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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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Cloud simulation specialist SimScale reaches 10,000 customers

Cloud simulation specialist SimScale reaches 10,000 customers

Two rounds of venture funding are propelling this spin-out from Technical University Munich.   A new web-based (cloud) platform for engineering simulation has reached a milestone with the recent signup of its 10,00th paying customer. SimScale provides a broad range of simulation tools from fluid mechanics, structural mechanics and thermodynamics in a single user interface, […]

Autodesk 123D Sculpt+ now available on Android

Autodesk 123D Sculpt+ now available on Android

Autodesk is continuing a trend away from web-based consumer tools to platform-specific apps. Autodesk has released an Android version of 123D Sculpt+, its freeform 3D sculpting app already available on iOS. It replaces an older version (123D Sculpt) as well as 123D Creature, which is being phased out. The introduction is part of Autodesk’s continuing […]

Vectorworks to offer student passes to industry conferences

Vectorworks to offer student passes to industry conferences

The contest will award conference admission and hotel room at three design conferences. Nemetschek Vectorworks is awarding conference passes and hotel stays to students and emerging professionals who enter its Conference Pass Giveaway program. The company says there will be several opportunities to win throughout the year, starting by selecting three winners to attend 2015 […]

Web pioneer Joi Ito to keynote Siggraph 2015

Web pioneer Joi Ito to keynote Siggraph 2015

Known for his ability to see connections before others, Ito was behind many successful Internet start-ups. Siggraph announced today that Joichi “Joi” Ito, director of the MIT Media Lab and a noted pioneer of the World Wide Web, will be the keynote speaker for Siggraph 2015 in Los Angeles, August 9-13.  Mirroring the conference theme […]

CADdoctor unites model repair and translation in one tool

CADdoctor unites model repair and translation in one tool

A partnership between Elysium and Moldex3D results in one software product showing off the best of both companies. A partnership between CAD translation specialist Elysium and mold design expert Moldex3D has led to Moldex3D CADdoctor, new geometry repair software that combines multi-CAD data transfer, geometry quality verification, and model simplification. Proving the quality of a […]

Bassi to replace Sicot as SolidWorks CEO

Bassi to replace Sicot as SolidWorks CEO

After 18 years with SolidWorks, Sicot moves to corporate headquarters to lead indirect sales. Dassault Systèmes today announced it has promoted SolidWorks CEO Bertrand Sicot to vice president of sales in charge of the company’s “value solutions” sales channel. He will be replaced by current vice president of research and development Gian Paolo Bassi. Sicot […]

Ultimaker wants a piece of that 3D printer Maker action

Ultimaker wants a piece of that 3D printer Maker action

A team of Dutch engineers are winning awards and gaining attention using an open source ethic and off-the-shelf parts. A small Dutch company hopes its combination of open source ethic and engineering prowess will propel it to the top of the market for small, hobbyist-class 3D printers. Ultimaker’s first printer won Best in Shootout from […]

Bentley buys C3global for predictive modeling

Bentley buys C3global for predictive modeling

Another move to harness operational Big Data for asset performance management.   Bentley Systems has acquired UK-based C3global, provider of built asset management technology. Bentley will add C3global’s Amulet technology to its AssetWise portfolio, giving it the ability to perform predictive asset performance modeling. The acquisition is consistent with Bentley’s recent moves to enhance its […]

KeyCreator update adds multi-CAD comparison

KeyCreator update adds multi-CAD comparison

Pattern recognition technology compares models from a wide variety of CAD systems. A new version of direct 3D modeling tool KeyCreator is now available from K2D, offering new technology for comparing models created by a wide variety of CAD systems. In recent years direct modeling has become more popular, but still remains less influential in […]

WebAnimate update improves retargeting

WebAnimate update improves retargeting

Browser-based animation rigging tool comes in free and pro versions. IKinema has updated WebAnimate, its browser-based animation and retargeting toolset for indie developers. As with previous versions, there is a free version and a professional upgrade. Both versions can import mocap data as well as files from leading 3D development tools. Notable among new features […]