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Join in the discussion about using desktop 3D printers, and investigating using them more sustainably, designing better, and choosing eco-friendly materials. Wednesday June 22nd at 6 pm (UK time): Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sustainable-3d-printing-for-applied-artists-tickets-355186972797Read More →

The image shows a few 3D forms created in GravitySketchVR, using the stroke drawing tool and a hand controller to make flowing forms using gestural movements.

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This is a post on Ann Marie Shillito’s personal interest about tacit knowledge and VR for Applied Artists: how we apply our ‘personal’ knowledge to working digitally and in virtual reality (VR). Ann Marie is a jeweller and joined Applied Arts Scotland’s DISTANCE2 Project to investigate ways in which makers could and would want to use immersive technology in their practice and to engage others with their craft practice. The theme that her small supportive group (ALM) focused on is how our tacit knowledge, as makers, enables us within our different disciplines to effectively make use of VR.Read More →

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real 3D touch and feel in virtual reality The Challenge Haptic VR? Imagine 3D modelling digitally in a VR space, not only seeing your model with VR’s 3D vision but also being able to touch and feel the substance of your model, it’s hardness/softness, its 3D form and surface quality. We’re delighted to be kicking off 2022 by being one of six new Challenge Projects, supported and funded by Creative Informatics. We are all creative and cultural organisations based across Edinburgh and South East Scotland! Individuals and SMEs that have the skills to provide data-driven solutions to our challenge are invited to respond to thisRead More →

Loan Anarkik3DDesign, a 3D modelling programme runninh on both PC and Mac, using a haptic device to touch and feel your virtual 3D models

Anarkik3D is collaborating with Applied Arts Scotland (AAS) to make loaning Anarkik3DDesign, with the haptic device, an affordable 3D modelling option for their Members. The haptic device is essential to this programme as it both enables you to touch and feel in 3D as you manipulate and form your model, and to move the cursor in all directions. The special offer on the monthly loan fee for the package includes the hardware with the haptic 3D modelling software. Read More →

An image that shows the 3 dimensional linear form created using sweeping gestures of the hand controllers in GravitySketchVR.

This is a blog about the explorations of 8 applied artists in Scotland into the potential of using Virtual Reality in their practice. The DISTANCE Project was initiated by Applied Arts Scotland
and the objective craft engagement, about collaborating and sharing experiences and objects in new and exciting ways. Read More →

Anarkik3D’s fortnightly Wednesday Zoom meet-up for designer makers and applied artists has changed focus. One year on, these will now be by invitation as we move to supporting the people who have either purchased Anarkik3DDesign or are loaning the package on a monthly basis.
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To 3D print you need a printable digital model. The issue regarding the wherewithall to access 3D print technology is standard 3D design programmes as these are developed primarily for industrial designers requiring complex functionality to design for mass manufacturing processes. Applied artists, like myself, can’t afford the steep learning curves required to master highly complex prescriptive programmes. Not having the wherewithal to create sound 3D digital models to 3D print means that we can’t easily access this amazing technology. Looking for a way into 3D print technologies Colleagues and I researched, designed and created a remarkable 3D modelling tool for applied artists to workRead More →

Anarkik3D and Calm Technology As a new CEO of Anarkik3D in 2007, I perceived our approach to the development of 3D software as something like this: “Visualise an elegant swan gliding along calmly and effortlessly (a metaphore for our user interface) and under water superbly evolved webbed feet (the programme we build) paddle away relentlessly against the current (general computer applications) to get where it wants to be (a new enjoyable user experience)”. This core principle is the heart of Anarkik3D’s remarkable 3D modelling programme built specifically for designer makers for their way of thinking and doing. Anarkik3DDesign, with virtual 3D touch (haptics) The 3DRead More →