Category: CAD

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Fish3d: A New Touch-sensitive, Interactive Modeling Environment

01 Apr, 2014 by in CAD
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If you’ve been fishing, you know the layer of slime that covers the fish, protecting it from your nasty hand bacteria. It’s also a defense mechanism that helps protect the fish from predators and, as it turns out, is much more than what it seems. Particularly in the case of the Hagfish. Researches at MIT’s Media Ecology Lab have discovered a new way to interact with our Hagfish friends via the slime they produce while at the same time developing parametric surface geometry, a development that could very well push product design into your surrounding and away from the desktop.
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SolidWorks World 2014 Break-Out Sessions Now Available To All

13 Mar, 2014 by in CAD
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SolidWorks World already seems like it was in the distant past, but in reality, it was just six weeks ago. However, now’s your chance to experience SolidWorks World all over again, or maybe even for the first time. Each and every break-out session and presentation that took place at SolidWorks World 2014 is now available to consume at your own rate, directly from their website.
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SpaceClaim Kicks Project “Connect” Out of Beta, Releases LiveReview & a 3D Print Prep Tool

10 Mar, 2014 by in CAD
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For all of those getting antsy to click a button and start a live session to share your confidential CAD data whilst in your jammies, the ability to do so in now here. SpaceClaim has released SpaceClaim 2014 Service Pack 1, and what a Service Pack it is. With it you get LiveReview, formerly codenamed ‘Connect’ (coverage here), that allows instant, secure collaboration on your designs inside SpaceClaim, without the need for a(nother) ‘Cloud’ account, storage or profile of any kind. For those on subscription, you get early access (meaning currently free) to the features for the next six months. After this, LiveReview will be available for $500/year.
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Bernard Charlès on ‘the Future of Designing in SolidWorks’

05 Feb, 2014 by in CAD, NEWS
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Having been President and CEO of Dassault Systèmes (parent company of SolidWorks) since September of 1995, Bernard Charlès has seen better than most how much the 3D software—and software in general—landscape has changed in the last twenty years. From the transition of industrial designers increasingly adopting CAD engineering tools into their workflows to the concept of Cloud computing and mobile devices, the world of 3D software is always re-shaping itself to meet the social and performance needs of today’s demanding product designer. We had the chance to sit down with Bernard at last week’s SolidWorks World to hear more about his thoughts on the move into Mechanical Conceptual as well as how a childhood in the French countryside helped shape the ‘always-inspired’ Bernard that we all know of today.

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What We Found Out About SolidWorks Mechanical Conceptual (and the Future of SolidWorks)

29 Jan, 2014 by in CAD, NEWS
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On the first day of SolidWorks World, you can always expect a big announcement. The big one this year is the announcement of SolidWorks Mechanical Conceptual (SWMC). Last year they announced it as well, but this time it comes with a release date and pricing. $249/user/mth, available April 2nd. The price is already being discussed and debated online, but after a few discussions and even more questions we were able to determine and verify the overarching direction behind this new product and others to come.
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SpaceClaim Introduces First Live 3D CAD Collaboration (Cloud Not Required)

13 Jan, 2014 by in CAD, NEWS
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Hike up your pantlegs and show off that multilingual ‘I collaborate’ tattoo you mistakenly got on your calf last summer, SpaceClaim is providing good reason to get behind the possibilities of collaboration in the CAD space. SpaceClaim piqued our interest with wisps of whiteboarding in October. Now, they’re showing just how Collaboration inside SpaceClaim works, and all without any requirement for that fluffy server space in the sky.

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Autodesk Slaps Manufacturing with Collaboration, Puts CAM in the Cloud

03 Dec, 2013 by in CAD, FAB
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Autodesk is blowing off the metal shavings of static shop-side subtractive manufacturing, delivering the first of its kind collaborative CAM solution. Today, the software product/service company kicked off Autodesk University 2013 in a chilly Las Vegas announcing Autodesk CAM 360, pushing the computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) process to the cloud and milling out a sweet little oily spot for manufacturing in their Autodesk 360 cloud portfolio.

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‘Hatch Live’ Championship Weekend: Which Rhino Modeling Warrior Reigned Victorious?

27 Nov, 2013 by in CAD, NEWS
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Last month we reported on the opening weekend of the new Hatch Live tournament—a sort of Cut+Paste-like competition with the end goal of having a unique, manufacturable design. Well, after a month’s worth of tournament weekends, this past weekend saw the championship round between talented designers Wil Rodriguez-Joglar and Nelson Ayala as they battled out a unique and original lamp design in front of a live audience. With $4000 cash money, a ‘Designer in Residence’ exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City, and a personal portfolio review and brunch with former Editor-in-Chief of Surface Magazine Dan Rubenstein, the champion will most certainly have something to rightfully brag about for the next few months. We had a chance to catch up with the lucky champ to hear more about their experience after competing through the entire tournament, as well as advice for the next round of competitors in the next tournament.

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Project Shapeshifter: Autodesk’s Easy-to-Use (and Free) Generative 3D Modeler (Video)

25 Nov, 2013 by in CAD, FAB
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Autodesk has been making headway with various announcements leading up to next week’s Autodesk University in Las Vegas. A little over a month ago we saw the release of their Project Miller preview, which is aimed at optimizing and validating designs before hitting that heavy ‘Print’ button to send a file off to a 3D printer. Their latest technology preview Project Shapeshifter comes in the form of a 3D modeler that allows new CAD users to develop complex geometry out of common primitive shapes with very little effort…essentially creating a generative modeling experience of sorts without having to dive head-first into Grasshopper. Let’s take a look at how quickly we can put together a vase and export the STL for a ceramic 3D print.

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3D Systems Has Packaging Party, Launches Geomagic Capture Scan n’ CAD Bundles

12 Nov, 2013 by in CAD, FAB
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Why, just the other day, 3D Systems announce the Geomagic Sense scanner aimed at the home user and hobbyist with a few millimeters of accuracy and handheld coolness for $400 bones. Just think though, professional scanning with 60-118 micron accuracy and a desktop scanner/tripod/software/power cable could be yours for just “$14,900 to $24,900.” (Yes, power cable included.) That’s the price range on the new scan n’ CAD product bundles from 3D Systems’ Geomagic branch, Geomagic Capture, a range of product packages that combine a hi-res desktop scanner with SolidWorks, SpaceClaim, Geomagic Design X (formerly Rapidform XOR) or Geomagic Design Direct (formerly Geomagic Spark built on SpaceClaim) modeling software.
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