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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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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 Designers and Engineers on the Go

Thursday, January 15, 2015

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,…

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Wearables will see an explosion of innovation in 2015, but unit sales will underwhelm.

7 Most Popular 3D CAD World Blog Posts of 2014

Monday, December 29, 2014

As 2014 comes to a close and we look upon a fresh, new year, many of us reflect on what’s happened–both good and bad–throughout the year. We’re doing…

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Santa's sleigh at supersonic speed, one can clearly see the shock wave occurring as soon as speed is about Mach 1.

Santa Tests New Sleigh Design With ANSYS

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

As the year winds down and the holidays approach, new product introductions and corporate news grinds to a halt, leaving editors like myself on a somewhat desperate search…

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The dashboard and Application Library in the COMSOL Server web interface. From the app icon, you can launch an application, make it one of your favorites, and edit permissions. The dashboard also lets you view the apps that are already running as well as access other menu items such as the Monitor tool.

COMSOL Releases COMSOL Server

Friday, December 19, 2014

COMSOL announced yesterday the release of COMSOL Server, a new product designed specifically for running applications created with the company’s Application Builder. Released at the end of October,…

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Parasolid is the 3D solid modeling component software used as the foundation of Siemens PLM’s NX and Solid Edge products.

Siemens Releases Parasolid v27.1

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Today Siemens PLM announces the release of v27.1 of its Parasolid 3D solid modeling kernel. Parasolid is the foundation of Siemens PLM’s NX and Solid Edge products and…

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10 Holiday Gift Ideas for Engineers

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

We all know that engineers are a special breed of people, and as such, they need special gifts. Though many of you reading this post probably are engineers,…

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Autodesk has been working on computational design for the last seven years through research projects such as Project Dreamcatcher, a system that generates CAD geometry based on a list of functional requirements.

AU 2014: Embracing a World of Design Disruption

Friday, December 12, 2014

Autodesk University–as always–was a world wind of activity. Ten thousand design enthusiasts descending upon the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Conference Center in Las Vegas cannot be characterized as…

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Wearables will see an explosion of innovation in 2015, but unit sales will underwhelm.

Top Ten Tech Predictions for 2015

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

As the end of the year quickly approaches, we look ahead to 2015 to see what new technologies are poised to disrupt the status quo for all of…

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New Balance Sports Research Lab individually customized spike plates and additively manufactured them using a plastic laser-sintering system from EOS.  Side view of the spike plate attached to the bottom of a track spike.

New Balance Uses 3D Printing to Create Customized Shoes for Runners

Friday, December 5, 2014

No two runners are the same. This is especially true for athletes competing at the most elite levels. Their foot-strike patterns, degrees of pronation (the amount a runner’s…

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A tab in the APEI application  helps the user select the appropriate wire diameter, loop geometry, and number of wires to find the maximum current the bonds can carry without overheating.

APEI Builds First Multiphysics Simulation App with the Application Builder

Friday, November 21, 2014

Last month COMSOL announced the release of version 5.0 of its COMSOL Multiphysics software, which includes the Application Builder. The Application Builder, which allows COMSOL software users to…

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