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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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Win a chance to model spaceships for an upcoming movie

Win a chance to model spaceships for an upcoming movie

LightWave3D is working with Space Command to offer model design opportunities to fans. Sci-fi fans who like their stories upbeat and their special effects incredible have an opportunity to design spaceships for the upcoming move Space Command. LightWave 3D is teaming up with the Marc Scott Zicree Space Command franchise in the LightWave 3D Space Command Challenge. Artists [...]

Graebert announces Android-based DWG CAD product

Graebert announces Android-based DWG CAD product

Code-name Radon, the new software will be a fully functioning DWG editor, with the same capabilities and APIs as Graebert’s desktop products. CAD software specialist Graebert GmbH today announces it is working on a full-working CAD product for Android-based tablets. Code-name Radon, the new DWG-compatible program will offer the same feature set as its desktop [...]

KeyShot 5 adds direct NURBS rendering, cloud-based sharing, fade animation

KeyShot 5 adds direct NURBS rendering, cloud-based sharing, fade animation

This update of the popular rendering engine for CAD users also tweaked the interface for ease of use and increased speed throughout the product. Luxion has released a new version of KeyShot, its popular rendering and product development visualization software. KeyShot 5 features the ability to directly render NURBS-based geometry without need of an intermediary [...]

Daimler doubles down on JT in supply chain

Daimler doubles down on JT in supply chain

Elysium JT bi-directional translation will be used to transfer engineering data in the multi-CAD Daimler supply chain. Daimler AG has approved the Elysium JT bi-directional for use within its automotive manufacturing supply chain. Standardizing on JT and recommending Elysium as an approved vendor makes it easier for Daimler and its suppliers to exchange engineering and [...]

Fuse update allows editing imported 3D characters

Fuse update allows editing imported 3D characters

Now live via Steam, the new Fuse offers increased morphing abilities on a wide range of 3D assets. Repurposing 3D game characters and assembling a library of 3D content just got a little easier, thanks to an update of Fuse from Mixamo. The character creation software, designed to browse through existing meshes of body parts [...]

D-Day engineering marvels recreated for immersive 3D

D-Day engineering marvels recreated for immersive 3D

A Dassault Systèmes team virtually reconstructs Mulberry Harbor, the Waco glider and other key innovations. The results will be part of a documentary on PBS.   Working from a variety of drawings and artifacts, a team from Dassault Systèmes has used the Catia 3D CAD and other company products to virtually recreate some of the [...]

One-click virtual photos inside SketchUp

One-click virtual photos inside SketchUp

High-end vendor Imagination Technologies takes a low-end consumer approach. Only $19.95 for a camera inside the model. A new app for SketchUp takes virtual photos inside 3D designs with a one-click ease of use. Imagination Technologies has taken its high-end visualization technology and scaled it down for the users of the world’s most popular 3D [...]

Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 3 goes head to head with MacBook Air

Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 3 goes head to head with MacBook Air

The first applications demonstrated were Autodesk Revit and Adobe Photoshop. Is the enterprise ready to standardize on a Windows tablet? [Editor's Update: In paragraph five below, we wondered if the Surface Pro 3 was running an installed version or a networked version of Autodesk Revit. It was an installed version of Revit 2015.] Microsoft gathered [...]

Autodesk first quarter revenue better than expected

Autodesk first quarter revenue better than expected

Despite going through a major transition, revenue was up 4%, but net income was down. Autodesk (NASDAQ: ADSK) today reported better than expected first quarter results, given the company is going through a multi-quarter business model transition, moving away from selling perpetual licenses and into a variety of subscription-based offerings. Revenue for the first quarter [...]

What would you do with a battery-powered welder?

What would you do with a battery-powered welder?

Using PTC engineering software, Fronius International has brought to market the first manual arc welder that runs from a rechargeable battery. Electrical products manufacturer Fronius is gaining a reputation as an innovator. Recently the Austrian manufacturer introduced a line of electrical inverters that offer new convenience in storing and reusing renewable energy. Now they have [...]