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3D PDF Consortium adds academic membership

3D PDF Consortium adds academic membership

Purdue University seeks to help its students as well as the technical graphics industry. The 3D PDF Consortium has launched an academic membership category, with Purdue University the first university to join.  The team initiating the drive for consortium membership was led by Nathan W. Hartman, Ed.D., Professor and Associate Head of Computer Graphics Technology […]

By September 26, 2016 Read More →
GE buys European 3D printing companies

GE buys European 3D printing companies

Design and Manufactured become inextricably linked as a new round of consolidation combine manufacturing and design companies. We’ve been talking about the disaggregation of markets with the blithe assumption no one would really know what the hell we’re talking about so we’d have a little bit of leeway to figure it out. But GE’s acquisition […]

By September 17, 2016 Read More →
CADfix adds new features for advanced MCAD feature editing

CADfix adds new features for advanced MCAD feature editing

Facet control, better STL conversion, and tighter mesh control are also included in this update. CADfix version 11, just released by International TechneGroup Incorporated (ITI), brings current many of the MCAD import and export formats used by CADfix, as well as adds new editing features. CADfix is a multi-purpose tool for CAD data translation. It […]

By September 15, 2016 Read More →
Demand for desktop CAD hardware expected to decline

Demand for desktop CAD hardware expected to decline

Use of mobile and virtual workstation use of CAD tools will increase, according to new research survey. A recent survey of engineering and other CAD-using firms reveals spending will go down for desktop PCs and up for mobile products and virtual workstations for CAD use. The data comes as part of the Worldwide CAD Trends […]

By September 11, 2016 Read More →
Stratasys to show next-generation 3D printing technologies at IMTS

Stratasys to show next-generation 3D printing technologies at IMTS

Stratasys will show two new prototype systems at the IMTS show in Chicago this fall. The InfiniteBuild 3D printer builds prints on a vertical axis for long parts and the Robotic Composite 3D printer builds composite machine parts using a robot arm on site.

By September 5, 2016 Read More →
CADfix contributes to UK study of high-end mesh geometry use

CADfix contributes to UK study of high-end mesh geometry use

Automated generation of high quality meshes will aid CFD simulation for aerospace and other demanding engineering tasks. The UK government, working with private software companies, recently finished a three-year study of advanced geometry handling and integration for industrial use. The study, known as GHandI (Geometry Handling and Integration), resulted in new capabilities in the automatic […]

By August 23, 2016 Read More →
Datakit updates SolidWorks export plug-ins

Datakit updates SolidWorks export plug-ins

A license of the export target is not required to create a new version of the 3D model. Datakit has updated its line of SolidWorks conversion plug-ins. Each converter works as a SolidWorks plug-in, but does not require a license of the software in the format being exported. Updated modules include: SolidWorks 3D to Siemens […]

By August 12, 2016 Read More →
Shapr3D offers iPad Pro-only 3D CAD

Shapr3D offers iPad Pro-only 3D CAD

Intended for early design work, Shapr3D supports common 3D export formats. Don’t expect Android anytime soon. Shapr3D is gaining attention as a 3D CAD app made specifically for the Apple iPad and the Apple Pencil. Developer Istvan Csanady saw developing 3D CAD specifically for the iPad Pro as an opportunity to re-invent the 3D modeling […]

By August 11, 2016 Read More →
AMD gives advanced rendering software to developers

AMD gives advanced rendering software to developers

Radeon ProRender released to open source. Several CAD and DCC plug-ins are already available.   By Jon Peddie At Siggraph, AMD announced that it was making its physical-based ray-tracing rendering engine open source, and would share its source code with developers as part of its GPUOpen program. The software has been renamed Radeon ProRender (it […]

By August 2, 2016 Read More →
SPECapc releases new benchmark for Siemens NX

SPECapc releases new benchmark for Siemens NX

A complete redesign offers new models, latest graphics display modes and a fresh GUI. The non-profit group SPEC has released a new benchmark for Siemens NX, the high-end 3D CAD program popular in heavy industry and automotive. The new software from SPEC’s Application Performance Characterization (SPECapc) offers performance evaluation for computers running Siemens NX 9.0 […]

By July 8, 2016 Read More →