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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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    More Design Tools

    3DQuickForm v2 Launched — Tenlinks, 2006.1004

    VariCAD 2007 Available — VariCAD Press Release, 2006.1001

    MRoCAD Sold to Autodesk — News Deutschland, 2006.0928

    Design Master HVAC 5.0 Released — Design Master Software, Inc. press release, 2006.0925

    Interior Motives Launches Online Project Management Tools — PR Web, 2006.0922

    e-Builder Upgrades Collaborative Scheduling System — e-Builder press release, 2006.0922

    Software Enables SketchUp Models to be Published to the Web — PR Web, 2006.0921

    Historic Preservation to Go Sci-Fi — Building Online, 2006.0920

    New York State Dept. of Transportation Wins 2006 BE Award — AECCafe, 2006.0920

    Arup Wins 2006 BE Award — AEC Newsroom, 2006.0920

    Under One Roof — Apple, 2006.0920

    Holbeck 3D City Model on the BBC Big Screen — AMT3D Ltd. press release, 2006.0919

    Adobe Will Add Second 3D Format to Acrobat — Upfront.eZine, 2006.0918

    UGS Protests NASA's Broken Promise — World CAD Access, 2006.0918

    Next Generation of Electronic Documents: Acrobat 8 Software — Adobe press release, 2006.0918

    Palms Entourage for Framing Architectural Visualizations — CADwire, 2006.0914

    Nemetschek Releases Location Planning Module for VectorWorks — Nemetschek North America press release, 2006.0914

    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

    Autodesk Acquires France-Based Robobat — Cadalyst, 2006.0907

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

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