Friday March 27, 2015

3D CAD News

Autodesk Releases AutoCAD 2016

Improved Smart Dimensioning automatically creates appropriate measurements based on the type of objects selected, making it easier to accurately calculate measurements based on the drawing context.

The trade press loves to extol the benefits of the latest and greatest technology and in the CAD world, that typically means talking about 3D CAD systems. The reality is, however, that there are still millions of engineers happily getting their jobs done using 2D CAD systems. CAD giant Autodesk recently rolled out the most recent version of its flagship product, AutoCAD 2016, living proof that there is still a thriving and viable market for 2D design tools. The 2016 release... Read More


How Real-time Ray Tracing Can Uncover Dangerous Design Flaws

A new generation of glass-sheathed buildings with radical computer-designed curves have created some unexpected challenges for designers and some unexpected results.

While today’s sleek skyscrapers filling urban landscapes seem to embody modern and cutting-edge design, it’s often not until after these mammoth structures are built that hidden design flaws rear their ugly heads, sometimes with rather dire consequences. In one particular case, these consequences included a building that was quite literally melting nearby cars. London’’s year-old 20 Fenchurch Street tower is a stunner, but the same curved glass that gives... Read More


Siemens and thinkstep jointly Launch Material Management Software

The selection of materials for design requires that many aspects be considered. Image courtesy of Metallurgi AS.

There are so many questions that must be answered by product developers and manufacturers when embarking on new product development. Will it be strong enough? Can it be manufactured cost-effectively? Will it perform as designed? Will it weigh too much? Choosing the right materials is often key to answering many of these questions. With so many materials to choose from–and many more in development–choosing the right one is often a difficult one. Designers must look... Read More


3DPrinterOS Aims to Create Standard, Reduce 3D Printing Hassles

3DPrinterOS enables users to control multiple 3D printers from one PC.

Interoperability–or more appropriately a lack thereof–is an ongoing and daily headache for engineers and designers in many areas of product development. Despite incompatibility between CAD systems, juggling CAD files in myriad formats has become a reality for most engineers, often resulting in bottlenecks and rework. With multiple brands and types of 3D printers on the market and 3D printing services popping up regularly, a lack of interoperability is affecting 3D... Read More


IronCAD Extends 2015 Productivity Improvements

Enhanced KeyShot integration in IronCAD Design Collaboration Suite (DCS) 2015 Product Update #1 supports textures passed from IronCAD to speed up visualization setup.

IronCAD yesterday announced the first product update for its 2015 release, which includes customer-driven quality improvements and some additional design collaboration features. The IronCAD Design Collaboration Suite (DCS) 2015 Product Update #1 imports native files ten times faster by directly importing the graphical model representations. Software products from Dassault Systemes, Siemens, and Solidworks can store lightweight graphical representation of models, which IronCAD... Read More


Onshape Cloud-Based CAD Opens to Public Beta

Cloud-based Onshape CAD software makes its highly anticipated public beta debut. Click below to watch Onshape videos.

Amid a great amount of excitement and speculation, Onshape finally makes its first public appearance when the cloud-based CAD product opens today for public beta testing. Now everyone can see for themselves what all the hubbub has been about. The company behind the product is backed by multiple ex-SolidWorks employees and is spearheaded by SolidWorks founder, Jon Hirschtick, now founder of Onshape. The talented team behind the product is part of the reason why the product is... Read More


MecSoft announces RhinoCAM 2015

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MecSoft Corporation has announced the availability of RhinoCAM 2015, a major version release for MecSoft’s integrated CAM solution for Rhino. RhinoCAM 2015 includes four CAM modules MILL, TURN, NEST, and ART, each of which run completely integrated inside the Rhino 5 CAD program. All CAM modules were significantly enhanced and improved in this 2015 release to provide customers with a powerful and complete manufacturing platform. Highlight of the release include the Hole Feature... Read More


Dassault Rolls out New Release of Cloud-based 3DEXPERIENCE 2015x

The Mechatronics Systems Engineer role allows the use of kinematic mechanisms defined in 3D as inputs to a Modelica systems model in order to simulate and analyze its dynamic behavior in a single integrated environment.

Dassault Systèmes rolled out the new release of its 3DEXPERIENCE platform this week. R2015x offers a simplified and improved user experience with many new features that are said to significantly increase productivity on premise, as well as on public or private cloud. According to the company, all of its cloud customers were successfully and seamlessly upgraded to R2015x within a few hours, including design and engineering, 3D design, IP governance and lifecycle, simulation and... Read More


New API Enables Creation of 3D Human Bodies For Design Customization

BodyKit is a collection of APIs and embeddable components that allows users to virtualize, analyze and simulate any human body.

Imagine as a designer being able to integrate human bodies into your designs. As customers increasingly demand highly customized products, the ability to test real products out on virtual 3D bodies holds tremendous potential in the new era of mass customization. A company called Body Labs has created a platform–now in beta–that enables users to create and customize 3D human body models. The platform consists of a collection of APIs and embeddable components for integrating... Read More


Autodesk Simplifies Scan-to-3D Model Workflows with Memento

Autodesk Memento is an end-to-end solution for converting any captured reality input (photos or scans) into high-definition 3D meshes that can be cleaned up, fixed, and optimized for the Web, mobile or 3D printing/fabbing.

3D scanners are getting more and more advanced and more portable and as a result, nearly everything on the planet can now be digitized. Creating useful and meaningful 3D models from reality, however, has traditionally been a challenging and tedious process that is slow and requires expertise and use of multiple and expensive solutions. A new solution from Autodesk that was just sprang from the lab and is now in public beta is Memento, which aims to simplify the process of working... Read More


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Siemens PLM

Mobile Apps for Designers and Engineers on the Go

Autodesk's ForceEffect allows you to create a design, give it a set of supports, introduce forces upon it, see how other forces come into play and how changing that design changes those forces.

Mobile apps for consumers have proliferated over the past several years, becoming somewhat of an ubiquitous part of our everyday lives. We think nothing of checking weather updates, movie schedules, and bank balances while we’re on the move, so why has it taken so long for mobile apps to hit big when it comes to […]

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Pro/Engineer

Harley-Davidson Uses High-Tech Tools to Create First Electric Bike

Harley-Davidson's LiveWire electric motorcycle has a 74-hp motor and can go up to 92 mph with zero emissions.

When you think of Harley-Davidson motorcycles, often referred to as “hogs,” its iconic, rumbling sound is often the first thing that comes to mind. The company at one point famously sought to trademark its bikes’ distinctive sound. It sounds this way because of its unique two-cylinder, v-twin engine design. The engine has a single pin […]

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SolidWorks

Mobile Apps for Designers and Engineers on the Go

Autodesk's ForceEffect allows you to create a design, give it a set of supports, introduce forces upon it, see how other forces come into play and how changing that design changes those forces.

Mobile apps for consumers have proliferated over the past several years, becoming somewhat of an ubiquitous part of our everyday lives. We think nothing of checking weather updates, movie schedules, and bank balances while we’re on the move, so why has it taken so long for mobile apps to hit big when it comes to […]

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Catia

Dassault Dazzles Attendees in Vegas with 3DEXPERIENCE

A visualization of the Living Heart Project model being explored in 3D.

Editors and analysts in the tech industry are infamously hard to impress, as most of us have spent years–some of us decades–covering the latest wiz-bang software and gaga gadgetry. Though I still stand behind that statement, I will say there were several moments during my recent visit to Las Vegas for Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE Forum […]