Graphics-heavy 3D programs once inseparably tied to powerful desktops are migrating. They’re heading into the cloud. More and more are making their debut as SaaS offerings. Today’s announcement from Amazon Web Services (AWS) and NVIDIA is further proof that cloud-hosted CAD is not merely speculative or conceptual; it’s already here, waiting in your browser. Continue reading
Autodesk Fusion 360, Autodesk’s cloud-powered design software, just got a stalwart rendering plug-in to round out its feature set. The plug-in came from none other than Luxion, known for its rendering software’s ease of use among CAD users. The outcome of the partnership between Autodesk and Luxion is a KeyShot plug-in, accessible from right inside Autodesk Fusion 360.
Thomas Teger, Luxion’s VP of product and strategy, clarified, “The [Autodesk Fusion 360] plug-in is similar to what we offer with other CAD systems, but we went a step further with this. It would be the tightest integration between a CAD system or design software and KeyShot.
Luxion’s KeyShot renderer is available both as a standalone package and a plug-in for various 3D modeling packages, including SolidWorks, PTC Creo, and SketchUp.
Part of Autodesk’s push to harvest cloud computing for design and engineering, Autodesk Fusion 360 runs on a thin desktop client (the program file is about 200 MB) but streams many of its operations from the cloud. It incorporates social media-inspired features, online community, and cloud-hosted data management. The software relies on direct edition (pushing and pulling on faces to create and refine geometry), generally accepted as an easier method than traditional history-based modeling. Continue reading
If you appreciate irony like I do, you’d probably be amused by the thought of attending a virtualization conference in flesh. The latest trend in IT is to move the stack of hardware that used to sit in a climate-controlled server room to the cloud, according to organizers of VMworld 2013 (Moscone Center, San Francisco, Aug 25-19). This led me to wonder whether I ought to log on to the conference from a browser rather than attend in person. Still, Moscone Center is a mere 30 mins away by train from where I live, so I headed out there with my camera and notepad for an old-fashioned exhibit walk. What I discovered is, you need a lot of sophisticated back-end hardware to hide the computer desktop from the user’s physical desk. Continue reading
A couple of hours after noon on Tuesday June 4 in Asia, or an hour before midnight Monday in the Pacific Time zone, Intel is debuting its fourth-generation Core architecture, codenamed Haswell. The big splash is set to occur at Computex in Taipei, Taiwan, at Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall. But many critical details about the Haswell — its power efficiency and mobile-friendliness in particular — have already been made public long before by Intel executives themselves. Here are a few revelations gleaned from conference previews in the last two years: Continue reading