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It's Time to Get Over IGES - IGES can't keep up with regard to modern solid geometry, will invariably cause geometry errors, Ed Lopategui, GrabCAD Blog, Oct 14, 2014

Integrated CAM Apps Help Engineers Take Designs Straight to Manufacturing - fully integrated CAM packages work directly with 3D CAD data, removing need to translate or recreate designs for manufacturing, reducing errors, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, Oct 6, 2014

Stratasys Grabs CAD - GrabCAD's collaboration platform is CAD agnostic, will provide easier access to CAD data; acquisition increases collaboration, accessibility of 3D CAD files that could accelerate adoption of Stratasys' 3D printing technologies, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, Sep 30, 2014

Dassault Systemes, Intergraph, and NEOLANT Participate in <<Multi-D>> Software Project Developed by a Russian Nuclear Power Plant - based on 3D visual model, Multi-D offers range of tools to model in detail construction, installation processes, to optimize numerous aspects of NPP construction early in preparatory stages, isicad, Sep 22, 2014

Stratasys Acquires GrabCAD to Bring Accessibility to 3D Printing - GrabCAD Workbench to be tightly integrated with Stratasys' 3D printer offerings to help make 3D printing more accessible, Beth Stackpole, Desktop Engineering, Sep 16, 2014

Engineering Drawings are Dead - Now What? - get familiar with JT, brush up on geometric dimensioning, tolerancing, understand floor, know suppliers, Ed Lopategui, GrabCAD Blog, Sep 4, 2014

Small Business Design Data Management - cloud solutions from Autodesk PLM 360, Microsoft Office 365, SharePoint, Arena PLM, Aras PLM, Ally PLM, Kenesto, Siemens Solid Edge SP, CADAC Organice, Autodesk 360, GrabCAD are enabling lightweight collaborative design data management needs of some SMBs, John Evans, AUGI Library, Sep 2, 2014

SIGGRAPH 2014: Clara.io - Cloud-Based 3D Modeling, Rendering, and Animation - comprehensive 3D app has hierarchical scene graph, robust support for polymeshes, keyframe-based animation, basic version is free, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, Aug 27, 2014

Engineering Drawings are Dead - limitations include: interpretation issues, need for manual inspection, time demand, Ed Lopategui, GrabCAD Blog, Aug 19, 2014

What are T-Splines? And How Can I Use Them? - T-Splines are combination of Nurbs, subdivision modeling, freeform tools are great for styling designs but not helpful with precisely engineered designs for items like propellers or mechanical screws, Paul Munford, CAD Setter Out, Aug 2014

Leveraging the Value of 3D Design Data - downstream benefits of 3D data: better sales proposals, sales tools, more effective training materials, assessment of maintenance issues, better collaboration, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, Aug 18, 2014

A Quick View of CadSoftTools' ABViwer - has robust authoring environment with drawing tools to create detailed drawings from scratch, supports neutral formats, Standard version is available for free, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Aug 18, 2014

No More Excuses: It's Time to Merge MCAD and ECAD - PCB design requires connectivity information unlike MCAD apps, PCB requires libraries of components, Chad Jackson, Lifecycle Insights, Aug 6, 2014

Using 3D as a Design Medium - with integration of direct modeling methods, CAD apps are more than documentation tools, can be used as tools to explore designs in more depth, Chad Jackson, PTC Creo Blog, July 28, 2014

How to Update Linux Mint Without Losing Your CAD License - licensing files are saved in the Linux folder, save them via USB stick, restore them after ARES Commander installation again, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, July 15, 2014

aPriori Rolls BI Capabilities Into Its Product Costing Tool - web-based Cost Insight module includes robust set of business intelligence tools, reporting data mart, out-of-the-box reports, dashboards for key cost management processes, Beth Stackpole, Virtual Desktop, July 15, 2014

Part Revisions: Deal or No Deal - issuing new part number for changes addresses existing stock, alternate uses, failure modes; consider exception for interchangeability, Ed Lopategui, GrabCAD Blog, July 7, 2014

CAD and Non-Product Geometry - source of constraints could be driven from many sources: functional requirements, manufacturing process limitations, logistical or service implications, Matthew Loew, Engineering.com, July 9, 2014

ARES on Android Tablet - ARES Command Edition runs on Linux, OS X, Windows, while Android is in alpha testing; Q&A about UI customization, ACIS-based solid modeling support, minimum hardware requirement, Ralph Grabowski, CADdigest.com, July 9, 2014

10 Ideas for the Ideal 3D Modeling Software - TinkerMixer, SolidDots + smooth surfaces, Facebook app, DarkerDepth, Kinect Draw, Wii Controller Light Sabre 3D modeling, Joris Peels, Inside 3DP, July 3, 2014

Transmagic Facilitates 3D CAD Comparison with MagicCheck R2 - MagicCheck software quickly opens all major 3D CAD formats to compare against source CAD model, analyze accuracy, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, July 2, 2014

Smooth Surfaces Without Hand Finishing - functions of advanced NURBS technologies: advanced control functionality, faster control loops speed, digital-to-digital control loops feed, machine build quality, mechatronics, Jim Endsley, MoldMaking Technology, June 1, 2014

GrabCAD's PDM Workbench: Design Collaboration in Minutes - PDM Workbench processes each CAD file upon upload into proprietary BREP format for easy, fast sharing; integration of Workbench, Creo will offer better collaboration, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, June 19, 2014

The Future of Geometric Kernels: C3D Labs' Technical Briefings for COFES Participants - ASCON CEO Oleg Zykov presented long term vision of C3D Labs, participants talked about transformation of business models in field of CAD, its impact on component developers, ASCON, May 27, 2014

Graebert's CAD Software First to Run on Four OSes - Q&A with CEO Wilfred Graebert about choosing Android, RAM issues of Android tablets, price speculation by author, Ralph Grabowski, CADdigest.com, June 10, 2014

Graebert Ports Its CAD Solution to All Mobile Platforms - Android was selected because it has largest market share, tablets are expected to dominate desktop/laptop sales over next year, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, June 9, 2014

Graebert Developing CAD Software for Android Tablets - codenamed Radon, professional 2D-3D CAD program natively reads, saves files in DWG, includes same APIs as ARES Commander, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, June 4, 2014

Direct or Parametric: Which is the Best for Winning New Business? - sales engineering needs CAD software apps that have both parametric, direct approaches, Chad Jackson, PTC Creo Blog, May 26, 2014

Conceptual Design Software Tools - definition, changing face of conceptual design tools, understanding critical part of design process, integrated vs. stand-alone tools, Sanjeev Pal, Cadalyst, May 22, 2014

Simulation Needs Parametric and Direct Modeling - direct modeling is useful in preparation of simulation models; parametric modeling enables engineers, designers to embed design intent into 3D model, Chad Jackson, PTC Creo Blog, May 12, 2014

GrabCAD Chooses Parasolid for Workbench Collaboration - GrabCAD CEO Hardi Meybaum announces licensing deal for Parasolid to power collaboration in Workbench at Solid Edge University, Kathleen Maher, Graphic Speak, May 16, 2014

What I Saw at COFES (and What I Didn't) - Fujitsu offering its iCAD software for $13,000, IntelliCAD 8 beta from ITC, 'Geometric Modeling' book from Nikolai Golovanov of ASCON Group announced, talk abot online MCAD from Lagoa, upFront.eZine, May 6, 2014

LEDAS Geometry Comparison Technology Embeds ASCON C3D Kernel - KOMPAS-3D uses its own modeling kernel, parametric system, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, Apr 3, 2014

The Role of Associativity in Direct Modeling - all associated faces move when one face is moved, when part is changed, drawing, service assembly animation is updated, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, Apr 1, 2014

5 Ways 3D Visualization is Building the Future - helps in next generation of construction, 3D printing, automotive design, airports remodeling with minimal downtime, supermarket design, Eric Hoover, CAD-a-Blog, Mar 20, 2014

Introducing Jack and Jill: Your (Free) Virtual Factory Employees - Siemens PLM's Tecnomatix Jack software comes preloaded with library of common factory equipment, office furniture, can import 3D objects in neutral formats, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Mar 19, 2014

Which 3D Modeling Tools are Best to Use for Concept Design? - users can start with 2D concept model, use it as basis of 3D model, direct modeling tools help leverage all types of available legacy data, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, Mar 17, 2014

Ensure Data Integrity with Kubotek Validation - Kubotek Validate mathematically compares 2 files using its pattern matching technology to identify, document all differences, Scott Wertel, Engineering.com, Mar 14, 2014

aPriori Update Helps Engineers Weigh Cost Viability of Product Designs - aPriori 2014r1 has new capabilities like 2-model machining for costing complex machined components like gears, Beth Stackpole, Virtual Desktop, Mar 13, 2014

About Version 15 of the C3D Kernel - C3D has 3 components: geometric kernel, parametric solver, translator; new features: swept, fillets, Boolean operations, faster 3D solver, enhanced STEP translator, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, Mar 4, 2014

Preparing Models for Simulation: Which 3D Modeling Paradigm is Best? - both direct modeling, feature-based modeling technologies work with simulation but in 2 very different scenarios, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, Mar 3, 2014

The Mod(ular) Squad - emerging activist-inventors demand pick-what-you-want, pay-as-you-go options for software, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, Feb 1, 2014

The Challenges of Model Editing in the Multi-CAD World - Brian Thompson of PTC, Dan Staples of Siemens PLM share their views, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, Feb 27, 2014

C3D Labs: 'By Experience We are Comparable with the Leaders But We Work Faster' - Q&A with Oleg Zykov, Nikolai Golovanov of C3D Labs: C3D vs other commercial 3D modeling kernels, licensing scheme, quality assurance, technical support of C3D, its application niche, Alexey Ershov, isicad, Feb 12, 2014

Autodesk Core 1.0: Successor to ShapeManager, or Toy for Enthusiasts? - ShapeManager lacks parallelization capabilities, Autodesk must improve voxel-based approach, solve precision issue, before further development of Core, Nikolay Snytnikov, isicad, Feb 10, 2014

Why is TinkerCAD So Slow? - Tinkercad was not originally built to run on Core kernel, speed appears unable to compensate for problems in scaling, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, Feb 11, 2014

The Best of Both Worlds - automotive manufacturers have embraced integrated workflow that combines both direct, indirect 3D modeling capabilities, Beth Stackpole, Desktop Engineering, Feb 1, 2014

GrabCAD, SimScale Challenge Promotes Cloud-Based Design - participants to design underrun protection device for trucks that will be measured on weight, stiffness, Beth Stackpole, Virtual Desktop, Jan 29, 2014

E3 WireWorks: Moving the Off-Page Reference Text - open E3 database editor, create new source or destination reference symbol from existing symbol, select 'sheet reference' from text properties before saving it to database, Delvin Masilamani, Javelin Technologies, Jan 28, 2014

The Need for Design Agility - 5 challenges that drive need for flexible design: unanticipated, late stage changes, model import, team change, modification of models from other sources, PTC.com, Jan 2014

CAD Goes Social - GrabCAD offers asynchronous collaboration, integrates with Autodesk, Solid Edge to increase collaboration among engineers for real-time designing, 3D CAD World, Jan 15, 2014

GrabCAD Workbench - cloud-based data management tools, desktop client helps manage upload, sync process, compare tool helps visually inspect where geometry has changed between different versions, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, Jan 13, 2014

Cloud-Hosted Renderer Lagoa Now Drives GrabCAD and SpaceClaim Visualization - GrabCAD Workbench has option to open uploaded model in photo-realistic mode using Lagoa, SpaceClaim 2014 shifts rendering processing from desktop to Lagoa cloud, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, Jan 6, 2014

Top 5 Workbench Features You May Have Missed and are Going to Love - upload files directly to Workbench from Android device, more apps in toolbox, reply to project comments through email notifications, restore deleted files with Workbench for PC, Bobby Riegel, GrabCAD, Dec 16, 2013

Geometry Comparison Technology, Parallel Computations, Cloud Systems and Much More - LEDAS CEO, Alexey Ershov talks about geometry comparison technology, integrating DEXMA with Fidesys, 'parallel modeling kernel' project, isicad, Dec 11, 2013

Direct Modeling Drastically Changes Sheet Metal Design Market - Q&A with Christian Lecomte, founder of catalCAD, about engineering software development business, workflow in sheet metal design, different approaches to it, Dmitry Ushakov, isicad, Dec 10, 2013

GrabCAD Workbench Entices More Users with Added Features - CAD viewer helps view 3D files directly from browser without software, desktop client bridges users' local machines and cloud repositories, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Nov 25, 2013

Dassault Systemes' Customers Bring 3DEXPERIENCE to Life - presentation from Kusiri, SHoP Construction, Tesla Motors, Pratt & Whitney, Oracle USA discussed role of 3DEXPERIENCE platform in improving their business, John Myers, CATIA Community, Nov 16, 2013

Dassault's 3DEXPERIENCE Platform - talk with CEO Bernard Charles, other executives about direction for product development tools, platform, architecture, impact on product development team, Verdi Ogewell, Engineering.com, Nov 19, 2013

Dassault Systemes 3D Experience Forum 2013: 'Taking the Cloud Back to the Enterprise, Not the Other Way Around.' - critical component of 3DEXPERIENCE would be web, cloud, V6-based products would be on Dassault's cloud, augmented with Amazon elasticity in back end, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Nov 20, 2013

On Location: Dassault Systemes' Largest Ever North American 2013 Customer Forum in Las Vegas - Monica Menghini explained 3D Experience compass, presentations on STEM-based education initiatives, Simon Martin, SolidSmack, Nov 15, 2013

GrabCAD Workbench Just Got a Lot Smarter - GrabCAD added desktop sync client, version control, partner workspace for file conflict resolution, version comparison, improved collaboration, Gavin Bath, Design and Motion, Nov 20, 2013

The Failed Promise of Parametric CAD, Final Chapter: A Viable Solution - resilient modeling strategy preserves design intent in models, provides mechanism to quickly validate model's quality, Evan Yares, 3D CAD World, Nov 18, 2013

3D Experience Platform Could Solve Problems - provides license, PDM, model file servers in cloud configuration, apps appear in window in stripped-down version of Netvibes Dashboard software, Steve Wolfe, Graphic Speak, Nov 16, 2013

What is Dassault Systemes' 3DEXPERIENCE Platform? - industry experts say that 3DExperiences are industry solutions, architecture has changed, Dassault's vision for product development will enable teams to design in more social, collaborative way, John Hayes, Engineering.com, Nov 18, 2013

Dassault 3D Experience is Explained - CAD industry still struggles to understand Dassault's high minded concepts, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, Nov 13, 2013

Live Blogging Dassault 3Dexperience Customer Forum - CEO Bernard Charles talked about company progress, origin of 3DExperience platform, customers told success stories, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Nov 8, 2013

Work with Large CAD Assemblies - employ lightweight visualization technology wherever appropriate, virtualization, cloud technologies are also helpful in handling large assembly performance, collaboration problem, Beth Stackpole, Desktop Engineering, Nov 1, 2013

Evolution and Revolution in Geometric Kernels - cluster management approach to control processes, processors on supercomputer, voxel representation for solid body modeling but consider significant drawbacks of voxel representation also, Nikolay Snytnikov, isicad, Oct 30, 2013

nanoCAD for Free: From Russia with 2D - free 2D CAD program has API compatibility with AutoCAD, company plans to populate nanoCAD universe with specialized, localized apps, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Oct 30, 2013

RGK Geometric Kernel - Now on a Mobile Platform - RGK Mobile app demonstrates capabilities of RGK kernel, platform coverage, users can open earlier created models, deal with complex models, Lev Borodinov, Sergey Kozlov, Anatoly Kryzhanovsky, isicad, Oct 28, 2013

The Ups & Downs of License Model Choice - rentals/subscription model option is good for short-term projects, comes from operating budget; perpetual license works out in long run, comes from capital expenditures budget, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Oct 17, 2013

E3.Series 2014: What's New? - E3. Preview handler, administrator control, multiuser control, device icons, ability to highlight groups that share same attributes or devices in folder, Delvin Masilamani, Javelin Technologies, Oct 11, 2013

95% of Apps are Free; Why Not MCAD? - availability of free apps like DesignSpark Mechanical may put pressure on CAD vendors like Dassault, Autodesk, Siemens to change revenue model, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Oct 11, 2013

Will Subscription-Based Pricing Models Remove Cost Barriers to 3D CAD? - smaller companies with limited budgets can use professional CAD tools when needed, Adobe, Autodesk, Siemens offer subscription models to users, Barb Schmitz, Engineering.com, Oct 7, 2013

Mixing Synchronous and History - use Synchronous Technology to avoid parent/child entanglements; to avoid problems with topological changes, use history, Matt Lombard, On the Edge, Oct 3, 2013

Zuken's E3.series: Wired for Speed - students of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Hochscule Esslingen University developed professional-quality wiring harness for vehicles using Zuken's E3.series software to compete at Formula SAE competition, Jason Brett, CADdigest.com, Sep 26, 2013

How TechSoft3D is Making 3D CAD Accessible on All Devices - HOOPS Visualize v20 serves as foundation for server-side rendering, HOOPS Communicator has full access to B-rep model, can show 3D bounding boxes, report physical properties, display model browser, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, Oct 1, 2013

DesignSpark Mechanical for Conceptual 3D Electromechanical Design - built on SpaceClaim Engineer, easy to use software has comprehensive 2D, 3D sketching capabilities, offers 3 methods for modeling, short learning curve, available for free, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, Sep 23, 2013

Directly Publish to GrabCAD with Solid Edge - client-server architecture helps Solid Edge users publish file directly to GrabCAD via add-on, enhancing collaboration, Scott Wertel, Engineering.com, Sep 18, 2013

It's Not Magic: Create 3D Models from Photos - remodeling from photographs using conventional CAD, creating 3D models from photos in Fusion 360 for GrabCAD, understanding 3-sweep approach, Blake Courter, GrabCAD, Sep 17, 2013

Zuken Eyes US Expansion with a Message Around Product-Level Design - Zuken plans to invest $30 to $50 million in expansion effort over next 3 years, trying to change discussion around PCB design, Beth Stackpole, Virtual Desktop, Aug 26, 2013

Cl3ver Steps Out with 3D Authoring App - 3D visualization tool helps user upload 3D models, create presentations, which can be hosted on any site using embedded code, supports 3ds Max, Maya, SketchUp, SolidWorks, available at base price of $20/month, Kathleen Maher, Graphic Speak, Aug 16, 2013

Leveraging 3D CAD Data - history of 3D CAD, 5 different ways to use CAD, concept of model-based definition, development of STEP AP242 neutral file standard to support PMI, Evan Yares, 3D CAD World, Aug 13, 2013

Why LEDAS Labs and Its Geometry Comparison - LEDAS cloud-based geometry comparator project uses stable, reliable technology, is up to 10,000 times faster, provides informative results though user-friendly GUI, API, offered at much lower price, David Levin, isicad, July 29, 2013

Does LISP Influence Your C++? - knowledge of LISP makes programming easy, mathematical proofs are easily given in terms of induction/recursion, Developer 2 Developer, Spatial.com, July 26, 2013

GrabCAD Integrates Autodesk Tools Into Cloud Collaboration Environment - GrabCAD Toolbox offers cloud-based access to 3rd-party design tools like AutoCAD 360, Fusion 360 to edit CAD models, Elizabeth Montalbano, Design News, July 23, 2013

Importance of DWG Drawings and 2D - industries like civil and electrical engineering still embrace 2D drawings, GrabCAD Workbench helps edit any 2D model in browser with AutoCAD 360, GrabCAD, July 18, 2013

Highlights of the R24 Release of 3D InterOp - ability to import Solid Edge files, provides full associativity with owning model geometry, datum/datum targets, 64-bit support, Developer 2 Developer, Spatial.com, July 17, 2013

How Zuken's E3.series Makes Better Buses - bus, coach manufacturer, Alexander Dennis Limited from UK, adopted E3.series software, grew revenue by 300% in last 5 years, Jason Brett, CADdigest.com, July 11, 2013

TeamPlatform Takes on the Email-FTP-Dropbox Troika - designed for engineers, TeamPlatform can view MCAD models, share files, organize communications, better than trying to use email and Dropbox, Ralph Grabowski, CADdigest.com, July 8, 2013

Reuse 3D CAD Models - PLM systems provide repositories, search capabilities for storing 3D CAD models; community sites like GrabCAD help reuse CAD models in crowd, Beth Stackpole, Desktop Engineering, July 1, 2013

Collaborative 'CAD in the Cloud' from Autodesk and GrabCAD Starts Today with Free Trial - AutoCAD 360, Fusion 360 to run natively in GrabCAD workbench, collaborating in open, heterogeneous environment, John Hayes, Engineering.com, June 27, 2013

The Failed Promise of Parametric CAD: Going Horizontal - best practice is horizontal modeling: create base feature, bunch of datum planes, attach all child features to datum planes to avoid parent-child problems, Evan Yares, 3D CAD World, June 25, 2013

Russian 'RGK' 3D Kernel is Presented to the International CAD Community - experts appreciated geometric kernel, its innovative aspects like multithreaded computations, thread safety, use of GPU graphical devices for general-purpose computations, Leonid Baranov, Sergey Kozlov, Sergey Kuraksin, & Nikolay Snytnikov, isicad, June 17, 2013

Spatial Announces Major Releases of Their 3D Components - R24 release has ability of Faceter to create global meshes in addition to local per face meshes, improved performance in local operations, hybrid meshes, new 'graphical' components for Solid Edge, STEP added, Deelip Menezes, Deelip.com, June 25, 2013

5 Computer Aided Design (CAD) Communities - My.Solidworks, Blender user community, Solid Edge community, AutoCAD Mosaic, GrabCAD, Chris McAndrew, 3DEngr.com, June 2013

Does the CAD World Need Another Geometry Kernel? - history of geometry kernels, development process of C3D, RGK kernels, Ascon sounds promising, Kathleen Maher, Graphic Speak, June 6, 2013

Bentley Pointools V8i - stand-alone product has point-cloud differencing, clash detection functions, can arrange data into more logical layers, used for analysis in Stonehenge heritage project, Eric van Rees, Geo Informatics, June 2013

Russian 3D-Kernel RGK: Functionality, Advantages, and Integration - solutions fully implemented in RGK project: multithreading, using calculations on GPU, multiple platforms, documents, solids, hybrid modeling tools, Leonid Baranov, Sergey Kozlov, Dmitry Semin, & Nikolay Snytnikov, isicad, May 24, 2013

Sheet Metal - K-factor - K-factor calculator to back-calculate K-factor from measurement data, Gavin Bath, Design and Motion, May 29, 2013

Axe Marks the Spot - point cloud visualization technology from Bentley reveals Bronze Age engravings on Stonehenge, CAD User, Mar/Apr 2013

Autodesk Buys Tinkercad to Expand It's 123D Portfolio - TinkerCAD is capable of Boolean union of all mesh objects, making model suitable for 3D printing, Deelip Menezes, Deelip.com, May 20, 2013

The Kernel, Why CAD Systems Don't Play Well with Others - definition, simplifying usage of CAD system through kernel, translation challenges, role of STEP format, GrabCAD, May 14, 2013

Simple Memory Allocations - constructors for math_* and TCollection_Array* classes to allocate data on stack, Roman Lygin, Open Cascade Notes, May 10, 2013

Design Engineers Play Critical Role in Reducing Product Costs - product cost management tool tightly integrated with CAD helps in real-time cost assessments due to design changes, Julie Driscoll, Cadalyst, May 9, 2013

5 Essential Functions of 3D ACIS Modeler - creating, modifying, querying, managing, verifying, healing 3D models, Developer 2 Developer, Spatial.com, May 8, 2013

Zuken: Making the Machines That Make the Screens - friendly interface, object-oriented nature of E3.series helps combine electrical, pneumatic diagrams, communicates design intent, Jason Brett, CADdigest.com, May 6, 2013

CAD Wars Erupt in China and Russia, Pt 2 - new geometry kernel RGK by Russian government faces competition with 17-years old, privately-funded C3D kernel by ASCON, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, May 7, 2013

GrabCAD Workbench Beta: Browser-Based Project Management and Collaboration App - no installation, download, or thin client needed, has robust support for common 3D file formats, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, May 6, 2013

GrabCAD Workbench: First Experiments - use viewer to access SolidWorks assembly, collaborate by sharing files, insert pins, comments, lacks basic security between parts, assemblies, Oleg Shilovitsky, Beyond PLM, May 3, 2013

MyCADBox - shares CAD models, syncs STEP, IGES files between PC, iPad, but lacks measure, explode, section, comment features with no direct upload access, Thomas Rambach, CADToolbox.com, May 4, 2013

Get to Know the New GrabCAD Measuring Tools - measuring length or radius of edge, distance between faces, angle between faces, approximate distance between points, GrabCAD, May 2, 2013

GrabCAD Workbench - manipulate CAD file using in-browser viewer, explode assembly, section view tool with easy slider control, Thomas Rambach, CADToolbox.com, Apr 30, 2013

DS Reports Ok Q1, Adds FE-Design & Archivideo - software revenue was up 6% y/y, acquires FE-Design Group for non-parametric structural, fluid design optimization, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Apr 25, 2013

Dassault Systemes Snatches Up FE-Design, Gets Into the Optimization Craze - acquired TOSCA products to remain compatible with rival products, target classic manufacturing segments, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Apr 25, 2013

Five Presentations on Model-Based Development - advantages: faster design revisions, infinite viewpoints, exploded views of assemblies, automated generation, update of drawings, Evan Yares, 3D CAD World, Apr 24, 2013

A Brief Introduction to CAD File Formats - defining categories: precise vs tessellated geometry, proprietary vs neutral format, single-file vs multiple-file assemblies, BOM vs flat list, Blake Courter, GrabCAD, Apr 22, 2013

Digging into 3D Experience - Dassault's executive Pascal Daloz talks about V5 vs V6, connecting to consumer into cycle via 3DExperience concept, Al Dean, Develop 3D, Apr 18, 2013

GrabCAD Workbench - definition, collaboration portfolio, workflow of uploading, sharing, collaborating with others, Lou Gallo, SolidWorks:HEARD, Apr 21, 2013

GrabCAD Launches 'Workbench' Beta - view drawings from any major CAD system, maintain comments with drawings, select, view assemblies or parts in BOM, annotate on 3D model, John Hayes, Engineering.com, Apr 17, 2013

GrabCAD Workbench Cracks the Door on Open Engineering - new collaboration site for mechanical engineering, product development, has ability to gather, track all comments, communications regarding CAD content with model, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, Apr 17, 2013

Zuken's E3.series Intelligently Designs Powerful Diesel-Electric Locomotives - eliminates logical-physical gap using object-oriented design, ships with library of thousands of standardized components, cables, connectors, Jason Brett, CADdigest.com, Apr 17, 2013

Dassault Debuts HT Body for High-Tech Electronics Design - aims to deliver single, pre-integrated design, engineering experience, focuses on social collaboration, visualization tools, Beth Stackpole, Virtual Desktop, Apr 18, 2013

What's New in Geomagic Design 2013 - improved feature dialog boxes, new symbols added to symbol library, measurement information panel is added in status bar, ability to import points into 2D sketch, Deelip Menezes, Deelip.com, Apr 17, 2013

GrabCAD Workbench First Impressions - use online, secure 3D collaboration platform to create, collaborate projects, dynamic sectioning property allows enhanced model visualization, Deelip Menezes, Deelip.com, Apr 17, 2013

Geometric Kernels and Irremovability of Presidents from Office - ASCON kernel C3D is available for licensing; Russian geometric kernel RGK is under development by Russian Government, isicad.net, Apr 15, 2013

Creating Key Characteristics, Comments and Setting Criticality in InspectionXpert - YouTube, Apr 10, 2013

Deleting Balloons and Characteristics in InspectionXpert - YouTube, Apr 10, 2013

Russian CAD - high-quality products like KOMPAS by ASCON, T-FLEX by Top Systems, nanoCAD by Nanosoft offer solutions for complex problems, Evan Yares, 3D CAD World, Apr 10, 2013

Managing Mass Properties in CAD Assemblies - discussing best practices, using CAD software to calculate mass, center of mass, MOI, Jennifer Herron, YouTube, Apr 5, 2013

Combining CAD Formats - multifunctional tool ABViewer for CAD design, construction documents, supports more than 50 raster, vector, 3D file formats, Elena Reznikova, isicad.net, Mar 22, 2013

Have It Your Way - mass customization depends on parametric modeling, responding to unique customer requirements, Heather Livingston, Cadalyst, Mar 28, 2013

Mentor Builds an MCAD-to-EDA Bridge with FloTHERM XT - has electronics cooling simulation capabilities, create bridges, optimized integration between mechanical design, EDA tools, workflows, Beth Stackpole, Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop, Mar 18, 2013 

Top Design Applications Create a Versatile Engineer - CAD apps: AutoCAD, Inventor, SolidWorks; CAM apps: MasterCAM, TurboCAM, Mach3; electrical design, simulation: Multisim, Flowcode, Cabe Atwell, Design News, Mar 1, 2013

The Trouble with Namespaces - grouping classes into complex hierarchies creates problem, using name mangling scheme, with disambiguating string at end, is helpful, Developer 2 Developer, Spatial.com, Feb 22, 2013

Laser Scanning, Visualization Reveal Art from Bronze Age -  archaeologists analyzed undiscovered 72 Stonehenge carvings using Bentley Pointools, Richard Zambuni, Cadalyst, Feb 20, 2013

Bentley Pointools' Powerful Visualization Technology Uncovers Prehistoric Artwork on Stonehenge - Bentley Pointools facilitates visualization, analysis of 850 gigabytes of 0.5 mm-resolution survey data, Bentley.com, Feb 2013

8 Questions with JP Abelanet About Geometry - biggest challenges facing CAD in next 3 years, working with computational kernel inside GE, favorite tools, resources, John Chawner, Another Fine Mesh, Feb 11, 2013

Q&A with David Randle - options for sending Pro/E geometry to Bunkspeed, functionality of Powerboost, GPU usage, exporting object, camera, Aurora Meneghello, NOVEDGE, Feb 7, 2013

Zuken's E3.series: Driving Automotive Evolution - ESG Automotive uses object-oriented architecture of E3.series software to solve electrical, electronic design challenges, Jason Brett, CADdigest.com, Feb 4, 2013

Organic Modeling with Engineering Precision - subdivision modeling, direct edit technology are being talked about regarding CAD innovation, Matt Lombard, Dezignstuff Blog, Jan 30, 2013

The Geometry Kernel and What it Means to Product Development - characteristics of geometry kernel, impacts of kernel change on product development process, Paul Hamilton, Jan 15, 2013

Tata Technologies i Check IT - automate checking of part, assembly models, CAD drawings using administrator/monitor applications of i Check IT, Al Dean, Develop 3D, Jan 22, 2013

Model-Based Engineering, Are We There Yet, Pt 2 - model based top level e-BOM can be fundamental step, Paul Hamilton, Jan 15, 2013

Jon Hirschtick: New Technologies - Still Focus on What Customers Want to Build with It - talk about SolidWorks' success, staring Belmont Technology, involving young talent, robustness of geometric kernel, isicad, Jan 3, 2013

3D Systems to Buy Geomagic - company does not see much overlap between Geomagic offerings and those from previous acquisition of Rapidform, Sam Pfeifle, SPAR Point Group, Jan 3, 2013

Geomagic to be Acquired by Long-time Business Partner - employees to still report to Ping Fu, who expects Geomagic division to grow under 3D systems, David Ranii, newobserver.com, Jan 3, 2013

AEC Exhibitor Highlights from Autodesk University 2012 - cloud-based REVIZTO for rendering, BIM CAVE for collaboration, Content Studio for content management for Revit, dRofus for space planning, program validation, Lachmi Khemlani, AECbytes, Dec 20, 2012

Zuken E3.WireWorks Review - specifically optimized for use with SolidWorks Premium edition, has easy learning curve, manages to bring electrical, mechanical designs together nicely, Jason Brett, CADdigest.com, Dec 18, 2012

Model-Based Engineering, Are We There Yet?, Pt 1 - 'model-based' concept with regard to product development process, considering 3 opportunities: disconnect, redundancy, single master document, Paul Hamilton, Dec 17, 2012

Two Russian Geometric Kernels Will Be Presented in Detail at COFES Russia 2013 - C3D - an original kernel of ASCON, Russian Geometric Kernel (RGK) to be presented, David Levin, Not Just Russian CAD/PLM, Dec 16, 2012

Geomagic Spark: 3D Scanning Meets 3D CAD - provides professional-grade 3D scan-to-CAD capabilities at affordable price, Evan Yares, 3D CAD Tips, Dec 12, 2012

aPriori Drives Product Costing Into Early Stages of Design - imports complex BOM from ERP, PLM apps, has geometry analysis tool, can override preliminary data inputs, Nancy Spruling Johnson, Cadalyst, Dec 12, 2012

aPriori Kicks Costing Up a Notch - aPriori 2012r2 imports complex engineering BOMs from ERP, PLM apps, has ability to view costs at aggregate level, geometry analysis tool, Beth Stackpole, Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop, Dec 10, 2012

Create Motion Programs Directly From Your CAD Drawing - CADFusion offers intuitive part optimization, automatically parses imported pattern into well-defined shapes, entities, Design World, Dec 6, 2012

ASCON Interviews Nikolai Golovanov, Head of C3D Kernel Development - plans to continue developing own geometric kernel as its quality matters most in CAD systems, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Dec 4, 2012

Tutorial: Geomagic Studio and Freeform in Action Together - understanding product design methods, CAD modeling techniques that helps to create final digital model, Richard Sandham, Develop 3D, Dec 4, 2012

Autodesk Fusion 360 Takes MCAD Into the Cloud - offers direct editing capabilities, CAD data portability, splits computational workload, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, Dec 2, 2012

Exclusive Interview: Geomagic Spark Encompasses That Other Cloud - first MCAD program to handle entire range from 3D point clouds, talk about working with SpaceClaim, Spark accuracy, scanner support, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, Dec 4, 2012

Geomagic Spark Unites 3D Scan Data with MCAD Geometry - Geomagic, SpaceClaim collaborated to create new technology specifically for Spark that combines mesh editing expertise with direct modeling, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, Dec 2, 2012

CAD Related iPhone App for Mechanical Engineers - 'CAD Models' app provides access to over 300 component manufacturers catalogues, Martin Phelps, CADline, Dec 3, 2012

It's Easier Using 3D Solids - convert teapot model to 3D to make use of solid-based algorithms built into geometry kernel, Developer 2 Developer, Spatial.com, Nov 27, 2012

Geomagic Offers to Blow Away MCAD with Points-to-Assemblies Spark Software - Spark combines point data editing with 3D modeling, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Nov 27, 2012

NCollection Allocators - 3 types of allocator in NCollection, code to create temporary hash table, Roman Lygin, Open CASCADE Notes, Nov 22, 2012

Standard Allocator, Pt 2 - default constructor redirects all allocation calls to open CASCADE central allocator interface, Roman Lygin, Open CASCADE Notes, Nov 22, 2012

Making 3D Solids from Surface Data - creating surfaces from input data, thickening surfaces into solids, Developer 2 Developer, Spatial.com, Nov 19, 2012

Learn All About Dynamic Patterning and Generative Modeling - Modelab organizes workshops, webinars to teach generative modeling concepts, advance uses, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, Nov 19, 2012

The Power of T-FLEX CAD Parametric Modeling, Pt 2 - embedded animation tools, basic principles of assembly parameterization, parameterization of 2D, 3D fragments, Sergey Kozlov & Sergey Kuraskin, isicad, Nov 14, 2012

Interview with Spatial CEO Jean-Marc Guillard - managing 2 kernels, Dassault's CGM vs ACIS, functional parity, choice depends on what applications customer needs to interface with, more, Roopinder Tara, CADdigest.com, Nov 12, 2012

At a Loss for Words? Not a Problem With Sketches in the 3D Viewer - attaching sketch, communicating message in Sketch mode, GRABCAD, Oct 19, 2012

Create Custom Reports With InspectionXpert - use InspectionXpert template editor to customize existing report templates or map InspectionXpert fields to own reports, You Tube, Oct 12, 2012

E3.series Electrical CAD Software Review - handles wide range of electrical design tasks, has undockable interface windows, well-written, easy-to-search help files, Jason Brett, CADdigest.com, Oct 16, 2012

World, Meet REFLEX - latest design collaboration tool, REFLEX Render offers photorealistic rendering solution, works within Revit platform, Scott Ebert, Bonnie Gorman, AUGI Library, Oct 8, 2012

Buy Some More: AspenTech and Siemens Announce Acquisitions - Siemens acquires VRcontext; AspenTech acquires PSVPlus software product, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Oct 2, 2012

Spatial's 3D Insiders' Summit 2012 - apps using InterOp R23 can extract tessellated data, graphical PMI from CAD files; future plans for CGM release 3, Ralph Grabowski, CADdigest.com, Oct 2, 2012

Spatial, ACIS, CGM, and the Future of Geometric Modelers - Spatial showed multi-threading, fast demand loading of parts using ACIS; CGM has more InterOp formats, integrated 3DXML support, point cloud data support, Evan Yares, 3D CAD Tips, Sep 27, 2012

Why CGM? - likely use-cases for Convergence Geometric Modeler (CGM), removes problem associated with translation, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Sep 26, 2012

Q&A: Zuken - Patrick Hackney of Zuken about its history, E3.series, modules, E3.WireWorks for SolidWorks, customer base, competing against CAD vendors, Ralph Grabowski, CADdigest.com, Sep 26, 2012

Live Blogging From the 3D Insiders Summit - keynote by Garth Coleman, director of strategy for 3DVIA, new features in 3D Interop R23, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Sep 25, 2012

About Dassault's Other 3D Modeling Kernel, CGM - Release 2 will have more modeling operators, 2D/3D CDM constraint design manager, pre-release C3D toolkit that lets customers work with all these components, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Sep 25, 2012

Features to Expect in Next Year's MCAD Releases - fuzz Booleans, wire slice, seeded feature recognition, cellular topology, multiprocessing enhancements, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Sep 25, 2012

Plug-in Imports Organic Surfaces Into CAD - intuitive surfacing tool in subdivision surface modeling, Power SubD-Nurbs works with modo's Save-As command, offers CAD-friendly output formats, Paul McCrorey, Machine Design, Sep 6, 2012

MeshMash - videos showing dynamic remeshing, Daniel Piker, Space Symmetry Structure, Sep 20, 2012

The Power of T-FLEX CAD Parametric Modeling, Pt 1 - basic parameterization parameters, parametric model control, variables, parameterization of 2D, 3D arrays, bidirectional associativity of 3D model, 2D projection, Sergey Kozlov & Sergey Kuraskin, isicad, Sep 10, 2012

Design Change Communication Modernized - benefits of automating design comparison, direct modeling technology for better comparison, considerations before investing in change comparison software, Andrea Giles from Kubotek, MoldMaking Technology, Sep 1, 2012

The Disconnect Between Traditional CAD and Design - designing for function but within constraints, problems solved by feature-based CAD, problem with features, Chad Jackson, engineering-matters.com, Aug 20, 2012

Scripting - It's Not Just for Browser Apps - uses of acis3dt.exe, interactive GUI app C3D to work with modeler while capturing complex workflows, Developer 2 Developer, Spatial.com, Aug 20, 2012

It's Just a Fastener - Or Is It? - analysis of engineering change orders data reveals common issues related to fasteners, Steve Peck, Siemens PLM Software Blog, Aug 9, 2012

It's Just a Fastener or Is It?, Pt 2 - Syncrofit portfolio of software for airframe assembly facilitates authoring design data for joints, fastener, holes to create complete 3D product definitions, Steve Peck, Siemens PLM Software Blog, Aug 15, 2012

Do You Really Need Integrated CAD/CAM? - discussing 2 types, business perspectives: CAD-centric, CAM-centric, Evan Yares, Design World, Aug 1, 2012

Geometric Constraint Solving on Imported Data - considering examples using linear resolution, angular resolution in D-Cubed 2D DCM, Siemens PLM Software Blog, Aug 8, 2012

A Closer Look at 3D InterOp And 3D ACIS Modeler Release 23 - ability to read SolidWorks files directly, seeded feature detection functionality, Deelip Menezes of 3D Systems, Deelip.com, Aug 8, 2012

3D ACIS Modeler R23: What We've Done For You Lately - improved Boolean, Stitching capabilities, ability to handle near-coincidence between surfaces, seeded feature detection functionality, Developer 2 Developer, Spatial.com, Aug 6, 2012

Working with Large CAD Models -  work with lightweight data formats, stream data from cloud, use Google Maps approach, break large assemblies into smaller subassemblies, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, Aug 1, 2012

Sensible Phantom and Freeform: Sculpting for Engineers - supports NURBS solids, surfaces, SpacePilot Pro, SpaceMouse Pro, has tools for parting line, split joint design, shelling, Evan Yares, 3D CAD Tips, Aug 1, 2012

Pro Tips: Balancing Rendering Quality and Rendering Speed - start with a small rendering, determine rendering quality, special effects may require more rendering passes, Render Plus, July 11, 2012

Q1 Recap/Q2 Preview: What We'll Be Looking For - composite view of results of ANSYS, Autodesk, Cimatron, Dassault Systemes, ESI Group, Nemetschek, PTC, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corporation Hot Topics, July 10, 2012

Parametric Direct Modeling - understanding geometry, assembly level design intent, Paul Hamilton of PTC, July 9, 2012

Geometric DFMPro - 'design for manufacturability' tool runs within CAD software, offers configurable rules, offers 4 distinct modules, shares results as eDrawings, XML, Excel documents, Mark Clarkson, Desktop Engineering, July 2, 2012

Rethinking File Conversion - objective of 3D InterOp, primary responsibility, extracting single instance from product structure, Developer 2 Developer, Spatial.com, July 6, 2012

The Design Visualization Devil is in the Details - design vs rendering, common CAD modelers' approaches, ray-traced interactivity, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, July 2, 2012

How Manufacturers Use 3D CAD Models and 2D CAD Drawings as Sales Enablers - 3D models help in making final decision, cutting down on specification errors in BOMs, generating better qualified leads at lower cost, Achinta Mitra, Customer Think, July 2, 2012

Injection Molding Simulation Software: How Will It Improve Your Designs? - SolidWorks Plastics, Autodesk Simulation DFM, Moldex3D are available, Bill Martin-Otto, CAD/CAM Performance, June 27, 2012

Cheetah, Creo, and 2D Geometric Constraint Solvers - software developer, Cloud Invent talks about Cheetah constraint solver, support for 3D constraints, parallelism, Evan Yares, 3D CAD Tips, June 23, 2012

Double, Double, Trouble - to improve type 'checkability,' avoid argument lists where convertible types are next to each other, Developer 2 Developer, Spatial.com, June 19, 2012

ASCON's Mobilization: My Impressions From the 'White Nights' Forum - general info from CEO, 3D kernel, reaction towards global trends, David Levin, isicad, June 4, 2012

Subtleties of B-rep Translation, Pt 3; Why Healing Matters - all 3D edge geometry must be projectable to surface; edge, face geometry can't be self-intersecting; tolerances of vertices can't entirely consume neighboring edges, Developer 2 Developer, Spatial.com, June 15, 2012

Solving the CAD Concurrency Problem - 2D dimensional constraint manager doesn't support multicore processing, leaving big chunk of computing power untapped, Evan Yares, 3D CAD Tips, June 15, 2012

Application-Driven Development in Action - demo for point cloud functionality in CGM supporting dimensional metrology workflows, Developer 2 Developer, Spatial.com, June 5, 2012

Affordable 3D Modeling Options - Google SketchUp, Autodesk 123D, 3DVIA, Creo Elements/Direct Modeling Express, Alibre Design, Solid Edge by subscription, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, June 1, 2012

Getting the Point About Points - CMM program helps in optimal point measurement, analyzing gathered points, reporting results, Developer 2 Developer, Spatial.com, May 24, 2012

Geometric Modeling Problems in Industrial CAD/CAM/CAE - discussing problems of filleting, history-based models, performance, George Allen of Siemens PLM Software, May 2012

Subtleties of B-rep Translation, Pt 2; Why Form Matters - defining form of geometric curves, surfaces in 3 ways: analytic, B-spline, procedural representations, Developer 2 Developer, Spatial.com, May 4, 2012

A Developer's Perspective on Agile - active involvement with customers, emphasis on refactoring, retrospective, but 'software redesign on fly' notion is partially true only, Developer 2 Developer, Spatial.com, May 9, 2012

What's Up with Russia and Modeling Kernels? - LEDAS to help build completely new 'Russian' modeling kernel; ASCON is offering C3D modeling kernel, Deelip Menezes, Deelip.com, May 7, 2012

ASCON Makes Public Its Proprietary Kernel - C3D kernel handles 2D drafting, sketching, 3D modeling, constraints, parameters, input-output translation of major CAD formats, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, May 8, 2012

Designs Live On and On - compactness, portability, metadata-housing capacity of neutral file formats help in collaboration, rendering, technical publication of designs, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, May 1, 2012

Subtleties of B-rep Translation, Pt 1; Why Sharing Matters - understanding remove algorithm, Developer 2 Developer, Spatial.com, Apr 5, 2012

Bentley Combines Point Clouds, Raster, Geometry in One Package - 3D modeling software package Descartes V8i unveiled, uses point clouds for infrastructure, Sam Pfeifle, SPAR Point Group, Apr 17, 2012

Design Intent Without History - combination of history-based, direct editing tool like Synchronous Technology can deal with design intent, Matt Lombard, On the Edge, Apr 18, 2012

Russian National 3D Kernel - instead of investing in geometric kernel technology, most companies prefer to license ready 3D-kernel from 3rd party vendors, Dmitry Ushakov, isicad, Apr 3, 2012

LEDAS Experts: How Our Company is Involved in Developing Russian Geometric Kernel - talk about geometric modeling, 3D kernel development, isicad, Apr 3, 2012

Do You Really Need History? - drawbacks of history-based systems, Matt Lombard, On the Edge, Mar 30, 2012

Mystery New MCAD Company Wants to Make Mysterious New MCAD Software - MysteryCAD claims to offer solutions in areas current MCAD systems are lacking: design, recordkeeping, collaboration, accessibility, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Mar 29, 2012

Is CAD Still Disruption Ready? - multi-touch, gesture-based tools are better than 3D mouse tools, CAD on tablet can provide some productivity, Chad Jackson, engineering-matters.com, Mar 19, 2012

Model-Based Design Driven by Embedded Systems - cost effective model-based design approach offers 2-way traceability between design, requirements, Beth Stackpole, Design News, Mar 9, 2012

What's Hot in CAD - Solid Edge Synchronous Technology, stereoscopic designs, 3D modeling, simulation software, modeler for organic shapes are in trend in industry, Leslie Gordon, Machine Design, Mar 8, 2012

How Healthy is Your B-Rep? - cases of legal but largely bad B-rep, measure health as continuous spectrum, make sure basics are right, Developer 2 Developer, Spatial.com, Mar 8, 2012

We Gather Here Today to Reconcile Direct and Parametric - fundamentally different approaches, but users demanding direct-modeling operations within parametric CAD programs, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, Mar 1, 2012

Managing the 16,777,217th Color - manage NoColor issue, create Nullable<T> template class, have GetColor query on object return Nullable<Color>, Developer 2 Developer, Spatial.com, Mar 1, 2012

Maide Turns Your iPhone Into a (Nearly) Free 3Dconnexion-Style Controller - CADremote, CADcontrol apps can pan, orbit, zoom using multi-finger touch, connect several iOS devices to same software program for group viewing, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Feb 17, 2012

Parametric or Direct Modeling, One or the Other, or Both? - benefits of combining parametric, direct modeling approaches for creating products efficiently, Brian Thompson of PTC, Design World, Feb 9, 2012

MobileCAD Apps Busting Out All Over, and Now With a Twist - CadFaster improved 3D CAD/BIM collaboration iPad app, TFTPad for Android released, SPP Viewer Android app, DBTablet for iPad, Android available, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Feb 9, 2012

The CadRemote App to Share Control of Your SolidWorks, SketchUp and Rhino Models - iPhone app can pan, orbit, zoom 3D model for slick presentation, offers collaborative viewing, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, Feb 8, 2012

NURBS, BIM, or Revolution: Which Topics are Most Attractive for the Readership? - English-speaking readers pay more attention to NURBS/direct modeling; Rhino, Bricscad, Bentley, CIMdata are much more known in West, David Levin, isicad, Feb 6, 2012

When is a Point Not Necessarily a Point? - introducing 'HappyPathPoint' object to make internal interfaces more robust in ACIS project, Developer 2 Developer, Spatial.com, Jan 27, 2012

Form-Z 7 Prepares to Launch Parametric Modeling Point Blank in Your Face - single-click workspace setup with tools specific to task of modeling, drafting, visualization, easier NURBS modeling, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, Jan 23, 2012

sgCore from Geometros - benefits of sgCore solid modeling library, availability for Mac, Windows, Solidgraph as functioning CAD system, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, Jan 17, 2012

Dynamically Dimensioning 3D Models - understanding various dimension settings available in applet, Andrew Marsh, Performative Design, Dec 28, 2011

Fast 3D Vector Text in Processing - overlaying 2D labels pointing to 3D model positions, Andrew Marsh, Performative Design, Jan 7, 2012

SofTech's Reinvention Continues - SofTech announces registration statement, company's share marketplace is upgraded, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corporation Hot Topics, Jan 4, 2012

NURBS and CAD: 30 Years Together - history of Bezier curves, splines, NURBS, Dmitry Ushakov, isicad, Dec 30, 2011

Simulation Tools Help Answer 'What If' Queries Early in Process - effective, accurate use of simulation software helps engineers predict product performance, reduce risk of failure, lower production costs, cut down on use of raw materials, reduce over-design, Barb Schmitz, Creo (by PTC), Dec 19, 2011

Design Agility: Increasing Your Ability to Adapt to Change - hybrid approach using both parametric, direct modelers helps deal with last-minute changes in product design, Barb Schmitz, Creo (by PTC), Dec 13, 2011

Kernels Do Still Matter - software component kernels are developed, supported, maintained by expert source, allow small software organizations to develop applications economically, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe Blogs, Dec 8, 2011

TopSolid 7 is CAD, CAM and Awesome Wrapped All Up in One [Review] - well-organized, intuitive UI, ability to add machine features, fast render output, integrated PDM system has full part numbering, revision control, simple lifecycle workflow functionality, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, Dec 8, 2011

Validus 2.0 - checks drawings against international standards as well as custom internal best practice, full customizable checks, batch checking tools, Vault integration, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, Nov 25, 2011

Taking a Second Look at 3D CAD - exploring new options in 3D: direct modeling to quickly define, capture, manipulate geometry, Barb Schmitz, Creo (by PTC), Nov 28, 2011

The Chrysalis Project Puts 3D Design on the Web in a Very Cool Way - helps in transforming design in Grasshopper, customizing designs, creating interfaces for 3D CAD, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, Nov 23, 2011

New Releases from Russia: T-FLEX CAD 12 - enabling parametric 2D/3D CAD system, motion simulation add-on, helps in inserting custom entities, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Nov 26, 2011

We Know What You Don't Want, So What Do You Want? - user wants to leave SolidWorks but other products at similar price seem wanting, Matt Lombard, Dezignstuff SolidWorks Blog, Nov 16, 2011

Direct Modeling - Who and Why Needs It? A Review of Competitive Technologies - CoCreate, SpaceClaim, Bricscad, Solid Edge ST, and other products offer pure/variational direct modeling features, Dmitry Ushakov, isicad, Nov 14, 2011

Low Spatial Intelligence as an Impediment to 3D CAD - engineer's role, responsibilities, low spatial intelligence barrier to use of CAD, 3D models, Chad Jackson, engineering-matters.com, Oct 31, 2011

Keyshot 3 Goes to Movie - Luxion Keyshot helps in presenting multimedia-driven presentations in CAD files, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, Oct 28, 2011

Geometric Constraint Solving and Spin Surfaces - solid is created by rotating planar sketch containing spline curve, 3D DCM allows more advanced assembly/direct modelling operations to be performed on geometries, Siemens PLM Software Blog, Oct 27, 2011

Still Relevant After All These Years: Spatial 3D Software Components - 3D modeling software components: 3D ACIS modeler, Convergence Geometric Modeler (CGM), InterOp, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, Oct 24, 2011

How Feature-Based Modeling Influences Shape - direct U-V push, pull capabilities are needed in addition to feature-based tools, Matt Lombard, Dezignstuff SolidWorks Blog, Oct 12, 2011

Build Your Ideal Future CAD Here - ideal CAD system would have single history free 3D sketch environment, table-driven features, multi-touch capabilities, more, Matt Lombard, Dezignstuff SolidWorks Blog, Oct 10, 2011

What's New in Bricscad V12 - quad cursor menu, tool palettes, SECTIONPLANE command, raster engine, Teigha 3.5 ODA library, Rakesh Rao, GeoTools : Work Smarter, Not Harder, Oct 5, 2011

How to Select the Best CAD Modeler - pros, cons of 4 geometry types, workflows facilitated, suitability to products: nurbs, voxels, subdivisional surfaces, poly-reps, Kevin Atkins, Machine Design, Oct 6, 2011

An Alternative to NURBS - issued with nurbs, alternative can be N-sided surfaces (NSS) technology supporting feature-curve method, Alyn Rockwood, Machine Design, Sep 6, 2011

Exclusive Q&A: What It Means, Now That Bricsys Bought IP from LEDAS - company intends to 'extend reach' into AEC, MCAD with technology acquisition, effect on ODA, add-on market for SketchUp, Rhino, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Oct 5, 2011

Wrapping Up Bricsys Conference 2011 & What Will Happen to Architecturals? -no plans to put architecturals into open source, 3rd party developers to use code for more advanced versions, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Oct 5, 2011

Juicy Details from Bricsys Conference 2011 - Vondle renamed Chapoo Biz, view, share, upload, manage 50 file formats, versions for Android, iOS are under development, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Oct 5, 2011

LEDAS Enhances Its Key Business in Service After Selling Its Technologies to Bricsys -  LEDAS founder discusses reasons for sale, effects, David Levin, Not Just Russian CAD/PLM, Oct 5, 2011

Blogging Live from Belgium at the Bricscad 2011 Conference - Bricscad V12 supports LISP with faster performance, ObjectDBX, assistance to 3rd party developers wishing to port their apps, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Oct 4, 2011

Day 2: Bricsys Conference 2011 - demo of Bricscad V12: 2D/3D constraints, direct modeling operations, quad cursor, design intent recognition, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Oct 5, 2011

Bricsys Acquires Intellectual Property of LEDAS - Bricsys plans to enter MCAD field, creates wholly owned subsidiary in Russia, Deelip Menezes, Deelip.com, Oct 5, 2011

Direct Modeling in Bricscad V12 - Pt 2 - quad cursor to edit 3D solids, QUADDISPLAY system variable to turn it on/off, Deelip Menezes, Deelip.com, Oct 5, 2011

Direct Modeling in Bricscad V12 - Pt 3 - latest release with new features like quad cursor is still compatible with AutoCAD, Deelip Menezes, Deelip.com, Oct 5, 2011

History and Sketching - sketching actually has little to do with history-based modeling, Matt Lombard, Dezignstuff SolidWorks Blog, Oct 3, 2011

CAD Software Purchasing Guide - transitioning from manual drafting to 3D CAD, comparing different mechanical CAD packages, freeware, open source CAD packages, Bright Hub, Sep 28, 2011

CAD Usability and Model Deconstruction - editing history-based models still remains painful for CAD users, Evan Yares, Sep 27, 2011

Combining Mobile Technology and Cloud Computing When Using CAD/CAM - low-bandwidth, high-latency cloud network can affect fast-response graphics functionality, Peter Thorne, Source the Engineer, Sep 2011

ZW3D Premium 2011 - Capable CAD and CAM in One Package - UI needs improvements, ReadySketch, dynamic dimensions abilities, supports efficient assembly management, automatic feature recognition, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, Sep 12, 2011

Head in the Point Clouds - Apple gets patent for wild 3D system that can capture, display 3D data, Sam Pfeifle, SPAR Point Group, Sep 16, 2011

Think Like a Machinist When Creating Solid Models - design around standard material size, consider tool length to diameter ratio, avoid undercuts, fillet when required, Milton Florest, Machine Design, Sep 8, 2011

The Catalog is Dead; Long Live the Catalog - MISUMI's online part catalog offers view of part specs as 2D drawings, Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop, Sep 15, 2011

Get the Feel for Modeling - FreeForm Plus Organic Design System can integrate multiple geometry types to model complex, organic forms, Jim Romeo, Desktop Engineering, Sep 1, 2011

Q&A: GstarSOFT's First iPad Release Creates and Edits CAD Drawings - capabilities of GstarCAD MC, use of DWG files with iPad, OCF format, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, Sep 2, 2011

The Value of High-End CAD Software - exceptional capabilities of high-end CAD program help improve product quality, reduce production cost, Stephen Samuel, American Machinist, Sep 1, 2011

Projections Methods Used in Machine Drawing and CAD - pros, cons of projection types: orthographic, axonometric, oblique, perspective, Kenneth Sleight, Bright Hub, Aug 29, 2011

Conics in Geometric Constraint Solving - D-Cubed 2D DCM solving dimensions, constraints on conical blends, Siemens PLM Software Blog, Aug 24, 2011

Cost Effective Machined Parts: OD Threads - cost effective designs requiring fastened nut, OD threads, CATIA Community, Aug 22, 2011

Top CAD/3D CEO's Talk About Apple in the Industry - growing popularity of Apple's Mac in CAD, 3D markets, education, iCloud service, opportunities, scope for improvement, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, Aug 17, 2011

Mechatronic Management, Pt 4: Integrated System Engineering Aspects - understanding artifacts, processes for system engineering, Chad Jackson, engineering-matters.com, Aug 16, 2011

ViaCAD 2D/3D v8 What's New Video - push/pull tool for planar objects, faces of solids, interactively translates, rotates, scales faces, automatically creates 3D objects from 2D drawings, Tim Olson, Shark Attack, Aug 14, 2011

Using AutoSave - keep AutoSave setting turned on, recover file from ViaCAD backup folder, Tim Olson, Shark Attack, Aug 14, 2011

Common, But Strange, Product Design Terms - top-down design, in-context design, design intent, Paul Hamilton of PTC, Aug 11, 2011

The iPad: How the CAD/3D Industry is Being Changed - CAD on iPad provides easy access to information anywhere, great speed, large storage capacity, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, Aug 10, 2011

Carl Bass Talks to Architosh About Apple in the CAD/3D Industries - synergies between Apple's, Autodesk's technologies, acquisitions by Autodesk, CAD in cloud, iPad in CAD world, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, Aug 10, 2011

Geometric Constraint Solving - It's All About Special Cases - benefits of specific geometry types in D-Cubed geometric constraint solvers, Siemens PLM Software Blog, Aug 8, 2011

Design Apps Hit the iPad - TurboViewer, AutoCAD WS, 3DVIA Mobile HD, Teamcenter Mobility are available, Beth Stackpole, Design News, July 25, 2011

Some Fun Direct Modeling with Chain and Sprocket - Creo Elements/Direct modeling tutorial, Paul Hamilton of PTC, July 25, 2011

Kubotek's ECO Manager: A Usable Difference Report? - helps visualize, organize differences between 2 models, automatically generating visual change report for user, Chad Jackson, engineering-matters.com, July 22, 2011

Publish Your 3D Model to an iPad - supported CAD formats include: Autodesk Inventor, SolidWorks, Pro/E, YouTube, July 18, 2011

Best Practices: How to Choose the Right 3D Design Tool - consider ease of use, cost, product-specific requirements, import/export capabilities, try before buying, ask questions, Barb Schmitz, Creo (by PTC), July 18, 2011

Optimizing Assembly Translation with 3D InterOp - tips on extracting product structure, assembly translation overview, Stefanie Kenny, Spatial.com, July 2011

HyperWorks 11.0 with solidThinking and AcuSolve - HyperWorks on-demand available as 'pay-per-usage' license model, has AcuSolve for CFD, solidThinking for 3D conceptual design, Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop, June 27, 2011

Mechatronics Management, Pt 3: Software Aspects - managing software configurations, lifecycle, software management in mechatronics as follower, Chad Jackson, engineering-matters.com, June 10, 2011

Autodesk SketchBook Designer: Concept Sketches in DWG - easy-to-use, 2D curve-based sketching program, has symmetry command to create identical geometry on opposite sides of canvass, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, June 23, 2011

SES2: Studio Environment Set for modo, SolidWorks and More - latest version has 50 more HDR images spherically mapped for illuminating environment, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, June 23, 2011

The Release-to-CAD Revolution - direct modeling technology is emerging as leader in concept design to improve products, Chris Randles of SpaceClaim, Time Compression, June 23, 2011

Is Your Investment in the Structured Model Generating a Positive Return? - many users are not aware of alternatives: direct modeling and unstructured model, Paul Hamilton of PTC, June 21, 2011

3 Things Direct CAD is and Parametric History-Based CAD Isn't - direct CAD software works independently of file formats, gives flexibility to design, easier to learn, use, retain, Andrea Giles, Kubotek, May 31, 2011

3D Human CAD Models for SolidWorks, Rhino and More - available from CADHuman.com, models load quickly, have near-zero rebuild time, price starts at $99, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, May 16, 2011

ZW3D 2011: 3D MCAD Modeling with Mold, Die, Machine Features - available as beta download, tools for sheet metal design, freeform modeling, mold, die creation, point-cloud processing, built-in rendering app, Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop, May 5, 2011

Mechatronics Management, Pt 2: Electrical Aspects - managing PCB schematics, diagrams, layouts, libraries, FPGA programming, Chad Jackson, engineering-matters.com, Apr 27, 2011

ClearEdge3D - EdgeWise Building for converting 3D point clouds into planar objects, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, Apr 25, 2011

Mechatronics Management, Pt 1: Mechanical Aspects - managing assemblies, design deliverables, extracting information for enterprise, Chad Jackson, engineering-matters.com, Apr 21, 2011

Tinkercad. Incredibly Brilliant, Web-based 3D Modeling for Makers - free, web-based modeling program has add, sub, work plane, camera tools, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, Apr 19, 2011

Looking at Performance in Spatial Labs - XML based plain text format for optimization affects performance, Gregg Oetting, Developer2Developer, Apr 12, 2011

Fusion Discussion On Twitter - industry experts talk about Inventor Fusion-AutoCAD 2012 integration, direct vs history- based modeling, Dmitry Ushakov of LEDAS, Deelip.com, Mar 25, 2011

Addressing the Direct Modeling Confusion. Siemens 1st at Bat - Kris Kasprzak of Siemens talks about approach of Solid Edge to history-based, history-free direct modeling in parametric design, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, Mar 15, 2011

IntegrityWare Bridges Soft and Hard Design - SubD-NURBS offers dual-format modeling, kernel supports solids, surfaces, meshes, upFront.eZine, Mar 15, 2011

Siemens Mechatronics Concept Designer - built on tops of NX 7.5 system, real time physics engine for realistic simulation of machine, ability to reuse data, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, Mar 10, 2011

NVIDIA Quadro 5000M Unleashed on MCAD - tested with Inventor simulation, Algor simulation, efficiency of zoom test, noticeable artifacts while moving through multiple applications, John Evans, Design and Motion, Feb 28, 2011

Open Web-Based 3D Modeling Program for 3D Print & More   - single developer Benjamin Nortier succeeds in creating first browser based parametric modeler,  Josh Mings, SolidSmack, Feb 28, 2011

To What Extent Should Company Comply with ASME Standards on Their Drawings? - ASME standard establishes essential requirements for creation, revision of drawings, BOMs,  Matthew Lorono, SolidWorks Legion, Feb 28, 2011

Secret World of Printing Concept Cars in 3D - stretching what is possible on engineering, manufacturing, stereolithography cuts design up into 'slices' printed from bottom up, Keith Barry, Autopia, Feb 16, 2011

Integrated Systems Engineering is the New Battleground for MCAD’s Big Four - BMW chose its V6 platform for future electronics design, most manufacturers looking towards CAD industry, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, Feb 15, 2011

Rand + Avatech Showing Results - commentary on merged company's recent quarter, in which revenue almost doubled, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Group, Feb 14, 2011

Quick Access Toolbar - adding Layer Drop Down menu to toolbar in Civil 3D, expand tree to your current workspace, customizing minimum maximum width, Kati Mercier, civil3d.com, Jan 7, 2011

What’s Happening in Digital Prototyping? - software more capable, affordable, 'democratizing' design, visualization, analysis, Lawrence Gould, Time Compression, Oct 29, 2010

GrabCAD - Not Just a Model Library - engineering marketplace emerges with decent list of partners, Scott Wertel, MCADCafe, Oct 29, 2010

ShapeSpace Brings 3D Geometric Search to Open Source Aras PLM - may be most powerful addition to Aras suite, Randall Newton, GraphicSpeak, Dec 15, 2010

PLM Vendors PTC, Dassault Push CAD for the Casual User - PTC, Dassault take different paths to spreading CAD beyond hardcore designers, engineers, Stephanie Neil, Managing Automation, Dec 12, 2010

A MCAD Modeling Term and Definition Framework: A Baseline to Enable Apples-to-Apples Comparisons - modeling either feature-history or explicit, manipulation is parametric, push/pull/drag, feature-based or inference/direct, Chad Jackson, engineering-matters.com, Dec 9, 2010

GrabCAD - Not Just a Model Library - engineering marketplace emerges with decent list of partners, Scott Wertel, MCADCafe, Oct 29, 2010

Surfacing In KOMPAS-3D V12 - new surfacing features, using grid of curves, Deelip Menezes, Deelip.com, Oct 8, 2010

A Long Conversation with Mike Payne - on PTC, SolidWorks, Pro/E, Solid Edge, Inventor, SpaceClaim, Deelip Menezes, Deelip.com, Oct 8, 2010

CAD on the Cloud to Become a Reality with KOMPAS-3D - CAD vendors using screen scraping technology, Citrix receiver, KOMPAS-3D running on all devices, Deelip Menezes, Deelip.com, Sep 12, 2010

Trying Out NanoCAD 2, Beta 2 - interface similar to AutoCAD, open drawings accessible easily, drawings opening faster than AutoCAD 2011, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Sep 7, 2010

Top Ten Reasons Companies Add Direct Modeling to Their Product Design Toolbox - CAD companies investing in history-free CAD technology, multi-CAD legacy data, collaboration, interoperability, large assemblies, Paul Hamilton, Aug 30, 2010

3D Graphics Performance Comparison - Pt 12 (T-FLEX) - using default graphics settings, good display quality, Deelip Menezes, Deelip.com, Aug 16, 2010

3D Graphics Performance Comparison - Pt 8 - KOMPAS-3D graphic performance compared to other MCAD programs, Deelip Menezes, Deelip.com, Aug 12, 2010

A Long Conversation with John Alpine - Spatial's VP of R& on origin of Spatial cloud technology, behind the scenes at CoCreate, Proficiency while companies being sold, Spatial European Forum in Frankfurt, Germany, Deelip Menezes, Aug 8, 2010

Using MCAD Technology in AEC Software - using Parasolid and/or D-Cubed, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, July 16, 2010

Digital Tolerance - model-based definition pushed by Boeing, could change way 2D drawings are created, Jean Thilmany, Mechanical Engineering Magazine, July 2010

Damon Millar Envisions the Future of CAD - manipulating blanks of material with virtual tools like lathes, chisels, drills to create form, Physical CAD, solid modeling system, Lisa Smith, Core77, July 1, 2010

What Next in 3D CAD? - Ideas for Next Generation Technology - parametric representation, b-rep modeling, challenges, user requirements, Gregory patch, Natarajan Ramamoorthy, Engineering Global Solutions, July 1, 2010

Spatial Explains Why No JT in InterOp Release 21 - Vivekan Iyengar discusses not offering JT as supported file format for 3D InterOp, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, May 27, 2010

Rumor: Adobe to Sell its MCAD Translators; CCE Steps Halfway In - Adobe may be selling off the TTF technology, most likely to Tech Soft America, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Apr 14, 2010

Move Face - moving hole closer to axis of the flange with circular array of 4 holes using Inventor 2011, SolidWorks 2010, Alibre Design V12, Solid Edge ST2, Deelip Menezes, Deelip.com, Mar 29, 2010

Quick and Accurate Sketching - illustrating process in Inventor 2011, Alibre Design V12, SolidWorks 2010, Solid Edge ST2, Deelip Menezes, Deelip.com, Mar 26, 2010

SolidWorks, Solid Edge, Pro/E, Alibre or Inventor. Which 3D CAD App has More Character? - web application Personas provides interesting visual, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, Mar 11, 2010

AfterCAD Unveils Interactive 3D Demo - delivered in form of Facebook application, Immersion gives you interactive 3D experience immediately in web browser, Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop, Mar 11, 2010

Tribrid Modeling for Mold Manufacture - design approach developed by adding triangle modeling to combination of surface, solid modeling, Peter Dickin, MoldMaking Technology, Mar 2010

SolidWorks, the CATIA Kernel & Direct Modeling - bests of history-based, history-free modeling; CAD vendors offering 'best of both worlds,' Paul Hamilton, Feb 9, 2010

45 Reasons Why You Can't Live Without 3D Direct Modeling - designer makes lots of changes, reusing same model, models supplied in all sorts of formats, Scott Sweeney, Kubotek, Jan 27, 2010

NI & SolidWorks Build a New Toolkit - mechatronics toolkit enables virtual machine prototyping, electromechanical simulation, helps calculate motor torque, velocity requirements for motion profiles, Tom Kevan, Desktop Engineering, Feb 1, 2010

Technology and the Product Development Process - choosing appropriate technology for innovation, concept design is important, Paul Hamilton, Jan 26, 2010

Apple Gets Ready to Turn Heads video or audio - Apple files patent for its head-turning technology, might help rotate, zoom, pan, tumble 3D CAD model depending on user's position, Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop, Jan 15, 2010

Balancing Cost, Analysis, and Sustainability - single application should be developed to perform analysis, sustainability, cost estimation of product, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, Jan 14, 2010

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