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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
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
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SAN MATEO, CA (Maker Faire 2014) - Your own personal CNC machine could sit on your desktop and cost $300. The Cricut was cutting patterns in paper at MakerFaire -- and attracting a crowd, both at its own booth and... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2014 at The CAD Insider
The CAD world expected a lot from SpaceClaim. A promising startup founded in 2005 by none other than Mike Payne, whose previous companies, PTC and SolidWorks forever changed mechanical design. SpaceClaim, the product, looked good, it was easy to use... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2014 at The CAD Insider
ATLANTA, GA (Solid Edge University 2014) - Zuken's E3.series bridges the gap between the electrical engineer and the mechanical designer. Most companies use the following work process - the EE designs the boards, exports the board data out for the... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2014 at The CAD Insider
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ATLANTA, GA (Solid Edge University 2014) - Hardi Meybaum, CEO of GrabCAD, takes the stage at the Solid Edge annual conference to announce that he will be licensing Parasolid for use with his Workbench. It has nothing to do with... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2014 at The CAD Insider
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ATLANTA, GA (Solid Edge University 2014) - Hiroshi Takaki, president of EDA, a Solid Edge developer, was on hand to show the Edge Design Configurator, which uses an Excel spreadsheet as a front end to create and manage configurations in... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2014 at The CAD Insider
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ATLANTA, GA (Solid Edge University 2014) - EnvisionTEC - a German 3D printer company is focused on precision. Indeed their first models were for very small parts, like replacement teeth. It is $10,000. They are now gradually introducing ever larger... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2014 at The CAD Insider
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SAN RAFAEL, CA -- A giant blue RV took up a row of spaces at Autodesk HQ parking lot. It was ready to embark on an 8 month, 100+ stop journey to spread the gospel of reality computing and was... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2014 at The CAD Insider