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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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“Digital transformation” may be the latest industry buzzword. The Big Four CAD vendors (Autodesk, Dassault Systèmes, PTC, Siemens) and other software vendors insist every manufacturer needs to undergo a digital transformation, and in doing so, will gain a competitive advantage... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2022 at The CAD Insider
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Stephen Hooper, Vice President & General Manager, Design & Manufacturing Cloud Solutions at Autodesk, is about to reveal what is coming up in generative design. He is at a Q&A session at Accelerate 2022 conference. He is not making an... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2022 at The CAD Insider
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Only 3% of employees want to work from home 100% of the time, says Kim Dabbs, Global VP, ESG + Social Innovation at Steelcase, citing her company’s survey at Autodesk’s Accelerate 2022 conference currently taking place in New Orleans. Can... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2022 at The CAD Insider
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The “Nobel Prize for architecture,” the Pritzker goes to the unlikeliest place on Earth, landlocked Burkina Faso and its native son, Diébédo Francis Kéré. Burkina who, you might ask. You are not alone. Burkina Faso has this entry in the... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2022 at The CAD Insider
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Here at the Siemens Media and Analyst event (#MAC22) it is clear how much all we CAD insiders have missed live events. Seated for lunch, here some snatches of conversation. “I was heading for to the 2 million mile club,”... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2022 at The CAD Insider
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I spoke to István Csanády, CEO and founder of Shapr3D in Budapest about an exciting product release tomorrow. At the end, I had to ask how he, the company, and Hungary are dealing with the Russian invasion of neighboring Ukraine.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2022 at The CAD Insider
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Jacket from the 2013 Boston Marathon. Its the colors of the Ukraine’s flag. What happened to me in 2021? Did I get old in just one year? Was it malaise brought on by the pandemic? Was it the death of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2022 at The CAD Insider
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Chai is Indian for tea. Every time you order a chai tea at your Starbucks, we laugh. Chai tea is redundant. You are ordering "tea tea". We ought to know. We (Indians) invented tea. You can Google it. The Chai... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2022 at The CAD Insider
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I get the sad “news” that Bruce Jenkins died from an editor friend – who might have been making sure I had not done the same. Bruce passed away over a year ago, I hear to my surprise. He was... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2021 at The CAD Insider
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Bentley Systems, makers of MicroStation and every imaginable software for the infrastructure industry, finally came through with an IPO. The Bentleys had been flirting with an IPO for ages, offering it and withdrawing it, then settling into a quasi-public company... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2020 at The CAD Insider
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Himalayas pop into view, as welcome but unintended consequence of the Coronavirus. (Picture courtesy of CNN) Mt Everest grows by a quarter inch a year due to the unrelenting push of the India land mass into the Eurasian plate. That... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2020 at The CAD Insider
Now in the 2nd week. We have put ourselves in a self-imposed quarantine. No symptoms. Overabundance of caution, I guess. A trip to the grocery store (allowed under the law), nevertheless. We gear up like a raid. Masks. Check. Sanitzer... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2020 at The CAD Insider
Today we brave a trip to the Safeway. It was not crowded. Maybe 50 shoppers all told. All appeared nervous. Should they be there? Were they too close? Was it okay to be within the 6 ft social distance if... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2020 at The CAD Insider
Has it been a week? Losing track like a prisoner would. Governor Newsom scolds us for taking to the parks and the beaches. “Grow up,” he says. Apparently we aren’t the only ones on the beaches. England has just issued... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2020 at The CAD Insider
Today, we wake up to the the news that Kevin Durant, who just last year, was playing for the Warriors, tested positive for the COVID-19. Could it be that basketball players are all touching the same surface, the basketball. Or... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2020 at The CAD Insider
Not a Lockdown - Day 4 It’s like a parade of pedestrians out there. Plus their dogs. Their kids. And they all seem happy to see us. They must be the people overjoyed to be at home, not doing a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2020 at The CAD Insider
Getting isolated from everyone then depending on the news for all the COVID-19 information is a real bummer. NPR is reporting on Africa’s impending panic. When the health care workers leave, there will be panic, says a doctor in Nairobi.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2020 at The CAD Insider
The neighbors seem to be friendlier, almost desperate for attention. One calls out from across the street and complains about what she can teach her kids, now that all the schools are closed. She was a preschool teacher, so we... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2020 at The CAD Insider
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Where is everyone? Grant Avenue, downtown Novato, almost abandoned the first day of a 7-county "shelter in place" order meant to arrest the spread of COVID-19. Today is a day like no other. I write this from a deserted office.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2020 at The CAD Insider
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SXSW 2020 is cancelled. South by Southwest is the biggest show we (as TenLinks or as engineering.com) have ever attended. In 2018, 160K attended. Officially, it has been delayed "delayed" past it's March date until who knows when, another victim... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2020 at The CAD Insider
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Basketball loses one of its stars. Kobe Bryant, NBA legend, died in a helicopter crash over the weekend. With him was his daughter and 7 others. No one survived. It is a tragedy. Kobe was in a Sikorsky S-76B, known... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2020 at The CAD Insider
Did Onshape miss the opportunity to become the next GrabCAD? You can be forgiven for not knowing about GrabCAD. The once wildly popular model sharing site (over 5 million users at its height) was sold to Stratasys, a 3D printing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2020 at The CAD Insider
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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
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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
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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