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
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
Siemens PLM Software first tested the subscription-sales waters with Solid Edge Design1, a CAD package targeted at a smaller pool of users working on Local Motors projects. Whatever the success of this experiment was, it must have proven to be a viable business. Last week, Siemens officially launched Solid Edge subscription, priced $130-$350 per month. In doing so, the company hopes to attract a whole new set of design software consumers — especially those who need the software strictly for the duration of a project. Continue reading
Daniel Wilson, a dinosaur-obsessed Indiana boy, has a name for his arm. He calls it Pinchy. It isn’t the arm he was born with; it was custom-designed for Daniel by two biomedical engineering students from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Pinchy is Daniel’s second arm, which straps onto the original. Outfitted with Pinchy, Daniel can do something other boys take for granted. He can ride a bicycle. 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.