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Friday, May 1, 2015

Enhancements in CREO 3.0

PTC Creo 3.0 offers significant improvements in graphical performance and capabilities. Shade with reflections mode has been enhanced to more accurately represent real world materials such as metal, glass, paint, and plastic. Bump maps are now realistically displayed in the graphics areas. Finally, full support has been added for HDR images that can now show realistic reflections interactively on the geometry. Seeing your model in a more realistic light can help you optimize the real-life look and feel of your product. You’ll be able to fully realize products at a conceptual stage without creating a single prototype, and gather feedback from key stakeholders. It can even help keep your work in context (you’ll see what I mean by that under Active Assemblies below).


PTC Creo 3.0 has added a long list of new options for better displays. Here are some highlights:

Appearance Gallery: Apply realistic materials to your display anything from red glossy paint to clear glass. The system even adjusts reflections on the surfaces to make the materials more convincing.

Ambient Occlusion: Add more detailed shading to a part with the Ambient Occlusion option (available when Shading with Reflections is selected). So, if some geometry would naturally cast a shadow on another piece of geometry in real life, well now it will do that in your display too.

Active Assemblies Display: Better display your active and inactive assemblies. This  isn't an option so much as a new reality. Active and inactive components are simply much easier to tell apart now, helping you keep your work in context. You can also change the display style so active components appear in shaded, shading with edges, or shading with reflections views, too.

HDR Environment: Visualize and manipulate the HDR (high dynamic range) environment for your model. In Shading with Reflections mode, you’ll be able to access background, lighting, and reflections for your design. Click Render > Scene > Lights > Environment to choose scenes and accompanying lighting environment

Bump Maps: Apply realistic textures as bump maps that you can adjust for scale, height, material, etc. For example, you can apply a bump map to a tire to make a tread. Or apply one to a smooth surface to make it more interesting to look at and feel. For best results, again, use Shading with Reflections mode to see your bump maps at their best.

Now you can always show off your model in a good light with shading with reflections and the numerous new options for improving your display in PTC Creo Parametric.




Thursday, April 9, 2015

Kirobo - Japans First Robot Astronaut

Kirobo is Japan's first robot astronaut, developed by University of Tokyo and Tomotaka Takahashi, to accompany Koichi Wakata, the first Japanese commander of the International Space Station.

Kirobo was developed by a collaborative effort between Dentsu, the University of Tokyo's Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, Robo Garage, Toyota, and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency). The University of Tokyo and Robo Garage worked on the robot hardware and motion generation, Toyota created the voice recognition function and Dentsu created the conversation content and managed the project. Kirobo is approximately 34 cm (13 in) tall, 18 cm (7.1 in) wide and 15 cm (5.9 in) deep. It weighs about 1 kilogram (2.2 lb) and speaks Japanese.

Toyota is teaming up with Japan's space program to send Kirobo to space. The robot astronaut is built with Toyota's latest voice-recognition software to test future applications for robot-human interaction.

Kirobo has two light and two touch sensors and is programmed using IconWorks, a specialized software developed for the purpose. Programming apparently requires users to just arrange icons on a PC screen as desired and transfer the program to Kirobo through a transfer cable. The robot will then perform the actions required.

The Elekit Kirobo robot can trace a line, negotiate around obstacles or follow a light, among other things.

The CPU comes in a box that has several slots so users can create their own robot shell.

This Kirobo uses a RISC (reduced instruction set computing)-type PIC16F88 CPU with flash memory. It has DC motors, and runs for about six hours on four AA batteries. The device weighs about 8 oz. excluding the batteries.

UNVEILING OF KIROBO



WORKING IN SPACE



CHATTING FROM SPACE



For more info visit : http://kibo-robo.jp/

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Download Free Books: Pro/ENGINEER for Designer and SolidWorks for Designers Release 2003 (Free Download Chapters)

Pro/ENGINEER for Designers

Pro/ENGINEER for Designer is a book that is written with an intent of helping the people who are into 3D design. This book is written with the tutorial point of view with learn-by-doing as the theme. The mechanical engineering industry examples and tutorials are used in this book to ensure that the user can relate his knowledge of this book with the actual mechanical industry designs.

The following are some additional features of this free book:

  • Detailed explanation of Pro/ENGINEER commands
  • 45 real-world tutorials and projects with step-by-step explanation
  • Coverage of all commands of Pro/ENGINEER
  • Emphasis on Why and How with explanation
  • Tips and notes throughout
  • 640 pages with heavily illustrated text
  • Self-evaluation tests    

Click on the links to download the free chapters of Pro/ENGINEER for Designers (2001):


SolidWorks for Designers Release 2003

SolidWorks for Designers Release 2003 is a textbook written with the tutorial point of view with learn-by-doing as the theme. About 35 mechanical engineering industry examples are used as tutorials in this book and an additional 25 as exercises to ensure that the user can relate his knowledge of this book with the actual mechanical industry designs 

The following are some additional features of this free book:

  • Detailed explanation of SolidWorks 2003 tools
  • More than 50 real-world tutorials and projects with step-by-step explanation
  • Emphasis on Why and How with explanation
  • Tips and Notes throughout the textbook
  • 816 pages with heavily illustrated text
  • 640 pages with heavily illustrated text
  • Self-evaluation tests and Exercises at the end of each chapter

 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Carbon3D Unveils CLIP 3D Printing Technology

Carbon3D unveil a new 3D printing technology which is 25-100 times faster than the technology available today. Carbon3D is a Redwood city, California based company founded in 2013, changes the technology of 3d printing. 

CLIP (Continuous liquid interface production technology) works on harnessing the power to light and oxygen to cure a photosensitive resin. CLIP is a breakthrough technology that grows parts instead of printing them layer by layer. UV light triggers photopolymerization and oxygen inhibits it. By carefully balancing the interaction of light and oxygen, CLIP continuously grows objects from a pool of resin. CLIP moves beyond the limitations of 3D printing to offer unprecedented speed, quality, and choice.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Microsoft HoloLens: An Amazing Technology

Microsoft has introduced a new technology that seamlessly blends high definition holograms with real world. In this technology, a device called Microsoft HoloLens –a cordless smart glasses self-contained Windows 10 unit, is used to interact with holograms that represent your 2D or 3D physical objects [apps, folders, files, etc.]. You can pin your applications, files, etc. at any location in the physical space such as on floor, walls and can operate them through physical gesture just like you do with mouse pointer on the computer or by using voice commands.


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Download Free Books: Pro/ENGINEER for Designer and SolidWorks for Designers Release 2003 (Free Download Chapters)

Pro/ENGINEER for Designers

Pro/ENGINEER for Designer is a book that is written with an intent of helping the people who are into 3D design. This book is written with the tutorial point of view with learn-by-doing as the theme. The mechanical engineering industry examples and tutorials are used in this book to ensure that the user can relate his knowledge of this book with the actual mechanical industry designs.

The following are some additional features of this free book:

  • Detailed explanation of Pro/ENGINEER commands
  • 45 real-world tutorials and projects with step-by-step explanation
  • Coverage of all commands of Pro/ENGINEER
  • Emphasis on Why and How with explanation
  • Tips and notes throughout
  • 640 pages with heavily illustrated text
  • Self-evaluation tests    

Click on the links to download the free chapters of Pro/ENGINEER for Designers (2001):


SolidWorks for Designers Release 2003

SolidWorks for Designers Release 2003 is a textbook written with the tutorial point of view with learn-by-doing as the theme. About 35 mechanical engineering industry examples are used as tutorials in this book and an additional 25 as exercises to ensure that the user can relate his knowledge of this book with the actual mechanical industry designs 

The following are some additional features of this free book:

  • Detailed explanation of SolidWorks 2003 tools
  • More than 50 real-world tutorials and projects with step-by-step explanation
  • Emphasis on Why and How with explanation
  • Tips and Notes throughout the textbook
  • 816 pages with heavily illustrated text
  • 640 pages with heavily illustrated text
  • Self-evaluation tests and Exercises at the end of each chapter

 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

NX CAM: Variable Contour operation with Streamline Drive Method

Variable Contour Operation remove the material along the contour surface of the part. The tool axis constantly changes its orientation as it move along the tool path.

The Streamline drive method builds an implied drive surface from the selected geometry. Streamline enables completely flexible tool path creation. A well ordered grid of regular faces is not required. 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Autodesk Memento Now Available As a Free Public Beta Version To Download



Autodesk Memento is a software having ability to convert the reality capture input such as photos and scan into high quality 3D models. You can clean up, fix, and optimize the 3D mesh of the captured model for further digital use such as for 3d Printing and 3D interactive experience on the web.


It can handle about more than 2 billion of polygon meshes. And the most interesting fact is that no special CAD expertise is required to work with this software. This will enable all users to create high definition 3d models effortlessly.

In the media and entertainment field, artists and designers can convert a physical object into a digital object very easily with the help of Memento. Using this software, the collection in museums can be digitized and visitors can see this collection online. Similarly, artists and sculptors can scan their existing work and make changes in it. Dealers can represent their antique collection in realistic 3d view online thereby capturing wider audience attention. 

The Memento beta release with a new website having learning material and the method to use this product is available for the users. You can download the Beta version for free by visiting the following link:  http://memento.autodesk.com. Very soon 3d online gallery will also be available on this website.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

SOLIDWORKS 2015 FOR DESIGNERS BOOK PUBLISHED BY CADCIM TECHNOLOGIES

The SOLIDWORKS 2015 for Designers textbook by Prof. Sham Tickoo of Purdue University and CADCIM Technologies is a comprehensive textbook that introduces the users to SOLIDWORKS 2015, a feature-based 3D parametric solid modeling software. The textbook covers all major environments of SOLIDWORKS 2015 with a thorough explanation of all tools, options, and their applications to create real-world products. In this textbook, about 60 mechanical engineering industry examples are used as tutorials and an additional 46 as exercises to ensure that the users can relate their knowledge and understand the design techniques used in the industry. 

 SOLIDWORKS 2015 for Designers textbook has been written to help the users who are interested in learning 3D design. This textbook is written with the learn-by-doing theme and the tutorial point of view. Real-world mechanical engineering industry examples and tutorials have been used to ensure that the users can relate the knowledge of this textbook with the actual mechanical industry designs.