The future of 3D: Metaverse

There is no metaverse—there will never be a metaverse. There are dozens of metaverses and soon probably hundreds. Which view you hold depends on the definition of what a metaverse is, and we repeat: There is no definition—there are several definitions. Where everyone and everything can interact seamlessly across physical and virtual worlds. The concept of a metaverse is developing, … Read more

The new 3D graphics pipeline

Who loses and who gains when consumers get access to vast libraries of content for a minimum monthly fee or because they are willing to put up with ads? I

Dassault announces year end results for 2021

As this is being written, Dassault is spelling out its plans for the future during 3DExperience World 2022. The company says it is poised for a new period of growth as it aligns its major product lines including Industrial Innovation (such as Catia and Enovia), Mainstream Innovation (Solidworks and Centric), and Life Sciences (Medidata and Biovia). Dassault has had its … Read more

Shaper updates round out modeling front end

Shapr3D as added new features for documentation, lofting, text, and Windows support. (Source: Shapr3D)   Shapr3D, an ambitious company based in Budapest, Hungary, and founded in 2015 by István Csanády. The company and its 3D modeling tool have ground rapidly, relentlessly adding on features to enable their product to compete head-to-head with the established leaders who have been rapidly iterating … Read more

Kubotek offers CAD viewer for MBD

Kubotek’s version of MBE crosses the divide between 2D and 3D. It enables users to add dimensions and PMI (product manufacturing information) to create 3D models that combine the best of 2D and 3D.    It’s been a while since we wrote about Kubotek, makers of KeyCreator and utilities for manufacturing. It’s a venerable company with long experience in 2D … Read more

Adobe unveils new 3D content creation tools

Adobe has been stockpiling 3D software technology and tricks for a long time—forever almost if you count the 3D capabilities that are gradually but continuously integrated into the company’s bread and butter products— like Photoshop and Illustrator. In recent years the pace of the stockpiling picked up with the acquisition of Mixamo in 2015, a cloud-based character rigger, which is … Read more

Shapr3D continues breakneck pace of innovation

Shapr3D is a capable 3D modeler for engineers, designers, and hobbyists. The company has debuted its news version for the M1 Macs. (Source: Shapr3D)   Shapr3D started out as a mobile-first product for CAD design and, inevitably enough, it is moving up to M1 powered Macs. Winner of the Apple Design Award, Shapr3D has been featured in Apple’s recent keynotes … Read more

Dassault comes out of 2020 stronger than ever

Dassault is enjoying the benefits of its diversification strategy and its unbounded optimism. The company has had complete faith in its decades-long vision of a cloud-based integrated set of tools that reach all the way down to the consumer and up to corporate leaders and government agencies. They’re a long way towards realizing that vision, but the world is coming … Read more