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
The future of professional design software may look a lot more like Netflix and Zipcar, judging from the rental licensing options just launched by Autodesk and Siemens PLM Software.
Last week, Siemens began offering its Solid Edge CAD package under a subscription program. For as little as $130 a month, you could download, install, and start using the software. With no commitment to a specific time (for example, an annual commitment), you can technically subscribe to use the software for one month, then cancel your subscription with no penalty for early termination.
This week, Autodesk launched its own rental program, offering popular titles like Autodesk Inventor, Revit, 3dx Max, and Maya under monthly, quarterly, and annual subscription fees. Some of the most economic options include Standard rental plans for Maya LT at $50 per month and Inventor LT Suite for $95 per month. Continue reading
Eight months ago, Autodesk bought the technology of HSMWorks, considered a leading computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software house. The acquisition is now bearing fruit. This week, Autodesk released a public beta version of Autodesk Inventor HSM Express, a plug-in that lets you study and simulate machining operations from inside Autodesk Inventor. Continue reading
This is a new kind of hand-to-hand combat. Here, size doesn’t matter. In this arena, a geeky software engineer has just as much a chance of landing a crippling blow as a hurdle-jumping Olympian, and a video game player can be just as lethal as a National Guard veteran or a professional Muay Thai fighter. Welcome to Robot Combat League (RCL), SyFy’s new reality TV show, where human opponents battle each other through mechanical avatars. Continue reading
Editors like to nitpick, not just about when to use semicolons and em dashes but also about the way specific terms are used in publications. The term that has lately been stirring up discussions and debates among DE editors is optimization. Last weekend, after visiting Altair‘s office in Troy, Michigan, I found myself deep in conversation with managing editor Jamie Gooch and executive editor Steve Robbins about the very topic. It’s important for us to have consensus because we’re considering a number of articles devoted to the subject in the year-end issue. The tone, the stories, and the perspectives of these stories will very likely be determined by how we define optimization. Continue reading