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What is a WRL File?

Wed Jan 15, 2020

WRL files are an extension of the Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML) format . VRML file types enable browser plugins to display virtual reality environments. The term VRML is often referred to as “worlds” or vrml world file - which is also what WRL actually stands for.

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The Main Benefits and Disadvantages of Voxel Modeling

Wed Dec 18, 2019

Voxels are to 3D what pixels are to 2D.

Firstly -- let’s examine what pixels actually are. Everything you see on your computer screen is made up of very small squares called “pixels.” 

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The Main Benefits and Disadvantages of Point-Cloud Modeling

Tue Dec 17, 2019

Point-cloud modeling is typically used in the process of 3D scanning objects. 

Rather than defining surfaces through mathematical formulas, or building them out of rudimentary shapes like triangles -- point cloud modeling creates a representation of a 3D object with densely placed vertices -- or “points” -- along its surface. 

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The Main Benefits and Disadvantages of Polygonal Modeling

Tue Dec 17, 2019

Polygonal (or polyhedral) modeling is the most common type of modeling for video games and animation studios. 

This type of modeling builds 3D objects out of smaller components called “tris” (triangles) or “polys” (polygons).

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The Main Benefits and Disadvantages of BRep Modeling

Fri Dec 6, 2019

BRep modeling, or Boundary Representation modeling, is, in CAD applications, the most common type of modeling. BRep is a mathematically precise representation of a 3D object. This representation defines the geometric boundaries between solid and non-solid geometries. 

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Features of the Most Effective APIs for 3D Visualization in Manufacturing

Thu Oct 25, 2018

3D visualization is the process of using 3D visuals to analyze designs or scenarios.

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How 3D Visualization Can Help Eliminate Errors in the Manufacturing Process

Fri Oct 19, 2018

We all understand that 3D visualization is a vital means to reduce errors and guarantee quality before the part or product is put into production.

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Leverage 3D Visualization to Improve Your Manufacturing Processes

Wed Oct 10, 2018

3D visualization -- interchangeably used with 3D modeling, 3D graphics, 3D rendering and computer-generated imaging (CGI) -- is basically the use of 3D images to analyze designs.

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Overlap Between 3D Modeling Visualization and Gaming

Thu May 25, 2017

It may be surprising to some that given the different target markets, there is an overlap between 3D visualization for engineering and interactive gaming. But whether it is to visualize a new actuator for a next-generation passenger jet, or build a post-apocalyptic cityscape populated with zombies, the goal is the same — enable human interaction. While the latter may appear less serious than the world of 3D engineering, the development costs for a console game are clearly very serious — Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 reportedly cost $50+M to develop plus another $200M in manufacturing, distribution and marketing, back in 2009!

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Looking at Performance in Spatial Labs

Tue Apr 12, 2011

In my last post, 3D Graphics and Internet Browsers, I gave an overview of the different technologies we have experimented with to provide the graphical viewport inside the web browser. Missing from the conversation was consideration in regards to performance, especially in dealing with the initial loading and viewing of industrial sized parts.

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