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Morpholio Trace and Shapr3D simplify 3-D sketching and animations

Morpholio Trace, the CAD sketching app, has collaborated with Shapr3D, a modeling application, to roll out a new feature for its iOS 12 update, which Morpholio Trace has dubbed “Drag’n’Fly.”

Anna Kenoff co-founded Morpholio Trace in 2011 as a 2-D sketching platform for the creation of floor plans, elevations, sections, and any quick architectural drawing.  Over the years, the team knew it needed to address sketching with 3-D models as it was one of their users’ biggest requests. “We wanted to make it possible to effectively wrap architectural models with trace paper to continually adapt them as needed," Kenoff said.

Drag’n’Fly answers this request with the creation of infinite 3-D views of an architectural model within a 2-D sketch platform. The views are automatically grafted over a perspective grid, allowing users to accurately sketch over generated scenes. Each image can be placed into a quasi-slide show format, creating a visual narration of a site’s design. The feature supports the iPad Pro’s Drag and Drop technology and the new 3-D file type USDZ, making it easy to work between modeling apps and Trace.

Shapr3D, an iPad Pro 3-D modeling platform with a wide variety of uses, ranging from production plant layouts to feasibility studies of tunnel boring machines, is the perfect complement to Drag’n’Fly. 3-D models can now be directly imported through an OBJ format into the perspective grid generated by Morpholio Trace.

While desktop applications such as Rhino remain the industry standard, mobile solutions are gaining increasing clout. According to Kenoff, “The iPad Pro has now become as powerful as our computers and has made it effortless to work between apps. This opened up the gateway for Shapr3D and Morpholio Trade to rethink the design workflow, finally fusing together sketching and 3-D modeling.”

Overall, the Morpholio Trace brings the flexibility and power of hand drawing and thinking to the front-end design process.

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New 3D printing software churns out giant projects in one pass

Fabricators watch as an artificial hip joint comes together on the tray of a 3D printer.  This, doctors say, is the high-tech future of joint replacement. The printer's lone nozzle squirts plastic polymer out into the precise shape. However, in the time it takes to make a new joint, you could watch half a season of The Bachelor, or drive from New York City to eat poutine in Montreal. One company is addressing the time barrier with a new software that enables faster, and much bigger, 3D printing. Autodesk is creating a 3D printing system, dubbed Project Escher, will be able to create large objects in one pass. Project Escher divides larger designs into smaller instructional packages. The packages are sent to groups of printheads which work in tandem to produce the finished object. This factory-line approach speeds up the often painstakingly slow printing process for large, high-resolution pieces. The customization goes further: Project Escher's printheads are modular, making it easy to swap out different tools. For example, you could swap a printhead with a tool that removes supporting structures while the other five printheads churn out a product. This video shows just how this would happen. Printing large objects could have positive ramifications for architects: facades like this one could be fabricated in one session. Ornate wall-to-wall moldings or whole ceilings could be reproduced without interruption. Currently, larger-scale 3D printing is currently employed by archeologists replicating ancient buildings destroyed by ISIS in the Syrian city of Palmyra. To be clear, Autodesk is not building a new printer, just the software. The printer-savvy can build their own machines to accomodate the software, mere amateurs will have to wait for the hardware to catch up.