Chicago Stage Equipment Co Inc. (CSE3D)


Chicago Stage Equipment Co. Inc., DBA CSE3D, was incorporated in 1985.
The company's main focus is creating advanced solutions. Our products are among the most powerful industries.
At CSE3D, we understand Design, and more importantly, we understand CAD & 3D Printing. With thousands of users in over 20 countries, CSE3D is uniquely poised to provide expertise, innovative products and services to meet your needs in CAD or 3D Printing.

Rufus W. Warren - Founder & President
Rufus's focus at CSE3D is to develop, manage, and execute the long term strategic vision of the company. Rufus's strong technical background allows him to effectively combine technical and business requirements to help drive strategic business development initiatives with partners.

Patents by inventers Rufus w. Warren and John E. Gorman

US 4,949,202

US 5,268,631

US 5,600,233

UK 2,241,393

CA 2,010,313

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Milestones!

2018

• Project Truckee Ice Palace

• Create a model of the 1894 Truckee Ca. Ice Palace in CAD and printed in 3D. The models are to be designed so the parts can snap together. Design and Printed in 3D by Rufus w. Warren

 

2017

• CSE3D New Website

Cease Development Of LD Assistant™ Software

• LDA Members Area Added

 

2016

• Moves into 3D Printing

• Created Stage 3D Model for Lighting designers

 

2015

• Starts CAD Training

• Adding How To Design Videos for LD Assistant
 

2014

• Special Real-Time FX Added to LD Assistant
• Relase of LD Assistant 2014
• FX Wind
• FX Walter

2013

• Special FX added to LD Assistant

• Release of LD Assistant Ac 2013

• DMX Patch Editer
• Smoke/Noise in the beam of light


2012

• CAD-N-Lighting News Launched for fifth year
• New block library delivered


2011

• Release of LD Assistant Ac 2012
• Pyrotechnic Effects added

• Wire & Cable added

2010

• Release of LD Assistant Ac 2010

• 3D Audio added

• New block library delivered

2009

• Adds sACN To LD Assistant Ac 08
• LD Assistant 08.5 with remote view and control of lighting
• Added connection to ETC Consoles and Dimming Systems using sACN
• Support for Pathway's Pathport added
• New block library delivered
• Audio & video playback on any block in real time
 

2008

• Adds Real-Time Video and Total Show Simulation© to LD Assistant 08
• First to offer VIDEO anywhere and Real-time Show Simulation
• Becomes NVIDIA developers
• Real-time LIVE over the internet support offered to LD Assistant users

 

2007

• Release of LD Assistant Ac 08 

• Photometric Lights,

• IES support Files

• Advanced FX rendering

2006

• Release of AutoBLOCK 2007
• Release of CADcontent
• 7,000 online blocks and textures

• Release of MyBLOCKS 

2005

• LD Assistant 04.5 With 64 Universes Visualizer Launched
• Design & Drafting acquires AutoBLOCK200 from MSZDesign

2004

• LD Assistant 04 w/FX Rendering (Volume Light) Launched
• LD Assistant 04.2 w/FX Rendering (Lens Effects) launched

2003

• AutoCAD® plug-in ACAD Lighting Launched
• Design & Drafting becomes HP Developer

2002

• LD Assistant AC & PL 02 Launched
• LD Assistant Wins Product of the Year at LDI

2001 LD Assistant AC & PL 01 Launched
• i-Drop Website opened with hundreds of blocks

2000

• Code Ported From VectorWorks® plug into LD Assistant Ac Standalone CAD Program
• Multiple products delivered for vertical market segments

 

1999

• Rufus W. Warren Receives Lighting Control System International Patent 2,010,313


1988

• Launches LD Assistant Studio
• Plug-in for VectorWorks®

1997

• Rufus W. Warren Receives US Patent 5,600,233
• Inventor Dimmer Power Control Circuit

1995

• Launches LD Assistant Pro Plug-in for VectorWorks®

1994

• Rufus W. Warren Receives International Patent 2,241,393
• Inventor Dimmer Power Phase Control

1994

• 3,000 Symbols Licensed to Diehl Graphsoft (now Nemetschek)

1993

• Co-Inventor Rufus W. Warren Receives Dimmer Power Phase Control US Patent 5,268,631

• Nominated for Illinois High-Tech Award
• launches Symbols Blocks Library in Mac Magazine

1992

• Rufus W. Warren Nominated for Illinois High-Tech Award
• launches LD Assistant Plug-in for VectorWorks®

1991

• Faces Chicago, lighting design and installation
• 59 West Chicago, Lighting design and installation

1990

• Launches Symbol library plug-in For MiniCAD VectorWorks®
• Inventor and Designer of Product of the Year 1990

1990

• Rufus W. Warren Receives US Patent 4,949,020
• Inventor of MOSFET Dimming

1990

• Excalibur Chicago lighting design and Installation

1989

• Whitey Herzog's Night Club (Power Station) lighting design and Installation

1988

• Ditka's Arlington Park off track lighting design and Installation

1987

• Ditka's Maryville lighting design and Installation

1986

• Rufus W. Warren Draws and Copyrights 8,000 symbols/blocks
• Ditka's Night Club, lighting design and Installation