Be advised there's a nifty new software and design machine combination out there, which enables one holding a stylus to mold, carve, sand and otherwise create a 3D CAD file model, much as you would carve a block of wood or mold a piece of clay. You can work back and forth between this combination and your 3D CAD program using igs, obj or stl files. The stylus provides "feel" and has a button to turn on any one of a number of tools such as carvers, sanders, molders and the like. When the button is not depressed, you can feel the stylus gliding over but not through the model! Even around the back!
Obviously one could apply constraints and dimensions in his CAD program and work freely back and forth with the combination to design industrial parts. Every university should have one! I want one!
I tried it out yesterday as a guest of interpro-rtc.com at sensable.com. The program is called FreeForm, but the name of the stylus machine (small desk topper) escapes me.
Best Regards, Tom Richards, Metallurgist
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