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Microsoft acquires Simplygon 3D optimization technology

Microsoft acquires Simplygon 3D optimization technology

Designed to slim down AAA game models, the tech may find its way into the new drivers for 3D printing. Microsoft has acquired Swedish-based Donya Labs, developers of Simplygon, software widely used in the game industry to optimize models — which generally means to make them use less processing and storage. The process is also […]

By January 27, 2017 Read More →
Industry vendors join in new model based enterprise interoperability research project

Industry vendors join in new model based enterprise interoperability research project

Purdue University joins with Anark, ITI, Lockheed Martin, and others to increase the use of intelligent assets in 3D models. Several engineering software vendors are joining with manufacturers and academia in a new research project to improve the usability of intelligent model based enterprise (MBE) technologies for manufacturing. The goal of the “Supply Chain MBE/TDP […]

By November 28, 2016 Read More →
Trimble debuts SketchUp Viewer for Microsoft HoloLens

Trimble debuts SketchUp Viewer for Microsoft HoloLens

Microsoft bills HoloLens as a “mixed reality” portal suitable for a new approach to design review. Trimble has announced a new SketchUp viewer for Microsoft HoloLens. Trimble describes it as a “mixed-reality solution” for design and construction review. The new viewer is the first extensible commercial HoloLens application to be listed in the Windows Store. […]

By November 8, 2016 Read More →
Microsoft cranks up the buzz for Holoportation

Microsoft cranks up the buzz for Holoportation

You don’t know what it is, but you think you want one. By Jon Peddie Microsoft says holoportation is a new type of 3D capture technology that allows 3D models of people to be reconstructed, compressed, and transmitted anywhere in the world in real time— kind of a beam-me-up-Scotty thing. When combined with mixed reality […]

By April 29, 2016 Read More →
Hololens for design and designers

Hololens for design and designers

Microsoft is working with Autodesk and Trimble to develop applications for mixed reality. By Jon Peddie and Kathleen Maher When Microsoft introduced Hololens at the beginning of 2015, it was generally agreed that the blue giant had a good idea, and like many of Microsoft’s big ideas, it might well be many years before the […]

By January 6, 2016 Read More →
Microsoft acquires game engine Havok from Intel

Microsoft acquires game engine Havok from Intel

More than a 3D physics engine, Havok has become a comprehensive game development platform. Nvidia and Autodesk have a stronger competitor now. Microsoft has acquired game development platform Havok from Intel. The purchase price was not announced; surely it was more than the $110 million Intel paid to acquire Havok in 2007. Havok is best […]

The 3MF format pulls ahead with important new members

The 3MF format pulls ahead with important new members

The 3MF consortium has reached an important milestone with the participation of key members including 3D Systems, Stratasys, Siemens PLM, SLM Solutions, and Materialise. Meanwhile, Microsoft has figured out a new way to do standards with the Joint Development Foundation.

The Archipelago of Things

The Archipelago of Things

We tend to think of the Internet of Things as a vast network that is knitting itself together as devices and computers connect to each other. But rather than a conspiracy of connected things; we’re more likely to see different networks of different things and most of them will do us more good than harm.  The […]

Review: Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Review: Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Jon Peddie says “I love it—why did I wait?” By Jon Peddie Opening the boxes of the new Sur­face Pro 3 is a delight. The design­er packages have thick, solid sides, and the design elements of the wrappings and the interiors where the machine and its parts rest are (excuse the unctuous flatter) perfect. The […]

By October 31, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 3 goes head to head with MacBook Air

Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 3 goes head to head with MacBook Air

The first applications demonstrated were Autodesk Revit and Adobe Photoshop. Is the enterprise ready to standardize on a Windows tablet? [Editor’s Update: In paragraph five below, we wondered if the Surface Pro 3 was running an installed version or a networked version of Autodesk Revit. It was an installed version of Revit 2015.] Microsoft gathered […]