MySolidWorks manufacturing network expands internationally

Published 08 December 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: solidworks, prototype, dassault systemes, manufacture, dassault systèmes

MySolidWorks is now hoping to connect users with manufacturers in over 200 countries

The MySolidWorks Manufacturing Network, designed to connect SolidWorks users with reliable manufacturers has expanded to over 200 countries around the world.

SolidWorks users can now source manufacturers from within the same software ecosystem, who can provide quotes for 3D printing, sheet metal, CNC machining and injection moulding capabilities from the CAD model.

Manufacturers can now register to be listed in the database, putting them in direct contact with SolidWorks users worldwide, and putting a directory of manufacturers at the fingertips of the designer.

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AU2015 - 5 things we learned

Published 04 December 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, 3d printing, autodesk, iot, manufacturing, au2015


The big US-based software user conferences are always interesting to attend, but when it comes to sheer size and scale, few beat Autodesk’s annual boondoggle, held in Las Vegas.

Autodesk University (AU) attracts over 10,000 attendees from a huge cross-section of industries. From architects to product designers, from CGI wizards to infrastructure designers, from oil and gas experts
to machinists, they’re all here to see what the software vendor has up its copious sleeves.

But with the crowds to beat, all the sessions to attend and all the big-name keynotes to watch, what were our key takeaways from this year’s event? Here are the ve main messages we took on board.

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AU2015 - Day Two

Published 02 December 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: autodesk, au2015


Welcome to our live blog from the second day of Autodesk University 2015, the software giant’s user event for its vast portfolio of design tools.

We’re starting with an Inventor breakfast and then it’s straight into some keynote sessions, so stick with us as everything will be coming thick and fast below the line!


All our AU2015 coverage can be found online

Read about everything that happened at Autodesk University 2015 for free here

- Day 1 Live Blog - the opening day as it happened
- Day 2 Live Blog - the day as it happened
- Q+A with Autodesk top Brass - we got up close an personal about all the latest Autodesk news
- 5 Things we learned from AU2015 - some of the big stories and our predictions


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Lenovo unveils 2-in-1 mobile workstation for 3D CAD and digital sketching with Wacom technology

Published 01 December 2015

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: cad, wacom, mobile workstation, sketching, tablet, sff, conceptual design, small form factor

The Lenovo ThinkPad P40 Yoga features a 360-degree hinge so it can be used in standard laptop mode and tablet mode

Lenovo has launched a unique 2-in-1 laptop for product designers and architects that combines a pressure sensitive pen tablet with an entry-level 3D CAD mobile workstation in a single device.

The ThinkPad P40 Yoga will allow designers to start work in a digital sketching conceptual design tool like SketchBook Pro, Made with Mischief or SolidWorks Industrial Designer then move into detailed design in 3D CAD without having to change devices. 

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AU2015 - Day One

Published 01 December 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: autodesk, au2015

Welcome to our live blog from the opening day of Autodesk University 2015, the software giant’s user event for its vast portfolio of design tools.

There are more nationalities milling the halls than your average airport international arrivals lounge - and the scale of the event is greater than anything else I’ve ever attended, which is a reflection of the software being covered here: product design, engineering, architecture, construction, plus a smidgen of stuff for the visual effects markets - it’s busy.

We’ll be bringing you all the action below the line, so stick with us throughout the day.


All our AU2015 coverage can be found online

Read about everything that happened at Autodesk University 2015 for free here

- Day 1 Live Blog - the opening day as it happened
- Day 2 Live Blog - the day as it happened
- Q+A with Autodesk top Brass - we got up close an personal about all the latest Autodesk news
- 5 Things we learned from AU2015 - some of the big stories and our predictions


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Nvidia delivers first Iray physically-based rendering plug-ins through dedicated online store

Published 01 December 2015

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: nvidia, nx, rhino, gpu, 3ds max, maya, iray, physically based rendering

Interior scene rendered in Nvidia Iray

Nvidia is shipping its first Iray plug-ins and has opened an online store to sell the physically based rendering add-ons direct to customers. Plug-ins will be sold at an introductory price of $295/year per license for each product.

Iray for Autodesk 3ds Max will be the first plug-in to be sold, closely followed by Iray for Autodesk Maya. Plug-ins for Autodesk Revit, Rhino and Cinema4D are currently in beta and should be available next year.

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