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Nov 26, 14
It's Beginning to Look a lot Like AU
Autodesk University is almost upon us. Mike delivers a new experience in this fun post. Brace yourselves for an auditory assault and belly busting laughter. Is this the most epic Autodesk University blog post ever? Good on you Mike! What a legend [more...]
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Underlay Visibility Issue in Linked Models
NOTE: This is a re-post from the HOK BIM Solutions blog. Sorry its a bit late, playing catch-up! It appears that this problem has been around since Revit 2011 but I have not personally come across it until a few weeks ago. We frequently separate Furniture and Furniture Systems into their own models on certain projects to improve on model performance and general working efficiency. Recently one team member noticed that underlay behavior differe [more...]
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CAFM: The first year Part 3
My last two posts have been reminiscing over my first year in my new role. Upgrading our IWMS, creating new roles, and supporting our lease management team. That took me about halfway through. Maintenance   The first big task for the maintenance module was adding our branches to the system. Our seven corporate buildings have been utilizing the CMMS for years, but our hundreds of branch offices around the country haven't been tracked as formally. I [more...]
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INVESTOR ALERT: Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP Announces the Investigation of Cimatron Ltd. (CIMT) Over the Proposed Sale of the Company to 3D Systems Corporation
Juan E. Monteverde, a partner at Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP, a leading national securities firm headquartered in New York City, is investigating the Board of Directors of Cimatron Ltd [more...]
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A Use for Inventor's Sketch Constraint "Relax" Mode
Try to relax and enjoy the crisis.  Ashleigh Brilliant  Sometimes, it takes the right circumstances to find a good way to use a new feature in Autodesk Inventor. The new Relax mode in Inventor 2015 fell squarely into this bucket. When it first came out, I was frankly a little unsure of the new tool.  It's my nature.  I just find myself wary of any tool that is "too automatic".  I'm just type "A" enough to not like it when too much is done for me.  I cir [more...]
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Mass customization is the real reason for PLM to want MBOM
Data ownership is an interesting topic. Our life is getting more digital every day and we are asking many interesting questions about who owns data about us. Who owns the data about our Facebook profiles, who owns social media data we created and many others. While still there are some gaps in understanding who owns [… [more...]
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Fixing Tinkercad - Passwords are now case-sensitive
Hey Tinkerers, A lot of users are unable to log in to their accounts since the migration to Autodesk 123D and the problem has usually been a matter of Case-Sensitivity. Autodesk log in required you to create a password with at least one capital letter and a number - be sure you remember to copy exactly! [… [more...]
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3D Systems Completes Acquisition of Robtec
ROCK HILL, South Carolina November 25, 2014 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today that it completed the acquisition of Robtec, creating 3D Systems Latin America, headquartered in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Robtec is the largest Latin-American additive manufacturing service bureau and the leading 3D printing and scanning products distributor in the region. 3DS has acquired 70% of the shares of Robtec with the remainder of the shares transferring on the 5th anni [more...]
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Vectorworks 2015 Service Pack 2 Available, Plus Tips for Editing Workspaces and Presenting Projects
Its time to once again highlight some of the best tech tips from our YouTube channel and share recent tech news you may have missed. First, we have released the second Service Pack for the Vectorworks 2015 product line. This Service Pack includes multiple fixes in the following areas: Publish command: Information is no longer [more...]
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Incredible Images Highlight the Unbelievable Interiors of Mechanical Calculators
It's no secret that as we move deeper into digital experiences with our phones, tablets, watches and the like, the human need to connect with more mechanical and manual activities... Read Incredible Images Highlight the Unbelievable Interiors of Mechanical Calculators at SolidSmack [more...]
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Euromold 2014 - CATI's 3D Printing Team is There
The first leg or our trip consisted of a 10+ hour flight to Germany. Luckily, my colleague (Mark Abshire, CATI's new application engineer in our St. Louis office) and I had a chance to sit next to each other on [more...]
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3D Systems to Acquire Cimatron for $97M, Shares Gain
3D Systems Corporation (DDD) recently reported that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire one of the leading CAD/CAM software solutions providers, Cimatron Ltd. (CIMT [more...]
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The World's First Magnetic 3D Printer Filament Launches on Kickstarter
One doesn't normally associate magnets with plastic…unless of course that magnet is embedded somewhere behind the housing. But what if the plastic material itself was magnetic? As they begin unveiling... Read The World's First Magnetic 3D Printer Filament Launches on Kickstarter at SolidSmack [more...]
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USING SECTION VIEW FROM YOUR HEADS-UP TOOLBAR
You can find the Section View in your Heads-up Toolbar. Section View displays a cutaway of a part or assembly using one or more cross section planes or faces, to show the internal construction of the model. What's important here [more...]
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Three Thanksgiving Time Savers in SOLIDWORKS: Inspection
If there's anything I truly appreciate, it's the time-savers I use on a daily basis that allow a little more time for salivating over a family feast. And since I love sharing, I wanted to give you three tips to speed up your inspection project process. Sorry, I'm not very good at sharing the turkey.           Related Stories Goodbye InspectionXpert, Hello SOLIDWORKS Inspection SOLIDWORKS Inspection: Four Favorites in 2015 SOLIDWORKS [more...]
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MakerBot Software | Big Updates in Desktop 3.4
Weve been making good on our promise to continuously improve and update our software, releasing updates to MakerBot PrintShop, MakerBot Desktop, MakerBot Mobile, and our firmware. Today, were continuing that iterative progress with the release of MakerBot Desktop 3.4, which is loaded with important updates and cool new features that will improve your experience with [… [more...]
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Sharing your Rhino license
Just a reminder, a single-user commercial Rhino license is a license for one concurrent user at a time. But yes, we do want you to share your commercial Rhino license when you are not using it as long as it is under your control. The best way to keep control is to put your licenses in the Zoo . Installing and using the Zoo  is very easy ( and free ). Details Besides using the Zoo, here are a few other things that will help protect your licens [more...]
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Fimbulvetr snow shoes, ready for this season
In March we did a  post  on Fimbulvetr snowshoes designed with Rhino (and Grasshopper). We finally met the designers and see those delightful snowshoes up close. We were at our 2014  Rhino meeting  in Spain -- a few days full of outstanding presentations, conferences, and networking. Two of the speakers were the broth ers, Kristian Wenst p  and Fredrik Wenst p ( Pivot Produkt Design ), discussing the crampons, flotation, weights, and easy on-and- [more...]
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Design World: 3D Scanning and Printing Used to Retrofit Lotus 340R
"While some companies are promising an entire car made of 3D-printed parts, C.ideas, a rapid prototyping company, is using 3D scanning and printing technologies to create and manufacture replacement parts for rare vehicles. The company used scanning, software and printing products from 3D Systems to produce more than 40 replacement components for a Lotus 340R, [… [more...]
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4 Reasons We Give Thanks for 3D Printing
Printing is a technology of expression. It has been since the time of Gutenberg, and nothing has changed since weve added a third dimension. Well some things have changed. Here are a handful of the innovations we celebrate this holiday season: Extended access and growing digital literac [more...]
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Interview with Hungarian Reseller, Imre Szucs
Imre Szucs is known by many names around the Solid Edge universe, but everyone knows him as an inexhaustable fountain of ideas and knowledge. I've met him at a couple of Solid Edge Universities, and he's as animated in person as he is in the forum.   As a Solid Edge reseller Application Engineer, his generosity with his time and knowledge are boundless. Here in this interview, you can get a little insight into what makes a guy like this tick [more...]
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Visual Effects Society Honors Ridley Scott with Award
Today, the Visual Effects Society (VES) announced director-producer Ridley Scott as the recipient of the VES Lifetime Achievement Award. The award, which will be presented at the 13th Annual VES Awards in early 2015, is given to individuals who have amassed "an outstanding body of work that has significantly contributed to the art and/or science of the visual effects industry." The roster of past recipients of the award is a who's who of FX filmmaking, and [more...]
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The Black Friday / Cyber Monday 2014 Sales List
  Here's our current running list of holiday sales * PLEASE NOTE SALE DATES ON EACH OFFER * Jump to Offers From: Boris FX CoreMelt Divergent Media Film Convert FXHOME Imagineer Systems INSYDIUM (X-Particles) iZotope Laubwerk LightMap LookLabs mettle NAVIE NewBlueFX Next Limit proDAD Rampant Design SONY [more...]
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Autodesk University 2014 Blogger and Social Meetup Invites and News
If you have signed up to get an invitation to the Autodesk University 2014 Blogger and Social Meetup, you should be receiving your emailed invitation today. A few may receive an email explaining due to limited space they did not get an invite but on how you can get into the event by joining the #AU2014Scavenger Hunt. Every AU attendee will receive with their AU badge instructions on how to participate in the #AU2014Scavenger Hunt and get access to the [more...]
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This Compass Design Sketches Your Digital Files Onto Paper
After years of humans figuring out ways of getting analog sketches into a digital platform, design engineer Ken Nakagaki is reversing that notion and wants us to put our digital... Read This Compass Design Sketches Your Digital Files Onto Paper at SolidSmack [more...]
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Inspiration: Who the F*** is El Solitario?
If you read about design and the figureheads in todays industry, youll probably come up with a list that can be counted on one hand (assuming youve not lost your pinky in a bar fight). Apples Jony Ive, Dieter Rams from Braun, Yves Behar, Marc Newson, etc. etc. etc. You know the score. But what connects these folks is that. while their work (or more accurately that of their teams) is similar, follows todays design cues and customers requirements. Its [more...]
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Chrysler Wants You to Experience Your Car Being Manufactured in Virtual Reality
While virtual reality applications are a dime a dozen these days, we're still yet to see any sort of a mainstream adoption of the virtual reality headsets themselves…at least at... Read Chrysler Wants You to Experience Your Car Being Manufactured in Virtual Reality at SolidSmack [more...]
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Storage is the key to next generation energy
Written by Catherine Bolgar* The linchpin in making sustainable energy mainstream is power storage. Renewable energy sources cant overtake carbon-based energy without good storage of energy for when the sun isnt shining or the wind isnt blowing. Electric vehicles wont outsell gas vehicles until they have more autonomy and faster charging. Batteries have become longer-lived, [… [more...]
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SolidSmack Radio | The Road to Autodesk University 2014
This week's Spotify-powered SolidSmack Radio Playlist brings an entirely new playlist of face-melting great music to help propel you through those laborious, tedious design tasks for the next few days.... Read SolidSmack Radio | The Road to Autodesk University 2014 at SolidSmack [more...]
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My Iso BOM is combining different size pipe in one row!
When creating Isometric drawings in AutoCAD Plant 3D, you may have occasionally noticed something frustrating with the Bill of Materials (BOM). The BOM may show various size pipe on a single row and combines the total quantities of the different [more...]
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MakerBot | Our Greatest 3D Printed Hits, Now on Amazon
Until today, the only way to get your hands on an intricate 3D printed design from MakerBot was to either print one on a MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer, or to visit one of our MakerBot Retail Stores. But we wanted to find another way for everyone, regardless of where you live or if you have [… [more...]
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New Life for the World's Longest Fence with PTC Solutions
In this article, were going to talk about a British device manufacturer and how its R&D team uses PTC products to enhance innovation. But first lets talk about the problem with dingoes. Dingoes are large, wild dogs introduced into Australia from Asia and India thousands of years ago. And while the predator keeps populations of [… [more...]
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Machine Learning Kicks into Higher Gear at SC14
Last week, when I landed in New Orleans heading to the SC14 Supercomputing conference, my phones Google Now application told me about the local weather, and I searched for a good restaurant using voice commands in the taxi coming in. Given where I was headed, it felt appropriate that these were running on some of Read Mor [more...]
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Cimatron to Showcase Advanced, New Mold Design Capabilities at Euromold
Cimatron Limited (CIMT) today announced that CimatronE 12, the latest version of its integrated CAD/CAM software, will be demonstrated at the Euromold trade show, Frankfurt/Main, Germany, from November 25-28, 2014. "We are very proud that many of the leading mold makers in Germany have selected CimatronE to support their design and manufacturing process," said Mr. Dirk Dombert, Cimatron's General Manager for Germany [more...]
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Publishing Geometry Gym Samples to GitHub
I've been asked many times about a manual for the Geometry Gym plugins, particularly Grasshopper to Revit.  I've hesitated a few times.  The plugins are still evolving fairly rapidly and I've been reluctant to spend time on something that might quickly be irrelevant. I also find this post by David quite relevant.  And there's also the question about what format help documentation should be in and how it could be contributed to by a wider user group. My o [more...]
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Goldie Leads Engineering Girls in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Engineering girls love to create things, design things, make things, and have fun. Girls of all ages will be watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and see a new engineering role model, … Continued Author information Marie Planchard Director of Education Community, SolidWorks at Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corporation Marie Planchard is Director of the Education Community, SolidWorks. She is responsible for global developmen [more...]
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How to set Inventor model appearance (permanently)?
See Answer to the tip 10109: (Inventor2015) this is only a preview of a tip - for all CAD tips, block libraries and discussion visit www.cadforum.c [more...]
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SOLIDWORKS World 2015 Top Ten List is going strong
There have been many user submissions to the SOLIDWORKS World 2015 Top Ten List this year, mentioned a couple months ago! There is still plenty of time to submit your … Continued Author information Matt Lorono Product Definition Manager at SolidWorks Dassault Systemes Appling two decades of engineering field experience to improve and create new SolidWorks products Twitte [more...]
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Taking Back Architect
BUILD shares thoughts and recommendations on the proper use of the term "Architect [more...]
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Is 3D printing a green technology?
3D printing is a green technology, right? Here Jeremy Pullin reveals that not all processes are as environmentally friendly as they claim to be when compared to conventional manufacturing Discussion forums such as LinkedIn are awash with people arguing the merits of 3D printing / additive manufacturing (AM) over conventional manufacturing. One of the areas in which great benefits are claimed for AM is the promoted perception that it is a more environme [more...]
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Fujitsu Forum 2014: supporting 16 CAD users with a single workstation and HPC for SMEs
The Fujitsu virtual Vespa From desktops and clusters to virtualisation and Vespas, the show floor at last weeks Fujitsu Forum in Munich offered plenty for design and engineering firms to sink their teeth into. In particular, there were some interesting new developments for Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) with a desktop workstation that can deliver 3D CAD to up to 16 users via thin clients and a High Performance Computing (HPC) appliance designed to [more...]
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The 2015 Autodesk Cloud Accelerator
Autodesks Cloud Platforms team is running an interesting incubator program to encourage software developers to create applications that leverage Autodesks PaaS layer. (This currently includes the View & Data, AutoCAD I/O, Autodesk Fusion 360, Autodesk BIM 360 and Autodesk ReCap [more...]
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Tech Soft 3D releases HOOPS Communicator 2015
Newest version of toolkit for cloud-based 3D applications features extensive customization options and boosted format and platform suppor [more...]
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List of Expiration Dates for Free Technology Previews on Autodesk Labs
I blog about this every once in a while. Most technology previews are like milk cartons. They have expiration dates on them. When a technology preview expires, the technology preview no longer operates. A preview has a time bomb in [more...]
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Customer input "part of the process" at Gerber Technology
To ensure its customers are "part of the process" when it comes to developing its CAD and PLM solutions, Gerber Technology's annual Ideation event gives them a platform to help set the agenda for future products. This year, faster development, improved workflow and better visibility were among the challenges up for discussion [more...]
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3 Quick HSMWorks Tips (REV-1)
A few HSMWorks tips that might make you CAM life even easie [more...]
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Hotfix for Inventor 2015 Service Pack 1 Update 1
This hotfix addresses an issue where there are no view lines in DWF files for drawings created through a batch process such as on a Vault job processor after the Update 1 is installed. Please, read the Readme file for the Installation Instructions [more...]
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Hotfix for Inventor 2014 Service Pack 2 Update 3
This hotfix addresses an issue where there are no view lines in DWF files for drawings created through a batch process such as on a Vault job processor after the Update 3 is installed. Please, read the Readme file for the Installation Instructions [more...]
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Robot Structural Analysis and Mac App Tabbing
Let's look at these two little issues today: Adapting Robot Structural Analysis Tabbing between applications on Mac Adapting Robot Structural Analysis Question: I installed the Revit SDK and am looking at customising Revit Structure and Robot for my needs. I [more...]
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BOA82 How to Run a Great Design Business: Interview With Kimberley Seldon of Business of Design
Discover how to start an alternative, sustainably focused architecture firm in this interview with architect Scott Larrick. Go here BOA82 How to Run a Great Design Business: Interview With Kimberley Seldon of Business of Design to read this post on Business of Architectur [more...]
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Filter Forge 4.012 - Bugs Fixed
Alexandria, VA, USA (November 25, 2014) - Filter Forge, Inc. today released the minor update 4.012 to Filter Forge 4.0, a popular Photoshop plugin that allows users to create their own filters. The current update introduces several bug fixes and a minor improvement in parameter randomizer [more...]
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The Edge: Matthew Gaul - Sitting on the dock of the BAYA
All for one and one for Architecture: Bay Area Young Architects join forces and provide opportunities to the next generation of leaders. We interviewed Matthew Gaul, young Architect and Communication Chairs for BAYA (Bay Area Young Architects).             Related Stories The Edge: PKSB Architects, a view from the top. The Edge: Dean Yama The Edge: Ryan Thewes - Organic Architecture [more...]
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Delcam strengthens AMS marketing team with new Business Development Manager
Delcam has strengthened the marketing team for its Advanced Manufacturing Solutions CADCAM software with the appointment of James Slater as Business Development Manager [more...]
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VisualARQ 1.8.3 available
VisualARQ 1.8.3 is now available for download. Owners of VisualARQ are encouraged to download and install VisualARQ 1.8.3. This is a free service release for all VisualARQ users. Download it! If you are a VisualARQ user, download [more...]
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