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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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MachineWorks updates CAM-CNC simulation software

MachineWorks updates CAM-CNC simulation software

Raytracing technology reveals surface details formerly lost during simulation viewing. CNC and CAM simulation specialist MachineWorks has updated its software with hybrid machine simulation, new technology for surfacing, and improved accuracy for visual representation. MachineWorks Software says more than 60% of CAM developers have integrated MachineWorks technology into their applications over the years. The updates […]

By March 3, 2016 Read More →
High-end add-in graphics boards shipments increased in 2015

High-end add-in graphics boards shipments increased in 2015

Great games drove the market. Sales of add-in boards for computer graphics (AIBs) rose in 2015, drove by the enthusiast (gaming) segment of the market, according to a new market report released today by Jon Peddie Research. The total number of AIBs sold in 2015 was 50 million compared to 44 million in 2014.  Of […]

By March 2, 2016 Read More →
Autodesk and Siemens announce interoperability deal

Autodesk and Siemens announce interoperability deal

The two CAD leaders are already working together on the 3MF Consortium to create a new 3D printing data format. Autodesk and Siemens today announce an interoperability agreement regarding their CAD and PLM products. The two companies agree to “significantly improve the interoperability between their companies’ respective software offerings,” says an announcement from Autodesk. It […]

By March 1, 2016 Read More →
JPR to host press at Laval Virtual

JPR to host press at Laval Virtual

Europe’s largest conference on virtual reality has become an essential gathering of industry leaders. Jon Peddie Research will host a press briefing and panel discussion at Laval Virtual, Europe’s largest conference devoted to virtual reality (VR). With 2016 shaping up to be the year of virtual reality, this briefing will provide essential background to understanding […]

By March 1, 2016 Read More →
Autodesk revenue down in fourth quarter, flat for fiscal year

Autodesk revenue down in fourth quarter, flat for fiscal year

Transition metrics and revenue metrics offer alternative scenarios for Autodesk’s fiscal year. The story of fourth quarter and full-year results for Autodesk (ADSK: Nasdaq) is a tale of two methods of measurement. If we measure the metrics of transition from perpetual license sales to annual subscriptions, Autodesk is doing quite well. If we measure the […]

By February 26, 2016 Read More →
Ansys posts rare decline for full year revenue

Ansys posts rare decline for full year revenue

Net income is down, net revenue is flat in underwhelming fourth quarter. Ansys will have to wait until next year to join the billion dollar revenue club.   Ansys (ANSS: Nasdaq) reports a rare decline in net income for the all of 2015 (ended December 31, 2015). The company cites a mix of currency issues […]

By February 26, 2016 Read More →
TurboCAD 2016 enhances 3D mechanical design feature set

TurboCAD 2016 enhances 3D mechanical design feature set

Other updates include rendering, architectural and user interface enhancements. The 2016 update to TurboCAD from IMSI/Design includes enhancements to its 3D mechanical design feature set, including the ability to generate a variety of 3D shapes by using “law-based” design. Other new features include updates to its visualization rendering engine, new features for architectural design, and […]

By February 25, 2016 Read More →
Satellites over Hawaii with Redshift

Satellites over Hawaii with Redshift

Hollywood GFX house Hammerhead used the GPU-based biased renderer in the new film Aloha. Founded in 1994, Hammerhead Productions is no stranger to the demands of crafting digital content. Recent assignments from Hollywood include special effects for 42, Fury, The Hangover, Godzilla, and Prometheus. Their most recent feature film work was Aloha, a comedy-drama directed […]

By February 23, 2016 Read More →
New Jersey Search and Rescue streamlines search logistics with large-format printing

New Jersey Search and Rescue streamlines search logistics with large-format printing

  Their new HP DesignJet accepts print commands from mobile devices; the scanner is used to digitize hand-annotated maps containing important information. New Jersey Search and Rescue (NJSAR) is a team of more than 50 highly trained volunteers who conduct an average of 25 missing-person searches per year, On call 24 hours a day, seven […]

By February 22, 2016 Read More →
Aerospace toolmaker removes programming bottleneck with Delcam PowerMill

Aerospace toolmaker removes programming bottleneck with Delcam PowerMill

Using software designed for toolmakers instead of programmers made the difference. The toolmakers at G. Parker Aero Tooling Solutions were getting frustrated with the rising backlog of projects not being completed in a timely fashion. The problem was a bottleneck in programming the ten computer-aided machining (CAM) units. The two seats of their existing software […]

By February 19, 2016 Read More →