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Onshape launches commercial release

Onshape launches commercial release | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Onshape Inc made a next step in the development of cloud CAD system with the announcement of commercial release and private Beta for Onshape App Store and API. Onshape made virtual press conference...
Jed Fisher's insight:

(Firstly - thanks to Oleg Shilovitsky for another fine article)

So Onshape is finally out of beta and live!

Quick recap - Onshape, founded mostly by the former Solidworks founders, raised a truckload of money ($144M in 4 rounds) to basically put CAD in the browser (vs traditional big package install). Reasons - for all the benefits of cloud, eg collaboration, access anywhere from any device, cloud computing, … 

To me this is not a revolution, instead it’s more of an evolution. At 4D Pipeline we’ve helped build and take to market over a 100 new software products. Of these - there is only a small handful of “traditional” desktop installed products. My point is - if you are starting a new product you are almost certainly going to start it thinking about multiple devices/OSs, cloud, collaboration, etc. I.e. Cloud and having an App strategy is no longer revolutionary it’s table stakes. It makes sense, it’s needed, it’s awesome. So, i’m a little surprised that Onshape raised $144M; and that’s it’s taken so many years to release. That said, they have done many things right and seem to have had a nice delivery of their product to market.

Their usage metrics are so far more vanity metrics vs real metrics (eg most useful metric is 10000 users but this is not the same as 10000 regular users), however i am sure we will see these numbers grow. What is very impressive is their app store, they have come to market with some good partners - nice to see companies like SimScale there for cloud simulation.

To me their biggest challenge is less technical and instead more to do with the “lockin” of CAD. It’s hard (especially for the big companies) to change CAD systems. It’s a big change, it’s risky, and their invested in their current solution. i.e. dont break it if it’s not broke. That said, many would argue there are a lot of things that are “broken”.

Anyway - great to see a new CAD package on the block and in the cloud, it’s going to be interesting to see how Onshape grows and if (when?) it gets acquired (I’m tempted to start a betting pool!).

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Distributed Design Is No Longer A Dream: Why CAD Must Evolve To Support It

Distributed Design Is No Longer A Dream: Why CAD Must Evolve To Support It | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Companies used to have design and manufacturing under one roof. But today’s teams are spread across the globe– and traditional CAD wasn’t built for distributed design.
Jed Fisher's insight:

Looks like Onshape is starting off their blog. For those of you who dont know Onshape, it's a very "stealth" company that was funded by the original founders of Solidworks and others. They raised a sh!t load of money and have been working away now for a few years (too long). From the little public information that has been shared, I think their basic premise is - collaborative CAD. 

Good idea obviously but i feel they are now coming too late to the party. Collaborative CAD is an easy technical problem to solve (thanks WebGL), the hard part is changing conservative slow moving manufacturers to use a new CAD system, let alone changing their PLM. Good luck with that! Boeing uses Catia and i'd put money down that they dont change from Catia for the next 25 years! 


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CL3VER: Cloud based editor to create 3D presentations for Architects

THE PROBLEM
To sell projects effectively, it is key for architects to communicate and adapt concepts and designs efficiently. 2D plans, images and videos leave space for misunderstandings which delays the decision process, This is frustrating for both you and your client since both of you want to start building as soon as possible!

THE SOLUTION
At CL3VER we have developed the first professional cloud based platform to enable clients to see their building from different angles, inside or outside, see and compare alternative designs and get your project approved in a shorter time.
With CL3VER you can create interactive 3D presentations of your buildings without install anything in your computer, because you already have what you need: an internet browser.


Via oscar lopez
Jed Fisher's insight:

Impressed with CL3VER's evolution, at one point they had were "just another webgl viewer" but they have refined their feature set and functionality and targeted primarily Architects for effective communications. They've also streamlined their product. And have teamed up with companies such as bim+

 

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Time To Wake Up And Smell The Cloud. IT's Losing Battle Against Cloud Adoption

Time To Wake Up And Smell The Cloud. IT's Losing Battle Against Cloud Adoption | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it

As cloud adoption continues to accelerate, IT is the last to know. 

Open source pioneer Billy Marshall once quipped that "the CIO is the last to know," because she was too far removed from what open-source code her IT team was downloading or which SaaS services they were accessing. Now this phrase may apply to entire IT organizations, with major lines of business tuning into the cloud and tuning out IT prescriptions.

Of course, this has been happening for years. What's striking is just how pervasive the shift away from IT has become.

 
Jed Fisher's insight:

 We're funny humans beings, all of us throughout our lives mix between embracing change and then fighting change. 

#Cloud is still one of these topics where almost everyone has a black or white opinion - it's either the near booming future/now or enterprises are not going to be ready (for a while). 

I'm one of the folks in the former camp. To build a new App today and to not build it from day one with the cloud in mind (or deployed) seems like a great way to be outdated from day one. Sure it's good to have a non cloud option but to not have a cloud option - ouch.

Cloud let's your App get tested and tried out as people can just "have a go". As this article points out it often helps you get bask the IT "security guard" (or as Dilbert calls them - "the preventer of information").

To begin a new business is easier than ever before. Your business can run more efficiently, be setup quicker, and be collaborative and transparent from day one. 

Time to wake up and smell the Cloud! 

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GraphicSpeak » Autodesk sales strategy includes discontinuing upgrade purchases

GraphicSpeak » Autodesk sales strategy includes discontinuing upgrade purchases | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it
At an Investors Day meeting in San Francisco, Autodesk also announced modest layoffs and explained changes in its business model.
Jed Fisher's insight:

The future is cloudy :-)

Autodesk promises social, mobile, and cloud, with SaaS/Subscription based pricing. 

Good summary of some key takeaways for Autodesk from their Investor day.

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Cloud-Based Simulation

Cloud-Based Simulation | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Online platform SimScale seeks to remove barriers to simulation.

Via chadkjackson
Jed Fisher's insight:

What Chad Jackson said :)

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chadkjackson's curator insight, September 4, 2013 5:39 PM

A new simulation offering based on cloud computing is interesting, but I think the traditional problems might plague this move. If your CAD data isn't already in the cloud, then you're going to have to get it up there yourself. Compared to combined CAD-CAE offerings in the cloud, it will take longer.

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Is Google Glass Going To Change Architecture Forever?

Is Google Glass Going To Change Architecture Forever? | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Is architecture ready for Google Glass? The augmented reality that Google Glass promises may not seem architectural, but in truth the two couldn’t be more related.
Jed Fisher's insight:

The answer is Yes :)

And it's also Yes for manufacturing in general.

Or at least Glass is a catalyst for this. It is worth noting that, as it stands now, the Glass API has no support for AR at all.

That said, it's only a matter of time, AR Glasses are coming.


If we can hook up Augmented Reality (which will require Cloud computing (or low power mobile GPU computing) for the computer visions and visualization/rendering) then there is a wealth of possibilities in not just architecture and navigation like experiences but much more - like being able to see useful information (show me what part of the building is going to be worked on tomorrow, etc).

It's also a huge enabler for manufacturing. Imagine being able to recognize your product (requires good 3D computer vision but we are getting close now, eg Google Goggles). For example, take a look at a car in the street - "oh i like that one, what options are available for it?" - Bam - i see the options, prices, and related information overlaid on the car. 

The future is not only mobile, it's visual!

 

BTW; some other posts you might find interesting:

http://sco.lt/6vDWVN - BIM, augmented reality and collaboration;

http://sco.lt/6FGPxZ - Augmented Reality 3D tracker (Ford Ordinary Maintenance);

http://sco.lt/8MmoWP - Google Makes 3 Big Bets on NVIDIA;

http://sco.lt/68Bnov - The Power of 3D: Using BIM for Facility Management;

http://sco.lt/7Zxs4v - 3D BIM for downstream users in field and facility management;

http://sco.lt/8buoHB - Augmented Reality for Construction Drawings.

 

Don't hesitate to ping me if you'd like to talk further on this topic jed[at]4Dpipeline.com

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Lagoa Debuts Cloud Based 3D Design Platform, Raises $1.6M From 500 Startups

Lagoa Debuts Cloud Based 3D Design Platform, Raises $1.6M From 500 Startups | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it

Atlas | TechCrunch

From physical to digital rendering, 3D is being hailed by many as the future, and today, Lagoa, one of software startups in this space, is unveiling a new product, called Lagoa, that's helping 3D enter a new dimension: a full 3D rendering and...
Jed Fisher's insight:

This is not as they claim and "Industry First". In fact it amazes me that companies (this is one of a few) are getting funding for this. It's basically grab iRay, add a web UI, and wah lah, physically correct cloud rendering. So why are we seeing them succeed? (or at least gain funding) especially when there are plenty of great companies out there that are clear leaders in this space (RTT, Bunkspeed, ...). So why? 1. consumer approach - it's questionable whether or not this is a smart business model for this type of solution but nevertheless Consumer focus is popular to investors; 2. "reimagining" again popular with investors, trying to take a new approach to a space that has been a red ocean space. 3. cloud, access anywhere. Now it is darn helpful to have cloud based raytracing which can be run from any device and does not require the hardware. It's also good to have a focused business/product on this. 4. Visual. One thing I love about 3D and visualization is people SEE it, they GET it. 5. Simplicity. One thing, one product, one focus. The 2012/2013 companies do this well. Do one thing and do it well. TinkerCAD was a recent casualty in this space. Will be interesting to see how these guys go. I'll be watching

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SolidWorks World 2015: Embrace the Future, Respect the Legacy

SolidWorks World 2015: Embrace the Future, Respect the Legacy | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it

In his debut appearance before the crowd as the new SolidWorks CEO, Bassi said, “We want to be prepared for the future, but respect the legacy.” It’s an important message to convey to those who have faithfully followed the product since its birth in 1995, the beginning of the era of Windows-based 3D MCAD programs. But in the future dominated by IoT devices and cloud-hosted software ...

Jed Fisher's insight:

KennethwongSF has written a great article that captures the zeitgeist of Solidworks World 2015 (SWW15).

It's interesting to hear the new CEO Gian Paolo (formerly head of R&D) views and thoughts on the future of Solidworks, one of the most popular and well used CAD products.

He introduces the new product SolidWorks Industrial Design as “a product for the cloud generation.” The demonstration also included running the software from a browser.

Also nice to see it connecting to the Dassault 3D Experience platform.

And really impressed by SolidWorks Industrial Design with sketching on 3D planes, this seems to me like a brilliant feature that Alias users will love.

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With iOS 8, The iPhone Will Become Your Digital Hub

With iOS 8, The iPhone Will Become Your Digital Hub | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it
At Macworld 2001, Steve Jobs famously introduced the "digital hub" strategy for the Mac, making it the device where all of the single-purpose gadgets for..
Jed Fisher's insight:

From startups to Apple/Google/Microsoft, everyone i wanting to own cloud..  Cloud promises to do almost everything but people dont understand Clouds. They do however understand the phone and the concept of it being a digital hub. Behind the scenes it's still a lot of Cloud but the point is - when communicating out focus on the front door, not the backend. Focus on what it does, not how it does it.

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Here's what we look for in cloud software startups

High search volume, virality, and an economic moat are just some of the factors that help Point Nine Capital's investors decide if a cloud-software startup is worth funding.
Jed Fisher's insight:

Nice article by Christoph Janz at PNC. 

I would like to argue that almost any business (cloud or not) should have "virality". Virality is one of these overused words which does not mean much, Christoph does a nice job of explaining two forms - sharing and publishing.

Another one is the economic moat, find a way to have lockin, ideally for the right reasons (vs sabotaging the user so that they are forced to you product).

Good read.

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Bentley Systems Embraces the Cloud

Bentley Systems Embraces the Cloud | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Building Information Modelling (BIM) for Architecture, Engineering and Construction

Via Eduardo Cortés Yuste, Ray Howard
Jed Fisher's insight:

It's Autodesk University Week! #AU2013 the big gather in Vegas to talk shop and have a little fun!

So to celebrate let's talk about Bentley Systems instead :-)

 

1.5 years many companies were saying “cloud’s not going to happen” and talking about a mobile product 5+ years away. No more excuses for this thinking. Cloud and mobile are here and increasingly changing the game.

Bentley, and other big players like Autodesk, Dassault, and Nemetschek is now realizing it needs to start embracing the cloud, mobile, and Apps. Big old clunky desktop products are thankfully dying a slow death. 

They are discovering that Cloud and Mobile are not just buzzwords, they open up new business opportunities and improved customer workflows. Now, with their cloud/app future, they can better tap into SaaS, downstream Owners, uber “bim” models (Bentley’s ones are call i-models), cloud based simulation, bim access, Augmented Reality use for building information, reaching construction i.e. Apps for the field, and the easier to use user experiences.

Will be interesting to watch Bentley Systems progress over the coming months.

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Ray Howard's curator insight, December 3, 2013 7:00 AM
Bentley is taking a measured approach to cloud services, allowing its users to set their own pace as they embrace data mobility, simulation and flexible licensing
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Lagoa Acquires 3D Editor 3DTin

Lagoa Acquires 3D Editor 3DTin | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Montreal-based Lagoa has acquired in-browser 3D editor 3DTin. The company announced its acquisition on its blog. 3DTin is used for 3D model and 3D printing...
Jed Fisher's insight:

Nice move by Lagoa. After TinkerCAD almost/essential went bust earlier this year (only to be acquired at the last minute by Autodesk) Lagoa has bought up their competitor 3DTin.

Lagoa now has a nice cloud renderer, developer API, and now content createion in the cloud + 3D Printing. 

 

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Autodesk and GrabCAD partnership extends CAD’s reach in the cloud

Autodesk and GrabCAD partnership extends CAD’s reach in the cloud | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Both AutoCAD 360 and the new Fusion 360 3D modeler will be available for real-time drawing and editing of drawings and models inside the GrabCAD Workbench environment.
Jed Fisher's insight:

If you are still saying the "cloud" won't happen, it's really about time to stop :-) Cloud is coming, it's here, it's happened!

GrabCAD currently has about 700,000 members; they will top the million mark very quickly thanks to this new partnership.

While this is very big news for GrabCAD I must admit I'm more than slightly disappointed they've gone the Autodesk only way. Despite what Autodesk marketing might say there is more to 3D/CAD/AEC than just Autodesk products. 

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After nearly 10 years, Adobe abandons its Creative Suite entirely to focus on Creative Cloud

After nearly 10 years, Adobe abandons its Creative Suite entirely to focus on Creative Cloud | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Adobe first launched Creative Suite 1 back in 2003, and now, ten years and six versions later, the company is taking a left turn: Adobe is abandoning its Creative Suite entirely to ...
Jed Fisher's insight:

Adobe goes all-in with Creative Cloud, the Next Web.


Do you have your cloud strategy in place? 

jed[at]4Dpipeline.com

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M-Six VEO has arrived

M-Six VEO has arrived | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it

Our challenge is to enhance the value of intelligent models. How can owners, designers, and builders make better decisions earlier and throughout the lifecycle? How can they refine decisions over time as unanticipated requirements emerge?

Jed Fisher's insight:

After a huge prelaunch and a tremendous amount of attention from the AEC industry, M-Six VEO is now officially live.

They plan to revolutionize the AEC (+O Owners) industry with their platform that has been in stealth mode now for I believe a few years.

Website looks great, and I'm downloading the trial right now. 

Very interested to see if lives up to the hype.

The AEC/BIM software industry is so exciting right now, we've got big ole Autodesk going mobile/cloud with 360, we've got great groups like Gehry buying up and building their online BIM 3D platform, we've got fresh approaches coming in from bim+ (www.bimplus.net); add to all this we've online viewers from Sketchfab and GrabCAD, content libraries from BIM Object, Sketchup being eaten by Trimble, Rhino, GRAPHISOFT and Vectorworks continuing to do good things, beautiful collaborative renderings from Bloom Unit, and so much more. It's fantastic.

Anyway, Check out M-SIX VEO and let me know your thoughts.

 

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