3DEXPERIENCE World, Through the Eyes of Iron Man and Master Chief

Iron Man and Master Chief helmets have been the subject of many projects taken on by costume and prop designers. Even beyond that, many 3D CAD enthusiasts have embarked on the challenge to capture their curvature-laced detail by digitally bringing these helmets to life.

Don’t believe me? Just Google: “iron man 3d cad” or “master chief 3d cad,” and prepare to dive down the rabbit hole that is the “Images” tab on your search results page.

This is one of the plethora of reasons why it was so exciting to have Brad Thompson and the Impact Props team at 3DEXPERIENCE World this year. As you may remember hearing at 3DEXPERIENCE World, Brad is a degreed mechanical engineer who has a passion for making – and showing his creations to his doting YouTube audience that, today, boasts almost 600k subscribers.

On stage, Brad released a video showing the power of 3D Sculptor and 3D Creator. For all you industrial designers and surface modeling enthusiasts out there, 3D Sculptor changes the game by allowing you to create complex surfaces quickly using intuitive push-pull interaction to shape your designs. This, when used with either SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD or 3D Creator (providing the parametric ‘punch’), can be super effective in increasing ideation and decreasing modeling/editing times.

Want to make easier surface modeling a part of your design process today? Try 3D Sculptor for yourself here.

But that was just “on stage.” Lots happened before and after Impact Props appeared with other companies like watchX, Awake Boards, and RIZE – just a few examples of longtime SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD users who’ve embraced tools like 3D Sculptor at this phase to elevate their design processes.

For one: we were in Nashville, TN most of the week! And if you’ve ever been to Nashville, you know it’s action-packed with fantastic music and good times – whether it’s a Tuesday night (when we held our Bash on Broadway) or any other night of the week. Watching Brad’s video now, you almost wish you could go back in time.

Check out all the “edutainment” experienced at 3DEXPERIENCE World 2020, though the eyes of Impact Props!

And of course, there was the actual conference at Music City Center. At World this year, Master Chief took advantage of some of the cutting edge hardware on display in the 3DEXPERIENCE Playground. He was 3D scanned and then rendered digitally using SOLIDWORKS Visualize (you can see this @ 3:00).

You’ll also get to see, in this video, some of the other exhibits we had on display in the 3DEXPERIENCE Playground, such as the speeder bike Magic Wheelchair costume collaboration (made by Christian Bagg of Bowhead Corporation, as well as awesome individuals like Luke and Karen Daley, Kirby Downey, and more).

All told, it was an amazing experience – one we won’t soon forget. Between now and 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021, be sure to keep up with news and updates pertaining to this year’s installation and next year’s event at the 3DEXPERIENCE World community!

Sean O'Neill

Sean O'Neill

I'm a Community & User Advocacy Manager here at SOLIDWORKS. As a longtime SOLIDWORKS user myself, I love meeting with users and hearing about all the interesting things they're doing in the SOLIDWORKS community!