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8-core AMD Ryzen 7 CPU good news for CAD users who render

Published 22 February 2017

Posted by Greg Corke

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If you use CAD alongside a physically-based renderer like KeyShot, V-Ray or PhotoView 360 you should read this as it could change the way you approach your next workstation purchase. AMD has just announced its first 8-core Ryzen 7 desktop CPUs which promises to slash render times without putting a serious dent in your hardware budget.

AMD claims that its flagship model, the Ryzen 7 1800X, is the world’s highest performing 8-core desktop processor. It backs this up with benchmarks that show the CPU beating the Intel Core i7-6900K by 9% in the multi-threaded Cinebench rendering test, and delivering parity in the single threaded test, at out of the box frequencies.

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ShapeID, a new shape code so condensed that it can fit within QR and RFID markers

Published 22 February 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, manufacture, shape

ShapeID is extracted based on the geometry and then embedded into a QR label or a RFID to be scanned for triggering a shape search

iSEEK Corp has announced a new shape code so condensed that it can fit within the small format of Quick Read (QR) codes or embedded technologies such as Radio Frequency Identification (RFID).

The ShapeID compact shape code is able to retain high precision to differentiate even minor differences in shape - starting from a CAD model ShapeID is extracted based on the geometry and then embedded into a QR label or a RFID to be scanned for triggering a shape search.

The process goes past simple part number identification to capture the three-dimensional geometry of the part including topology and dimensions: Scanning a QR code with ShapeIDembedded triggers a shape search for identifying the part, while simultaneously identifying identical and similar designs despite the different part numbers.

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Browser-based 3D machine builder platform from Vention looks to democratise design

Published 22 February 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, cad, engineering, industrial design, manufacturing, cloud, bolt, vention

The infrastructure is entirely cloud-based, enabling Vention to implement real-time collaboration features

A beta version of Vention.io’s browser-based 3D machine builder platform has been launched, claiming that with its use of artificial intelligence it is paving the way for the ‘democratisation of mechanical engineering’.

With the aim enabling designers to design and order their custom industrial equipment in just a few days, the cloud-based 3D design platform has a library of ready-to-order industrial-grade components, suiting fixed and automated equipment in the fields of small business automation, lean manufacturing, product validation and research, and industrial design.

Vention CTO Max Windisch suggests that the use of artificial intelligence in such a way is paving the way for the democratisation of design, enabling those without CAD skills to build industrial machines and prototypes.

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Alongside home and work, IoT connectivity is turning the car into the third living space

Published 21 February 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, automotive, iot, bosch

The interior of Bosch’s concept of the future showcases how IoT connectivity is set to transport car interior design

According to global products giant Bosch, the global market for connected mobility is set to grow by almost 25 per cent each year before 2022, transforming cars into mankind’s ‘third living space’ alongside home and work.

In just a few years, cars will become an active part of IoT, and will be able to communicate with other modes of transportation as well as with the smart home.

Bosch unveiled its Forward ShowCar at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, with the simulator showcasing a broad range of technologies, including a face recognition Driver Monitoring Camera, setting the steering wheel, mirrors, interior temperature, and radio station according to that particular driver’s personal preferences.

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