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GRAPHISOFT's Grasshopper-ArchiCAD Live Connection
The Rhino-Grasshopper-ArchiCAD Live Connection enables architects to use all three applications in bi-directions, working to bridge algorithmic design with a leading edge BIM application in ArchiCAD 20. This new connection was beta tested by over 1000 architects around the world. The Live Connection plugins enable Rhino to produce native GDL ArchiCAD elements, while Grasshopper can drive model elements in ArchiCAD algorithmically [more...]
GRAPHISOFT announces new ArchiCAD 20-Fresh Look at BIM
ARCHICAD 20 reinforces the letter "I" in BIM with a number of important functional improvements while adding a brand new, flat-design graphical user interface, making it the most graphically modern BIM application on the market [more...]
Vectorworks Tip 426 - Creating a Straight Stair With the Simple Stair Tool
For concept design, I think the simple stair takes a lot of beating. It's easy to use, it's very quick to use, and it gives you some pleasing results without too much bother with settings. Because it is a simple stair, you have very limited graphic and handrail abilities, but remember the conceptual design, you don't want to have too many options [more...]
World's First 5.5 Inch Handheld PC Puts CAD in Your Pocket
What do we want? Handheld computers! When do we want them? By October 2016 or thereabouts! That's Wade Wang's mantra. He is the mastermind behind the GPD WIN a... Read Worlds First 5.5 Inch Handheld PC Puts CAD in Your Pocket at SolidSmack [more...]
Mayku FormBox launches on Kickstarter for desktop manufacturing
Ready for rapid prototyping and mould making, the FormBox is available on Kickstarter for $349 Mayku has finally launched its FormBox vacuum former - unveiled at DEVELOP3D LIVE - on Kickstarter , rocketing towards its $50,000 target with astonishing speed. The FormBox makes 3D shapes in seconds by heating up sheets of material and forming them around a template with a regular vacuum cleaner - letting users vac-form anything from customised chocolate [more...]
Autodesk Installation and Updates Exercise Survey
Autodesk staff are reviewing the terms that are used for software installation and applying updates. They are looking for our help by performing a set of exercises that should take less than 15 minutes to complete. Your responses will help them organize and more clearly describe things that are delivered as part of the installation or update process. Would you like to help? START HER [more...]
Managing Your Architecture Firm's Reputation with Albert W. Rubling Jr. FAIA
Discover why your reputation as a firm is the most important thing. Go here Managing Your... Continued on [more...]
Tools for understanding dynamic analysis in SOLIDWORKS?
I believe everyone needs a refresher on engineering mechanics and material science. Especially when they are trying to virtually analyze their products. When doing a dynamic analysis there are lot of things software is doing to the data you input [more...]
Creating extensions for the Autodesk viewer
Ive been working on a prototype implementation of a research project that makes use of the View & Data API for its visualization. Its interesting to get back into using this API, especially as its a fundamental piece of the Forge platform. As we expect this particular application to grow, over time, were using extensions to house logically separate parts of the UI implementation. Extensions are a great mechanism for encapsulating functionality: theyre basi [more...]
Revit 2017 - Text and Character Map Use
I mentioned the other day that a user had shared with me some difficulty using symbols from Character Map (charmap). Autodesk has written a Knowledge Base article about. Hopefully the first service pack (Update Release...whatever they call it this time around) will fix it. Read the article at Autodesk. If you'd like to watch an Autodesk Screencast video and the thread at the Autodesk Community Revit forums CLICK ME . Fwiw, in my testing I'm not having a [more...]
ENOVIA Keys to 3DEXPERIENCE - North America User Group Meeting
Want to know what's new with ENOVIA? Attend our North America User Group Meeting in Greenville, South Carolina this year to learn & have your voice heard: June 13-15 This year's ENOVIA Keys to 3DEXPERIENCE North America event will be held at the Hyatt Regency in beautiful downtown Greenville, SC. This is a 2+ day [… [more...]
3D Systems Releases GibbsCAM 2016 to Improve Efficiency, Speed and Accuracy of Production Machining
ROCK HILL, South Carolina, May 3, 2016 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today the release of GibbsCAM 2016 software for production machining. Building on the revolutionary Universal Kinematic Machine (UKM) technology of the previous edition, GibbsCAM 2016 delivers a variety of improvements to increase efficiency, accelerate programming speed, and enhance visualization and accuracy for CNC machine programming. The GibbsCAM platform provides a powerful com [more...]
ProgeSOFT SA releases progeCAD 2017 Professional on the brand new engine.
      ProgeSOFT SA, the leader in low-cost CAD solutions, is excited to announce the next major release of its flagship product, progeCAD 2017 Professional, a 2D/3D DWG/DXF-native general-purpose CAD application, an economic alternative to AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT. progeCAD 2017 Professional showcases the brand new IntelliCAD 8 platform delivering far-reaching updates and improvements [more...]
Case Study: Creating Welcoming Spaces with BIM
Florida-based design firm ROJO Architecture operates out of a former shopping mall with wide-open spaces that are as equally suited to tossing around a football as they are to collaborating on large-scale projects for a variety of clients. And whether theyre designing for the medical, religious, commercial, hospitality, or private sector, the team at ROJO […] The post Case Study: Creating Welcoming Spaces with BIM appeared first on Planet Vectorworks [more...]
ARCHICAD 20 - A fresh look at BIM
ARCHICAD 20 A fresh look at BIM BUDAPEST, May 3, 2016 GRAPHISOFT , the leading Building Information Modeling (BIM) software developer for architects and designers, announced today the latest version of its industry-leading BIM software solution. ARCHICAD 20 features a number of important functional improvements that put the emphasis on the I in BIM, increasing the value for both ARCHICAD users and external stakeholders alike. Its brand new, flat- [more...]
Not Just Why 3D Printing But Why Stratasys J750
In order to create great products creativity, prototyping, and concept validation are key. Design engineers have broken new ground in their designs with Stratasys new J750 3D printer. Ever since... 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...]
Why does Arena PLM "need" to compete with Enovia, Teamcenter and Windchill?
Today article PLM This Week: An All-Time High for Arena yesterday brings a news about another record quarter of Arena Solutions - cloud PLM vendors selling pure cloud based (SaaS) product lifecycle management software. The article is short and basically says Arena is growing. Article shares only %% of growth without... The post Why does Arena PLM "need" to compete with Enovia, Teamcenter and Windchill? appeared first on Beyond PLM (Product L [more...]
Customizing Radiation Treatment for Cancer Patients
The National Institute of Health estimates that 1,685,210 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year. Every person battling a cancer has a unique condition that requires an individualized treatment. The good news is that … Continued Author information Kristen Wilson Senior Manager Brand Offer Marketing, SolidWorks at Dassault Systemes Senior Brand Offer Marketing Manager, Dassault Systemes Sol [more...]
Bentley Systems Issues Call for Submissions to 2016 Be Inspired Awards for Excellence in Infrastructure
Untitled Document Global Program Celebrates World's Most Outstanding Advancements in Infrastructure Design, Construction, and Operations EXTON, Pa., U.S.A. Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure , today announced its call for submissions to the 2016 Be Inspired Awards program. The deadline for entries is May 30, 2016. The awards, which are selected by inde [more...]
Last Call (Evolutions in Social Media)
BUILD says farewell to comments and gives readers the last word [more...]
What is the process acwebbrowser.exe resp. Chromium host ...
See Answer to the tip 10881: (ACAD,LT,Inv,Revit,Max,Civil,Simulation) this is only a preview of a tip - for all CAD tips, block libraries and discussion visit www.cadforum.c [more...]
How to Develop Powerful Systems for Your Architecture Firm
As we move into a new month, we are shifting our focus to a new category of small firm success. All throughout the month of May, we will be diving deep into the subject of Client Fulfillment. How do we best serve our clients? How do we manage expectations and keep our clients happy? How […] The post How to Develop Powerful Systems for Your Architecture Firm appeared first on EntreArchitect [more...]
Ski cup espresso
The Ski cup espresso is a perfectly formed cup on skis that would make special the coffee drinking experience. Designed with Rhino by the product designer and 3D modeler Aleksandar Dimitrov , the original ski base instantly sets this espresso cup apart. Printed in 3D as one unit by Shapeways, the Ski cup espresso is made of food safe porcelain fired in kiln with glossy glaze. More info [more...]
DLL Signature, BIM 2 in UK and AutoCAD.NET
A couple of quick topics to start the week Add-in DLL signature BIM 2 in the UK Communication between AutoCAD and Revit [more...]
The Building Coder Samples 2017
Last night, I migrated The Building Coder samples to Revit 2017 Flat Migration Updated RvtSamples Include File Automatic Transaction Mode is Obsolete Obsolete Plane Constructors and NewPlane Methods Obsolete NewPlane Method Taking a CurveArray Argument Replace View.SetVisibility by SetCategoryHidden Use DirectShape ApplicationId and ApplicationDataId All Obsolete Revit API Usage Eliminated [more...]
Canon latest to form partnership with Materialise for 3D printing
Canon 3D printing customers will now have access to Magics Canon Europe has announced a new strategic partnership with Materialise to give 'existing and prospective' customers across Europe access to Materialise Magics 3D printing software. While Canon's own technology, announced last year , has yet to see daylight, Canon has been busily distributing a range of 3D Systems' 3D printers through its sales channels, and we expect this is the market set [more...]
Transitioning away from AutoCAD
Pointing to folders A reader writes: I am trying to transition the AutoCAD users [at my firm] to BricsCAD and would like to run a "mixed" environment until I am certain I can pull the plug on AutoCAD. Before I [more...]
BIM AK (Auckland, NZ) May 2016 event announcement
Details on the May BIM AK Event, see you there! BIM AK - MAY 2016 EVENT , Thu, 26/05/2016 at 5:30 PM | Tickets @ Eventbrite The May BIM AK event will be hosted by GHD. Arrival is from 5.30pm with presentations kicking off at 6.00pm. Attendance is FREE. Food [more...]
Esteem aids fine-tuning of Americas Cup yachts
Groupama Team France winning its first race of the season in Oman The level of simulation and CFD analysis in Americas Cup yacht racing is unsurpassed by any other sport, and now Esteco has furthered its interest by becoming supplier for Groupama Team France. Led by Franck Cammas, Michel Desjoyeaux and Olivier de Kersauson, the French entered the competition for the 35th Americas Cup less than a year ago and secured its first victory in the Americas [more...]
Maxon Updates Cineware For Adobe After Effects CC
FRIEDRICHSDORF, GERMANY Maxon ( has released new features for Cineware for Adobe After Effects CC. Version 3.1 increases functionality and improves workflow. Animated text and shape layers can now be saved directly into the .c4d file format using the Cinema 4D Exporter command. Artists can customize exported elements in Cinema 4D, save the changes, and see them update live in After Effects CC via Cineware [more...]
SolidSmack Radio | The Chamfered Bits
This week's Spotify-powered SolidSmack Radio Playlist knocks you in the pop sockets with head-boppin' groove tuneage to help propel you through the work week in style. Whether you find yourself... Read SolidSmack Radio | The Chamfered Bits at SolidSmack [more...]
What's new in AutoCAD 2017: Drafting and Annotation Enhancements
Have you installed AutoCAD 2017? Have you explored the new features in drafting tools? The new centerlines tools are pretty nice [more...]
DwgNotes now also for AutoCAD 2017
Do you want to remember and be reminded about tasks related to AutoCAD drawings? JTB Worlds DwgNotes app can help. DwgNotes has been updated for AutoCAD 2017 . Download trial or purchase here [more...]
Autodesk Insight 360 Survey
I have no idea how many readers of this blog are active users of this product. Just in case... The Autodesk Insight 360 team has put together an industry marketing survey. The survey itself is HERE and THEIR BLOG POST provides more information. What's in it for you? Take the survey, enter your email address and youll be entered to win one of ten (10) $50 Amazon gift cards. The survey closes on the 31st of May . If this product is part of how you do yo [more...]
SOLIDWORKS: Installation Manager Cannot Find Required Source Files
SOLIDWORKS does require the original installation source files for the currently installed version and service pack to be present in order to complete a repair or update of the application.           Related Stories SOLIDWORKS: Installation Manager Cannot Find Required Source Files Moving Your SOLIDWORKS Network License Manager to a New Server Missing Thumbnalis in SOLIDWORKS? [more...]
SPAR2016: Geo-coordination key to convergence of engineering and 3D technology
We are seeing the convergence of engineering and architecture with 3D technology and this is enabling a full lifecycle perspective in designing and constructing infrastructure where we not only aim at better project delivery, but also better asset reliability and [more...]
Book Review Part 4: The Principles of Product Development FLOW: Second Generation Lean Product Development by Donald G. Reinertsen
Apr 14, 2016
In a previous blog article, I mentioned how I was getting back to my programming roots and reading The Principles of Product Development FLOW: Second Generation Lean Product Development by Donald G. Reinertsen. I am in the process of reviewing [more...]
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