The 3DVIA Mobile App is Finally Here!

By Cliff

I am an iPhone App junkie!

I play iPhone Apps whenever and wherever I can. My wife has actually said to me, “Put down the iPhone Cliff, and talk to me”. I tried suggesting that I just text her instead. She didn’t think that was funny.

I know there are plenty of iPhone junkies out there like me, downloading every FREE game, puzzle or gadget you can. And if you like the app, you purchase the full version. However, I must admit, that most apps I have paid $.99 or $1.99 for, I quit playing after 2 weeks, maybe a month. The one I am still enjoying is the 3DVIA Mobile App (I was on the BETA team for the last couple of months). I’m sure you are thinking that I am supposed to say that, but it really is true.

The reason I enjoy the app, is not that I can view all of my models, or the thousands of public models on my iPhone…It’s the collage feature, which is built into the App. This is fun!

The Collage function allows you to take a photo with your iPhone, then download any 3D model from, and add it into the picture, in true perspective. How cool is that!?! You can add 3D models of people into a picture of real people, you can add 3D models of furniture into rooms, you can add cars into your driveway. All this in the palm of you hand, wherever you are. The possibilities are endless, but I did create a video of some great uses for the app here on

All the details on the new 3DVIA Mobile App, including where to download are all on the 3DVIA Mobile page:

In fact, 3DVIA is opening a contest asking you to create any image with our favorite dinosaur Tex Rex, with the chance to win an Amazon Kindle™. All the details on the contest are found here.

Oh, and I must tell you the App is FREE now, so download it today, as the App will list for $1.99 soon.

Also, I need to say a special thanks to Gérald Guyomard, and his team for development of the 3DVIA Mobile App – Excellent Work! You not only gave me my favorite App, but also allowed me to play my iPhone at work – Sweet!


Eco-Documentation for a Healthier Planet

By Robert

DS sustainabilityAs the vision of ‘3D for All’ empowers stakeholders across the organization to share, collaborate, and create content off of a single-version of the truth, another key advantage surfaces. While it is easy for any one individual to make choices about whether to consume information electronically or to ‘print a hard copy’ for review, the processes built into many organizational business models can force individuals, groups or entire businesses to consume massive amounts of tangible (and non-eco-friendly) resources in the form of printed materials.

I definitely see that there are clear benefits in the approach when we go from manual printed documentation to interactive documentation directly linked to 3D and digital Intellectual Property (IP) for reducing errors, eliminating cycle-time, and simplifying processes. The ability to transform 200 pages of manufacturing assembly instructions into a brief, step-by-step interactive 3D experience has value for both the content creators as well as the consumers of the information.

The same approach and efficiencies for Manufacturing are available to all stakeholder organizations in the company whether they be Marketing, Customer Service, Sales, Training or any other target audience.

What comes along as an additional benefit in this approach is the elimination of a commonly taken for granted resource – paper.

Like electricity, water or any other consumable resource, paper has a cost and an impact. For example, consider that the typical office worker uses about 10,000 sheets of copy paper each year. If we extrapolate this to a 1,000 person workforce, we are using 10 million sheets of paper.

The conversion of raw trees to pulp to packaged paper has an impact on the environment. Some estimates show that making one ton of paper requires four trees and emits more than 1.5 tons of CO2e, in addition to consuming other resources. This is not including the shipping, storage and other environmental side-effects. Real life mirrors the TV show “The Office” where a paper company is the central theme for not only a lot of laughs, but also a lot of raw paper sales.

3DVIA ComposerA real-life example of this is NACCO Materials Handling Group, Inc. (NMHG), who uses 3DVIA Composer every day to give their non-technical users direct access to 3D CAD data to develop effective, interactive communications and documentation. Besides reducing errors, eliminating cycle-time, and simplifying processes, NACCO may also be helping us heal the planet – one-step at a time.

Every little bit helps when it comes to the environment, and Eco-Documentation may be one way that can contribute.

Do you agree that this is the path to a healthier planet?

High Tech companies (or other) looking to understand the value that 3DVIA Composer can offer should attend an upcoming e-seminar on Sept 24, 2009 at 1:00 PM ET / 10:00 AM PT. Click here to register today!



Car development is child’s play!

By Jonathan

So, your teenage children go surfing on a gamers’ forum and read about a cool new driving game. You buy it for them, but any gamer knows that that is never enough…you have to go back to the forum and download all the free patches to improve textures of the virtual racing cars or to add new circuits, or even to transform the original Formula 1 game into a Grand Prix Legends game by re-using the vehicle dynamics engine. Yeah, you say, nothing new here…open source software development is well established now.

But what about doing this with car development, i.e. something solid and real that can’t simply be downloaded?

Imagine…you’ve got an idea for a next generation car and you work for a big car manufacturer. You go and file for patent to protect the idea. You get a small team to develop the concept, you build prototypes to test the idea. In the mean time you hope no one steals the idea. You put it into to production and your company makes millions of them hoping that people will buy you product, but customers “should” come…after all you’ve done the market research. If they do buy then jackpot.

But what about a small company that also has a really good idea and doesn’t want it to die like so many other ideas have done in the past? Where can you find the time, people and money to develop and manufacture cars today that people want tomorrow? Well maybe you should be developing and manufacturing open source!

Take Riversimple and c,mm,n they have a similar approach to developing their vehicles. It’s all very new, they are opening up their ideas to communities for feedback, innovation, partnerships, you name it.

Perhaps you’re like me, in the good old days you worked in a design office but now you’re mostly doing emails and presentations, well here’s your chance to design again. You don’t have to do it full time, maybe only a couple of hours a week. Just connect to the design community; comment & vote on other people’s designs, make you own designs, invite others to do the same. The whole point is that the product is being developed by a huge and diverse community who in the end of the day are getting the product that they want and the manufacturers are selling a product that is wanted!

This is just a short post as I’d like to get your opinions before moving on…so please comment.

Sustainably yours,

See my related post on Riversimple

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