What’s the use of a SolidWorks User Group? It turns out: rather a lot

Published 27 February 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: solidworks, solidworks world, community, jeff mirisola, michael lord, networks, swug, sww15

At SolidWorks World, this was a literal ‘badge of honour’

While covering SolidWorks World (SWW) this year, we were once again fixated on the tribes of loyal users coming together to listen, learn, and party - the SolidWorks User Groups.

By far and away the strongest networks exist in the US - at SWW our stiff British upper-lips went harder than a woodpecker’s at the sound of US attendees openly cheering the Top Ten Ideas list - but there are new networks popping up across the UK.

Yet with so many resources now available online, what can members expect to get from these groups? We set out to find out more from SolidWorks User Group leaders across three continents - here are their answers:

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Altair Optistruct offers topology optimisation for 3D Printing

Published 27 February 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, simulation, manufacturing, materialise, altair, hyperworks, optimisation, topology optimisation

Optistruct is aiming at the high-end 3D printing market with its topology and optimisation tools

With new solver capabilities, Altair’s OptiStruct topology optimisation software is aiming at the high-end 3D printing market to help print the most optimal and structurally efficient products.

Its eye-catching capabilities for 3D printing lie in its ability to manufacture hollow shapes with complex external geometry using tiny cells known as lattice structures.

OptiStruct now extends topology optimisation to assist in the efficient blending of solid-lattice structures with smooth transitional material volume, while lattice performance can be studied under tension, compression, shear, flexion, torsion, and fatigue life.

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Workstation Specialists unveils Intel Xeon E5 2600 v3 render node

Published 27 February 2015

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: workstation specialists, xeon, ray tracing, render node, render, design viz

Derby-based Workstation Specialists has updated its RS-R render node, a scalable, dedicated rack mounted rendering system.

The 1U machine can now be powered by up to two Intel Xeon E5 2600 v3 series processors with ten, twelve or fourteen cores.

It can host up to 512GB of ECC memory per system and can be configured from 2 to over 200 render nodes to suit rendering projects and studios of any size.

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Canon join the 3D printing carousel, acting as a 3D Systems reseller

Published 26 February 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, hardware, 3d systems, canon

Holding hands and skipping off into the night together, 3D Systems has partnered up with a new European reseller in the form of Canon

Canon Europe has announced its distribution agreement with 3D Systems to market, sell and support 3D Systems’ professional hardware from the beginning of March.

The deal includes selling the ProJet 1200, 3500 series, 4500, 6000 and 7000 in the UK and Ireland, with a view to rolling out across Europe.

Jeppe Frandsen, head of production printing group, Canon Europe, said: “At Canon we’re continually assessing new market opportunities where we believe we can make a difference to our customers. It’s clear that, because of the potential business benefits it can deliver, 3D printing is one such opportunity.

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Experiencing the season’s fashion trends through technology

Published 26 February 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: fashion, motion capture, vr, fashion technology, inition, fashion design, motion capture technology, westfield, ar

‘Fashion avatars’ bring the season’s key trends to life with motion tracking technology, then try to flog you a dress

To celebrate the launch of spring/summer fashion collections, shopping mall maestros Westfield will partner with London technology facilitators Inition to let visitors experience the products through virtual reality and avatars.

Future Fashion comes as a result of more shoppers being eager to explore new ‘fashion technologies’ and are intrigued by new virtual ways to experience it - 52 per cent would use Augmented Reality in a retail environment and 57 per cent are tempted by Virtual Mirrors.

This all points toward more digital 3D content creation in an industry that has lagged far behind more typical product design, and the problems of simulating material properties, accurate lighting, realtime rendering and motion capture.

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SPECviewperf benchmark extended to measure 3D graphics performance for virtualised workstations

Published 26 February 2015

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: opengl, virtualisation, benchmarking, directx, 3d graphics

SPECviewperf 12’s Catia viewset

The latest 12.0.2 release of the SPECviewperf benchmark extends performance measurement from physical to virtualised workstation configurations.

“Virtualisation is an incredibly impactful development in the workstation world,” says Alex Shows, chair of the SPEC Graphics Performance Characterization Group (SPECgpc), that develops the benchmark.

“The latest version of SPECviewperf software reflects a commitment to the accurate measurement and reporting of interactive, GPU-intensive performance for virtualised configurations.”

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KeyShot 5.2 released with SolidWorks 2015 improvements

Published 25 February 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, rendering, visualisation, keyshot, workflow

The final point-release of KeyShot 5 includes boosters and stabilisers for SolidWorks 2015 performance

Luxion’s realtime ray tracing rendering software KeyShot 5 has received its final boost in the form of release 5.2, in preparation for the next major release.

KeyShot 5.2 addresses key performance improvements in the new features released with KeyShot 5 along with stability improvements.

Among the most biggest of these updates is new support for SolidWorks 2015 file format on both Mac and PC, allowing users to import SolidWorks 2015 files directly from the KeyShot interface.

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