Monday, October 24, 2016

Autocad Interface

Autocad Interface

Sharing a hologram between multiple HoloLens devices – Part 3

Posted: 23 Oct 2016 09:43 PM PDT

Over the weekend I managed to wind down nicely after giving 10+ hours of HoloLens demos on Thursday and Friday at our Design Night events (it may well have been less, but feels like it was much more). In advance of the Design Night, I'd recorded a video that I ended up putting on a loop during the event. It was an effective way for people coming near the HoloLens exhibit to understand what it was all about. What was particularly interesting to me was whether people understood – or even thought to question – how this video was...

Friday, October 21, 2016

Autocad Interface

Autocad Interface

Autodesk Switzerland’s first Design Night

Posted: 21 Oct 2016 06:30 AM PDT

It was a first for the Neuchatel office, so we really weren't quite sure how it was going to turn out. But yesterday's Design Night ended up being a huge success, with around 400 people attending. Wow! I was asked to be part of the core team organising the event several months ago. Aurelia, Olivier and Sokhanita – three colleagues from the Neuchatel office – and I have been meeting on a weekly basis since the beginning of June to plan the event. My role was largely "technological" – in that I was there to help out on all...

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Trimble releases SketchUp cloud version beta

Posted: 20 Oct 2016 08:00 AM PDT

For now My.SketchUp is a small subset of the desktop product. Trimble has just released an open beta of a new browser-based, cloud-hosted version of its popular 3D modeler SketchUp. For now, is a thin subset of the desktop version. The cloud-based version was introduced at an event for users earlier this year but was [...]

Thursday, October 20, 2016

“Simulation Helps Save the World’s Architectural Heritage” plus 1 more

“Simulation Helps Save the World’s Architectural Heritage” plus 1 more

Simulation Helps Save the World’s Architectural Heritage

Posted: 20 Oct 2016 05:00 AM PDT

by Kristina Hines

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#Architectural Heritage | @Uni_hassan1 @3DS_SIMULIA


The urge to become an engineer hits many people early on in life. Dr. Hicham Fihri-Fassi first felt the call as a young high school student. "I've always liked to innovate, and engineering enabled me to do just that," he says.

Dr. Fassi has since taken those teenage ambitions and made an impressive career of them—today he serves as professor of mechanical engineering at Morocco's University Hassan First, and is a member of the Faculty of Sciences and Technologies in Settat (FSTS).

Dr. Fassi with some of his engineering students.

Dr. Fassi with some of his engineering students.

True to his drive for innovation, he's also responsible for establishing a new research and innovation center at the university, pulling together interested experts from various industrial companies to promote the use of mechanical simulation and other engineering tools, informing and educating his students in the process.

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uses simulation to restore heritage buildings

Dr. Fassi is also very focused on the wealth of architectural and archaeological sites in the surrounding area, and has become a strong advocate of preserving them. One of the tools he uses for this work is Abaqus FEA software from SIMULIA, the Dassault Systèmes brand for realistic simulation.

Read the full case study on how University Hassan First restored ancient structures using simulation.

Dr. Fassi and fellow researchers at University Hassan First were faced with compatibility problems when replacing centuries old masonry with modern construction block and mortar while restoring heritage buildings.

Fortunately, realistic simulation helped the university identify internal compressive stresses between dissimilar materials.

The masonry on the left was repointed with compatible mortar, the one on the right with mortar of greater rigidity. Note the stress lines extending into the structure—these will eventually crack or even crush the legacy material, leading to structural failure of an important artifact.

The masonry on the left was repointed with compatible mortar, the one on the right with mortar of greater rigidity. Note the stress lines extending into the structure—these will eventually crack or even crush the legacy material, leading to structural failure of an important artifact.

Restoration workers were able to fine-tune repair materials in advance, match the physical properties of legacy materials and avoid potential damage to important architectural structures.

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masonry w/modern materials for preservation.

CASE STUDY: Discover how researchers at University Hassan First in Morocco study and preserve the interface between mortared blocks in ancient buildings.

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The Promise of Precision Medicine

Posted: 19 Oct 2016 10:38 PM PDT

By Catherine Bolgar

Medicine is moving away from a one-size-fits-all model.

Precision medicine, sometimes called personalized medicine, holds so much promise that the U.S., China, and France have announced massive investments in this field over the past year.

"Precision medicine, we contend, has the potential to result in systemic savings," says Christopher J. Wells, communications director at the Personalized Medicine Coalition (PMC), a Washington nonprofit organization representing scientists, patients, providers and insurers. "Now, medicine is by trial and error. You try one treatment and if doesn't work, you try another.

The power of precision medicine is that if you get it right the first time, everybody benefits."

IV solution in a patient hand and IVS machinePrecision medicine has made the biggest strides in oncology, where time is of the essence and chemotherapy drugs have strong side effects. For example, some breast cancers may be resistant to treatments such as trastuzumab. But that chemotherapy drug is very effective for breast cancers caused by the HER2 mutation.

"No two cancers are the same," says Susanne Haga, associate professor of medicine at Duke University in Durham, N.C. "They may be the same with respect to their tissue origin. But each person has a unique set of mutations that give rise to uncontrollable cell-division cycle, or cancer. With that in mind, each person would have some commonalities with other patients but also some unique qualities."

However, the majority of patients still don't receive personalized care, notes Mr. Wells. The PMC notes that a previous study has demonstrated chemotherapy use would drop 34% in women with breast cancer if they had a genetic test of their tumor before treatment.

With cystic fibrosis, "we thought it was one disease," says Euan Ashley, associate professor of medicine at Stanford University in Stanford, California. "But as we dig deeper with genetic sequencing, we find it's many diseases. If you can subcategorize patients, you can treat a disease much more effectively."

Dr. Ashley's specialty, cardiovascular disease, is the leading cause of death globally. "So we tended to do very large population studies, giving the same drug to everyone," he says. "But if you study closely afterward, you see that a small number of people drive the effect—they get a significant benefit. Many get no benefit. And a few get significant harm."

Precision medicine is prompting different ways of thinking about populations and individuals. "The answer has to be to measure people in as high a resolution as we can and work out who is responding and why," he says.

With the cost of developing a prescription drug at about $2.6 billion, pharmaceutical companies have a big interest in seeing that the drugs they make get tested on the right segment of patients. A drug could appear to have no effect, when in fact it's highly effective but only for a smaller number of patients.

Scientist woman"Drug companies now are building precision medicine into their research-and-development strategies," says Mr. Wells. Personalized medicines accounted for 28% of novel new drugs approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2015, and for 35% of novel new oncology drugs. Novel new drugs go beyond improved formulations or new dosages to deliver truly innovative advances.

Meanwhile, pharmacogenomics looks at how different people metabolize drugs. "There are a number of genes that are particularly active in the liver," says Dr. Haga of Duke, adding that there are many variations of these genes among people. "We can test whether a patient metabolizes fast or slow and, if necessary, can prescribe a different drug that goes through different pathways so the affected genes aren't involved."

This test is valid for life, because one's genes don't change. Some institutions are trying to incorporate the information into electronic medical records, so all the different doctors and specialists one might see—as well as pharmacists—would be more knowledgeable, for prescribing drugs.

Because the cost of genetic sequencing has fallen dramatically, to about $1,000 today for a genome from $100 million in 2001, some are asking why everybody doesn't get tested. It could speed up treatment for cancer patients or could allow for early intervention to arrest development of certain other diseases.

The U.S. National Institutes of Health devoted $25 million to four projects of genetic sequencing in newborns over five years with the goal of diagnosing conditions at the start of life. China just launched a project to do genetic tests on 100,000 newborns over the next five years, to improve treatment strategies and patients' quality of life.

"The technology is going to continue to improve," Mr. Wells says. "But already we're at a point where the scientific advances are incredible."



Catherine Bolgar is a former managing editor of The Wall Street Journal Europe, now working as a freelance writer and editor with WSJ. Custom Studios in EMEA. For more from Catherine Bolgar, along with other industry experts, join the Future Realities discussion on LinkedIn.

Photos courtesy of iStock

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SolidWorks 2017 comes with new tricks and new options

Posted: 19 Oct 2016 01:58 PM PDT

The latest SolidWorks has a little something for everybody, but mostly CEO Gian Paolo Bassi works hard to keep everyone happy.

SolidWorks e as Dicas do Kastner

SolidWorks e as Dicas do Kastner

SolidWorks 2017 – Layouts

Posted: 19 Oct 2016 09:10 AM PDT


Uma das coisas que todos pedem são novidades para layouts e grandes montagens. Quais são as dificuldades reais desse tipo de trabalho?

  • Complexidade de seleção de componentes
  • Muitas entidades gráficas para selecionar itens
  • Dificuldade de manipulação em órbita e manipulação gráfica dos arquivos

Com o vídeo abaixo demonstro as novidades da versão

Em resumo, vejam o que está demonstrado no vídeo:

  • Posicionamentos magnéticos com conexões previamente configuradas
  • Utilização de componentes em speedpak no layout de forma aprimorada
  • Utilização de geometrias de referências no speedpak
  • Cadastro dos posicionamentos configurados junto a configuração em speedpak

Eu gostaria destacar alguns pontos

  1. O speedpak, surgido no SolidWorks 2009 continua evoluindo
  2. A Solidworks criou algo para facilitar a inserção automática de componentes visto que as referências de posicionamentos eram ineficientes

Compartilhem esse post com os amigos de vocês para que todos entendam o que estará por vir nos próximos dias.



O post SolidWorks 2017 – Layouts apareceu primeiro em SolidWorks e as dicas do Kastner.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Autocad Interface

Autocad Interface

The robots are coming… to Design Night Switzerland

Posted: 19 Oct 2016 01:06 AM PDT

Yesterday afternoon I popped down to the Case à Chocs in Neuchâtel to see the first of the robots being set up for tomorrow's big event – Design Night Switzerland, celebrating 25 years of Autodesk's presence here. The first arrival was courtesy of Rollomatic's Humanoid Power division: they've configured one of their robots to perform that most important of tasks, serving beer. Prospective drinkers get to choose between a "Blonde" and an "Eve", two products from the Cardinal brewery in Fribourg. I'm already know which of these buttons I'll be pressing, tomorrow. Here's the robot in action… it still...

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Autodesk integrates and expands its Fusion platform at Accelerate 2016

Posted: 18 Oct 2016 06:01 PM PDT

Autodesk unveils its integrated Fusion platform at Accelerate 2016 in Boston

Autodesk Live for Revit gets VR

Posted: 18 Oct 2016 01:17 PM PDT

Autodesk Live gets VR button

Is Mentor Graphics seeking a buyer?

Posted: 18 Oct 2016 10:00 AM PDT

With design software for both EDA and mechanical, the Oregon company would be a good fit for several CAD firms. Reuters is reporting Mentor Graphics (NASDAQ: MENT) has retained the services of Bank of America to explore "strategic alternatives" which could include a potential sale. The Wilsonville, Oregon company develops design software primarily for electronic [...]

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

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Modo update streamlines mesh editing in complex models

Posted: 17 Oct 2016 05:04 AM PDT

Modo has long been popular with both media creatives and product designers for its respect of the underlying geometry. The Foundry has made considerable revision to the MeshFusion technology in Modo, replacing its older schematic-based workflow with more modern direct input. The revision is one of several changes just released as Modo 10.2. Modo is [...]

Monday, October 17, 2016

Autocad Interface

Autocad Interface

Sharing a hologram between multiple HoloLens devices – Part 2

Posted: 17 Oct 2016 11:00 AM PDT

It was an interesting week, last week, getting two HoloLens devices to coordinate. After talking about the network infrastructure, last time, today we're going to look at other levels of the problem. Logistically there's a requirement to have two devices: it might be possible to get it all working with a mix of devices and emulators, but that seems like a stretch. And you'd need – in any case – to test with physical devices at some point. The good news is that HoloLens distribution is gradually opening up – with devices now available to pre-order in Australia, Ireland,...

Saturday, October 15, 2016

SolidWorks e as Dicas do Kastner

SolidWorks e as Dicas do Kastner

SolidWorks 3D Interconnect

Posted: 14 Oct 2016 07:41 AM PDT


Chegando o SolidWorks 2017 e uma das coisas que vem a mudar os paradigmas é o SolidWorks 3D interconnect.


O nome é novo mas o que isso representa?

Vamos por partes agora e pensar na história do CAD. Todo mundo sempre reclamou de algumas coisas como a comunicação entre softwares CAD. Se eu tenho SolidWorks, me comunico bem apenas com pessoas com o mesmo CAD, certo?

Se eu preciso trocar projetos ou me comunicar com outras empresas, como trocar arquivos?

O Método antigo se baseava nos seguintes passos

  • abrir no software de origem
  • salvar em um arquivo neutro como Iges
  • abrir esse arquivo no software de destino
  • Fazer uma prece enquanto o arquivo era processado
  • Torcer para que tudo estivesse bem
  • Chorar de felicidade por tudo estar certo; ou
  • Passar raiva e ir ajustando superfícies
  • Salvar como na extensão nativa do SolidWorks

Método novo

Com o método novo, basta inserir o componente como SolidWorks e correr para o abraço. Tipo um atacante marcando um gol importante no futebol.


Parece mentira, né? Também achava que era, até ter que gravar o vídeo abaixo

Particularmente,  a novidade me surpreendeu e muito pela mudança de paradigmas. Todos os arquivos são nativos no SolidWorks 2017. Relembrem como ficou o procedimento demonstrado

  • Abrir a montagem
  • Inserir o componente
  • Selecionar o arquivo, independentemente do tipo de arquivo
  • Inserir

Se o arquivo for mudado no software de origem, ele é regenerado no SolidWorks.

Simples, né?

Considerações finais

Quem deve prestar atenção nesta novidade?

  • Usuários que estão trocando qualquer software de projeto para SolidWorks
  • Quem troca arquivos com fornecedores e clientes
  • Empresas que possuem mais de um CAD em sua base

Acho que é isso… Se chegaram até aqui, compartilhem a informação via redes sociais com os seus amigos e contatos.


O post SolidWorks 3D Interconnect apareceu primeiro em SolidWorks e as dicas do Kastner.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Made in China 2025

Made in China 2025

Made in China 2025

Posted: 13 Oct 2016 10:43 PM PDT

By Catherine Bolgar

made in China red square isolated stamp

China's latest Five-Year Plan, dubbed "Made in China 2025," aims to modernize its manufacturing sector, transforming it into an innovative, high-quality, high-technology global competitor within a decade.

"China is losing international competitiveness right now," says Helmut Wagner, professor of economics and president of the Center for East Asia Macroeconomic Studies at the University of Hagen, Germany. Foreign direct investment (FDI) has shifted to other countries, such as Vietnam and Cambodia, because Chinese wages have risen faster than productivity, he says.

To avoid the middle-income trap, China needs to advance from being the "world's workbench," making cheap products, to providing higher-level products and services that eventually can compete with those from highly developed countries, he says.

"So they will try to build an ambitious initiative to restructure the whole of Chinese manufacturing by 2025. They want to be in the mid-range by 2035 and the world's leader in manufacturing by 2049," the 100th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic, Prof. Wagner adds.

The gradual process reflects how much Chinese manufacturing needs to change if it wants to compete on quality and not just on price, the way Japan and then South Korea evolved to become high-quality manufacturing powerhouses.

IndustrialChina's government identified 10 key manufacturing sectors to focus on: information technology; numerical control tools and robotics; aerospace equipment; ocean engineering and high-tech ships; railway equipment; energy-saving and new-energy vehicles; power equipment; new materials; biological medicine and medical devices; and agricultural machinery.

The government is taking a top-down approach to improve quality, Premier Li Keqiang said. "We will formulate high standards to spur the upgrade of 'made in China' goods," Mr. Li was quoted as saying in one of China's daily newspapers. The government also will funnel investment into the key sectors.

"They have always thrown money at this issue, and a lot of engineering talent as well," says Scott Kennedy, director, Project on Chinese Business and Political Economy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a Washington think tank.

If China were a small country, this would be an extremely risky way to try to approach things," Dr. Kennedy says. "But their view is that 'we've got millions of companies, a large market and even if only one in a thousand yields a substantial technological or commercial breakthrough, that might be good enough…' If they continue on this path, they are more likely to be a very inefficient high-tech power."

While most other countries have climbed the income ladder by moving into services, China doesn't want to give up manufacturing. Instead it aims to follow the German example and shift toward a high-end industry, Dr. Wagner says. "Germany was successful by focusing on manufacturing and industry, even after having become a developed country."

Germany's relative economic health in the 2008 global financial crisis made China look again at the German model, called Industry 4.0. China wants to do much the same by integrating the Internet into industry to improve efficiency, and by increasing automation.

"But if they totally move toward automation, they will create a labor problem," Dr. Kennedy says. "The right mix for China isn't the same as for a country with fewer workers."

Investment is just one part of the equation. Innovation also requires an educated workforce and protection of intellectual property.

China sends about 500,000 students to universities around the world, while 37 million study at home. China wants 20% of its population to have higher education by 2020.

However, Dr. Wagner says, "when you don't learn to think creatively but just to repeat, then maybe you will be a good engineer—but it's hard to be as creative as the Americans." The challenge, he adds, is to allow enough free thinking for innovation in technology while limiting it to avoid political unrest, which the leadership fears.

"You cannot order innovation," he says. "You have to create an environment for people to jump up and do what is necessary."

Innovation comes not only from companies but also from the military and research institutes, where people are pursuing such goals as national security or pushing the bounds of knowledge, such as in pure science, Dr. Kennedy says. China is entirely comfortable fostering military-based and research institute-based innovation while also proactively guiding commercial innovation.

Institution-led innovation may be necessary in a place where the legal framework for intellectual property protection—while stronger than in the past—remains weaker than in much of the world. "The risks of a business model based on innovating and filing your intellectual property, licensing it and building a business off it are still higher than manufacturing and assembling something [that] someone else invented," Dr. Kennedy says.

Intellectual property rights and investor protections will be key to attracting foreign investors.

"Nothing will happen without foreign investment," Dr. Wagner says. "Foreign investors have been the most important factor in China's success in the past 20 years. Will there be enough foreign investors willing to give away their technological know-how to future Chinese competitors? Success will depend on how restrictive the Chinese government will be with foreign investors."


Catherine Bolgar is a former managing editor of The Wall Street Journal Europe, now working as a freelance writer and editor with WSJ. Custom Studios in EMEA. For more from Catherine Bolgar, along with other industry experts, join the Future Realities discussion on LinkedIn.

Photos courtesy of iStock

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Demonic possession

Posted: 14 Oct 2016 07:15 AM PDT

Our Silverdraft Demons arrived from L.A. yesterday – they'll form the core of the VR installation in the Autodesk Neuchatel office. Today I had the chance to swing by the office to check them out: they were in our IT area being installed and bound to the network. I do like the idea of binding demons to a corporate network: hopefully they'll stay within our control, this time. The Silverdraft people included some fun schwag in the shipment. Here I am sporting a Demon beanie and a couple of stress balls. I'm definitely more excited than stressed, for now,...

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Graebert Trinity solves tricky CAD licensing and usage issues

Posted: 13 Oct 2016 06:00 AM PDT

The only CAD developer with compatible solutions for desktop, mobile, and cloud deployments offers simplified subscription management. The developer of the second-largest installed base of 2D CAD software has introduced a new licensing and subscription scheme that solves how customers can use its triad of desktop, mobile, and cloud platforms on one subscription license. Berlin-based [...]

Thursday, October 13, 2016

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Taking the pain out of CAD translation at Millbrook Group

Posted: 12 Oct 2016 08:00 AM PDT

ITI CADfix turns a job that took days into one that takes minutes. Some engineering companies work with multiple CAD systems because of legacy issues, or because somebody can't make up their mind on how to standardize. At Millbrook Group working with data from multiple CAD systems is essential to their business. But just because [...]

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Autocad Interface

Autocad Interface

Sharing a hologram between multiple HoloLens devices – Part 1

Posted: 12 Oct 2016 10:30 AM PDT

I've been starting to work on extending the "Dancing Robot" HoloLens project to have a shared hologram: basically to have the position changes shared between devices, as well as the angles and speeds of the various parts of the robot arm. There's quite a lot to this. There needs to be a server somewhere that coordinates the messages sent between the various devices. There needs to be a shared concept of space, so that devices that are in the same room but in different locations – which is all of them, at least for the usage scenarios I'm currently...

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Autodesk rolls out first major release of Netfabb since acquisition

Posted: 11 Oct 2016 11:01 AM PDT

The 3D printing software toolkit includes new features for prepping models, print build optimization, and material optimization. Autodesk has just rolled out the first major release of Netfabb, the software toolkit for additive manufacturing (3D printing) professionals. Autodesk acquired Netfabb in 2015 as part of its aggressive move into the 3D printing market. The software [...]

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

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Qube render farm manager adds cloud support

Posted: 10 Oct 2016 07:00 AM PDT

New support for Katana and Redshift also in latest version. The latest update to Qube render farm management software from PipelineFX makes it easier to manage cloud-based or cloud-assisted rendering jobs. This update also extends render management to video created in a wider range of products. New automation routines in Qube 6.9 simplify the process [...]