Modeling Photographs in 3D with Project Photofly

Yesterday Autodesk released a very impressive new technology they call Project Photofly. With Project Photofly you can quickly and easily generate 3D models using nothing more than photographs taken with your digital camera. Although Photofly will certainly work with fancy SLR cameras that cost their owner their first-born; your smaller, more compact, and much cheaper digital camera will work just as well.

Photofly will take the photos you load into it, upload them to the web, do the necessary bean counting on a server much more powerful than your personal computer, and automagically download a 3D model to your computer. You can then view the model inside the Photofly software, or even export the points to AutoCAD. Here’s a quick video I recorded as I created my first Photofly model:

First look at Surface Modeling in AutoCAD 2011

DSC_3734 Hopefully everyone caught the AutoCAD 2011 Product Launch Webcast this morning. For those of us here in San Francisco we’re getting to meet with many of the key players behind the AutoCAD product. Right now Guillermo Melantoni from the What a Mesh! blog is presenting the 3D modeling enhancements found inside AutoCAD 2011. Earlier I was able to record a video introducing some of these enhancements. View the video after the jump:

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