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WorldCAD Access

talking about computers and design by Ralph Grabowski

Published: 2018-03-07T11:07:42-08:00


Q&A from Unreal Studio launch


Users have questions When Epic Games announced Unreal Studio for CAD users, the Webinar was accompanied by a Q&A panel. I picked out the best questions and present them below; you can read the entire list at . I...

Share your PLM experience in a new survey


Dr. Neil Littell at Ohio University is seeking your help conducting a study on future trends in PLM. He writes: - - - This study is anticipated to result in a series of journal articles on the projected impact of...

Nine months later: ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom cell phone


Unsung midprice hero It's been nearly nine months since I bought my latest cell phone, an ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom. I am happy to report that if I needed to get a new one, I would get the same one....

Six months later: Sibolan S1 secondary monitor


Unnecessary accessory Last October, I described the 13" S1 secondary monitor from Sibolan ($200). You plug in an HDMI cable (for video and audio) and a USB cable (for power), and so have a second monitor for a laptop computer....

Using blockchains in CAD and PLM


So far, in theory only CIMdata held a Webinar last week on the potential use of blockchains by the design and manufacturing industries. I need to emphasize that no CAD or PLM vendor has implemented this technology, and so this...

It took me three tries to get the zoom lens I wanted


Try once, again, and then again The only SLR I ever bought new was a film one, the handsomely chunky Minolta XE-7, which I owned from roughly 1976 to 1985. Then I got old enough that convenience was more important...

How to place dimensions in Bricsys Shape


It's not easy Shape is a new Windows CAD program from Bricsys that is meant for 3D modeling. Its inspiration was SketchUp (from Trimble) and its purpose is to do conceptual design for input to BricsCAD BIM software. However, for...

What apps are on my Android this year


More than incremental improvements I am a strong advocate of not upgrading software, unless it has to do with security patches or significant improvements that benefit me. In the Google store app on my Android, I have auto-update turned off,...

PTC ceo describes how he won at BMW


Digital transformation I think that what got us in the door with BMW was not, "Hey, we need a pin for pin replacements of a legacy PLM system!" They said, "No, we are doing a digital transformation of BMW and...

PTC ceo speaks quite frankly about a new customer


A win with BMW When a CAD vendor sells some software to a significant customer, the accompanying press release can make it sound like the software just replaced all competitors at the significant customer. For example, when Dassault Systemes announced...

Reflection: What are Drawings?


Guest editorial by Alexander Yampolsky Construction of the Babel tower was stopped due to the fact that builders ceased to understand each other. Any collaboration is based on understanding, but it is better to clarify what it is. I think...

Fixing problems with HP's Elite laptop


Not so elite My dad bought himself a "really good" computer last year. Normally I spec them out for him, but this time he decided to get his own -- at age 93 . He ended up with a fairly...

We talk to BIM6x about their Revit RVT translator for ARCHICAD


From BIM6x Although some BIM vendors implemented a Revit translator this year, such as Vectorworks, they have all kept quite quiet about it. So when BIM6x issued a press release about their Revit translator plug-in for ARCHICAD, WorldCAD Access had...

Yuri Kozulin Tells the Real History of the C3D Kernel


by Arkadiy Kamnev Twenty years ago, the founders of ASCON Group made the decision to create their own 3D modeling software, KOMPAS-3D. To power the MCAD system, the company in 1996 established a team to develop a 3D geometric kernel...

MicroStation gets some competition


Goose: meet gander The CAD work-alike wars just went up a notch. The ITC (IntelliCAD Technical Consortium) has a working DGN editor. As they put it, now there's two of them in the world -- the other one being MicroStation...

Why BIM is not happening (as it should be)


by Rene Dalmeijer I have spent many years using and implementing CAD in many fields, ranging from architectural floor plans, electrical ladder diagrams, to CAM [computer-aided manufacturing]. One of my very first major projects was the coupling of Prime Medusa...

Dassault on why Solidworks sells so much better


12% Up Solidworks sales are roaring, leaving all competitors in its dust. During last week's conference call with financial analysts, Dassault Systemes explained why. - - - Jay Vleeschhouwer from Griffin Securities: Let me start by asking about the continued...

New MCAD features in BricsCAD V18


BricsCAD Platinum BricsCAD Platinum is the top end version of BricsCAD, and as such offers 3D constraints, design intent, and other high end functions. Naturally, it costs more than basic BricsCAD, but still far less than AutoCAD that doesn't have...

Why Hexagon PPM Chose BricsCAD


So many reasons Hexagon PPM (ex-Intergraph) ported seven million lines of its CADworx code from AutoCAD to BricsCAD. Here are the initial reasons why they decided to make the effort (image credit Rakesh Rao‏ @rakesh_rao): But from the porting process...

More Coverage of #Bricsys2017 on Twitter


We have more coverage of this year's Bricsys International Conference over on upFront.eZine's Twitter feed: Also, consider following #BricsCAD2017 for comments from other CAD media at the conference.