You’ve heard all about how 3D technology can be tapped to design everything from football-field-size airplanes to the latest high-tech mountain bikes. Well, what about employing 3D to solve one of the world’s great mysteries: How the Great Pyramid of Kheops was built.
Jean-Pierre Houdin, a French architect, has come up with a theory, which is says is scientifically proven thanks to the use of Dassault Systemes’ real-time 3D solutions. At a recent conference, Houdin created a virtual reality auditorium using seven networked computers running Dassault’s Virtools to recreate the pyramid construction site in 3D, exactly as it was 4,500 years ago.
Houdin’s theory is based on three foundations: The use of an outside ramp to build the first 43 metres of the pyramid; the use of an internal spiral ramp running behind the faces of the pyramid to complete construction; and the use of the Great Gallery to accommodate a system of counterweights to lift some of the heavy granite ceiling rafters, which can weigh in at up to 63 tons.
There is currently much discussion around the term "platform," which may be preceded by the adjectives "mobile," "wearable," "medical," "healthcare," etc. However, regardless of the platform being discussed, they usually have one key aspect in common: They tend to be wireless. So, why is this one aspect so fairly universal? The answer is convenience.
Everyone has a MEMS story. For most of us it’s probably the airbag that saved our lives or the life of a loved one. Perhaps it’s the tire pressure sensor that alerted us about deflation before we were stranded alone on a dark muddy road.
Bioimimicry is not merely a helpful design tool -- it also encourages designers to think not only about how to solve design problems by imitating nature, but how to make the products, materials, and systems they design more ecologically sound and nature-friendly.
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