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Yesterday
Twinterview with Neal Pann
Our latest twinterview featuring Archispeak's star, Neal Pann. All about Apple Stores, The Fantastic Four and Architecture.             Related Stories Twinterview with Bob Borson - Life of an Architect The Edge: Carlo Maura, Italian 3D Design The Edge: Olle Lundberg on Problem Solving Architecture [more...]
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Cool Tools of Doom n' Stuff: Episode 45
Brought to you this week by a four-headed turtle dove devouring a spaghetti squirrel in a rum-soaked muffin tree, be sure to check out the all new episode of Cool Tools of Doom n' Stuff! By the way, we love our SolidSmack readers! Have something cool you've come across and want to share it on […] The post Cool Tools of Doom n' Stuff: Episode 45 appeared first on SolidSmack.com [more...]
Today
Stereoscopic viewing of 3D models in Autodesk 360 cloud
If you use a graphics card nVidia Quadro (or other graphics card supporting stereoscopic display) in your computer, you can three-dimensionally view your 3D CAD models stored in the Autodesk 360 cloud. There is no need to pre-process the CAD models nor to install any special viewing software, a standard web viewing functionality of the cloud is used. The models are displayed stereoscopically [more...]
Today
Friday Smackdown: Seven Foot Hat
Pans and pans, stacks and stands of them. The old shopkeeper smiling out from their tops had a new hat. A red one, seven feet tall covered in pockets and hands with flutes and pot scrubbers, all preparing for these links. Simon Stalenhag - New work from Simon. Small bots, salvage yards and urban settings […] The post Friday Smackdown: Seven Foot Hat appeared first on SolidSmack.com [more...]
Today
3D Systems Announces Affirmation of Dismissal of DSM Desotech
3D Systems (DDD) announced today that the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has affirmed summary judgment in favor of 3DS, dismissing all remaining claims brought by DSM Desotech. DSM Desotech had alleged anticompetitive behavior with respect to 3DS' integrated printing systems and materials. The Federal Circuit agreed with the District Court that there was insufficient evidence of anticompetitive behavior by 3DS. "Our integrated pr [more...]
Today
AutoCAD Civil 3D 2015 New Features: Overview
By now, you probably already heard about new release of Civil 3D - called Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D 2015. If you would like to give it a trial run and see how it works, you can download free trial version [more...]
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Revit 2015 Performance Enhancements
Thanks to Jeff Hanson for the following post! With each development cycle the Revit team works to develop new features, enhance or expand existing functionality, and improve the overall performance of Revit. The 2015 development cycle was no different in [more...]
Today
Book Review - Inbound Marketing
Instead of bulk emails or called calling, what about using Inbound Marketing to get potential customers to contact you? I have read this book several times and it is really helping me to understand social media for marketing. Traditional "outbound" marketing methods like cold-calling, email blasts, advertising, and direct mail are increasingly less effective. People are now increasingly turning to Google, social media, and blogs to find products and servic [more...]
Today
Methodcast 19: Organizing projects in FormZ and Bonzai3d With Views and Scenes
This video tutorial builds off the last one on project organization in FormZ & Bonzai3d using the Objects and Layers palettes. This time I talk about the differences between the Views and Scenes palettes. I highlight the things you have to know when working with Scenes because it's not intuitive. Once you get this tip, you're going to love using them [more...]
Today
The Art of Product Design
The Art of Product Design: Changing How Things Get Made Manuscript Version by Hardi Meybaum I often wonder what story history is going to say about the times we live in now.  So much happens across the globe in the blink of an eye that there is no way a single historian can account for it all.  Between war, politics, revolutions, climate change, medical advances, and ethical and moral dilemmas, there is no room in the history books to tell the sto [more...]
Today
RhinoPolyhedra update available
The RhinoPolyhedra plug-in for Rhinoceros 5 will allow you to create and visualize a variety of polyhedral shapes; over 400 different shapes. RhinoPolyhedra supports both 32-bit and 64-bit Rhinoceros 5. The RhinoPolyhedra plug-in has three commands: Polyhedron . Creates a variety of polyhedra. PolarZonohedron . Creates a polar zonohedron. SelPlanarSrf . Selects planar surfaces. RhinoPolyhedra is free! Version 1.0.14108.445 adds 16 additional pri [more...]
Today
Brotens intros new Lighting CAD software Illuminando for Mac OS X
An Italian software developer has introduced a brand new program called Illuminando, noted as the world's most advanced lighting calculation program -- built uniquely on OS [more...]
Today
Casey Explains It All - Tutorial Ideas Needed Below
I was talking with the Super-Great-And-Talented™ Casey Hupke at NAB this year and he mentioned in his enthusiastic way that he had an idea for a video series on Greyscalegorilla. This guy Casey is so talented and a great teacher so of course I was all "Heck Yes!!". He calls it "Casey Explains It All" [… [more...]
Today
EXTRA FABRICA Workshop 2014
DEZACT announces the launch of a workshop series, commencing with EXTRA FABRICA WORKSHOP in June/July 2014 in Taipei, Taiwan.  ExtraFabrica is a part of Dezact's exploration aiming to develop and test interactive design and fabrication sce narios in neglected or problematic urban interstices and ecologies, to adapt to existing constructs for new use and identity, to catalyse socio-cultural activities and to engage behaviour parallax between physical and [more...]
Today
Boston Engineering Brings Robotic Tuna to Life with PTC Solutions
While it's true that the mechanical engineering field is full of talented designers, more often than not, nature trumps our best efforts. Consider the tuna fish. A tuna can cruise at about 60 mph, turn 180°, and then accelerate to about 22 mph in less than two lengths of its own body. Leveraging Nature's Designs [… [more...]
Today
Some Things We Have Done in New Orleans
The vacation policy for Autodesk employees in the United States is 2 weeks per year. Unlike other American companies, employees don't earn additional vacation as they work more years with the company. What we get instead is a 6-week sabbatical [more...]
Today
RevitLookup for UR1, ADN, AEC and AU News
Here are some of the non-confidential items from the new confidential April 17 Autodesk Developer News newsletter, plus one or two additional items of interest from myself and elsewhere: AEC Technology Symposium Migrate Autodesk Exchange Apps and publish 2015 versions [more...]
Today
Autodesk ReCap Connect: a partner program for ReCap
It's Good Friday, so much of the world will be offline today, but I thought I'd post quickly on some (good) news that may be of interest to people. The ReCap team has officially launched a new partner program. This [more...]
Today
Advanced Revit Architecture 2015 Tutorial
Software training firm Infinite Skills Inc. last week introduced its "Advanced Revit Architecture 2015 Tutorial," an intermediate course teaching advanced skills and techniques for architectural modeling with the powerful computer assisted design (CAD) program. Revit is a three dimensional architectural design modeling program that makes dynamic use of the support of a building information database. Building information modeling (BIM) is used to govern al [more...]
Yesterday
Krakatoa For CINEMA 4D Webinar
"Krakatoa for CINEMA 4D - An Introduction" Come learn about the renderer used to create content for movie hits like Avatar, The Avengers, Transformers 3, Harry Potter 8, Oblivion, Star Trek - Into Darkness, Man of Steel and more.  Krakatoa C4D  seamlessly connects  MAXON CINEMA 4D  with the Krakatoa renderer and provides a number of features designed to accelerate artists' workflow when manipulating  MILLIONS  of particles.  Krakatoa C4D  shares the [more...]
Yesterday
Registration for SIGGRAPH 2014 Is Now Open!
Online registration for SIGGRAPH 2014 is now open! The SIGGRAPH conference, held annually since 1974, is a five-day interdisciplinary experience for students and professionals in the fields of computer graphics and interactive technology. The conference is widely recognized as the most prestigious forum for the publication of computer graphics research. In addition to a leading-edge technical program, SIGGRAPH offers installations that provide close-up vie [more...]
Yesterday
Scan&Solve 2014 Beta - Free Until June 18, 2014
Scan&Solve 2014 Beta is free to all Rhino 5 users until June 18,  2014. During this period, you can  upgrade your current 1.x license at 40% off,  or you can purchase a  new license at 20% off the regular price. Scan&Solve 2014 Beta expands the power and simplicity of structural simulation to any solid geometry within Rhino 5. It offers many powerful features, including faster solvers, higher resolutions, and automation through Rhinoscript [more...]
Yesterday
Vectorworks Tip #069 - Basic Tools - Connect/Combine tool to Extend Roofs
If you are using roof faces, you can use the Connect/Combine tool to join them together. You still have to choose which mode you will be using to join the faces together. In this example I have used the second mode, the Dual Object Connect mode. This can be a very quick way to extend the roofs so that they meet. For Vectorworks manuals, visit: http://store.archoncad.co [more...]
Yesterday
What do people mean when they talk about "CAD-embedded simulation?"
For the last few decades, we have seen more and more simulation tools integrated in CAD systems. This positive trend made simulation accessible to all product engineers. However, I believe … Continued Author information Delphine Genouvrier Delphine Genouvrier is Product Manager for SolidWorks Simulation at Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporatio [more...]
Yesterday
3D Systems to Buy Robtec
After the announcement of its strategic partnership with Staples Inc. (SPLS), on Monday (Apr 14), 3D Systems Corporation (DDD) yesterday announced that it intends to acquire a Latin American 3D printing and additive manufacturing company Robtec, for an undisclosed sum. The deal is expected to close within the next three months and is anticipated to be immediately accretive to 3D Systems’ earnings. The deal is a planned move by 3D Systems to strengthen i [more...]
Yesterday
Mobile scanning interiors of buildings with automatic feature extraction for energy performance modeling
At the SPAR International conference Avideh Zakhor from the University of California Berkeley gave an enthralling presentation about her research on capturing optical and thermal point clouds of the insides of buildings using a portable backpack containing a collection of [more...]
Yesterday
CGW Names Silver Edge 'Best of Show' from NAB 2014
The booths are dismantled, the computers packed away, and the carpets rolled up as another NAB becomes but a memory for attendees of this annual conference and exhibition [more...]
Apr 16, 14
Q&A with Katherine Darnstadt of Latent Design: Part 2
This is the second part in a two-part series relating Amy Ress' interview with Katherine Darnstadt. For Part 1, click here. Amy: How do you find and select your pro bono clients? How do you assess nonprofits' goals? What tools or processes have you used? Katherine: We have developed a suite of questions to explore [more...]
Apr 16, 14
Showcase is back in Product Design Suite 2015
Sanity sometimes always prevails and Autodesk has reversed its decision to remove Showcase from Product Design Suite 2015. It's now back in the lineup and confirmed on the Autodesk website in both the premium and ultimate versions of Product Design Suite 2015 [more...]
Apr 15, 14
What is Acrobat XI Pro?
Adobe Acrobat XI Pro is more than just the leading PDF converter. It's packed with smart tools that give you even more power to communicate. Plus, if you subscribe, you get access to the online services* you need to create … Continued The post What is Acrobat XI Pro? appeared first on 3DA Systems [more...]
Apr 14, 14
Automate Standard Additional Notes in the Drawing
Let's see how you can create automatic dimension notes in Autodesk Inventor. It's easy and can avoid mistakes when you will the table [more...]
Apr 7, 14
New Plug-Ins, Prizes, And Tons of Cinema 4D Presentations All This Week at C4DLive
You don't need to be in Las Vegas to be a part of NAB. Watch all of the Cinema 4D presentations live from the Maxon booth all this week at C4DLive.com. This is the biggest year for the Maxon booth with twenty different presenters. Join us over the next four days of presentations and tutorials [… [more...]
Today
SOLIDWORKS for Newbies - Modeling
As with so many aspects of SOLIDWORKS, there is no one way to go from a blank screen to having a designed solid in it. The post SOLIDWORKS for Newbies - Modeling appeared first on Jeff's Tool Shed [more...]
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My Schedule at SEU14
CAD Conferences can be crazy. You're seeing people you either never see or only see once a year. You feel obligated - and sincerely want to talk to everyone who you see in the hall. But on the other side of things are the scheduled breakouts. Some of these are sessions you've been planning to see for month [more...]
Today
Jury Rules Against Altair in MSC Lawsuit
While Altair Engineering lost a critical battle in its on-going copyright infringement lawsuit brought by MSC Software Corp., company officials say its simulation software products will not be affected by the ruling. MSC Software had filed a suit alleging misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of confidentially. The six-week trial, held in U.S. District Court [more...]
Today
To/From Room Door Parameters
NOTE: This is a re-post from the HOK BIM Solutions blog Prior to Revit 2014, these parameters were very unreliable and prone to error. With Revit 2014, we saw the introduction of a new family parameter called Room Calculation Point , which can help with reporting consistency. However be mindful of the fact that this setting has to be manually activated, otherwise the information will remain as unreliable as before. You can read more about the [more...]
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Download the New Orca3D 1.4 WIP
A new Orca3D Work-in-Progress (WIP) is now available. This new version (1.4 WIP 2014-04-15) will expire on August 5th, 2014. Please note that this release no longer supports Rhino 4.  This and future  Orca3D WIP releases require Rhino 5. This release includes: A new hull assistant for creating developable surface models. This assistant takes a new approach to the developable surface problem and is based on a composition of conic and c [more...]
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5ives 007
I've been following this thread on Quora for over a year now (thank you, email notifications) and I recommend browsing through it. There are lots of goodies like this parable that was just recently added. If you're not on Quora, you should be. It's a great resource. Have a great weekend. Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must o [more...]
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Autodesk forms foundation, contributes to
As part of its disaster response program, the newly announced Autodesk Foundation has extended help to survivors of Supertyphoon Yolanda. Through the foundation’s program, Autodesk and its employees conducted various fundraisers and donated to charities and relief organizations including Doctors Without Borders, American Red Cross, and Architecture for Humanity. Autodesk further supported its disaster response efforts by matching employee donations w [more...]
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Fibers - a small technical change in AutoCAD 2015
You have probably NOT noticed a small technical change in the latest AutoCAD 2015. This change is more important for programmers but it has also some consequences for normal AutoCAD users. AutoCAD (at least its Windows versions) has traditionally used so called "fibers", an old Windows multitasking technology for switching contexts and threads. This allowed AutoCAD to switch drawings (document [more...]
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Apr 16, 14
IMAGINiT Technologies and Rand Facilities Management Offer Complete Building Lifecycle Management Services
Rand Worldwide (RWWI), a global leader in providing technology solutions to organizations with engineering design and information technology requirements, today announces services for customers looking to integrate Building Information Model (BIM) data and their Facilities Management (FM) systems for a comprehensive approach to building lifecycle management (BLM). “Together the Rand Facilities Management and IMAGINiT Technologies teams help clients deri [more...]
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Apr 2, 14
Bentley Announces Inauguration of New STAAD Foundation Advanced User Group
Bentley Announces Inauguration of New STAAD Foundation Advanced User Grou [more...]
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Academy Announces Important Dates for 87th Oscars
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the ABC Television Network have announced the dates for the 87th Oscars [more...]
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Bentley Does Point Clouds
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - and Bentley was on hand at SPAR, the annual gathering for the 3D scanning industry, to remind attendees that its applications that have been helping with 3D scanning and point clouds for years. It as at [more...]
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