My marketing department just started looking into leveraging augmented reality. Now I see an update for Edrawings that lets you use it on an iPad.
And the blog gives absolutely no pointers on where to even begin to attempt such a feat.
It's pretty straight forward.
Load the update (from today) Fixes the bug which launches the camera
Open a model
Select AR (Lower LH on TaskBar)
In the centre of the screen "Get Marker" you need to email that, then Print to the CORRECT size
Once you have the marker
Place marker (on table, floor etc), aim the marker symbol (in the centre of the screen) at the printed marker
It will "project" the model.
Under AR is a Scale selection that allows you to size the model to suit the background
A little addition including some video of Augmented Reality on iPhone.
When eDrawings for Android version is released it may not come with AR. From my understanding one of the issues with Android is the number of different cameras in all the different devices running Android.
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Is it just I-pads that this works with or will it work with other devices such as a galaxy tab? Galaxy phone or even an I-phone? I've just been asked to look into this so that we could use in presentations with customers and never realized solidworks had this capability. Didn't know where I was going to start.
As of now, that seems to be the case. I've read an Android version of E-drawings is on the way. Hopefully they add the function to Windows based E-drawings as well. Nothing like serving the smallest user-base first.
Also, we just tried it here in the office. It's a neat trick. Next step is learning how to add more usefulness to it...balloon notes, animations, etc.
edrawings and edrawing pro (required for augmented reality) are currently only available for IOS devices. but they are due "soon" for android (anounced at SWW).
At SWW it was stated that there was a version of E-Drawing to be released "soon" for Android. The "augmented reality" was mentioned in the SW2014 preview. Because of this it surprised me that it became available already for the "I"- versions.
Cheers for all the replies. What exactly do you have to do to get it working on the i-pad? For example we make glass bottles, I have seen where a company we deal with was able to put a new bottle design on the desk with this technology. When working in Solidworks do you save as a standard file? And then its just a case of having the e-drawings on your i-pad (and file) and that does all the work? Sorry if this is a silly question but would like to know what is required to make it work.
Yep, essentially E-drawings does all the work. Little button in there to print out the "ID card" for the model. I thought it would be way more involved as well, but it's fairly simple to pull off.
I've been playing around with the Augmented Reality so you might wish to look at my blog post and video here >>
Is the iPad version of E-drawings missing the ablitiy to view motion studies?
Currently only one (1) marker is generated and is the same for all .easm files. Is it possible to generate different markers for association with different .easm files?
Is there a way to map the existing object and mate the two 'origins' - effectively so you could go to the other side of the vehicle and see what it would look like from the underside of the car.
I am looking at developing a software to cater for that purpose, hopefully to be compatible with Solidworks(my first CAD love). being able to view what pipe work in an engine cavity before its fitted.
Your help would be greatly appreciated
Does anyone know about the hololens from microsoft? Why Microsoft HoloLens
In the demo video it shows them designing in augmented reality using the hololens.
I have a little experience with the Microsoft Hololens...
...the versions of the Hololens released thus far are targeted at developers who wish to explore application development - While the hololens hardware is capable of amazing things, as of this moment there are no commercially available applications that allow one to "easily" experience CAD data as holograms
There is a program created by trimble navigation that supposedly allows one to open sketchup models as holograms, however the application itself costs $1500...
I have converted a number of solidworks models into holograms, however the current process requires programming experience plus a good deal of time...but the end result is amazing. Once surprising thing I have discovered is that solidworks does not currently allow for the export of .obj files while almost all of the CAD competitors do. This is unfortunate as .obj is one of the few file formats that can easily be imported into unity (solidworks data is converted to .obj, then imported into unity, then into hololens...like I said, it takes a lot of time to get the hololens deployed)
perhaps in a few years there will be several well-functioning AR applications that easily allow for holographic interaction with solidworks data
I haven't seen too many reviews for the augmented reality feature in the e-drawings App, how was everyone's experience in using the app?
Does it work well on an I-Pad or Android Device?
What are the limitations? Tips and Tricks?
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