Image Courtesy Core studio | Thornton Tomasetti Output from a hackathon where four people designed different parts of a building. Related Links: Mobile 3D-Model Viewer, Mark-Up Software Now Available Makerbot's New 3D Digitizer Turns Physical Objects Digital A collaboration tool that allows multiple authors of a Grasshopper 3D design model to stream geometry to the web in real time is available at no cost by downloading a plug-in. The tool, called Platypus, works like a chat room for parametric geometry and allows on-the-fly 3D model mashups in a browser.Since Platypus's late-April release, there have been hundreds of downloads from www.3dplatyp.us,
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.