HTC Vive to boost resolution and take VR cable free

Published 10 January 2018

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: gpu, workstation, vr, product development, viz, vr headset

The Vive Pro features a resolution of 2,880 x 1,600 (1,440 x 1,600 per eye), a 78 percent increase over the original Vive

Virtual Reality (VR) is about to get a bit more realistic and less pixelated thanks to the Vive Pro, an enhanced version of the popular head mounted display that is designed for VR enthusiasts and enterprise users.

VR is also set to go cable free with HTC Vive unveiling its Vive Wireless Adaptor that works with both the original Vive and the Vive Pro.

The big news about the Vive Pro is that the resolution of the dual-OLED displays has gone up to 2,880 x 1,600 (1,440 x 1,600 per eye) - a 78 per cent increase from the 2,160 x 1,200 (1,080 x 1,200 per eye) resolution of the current Vive.

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Kohler’s new Additively Manufactured bathroom product

Published 10 January 2018

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: design, manufacturing, industrial design, 3d systems, additive manufacturing, metals

3D Systems has teamed up with Kohler’s Kallista bathroom hardware group to develop a new product that it claims couldn’t have been easily manufactured any other way.

The minimalist Grid products are built by 3rd Dimension, using its 3D Systems ProX DMP 320 direct metal production system in a high-quality stainless steel 316 powder material named 3D Systems LaserForm 316L.

“Designers usually need to consider a manufacturing process and they have to design around that process,” said Kallista design studio manager Bill McKeone.

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VR-ready laptops to become thinner and lighter

Published 09 January 2018

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: amd, gpu, intel, cpu, vr, mobile workstation

Intel shrinks processor by combining Intel Core CPU and AMD Radeon Vega GPU in a single package

Powerful 3D laptops and 2-in-1s are set to become thinner and lighter (and desktop PCs smaller) thanks to a new Intel technology that combines an Intel Core CPU and an AMD Radeon Vega GPU in a single package.

The new 8th Gen Intel Core processor with Radeon RX Vega M Graphics features a semi-custom AMD graphics chip with fast HBM2 memory that is powerful enough for 3D games and VR. The CPU and GPU communicate with each other at high-speed thanks to Intel’s EMIB interconnect technology.

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HP unveils Z 3D Camera for your workstation

Published 09 January 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: autodesk, rendering, visualisation, hp, workstation, vr, zbrush

HP has pushed out the 3D camera from its Sprout computers as a product in its own right, as it looks to take advantage of the increased demand for 3D content.

The HP Z 3D Camera’s design minimises desktop space, clipping to monitors like a webcam, for real-time capture and visualisation - its scanning technology constructing the 3D model in real time.

Workflows are enhanced by scanning objects with computer-graphics-friendly resolutions that maintain separate texture maps for physical-based rendering (PBR) and AR, VR and mixed reality content creation.

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Formlabs’ CES launch: glass filled resin & audiology workflow

Published 08 January 2018

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, manufacturing, industrial design, manufacture, materials, formlabs

Formlabs looks to have taken the opportunity of CES to launch a bunch of interesting things. Perhaps the most interesting is the new Rigid resin.

This is the first time that Formlabs has launched a filled resin, promising higher stiffness and a ‘polished finish’.

Filled resins have been around for a good long while and available for SLA machines from a variety of vendors, but the use of them is complex: the particulate needs to be agitated to ensure even distribution so it’ll be interesting to see how this material builds on the Form 2 and what effect it’ll have on the degradation of the build trays (given the abrasive nature of the glass components of the resin).

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IMSCAD and AMD to help smooth path to graphics virtualisation in the cloud

Published 05 January 2018

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: amd, cloud, virtualisation, 3d cad, imscad

Customers are able to test their own datasets and 3D CAD applications using AMD virtual GPUs in the cloud

IMSCAD Global is teaming up with AMD to deliver a global demo platform to help Architecture, Engineering, Construction (AEC) and design / manufacturing firms ease the transition to graphics virtualisation in public or private clouds.

The collaboration centres on a ‘PoC (Proof of Concept) in a week’ where IMSCAD will host and support customers that want to test drive the technology. During the trial, customers are able to use their own datasets and 3D CAD / BIM applications using VMware or Citrix with AMD virtual GPUs.

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Blueprint product design competition packs in a whole raft of prizes to make an idea a reality

Published 05 January 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: prototype, 3d printing, industrial design, london, luma id

LUMA Blueprint 2018 is looking for entries to its product design ideas contest, which has packaged up a prize that should help take the winning concept through to realisation.

The competition is open for entries by anyone with an idea they think will make people’s life better with few limitations beyond that - anyone can enter, so long as it is a useful innovation and hasn’t been done before.

The prize totals £2,000 of product development, including £1,000 of industrial design time from LUMA-iD, while winners will also get £500 worth of SLS 3D printed prototypes from 3DPRINTUK.

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