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Substance Designer 6 promises ready-to-use tiling materials for render, straight from 4 phone snaps

Published 24 February 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, rendering, materials, viz

Substance Designer 6 from Allegorithmic comes fitted with with new filters to help build a complete workflow for creating clean, ready-to-use tiling materials adapted to photogrammetry rendering.

New Scan Processing nodes allow users to create accurate scanned materials from a set of pre-lit photos - photos that can be shot with minimal setup, even on a phone, a tripod and a flashlight or LED strip.

With four or 8 photos of the same surface with varying light angles, the user crops and feeds them into the Scan Processor.

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8-core AMD Ryzen 7 CPU good news for CAD users who render

Published 22 February 2017

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: cad, rendering, amd, hardware, hp, dell, workstation

If you use CAD alongside a physically-based renderer like KeyShot, V-Ray or PhotoView 360, read on, as this could seriously change the way you approach your next workstation purchase.

AMD has just announced its first 8-core Ryzen 7 desktop CPUs, which promises to slash render times without putting a serious dent in your hardware budget.

AMD claims that its flagship model, the Ryzen 7 1800X, is the world’s highest performing 8-core desktop processor. It backs this up with benchmarks that show the CPU beating the Intel Core i7-6900K by 9 per cent in the multi-threaded Cinebench rendering test, and delivering parity in the single threaded test, at out of the box frequencies.

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ShapeID, a new shape code so condensed that it can fit within QR and RFID markers

Published 22 February 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, manufacture, shape

ShapeID is extracted based on the geometry and then embedded into a QR label or a RFID to be scanned for triggering a shape search

iSEEK Corp has announced a new shape code so condensed that it can fit within the small format of Quick Read (QR) codes or embedded technologies such as Radio Frequency Identification (RFID).

The ShapeID compact shape code is able to retain high precision to differentiate even minor differences in shape - starting from a CAD model ShapeID is extracted based on the geometry and then embedded into a QR label or a RFID to be scanned for triggering a shape search.

The process goes past simple part number identification to capture the three-dimensional geometry of the part including topology and dimensions: Scanning a QR code with ShapeIDembedded triggers a shape search for identifying the part, while simultaneously identifying identical and similar designs despite the different part numbers.

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Browser-based 3D machine builder platform from Vention looks to democratise design

Published 22 February 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, cad, engineering, industrial design, manufacturing, cloud, bolt, vention

The infrastructure is entirely cloud-based, enabling Vention to implement real-time collaboration features

A beta version of Vention.io’s browser-based 3D machine builder platform has been launched, claiming that with its use of artificial intelligence it is paving the way for the ‘democratisation of mechanical engineering’.

With the aim enabling designers to design and order their custom industrial equipment in just a few days, the cloud-based 3D design platform has a library of ready-to-order industrial-grade components, suiting fixed and automated equipment in the fields of small business automation, lean manufacturing, product validation and research, and industrial design.

Vention CTO Max Windisch suggests that the use of artificial intelligence in such a way is paving the way for the democratisation of design, enabling those without CAD skills to build industrial machines and prototypes.

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