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Generative design is hot Generate running in NX from Siemens PLM Software PTC this week made the surprise announcement that it had purchased generative-design software maker Frustum for about $70 million. For this amount, PTC gets into generative design, which... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at WorldCAD Access
Issue #998 This issue sponsored by BricsCAD V19 catapults forward in BIM, mechanical, and traditional CAD. You work across all disciplines with the universal DWG environment. Discover the ABCs of BricsCAD at the upcoming one-day Australasia BricsCAD Conference, 19 March... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at upFront.eZine News Archives
Then a few years later, 3D Systems spun Alibre off through a management buy-out.
November 7, 2018 Getting ready for the Berlin Graebert Annual Meeting here in the Humbolt Box, a temporary structure in former East Berlin overlooking the reconstruction of the Berliner Palast (Berlin Palace) torn down by communists. The view outside the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #997 Transcribed by Ralph Grabowski The bombshell announcement at last month’s Bricsys 2018 London conference was that Bricsys had sold itself to Hexagon of Sweden, and is now part of the Hexagon PPM division. (Hexagon Power Plant Marine was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2018 at upFront.eZine News Archives
London Calling Theme music for the London conference of Bricsys 2018 is "London Calling" by The Clash. "Who's that?" asks the young-ish 61-year-old CAD journalist sitting next to me. "I bought the [double] album when it first came out," I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
Discovery Live delayed Each quarter, executives from shareholder-owned companies have to face financial analysts in public, and talk about the last three months and a little bit of what to expect for the future. Here is what PTC execs told... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
You're doing distopia all wrong Engadget reported on a "smart city" experimental neighborhood planned for Quayside, a portion of the waterfront in Toronto, Canada. The headline read, "Google’s smart city dream is turning into a privacy nightmare." See More... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
The closest to Generic CADD for Android phones and tablets is called Touch, from software company Graebert. See
Toggle Commented Oct 29, 2018 on Running Generic CADD in 2013 at WorldCAD Access
Bricsys is fond of telling us what they plan in future releases. Here at the Bricsys 2018 London conference, we learned what to expect in BricsCAD V19 or V20: Future Plans for Part Design Copy and paste parametric features Additions... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
BricsCAD V19's Best Three New Functions Blockify command detects multiple copies of identical entities, and then replaces them with an equivalent block. For example, select a line segment. BricsCAD searches the drawing for all other lines of the same length,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
BricsCAD V19's Best Three New Functions NearestDistance variable toggles a dynamic dimension that reports the nearest distance between two selected entities. (This function does not work when three or more entities are selected.) To use the nearest distance function, just... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
#bricsys2018 OK, here we are on day 2 of the Bricsys 2018 London conference and we are just waiting for the BLADE session to begin, BLADE is the BricsCAD LISP advanced development environment for interactively programming with the LISP programming... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
BricsCAD V19's Best Three New Functions bimQuickDraw command draws rectangles and L-shapes with height for conceptually designing buildings and room layouts. When you start the command, you see this initial square. The blue square represents the floor area, the white... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
I've been working with the beta version of BricsCAD V19 and found three commands that I feel (a) are unique to BricsCAD and (b) will prove pretty useful to end-users. Over the next three blog entries, I'll list describe them... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
London skyline from near my hotel Alright, here we are waiting for the official start of Bricsys 2018 conference here in sunny London. We've already had a developer session, where we learned of some of the nuts and bolts about... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #996 by Ralph Grabowski Frustum did something wrong last month. They moved their cloud-based design software, Generate, from the cloud to the desktop. That's not supposed to be happening in our "post-PC" era, as former Apple CEO Steve Jobs... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2018 at upFront.eZine News Archives
SPDM Acronym alert! SPDM is short for "simulation process and data management" Aras recently acquired Comet, software that automates the many steps of running simulations, such as meshing the 3D model, running a variety of simulation scenarios, and then generating... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
It was fascinating to observe the disconnect of the Solidworks CEO spending most of his keynote speech at Solidworks World 2018 showing off a suite of non-Solidworks programs in front of the 5,000 Solidworks users.
A reader writes: Here's something which has always bothered me. How can we say that IFC [industry foundation classes] is a BIM [building information modeling] exchange format? When I create walls in one BIM app, export them to IFC and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #995 by Ralph Grabowski The Nemetschek Group is rather unusual as it owns the largest number of architectural CAD programs in the world: three -- as well as a dozen ancillary programs, such as for doing steel design and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2018 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Now on the desktop Frustum is one of a new spate of CAD companies that are deploying the latest mathematics and computing technology to leap ahead of established players and find themselves a niche. In the case of Frustum, their... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
Buyin' 'em up Cambashi is a CAD market analysis firm out of England, and this week it held a Webinar intriguingly named "Assessing Investment Opportunities in the CAE market." (The company also provides consulting and training.) I listened in to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
First Look MagicLeap is a secretive company that amassed a crazy amount of money over several years -- $2.5 billion in investor's money -- before finally getting around to showing its product a few months ago. This week, it held... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2018 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #994 by Ralph Grabowski During the Prague conference held by the Open Design Alliance, I met with several CAD vendors. Nanosoft: nanoCAD 10 and 3DScan Nanosoft began in Moscow a decade ago with this proposition: write an AutoCAD workalike... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2018 at upFront.eZine News Archives