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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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Allegorithmic updates Substance Painter

Allegorithmic updates Substance Painter

3D texturing tool now compatible with Linux; UDIM workflow management for high-res assets. Allegorithmic has updated its 3D texturing software Substance Painter with support for Linux, 8K map exports, and more. Substance Painter is a 3D painting application for direct application of physically based rendering (PBR) materials directly onto a 3D model. It allows the […]

By June 8, 2016 Read More →
What’s in a logo?

What’s in a logo?

The PTC pivot into an Internet of Things business is part of a larger redefinition of manufacturing. Today at the PTC LiveWorx 2016 conference, CEO James Heppelmann ended his presentation by introducing a new logo to represent the company. As shown here, the new logo combines the company name (they stopped being “Parametrics Technology Corporation” […]

By June 7, 2016 Read More →
HP adds chromatic red ink to new DesignJet Z-series printers

HP adds chromatic red ink to new DesignJet Z-series printers

GIS pros are a target of the new vibrant red, designed for durable media such as maps. HP has added new models to its line of professional inkjet printers with new 24-inch and 44-inch models with six-ink printing and the option of a new chromatic red ink. HP says the six-ink printing system in the […]

By May 26, 2016 Read More →
Autodesk Q1 revenue down, as expected

Autodesk Q1 revenue down, as expected

Transition to subscriptions is going well, but the short-term revenue hit remains strong. Autodesk (ADSK: NASDAQ) has reported first quarter results for fiscal 2017 that are in line with its long-term forecast for moving revenue from product purchases to subscriptions. During this transition, quarterly revenue is impacted because more revenue is recognized over the course […]

By May 20, 2016 Read More →
ODA brings cloud-based rendering to CAD developers

ODA brings cloud-based rendering to CAD developers

Teigha Cloud offers an independent cloud platform to build web-based applications. The Open Design Alliance (ODA) has introduced a production release of Teigha Cloud, its framework for visualizing engineering data on the Web. This new platform offers CAD developers a new platform for developing Web-based CAD-related applications. Teigha Cloud allows engineering drawings to be rendered […]

By May 18, 2016 Read More →
Stratasys builds 3D printing cloud app from GrabCAD

Stratasys builds 3D printing cloud app from GrabCAD

The new design-to-print workflow automates the process of preparing 3D models for printing and accepts major CAD program formats in addition to STL. Stratasys has unveiled its long-awaited repurposing of GrabCAD, which it acquired in 2014, with today’s announcement of GrabCAD Cloud. Stratasys says GrabCAD Cloud will speed time-to-print significantly, by focusing on the pain […]

By May 17, 2016 Read More →
Putting attached hands inside virtual reality

Putting attached hands inside virtual reality

Manus VR is close to releasing a commercial version of VR gloves for HTC Vive. Open source code gives it platform potential.  A Dutch startup is well on its way to putting your hands inside a virtual reality experience. This year Manus VR has been on the trade show circuit showing off its VR gloves. […]

By May 16, 2016 Read More →
60 days to build a CAD product for free

60 days to build a CAD product for free

The Open Design Alliance is offering a free trial of its Teigha development platform. If you have ever thought about writing your own CAD software, now it the time. The Open Design Alliance (ODA) is making available a free trial version of Teigha, its development platform for engineering applications. Teigha is the evolution of the […]

By May 13, 2016 Read More →
Recreating the greatest high-wire performance of modern times

Recreating the greatest high-wire performance of modern times

Atomic Fiction recreates the famous stunt in The Walk with Faceware. On a warm summer day in 1974, French high-wire artist and stuntman extraordinaire Philippe Petit surprised morning commuters in lower Manhattan when a cable appeared connecting the two towers of the World Trade Center. Petit and his team put it there so he could do […]

By May 11, 2016 Read More →
Polygonica expands platform support to Linux and Mac

Polygonica expands platform support to Linux and Mac

3D printing needs good meshing, and much of the design work is not on Windows. The innovative simulation software Polygonica has added Linux and Mac to its supported platforms. Polygonica is currently available for Microsoft Windows and a range of Visual Studio Compilers. With the release of Polygonica 1.3, support will be extended to Linux […]

By May 10, 2016 Read More →