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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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Materialise and Siemens forge Additive Manufacturing partnership

Materialise and Siemens forge Additive Manufacturing partnership

Siemens is fighting for leadership recognition in Industry 4.0 with GE; 3D printing is one battle in a larger war. 3D printing software specialist Materialise NV and Siemens PLM has entered into a partnership to improve the design and manufacture of parts using additive manufacturing. The two companies will work together to integrate Materialise technology […]

By January 17, 2017 Read More →
SolidWorks-based die design tool ports to BricsCAD

SolidWorks-based die design tool ports to BricsCAD

3D direct modeling and constraints for the .dwg crowd, without a subscription to AutoCAD. A specialized mechanical CAD developer with roots in SolidWorks is now shipping a new version of its progressive die design toolset which works in .dwg-based BricsCAD. The SolidWorks version of DSTools allows tool designers to generate die set designs and a […]

By January 16, 2017 Read More →
MSC Software acquisition rumors flying

MSC Software acquisition rumors flying

Investors who stayed with MSC when it went private could get a nice payout, even though we think the rumored price is low. Business news sites are reporting officially unconfirmed claims that computer-aided engineering (CAE) developer MSC Software is in talks to be acquired. MSC was a public company from 1983 to 2009. The reports […]

By January 13, 2017 Read More →
Chaos Group lands partnership with Adobe

Chaos Group lands partnership with Adobe

V-Ray rendering technology will be integrated into Adobe Creative Cloud. Render 3D assets, then use for design work. Chaos Group and Adobe today annouce a strategic partnership to integrate V-Ray rendering into Adobe Creative Cloud products. The goal is “push-button” 3D rendered composites. The first expression of the partnership is Project Felix, a public beta […]

By January 10, 2017 Read More →
Formula 1 racecar designer turns to Onshape for open access engineering

Formula 1 racecar designer turns to Onshape for open access engineering

Anyone can view the public files; Nicolas Perrinn chooses who joins the design team. A veteran Formula 1 racecar designer is creating his latest car as a team effort, with an unusual twist. While some 30 designers and engineers are employees of Nicolas Perrinn’s design firm, another 200 team members are racing enthusiasts scattered across […]

By January 10, 2017 Read More →
Autodesk extends BIM 360 Docs to Android

Autodesk extends BIM 360 Docs to Android

20 years later, BIM is still the new frontier for most construction firms. Autodesk has extended its building information management (BIM) document management solution BIM 360 Docs to the Android mobile environment. The move comes a year after the product was initially released for desktops and the iOS (Apple) mobile environment. BIM 360 Docs is […]

By January 9, 2017 Read More →
Drone maker DJI buys majority stake in iconic Hasselblad

Drone maker DJI buys majority stake in iconic Hasselblad

Another sign from DJI on how it wants to own the drones-for-enterprise market. Tech and business publications are reporting today that drone maker DJI has acquired a majority interest in Hasselblad, the high-end and iconic Swedish camera company. Cost of the acquisition was not disclosed. Hasselblad and DJI (based in Shenzhen, China) are both privately […]

By January 6, 2017 Read More →
Dassault Systemès adds support for virtual reality viewer

Dassault Systemès adds support for virtual reality viewer

Expensive CAVE systems can soon be replaced by consumer-class viewers. Dassault Systemès is at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week, demonstrating how its “3DEXPERIENCE” approach to engineering can take advantage of the new generation of business oriented head-mounted display (HMD) virtual reality devices. Dassault says headsets such as the HTC Vive will soon be […]

By January 6, 2017 Read More →
ODA releases independent SDK for Revit compatibility

ODA releases independent SDK for Revit compatibility

Small developers now have access to the largest BIM user community without going through Autodesk. Open Design Alliance (ODA) today offers general availability of Teigha BIM, the first stand-alone software development kit (SDK) for working with Autodesk Revit files. Teigha is the software development library created by ODA, a membership organization that includes most CAD […]

By January 3, 2017 Read More →
Four-armed robot gives ad agency a technology advantage

Four-armed robot gives ad agency a technology advantage

Robic has four fully programmable arms that move cameras over 100 miles per hour for shots at 2,500 frames per second. Usually when an advertising agency promotes their business, they do things like show off work for other clients or display the creative power of their staff artists. But Triptent has found a way to […]

By January 2, 2017 Read More →