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Onshape teams up with Magic Leap for new spatial computing CAD app

It's easy to see future application in 3D printing as well

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Onshape is partnering with Magic Leap on a new 3D product design app for its spatial computing universe. The new Onshape for Magic Leap CAD app will be developed for the Magic Leap One Creator Edition, a lightweight, wearable computer that allows digital content to step out of the screen and into the real world.

Contextually aware digital objects and real-life objects blend when looking through the lenses of the Magic Leap One Lightwear headset. Magic Leap’s spatial computing platform is not just for games and entertainment. With the “Onshape for Magic Leap” CAD app, which is still in development, engineers will be able to bring life-size 3D CAD models into their physical surroundings and collaborate on design changes with colleagues anywhere.

Onshape CEO Jon Hirschtick previewed the app at this week’s L.E.A.P. Conference in Los Angeles. “The spatial computing universe has the potential to transform every industry,” Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz said in a press announcement. “Along with our other development partners, Onshape is helping us discover new applications and markets for Magic Leap One. I look forward to helping them continue to shake up the world of design and manufacturing.”

Onshape technical service engineers Gaby Rochino (left) and Tim Fries examine a 3D CAD model of a Formula One race car through the lens of the Magic Leap One spatial computing headset, which enables digital content to step out of the screen and into the real world.

For decades, Jon Hirschtick notes, CAD users have been interacting with their 3D models through a flat digital screen. Bringing CAD to the rich, immersive environment of Magic Leap is the next logical step as engineers can engage with their models as they would with the real final products.

Onshape for Magic Leap
Onshape model of Team Perrinn’s Formula One race car before being uploaded to the “Onshape for Magic Leap” app.

“Imagine your engineering team is reviewing the latest design for a race car. With the Magic Leap One, they will be able to put that car right on the conference table, go under the hood and examine the engine block. They can then levitate the car above their heads and check out the exhaust system,” he says.

“The new Onshape app will support live 3D editing of CAD models, with design changes updated in real time through the Magic Leap device,” says Hirschtick.“This is far more powerful and impactful than being able to merely view static, already-completed designs. And using our modern CAD system’s real-time collaboration tools, even team members based in different parts of the world will instantly see each other’s updates.”

“Offering Onshape’s cloud CAD system through Magic Leap will one day seem as natural as designing on laptops, phones and tablets,” he adds. “We’re proud to be ahead of the curve by giving engineers access to the latest tools they can’t find anywhere else, tools that will help them push their creative limits, and ultimately design better products.”

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites VoxelMatters.com and Replicatore.it, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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