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3D Scanning: Preserving our Past, Presenting our Future

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

From photographs, to building floorplans, to HDRI images, artists, technicians, and designers have always been adjusting and improving our tools and methods to capture and improve the world around us. With the addition of 3D technology, particularly 3D scanning, point cloud processing, and printing, we now have the ability to obtain surface and physical data of our surrounding environment, and use tools and software to manipulate and exhibit the realities of our past, present, and future.

A Look into the Past

3D scanning has provided insight into the restoration and preservation of ancient artifacts and historical landmarks. Organizations such as CyArk & The Smithsonian have been leaders in embracing these new technologies and pushing the boundary of application in regards to what 3D scanning can provide in respect to restoration, research, and the education of the general public.

CyArk’s mission is to ensure that the world’s cultural heritage sites are available to future generations by creating a free, 3D online library of the sites before they are lost to time, natural disasters, or destroyed by war.

The 3D image below is that of the Rani ki Vav, and it has a fascinating story: Translated as “The Queen’s Stepwell,” it is the most intricate of all of India’s Stepwells. Stepwells are a rather unique form of underground water storage systems on the Indian subcontinent and have been constructed since the third millennium BC. Rani ki vav was built as an inverted temple, has seven levels of stairs, and holds over 500 principle sculptures.

Rani Ki Vav

And now you can virtually visit and learn more about this amazing and UNESCO protected stepwell via CyArk.com.

Present Day Fun and Profit

Fast forward from our first moon landing to our present-day tech scape; the accessibility to apps and equipment is incredible. Only a few years ago, Microsoft Kinect technology had the population dumfounded and now, fast forward, you have technology retailers coming out with their own 3D scanning and virtual reality equipment. It’s not even a monopoly – you literally have the option as a buyer of whether to buy a 3D scanner via Windows 10 that can be incorporated into your phone, or if you’re a die-hard Apple veteran, as an app for your iPad. This accessibility is so robust that it gives users the ability to seek new bounds and diverse uses of the technology, while driving the market forward through competitive innovation.

The upgrade of tools and practice to the design and manufacturing trade have inspired the design-driven and business-minded alike to re-evaluate all parts of their respective pipelines and shape the way design and marketing is done in today’s retail and residential business.

Given the future direction of VR and the shopping experience, as well as the demand for 3D assets in those environments, 3D scanning will play an integral role in reducing the cost, time, and scope of creating these interactive landscapes.

Shifting from the retail market and into the residential sector, the accessibility of 3D scanning has also shaken up the practices of interior designers, architects and contractors. Even the DIY & hobbyist communities are getting involved. The days of cross-eyed examination of plans, elevations, and patched photographs to recreate a conceptual space have long passed, and now with the convenience of a commercial mobile scanner, you have the ability to gather point cloud data of an entire room in your home to then modify with prospective home redecorating and renovation projects. Needless to say, I’m sure the demand for the ability to “CTRL + Z” during home improvement projects will have this new technology significantly supported and financially backed.

On a smaller more practical level, this technology is equally interesting. Imagine the possibilities of scanning an antique architectural detail or a damaged hard-to-find auto part, fixing it in your favorite 3D CAD program (hint, hint) and then 3D printing a physical representation of it. The applications are nearly endless.

 

The Future is Here.

There are also countless stories about 3D’s role in ergonomic prosthetics, orthopedics, and dental work, accelerating into even more complex and impressive roles in the realms of medicine and internal surgeries, including the 3D scanning and libraries of hearts and related organs. Now as the medical field continues to push forward in this technology and shape the way our bodies run on the inside, the “aesthetic” driven business, i.e. elective surgeries and cosmetics are following suit.

One profile of a cosmetic medical practice is Dr. Yakup Avşar, founder of AVSAR Aesthetic Surgery Clinic in Istanbul, Turkey. He had previously developed surgery previews of his clients as hand sculpted masks. However, with the introduction of 3D scanning and printing, he’s been able to reduce his labor time, production cost, and environmental impact while simultaneously increasing his clientele’s confidence by providing a significantly more accurate preview as well as variations and options.

We understand that 3D scanning your face for potential improvement may not be appealing to everyone, but it’s another data point to show the potential of 3D scanning and printing for altruism, commerce, and even feeling better about yourself. What’s not to like about that?

Image to 3D with ViaCAD and Abobe Illustrator

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

I’m a big enthusiast for creating photo rendered images from 3D models.  However, when it comes to creating 2D images without a 3D model it’s tough to beat Adobe PhotoShop(TM) and Illustrator(TM).  In this tip we show how you can use Adobe Illustrator to convert a 2D image into something ViaCAD can convert into 3D solids.  Our example will convert the Shark FX logo created with PhotoShop into a 3D model suitable for rendering or 3D printing.  Click the image below to watch a video demonstration of this interesting workflow.

Encore Releases ViaCAD 9

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Encore is pleased to announce the next major release of the ViaCAD™ family of products consisting of ViaCAD 2D, ViaCAD 2D3D and ViaCAD Pro.  ViaCAD is a highly functional, low-cost 2D/3D design product that revolutionizes 3D digital ideation and do it yourself manufacturing.  ViaCAD 9 is immediately available  for  Mac OS X and Windows platforms.

New for Version  9:  The release extends existing precision solid modeling methods with the introduction of easy to use conceptual design mesh tools including  subdivision modeling.  Additionally ViaCAD introduces new woodworking specific features for creating dado, tongue and groove, rabbet, miter, and dovetail  joints.

  • Customizable Grids
  • Updated modeling and interoperability kernel
  • Quad mesh tools
  • Improved STL Output
  • 3D Arrays
  • Subdivision (ViaCAD Pro)
  • Woodworking joints (ViaCAD Pro)
  • 64-bit computing (Mac Only)

A Full Array of Features:  Key features to ViaCAD comprise a powerful array of tools not normally seen in consumer products:

  • LogiCursor™ that anticipates your moves
  • NURB Surface Modeling
  • Feature Based Solid Modeling
  • Automated 3D to 2D Drawing Generation
  • 2D and 3D Architectural Tools
  • Over ninety minutes of training videos

Advanced CAD tools: Both the 2D and 3D design functions provide a complete set of tools for professional and precision designers that include:

  • Precise NURBS and Analytic kernel from Dassault Systèmes(™)
  • IGES & STEP import/export for precise data sharing
  • The ability to create  fillets, chamfers, bosses, shells, and variable radius blends
  • Boolean operations in solids, extrusions, healing and repair, parametric features and associativity at high precision.

Parts Libraries as a standard:  A 26,000-plus parts library enables the rapid creation of 2D and 3D designs with existing parts, using drag-and-drop functions and dynamic positioning.  Ready-to-use models include HVAC networks, kitchen elements, posed figures, office furniture, mechanical parts, home elements and more. These parts libraries are delivered as a standard part of the product.

Industry-Standard Interoperability:  ViaCAD has been developed to include professional industry standard interoperability including format support for: SketchUp (PC Only), AutoCAD® 2014, Adobe Illustrator, DXF/DWG, ACIS SAT, IGES,   STEP, STL, OBJ, VRML, 3DS Max®,  and more.

Availability

ViaCAD is available now from Punch! Software’s web site at: http://www.punchcad.com/.

Upgrades are available to existing customers starting at $59.99.

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