Mar.26, 2013

After announcing a definitive agreement to jointly market a combination of 3D design software and 3D printing hardware with Makerbot, Autodesk announced ReCap today, a pair of 3D scanning apps that allows users to create intelligent 3D models from laser scans and captured photos.

As a key addition to the Autodesk 2014 design and creation suites, Autodesk ReCap is a family of new reality capture software and cloud services that simplify the process of creating 3D data of physical objects and environments. It allows customers to bring the actual job site or physical objects into their design and engineering process.

"Autodesk ReCap is the first industry solution to bring together laser scanning and photogrammetry into one streamlined process. In addition, no other solution on the market provides the visualization quality and scalability to handle extremely large data sets." According to Autodesk.

Autodesk ReCap includes ReCap Studio and ReCap Photo. The free ReCap Studio is integrated with Autodesk Design and Creation suites and allows users to "clean, organize, and visualize massive datasets captured from reality." It is a data preparation environment that runs on the desktop. Users can import captured data directly into Autodesk design solutions.

Autodesk ReCap Photo will be available on April 12, 2013 - no price yet. ReCap Photo is an Autodesk 360 service designed to create high resolution 3D data from photos to enable users to visualize and share 3D data. By leveraging the power of the cloud to process and store massive data files, users can upload images on Autodesk 360 and instantly create a 3D mesh model.

Rather than beginning with a blank screen, designers and engineers can add, modify, validate and document their design process in context. For example, a civil engineer can bypass an existing bridge or expand the road underneath digitally and test feasibility with accurate survey data. At construction phase, builders can run digital clash detection to truly understand if existing utilities will be in the way. Urban planners can get answers to specific design questions about large areas, such as how much building roof surface is covered by shadow or vegetation.

You can view Autodesk ReCap demo video here.

This is another important step for Autodesk: a professional software company is making free or cheap apps for consumers. Making modern consumer apps is probably the quickest way to learn about how users really want to work with these tools. Combined with its partnership with Makerbot, Autodesk is clearly making a bid for the consumer market. Autodesk has realized that increasingly, innovation is started with consumers and then moved up into business.



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Anja wrote at 3/28/2013 8:58:06 PM:

Thank you Teafoe5, fixed.

Teafoe5 wrote at 3/28/2013 8:22:14 PM:

The link to the Recap Video leads to "The Page You Requested Was Not Found"

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