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!