Here at 3DPrint.com, we’re continually being surprised at the level of new innovations arising from the world of digital design and 3D printing. Privileged to be on the front lines as manufacturers, designers, and engineers around the world offer up new inventions, we also see a continual—and rather accelerated—evolution in the tools that are being offered for those working in the 3D realm. And while many of these tools may seem to pop up overnight, these are often the results of fairly long term projects coming to fruition, such as the latest from Autodesk.
Offering designers and developers a progressive new platform for integrating new features into products, Autodesk’s Revit and Fusion 360 allow users to dabble in both augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), no matter the skill level. Thanks to a new host of add-ins from AR/VR software company WakingApp, CAD users will be able to enter a new world of creating. Both the Revit add-in and Fusion 360 add-in expand design capabilities in terms of making content and allowing both file sharing and file fixing before heading into the 3D printing phase.
We’ve reported on other companies Autodesk is collaborating with, having earlier in the year announced that they would be working to integrate their platforms with other development companies, meaning that users would be able to create products and imbue them with more complex qualities from the beginning, whether that includes VR features or IoT—and more.
This latest between Autodesk and WakingApp means that designers and developers working in CAD to create augmented and virtual reality products can finish projects and then share instantly. The two companies expect that this will change the way developers create when delving into both AR and VR. WakingApp states that add-ins are password protected, allowing for sharing as well as security, with a password created for each process.
WakingApp has been an Autodesk partner since 2013, as the two companies began envisioning a way to offer users more for AR/VR creations.
“The greatest challenge for the entry of AR/VR services to everyday business use is the cost of content in time and money,” said Udi Shani, CEO of WakingAPP. “With these new add-ins, WakingApp continues to break down key barriers in AR/VR content creation. We are excited to engage the entire 19 million strong CAD community and help lead them into the world of AR/VR with ease.”
“Autodesk is excited to see WakingApp delivering our customers Augmented & Virtual Reality in just one click,” said Jim Quanci, Senior Director Software partner Development. “When WakingApp’s ENTiTi software is combined with Autodesk apps, millions of CAD users and their customers can experience their designs in augmented and virtual reality in near real time.”
ENTiTi Creator is WakingApp’s cloud-based platform that gives CAD users a variety of different ways to accentuate designs, whether that be with color, animation, or other features. They can also use the software for editing purposes when using the WakingApp add-ins. With ENTiTi, those working on any level, especially those with absolutely no programming experience, can enjoy a user-friendly interface with interchangeable content.
Users can also see content as soon as it is made or edited on other platforms like GearVR, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive. Businesses will also benefit, and especially from a marketing standpoint, as they can create content including AR/VR and publish it quickly.
If you are interested in finding out more about these new add-ins and opportunities in both the AR and VR realms, the WakingApp staff will be on hand from November 15-17 at the AU LAS VEGAS software conference, where they will be offering demonstrations. Discuss in the WakingApp forum at 3DPB.com.