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Nvidia DesignWorks offers interactive photorealistic rendering for design tools

Nvidia DesignWorks offers interactive photorealistic rendering for design tools

A combination of existing tools and new technologies, DesignWorks extends the potential reach of physically based rendering.   Nvidia DesignWorks is a new set of software tools, libraries and technologies for design software developers. It gives application developers a way to take advantage of Nvidia’s work in both physically based rendering (PBR) and physically based […]

InspectionXpert update introduces one-click ballooning

InspectionXpert update introduces one-click ballooning

Quality reports are generated much faster with significant error reduction compared to manual input. CAD tools vendor KeyToData has added automated capture of inspection data to InspectionXpert, its software for preparing first-article inspection quality reports from CAD and PDF files. The new one-click ballooning feature extracts dimensions and tolerances and other manufacturing data embedded in […]

IMSI/Design TurboCAD Mac PowerPack fixes 3D models

IMSI/Design TurboCAD Mac PowerPack fixes 3D models

Models made to be manufacturing diagrams often need editing to be ready for 3D printing. As 3D printing reaches beyond the largest manufacturers and into small businesses and the hobbyist community, people are discovering that models made to be 3D manufacturing diagrams are often not good enough to be directly manufactured via 3D printing. Edges […]

Onshape releases Android app

Onshape releases Android app

The browser is good enough on the desktop, but CAD works better on mobile devices with a dedicated app. CAD startup Onshape has released its second dedicated mobile app this week with the launch of the Onshape for Android app in the Google Play store. As with its sibling app previously released for iOS, Onshape […]

Lattice3D Studio update simplifies creating 3D PDFs for technical communication

Lattice3D Studio update simplifies creating 3D PDFs for technical communication

The new template approach to creating interactive 3D PDFs does not require programming or scripting. 3D manufacturing models are seen by many eyes, not just the people who use CAD to create and review them. Lattice Technology has long been one of the leading companies in the narrow niche of making tools to view complicated […]

IntelliCAD ships major update of dwg-compatible development platform

IntelliCAD ships major update of dwg-compatible development platform

Over 1,200 new features including broader raster image support. The IntelliCAD Technology Consortium has released a new version of its CAD development platform. ITC technology is used by CAD vendors to create custom products based on the dwg design file standard popularized by Autodesk. IntelliCAD Version 8 includes support for the latest 2014 .dwg file […]

Giant burrowing snake machines create London Crossrail tunnel

Giant burrowing snake machines create London Crossrail tunnel

Designed in PTC Creo, eight 1,000-ton units are cutting through 26 miles of widely varying conditions. For years the Crossrail project has been burrowing tunnels for a new rail line directly under London. More than 26 miles in total have been carved out by gargantuan tunnel boring machines (TBMs), purpose built for Crossrail by German […]

SPECapc releases SolidWorks 2015 benchmark

SPECapc releases SolidWorks 2015 benchmark

Three new models are included in this year’s benchmark, along with new procedures to test workstation performance. The leader in benchmark software for application performance has released new benchmark software for evaluating workstations for use with Dassault Systemes SolidWorks 2015. SPECapc for SolidWorks 2015 consists of nine graphics and two CPU tests. The graphics tests […]

Airbus to acquire 30,000 Aras PLM seats

Airbus to acquire 30,000 Aras PLM seats

Old PLM systems never die at Airbus; Aras Innovator will connect the past to the future. PLM vendor Aras today announced a strategic partner agreement with Airbus to use the Aras Innovator PLM platform for engineering business processes for up to 30,000 users or more. A key use of Aras Innovator will be in the […]

Autodesk updates Fusion 360 with distributed design

Autodesk updates Fusion 360 with distributed design

There are also improvements to sketching, 2D drawing, 3D printing prep, and links with new partners. Autodesk continues its rapid pace of innovation for Fusion 360, its cloud-based MCAD software. New this week are a variety of updates topped by new ability to have multiple designers working on a model at the same time. Autodesk […]