While pressure-sensitive tablets are one step up from the mouse, there are much more sophisticated devices, in use for the past decade or so, that leave those things in the dust. Haptic arms with force-feedback functionality make the experience of sculpting digitally almost the same as using real tools on real materials. Using one of the 3D Systems "Touch" devices and Claytools software, one can feel the resistance when applying a tool to the surface of a digital model, and change the form in real time, making more subtle changes than are possible with less capable tools. I've been using (and reselling) these systems for some time now, and can testify that they make a real difference in a user's experience of 3D modeling. If you haven't tried it, you're missing out.
Thats really very great tactile pad technology with 3d printing is an awsome combinition and it is a proof that as a specific technology becomes mature many other technologies also combine in it to reform /redefine or improve it .
This is an interesting new technology. There is a relatively new IEEE transactions on Haptics. While it will advance various fields, I do find it amusing that there is such an emphasis on 3D printing in the home. I already have too much tchotchke in my home, including some 3D printed stuff. So, why would I want to make more on a whim?
A middle school team from Rochester, Mich., has again nabbed the grand prize in the annual international Future City Competition, which drew students from 37 regions of the United States, as well as from England and China.
The word “smart” is becoming the dumbest word around. It has been applied to almost every device and system in our homes. In addition to smartphones and smart meters, we now hear about smart clothing and smart shoes, smart lights, smart homes, smart buildings, and every trendy city today has its smart city project. Just because it has a computer inside and is connected to the Web, does not mean it is smart.
Are you being paid enough? Do you want a better job? According to a recent survey Manpower released just before Engineers Week, employers and engineers don't see eye-to-eye about the state of US engineers' skills and experience.
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