You may be noticing that suddenly the whole world seems a lot smarter, from your elementary school kids doing math problems that are now beyond you at homework time to new appliances in the kitchen that are certainly a far cry from the avocado green fridge you flung open and closed on a constant basis in your childhood. Get used to it, because machines as we know it are only about to get smarter! And the great thing is that, aside from hoping they don’t get all sci-fi and take over the world and enslave us, our lives should just continue to get that much easier.
Thanks to a new partnership between Autodesk and Seebo, known for their smart products integration platform, we should be seeing a surge in 3D products that are not just smart, but completely connected. We were aware that these companies would be working together after Autodesk announced they would be creating a platform and inviting developers to build from it. Their work with Seebo moves forward after their investment in the global company’s Software as a Service (SaaS) platform. Today, not only can you model in 3D on Autodesk’s Forge platform, you can also enhance your own innovations by enabling them for the Internet of Things (IoT) via Seebo.
The SaaS platform will open new doors for designers everywhere as they are able to take that extra step with IoT connection, connecting also to apps like Fusion 360 where they can drag and drop a variety of components into the product design—allowing it to go from simple to smart.
“We’re very excited about the integration between Autodesk Forge and Seebo, which will provide Autodesk customers with access to some of the most cutting-edge IoT development tools available. The joint platform allows manufacturers to tap into the world of IoT efficiently and cost-effectively,” said Lior Akavia, co-founder and CEO of Seebo.
With Forge, designers and developers can draw from its software library and then deliver components as ‘cloud-based building blocks.’ With Seebo, they too have everything they need for making smart products all in one place.
“With the integration between Autodesk Forge and the Seebo platform, 3D models can now be directly uploaded into Seebo’s IoT Creator where the foundations of the product’s functional design are created,” states the Seebo team in a recent press release.
Users can upload models to the Seebo IoT Creator and then give them attributes—to include smart features—mapping out their final product.
“This enables direct integration between the Seebo platform and the Autodesk Forge platform, giving Seebo users precise, user-friendly design tools when planning and ideating smart products,” states Seebo.
Users can also look forward to working in a 360-degree environment with Autodesk’s Forge Viewer API, allowing for seamless design—and fun. Models are uploaded easily from Forge into Seebo IoT Creator where the product can then be accentuated further.
“Once smart product design has been completed on the Seebo platform, Seebo’s IoT Marketplace seamlessly connects users with the resources and skills to develop and integrate the smart device, providing product developers with cost-effective resources to complete development and integration of the smart device,” states the Seebo team.
As with all the benefits of 3D printing, as IoT technology is combined, products are created more affordably with faster turnaround time—and much greater efficiency.
“It enables all users, from small startups to enterprise customers, to easily and reliably build high quality smart products and take them to market quickly,” states Seebo.
While 3D design, 3D printing, and the IoT have all been closely related with many an innovation already, functioning as today’s most progressive technology, they have generally been working separately. Now, Seebo gives designers the power to integrate IoT capability into their concepts from the beginning, giving them the freedom to place features like sensors and IoT capabilities in the optimal positions. Ultimately, consumers will be the ones benefiting as they see some incredible new smart products in the marketplace.
Autodesk recently added some new features and enhancements to the Forge platform, including Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality support and enhanced data management support. A new Forge Render API will be available soon, and Autodesk is currently pursuing industry standard security compliance such as SOC2 to maintain solid security and data protection controls. Discuss in the Autodesk Seebo forum at 3DPB.com.