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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
We should have known. Lynn Allen at SOLIDWORKS World 2019, less than a year after leaving Autodesk. Lynn Allen, long-reigning Queen of CAD, in her role as Technical Evangelist for Autodesk where she tirelessly supported AutoCAD user groups, was fawned... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2019 at The CAD Insider
Prakash Kota isn’t shy about making his perspective on digital transformation known—from contributing to CIO magazine, hosting CIO conferences and everything in between. Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2019 at The CAD Insider
Last Thursday, at the end of the trading day, came the announcement of Autodesk's FY2019 Q4 earnings. Late in the day is when you announce things you don't want people to notice. Or during a distraction. If President Trump would... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2019 at The CAD Insider
It's reputed to be the best meat in the world. Jamón Ibérico de Bellota is the most famous ham of Spain. It’s the hind leg of a little black Spanish pig that eats nothing but acorns, giving it's meat the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2019 at The CAD Insider
After 21 years, SOLIDWORKS World, the second biggest CAD conference is renamed Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2019 at The CAD Insider
He was the rug that tied the room together, would say the Great Lebowski. Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2019 at The CAD Insider
Industry veteran, university professor and genuine GD user doesn’t always like what he sees. Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2018 at The CAD Insider
Las Vegas: A great place to party, but seediness a bad image for companies Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2018 at The CAD Insider
Nov 12,, the largest online publication for engineers, is pleased to announce the addition of Jeffrey Rowe. Jeff, a CAD, CAM and CAE industry veteran will lead Design Software and Simulation sections. “We are delighted to have Jeff... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2018 at The CAD Insider
ASSESS 2018 attended by many from a fast-growing generative design industry. Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2018 at The CAD Insider
Update: They were wrong. Amazon will have 2 East Coast HQs, but not in Atlanta. Sorry. The billion dollar decision as to where Amazon will build its "2nd headquarters' has been the subject of much speculation and consternation. But if... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2018 at The CAD Insider
(Image courtesy of Bricsys.) At Bricsys’ annual reseller event, which recently concluded in London and was attended by a few hundred, the expectation was to learn about the recent enhancements of BricsCAD. But, the biggest news came from a Hexagon... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2018 at The CAD Insider
A multi-physics solution company holds its annual North America conference in Newton, MA. Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2018 at The CAD Insider
John McEleney, co-founder of Onshape, shown here on a recent visit to Shanghai John McEleney, co-founder of Onshape, ex-CEO of SolidWorks, is having a busy day. He’s been to the Develop3D conference for most of the day, where Onshape is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2018 at The CAD Insider
Following quickly on the heels of an interview with Autodesk CEO (soon to appear in, we read about Autodesk most recent quarter. Though Andrew Anagnost and I spoke for an hour, he did reveal any mention of what may... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2018 at The CAD Insider
Scott Borduin, CTO of Autodesk once again. (Picture courtesy of Autodesk) Scott Borduin, acting CTO of Autodesk, after the departure of Jeff Kowalski, was told yesterday (August 21, 2018) that the position is his for keeps. Scott was previously CTO... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2018 at The CAD Insider
It’s a good time to be Heppelmann, work at PTC, or be an investor. Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2018 at The CAD Insider
Most CAD insiders know Brenda Discher from Autodesk, where she was involved with launching one mechanical design product after another, starting with Mechanical Desktop, then Inventor and most recently Fusion 360. Discher recently made news for leaving Autodesk, where she... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2018 at The CAD Insider
The company that was once the CAD leader continues to post losses but at a slower rate. Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2018 at The CAD Insider
You have to be at TEC Talk. If you’re not, they’ll talk about you. Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2018 at The CAD Insider
NVIDIA, a self driving technology company that may have overplayed its partnership with Uber (they had only sold Uber GPUs, not any automated vehicle systems) saw its stock plummet by as much as 10%, losing billion of dollars in valuation,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2018 at The CAD Insider
For those who are keeping track, yesterday’s news about Autodesk’s quarter marked the 11th quarter in a row of losses for the CAD, CAM and CAE software giant. However, this includes a $94 million in restructuring costs. Last quarter, Autodesk... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2018 at The CAD Insider
A blonde in heels will turn heads at any engineering event. Women are rare. But walking the aisles of SOLIDWORKS World, escorted by "user group guy" Richard Doyle, was no ordinary blonde. Here was Lynn Allen, Queen of CAD, entertainer... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2018 at The CAD Insider
For the first few years of’s existence, it mostly sold books. Although it was successful in muscling into the book market, putting regular bookstores out of business, Americans were at the same time losing interest in reading books. Amazon... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2017 at The CAD Insider
Autodesk’s stock looks like it fell off the edge. Share prices were down 20% this morning. This after the recent Q3 announcement that the company lost $120 million. You’ll be feeling bad if you are invested in Autodesk. You’ll be... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2017 at The CAD Insider