CAD Tech News (#42)

25 May, 2016 By: Cadalyst Staff

▶ Autodesk ReMake Creates 3D Meshes from Reality Capture Data

Cloud-powered solution combines high-definition output with an interface that's accessible to everyone, including users new to modeling software.

By Cyrena Respini-Irwin

Autodesk released ReMake, née Memento, as a commercial product this week. Tatjana Dzambazova, senior product manager at Autodesk, explained that development of Memento was spurred several years ago by technology trends: "We were seeing that the sensors that can digitize reality were becoming more accessible and affordable." Those reality-digitization technologies include high-quality photography, laser scanning, and motion sensing systems such as the Microsoft Kinect.

Attendees got a peek at Memento during Autodesk University 2014, where it was touted as consolidating the capabilities of multiple data manipulation tools into a single, easy-to-learn interface. That early description holds true in the finished product, which can be used by professionals with no CAD experience in addition to engineers, architects, and designers. "We wanted a [museum] curator, an artist, a biologist to be able to use it, not just CAD professionals," said Dzambazova. Autodesk claims that "ReMake's focused toolset and fun, clean, modern [user interface] can be learned in 20 minutes."

Another aspect of accessibility is the hardware prerequisite: there isn't one. Thanks to cloud computing, users without workstations can still get the full benefits of the software. "Because ReMake can [perform its computing tasks] locally or on the cloud … you can create a 3D model without having a strong desktop machine," Dzambazova explained.

These qualities that make ReMake more accessible don't mean that it's a consumer- or hobbyist-oriented product, however. "The majority of [ReMake] users are professionals; they just come from a very broad range of industries," explained Dzambazova. She estimates that 20–30% of those who adopt ReMake will be existing users of CAD and design software, including engineers and architects; 30–50% will be media and entertainment professionals, including augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR) content producers; and the remainder of the audience will be employing the technology for diverse applications including medical, artistic, and historic preservation projects.

One application of ReMake is documentation of historically significant pieces for education-, preservation-, and restoration-related projects. “We are creating part of a collective memory by saving our heritage,” said Dzambazova.
One application of ReMake is documentation of historically significant pieces for education-, preservation-, and restoration-related projects. "We are creating part of a collective memory by saving our heritage," said Dzambazova.

Read more »

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Cyrena Respini-Irwin is Cadalyst's editor in chief.



Video Tip: Get the Most out of Your AutoCAD Galleries
In AutoCAD 2015, Autodesk added the great new Gallery feature for improving Insert, Dimension Styles, Table Styles, etc. Are you using Galleries? And if so, are you getting the most out of them? In this video tip from Cadalyst and Lynn Allen, you'll learn the ins and outs of Galleries! Watch the video »

Femap Tips and Tricks: Model Bolt Preloads in Femap with the Solid Element Approach
With the help of NX Nastran, you can achieve a more detailed stress recovery in and around the bolt locations. Read more »

Video Tip: Line Up Text in AutoCAD
If you've ever needed to align existing text strings to a specific point or distance, then you need to check out the TextAlign command! In this video from Cadalyst and Autodesk Evangelist Lynn Allen, you'll see how easy and fast it is to get your text in order. Watch the video »

About the Author: Cadalyst Staff

Cadalyst Staff

Add comment

Cadalyst Fab Freebies 2021: The editors of Cadalyst, with help from our contributors and readers have updated everyone's favorite guide to software tools and resources that don't cost a cent. "Fabulous Freebies for CAD Users" has something for everyone. Download our guide today!

More News and Resources from Cadalyst Partners

Take the Gradual Path to BIMWhite Paper: Take the Gradual Path to BIM. Implementing building information modeling (BIM) can be a daunting challenge, but you don't have to take on everything at once. Learn how small, incremental advances can yield big benefits over time. Download your paper today!