At $0 to $49 per user per month, GrabCAD Workbench, a cloud-hosted collaboration and file-sharing service, must have sounded like April Fools’ joke to some, but it was not. Since it came online in April, the product has picked up 15,000 users. Last week, GrabCAD decided to boost its functionality with added features to join the desktop and the cloud repository. Continue reading
People who have used SpaceClaim will instantly feel at home in DesignSpark Mechanical. After all, the free 3D software (downloadable from the product’s home page) is based on the popular direct modeler’s code. Standard parts supplier RS Components wants you to think of DesignSpark Mechanical as a gift, but, to be honest, it’s a boon for both the giver and the receiver. Continue reading
If the transition of 3D design capabilities to the cloud has been a series of measured steps, think of Autodesk’s latest move as a leap for CAD.
Autodesk, which has been the most aggressive of the CAD vendors to embrace the new software delivery paradigm, has announced a technology preview of full-fledged versions of its 3D design, engineering, and entertainment tools running in a Web browser for the first time. These browser-based versions of Autodesk Inventor, Revit, Maya, and 3ds Max provide access to the bulk of functionality in the traditional desktop versions on any Internet-connected system or device without requiring a full license of the program, and without keeping the user tied to any specific PC. Continue reading
Do you tend to use do CAD drafting on mobile devices? Do you do it in interesting places? If so, you might be a good candidate for the ZWCAD Touch Photo Competition, organized by the China-headquartered ZWSOFT. The contest page says:
We want to see pictures of you using ZWCAD Touch in your favorite, most exiting, strangest or just most common place, whether it is on a construction site or on a mountain top, in front of the television or on a sunny sandy beach. Our Facebook fans will then vote for their favorite with the top photos winning some great prizes. Continue reading
SolidWorks users do it. Solid Edge users do it. I’m sure Inventor users, Creo users, and NX users do it too.
I’m talking about the all-American pumpkin-carving ritual during this time of the year. Except, CAD-skilled carvers tend to go a step farther. They dig into the primitive shapes in 3D modelers to shape their virtual Jack-O-Lanterns.
Imre Szucs, a Hungarian partner of Siemens PLM Software, published this video of how to model a pumpkin in Solid Edge with Synchronous Technology (ST) 5. His use of surfacing tools to create the outer profile of the pumpkin is impressive enough. But he didn’t stop there. He went on to trim the geometry to give the pumpkin eyes and mouth, adding menace to his design. Continue reading