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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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On my first visit to Autodesk, I look out the glassed-in lobby to see deer on the foggy hills of San Rafael. I immediately fell in love with Marin County, California’s little gem on the other side of Golden Gate... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at The CAD Insider
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My Outlook just crashed. Gone is a proposal I needed to work on. I boot my Window 10 computer for the second time today, once because of the Outlook crash and earlier, because… Well, it had just been a while,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2017 at The CAD Insider
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Industrial revolutions, like political and military revolutions, cause upheavals. When you threaten to take away someone's lunch, they get angry. If there are enough of them and they get together, it can turn ugly. King Ludd, head of the Luddite... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2017 at The CAD Insider
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Matt Lombard, who for the last 4 years has been writing copiously about Solid Edge and managing their online community for Siemens, will be going out his own again. His last day at Siemens was Friday, June 23, 2017. Matt’s... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2017 at The CAD Insider
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(picture courtesy of www.digitalefolien.de) If you study the internal structure inside the head of a human femur, cutaway above, you can see the variations of the internal structure. The structure is very dense inside the surface of the ball, where... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2017 at The CAD Insider
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If your vision of sailing is being laid back on a deck, wind whipping through hair and accompanied by the sounds of gulls, sail flapping and waves lapping the hull, you’ll not believe what has become of competitive sailing. There... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at The CAD Insider
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It’s just too easy to see what someone else is doing wrong. It could be how they are raising their children, growing their crops…or in my case, how they are transporting their water. What’s wrong with this picture? Nothing, if... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2017 at The CAD Insider
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A state-of-the-art warship, bristling with offensive and defensive firepower and manned by hundreds of well trained seamen is not something you want to play chicken with. But somehow, in the middle of the night in the crowded shipping lanes off... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2017 at The CAD Insider
In his welcome message, the always articulate and passionate Andrew Anagnost, delivers an invitation to meeting each and every one of the 8,000 Autodesk employees in his new role as CEO. He means it. So, after 4 months with no... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2017 at The CAD Insider
From Pirates of the Caribbean Curse of the Black Pearl, 2003. IoT, 3D printing, robots, AI, digital twins, big data --it’s all happening now. In the midst of the flurry of activity, it’s hard to get a sense of it,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2017 at The CAD Insider
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An orchestra plays United’s theme, George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, while passenger Dr. Dao is dragged off the plane in this satire on Funny Or Die. Flying home from COFES on Sunday afternoon from Phoenix, I silently chafed at how... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at The CAD Insider
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Veteran Brad Holtz passes unique cross-industry conference to a nonprofit group Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at The CAD Insider
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Siemens PLM acquired CD-adapco and LMS over the last few years, but that does not mean the software from those companies becomes an instant company standard. Dr Horst J Kayser, Siemens chief strategy officer, is onstage at the Siemens PLM... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2016 at The CAD Insider
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Founder of ESI, established favorite in crash analysis, seeks VR and other markets. Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at The CAD Insider
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LeEco? A French company with eco-friendly products? Good guess, but wrong. If Tesla can do it, so can we. LeEco introduces the LeSee Pro in its American debut in San Francisco. The (trying-not-to-be) Chinese company has been called the Netflix... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2016 at The CAD Insider
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Maker Faire, a rare success in the publishing world, may be making it fun to make things—and part of that fun is seeing how other things are made. Look how we've grown. Sherry Huss, co-founder of Maker Faire, at Autodesk’s... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2016 at The CAD Insider
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So much to tell. CEO Gian Paulo Bassi introduced SOLIDWORKS 2017 with its over 500 enhancements. Bassi also emphasized how SOLIDWORKS has become an innovation platform. When the most popular mechanical computer-aided design (MCAD) software serves up a new version,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2016 at The CAD Insider
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In the recently held International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS)—the show that packs McCormack Place every two years with over 100,000 hard-core manufacturing professionals and a dazzling array of machines that can make most anything—here was Autodesk with a message: It’s... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2016 at The CAD Insider
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What it’s like to attend a Siemens PLM Analyst Conference. (Image courtesy of Washington Post/Eric Sterling.) Once a year, Siemens PLM invites analysts and some journalists to its conference. It does thisto remind us once again that it has a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2016 at The CAD Insider
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Figure 1- Siemens PLM acquired CD-adapco and LMS over the last few years, but that does not mean the software from those companies becomes an instant company standard. Dr Horst J Kayser, Siemens chief strategy officer, is onstage at the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2016 at The CAD Insider
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Recent funding could strengthen company against hard-charging Autodesk, but reliance on Internet connection hurts. Onshape, the CAD world’s richest startup, wants to empower the next generation of CAD users, and could do so, if not for its Achilles heel: reliance... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2016 at The CAD Insider
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3D Systems, a leader in 3D printing along with Stratasys, continues to try to find a foothold amid wild fluctuations in its business. Just last quarter, the company reported a staggering $604 million loss. Its longtime leader of 12 years,... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2016 at The CAD Insider
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The Yoga Pro does the downward dog (picture from Lenovo) I purchased my ThinkPad T450s earlier this year, not long after it was available. Little did I know, Lenovo would be bringing out the Yoga P40 Pro. If only I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2016 at The CAD Insider
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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