3D depth scanner made by modding your smart phone

Published 15 August 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d scanning, microsoft, 3d scanner, mit, smart phone

Transforming a standard digital camera so it can perceive 3D depth of field

Research from Microsoft suggests that with a few modifications an ordinary digital camera, like the one on your smartphone, can be used as a 3D depth camera.

While efforts like Google’s Project Tango are planning on adding depth cameras into our mobile gadgets of the near future, Microsoft has been looking to make access to developing 3-D applications easier by lowering costs and technical barriers to entry for such devices.

As featured in the MIT Technology Review, a group of researchers modified web cameras by removing the near infrared filter (used in cameras to block unwanted light signals in pictures) before adding a filter that only allowed infrared light to pass, surrounding the lens with a ring of several cheap near-infrared LEDs.

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New knees - using a 3D printer to create bespoke ‘living’ joint cartilage

Published 15 August 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, medical, medical design, bioprinting, pittsburgh, rocky tuan

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is developing organic 3D printed cartilage using an EnvisionTEC Perfactory machine

That collective groan of relief you can hear is of the thousands of ex-sportmen (pro and amateur) around the world, hoping that their knees will once again work properly.

Rocky Tuan, PhD, is a professor and executive vice chairman of the department of orthopedic surgery as well as the director of the Center for Cellular and Molecular Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine - obviously a busy man - but he’s found time to develop organic 3D printed cartilage using an EnvisionTEC Perfactory machine.

This research is the first success of living human cartilage tissue composed atop a chip using 3D printing.

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MakersCAFE gets launch in hipster heart of Shoreditch

Published 15 August 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: london, maker, makers, coffee, maker cafe, shoreditch

Makers will get their very own coffee bar in the middle of London

RazorLAB, an online laser cutting service, is opening its long dreamed of MakersCAFE in London’s hipster heartland: Half makerspace (laser cutters, 3D printers), half cafe (barista-style coffee).

It’s arrival is a strange mix of Shoreditch nightlife staples (The Jaguar Shoes Collective have ran bars and events in the area since before the age of skinny jeans) and hands on tech goodness (UntoThisLast, Hobs Studios)

Yet it’s prime location means that it’s sure to see some impressive footfall from some of the most arty, nonchalant types the city has to offer.

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SPEC pushes forward with new CAD-focused 3D benchmarks

Published 15 August 2014

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: solidworks, 3d graphics, benchmarks, specapc

Fulmine Concept car from the SPECapc benchmark for SolidWorks 2013

SPEC’s application performance characterization (SPECapc) group, the non-profit organisation that develops application benchmarks for 3D graphics workstations, has introduced a new test for 3ds Max 2015 and announced plans to update its SolidWorks, NX and Maya tests.

The SPECapc tests are a great way of finding out how your workstation performs in relation to others. DEVELOP3D currently uses the SPECapc for SolidWorks 2013 benchmark to help evaluate 3D graphics and overall workstation performance so we look forward to seeing how these new tests develop.

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3D Systems buys into manufacturing for aerospace

Published 15 August 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, 3d systems, aerospace

American Precision Prototyping co-founder Jason Dickman shows the ability to prototype cockpit equipment using 3D printing

3D Systems has bought yet another diverse manufacturing services bureau, this time giving it the capabilities to better approach prototyping and manufacturing short-run parts for the aerospace industry..

By acquiring American Precision Prototyping (APP) and sister company American Precision Machining (APM), it now has two expert providers of rapid prototyping and advanced manufacturing, product development and engineering services with a significant presence in the cutting edge world of aerospace.

Headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, APP and APM bring over 24 years of combined advanced prototyping and manufacturing service bureau experience, one which has helped change the way its industry quotes and purchases rapid prototype and rapid manufactured parts.

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OTOY to put CAD in the cloud with X.IO app streaming service

Published 14 August 2014

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: cloud, graphics, remote cad

OTOY’s OctaneRender software running via X.IO App Streaming

OTOY is hoping to establish itself as a key component supplier for ‘CAD-in the-cloud’, launching a new application virtualisation service for 3D software developers.

The X.IO App Streaming service is said to ‘instantaneously’ port Windows desktop applications to the cloud, enabling access on virtually any Internet-connected device.

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TechShop offers up 50 lifetime memberships

Published 14 August 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: maker, makers, birmingham, barry, techshop, memberships

Is Barry about to sign up Michelle and the kids?

TechShop, a concept that we know and love, is offering our dear cousins across the Atlantic the chance to sign up to there nearest centre for life, with 50 of these memberships available nationwide.

Prices run from $7,500 per individual, $9,000 for a couple, or $10,000 for a family of 2 adults and up to 4 children under the age of 21, with the sign-up deadline being 31 August, or when the 50 person mark has been reached.

The one off cost looks steep, but there’s a lot of bang for your buck.

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