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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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V-Ray AIA demo to feature Oculus Rift

V-Ray AIA demo to feature Oculus Rift

Chaos Group is coordinating a partnership of architectural and technology companies to demonstrate “the future of architectural visualization.” Architectural rendering technology company Chaos Group is teaming up at this year’s AIA conference with a technology partner and several architectural firms to present a state-of-the-art look at using virtual reality technology. At this year’s American Institute [...]

Maya LT extension improves export options

Maya LT extension improves export options

A new method of exporting multiple animations per FBX file streamlines game development. Autodesk today released the first extension for Maya LT 2015. The focus in this update is features that improve the process of exporting animations and objects to game engines. New features include: Game Exporter: Simplifies how models and animations are exported from Maya [...]

PTC immerses its users in the Internet of Things

PTC immerses its users in the Internet of Things

From introducing recent acquisition ThingWorx to buying a systems engineering specialist, PTC wants its users to think big about making the new world of smart, connected products. PTC continues to distinguish itself from its PLM peers at this week’s Planet PTC conference with a push beyond product engineering and design into services. There are new [...]

ODA adds cloud technology to Teigha CAD engine

ODA adds cloud technology to Teigha CAD engine

The new client will allow developers to create mobile versions with a variety of standard rendering features. The Open Design Alliance has updated its Teigha software development platform with a new cloud-based framework for rendering. ODA members may use the Teigha 4.0 to write mobile or desktop CAD applications which use Teigha Cloud to provide [...]

HP ships new $99 Android tablet

HP ships new $99 Android tablet

The Allwinner quadcore CPU and no Bluetooth helps keep the cost low. HP this week started shipping in the US a new low-cost Android tablet. The HP 7 Plus Tablet uses an Allwinner A31 ARM-based CPU and ships without Bluetooth connectivity to keep costs down to $99 retail.  The A31 is based on an older [...]

Hollywood mocap allows quadriplegic to drive race cars again

Hollywood mocap allows quadriplegic to drive race cars again

A team lead by OptiTrack and Ball Aerospace put former IRL driver Sam Schmidt back behind the wheel. A former Indy Racing League driver who has been a quadriplegic since 2000 due to a racing accident got behind the wheel several times during race week at this year’s Indianapolis 500. His laps—some over 100 mph—were [...]

PTC releases free Creo Student Edition, parametric design primer

PTC releases free Creo Student Edition, parametric design primer

The software and a primer on using parametric design are available to all students who enroll in the PTC Academic Program.    The PTC University Academic Program is offering free downloads of the PTC Creo Student Edition as well as a free PTC Creo Primer Guide for Students. The primer introduces the modeling, visualization and design tools in PTC [...]

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 [...]