Elon Musk starts messing with 3D design tools. It all goes a bit Tony Stark

Published 06 September 2013

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, siemens, vr, siemens nx, oculus rift, elon musk, leap motion, space x, musk, man with lots of money and team of engineers at his whim

Mr Musk has had his team of Space X tech wonders playing around with a Leap Motion and Siemens NX, which to begin with looks like a lovely orientation tool: spinning the wire-frame model of an engine around on screen, enlarging it and so on.

So far, so standard (unless you’re wondering how he managed to get his Leap Motion shipped so fast…)

Then he starts playing and manipulating the full CAD model. Then adds in 3D projection. Then a projection onto a freestanding glass screen. Finally they slap it up into an Oculus Rift for immersive, head-tracking virtual reality.

As if not showing off enough, Musk takes a part and sends it to print on his EOS SLS 3D printer.

It’s exciting stuff to us, nevermind to someone who still stands gawping at a jittering, homemade, desktop FDM printer!

“I believe we’re on the verge of a major breakthrough in design and manufacturing,” says Musk. “Being able to take the concept of something from your mind and translate that 3D object really intuitively on the computer, and then take that virtual 3D object and be able to make it real just by printing it.

“It’s going to revolutionise design and manufacturing in the 21st century.”

We can’t wait to get our hands on similar setups.


One small point to add: SpaceX used existing NX Open API’s, no custom NX code was written to interface to the Leap Motion controller. Jerry Sarfati Siemens PLM

Posted by Jerry Sarfati on 06 September 2013 at 06:29 PM

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