Software FAQ

1. Why does Anarkik3D Design 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 Anarkik3D Design 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 Anarkik3D Design 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.

2. Why do I need the Falcon Haptic Device?

Anarkik3D Design is designed to use this device as it provides the best balance between:
a. quality of tactile feedback and three degrees of movement;
b. affordability;
c. durability and reliability.
Market research showed these are essential for take-up by designer makers and applied artists.

3. Can I use Anarkik3D Design on my home computer?

Anarkik3D Design can run smoothly in any mainstream desktop PC from 2005 or any mid-range laptop from 2006. See the technical specifications here.

4. Can I have my Anarkik3D Design set up on a second computer/laptop?

No, the license only allows Anarkik3D Design to be set up on one specific computer or laptop. This is the reason that it is important to check that your computer meets the recommended specifications. We are investigating a system that will enable you to have Anarkik3D Design on another computer or laptop at no extra cost.

 5. I already have Anarkik3D Design 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 Anarkik3D Design 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.
6. Can I use Anarkik3D Design on a Mac?

Yes, however you need to install Windows OS as the Falcon will only run on this platform. Then follow the normal set-up procedure. We have had no recent feedback about using Anarkik3D on a Mac, but also no reports of any problems. We will post any information we receive. Instructions for setting up Anarkik3D Design on the Mac are available here.

7. Can I download a demo of Anarkik3D Design?

No. A mouse-driven demo would not convey the advantages of using our system. The sensation of virtual 3D touch is from the force feedback generated by the Falcon Haptic Device. Therefore to use Anarkik3D Design 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 software.

8. Is Anarkik3D Design better if you are a sculptor or a designer?

This question totally depends on the individual’s preferred way of working. What you are likely to find is that some designers and some sculptors work better with Anarkik3D Design and its fluidity and some are better with the prescriptiveness and control that CAD packages such as Rhino offer. If both are used as the design dictates then the opportunities are endless!

9. Is Anarkik3D Design good for jewellery design?

Anarkik3D Design is not specific to one discipline. It is suited to contemporary designing and creating organic forms that are difficult to achieve using Rhino. 3D modelling software such as JewelCAD are developed specifically for creating standard gem set designs. Anarkik3D Design objects can be transferred into Rhino using .stl if you wish to combine the benefits of both systems.

10. How easy it is for designers that have used Rhino & JewelCAD to adapt to Anarkik3D Design?

Generally there is less adaption needed for Anarkik3D Design but as designers have had to adapt to using Rhino, a small amount of unadapting will be needed (e.g. Anarkik3D Design works in object mode not camera mode).

 11. How is Anarkik3D Design different from Rhino and JewelCAD?

Anarkik3D Design is more freeform whereas Rhino and JewelCAD are more precise. Some of our users switch between Rhino and Anarkik3D using the .stl file format.

 12. How can you control parameters (dimensions) of the detailing & the product as a whole?

With Anarkik3D Design dimensions can be controlled using the scale function in two ways:

  • using the x, y and z readout on the screen
  • using the grid which can be switched between meters, centimetres and millimetres. These are approximate and not absolute. The measure function will give length in cms.

CAD is perfect for controlling parameters so we recommend CAD where precision is required. Generally sculptors and artists prefer not to be encumbered with a complex interface for precision so Anarkik3D Design is optimised for their requirements.

13. How is Anarkik3D Design 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’ can be described as a plug-in for Rhino and 3DStudio and also uses .stl to transfer files between the packages.

14. Can Anarkik3D Design be used to make industrial products like electronic enclosures?

This depends on the level of accuracy that is required. If you need precise measurements then use a parametric CAD package like Rhino. Your model can then be imported into Anarkik3D Design using the .stl, .3ds and .obj file formats.

15. 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 you models will be as smooth as when created. You only need to save the final model as .stl  when you are ready to send it to be 3D printed, or when you want to open it in another 3D programme.

STL has several after-the-fact backronyms one being “Standard Triangle Language”.  STL (file format) – Wikipedia