Category Archives: 3D Tech

The Raster Revolution – Augmented Reality in Sports

by Fred Abler Modern technology marketing owes a debt to Everett Rogers, an Iowa farm boy who’s father loved electromechanical equipment, but loathed biological-chemical innovations – even though hybrid seed corn yielded 25% more crop and was resistant to drought. … Continue reading

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BIM Bots – Virtual 3D Robots

by Fred Abler In the early oughts’ (2000) while working in a CAD research lab at CAL POLY, SLO, I became intensely interested in 3D ‘object-agents’. Today CAD/BIM users might call them “smart objects”, but there’s really a lot more … Continue reading

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SketchUp Tips Hand – 3D Basecamp Registration

Registration for SketchUp’s upcoming 3D Basecamp opened earlier this week. SketchUp’s own Aidan Chopra said Basecamp half-sold-out in the first two hours of registration. There are still a few dozen spots left, but he doesn’t expect them to last through … Continue reading

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Archi’ Tech – Scaling Mars w/ Curiosity

Curiosity’s journey to Mars spanned eight months and 352 million miles (566 million kilometers). And after flawlessly executing an elaborate and untested landing routine,  the rover gently touched down on the surface of the red planet. The landing routine was … Continue reading

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The Cube – A Personal 3D Printer

If FisherPrice and 3D Printing had a love-child, it would be The Cube – an adorable 3D printer made by 3DSystems in Rock Hill, South Carolina. The Cube (so named for its 5.5” cubic print space) costs $1250, and makes … Continue reading

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World’s Best Investor Backs… 3D-Printed Meat

by Fred Abler PayPal founder Peter Thiel has been making a lot of news of late. Earlier this week Theil sold most of his Facebook stock. Thiel invested about $500,000 in Facebook early on, and that investment alone.. made Thiel … Continue reading

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Sunglass 3D Cloud Share – A Future So Bright?

by Fred Abler I love startups with odd names and sunglasses. That’s why Sunglass.io caught my eye. Such a unusual name for a cloud-based 3D collaboration platform (including SketchUp).  I still can’t offer any real insights as to the name, … Continue reading

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Apple Embraces Holo’Tek – for iPhone 5?

by Fred Abler Steve Job’s product design strategy was simple – “Make signal, not noise”.  In other words, make products so different, that they will cut through all the noise in the marketplace. This incomparable strategy has worked brilliantly for … Continue reading

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Origami Trend’scends Interior Design

by Fred Abler I am a folding freak. I love Origami – its craft, spatial economy, and especially the conflict-of-perception between the complex finished form vs. its simple construction. And recently, Origami has become on-trend in Interior Design. Designers have … Continue reading

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