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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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Faceware Live enhancements include new animation workflows

Faceware Live enhancements include new animation workflows

Producing facial animation in real time allows digital characters to interact with live audiences. Faceware Technologies has made a significant under-the-hood upgrade to Faceware Live, its real-time motion capture (mocap) and animation software. Much of the new technology comes from its parent company, Image Metrics, which is creating commercial/consumer apps including L’Oreal’s MakeupGenius and Nissan’s […]

By May 23, 2017 Read More →
PTC and ANSYS deliver Industrial Internet of Things simulation connections

PTC and ANSYS deliver Industrial Internet of Things simulation connections

The digital twin can now be used for predictive maintenance. PTC and Ansys are working together to deliver connection technology to pair up Ansys simulation expertise with applications built on the PTC ThingWorx Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platform. The goal is to give manufacturers a way to integrate intelligence simulation into Internet-connected products.  The […]

By May 19, 2017 Read More →
ODA Teigha to introduce version history to .dwg

ODA Teigha to introduce version history to .dwg

The Open Design Alliance returns to Prague for a third straight year to introduce new technology to its member companies.  The Open Design Alliance (ODA) announced today it will return to Prague for the Teigha Developer Conference 2017, September 11-12. New versioning technology is scheduled to be unveiled to ODA members.   “Our new version […]

By May 17, 2017 Read More →
Hexagon acquisition points to autonomous driving strategy

Hexagon acquisition points to autonomous driving strategy

Vires makes simulation software that will aid in developing the Hexagon “autonomous X vision.” For years, Hexagon has been acquiring companies in a variety of 3D-related technologies for engineering disciplines of process and power plant design, civil engineering, and related geographic data applications, including 3D scanning. More recently, the company has been buying companies in […]

By May 15, 2017 Read More →
FinalCAD construction mobile solutions finding favor in South Asia

FinalCAD construction mobile solutions finding favor in South Asia

The Paris-based AEC software vendor’s product now has been used in 15,000 projects in 35 countries. By many, standards construction is one of the least efficient industries on the planet. Some surveys rate it lower than agriculture for efficiency and use of IT. But some vendors are finding ways to bring improvement to the industry […]

By May 12, 2017 Read More →
KeyShot adds support for X-Rite Appearance Exchange Format

KeyShot adds support for X-Rite Appearance Exchange Format

The vendor neutral format is based on the famed Pantone color charts. Leading CAD 3D rendering specialist Luxion Keyshot has added support for the Appearance Exchange Format (AxE), a vendor-neutral format that enables full communication of visual appearance data in a single, editable file to improve the design virtualization process. KeyShot says support of AxF allows […]

By May 11, 2017 Read More →
3D Systems bundles 3DXpert with direct metal printers

3D Systems bundles 3DXpert with direct metal printers

The process of going from art to part with 3D printing is still cumbersome. 3D Systems today said it will start bundling its 3DXpert software with every model in its line of direct metal printers. The timing comes with announcement of a significant upgrade to the software, due to ship later this year.   3DXpert […]

By May 9, 2017 Read More →
ArchiCAD 21 adds algorithmic stair creation

ArchiCAD 21 adds algorithmic stair creation

Predictive Design Technology calculates design standards and ergonomics on the fly. The latest update to Graphisoft ArchiCAD BIM software for architectural design adds a new algorithmic tool for stair design. Graphisoft says the new Stair Tool features a patent-pending approach to stair design.  Stair and railing design is complex; it must comply with stringent standards […]

By May 8, 2017 Read More →
Datakit updates add Creo Parametric 4.0 support

Datakit updates add Creo Parametric 4.0 support

Other improvements include better handling of PMI and other metadata. Updates in the latest version of multi-CAD translator Datakit include support for PTC Creo 4.0 and a variety of technical improvements to improve the accuracy of metadata translation. Datakit software can now read files from Pro/Engineer 2000i to Creo 4.0, converting to many 2D and […]

By May 5, 2017 Read More →
New online library offers CAD models for 40 million electronics components

New online library offers CAD models for 40 million electronics components

Online parts libraries are win-win. Engineering saves time and money; vendors have access to a wider marketplace.   For years EMA Design Automation has specialized in access to data for electronic design automation and electronics parts for general manufacturing. Building on their expertise, EMA has now launched Ultra Librarian Online, a web-based version of its Ultra […]

By May 3, 2017 Read More →