Want to kill some time on Thursday nights? All you CAD-using lovers of 3D design now have a couple of places to share models and shoot the breeze over all things three-dimensional.
Caligari, the makers of collaborative 3D technology, announced its Thursday Night Live!, a weekly online discussion open to all members of the 3D community around the globe. The first session, slated for tomorrow night at 5pm PT, will feature Caligari CEO Roman Omandy, who will deliver his insights on the future of 3D technology. Participants to the forum will meet in Caligari’s truePlace shared online 3D space and can communicate using voice- or text-based chat. Visitors will need to install or use Caligari’s trueSpace 7.5 3D modeling software or work with the free truePlay application. TruePlay 7.5 users will be able to model collaboratively, while truePlay users can participate in discussions, but can’t do any modeling.
Autodesk is also doing its part to promote collaboration and 3D modeling sharing in the design community. It has just updated its Project Freewheel, a free Web service from Autodesk Labs that lets users share designs via a built-in messaging tool. With Project Freewheel, users can pan, zoom and orbit on designs as well as make comments using sketch and markup tools. A built-in messaging tool lets participants chat in real-time.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.