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New Methods for Realistic Surface Rendering

May 5, 2015 11:37 am | by Vienna University of Technology | News | Comments

Overturning cars, flying missiles, and airplanes speeding across the screen - on modern computers, 3D objects can be calculated in a flash. However, many surfaces still look unnatural. Whether it is skin, stone or wax ...

RoomAlive 'Holodeck' Allows Users to Walk Inside Virtual Reality Worlds

May 4, 2015 4:39 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Microsoft continues to release new information and tools this week, including the RoomAlive...

New 3D Printing Consortium to Work Towards Unified File Format

April 30, 2015 3:28 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | News | Comments

Yesterday Microsoft kicked off its Build Conference 2015 in San Francisco, CA. After a day and...

New 3D Inspection Software for Intuitive Contact & Non-Contact Measurement

April 29, 2015 5:14 pm | by Creaform | News | Comments

AMETEK Creaform has introduced VXinspect, an intuitive 3D inspection software that includes all...

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HoloLens Apps Detailed at Microsoft at Keynote

April 29, 2015 4:16 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Windows 10’s new browser will officially be called Windows Edge, the company announced at a development keynote at the Build conference on April 29. In addition, Microsoft revealed that the Continuum feature will be expanding to phones ...

3D Printing Isn't Rocket Science. Or Is It?

April 28, 2015 5:09 pm | by Stratasys | News | Comments

Do you think 3D printers are just a new fad for hobbyists or making knickknacks? Or limited to making prototypes? Don't tell that to rocket manufacturer United Launch Alliance (ULA).  Making launch vehicles for NASA, the Air Force and ...

Photos of the Day: Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge Winners

April 28, 2015 9:44 am | by Stratasys | News | Comments

This worldwide contest gives students in secondary and post-secondary educational institutions the opportunity to redesign an existing product or to create a new product that improves how a task is accomplished ...


CAD Market Returns to Growth; Reaches $8B in 2014

April 24, 2015 12:57 pm | by Jon Peddie Research | News | Comments

Jon Peddie Research (JPR) has announced the completion of the CAD market study with historical data and forecasts. JPR’s CAD Report tracks suppliers of CAD software and related products and has done so for over 15 years ...

Top Product Development Cost Contributors & Ways to Optimize Them

April 24, 2015 9:22 am | by Gaurang Trivedi, Engineering Consultant, TrueCADD | Articles | Comments

It is of paramount importance for any manufacturing firm to maintain an optimized product to survive in a cut throat competitive market. In a present scenario, every manufacturer tries to achieve a balance between producing products ...

Wanted: One Apollo 11 Fastener

April 23, 2015 3:22 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

FMW Fasteners is looking for a souvenir fastener from Apollo 11 to raise money at a charity auction ... 

Industrial Virtual Factory Lowers Costs & Reduces Emissions

April 23, 2015 11:47 am | by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland | News | Comments

In collaboration with European companies and research institutes, VTT has developed a cloud-based, easily customized, modular software platform for improving the sustainability performance of industrial products by lowering production ...

NASA 3D Prints First Full-Scale Copper Rocket Engine Part

April 23, 2015 9:49 am | by NASA | News | Comments

When you think of copper, the penny in your pocket may come to mind; but NASA engineers are trying to save taxpayers millions of pennies by 3-D printing the first full-scale, copper rocket engine part. “Building the first full-scale, copper ...


Photos of the Day: First Copper Rocket Engine Part 3D Printed

April 23, 2015 9:47 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA engineers used 3-D printing to make the first full-scale copper engine part, a combustion chamber liner that operates at extreme temperatures and pressures. Structured light scanning, seen on the computer screen, helped verify ...

3D Shape Database Improves Fit of Army Clothing, Equipment

April 22, 2015 12:29 pm | by Jane Benson, NSRDEC | News | Comments

A new database at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, or NSRDEC, is a perfect fit for America's Soldiers. The ANSUR II 3-D Shape Database uses three-dimensional shapes and ...

3D-Printed Precious Metals Components Market to Reach $4.1B by 2024

April 20, 2015 5:09 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

The market for 3D-Printed Precious Metals Components is expected to reach a whopping $4.1 billion by 2024, according to a report from SmarTech Markets Publishing, which focuses ...

Self-Lacing Shoe Setbacks Taken in Stride

April 20, 2015 2:21 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Articles | Comments

When Frederick Labbe was a mechanical engineering student in 2001, he came up with the idea of using weight as a source of energy to lace shoes. Five years later he developed ...

Avoiding Surprises in Product Development

April 20, 2015 10:02 am | by Gary Burton, Jr., Director of Business Development, Burton Industries | Articles | Comments

Everyone hates non-recurring engineering (NRE) charges and it may seem like a pleasant surprise when a contractor with design engineering capabilities offers a discount that eliminates some or all of these charges. If the work stays at the ...


Fuel3D Partners with Artists to Create 3D Art in Support of ALS Research

April 16, 2015 4:44 pm | by Fuel3D | News | Comments

Fuel3D, a developer of 3D scanning solutions, has announced that it has raised $2,500 in support of ALS research on the heels of a creative partnership between the company, Artists Lend Support founder Brian Fender and renowned 3D ...

NVIDIA Releases New Quadro M6000

April 16, 2015 4:39 pm | by Sandeep Gupte | News | Comments

The NVIDIA Quadro M6000 provides everything you need in one powerful card. 12GB of GPU memory. 7.0 teraflops of peak single-precision performance. Support for up to four 4K displays. And the incredible power efficiency of our Maxwell ...

TI LaunchPad Evaluation Kit Now at Mouser

April 16, 2015 4:01 pm | by Mouser Electronics | News | Comments

Mouser Electronics, Inc. is now stocking the MSP-EXP432P401R LaunchPad Evaluation Kit from Texas Instruments (TI). This new TI LaunchPad is an easy-to-use rapid-prototyping kit for TI’s new MSP432P401R microcontrollers featuring ...

Designing for the Internet of Things

April 16, 2015 10:11 am | by Cliff Medling, Solidworks Blog | Videos | Comments

In this SOLIDWORKS Short, we sat down with Rich Allen Senior Director, Product Management to discuss designing for the Internet of Things. Rich shares examples of how automation processes in our lives are dramatically altering design ...

To What Extent Is Your Product Development Process Digitized?

April 15, 2015 9:37 am | by Gaurang Trivedi, Engineering Consultant, TrueCADD | Articles | Comments

Product development and manufacturing is in a stage of major transformation across the globe. With a message from the market to speed up the development process, manufacturers are consistently looking to improvise their manufacturing ...

Makers In Need; CAD Users Adapting to 3D Printing Slowly

April 14, 2015 11:42 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

A Seattle Makerspace needs donations to recover from a break-in, while CAD users become more likely to use 3D printing in their professional lives ...

ExOne Announces Industrial 3D Printing System

April 14, 2015 11:09 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

A new large-scale 3D printing system was released from the ExOne Company last month, designed to bring additive manufacturing past the realm of rapid prototyping and small-batch printing and into industrial series production ...

HP Shows Off Professional Graphics Displays

April 13, 2015 11:35 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard introduced four new workstation products at the National Association of Broadcasters convention on April 13, including a series of narrow-bezel displays and the second generation of their Turbo Drive SSD ...

Handheld 3D Scanner Brings 3D Printing to the Masses

April 13, 2015 9:50 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Articles | Comments

3D scanners collect real-world data about the shape and appearance of objects and people, and are typically classified as either contact or non-contact. The earliest digital 3D scanners, called contact probes, were developed in the 1980s ...

High School Rocket Scientists Blast Off with NASA

April 10, 2015 10:33 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Articles | Comments

This week NASA is hosting more than 30 high school, college, and university rocketry teams at its 15th annual NASA Student Launch event near the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL. The middle school and high school teams must ...

Fireside Chat: Advancing Dynamic Motion Technology

April 10, 2015 9:37 am | by PD&D Staff | Articles | Comments

CNC Software, Inc., the developer of Mastercam CAD/CAM programming software for CNC machine tools, has appointed Meghan Summers-West as the new president of the company. PD&D caught up with Meghan Summers-West to talk ...

Infographic: Virtual Simulation vs. Hand Calculations & Physical Prototypes

April 9, 2015 12:20 pm | by Mike Fearon, Senior Manager Brand Offer Marketing, Solidworks | News | Comments

Finding a balance between innovation, cost, time, and quality during development is the difference between new product success and failure. Effectively balancing this equation requires a deep understanding of product behavior as quickly ...

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