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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, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, 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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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, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, 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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AU 2013 Las Vegas: Carl Bass - Cloud products, robots and creative applications

3.Dec, 2013 Carl Bass kicks off Autodesk University 2013 and talks about Autodesk Cloud Products and the creative application in the different industry field...

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Jed Fisher's insight:

Had a good time at Autodesk University - always great to catchup with our fantastic customers and industry collegues.

Here is the keynote from Bass, nice example to begin with Orphanage Guitars. They make advanced user/consumer designed guitars, using some of the 360 products (Inventor and Fusion). As a consumer, i love it, individual manufacturing for me!

Good video to watch, lots of cloud, collaboration, 360, and mobile.

Autodesk also announced CAM360.

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This week in Munich - RTT Excite 2013 (featuring NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang)

This week in Munich - RTT Excite 2013 (featuring NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang) | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it

One of the best 3D conferences in Europe is on this week in München - the very entertaining and useful RTT Excite.

This year it features a keynote by Jen-Hsen the CEO of NVIDIA. Also a great case study on Audi City and it's use of virtual sales configurators (plus more).

You can also expect a ton of fantastic 3D demos and two days of packed presentations. Highly recommended.

A full agenda can be found:

http://www.rtt.ag/en/events/rtt-excite-2013/agenda/lecture-rooms/

Jed Fisher's insight:

Ping me if you'd like to meetup at the event jed[at]4Dpipeline.com

 

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VR is back! Oculus Rift Headset with Quality and Affordable Virtual Reality

VR is back! Oculus Rift Headset with Quality and Affordable Virtual Reality | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Using low-cost components developed for mobile devices, a start-up called Oculus VR hopes to put a high-quality virtual reality headset within reach of video gamers.
Jed Fisher's insight:

Virtual Reality is back and maybe this time to stay!

I recently had a chance to try Oculus at the NVIDIA GTC event and saw firsthand why it's impressing a whole lot of people.

I've been playing with VR headsets for the last 15+ years and this is by far the best experience I've had. What's even better is it's at a cost of  ~$300 (which will probably get even cheaper) (compared to $25K 10 years back).

What's also great is that this is being integrated with existing systems, both content creation tools and viewers and also computer game middleware technology (Unity, etc). Today it's primarily focused on gaming but I really hope we will also get to see some great solutions in Manufacturing, Design, and AEC.

Can't wait to play with my dev kit!

 

About: Oculus VR, have raised $2.4 million from a Kickstarter campaign (one of the most successful ever). The company was founded by Palmer Luckey and the co-founders of Scaleform.The Oculus Rift has been endorsed by big names such as John Carmack, Gabe Newell, Cliff Bleszinski, Michael Abrash, Tim Sweeney, Chris Roberts, David Helgason, and others.

The consumer version is planned to support 1920x1080 resolution.





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Visualization Lab | Illustrating How Mechanical Assemblies Work

Visualization Lab | Illustrating How Mechanical Assemblies Work | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it

How things work visualizations use a variety of visual techniques to depict the operation of complex mechanical assemblies. We present an automated approach for generating such visualizations. Starting with a 3D CAD model of an assembly, we first infer the motions of individual parts and the interactions between parts based on their geometry and a few user specified constraints. We then ...

Jed Fisher's insight:

Design | Develop topic. 

This is very similar to the work my team at Right Hemisphere did (now part of SAP). Right Hemisphere was/is great at automatically making very high quality precise Training and Support Documents (for manufacturers). This requires not only tremendous rendering techniques to draw 3D models as technical line illustrations but also requires IQ to figure out what parts are what (screws, gears, significant parts, shells, connectors, etc) and what their purpose is.

This technology can then be used to automatically make support documents like the classical IKEA Product Instructional's and can even be used for more complex products like an automotive engines. It can also be used for automatic assembly and disassembly instructions.

Great research article, found in this month's Siggraph magazine. Thanks for JasonC @BinaryAgentX for the link

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Joe DiDomenico's comment, February 25, 2013 12:34 PM
I can use this scoop to show some of the steps an engineer might go through to produce a design.
Jed Fisher's comment, February 25, 2013 12:55 PM
Absolutely, you really get to see how much work goes into such technical illustrations, it's not as simple as "line drawing", there is a great deal to "explain a story in a glance".
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Nike patents augmented reality shoe design software

Nike patents augmented reality shoe design software | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it


A new patent from Nike shows how the shoemaking company is planning to let customers design their own shoes through augmented reality technology. The new designing system looks like a crossover between their online NIKEiD design page and Microsoft Paint.

Jed Fisher's insight:

At 4D Pipeline we've helped a number of customers create and foresee somewhat similar AR design experiences (nothing infringing). It's interesting that Nike has patented the broad concept of using virtual reality headgear to design and customize shoes. There are still of course many many brilliant ideas to allow for even richer product design experiences but this patent shows that big brands are serious about using AR and incorporating it into their in-house workflows (and protecting the "know how"). This is also inline with what I've seen and the design experiences we've helped envision - these are not about AR gimmicks about about making products faster and better than before (using digital/AR experiences).

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Jed Fisher's comment, March 10, 9:49 AM
Good rundown on all the players can be found here
Jed Fisher's comment, March 10, 9:49 AM
http://uk.businessinsider.com/faq-vr-and-augmented-reality-headsets-2015-3?r=US
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2014 The year the construction industry will discover PLM ?

2014 The year the construction industry will discover PLM ? | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
This year I had several discussions with persons working for construction companies. They shared their BIM dreams and tried to explain them the PLM benefits and basics as they are much alike. The c...

Via IGE+XAO
Jed Fisher's insight:

 After many years of working with both Manufacturing/PLM and AEC/BIM companies, and the software OEMs in these spaces I feel like i know these spaces incredibly well along with their similarities and differences. 

Jos Voskuil lays out a good overview of both PLM and BIM, good summary!

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Belmont Technology Incorporated

Belmont Technology Incorporated | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Belmont Technology Incorporated is a product development company formed by pioneers in the CAD industry.
Jed Fisher's insight:

You heard it hear first. Watch this space.

Newly incorporated Belmont Technlogy, made up of some heavy hitters from Solidworks and related, including John McEleney, former SW CEO and BM for Newforma. 

Very curious to what this team gets up to. Stay tuned for more info!

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IDEAbuilder's curator insight, May 1, 2013 12:51 PM

Tracking this team with great interest.

 

Jed Fisher's comment, January 29, 2014 6:01 PM
any more insights!? :)
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PLM and The Art Of Simplicity

PLM and The Art Of Simplicity | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
For many years, enterprise software was known as a place where development of new features was one of the main priorities. To have comprehensive list of features was considered as absolute necessity.
Jed Fisher's insight:

As always, another great article from Oleg.

I too am seeing the same thing. Finally even the "big" "slow" enterprise companies are demanding better software. Just because it's "made for enterprise" does not mean that it needs to be complicated. In fact, it's even more important that it works as simply as possible.

IT workers are demanding the simplicity and elegancy that they have come to expect in their consumer lives at work. We want software (Apps) that "just work", they should be easy and simple to use, they should not require training, we rightly so want the complex made simple. This is entirely fair and reasonable and is exactly what ISV in manufacturing and AEC need to be making. 

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PI Congress: (Manufacturing) Product development as we have known it, is dying…

PI Congress: (Manufacturing) Product development as we have known it, is dying… | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
I spent the beginning of this week in Berlin attending PI (Product Innovation) congress. Navigate to the following link to learn more. The event is a successor of PLM Innovation conference happened in the past in London, Munich and Atlanta.
Jed Fisher's insight:

Nice summary of one of the most interesting PLM conferences of the year. This year unfortunately I missed it. Oleg has summarized some of the key learnings. For those in the PLM space, it's certainly worth a read

 

Much of what is mentioned remind me of what is/has happened with software product development. Gone/dying are the days of "the big plan" and strict process, it's agile to the max, the key is connecting people/developers, to have them continously connected. More on this topic soon.

 

Also Joe Voskuil's summary

http://virtualdutchman.com/2013/02/25/the-week-after-product-innovation/

 

 

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Join the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference (GTC), March 18th, San Jose, CA, USA

Join the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference (GTC), March 18th, San Jose, CA, USA | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it

Come join this year's NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference (GTC) 2013, March 18-21 at the San Jose Convention Center in California.

 

Learn how Harley Davidson, Boeing, Fiat, NASA, Caterpillar and other leading manufacturing and design companies are bringing products to market faster by using advanced computer graphics at all stages of the product development life cycle, from concept to design and marketing. 

With a special emphasis on Manufacturing Design and Analysis, this year’s expanded GPU Technology Conference will bring together leading companies from around the world. This is a unique chance to discover best practices, network with peers, build new business relationships, and advance the state of digital product design workflows.

Jed Fisher's insight:

4D Pipeline has been engaged by NVIDIA to bring together some of the worlds best speakers from Manufacturing and AEC for the NVIDIA GTC. 

It's going to be an incredible event, with also great tracks for Media and Entertainment, and of course the well known CEO On State for emerging companies summit

http://www.gputechconf.com/page/ecs.html

Find out more at 

http://www.gputechconf.com/

 

Let me know if you'd like to meet up!

jed (at) 4Dpipeline.com

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Jed Fisher's comment, March 25, 2013 12:07 PM
Awesome show! great speakers! Fantastic Manufacturing and AEC track! Thanks to all
Jed Fisher's comment, April 8, 2013 10:45 AM
http://www.zdnet.com/nvidia-kicks-off-gtc-2013-with-fresh-roadmaps-new-products-7000012858/
Jed Fisher's comment, April 8, 2013 10:53 AM
http://magazine.creativecow.net/article/nvidias-gpu-technology-conference-m-e-roundup