Hardware

Even cheaper Windows devices are on the way

Even cheaper Windows devices are on the way

Microsoft has tweaked the cost of Windows, making it possible for vendors to ship new entry-level devices priced below $200. At IFA a bunch of Microsoft partners showed off super-low-cost Windows 8.1 devices to compete with Chromebooks. Acer, Asus, and Toshiba have announced sub-$200 Windows tablets or laptops at the show, and other vendors are [...]

By September 12, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The new Alienware Area-51

The new Alienware Area-51

Alienware still has its mojo with radical new design. Alienware announced the return of the Area-51 performance gaming desktop, featuring a radical new design engineered to provide thermal efficiency and ease of use, while housing the newest line of Intel Core i7 six- and eight-core Haswell-E processors. The Area-51 offers single-, double-, triple-, and quad-AIB [...]

By September 11, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
SPECapc releases new 3ds Max 2015 benchmark, outlines future

SPECapc releases new 3ds Max 2015 benchmark, outlines future

How to test virtual workstation performance is one of the key issues facing this industry non-profit. At Siggraph SPEC’s Application Performance Characterization (SPECapc) group has released a new benchmark Autodesk 3ds Max 2015, and discussed with press and analysts the challenges it sees ahead. SPECapc for 3ds Max 2015 contains 48 tests for comprehensive measurement [...]

By September 5, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Digital Reality

Design for Manufacturing Summit; discounts for GfxSpeak readers

Design for Manufacturing Summit; discounts for GfxSpeak readers

Design for Manufacture Summit offers discount to GfxSpeak readers

Minko + Oculus + Leap = Everyman as Tony Stark

Minko + Oculus + Leap = Everyman as Tony Stark

Aerys debuts its 3D world editor and supporting 3D engine, and shows off applications in both engineering and game development. Thousands of engineers and game developers overheated when the first Iron Man movie debuted in 2008. It wasn’t about the action scenes or the characters; it was about the holographic design technology, an interface to [...]

Matterport brings 3D cloud tools to the masses soon

Matterport brings 3D cloud tools to the masses soon

Cloud-based point cloud camera to shrink in size and price. As the Matterport Pro 3D camera gently spins, it captures the colors and contours of a space—and calculates dimensions and spatial relationships between objects. Unlike more expensive laser-based systems that require significant hours of work to create a single 3D model, Matterport claims their Matterport [...]

MFG & PLM

Stratasys to acquire GrabCAD

Stratasys to acquire GrabCAD

Fast-growing cloud-based 3D collaboration platform will remain CAD neutral. 3D printing manufacturer Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS) today says it will acquire GrabCAD, the popular website community and collaboration platform for product design. The deal will be all-cash, but other terms were not announced. The acquisition is expected to close before the end of the month. GrabCAD [...]

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Anatomy of a PLM market shift

Anatomy of a PLM market shift

Daimler builds new processes after moving to Siemens PLM. By Kathleen Maher The enterprise CAD/PLM market is something of a zero-sum game. There are only so many auto manufacturers and aeronautics companies to divvy up. For that reason, every time a company announces plans to switch to a new tools provider, a shudder will sweep [...]

By September 12, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Siemens makes PLM new again

Siemens makes PLM new again

Solving complexity becomes the new foundation for innovation. There was a time when the three largest vendors of product lifecycle management (PLM) software all agreed they were in the PLM business. But in recent years new technologies and shifting customer allegiances have caused Dassault Systèmes and PTC to toss the three-letter acronym in search of [...]

By September 11, 2014 1 Comments Read More →

DCC

Facerig avatar maker now available via Steam

Facerig avatar maker now available via Steam

Crowdfunding on Indiegogo was $200,000 above the goal. Holotech Studios of Bucharest, Romania, has been building Facerig, a new toy for social media. The idea is that people can use their favorite character as an avatar to use in chats and other content streamed over the web. Using the devices’ cameras, the software picks up [...]

By September 9, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
SPECapc releases new 3ds Max 2015 benchmark, outlines future

SPECapc releases new 3ds Max 2015 benchmark, outlines future

How to test virtual workstation performance is one of the key issues facing this industry non-profit. At Siggraph SPEC’s Application Performance Characterization (SPECapc) group has released a new benchmark Autodesk 3ds Max 2015, and discussed with press and analysts the challenges it sees ahead. SPECapc for 3ds Max 2015 contains 48 tests for comprehensive measurement [...]

By September 5, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Bypassing animation complexity

Bypassing animation complexity

Akeytsu from French start-up Nukeygara provides only the necessary features for 3D character rigging and motion; “our clients are creatives, not engineers.” The current generation of top animation software is the result of a 20-year arms race, with each product seeking to offer more features—with resulting additional complexity—in each release. The result, says Nukeygara CEO [...]

By September 1, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

BIZ

Stratasys to acquire GrabCAD

Stratasys to acquire GrabCAD

Fast-growing cloud-based 3D collaboration platform will remain CAD neutral. 3D printing manufacturer Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS) today says it will acquire GrabCAD, the popular website community and collaboration platform for product design. The deal will be all-cash, but other terms were not announced. The acquisition is expected to close before the end of the month. GrabCAD [...]

By September 16, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
Trimble acquires Gehry Technologies

Trimble acquires Gehry Technologies

Dassault Systèmes and Autodesk invested in the advanced 3D construction documentation technology, but Trimble is better positioned to move it forward. Today Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced it is acquiring Gehry Technologies (GT), the 3D construction management software and services firm founded by notable architect Frank Gehry in 2002. Autodesk and Dassault Systèmes combined over the [...]

By September 8, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
Google acquires cloud rendering service Zync

Google acquires cloud rendering service Zync

Zync offers an on-demand render farm service that scales from one core to thousands of CPUs. Amazon loses a small but influential cloud services reseller. Google has acquired Zync, which offers a cloud-based rendering service for special effects. The small firm has previously provided render farm services for recent films including Flight, Transformers: Dark of [...]