Vicon launches Tracker 3 for enhanced VR user experience

Published 13 May 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: motion capture, vr, vicon, motion capture technology

Tackling noise while reducing latency is at the heart of this update

Motion capture technology specialist Vicon has announced Tracker 3, its latest upgrade for engineering object tracking, designed to address issues that often affect the perception of realism in an immersive environment.

Looking to improve the quality and precision of data used in Virtual Reality (VR) experiences, Tracker 3 now includes native integration with MathWorks Simulink, a simulation and model-based design application.

Vicon states that significant improvements have been made to increase the quality of the data, in particular to tackle the amount of unwanted ‘noise’ - inaccuracies found in any tracking environment.

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New Maxwell Render plug-ins announced for SolidWorks, Rhino and others

Published 13 May 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: solidworks, visualisation, rhino, maxwell, viz, render

New plug-ins mean more colourful ways to get the best render results

Next Limit Technologies has announced a series of new plugins to boost productivity and fix bugs in its Maxwell Render visualisation software.

The plug-ins are all available free for users working in Rhino and SolidWorks, as well as Cinema4D, SketchUp and Houdini.

The SolidWorks release features updates to Maxwell Render 3.1.1 binaries and support for OpenVDB (i.e. Volume File) to Volumetric extension.

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First Look: HDR Light Studio 5 - ‘reborn’ in a new light

Published 13 May 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: rendering, visualisation, automotive, product design, lightmap, hdr, hdr light studio

A new full-screen user interface offers a customisable setup

Lightmap has launched version five of its HDR Light Studio software for visualisation, stating the product has been “reborn” such is the scale of the changes.

Featuring a major redesign, the biggest change is a new, flexible full screen UI, while over 80 new features and enhancements make up the impressive list of changes.

HDR Light Studio’s patented “click-to-light” system is still at the core of the product, aiming to dramatically reduce the user’s faffing to get the lighting in a render just right by placing lights directly into a render view, allowing instant updates on their progress.

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European Commission wants more spending on design in industry

Published 12 May 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design council, europe, design for europe, business, european commission

Europe’s businesses are beginning to embrace design, and the European Commission wants to encourage this further

The European Commission says Europe must look beyond technology innovation and focus more energy on design to achieve its growth potential.

With 62 per cent of EU companies using design in their business the European Commission has outlined its commitment to encouraging greater adoption of design as a driver for innovation and growth within both the public and private sector - with design helping organisations compete on a global scale and provide more user driven solutions.

Speaking at the first Design for Europe annual summit in Brussels, Antti Peltomäki from the European Commission stated that while the EU’s overall level of innovation has remained stable, more investment is needed to boost its innovation performance - with continued investment in skills being vital to ensuring Europe has the highly qualified design talent it requires.

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3D scans auto convert into IGES or STEP files in updated Creaform VXmodel

Published 12 May 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, reverse engineering, cae, 3d scanning, creaform

A new 3D mesh comparison functionality enables deviation measurements between two meshes or between a CAD model and a mesh

Creaform’s 3D scan data post-treatment software module, VXmodel, has been fully integrated in VXelements 4.0 as it aims to cut the users scan-to-use time.

Delivering the tools required for complete scan-to-CAD and scan-to-3D print workflows, the software is designed to complement Creaform’s range of 3D scanners.

Integration into VXelements means VXmodel can directly build on its automatically generated mesh, while a new auto-surfacer generates NURBS in a high-quality patch network that can automatically converted to an IGES or STEP file.

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Fixperts launches residency competition - winner spends a year working with Benchmark

Published 12 May 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, manufacturing, education, furniture design, wood, fixperts, benchmark

With the prize of a year’s working at Benchmark, the Fixperts Residency is offering an amazing opportunity

We’re big fans of helping out others, even more so if it involves design, so we love Fixperts and its goal to mobilise the social resource of fixing stuff to make people’s lives better.

Since launching in 2012, the social network has helped in over 200 cases of problem solving with design (and that’s only the ones captured in mini films), and it is set to go a step further by launching its inaugural Fixperts Residency and business partnership programme.

Joining Benchmark - a furniture company, but in reality, a group of skilled ninja craftsmen that blend wood and metal into ridiculously lovely forms on many different scales - the winner of the Fixpert Residency prize will spend a year at Benchmark aligned to a master craftsman, and will apply his imagination and skill to solve problems through making.

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Rhino 2015 UK user meeting announced for June

Published 12 May 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: rhino, marc newson, robofold, user event

Some of the amazing works of Marc Newson Ltd will be presented by the studio’s design director at the upcoming Rhino 2015 user meeting

Users of Rhino 3D on this fair isle rejoice, for the software company has announced 9 June as the date for its 2015 UK user meeting.

Not content with showcasing new developments and software capabilities - including a sneak review of Rhino for Mac and materials simulation plugin Kangaroo 2.0 - the team at UK reseller Simply Rhino has put together a line-up of brilliant talks taking in everything from jewellery design through to sports stadiums.

At the top of our ‘to see’ list is Nicolas Register, design director at Marc Newson Ltd, who will be presenting some of the studio’s recent projects that have involved Rhino involvement.

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