Message - Re: 3D Cad Modeling in NYC- No help, but consider research at MIT

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Posted by  JWmHarmon on January 05, 2004 at 10:45:38:

In Reply to:  3D Cad Modeling in NYC posted by FLWmoveOvr on January 04, 2004 at 22:18:07:

3D data, including architectural forms, can be scanned into a computer.

The following is from Business Week, November 3, 2003, It Only Looks Like Childs Play by Faith Arner, pages 86-89.

"Hiroshi Ishii's lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology... (is)creating new ways... to view and manipulate data..."

"IP Network Design Workbench... aims to make it easier for engineers and nontechnical execs to collaborate... a video projector above shines a network design onto a 2-foot-by-3-foot white table. An antenna embedded in the table can track the movement and placement of electronically charged objects, resembling small hockey pucks, that slide over the table surface. Using the pucks (Kazuhiko) Tanaka can shift icons projected onto the table to change the network ocnfiguration..."

"Urban Design" "Some sensetables can work with mockups of buidings to help urban planners see how the placement of new structures will affect airflow and light over time. Other tables would let landscape architects sculpt models in clay and capture the 3D geometry through laser scanning."

"Ishii's team... have begun building 3D towns on the table, enabling them to guage changing... patterns..."

"Another gizmo..."
"the user manually shifts the 'sand' - semi-transparent glass beads - to alter slope of contours. An infrared light shines from the bottom... a camera (feeds) 3D geometry into a computer..."

One can imagine sculpting buildings and then scanning them to generate data for building the structures. We are limited only by our imaginations and the real-life concerns of staying within the budget.

Similar tools may someday make Autocad as irrelevant as a slide rule and drafting board.

Imagine the possibilities of using virtual-reality tools such as a data glove to simply trace the outline of a building or building component in the air and having a computer generate all the related files (no need for drawings anymore). The file would then be transmitted to the manufacturer. The program could be written to check for code compliance.

Are there any computer geniuses out there interested in architecture?

Are there any architecture professionals interested in adapting computers in new ways?

The field is wide open! Maybe you will want to get in "on the ground floor."

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