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Roopinder Tara
Novato, California (near San Francisco)
CAD, CAM and CAE editor
Interests: Trail running so superior to marathons! I swim but it's more like thrashing. Most of my daydreams are of my time on a road bike.
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MSC's Dominic Gallello swims and runs for distance Dominic Gallello, CEO, of MSC Software, is 60 years old but is not acting his age. He has just swum across the Bosphorus Straits. There’s 4 miles separating Europe and Asia near... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2015 at The CAD Insider
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I'm with Sean Flaherty, CEO of Nemetschek Vectorworks, and he's on a roll. He has successfully delivered a string of one-liners to the 350 or so in attendance at the first ever Vectorworks Design Summit (April 27-29, 2015). They’re not... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2015 at The CAD Insider
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ATLANTA, GA (AIA Convention 2015) — Phil Bernstein, Autodesk’s chief visionary in all things architecture, never fails to impress. In what may already be a tradition, he holds court at an invitation-only evening event on Day 1 of the AIA... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at The CAD Insider
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While this new headgear may be great for games, we wonder what it might do for serious applications. SAN FRANCISCO, May 1, 2015 - Microsoft's announcement of the HoloLens at its Build 2015 developer conference made a giant splash in... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2015 at The CAD Insider
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PHILADELPHIA, PA, Apr 28, 2015 — Vectorworks is known to be a company that punches above its weight. So it was only fitting that it threw its big party, during the first ever Vectorworks Design Summit, near where Sylvester Stallone,... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2015 at The CAD Insider
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GUANGZHOU, China (ZWSOFT GPC 2015) — Truman Du, ZWSOFT's founder and CEO, made time to talk to TenLinks during his company's Global Partner Conference. The 43-year-old Truman (I am told it is okay to address him by his first name)... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at The CAD Insider
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GUANGZHOU, China (ZWSOFT GPC 2015) — My PR contact at ZWSOFT, Barry Shen, is kind enough to take me around his city one free afternoon. Holidays Barry has been on holiday. China's Qingming Festival celebrates the sweeping of the tombs.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2015 at The CAD Insider
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By TenLinks Judge, Deepak Gupta PHOENIX, AZ (SOLIDWORKS World 2015) — Hardware HP: Every year at SOLIDWORKS World, I visit them and they have incredible products to offer for SOLIDWORKS users. Their Z Workstations take performance and productivity to the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at The CAD Insider
The Buzz Onshape is easily the most anticipated CAD program ever, as it has been created by the same people who hit a home run with the very popular and capable SOLIDWORKS, the current market leader among MCAD programs. Investors... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at The CAD Insider
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In the CAD world, Jon Hirschtick, chairman of the board at Onshape, hardly needs an introduction. One of the original founders of SOLIDWORKS, he led a team that came out of nowhere in the 1990s and taught a lesson in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2015 at The CAD Insider
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As an engineer, I can totally specify a part. Concept, shape, material . . . done! I can render in glorious 3D . . . . It almost looks like the real thing. I can tell if it will survive... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at The CAD Insider
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by TenLinks Judge, Alin Vargatu Flatter Files PHOENIX, AZ (SOLIDWORKS World 2015) — Great cloud-based application offering controlled access of your company files for suppliers, customers and even other departments in your company (CNC, purchasing, planning) that need to see... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at The CAD Insider
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by TenLinks Judge, Jim Lucas PHOENIX, AZ (SOLIDWORKS World 2015) — SOLIDWORKS veteran and TenLinks judge, Jim Lucas, has nominated the following products for the SOLIDWORKS World 2015 Best of Show. The following is a list along with his justification.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at The CAD Insider
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PHOENIX, AZ (SOLIDWORKS World 2015) — SOLIDWORKS' annual user meeting in January was Gian Paolo Bassi's first public appearance as CEO. The former CTO replaces Bertrand Sicot as the head of SOLIDWORKS and now gives the most popular MCAD program... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at The CAD Insider
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by TenLinks Judge, Joe Medieros PHOENIX, AZ (SOLIDWORKS World 2015) — Sigmetrix Cetol 6 Tolerance Stack-Up answers a need for accurate tolerance stack-up in order to avoid manufacturing errors. Sigmetrix has the only tolerance stack program that is fully integrated... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2015 at The CAD Insider
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by TenLinks Judge, Joe Medieros PHOENIX, AZ (SOLIDWORKS World 2015) — SolidPlant by Smap 3D is plant design software that allows seamless 3D piping design and isometric drawings from P&ID 2D flowcharts. While some of this functionality does exist in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2015 at The CAD Insider
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by TenLinks Judge, Joe Medieros PHOENIX, AZ (SOLIDWORKS World 2015) — Flatter Files uses an installed uploader application to upload data from a local or network drive, file sharing applications such as Dropbox and PDM (Product Data Management) systems such... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2015 at The CAD Insider
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Feb 9, 2015, Phoenix, AZ (SOLIDWORKS World 2015) — How would Gian Paolo Bassi, newly crowned CEO of SOLIDWORKS, make his mark at the company’s big annual user meeting, I wondered. SOLIDWORKS World, the biggest MCAD user meeting in the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at The CAD Insider
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In a historical announcement today, Autodesk announced it will stop selling software — and start renting it. After February of 2016, you will only be able to get Autodesk desktop* software on a "subscription model." See the announcement here .... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at The CAD Insider
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New technologies that bring 3D models of the existing world will be displayed and discussed in “reality computing’s” first conference, REAL 2015. Most of us work in 3D. Quite a few buildings are 3D BIM. Product design is done with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2015 at The CAD Insider
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LAS VEGAS, NV (Autodesk University 2014) — Microdesk has been busy exploring how it can be of help to architects and civil engineers now and in the future. Traditionally an Autodesk reseller with roots in the Boston area, Microdesk has... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2015 at The CAD Insider
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LAS VEGAS, NV (Autodesk University 2014) — Advance2000 will set up a cloud environment for an architectural firm or AEC division of your company, as they have done already for Disney, Canon, and others. Architecture is a focus, explains Adam... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at The CAD Insider
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LAS VEGAS, NV (Autodesk University 2014) — Epson showed up with its latest wide-format printer, the SureColor T5270D. Epson Product Manager Timothy Check gave me a rundown: Features the Epson PrecisionCore TFP print head and Epson UltraChrome XD pigment ink.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at The CAD Insider
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LAS VEGAS, NV (Autodesk University 2014) – Eagle Point was on hand once again to demonstrate their Pinnacle software. Eagle Point had its beginnings in civil engineering. Its first product was RoadCalc for surveyors and engineers. Led by President and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at The CAD Insider
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LAS VEGAS, NV (Autodesk University 2014) — Contex has maintained its position as the most respected name in large-format scanners for CAD use with a combination of state-of-the-art hardware. If you think your scanner is better, check under the hood.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at The CAD Insider