Comsol Multiphysics Sees Update to Version 5.2

Monday, November 16, 2015

Following its October user conference, Comsol has updated its Comsol Multiphysics package to 5.2 that, as in the previous version, includes an application builder that allows engineers to…

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Theorem Solutions provides tools for large scale automated data migration projects to companies with large volumes of legacy CAD data that needs to be updated and maintained.

Legacy CAD and Engineering Data: Keep it Updated

Monday, November 9, 2015

Legacy information and original drawings are being lost as enterprise software is updated beyond the package used to create the original drawings and as the engineers who made…

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Philip Norman, chief executive officer and technical lead at Ross Robotics showed off a few of his robotic component creations. (Image, Siemens)

With CAD, an Artist Turns to Robots

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Philip Norman came to his job as technical lead at Ross Robotics Ltd., which makes reconfigurable robots, via a most nontechnical avenue: the arts, he told the Solid…

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Sketching with Geometric Accuracy

Thursday, October 29, 2015

The two-dimensional freehand sketching app that corrects for geometry will soon see its beta release, Ken Hosch, director of strategy at Siemens PLM, told the Solid Edge 2015…

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iDraw is now Autodesk Graphic. With the app, you can draw, design, and illustrate engineering, manufacturing, or artistic illustrations.

Drawing Apps for Engineers and Artists

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Though vector drawing apps are usually targeted to designers of all stripes, they can be particularly useful to manufacturing and engineering designers. And they can be fun for…

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CAD and the Internet of Things

Friday, October 23, 2015

The Internet of Things is certainly being hyped, but is it overhyped? We’ll see when the technology becomes mainstream—as business analysts say it will– within a few years’…

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Autodesk Fusion 360 uses the cloud to facilitate collaboration, add upgrades

Thursday, October 15, 2015

by Diane Sofranec, Contributing Editor Your photos, music and movies are stored on the cloud, so why not your CAD designs, too? Autodesk’s Fusion 360 is a cloud-based…

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Report: AEC Highest Spender on Technical Software

Friday, October 9, 2015

The market for architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) technical applications is set for steady growth in the second quarter of 2015, according to a report from the global…

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3D-Printed Extraterrestrials

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

By Mitch Bossart Back in 2009, scientists detected an odd-shaped rock by the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity’s panorama camera. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) team spotted the rock,…

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The Evolution of CAD

Monday, June 15, 2015

by Darren Chilton, Program Manager, Product Strategy and Development, solidThinking Designers seeking a solution for creating products for additive manufacturing, look no further than hybrid modelers. Without the…

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Progress in closing the product lifecycle’s loops

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

by Peter A. Bilello, President, CIMdata Despite progress made by vendors and users, there are still product lifecycle loops that must be closed to facilitate the development, manufacture…

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Autodesk Inventor 2016 now offers an associative import of CAD data from CATIA, SolidWorks, NX, Pro-E/Creo, and Alias files that allows you to maintain a link to the selected file. The imported geometry in Inventor updates as the model changes.

What’s New in Inventor 2016

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Autodesk introduced the newest version of its desktop 3D CAD product, Autodesk Inventor 2016, which provides a trio of modeling tools: parametric, direct editing and freeform design tools….

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

Siemens and thinkstep jointly Launch Material Management Software

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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…

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

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

Thursday, March 19, 2015

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…

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

IronCAD Extends 2015 Productivity Improvements

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

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)…

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

Onshape Cloud-Based CAD Opens to Public Beta

Monday, March 9, 2015

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…

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

Thursday, March 5, 2015

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…

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

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

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

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…

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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.

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

Monday, March 2, 2015

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…

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

Sunday, March 1, 2015

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…

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

Monday, February 23, 2015

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…

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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.

Introducing Kenesto Drive for File Management and Collaboration

Monday, February 16, 2015

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…

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

GrabCAD Workbench Now Free For All Users

Thursday, February 12, 2015

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…

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

Crowdsourced Rankings of Best Product Design Software Released

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

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…

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OnShape cloud-based CAD software.

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

Monday, February 9, 2015

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…

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Q&A: Jon Hirschtick on the Future of CAD

Thursday, February 5, 2015

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…

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

PTC Introduces PTC PLM Cloud for SMB Market

Thursday, January 29, 2015

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…

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

Sharing CAD Files Across Systems Remains a Pain Point

Monday, January 26, 2015

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…

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hyperMILL 2014.2 offers a key extension for solid modelling in hyperCAD-S, the CAD part of the system.

OPEN Mind Releases hyperMILL 2014.2 CAM Software

Thursday, January 22, 2015

OPEN MIND has released the newest version of its CAD/CAM software, hyperMILL 2014.2, which includes several new functions in addition to enhancements to existing functions. The company’s hyperMILL…

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XOEye smartglasses include two microphones and a set of earbuds, so employees at a job site can easily speak with coworkers located in a different part of the same building or 2000 miles away.

CES Round-up: 5 New Technologies for Engineers to Watch

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is an awful lot like a large, overlit and overcrowded disco chock-full of wiz-bang technology and gaga gadgetry, much of…

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