cloud computing activity on the 3-D content front. At this week's SolidWorks World 2011 conference, Bunkspeed, a provider of 3-D rendering and animation software, introduced
its Bunkspeed Cloud Solution intended to let engineers and other users
visualize and interact with photorealistic 3-D images and scenes via the Web,
wherever they are in the world and from any device that can run a web browser.
Bunkspeed Cloud Solution runs in an NVIDA GPU-based cloud environment and
leverages mental images' RealityServer 3-D
web application services platform to let users in the automotive design,
engineering and consumer product design fields create and collaborate on
photorealistic visualizations without having to endure the lag time of waiting
for images to render on their workstation. It also opens up access to these
photorealistic images to non-CAD users, who can now view and review projects
through the web without having the software and hardware infrastructure to run
At the heart
of Bunkspeeds' Cloud Solution is Bunkspeed SHOT Pro, a 3-D rendering
application that produces photorealistic images and 360-degree animation. The
software integrates with SolidWorks 2011 and other leading CAD packages, via
plug-in or importer, to allow users to add materials, change out lighting
environments and apply various back plates to product photorealistic results.
A new service lets engineers and orthopedic surgeons design and 3D print highly accurate, patient-specific, orthopedic medical implants made of metal -- without owning a 3D printer. Using free, downloadable software, users can import ASCII and binary .STL files, design the implant, and send an encrypted design file to a third-party manufacturer.
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.