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V-Ray 3.2 for 3ds Max embraces virtual reality

Published 25 June 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3ds max, vr, vray, oculus rift, chaos group

V-Ray now includes VR rendering capabilities for putting your products in situ. Image courtesy of Steelblue

VR rendering capabilities and multiple V-Ray RT GPU enhancements have been added to Chaos Group’s latest release, V-Ray 3.2 for 3ds Max.

Two new VR camera types have been added to the rendering toolkit so users can now render stereo cube maps and spherical stereo images - allowing scenes to be viewed on the latest Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR hardware.

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First Look: HyperMill 2015 - focus on probing and process control

Published 24 June 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cam, hypermill, open mind

The the improved clipping plane tool can beused to generate a planar section through a component in HyperMill 2015.1

HyperMill 2015.1, the latest edition of Open Mind’s suite of tools for CAM/CAD, is offering new optimisations and machining strategies, leading with a new 5-axis helical drilling.

This helical drilling cycle generates helical tool paths with the tool plunging into the material quickly, eliminating the need for pre-drilling operations.

By setting the milling tool inclination based on 5-axes, HyperMill suggests the user can benefit from efficient and tool-friendly machining with rapid swarf removal, particularly suited to difficult to cut materials.

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Land Rover becomes ‘Innovation Partner’ with Ben Ainslie Racing for America’s Cup

Published 24 June 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, automotive, engineering, boat, d3d live, ben ainslie racing

Sir Ben Ainslie staring off to the horizon, buoyed by the new team sponso… Innovation Partner

Land Rover has announced it will work closely over the next two years with the Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) design and engineering teams as Innovaton Partner for their bid to win the 35th America’s Cup in 2017.

According to the press blurb: “The Jaguar Land Rover Advanced Engineering team has already started working with BAR and together they have identified a number of projects where it is felt tangible performance gains can be made to create the competitive edge required to win the America’s Cup.”

‘Additionally’ the team has been renamed Land Rover BAR, as it competes in the America’s Cup beginning with the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series (Portsmouth) event 24 - 26 July 2015 in Portsmouth and culminating in the Louis Vuitton Qualifiers America’s Cup and Playoffs in Bermuda June 2017 in order to reach the America’s Cup Match in June 2017.

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$10m funding helps Frame bring CAD in the cloud platform to public beta

Published 24 June 2015

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: cad, cloud, remote cad

Siemens is using Frame to stream a 45 day trial version of Solid Edge.

Frame, the cloud platform that lets users run ‘any software in a browser’, is to take its end user service into public beta on July 8.

This will allow anyone to install and run their own Windows applications – including 3D CAD/CAM/CAE software – in the cloud. Plans will start at under $10 per month.

The move to public beta, which also marks the arrival of product enhancements and expanded distribution, coincides with a $10m investment from Columbus Nova Technology Partners (CNTP), Bain Capital Ventures and SQN Venture Partners.

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