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In September, Turlif spoke at TEDxTrondheim's Back to Basics. As usual, an inspirational discussion about some of the problems with current 3D modeling software, and modeling with simplified polygons, which lose some of the infinitely fine grain details of natural and real world objects. Turlif together with our team have developed a generalized and holistic approach for accurately modeling complex real world objects called Digital Materialization (DM). Using mathematics and computational power, our approach has promising applications, that go far beyond 3D printing for modeling the real world through software.


Be sure to check out the video!





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Oct 24 2013


Some nice articles at Designboom, Fast Company, New York Times, etc. just got published on the Chairgenics project that we have been collaborating on with FormNation to 'grow' perfect chairs.


A few snippets . . .


"What happens when 10 of the most iconic chair designs ever mate with one another for five years?"


" . . . turned the process of designing a chair into a full-on scientific pursuit, imagining what a chair’s ancestors might have looked like based on DNA sequencing, as well as what characteristics constitute genetic perfection . . . "


" . . . to mate with one another in an orgiastic rut of successive DNA pairings until you finally have the uberstuhl . . "


" . . . app they used to pursue their Chairgenics was called Symvol, a volume-based tool from Norwegian startup Uformia that can compare two objects and then create a morph based upon them according to their mathematical middle . . . "


" . . . to make leaps in design, you have to think outside the box . . "


Chairgenics will be on display in New York City from October 14 to July 6, 2014, as part of the MAD Museum’s Out Of Hand: Materializing The Postdigital exhibit.





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Oct 24 2013

3D Printshow - London

Posted by: cherie |
Tagged in: news, events, 3D printing


Uformia will be exhibiting at the 3D Printshow London again this year, this time with Fuel3D: 7 - 9 November.


We have an exciting surprise in place involving Joshua Harker, Fuel3D and Uformia....


Get your tickets now, sign up for our workshops, and don't forget to stop by our stand and say hi!



--> 1:15 pm - 1:45 pm Remix Your World w/ Fuel3D & Uformia


It has never been easier for creators of all skills levels to make their own 3D designs. Fuel3D's low cost, high quality, point and shoot scanner combined with MeshUP, a super simple to use 3D mashup/modeling tool, re-imagine 3D design processes and bring professional quality, affordable, and, most importantly, easy to use tools to everyone.


Join Chris (Fuel3D) and Cherie (Uformia) to hear the story of Fuel3D and how they are taking their medical scanner into the 3D commercial space, and how Uformia's geometric kernel is making it possible to create tools ranging from MeshUP to biological design tools. Watch a live demonstration using the Fuel3D scanner to scan a face, and using MeshUP to combine this scan with Joshua Harker's gorgeous filigree pattern to create a personalized or 'Harkerized' face mask within minutes!



--> 12:00pm - 12:45pm Harkerize Me!


Join Joshua Harker, Chris (Fuel3D) and Cherie (Uformia) to watch a live demonstration using the Fuel3D scanner to scan a face, and using MeshUP to combine this scan with Joshua Harker's gorgeous filigree pattern to create a personalized or 'Harkerized' face mask within minutes!


--> TBA - Design at the Bottom: the Future of Design

Turlif from Uformia will give a glimpse into the future of design tools, as they must quickly evolve to match the coming manufacturing capabilities.


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Apr 16 2013

Make Munich

Posted by: cherie |
Tagged in: events, 3D printing

The first Maker Faire in southern Germany is taking place on the 20th/21st April in Munich. Like all other maker faires, the idea is A two-day, family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement.



Our friends at i.materialise will be there as well, with a booth and delivering lectures on both days.



If you are in the area, we highly recommend checking it out.


Via: i.materialise


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Wednesday, 5 December, 2012 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM PST


Please join us at this first webinar where our CTO, Turlif Vilbrandt, will demo the new plug-in -Symvol for Rhino.



The presentation will be broken up into 2 sections:   1) an introduction to Uformia, followed by a theory and overview of Symvol for Rhino;
2) a practical tutorial on using Symvol for Rhino to dynamically model a cell phone case.

The general aspects of true volume modeling and some of the unique features which Symvol for Rhino offers will be presented. The concepts include: creation of constructive relationships, dynamic modification of any aspect or feature of a model, automatic blending, always watertight Boolean operations and modeling, creation of arbitrary micro and/or cellular structures, shelling of any model, repairing, importing and converting meshes to watertight volumes, defining parameters/bookmarks, and swapping datasets and/or references on the fly.

Duration: 1.5 hr. presentation with 30 minutes questions/wrap-up.


Attendees must register to attend, and here you can also enter any questions or issues you would like to be covered in the webinar.


The session will be recorded and later posted online.


Thanks to Rhino for hosting us at their office in Seattle for this webinar.



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Oct 3 2012


As we mentioned earlier this summer, Uformia will be one of the exhibitors at the 3D Printshow in London, 19-21 October.  As we near the event, it is becoming clear that it will be as promising as it looks.


Uformia will be releasing a few new and exciting bits at the show (more on that later), and we are pleased to announce that Simply Rhino from the UK will be joining us at our stand where they will be premiering Rhino3D v5!


Tickets are selling out quickly, so order yours ASAP, and don't forget to sign up for some of the workshops or seminars.  A few that Uformia are participating in:



--> 14:15 - 15:45: CEO Panel Session

Cherie Stamm will be joining this panel session where companies in the industry are invited to discuss their company, business philosophy, and concept of future and how they intend to build it.


--> 17:00 - 18:00: Fabricating Reality

Turlif Vilbrant will discuss the significance of 3D printing and how software today does not capitalize on available computation nor is it able to drive 3D printers to their full capability. Turlif will discuss the history of humans trying to gain control over matter, and share his thoughts on the future directions required for 3D design tools to fulfill their potential.




--> 10:00 - 11:00: Saving the World From Polygons - Revolutionary Design Tools Based on New Mathematics, for the Future of Manufacturing

Turlif Vilbrandt will give a live, hands-on demonstration of Uformia's first product, Symvol for Rhino, and discuss Uformia's new modeling approach.




--> 15:00 - 16:00 Fabricating Reality

This is a repeat of the Friday show, in case you were unable to attend.


3D Printshow


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Aug 31 2012


Andreas Klemsdal at Finansavisen (one of the top business newspapers in Norway) recently wrote a follow-up article on Uformia (the original was posted in October 2010). What follows is an excerpt and a rough translation.




The Economist predicts that industrial production will slowly move back to the western world as any business can produce goods by using a three-dimensional printer. Forbes magazine says that the U.S. will be self-sufficient in goods such as clothing and shoes within five years. The sale of 3D printers has tripled in the past year.


In the small northern Norwegian village of Furuflaten sits Americans Cherie Stamm and Turlif Vilbrandt, with the mighty Lyngen Alps directly outside their office. They came here to climb mountains, but spend all their time trying to climb to the top of an industry that is now emerging. The two founders are working around the clock to spread their software that will improve opportunities for designing three-dimensional elements.


Tradeshow in London

The 3D printing industry will have its first big trade show in England's capital.
- It is the first major show bringing together designers, students, industry, artists, anyone interested in 3D printing.
"For us it is a perfect way to introduce ourselves," says Cherie Stamm.
- "Among other events, there will be a fashion show with clothes made of 3D printers and exhibitions of 3D printed art," says Turlif Vilbrandt.


25 years of research

Uformia has developed software for anyone who works with 3D design on a computer, especially those wanting to take these designs out to a 3D printer. According to the founders, Uformia's platform is mathematically perfect and therefore can describe all three dimensional forms without limitations.
-"Our software understands the whole object," say a committed Vilbrandt. Uformia is based on 25 years of research, but until now computers have not been fast enough to take advantage of this knowledge. Today our programmers reside in Australia, UK, Russia, Japan and the United States and they all work to further develop Uformia's products."


Northern Norway vs New York
- How long can you hold out in Furuflaten/Tromso?
- "We will probably look at the possibility of having two bases. As we grow, it will be necessary to recruit talent and we must look at the possibility of having an office in London, New York or California. But we will always have a base in northern Norway", said Stamm.



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Jul 11 2012

Part of our team is currently attending Additive Manufacturing 2012 and ASTM.  It has moved this year to a big, better location with more speakers and an exhibition space.  It has been an interesting few days so far with talks ranging from a cheap and accurate prosthesis creation using a Z-Corp, metal jaw implants and full jaw replacement, multi-material electrical printing, super rapid sub-micron two photon printing (including printing through living tissue) and printing of customized dolls. A talk by Assa Ashuach on user informed and customized objects mentioned Function Representation and showed a video of attempts to offer dynamic end user interaction by direct automatic morphing.

One of the most interesting talks was given by Neri Oxman on the fabrication of nature, who Uformia worked with on her recent exhibition at the Pompidou Center. (See our previous blog entry regarding this exhibit and the helmet we collaborated with Neri on.) Her talk discussed the development and application of algorithms and approaches that nature takes toward fabricating objects. This was great stuff and totally up our alley.  In fact, Uformia's approach to modeling and fabrication was introduced in a paper called Fabricating Nature, around the the same notions (but with different objectives).  It is great to see research that is pushing additive fabrication to truly reinvent the world we live in and the development of tools and methods that are needed to make it happen.


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Jul 1 2012

3D Printshow - London

Posted by: cherie |
Tagged in: news, events, 3D printing

"The internet changed the world in the 1990's. The world is about to change again."


The 3D Printshow is the first show in the UK that brings together exhibitors, trade and the press, all focused on 3D printing- and Uformia is pleased to announce that we will be an exhibitor.


The show is 19 - 21 October, and tickets have just gone on sale, and they are giving away 1,500 free tickets for students and new businesses.


While the schedule is not yet public, we do know there will be some fifty workshops, seminars and live demonstrations, and one trade day.  Also there will be a live show (a catwalk featuring new 3D fashion; live music played on 3D printed instruments; and 3D displays around the room; and a other guests and features yet to be named).


3D Printshow: http://3dprintshow.com

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Feb 13 2012

Uformia Releases Symvol

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Tagged in: press, news, events
Uformia is introducing an exciting new approach and foundation to 3D design and fabrication: Symvol for Rhino.

Symvol for Rhino - Community is the first of Uformia's innovative new 3D modeling tools to be released. This product is a simplified yet powerful introduction to this new "true 3D" volume based approach and framework. Objects made with Symvol are always watertight and ideal for 3D printing.

Symvol highlights:


  • Fast and dynamic form finding (dynamically change any underlying form at anytime)
  • Symbolic modeling (hyper-parametrization)
  • Always watertight
  • Direct surface and volume deformation (by control points)
  • Advanced micro-structures
  • Export of meshes, slices & voxels (image slices) for direct fabrication



Symvol defines objects as infinitely malleable material, not a collection of paper sheets glued together, as is the case in industrial 3D software today (often referred to as 2.5D modeling). When using Symvol, users will be reminded of working with clay or metal. Unlike traditional solid modeling which can display cracks or surface issues, users will always have a valid truly solid object no matter the design demands placed on it. On top of this exciting new development, Symvol's ease of use means professionals are no longer the only people that can use 3D modeling and fabrication software.

With this light but sturdy product, the doors have been thrown open to begin to explore the world of volumetric modeling. This translates into a marketplace that is greatly increased in both depth of sophistication and range of users. Uformia believes this will have long term beneficial effects on the dynamism and creativity of the 3D modeling field as a whole.

This is just a starting point, with 2012 bringing the release of additional new products and capabilities into the market. Symvol for Rhino is a simplified version of the Uformia's new generation framework for the Rhinoceros® modeling system, with three different versions:

1. Symvol Maker -- the free, fully-functional, non-commercial version is available for download and is suitable for the 3DP/maker community.

2. Symvol Community -- the low-cost version targeted for 3D printing, available for purchase now.

3. Symvol Pro -- the fully-featured, professional version, to be released later this year.



*** We at Uformia are looking forward to working closely with 3D modelers across the globe to expand our user base and spread the joy of true volumetric modeling. If you would like more information or have any inquires please email us: support [at] uformia.com or chat with us via our support forum. We look forward to hearing from you. Happy modeling!


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