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Well, well, well. Tech Soft 3D, the developer of the HOOPS family of CAD data translation, 3D PDF, visualization, and toolkits for web, desktop, and mobile, has just announced “significant investment” from global, technology-focused investment firm Battery Ventures. This represents their first bit of funding since the Oregon-based company’s founding in 1996. Tech Soft 3D…

You would think this article is from a decade or two ago, but no. It’s really about dual-screen and CAD software using dual-screens… but not like you’re used to. This week, Microsoft released the preview SDK for their dual-screen Surface Duo, with the Window 10X version coming next month. Along with this, they’re introducing new…

Seems those New Year’s Eve champagne corks over at Autodesk had an electrical surprise attached to them. The January Fusion 360 product update isn’t out yet but notifications are going out about new subscription benefits. If you’re a user of Fusion 360, your subscription now includes access to Autodesk EAGLE, the electronic design automation software…

You may have ridden on Boeing 747. You may have even designed parts of a 747. But have you ever created an entire 3D model of a Boeing 747-8 exterior (including landing gear) in SOLIDWORKS?! Well, one of our favorite Product Designers and SOLIDWORKS trainers, Jan-Willem Zuyderduyn, has introduced a new Boeing 747-8 video course…

It’s been long suspected that Onshape would eventually land in the hands of a larger enterprise product development (or non-product development) company — that day is here. PTC has just announced the acquisition of Onshape, web-based 3D product design platform, “for approximately $470 million, net of cash acquired.” The deal is moving fast, expecting to…

Autodesk Fusion 360 Free Startup License

Autodesk seems to be tightening up their rules regarding use of the popular Fusion 360 CAD system. The company moved the product to a subscription-based cloud system a couple of years ago and then simplified their licensing levels. This is a very common practice in the software industry as it provides significant advantages: a near-100%…

CNC Machining

While drilling a hole is something every CNC machine user can do easily, programming the locations of several holes takes a bit more time and effort. Instead of going through the arduous process of setting the locations of numerous holes, Autodesk recently shared how to use their new hole recognition software in Fusion 360 to…

You’d have to squeeze your eye muscles but think about it… Adobe announced their latest AI-driven software. This is the software revealed earlier this year too Ooo’s and Ahh’s at Adobe MAX as Project Gemini. Now, Adobe Fresco… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rydHqC9WtY It’s all 2D, and while we’re seeing generative design take off in product dev apps, their…

Eric Strebel CAD Design

For years we’ve been watching industrial designer Eric Strebel’s insightful design process videos; videos that show how he goes about making products from start to finish. Starting with concept sketches, he follows a traditional design process of moving on to CAD models and then various forms of prototyping—yet, we’ve never really heard the man speak…

wide top 3d printed low poly planter

If you’ve yet to get your CAD jabbers on SelfCAD, you can spin it up and start modeling in less time than it takes to juice a pack navel oranges with your elbows at your co-worker’s desk–Tis a fact. SelfCAD is the web-based modeling/sculpting/3D printing tool that works in all modern browsers and on Windows,…

Fusion 360 Facelift Banner image

Autodesk Fusion 360 is bringing in the new year with a User Interface (UI) facelift! Presently the UI is in “Preview” mode so as to ease the masses into the new UI workflow. Yet, as to be expected, many of the power users are taking the leap and donning new UI Diggs. While I’m calling…

RS has announced the availability of a new BETA version of DesignSpark Mechanical. This 3D CAD tool is available at no charge from RS, so long as you register an account with their system. It’s a comprehensive 3D CAD development tool that works only on the Windows platform, in both 32 and 64 bit modes.…

It’s 3am. Visions of green and red shapes are swirling through your mind. Was it a bad batch of kombucha? No – it’s Autodesk Generative Design. Autodesk Generative Design provides a surprisingly addictive mix of novelty, somewhat mysterious results, and interesting shapes. If you can justify the cost – try it! Before I dive in,…