Have you ever stopped to count the number of images of technology that is coming soon? There are quite a lot. And while the benefit of the doubt could be given to some of the larger companies, it is fairly certain that not all these “developments” are actually existent. At least not on the main market. 3D printing as well as photorealistic rendering has played a dominant role in the past few years, especially where technological products are concerned. Why is this and how does it play a part in today’s engineering and technological developments?
3D Models can easily be purchased and manipulated to suit the need
3D models are available in abundance now days. From the phone model to an airport, the range of what you can find and render is limitless. Those things which do not exist can be created using 3ds Max, Maya, Solid work, inventor, or another such program.
Key benefits of the 3D model in innovation
Because the rendering output can be manipulated to resemble physical photorealism, the 3D rendering method is preferred over actual production. There are a number of reasons why this is beneficial to the innovator. Primarily innovators benefit by:
- Not having to re-create the wheel but focusing on their advances – If the product is already available on the market, then there is no need to focus time and attention on the existing product, just on the innovation that helps its functionality. As there are 3d Models of most physical items, an innovator can purchase these models and not have to spend time which would be allocated to their unique idea.
- STLs can be 3D printed after feedback is given – Creating a physical product is time consuming and expensive. And where there is great marketing research and figures can point the way to a successful product, prototypes are essential to the innovative process. As such, being able to customize the vision to meet the demand is needed as well. By presenting a 3d rendering of the product to the populace and receiving feedback, the innovator can then change the 3d model as needed without incurring the cost of manufacturing the product. Once a desirable rendering of the product has been obtained, then the STL can be printed for physical prototyping.
- 3D Models help with investments –When trying to get the funding for a technology, one of the biggest hurtles which one will face is in getting investors. Crowdfunding may be an option that can be explored, but in most cases the funds from such will not be enough capital to make the innovation into a reality. By presenting a rendering of your innovation and coupling that rendering with an animation, the serious investor can better conceptualize what it is you are trying to accomplish. The more solidified your concept, the more apt the investor is to invest in your innovation.
Is using 3D models for technology and innovation cheating?
No, in fact it is a key player. Consider that a great majority of technology which has been developed over the past decade has been the result of multimedia fantasies which have gained popularity. And where there could be a debate on the influence of Sci-Fi and fiction on technology and innovation, the main focus should be on cinematics and its effects on innovation. With the use of CGI and post production methods, the innovations which have been unobtainable are now seen as actually existing, thereby sparking innovators to create the technology.
When 3D models are used to create a sense of reality, then it has been used properly within the realm of innovation. Technology which does not exist is presented as a physical object and the viewer wonders if the thing presented can be created. Let us just think of a few innovations which have found their way into development after they were digitally presented to the public:
- Non-invasive surgery
- Small robotics
- Smart Fibers
So what does this mean for new technology?
If viewing a report about new technology or new developments, consider the image being used for the innovation. Ask yourself if the technology and limitations of mankind allows for such an innovation. If you find that there is the ability to create it then great. However, if you find that there is a part of the puzzle missing, then work to create the answer to that missing piece. By going beyond what we see, testing what is known and what is presented as fact, and by inventing new things instead of re-hashing those things which are already existent, technology and mankind will advance as a whole. Will 3D models revolutionize the creative world, probably not, but with more time available to allocate to the innovation process it makes innovation easier.