Here in Anarkik3DDesign FAQ you will find answers to the most common questions regarding the programme and product: Cloud9 software and Falcon haptic device.

Why does Anarkik3DDesign use ‘haptics’?
Findings from The Tacitus Research Project (2000 – 2006, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Scottish Enterprise) showed that the 3D touch, feel and movement that the haptic ‘3D mouse’ provides enables us as designer makers and artists to tap into how we do things naturally. Being in a more familiar environment allows you to adapt to Anarkik3DDesign much more quickly than other CAD packages (you feel every form, plane, edge, curve of your digital designs and models as tangibly as if real). This makes Anarkik3DDesign easier to use and a lot more fun! Haptics contribute to combining the benefits of a digital world (e.g. the ‘undo’ button for any mistakes) with intuitive real-world interactions, giving you the opportunity to design and create in an entirely new way.

Completed set-up of Anarkik3DDesign : Cloud9 software on laptop and Falcon haptic device attached..
Completed set-up of Anarkik3DDesign: Cloud9 software on laptop and Falcon haptic device.

Why do I need the Falcon Haptic Device?
We designed Anarkik3DDesign to use this device as it provides the best balance between:
~ quality of tactile feedback and three degrees of movement;
~ affordability;
~ durability and reliability.
Market research showed these are essential for take-up by designer makers and applied artists.

Can I use Anarkik3DDesign on my home computer? Anarkik3DDesign can run smoothly on most desktop PC’s/laptops which have a reasonable GRAPHICS CARD and on a MacBook Pro.  See the technical specifications here

Can I have my Anarkik3DDesign set up on a second computer/laptop?
No, an Anarkik3DDesign license is for one specific computer or laptop alone. This is the reason that it is important to check that your computer meets the recommended specifications.

I already have Anarkik3DDesign v2 or v3. Can I update it? Yes, but please be aware of the following: ~ you may need to contact us for a new activation code. ~ Check that your computer meets the updated technical specifications before downloading ~ Remove your previous installations before installing the new version ~ Objects created in earlier versions of Anarkik3DDesign are compatible with the new version, but they will require saving and re-opening before undertaking any task to take advantage of new features such as ‘units’. This procedure converts it to the new data structure.

Anarkik3D Design Haptic 3D modelling for MACs with USB adaptor
Anarkik3DDesign Haptic 3D modelling for MACs with USB adaptor

Can I use Anarkik3DDesign on a Mac?

Yes. We recommend a MacBook Pro and you can find further set-up information here.

Can I download a demo of Anarkik3DDesign? No. A mouse-driven demo would not convey the advantages of using our 3D virtual touch enabled system. The sensation of virtual 3D touch is from the force feedback generated by the Falcon Haptic Device. Therefore to use Anarkik3DDesign you have to have the haptic device. It is this combination of hardware and software that makes our product so different from other 3D modelling and CAD software.

Is Anarkik3DDesign better if you are a sculptor or a designer? This question totally depends on the individual’s preferred way of working. Some designers and some sculptors work better with Anarkik3DDesign and its fluidity and some are better with the prescriptiveness and control that CAD packages such as Rhino offer. By using both where the design dictates this, the opportunities are endless!

Is Anarkik3DDesign good for jewellery design? Anarkik3DDesign is not specific to one discipline. It suits contemporary designing and creating organic forms that are difficult to achieve using CAD such as Rhino. 3D modelling software such as JewelCAD is developed specifically for creating standard gem set designs. Anarkik3DDesign is great for art jewellery and contemporary design. Transfer objects into Rhino using .stl if you wish to combine the benefits of both systems.

How easy is it for designers that have used Rhino & JewelCAD to adapt to Anarkik3DDesign? Anarkik3DDesign requires less adaption If designers have had to adapt to using Rhino, a small amount of unadapting is needed (e.g. Anarkik3DDesign works in object mode not camera mode).

How is Anarkik3DDesign different from Rhino and JewelCAD? Anarkik3DDesign is more freeform whereas Rhino and JewelCAD are more precise. Some of our users switch between Rhino and Anarkik3DDesign using the .stl file format.

How can you control parameters (dimensions) of models? You control dimensioning with the scale and measure functions: ~ use the x, y and z readout on the screen when the primitive object is first created and scaled (these sizes are approximate and not absolute ), ~ use the grid: switch between meters, centimetres and millimetres. , ~ the measure function gives length in cms, ~ CAD is best for controlled parameters and is recommend where absolute precision is required. Sculptors and artists work more generally using their eye for proportion. Complex interface and keyboard input required for precision modelling is very distracting.  Anarkik3DDesign is optimised for fluid creativity.

How is Anarkik3DDesign different from Geomagics’ haptic package? Geomagics’ ‘Freeform’ uses a 6 degree of freedom device which is more expensive and less robust. It is more like modelling clay and has a more complex interface. ‘Claytools’ is a plug-in for Rhino and 3DStudio and also uses .stl to transfer files between the packages.

Can industrial products like electronic enclosures be designed using Anarkik3DDesign? The level of accuracy required determines which products are best. If you need precise measurements then use a parametric CAD package like Rhino. You can then import your model into Anarkik3DDesign using the .stl, and .obj file formats.

Why, when opening a file, do the edges of sliced surfaces look nibbled? When saved all looked smooth.
I expect that you saved the model in .stl format which triangulates the surface making edges look that way. If you save your models in the default Cloud9 format (.cr8) and then reopened them your models will be as smooth as when created. Models are only saved as .stl when ready for 3D printing, or when to open it in another 3D programme. STL has several after-the-fact backronyms one being “Standard Triangle Language” STL (file format) – Wikipedia

We hope in this Anarkik3DDesign FAQ page we have answered your questions. There is further information in various pages in this website to help you understand the potential of this haptic 3D modelling package for creative form design.

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