Tuesday March 3, 2015

3D CAD News

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


Inverse-kinematics software helps design modular robots for 3D printing

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by Vojislav D. Kalanovic, President of Flexible Robotic Environment, Div. of Biocommerce Robotic systems being used today, for the most part, lack modular flexibility and other elements that allow easy integration, which often prevent an integrator from bringing them to market quickly. These deficiencies also prevent them from being able to tackle non-serial jobs in a timely and cost-effective manner. In order to improve robotic system development efficiencies, Bicommerce has... Read More


Video: Data Management Best Practices to Avoid Rework on Shop Floor

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Manufacturers are always looking out for ways to work more efficiently, reducing the amount of scrap and rework required to produce products. The reality is that the best way to accomplish these goals starts upstream in the product development process. Caleb Funk, Manufacturing Solutions Team Manager from IMAGINiT Technologies, shares leading data management practices used by successful manufacturers in this video. Downstream, these practices help to avoid costly scrap and rework... Read More


Introducing Kenesto Drive for File Management and Collaboration

Kenesto Drive enables  companies to more simply, yet much more effectively store, share, lock-for-edit, and automatically version all their project files directly from users’ desktops, desktop applications and desktop file explorers.

One of the many announcements made at the recent SolidWorks World event was the upcoming release of Kenesto Drive, a cloud-based solution that provides users with automatic file versioning, automated backup and multi-CAD support. Kenesto Corp, a leading cloud provider of engineering data management and lifecycle collaboration, created Kenesto Drive to help mainstream engineering customers better manage and share their files, in an infrastructure-free and simple way that’s exactly... Read More


GrabCAD Workbench Now Free For All Users

GrabCAD Workbench makes it easier for design teams to re-use existing parts or assemblies, saving money and time to market.

GrabCAD announced yesterday that starting immediately GrabCAD Workbench will be free for all users. This announcement means that engineering teams of all sizes will be able to share and manage CAD files effortlessly, accelerating the product development process. GrabCAD Workbench makes it easier for design teams to re-use existing parts or assemblies, saving money and time to market. What is Workbench? For those of you that aren’t familiar with the product, GrabCAD Workbench... Read More


Crowdsourced Rankings of Best Product Design Software Released

First Grid report on product design software ranks seven CAD products based on crowdsourced results.

The first Grid report for product and machine design software was published today by G2 Crowd, a business software review site that uses crowdsourcing to rank products. The Winter 2015 report ranks seven products to guide users in their purchase decisions. This report is based on more than 170 reviews written by business and engineering professionals. The Grid report was created using G2 Growd’s software review platform, which factors in customer satisfaction reported by... Read More


Q&A: Jon Hirschtick on the Future of CAD: Part II

OnShape cloud-based CAD software.

We continue our discussion with Jon Hirschtick, founder of SolidWorks and now Chairman and founder of Onshape, a startup pioneering the introduction of true cloud-based CAD. Though the product has not yet been introduced, we had the unique opportunity to talk to Jon about the future of the cloud, web and mobile and how those will all play into the future of CAD. We also got a few hints along the way about what benefits Onshape might offer to users. Q: Why is the cloud becoming... Read More


Q&A: Jon Hirschtick on the Future of CAD

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Jon Hirschtick is a very interesting guy. He’s also a very smart guy who’s been around the CAD world for a very long time. The MIT graduate was one of the founders of SolidWorks, is now in the process of starting up a new venture called Onshape as founder and Chairman, and from what I hear is also one hell of a Blackjack player. I had the privilege of picking Jon’s sizable brain on the state of CAD, where it might be headed in the future as well as a few hints... Read More


PTC Introduces PTC PLM Cloud for SMB Market

PTC introduces a SAAS PLM solution for small and mid-sized businesses.

One of the last holdouts in cloud deployment, PTC, announced yesterday that it’s porting its Windchill PLM software to the cloud. The goal it appears is to address the needs of the small- to mid-sized (SMB) business market, a demographic that’s been largely left out of the PLM market. These companies often didn’t have the IT resources to support a full-scale PLM deployment and prefer the SAAS business model that enables them flexible, subscription-based pricing.... Read More


Sharing CAD Files Across Systems Remains a Pain Point

CAD interoperability remains a significant pain point for CAD users. Cartoon courtesy of Roger Penwell.

Many of you remember the early years of CAD when a simple design change could be a day destroyer; forcing you to have to recreate the model or go back and update multiple views of a drawing. Parametric or feature-based CAD systems changed all of that. With these powerfully automated 3D CAD systems, the task of making changes was greatly simplified by the fact that a design change could be propagated throughout the design or assembly, updating all associated parts to reflect that... 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 […]