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Autodesk Announces $100 Million Spark Investment Fund, the World's First 3D Printing Investment Program
SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 30, 2014-- Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) has announced that it intends to invest up to $100 million in 3D printing companies over the next several years. The Spark Investment Fund, which will be operated within Autodesk, is the first of its kind for the 3D printing industry and will invest in entrepreneurs, startups and researchers who push the boundaries of 3D printing technology and accelerate the new industria [more...]
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Adding Buttons to Ribbon Panels
So in the last post I showed how to pull out panels and put them back. We may want to add additional commands to the panel, such as a save button. This way the panel will contain all of the often used commands I might need. To do this follow the steps in this video: http://screencast.com/t/uKZM763ys [more...]
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Pull Out Panels
Often times we will want all the time access to a ribbon or tab panel. Dont forget all of the panels may be removed from the Ribbon and made to act like a large rectangular toolbar. To do this click and drag on as white space on the panel and then move it away from the ribbon. It should then pop out. To put it back you can hover over the panel and then press the arrow in the upper right hand corner of the reappearing portion of the panel. Here is a shor [more...]
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AutoCAD Deep Dive Series: WBLOCK & Sharing Blocks to Other Drawings
You're awesome so you've built the perfect AutoCAD Block... now what? How do you share this block with other drawings and other people? Mike is here with his own brand of awesomeness to help you out with WBLOCK and block libraries [more...]
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Architects performing surgery … and architecture
I just got back from a 4 day trip to the Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic, where I went down to take a look at a neighborhood school to see if we could add a 3rd story onto the existing facilities ... and I performed hip replacement surgery just for kicks [more...]
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One AutoCAD dimension style, different appearances
You can have one AutoCAD dimension style to show different appearances. It can be different in linear and radial dimension, automatically [more...]
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New Features Links
From time to time, questions are raised as to what new features have been added between Release X and Release Y . I try write about the new features at the time of each release (or, at the least, the new features that interest me), but have never collected links to all of those in one place. To make it easier for me to refer to them, and for others to find them, this post will become an index to the new features posts. I will place a link to it under th [more...]
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Yesterday
How to sell PLM to enterprise IT
Enterprise IT adoption cycle diagram made by Simon Wardley made me feel sad and funny at the same time. I found it one of the best visualizations of many situations I've been in the past when working on PLM sales and implementation situations. This is a brilliant reflection of technology adoption route for IT department - [… [more...]
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Yesterday
The Printlosophy of Joe: The 3D Printing Challenge
Issue No. 3 What Can I Make With This? - 3D Printings Biggest Question, Part I Consumer Printing and Plastics By Joe Borrello, Project Lead at DynamiCal: in situ Imaging Solutions This is an ongoing series that looks at 3D printing from more than just a technical perspective. While technical metrics often inspire much of the interest and focus of new technologies (and are indeed an important part of them), zeroing in on such data can cause us to miss the [more...]
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Yesterday
The "Internet of Things" in AEC
One of the technology catch-phrases that we are increasingly starting to hear more about is the Internet of Thingscommonly understood as the notion that at some point in the near future, all devices will be Internet-enabled and able to communicate with each other. While this can certainly be used to make buildings with smarter controls … Continue reading [more...]
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Yesterday
Learn About ACM SIGGRAPH Chapters at SIGGRAPH Asia
Are you excited about SIGGRAPH Asia and computer graphics? Don't want to wait until the next conference to get your CG fix? Then consider joining your local ACM SIGGRAPH chapter! The goal of ACM SIGGRAPH chapters is to organize events in local communities and bring SIGGRAPH-style content to people in cities across the globe who share an interest in CG. Each chapter encompasses an entire city (or university, for student chapters) and is run by volunteers. V [more...]
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Cool Tools of Doom n' Stuff: Week 44
With so many cool things coming out each week, it can be hard to wade through all the rock-awesomeness. With 'Cool Tools', we've done the hard work for you. This... Read Cool Tools of Doom n' Stuff: Week 44 at SolidSmack [more...]
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Yesterday
Macintosh Restart Tricks
I've recently been having trouble with my Macintosh and I spent a couple of hours today online with Apple support. During the phone call they asked me to do several things when restarting my computer, things like chicken diagnostics, safe booting, Internet recovery, and reinstalling the operating system. A lot of these are covered by keyboard shortcuts you restart your computer. Diagnostics hold down the D key when restarting the computer before the ch [more...]
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Yesterday
SW SOLIDWORKS 2015 Installation Guide Part3 - Electrical Installation
SOLIDWORKS Electrical can be broken down into two parts SQL Meta Data and Electronic Program Data SQL Meta Data has All data about everything (All the CAD document data is contained here.) Electronic Program Data Program Files The application [more...]
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Yesterday
Goodbye InspectionXpert, Hello SOLIDWORKS Inspection
With the release of SOLIDWORKS Inspection, many users of InspectionXpert have been wondering how the maintenance offerings will change. For all SOLIDWORKS Inspection licenses, we offer the same support you would expect from any other SOLIDWORKS product. As well as...           Related Stories SOLIDWORKS Inspection: Four Favorites in 2015 SOLIDWORKS Inspection: Filters are Your Friends [more...]
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Yesterday
Sensing the city of the future
By Catherine Bolgar* Say architecture in the future, and youre likely to think of buildings with a radical design, like the Absolute World Towers near Toronto, which twist some 200 degrees from base to top. But while architecture in the future might still be a feast for the eyes, other senses and feelings are likely [… [more...]
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Yesterday
Take Our 5-Minute Reader Survey and Win a Microsoft Surface!
We live to write about the product development process, and weve been doing it for years now. But to do that well, we need feedback from youthe product design and development community. Our number one goal is to provide you with the stories you want to read about the most. So help us keep it [… [more...]
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Yesterday
Why PDM?
We put together some quick tips for engineering teams who are asking the question, "Why PDM?" These snippets from Tech-Claritys Guide to Basic CAD Management are easy for you to consider and then put into action. Take 5 minutes to learn why you should stop manually managing your CAD data. Read "Why PDM?" now Struggling with CAD file management? Unmanaged CAD data can lead to wasted time and expensive mistakes, but traditional PDM and PLM solutions are too [more...]
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Autodesk announces $100M war chest to fund future of 3D printing
Autodesk's Ember 3D printer is only the tip of the company's push into the 3D printing sphere Autodesk has announced that it intends to invest up to $100 million in 3D printing companies over the next few years, including entrepreneurs, startups and researchers who push the boundaries of 3D printing technology. The Spark Investment Fund , which will be operated within Autodesk, with companies and individuals developing groundbreaking hardware, softwa [more...]
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Yesterday
MakerBot Digital Store | MakerBot Celebrates Hello Kitty
MakerBot is excited to welcome Hello Kitty to the MakerBot Digital Store in honor of her 40th anniversary. To celebrate, were offering a supercute collection of new MakerBot Digital Store Downloads and heading to the first ever Sanrio Hello Kitty Con in Los Angeles. Its a Hello Kitty World Hello Kitty has loads of personality. [… [more...]
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Rename Schedules Without Renaming Schedules Names
Thanks to Brad Beal for this tip.  Today an engineer wanted to have several space schedules have the same name on the sheets even though the schedules were for individual areas of the building, and he wanted to maintain the original schedule names in the Project Browser (Mine is not to phantom why). There is a great function for this with plan views, but it does not apply to schedule views. My buddy Heath suggested not showing the header at all a [more...]
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Announcing NEW Subscription Services Value for All Existing and Renewing Customers
Based on customer feedback, we have added NEW Subscription Service value to help you design faster and better. This month, we are excited to announce MySolidWorks Standard as a NEW … 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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New Partnership with Datacubist Oy Strengthens IFC Data Quality Exchange
As part of our efforts to help designers increase productivity through Building Information Modeling (BIM) workflows, we are excited to announce a new partnership with Datacubist Oy, the creators of simplebim, Now, designers who use Vectorworks Architect can export their IFC-STP files and import them into the simplebim application to trim unnecessary data, as well as validate [more...]
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Yesterday
Featured LEARN Course: Generating Design Strips
Users of Bentley's RAM Concept software who take the "Generating Design Strips" course will gain confidence in their ability to accurately enter span segment properties to ensure that their design considers all appropriate specifications and generate the finite element mesh to prepare their model for design. Users will also learn how to utilize RAM Concept's automatic Span Segment and Design Strip generators to save time during the modeling process [more...]
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Yesterday
Sale: Waves Halloween Monster Deals
This Halloween weekend, save hundreds of dollars on some of Waves' most popular plugins and bundles and add some tricks to your mix. Click here to see all Waves Products and Specials. Here are a few of the products on sale this weekend: Sound Design Suite (Native only) Reg. $1400 Sale $399 Waves Sound Design Suite is a comprehensive collection of over 30 plugins hand-picked especially for sound designers and post production facilities. Horizon Reg. $3 [more...]
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Yesterday
Special Financing just in time for the holidays
If youve been thinking about getting a MakerBot 3D Printer as a holiday gift for a loved one (or yourself), youre in luck! Your holiday just got more affordable. MakerBot is excited to announce its partnership with Dell Financial Services (DFS) to offer 12 Months Special Financing on MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers when using Dell [… [more...]
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IET appoints first female president
Naomi Climer, president of Sony Media Cloud Services will become IET President on 1 October 2015 The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has announced that Naomi Climer, president of Sony Media Cloud Services will become IET President on 1 October 2015. Currently IET Deputy President, Climer has spent her career immersed in the rapidly changing world of media and entertainment technology from the analogue, pre-internet days of TV and rad [more...]
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ACM SIGGRAPH Presents Special Prize at DC Expo in Japan
ACM SIGGRAPH and the Digital Content Association of Japan (DCAJ) have a long-standing relationship, meeting each year at the SIGGRAPH Conference to share ideas and discuss their organizations' activities. Recently, ACM SIGGRAPH and DCAJ augmented their relationship with a new agreement to exchange emerging technology exhibits between their respective conferences. ACM SIGGRAPH will select one of DCAJ's technical exhibits at the Digital Content Expo to displ [more...]
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Logitech removed double-clicking from its mice; here's how to get it back
For my 3.5-week trip through Europe this month, I look along my trusty three-year-old ASUS Android tablet and my brand-new Lenovo Windows 8.1 ultrabook, one of their Yoga models. The Yoga has three input devices, and none of them is [more...]
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New: The Pixel Lab Pipes Generator
The Pipes Generator let you create 3D custom piping features, industrial elements and elements for steam punk designs in a few clicks!  Learn More | Purchase Pipes Generator Reg. $49 Toolfarm Price $46.55 [via Toolfarm.com [more...]
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How to Get Free CAD Software from PTC
There are a lot of legitimate reasons to want your CAD software for free. You might be new to product development or you might be uninterested in ever working as a full-blown design professionalbut you still need to tinker with 3D models. You might want to try out a software youve heard about, to see [… [more...]
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How to recolor layers from ACI to truecolor?
See Answer to the tip 10071: (ACAD) this is only a preview of a tip - for all CAD tips, block libraries and discussion visit www.cadforum.c [more...]
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3D Printed San Francisco Model at Autodesk Gallery at One Market
We have a 3D printing future cities exhibit in our gallery at our One Market Office in San Francisco. People: Steelblue // more Autodesk // more Stratasys // more Related Autodesk software: Autodesk Infraworks // more Autodesk Recap // more [more...]
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HSMWorks 2015 CAM for SolidWorks announced
HSMWorks 2015 offers support for the latest high-end workstations, meaning faster tollbooth calculations Autodesk has announced the release of HSMWorks 2015 , its fully integrated CAM solution for users of SolidWorks software, the third since it acquired the HSMWorks product line. In that time, the company has also released twelve updates with hundreds of new features and enhancements. These enhancements allow users to turn their models and assemblie [more...]
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3D Systems offer new Geomagic Sculpt with new Touch device
The 3D Systems Touch haptic controller comes as part of the sub $4k package 3D Systems has launched a new 3D modelling software, which includes a haptic 3D stylus to provide Design You Can Touch, while also making models easier to 3D print. Geomagic Sculpt comes with a TouchTM haptic 3D stylus, giving the freedom to design complex, curvy and organic shapes, with positioning input and instant force feedback that mimics the sense of physical sculpting [more...]
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Demo: Optimizing Your Designs in SOLIDWORKS Simulation
In any design project, the most efficient way to meet cost and performance goals is by quickly identifying your product's optimal design often easier said than done. Design optimization … 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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What's New from HSMWorks 2015
It's that time again! SolidWorks released 2015, and HSMWorks is assuring that your best integrated CAM option fits right in with its 2015 release. HSMWorks has always stood out as a company that did not follow every other CAM lead. The fact is that though HSMWorks does release a major version every year, they also [… [more...]
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SIMULIA 1st Academic Forum at MIT November 12, 2014
Announcing: SIMULIA 1st Academic Forum 2014 is for academic users of Abaqus and other SIMULIA software. Where: MIT Campus Activities Complex Room W20-407, 77 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA, USA When: … 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 responsible for global developm [more...]
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3 Ways Your Small Business Can Make a Big Impression
In conversations with other small business owners who are just starting out, the first questions is usually "How do you find your clients?" or "How do you market yourself?" If you are wondering how to market your business, the first and most important answer is - You must be on social media. And I believe… The post 3 Ways Your Small Business Can Make a Big Impression appeared first on Studio MM Architect [more...]
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Yesterday
Updated SDKs for Revit 2015 R2 and UR4
The Revit SDK available from the Revit Developer Centre has been updated for Revit 2015 R2 and UR4, aka Revit 2015 Release 2 and Revit 2015 Update Release 4. Here are direct links to download the updated installation packages: Revit [more...]
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Yesterday
New York State moves toward Utility 2.0
The New York Public Utility Commission is moving the New York state utility industry toward a radical refinition of utilities as we have known them over the past hundred years since Tesla and Edison created the electric power industry. In [more...]
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Yesterday
Lieven Maesschalck Visits Materialise!
Its safe to say that Materialise has a lot of football (a.k.a. soccer) fans, especially fans of the Red Devils, Belgiums national football team. That is why so many of us here at HQ were excited when the world-renowned Lieven Maesschalck, the physical therapist of the Red Devils during the World Cup, came to our ... Tags:  3D Printed Insoles , footscan , Lieven Maesschalck , Orthopaedics , RS Prin [more...]
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Yesterday
Convert PDF to DWG - Able2Extract PDF Converter
CAD drawings are, as you know, often saved in PDF format, for sharing and security purposes, but, the problem is that a PDF is useless if the user wants to make changes to the drawing. The only solution is to [more...]
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Yesterday
Institute of Mechanical Engineers: Product review: PTC's Creo 3.0 design software
By Michael Wendenburg "PE road-tests the new 3.0 version, which promises greater flexibility around the use of CAD models from third-party systems. Do you remember the initial release of the Creo strategy, which at the time was more of a vision than a reality? PTC announced four innovations to create a new basis for CAD [… [more...]
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Yesterday
What Is BIM Level 3?
The following is an excerpt from End-To-End Collaboration Enabled by BIM Level 3: An Architecture, Engineering & Construction Industry Solution Based on Manufacturing Best Practices. Download the full paper here. Building Information Modeling (BIM) has been the Design & Construction industrys answer to improve the flow of data through the building process, and, therefore, help to create [… [more...]
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Oct 29, 14
Uber and Smart Product Lifecycle
I had a chance to attend MassChallenge Awards event tonight at Boston Convention Center. For those of your who is not familiar, MassChallenge is global startup competition and acceleration program. You can get more data about MassChallenge here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MassChallenge) and by visiting their website (http://www.masschallenge.org/). What is distinguish MassChallenge from many others similar program is [… [more...]
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Oct 29, 14
Delcam's Simpson in Vince Cable delegation to India
Bart Simpson, Commercial Director of Birmingham-based Delcam, the worlds largest specialist developer of machining and inspection software, took part in a week-long visit to India by UK Business Secretary, the Rt [more...]
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Oct 19, 14
progeCAD German Version 2014 - "progeCAD 2014 - deutsche Version"
CADDIT announces the updated German translation release of progeCAD 2014 Professional CAD design software. Designers, engineers and architects accustomed to AutoCAD, Auto CAD LT or IntelliCAD can compare the cost-for-feature value free for 30 days. Unlike most AutoCAD compatible CAD software, progeCAD 2014 far exceeds simple DWG file compatibility with special features like Google Earth export, PDF conversion, Quick-Dimensioning (QDIM) and even an updated [more...]
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