If you're a product designer, a desktop 3D scanner would be worth its weight in gold. But that's the problem--the things are friggin' expensive.
Having an affordable way to scan something in 3D is inching closer to reality due to the efforts of one Qi Pan, a PhD candidate at the Engineering Department of Cambridge University. Pan has developed software, called PROforma, that enables a run-of-the-mill webcam to create a 3D model of what's in front of it--as he rotates it by hand. Don't believe it? Check it out:
Weekly finds from the 3D world.
BoxEdit plug-in enables numerical manipulation of objects based on bounding box dimensions
Rhino 4.0 SR4 released (from Aug. 11)
Flamingo 2.0 released (from Aug. 7)
Brand new (and excellent) Advanced Geometry tutorial covers patterns, warps, surfacing and variable section sweeps
Using Adaptivity to drive dimensions in multi-part models
We still love the iPhone, but it's good to see some sharp observers calling some of its advertising to task. This simple, clear video shows the ad side-by-side with the reality, plus some brief comments. And no, there is no iPhone on earth that works as quickly and smoothly as...
Autodesk just launched the Plastic Features Technology Preview on Autodesk Labs which adds a load of plastic part design tools for Inventor, so thin wall parts are easier to build and there's a bunch of features such as grills, rests, bosses, snaps, lips, grooves and fillets. Autodesk has been working...
Coffee MakerJason at 37Signals has posted a selection of disassembled appliances that are beautifully composed and kinda hypnotic to look at. The photo's are from Brittnybadger's Flickr set, and there's more there to check out.