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Geometric Modeling by Nikolay Golovanov
Book review by Ralph Grabowski This isn't the usual kind of CAD book. It won't tutor you on how to design 3D models or draw in 2D. No, it explains the underlaying mathematics that makes 3D CAD software possible. And [more...]
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PTC Charges into the Cloud with SaaS PLM
In early 2006, PTC tested the SaaS waters with Windchill ProjectLink and Windchill PDMLink as on-demand solutions, hosted on IBM hardware. The conclusion was that market demand was lukewarm at best. So the company left the on-demand segment primarily in the care of partners like NetIDEAS. Last year, however, PTC must have looked around and [more...]
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RAM Structural System V81 Release 14.07 New Features and Enhancements
Several significant enhancements and features have been implemented in RAM Structural System V8 i SELECTseries 7 Release 14.07. This version is scheduled for release Q1 2015.     Manage License Restrictions Bentley's Open Access licensing scheme does not prevent the use of any program modules for which a license has not been purchased. Use of such modules is permitted, but will result in a quarterly usage fee. To prevent the inadve [more...]
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The SolidSmack Weekend Reader | Week 05.15
Don your favorite bath robe, cream that coffee and get comfortable with this weekend's SolidSmack Weekend Reader. This week we saw everything from a DIY Scanning Tunneling Microscope (STM) for... Read The SolidSmack Weekend Reader | Week 05.15 at SolidSmack [more...]
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The role of product lifecycle in open software hardware
We live in the era of changes. Think about the impact open source software (OSS) made on the software industry for the last 10-15 years. Many things we are using on daily basis today became enabled by open source software. Now, take a deep breath. The story of open source will repeat again, but with hardware. [… [more...]
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Rotating Mesh Region SOLIDWORKS FLOW SIMULATION
The SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation team has added powerful new functionality to their arsenal, Rotating Mesh Regions. Rotating mesh regions or "sliding mesh regions" allow the user to rotate geometry in the model and drive the fluid of the system. If you are designing any device that utilizes, impellers, propellers, or other rotational apparatus Flow Simulation […] The post Rotating Mesh Region SOLIDWORKS FLOW SIMULATION appeared first on 3DVision Blog [more...]
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A Little Super bowl Fun!
For those of you who know me...you know I LOVE football! I grew up going to Rams games with my Dad (when they were based in LA) and I was all about being his little football buddy. For the last [more...]
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Friday Smackdown: Red Pepper Whispers
The crushing smell of red pepper flakes pushed our heads against the grass and the leaves into the air. When we saw them, we knew they were not ordinary ditch... Read Friday Smackdown: Red Pepper Whispers at SolidSmack [more...]
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Planned downtime for Collaboration for Revit
Due to a security update to Collaboration for Revit, there will be a planned downtime nn Friday, January 30th beginning at 5pm PST when the A360 Collaboration for Revit (C4R) service will be updated to version 3. For more information [more...]
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Dutch Startup Printr Wants to Liberate Digital Fabrication into the Cloud
Like most other things these days, digital fabrication is disconnecting from your computer and leaving it for the Cloud. The concept of it is fairly simple: connect a dongle to... Read Dutch Startup Printr Wants to Liberate Digital Fabrication into the Cloud at SolidSmack [more...]
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Virtual Classroom Featured LEARNing for the week of Feb 9-13
Don't miss these virtual classroom courses for RAM and STAAD. You'll work with practical, hands-on exercises and real-world datasets while interacting live with Bentley experts.   Visit Bentley's LEARNing events listing  for course details and registration or to see more of what's upcoming in the weeks ahead. Modeling Steel Buildings Blended Learning 09 February 2015 - 11:30 AM EST (United States) Instructor: Ann Marie Garko-Hill In t [more...]
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Here's the story of a man named Brady...
Autodesk is 33 years old today. AutoCAD was our first product. Read Shaan's Blog Post. One of the first architects on TV was Mike Brady on The Brady Bunch. Since then there have been many other architects on TV. In [more...]
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High Rollers FIRST Robotics Team Wins on All Levels
Eric Stensrud, physics teacher,FIRST Robotics Team 987, Cimarron-Memorial High School's Career and Technical Academy, Robotics advisor, sent me photos this week of his team, the High Rollers. FRC Team 987 has been … 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 responsibl [more...]
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Vectorworks Tip #208 - Site Modeling - 2D Polys to 3D Contours
If you have a set of 2D polygons that represent contours, you can use the command 2D Polys to 3D Contours from the Landmark or AEC menu. This command will take your set of 2D polygons and convert them into 3D polygons at the appropriate heights. Then you can use these polygons to create your site model. Use this command with polygons that have regular elevation spacings. the leader in Vectorworks training: http://learn.archoncad.co [more...]
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Expert Interview with Chris McAndrew on Innovations in CAD
We asked Chris McAndrew what innovations he's most excited about today in the world of CAD. "The explosion of cloud computing and user interfaces are on the cusp of breaking the CAD world into a new time," replied the owner and editor of 3DEngr.com. And it's a good thing, too. CAD is ripe for change [… [more...]
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Fields and Sheet Set Manager
Here is a short video showing how to use fields to show sheet numbers in an mtext object. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6ubQqgm8O [more...]
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CES 2015: Through the Eyes of a SIGGRAPH Veteran
By Jacquelyn Ford Morie, ACM SIGGRAPH Director-at-Large My first CES (Consumer Electronics Show) just happened in January 2015 in Las Vegas, NV. How could I have waited so long to actually attend one of these mythical events? I thought it would be much like the heady heydays of SIGGRAPH itself, though my mind knew that 47,000 attendees (SIGGRAPH's max in 1997) might pale in comparison to the expected 160,000 people who would descend on Las Vegas for a week [more...]
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Going Old-School: Learn How to Render with Pastels in New Scott Robertson Video
Last time we checked in with master design sketcher (and even-better sketching instructor) Scott Robertson, he was releasing his second interactive design tutorial book How to Render. The book, which... Read Going Old-School: Learn How to Render with Pastels in New Scott Robertson Video at SolidSmack [more...]
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Car digital rendering tutorial
A video tutorial by designer Artem Smirnov, who shows how to render a car drawing in Photoshop. Narrated in Russian, with English subtitles [more...]
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The Interview: Conversations on Generative Design through Gaming Environments with Jose Sanchez @ ACADIA 2014
Priceless and revolutionary information on Gaming, 3Dprinting and the Future of Design. Enjoy The Interview.             Related Stories Specials and New Releases - December 15, 2014 Conversations on 3D Printing and Architectural Design Review of Vectorworks 2015 [more...]
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Thingiverse Launches 'Groups' Feature for More Social 3D Printing
As MakerBot announced that they were unrolling new features and products into their expanding ecosystem during CES 2015, one of the biggest gaping holes in their platform was making the... Read Thingiverse Launches 'Groups' Feature for More Social 3D Printing at SolidSmack [more...]
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Solidworks Tutorial: How to Use Rigid and Flexible Assemblies
One of the great things about SolidWorks is how easy it is to navigate through the assembly tree when working with an assembly containing multiple parts or subassemblies. Often times, youll find yourself in a situation where a top-level assembly consists of a set of parts and one or more subassemblies. In this case, youll notice that the general shape and mates of your subassembly will be in the same configuration as youve most saved them. Youll also [more...]
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Follow our friends!
With the launch of Collaboration for Revit, we thought it would be a good chance to let everyone who follows the Clinic know that the A360 team has their own blog where they lay out and discuss issues and features [more...]
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There Is Now a Video Game Centered around Assembling IKEA Furniture
For some (college students?) it's a necessity, for others (psychopaths?) it's a hobby. Assembling flat-packed IKEA furniture really isn't as bad as many make it out to be, but it's... Read There Is Now a Video Game Centered around Assembling IKEA Furniture at SolidSmack [more...]
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Aras Touts Visual Collaboration for Latest Aras Innovator Release
Aras Innovator 11 delivers visual collaboration, adding discussion threads with embedded viewables and markups intended to make cross-functional communication easier [more...]
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Receptacle Family Example
This article comes from my Revit Basics Blog which I have decided to shut down.  Electrical construction documents depend upon the use of symbolic representations of devices in plan view. The symbolic representation on a receptacle, for example is larger than the actual 3 dimensional modeled receptacle used for elevations and interference detection. It has to be to effectively convey the receptacle type and still be readable at an 1/8th scale. Becaus [more...]
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Things You (Maybe) Need: The 2,996-Piece Lego SHIELD Helicarrier
For those who enjoy the brain activity of assembling thousand-plus part models in SolidWorks, this new 'desk toy' just might be right up your alley. Set to be unveiled at... Read Things You (Maybe) Need: The 2,996-Piece Lego SHIELD Helicarrier at SolidSmack [more...]
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Autodesk's 33 Year Anniversary
On this day January 30th, 1982, 33 years ago a small group of people held an initial meeting in Marin County California to organize what became Autodesk. They risked it all including all the money they could scrape together and it paid off for millions of people from employees, customers, partners, and investors. 33 years have passed or: 396.0 months 1,721.8 weeks 12,053.0 days 289,272.6 hours 17,356,358.1 minutes 1,041,381,488 seconds A sincere thank you [more...]
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Sneak Peek: Next Limit RealFlow 2015 Spline Curves
RealFlow users now have the option to import splines with a a Python script inside RealFlow. Splines Curves will also include Spline tools, enhanced dSpline daemon and emitters. A few days ago we also put up Sneak Peek: RealFlow 2015 Alpha Test [via Toolfarm.com [more...]
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Curtain Wall Tool Enables Dynamic Design
Ilianna H. Kwaske, Ph.D., Managing Principal, Office Ron Kwaske, Architect Since our last update, Office Ron Kwaske, Architect has continued to discover and make tremendous use of Vectorworks 2015. One tool that excites us right now is the Curtain Wall tool, which treats the curtain wall as a wall-type. Before this tool's existence, we created [more...]
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Optimize your SOLIDWORKS Training After the Class is Complete
Let's look at a few scenarios where you have taken a SOLIDWORKS training course and now you head back to your work. Scenario 1: You have taken training and your company is still in the middle of... 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...]
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Real World Dynamo Uses by CASE Inc.
Dynamo is here and it is not going anywhere. I am constantly asked what the difference is between Grasshopper and Revit (and why so many students are using Grasshopper). Well, it's comparing apples and oranges! Then Dynamo hit the streets. At first, that made my answer to the aforementioned question more difficult. Well, William Wong, over at CASE, beautifully spelled out the differences in a recent article. If you're reading this post then I have a feelin [more...]
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2015 - The International Year of Light
Personally, I think every year should be the year of light, because without it, all film, TV and theatre would be radio. Rock on Light Designers! On 20 December 2013, The United Nations (UN) General Assembly 68th Session proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015). This International Year has [… [more...]
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Did You Know? Standard Hardware and Fasteners in PTC Creo
In the most recent release of PTC Creo Parametric, an expanded library of fasteners and parts now comes standard with the software. Just click Tools > Intelligent Fastener > Screw and then click a datum point, an axis, or a hole on your model where you want to add the connector. Then follow these steps: [… [more...]
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The Rock Boat 2015 was once again music to my ears
For the past four years, my wife, Sheryl, and I took a cruise on The Rock Boat with my college roommate, Tim, and his wife Marie. The Rock Boat is hosted by a band called Sister Hazel that has five [more...]
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Freebie: Underground Metro/Train Station from The Pixel Lab
Click Here for More Information and to Access the Free Download! [via Toolfarm.com [more...]
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Mike Buchli on Using Conceptual Design in the Cloud
Karl W. Schmidt & Associates, Inc. supplies state-of-the-art recycling systems and equipment to companies in more than 35 countries. With a focus on innovation, Karl Schmidt Associates helps its customers … Continued Author information Kristen Wilson Senior Manager Brand Offer Marketing, SolidWorks at Dassault Systemes Senior Brand Offer Marketing Manager, Dassault Systemes SolidWorks. PR flack turned marketer, tech geek and footba [more...]
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Interview with Sean Webb, GreenpowerUSA Team Mechanic
Sean Webb is an intern at Solid Edge who reports to Laura Watson. His job is to help build the GreenpowerUSA initiative. Greenpower is a program for school-age kids to participate in the design, build, and competition of small electric powered cars. This competition started in the UK, but GreenpowerUSA is coming to American kids    What is Greenpower?   Greenpower is a challenge that gets students involved in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineeri [more...]
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Freebie: User Normal Translator plug-in for Autodesk Softimage
Time consuming and difficult editing of User Normals can now be done much faster with much mor precision using this tool.  This plug-in works in Softimage 2012 and up.  Watch the vdieo below to learn what user normals are and what this tool can do. User Normal Translator can: Add a vector to the Normal Multiply the Vertex Normal by values Spherize the Normals Smooth the Normals Translate Normals and Vertex Colors User Normal Translator w [more...]
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Using NFC to launch your Google Cardboard app
When I first got my Google Cardboard toolkit in my case the DODOcase VR Toolkit V1 I was fascinated by the NFC tag that came with it. I hadnt really played with NFC, prior to that, and only [more...]
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Interview with me on Cadalyst's blog CAD speed
Heres an interview with me on Cadalysts blog CAD speed. Jimmy Bergmark of JTB World has decades of experience in the AutoCAD industry. Thats why he started his own business to help fellow CAD users. He agreed to share his experience in that industry with readers in this interview. Read the rest here [more...]
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BOXX Introduces Mobile Workstation, GoBOXX 15 SLM
AUSTIN, TX BOXX Technologies has introduced the latest version of tits popular GoBOXX 15 SLM mobile workstation featuring a 15-inch, IPS display panel, high-performance 2.8/4.0GHz Turbo Boost option, and full-HD or high-resolution ultra-HD resolution screen.  Designed for creative professionals in media and entertainment, architecture, engineering, and other fields, the compact GoBOXX 15 SLM supports professional workflows with true workstation perform [more...]
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Having fun with Unity and PlayMaker
While I normally post on architectural CAD, BIM and visualisation, this post will show you a more playful endeavour: making a small Game. Udemy Learning Platform I've started migrating my tutorial videos to the Udemy platform instead of Youtube playlists, as they allow a more structured and focused learning experience. Whenever you engage in a course, you have access to it forever. They also have mobile clients, so you can watch on your iPad and w [more...]
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Update: Pixologic™ ZBrush® 4R7 is Now Available!
Signature features in ZBrush 4R7 include: ArrayMesh, NanoMesh and ZModeler with QMesh. All of these features are useful throughout the creative process, from initial creation of your model to beautifying your artwork. They allow you to stay within ZBrush for more of your workflow, doing things that were either impractical or even outright impossible to accomplish before now. Beyond its feature set, the core of ZBrush is being reworked and ZBrush 4R7 will [more...]
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Freebie: NewBlueFX Skin Touchup
We have a Toolfarm exclusive, limited time FREE plug-in giveway for NewBlueFX Touchup, worth $49! Soften wrinkles and remove blemishes without retouching an entire image with NewBlueFX Skin Touchup! We have just 100 serial numbers to give away so you'll want to jump on this one! Click here to get your free download of NewBlueFX Skin Touchup. FREE with a Toolfarm Account! Just log in, and use coupon code TOUCHUPFREEBIE at checkout! [via Toolfarm.com [more...]
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Review: iZotope RX4 & RX4 Advanced
The Video Guys "This working audio pro puts these plugins through their paces. Just over a year ago, I had the opportunity to review iZotope RX 3 for postPerspective. So when I was offered the chance to test the latest version of the plug-ins, the RX 4 and RX 4 Advanced , I jumped at the chance. Before you dig into this newest review, I encourage anyone who is not familiar with iZotope's RX series to read my previous review advanced to get up to speed." [more...]
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Freebie: OLM Digital R&D Tools
With the OLM Open Tools project, we release for free some tools (plug-ins for Autodesk Maya, Adobe After Effects...) we developed at OLM Digital R&D. The tools we release are all production proven. They have been use in live action movies, TV series and cartoon animation. They can improve production efficiency and may open new creative horizons. We are looking forward to see our work contributing to artistic production all over the world. Here is but a ta [more...]
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Autodesk Nastran In-CAD: Interface and Features
Autodesk now offers a Nastran Solver, and equally important, a Nastran front end in Autodesk Inventor. If you were wondering what's included with Nastran In-CAD and how it works, this series of articles is for you [more...]
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End Of Support Announcement for Old Versions of CAD Software
Sydney, Australia 30 January 2015 - With the opening of year 2015, CADDIT announces the scheduled end, on  1 April 2015,  for basic licensing and installation support for the following products: progeCAD 2011 and older, including USB and Network Versions Alibre Design 2011 , Alibre Design 2011 and all older versions. Users of these products are strongly encouraged to upgrade. For convenience, upgrade orders can be placed online at the CADDIT website [more...]
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Delcam adds speed and flexibility to $149 ArtCAM Express
Delcam has added more powerful tools for the editing of vectors to its ArtCAM Express program and made the software capable of creating more complex 3D designs [more...]
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Top 5 Simulation Issues NX CAE Addresses
Simulation is critical to product development, and more companies are starting to sit up and take notice. You can lower costs, save time, and improve the life and durability of your products all by using simulation. So when you invest in a software solution, you want to be sure it not only is the strongest [… [more...]
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