Date / Time: Thursday, February 23, 2012, 02:00:00 PM
Overview: Gone are the days when CAD-savvy individuals are the only ones who need access to 3D CAD models. As more companies embrace digital design tools and digital prototyping for their product development processes, there's a growing need to make the 3D models accessible and usable by a wider population beyond CAD users. Noted CAD expert David Prawel, President of LongView Advisors joins Design News Contributing Editor Tim Votapka to explore how technologies are evolving to give non-CAD users and even non-engineers access to the 3D digital models for markup, review, and collaboration purposes, along with how these tools can deliver value in terms of fostering reuse, innovation, and overall product development efficiencies.
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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.
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