These days, most digital tasks can be completed with a current smart phone, but until very recently, 3D printing has not been one of them. However, Gerhard de Clercq and Pieter Scholtz, two fifteen-year-olds from South Africa, have set-out to change that. The student duo recently unveiled an app that they programmed which can accurately feed data to 3D printers via Bluetooth.
It wasn’t too long ago that Flatter Files was putting SolidWorks and AutoCAD files in your pocket. Ouch! Pardon your reach! Now they’ve churned out an update aimed at access to a wider array of content and have pushed their platform to the far reaches of the Android universe with a new app available for free on Google Play. There are a variety of different viewing apps out there, but this one is both complementing those and will be a must have app for the engineer in the shop or on the go.
Gone are the days where you need an actual, physical product in your hand to make someone believe you know what in blazes you’re yapping about. In reality all you need is augmented reality and a clever app to make your very own 3D models appear anywhere you please. Augment is an app available for iOS and Android that does just that using your mobile device. The Paris based company launched the app this week and is available for the low price of free. However, Augment is much more than an app. They also have a very interesting business model to go along with it.
After months of hype and speculation, the first Cloud-based CAD platform is here from Autodesk in the form of Fusion 360. At $25/month per license, a user can purchase their seat in the Cloud for less than a week’s worth of Starbucks lattes. But despite the low cost-of-entry, how does Fusion 360 stand out as a modeling platform? Will CAD in the Cloud change everything as we know it?
So, you’re standing at the base of a tree, commanding it to do your bidding, only to have a squirrel look at you inquisitively, toss a pecan in your face then scamper off. The only way you may actually get a tree to bend its branches all at once is either by falling through them or getting an incredible app from Steven Longay of Algorithmic Botany called TreeSketch (iTunes). Version 3.0 is here and it brings a myriad of new features that make creating 3-dimensional trees easier than growing them or trying to control them with the power of your mind.