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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 →
Trimble Sefaira acquisition builds out Buildings portfolio

Trimble Sefaira acquisition builds out Buildings portfolio

Trimble acquires London-based Sefaira building analysis software as part of its ongoing strategy of expanding its Buildings portfolio. Sefaira’s plug-ins work with SketchUp and Revit. Trimble is adding on. The company announced the acquisition of London-based Sefaira Ltd., makers of software for design analysis, conceptualization for sustainability, and performance. Terms of the deal were not […]

By February 22, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Frame Pro 64GB gives engineers high-performance application computing on demand

Frame Pro 64GB gives engineers high-performance application computing on demand

Using Frame as a graphics workstation-on-demand system runs about $4 an hour. When we last wrote about Frame (founded as Mainframe 2) in June 2015, it had just secured $10 million in new venture capital funding. Now the second-generation Software-as-a-Service vendor is introducing Frame Pro 64GB, a high-performance version of its product aimed at professional […]

By February 8, 2016 Read More →
Lanmar Services turns old NASA buildings into geometry with 3D scanning

Lanmar Services turns old NASA buildings into geometry with 3D scanning

Thinkbox Sequoia now commercially available after lengthy beta cycle.   Austin, Texas-based Lanmar Services has found new work saving clients time and money by using laser scanning to record and translate 3D structural data from existing buildings into functional, precise 2D CAD or 3D building information models (BIM). They use Sequoia, point cloud meshing software […]

By February 1, 2016 Read More →
Cloud-based Cl3ver supports unconnected presentations for AEC and manufacturing

Cloud-based Cl3ver supports unconnected presentations for AEC and manufacturing

A new app for Windows and Apple devices can store cloud-based presentations locally.    The current update of Cl3ver—a cloud-based platform for interactive web and mobile 3D presentations in AEC and manufacturing—includes the ability to run presentations without a live Internet connection and enhancements to visual quality. Architectural and engineering projects are often presented in […]

By January 11, 2016 Read More →
Hololens for design and designers

Hololens for design and designers

Microsoft is working with Autodesk and Trimble to develop applications for mixed reality. By Jon Peddie and Kathleen Maher When Microsoft introduced Hololens at the beginning of 2015, it was generally agreed that the blue giant had a good idea, and like many of Microsoft’s big ideas, it might well be many years before the […]

By January 6, 2016 Read More →
Chaos Group updates core algorithm in V-Ray 3.3 for 3ds Max

Chaos Group updates core algorithm in V-Ray 3.3 for 3ds Max

Variance-based adaptive sampling makes renders easier to predict and control. Chaos Group has released a free upgrade to its V-Ray add-in rendering toolkit for Autodesk 3ds Max. Chaos Group says the update provides 20%-50% faster rendering for most scenes and introduces a new variance-based adaptive sampler (VBAS) for more uniform noise distribution, faster setup, and improved imagery for VR, VFX, and arch-viz workflows.  By default, variance-based adaptive sampling will be on in the new update. Chaos Group […]

By December 29, 2015 Read More →
The evolution of Making

The evolution of Making

Autodesk University 2015 talks up the software systems that better fit how people work. By Kathleen Maher The Autodesk stage show is a whole lot of glitz and a bunch of future talk. The show was opened up by Star Troopers and Autodesk technical evangelist Lynn Allen. We never did get the relevance of Star […]

By December 23, 2015 Read More →
Nemetschek acquires BIM specialist Solibri for $38 million

Nemetschek acquires BIM specialist Solibri for $38 million

The Helsinki company spurned other suitors, preferring the “brands first” approach at Nemetschek. AEC software specialist Nemetschek has beat out other suitors to become the new owner of Solibri, a vendor of software for quality assurance and control in building information modeling (BIM). The Solibri Model Checker validates that BIM models are compliant in terms […]

By December 22, 2015 Read More →
Nvidia updates Iray plug-ins for Maya and 3ds Max

Nvidia updates Iray plug-ins for Maya and 3ds Max

Gensler has been using the new technology for months on the design of Nvidia’s new Santa Clara headquarters. Nvidia has released updated versions of its Iray plug-ins for photorealistic rendering inside Autodesk 3ds and Maya. Both Autodesk products have developed a strong following over the years; 3ds Max is big in architecture and product development, […]

By December 18, 2015 Read More →