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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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Chaos Group launches V-Ray 3 for Rhino

Chaos Group launches V-Ray 3 for Rhino

The graphical toolkits favored by Hollywood are now available to the architects, industrial designers, and other Rhino users. Earlier this year, Chaos Group brought its updated V-Ray renderer to the Nuke video editor. Now architects and designers can also take advantage of V-Ray 3’s capabilities thanks to its release on Rhino 5. This means that […]

By April 13, 2017 Read More →
Spatial adds advanced meshing to 3D toolkit

Spatial adds advanced meshing to 3D toolkit

Distene mesh technology streamlines the CAD-to-simulation process. 3D development toolkit maker Spatial Corp has expanded its technology for the intricate CAD-to-simulation process by licensing mesh technology from Distene. The French company is already considered a leader in mesh software and components for 3D applications, with clients including Ansys, MSC Software, Siemens, PTC, and Autodesk. Inclusion […]

By April 10, 2017 Read More →
Famed COFES conference becomes non-profit institute

Famed COFES conference becomes non-profit institute

The list of attendees since 2000 is a true Who’s Who of the engineering software industry.  The legendary COFES — Congress on the Future of Engineering Software — has become the centerpiece of a new non-profit foundation, 18 years after it was founded to be a conference more about attendee conversations than the keynote speakers or […]

By April 9, 2017 Read More →
Privacy versus security in an augmented reality world

Privacy versus security in an augmented reality world

Can the next leap in technology help us reduce fear of the unknown? Is privacy obsolete?   By Jon Peddie Privacy is about the things you want to hide, whereas security is about the things you want to protect. And, I think they are two totally different things. I recently gave a lecture on augmented […]

By April 7, 2017 Read More →
BricsCAD officially compatible with Intergraph CADWorx Plant

BricsCAD officially compatible with Intergraph CADWorx Plant

For tiny Bricsys the deal a big step forward in its battle to be taken seriously as a legitimate alternative to AutoCAD. CAD vendors Bricsys and Intergraph Process, Power & Marine today announced that the new release of Intergraph CADWorx Plant 2017 is compatible with both AutoCAD and BricsCAD. For Bricsys, a small software company based […]

By April 6, 2017 Read More →
Why Apple must refresh the Mac Pro

Why Apple must refresh the Mac Pro

Apple is nearing irrelevance in a surging workstation market. Thermal issues are one problem, market perception is another. By Randall S. Newton In the past few days a flurry of articles have come out discussing an unusual occurrence at Apple: candor about the future of the Mac as a professional computer. It seems the executive […]

By April 5, 2017 Read More →
New Wohlers Report says 3D printing industry grew by 17% in 2016

New Wohlers Report says 3D printing industry grew by 17% in 2016

More than 90 manufacturers produced and sold industrial additive manufacturing systems in 2016. Metal 3D printing is almost 50% of the service market. The newest edition of the Wohlers Report on the state of the 3D printing industry shows worldwide revenue growth of 17.4% in 2016, to $6.063 billion. This is a drop from 25.9% […]

By April 4, 2017 Read More →
ITI and Anark form strategic partnership for 3D PDF in manufacturing

ITI and Anark form strategic partnership for 3D PDF in manufacturing

Adding independent validation of model-to-PDF conversions will improve the ability to extend engineering data in the organization. Industrial 3D visualization specialists International TechneGroup Incorporated (ITI) and Anark Corporation have formed a strategic partnership to serve manufacturers’ technical document publishing and validation needs. Manufacturers, especially those transitioning to Model Based Enterprise (MBE) processes, want the ability […]

By March 30, 2017 Read More →
Lenovo adds virtual reality certification to budget workstation

Lenovo adds virtual reality certification to budget workstation

ThinkStation P320 seeks to strike a balance between performance and price. Lenovo today launches what it says is a budget-savvy, virtual reality-ready workstation, the ThinkStation P320. The refreshed workstation will be available in both full-size tower and small form factor (SFF). Options include the latest generation of both Intel Xeon processors and Intel Core i7 […]

By March 28, 2017 Read More →
X-Rite Pantone introduces Virtual Light Booth

X-Rite Pantone introduces Virtual Light Booth

Designers can create digital renderings of real-world objects with precise capture of lighting and color. X-Rite Pantone recently introduced its new Virtual Light Booth (VLB), designed to simulate and compare the appearance of physical and virtual materials. As part of the company’s Total Appearance Capture (TAC) suite, the VLB allows for the precise capturing of […]

By March 22, 2017 Read More →