3D

3D or 3-D normally refers to three-dimensional space

3D printing also known as additive manufacturing is a term used to describe any one of various processes used to synthesize a three-dimensional object In 3D printing, successive layers of material are laid down under computer control. These objects can be of almost any shape or geometry, and are produced from a 3D model or other electronic data source. A 3D printer is a type of industrial robot.

3D printing in the term's original sense refers to processes that sequentially deposit material onto a powder bed with inkjet printer heads. More recently, the meaning of the term has expanded to encompass a wider variety of techniques such as extrusion and sintering-based processes. Technical standards generally use the term additive manufacturing for this broader sense.

Spotlight on Augmented Reality from Company Connecting

Over the past two weeks we have concentrated on IT companies working in the area of Augmented Reality and other related technologies.

We have published articles from companies and people using and working with Augmented Reality. We have also published an infographic and a video which...

This week we talked with Calum McHardy– director of Unicom. Unicom offers a wide range of digital services relating to 3D animation and digital presentation. However, our talk continued Company Connecting’s series on Augmented reality.

Augmented Reality picture of a building from Wikipedia Commons UAR NAi Best Practice Poster

“Fairy Glen School for Fairies – An Adventurous Journey”, is a full colour digitally illustrated children’s book, developed by David Plested as part of his University degree curriculum. The business idea was to create a product that could help parents better connect their children to nature and the environment. The story is set within a popular local visitor area owned by the RSPB,

Picture of fairies accompanying the articles Fairies in the Highlands exist, with the help of Virtual and Augmented Reality

What is Augmented Reality and how does it differ from Virtual reality? Simplistically Virtual Reality (VR) is a computer generated simulation of something real which the user is immersed in. Augmented Reality (AR) is exactly what it says, it’s computer generated enhancements layered on top of the real world.

Spacecraft 3D image accompanying the Company Connecting article on Augmented Reality. NASA's Spacecraft 3D is an augmented reality (AR) application that lets you learn about and interact with a variety of spacecraf

This week’s infographic is IT companies working in the Oil & Gas Sector. Not surprisingly at least 50% of the companies are based in the North East of Scotland, but there is a good spread across Scotland. Software Development is the top skill again, with 37% of IT companies involved in developing software. Project Management and Business Analysis are also in the top three skills.

This is a word cloud of the skills in companies providing products and services to the Oil & Gas Sector: Another Company Connecting infographic

Our infographic summarises the size, skills, sectors and focal areas for IT companies in the Borders & South West Scotland. Companies are scattered throughout the area from the larger conurbations of Motherwell, Paisley, Ayr, & Kilmarnock to Selkirk & Lochgilpead. The top three sectors are IT, games & the public sector. There is a large focus on cyber security with 25% of IT companies involved in Cyber Security based in the Borders and South West Scotland.

Word cloud for all business focus of all the IT companies in South West Scotland and the Borders

3D Visualisation, e-books and cyber security a few of the products and services IT companies in the Borders and South West Scotland offer

This is the eighth in our series of infographics on IT Companies. This weeks is IT companies is the Scottish Borders and South West Scotland. The companies are spread throughout the area from Motherwell, Paisley & Kilmarnock, to Newton Stewart, and the isles of Arran, Bute & Tiree....

Our Infographic this week is IT companies in Stirlingshire & Fife. The main centres are Stirling, Falkirk and Dunfermline, but there are many companies scattered throughout the region. Once again Software development is the top skill (64 companies). Companies tend to be relatively small with 70% having less than 10 employees.

THis is a word cloud of the business function areas that IT companies in Stirlingshire and Fie work within.

Anarkik3D is a Company Connecting member, and we featured its CEO Ann Marie Shillito in our Nutshell series last year. Ann Marie is an artist and jeweler. With her team she has developed Anarkik3D Design which exploits 3D virtual touch (haptics) to make 3D design more spontaneous. She has also set up Anarkik Creations to sell unique 3D printed jewellery. 

A photo of some of Anerkik Creations unique 3D printed jewellery.

Anarkik Creations is raising £20,000 via Crowd Funding

One of our Company Connecting members, Anarkik Creations is raising £20,000 via a crowdfunding campaign. Anarkik Creation uses its own technology (Anarkik 3D) to create distinctive and innovative jewellery and accessories. Its creations are distinctive and enables people to express their...