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BOA91 Architecture In Africa with Randy Sovich
In today's episode we talk about how Randy's small in size but big in ideas firm is spearheading social enterprise architecture in Cameroon. Go here BOA91 Architecture In Africa with Randy Sovich to read this post on Business of Architectur [more...]
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A day in the life of a CAD Dork
I've been reading the #CADdork (day in the life of a CAD/BIM blogger) posts by some of my favorite authors today, and look forward to perusing the rest. I'll post a link to them, I believe Todd Shackelford is planning on doing the roundup. Working in Facilities, I don't always get a predictable day, but, that's part of why I like it. Also, in my current role, I'm primarily tech support as the administrator of our CAFM/CMMS, but, like everyone else i [more...]
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A CAD Dork's Day 2015
So Melanie Stone Perry asks if a bunch of her dorky friends might be interested in Blogging on what we do all day. I think she wonders if she is alone in what she does, or maybe, just maybe, there are others. Who am I to turn her down? Here is what I did Tuesday January 27th, 2015. 6:04 am   Activate snooze function on my phone alarm. 6:05 am   Brush my long beautiful hair.  6:08 am   Realize I am bald and dreaming. Get up and pick out one of 4 [more...]
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A Day in the Life of a CAD Manager #CADdork
At the request of Melanie Perry and the AutoCAD Blogger Council… here is my day. hashtag #CADdork Started off with a bang - or maybe a whimper. My laptop has been dogging it for some time and I cannot figure out what the issue is. It is running slow and apps are hanging. It is [more...]
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Thought of the day
Unless you work at Dyson, don't make the choice for new engineering software in a vacuum. Ask what needs, issues and questions the end users may have. If all you're looking at is the cost savings of the different software licenses and accompanying server hardware you are not getting the full picture of true cost of ownership [more...]
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Onshape, a New Startup Headed by SolidWorks Veterans, Champions the Cloud
If the same group of people who developed SolidWorks in the 1990s were to go into business together today, what would that company look like? For the answer, you should turn to the new startup Onshape. The team behind Onshape looks like a small army of SolidWorks defectors, beginning with John McEleney and Jon Hirschtick [more...]
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My Day as a CAD Dork
The past few days have changed for this CAD Dork (CAD Geek or CAD Nerd are also acceptable terms). This past Friday I lost my job. It happens. Its very annoying but it does. Ill be fine so dont worry. The past two business days have been a bit different but also much of the same. I wake up at 5:15 a.m. (not my choice) to make sure my oldest child gets out of the house and doesnt miss the bus. If this happens somebody has to provide a ride. I take this time [more...]
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SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Failure Analysis vs. Stress Analysis
I see a lot of misunderstandings between SOLIDWORKS Simulation results and empirical stress analysis methods. These usually are caused by a lack of understanding of what the software calculates, but always results in someone questioning if the software calculates correctly....           Related Stories Linear Dynamics - Modal Time History and the Iterative Solver How FEA Theory Can Save You Time Interference in SOLIDWORKS Motion [more...]
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Tidbits: TurboCAD Mac, Dosch Design and CAD Garage News
Our Mac CAD and 3D news tidbits today focus on products for sale, new and discounted new products available for CAD and 3D professionals, including TurboCAD Mac Deluxe 8, modo, formZ, et cetera [more...]
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Multi-language in Enterprise PDM
In SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM, I do not like the idea of mixing languages within the same Enterprise variable. I want to be able to run reports and see BOMs in a chosen language. Multi-language reports and BOMs are difficult for users. I like adding a suffix to each variable name for each language, i.e. "Finish" […] The post Multi-language in Enterprise PDM appeared first on 3DVision Blog [more...]
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Jerod Bogh's Big Cat Eye ZBrush Model Set
We love a good model resource and when it comes to crea [… [more...]
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In Depth: Skin Retouching Series, Plus Get NewBlueFX Touchup for FREE!!
Download NewBlueFX Skin Touchup - Toolfarm Exclusive, FREE to the first 100 Customers! 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!   Check out our series on Skin [more...]
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In Depth: Skin Retouching Part 3: More Plug-ins + Tutorials
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Vectorworks Tip #205 - Attribute palette - Patterns
Attribute palette - Patterns. Patterens are the old way to create hatches. They do not always print the way you think they will, but the top line of patterns are still useful for creating tones. I often use the ones shown in this image. the leader in Vectorworks training: http://learn.archoncad.co [more...]
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Some Thoughts to Employers About Training Your Employees
Train them or loose them. Train them or your production will suffer. Train them or you will loose even more money. Train them or your competition will surpass you. Train them or they will train themselves and leave you. Stop fussing over training costs. Train your employees. It is the best investment in your company that you will ever make [more...]
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SOLIDWORKS TECH TIP: Why don't I have thumbnail previews?
Seeing something other than the expected Icons or Thumbnail Previews in Windows Explorer? Is it driving you crazy? I'm here to help. There are a couple of things that could contribute to this... 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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First Look: Ansys 16 offers major advancements across its entire simulation portfolio
Ansys 16 offers the ability to prepare designs for the Internet of Things through serious simulation work - including electromagnetic disturbances like in this humble domestic kitchen From simulating software and hardware interactions for the Internet of Things, to better understanding the full spectrum of structural materials, Ansys is setting the bar high with its latest release. Release 16 is aiming to enable users to validate complete virtual prot [more...]
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In Depth: Skin Retouching Part 2: The Plug-ins
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3D Systems Announces Conference Call and Webcast to Discuss Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Results
ROCK HILL, South Carolina, January 27, 2015 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today that it plans to hold a conference call and simultaneous webcast to discuss its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2014 on Thursday, February 26, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. The company expects to release these financial results and to file its Form 10-K on February 26, 2015. Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015 Time: 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time Live webca [more...]
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The importance of software BOM for hardware security
We live in the era of smart products. Modern smartphones is a good confirmation to that. The average person today keeps in his pocket a computer with computational capability equal or even more than computer that aerospace and defense industry used for navigation. In addition to that, you smartphone has communication capability (Wi-Fi and Bluetooth) [… [more...]
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3 Powerful New Features in Adobe Photoshop Elements 13
Adobe Photoshop Elements is now running version lucky number 13, which comes packed with upgrades and new features. Whether you're a budding photographer or a pro graphic or web designer, you'll want to check out the latest version of PS Elements. In this post, we're highlighting 3 powerful new features that have been added to [… [more...]
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GibbsCAM Reaches Another Milestone
MOORPARK, Calif., Jan. 27, 2015 Cimatron Limited (NASDAQ: CIMT), a leading provider of integrated CAD/CAM software solutions for the toolmaking and manufacturing industries, announced [more...]
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In Depth: Skin Retouching Part 1: Digital Makeup
$(function(){ $('#b4-container').beforeAfter({imagePath:'/js/beforeafter/'}); $('#b4-container1').beforeAfter({imagePath:'/js/beforeafter/'}); $('#b4-container2').beforeAfter({imagePath:'/js/beforeafter/'}); $('#b4-container3').beforeAfter({imagePath:'/js/beforeafter/'}); $('#b4-container4').beforeAfter({imagePath:'/js/beforeafter/'}); $('#b4-container5').beforeAfter({imagePath:'/js/beforeafter/'}); }); Updated January 27, 2015 - Parts 2 and 3 of th [more...]
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What Do CAD Geeks/Dorks Do All Day?
My name is Robert Green and Im a CAD Geek/Dork. There, I said it and Im not ashamed. So when Melanie Perry had the idea that a bunch of us post what a day in our technical life is like I was on board immediately. What follows is a slightly irreverent look at what a typical [… [more...]
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Podcast Episode 5 - The Advantage of a great Design, Engineering or manufacturing team and some Engineering News
Listen to the Podcast! The Advantage of a great Design, Engineering or manufacturing team and some Engineering News Show Notes: Looking for some fun, check out Autodesk's 123D Sculpt Looking for The Advantage of great Design, Engineering and Manufacturing Teams? Blog post here Tenlinks, Autodesk University 2014 Best of sho [more...]
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MakerBot Stories | A New Frontier in Tracheal Repair
Your trachea, or windpipe, connects the throat and lungs. Air comes in through the windpipe; carbon dioxide goes out. If it is torn or diseased, surgeons have two ways to fix it. They can remove the damaged part and attach the healthy ends, but theres only so much slack. Or they can extract some rib [… [more...]
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IMAGINiT Tech Tip | Autodesk Inventor Rule Fillet Command
In this Tech Tip, I wanted to continue discussion on the Autodesk Inventor Plastic Part Design tools. These tools as you recall are mysteriously powerful and need more exposure. The focus on this post is the Rule Fillet command which I use quite a bit actually even though I make more metal parts than I do plastics. Remember this though, the first rule about Rule Fillet is you do not talk about Rule Fillet. Well unless you are awesome, then yes talk about R [more...]
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Don't Believe the Hype: WinSun Unveils Bland Multi-Story 3D Printed Buildings
WinSun, the Chinese firm that managed to one-up the competition in mega-scale 3D Printing have recently released a new set of pictures that highlight their latest large-scale structures. These humungous one-story to... Read Don't Believe the Hype: WinSun Unveils Bland Multi-Story 3D Printed Buildings at SolidSmack [more...]
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SolidSmack Radio | The Rebuilds
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 Rebuilds at SolidSmack [more...]
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ArchiCAD firm Urban Strategies Inc. wins prestigious awards for innovative designs
GRAPHISOFT, the leading Building Information Modeling (BIM) architectural software developer, has announced that Urban Strategies, a GRAPHISOFT client based in Toronto, Canada, has won a number of prestigious awards for work recently completed in Singapore, all designed using ArchiCA [more...]
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Learn how to use AutoCAD Sheet Sets
AutoCAD Sheet Sets is an out-of-the-box project management tool that will enable your users to work together more efficiently and help to manage project data. The Sheet Sets tool is available in AutoCAD, AutoCAD LT, and AutoCAD for Mac. It is also available to AutoCAD verticals (like Map, Civil3D, Architecture, etc.) It may look slightly different across these different platforms, but it is there and is very powerful. Sheet Sets can provide the following [more...]
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Learn About 4 French Architects, Earn 1 AIA LU
While great architecture comes from the minds of visionary designers, outside factors can also influence the creative processes especially in a country caught amid two hundred years of massive social, political, and economic upheaval. Thats why the next installment of the Art in Architecture Continuing Education webinar series, Four French Architects You Should Know [more...]
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How a 3-Pound Airplane Just Boosted Farm Production
Until recently, if you were a farmer who wanted to know how productive your land was, you might use a sophisticated mix of GPS technology and sensors mounted on your combine to measure the grain coming off your field in the fall. With this approach, you could tell within a few feet just where the [… [more...]
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Dell adds 4K display and Thunderbolt to slimline Precision M3800 mobile workstation
The original slimline Dell Precision M3800 mobile workstation Dell has updated its slimline 15.6-inch mobile workstation, the Dell Precision M3800, adding an optional 4K Ultra HD touch display, a Thunderbolt 2 port and additional storage options. The new 4K Ultra HD (3,840 x 2,160) 15.6-inch UltraSharp touch display is made with Corning Gorilla Glass NBT and features ten-finger multi-touch [more...]
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Leatherman's 'urban survival bracelet', not a great deal of use, but open for customisation
The Leatherman Tread multitool bracelet: looks nice, but probably not all that practical a design With the urban desk warriors working themselves into a lather over Leatherman's Tread multi-tool bracelet , you'd think it had hit upon new levels of genius design. Consisting of links offering the use of 25 small tools - small screwdrivers, bottle openers, box cutters and the like - it looks suitably fashionable, even coming in a matte black option. Y [more...]
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Shoring 101
BUILD shares some basic lessons on shoring [more...]
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SOLIDWORKS World 2015 Partner Pavilion Preview
SOLIDWORKS World 2015 features more than 100 exhibiting partners who offer best-in-class hardware and software solutions. Whether you're looking for state-of-the art design, analysis, or manufacturing products, the partner pavilion … Continued Author information Mike Fearon Senior Manager Brand Offer Marketing, Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS. Video game world champion and whisky advocate. I like turtles [more...]
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January Issue of Autodesk Labs Newsletter Now Available
There's another issue of Innovation Edge, the Autodesk Labs newsletter, available for your perusal. This brief publication highlights technologies and utilities available on Autodesk Labs. Something people don't always know is that technology previews are free. All we ask is [more...]
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Dan Staples Interview on Connect Press Gives Predictions for 2015
Interested in what's in store for the CAD industry in 2015? Dan Staples talked to  Connect Press recently and gave some predictions for what he thinks is going to happen [more...]
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Driving Rebar Fabrication and Field Activities with BIM
Watch benefits of extracting BIM data to drive fabrication and field activities for the rebar supply chain, and how the rebar industry connects BIM to fabrication and the field to make the process more efficient [more...]
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Sneak Peek: RealFlow 2015 Alpha Test
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Tutorial: Waves SoundGrid Studio - Record with Hundreds of Plugins
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Leapfrog gets serious about desktop 3D printer market with Ricoh backing
Leapfrog has partnered with Ricoh Europe to sell its Creatr HS 3D printer Ricoh Europe has announced a new partnership with Leapfrog 3D Printers that will see Ricoh become an official reseller of the Leapfrog Creatr HS 3D printer and other models in Europe from later this month. Initially available in Belgium, Germany, Netherlands and the UK, with wider availability across Europe to come, this is the latest in a series of new announcements from Leapfr [more...]
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Autodesk Cleantech partner program reaches China
Qbotix is one of the companies already benefitting from the Autodesk Cleantech Partner Program Following launches in Japan, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand, China is the latest country in Asia Pacific to offer Autodesk's Cleantech Partner Program . Supporting clean technology innovators who are developing solutions to solve epic challenges effecting the earth, it will provide them with digital prototyping software to design, visualise, and simul [more...]
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Creating a Wave Spring in SOLIDWORKS
If you've tried modeling a Wave Spring on your own, or perhaps even searched for models online, then you know how challenging it can be to get the geometry just right. Some approaches lead to models that look right, but upon closer inspection, you notice they aren't quite accurate. But […] The post Creating a Wave Spring in SOLIDWORKS appeared first on SolidProfessor [more...]
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Wall Elevation Profiles in The Building Coder Samples
Last week, I presented a stand-alone command by my colleague Katsuaki Takamizawa to retrieve wall elevation profiles. His implementation provides a nice little example of using the ExporterIFCUtils.SortCurveLoops method and differentiates between outer and inner loops. It can be used [more...]
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New: Digital Film Tools reFine Matte and Photocopy version 2 are Now Available
PhotoCopy v2.0 PhotoCopy copies the brightness, color, tone, detail, grain and texture from one image and applies them to another. Or, pick a preset look from 94 movies, 72 paintings, 40 photographs or 30 historical processes. New features include internet image searching, Retina display support for Mac, layering and seven masking types for photo plug-in hosts, and the availability of the PhotoCopy user interface for all video/film plug-in hosts. Photo [more...]
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Epic Effects
The critics have not been kind to Ridley Scotts film Exodus, but none deny the visual effects [more...]
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Visualizing Humans as Mini Power Plants
How much energy do you go through? You could tally up your energy usage by checking your electric and/or gas meters at home, the energy from various modes of transportation, and estimate the amount of energy you use at school, work and public places, along with other energy-eating applications. This is the typical way that we ... Tags:  Energeticon , energy , Mammoth Stereolithograph [more...]
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Living With a Chromebook 3
You are tied to using google docs, which is not bad for most things, but Im working on a project where I have to share Word documents. This is not so easy with google documents, because some of the formatting gets lost. We are also tracking the changes in the word document, which shows up differently in the google document. So, when Im working with others and they are using google, the chromebook will be fine, but when Im working with others that want to u [more...]
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Tutorial: RealFlow: Water Displacement - Space Pyramid Rise
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Tutorial: Make Your Edits More Visually Exciting
An easy was to make your videos pop is to overlay animated mattes on top of your footage.  Rampant Design Tools offers Studio Mattes, a collection of drag and drop 407 2K, 4K and 5K royalty-free quicktime movies of animated mattes for film and broadcast video.  This video shows you how quick and easy it is.   No Film School offers another way to create animated mattes without the need to purchase them, if you have a little time and Adobe After Effects [more...]
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SolidWorks World 2015 Presentation - #SWW15
Please come out and join me in Phoenix Arizona!! I will be presenting Configuring SOLIDWORKS Toolbox. Session info: 60 minute breakout session Session #9327 - Configuring SOLIDWORKS Toolbox Date: Monday February 9th Time: 2:45PM Room #North 124 A-B John Van [more...]
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Generative Jewelry Design in Medellin, Colombia
Join us for a presentation on Generative Jewelry Design with Rhino 5 and Grasshopper . In these presentations, we will demonstrate the latest on generative data driven jewelry design; attendees will be also introduced to the basics of jewelry rendering and digital fabrication. Presentation by:  Karina Teixeira (from Brazil) Place:  Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana Date:  Tuesday-January 27-2015 Time:  4:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Room [more...]
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Delcam CRISPIN to display hybrid 3D print/leather shoes at SIMAC
Delcam CRISPIN will demonstrate the potential of its ShoeMaker design software in the mass customisation of footwear by displaying hybrid shoes at the SIMAC exhibition to be held in Milan from 25th to 27th February [more...]
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C3D Labs Introduces V16 of C3D Geometric Kernel. Updated geometric kernel offers developers 100+ new functions
Moscow, Russia: January 27, 2015 C3D Labs is pleased to introduce C3D V16, the latest update of its professional toolset for developing engineering software. V16 extends the capabilities of C3D for creating sophisticated geometric shapes, matures its 2D/3D design functions, and adds powerful features for constructing solids composed of sheet metal. Most of the improvements made to C3D V16 were requested by customers, fifteen as of now. Overall, the lates [more...]
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SolidNetWork Licensing - Why don't I have a free license?
I have received a number of calls in regards to licensing questions related to Network (SNL). A majority of the time, people think that they have more licenses then they really do. This is actually what it looks like from [more...]
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