BIM Meets Holograms
While relatively new to the world of building and architecture, holograms are catching on, due to their depth and detail. Holograms are a way to engage customers—a process made simpler so the focus is on the design.
Zebra Imaging, www.zebraimaging.com, Austin, Texas, recently introduced a 3D Hologram Creator plugin for Autodesk Revit, www.autodesk.com, San Rafael, Calif., BIM (building information modeling) software. Now all Revit users can quickly and easily create designs that can be printed as visually stunning 3D holographic prints to showcase their AEC (architecture, engineering, and construction) designs.
As a result, products like Autodesk Revit provide users the ability to create holograms from building models, which adds a new level of sophistication to design visualization.
With the 3D Hologram Creator, the native file export capabilities of Revit’s software are expanded to include OBJ files, the format required for holographic printing. Additionally, the software will export all selected geometry in a 3D view along with any materials used in the scene, and it fits seamlessly into any AEC professional’s workflow.
The benefits of 3D holograms are many: They provide accurate portrayals of design projects that are ready to pass on to clients, and multiple copies can also be easily printed for meticulous examination. These holograms help increase visual awareness of a 3D model, and they work particularly well for people who are visually challenged. Ultimately, this increases the collaboration and understanding of the overall design.
Providing Revit users with the ability to create holograms from building models adds a new level of sophistication to design visualization, says Sasha Crotty, Revit core product manager, Autodesk.
With the 3D Hologram Creator plugin for Revit, users can visualize and create their hologram directly within the Revit application and export their design to Zebra Imaging all in a fast, easy process. The hologram will then be developed at Zebra Imaging’s print center and shipped out anywhere in the world. It’s a fast turnaround for most projects, which are completed within five-to-seven business days of receiving the order.
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