3D VRClay With Oculus Rift DK2

MUST SEE 3D VRClay With Oculus Rift DK2

3D VRClay With Oculus Rift DK2-Is This How We Will Create The Next Virtual World?

Want to see the future right now? Check out the video below and then let’s talk! Yes, I don’t want to stop you too much longer before you watch VRClay (Virtual Clay)  in action. This is an Oculus Rift Developer showing what can be done with 3D VRClay With Oculus Rift DK2.


Ok, now that we have that out of the way. What did you think? If it was like me, you were completely blown away by 3D VRClay With Oculus Rift DK2.

3D VRClay With Oculus Rift DK2
3D VRClay With Oculus Rift DK2

I sometimes wish I was younger with more time in my life to play and hack on this stuff…  I keep contrasting being excited about creating a program that added 2 numbers on my Commodore Vic-20 computer in it’s massive 5k of ram, somewhere around 1980 and being so darn excited. Not long after I also remember thinking; “ok, is that it?” Now we are looking at 3D VRClay With Oculus Rift DK2.

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3d Printing Nissan Motor Sport - Evok3d - 3d Systems

Nissan Motor Sport – 3d Printing Their Way To Bathurst 1000 Win?

Nissan Motor Sport – 3d Systems – Evok3d 3d Printing Event

I attended a “3d Printing” technology sessions called Updates & Insights – 3d Printing 2.0 organised by Evok3d on behalf of 3d Systems covering what Nissan Motor Sport racing team is doing with 3d Printing.

The next big race that Nissan Motor Sport teams will compete in is the Bathurst 1000 as of the writing of this post. They have been using 3d Printing as one of the ways to be race ready and competitive.

3d Printing Nissan Motor Sport - Evok3d - 3d Systems
3d Printing Nissan Motor Sport – Evok3d – 3d Systems

Bathurst 1000 The Ideal Test For 3d Printing

For people that are not familiar with car racing or are not from Australia the following is a short overview of the Bathurst 1000.  The Bathurst 1000 is one of Australia’s biggest motor racing events. It is a 1000 kilometre touring car race. It is now an official round of the Australian V8 Touring Car series. The Bathurst 1000 has tons of history and can be traced back to 1960, it has been know to attract over 200,000 avid fans for a weekend.

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Animated House gif Tiltbrush 3d Design

Gobsmacking 3D Design Software – Tiltbrush

TiltBrush – From 3d Design To 3d Art?  The Revolution Begins.

Every now and then something comes along that is so ground-breaking that I can’t help but get excited. This is one of those moments. A good friend of mine sent me a link to a soon to be released 3d Design Software – Tiltbrush.

3d Design With Tiltbrush
3d Design With Tiltbrush

Check out below the sort of images that this software is creating and view the video to see the way this “3D Design Software – Tiltbrush” is used. It is being hailed as one of the most amazing user interfaces.  Let’s pick up on the USP “Tilt Brush is a Virtual Reality Tool that paints the Space all around you.”

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Countdown To 3d Printing In Space

3d Printer In Space – HAL Yeah

Countdown Restarted For The First 3d Printer In Space

The first 3d Printer is about to be put into space. Yes, that’s right. History is being created. NASA will put the first 3d Printer into space and use it on board the International Space Station (ISS).  The initial launch was cancelled for Saturday, Sept. 20, but the new countdown is underway as of the writing of this post.

Countdown To 3d Printing In Space
Countdown To 3d Printing In Space

The 3d Printer That Will Make History

Below is the first 3d Printer In Space.  (All going well of course.) This is the printer that will be put into space only a few hours from the writing of this post.  It is a the Zero-G 3d Printer.  One of the goals of the project is to understand the long-terms effects of microgravity on 3D printing as well as how it can support space exploration in the future.

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Caution Disruptive Technology Ahead - 3D PRINTING

3d Printing – Disruptor Or Distraction?

3d Printing Disruptor Or Distraction?

Many technologies are put forward as disruptive. But what does that really mean and does 3d Printing fit into the category of being a truly disruptive innovation or technology? I have flip flopped from one side to the other a few times myself. So first things first, what defines a disruptive technology?

Caution Disruptive Technology Ahead - 3D PRINTING
Caution Disruptive Technology Ahead – 3D PRINTING

A disruptive technology is one that changes the rules. It basically supplants many technologies that was there before with its own DNA.  It up ends markets and traditional beneficiaries of whole industries.  Hence the term disruptive.

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3d Printing Jobs

3d Printing Jobs?

So You Are Thinking About A Job In 3d Printing?

Well let’s cut to the chase. It’s one of the fastest growth areas around. Naturally an area that is growing fast is going to be needing people to support that growth. But, of course when something is new and a little specialised, there is often no clear place to see all the job market action, at least in the early days.

3d Printing Jobs
3d Printing Jobs

After a little research I was able to find at least one 3d Printing Job market place focused on this particular growth area.  You can find the link below.

Growth Industry Often = Interesting Jobs

That’s right, it is a fast growing area. One of the biggest things I have learned in my working life, is to work in the growth areas. Remember the old saying, “a rising tide floats all boats”? It’s a good metaphor. If you are working in a strong growth area then the following often apply:

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The worlds cheapest 3d Printer uses a laser

PeachyPrinter – The Worlds Cheapest 3d Printer

So You Want To Try 3d Printing, But You Are A Cheapskate?

No problems, we have you covered! There are some amazing 3d Printers that can get you started with 3d Printing on the cheap. Yes, if you are on a budget, you can still score some pretty cool 3d Printers that can produce some great output.  One in particular gets my vote of support for, The Worlds Cheapest 3d Printer.

The worlds cheapest 3d Printer uses a laser
The worlds cheapest 3d Printer uses a laser.

So put that wad of cash away and just crack the piggy bank open. You can probably manage one of these with just the coins you have stashed away.

The guys at PeachyPrinter Have got a nice unit that you buy in a kit for around $100 dollars check out their PeachyPrinter Kick-starter.

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3d Imaging Software OM3D

Revolutionary 3d Imaging Software

3d Imaging And Rendering With A Twist

OM3D could be the lead-in to a new generation of heuristic 3d imaging software. It could be the start of something big. To get a sense of what this software is capable of, check out the video below. Seeing is believing.

What Is Clever About This 3d Imaging Software?

The clever part of this software is its ability to merge a 2d image with a 3d design, thereby using the 3d model to imply ‘new’ views of the image. Of course these are not true views, more like a best guess of what the new view would look like. The secret sauce is being able to merge the detail supplied by the 3d model and the variable properties of the target image in the 2d view. Of course the 3d object has all the precise details of the shape in three dimensions, but the picture has all the illumination, shadowing, colours and nuance. Bringing these together in an automated fashion is pretty big.

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Super Size Me – BigRep ONE 3d Printer

Would You Like Fries With That BigREP ONE 3d Printer?

BigREP ONE is one heck of a big 3d Printer at 1147 x 1000 x 1188 mm. That of course is a print volume of over 1 cubic meter if you hadn’t figured that already. (Or if you are talking inches, that’s 45 5⁄32″ X 39 3⁄8″ X 46 49⁄64″)

“BigREP ONE” takes it to a whole new level as far as what you can prototype in that large build space.

If you look at the supported printing materials below, it is a pretty amazing list. Note that there are a lot marked as experimental. Not sure what that means, but if you are keen on one of these babies, then it may pay you to ask the question.   Of course it won’t produce you a real edible super sized hamburger, but it will produce a darn big prototype in plastic!  Check out the food printer here if you wan that!

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3d Printed Hand Under Ten Bucks

Who Said Dad Was Mad?

Have a listen to this cool interview with this father and son team.  I particularly like the comment the son makes about his fathers wacky idea…  Haha it’s a classic.  (As seen on FOX News)

Clever Use Of Bio Mechanics In This 3d Printed Hand

The thing I liked about this design is that fact that it is purely bio mechanical.  If you noticed how the 3d Printed Hand worked it simply took advantage of the leverage created by the boy bending his wrist.  That is really useful innovation.  It avoids complex electronics and of course the need for batteries to power the hand.  All the added bulk of a traditional robotics approach can make the prosthetic heavy and of course potential prone to failing.  Of course it would only work for the person with a vestigial portion of the hand in tact.

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