E3 is in town, bringing the best of new technology and gaming releases. Alibre Inc. Tuesday announced new inventions created by Alibre Design users, including high-end custom home theater audio speakers, search-and-rescue robots and more, culled from using the new Alibre Design Personal Edition -- the first low-cost, easy-to-use 3D design tool for amateur inventors.
The speakers, made from the Personal Edition are Linn Audio’s custom home theater speakers, which tower at 7-feet tall-and provide a crystal clear sound.
Founder David Linn said that in search for the perfect speakers, he researched many different ways to make superior speaker cabinets, visiting dozens of cabinet makers. He said he concluded that the only way to achieve the standard he was searching for was to make the cabinets himself. He said he decided to use Alibre Design to create his own custom speakers to his exacting specifications, and the result is a completely handmade, beautiful piece of furniture, with sounds to satisfy the most demanding music lover.
“I like how in Alibre Design you can draw a rough sketch of the part you need to make and then go back and dimension it to exact specifications,” said David Linn, founder of Linn Audio.
Francisco Rodriguez, a Mechanical Engineering Masters student at the University of New Mexico, used Alibre Design to create a robot based on the TXT-1 monster truck from Tamiya. The robot was used to make simulations in a virtual world, with the ultimate goal to create a search-and-rescue robot; each robot was outfitted with a control board, various sensors, and an onboard embedded computer.
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Using Alibre Design’s powerful 3D tools, Rodriguez added an odometer and extra shock absorber on each of the front wheels, and an aluminum plate to support the sensors and computer.
“Learning how to use the basic functions of the software was really easy, plus the tutorials were helpful when I didn’t know how to do something,” Rodriguez said. “This technology could be implemented to search for victims in mine fields, collapsed buildings, or for structural inspection.”