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Visualization Lab | Illustrating How Mechanical Assemblies Work

Visualization Lab | Illustrating How Mechanical Assemblies Work | Made Different | Scoop.it

How things work visualizations use a variety of visual techniques to depict the operation of complex mechanical assemblies. We present an automated approach for generating such visualizations. Starting with a 3D CAD model of an assembly, we first infer the motions of individual parts and the interactions between parts based on their geometry and a few user specified constraints. We then ...


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Jed Fisher's curator insight, February 20, 2013 5:25 AM

Design | Develop topic. 

This is very similar to the work my team at Right Hemisphere did (now part of SAP). Right Hemisphere was/is great at automatically making very high quality precise Training and Support Documents (for manufacturers). This requires not only tremendous rendering techniques to draw 3D models as technical line illustrations but also requires IQ to figure out what parts are what (screws, gears, significant parts, shells, connectors, etc) and what their purpose is.

This technology can then be used to automatically make support documents like the classical IKEA Product Instructional's and can even be used for more complex products like an automotive engines. It can also be used for automatic assembly and disassembly instructions.

Great research article, found in this month's Siggraph magazine. Thanks for JasonC @BinaryAgentX for the link

Joe DiDomenico's comment, February 25, 2013 12:34 PM
I can use this scoop to show some of the steps an engineer might go through to produce a design.
Jed Fisher's comment, February 25, 2013 12:55 PM
Absolutely, you really get to see how much work goes into such technical illustrations, it's not as simple as "line drawing", there is a great deal to "explain a story in a glance".
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Is the age of really useful CAD libraries finally here?

Is the age of really useful CAD libraries finally here? | Made Different | Scoop.it

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Jed Fisher's curator insight, January 21, 2013 3:35 AM

Last week GrabCAD very impressively hit 400,000 registered Engineers and Designers. 100,000 more in less than 3 months!

In the the AEC space, new arrival BIM Object (under a year old) has just passed a 100,000 downloads of their intelligent smart BIM object's (a very different and impressive approach which I will write more about soon).

Then there is Sketchup 3D Warehouse, once own by Google, now by Trimble, this is filled with all types of models, mainly buildings made in Sketchup. They keep quiet about the number of models but from my own research I estimate their is around 5.1 Million models in the database!

In the games space, Unity Asset Store continues to grow at a phenomenal rate and is well used by Unity3D designers and developers.

And finally, the long time Turbosquid continues to be used in the media and entertainment space.

A 3D model for every occasion!


Links:

http://grabcad.com/

http://www.bimobject.com/

http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/

https://www.assetstore.unity3d.com

http://www.turbosquid.com/

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Dassault Systèmes tops €2 billion revenue in 2012, revenue up

Dassault Systèmes tops €2 billion revenue in 2012, revenue up | Made Different | Scoop.it

PLM software: €407.4 million ($552 million), up 7%SolidWorks: €103.4 million ($140.1 million), up 11%Annual total revenue up 14% (9% in constant currencies), to €2.28 billion ($3.09 billion);Annual software revenue up 14% (9% in constant currencies) to €1.84 billion ($2.49 billion)

Revenue by regions:

Asia €145.1 million ($196.6 million), up 12%Europe €265.8 million ($360.1 million), up 5%Americas €152.6 million ($206.7 million), up 8%.


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Jed Fisher's curator insight, February 15, 2013 8:27 AM

Market metrics.

PTC didnt do so well but Dassault seems to be kicking arse. Solidworks doing especially well, leading the growth and now with over half a million licenses sold. 

Graphs are good to look through.

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Ford Moves Ahead with Additive Manufacturing / 3D Printing

Ford Moves Ahead with Additive Manufacturing / 3D Printing | Made Different | Scoop.it
Ford has pulled back the curtain on some details of how it is using AM to speed up production in the design and prototype stages.

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Jed Fisher's curator insight, January 11, 2013 3:51 AM

I'm looking forward to the day a 3D printer can print a 3D printer :-)

So, I've held back on talking about 3D Printing for a while but it's now unavoidable. It's clearly past a fad stage and people are now using 3D printing for new workflows and significant process improvements. Be it a dentist who can now more economically make molds for tooth fillings, or a design engineers who can experiement and better communicate automotive designs, 3D printing is significantly helping.

It's also changing where manufacturing is done, moving manufacturing back to being closer to the customer ( http://www.futureworld.org/PublicZone/MindBullets/MindBulletsDetails.aspx?MindBulletID=637)

This scoop link is good example to how Ford is using it (Additive Manufacturing).