Wednesday October 1, 2014

3D CAD News

MSC Software Changes the Simulation Game with Apex Platform

Before committing to a computationally expensive analysis, the application evaluates the analysis readiness of the model and notifies to the user to any model issues that may compromise an analysis.

Computer-based simulation software has been around a long time. It’s value in enabling companies to validate designs without costly physically testing has been well documented. Despite the advantages, the technology has had its challenges in terms of widespread adoption. It’s been criticized as being too expensive and too difficult to use. A recent CIMdata report outlines the reasons preventing more widespread adoption of simulation. According to the report, “The... Read More

CD-adapco’s STAR-CCM+ to be Used to Design Ben Ainslie America’s Cup Racing Boat

A boat hull with no rudder in fine waves modeling the motion of a body resulting from the forces and moments on it can be carried out seamlessly within the single integrated environment of STAR-CCM+. Image courtesy of KCS Marine.

To design and build the world’s fastest racing yacht requires significant time and effort, the highest level of design expertise and best-in-class design tools. Certainly it also requires skilled sailors, but the key to winning this long-standing race has incresingly become design excellence. The focus of the 35th edition of the America’s Cup is sustainability. The set of restrictive rules means this is likely to be the most challenging America’s Cup ever from an... Read More

ANSYS Partners with Modelon to Enable Virtual Systems Prototyping

ANSYS Simplorer is a multi-domain system simulation software with direct couplings to the ANSYS Maxwell for accurate component modeling.

Virtual prototyping of products on the component level is something many manufacturers do to validate designs without the costly and time-consuming burden of physical testing via real prototypes. Building prototypes requires a lot of time and significant resources so typically it’s a one-and-done scenario that takes place at the end of the design cycle. If products fail, it’s back to the drawing board or in this case to the CAD program. What’s more, all engineers... Read More

Autodesk Announces Fusion 360 Will Be Available on Mac App Store

Fusion 360 will be available for download and purchase from the Mac App Store beginning today.

Autodesk today announces that its Fusion 360 product will be available for download and purchase worldwide on the Mac App Store. Fusion 360 is touted to be the first professional-level 3D CAD and CAM tool currently available on the Mac App Store. For those who aren’t familiar with Fusion 360, it is a cloud-based tool for 3D industrial and mechanical design, collaboration and machining–all in one package. According to Kevin Schneider, director of Fusion Product Management... Read More

Altair Releases HyperWorks 13.0

With a highly automated and streamlined workflow process and high quality CFD technology, Altair’s HyperWorks VWT is able to more accurately and quickly predict an automobile’s aerodynamic performance, including aerodynamic lift, drag, pressure distribution, flow field (flow separation), aero-acoustics and other factors.

Altair announces the release of its HyperWorks 13.0 CAE software platform, which touts many new bells and whistles aimed at increasing the productivity of its users. HyperWorks uses a wide variety of engineering solvers and multiphysics solutions to help engineers quickly predict and optimize the performance of products. The system’s simulation and optimization tools help engineers reduce the weight of products while meeting design goals through the use of effective geometries,... Read More

Stratasys Acquires GrabCAD

GrabCAD co-founder Hardi Meybaum.

Nothing like breaking industry news to get your Tuesday started off with a bang. First thing this morning, news broke that GrabCAD is being acquired by Stratasys Ltd., a global provider of 3D printing and addictive manufacturing systems. Initially perplexed by the acquisition, just one of many in the CAD industry this year, but as more of the pieces fill in the puzzle, it’s making more sense. But first let’s go over the details: Stratasys will acquire GrabCAD for... Read More

Autodesk Gives Sneak Peek of Updates to Fusion 360

The September update to Fusion 360 will include 12 brand new in-product tutorials that will guide you through various form, function, fabricate and manage workflows.

Autodesk’s Fusion 360 is a cloud-based industrial and mechanical design tool that users can subscribe to on a monthly basis. Due to its cloud-based infrastructure, Fusion 360 enables design information to be accessed almost anytime and from anywhere on nearly any device, making it ideal for geographically dispersed design teams. Another benefit of the cloud-based platform is that users don’t have to wait months for an update. Autodesk can continually update Fusion... Read More

Autodesk Aims to Tackle Collaboration Challenges with A360

The A360 dashboard gives users a view of recent activity streams for all active projects.

Despite advances in nearly every area of product development technology, effective collaboration still seems to be a struggle for manufacturers. The tools that enable safe and efficient collaboration–both internally and externally–between design teams and their partners, suppliers and internal design participants have been sorely lacking. As a result, engineers and designers have used a hodgepodge of tools (DropBox, FTP sites, email, etc.), most of which have their... Read More

Looking Under the Hood of SolidWorks 2015


A large group of editors, bloggers, users and analysts from across the country converged in Boston last week to hear all the details of the highly anticipated release of SolidWorks 2015. With SolidWorks 2015, the company focused on providing its users with a wider range of choices for improving everyday productivity, optimizing work processes, reducing operating costs, and solving an expanded set of design challenges. SolidWorks seems to have the most ardent users in the industry,... Read More

3D printed #cast for the social media age


FATHOM, an advanced technology driven company with an expertise in 3D printing and additive manufacturing, released #CAST. Pronounced Hash Cast, it’s the new way to customize your broken arm cast with personal messages aggregated from your family and friends through social media. Using the latest in advanced manufacturing technologies and 3D CAD software, an arm can be 3D scanned at a doctor’s office and a one-of-a-kind cast made in a breathable nylon material using... Read More


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Siemens NX Helps University Design Better Soccer Players

Researchers at Graz University of Technology in Austria are using Siemens NX software to design robots to be superior soccer players.

With all the excitement at full tilt with the 2014 FIFA World Cup underway in Brazil, the whole world seems to have gone soccer-crazy, with many people hitting local fields to practice their own ball-handling skills. At Graz University of Technology in Austria, that includes robots. The university is designing and building robots to be […]



The failed promise of parametric CAD, final chapter: A viable solution

Model reuse

What is the failed promise of parametric CAD? In short, model reuse. It’s a lot more difficult than it ought to be, for a variety of reasons. Several months back, I wrote a series of articles discussing those reasons, as well as some of the solutions that have come up over the years.  What was missing […]



Looking Under the Hood of SolidWorks 2015


A large group of editors, bloggers, users and analysts from across the country converged in Boston last week to hear all the details of the highly anticipated release of SolidWorks 2015. With SolidWorks 2015, the company focused on providing its users with a wider range of choices for improving everyday productivity, optimizing work processes, reducing […]



Dassault Updates 3DEXPERIENCE Portfolio with Release 2014x

Connect instantly to collaborate with other SolidWorks Mechanical Conceptual users through chat, screen capture, and on-screen annotation.

One of the CAD giants, Dassault Systemes, announces the latest release of its 3DEXPERIENCE platform’s on-premise and on-the-cloud portfolio of solutions. Release 2014x of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, available to all customers on February 24, includes an on-premise portfolio of 41 industry solutions and their 183 processes, plus a dedicated cloud portfolio of 14 industry solutions, […]