Optimize your demanding content with the APEXX S3
Staff – January 25, 2021 at 11:26 AM
Configurable with an Intel® Core™ i7/i9 processor overclocked up to 5.4GHz, the BOXX APEXX S3 is purpose-built for 3D content creation, CAD, andmotion media. Whether you rely on 3ds Max, Maya, Cinema 4D, Revit, SOLIDWORKS, or other professional applications, APEXX S3 will accelerate your creative workflow like never before.
Jay White of White Engineering, was a former skier at Oregon State University who graduated in engineering physics. In the late 1970’s, he developed a computerized ski boot fitting which led to a project scanning 5000 Australian soldiers from the knee down, to develop an army GP boot. He then went to work for Adidas special projects working with Notre Dame and Tennessee football, as well as Lakers great Kobe Bryant. After a scaling and hitting golf balls off of various summits (including Mount Everest), he developed cameras for TaylorMade’s motion capture system and eventually went to work for Natural Point, the largest producer of motion capture equipment. This took him inside a wind tunnel at Scottsdale Cycling Specific where White worked with cyclists to help them achieve optimal aerodynamics. He designed all of the wind tunnel balance components which measure the rider in micrograms within the airflow. By2012, he and his team determined wind tunnels were like,“hitting aerodynamics with a sledgehammer.” White wanted to know how much drag was on the athlete's foot and knees or how a helmet texture impacted drag, so he moved to computational fluid dynamics (CFD). Now, from world-class cyclists like Mark Cavendish, to Olympic skiers like Lindsey Vonn, White Engineering creates (with a BOXX APEXX S3 workstation equipped with an Intel® Core™ i7 processor) fully functional avatars that look and move like actual athletes. White houses a database of thousands of avatars (and can easily create new ones), which is why manufacturers like Oakley, Red Bull, and Schutt football helmets demand his services.
White builds his models using 3ds Max and then, with the help of a special conversion engine, convert them into SOLIDWORKS forms.His team also relies on its own software, ARE (avatar rendering engine) which takes the 3D-image athlete and makes him into a movable FB avatar. They also employ tools from Power which takes the images from elemental space into subsurface modeling in SOLIDWORKS. White also runs multiple simulation engines.
White Engineering’s biggest workflow challenge is the aforementioned conversion since bringing in multiple models in different leg positions could require an entire day.“If I can't get those four simulations out on time, I'm toast,” he says. The other challenges are client demand and cost. The Schutt football helmet is designed to be affordable for any player, high school to pro.“It's very punishing if I have an expensive delivery system to create the avatar because that ultimately increases the helmet’s retail price,” says White. “This is just another reason why my BOXX system powered by an Intel processor is so important.”