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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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by Ralph Grabowski, Sr Editor, TenLinks reprinted from WorldCAD Access VANCOUVER, British Columbia (SIGGRAPH) -- I had a preview of Thinkbox's point cloud processing software last year at SIGGRAPH; this year it is announced, and next year it ships. Thinkbox... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at The CAD Insider
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by Ralph Grabowski, Sr Editor, TenLinks VANCOUVER, British Columbia (SIGGRAPH) - Pufferfish is an interactive 3D viewer that looks like a fortune teller's crystal ball. It consists of a sphere about 1.5 feet in diameter that sits on a mammoth... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at The CAD Insider
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Lenovo was letting the press peek under the covers off their top of the line P900 workstation at SIGGRAPH. Recently introduced as part of the new ThinkStation P Series (see press release), it won't be ready... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at The CAD Insider
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From Their Cold, Dead Hands: How to Pry Users from their CAE Programs LAKE OSWEGO, OR - Autodesk’s NEi Nastran acquisition gives the company instant credibility in the CAE (computer aided engineering) community. No longer can CAE users dismiss Autodesk... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at The CAD Insider
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At an Autodesk press event for another purpose (see Autodesk Buys..NEi Nastran...), it was Flow Design that stole the show. CFD has never been so easy. Watch airflow separation increase with speed over the back of a Porche in this... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at The CAD Insider
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LAKE OSWEGO, OR - Autodesk made it quite clear this week they are serious about simulation. At a small press event, they revealed Nastran-based products. See news release. One is a standalone FEA (finite element analysis} solver, called Autodesk Nastran.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at The CAD Insider
The CAD Insider blog is now available on its own domain. Please update your bookmark to: www.thecadinsider.com Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at The CAD Insider
How do you tell the largest CAD user base in the world that they they are going to cut off? You don't. CHICAGO (AIA Conference 2014) - SketchUp, known and loved by millions (30 million users, they tell me), was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at The CAD Insider
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BOSTON (PTC Live Global 2014) - Virtalis, the company best known for its million dollar immersive virtual reality rooms (which it calls Active Cubes or CAVEs, for computer augmented virtual reality) and ActiveWalls, now has a version of virtual reality... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at The CAD Insider
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BOSTON (PTC Live Global 2014) - PROSTEP, headquartered in Darmstadt, Germany, is founded and is still owned by major automotive OEMs and suppliers. They have cared enough about CAD and PLM data migration, conversion and collaboration for over 20 years,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at The CAD Insider
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BOSTON (PTC Live Global 2014) - Luxion has developed a game-changer in the visualization area with KeyShot and there's more to like with version 5. KeyShot has managed to modernize the UI without loosing its unique style with as few... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at The CAD Insider
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CHICAGO, IL (AIA 2014) - What if making architectural models was easy, fun, cheap -- and clean? What if it they came in kits with pieces you can snap together, pieces that may actually resemble architectural elements (wall, floor and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at The CAD Insider
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DETROIT, MI (RAPID 2014) - In a show all about 3D printing and 3D printers, one 3D printer stood out. Despite being in the back of the exhibit hall, the Lulzbot TAZ had gathered quite a crowd. The Lulzbot TAZ... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at The CAD Insider
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CHICAGO, IL (AIA 2014) - Want a 3D print of the luxury house you have created in exquisite detail on your CAD program. Just buy a 3D printer, hook it up to your computer and push a button, right? Wrong.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2014 at The CAD Insider
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ATLANTA, GA (Solid Edge University 2014) - Kenesto was at the Solid Edge annual user conference to show its cloud-based project and workflow management application. It attracted the attention of TenLinks show judge, Jeffrey Heimgartner, whose company had recently abandoned... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2014 at The CAD Insider
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CHICAGO, IL (AIA 2014) - Need some furniture to make your living space look more lived in? How does free, quality models sound? This is what Modlar promises. And not just furniture...they have tables, faucets, appliances...even people...and more. Over 20,000... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2014 at The CAD Insider
Quite often, a company will pay for a journalist to attend an event and cover all the costs. This will have most journalists jumping for joy. It's one of the perks of being part of the press. There's not a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at The CAD Insider
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If any CAD company could be diagnosed with ADHD, it would be PTC. A company has to grow. This can be done by acquisition. I get that. But PTC's acquisitions have been... how should I say? ...varied. At its core,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at The CAD Insider
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CAMBRIDGE, MA - GrabCAD held its first ever media event to announce the integration of its Workbench product with PTC Creo. Flush with venture funding, you might have expected GrabCAD to throw a big party and invite any and all... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at The CAD Insider
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So great is the attention devoted to 3D printing that one might forget that industry is loving 3D printing, too. 3D printing of metal parts, not so long ago thought to be an expensive specialty of a few hardware vendors,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2014 at The CAD Insider
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SAN DIEGO, CA - HP's large format printer division is based in Barcelona, but their print heads are made in San Diego, the software may be written in Oregon and their PR firm is in Atlanta -- an arrangement that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2014 at The CAD Insider
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COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (CIC/NAFEMS 2104) - Rescale, a San Francisco startup, was on hand to demonstrate the power of the cloud to the assembled engineers and analysts at the first ever joint CIC/NAFEMS conference. Founded by ex-staffers of Boeing, one... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2014 at The CAD Insider
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COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (CIC/NAFEMS 2104) - The mesh is critical to the speed and accuracy of a CFD analysis. Make too coarse of a mesh of your control volume and results near abrupt shape changes will not be accurate. Make... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2014 at The CAD Insider
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SAN MATEO, CA (MakerFaire 2014) - Getting 3D models from photographs seems magical when you see the results, but there are some barriers with existing systems. Consider Autodesk's 123D Catch, which involves someone taking 30 to 40 photographs. That's a... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2014 at The CAD Insider
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - Dennis Nagy, head of BeyondCAE and industry veteran, predicted to those assembled for the joint CIC2104/NAFEMS 2014 show that GE will acquire PTC. Dennis was later to admit he had no real insider knowledge of this... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2014 at The CAD Insider