, growing in capabilities as the dragons grow in stature. HBO’s Game of Thrones is popular for many reasons, most of them beyond the scope of our coverage here. But some of the appeal surely lies in the realistic visual effects that give mythic realism to the unfolding story of endless battles […]

Holographic visualization gives design firm a leg up

Holographic visualization gives design firm a leg up

Britto Charette found a way to help the “spatially challenged” understand the plan.   Interior design firm Britto Charette specializes in luxury interiors for a global clientele. Their work has been in leading design publications, and their staff is well-traveled and multilingual. But it wasn’t just a striking design plan or a packed resume that won […]

Kung Fury rocks the 80s action movie genre with heavy CG

Kung Fury rocks the 80s action movie genre with heavy CG

David Sandberg scooped up $630,000 on Kickstarter and put together a hilarious short film in Autodesk Maya and 3ds Max. Please forgive me, I’m laughing as I write about Kung Fury, a new online movie that premiered recently at Cannes. I’m not laughing at the artistry or the technology, which are both top notch, but […]