Posts by Stephen Holmes

Solid Edge gets 3D Connexion mice

Published 09 October 2008

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The three-dimensional mouse from 3D Connexion is now supported by Siemens’ Solid Edge, bringing it’s useful manipulation of screen navigation to the synchronous technology involved.

Advanced navigation features in Solid Edge Part, SheetMetal, Weldment, Assembly, and Draft documents allowing engineers to move in all three dimensions simultaneously with six degrees of freedom.

The addition brings the total number of 3D software titles supporting this nifty bit of hardware to over 130.

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DWG: Do We Give a…

Published 09 October 2008

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: autodesk, dassault systemes

For anyone trying to keep tabs on the flurry of law suits being undertaken and pending between the major CAD software producers, Autodesk have asked for their action against Dassault Systemes to be suspended.

This move comes after they have already spent a reported $2 million in this case of ‘handbags’ over the use of the initials DWG.

Having registered DWGgateway and DWGeditor as trademarks, Autodesk went to work on Dassault in the civil courts, being particularly annoyed with this (the same initials as the .dwg file name they feel they have rights over). Autodesk are hoping that the action through the civil courts will be enough to avoid dragging the whole carbuncle up to the US patent office. Not as exciting as OJ, but news nonetheless.

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Autodesk get down with the kids… Fo’shizzle

Published 06 October 2008

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: autodesk, student design

Fusty old Autodesk have decided to have a shake-up of its student design and engineering community website to make it more like the “popular social networking sites frequented by students.”

This could be viewed as an attempt to drag the 350,000 plus members of Audodesk’s online student community away from ‘poking’ each other on Facebook and back into doing some actual studying using their products.

In addition to the new, not-unlike-Facebook interface, users are offered showcases for their work, a careers centre, learning guides, and the opportunity to write their own informative, witty, nothing-like-this blog.

“We created the Student Community to provide students with the vital tools and information they need to learn the design process and be successful in their careers.” LOL’d Paul Mailhot, director of worldwide education programs at Autodesk.

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Version 7.9 to make light work of rendering

Published 01 October 2008

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: rendering, visualization, lightworks

New Ambient Occlusion functionality has been added to LightWorks’ latest release, offering intelligent, predictable realistic lighting for rendering.

Targeted at the AEC sector, with the new lighting settings aimed primarily for interiors, the imaging for product touts it as a universal lighting solution with a wide range of lighting effects. A range of new shaders offer users more realistic effects, allowing the creation of glossy plastics, brushed metals, car paints, varnished surfaces and lacquered finishes. All of which is good news for the users of the 80 software applications that have LightWorks embedded.

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A less sluggish SolidWorks for 2009

Published 19 September 2008

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: solidworks, dassault systemes

Speed was the key selling point at the release of Solidworks 2009, as Dassault Systems were keen to point out a 65 per cent speed increase.

Calculated via productivity gains measured in the creation and modification of large assemblies from real-world customer environments and data, Solidworks 2009 claims that it has become faster without the need for new features and functions, meaning that users do not have to learn new techniques.

260 new enhancements have been made as a result of feedback from user groups, customer analysis and gossip from down the pub.

In addition, a ‘Speedpak’ should allow for a new approach to large assemblies that use less memory to achieve full graphic detail.

“Given that the point of software solutions is to automate tasks and the point of automation is to make common tasks happen faster, then a significant increase in performance will deeply benefit every designer and engineer,” said John MacKrell, senior analyst with CIMdata. “SpeedPak technology increases performance while decreasing resource consumption, providing a double benefit for designers, especially those who work with large assemblies.”

A new ‘Simulation Advisor’ helps users analyze designs for hidden flaws through every stage of a simulation, and even back in the 2D world users get new improvements and add-ons.

Finally, the addition of Photoview360 should mean for easier progressive rendering on the new version. However, the increased figures for speed will probably be enough to warrant the upgrade.

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Spare $2bn? Why not buy PTC?

Published 08 September 2008

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: ptc, pro engineer

Parametric Technologies is apparently taking steps toward selling itself to the tune of $2bn having apparently hired Goldman Sachs in a move to attract potential buyers, according to the Financial Times.

The manufacturer of Pro Engineer, based in Massachusetts and founded in 1987, has seen its growth continue following four acquisitions last year as leading to forecasted revenues of $1.07bn for fiscal 2008. Expect a bidding frenzy; despite the credit crunch disturbing markets elsewhere, nothing seems to be effecting the trade in CAD companies.

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Majenta get turbo charged to the tune of $1m

Published 08 September 2008

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: hardware, haptics

A $1 million contract has been struck by Majenta PLM to supply Napier Turbochargers Ltd. with product design, simulation and data management software.

As a result, the firm, which manufactures turbochargers for diesel and heavy fuel engines from its base in Lincoln, will be using Siemens PLM software. Solid Edge drafting software and multiple licenses of NX 3D solid modeling software, including advanced sheet metal design and advanced finite element modeling software for 3D CAD model engineering analysis are included in the deal.

In addition, the firm, famous for its series of land, water and air speed world records in its early years, will be using NX computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software for turning and for mill-turn and multi-axis milling will be available for Napier’s future large axial turbocharger product design and engineering projects.

“The PLM solution that Majenta PLM is supplying and is helping us to implement will help to ensure that the right product information is at the right place at the right time,” said Andy Thacker, managing director, Napier Turbochargers Limited. “I am pleased that the business has been acquired by a shareholder that is committed to investing further in R&D to maintain its technology and in the expansion of the business to meet customer demand.”

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