Experiencing the season’s fashion trends through technology

Published 26 February 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: fashion, motion capture, vr, fashion technology, inition, fashion design, motion capture technology, westfield, ar

‘Fashion avatars’ bring the season’s key trends to life with motion tracking technology, then try to flog you a dress

To celebrate the launch of spring/summer fashion collections, shopping mall maestros Westfield will partner with London technology facilitators Inition to let visitors experience the products through virtual reality and avatars.

Future Fashion comes as a result of more shoppers being eager to explore new ‘fashion technologies’ and are intrigued by new virtual ways to experience it - 52 per cent would use Augmented Reality in a retail environment and 57 per cent are tempted by Virtual Mirrors.

This all points toward more digital 3D content creation in an industry that has lagged far behind more typical product design, and the problems of simulating material properties, accurate lighting, realtime rendering and motion capture.

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SPECviewperf benchmark extended to measure 3D graphics performance for virtualised workstations

Published 26 February 2015

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: opengl, virtualisation, benchmarking, directx, 3d graphics

SPECviewperf 12’s Catia viewset

The latest 12.0.2 release of the SPECviewperf benchmark extends performance measurement from physical to virtualised workstation configurations.

“Virtualisation is an incredibly impactful development in the workstation world,” says Alex Shows, chair of the SPEC Graphics Performance Characterization Group (SPECgpc), that develops the benchmark.

“The latest version of SPECviewperf software reflects a commitment to the accurate measurement and reporting of interactive, GPU-intensive performance for virtualised configurations.”

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KeyShot 5.2 released with SolidWorks 2015 improvements

Published 25 February 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, rendering, visualisation, keyshot, workflow

The final point-release of KeyShot 5 includes boosters and stabilisers for SolidWorks 2015 performance

Luxion’s realtime ray tracing rendering software KeyShot 5 has received its final boost in the form of release 5.2, in preparation for the next major release.

KeyShot 5.2 addresses key performance improvements in the new features released with KeyShot 5 along with stability improvements.

Among the most biggest of these updates is new support for SolidWorks 2015 file format on both Mac and PC, allowing users to import SolidWorks 2015 files directly from the KeyShot interface.

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Wearables to benefit from process adding integrated electronics into injection moulded parts

Published 25 February 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, industrial design, manufacturing, wearable technology, wearables, injection moulding

Greater design freedoms will become available with lighter, curved and flexible structural shapes now containing the devices electronics

Finnish electronic devices manufacturer, TactoTek, has unveiled details of its new manufacturing process, which enables light, thin designs that incorporate electronics into structural plastics

The company is able to insert electronic components into injection moulded parts, including LEDs for sophisticated lighting, sensors, ICs, and printed touch controls in both rigid and flexible designs, .

With integrated 3D printed electronics still some way off, this method, using a flexible substrate to encapsulate electronics into a more traditional injection moulded part, might lead the way for new wearables and electric vehicles technology.

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DEVELOP3D Magazine: March 2015

Published 24 February 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, magazine, rotoron

With DEVELOP3D LIVE only weeks away, this month we bring you a tantalising preview of some of the amazing things you can see at our very own conference on 26 March.

Elsewhere, we check out more pioneering British industry with Rotron’s UAV engines; head into the workshop with Roland’s latest desktop 3D printer and CNC counterpart; look at spoons, simulation and the ‘black art’ of prototyping products.

Download it here for free.

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CL3VER interactive 3D presentation tool to include real-time lightmap technology

Published 24 February 2015

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: collaboration, 3d, presentations

CL3VER, the cloud based platform for interactive 3D presentations, is to include a new WebGL GPU-based real-time lightmap technology in the upcoming 3.0 release.

The technology is claimed to drastically reduce rendering times from several hours to just minutes.

CL3VER can be used to create “Interactive 3D Product Experiences” for manufacturing, automotive, consumer products and industrial equipment - from engineering to marketing to sales.

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EXOne gets super tough with launch of six new materials for industrial 3D printing technology

Published 23 February 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, engineering, manufacturing, prototyping, exone, innovent

The new materials properties offer exciting new possibilities for companies looking to use industrial scale 3D printing

Fast on the tracks of launching its Innovent set-up for customers interested in developing their own 3D printing materials for product development, ExOne has launched six new materials with industrial properties.

From super tough Tungsten Carbide to corrosion resistant Stainless Steel, the new materials are ready to be used in its M-Flex printers, as well as for those looking to experiment using the aforementioned Innovent system.

“Utilisation of these materials in ExOne’s machines will allow our customers to advance our binder jetting applications with their technologies,” said Rick Lucas, ExOne’s chief technology officer.

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