Monday, August 31, 2015

Autocad Interface

Autocad Interface

Adjusting the size of multiple AutoCAD text and block attribute objects to fit their containers using .NET

Posted: 31 Aug 2015 12:53 AM PDT

This is a follow-up to the post where we modified the size of selected text in a drawing, to make it fit its container. I received this comment last week: instead of selecting the nested entities one by one, is it possible to make a "selectall" selection ? It turns...

Sunday, August 30, 2015

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Agenda set for Jon Peddie Research VIRTUALIZE 2015

Posted: 29 Aug 2015 08:00 AM PDT

The second annual remote graphics and virtualization conference returns to South San Francisco. Virtualization technology is helping companies extend computing resources in ways never thought possible only a few years ago. In October Jon Peddie Research will convene VIRTUALIZE 2015, its second annual conference for companies interested in virtualization technologies for added resources, efficiency, collaboration, [...]

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Programação API Autodesk Inventor

Programação API Autodesk Inventor

You’re Invited to the Fusion 360 Hackathon

Posted: 28 Aug 2015 10:12 AM PDT

On September 23rd, the Fusion 360 Hackathon will be begin. If you've heard of Hackathons before this one is slightly different in that you'll be able to get some sleep at night.  Instead of an intense couple of days this one is spread out over five weeks with the goal of you being able to learn about the Fusion 360 API, write your custom app, and share it with others via the Autodesk App Store. And if you submit your app by October 30th you'll get $500.



You can learn all the details about the Hackathon and sign up on the official Fusion 360 Hackathon site. Even if you don't have an idea for an app, this is a great chance to learn about the API and get started writing your own utilities.  The Hackathon will consist of several presentations and also scheduled time where you can get help with your specific issues.

Learning more about the API is a great way to better understand the internals of Fusion and how it works which can help you in your day-to-day use of Fusion.  The API also allows you to do things that you wouldn't consider doing interactively because of how tedious the work would be.  And it's fun. Smile 

For example, here's something I've been playing with the last couple of days that I would never consider doing interactively.  It's nothing special as far as features in that's it just a bunch of combine features but positioning the tool bodies like this would not be fun through the user interface.  Once the program was written now it's just a matter of a couple of minutes to run the program to generate this geometry.



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Putting pieces together at Siggraph 2015

Posted: 28 Aug 2015 01:01 PM PDT

  Competitors come together at the JPR luncheon with standards and cooperation at customers' behest.  By Kathleen Maher   Siggraph in Los Angeles is usually a boost for the organization devoted to all computer graphics, but which has come to depend on the film industry in an uneven  co-dependent relationship. This year it's paying off. [...]

Healthier workstation market in second quarter

Posted: 28 Aug 2015 10:16 AM PDT

Latest Jon Peddie Research report shows "significant rebound" in shipment volume. After a surprisingly painful first quarter, stakeholders in the markets for workstations and professional GPUs were looking for far healthier results in the second quarter of 2015, along with reassurance the market’s fortunes were not following the downward path of the broader PC industry. [...]

Autodesk buys a piece of the Internet of Things for the Cloud

Posted: 28 Aug 2015 07:00 AM PDT

SeeControl has created a cloud service platform for IoT development. Acquisition price was not disclosed. Autodesk has signed an agreement to acquire SeeControl, a San Francisco-based developer of an enterprise Internet of Things (IoT) cloud service platform. The move gives Autodesk a footprint in the competitive emerging space for IoT for manufacturing. Autodesk says the [...]

Friday, August 28, 2015

Autocad Interface

Autocad Interface

It was 20 years ago today

Posted: 28 Aug 2015 01:04 AM PDT

Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of the day I joined Autodesk. I know: it's tomorrow, not today, but then you really can't beat good Beatles lyrics (and it hopefully helps reset the cosmic balance after quoting an Olivia Newton John song in the title of the last post ;-). I...

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Autodesk revenue down 4% as move to subscriptions accelerates

Posted: 27 Aug 2015 06:31 PM PDT

Deferred revenue grew by 26% to account for the majority of revenue for the first time. Autodesk (NASDAQ: ADSK) has been telling Wall Street for a while how the transition from selling software as piece goods (perpetual licenses) to software as a service (subscriptions) would be a long transition with up and down quarters. 2Q16 [...]

AMD’s R9 Nano arrives and lives up to the hype

Posted: 27 Aug 2015 12:00 PM PDT

Introduced at E3 the AMD Radeon R9 Nano graphics board is well worth the wait. JPR testing shows the Radeon stacking up well against similar products.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

How to Eliminate Waste and Increase Profits with “Optimized Construction”

How to Eliminate Waste and Increase Profits with “Optimized Construction”

How to Eliminate Waste and Increase Profits with “Optimized Construction”

Posted: 27 Aug 2015 05:00 AM PDT

The Optimized Construction Industry Solution Experience from Dassault Systèmes integrates AEC project data, tracks progress, and brings together project teams – including owners, architects, engineers, general contractors, fabricators, and sub-contractors – all on a single, intuitive, collaborative platform.

You get the value of:

  • Integrated Project Plans—where project data files are integrated with plans in the same location – bringing together all information in one place.
  • Project Visibility— through real-time dashboards that summarize project status and give visibility to all participants. With real-time updates, you can identify potential problem areas and take action early on.
  • The Power of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform— that puts everyone on the same platform, giving people the ability to talk, discuss, chat, and collaborate on a project together;

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Optimized Construction connects the dots between project progress, project efforts, and corresponding 3D data – bringing it all together under one 3D umbrella for a “single source of truth”.

Integrated Project Plans

With Integrated Project Plans, AEC professionals can integrate data with project plans in an easy-to-use interface. Each project member has access to a dashboard, where files can be easily uploaded.

The 3DEXPERIENCE platform enables importing of IFC data into an object-based platform that allows individual sharing of objects to the right audience.

From the dashboard, users receive real-time notifications when fresh data is uploaded. By using these capabilities, searching through email Inboxes for the latest information will become a thing of the past.

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Formal and Informal Project Collaboration

In addition to automatic notifications, the platform provides a forum for more informal collaboration.

Through 3DSWYM, a 3DEXPERIENCE social media platform, instant messages can be exchanged among platform users to confirm an upload, ask questions, or provide additional information.


Design Review

Optimized Construction provides a formal space for the crucial review of project information during the design stage and data aggregation. Users can place markups directly in the data, pinpointing areas of concern on the model.

After placing a markup, users can send a message from within that page to alert the responsible individual that their attention is needed, ensuring that no note goes unnoticed.

These reviews can be connected to the project plans to efficiently keep track of progress, and each markup stays in place indefinitely, so that a concern can be tracked through the life of the project.

Project Visibility through Dashboards

The platform's Project Business Status View allows a project manager to see real-time updates for every aspect of the project. This project visibility at each step of design and construction helps ensure that potential problems are spotted well before they occur.

By integrating your fabricator into this process, you can monitor the real-time status of the work, preventing cost and schedule overruns and enabling him to get paid earlier.

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status, prevent cost/sched overruns, get him paid earlier

Project Management

Project managers get an overview of the project's status from the dashboard and the tasks that need to be addressed. This overview helps users quickly identify overdue tasks that could possibly delay the schedule. The project manager can flag those items within the dashboard to ask for an informal update from a colleague.

Users are able to make an update in the graphical interface, with no need to move into a table to enter data and recreate the visual representation. The moment those tasks are updated, the new status becomes visible to the project manager.

Project management dashboard

Project management dashboard

Collaboration and Approvals

With Collaboration and Approvals, project managers can follow-up on missing deliverables either through an instant message or through the more official channels of the platform’s Project Management functionality. Team members can quickly respond with an instant message and, once a formal resolution has been entered, the project manager will immediately see that the urgent issue has been updated.

The power of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform is its ability to bring data and people together in one place.

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#AEC data & people together in one place

From unstructured communication among colleagues through the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to more formal project management tools, the platform is as much about improving communication as it is about sharing information.

Learn how Optimized Construction Industry Solution Experience from Dassault Systèmes can work to help improve your projects.

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Programação API Autodesk Inventor

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Use the Old Fusion 360 Help Format

Posted: 26 Aug 2015 09:26 PM PDT

If you're a little frustrated using the new layout of the Fusion help, it turns out that you can still access the updated content through the old layout.  If you forget the link you can also Google search for a Fusion API term, for example "Fusion BRepFace" and the search result will also take you to the topic in the older help format and you'll have access to the full help through the table of contents.



Portal da impressão 3d - Novo estudo confirma! Mercado de impressão 3D vai crescer para US$ 17 bilhões até 2020

Portal da impressão 3d - Novo estudo confirma! Mercado de impressão 3D vai crescer para US$ 17 bilhões até 2020

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Novo estudo confirma! Mercado de impressão 3D vai crescer para US$ 17 bilhões até 2020

Posted: 26 Aug 2015 04:53 AM PDT

Crescendo a uma taxa anual média de cerca de 25%, o mer […]

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Who controls product development security?

Posted: 26 Aug 2015 11:03 AM PDT

Manufacturing companies are the leading target of cyber crime. Tom Lansford takes a look at what you can do to protect product development data. By Tom Lansford Do we really have control over the information in our company? Companies in manufacturing are the main target for hackers and industrial espionage. Security breaches cost companies and [...]

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

People Power

People Power

People Power

Posted: 26 Aug 2015 07:44 AM PDT

Written by Catherine Bolgar


Imagine charging your phone with electricity made from your own body. That day isn't so far away. New technology is being developed to convert our bodies' sweat, heat and motion into electricity. Here's how.

Sweat: Scientists have developed a small, tattoo-like patch that turns lactate, one of about 800 chemicals in perspiration, into electricity.

"We do energy-harvesting from the body, with sweat as a biofuel," says Joseph Wang, chair of nanoengineering and director of the Center for Wearable Sensors at the University of California at San Diego.

Researchers used the adhesive, stretchable, flexible tattoo to power a digital watch. "When the person started to sweat, we could see that the watch was turning," Dr. Wang reports.

The biofuel patch uses an enzyme as a biocatalyst. "The tattoo has two printed electrodes with the enzyme. We later did the same thing on textile that's in contact with the skin," Dr. Wang says.

The patch generates 100 microwatts per square centimeter—too weak to charge a phone, but enough for a low-power biomedical device such as a glucose sensor or, eventually, a pacemaker. The device could be woven into headbands or underwear to capture sweat. It might even have military applications by obviating the need to carry batteries.

The beauty is, they're inexpensive," Dr. Wang says. "They're printable devices with low-cost fabrication."

Lactate isn't the only potential bodily biofuel. Scientists are studying how glucose can power batteries as well as bodies. Researchers at Université Joseph Fourier in Grenoble, France, are working on implantable biofuel cells that would power artificial organs. And scientists at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia, are developing sugar-powered batteries that can store more energy than in lithium-ion batteries.

Heat: "We waste 60% of our energy through heat," says Gang Chen, head of the mechanical engineering department and professor of power engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "There is interest in recovering this heat and turning it into electricity."

iStock_000004171296_SmallOne way batteries can convert heat into electricity is by taking advantage of thermodynamic cycles. As temperatures rise, battery voltage decreases. If a battery is charged at a high temperature and then cooled, the voltage increases. "The idea requires you to heat and cool the battery and cycle back and forth," Dr. Chen explains.

Another method is thermoelectric. It's possible to generate electricity when one side of a semiconductor is hot and the other cold. Such differentials are everywhere. For example, body temperature is hotter than ambient temperature, Dr. Chen points out, but devices need to be designed to maintain that difference.

The thermoelectric approach is closer to application. A thermoelectric battery can already be used to power a watch, while researchers at Yonsei University and the Korea Institute of Science and Technology, both in Seoul, have developed a wearable thermoelectric generator.

Motion: Piezoelectric systems harvest energy from pressure or vibrations caused by walking, driving cars on roads, or machinery operating in factories.

One recent advance is an energy-generating cloth developed at South Korea's Sungkyunkwan University. Their piezoelectric nanogenerator is flexible and can be folded, rolled and stretched to capture energy from movement. Indeed, researchers at the École de Technologie Supérieure in Montreal, Canada have created a chin strap that captures electricity from chewing.

iStock_000000157491_SmallThen there's locomotion. "When we walk, we apply light forces to footwear—around 1,000 newtons, or about 1.3 times the weight of a person," says Tom Krupenkin, president of InStep NanoPower LLC and professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. "Up to 20 watts of energy is dissipated as heat into footwear without being used for anything. If we can capture and utilize a small part of that, it can be useful."

InStep NanoPower uses a process called reverse electrowetting in which fluids harvest energy and convert it into electricity in an insole. Electronics included in the insole, powered by walking, would allow sensors to track basic data such as steps taken. But more important applications might be possible. By integrating GPS, accelerometers and temperature sensors the insoles could help locate, say, a jogger who has suffered a heart attack; someone buried in the rubble of a collapsed building; or a firefighter lost in a smoke-filled building. The insoles could even extend a phone's battery life by using Bluetooth communications as a relay to cellular networks.


Catherine Bolgar is a former managing editor of The Wall Street Journal Europe. For more from Catherine Bolgar, contributors from the Economist Intelligence Unit along with industry experts, join the Future Realities discussion.

Photos courtesy of iStock

Autocad Interface

Autocad Interface

Let’s get physical: laser cutting the output from

Posted: 26 Aug 2015 09:57 AM PDT

After building a web-site to create files that help make laser-cuttable jigsaws, it made sense to actually go ahead and cut some. In the flesh, so to speak. My initial findings weren't good: I'd assumed that I could output 2D solids from AutoCAD – each representing a pixel to be...

Portal da impressão 3d - Google Project Tango traz Smartphone com tecnologia Intel 3D de digitalização para as massas

Portal da impressão 3d - Google Project Tango traz Smartphone com tecnologia Intel 3D de digitalização para as massas

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Google Project Tango traz Smartphone com tecnologia Intel 3D de digitalização para as massas

Posted: 25 Aug 2015 05:24 AM PDT

O Projeto Tango smartphone da Google foi revelado com a […]

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Cyon Research opens global survey of engineering software users

Posted: 25 Aug 2015 02:56 PM PDT

The annual survey explores technology plans of firms that use CAD, CAE, PDM, PLM, and BIM software. A copy of the results are free to qualified survey participants. Cyon Research has launched its 2015 Global Survey of Users of Engineering Software. The annual survey is open to employees of firms that use CAD, CAE, PDM, [...]

Monday, August 24, 2015

Autocad Interface

Autocad Interface

Adjusting the size of AutoCAD text and block attributes to fit their containers using .NET

Posted: 24 Aug 2015 07:26 AM PDT

We started this series by looking at how to get the centroid of a region, and then how to create text that fits an arbitrary space. In this post we're going to wrap up by looking at the original question of how to resize block attributes to fit their container....

Sunday, August 23, 2015

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Feeding the Matrix: Banjo puts the worlds photos to work

Posted: 22 Aug 2015 02:15 PM PDT

Companies are sucking up data and using it to find out everything they can about whatever it is they care about. So far, it's been a way one deal: data flows from us and into the monster maw of enterprise servers. Banjo has it both ways.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Portal da impressão 3d - Inovadora Plataforma de Impressão 3D em vidro

Portal da impressão 3d - Inovadora Plataforma de Impressão 3D em vidro

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Inovadora Plataforma de Impressão 3D em vidro

Posted: 21 Aug 2015 06:16 AM PDT

A Impressão de vidro 3D mantem um grande potencial, não […]

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Blender Institute releases pilot of open source animation Cosmos Laundromat

Posted: 21 Aug 2015 12:02 PM PDT

"First Cycle" is the first 10 minutes of the free and open source episodic film. Blender Institute has released the first segment in a new episodic open source animation feature film. "Cosmos Laundromat: First Cycle" tells the story of Franck, a suicidal sheep who lives on a desolate island. He meets his fate in a [...]

Add-in graphics board sales drop in second quarter

Posted: 21 Aug 2015 11:24 AM PDT

New market report from Jon Peddie Research says Nvidia gained market share at the expense of AMD. Jon Peddie Research (JPR), the industry’s research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia, announced estimated PC graphics add-in-board (AIB) shipments and suppliers’ market share for the second quarter of 2015. The news was discouraging and seasonally understandable, [...]

Friday, August 21, 2015

Autocad Interface

Autocad Interface goes mobile-friendly

Posted: 21 Aug 2015 12:49 AM PDT

After going down the path of making this blog responsive, it made sense to do the same for I think it's a really nice illustration of the potential for AutoCAD I/O to use the web-site from your mobile phone to generate a DWG in the cloud. The site itself...

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Nvidia DesignWorks offers interactive photorealistic rendering for design tools

Posted: 20 Aug 2015 02:27 PM PDT

A combination of existing tools and new technologies, DesignWorks extends the potential reach of physically based rendering.   Nvidia DesignWorks is a new set of software tools, libraries and technologies for design software developers. It gives application developers a way to take advantage of Nvidia's work in both physically based rendering (PBR) and physically based [...]