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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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COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - and Bentley was on hand at SPAR, the annual gathering for the 3D scanning industry, to remind attendees that its applications that have been helping with 3D scanning and point clouds for years. It as at... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The CAD Insider
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COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (SPAR Int’l 2014) – Autodesk invited the press to the Garden of the Gods to watch them make 3D models of using some of the Reality Capture applications being shown at SPAR. The plan was to have... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The CAD Insider
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In this digital age, wouldn't you imagine that cars float through virtual assembly lines? Avatars ensuring that assembly workers will have room to maneuver their wrenches? Ensuring robotic arms having no collisions with fenders, rendering an otherwise gleaming auto undeliverable... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The CAD Insider
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TOKYO, Japan --Graphisoft, best known for its stand-alone, desktop-based ArchiCAD, has rolled out a cloud offering. Its BIMcloud appears to be primarily for purposes of collaboration. Having a BIM model on the cloud will allow far-flung users to work on... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The CAD Insider
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - The main story told to the assembled at Autodesk’s dream workshop in San Francisco's waterfront was HSMWorks for Inventor. I'm too distracted by HSMWorks' start as a SolidWorks CAM add-on, but I have to pay attention.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at The CAD Insider
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"The CAD wars are over." SAN FRANCISCO, CA - We hear it during the unveiling of HSMWorks for Inventor, as it proclaims support of SolidWorks users, many of whom have bought HSMWorks to do CAM. But while Autodesk may now... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at The CAD Insider
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - HSMWorks, Inc., was little more than a small band of 12, happily giving away CAM software1 for SolidWorks, until their discovery by Autodesk. The CAD giant saw something they liked (apparently, HSMWorks can make toolpaths in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at The CAD Insider
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TOKYO, Japan - GRAPHISOFT chose Tokyo to announce BIM Cloud (see press release), a cloud based collaboration, storage service targeted for architects and the construction industry. Why would a company based in Hungary, with its biggest customer base in Europe,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at The CAD Insider
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ROUND ROCK, TX - Dell’s workstation division seems to be enjoying a surge of support within the company –so much so that they had their 1st workstation-only press event, flying in media folk from all over the world to tour... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2014 at The CAD Insider
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David Heller, 72, founder of IBSystems, Inc., creator of “Café” sites (MCADcafe, AECcafe, others) has started a new PR firm, HTS Creative. David Heller (gray hair) interviews Thomas Teger at last year's SolidWorks World. Picture courtesy of MCAD Cafe. HTS... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2014 at The CAD Insider
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SAN DIEGO, CA (SolidWorks World 2014 - David vs Goliath. Avis vs Hertz. In CAD graphics, it's AMD graphics vs NVIDIA. NVIDIA claims to have 80% share of graphics cards for CAD users. Of course, this makes AMD to try... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2014 at The CAD Insider
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SAN DIEGO, CA (SolidWorks World 2014) - Stratasys is a major player in the 3D printer market and they have a number of things in play right now. They chose the SolidWorks annual user meeting, the biggest gathering of MCAD... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at The CAD Insider
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SAN DIEGO, CA (SolidWorks World 2014) - 3D printer maker, MakerBot, ambition is no less than putting a 3D printer on the desk of every engineer, architect, industrial designer and (per the MakerBots's website) just about everyone else. Students, their... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at The CAD Insider
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SAN DIEGO, CA (SolidWorks World 2014) - Lenovo may have opted for the less-is-more approach. Rather than chase Dell and HP mobile counterparts with massive 17" monitors, Lenovo draws the line at the W540 with the 15 inch screen --... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at The CAD Insider
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SAN DIEGO, CA (SolidWorks World 2014) - Of the 3 big hardware providers (Dell, HP, and Lenovo), Dell and HP are the only ones who offer a mobile workstation with a 17" screen. The most recent in Dell's mobile workstation... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at The CAD Insider
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SAN DIEGO, CA (SolidWorks World 2014) - C&G Systems, a Japanese with its North America office in Ontario, was showing CAM-TOOL for molds and dies. Though the booth emphasized speed (a cheetah motif was popular at the show) what caught... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at The CAD Insider
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SAN DIEGO, CA (SolidWorks World 2014 - The exhibit hall at the annual SolidWorks user conference provided an opportunity to do a quick test with several computer vendors: open a large SolidWorks part on your biggest, baddest workstation. Boxx was... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at The CAD Insider
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SAN DIEGO, CA (SolidWorks World 2014 - Amada builds the most respected sheet metal machines in the business. Big ones - turrets, brakes, laser cutters, more.. the kind that hulk in noisy, surprisingly clean factories, accepting sheets wider than you... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at The CAD Insider
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SAN DIEGO, CA (SolidWorks World 2014 - 3Dconnexion, makers of market leading 3D input devices, is a mainstay at CAD shows. Their latest offering was a wireless version of the SpaceMouse, and it was a big hit with our judges,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2014 at The CAD Insider
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SAN DIEGO, CA (SolidWorks World 2014) - Computer-based instruction from David Melvin, PE, whose goal is to replace "bad habits" that most users pick up when trying to teach themselves SolidWorks. TEDCF distinguishes itself by "going beyond the commands" and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2014 at The CAD Insider
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SAN DIEGO, CA (SolidWorks World 2014) - EFICAD's SWOOD fills what is becoming an increasing need for automation and CAM as more companies creating furniture, furnishings, cabinetry and other wood design embrace 3D software. An industry specific add-in, such as... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2014 at The CAD Insider
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SAN DIEGO, CA (SolidWorks World 2014) - solidThinking allows designers and engineers to generate and investigate structurally efficient concepts using simulation based on their load constrains before part modeling in SolidWorks. Using the Parasolid Perform engine, solidThinking lets you create... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2014 at The CAD Insider
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SAN DIEGO, CA (SolidWorks World 2014) - A SolidWorks Gold partner, SolidCAM was showing their patented iMachining technology. Available as a separate module that runs with SolidCAM's other CAM modules, iMachining. claims to be radically faster than every other CAM... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2014 at The CAD Insider
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SAN DIEGO, CA (SolidWorks World 2014) - A free add-in that works within SolidWorks to give the estimated price of a a sheet metal part. You can get quotes for different material, processes, quantity and speed of delivery. Parts are... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2014 at The CAD Insider
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SAN DIEGO, CA (SolidWorks World 2014) - CAD Partner is a German software company making Smap3D, a plant and piping design software that can work inside SolidWorks. Smap3D greatly reducing the amount of work needed to make make and use... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2014 at The CAD Insider