Friday, October 31, 2014

Autodesk Announces $100M Spark Investment Fund for 3D Printing

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Oct 31, 2014 - Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) has announced that it intends to invest up to $100 million in 3D printing companies over the next several years. The Spark Investment Fund, which will be operated within Autodesk, is the first of its kind for the 3D printing industry and will invest in entrepreneurs, startups and researchers who push the boundaries of 3D printing technology and accelerate the new industrial revolution.

Earlier this year, Autodesk announced Spark, an open and free* software platform for 3D printing that will connect digital information to 3D printers in a new way. Spark will connect to any hardware and be materials agnostic, and the company invites the entire 3D printing community to collaborate, build and improve the platform, its associated Ember 3D printer and materials.

Companies and individuals developing groundbreaking hardware, software, materials, marketplaces and maker spaces are encouraged to apply to participate in the Spark Investment Fund’s investment portfolio. In addition to the financial investment, Spark Investment Fund recipients will become part of the Spark partner program and have access to marketing and other developer services available to Spark partners. It is through this unique combination of strategic investment and value-added partnership opportunity that Autodesk seeks to extend and empower the Spark ecosystem and spur innovation toward a more mature 3D printing experience.

“The days of taking a closed, top-down approach to innovating for additive manufacturing are behind us. Numerous industries recognize the value of tapping into entrepreneurs or startups with better ideas and approaches, and 3D printing is no exception,” said Samir Hanna, vice president and general manager, Consumer Products and 3D Printing, at Autodesk. “The Spark Investment Fund will empower innovators to improve 3D printing, and to help us unlock the tremendous promise of this technology.”

To learn more about the Spark Investment Fund or to apply to become a recipient, visit spark.autodesk.com/fund.

About Autodesk

Autodesk helps people imagine, design and create a better world. Everyone--from design professionals, engineers and architects to digital artists, students and hobbyists - uses Autodesk software to unlock their creativity and solve important challenges. For more information, visit www.autodesk.com.
 
Note:*Free products are subject to the terms and conditions of the end-user license and services agreement that accompanies the software.

3D Systems Releases Geomagic Sculpt with Touch for 3D Modeling

http://www.3dsystems.comROCK HILL, SC, Oct 31, 2014 - 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced he immediate availability of its new Geomagic Sculpt 3D modeling software with Touch haptic 3D stylus. Geomagic Sculpt erases the boundaries of solid modeling, empowering the freedom of designing complex, curvy and organic shapes. With precise positioning input and instant force feedback that mimics the sense of physical sculpting, the Touch 3D stylus adds the ability to literally feel what is being created. Touch uses the power of haptics to allow users to feel every shape, every texture and every curve in design creations. Together, they are the most intuitive way to design functional and beautiful products, and enhance existing product design workflows.

Watch Scotty Ziegler, master designer, artist, and inventor, use Geomagic Sculpt and Touch to bring his ideas to reality.

Geomagic Sculpt with Touch 3D Stylus Features:

Virtual Clay Modeling – Harness the power of virtual clay to easily create exquisitely complex and organic forms. Enjoy the ability to tug, ridge, emboss and form just like real clay. Unlock intuitive design potential when you can feel the model using the Touch.

Seamlessly Beautify Your CAD Models – Geomagic Sculpt works alongside your current CAD software, so you can design like never before while working within established workflows. Geomagic Sculpt completes your design suite by adding unconstrained geometry to your existing 3D modeling tools.

Multi-representational Design Freedom – Geomagic Sculpt is the only software that combines the benefits of voxel modeling and Sub Divisional (SubD) surface modeling with dimension-driven sketch tools. You can create exactly the geometry you envision, using constraints where you need to and omitting them where you don’t.

Incredible Detailing Tools - Fine tune even the smallest elements and make your products stand out. Geomagic Sculpt lets you bake textures of any complexity into virtual clay and perfect them for the ideal look and feel. Design flourishes, which are often impossible in CAD, are simple to do in Sculpt – just import any image and go.

3D Print Ready - Always be ready for 3D printing with Geomagic Sculpt’s voxel-based modeling engine. Coupled with its automatic 3D printability analysis, Geomagic Sculpt lets you optimize designs on the fly for printing and will even check for common printability issues like feature size and proximity, flagging them so you can make changes before you print.

Pricing and Availability 

Geomagic Sculpt with the included Touch 3D stylus is priced at $3,900 USD and is available immediately through 3DS’ resellers of Geomagic software. A free trial of the software is also available at www.geomagic.com/en/products/sculpt/overview/.

About 3D Systems

3D Systems is pioneering 3D printing for everyone. 3DS provides the most advanced and comprehensive 3D design-to-manufacturing solutions including 3D printers, print materials and cloud sourced custom parts. Its powerful digital thread empowers professionals and consumers everywhere to bring their ideas to life in material choices including plastics, metals, ceramics and edibles. 3DS' leading healthcare solutions include end-to-end simulation, training and integrated 3D planning and printing for personalized surgery and patient specific medical and dental devices. Its democratized 3D design and inspection products embody the latest perceptual, capture and touch technology. Its products and services replace and complement traditional methods with improved results and reduced time to outcomes. These solutions are used to rapidly design, create, communicate, plan, guide, prototype or produce functional parts, devices and assemblies, empowering customers to manufacture the future. For more information, visit www.3dsystems.com.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Peter Theran Joins 3D Systems as VP, Consumer Retail

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ROCK HILL, SC, Oct 25, 2014 - 3D Systems Corporation (NYSE: DDD) announced that Peter Theran joined the company as its Vice President, Consumer Retail and will lead the expansion of the company's consumer products into new retail markets. Peter’s charter is to broaden the reach and penetration of 3DS' latest consumer products, services and experiences including its Cube 3 and CubePro printers and its expanding portfolio of perceptual devices and online Cubify experiences.

"We are thrilled to have a person of Peter’s considerable experience and stellar track record join our senior leadership ranks to lead one of our emerging growth businesses," said Avi Reichental, President and Chief Executive Officer, 3DS.

Peter comes to 3DS after a distinguished consumer and retail career, anchored by a 20-year service at Bose Corporation, where he managed reseller, retail and web businesses representing $350M in annual revenue. Peter brings with him deep experience in product management, marketing, sales operations and a proven record of developing differentiated markets for new consumer products.

"It is fortuitous to have a person of Peter's caliber at the helm, just as our latest consumer products are shipping. With several inbound retail opportunities at hand and as positive new products reviews abound, the stage is set for accelerated growth," concluded Reichental.

As part of its consumer products expansion, 3DS is participating in the new Intel Experience that is featured exclusively in 50 Best Buy retail stores across the United States. As the 3D printing pioneer and leader, 3DS is showcasing its new Cube 3 printers which will be printing live in stores and available for purchase at select Best Buy stores and online from BestBuy.com.

About 3D Systems

3D Systems is pioneering 3D printing for everyone. 3DS provides the most advanced and comprehensive 3D design-to-manufacturing solutions including 3D printers, print materials and cloud sourced custom parts. Its powerful digital thread empowers professionals and consumers everywhere to bring their ideas to life in material choices including plastics, metals, ceramics and edibles.

3DS' leading healthcare solutions include end-to-end simulation, training and integrated 3D planning and printing for personalized surgery and patient specific medical and dental devices. Its democratized 3D design and inspection products embody the latest perceptual, capture and touch technology. Its products and services replace and complement traditional methods with improved results and reduced time to outcomes. These solutions are used to rapidly design, create, communicate, plan, guide, prototype or produce functional parts, devices and assemblies, empowering customers to manufacture the future.

For more information, visit www.3DSystems.com.

Delcam PartMaker Viewer 2015 R2 Available

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BIRMINGHAM, UK, Oct 25, 2014 - Delcam releases PartMaker Viewer 2015 R2. 
 
The new features in PartMaker Viewer 2015 R2 includes:
  • support to reading CATIA V5 CGR files and JT annotation
  • support to reading AutoCAD Inventor 2015 files
  • support to reading and writing "STL 2.0" additive manufacturing format (AMF) files
To download PartMaker Viewer 2015 R2, click here.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Omnix Int'l to Sell MagiCAD Products in Middle East

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TURKU, Finland, Oct 24, 2014 - MagiCAD announces the appointment of Omnix International L.L.C. as an Authorized MagiCAD Reseller for the Middle East region.

Omnix International is a leading provider of technology-enabled solutions for computer-aided engineering, professional audio visual solutions, public services, enterprise software solutions and enterprise networking systems in the MENA region.

Omnix International was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The company also has offices in Abu Dhabi, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan and Iraq.

“MagiCAD is a significant addition to our computer-aided engineering portfolio. The continuing influx of construction projects in the region has stirred in the demand for highly efficient software solutions that can aid these projects. With MagiCAD, we will be able to provide our customers with a complete software package for all of their MEP building information modelling and building services design needs”, comments Dr. Jayant Deshpande, Director - CAE Division, Omnix International. For more information, visit http://www.omnix.ae/ 

For more information about MagiCAD and its products, visit http://www.magicad.com.

TraceParts Enterprise 2014 SP2 Released

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SAINT-ROMAIN, France, Oct 24, 2014 - TraceParts, a world-leading digital engineering 3D content company, has now released Service Pack 2 of its Supplier Parts Management Software TraceParts Enterprise. Major improvements in usability and performance for design departments have been added to this release.


Six months after the official launch of TraceParts Enterprise, the software is now available in version 2014 SP2. The feedback, given by hundreds of Try & Buy users who have tested TraceParts Enterprise for 30 days, had a huge influence on the definition of this release.

“In the past six months our Try & Buy program has evolved extremely good. While we initially focused on German and French speaking countries, we’re now receiving trial requests from all over the world. This proves that preventing part duplicates is a global issue which affects everybody in the design world”, explains Alfred Schallert, Global Product Manager TraceParts Enterprise.

The main purpose of TraceParts Enterprise is to prevent duplicate purchased parts. This is done with advanced content management functions, which allows an administrator to control the standard and supplier parts which are supposed to be used by the designers. For additionally needed parts, the designers can use the seamlessly integrated Request Management module.

“All the positive feedback we received from our Try & Buy users shows that an efficient management of standard and supplier parts before the CAD download itself, has a stronger effect on cost savings than many other solutions on the market”, adds Alfred Schallert.

For the 2015 release, which is planned for December, TraceParts has many exciting new features on its road map, focusing on Status Management for part numbers and Subscription Management for external sub-contractors

About TraceParts

TraceParts is a world-leading digital engineering 3D content company, offering progressive business software solutions for over 20 years through powerful web based products and services such as CAD part libraries, electronic catalogs and product configurators, helping part vendors to improve marketing efficiencies by increasing the value of their existing digital product data. For more information, visit http://www.traceparts.com

Thursday, October 23, 2014

EON Reality Upgrades Augmented Reality for Android, iOS, Wearable AR Glasses

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IRVINE, CA, Oct 23, 2014 - EON Reality Inc., the world leader in Virtual Reality based knowledge transfer for industry, education, and edutainment, upgrades EON Mobile’s Augmented Reality capabilities (see video) and adds support for glasses-based Augmented Reality systems like EPSON’s Moverio and next generation Android and iOS phones such as Apple’s iPhone 6, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4, and Samsung’s Galaxy S5.

EON Reality has developed a next generation Augmented Reality experience with enhanced features and unsurpassed stability built on the de facto standard platform provided by Qualcomm’s Vuforia. The new EON Reality Augmented Reality platform brings AR support to EON’s entire content catalog and the world’s largest Virtual Reality library, the EON Experience Portal.

A look at the Solar System AR application

With the 3D building blocks from the EON Experience Portal, EON’s customers have a treasure trove of resources to create new Augmented Reality content. EON’s global Augmented and Virtual Reality development network adds new content to the Portal daily, enhancing the creative possibilities. Easy publishing from EON Professional brings these AR applications to life, enabling users to transform their Virtual Reality simulations into AR applications.

AR Technology: (L to R) Mobile Phones, Mobile Phone With Head Mounted Display Unit, and Wearable AR Glasses

“We’ve seen the power of Augmented Reality in Industry, Education, and Edutainment,” said Mats Johansson, President and CEO of EON Reality. “To empower our users to create their own AR content and then quickly publish is a dream come true. We will continue to enable educators, students, parents, and professionals around the world to add value to their work with EON’s Augmented Reality technologies.”

EON Reality’s clients currently use Augmented Reality for training and educational purposes, now with additional support for Augmented Reality glasses, such as EPSON’s Moverio and Google’s Glass, these applications can be taken into the field anytime, anywhere. Applications can now be developed with this functionality in mind, enhancing the major training and educational benefits of Augmented Reality. This technology will empower mechanics to receive real time visual guidance and feedback while working on technical procedures, it will also make a student’s textbook come to life, and let children safely play with dinosaurs in their local park.

The EPSON Moverio AR Glasses

“Wearable Augmented Reality glasses, like EPSON Moverio and Google Glass, are the next big thing in our industry,” said Dan Lejerskar, Chairman of EON Reality. “We’re extremely excited to leverage the industry leading experience of our IDC Consortium members, like EPSON, to push the boundaries of what is possible in Augmented Reality based knowledge transfer. EON imagines a future where contextual knowledge materializes in front of yours eyes when you need it.”

EON Reality supports all devices made by members of the IDC Consortium, a collection of industry leading corporations that collaborates with EON Reality. Utilizing EON’s Xtend Technology, simple configuration tweaks in EON Professional are all that is required to go from phone to dome.

EON Reality has two Augmented Reality demos available for Android: The Solar System and The Vibrator Truck. iOS demos coming soon.

About EON Reality

EON Reality, Inc. is the world leader in Virtual Reality based knowledge transfer for industry, education, and edutainment. EON Reality provides state-of-the-art 3D display technology for immersive and stereoscopic viewing, from portable tablet PCs and glass free stereo display systems to curved-screen and immersive rooms consisting of multi-channel projection walls. The technology foundation for developing interactive digital content includes importing the most common 3D animation formats into EON’s authoring software and creating modules and applications that can be viewed on various display systems. EON’s technology solutions enable all organizations to more effectively visually communicate, collaborate and accelerate knowledge transfer. For more information, visit www.eonreality.com.

GRAITEC Acquires HPC-SA & Thermal Simulation Software ArchiWIZARD

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BIEVRES, France, Oct 23, 2014 - GRAITEC, an international software developer of BIM, CAD and structural analysis solutions across the AEC sector, and global Autodesk Reseller is pleased to announce the acquisition of HPC-SA (High Performance Computing - Simulation Acceleration), and its award winning thermal simulation software ArchiWIZARD. The acquisition was closed on Thursday October 23rd in Toulouse (France). Financial details have not been disclosed.

This acquisition of a widely recognized, award winning cutting edge building performance and simulation software, including thermal, natural lighting, solar gains and renewable energy (Photovoltaic & Thermal), is another step towards GRAITEC's ultimate goal of providing market leading BIM solutions for the construction industry and perfectly complements GRAITEC's growing portfolio of BIM technology.

Established in 2003 to promote very high performance simulation of wave propagation in areas as diverse as high definition computer images, electromagnetism, optics, acoustics and thermal radiation, HPC-SA quickly established themselves as industry specialists and went on to release ArchiWIZARD software, based on their RayBooster engine, (a real-time 3D energy simulation tool).

ArchiWIZARD software platform evaluates real-time energy efficiency projects in direct connection with the 3D digital model. Incorporating raytracing technology, ArchiWIZARD uses the RayBooster engine to perform solar gain calculations (radiative intake, solar panels) and lighting calculations both daylight and artificial.

This use of raytracing can take into account all masks in the most natural way (3D description) and extremely accurately creating a digital BIM model that can be used and reused throughout the building design cycle to optimize building performance.

The HPC-SA Research and Development team will join the GRAITEC effort in designing and developing innovative software solutions contributing to BIM adoption by construction professionals around the world.

Régis Lécussan, HPC-SA CEO, comments:"The ambition of HPC-SA is to become the global leader in thermal simulation around BIM, having been a pioneer since 2009. We were immediately attracted by the vision and strategy of GRAITEC to become a leading global provider of engineering construction. Integrating into GRAITEC Group means HPC-SA will quickly reach its goals of growth and development in France and abroad."

Francis Guillemard, GRAITEC CEO, adds: "the strategy of GRAITEC is to become a global leading BIM provider, combining Autodesk and GRAITEC technologies for delivering real benefits to customers and accelerating BIM adoption around the world. The acquisition of HPC-SA, and their leading thermal simulation software, will significantly contribute to achieving this strategy enabling GRAITEC to expand their services and reach new customers".

About HPC-SA

HPC-SA was founded in 2003 by Professor Bernard LECUSSAN, researcher at the ONERA, and two of his former doctoral students, with the desire to market products and services from their accumulated high performance raytracing expertise.The HPC-SA team is composed of researchers, engineers and computer scientists specialized in raytracing calculations, the Monte Carlo method and 3D interactive interfaces.We are experts in modeling simulations that implement raytracing. The creating of Raybooster, an embedded ray-tracing acceleration library in 2004, resulted in establishing many strategic partnerships with other software authors over the years and to the development and first release of ArchiWIZARD in 2008. HPC-SA went on to release a further version of ArchiWIZARD in 2011 and an enhanced version of their Raybooster in 2013. For more information, visit www.hpc-sa.com or www.archiwizard.fr

For more information about GRAITEC and its products, visit http://www.graitec.com.