As a way to keep everyone updated on MeshUp's progress, we are posting a running log of graphs and change logs, taken directly from our roadmap and feature tracking. This will be a quick and easy way to post frequent updates. Check back here often!
* When the salmon bar of all items reaches 100%, MeshUp is ready for the early beta release. * When the blue bar of all items reaches 100%, MeshUp 1.0 RC is ready for the full public release.
Tecnologia Humana 3D started 3D printing fetus for diagnostic purposes with high risk pregnancies, they are now using 3D scan data to print replicas of embryos for their Feto 3D project. This service has been successful with helping blind parents make an early connection to their unborn baby after a scan.
Surprisingly, or not, this is not the only place to find such a service. A company in Japan, Fasotec and Hiroo Ladies Clinic, will print a 3D model from CT or MRI scans. The cost is $1,275. Fetus keychains and cellphone dongles are offered for an additional price.
Slashdot posed the same question we have heard so many times over the last few years: what is holding back 3D printing?
MIT's Technology Review repeats the answer which echos this question time and time again: it is the software that keeps 3D printing from achieving widespread adoption.
"...software innovation could be more important to 3-D printing than gradual improvements in the underlying technology for shaping objects. That technology is already 30 years old and is widely used in industry to create prototypes, molds, and, in some cases, parts for airplanes..."
Exactly. While there are more applications available in the vein then their used to be (OpenSCAD, Autodesk 123D, SketchUp, etc.), that 'killer app' still has not been realized.
Uformia will be throwing our hat into the ring very soon with MeshUp.
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.
"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."
"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."
Bringing materiality to 3D modeling
In September, Turlif spoke at TEDxTrondheim's Back to Basics. As usual, an inspirational discussion about some of the problems with current 3D modeling software, and modeling with simplified polygons...
Light up the Cigars: It’s a Chair
Some nice articles at Designboom, Fast Company, New York Times, etc. just got published on the Chairgenics project that we have been collaborating on with FormNation to 'grow' perfect chairs.
3D Printshow - London
Uformia will be exhibiting at the 3D Printshow London again this year, this time with Fuel3D: 7 - 9 November.
We have an exciting surprise in place involving Joshua Harker, Fuel3D and U...
As you can see below, we are getting closer to the beta! Very happy to report good progress on our transform manipulator, the Gimbal. While there are still some issues to work out before it is ready...