There are quite a few CAD-friendly rendering packages in the market: Luxion KeyShot, Bunkspeed SHOT, The Foundry’s MODO (a Luxology product before The Foundary-Luxology merger), to name but three. Because rendering is a compute-intense process, rendering programs usually require a robust workstation powered by multiple CPUs (and, for the packages that support it, GPUs too). If you install and run these programs on a typical consumer PC, your machine will most likely freeze up or slow to a crawl when the rendering operation begins.
Lagoa‘s basic tools are not significantly different from what you’ll find in a typical rendering program: You import your 3D asset, set up the scene, and render it into an high-res image. The major difference is the hardware requirement — or the lack of it. Lagoa runs inside a browser, so you don’t need to install the program. Once you’ve acquired your credentials, you can log into your private workspace online. Continue reading
As the year draws to a close, Dassault Systemes is making a move to acquire RTT, a visualization software powerhouse. When the transaction is completed, Dassault will own 84% controlling stakes in RTT’s interest.
“Our clients express a growing need to fully exploit their 3D digital assets, to transform their marketing and sales as part of their ultimate customer experience. The people at RTT have demonstrated remarkable talents in delivering innovative solutions to their clients,” said Bernard Charlès, President & CEO of Dassault. Continue reading
For the most part, Siemens PLM Software thrives on desktop programs for design and engineering. In the case of its simulation products (NX CAE offerings), they’re augmented with the option to run on clusters, usually installed onsite, sequestered within an organization’s private cloud. But the launch of IntoSite, an addition to Siemens’ Tecnomatix suite, marks the company’s steps toward a territory it has so far sidestepped — the public cloud. Continue reading
Call it an industrial detective story: The site is a floating oil rig, operating 40 miles off the southeast coast of Louisiana. The incident is an explosion, leading to an oil spill that unleashed about 4.9 million barrels of crude oil into Gulf of Mexico. (On Meet the Press, White House energy adviser Carol Browner called the incident “the biggest eco-disaster ever.”) The evidence collection involved raising the blowout preventer (BOP), along with recovered pieces of the drill pipe; transferring them to a holding facility; obtaining hydraulic fluid and metal samples; and laser-scanning the damaged blind-shear ram (BSR). The mystery: what happened? Continue reading
First, let’s deal with the elephant in the room. Even though the press folks assembled at Dassault Systemes‘ Waltham campus last week were officially there for a sneak peek of SolidWorks 2014, many were also hoping to get the scoop on Mechanical Conceptual, announced at SolidWorks World 2013 in January.
SolidWorks CEO Bertrand Sicot decided to tackle it during his welcome speech, without waiting for someone to bring it up during the Q&A at the end of the day. “Today, we have ten customers in production [using Mechanical Conceptual],” he said. “We don’t call that Beta program. We call it Lighthouse program. And when I say ‘in production,’ I mean they’re designing real products using our solution. The goal is to have 30 [users] by the end of October. We’re on track to have 20 by the end of September.” Continue reading