3D Scanning Technology Helps Robot Grasp Reality

What could you do with a can of chopped tomatoes, marjoram spice, ravioli, and sauerkraut? You could ask your humanoid robot to make you dinner! Today, robots need 15 hours to make one dish of pasta, but European university researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany are working to change that. They are developing ARMAR-III, a robot that learns and understands its surroundings by recognizing and grasping 3D modeled-objects within a controlled lab kitchen environment. Currently, ARMAR-III is comfortable opening and closing a dishwasher or even making a simple meal, however the long term goal is to create a personalized system of humanoid robots working alongside humans to create a more productive and higher quality future.

Early Bird Discount: Rapidform Success Conference 2012

When: April 2-5, 2012
Where: Warwick Denver Hotel, Denver, Colorado, U.S.

The company’s fourth annual hands-on training conference led by Rapidform experts is back by popular demand in Denver, Colorado. This event will be held April 2-5, 2012, and super early-bird registrants save $400 until January 15, 2012
More than just a typical user conference, Rapidform Success brings together the leaders in 3D scanning technology to learn, collaborate, and connect. No other event delivers hands-on training, latest development news, and networking opportunities with fellow Rapidform users, partners and 3D scanning experts. Upon completion of the Success Conference, attendees will have increased their market value by receiving a certificate showing their level of expertise with Rapidform software.

Wunderbar! EuroMold 2011

Rapidform EMEA shined in Frankfurt, Germany from November 29 – December 2 at EuroMold 2011, the leading international trade fair for product development. With over 55,000 attendees visiting 1,324 international exhibitors, EuroMold is the ideal place to showcase Rapidform’s advanced technology. Live demos and scheduled presentations kept the Rapidform booth buzzing every day. Thank you to everyone who attended the show, and to the entire Rapidform staff – this year’s worldwide collaboration was phenomenal and we couldn’t have done it without you!

» If you missed this event but would like to learn more about Rapidform in Europe,
contact eusales@rapidform.com

Rapidform Continues European Expansion to Meet Growing Demand

Rapidform EMEA has just opened a new office in Oberursel, just north west of Frankfurt, Germany as it expands its sales and support in Europe

The company’s new address is available at

Featured Video

Motorola Solutions Webinar
How Motorola Improves Product Development Time, Cost, and Quality
with 3D Scanning, October 5, 2011

Tech Tips

Creating a Linear Pattern Body and Refitting to a Mesh

3D models will sometimes need to have a solid face refit to the mesh due to deformations or imperfections. This tip will show you how to create a linear pattern feature, refit it to a mesh face, and trim it to fit the mesh.

Upcomming Events


SolidWorks World 2012
Energize your design ideas and strengthen your skills at the industry’s
largest annual 3D CAD event.

  • When: 12 ~ 25 Feb 2012
  • Where: San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California, U.S.
  • Visit Rapidform booth #125
    Contact us.sales@rapidform.com to schedule a meeting onsite.

FARO 3D Documentation Conference 2012
Learn all about using the FARO Focus, Photon and LS scanners.

  • When: 21 ~ 22 Feb 2012
  • Where: Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando, Florida, U.S.
  • Contact us.sales@rapidform.com to schedule a meeting onsite.

New & News

New Demo Videos

Rapidform AutoSurfacing
How to go from raw mesh to finished NURBS surface model in less than 10 minutes. Thanks Effebi Soluzioni Cad Cam Srl!

Reverse Engineering Jaguar
Europac3d reverse engineers the chrome boot surround of a 1967 Jaguar 420 to make a CAD model ready for re-manufacture.

Powerful New AutoSurfacing & Mesh Operations in Rapidform.dll

We’re excited to announce the release of our latest update to Rapidform.dll, the SDK for 3D scan data processing. This new update includes a major revamp of our automatic surfacing algorithms, as well as several new mesh operations. Rapidform.dll enables your KINECT to be a 3D Scanner. How to create point cloud from KINECT

News Releases

» Creaform China and Rapidform Announce 3D Scanning Solutions Agreement
(December 1, 2011)

» Hyundai Motor Accelerates Product Development with Rapidform 3D Scanning Software
(November 15, 2011)

» Artec and Rapidform Join Forces to Provide World Class 3D Scanning Solutions
(October 31, 2011)

We’re hiring!

• Software Development Engineer

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