3D Model on HTC Vive and 3D Print Directly from Virtual Reality
Andrew Wheeler posted on August 14, 2017 | 2176 views

 HTC Vive is the favored virtual reality (VR) headset over Oculus Rift, and the headset makers saw an opportunity to create content for an expanding user base by creating Vive Studios. Vive Studios recently launched MakeVR Pro in collaboration with Sixense, which caught my attention because it has a built-in CAD engine that allows for 3D object modeling in a virtual environment.

MakeVR Pro costs$40 on Viveport (HTC’s app store equivalent), and it allows users to take advantage of a higher level of 3D modeling on HTC Vive. The software allows users to precisely align objects using surface tracking, mirroring, jigs, snapping, grids and rulers, as well as create solid-model content. (Image courtesy of HTC Vive and Sixense.)
MakeVR Pro costs$40 on Viveport (HTC’s app store equivalent), and it allows users to take advantage of a higher level of 3D modeling on HTC Vive. The software allows users to precisely align objects using surface tracking, mirroring, jigs, snapping, grids and rulers, as well as create solid-model content. (Image courtesy of HTC Vive and Sixense.)

Rotational and positional accuracy make the experience more like traditional CAD in terms of user control, and the creatorsbaked some tutorials into the app to help users adjust to the system.

Export Standard Object Files for 3D Printing

Besides allowing you to export standard object files for 3D printing, MakeVR Pro can connect you directly to the online 3D printing service Shapeways.

The goal is to create a hybrid digital workshop whose form factor is close to a real workshop, allowing designers and engineers to work on 1:1 scale digital versions of a product that could either already exist in a physical form, or be created as a new object that is designed precisely to fit in a given three-dimensional area.

Feature

MakeVR

MakeVR PRO

Boolean Tools

Object Scale

Walking Two Handed Interface

Color & Texture application

Easy Sweeps

Export .stl & .obj

Snapping

Ghosting

Grids & Rulers

Object Tracking

Mirroring

.stl Import for viewing

Precision Tutorials

The MakeVR Pro improvements make it easier to transition to the new version from traditional 2D CAD modeling. (Image courtesy of HTC Vive and Sixense.)

Amir Rubin, Cofounder and CEO of Sixense said of the upgraded MakeVR Pro project,“Our collaboration with Vive Studios has made for a professional-grade creativity experience that provides a powerful yet easy way for people, ranging from 3D print enthusiasts to industry professionals, to build precision models while immersed in a virtual environment.”

Using the two HTC Vive controllers, the 3D multi-touch interface allows users to design in a separate way than by using keys and a mouse.

Depending on how easy it is to be as precise for engineers using CAD software, modeling in VR may turn out to just have some visualization advantages.

For now, it’s hard to imagine that it could have any advantages in terms of executing more precisely versus traditional 2D CAD software.


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