PTC Creo Simulation Live launches with inbuilt Ansys live simulation tech

Published 28 February 2019

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: cad, simulation, prototype, design, ptc, nvidia, gpu, proengineer, product design, ansys

PTC and Ansys has announced a new offering in the Creo product line, Creo Simulation Live, which combines PTC’s flagship 3D product development system with Ansys’ brand spanking new real time simulation technology directly inside in the system.

If you’re not familiar with it, Ansys’ Discovery Live technology takes advantage of the compute power of modern GPUs to deliver analysis results in a fraction of the time that they would typically require.

Yes, there are some trade offs (in terms of fidelity of results), but what you lose there, you more than make up for in interactivity, and now that technology is available inside PTC’s Creo, as a new module, called Creo Simulation Live.

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3D Hubs expands its Student Grant awards for 2019

Published 28 February 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, product design, education, competition, stem, 3d hubs

Past winners of the 3D Hubs Student Grant have included CUDA by Archie O’Brien, and K-Pan by Paul Kohlhaussen

Product Design, Robotics, Sustainability, Transportation and Healthcare are all new applicable fields for the 2019 3D Hubs 3D Printing Student Grant competition.

3D Hubs is looking for students and recent graduates that can show how they used 3D printing to solve real-life problems in their respective fields, with a grant of $1,000 in each of the five categories to help fund their project.

Additionally, this year 3D Hubs will support the winners and finalists who are interested in turning their project into a product by showcasing their work to a global audience and by providing technical support and advice on how to go from prototyping to production.

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Microsoft launches HoloLens 2 to enhance mixed reality

Published 26 February 2019

Posted by greg corke

Article tagged with: design, rendering, visualisation, cloud, microsoft, ar, mixed reality, hololens, microsoft hololens

HoloLens 2 is glasses-friendly, and you can flip up the visor so you can switch tasks easily

This week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Microsoft introduced HoloLens 2, its much anticipated next generation wearable holographic computer.

Microsoft was joined by PTC who showed how it has combined its IoT edge solutions, the Microsoft Azure cloud and mixed reality tools to digitally transform businesses of all kinds, from aerospace and defence to clothing brands and life science companies.

HoloLens 2 features more than double the field of view than the original mixed reality device, which many found to be a significant limitation. There’s also a new visual display system, which Microsoft says makes the holograms even more vibrant and realistic.

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Siemens adds Machine Learning prediction & productivity to NX

Published 20 February 2019

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: engineering, cad, siemens, ai, siemens nx, artificial intelligence, machine learning


Siemens has just issued details of the latest release of its flagship NX system which sees the beginning of the development team adding some features that take advantage of Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Whereas most ML and AI references in the world of 3D design software usually focus on the generative design subject (and are mostly nonsense), in this instance, this is about helping the user to be more productive - specifically, having the system predict next steps the user might take when conducting an operation, then update the user interface to help users more efficiently use software to increase productivity.

What does that mean? Essentially, you begin a modelling or detailing activity in NX, then the system knows, through analysis and prediction (the machine learning part) what you’re most likely to do next, so brings up the most commonly used operations or commands.

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Next step for VR leaps into focus with Varjo’s VR-1 HMD

Published 19 February 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, design, rendering, nvidia, gpu, vr, varjo, hmd

Designed solely for industrial use, the Varjo VR-1 headset has launched after years of development to give users ‘human-eye’ resolution and eye-tracking capabilities needed to push VR technology further.

Finland-based Varjo’s first headset has a resolution of more than 60 pixels per degree, which is 20X+ higher than any other VR headset currently on the market, as well as integrated eye tracking, enabling high-precision analytics and interaction with human-eye resolution VR content.

The HMD comes ready to supporting the standard VR engines from Unreal and Unity, but in addition Autodesk VRED comes with native integration, while other CAD and visualisation softwares are in the pipeline.

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SolidWorks Visualize to get substantial boost from GPU tech

Published 18 February 2019

Posted by greg corke

Article tagged with: solidworks, amd, nvidia, keyshot, bunkspeed, quadro, radeon pro, gpu rendering, visualize

Product designers and viz artists using Nvidia’s new RTX GPUs should get a significant performance boost in SolidWorks Visualize 2020 when the software ships later this year through support for Nvidia RT (Ray Tracing) Cores.

This is a natural progression for the GPU accelerated physically-based rendering software but it appears that Dassault Systèmes is not putting all of its eggs in one basket. At SolidWorks World last week AMD demonstrated a ‘technology preview’ of SolidWorks Visualize that could be accelerated on AMD’s own Radeon Pro GPUs.

If both of these developments come to fruition, it will mean users of SolidWorks Visualize will be able to choose between Nvidia or AMD GPU hardware to accelerate the ray trace calculations, offering more choice on desktop and mobile workstations and in the cloud.

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3D Systems announces new integrated updates for SolidWorks

Published 11 February 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: solidworks, 3d printing, manufacturing, dassault systemes, dassault systèmes, 3d systems, geomagic, 3d scanning

Colour scanning - in this case a canister of ‘squirty cream’ - is now available direct into SolidWorks

Geomagics’ scan-to-SolidWorks powers have been increased as 3D Systems announces new releases for Geomagic for SolidWorks 2019, as well as its 3DXpert software for SolidWorks 14.

A new user interface for Geomagic is only the beginning, with new tools and enhancements aiming to streamline the workflow even further for the modelling process, through new commands for Probe Points, Extract Reference Point and Edit Scan to manipulate multiple scan objects simultaneously.

Colour data capture of scanned objects can now be imported into SolidWorks, providing greater visual clarity for engineers when compared to working with black-and-white images - especially when used for applications like face and body scans as well as long-range scanning for construction and landscape applications.

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