23/12/2015No Comments

Merry Christmas! Here’s to 2016!

Well it's that time of year again....

....so first of all, Happy Christmas everyone!

We're almost at the end of 2015, and I find it's always great to look back at what we've done over the past year. We can smile and pat ourselves on the back at the great work we've produced, but also to reflect on the hurdles and obstacles from the year!

I hope this year has been a great one for you, I know we've had a good year, producing some great work for you guys! As usual we've focused on creating architecture, interior, and product CGIs, but we also explored other area such as 3D printing and virtual reality. I find it's always great to explore and play, even if it's just to glimpse at what might be!

So I'll leave you with a short selection of our interesting 2015 projects for you to browse with a mince pie and sherry....

Student Mattress Room Set -

interior cgi bedroom matress student visualisation

The student mattress room set was a continuation from 2014, but is still worth of a mention. We really enjoyed working on this project, partly down to the fact we were given a lot of creative freedom with regards to the set design, and also to how well the final image turned out. It was technically challenging matching the CGI with the real mattress, but the end result was worth the extra effort!

New Broadway -

architecture arch viz vis building residential 3d cgi

2015 saw an increase is architectural visualisations for us, and the New Broadway project was perhaps one of the more interesting projects to work on. The images were photo-composites, set at dusk, which meant we could play with light and colour much more than a typical day-time CGI.

Construct & Configure Interactive Application -

interactive configurator kitchen realtime cgi interior

The Construct & Configure app finally went live this year, and although it's not 100% finished, it shows the potential of what we can do, and the direction we see things going in the next few years! We will be finishing and improving the app, and it will be used by clients to interactively visualise their products. Give it a go if you haven't already!

3D Printed Miniature Figures -

3d printing print scan scanning subutteo

As part of our need to explore and play with new tech, we have been busy with the 3D printer and scanner, turning folks into miniature figures! We honestly didn't know what would happen when we bought the printer, and it still feels very novel, however the miniature model railway guys have been taking advantage and we've been producing miniatures to go along with their trains, platforms and scenery!

There's been so much more happening in 2015 which I haven't mentioned, from virtual reality, to kitchen CGIs, along with all the other little things which crop up, and perhaps get lost along the way!

In 2016 we of course want to continue to produce amazing CGIs, animations and interactive projects, and as usual we will continue to play and explore! On our "wish list" is a VR headset, perhaps an Oculus Rift, or HTC Vive, which will allow us to really see what the future may hold! Also we will most likely launch another website, dedicated to the 3D scanning and printing, as the interest in this niche is definitly something we want to expand.

Also, away from the "doing", we want to attend more events, exhibitions, and such to make sure we're surrounded by new and exciting things. We'll be travelling all over the UK to various cities and events, so if you want to meet-up for a brew, chances are we could be passing by some time soon!

So that's it for 2015! Time to step away from the PC for a week, re-charge, rejuvenate, and hit the ground running in 2016!

Dean

05/01/2015No Comments

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Feeling refreshed and ready to hit the ground running? I know I am!

 

So what does 2015 mean and what can be expected from Ard Digital? I have many ideas, some good, others not so! I experimenting, playing, and tinkering with ideas, and sifting through the good any bad until there's something at the end of the process, even if it is a bin full of tested, but ultimately bad ideas! That's not to say I only have bad ideas, just that I love playing with ideas, and testing them to the point when I say "yes" or "no".

On the list for this year is...

... 3D printing progression and lots more development. I want to look at printing in various materials, such as rubber and metal, and seeing what possible uses I can push the 3D printing into. In 2014 I was very much finding my feet with 3D printing, and took the first step by buying a printer. In 2015 I want to see where 3D printing can lead, and how useful it really can be.

... 3D interactive applications and devices. Again in the past I have played with interactive applications, but not to the extent I would really like. With the development of 3D software such as Unity 3D, Unreal Engine, and others, creating beautiful interactive applications is something I will really look to develop. I love the concept of augmented reality, and the possibilities this holds. Like 3D printing, I see AR becoming a lot more common place in everyday life, so it really makes sense to me to play and test ideas in this region.

...2D interactive applications. I will also be developing non-3D based interactive applications. Already in development is a configurator allowing users to interactively change images. In this specific application users will be able to change parts of a kitchen to suit their tastes, and then feedback their selection to the shop, website, or anyone else. The framework behind the kitchen configurator is being built in such a way that it isn't limited to kitchens, interiors, or anything of that nature. The app will be able to be modified to configure any product or room set. Hopefully a fully working demo will be available very soon!

...3D scanning development. In 2014 I purchased a hand-held 3D scanner, but to be honest I barely had time to really develop and test the device and its possibilities, so in 2015 I will be getting hands-on and 3D scanning!

...Blogging more, and updating the website more often! Since I started the website and blog has sometimes taken 2nd place to everything else going on around business and life, and as such really doesn't get updated as often as I'd like. So in 2015 I will be making a concious effort to blog more, with hopefully some useful and interesting posts, and also to update the many pages on the site. I want to blog more about the processes of CGI creation, the development and testing of the ideas I have (good and bad!), and generally blog interesting things relating to Ard Digital, 3D and CGI.

 

I know there's more I want to achieve, and hopefully with a hard work, imagination and a smile 2015 will be a cracking year!

Dean

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