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
RTT, already well-known among automotive manufacturers for its DeltaGen 3D visualization software, is snatching up Los Angeles-based Bunkspeed, another rendering software developer. So why is a company with its own renderer buying another renderer? The answer rests with the different markets the products target. 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
High Performance Computing (HPC), while critical to companies and research organizations working on complex, simulation-intensive design problems, is seen as out of reach by many players.
Not only can the wrong HPC hardware and software break the bank for many engineering shops, it can be highly complex, requiring specialized workload management software and skilled expertise to ensure everything is configured so that the environment runs at peak performance. Because of its complexity, there have been plenty of barriers to HPC adoption, particularly for small- and mid-size companies, which can lack the resources to effectively procure, manage, and maintain large HPC clusters. 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