Archive for the Category ‘Technology’
Another collaborative effort between Postage, Inc. and Nuclear Nova software, Nova Golf is our newest app on the MacOS store. Nova Golf; now available at the Mac App store for MacOS.
Nova Golf, the sequel to GL Golf, is a realistic 3D game app for the casual and serious golfer. Boasting all the details of a real game on the green, Nova Golf will become every golfer’s favorite game when they’re not on the course. In collaboration with Nuclear Nova Software, we designed the game with real golfers in mind through precise 3D modeling and detailed graphics which immerse the player in a variety of courses. Whether you choose the Arizona desert, European terrain, or Northeastern USA, obstacles and realistic environments surround challenging, unique courses. Read the rest of this entry »
The combination of CGI and 3D printing no longer just serve the do-it-yourself designers and product model makers of the architectural industry. The creativity behind CGI now improves quality of life.
Last June, an 83-year-old woman in the Netherlands received a new jawbone that Belgian manufacturer LayerWise created with a 3D printer. The dilemma associated with this woman’s jaw surgery inspired this world first acheivement.
According to Mashable Tech, doctors feared that reconstructive surgery to fix the woman’s infected jaw, at her age, could have caused complications. Replacing a complete bone with a 3D printed implant was an innovative and successful choice.
LayerWise Manufacturing Director Peter Mercelis reported to Innovation News Daily that the creation of implants with this 3D printing technology “speeds up surgery and patient recovery, and reduces the risk for medical complications.” Surgeons finished the operation in only four hours (instead of the estimated 20 hours with traditional practices) and the woman returned home from the hospital after just four days (instead of 2-3 weeks) while speaking and swallowing normally. Less time in surgery and less time in the hospital racks a less expensive medical bill.
In order to produce the implant, LayerWise used a 3D printer with a lazer which melted titanium powder into the shape of a jawbone and built the implant in layers. The woman’s new jaw weighs 1/3 heavier than her previous one. Even so, doctors believe she will quickly adapt to the feel of the new implant.
Doctors now see a future for the creation of more implants with 3D printing technology. Dr. Jules Poukens, from the Biomedical Research Institute at Hasselt University in Belgium, led the surgical team to replace the woman’s jaw. He says, “Computer technology is causing a revolution in the medical industry.”
BBC News reported that engineers at Washington State University last year demonstrated how 3D-printed ceramic scaffolds could be used to help the growth process of new bone tissue. After experiements with animals, the team approximates that this technology can be used to improve human life in a few decades.
Such research and technological advancements point to an even greater potential for the world of CGI and 3D printing.
Need CGI work done for industrial design or architecture? Have any prototypes you would like printed? Have Postage, Inc. do your visualization and 3D production.
Article by Elyse Brown, Postage, Inc.
Rumors on the internet, that surfaced in October 2011, point to a possible discontinuance of the Mac Pro. Apple Insider reports that Apple is considering removal of the Mac Pro line because it is no longer a profitable product. There seems to be a continually decreasing need for desktop and tower computers overall. Sales to consumers and businesses for these workstations, such as the Mac Pro, comprise an increasingly small portion of overall sales. On the other hand, portable devices such as MacBooks and the iPad make up most of Apple’s market. Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer stated in the October 2011 Quarterly Earnings Conference Call that notebooks comprise 74 percent of Apple’s total computer sales.
Apple has not confirmed the rumors regarding discontinuance of the Mac Pro line, but they are adding technology to their other products. Due to the increasing need for smaller and portable devices, Apple has added high-speed Thunderbolt technology (available in the Mac Pro) to all Mac notebooks. This change will allow consumers to complete projects that require usage of the Mac Pro with other Mac products. Unlike the Mac Pro, the iMac and Mac Mini can’t accommodate the fastest processors and graphics. According to Apple’s website, however, “no project is too massive,” for a MacBook Pro or iMac while using Thunderbolt.
True or not, these rumors are worrying Mac Pro consumers like Postage, Inc. Some are unsure of the performance promises that Apple ensures about Thunderbolt technology. Apple states on its website that video editors will be able to handle all post-production tasks on a MacBook Pro or iMac. Will it truly offer the same performace? Some consumers might also consider paying more money to purchase a Mac Pro to ensure high-performance and graphics capabilities. Jay Asher of Film Music Magazine, however, says, “Thunderbolt is the answer.” He tells consumers to “get a grip” while defending the technology as the first interface to offer everything that PCI Express has delivered.
Overwhelmingly, the space-saving and portable convenience of these products has trumped the desire for tower computers. Apple is a player in consumerism and according to Apple Insider and Mac Rumors, it is a matter of selling what people buy.
Mac Pro consumers have experienced extended shipping periods and product out-of-stock notices, according to Mac Rumors. Either Apple is ceasing production of the Mac Pro to make way for an updated version or discontinuing the product altogether. The rumors will only diffuse if and when Apple releases a new Mac Pro.
Article by Elyse Brown, Postage, Inc. 2012