Onshape Enters the Magicverse
Michael Alba posted on October 11, 2018 |
Onshape engineers test out the new Onshape for Magic Leap app. (Image courtesy of Onshape.)
Onshape engineers test out the new Onshape for Magic Leap app. (Image courtesy of Onshape.)

Onshape has partnered with spatial computing company Magic Leap to give engineers a new way to interact with their CAD data. Onshape is developing a new app that will run on the Magic Leap One.

The Magic Leap One is a mixed-reality headset powered by a small computer, called a lightpack, that clips onto a user’s pocket. With an operating system—Lumin OS—specially designed for spatial computing, the Magic Leap One provides a dedicated platform for mixed-reality applications.

The Magic Leap One headset. (Image courtesy of Magic Leap.)
The Magic Leap One headset. (Image courtesy of Magic Leap.)

The Onshape for Magic Leap app will allow designers to interact with life-size 3D models within their surroundings. Users can collaborate with other designers, annotate their models and see changes update in real time.

Marking up a model in Onshape for Magic Leap. (Image courtesy of magic Leap.)
Marking up a model in Onshape for Magic Leap. (Image courtesy of magic Leap.)

“For more than a half-century, CAD users were confined to working on a flat screen,” said Onshape CEO Jon Hirschtick. “The Magic Leap One will push product design into a whole new stratosphere. Imagine your engineering team is reviewing the latest design for a race car. With the ML One, they will be able to put that car right on the conference table, go under the hood and examine the engine block. They can then levitate the car above their heads and check out the exhaust system.”

Hirschtick joined a host of other tech executives on stage at LEAPcon to talk about the new app. Other companies hitching their wagon to the Magic Leap train include Trimble, which is making a SketchUp app for Magic Leap; Wacom; Unreal; and Wayfair. Even Andy Serkis, Hollywood’s go-to mo-cap actor, appeared in the keynote presentation with his company The Imaginarium Studios.

SketchUp for Magic Leap. (Image courtesy of Magic Leap.)
SketchUp for Magic Leap. (Image courtesy of Magic Leap.)

“The spatial computing universe has the potential to transform every industry,” said Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz. “Along with our other development partners, Onshape is helping us discover new applications and markets for Magic Leap One. I look forward to helping them continue to shake up the world of design and manufacturing.”

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