By Sunday morning, I’ll be on a plane, bound for SolidWorks World (Jan 20-23, Swan and Dolphin, Orlando, Florida). If I seem a bit dazed and confused when you spot me in the hotel lobby, it’s probably because I’ve come straight from an all-night costumed ball in San Francisco without sufficient sleep. But I’ll be my usual self once I get some caffeine and newsworthy tidbits to perk me up. What, in your view, is the anticipated revelation this year? Continue reading
On Monday, as they got ready to meet with editors and reporters, Bill McClure, Siemens PLM Software‘s director of Velocity Series, and Karsten Newbury, Siemens PLM Software’s senior VP and general manager of mainstream engineering software, packed an iPad. The device was loaded with a pre-release copy of Solid Edge Viewer for iPad, a free app that’s set to appear in Apple app store in June.
It took SolidWorks a while to release it, but eDrawings for the iPad is here, finally. As of this morning, the app is listed and available for purchase on Apple app store for $1.99.
Like its counterpart for the desktop, eDrawings for the iPad gives you the ability to view, rotate, and explode SolidWorks models. In addition to viewing eDrawings files published from SolidWorks, the app also lets you load and view native SolidWorks models, DWG files, and DXF files. A floating pane lets you access the component tree in your assemblies, so you can use it to isolate and highlight subassemblies and parts. If your file is published with configurations (for example, an ink cartridge with or without handles), you may use the same pane to examine different configurations possible in the model. Continue reading
This week, heavyweights in the infrastructure market are gathering in Amsterdam, the Dutch homeland famous for tulips, windmills, and wooden clogs. They’ve flown in for Bentley Systems’ Be Inspired 2011 conference, an annual event that culminates in a gala dinner and an award ceremony. Bentley launched the by-invitation only event to recognize projects that represent “outstanding achievement and innovation in infrastructure design, construction, and operations.”
But in the pre-show talks, held yesterday with 70 members of the media who had flown in for the event, Bentley paid homage to an outstanding achievement by Apple: the iPad. The lightweight multi-touch tablet fathered by the late Steve Jobs, as it turned out, is about to become much more prevalent in the greasy fieldwork of plant managers, wastewater facility supervisors, roadway designers, and structural engineers. Continue reading
Maplesoft‘s Maple Player for the iPad, released earlier this month, is a player in more than one way. First, it lets you play equations and mathematical expressions as though they were real-time animations.
By turning general theorems into interactive documents, the application lets you see the correlation between input and output. Take, for instance, approximating the value of a sphere through a stack of cylinders. As you change the value of the cylinders through a slider bar, you see how closely they conform to the shape of the sphere’s volume itself. In another exercise, by increasing the number of polygons, you see how the shape begins to correspond to the diameter of the sphere you’re evaluating. Continue reading