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Randall S. Newton is Managing Editor of GraphicSpeak. He has been writing about engineering and design technologies for more than 25 years.

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Corel Technical Suite enhances 3D CAD support

Corel Technical Suite enhances 3D CAD support

Building a unique toolset at the intersection of design and explanation.   Corel has released an update to its popular CorelDraw Technical Suite, a mix of CAD and illustration tools for technical communications. The 2017 edition features enhanced support for 3D CAD formats, technical publication standards, and text translation. It also includes updates to isometric […]

By June 25, 2017 Read More →
Doing the numbers on 3D printing in aerospace

Doing the numbers on 3D printing in aerospace

The new LEAP engine contains 3D printed nozzles that improve efficiency by 15%. GE Additive, the 3D printing products and services division of industrial giant GE, is reporting brisk sales this week at the Paris Air Show for the next-generation LEAP jet engines. These new engines work with a variety of mid-range airliners including the […]

By June 23, 2017 Read More →
Varjo Technology announces “eye resolution” virtual reality for professional use

Varjo Technology announces “eye resolution” virtual reality for professional use

The Finnish start-up claims resolution of 70x all current shipping and announced products. Product design and architecture are key early markets. Varjo — Finnish for “Shadow” — emerges from the shadows of stealth development today by announcing what it calls the first human eye-resolution headset for immersive display in virtual reality (AR). Today’s announcement is […]

By June 19, 2017 Read More →
Hip Hop Architecture Camps give inner city kids a chance to explore design

Hip Hop Architecture Camps give inner city kids a chance to explore design

Autodesk and Urban Arts Collects invite local middle and high school students to explore design through the lens of Hip Hop culture. To increase interest in “STEAM” careers (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) among underserved communities, software developer Autodesk is joining with the non-profit Urban Arts Collective to host a series of Hip Hop […]

By June 19, 2017 Read More →
nPower adds SolidWorks Assembly editing to PowerSurfacing

nPower adds SolidWorks Assembly editing to PowerSurfacing

Creating and editing Class A curved surfaces to SolidWorks models simplified design workflow. nPower has released an update to its PowerSurfacing line of add-ins for SolidWorks which improve the ability to create complex and aesthetically pleasing surfaces inside SolidWorks assemblies. Power Surfacing is a SubD (Subdivision Surfacing) based organic modeling tool for SolidWorks based on […]

By June 16, 2017 Read More →
JPR Siggraph Press Luncheon to explore 3D for all

JPR Siggraph Press Luncheon to explore 3D for all

The 17th annual session brings together press, analysis, and graphics industry leaders. The 17th annual edition of the Jon Peddie Research Press Luncheon will gather industry experts with press and analysts to explore “The Long Long Road to 3D for All.” The event — which has become a permanent fixture of the Siggraph experience — […]

By June 15, 2017 Read More →
Pixvana releases mixed reality publishing platform

Pixvana releases mixed reality publishing platform

Spin LaunchKit for Windows Mixed Reality provides an environment for developers to create custom 360-degree video and applications. Seattle-based Pixvana has released the first media content publishing platform designed to work with Microsoft Windows 10 Mixed Reality devices. Pixvana’s Spin LaunchKit is a development platform designed for media companies, enterprises, and other developers to build […]

By June 14, 2017 Read More →
Dassault Systèmes acquires AITAC

Dassault Systèmes acquires AITAC

Who better than a company whose name spelled backwards is CATIA to expand a market where Dassault is a minor player? Dassault Systemès has acquired AITAC BV, a Netherlands-based software developer who specializes in marine and offshore engineering. Specifically, AITAC (which is “CATIA” backwards) offers Smart Drawings, software to automate the process of generating 2D […]

By June 13, 2017 Read More →
Seeing in augmented reality is hard

Seeing in augmented reality is hard

The next step for pixels and eyeballs is smart glasses. Jon Peddie sees many challenges ahead before we all wear them. Smart glasses are the next wave for augmented reality (AR), says graphics industry pioneer and analyst Jon Peddie. They will be quite popular in industrial settings, and somewhat popular in the consumer marketplace. But […]

By June 12, 2017 Read More →
New survey asks “what are the benefits of multiple monitors today?”

New survey asks “what are the benefits of multiple monitors today?”

JPR requests your input on how — and if — you use multiple monitors at work. “See more, do more.” — Jon Peddie In 2003 Jon Peddie Research launched a study into the benefits of multiple monitors. It was well received, and by popular demand, we did an update in 2012. That too was very […]

By June 10, 2017 Read More →