Nokia’s HERE is Creating HD 3D Maps

This update comes via my colleague Gene Roe of LiDARnews… Nokia’s HERE unit is using technology developed by earthmine which includes laser scanners to develop what they claim is the next generation of street maps. As reported in Slash Gear the next generation system is aimed at surpassing Google Maps. The HD data will support true 3D analysis of routes – impressive.  Thanks for the tip Gene…

Visit Curtin University Australia via virtual 3D model

An impressive virtual 3D model flies you around the Curtin University campus (Australia) created with aero3Dpr. About the project…  Based on advanced aerial photogrammetry techniques, aero3Dpro is a 3D modeling service from Australian mapping and survey company AEROmetrex.  The unprecedented complexity, detail and accuracy contained in aero3Dpro models, combined with the ability to interact with and extract real 3D information of both natural and built environments, can be a very valuable resource for industries – see more

Social Tip – Add an Instagram Competition to Your Event Plans

Instagram is huge, there’s no question about that. Instagram is also very social and it’s a great way to engage your friends, customers and others. People really enjoy sharing moments they capture and Instagram also has a pretty nice user engagement level so it’s a very worthwhile use of your time. To date I haven’t seen a ton of usage by companies, however, one group in the GeoTech / CAD/surveying space is doing a nice job with it – enter the Faro 3D Documentaztion Conference Instagram competition. The event is encouraging attendees to post pictures to instagram and tag them with the #Faro3D2013 hashtag and share – given that many, if not most, Instagram users also connect their accounts to Twitter this is a great way to encourage socializing and sharing by event attendees.

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Staples to Start Selling Cube 3D Printers Commencing in June

What’s that you say… you’re headed to Staples for supplies? While there would you please pick me up some pens, pencils, a few notepads, oh, and grab me a 3D printer also! Yep… Staples is likely one of the first mass market retailers that is boasting the sale of consumer grade 3D printers! On sale for a mere $1299, starting around June you can pick up a Cube 3D printer by 3D Systems.

Some features… The Cube® 3D Printer, ready to use right out of the box, features Wi-Fi, is compatible with Mac or Windows, and comes with 25 free 3D templates designed by professional artists, with additional templates available online. With its ultra portable design, the Cube® fits easily in the office, classroom or living room, making it the perfect 3D printing device for designers, small businesses, students and kids. The Cube® 3D printer can print items up to 5.5″ x 5.5″ x 5.5”, using material cartridges in 16 different colors including metallic silver, glow in the dark and vibrant and neutral colors.

See more details and specs in this official announcement

Source: via Glenn on Pinterest

3D models from laser scans with Autodesk ReCap

An interesting application from Autodesk – ReCap (thanks to Gene Roe of for turning me on to this one).  Autodesk ReCap now enables any designer, architect or engineer to add, modify, validate and document their design process in context from existing environments. ReCap delivers powerful and easy to use workflow on the desktop and in the cloud to create intelligent 3D models from laser scans and captured photos.  Users are invited to download the free ReCap studio for free and ReCap photo will be available soon according to the company  – see more here at Autodesk

See Also A Closer Look at Autodesk ReCap from LiDARnews

Create Your Custom Lumia 820 Case With a 3D Printer

Here’s something kinda cool that you may have never thought of… how about printing up a new shell for your smartphone? Well, if you happen to have a device like the Nokia Lumia 820 which sports a removable shell (case)  Nokia developer is making it a bit easier for you by providing you with all the specs and design drawings so you can print up a nice, fully customized shell… oh, you will need access to a 3D printer! If 3D printing is your thing and you happen to be a Windows Phone geek then have a looksee at the mechanical drawings of the Nokia Lumia 820 back shell… and be sure to send me a pic when you print one up!

Now let me see, where did I leave that darned 3D printer of mine?? ;0)

Want to know more about 3D Printing? See How 3D Printing Works

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Video – Overwatch and LiDAR Analyst 5.1 at GeoInt 2012

I recently had the pleasure of a  meetup with Matt Morris, Product development director, Overwatch Systems, LTD. at geoInt 2012 in Orlando, FL.  Matt discusses LiDAR Analyst 5.1 for high end visualization of LiDAR data in a 3D environment. Recall, LIDAR Analyst can ingest data in various formats including LAS, ASCII text, Digital Elevation Models (DEM) or raster, and 3D point shape files.

See more about LiDAR analyst HERE

3D Modeling with 123D Design for iPad, Mac, PC or Web Browser

An iOS solution for 3D design enthusiasts from Autodesk with Autodesk 123D Design. From Autodesk… Autodesk 123D Design helps users get their projects started by providing base shapes and example models that help move past a blank screen and into the design quickly. Using natural interactions to add objects to the canvas and assemble parts together, users can enjoy the design process and create amazing 3D-printable designs. 123D Design is available on web, mobile and desktop. See more details HERE