Fusion 360 gets TraceParts integration

Published 18 May 2017

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: cad, autodesk, manufacture, traceparts, fusion 360

While there’s already a number of standard parts integrations built directly into the Fusion 360 interface (perhaps most notably the slick integration with McMaster-Carr), there’s now a new one on the block.

Autodesk and TraceParts have announced that the Fusion 360 format is now available from TracePart’s standard and manufacturer specific parts library.

What that means is that there isn’t a need for a plug in, you have your Fusion session running, your browser open, find your part, select the part configuration you want, select the Fusion 460 format from the drop-down list and you’re presented with two options - to insert it into a new document or to insert it into the window you’re currently working in.

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Rhino UK user meeting 2017 announced

Published 18 May 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, design, rendering, rhino, london

The Rhino UK User Group Meeting 2017 has been announced, taking place on 14 June, at The Crypt On The Green, London.

Organised with the help of CAD reseller Simply Rhino, this year’s event sees keynote presentations from Carsten Astheimer, Director of Astheimer Design, a world class transportation design consultancy.

With global clients including Bentley, JLR, Airstream and Joby Aviation, and as a former studio lead at Pininfarina and acting as a design director at Brunswick group, Astheimer’s talk should be something special.

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WATCH // D3D LIVE 2017 - Andy Rahden, Pluralsight - Learning to progress technology

Published 18 May 2017

Posted by Carmen Aquilina

Article tagged with: cad, design, engineering, manufacturing, develop3d live, pluralsight

In this video from DEVELOP3D LIVE 2017, Andy Rahden shares the importance of learning to progress technology in an ever-changing world.

Rahden is the VP of Pluralsight’s creative, design, and engineering business, and gives his views on how people learn in a variety of ways, and how different types of learners utilise different approaches to digest knowledge.

Click here to watch more videos from our 2017 event as they’re uploaded, as well as the entire back catalogue of some of the best talks from past events.

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Axalta unveils new real-time colour configurator, powered by KeyShot 3D

Published 17 May 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: rendering, automotive, keyshot, cpu, viz, configurator

Powered by an 88-core machine, customers can immediately see in real time the the Axalta paint colours

Axalta Coating Systems has announced its new Color [sic] Configurator for its paint and finishes, which runs in realtime using KeyShot 3D rendering technology.

Built for the grand opening of the Axalta Customer Experience Centre - a 36,000 square foot facility, including two state-of-the-art paint applications centers, a collaborative mixing lab, and a showroom where visitors can gain insight into the Axalta coating system technology and visualise the vast array of color options - the interface allows customers to interact with and apply over 1,000 different colors from 9 Axalta color collections.

Powered by an 88-core machine, customers can immediately see in real time the paint colours under different lighting conditions and select options across 36 different cars and truck models.

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First step of a transport revamp? 3D scanning the beat-up existing rolling stock

Published 17 May 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, design, industrial design, geomagic, 3d scanning, transport, gom, physical digital, trains

Nothing sums up the grim reality of a British commute than the images of tired, knackered old train carriages, its seats having seen thousands of arses, feet, buckets of KFC and spilled fluids.

In an effort to revamp and redesign the cabins of the temperamental, sometimes-moving lifeblood of British industry, the new designers first needed measurements of what god awful messes they had to work with.

Enter the team from Physical Digital 3D, which scanned the interiors of the existing rolling stock to find out the exact dimensions of the carriages, before considering what design improvements to implement.

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AMD targets pro viz users with Radeon Vega Frontier

Published 16 May 2017

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: cad, amd, gpu, vr, viz, radeon pro, vray, radeon, prorender

The blue Radeon Vega Frontier Edition is air cooled.

AMD has announced what it claims to be the most powerful graphics card in the world. The Radeon Vega Frontier Edition is the first GPU born from its much-anticipated Vega architecture.

The Vega Frontier is a dual height board with 16GB HBM2 memory that is focused on professional users, rather than gamers. But it doesn’t belong to the same Radeon Pro WX family (previously FirePro) that is designed and certified for 3D CAD and other professional 3D applications.

Instead the Vega Frontier is a new GPU brand that is focused on three main workloads: 1) Artificial Intelligence (machine learning), 2) Professional visualisation and photorealistic rendering and 3) next generation games and creative development.

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WATCH // D3D LIVE 2017 - Tony Gray, Solidthinking - Where do your designs begin?

Published 16 May 2017

Posted by Alan Cleveland

Article tagged with: design, engineering, develop3d live, solidthinking, altair

This presentation will explore the history and theory of optimisation all the way back to its roots in biomimicry and Wolff’s Law from the 19th century that states that a bone in a healthy person or animal will adapt to the loads under which it is placed.

Giving real-world applications to build an understanding of how designers can use optimisation tools today to improve almost every structural part or product that they create, SolidThinking’s Tony Gray imparts some of his engineering intuition.

Click here to watch more videos from our 2017 event as they’re uploaded, as well as the entire back catalogue of some of the best talks from past events.

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