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GrabCAD Workbench collaboration gets Parasolid technology

GrabCAD is an online tool that has quickly captured a strong base of CAD users. It has grown from a loyal base of about 1,000 users in 2010 to 1.28 million by the Spring of 2014. With free tools for uploading and downloading 3D models, GrabCAD has become a gathering place for designers, engineers,  modelers, and all kinds of 3D enthusiasts. The company has put relationships at the center of its business model and as a result it has significant partnerships with entrenched CAD companies including Autodesk, SolidWorks, Siemens PLM and rendering companies Lagoa, and Luxion. At Solid Edge University, the company announced their licensing deal with Siemens for Parasolid to enable interrogation of models via GrabCAD’s Workbench.

Dassault Systèmes FashionLab : driving design tools from the automotive industry into the haute couture and luxury goods industries

If you are not an engineer yourself, do you consider what type of design and engineering tools are needed for haute couture or jewelry? FashionLab, created by Dassault Systèmes in 2011, focuses on this problem. The FashionLab brings creative professionals and engineers together to create the tools for tomorrow's design.

Dell – growing the Precision Workstation business as a private company

The transition from a publicly-traded company to a privately held enterprise seems to have been a good change for the workstation experts from Austin. Using the occasion of a presentation with their partners from Dassault Systèmes and NVIDIA, Dell highlighted the radical growth in workstation units shipped during the last two financial quarters.

NVIDIA Grid available on Amazon Web Services

Amazon makes Nvidia’s Grid visual computing technology widely available. Dell, IBM, HP, and others offer remote workstation solutions, Amazon Web Services is delivering Grid capabilities via cloud services.

GrabCAD Workbench Pro exits beta as a Collaborative Product Data solution

What started as “GitHub for 3D” and a community of designers has become a legitimate SaaS collaborative product data tool for small groups.

Autodesk acquires Circuits.io after introducing 123D Circuits in September 2013.

Just a few days ago Autodesk announced the acquisition of Circuits.io a Belgian start-up for the maker community.

PTC acquires ThingWorx. Looking to extend its capabilities in Service Lifecycle Management (SLM) for the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things connects sensors, devices and products in ways which increase productivity and reduce costs.  It is destined to change how companies manufacture and service products, and PTC plans to integrate core technologies into its own product offerings for PTC manufacturing customers.

Dell delivers new ultra-thin mobile workstation, the Precision M4800 and M6800 are joined by the new Precision M3800

Randall Newton at Jon Peddie's Graphic Speak reports on the Dell M3800. Dell says its Precision M3800 is the thinnest and lightest Wintel mobile workstation ever. 

Dell presenting their workstation solutions for creative, video and broadcast professionals at IBC September 13-17th in Amsterdam

Dell plans to show the latest Dell precision desktop and mobile workstations at the RAI in Amsterdam and demonstrate how Precision workstations improve productivity with better a better work-flow and better performance.  Register with Dell and get a free ticket to IBC.

NVIDIA leverages GPU expertise into customer solutions to drive current financial results and future business opportunities

Strong results for NVIDIA were supported by record gross margins due to strength in high-end GPU products like Quadro and Tesla. More interesting is the clear, long-term strategy of the company to provide complete solutions and products to help solve difficult customer problems.

UPDATE : Dell prepares the next generation of mobile Precision workstations : Precision M3800 being prepared for delivery in 2013

Rumours have circulated about the next generation of Dell Precision mobile workstations. A few new facts have been released. NVIDIA Quadro K1100M graphics, a 1000:1 contrast ultra-high resolution display, and 4th generation Intel Core 7 CPU.

Dell Precision Workstations go to the extremes : the extremely powerful Precision R7610 rack workstation & the extremely small Precision T1700

Today Dell revealed details of their newest additions to the Precision professional workstations. The Dell Precision R7610 is destined for the server room and should prove popular in the growing market for remote workstations. The Dell Precision T1700 is the newest generation, Intel E3-1200 and Core family of workstations based on the Intel “Haswell” processor and Dell's first small form-factor, SFF, workstation design. CADplace met Dell's workstation team in London and captured the latest news for you in these exclusive videos.

Dell Precision T1700 Small Form-Factor (SFF) workstation to arrive soon

Hiding in plain sight is often an excellent tactic. CADplace may have been the only visitor at the recent Hannover Fair to do a double-take on seeing the Precision T1700 at the Dell booth.

Autodesk 2014 Launch Video : Autodesk launches new design software, the 2014 product release gives customers more capabilities with suites and cloud services

Autodesk, always nine months ahead, will roll out the Autodesk 2014 products. The company wants to leverage their suites and cloud applications to provide more effective solutions for customers. Having perhaps the broadest product range for desktops, mobile devices and cloud computing, the 2014 release marks the second year of this Autodesk strategy.

NVIDIA has good financial results, but professional graphics revenues were down

Quadro and Tesla professional graphics sales were down 6%. The economy and the delay in the new Kepler generation of professional GPUs seem to have been the main obstacles.

AMD FirePro graphics sales record a highlight in the AMD financial report

In the midst of a multi-quarter restructuring program, the professional graphics business hit record sales.

NVIDIA reports record revenues, record gross margins, & announces dividend payments

NVIDIA reported earnings of $1.2 billion, a record, and gross margins of 52.9%, a record as well. The graphics specialists also will initiate a quarterly dividend payment.  And Q3 saw the introduction of new professional products including the Quadro K5000 for Mac and the VGX line of GPUs for virtualized graphics in the data center.

3D Printing Changes the Game

I recently talked with a friend who was not in IT and mentioned 3D printing... What? she said. I went further to describe a few of the possibilities that are possible now with 3D printing as her eyes became bigger and bigger. To be honest, for anyone who is not in the design field and who is not familiar with the technology, it is essentially magic.

Autodesk adds another piece to its manufacturing software offer by acquiring HSMWorks Technology

HSMWorks Technology adds CAM tools to the Autodesk portfolio. How long before CAM software moves to the cloud?

Autodesk Simulation 360 will bring advanced Simulation to millions of desktops by putting Simulation in the Cloud

Is Simulation 360 a simulation solution for the masses? The new 360 cloud-platform just launched September 11th and CADplace believes this solution has the potential to put advanced simulation on millions of engineering desktops.

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