Version 2.9.17 of VTube-STEP was released on December 21, 2018.
The major new feature in this version is that we've added a single-button press model-to-parametrics calculation feature called Autobuild Parametrics. Previously, VTube-STEP always required that you perform a process called "Collection" where each straight was selected one at a time.
The new Autobuild feature is designed to skip the collection process by handling "clean" models. Clean models are tubes with no brackets, forms, coping, or drilled holes. Many of our customers use clean models anyway - so it makes sense that we added this feature.
I was expecting this new method of calculating parametric bender data to be faster - but I didn't expect this much faster. Autobuild Parametrics is at least 5 times faster than the legacy Collections process. On tubes with more bends, the speed difference is even greater.
You'll still want to keep the legacy collection process handy for models that are not clean. But for those that are only importing clean tube models, then I recommend that you start using Autobuild Parametrics as soon as possible. You'll be glad you did.
Blue Origin is doing some pretty cool things in their new Kennedy Space Center facility at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The call it "Blue Origin OLS" - Orbital Landing Systems division.
While I was not allowed take pictures of the inside of the factory, I was allowed to take pictures in the lobby and also outside the building. It was awesome.
The rocket ship you see in the pictures is the "New Shepherd" spacecraft that has been to space several times and back. Compare the images of launch and recovery with the image in the lobby, and you will see just how rough space can be on a craft.
The smaller pod is the unit that sits on top of the larger large ship. That design is meant for humans - so the grey sides are simulations of windows in future versions. They will allow the passengers to view outside the craft.
The more I see of this technology, the more amazed I am. I'm looking forward to a trip into space someday.