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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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3D PDF Consortium adds academic membership

3D PDF Consortium adds academic membership

Purdue University seeks to help its students as well as the technical graphics industry. The 3D PDF Consortium has launched an academic membership category, with Purdue University the first university to join.  The team initiating the drive for consortium membership was led by Nathan W. Hartman, Ed.D., Professor and Associate Head of Computer Graphics Technology […]

By September 26, 2016 Read More →
Autodesk to launch new stock repurchase plan; why?

Autodesk to launch new stock repurchase plan; why?

The answer may be about next year’s earnings per share. Autodesk has announced a new program to repurchase up to 30 million shares of its common stock. This new repurchase program is in addition to the approximately 1.5 million shares that remain to be repurchased from previously announced share repurchase programs. As a public company, […]

By September 22, 2016 Read More →
Flame extension improves interoperability, adds physically based rendering

Flame extension improves interoperability, adds physically based rendering

FBX export has also been improved, along with workflows with Maya and Lustre. The most recent update to Autodesk Flame brings new 3D scene navigation features, new workflows to improve collaboration, better interoperability with other Autodesk products, and more. Flame is Autodesk’s product for video special effects work, with tools for editing, finishing, and 3D […]

By September 21, 2016 Read More →
Maxon and Nvidia sign technical collaboration deal

Maxon and Nvidia sign technical collaboration deal

The agreement facilitates scalable, intuitive, physically based rendering for 3D artists and designers. 3D modeling and rendering software specialist Maxon and graphics hardware leader Nvidia have begun a multi-year technical collaboration that gives Maxon access to Nvidia rendering technology, including its Quasi-Monte Carlo (QMC) sampling patent family, Iray ray tracing technology, and Material Definition Language. […]

By September 19, 2016 Read More →
Vectorworks 2017 update adds broad set of new features

Vectorworks 2017 update adds broad set of new features

The complete line, now available in English, includes separate products for BIM/AEC, Landscape, and Entertainment design. Other languages to come. BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc. has released the English-language versions of its 2017 product line, which includes Vectorworks Architect (AEC/BIM), Landmark (landscape design), Spotlight (entertainment design), Designer (all specialty tools) and Fundamentals (based 3D CAD). […]

By September 16, 2016 Read More →
CADfix adds new features for advanced MCAD feature editing

CADfix adds new features for advanced MCAD feature editing

Facet control, better STL conversion, and tighter mesh control are also included in this update. CADfix version 11, just released by International TechneGroup Incorporated (ITI), brings current many of the MCAD import and export formats used by CADfix, as well as adds new editing features. CADfix is a multi-purpose tool for CAD data translation. It […]

By September 15, 2016 Read More →
Open Design Alliance previews first independent translation of Revit models

Open Design Alliance previews first independent translation of Revit models

Autodesk competitors see strong market demand for access to Revit data. The Open Design Alliance (ODA) today announced direct read/write support of the Autodesk Revit file format. Software developers who are members of the ODA now have access to the first software toolset for working with native Revit data independent of Autodesk. Speaking at the […]

By September 12, 2016 Read More →
Demand for desktop CAD hardware expected to decline

Demand for desktop CAD hardware expected to decline

Use of mobile and virtual workstation use of CAD tools will increase, according to new research survey. A recent survey of engineering and other CAD-using firms reveals spending will go down for desktop PCs and up for mobile products and virtual workstations for CAD use. The data comes as part of the Worldwide CAD Trends […]

By September 11, 2016 Read More →
Web + video + virtual reality moving forward

Web + video + virtual reality moving forward

Early developer Bitmovin raises $10.3m in Series A round. Bitmovin, an early player in video infrastructure for virtual reality online has secured $10.3 million in Series A venture capital funding. As in all emerging technology fields, venture capital funding is a key metric to understand how a new industry is taking shape. Bitmovin says the […]

By September 4, 2016 Read More →
Survey finds BIM use tops 38% across AEC disciplines

Survey finds BIM use tops 38% across AEC disciplines

A majority of potential users have not yet migrated to building information modeling. The most recent CAD market survey from Business Advantage Group finds that use of building information modeling (BIM) technology is starting to grow after several years with little market growth. Currently, across all professional disciplines 35% of relevant companies are using BIM […]

By September 1, 2016 Read More →