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TodayThe Analysis Tools Sanity Check
Lets call it a sanity check. Sometimes you need to prove to yourself, or possibly your boss, that your analysis tools are calculating results correctly. Maybe youre reviewing the results and something doesnt look quite right. There are plenty of scenarios where you may be called upon to use hand calculations to back up what […] The post The Analysis Tools Sanity Check appeared first on 3DVision Blog [more...
TodayThe programming language to hack next PLM system
Have you heard about hackathons? According to wikipedia, hackathon or "hack days" is an event where software engineers including designers, project managers and everyone else collaborate actively on a project. It is also a term that used for more organized innovative effort. Hackaton organizations goes back to roots of open [more...
TodayInspiration: Architecture Meets Art at Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University
Is that a modern-day bus station in a Van Gogh painting? Students at Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences Landscape Information Center utilized the CameraMatch plug-in for Vectorworks software packages, and their imaginations, to insert a typical bus stop into an environment of their choice. As part of a CAD internship under the guidance of Lecturer […] The post Inspiration: Architecture Meets Art at Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University [more...
TodaySEU15 Early Bird 1 Deadline Today
I want to see all of you in Cincinnati this year, and you'll have extra beer money if you save on the registration. Today is the last day for the Early Bird 1 savings. You want to be at SEU, and this is money worth keeping in your pocket, so go ahead and register today . You can even combine the Early Bird special with the 3 for the price of 2 special to save even more. Solid Edge University is the biggest thing you as a Solid Edge user can do for y [more...
TodayHow to Optimize Designs for 3D Printing with PTC Creo
With 3D printing (or more correctly, additive manufacturing), product developers have new options for prototyping, tooling, sourcing, and even producing parts. But with all these new options come new requirements for modeling. As engineers design products that will be manufactured via 3D printing, they need to know whether the model will survive the printing process [… [more...
TodayNew book: Advanced Numerical Simulation Methods
Advanced Numerical Simulation Methods: From CAD Data Directly to Simulation Results Author: Gernot Beer This book is about changing the paradigm of numerical simulation. Until now simulation required the generation of a mesh and this has meant a major effort and also a source of errors. In many cases an accurate description of the problem geometry is available as Computer Aided Design (CAD) data. This book will show how the generation of [more...
TodayJigsawify.com: Creating custom jigsaw puzzles using AutoCAD I/O
After the last post, where we looked at the first couple of architecture iterations for Jigsawify.com, its time to summarise (and perhaps even wrap-up) this series Here are the posts so far: Puzzling over laser cutters AutoCAD I/O and custom applications Finishing up our laser-cut jigsaw project Running custom .NET [more...
TodayGoing backwards to move forwards
When New Zealand-based 3D Hub was asked to convert HVAC units for modified US trucks, reverse engineering was the best plan of attack What does it take to squeeze a left-hand heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) unit into the right-hand interior of a US-manufactured Chevrolet or GMC truck? The people to ask are the team at New Zealand-based product development company 3D Hub , because they recently solved this puzzle themselves, using a clev [more...
TodayDCS announce 3DCS Version 7.3.2 for CATIA V5 and 3DEXPERIENCE Platform
Dimensional Control Systems, Inc. (DCS) is releasing version 22.214.171.124 of 3DCS Variation Analyst with all new features. 3DCS Variation Analyst is an advanced variation analysis software to create virtual prototypes of products, testing their designs and manufacturing processes in a virtual environment in order to find build issues and non-conformance. Integrated in CATIA V5-6, as well as standalone, 3DCS Variation Analyst Version 126.96.36.199 [more...
TodaySyd Mead to Receive VES Visionary Award
The Visual Effects Society (VES) has announced that visual futurist and concept artist Syd Mead will be the next recipient of its Visionary Award, in recognition of his contributions to visual arts and filmed entertainment. The honor will be presented to Mead at the 14th Annual VES Awards on February 2, 2016, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel [more...
TodayAutoCAD 2016 XREFOVERRIDE
Here is a very handy change to AutoCAD 2016 made after customers requested the functionality to change properties of Layers in an AutoCAD XREF. When the AutoCAD System Variable XREFOVERRIDE is set to 1, you can change the Color, Linetype, Linewidth, Transparency and Plot Style of objects in the XREF drawing or nested blocks by changing its original layer property in layer palette, in spite of the legacy ByBlock rule. Thanks to AutoCAD team member Tao Zheng [more...
TodayFlying with Jayhawks
Did some work in Lawrence Kansas this week and took these two photos while doing some approved research at the University of Kansas home of the Jay Hawks [more...
TodayInventor Sheet Metal: Adding Folds
Mike continues his "Deep Dive" into Inventor Sheet Metal by looking at Inventor Folds. Folds are a method to take an existing model and bend it without adding any materia [more...
YesterdayDynamic Blocks in AutoCAD Title Blocks
Dynamic blocks have so many uses in AutoCAD based drawings it is hard to count all the possibilities. In this article I would like to demonstrate how a dynamic block can solve a revision table problem. In the title block shown below there are a limited number of revision lines. Often during the drawing revision history more than six revisions will be made. When the seventh revision rolls around you have two choices, add a revision line to the top of the ta [more...
YesterdayIntel Bets Heavily on Integrated Iris Pro Graphics with Xeon E3-1200 V4
Last month, at Computex in Taipei, Taiwan, Intel gave attendees a peek at its upcoming processors, including the new Xeon E3-1200 V4 family for the professional market. As he presented the new lineup in a keynote, Kirk Skaugen, senior VP and GM of the client computing division, hailed Intel Xeon products as "processors that power [more...
YesterdayPLM and Spreadsheetware
The debates about PLM and Excel are heating up. The discussion started in earlier blog posts by Lionel Grealou and Jos Voskuil. In addition to that you can read some of my posts from last week related to PLM and Excel - PLM: Need for speed and PLM vs. Spreadsheets: Bullfight and Prohibition. PI'm glad [more...
YesterdayAugmented Reality in AEC
While the concept of virtual reality is now very familiar to most technology professionals and its use commonplace in many industries including AEC, there is another concept that is slowly emerging and gaining ground in technologythat of augmented reality (AR) which augments physical reality with additional relevant content instead of replacing it altogether. This article … Continue reading [more...
YesterdayWindows 10 Support
Autodesk has posted this Autodesk Knowledge Network article regarding Microsoft Windows 10 support. As of now, no products are officially supported. Versions from 2012 and earlier are no longer officially supported at all, so the article does not apply to them. They indicate that the article will be updated with additional information on Windows 10 compatibility as it is available, so check that article periodically [more...
YesterdayLive AutoCAD Tips and Tricks session via Periscope
Join me at 10:00 PDT Monday, August 3 for a free (live) AutoCAD Tips and Tricks session. This session will be transmitted via Periscope - a live streaming video app for iOS and Android (recently acquired by Twitter). If you're [more...
YesterdayRevit 2016: Extensions Released
Revit Subscribers may now download the following extensions for the 2016 release from the Autodesk Exchange : Revit DB Link 2016 Batch Print 2016 Model Review 2016 eTransmit 2016 Version 188.8.131.52 of the IFC 2016 extension was also released today [more...
Yesterday4 Things to Think About to Help You Work Faster with CAD Models
Im not an engineer, but Im surrounded by them at work and at home. Ive even been accused of thinking like onewhich knowing the context of when it was said, I take as a compliment. So, with all this immersion into the ways and minds of engineers, I cant say I surprised when I hear a talented engineer say something like, "I've been using your software for years. I don't need any training. I already know all that I need to know." Oh, really. I bet you [more...
YesterdayCommunity Challenge: Penguin Movie Posters!
August's Community Challenge is a continuation of the great work you guys did for #penguinalbumcovers - take your favorite and most iconic movie posters of all time and rework them in Tinkercad! I kicked off the #Penguinmovieposter gallery with the 1986 movie, The Fly - arguably better than the original. There are a few Shape Generators [… [more...
Yesterday3D Printing at the VA Innovation Creation Series
Yesterday marked the grand finale for the 2015 Veterans Affairs Innovation Creation Series . We were proud to sponsor the two-day Make-A-Thon and help participants realize their efforts through the contribution of Cube 3D printers and 3D printing expertise, as well as mentorship and final judging of the participants work. The following recap was provided by Andy Miller, our Medical Devices Manger, who was in Richmond to assist and evaluate teams [more...
YesterdayFeature recognition algorithm at heart of new Polygonica release
New feature recognition is claimed to regenerate original surface information The upcoming release of Polygonica from MachineWorks will include functionality for automatic feature recognition on polygonal solids. With many CAD models in use having lost their original surface data when the CAD output is tessellated into a mesh, the problem is that many processes subsequent to mesh conversion require the surface data that has been lost. Polygonica h [more...
YesterdayDelcam PowerMill 2016 gets 'mirroring' function for symmetrical parts and tooling
Parts can now be mirrored in PowerMill 2016 The 2016 version of Delcam PowerMill CAM for five-axis and high-speed machining is set to come with the ability to mirror complete machining projects in one operation and automatically maintain the machining characteristics. This new feature should allow users to choose automatically whether climb or conventional milling should be used in each section of the toolpath, where previously, only individual toolpa [more...
YesterdaySOLIDWORKS Costing an in-depth Review Part 7 - Weldments
In this section, we're going to cover how costing handles SOLIDWORKS Weldments. As mentioned previously, Weldments include multi-body and single body structural members. Just like any other type of design, whenever you change any of it, you can see the [more...
YesterdaySolidProfessor in Design News: Just-in-Time Training Helps Designers Cope with Rapid Software Changes
by Al Bredenberg, Contributing Writer 7/30/2015 Designers today are constantly acquiring updated software tools to keep up with fast-moving product development. In turn, software developers are continuously pushing out new and more powerful versions of their solutions. Caught in this upward spiral, a designer might find that the CAD […] The post SolidProfessor in Design News: Just-in-Time Training Helps Designers Cope with Rapid Software Changes appe [more...
YesterdayHow to hand off a project without infuriating the next engineer
Handing off a project to another engineer can be daunting. Aside from the personal attachment (the project is your baby), it can be difficult to articulate where the project has been, and where it needs to go. My background is in design engineering for the retail fixture industry, so I have worked for companies that are project based, not product based. Challenges Handing off a project to another engineer can be daunting. Aside from the personal attachment [more...
YesterdayWhat sets a Professional 3D Printer Apart From a Hobby 3D Printer?
There is no question that 3D printing has been gaining enormous amounts of traction in pop culture and the mainstream media. According to a recent Wohlers Report on 3D printing revenue growth, 3D... Do you want to know how to create sections in 3D? How about forgotten sketch techniques? Visit my Blog and learn these and more valuable SolidWorks Tech Tips [more...