Designed with the technical illustrator in mind, PTC's Arbortext IsoDraw 7.0 version bundles a wide range of 2D and 3D capabilities (2D illustrations, 3D illustrations, 2D animation, 3D animation and a mix of 2D and 3D illustrations and animations) in a single tool. This way companies can create both 2D and 3D technical illustrations and animations from scratch — instead of having to redraw graphics, which most options require — while also letting them more easily create context by reusing 3D CAD data. The software is integrated with PTC's Pro/ENGINEER 3D CAD package, which means CAD data associated with that software can be directly embedded in technical documents, leading to higher-quality and lower cost publications. Moreover, the ability to embed 3D animations in publications helps people visually interact with and view objects from multiple perspectives, which in turn can improve computer-based training, assembly instructions and online maintenance manuals.
University of Southampton researchers have come up with a way to 3D print transparent optical fibers like those used in fiber-optic telecommunications cables, potentially boosting frequency and reducing loss.
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