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    3D PDF

    In the past, various 3D formats (such VRML, 3DS, 3DMF, and o2c) have been touted as "the 3D PDF" (portable document format). But their opportunity to become the de facto standard may have passed. In January 2006, Adobe unveiled its own 3D format software, called Adobe Acrobat 3D, which actually uses the latest PDF file format. As with those other formats, a free viewer is available.

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    MODEL MILLING

    Rapid prototyping technologies such as 3D printers and stereolithography have achieved some popularity in producing architectural models. But these methods are limited in the size of the models they can produce, and they require expensive materials. So at School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo, we have been working with computer numerical control (CNC) milling to produce architectural models. We have demonstrated the utility of CNC machining by producing a 1:33 scale model of a curvilinear, precast-concrete structure for the Ballingdon Bridge in Suffolk County, England.

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    MIAMI METALS

    Futurist Alvin Toffler said: "You've got to think about big things while you're doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction." He was probably not referring specifically to architecture students, but his statement applies well to students thinking about design concepts when learning to use computer-aided design applications.

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    Historic Preservation to Go Sci-fi — University of Kentucky News, 2006.0913

    Harness the Power of Your Web Site — ZweigWhite press release, 2006.0913

    Lattice Technology Releases XVL Studio U3D Option for 3D PDF — Lattice Technology, Inc. press release, 2006.0912

    Open Design Alliance Announces Support For AutoCAD 2007 DWG — Open Design Alliance press release, 2006.0912

    Cimmetry Releases Linux Version of AutoVue — Cimmetry Systems Press Release, 2006.0912

    Bluebeam PDF Revu v 4.7 Released — Bluebeam Press Release, 2006.0912

    VectorWorks 12.5 Now Runs Native on Intel-Based Mac — Nemetschek North America press release, 2006.0912

    A Company Saved, a Culture Cast Away — The Globe and Mail, 2006.0911

    Autodesk Acquires France-Based Robobat — Cadalyst, 2006.0907

    UGS’ Solid Edge 2D Design Now Available at No Cost — UGS Press Release, 2006.0907

    Bentley Releases RAM Structural System Version 11.0 — Bentley Systems, Incorporated press release, 2006.0906

    CDV Announces Release of New TLC Videos for Autodesk Revit — CDV Systems, Inc. press release, 2006.0906

    Spicer Releases Imagenation 8 Svp1 with DWG 2007 Support — Spicer Corporation press release, 2006.0906

    SYCODE launches Mesh Booleans for AutoCAD — SYCODE press release, 2006.0906

    Sketch in Time — BDC, 2006.0906

    CADalytic Media Launches the Beta Release Of SpecifiCAD — CADalytic Media press release, 2006.0905

    MIT Real-Time Rome Project to Debut in Venice — MIT press release, 2006.0905

    Autodesk to Miss Filing Deadline, SEC Requests Info — MarketWatch, 2006.0905

    Virtual Building Models Help Prevent Construction Confusion — Duluth News Tribune, 2006.0904

    “We Could Not Realise One Single Project” — The Bucharest Diplomat, 2006.0903

    Construction Reference Standards Direct from Specifications — Building Systems Design, Inc. press release, 2006.0901

    Investment Group Lassoes Intergraph — Washington Technology, 2006.0901

    Apple Trying to Resolve Labor Dispute at Chinese iPod Factory — AEC Newsroom, 2006.0830

    IMSI/Design Announces Revved Up Version of DesignCAD 3D Max — PrimeZone Media Network, 2006.0830

    Autodesk Releases Revit Structure 4, Revit Building 9.1 — Autodesk Press Release, 2006.0829

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