The warning shot was fired last November. It came in the form of a notice to Autodesk customers. This was perhaps the portion that deserves to be in red letters:
As of February 1, 2015, Autodesk will no longer offer the option to purchase upgrades for all non-current product versions.
In other words, if you’re still using older versions of the company’s software (say, AutoCAD 2008 or Inventor 2010), you have until February 2015 to buy an upgrade to move to the latest version. If you want to get the latest version after February 2015, you’ll have to pay full price for the new version; you won’t have the option to pay the upgrade fee to get it. Continue reading
It’s mid-February, much of the country is getting pummeled by a series of winter storms, and many schools are on break for President’s Week vacation. So what, you might ask, does this third week of February remotely have to do with design engineering?
It turns out, quite a lot. National Engineers Week, held this year from February 16-22, is a week-long celebration, launched in 1951, to focus attention on the role of engineers in society. Started by the National Society of Professional Engineers, the event is observed by more than 70 engineering, education, and cultural societies with participation from more than 50 corporations and government agencies. Continue reading
Most of you rely on the GPU to render your CAD assemblies into ray-traced eye candies or pump up the blood and gore in your favorite first-person shooter games. (Did I hear someone mention Battlefield 3?) It turns out, with a little bit of programming — and a lot of ingenuity — you might also be able to use the graphics processor to speed up your search for a love match. Continue reading
Six or seven years ago, CAD users considered photorealistic visuals desirable, but not critical. Few would have outright rejected a 3D program because it doesn’t offer the option to instantly view the design in a virtual scene, complete with shadows, textures, and ground reflections.
But the flurry of CAD and rendering software partnerships in the last few years suggests a sea change. From small design shops to large manufacturers, more and more businesses are relying on 3D models to evaluate their products’ aesthetic appeal and commercial prospect. This elevates rendering from optional eye candy to essential tool, from cosmetic to vital. Continue reading
Just a month ahead of NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference 2014 (GTC 2014, March 24-27, San Jose, California), simulation software maker ANSYS is announcing its computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solver can run significantly faster if you augment the CPU with NVIDIA GPUs.
Since compute-intensive simulation programs tend to test the limit of CPUs, software vendors like ANSYS seek to speed up the number-crunching by refining their solver codes to take advantage of the GPU’s parallel processing power. In 2013, ANSYS made it possible to improve the performance of ANSYS Mechanical — designed to test and simulate mechanical behaviors — using NVIDIA GPUs.