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Apr 18 2013

VRI Troms, Innovation Norway and the Research Council wanted to promote 20 high innovation companies in Northern Norway. Uformia was one of these showcased companies. Below is a rough translation of an excerpt from the article.

 

Credit to Jørn Indresand for the article and the main photograph.

 

 

Deep in the northern Troms, specifically in the small village Furuflaten in Lyngen, Americans Cherie Stamm and Turlif Vilbrandt settled for developing revolutionary software for 3D printing. It is starting to reverberate in an industry with unreal visions for the future.

 

 

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"We're just getting started and scratch the surface of what is possible. The world is facing a new manufacturing revolution, which one can replicate and produce almost any objects directly from a computer. Today it is the software, not the printer itself that is the problem. Until now, software has driven hardware developments. In 3D printing is quite the opposite. This will change radically with our technology, says a very enthusiastic Turlif Vilbrandt. - We have already reached a position where we can push manufacturers of 3D printers to develop machines to deliver higher resolution and be able to combine several materials, he adds."

 

 

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Why Furuflaten?

"Because we can!"

 

Both Cherie Stamm and Turlif Vilbrandt have extensive experience in programming and software development from a number of places in the world. Five years ago they came to the idyllic Furuflaten in Lyngen. They are mostly met the same question from everyone they meet. Why stay and develop a software company in Furuflaten?

"The answer is simple: Because we can, says Cherie and smiles broadly."

 

 

 

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Contact:
Cherie Stamm
CEO, Uformia
cherie@uformia.com
+1 425 296 1719 (US)
+46 090 205 76 71 (Norway/Sweden)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Uformia: Saving the world from polygons!

Furuflaten, Norway, October 19th
- Uformia AS announced today that it has launched a KickStarter campaign for its new modeler, MeshUp. Based on volume modeling, MeshUp is set to overcome the many limitations of existing polygonal and surface-based modelers, particularly within the realms of 3D printing and fabrication. MeshUp is a stand-alone product with features including mesh repair, mesh combining, microstructures and watertight STL and slice generation.

"CG artists and designers know very well the limitations and tediousness of modeling with polygons," explains Turlif Vilbrandt, CTO and joint founder of Uformia. "Mesh models tend to have all kinds of problems such as cracks, holes and self-intersections. This is due to a disconnect between the real world being represented and the modeling software's attempts to represent real, volumetric, complex and “messy” objects by only surfaces."

MeshUp allows users and 3D printers to fabricate directly without the need for the complex, multistage fixing process that is usually required with traditional polygonal approaches. MeshUp is based on the same volume modeling framework that powers Uformia's existing product Symvol, which is available as an add-on for Rhino. Every object in Uformia's system is a true 3D volume (not voxels or parametric surfaces), because the software reduces each object to a mathematical function. This inbuilt definition of a model's volume makes the system ideally suited to modeling objects that are destined for 3D printing.

MeshUp offers a number of features that are of interest to the 3D printing and broader modeling communities. Users can load and combine meshes without having to worry about vertices and polygons. Meshes can be converted to a shell and microstructures can be added quickly and easily. MeshUp will also offer STL and mesh repair techniques, including a rounded repair method that attempts to take into account any missing volume. Then, when it's time for physical fabrication, MeshUp will export clean watertight STL files or slice data for 3D printing.

MeshUp will be available for Linux, MacOS and Windows. Symvol for Rhino is available as a free and feature limited Maker version while the Community version is available for €190 or approximately $246; both work on Windows and require Rhinoceros® version 4.0 SR8+. MeshUp is now a live project on Kickstarter, accepting donations.


About Uformia AS
Uformia is an international north Norwegian company who aims to develop a new kind of 3D software that will solve many of the problems of today's software, especially in the field of digital fabrication.

URLs:
Uformia: http://www.uformia.com/
MeshUp on Kickstarter: www.uformia.com/ks-mu
or:  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/723819776/meshup-mashup-for-meshes

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Andreas Klemsdal at Finansavisen (one of the top business newspapers in Norway) recently wrote a follow-up article on Uformia (the original was posted in October 2010). What follows is an excerpt and a rough translation.

 

 

 

The Economist predicts that industrial production will slowly move back to the western world as any business can produce goods by using a three-dimensional printer. Forbes magazine says that the U.S. will be self-sufficient in goods such as clothing and shoes within five years. The sale of 3D printers has tripled in the past year.

 

In the small northern Norwegian village of Furuflaten sits Americans Cherie Stamm and Turlif Vilbrandt, with the mighty Lyngen Alps directly outside their office. They came here to climb mountains, but spend all their time trying to climb to the top of an industry that is now emerging. The two founders are working around the clock to spread their software that will improve opportunities for designing three-dimensional elements.

 

Tradeshow in London

The 3D printing industry will have its first big trade show in England's capital.
- It is the first major show bringing together designers, students, industry, artists, anyone interested in 3D printing.
"For us it is a perfect way to introduce ourselves," says Cherie Stamm.
- "Among other events, there will be a fashion show with clothes made of 3D printers and exhibitions of 3D printed art," says Turlif Vilbrandt.

 

25 years of research

Uformia has developed software for anyone who works with 3D design on a computer, especially those wanting to take these designs out to a 3D printer. According to the founders, Uformia's platform is mathematically perfect and therefore can describe all three dimensional forms without limitations.
-"Our software understands the whole object," say a committed Vilbrandt. Uformia is based on 25 years of research, but until now computers have not been fast enough to take advantage of this knowledge. Today our programmers reside in Australia, UK, Russia, Japan and the United States and they all work to further develop Uformia's products."

 

Northern Norway vs New York
- How long can you hold out in Furuflaten/Tromso?
- "We will probably look at the possibility of having two bases. As we grow, it will be necessary to recruit talent and we must look at the possibility of having an office in London, New York or California. But we will always have a base in northern Norway", said Stamm.

 

 

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Mar 1 2012

Today Rhino sent out a newsletter informing their users about our new product Symvol.  Our thanks to Rhino for helping us get the word out!

 

Rhino News
February 2012

Deutsch | Español | Français | Italiano | 日本語 | 中文(简体) | 中文(繁體) | 한국어


New Rhino plug-in from Uformia


 

Symvol™ for Rhino - Community is a volumetric modeling system plug-in. The user can think of clay or metal when working with Symvol. It means a volume is a piece of malleable material, not a collection of paper sheets glued together, as an equivalent analogy to existing modeling systems. Whatever is done during modeling, the volume created is always a valid solid object, unlike in traditional solid modeling, where objects can have cracks and other surface issues.

Symvol is used for:

  • 3D printing and digital fabrication
  • Teaching the basics of modeling
  • Rapid customization of designs and models
  • Modeling of organic and fluid objects
  • Jewelry design and fabrication

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Feb 13 2012
Uformia is introducing an exciting new approach and foundation to 3D design and fabrication: Symvol for Rhino.

Symvol for Rhino - Community is the first of Uformia's innovative new 3D modeling tools to be released. This product is a simplified yet powerful introduction to this new "true 3D" volume based approach and framework. Objects made with Symvol are always watertight and ideal for 3D printing.


Symvol highlights:

 

  • Fast and dynamic form finding (dynamically change any underlying form at anytime)
  • Symbolic modeling (hyper-parametrization)
  • Always watertight
  • Direct surface and volume deformation (by control points)
  • Advanced micro-structures
  • Export of meshes, slices & voxels (image slices) for direct fabrication

 



Community

Symvol defines objects as infinitely malleable material, not a collection of paper sheets glued together, as is the case in industrial 3D software today (often referred to as 2.5D modeling). When using Symvol, users will be reminded of working with clay or metal. Unlike traditional solid modeling which can display cracks or surface issues, users will always have a valid truly solid object no matter the design demands placed on it. On top of this exciting new development, Symvol's ease of use means professionals are no longer the only people that can use 3D modeling and fabrication software.

With this light but sturdy product, the doors have been thrown open to begin to explore the world of volumetric modeling. This translates into a marketplace that is greatly increased in both depth of sophistication and range of users. Uformia believes this will have long term beneficial effects on the dynamism and creativity of the 3D modeling field as a whole.

This is just a starting point, with 2012 bringing the release of additional new products and capabilities into the market. Symvol for Rhino is a simplified version of the Uformia's new generation framework for the Rhinoceros® modeling system, with three different versions:

1. Symvol Maker -- the free, fully-functional, non-commercial version is available for download and is suitable for the 3DP/maker community.

2. Symvol Community -- the low-cost version targeted for 3D printing, available for purchase now.

3. Symvol Pro -- the fully-featured, professional version, to be released later this year.

 


 

*** We at Uformia are looking forward to working closely with 3D modelers across the globe to expand our user base and spread the joy of true volumetric modeling. If you would like more information or have any inquires please email us: support [at] uformia.com or chat with us via our support forum. We look forward to hearing from you. Happy modeling!

 

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Nov 24 2011

 

Thanks to Fabbaloo for the nice entry about Uformia today.

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Sep 24 2010

Uformia was selected to be showcased as one of 20 high growth companies at this year's VentureLab Investment Forum taking place in Oslo, Norway on Tuesday October 19th. We are priviledged to be a part of this Forum, and look forward to participating.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Uformia Receives Private Investment

Tromso, Norway - 31 May, 2010 - Uformia AS today announced they have added Norinnova AS and Hålogaland Kapital AS as shareholders in exchange for private investment. This strategic alliance will support the continued development of their initial product. Uformia is at the modeling forefront, creating revolutionary 3D software that will solve many of the problems of today's software, especially in the field of digital fabrication or 3D printing. Using bio-polymers, human cells and 3D printers, it is already possible today to fabricate human body parts such as bones. Every day objects can also be printed in 3D, such as jewelry, dishes and toys. The science fiction of 20 years ago is now fact, however what is missing in this 3D printing revolution is the right software. Uformia has developed a new technology, Digital Materialization, that is sophisticated enough to use for designing and fabricating things such as micro-structures and body parts while being easy enough for a hobbyist to use. Uformia is creating a new generation of design tools that will open new markets and undeveloped users communities.
The research behind Uformia's software started over 25 years ago, and thanks to advances in computer technology, it is now possible to take this technology out of academia and into the commercial sector. Uformia is comprised of a unique group of global entrepreneurs from Norway, UK, USA, Russia and Italy with a wide range of skills from product designers, programmers, computer science, 3D modeling and corporate leadership. After finding support from both a local business incubator, Intek Lyngen, and Innovation Norway, Uformia began the search to finding just the right investment group to fit their current development. Uformia found Norinnova and Hålogaland Kapital to be the right choice. Together these investment groups offer unique flexibility, an active support network and a proven track record. The investment teams are excited by possibilities with Uformia's groundbreaking technology and look forward to assisting in the success of the company.
Uformia expects their first product to be released by the fall and looks forward to bringing the 3D design and fabrication revolution to the world - while being situated above the Arctic Circle, in one of the most beautiful places of the world.

 

Uformia+NN+HK

From left: Hilde Svenning (Hålogaland Kapital AS), Cherie Stamm (Uformia AS) and Bard Hall (Norinnova AS)

 

About Uformia AS
Uformia is an international north Norwegian company who aims to develop a new kind of 3D software that will solve many of the problems of today's software, especially in the field of digital fabrication.

About Norinnova AS
Norinnova, short for Northern Innovation, is an innovation company with the main objective to commercialize new business ideas based on research activities and new technologies.

 

About Hålogaland Kapital AS
Hålogaland Kapital is a regional investment company with a mission to create profitable new businesses in the region through new innovation, knowledge-based enterprises and innovation in existing businesses.

Contacts:
Uformia AS
Cherie Stamm, CEO cherie@uformiaworld.com
468 36 475

 

Norinnova AS Bård Hall, CEO
baard@norinnova.no
905 15 342

 

Hålogaland Kapital AS
Hilde Svenning, CEO
hilde@kupa.no
770 415 10
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