Autodesk is adding to its growing menu of cloud-based
projects with two new design tool offerings meant to bring supercomputer-like
functionality to smaller firms, which can't necessarily afford it. The
company's latest cloud-based efforts are Project Photofly and Project Neon,
both currently available for a free test drive at Autodesk
Photofly is a
technology preview of a Web service that allows users in architectural, design,
media & entertainment and manufacturing firms to easily create 3-D models
from a series of photographs. Unlike most image-based modeling techniques,
which require manual calibration of photographs and a high level of expertise,
Project Photofly employs the "Camera Factory" automatic calibration engine to
simplify and automate the process. Using a Windows-based client called "Photo
Scene Editor," customers connect to the Camera Factory Web service and then
enlist Autodesk 3-D modeling software (AutoCAD, Autodesk Revit, Autodesk 3ds Max,
etc.) to consume the data in a DWG format while leveraging the Camera Factory
tool to model on top of the images.
brings the possibility of reality capture to designers, creative artists and
engineers who didn't have the resources or expertise for image-based modeling
and expedites the process for those who are used to spending endless hours
manually stitching together images to create a 3-D model," said Brian Mathews,
vice president of Autodesk Labs, in a press release. "Reality capture
gives designers and engineers the ability to better measure, analyze, document
and plan for projects."
Project Photofly announcement is the release of Project
Neon, a technology
preview of a Web service that delivers high-quality rendering off of the
desktop using the cloud. With such a capability, engineering teams can create
photo-realistic renderings of their projects without the need for dedicated
rendering hardware. Given that rendering multiple files can take days and add
time and expense to projects, Project Neon's support of the cloud promises to
allow firms to render multiple views of a project simultaneously in a fraction
of the time.
In addition to these efforts,
Autodesk has a number of cloud-based design tool projects
the Project Butterfly collaboration service and Project Cumulus, a Web service
for plastics simulation.
A brochure is a flyer, pamphlet or leaflet that is used to pass information about something. Brochures are advertising pieces mainly used to introduce a company or organization and inform about products and/or services to a target audience. Brochures are distributed by radio, handed personally or placed in brochure racks. They may be considered as grey literature. They are usually present also near tourist attractions.
The most common types of single-sheet brochures are the bi-fold (a single sheet printed on both sides and folded into halves) and the tri-fold (the same, but folded into thirds). A bi-fold brochure results in four panels (two panels on each side), while a tri-fold results in six panels (three panels on each side).
Other folder arrangements are possible: the accordion or "z-fold" method, the "c-fold" method, etc. Larger sheets, such as those with detailed maps or expansive photo spreads, are folded into four, five, or six panels. When two card fascia are affixed to the outer panels of the z-folded brochure, it is commonly known as a "z-card".
Researchers at the University of Maryland have achieved a first in lithium-ion battery science: the development of a successful lithium-based battery using one material for all three core components of a battery -- anode, cathode, and electrolyte.
The online Bar Steel Fatigue Database for automotive design engineers has been updated for the fifth time and now contains 134 iterations, or grade/process combinations. It provides better predictability for designing parts with long-term reliability and durability.
FPGAs use programmable fabric to create custom logic, but this flexibility comes at a cost -- usually around 10 times more silicon real estate and 10 times the power dissipation. Can we really claim any FPGA is low power?
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.