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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.
Recent Activity
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
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
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LAS VEGAS, NV (Autodesk University 2014) — Fairly new to the scene is the oddly named CL3VER. It has already lined up heavyweight customers. CEO and Founder Viktor Nordstrom shows me how CL3VER is being used at BASF to highlight... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at The CAD Insider
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LAS VEGAS, NV (Autodesk University 2014) — Autodesk may have bought Delcam and HSMWorks, much to the chagrin of their third-party CAM partners, resulting in an awkward relationship with the remaining CAM partners. SolidCAM, however, is not about to give... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at The CAD Insider
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LAS VEGAS, NV (Autodesk University 2014) — RTV Tools makes a variety of utilities for Revit users. CEO Jason Howden, who hails from New Zealand, was showing these at Autodesk University. RTV Drawing Manager helps track and record drawings associated... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at The CAD Insider
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LAS VEGAS, NV (Autodesk University 2014) — 3D scanning and capture was maybe the hottest topic at this year’s Autodesk University, taking up considerable portions of the keynote speeches and floor space in the partner expo. Autodesk has faith in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at The CAD Insider
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LAS VEGAS, NV (Autodesk University 2014) — The boys from White Frog were clearly having a good time in their suite high above the strip in the Mandalay Bay Hotel. The party was part of their “aggressive rollout” to introduce... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at The CAD Insider
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LAS VEGAS (3DEXPERIENCE 2014) — Does it bother anyone that a brand new car has to be run into a concrete barrier? I am watching an Acura SUV ramming into a barrier in an offset frontal crash test. In slow... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2015 at The CAD Insider
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LAS VEGAS, NV (3DEXPERIENCE) — In a city that is famous for experience, though most of them negative ones, we are being advised how experience counts more than product and services. Ken Clayton, VP Americas Market and Global Sales Operations,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2014 at The CAD Insider
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LAS VEGAS, NV (Autodesk University 2014) - BOXX is the perennial favorite of graphic hot-rodders, and is becoming the workstation on which the flashiest graphics seem to be displayed, such as those at their signature event, SIGGRAPH. I had never... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2014 at The CAD Insider