zSpace Promises Holographic CAD Manipulation

The technology behind drafting and modeling was revolutionized when computers replaced the majority of hand-drawn or sculpted objects. 3D Printing is an evolving medium, and one of the biggest issues facing engineers and designers is the gap between software and physical models. As programs become more realistic and user-friendly the gap narrows, but the core problem remains. Manipulation on a 3D simulation that occurs on a 2D screen will never provide the holistic and natural experience of working with 3D objects. Now the designers at Whipsaw, Inc plan to rectify that discrepancy and take drafting technology to the next level with zSpace – a product that allows a user to build and design holographically.

zSpace – A Virtual-holographic Experience from Infinite Z on Vimeo.

Using a combination of a proprietary stereoscopic LCD display and trackable eyewear, CAD models are rendered in full color and high resolution in a virtual space and can be moved, rotated, created, and interacted with through a stylus. The images are certainly exciting, and although it has just hit the market this device could have the potential to inspire a technological and creative renaissance in the world of drafting.




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