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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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New EdgeWise Structure extracts structural elements from point cloud data

New EdgeWise Structure extracts structural elements from point cloud data

The advanced algorithms behind other ClearEdge products can save 50% of the time it takes to model as-built structural members. ClearEdge3D today announces the launch of its newest software, EdgeWise Structure, which can quickly and accurately extract properly specified steel, concrete or wood structural members from laser scan point clouds. ClearEdge3D claims EdgeWise Structure can [...]

Cloud storage expert Panzura finds gold in AEC

Cloud storage expert Panzura finds gold in AEC

Global file system addresses construction collaboration pain point. Autodesk CEO joins advisory board. Venture-funded startup Panzura has in recent months found a ready market among architecture and construction firms for its cloud-based global file management technology, and has decided to pivot its business to focus on AEC. “We have traction in AEC because we uniquely [...]

CADfeature update supports quality assurance workflow

CADfeature update supports quality assurance workflow

A new browser-based interface speeds reporting engineering data to the supply chain. Elysium says its latest release of CADfeature simplifies and improves the creation and exchange of master CAD models between OEM manufacturers and their supply chains. The software offers a feature-based translation system to transfer design intent without releasing original CAD files. Enhancements in [...]

Project Gooseberry puts Blender to the test

Project Gooseberry puts Blender to the test

The crowd-funded open production will unite 12 global teams to create a feature-length animation using only open source tools, including new Blender Cloud. The non-profit Blender Institute has launched a crowd-funded, open production computer animation movie project. The Gooseberry Project will use the open source Blender 3D animation suite and the newly launched Blender Cloud [...]

Autodesk Smoke 2015 to be available by subscription

Autodesk Smoke 2015 to be available by subscription

The new release of the Mac-only video editing tool adds 3D Tracker, updates Timeline FX. Autodesk is introducing the 2015 edition of Smoke, its video editing and 3D effects software for Mac, this week at the National Association of Broadcasters meeting in Las Vegas. When Autodesk acquired Smoke in 1999 as part of the Discrete [...]

Adobe extends Lightroom to iPad

Adobe extends Lightroom to iPad

New Lightroom Mobile is only available as part of the Adobe Creative Cloud photography program. Adobe has released Lightroom Mobile, an iPad app that extends the desktop version of Lightroom. Adobe is stressing the app’s synchronization with the desktop, but Lightroom Mobile also offers editing tools. Features included in the iPad app include non-destructive editing, [...]

Autodesk releases Inventor HSM CAM software

Autodesk releases Inventor HSM CAM software

The first commercial version comes after nine months of beta testing. Today Autodesk announces the commercial availability of Inventor HSM, an integrated CAM solution for Inventor users. Inventor HSM 2015 helps machinists, designers, and engineers turn Inventor designs into manufacturable parts by generating machining toolpaths directly inside Inventor. Inventor HSM 2015 includes a full license [...]

Autodesk releases Flame 2015

Autodesk releases Flame 2015

The high-end visual effects and creative finishing tool now supports a 4K end-to-end workflow.   Autodesk today revealed the 2015 update to Flame, its toolset for high-end visual effects and creative finishing. Leading the list of new features is support for 4K and Ultra HD workflows.   The new high-definition workflow supports industry standard 4K [...]

Siemens PLM offers NX via private cloud technology

Siemens PLM offers NX via private cloud technology

The virtual desktop infrastructure uses Nvidia GRID. Turkish Aerospace has already deployed the system. Siemens PLM now offers its NX 3D design software in an optional private cloud environment. This allows NX to run inside a corporate data center, increasing security and improving the efficiency of administration compared to the support of desktop installations. The [...]

SolidWorks Mechanical Conceptual ships

SolidWorks Mechanical Conceptual ships

Using social and cloud technologies for initial design studies, SWMC represents the next generation of SolidWorks. After a splashy introduction in January at SolidWorks World, the first product representing the next generation of SolidWorks is now available. SolidWorks Mechanical Conceptual (SWMC) takes a collaborative approach to conceptual design, with built-in use of social and cloud [...]