Prosthetic Limbs 3D Printed For a Dog

As a little bit of Christmas compassion just in time for the holidays, I present a story currently making the rounds about Derby, a Husky mix born with underdeveloped forepaws. On account of his deformity, he could not move about on anything other than smooth surfaces without injuring his lower body.

Thanks to 3D printing, 3D Systems‘ own Geomagic Sculpt software, and a little ingenuity from his owner, Derby now has two artificial forepaws which allow him to stand up and run for the first time in his life.

The full article can be found over at io9.com.

io9 article – 3D Printing Has Turned This Canine Into a Cyborg

Hmmm… veterinary prosthetics. Now that’s an unusual specialty.

3D Systems Launches Geomagic Sculpt with Touch 3D Haptic Stylus

Yesterday 3D Systems announced the launch of their new Touch 3D haptic stylus and Geomagic Sculpt CAD software.

Best of all: the case study they’re using for the launch is a jeweller!

 

From the looks of things, it seems Geomagic has decided to learn from the pricing and marketing mistakes made by Claytools before they were bought out, and seems to be actually releasing the hardware for an accessible price this time (£2500 instead of £6000). But whether you love Claytools or hate them, they were still one of the only games in town for proper haptic sculpture– Anarkik3D’s Cloud9 has yet to match the same level of precision control, and the closest other sculpting tools would be non-haptic options such as the powerful but awkwardly designed Zbrush interface or Mudbox.

It’s still early days yet as to how good it really is, but no doubt we’ll know soon enough.

TCT Magazine – 3D Systems Launches Geomagic Sculpt and Touch 3D Stylus

Replacing the Keyboard and Mouse

Today we’re talking about the keyboard and mouse. Or rather, the extinction of the keyboard and mouse.

Even when SRI International first invented the first computer mouse in the early 1960’s, they knew there would be a very long way to go with computer interfaces before we were satisfied with our ability to connect with them.

Since then, many attempts have been made to revolutionise the way we interface with computers. Examples include Virtual Reality, game pad controllers, Wii wands, or combinations thereof. Each has had varying levels of success.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions Part 4 – When 2 CAD Programs Are Better Than 1 – Jewellery CAD Software Combinations

cog ring courtesy www.jewelleryworld.net.au

Finding CAD tool combinations which mesh together (literally). Image courtesy jewelleryworld.net.au

(Updated 12 Aug 2015)

(This continues my series of Frequently Asked Questions. See the rest of the FAQ pages.)

Today I’d like to take a moment to talk about the commonly practised but controversial subject of combining software packages together.

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Frequently Asked Questions Part 1 – Comparisons Of CAD Jewellery Software on the Market (Updated)

Comparison of CAD and Design Software Used for Jewellery, sample image from 3D CAD

Information last updated and verified June 2016

(This marks the first of a series of Frequently Asked Questions posts. See the rest of the FAQ pages.)

Over the years, the students in my CAD courses as well as my private clients have asked me a lot of questions about CAD as it relates to jewellery manufacturing. Many of these questions were often the same. As I thought it better to tailor my answer to each student’s needs, I resisted writing a single standard answer for quite a long time. Then it occurred to me that I could probably answer at least some of the questions all at once, and just fill in the gaps if people wanted to know more.

This is how this new series simply called Frequently Asked Questions began.

On this and subsequent articles in the same series, I will break down the most commonly asked questions from my own particular fields of expertise.

If anyone has any more specific questions or is not clear about something mentioned here, just leave a comment and I’ll add an answer to the entry.

For part 1, we’ll start off with the most common question of them all: “Which CAD software should I learn?”

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Sharing Between CAD Programs – The Trouble With Importing and Exporting Models

I wanted to take a moment to talk about sharing.

 

…No, I don’t mean “free love”. I’m talking about the ability of different software packages to pass models and files between each other, more commonly referred to importing and exporting files. The problem is, as all of you who have worked with multiple different CAD software packages before, it is not always that easy.

It really boils down to a question of: why does there need to be so many different proprietary file formats?

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