Category Archives: 3D Tech

SketchUp Basecamp – Day Three

The weather changed decidedly early this morning in Boulder.. back to a crisp Fall day with lots of wind and fall leaves blowing about. Today’s more seasonable Fall weather called for a real breakfast, and I knew just the place… … Continue reading

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The 3D ‘Content Problem’

by Fred Abler A problem with most CAD software companies is they are not abundant thinkers. They operate in a paradigm of scarcity. The market is a zero-sum game. There are ‘winners and losers’, and so content creators and other … Continue reading

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Virtual Fingers for Off-Keyboarding

At the end of May, LEAP Motion made a big noise with it’s inexpensive MoCap for 3D Modelers.  We haven’t heard much about LEAP lately, and they have yet to release their product 5 months later. But that hasn’t slowed … Continue reading

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Mysteries of Flexable Hexagons

First discovered in 1939 by a daydreaming student named Arthur H. Stone, flexagons have attracted the curiosity of great scientists for decades, including Stone’s famous friend and colleague Richard Feynman. Fig 1- Flexagons are origami-like puzzles that are simple to … Continue reading

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ESRI just got a whole lot more… 3D

Esri announced this week the availability of CityEngine Web Viewer in ArcGIS Online this week, allowing anyone with a WebGL-enabled browser to navigate and explore uploaded 3D cities and environments created in CityEngine 2012. It is, in a word, awesome. … Continue reading

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5 things to Know about MakerBot’s new 3D Printer

MakerBot released its Replicator II last week to much fanfare. I largely ignored the press release, as 3D Printing is officially now at the height of it’s Hype Cycle. This is when I generally tune out. Just to underscore this … Continue reading

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3D Benjamins Coming! Wal-Mart Breaths a Sigh-of-Relief

The US Treasury will release the new 100 dollar bill in the next few months. Slated to be released in early 2011, the new ‘Benjamins’ are a bit behind schedule. The delays are due to manufacturing problems with the advanced … Continue reading

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CARTOOGLE ™ – Communicate with Computers via Rough Sketches

by Fred Abler The invention of the digital computer forced us to realize that we need new languages – computer-programming languages – to communicate with machines. These languages are called structured or ‘constructed languages’, as opposed to our ‘natural language’. … Continue reading

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Projected Reality – Outdoors and In

By Fred Abler Artists have discovered powerful video projectors, and the conflict-of-perception between a projected image and its underlying ‘canvas’ has never been greater.  A new genre of art uses architecture-as-canvas, and is loosely known as Urban Projection Mapping. Fig- … Continue reading

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