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3D Modeling App from Febtop Tech Allows You to Design in Augmented Reality

by • July 10, 2016 • No Comments

download (19)For the last week, just of everyone I understand has been playing Pokémon GO, and I can’t stop laughing of the stories I’ve heard of grown men walking into lakes or crashing into individuals and objects while in hot pursuit of Squirtles. I haven’t downloaded it yet, yet I’ve been tempted – based on my tendency in the direction of Internet/smartphone addiction, yet, I suspect I mayn’t get anything else done. Ever. It was adequate of a mistake to download Neko Atsume. I do ponder Pokémon GO is quite rad, yet, and it’s an great example of how accessible virtual and augmented reality are becoming – these days, all you require is a smartphone.

It is not all just for fun, either. Augmented reality is a valuable tool in a wide variety of industries, and a Swedish tech company is via it to manufacture 3D versioning easyr. Stockholm-based Febtop Tech, a developer of modular, delta-style 3D printing devices, is already developing an app which allows for users to create 3D versions by just drawing in the air with a finger. FEBCAD AR is being created for Android at the moment, yet other platforms can be introduced later.

house_and_trees“When we observe new users, with no previous 3D printing experience working with our 3D printing devices, we frequently see them struggle as they try to learn a 3D versioning software or a CAD program,” said Tom Yang, CEO of Febtop Tech. “We rapidly accomplished which we had to find a way to manufacture which system additional effortless and inviting for new createers.”

How the app works is easy: the user looks through his or her smartphone or tablet and “draws” easy 3D shapes like cubes, cylinders and pyramids on the table or desk in front of the screen. 2D creates can in addition be drawn freehand and converted to 3D. Objects can be easily moved and rotated, and the user can view his or her create of any angle by moving the phone or tablet around the create. Once the version is finished, it can be exported to STL or sent directly to one of Febtop’s printing devices.

“The thought of via AR as a way to lower the barrier into 3D printing was born around a year ago,” the team explained. “We had many discussions around how it may be implemented and what tools we may use. Should we implement it with AR glasses or just use phones. We decided to go for the phone since many individuals have one and the point was to manufacture it accessible so it was the logical choice. The actual software development took of roughly 3 moths ago.”

The company, a tiny team of CEO Yang and Creative Technologist Simon Karlsson, plans to release the app and its source code online with an open source license. It can in addition be bundled with their 3D printing devices, the Optimus and the Nimo 3D, once they’re officially released. The Optimus is a modular machine which can be assembled either as a delta or Cartesian printing device, with an extruder which can be swapped to turn the printing device into a CNC mill or laser engraver. The Nimo is a tinyer, easyr plug-and-play printing device which Febtop bills as thoughtl for beginners or educational settings.


The Optimus 3D printing device

Whilst FEBCAD AR is yet a work in progress, the key behind its development is ease of use and accessibility. Febtop tossed around the thought of createing it for use with AR glasses, but elected to go with a easy smartphone interface to manufacture it easily accessible to everyone.

car“The challenges around the development of the app has additional revolved around solving practical problems of manufacturing the app useful and easy,” the company noted. “We want the software to be in fact usable so you can easily draw easy creates and for the app to not just be a gimmick. There is a lot of showcases you require preceding you can draw a thing useful and one of the challenges we face right now is how we can add additional showcases without bloating the interface…

What you can do with the app right now is [the] following:

Draw boxes, prisms, cylinders and cones.Draw a 2D shape by freehand and extrude into 3D.Move around individual shapes which you have drawn and place them where you want.Rotate individual shapes around the X, Y or Z axis.Import STL files to view in the AR environment.Export your create to a STL file.Send your create directly to one of our printing devices.

We have not seen any other apps doing what we are doing. Most AR apps we have seen just allow you to view versions but not draw them.”

Whilst there’s no word on when the app can be officially released, it looks great so far, as you can see in the video at a lower place, and we will go on to remain up to date on its additional development. Is this an app you may like to have some day? Discuss additional over in the Design 3D Models of Smartphone forum at 3DPB.com.