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Friday Smackdown: Fire the Catapults
The push was hard. The gear, a chunk of wood that twisted with the strain on the oars. We pushed, wrapping the length of squirrel tails every tighter around the... The post Friday Smackdown: Fire the Catapults appeared first on SolidSmack [more...]
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What to do with a Pink Pearl eraser, X-Acto knife, Rhino
Are you having troubles with those ear buds tangling? Dan Falvey, from Hard Part Inc. , decided to solve that problem his own way. Here's his story: One Sunday morning I got up early and decided to listen to the BBC and NPR news on my radio. In an effort not to disturb my wife (happy wife, happy life), I went searching for a set of ear buds. After finding three or four sets all tangled up, I spent the next 30 minutes and multiple cups of coffee untan [more...]
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Get mobile with the backpack that has designers in mind
Booq's Boa Flow Graphite has all the storage a creative could need Despite the internet making the world a smaller place, designers are still expected to spend an inordinate amount of time travelling around to visit clients, sites, or generally lugging kit about with them. For this reason Booq has designed the Boa, a special backpack with the creative sector in mind. A laptop compartment has been densely padded to fit up to a 17 mobile workstation [more...]
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The Zcan Wireless Scanner Mouse Allows You to Scan Your Sketches and Jump Into SolidWorks Immediately
Add this to our growing bucket of things we wish we would have thought of before. The Zcan is a new ergonomic wireless mouse design that lets users swipe in... The post The Zcan Wireless Scanner Mouse Allows You to Scan Your Sketches and Jump Into SolidWorks Immediately appeared first on SolidSmack [more...]
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Favorite Feature Friday: How Do I Apply a Markup to a Selected Group of Pages?
The other day, one of our customers asked Joe of our Account Services team if there was a way to apply a markup or markups to specific pages within a document. He already knew that it was possible to do that to every page using the Apply to All Pages feature, but he didnt need [… [more...]
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Shapeways Introduces 'Material Torture Tests' on 3D Printing Materials…How Do The Materials Stack Up?
If you're familiar with Shapeways, chances are you've heard of Shapeways' Designer Evangelist Duann Scott. The enthusiastic spokesman for the popular on-demand 3D printing service is not only a great... The post Shapeways Introduces 'Material Torture Tests' on 3D Printing Materials…How Do The Materials Stack Up? appeared first on SolidSmack [more...]
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The foundation for next PLM platforms
Platform. This is a sweet word in a lexicon of every developer. The desire of software vendors is to become a platform to fuel the development of other products and serve needs of customers. In my debates with Chad Jackson about granularity and integration earlier this month, I outlined what, in my view, can differentiate tools, [… [more...]
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Watch These Master Blacksmiths Design and Fabricate 'Captain America's Throwing Shields'
When it comes to superheroes, their weapons of choice are almost just as iconic as the heroes themselves. Superman has his superpowers, Batman has his Batarangs, Iron Man has his... The post Watch These Master Blacksmiths Design and Fabricate 'Captain America's Throwing Shields' appeared first on SolidSmack [more...]
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Friday Roundup - Anouk Wipprecht + Tinkercad
Happy Friday TinkerStars! We can't hide our excitement any longer! Are you ready to start a DesignRiot with Anouk Wipprecht! This is one exciting project that we want you all to be a part of. JOIN OUR OPEN SOURCE ELEMENT DRESS! Anouk and Polaire teamed up to invent a dress that is created by NONE of us, [… [more...]
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Northern Indiana SolidWorks User Group
NORTHERN INDIANA SOLIDWORKS USER GROUP 3DVision Technologies invites you to register for the Northern Indiana SolidWorks User Group (NISWUG) Meeting Tuesday, September 16th. Since 2006 NISWUG has been providing user centered meetings with outstanding technical content to SolidWorks users residing in the 219, 574, 269 and 260 area codes. NISWUG holds four meetings a year. LOCATION: […] The post Northern Indiana SolidWorks User Group appeared first on 3 [more...]
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Free 30-Day PTC Creo 3.0 Trial Now Available!
The just-released PTC Creo 3.0 which was launched this summer at the PTC Live Global conference to much fanfare is now available for download in the form of a free 30-Day trial. Users of the free trial will get a chance to test drive some of the great new features and new enhancements [… [more...]
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Sneak Peek: 15 Features coming in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - Drawing Zones
Each year SOLIDWORKS releases a new version of its flagship product. This year, during the 15 days prior to the release of SOLIDWORKS 2015 we're taking a look at 15 … Continued Author information Jeremy Regnerus Senior User Advocacy and Community Manager at SOLIDWORKS CSWE, SOLIDWORKS Geek and connoisseur of all things geeky and nerdy. Twitter Facebook LinkedI [more...]
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Creo Community Innovator of the Month Pick for August: Raytheon
By John Myers, ConnectPress Editor "Most of us probably think of our lives as complex, we juggle and try to maintain an ever growing number of gadgets, people and places for our work and personal lives. But for Raytheon complexity means something different, it means managing over seven million parts divided across 39 countries and 63,000 [… [more...]
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Automation as a CAD Standards Enabler
CAD Standards, especially those pertaining to layers can be enforced effectively by providing tools to the user that will make him easy to adhere to the guidelines. This article shows in-depth how to make a layer 'Active' simply by picking an object on the layer [more...]
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One Market Entrance to Food Court Blocked Off
Remember the old Roadrunner cartoons where Wile E. Coyote would paint an entrance to a tunnel on the side of a mountain and hope that the Roadrunner would fall for it and crash into it? source: wytchscauldron.com Well our One [more...]
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Transport Vehicle Goes On An Aluminum Diet
It only stands to reason that an aluminum smelter in need of utility vehicles for operations and maintenance would want those vehicles to be made out the same aluminum it manufacturers, not steel. Manufacturing a structurally-sound utility transport out of a wholly new material wasn't the only design challenge for this effort, put into play [more...]
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Inventor 2014 Update 2 for Service Pack 2
Autodesk has just released Update 2 for Inventor 2014 Service Pack 2. This Update addresses multiple issues for Inventor 2014. Update 2 is cumulative and includes all changes from Update 1. Here is what is addressed in Update 2: Inventor hangs when saving a large assembly as Catia V5. The setting of template for assembly in make component configuration is not retained. Change Size o [more...]
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Open-source Thinking is Revolutionizing Medical Device Development
Written by Catherine Bolgar When we think about medical care in the future, we tend to think about the progress technology will bring us, with cutting-edge machines that let us see whats happening inside our bodies in ever-greater detail. Thats true, but theres another aspect to technological progress. As Moores Law brings down the cost of [more...]
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Future of automotive crash testing speeds up Honda
3DXcite and Honda have collaborated to produce more realistic crash test simulation We were intrigued to see Honda's latest crash test software, Real Impact, making the pages of the LA Times this week, proposing a new level of realism in automotive testing. Real Impact is the work of Dassault Systmes 3DXcite working directly with Honda on its DeltaGen product to develop a software that can simulate a collision making it possible for engineers to i [more...]
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Design a Part of Anouk Wipprecht's Open Source Dress!
One of our favorite designers, Anouk Wipprecht is starting this cool new collaborative project that we at Materialise are really thrilled to tell you about. We already absolutely love her Smoke Dress and Cirque du Soleil pieces that shes printed with Materialise, and are excited to ... Tags:  Anouk Wipprecht , cirque du soleil pieces , Open Source Dress , Polaire , smoke dres [more...]
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Revit Server Thumbnail Requires Redistributable
Here is a quick answer to a simple Revit Server question to close for this week: Question: My application retrieves thumbnails of models stored on Revit Server 2014 via REST calls using the following code: WebRequest request = WebRequest.Create( "http://" [more...]
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ZEB (Zero Energy Building) standard,
I saw this article on Zite last night and immediately started a new project to research this standard, the ZEB (Zero Energy Building) standard. I can recommend reading the article on Tree hugger, its a good start, but there is so much to go at here. Most of all its the whole life look at a […] The post ZEB (Zero Energy Building) standard, appeared first on Konstrukshon CPD Weblog [more...]
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Update 2 for Inventor 2014 Service Pack 2
Update 2 for Inventor 2014 Service Pack 2 is now available. Please, read the Readme file for the Installation Instructions and the Summary of Issues Fixed by this Update [more...]
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Forget mobile Core i7, this mobile workstation from Eurocom sports a desktop 12-core Xeon processor
The Eurocom Panther 5: like no other mobile workstation weve seen before Most mobile workstations peak at four CPU cores, but what if you want a mobile powerhouse for ray trace rendering or simulation but cant quite fit your desktop workstation in your rucksack? This is the idea behind the Eurocom Panther 5 , a mobile supercomputer that offers desktop Xeon processors instead of the mobile Core i7. Theres a choice of 6, 8 or 12 core Intel Xeon E5 26 [more...]
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SolidProfessor now offering online 3ds Max training
New online courses for 3ds Max are now available from the former SolidWorks-focused site SolidProfessor An Autodesk 3ds Max professional course is now available from online training dons SolidProfessor , aiming to boost your visualisation output with the software. With over 8 hours of video instruction, the course is set to cover the fundamentals of using 3ds Max to give the user the skills to create 2D and 3D assets, from standard primitives and tex [more...]
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Pixar Revs Up Tractor for Release
In the first week of September, Pixar Animation Studios plans to release Tractor 2.0, its next-gen distributed processing software [more...]
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Freebie Friday: IK Multimedia SampleTank 3 FREE
SampleTank 3 is the ultimate sound and groove workstation. With an exclusive combination of features and sounds, SampleTank stands apart from any other sample-based virtual instrument, as one of the most powerful and easy-to-use solutions for making fully produced songs out of the box.   Now you can experience the full creative power and processing flexibility of IK Multimedia's ultimate sound and groove workstation with SampleTank 3 Free. It gives you t [more...]
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Autodesk Simulation Nastran Launch: 2 New Nastran Products Emerge
Having just kitted itself out with some mega simulation tools, Autodesk quickly convert those assets into two New NASTRAN products. John concludes a week of simulation and stiff nipples, with his initial take on Autodesk Nastran 2015 and Autodesk Nastran In-CAD 2015 [more...]
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Autodesk M&E 3DS MAX Gunslinger Summit - Montreal
This post is to help spread awareness of an opportunity to be part of a Gunslingers event on behalf of the 3DS Max development team. I apologize if you've already read about it on another blog. 3DS Max Development Team writes: Autodesk M&E 3ds Max Gunslinger summit is a design-focused participatory event in Montreal (Canada) between our users and members of the Autodesk 3ds Max product management, development and design teams. The event is comprise [more...]
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Clamoring For Full Graphics On Virtual Desktops? GRID's Got You Covered
With our partners VMware and Google, we revealed this week a breakthrough in bringing full graphics to the virtual desktop, at VMworld 2014. Now, were ready to get it into the hands of customers. Businesses that want to be the first to experience this game-changer for virtual desktop infrastructure can apply for early access. VMworld… Read Mor [more...]
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3D Systems Completes Acquisition of Simbionix
ROCK HILL, South Carolina, August 28, 2014 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today that it completed the acquisition of Simbionix, the global leader in 3D virtual reality surgical simulation and training for $120 million in cash. The combination of Simbionixs leading 3D surgical simulation and training tools with 3DS clinical capabilities in planning and instrumenting for complex personalized surgical procedures, 3D printed implants and patient-specific m [more...]
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Maker Galaxy E31: 'Transforming' the Travel Experience (Daniel Gindis and Isaac Atlas of FUGU Luggage)
Were always talking about the future of design, the future of technology, the future of MAKING. In a world where windowless air travel will give new meaning to the term... The post Maker Galaxy E31: 'Transforming' the Travel Experience (Daniel Gindis and Isaac Atlas of FUGU Luggage) appeared first on SolidSmack [more...]
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Twice As Nice: NVIDIA GRID Bags Second Straight VMworld Award
We attended our second VMworld this week. Once again, we came back with a first. Our GRID vGPU technology won a Best of VMworld 2014 Gold award, earning top marks in the Desktop Virtualization & End-User Computing category. In our debut last year, we made a splash with GRID by picking up the first-ever Judges… Read Mor [more...]
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The Fabulous Function Keys in AutoCAD
Using the Function Keys to toggle on/off key settings can help you achieve super speedy status in AutoCAD. These valuable tools have been around since the beginning of AutoCAD time (back when computers were made of wood) but are still [more...]
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The 3D RV, Collecting Stories of Design and Innovation Across the U.S.
A blue RV painted with and gadgets and branded with high-tech logos is making its way across the U.S., from California to the New York Islands. The vehicle is commandeered by TJ McCue, a writer and 3D enthusiast. The road trip's goal is to "[celebrate] the creative process, while illuminating the impact of design through [more...]
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Vectorworks Tip # 134 - Interactive settings - Pre-Selection Colour
The standard Vectorworks preselection colour is orange. The standard Vectorworks colour for selected objects is also orange, Which makes it hard to see when object is selected and when it is preselected. This can cause some confusion. If you change the preselection colour it to make it easier to see the difference between selected and preselected objects. The leader in Vectorworks training and manuals:  http://learn.archoncad.com Posted with Blogs [more...]
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SketchUp Pro 2014
Originally the product of a startup company, SketchUp was acquired by Google in 2006 and subsequently changed hands once again in 2012 when it was acquired by Trimble, where it joins other AEC-specific products including Tekla and Vico that are also now part of Trimble. This review explores the key new features in SketchUp Pro … Continue reading [more...]
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Big 3D printing
The French start-up company Drawn recently launched its robotic-arm 3D printer, Galatea. At its popular debut at Maker Faire Paris in June, Galatea demonstrated its ability to print entire furniture pieces, changing the nozzle diameter from 1.75 mm up to 8 mm. Drawn used Rhino to create the models and Grasshopper to make the models parametric. Drawn will be selling their own 3D printed furniture and other items. They also plan to hold workshops on how to d [more...]
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Full Steam Ahead: Valve Supports In-Home Streaming on Latest GeForce Cards
Valve and NVIDIA have just made game streaming better than ever. Last week, Valve officially released support for hardware encoding on NVIDIA GeForce GPUs in the Steam client. Pair this support with one of our latest GeForce GTX GPUs and you can play remotely from your PC connected to any Steam-enabled system in your home… Read Mor [more...]
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How Do You Design a Solution for Urban Beekeeping? An Oslo-Based Firm Might Have Figured It Out
With reports in the past few years indicating that bees are moving slowly towards extinction, it would make sense to look into ways of creating more bee-friendly environments. While bees... The post How Do You Design a Solution for Urban Beekeeping? An Oslo-Based Firm Might Have Figured It Out appeared first on SolidSmack [more...]
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New 3ds Max Training Courses Now Available
Take command of 3ds Max with SolidProfessor's new online video training courses. Sign-Up for a Free Trial or become a member today for just $29/mo! The post New 3ds Max Training Courses Now Available appeared first on SolidProfessor [more...]
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Open BIM & The Design Buro
I have been on the very edge of The Design Buro's evolvement into Vectorworks Bim models so I am very pleased to see their video about their move into BIM and hear of there success in this field. BIM has a lot of hope, and so much wrong information written about it, but this video […] The post Open BIM & The Design Buro appeared first on Konstrukshon CPD Weblog [more...]
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Top 10 Engineers: Queen Elizabeth Prize steps up with a countdown of the best
The people have voted - who is the greatest engineer? The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering is not simply a 1m pay check, but a gateway to the pantheon of history's great thinkers and makers, so it's fitting that they have surveyed who our favourite engineers are. Last week it asked its twitter followers to tweet their #engineeringhero suggestions, with an amazing response, resulting in an overall top 20, with the details of the top 10 only [more...]
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AutoCAD integration samples for Kinect for Windows 2 Part 4
After introducing the series, taking a look at some basic samples and then looking at importing Kinects high-definition face tracking data into AutoCAD, its time for (in my opinion) the most interesting piece of functionality provided on the Kinect SDK [more...]
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How JUGS Sports Throws the Perfect Pitch
Back in 1897 an unsuspecting mathematics instructor at the Princeton University by the name of Charles Hinton created a device that would forever change the way the game of baseball … Continued Author information Asya Bashina Subscription Services Marketing Specialist at Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Subscription Services Marketing Specialist. Brand Marketing pro and travel enthusiast with a sense of humor. Twitter LinkedI [more...]
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Device Wiring: Using formulas to deliver specific wire numbers
SOLIDWORKS Electrical uses variables that sends information to the data base, (Component marks, wire numbers...). This information in the variables can then be utilized via the formula manager so that it can be displayed in your documentation. For example: Equipotential [more...]
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Project Spotlight - The Bike Project by Oregon Manifest
GrabCAD spoke to Shannon Holt, co-founder of Oregon Manifest and creator of The Bike Design Project. A crowd-sourced competition and exploration, the cycling public decided which bike was the Ultimate Urban Utility Bike in their collective eyes. Since Oregon Manifest is an independent innovation platform for utility cycling that asked teams to create a new product outside the larger bicycle industry, it felt most appropriate to allow the general public to [more...]
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Designing Solutions for a Less Wasteful Life
Written by Catherine Bolgar The future of design looks a lot like Legos. Modular design allows a product to be assembled from easily replaceable or interchangeable parts. Most people are familiar with it in architecture and furniture. However, its also being applied to other things, from nuclear-power plants to shoes, submarines and guitars. Modular design is [more...]
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Ending Soon: MAXON CINEMA 4D Promo Bundles - Save up to $650, 25% off Upgrades Ends 08/29/14 1PM PST
  Please Note: Toolfarm is authorized to sell Maxon products to customers in the US and Canada only. The CINEMA 4D Promotional Bundles Include: CINEMA 4D Release 15 (Studio, Broadcast, Visualize and Prime) All upgrade for one year (Release 16 Included!) Automatic Priority Delivery of Upgrades Cineversity Premium (Annual Subscription) Ability to install on second station (One active) MAXON CINEMA 4D Studio - Limited Time Promo Bundle $650 [more...]
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Aug 27, 14
Delcam's latest CADCAM technology on show at MAKTEK
Delcam Turkey will celebrate its second anniversary in October by demonstrating the latest CADCAM technology from Delcam at the MAKTEK exhibition to be held in Istanbul from the 14th to 19th of the month [more...]
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Aug 27, 14
Surfcam Appoints Sunidhi Technologies as India Reseller
Surfcam Appoints Sunidhi Technologies as India Reseller Surfcam Inc., a division of Vero Software, has named Sunidhi Technologies (www.surfcamindia.com), as their new authorized Reseller, providing SURFCAM CAD/CAM sales and support to industrial and educational customers in India. We are pleased to welcome Sunidhi Technologies into the growing worldwide SURFCAM Reseller Network, say [more...]
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Aug 27, 14
AR Sandbox: Cutting-Edge Earth Science Visualization
By Kristy Barkan There are few kids who don't see the appeal in building and smashing piles of sand. But when such destruction results in real-time changes to a topographic map filled with lakes of virtual water, it becomes something more than just play. It becomes science. The Augmented Reality Sandbox is an inspired invention that takes the visceral satisfaction of sculpting with sand and combines it with the wonder of scientific discovery. Built using a [more...]
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Aug 27, 14
Create your own AutoCAD pattern easily
Do you need to create a custom AutoCAD hatch pattern? This is an easy way to create the pattern graphically, just draw it and then save it [more...]
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