By 3D sketching within a virtual room, designers are able to create and visualize a virtual car around themselves, and develop the design from the user/driver’s point of view. From the official Press Release: This work is part of Ford’s latest exploration of a new process that places the customer at the center of design and can help reduce the time it takes to create a vehicle. Ford is the first automaker to work with Gravity Sketch – a 3D virtual reality tool that enables designers to create more human-centric vehicle design. Designers trade in their sketchpads for a headset and controllers to become immersed in virtual reality, imitating gestural interactions through motion tracking that replicates sketching with pen and paper. Michael Smith, Ford design manager, says seeing all angles of a vehicle as it is being drawn truly unleashes creativity and fosters development of human-centric design from start to finish. “Jumping right into 3D gives us a 360-degree … [Read more...] about Ford testing 3D virtual reality sketching tool
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Automakers and suppliers are on the cusp of revolutionary change through their growing use of 3D printing, a technology that can make custom parts on demand and has the potential to mass-produce parts. Once the technology achieves critical mass, industry analysts say, 3D printing also could affect fixed operations at dealerships. Many automakers now use 3D printing to make prototype parts for vehicle development, as well as tools and assembly aids for manufacturing operations. Several car companies are looking into making production parts with 3D printers in the next five years. Some automakers currently produce handfuls of small replacement parts, typically interior trim pieces. Tech geeks and do-it-yourselfers already are making small parts on demand for older cars — ashtrays, clips and interior trim for which the tooling is long gone — with 3D printers that cost less than $500. Lurking on the sidelines are technology startups with 3D printing expertise that could become … [Read more...] about 3D printing technology shakes up parts production for automakers, suppliers
EXCLUSIVE Tekashi69 -- especially these days -- 'cause he spared NO expense when it came to hiring muscle to cover his ass in La La Land ... TMZ has learned. Tekashi hired a small army from 2 different security companies during his recent 10-day stay in L.A. -- we saw the mountainous men shadowing him everywhere. We're told the armed guards provided round-the-clock protection and 3 bulletproof SUVs ... all for the low, low price of $97,165. Slim 400 in an intense showdown. 6ix9ine's security had to hold him back, which almost certainly saved him from an immediate probation violation and prison time. Then, a few days later the Bev Hills shooting went down. We're told there were only 2 shifts of security initially scheduled for the music video set, but after the gunmen opened fire ... they called in a third emergency shift. As a result, Tekashi racked up 25 hours of protection for that single event! The kicker? The security … [Read more...] about Tekashi 6ix9ine Racked Up Nearly $100k Tab for Security in L.A.
Anne D'Innocenzio Associated Press Published 10:09 p.m. UTC Jul 17, 2018 New York – Prototypes? Passe. Fashion company Betabrand saw that knitwear was a hot style in sneakers and wanted to quickly jump on the trend for dressier shoes. It put a poll up on its website asking shoppers what style they liked, and based on that had a shoe for sale online in just one week. What web shoppers saw was a 3D rendering — no actual shoe existed yet. Creating a traditional prototype, tweaking the design and making a sample would have taken six to nine months, and the company might have missed out on the interest in knit. “The web attention span is short,” said Betabrand CEO Chris Lindland. “So if you can develop and create in a short time, you can be a real product-development machine.” Shoppers looking at the shoe online could examine the peekaboo detail or check out how the sole was put together, as they would from photos of a real product. They … [Read more...] about 3D tech upending fashion world
From the official Press Release: The design model workshop, covering a a floor area of 430m2, is equipped with a range of cutting-edge design machines, including a clay model processing machine, which can create a life-size clay car, and a powder 3D printer. The goal is to assess whether the auto components created by the automotive supplier go well with the design of a car, thereby improving design quality. They will make a clay mockup of a car and fit components created by 3D printers to the car. Hyundai Mobis plans to create models of new cars and establish an optimal component design process that best suits each car model. The design workshop is expected to facilitate the design process because they can get a car model in the early stage of component design and fabricate and modify samples in a single place. Another merit is that designers can see the design of a real model, rather than simply seeing a virtual one on the monitor. Hyundai Mobis is expected to respond to … [Read more...] about Hyundai Mobis opens $2.8 M 3D Printing and model workshop for car design