Showing posts with label 3D. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 3D. Show all posts

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Creepy 3D Printing Project of the Day: Turn a 3D sonogram into a 3D printed baby at 3D-Babies.Com (I kid you not)

technabob - Your Unborn Baby, Immortalized in a 3D Printed Figure

Technology has made it easier for prospective parents to see what their child looks like, even before he or she is born. There’s ultrasound (to get a rough outline), 3D imaging, and even 4D ultrasound so you can clearly see your unborn baby’s face and physical features in real time.

Now there are 3D printed figures of your unborn baby.



3D Babies

Imagine holding your baby before he or she is born.

New Years Special!

Use the coupon "30-OFF" to get 30% off the price of your

Halfsize (4 inch) or Mini (2 inch) 3D Baby.


Enough said I think...

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

MVA Live Event - Windows 8.1 Developer Training: Geek Edition [with lead Geeks Pete Brown, Jeff Burtoft], January 21, 2014 9am-5pm PST

Microsoft Virtual Academy - Windows 8.1 Developer Training: Geek Edition

HTML and XAML developers, are you ready to start having fun with Windows 8.1? Join Microsoft developer experts for a dive deep into the gadget and devices side of Windows 8.1, including USB, Bluetooth, point of sale, and even 3D printing. You’ll find out about some awesome new features in both HTML and XAML and look at some early versions of great toolkits. Build on your core skills and take advantage of everything Windows 8.1 has to offer.

Course Outline

  • Overview of Windows 8.1 Developer Platform
  • What’s New in XAML and HTML Apps
  • Bluetooth, USB, and 3D Printing
  • Speech, Camera, and Mic
  • Web App Template
  • Embedded Scenarios
  • XAML and HTML Performance


Hard to get geekier that these two guys... What's the price? Free! Location? Virtual! Great Content? Almost Guarantied!  :)

(via Ginktage - Windows 8.1 Developer Training: Geek Edition)

Friday, July 06, 2012

You too can be the Omega Man with the OmegaEngine SDK (C#, DirectX 9, 3D engine suited for strategy games, space simulations)

Visual Studio Gallery - OmegaEngine SDK

The OmegaEngine SDK installs project templates that allow you to get started with 3D programming as quickly as possible.

CREATED BY transwarp (Bastian Eicher)

SUPPORTS Visual Studio 2010

The OmegaEngine is a general-purpose 3D graphics engine written in C# using the .NET Framework 2.0 and DirectX 9 via SlimDX.

The engine is designed to be

  • light-weight (compiled binaries with external libraries < 4MB),
  • modular (use only the parts you need for your project) and
  • gameplay-agnostic (also suitable for visualization projects, etc.).

The engine is well-suited for strategy games, space simulations, etc.. It is not designed for use in FPSes, open-world sandboxes, etc..

The OmegaEngine SDK installs project templates that allow you to get started with 3D programming as quickly as possible. Please make sure you have installed the NuGet Package Manager first.

omegaengine - Features

An overview of the Engine's features:

omegaengine - Screenshots





An interesting engine that I'd not seen before...


Related Past Post XRef:
3D C# D3D11 (As in 3D rendering with C# and DirectX 3D 11) (aka SlimDX)

Thursday, May 10, 2012

NASA goes 3D, providing 3D models of NASA and other space stuff!

NASA - Welcome to the 3D Resources Page

Here you'll find a growing collection of 3D models, textures, and images from inside NASA. All of these resources are free to download and use.

Please read the Usage Guidelines.


3D Resources - 3D Models

These models are for anybody that uses a 3D software package. Most of the models are in the common .3ds format, which can be read by most 3D programs. Some models, however, are in their original .lwo, .fbx, or .obj formats to preserve details that would be lost in conversion


From Tools to the Shuttle;



I think my favorite is the Crawler. Imaging mashing this up to create some kind of uber-tank/land battleship thing...


While you're there, make sure you also check out the other stuff on the 3D Resources page too. There's some pretty cool looking things...

(via MAKE: - 3D Models of NASA Spacecraft)

Sunday, January 15, 2012

OpenVSP - NASA Open Source Parametric Geometry (Think uber-cool, and OSS, way to build 3D airplane models for mere mortals)


OpenVSP is a parametric aircraft geometry tool. OpenVSP allows the user to create a 3D model of an aircraft defined by common engineering parameters. This model can be processed into formats suitable for engineering analysis.

The predecessors to OpenVSP have been developed by J.R. Gloudemans and others for NASA since the early 1990's. On January 10 2012, OpenVSP was released as an open source project under the NASA Open Source Agreement (NOSA) version 1.3.

We are still in the process of setting up all of the things which allow an open source project to work. In the meantime, get OpenVSP for yourself from the links below.

OpenVSP 2.0 for Windows

OpenVSP 2.0 for Mac OS X


Nothing to install, just unzip and run the vsp.exe


Here's something I created in like 15 seconds. One Pod and one wing and I've got the B2!  ( )



I have absolutely no practical need for this, and I have no clue what I'm doing with it, but it's still pretty darn fun to play with... LOL

(via science slashdot - NASA Open Sources Aircraft Design Software)

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Real-time 3D design tool, MachStudio Pro, now free (as in free, not even reg-ware)

3D Buzz - MachStudio Pro now Free

"Last week it was $4000, now it is free ;)

What is MachStudio Pro?

MachStudio Pro is stand-alone, visualization and rendering software that lets 3D artists create and manipulate lights, materials, and HDR cameras in a real-time, non-linear workflow environment to achieve film quality results..."

Studio GPU - Download MachStudio Pro Free

"See how MachStudio Pro can help you explore and refine your creative options in real-time in full cinematic quality within a true non-linear 3D environment. This is a full featured version of MachStudio Pro and has absolutely no financial obligation or commitment.

How could this be? How can StudioGPU offer such a valuable piece of software at no cost? Let us briefly explain how we can do it. We firmly believe that MachStudio Pro is a revolutionary piece of software that will completely transform the way that you work in 3D by saving you both time and money. Based on our confidence in this notion, we think we can create a viable business model from generating revenue from Support, Training and Consulting Services. Please help us change the 3D production world for the better. Take a spin on MachStudio Pro today. You won't be sorry.

MachStudio Pro system requirements

Operating System:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 - 32 bit or 64 bit
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Business - 32 bit or 64 bit (SP1 or higher)

Hardware Minimum Requirements:

  • Intel Pentium 4 or higher, AMD Athlon 64, or AMD Opteron processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 2 GB of available disk space
  • 1 GB DirectX 11 compliant video card (tested w/ ATI and NVIDIA)


Studio GPU - MachStudio

"Realtime 3D graphics on your desktop

MachStudio Pro revolutionizes the 3D visualization production pipeline by placing the power of real-time graphics processing at your fingertips. Leveraging the horsepower of off-the-shelf professional graphics processing units (GPUs) and an innovative real-time rendering engine, it delivers a dynamic, feature-rich, non-linear work-space for creating superior CG images while optimizing resources and providing significant time and cost savings.

The Ultimate CG Sandbox

Designed by artists for artists and shaped by the actual demands of production, MachStudio Pro redefines the 3D workflow by eliminating the need for render farms and putting creativity and flexibility back into the hands of the people who need it. Digital artists can develop their work exactly as it will appear in the final render including complex lighting, caustics, cameras, shaders, materials, ambient occlusion, and color grading. Render times that usually take hours or days are reduced to minutes and even seconds, limiting artists only to the scope of their creativity.

The Benefits of MachStudio Pro

  • Real-time rendering on your desktop — say good-bye to expensive render farms.
  • Groundbreaking levels of interactivity giving the power back to the artist instead of the pipeline.
  • Provides revolutionary workflow allowing manipulation of cameras, lighting, ambient occlusion, animation, and materials in real-time.
  • Seamless interoperability with most leading CG software programs including Autodesk Maya and 3ds Max .
  • Resolution independent, allowing renders at any resolution and format (e.g. 1080P, 720P, 16:9, 4:3, NTSC, PAL and even 2K and beyond).
  • Render as final frame, or as passes for additional compositing work.
  • Generate higher quality CGI results for less time and money.


The sad thing is all my systems are to lame (err... lower end... I mean) to run this. I so need to get a new notebook... sigh.

Anyway... This looks like something that would be pretty fun to play with. And given the cost...

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Blending XNA with Blender - "Blender 2.57b & XNA 4.0 Part I"

XNA UK User Group - RandomChaos - Blender 2.57b & XNA 4.0 Part I

"I have been playing about with blender, I know Ed is a big fan of the XSI Soft Image tool, but I never really got on with it, mostly due to me not spending any quality with it. So, why Blender? Well, first off, it’s free! There are also loads of tutorials for it, loads on Youtube and the host site, has a tonne. The latest draft of Blender, 2.57b is a great improvement on the later versions, but like all the other modeling tools I have looked at it still helps if you know the keyboard short cuts to help navigate around the UI.

With this set of short posts I am hoping to introduce you to Blender 2.57b and how you can then get those objects exported and rendered in your XNA projects.



Another cool Blender introduction series, this one targeted at XNA dev's...


Related Past Post XRef:
Blender 2.5 Fundamental Tutorials from 3DBuzz or "The Noob Video Guide to Blender"
"Blender 3D: Noob to Pro"
Newton Physics for WPF – Because everyone needs to write a cool Moon Lander game, at one time or another, don’t they? :)
Kerkythea - Free Photorealistic Rendering for 3D Design Programs (Blender, SketchUp, 3ds Max, etc)
Blender 2.46 Released (Open Source 3D Tool, not "Expression Blend")

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Blender 2.5 Fundamental Tutorials from 3DBuzz or "The Noob Video Guide to Blender"

Virtual Realm - 3D Buzz Blender Fundamentals Drop 1

"The guys over at 3DBuzz have dropped the first set of Video Tutorials for Blender3D 2.5. These tutorials include… ..."

3DBuzz - Blender Fundamentals: First drop of videos now available to the public

"Greetings ladies and gentlemen!

Here is our first batch of videos for the Blender Fundamentals set, in which we explore Blender 2.5! Throughout the first few of these drops, we're going to be focusing on the Blender interface, which got a massive facelift for the 2.5 version.

As we progress, you'll hear me make a lot of references to other 3D packages that I know, so if you're a Maya or 3ds Max person, this should hopefully make your transition a bit easier.

Finally, just as a note, Member Sponsors have had access to these videos for some time. If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of becoming a Member Sponsor subscriber, including early access to some of our videos, click here!

Blender Fundamentals - Drop 1

Download links

• 1 - Introduction
• 2 - UI at a Glance
• 3 - Saving
• 4 - Default 3D View Navigation
• 5 - Custom 3D View Navigation
• 6 - Persective vs. Orthographic
• 7 - Numpad Navigation
• 8 - Toolbox
• 9 - Properties Panel
• 10 - Info Window
• 11 - Outliner

..." [GD: Click through for the download links]

Here's a snap from the "1 - Introduction" video (MP4);



Related Past Post XRef:
"Blender 3D: Noob to Pro"
Newton Physics for WPF – Because everyone needs to write a cool Moon Lander game, at one time or another, don’t they? :)
Kerkythea - Free Photorealistic Rendering for 3D Design Programs (Blender, SketchUp, 3ds Max, etc)
Blender 2.46 Released (Open Source 3D Tool, not "Expression Blend")

Monday, November 17, 2008

Google SketchUp 7 Released

Google Blog - Introducing SketchUp 7

“We're very excited to announce the new release of Google SketchUp 7. If you don't already know about the fun you can have with SketchUp, here's a quick recap:

SketchUp is software you can use to build 3D models of anything: your house, killer robots, furniture, trees, abstract art — anything. Architects and engineers use it to design buildings and other structures. Woodworkers use it to plan their projects. And lots of people use it to figure out where to put their furniture. SketchUp is easy to learn, it comes in free and Pro versions, and it's more fun than a houseful of clowns. Oh, and you can use it to build models for Google Earth, too. So what's new in SketchUp 7? There's too much to list here, but we focused on three major areas for this release:

  • Making it even easier to get started – We've created a new class of "smart" objects called Dynamic Components,

Take a look at the What's New in 7 page on the SketchUp website to get the whole scoop. There's a great video to watch, and it stars some of the more prone-to-sunlight members of our engineering team — in lab coats, no less. Don't miss it.


My dad was an industrial engineer and when I showed him SketchUp it blew his mind. That on his PC he could do more that he ever imagined doing on the high end CAD/CAM systems he used back in the day. Now he makes us call him, “MR. SKETCHUP” (just kidding… but he loves playing with this utility… ;)


Related Past Post XRef:
Kerkythea - Free Photorealistic Rendering for 3D Design Programs (Blender, SketchUp, 3ds Max, etc)
Another Free App From Google, SketchUp

Friday, July 25, 2008

Caligari’s trueSpace 3d is now free (as in beer, reg-ware) - AKA You need to watch “This Week on Channel 9” so you can amaze your friends and family with your cutting edge view of the Dev world…

This Week On Channel 9 - This Week on C9: Free 3D tools, "Mojave", Cool Visualizations, and VS 10


Caligari's TrueSpace 3D Modeling tools are now available to download for free. You can even export to DirectX or use a converter to convert the models into XAML 3D for WPF. Check out the training videos for more info. (2:38 - 4:32)


Caligari - trueSpace 7

“trueSpace7.6 is a fully-featured 3D authoring package that will let you model, texture, light, animate and render 3D content. As well as traditional images and movies, you can also make 3D content for online shared spaces, and for Virtual Earth.

An entirely re-written X format exporter lets you save your trueSpace creations to load into game engines such as XNA to develop games for Windows or the Xbox 360.

Also included is an export to Virtual Earth which will let you place your 3D creations straight into Virtual Earth from trueSpace. Now you can place whatever you make into real world locations in Virtual Earth and share them with others!


You guys are watching This Week on Channel 9, right? Well if you like the stuff I blog about, then you need to catch this weekly cast. Dan and Brian provide a great view of what’s happening in the dev/Microsoft/cool stuff space. Any team that has roman candle battles, well I want to party with those guys…! lol

In today’s cast, they mentioned the above, that trueSpace is now free (reg-ware)! That is officially cool (and now downloaded ;) I’ve heard allot about trueSpace over the years and now that it’s free I’m going to have to see just how bad I can mess up a 3d space with it… ;)

If you’re doing WPF, XAML, XNA, Virtual Earth, 3D development, then you might want to check this out…

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Blender 2.46 Released (Open Source 3D Tool, not "Expression Blend") - Blender 2.46

"The work of the past half year - also thanks to the open movie project "Big Buck Bunny" - has resulted in a greatly improved feature set, now released as Blender 2.46, the "Bunny release"!

This version supports a new particle system with hair and fur combing tools, fast and optimal fur rendering, a mesh deformation system for advanced character rigging, cloth simulation, fast Ambient Occlusion, a new Image browser, and that's just the beginning. Check the extensive list of features in the log below... have fun!


3D is one of those "I really wish I could this" things. I keep hoping that lightening will strike and suddenly I'll become Mr. 3D. But instead it looks like it's going to take blood, sweet and tears... (or maybe just the "right" app?  ;)

(via Slashdot - Blender 2.46 Released)


Related Past Post XRef:
"Blender 3D: Noob to Pro"
Kerkythea - Free Photorealistic Rendering for 3D Design Programs (Blender, SketchUp, 3ds Max, etc)