HOOPS Exchange 2017 promises ‘fastest and most accurate’ data exchange solution

Published 19 January 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, cad, manufacturing, hoops, tech soft 3d, jt, 3mf

HOOPS Exchange delivers access to over 20 CAD file formats through a single interface

With support for SolidWorks 2017, NX11, Solid Edge ST 9 and many more, HOOPS Exchange 2017 software development kit looks to enable broad CAD file read/write capability without dependency on proprietary CAD systems or having to develop in-house file-reading technology.

Tech Soft 3D’s latest release of HOOPS Exchange delivers access to over 20 CAD file formats through a single interface and has expanded its support of manufacturing workflows by adding support for JT 9.5, as well as 3MF to expand support for 3D printing file formats.

Another major enhancement is the ability to use multi-process to improve the loading time of CAD assemblies, letting users access and work with large, complex CAD assemblies in seconds, instead of waiting for files to load entirely.

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EpiGrid uses multi user AMD FirePro GPUs to stream SolidWorks and other CAD tools from the cloud

Published 19 January 2017

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: solidworks, cad, amd, gpu, firepro, workstation, cloud, vdi, epigrid

EpiGrid can stream SolidWorks and other 3D CAD applications to thin clients

EpiGrid is using AMD’s multi-user FirePro GPUs in a private cloud VDI solution that can stream 3D CAD applications to remote thin clients. The EpiGrid VDI can also integrate with on-premise servers to create a hybrid cloud implementation.

EpiGrid offers managed application services for a number of CAD tools including SolidWorks CAD, SolidWorks PDM, Pro/Engineer, and Driveworks.

“It is essential to our VDIs provide fast and consistent GPU performance; that is comparable or better than an on-premise workstation,” said Chad Garrish, Chief Technology Officer, EpiGrid.

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Altair adds SantosHuman human-centric virtual design and analysis

Published 19 January 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, product design, ergonomics, altair

Santo Pro offers human-centric virtual design and analysis for products

The Altair Partner Alliance (APA) has announced the addition of SantosHuman’s Santos Pro to its software offering, letting users predict the exposure to risk of injury for manual material handling tasks of their products.

Santos Pro predicts human performance in order to aid in human-centric virtual design and analysis, while considering human strength, fatigue, flexibility, balance, vision and posture as well as clothing and other equipment worn on the body, external forces and environmental conditions.

Example uses include identifying potential workplace motion inefficiencies and injuries, and enhancing the user experience during product design.

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Workstation Specialists clocks Kaby Lake to 5.0GHz

Published 18 January 2017

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: cad, intel, workstation specialists

Workstation Specialists is breaking the magic 5.0GHz barrier with its new Intel 7th Generation Core i7 ‘Kaby Lake’ workstation, the WS-X143, thanks to liquid cooling.

5.0GHz is a full 0.5GHz over the standard ‘Turbo’ clock speed of the ‘Kaby Lake’ Intel Core i7 7700K CPU and also a 0.5GHz increase over its previous generation ‘Skylake’ workstation. On paper, this should bring a significant performance benefit to single threaded applications, including 3D CAD and BIM software.

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Adidas Speedfactory to reshore German brand’s manufacturing with tech-heavy facility

Published 17 January 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, prototype, automotive, manufacture, manufacturing, jobs, shoe design, footwear, shoes, adidas

The Adidas Speedfactory will reshore some of the brand’s manufacturing

Sportswear manufacturer Adidas is creating a new digital manufacturing factory in the German town of Ansbach that will use robots, 3D printing and knitting machines to produce the latest footwear.

The move will reduce the reliance on having the footwear made by hand in overseas factories in countries such as China, Indonesia and Vietnam, and follows in the footsteps of American brands, such as Reebok, moving to reshore manufacturing with the aid of digital manufacturing.

The Adidas Speedfactory aims to produce up to 500,000 pairs of trainers a year, and comes off the back of the company’s work under the umbrella of the German government’s plans for Industry 4.0.

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Nvidia announces new ‘Pascal’ Quadro GPUs for mobile workstations

Published 17 January 2017

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: hp, nvidia, gpu, dell, mobile workstation, msi

Dell, HP, Lenovo, MSI and Fujitsu are all in the process of launching Intel ‘Kaby Lake’ mobile workstations with new ‘Pascal’-based Quadro GPUs, including the latest Dell Precision 7720 which boasts a 17.3-inch display.

Nvidia has introduced three models – the Quadro P3000 (6GB GDDR5), Quadro P4000 (8GB GDDR5) and Quadro P5000 (16GB GDDR5).

The 100W Quadro P4000 and 100W Quadro P5000 are both ‘VR Ready’, paving the way for a wave of mobile workstations that are powerful enough to run professional Virtual Reality applications.

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HP ZBook 15u mobile workstation gets ‘Kaby Lake’ upgrade

Published 17 January 2017

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: hp, amd firepro, mobile workstation, zbook

HP has updated its low cost, compact 15.6-inch mobile workstation, the HP ZBook 15u.

The new G4 model features a choice of dual core 7th generation ‘Kaby Lake’ CPUs, including the Core i7 7600U (2.8 GHz, up to 3.9 GHz) Core i7 7500U (2.7 GHz, up to 3.5 GHz) Core i5 7300U (2.6 GHz, up to 3.5 GHz) and Core i5 7200U (2.5 GHz, up to 3.1 GHz).

The rest of the specifications remain largely the same as the G3 model. This includes the AMD FirePro W4190M GPU, up to 32 GB of DDR4 memory, 2TB of storage including the optional HP Z Turbo Drive G2, and an FHD touch or UHD display.

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