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ThinkPad is the Way to Go for Engineers Who Need a Mobile Workstation

 Ryan Reid, Aug 24, 2015

Lenovo ThinkPad W550s is extremely capable, portable, well-constructed, has plenty of scalability for RAM upgrades on most of configurations, price starts from $1,196

more laptop reviews


Structural Analysis with Scia

 Rande Robinson, July 29, 2015

Easy-to-use CAD-like interface, advanced analysis, multi-material design, automatic, coordinated documentation, Scia Engineer ships in three editions: Concept, Professional, Expert, price starts at $3,028

more AEC articles


Mastercam's Dynamic Motion

 Daniel Dobrzynski, July 7, 2015

Generates tool movements, takes into account shape of part, amount of material being removed

more Mastercam reviews


Pragmatic BIM with Cadsoft's Envisioneer Professional

 Francis Sebastian, June 30, 2015

BIM authoring tool contains exhaustive catalog along with links to manufacturers for manufacturer-specific elements, impressive dimensioning toolset, object import wizard

more Envisioneer reviews


Pay-As-You Go Structural Simulation for Early Design: Sim4Design

Sanjeev Pal, June 16, 2015

Cloud-based Sim4Design reduces barriers associated with adoption of CAE through ease-of-use, excellent solution for infrequent, on-demand analysis, for training occasional user, pre-paid usage model starts from $10

more engineering analysis articles, cloud articles


Autodesk's Nastran In-CAD: High-End Analysis Power in Designer Hands

Rosanna Daniel, June 9, 2015

Easy to install, access, offers more advanced meshing technology, only comes as network license, works with network license of Inventor, limited ability to customize report settings

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Autodesk Nastran In-CAD for SOLIDWORKS

Attilio Colangelo, May 18, 2015

Autodesk Nastran environment recognizes model geometry features very well, applying constraints is straightforward, model files are 'readable' text files, suitable for advanced CAD-embedded finite element analysis

more Autodesk articles, Nastran articles


Autodesk Nastran In-CAD: Simulations Made Simple

Jason Brett, May 6, 2015

Intuitive functioning, efficient performance of pre-, post-processing steps in familiar environment, can analyze different types of problems, excellent documentation, but help files need improvement

more Autodesk articles, Nastran articles


Dissecting the RTV Xporter Pro Add-In for Autodesk Revit

Francis Sebastian, May 1, 2015

Aimed at Revit professional, functions of RTV Xporter Pro are centered around manipulating views, sheets, related parameters, can save settings of entire process as an XML configuration file

more Revit articles


Using form•Z with Revit

Michael Anonuevo, Apr 7, 2015

Fast, easy-to-use 3D modeling program to complement Revit, easy interface, organic shapes are breeze to model, available in 3 versions: pro, jr, free

more formZ reviews


TurboCAD Pro Platinum 2015

Ralph Grabowski, Mar 30, 2015

Support for IFCs, format painter now handles custom properties, 3D modeling enhancements, dimension text can be set to always face user

more TurboCAD reviews


Glovius CAD Lets You View, Mark Up and Compare CAD Models

John Evans, Mar 24, 2015

Glovius 4.0 provides sharp, well-outlined, stable 3D model viewing, impressive email function, cross-section tool, adjustment feature, ribbon tool layout for the section feature, compare models function, price starts from $295

more MCAD articles


form•Z pro 8 Brings New Modeling Concepts to Architects

Bill Debevc, Mar 20, 2015

Impressive dynamic sections, layout tool, realtime rendering engine, materials library, real-time Boolean features, automatic plane, subdivision surfaces

more formZ reviews


SITEOPS: Engineering Software for the 21st Century

Rande Robinson, Mar 18, 2015

Cloud-based app consists of 4 modules: layout, grading & piping, topo import, swept path analysis, available for $8,500 per year

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Q&A with Chris Yessios, CEO of AutoDesSys

Ralph Grabowski, Mar 12, 2015

First release of formZ, meaning of it, sales in US vs overseas, formZ's suitability for architect's workflow, generating 2D drawings from 3D models, future plans, details of software lineup

more formZ articles


Lenovo P900: Straddling the Worlds of Desktop and High-Performance Computing

Francis Sebastian, Mar 11, 2015

Well-conceived workstation, has Intel Xeon E5-2687W v3 processor, NVIDIA Quadro K5200 graphics, offers great performance at price of $13,800

more Lenovo workstation reviews


Lenovo ThinkStation P500 Workstation Review

Jeffrey Heimgartner, Mar 4, 2015

Mid-level workstation with power, stability, Intel Xeon E5-1607 v3 processor, 4GB DDR4 memory, 500GB hard drive, offers flexible, user-friendly customizing options, high performance, base price $1667

more Lenovo workstation reviews


Catching Design Errors Earlier with Geometric DFX

Daniel Dobrzynski, Jan 15, 2015

Incredibly easy to learn, use, very interactive in its quick navigation, useful in providing natural technical interpretations, price of software pays for itself by reducing number of ECOs, saving time, cutting costs

more MCAD articles


A CAMWorks First Time User Talks

Diane Mitol & Alex Doronenko, Jan 13, 2015

Q&A about challenges solved by CAMWorks, seamless integration with SOLIDWORKS, ease of use, SOLIDWORKS-style UI

more CAMWorks articles


HP Designjet T3500 Large Format Multifunction Printer Perfect for Small and Midsize Engineering Departments

Jim Lucas, Jan 12, 2015

Suitable for SMBs, easy-to-setup, excellent all-in-one large format printer, print resolution 2400x1200 optimized dpi, 128GB virtual RAM, available for US$19,200 with 3-year warranty

more large format printer reviews


An Experienced CAD Teacher Tests Vectorworks 2015

Rande Robinson, Jan 8, 2015

Easy learning curve, straight forward basic drawing operations, built-in features provide solid introduction to BIM, available for $3,395

more Vectorworks reviews


A Lenovo User Rates the New Lenovo ThinkServer TS440

Elise Moss, Jan 6, 2015

Entry-level tower is suitable for small businesses, has own DVD drive, can be set up as Windows or Linux server, available for base price of $679

more Lenovo workstation reviews


Testing a Brand New Lenovo P300 Workstation

Jim Lucas, Dec 23, 2014

Powerful engineering workstation has 3.6 GHz Intel Xeon X3 processor with 8MB cache, 8GB memory in one of 4 slots, NVIDIA Quadro 4000 GPU, solid customer support

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A CAD Manager Reviews the New ZWCAD+ 2015

Jeffrey Heimgartner, Dec 8, 2014

Cost-effective, easy-to-install CAD platform with .dwg compatibility for drafting, modeling, drawing, UI layout is similar to AutoCAD, upgraded kernel, offers effective sweep, loft, super hatching, SmartMouse gesture-driven commands

more ZWCAD reviews


A Beginner Tests Out the New Vectorworks 2015

Jeffrey Heimgartner, Dec 5, 2014

Easy learning curve, ability to download step-by-step PDFs, number of resources available on the DVD are impressive

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Vectorworks User Cases - Interview to Key Users

Daniel Dobrzynski, Dec 3, 2014

Q&A with CAD/BIM consultant François Lévy about specialization in projects, fundamental application of Vectorworks to single-family residential projects, advise for user working in 2D to begin process of transforming 3D

more Vectorworks articles, AEC articles


Turning Lenovo's TS440 Tower Server Into a BIM Server

Bill Debevc, Nov 19, 2014

2 USB 3.0 ports up front, quietly running fans, easy to plug, unplug Ethernet cables, traditional AMI bios without GUI, quality components with expanding options, but no spare power plugs for high-end video cards, memory is positioned perpendicularly to air flow, base price is $1,258

more Lenovo workstation articles, AEC articles, CAD hardware articles



User Interfaces (And What We Can Learn From Their Limitations)

Ralph Grabowski, Nov 18, 2014

Discussing stages of user interface development, drawback to toolbars, cursor menus

more CAD development articles


Introducing Inspire from solidThinking

John Evans, Nov 13, 2014

Streamlined, intuitive UI, well rounded support for importing model files, creation of solid bodies, direct editing tools, unique model shaping features

more solidThinking reviews


Trimble Dimensions 2014

Michael Anonuevo, Nov 11, 2014

Keynote speech by CEO Steven Berglund at annual user conference, SketchUp 2015 released, MEPdesigner extension for SketchUp Pro was introduced

more AEC articles, SketchUp articles, CAD show articles


Customize How the Multi-Functional Grip Menu Works

Ellen Finkelstein, Nov 12, 2014

Set GRIPMULTIFUNCTIONAL system variable value to 3 to access multifunctional grip options with both Ctrl-cycling, grip menu in AutoCAD

more AutoCAD tips



DWG Stays Free of Autodesk

Ralph Grabowski, Nov 11, 2014

Court rejects Autodesk's reasons to register DWG as its trademark: advertising expenditure, consumer studies, sales success, media coverage, plagiarization attempts, long use

more Autodesk articles, CAD industry articles


solidThinking Updates Inspire for 2014

John Evans, Nov 7, 2014

Geometry simplification tools, smoothing options, slick interactive menu, mass calculations of optimized shapes, natural frequency in optimizations, good price-to-value ratio

more solidThinking reviews


Lenovo ThinkStation P300 Review

Melanie Perry, Nov 3, 2014

Has Intel Xeon E3-1276v3 CPU, 8GB RAM, NVIDIA Quadro K4000 graphics card, solid configuration, ease of use make this sturdy machine quite suitable for kinds of daily engineering tasks

more Lenovo workstation reviews


Lenovo ThinkStation P300 Review

Jason Brett, Oct 31, 2014

Sturdy, reliable workstation is well-designed for workplace, has Xeon E3-1200 processor, 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3 RAM, NVIDIA Quadro K4000 graphics card, Flex module is designed to allow for flexible arrangement of I/O ports on front of computer

more Lenovo workstation reviews



Virtualization on the Launch Pad

Oct 27, 2014

Conference by Jon Peddie Research to widen discussion of remote computing, virtualization to companies in fields of professional graphics

more CAD hardware articles


Solid Edge ST7's Big Leap Forward in Sheet Metal Design

Ralf Steck, Oct 15, 2014

Handy Live Rules, ability to detect patterns of patterns, gussets, louvers, beads are applied with one click of mouse, new 'volume to sheet metal' function, ability to generates flat shapes from non-flat geometry

more Solid Edge reviews


What's New in Solid Edge ST7

Ralf Steck, Oct 14, 2014

Entries in 'recent documents' are now right-clickable, animations, videos, tooltips on most important commands, can be integrated with 2 online project management tools - GrabCAD Workbench, Kenesto

more Solid Edge articles


Integrated DNA Technologies

Jeffrey Heimgartner, Oct 14, 2014

Solid Edge Synchronous Technology helped world's largest supplier of custom nucleic acids accelerate innovation through fast idea capture, improved multi-CAD reuse, new-user experience

more Solid Edge articles


What's Going on with BIM in Russia

 Vladimir Talapov, Sep 29, 2014

BIM is increasingly adapted in design field, considering role of state in adapting BIM, estimated increase of BIM programs

more AEC articles


Radica Software Runs on Visio

 Ralph Grabowski, Sep 25, 2014

Electra software does 2D electrical design work using Visio as its graphics engine, v7 has new pneumatic, hydraulic design capabilities, 2x faster start up, price starts from $998

more Visio articles


Xi MTower PCIe Workstation

Ryan Reid, Sep 24, 2014

Has Intel Core i7-4790K CPU, 16GB DDR3 RAM, NVIDIA Quadro K4000 graphics card, runs CAD programs twice faster as compared to Dell M4800 laptop, good warranty coverage, available for $3114

more Xi workstation reviews


Lenovo ThinkServer RD340 Shines at Virtualization

Bill Debevc, Sep 19, 2014

Single 2.4Ghz Xeon E5-2470 v2 CPU, 32GB RAM, MegaRAID SAS 9240-8i controller, 2 USB ports up front, good performance, at home as file server or a virtual computer host, base price is $1,319

more Lenovo workstation articles, CAD hardware articles


3Dconnexion's SpaceMouse Pro Goes Wireless

Elise Moss, Sep 17, 2014

SpaceMouse Pro Wireless has comfort advantage, comes with 15 programmable buttons, twin port USB-hub, new driver also has mouse wheel, works in Windows, any software, good battery charge

more mice reviews


HardMarque Designs Rethinks Manufacturing Through solidThinking

Jason Brett, Sep 15, 2014

Nick Hardman used solidThinking Inspire software to create design for custom, lightweight titanium piston, then used Evolve to refine shape as well as to add manufacturing requirements economically

more solidThinking articles



All Quiet on the CAD Lawsuit Front

Ralph Grabowski, Sep 16, 2014

Auto-Dimensions vs Siemens, Autodesk, Dassault; Autodesk vs ZWSOFT case involves culture clash, missteps by both sides, potential fallout affecting entire AutoCAD workalike industry

more CAD industry articles


What's New on the CAD Side of Vectorworks 2015

Ralph Grabowski, Sep 16, 2014

New curtain wall tool to design glass walls framed by steel members, named elevations for placing details, deform tool also deforms 3D objects, ability to fade gradients to no color

more Vectorworks articles


Create Stylish Leaders with a Multileader

Ellen Finkelstein, Sep 9, 2014

Access multileader style manager dialog box in AutoCAD, choose existing style to start with, specify leader type from leader format tab

more AutoCAD dimensioning tutorials


Exploring Sheet Metal and Synchronous Technology in Solid Edge ST7

Jason Brett, Sep 8, 2014

Designing raccoon-proof fish food jar holder using sheet metal design tools

more Solid Edge tutorials


Designing Mini Sumo-Robots with Solid Edge ST7's Synchronous Technology

Jason Brett, Sep 8, 2014

Import Inventor, SOLIDWORKS, STEP model files into Solid Edge, design new body, define arbitrary fixed distances between faces using smart dimension tool

more Solid Edge tutorials



History of 3D Printing: It's Older Than You are (That is, if You're Under 30)

Dana Goldberg, Sep 8, 2014

Toddlerhood of additive manufacturing, period of open-source movement, democratization of manufacturing, 3D printing in its prime

more rapid prototyping articles


Lenovo ThinkServer RD640 Server

Greg Reuter, Sep 5, 2014

Xeon E5-2690 V2 CPU, 32GB RAM, four 1TB 7200 RPM Western Digital drives, base price $2,158, fits in small- to medium-host range

more CAD hardware articles


Here's What's New in ArchiCAD 18

Scott MacKenzie, Aug 27, 2014

Improved rendering tools, 'edit multiple elements' modeling feature, improved PDF-based collaboration workflow, web-based BIM cloud manager interface, new layout revision tool, elevator design enhancement

more ArchiCAD reviews


What's the Best Mouse for AutoCAD?

Ellen Finkelstein, Aug 26, 2014

Users recommend Logitech Trackman Marble Mouse, 3Dconnexion SpaceNavigator Compact 3D Mouse, Logitech M570 Wireless Trackball, Evoluent VerticalMouse, Logitech MX500 Optical Mouse

more AutoCAD articles, mice articles



8 Import and Export Tips Using Various File Formats in AutoCAD

Jeff Yoders, Aug 26, 2014

Bringing AutoCAD data into Inventor to create Inventor sketch profiles, importing AutoCAD into Rhino 3D, importing AutoCAD DWGs into SOLIDWORKS

more AutoCAD tips


Seen at Siggraph Vancouver 2014

Ralph Grabowski, Aug 19, 2014

Mobile chip competitors ARM, Imagination Technologies, NVIDIA, Qualcomm were present, Jon Peddie Research discussed virtualization, limitations of cloud

more CAD show articles, virtual reality articles



3D Printing Growth: Unstoppable Even If 'Moore's Law Doesn't Apply'

Diego Tamburini, Aug 14, 2014

Autodesk CEO Carl Bass says 3D printing will overcome current limitations in next decade, will continue its penetration in production, while coexisting with subtractive methods

more rapid prototyping articles



Building Information Modeling FTW: Top 10 Benefits of BIM

Matt Ball, Aug 14, 2014

Capturing reality, streamlined workflows, version control, improved collaboration, rules-based simulation, conflict resolution

more AEC articles


Beam Me Up, Scotty: Using Autodesk Revit Beam Annotations Tool

Kate Morrical, Aug 12, 2014

Tag beams in linked model, user can select up to 6 different tags to appear on beam, choose information to be displayed for sloped beams

more Revit tutorials


Comparing Native PDM Systems for Solid Edge and SOLIDWORKS

Attilio Colangelo, Aug 5, 2014

SOLIDWORKS EPDM is light but Solid Edge SP has unique features, functions for managing drawings, data

more Solid Edge articles, SOLIDWORKS articles


Xi MTower LE Workstation Review

Alexander Murray, Aug 4, 2014

Designed for complexities of running engineering applications, fitted with Intel Core i7-4790 processor, 16GB DDR3 RAM, NVIDIA Quadro K600 graphics card, takes up little desk space, base price starts at $799

more Xi workstation reviews


Benefits of Using Derived Configurations in SOLIDWORKS

Matt Goldwater, July 28, 2014

Creating parent configurations of bicycle wheel, adding derived configurations for each; derived configurations helps create parent-child relationships within individual configurations

more SOLIDWORKS tutorials


Rename Named Objects - Blocks, Dimension Styles, Layers, and More

Ellen Finkelstein, July 28, 2014

RENAME command to select named objects to be renamed, type new name in 'rename to text box' in AutoCAD

more AutoCAD tips


Employing Aras for PLM

Ryan Reid, July 16, 2014

Aras Innovator is built on enterprise open source, model-based service-oriented architecture platform, integrates with native applications, handles communications in background

 more PLM articles


Transitioning from 2D to IronCAD 3D

Daniel Dobrzynski, July 15, 2014

IronCAD 2014 offers wide range of options for better managing three-dimensional development of 3D models from geometry extracted from 2D data

 more IronCAD reviews


The Anatomy of IronCAD's TriBall

Jeffrey Opel, July 14, 2014

effective, versatile tool for positioning, alignment of components, creation of new components, editing of imported models or dumb solids, can be used for assembly mates, component patterns, etc.

 more IronCAD reviews


Power to Go! With This PowerGo 15/7 Notebook from Xi

Jeffrey Heimgartner, July 14, 2014

Remarkable PowerGo 15/7 Notebook has widescreen display, super battery life, backlit keyboard, great sound, sleek looks

 more laptop reviews


Old AutoCAD Drawings? It's Time to Update Them

Ellen Finkelstein, July 15, 2014

BLOCKICON command to automatically create preview icons of all blocks in drawing, set DIMASSOC system variable to 2 to create associative dimensions

more AutoCAD tips



What's New in Revit 2015?: Check Out These 8 Tips and Tricks

Jeff Yoders, July 15, 2014

Make consistently sketchy-looking lines from graphic display options, sort family file parameters within each parameter group as per need

more Revit tutorials



How Using BIM Can Lower a Firm's Insurance Premium on Future Projects

Jeff Yoders, July 10, 2014

3-party agreement is not needed, owner is protected by guaranteed maximum price

more AEC articles


ARES on Android Tablet

Ralph Grabowski, July 9, 2014

ARES Command Edition runs on Linux, OS X, Windows, while Android is in alpha testing; Q&A about UI customization, ACIS-based solid modeling support, minimum hardware requirement

more MCAD articles, ARES articles


IntelliCAD 8 on Mainframe2

Ralph Grabowski, July 1, 2014

Q&A with Nikola Bozinovic of Mainframe2 about IntelliCAD working fast on browser, dynamic setting for resolution, cost depends on what features application needs

more IntelliCAD articles


Edit Block Attribute Properties with BATTMAN

Ellen Finkelstein, June 30, 2014

Attributes in AutoCAD that can be edited: tag name, prompt name, default value, prompt order, visibility, text style, justification, properties like layer, linetype

more AutoCAD tips


Don't Hit Eject! 4 Tips to Getting Your BIM Pilot Project Off the Ground

Jeff Yoders, June 23, 2014

Change management, set expectations, confine pilot project to single story, reduce complexity, define level of detail

more AEC articles


HP's New Large-Format PageWide InkJet Printer Not Due Until Late 2015

Ralph Grabowski, June 17, 2014

HP uses eight 5" printhead modules to print on paper up to 40" wide, more usage of ink cartridges will lock customers to HP's ink prison

more large format printer articles


SOLIDWORKS vs Solid Edge: How Well They Import Legacy Data from AutoCAD, Pt 1

Elise Moss, June 12, 2014

Importing DWG in Solid Edge, converting 2D to 3D with revolve, extrude tools

more Solid Edge articles, SOLIDWORKS articles


SOLIDWORKS vs Solid Edge: How Well They Import Legacy Data from AutoCAD, Pt 2

Elise Moss, June 12, 2014


more Solid Edge articles, SOLIDWORKS articles



CAD Manager Tips: Common Workplace Complaints - and Their Solutions - of a CAD Draftsman

Shaun Bryant, June 9, 2014

Comfort, need of faster PC/laptop, productivity gains, stability of software, sources to build knowledge

more CAD management articles


Surface Tension - SOLIDWORKS and Solid Edge Battle

Ryan Reid, June 11, 2014

Veteran SOLIDWORKS user evaluates, compares Solid Edge ST6 surfacing functionality

more Solid Edge articles, SOLIDWORKS articles


Modern Family: The New Relationship Between CAD Technician and Engineer

Shaun Bryant, June 5, 2014

understanding typical engineering equation, CAD technician, engineer use laptop, iPhone, iPad, cloud, BIM technologies, central 3D model for design information

more CAD development articles, cloud articles



Is BIM Increasing Your ROI? Here are 4 Ways to Help You Find Out

Kate Morrical, June 5, 2014

compare similar projects, drafting vs design hours, phase efforts, go to source, focus on specific aspects of BIM workflows, eliminating unnecessary information

more CAD development articles, cloud articles



Graebert's CAD Software First to Run on Four OSes

Ralph Grabowski, June 10, 2014

Q&A with CEO Wilfred Graebert about choosing Android, RAM issues of Android tablets, price speculation by author

more MCAD articles, ARES articles


CAD Manager Tips to Increase Your Team's Productivity and Efficiency

Shaun Bryant, May 30, 2014

Cloud collaboration tool like Autodesk 360 empowers teamwork, use Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive to store data online

more CAD management articles, cloud articles


8 AutoCAD Tips for Parametric Modeling

Jeff Yoders, May 20, 2014

Basics of parametric constraint tools, autoconstrain tool to assign number of constraints in one pass, change length of line, relationships between lines, create new dimensional relationships

more AutoCAD tips


Autodesk's Sim 360 is Analysis for Everyone

Jason Brett, May 7, 2014

Easy to use, has ability to solve problems 'on the cloud,' can work with multiple CAD formats on Mac, Windows, available for $115 per month

more Autodesk 360 articles


Take an Online CAD Course with Global eTraining

Ralph Grabowski, May 6, 2014

Interactive system for creating, taking training courses, Generator runs in HTML5-compatible Web browsers, pricing begins at $299 for single course

more CAD training articles


Why Professional Graphics Should Matter to CAD Users

Robert Green, May 19, 2014

Q&A with Adam Scraba of NVIDIA about difference between professional graphics card and typical consumer/gaming card, Quadro cards features helpful for CAD, IT managers, ROI metrics to calculate potential savings

more NVIDIA articles, CAD hardware articles


Managing Revit Data with Assemble from Assemble Systems

Michael Rotolo, Apr 28, 2014

Cloud-based app to manage, coordinate, control construction projects, has easy-to-use, responsive online model viewer, impressive sync, model variance features, provides greater accuracy for real-time cost estimation

more AEC articles, Revit articles


Comparing Direct Modeling in Solid Edge with SOLIDWORKS

Chris McAndrew, Apr 24, 2014

Synchronous technology adds layer of intelligence to parts, focuses on solving complex engineering challenges

more Solid Edge reviews, SOLIDWORKS articles


CD-adapco Announces Combined CFD/FEA Simulation Platform at Annual Conference

Tom Lansford, Apr 22, 2014

Multi-disciplinary design exploration for STAR-CCM+ platform, key features of v9: enhanced CAD, CAE interoperability, constraint management module, flow solvers, turbulence modeling

more STAR-CCM+ articles, CFD articles


Plot to a Scale from Model Space

Ellen Finkelstein, Mar 13, 2014

Starts PLOT command in AutoCAD, uncheck 'fit to paper' option from plot dialog box, choose scale, check preview

more AutoCAD model space tutorials


NVIDIA's K5100M Graphics Running on HP's ZBook 17

Jeff Mirisola, Mar 3, 2014

8GB of frame buffering, handles complex assemblies beautifully, rendering is much faster, available for $2,150

more graphics cards reviews


Eagle Point's Pinnacle Training and Support System

John Evans, Feb 28, 2014

Single location to find valid training for AEC, MEP software packages, Good feature coverage, impressive customization capability, pricing is available for business, user models

more CAD training articles, AEC articles


Keymark's BuildEdge PLAN

Rakesh Rao, Feb 25, 2014

User-friendly SketchUp add-on helps create quick visualization schemes, offers excellent support resources, available for $29, Q&A with professional user Roger Nelson on ROI of software

more AEC articles


How Polaris Designs Aggressive Looking Snowmobiles with solidThinking Software

Jeffrey Heimgartner, Feb 24, 2014

Added topology optimization to design tools, reduced number of design iterations, significantly reduced weight of designs, material cost

more solidThinking articles


Use and Control Multifunctional Grips for Faster Editing

Ellen Finkelstein, Jan 14, 2014

Select object, hover over grip, choose one of options that appears, control multifunctional grips with system variable in AutoCAD

more AutoCAD tips


IronCAD 2014 Review

Jeffrey Opel, Jan 7, 2014

Scene browser, Tri-Ball positioning tool, dual kernel helps handle many different file types, TraceParts, KeyShot integrated, can read point cloud files

more IronCAD reviews


Testing SmartVoice, Dynamic Blocks, CUI, and Online Workflow in ZWCAD+

Daniel Dobrzynski, Dec 18, 2013

Communicate interactively through SmartVoice, dynamic blocks improve drafting efficiency, customize ribbon through CUI dialog box, online update mechanism to update software online to latest version

more ZWCAD reviews


My Weekend with Vectorworks 2014

Bill Debevc, Dec 12, 2013

Clean UI, easy to learn, impressive snap loop, replace style commands, sketch mode, implements real-time OpenGL rendering, imports/exports DWG, DXF files, other common formats

more Vectorworks reviews


Autodesk Sim 360 for On-Demand FEA

Francis Sebastian, Dec 10, 2013

Web-based app can store multiple versions of simulations online, provides faster FEA results, easy learning curve, provides integrated communications for design collaboration

more Autodesk 360 articles, FEA articles


ZWCAD+ vs AutoCAD: DWG Compatibility, Cloud Workflow and Programming Support

William Forty, Dec 2, 2013

Size, appearance of DWF files in ZWCAD+ is similar to that in AutoCAD, ZWCAD+ Syble offers cloud services, mimics AutoCAD API impressively

more ZWCAD reviews


solidThinking Inspire in the Design Process

Francis Sebastian, Nov 26, 2013

Stand-alone software has basic solid-geometry creation toolset, optimization platform, easy-to-use interface, supports generic, industry-standard data formats, facilitates 3D printing

more solidThinking reviews


Transmittal Document Mastery with Adept 2014

Jason Brett, Nov 22, 2013

Preparation of transmittal documents is automated, easy to set up customized documentation sets for different customers, double-checks drawings for technical accuracy, impressive file tracking, markup process, version tracking

more Synergis Adept reviews


Solid Edge ST6 First Look: FEA with Solid Edge Simulation

Attilio Colangelo, Nov 19, 2013

Intuitive graphical interface, incorporated NASTRAN solver provides access to advanced features, has ability to change units display on fly, report generator echoes all user input in convenient format

more Solid Edge reviews


Solid Edge ST6 First Look: Sheet Metal Enhancements

Jeffrey Opel, Nov 18, 2013

Improved flatten command, support for deforming features across bends, impressive drawn cutout command

more Solid Edge reviews


Solid Edge ST6 First Look: 2D Drafting Enhancements

Jeffrey Heimgartner, Nov 8, 2013

Usage of extended views, break lines functions when creating 2D layout drawings of 3D models, assemblies

more Solid Edge reviews


Solid Edge ST6 First Look: Better Surface Modeling

Daniel Dobrzynski, Nov 7, 2013

Tangency control handles, reflective planes, redefine surface command for creating new surfaces by replacing existing model faces with BlueSurf, support of curvature continuous end conditions, real-time previews

more Solid Edge reviews


BuildEdge Plan 2.0 Review

Rande Robinson, Nov 5, 2013

Draw 3D walls, doors, floors, windows, roofs with parametrics easily using SketchUp plug-in, but little documentation, commercial version available for $29 with 30-day money back guarantee

more SketchUp articles


TurboSite v1.3, Enterprise Edition, by IMSI/Design

Steve Stafford, Oct 31, 2013

Enhancements include automatic report generation, add-in apps that run inside Revit, AutoCAD, smart polygon tool, ability to export all of data as single, compiled PDF report

more TurboCAD reviews


Zoom Quickly and More by Controlling Your Mouse's Wheel

Ellen Finkelstein, Oct 31, 2013

3 system variables affect mouse wheel: ZOOMFACTOR, ZOOMWHEEL, MBUTTONPAN; mouse wheel actions available when MBUTTONPAN is set to 1

more AutoCAD tips


Solid Edge ST 6 First Look: Mass-Migrating Models From SolidWorks

Jeffrey Heimgartner, Oct 31, 2013

Impressive, user-friendly bulk data migrator utility to transfer old SolidWorks data into Solid Edge, provides customizable themes, ability to re-use existing data

more Solid Edge reviews


Solid Edge ST6 First Look: Sheet Metal Design

Chris McAndrew, Oct 29, 2013

Sheet metal features can be added to any part, flatten command to forms flat pattern easily, impressive solid feature set that complements main design software

more Solid Edge reviews


Solid Edge ST6 First Look: Generating 2D Drawings from Large Assemblies

Attilio Colangelo, Oct 22, 2013

Intuitive drawing/detailing portion of design cycle, context sensitive help via command finder, ability to delay rebuild of views by allowing multiple edits without interruption

more Solid Edge reviews


Easily Import Text and Dimension Styles From Other Drawings

Ellen Finkelstein, Oct 17, 2013

Use DesignCenter or content explorer in AutoCAD

more AutoCAD tips


Solid Edge ST6 First Look: New User Interface Functions in Synchronous Technology

Daniel Dobrzynski, Oct 14, 2013

Clearer graphical control in steering wheel, option to create assembly part synchronous features, hole pattern recognition ability, easier working with imported models

more Solid Edge reviews


Solid Edge ST6 First Look: Surfacing Refined

Jeffrey Opel, Oct 10, 2013

Impressive surface redefine command to creates surfaces by combining existing model faces, surface intersect command to extend/trim selected surfaces to common intersection

more Solid Edge reviews


TurboCAD R20 Review

Jeffrey Heimgartner, Oct 10, 2013

Intuitive, powerful UI, 3 new drag modes to select objects, associative dimensioning in viewports, stellated polygon tool, entity markers, impressive array of import/export options, available for retail price of $1,695

more TurboCAD reviews


Solid Edge ST6 First Look: New Commands for Working with Large Assemblies

Daniel Dobrzynski, Oct 8, 2013

Enhancements in simplifying large assemblies, dynamic part editing for ordered models at assembly level, ability to enhance modeling within assemblies

more Solid Edge reviews


Keymark's Parametric BuildEdge Software for SketchUp

Ralph Grabowski, Oct 9, 2013

Q&A with Aaron Dietzen about company's BuildEdge PLAN add-on for SketchUp users, AutoCAD, its ObjectARX, low pricing, future plans

more SketchUp articles


ZWCAD+ 2012 vs AutoCAD 2013 Comparison - Ralph Grabowski

Zuken's E3.series: Wired for Speed

Jason Brett, Sep 26, 2013

Students of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Hochscule Esslingen University developed professional-quality wiring harness for vehicles using Zuken's E3.series software to compete at Formula SAE competition

more MCAD articles


Draw a Donut in AutoCAD

Ellen Finkelstein, Oct 1, 2013

Launch DONUT command, specify diameters of hole, entire donut, specify center of donut

more AutoCAD tips


Solid Edge ST6 First Look: Modeling and Editing Parts with Synchronous Technology

Scott Moyse, Sep 27, 2013

Enhancing patterning synchronously, recognizing hole patterns, bug while using 'suppress region' tool

more Solid Edge reviews


Solid Edge ST6 First Look: Optimization and Validation

John Evans, Sep 25, 2013

Improving chamber design using optimization process, validating bolt engagement design in assembly file

more Solid Edge reviews


Solid Edge ST6 First Look: Mesh Refinement and Storage

John Evans, Sep 25, 2013

New remesh command, 'show poor quality mesh' function, report generates off-the-chart nice, simple documents, has multi-body construction ability

more Solid Edge reviews


First Look: YouTubing Inside Solid Edge ST 6

Ralph Grabowski, Sep 23, 2013

Innovative ability to play videos from YouTube, to record CAD program's actions for sharing on YouTube, good balance, sufficient options are included to make feature useful

more Solid Edge reviews


Solid Edge ST 6 First Look: Goal Seeking and Model Validation in Simulation

Chris McAndrew, Sep 23, 2013

Better selection of options for part design, feature optimization, host of options are available to set up multiple simulations

more Solid Edge reviews


Solid Edge ST6 First Look: Simulation and Linear Static Stress

John Evans, Sep 24, 2013

Designing rifle's barrel chamber, studying linear static stress on parts, applying structural loads, constraints

more Solid Edge reviews


A First Look at Solid Edge ST 6

Ralph Grabowski, Sep 5, 2013

2D drafting is more automated, CAM is integrated, surfacing gets C2 curvature

more Solid Edge reviews


Solid Edge ST6 First Look: Solid Edge Mobile Viewer for iPad and Android

Ralph Grabowski, Sep 19, 2013

App operates, displays 3D models quickly, shares models as SEV files or raster screen grabs, Android version is better at receiving, sharing files

more Solid Edge reviews


Solid Edge ST6 First Look: Assemblies with Synchronous Technology

 Scott Moyse, Sep 23, 2013

 Ability to create synchronous geometry from assembly part features, Pathfinder enhancements, body support for simplified assemblies

more Solid Edge reviews


Solid Edge ST 6 First Look: Working with 2D Drawings

Scott Moyse, Sep 23, 2013

Ability to attach, align, space balloons, annotation objects, enhanced Dimension alignments, native in-place editing of office documents

more Solid Edge reviews


How to Visualize Drawings and Models Using Synergis Adept EDMS

Francis Sebastian, July 24, 2013

Review in context of business process, workflow; features of AutoVue visualization component of Adept EDMS: reviewing, querying, commenting, comparing versions, printing

more Synergis Adept reviews


Synergis Adept Trumps Windows File Management

Scott Moyse, July 22, 2013

Q&A with Robert Hepper of GP:50 about maintaining folder structure for Adept, initial implementation, challenges faced, management of rollout of system to company

more Synergis Adept articles


How IronCAD's Hybrid Modeling Compares with Synchronous Technology in Solid Edge

Scott Wertel, July 15, 2013

IronCAD offers 2 modes to create geometry, offers parameterization on demand, live rules are not needed, can modify imported geometry just like native geometry

more IronCAD reviews, Solid Edge articles


Create Layer Overrides to Create Plot Variations

Ellen Finkelstein, July 16, 2013

Setting layer properties for viewport, removing override using layer properties manager in AutoCAD

more AutoCAD layer tutorials


How Zuken's E3.series Makes Better Buses

Jason Brett, July 11, 2013

bus, coach manufacturer, Alexander Dennis Limited from UK, adopted E3.series software, grew revenue by 300% in last 5 years

more MCAD articles


Free 3D Configurations and Collaboration with IronCAD Compose

Scott Wertel, July 9, 2013

Impressive, free app has 20 built-in catalogs, needs translator to import additional file formats at cost of US$195, suitable for front-end of design or sales cycle

more IronCAD reviews


TeamPlatform Takes on the Email-FTP-Dropbox Troika

Ralph Grabowski, July 8, 2013

Designed for engineers, TeamPlatform can view MCAD models, share files, organize communications, better than trying to use email and Dropbox

more cloud articles


Solid Edge Wants to Be the Best MCAD Program, That's All

Roopinder Tara, June 28, 2013

To call Solid Edge ST6 an update would be an understatement. It claims to have 1,300 user requested enhancements. Report from user conference, where its launch signals a desire to improve product based on user needs, not on high-end concepts

more Solid Edge articles


Insert Data from an Excel Worksheet

Ellen Finkelstein, July 2, 2013

Click table in annotation panel, select data link option, launch data link manager, create new Excel data link option to choose sheet for linking to named range in AutoCAD

more AutoCAD tips


Synergis Adeptly Handles Documents in a Multi-CAD World

Jeffrey Heimgartner, June 20, 2013

Adept can read, display, write to files in several proprietary formats, supports bidirectional attribute linking, separate display of CAD app from EDMS app on dual screen monitor setup

more Synergis Adept reviews


Change the Color of Almost Any AutoCAD Screen Feature

Ellen Finkelstein, June 20, 2013

Invoke OPTIONS command, open drawing window colors dialog box to alter color of any interface item, choose 3D parallel projection, camera clipping panes option to customize drawing

more AutoCAD customization tutorials


Synchronize Backups and Create a Quick PDF with the AUTOPUBLISH Command

Ellen Finkelstein, June 5, 2013

Set AUTODWFPUBLISH system variable value to 1 to keep DWF, DWFx, PDF files synchronized with AutoCAD drawings

more AutoCAD basics tutorials


ZWCAD+ 2012 - A Worthwhile DWG Editor

Steve Lynch, May 29, 2013

Easy-to-use UI, efficient working environment, has number of importing formats for DWFs, PDFs, attribute extraction wizard, useful eTransmit utility, system variable editor, layer translator

more ZWCAD reviews


Is Free DraftSight CAD Usable CAD?

Ryan Reid, May 24, 2013

DraftSight provides 2D tools with simple UI, premium version offers API to write LISP programs, responsive technical support, deployment wizard, worth a consideration software

more DraftSight reviews


Here's What It's Like to Start Up 3D Projects on TeamPlatform

Jeffrey Heimgartner, May 23, 2013

Setting up basic account, workspace, using embedded CAD viewer

more cloud articles


Designing Innovatively with IronCAD 2013

Daniel Dobrzynski, May 21, 2013

Overview of modules, 2 working environments, scene, drawing, CAXA draft options, impressive TriBall interface, ability to reuse geometry imported from other native CAD formats

more IronCAD reviews


Scia Engineer Review

John Evans, May 6, 2013

Complex, full featured structural analysis, design solution, stores all data in single file, impressive drawing environment, bi-directional BIM link to other software

more AEC articles


Zuken: Making the Machines That Make the Screens

Jason Brett, May 6, 2013

Friendly interface, object-oriented nature of E3.series helps combine electrical, pneumatic diagrams, communicates design intent

more MCAD articles


3D Printing Made Easy

Elise Moss, May 7, 2013

Parts should be printed for 3 reasons: to check for fit, to actually use, to sell idea or use as demo part

more rapid prototyping articles


Comparison of Cloud-Based CAD Collaboration Services: TeamPlatform vs Autodesk 360

Daniel Dobrzynski, May 2, 2013

TeamPlatform provides far more benefits, being project-oriented product, with exquisite collaboration tools, ability to handle variety of 3D CAD formats

more cloud articles, Autodesk 360 articles


MCAD Beginner Reviews IronCAD 2013

Rakesh Rao & Sanjay Jamalpur, May 2, 2013

Modern interface, lack of jargon make IronCAD surprisingly easy to learn, good bet for those considering 1st MCAD program

more IronCAD reviews


GRAITEC Advance Steel Does Stairs

Jeffrey Heimgartner, May 1, 2013

Industrial stairs with landings, railing, spiral stairs easy to create

more civil engineering articles


Label the Scale of Individual Viewports

Ellen Finkelstein, Apr 30, 2013

Specify 2 opposite corners of boundary box using MTEXT command, insert field inside text in AutoCAD

more AutoCAD basics tutorials


Creating Mold Bases with NX Expressions

Murat Ugur, Apr 29, 2013

Draw different size molds by changing values input to expression

more NX tutorials


Lenovo's Sexy Laptop Does CAD

John Evans, Apr 22, 2013

ThinkPad Carbon X1 Touch is light, thin laptop, surprisingly good performer for Inventor, even simulation, only lacking fast rendering

more Lenovo workstation reviews


Lenovo ThinkStation E31

Brian Benton, Apr 19, 2013

Solid and versatile machine with 3.3GHz Xeon processor, 8GB DDR3 RAM, 1TB SATA hard drive, low base price of $669

more Lenovo workstation reviews


Document Managers Need to be Vaulting, Says Synergis

 Ralph Grabowski, Apr 18, 2013

VP of R&D, Todd Cummings describes vaulting, encryption, Adept's storage system, exit strategy, moving documents in, out of vault

more Synergis Adept articles


Zuken's E3.series Intelligently Designs Powerful Diesel-Electric Locomotives

 Jason Brett, Apr 17, 2013

Eliminates logical-physical gap using object-oriented design, ships with library of thousands of standardized components, cables, connectors

more MCAD articles


Create a Thumbnail for Opening a Drawing

 Ellen Finkelstein, Apr 17, 2013

Set THUMBSAVE system variable to 1 to make AutoCAD drawing save thumbnail

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Autodesk 360 is a New Cloud-Based Workflow for AutoCAD Drawings

 Ellen Finkelstein, Apr 15, 2013

Access data easily using Autodesk 360 mobile app, add comments on DWFs, DWGs, download entire folder as single zip file

more Autodesk 360 articles


Xi's New MTower PCIe Workstation in a Stryker Tower

 Rande Robinson, Apr 12, 2013

Fast, well-engineered workstation with Intel Core i7 3770K processor, 16GB DDR3 RAM, 240 GB solid state disk drive, base price $1,119

more Xi workstation reviews


Use a Standards File to Bring an AutoCAD Drawing Into Line

Ellen Finkelstein, Mar 28, 2013

Creating standards file, testing it, specifying standards settings

more AutoCAD drawing tutorials


MecSoft's RhinoCAM Software Review, Pt 3

Daniel Dobrzynski, Mar 22, 2013

5-axis indexed machining, considering machine operation options, parameters, tool path simulation methods

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MecSoft's RhinoCAM Software Review, Pt 2

Daniel Dobrzynski, Mar 18, 2013

Tools for flats roughing, parallel finishing, projection pocketing, horizontal hill machining, 4-axis hole making

more RhinoCAM reviews


MecSoft's RhinoCAM Software Review, Pt 1

Daniel Dobrzynski, Mar 14, 2013

Rhino plug-in has core technology for 5-axis continuous milling module, powerful new tool path generation methods

more RhinoCAM reviews


How to Automatically Display the Plotting Scale on Your AutoCAD Drawing

Ellen Finkelstein, Mar 18, 2013

Set scale for viewport, MTEXT command to access text editor, select object under field names, choose scale in property box

more AutoCAD plotting tutorials


Viewing, Sharing Revit and SketchUp Models with Vizerra Revizto

Ralph Grabowski, Mar 12, 2013

Revizto converts Revit, SketchUp models to visual information model format, helps view files output, stores VIM files on cloud

more AEC articles


Fix Old, Messy AutoCAD Drawings

Ellen Finkelstein, Mar 11, 2013

Check old system variables, fix objects not set to ByLayer, text, dimensions on multiple layers, styles

more AutoCAD drawing tutorials


Lattice Technology's Ultra Lightweight XVL Format and Software

Ralph Grabowski, Feb 7, 2013

Surprisingly small files make it models easier to view, yet accurate enough to measure, interview with product manager

more Lattice Technology reviews


Zuken's E3.series: Driving Automotive Evolution

Jason Brett, Feb 4, 2013

ESG Automotive uses object-oriented architecture of E3.series software to solve electrical, electronic design challenges

more MCAD articles


MecSoft's VisualMILL and VisualCAD Software for Computer-Aided Machining

John Callen, Feb 1, 2013

Fully configurable UI, VisualMILL can create standardized definitions, VisualCAD has good modeling capability

more VisualMILL reviews


MSC Software Offers e-Xstream Materials Engineering

Shaun Bryant, Jan 28, 2013

Q&A with Jan Seyfarth, product manager for Digimat, about line of products, composites tests, material modeling

more engineering analysis articles


GRAITEC Advance Steel Software

Jeffrey Heimgartner, Jan 29, 2013

Easy learning curve, powerful, intuitive quick cut, quick connection commands, good tech support but cumbersome 3D view manipulation, hiccup in OSNAPs, more tutorials needed

more civil engineering articles


Getting an Edge Over SolidWorks - Pt 5

Chris McAndrew, Jan 25, 2013

Smoother installation, intuitive layout, UI, intuitive modeling, editing with Synchronous Technology

more Solid Edge reviews


Working with 2D Files and Drawings in Solid Edge ST

Chris McAndrew, Jan 22, 2013

Entirely functional drawing module in communicating details of 3D models in 2D drawings, easy-to-use file management system

more Solid Edge reviews


Editing Engineering and Production Models with Solid Edge

Chris McAndrew, Jan 18, 2013

No construction sketches, ability to make changes to base geometry relationships, live rules to define, lock relations

more Solid Edge reviews


Cloud-Based Project Management with TeamPlatform

Phil Magenheim, Jan 17, 2013

Supports wide range of 3D formats, includes online visualization tools, can exports workspace data to Excel, $25/month per member for Pro Team version

more cloud articles


AMD FirePro Solutions: Eyefinity Graphics Workstation, Remote Graphics Server and Professional APU Tablet

Tom Lansford, Jan 15, 2013

Fujitsu 1-U remote graphics workstation with AMD FirePro W7000, FirePro-capable APU in tablet were displayed in 3DExperience event

more CAD hardware articles


Understanding Solid Edge ST5, Pt 1: Installing Solid Edge

Chris McAndrew, Jan 17, 2013

Basic installation includes help system, step-by-step tutorials, prompt bar provides in-context help, instructions

more Solid Edge reviews


How the New ZWCAD+ Differs from the Older ZWCAD

 Rakesh Rao, Jan 14, 2013

List of missing functions in ZWCAD+, has ability to import Excel data as entities or as single MTEXT, good handling of raster image files

more ZWCAD reviews


Monica Menghini on the New 3DExperience Platform

 Tom Lansford, Jan 14, 2013

Dassault's executive vice president for industry, marketing, communication talks about 3D experiences for Dassault customers, adding extensive information capture, presentation technologies

more CATIA articles


No Limits with Lenovo's ThinkStation D30

 John Evans, Jan 11, 2013

Two 8-core Intel Xeon E5 2687W CPUs, 16GB SDRAM, NVIDIA Quadro 5000 graphics card, impressive workstation for multi-purpose high-capability modeling, price over $8K

more Lenovo workstation reviews


AMD FirePro W5000 Graphics Card

 Dimitrios Karamanlidis, Jan 10, 2013

Installation procedure, 7.7 score on Windows benchmark, impressive results on AutoCAD benchmark, specifications

more graphics card reviews


GRAITEC Advance Steel: Connections & Joints

 James Finkel, Jan 8, 2013

Full-featured structural steel design system, 3 versions available, work within AutoCAD, bi-directional import/export function, provides country-specific, international shapes

more civil engineering articles


Geolus Shape-Based Searching for Reusing CAD Parts

 Melanie Perry, Jan 7, 2013

Has ability to digitize shapes, can compare indices, reports comparison of size of search part, resultant part as percentage

more PLM articles


CADPower for AutoCAD and BricsCAD

 Ralph Grabowski, Jan 3, 2013

Super charged version of express tools, provides identical set of commands, increases efficiency in drafting work at reasonable purchase price of $129

more AutoCAD articles, Bricscad articles


Lenovo C30 ThinkStation

 Ray Howard, Jan 2, 2013

Impressive hi-def display, lightning fast drive performance, limited storage space, 800-watt system runs quietly, built to perform, sustain for long product lifecycle,

more Lenovo workstation reviews


A Triple-CAM Software Review: MecSoft's VisualMILL, VisualMILL for SolidWorks, and FreeMILL

 Daniel Dobrzynski, Dec 18, 2012

User-friendly browser, wide range of post processors available, offers toolpath simulation, affordable price

more VisualMILL reviews


Zuken E3.WireWorks Review

 Jason Brett, Dec 18, 2012

Specifically optimized for use with SolidWorks Premium edition, has easy learning curve, manages to bring electrical, mechanical designs together nicely

more MCAD articles


Review of ZWCAD Mechanical

 Ron Green, Dec 17, 2012

Easy-to-learn UI, exhaustive library of mechanical parts, shaft, gear generator tools, part builder feature, supports commonly-used drawing standards

more ZWCAD reviews


IronCAD 2013

 Ryan Reid, Dec 11, 2012

Easy-to-learn, implement IntelliShapes, offers hybrid platform for direct modeling, feature-based modeling, has ability to move parts around different assemblies

more IronCAD reviews


Xi PowerGo XT Review - Matt Lombard

The Xi PowerGo XT

Matt Lombard, Dec 3, 2012

17.3" portable workstation with Intel’s Core i7 3840 QM 2.8/3.8GHz processor, backlit keyboard, 2 graphics boards, scores high on PassMark benchmark

more laptop reviews

AMD FirePro W7000 Video Card Review - Matt Lombard

AMD FirePro W7000 Video Card Review

Matt Lombard, Dec 13, 2012

Impressive 3D CAD video card with 4GB GDDR5 memory, has CrossFire capability, earns Windows Experience Index of 7.8

more graphics card reviews

Siemens Rulestream - Chris McAndrew

Designing Point of Purchase (POP) Displays for Consumer Packaged Goods with Rulestream

Chris McAndrew, Dec 10, 2012

Q&A with Rick Smith of Siemens about enhancing Rulestream for consumer packaged goods industry, integration with Teamcenter, complementing IT structures, justifying ROI

more engineering articles

Solid Edge Student Art - Matt Lombard

Students Using Solid Edge for Artful Contrivance

Matt Lombard, Dec 7, 2012

Utah State University students taking classes in 3D design, engineering graphics to create 3D printable parts

more Solid Edge articles

TurboSite for iPad - Shaun Bryant

IMSI TurboSite for iPad

Shaun Bryant, Dec 10, 2012

Survey app with easy-to-use, simple UI, GeoWalk, GeoNudge features for tracking locations, tools to measure dimensions on drawing, tally with actual site dimensions

more AEC articles

ZWCAD+ 2012 - Ray Howard

Review of ZWCAD+ 2012

Ray Howard, Dec 4, 2012

Impressive release with affordable price, writes native DWG format, includes DXF translation, full AutoLISP functionality, new ribbon interface, SmartMouse gestures

more ZWCAD reviews

Be Inspired 2012 - Going Mobile - Roopinder Tara

Be Inspired 2012 - Going Mobile

Roopinder Tara, Dec 4, 2012

Bentley is moving forward on mobilization of data but still respectful of desktop apps

more AEC articles


Kubotek KeyCreator Analysis - Ryan Reid

Keys to Analysis Creation: Reviewing Kubotek KeyCreator Analysis

Ryan Reid, Nov 27, 2012

imports directly translated 3D models, offers extensive list of translators, adequate capabilities of constraints, easy-to-access dynamic simulation tools, faster animation

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TurboSite iPad App by IMSI/Design - Rakesh Rao

Software Review: IMSI/Design's TurboSite for iPad

Rakesh Rao, Nov 21, 2012

Easy-to-use tablet-based software app. Drawing interface, layer support, named views, paper-space layouts, GeoNudge feature to fine-tune location, orientation of GeoMarks.

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Lenovo ThinkStation - Emmanuel Garcia

Lenovo ThinkStation E31 SFF Review

Emmanuel Garcia, Nov 16, 2012

3.3GHz Xeon E3-1230V2 CPU, NVIDIA Quadro 600 video card, 3 yr warranty, good performance

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Interview with Spatial CEO Jean-Marc Guillard

Roopinder Tara, Nov 12, 2012

managing 2 kernels, Dassault's CGM vs ACIS, functional parity, choice depends on what applications customer needs to interface with, more.

More MCAD articles


3DMTP for 3D Printing of Architectural Models - Paul Munford

3DMTP For 3D Printing of Architectural Models

Paul Munford, Nov 8, 2012

Prints 3D scaled models at affordable price, accepts variety of formats, Q&A with 3DMTP executives

More rapid prototyping articles, AEC articles


IronCAD 2012 Introduction - Alexander Murray

Introduction to IronCAD 2012

Alexander Murray, Nov 5, 2012

Creating 3D model using 2D sketches, importing sketches from drawing

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Lenovo ThinkPad W530 Review - Matt Lombard

Hardware Review: Lenovo ThinkPad W530

Matt Lombard, Nov 1, 2012

Portable CAD workstation with Core i7-3920XM processor, latest Quadro K2000M card, 15.6" display with full HD, 2 USB 3.0 ports

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Lenovo ThinkStation S30 Review - Srihari Gangaraj

Lenovo ThinkStation S30: Power, Performance and Stamina

Srihari Gangaraj, Oct 29, 2012

midrange workstation with single core Xeon CPU, NVIDIA Quadro graphics card, 2 DVI ports, impressive performance, good option for CAE

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Luxion KeyShot Rendering Software Review - Chris McAndrew

An Engineer Reviews KeyShot Rendering Software From Luxion

Chris McAndrew, Oct 24, 2012

Clean startup screen with simple toolbar, pre-defined settings deliver powerful rendering package with short learning curve

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ZWCAD+ 2012 vs IntelliCAD 7 Comparison - Ralph Grabowski

ZWCAD+ 2012 vs IntelliCAD 7

Ralph Grabowski, Oct 24, 2012

ZWSOFT has always emphasized ZWCAD's compatibility with AutoCAD. With the "plus" rewrite, ZWCAD is well placed as a replacement for IntelliCAD-based CAD programs

More ZWCAD articles


Vectorworks Cloud Services - Christopher Fugitt

Vectorworks Cloud Services

Christopher Fugitt, Oct 23, 2012

Exclusively for Vectorworks Service Select members, cloud service is easy to use; iOS app, Vectorworks Nomad available for taking field notes

More Vectorworks articles


Rulestream Engineer-To-Order - Ralph Grabowski

Rulestream Engineer-To-Order

Ralph Grabowski, Oct 22, 2012

Meant for custom product manufacturers, helps in automating engineering processes by integrating with CAD, PLM, ERP systems

More engineering articles

ZWCAD+ 2012 Review - David Kingsley

ZWCAD+ 2012 Hands On Review

David Kingsley, Oct 17, 2012

Standard version offers populated set of tool palettes, solid, surface modeling options, VpMax command, SmartMouse feature, drawing tabs to navigate through multiple opened drawings

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ZWCAD+ 2012 vs AutoCAD 2013 Comparison - Ralph Grabowski

ZWCAD+ 2012 vs AutoCAD 2013

Ralph Grabowski, Oct 11, 2012

ZWCAD+ 2012 matches AutoCAD in command bar functions, impressive SmartMouseConfig command, supports command aliases; howevver, ZWCAD+ costs a quarter of AutoCAD

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E3 .series Electrical CAD Software Review - Jason Brett

E3.series Electrical CAD Software Review

Jason Brett, Oct 16, 2012

Handles wide range of electrical design tasks, has undockable interface windows, well-written, easy-to-search help files

More MCAD articles

Linking Revit with Spreadsheets Using Ideate's BIMLink - Elise Moss

Linking Revit with Spreadsheets Using Ideate's BIMLink

Elise Moss, Oct 3, 2012

Sheet sorting, using BIMLink with hardware schedules, generating room numbers, names, managing occupancy loads, running spell check

More AEC articles, Revit articles

Spatial's 3D Insiders' Summit 2012 - Ralph Grabowski

Spatial's 3D Insiders' Summit 2012

Ralph Grabowski, Oct 2, 2012

Apps using InterOp R23 can extract tessellated data, graphical PMI from CAD files; future plans for CGM release 3

More MCAD articles

ZWCAD+ 2012 vs AutoCAD 2013 Comparison - Ralph Grabowski

Q&A: Zuken

Ralph Grabowski, Sep 26, 2012

Patrick Hackney of Zuken about its history, E3.series, modules, E3.WireWorks for SolidWorks, customer base, competing against CAD vendors

More MCAD articles


AMD Graphics Business Units & New Graphics Boards - Ralph Grabowski

Q&A: AMD's Graphics Business Unit and Its New Graphics Boards

Ralph Grabowski, Sep 24, 2012

Allen Bourgoyne of AMD about its history, Heterogeneous System Architecture, effect of cloud, new line of FirePro graphics boards

More CAD hardware articles


Luxion KeyShot Q&A - Ralph Grabowski

Q&A: Luxion KeyShot

Ralph Grabowski, Sep 17, 2012

Windows, Mac support, lighting set up, future plans, features of KeyShot 3.3, KeyShotVR, Luxion Sabertooth technique, future of rendering developing

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Synergis Adept Engineering Document Management System Review - Rande Robinson

Introduction to Synergis Adept Engineering Document Management System, Pt 2

Rande Robinson, Sep 11, 2012

Synergis Adept comes with an easy-to-use client interface, concurrent licensing options, built in file viewer, markup, file versioning option, good documentation, support

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Synergis Adept Engineering Document Management System Review - Rande Robinson

Introduction to Synergis Adept Engineering Document Management System, Pt 1

Rande Robinson, Sep 4, 2012

Quick overview of Synergis Adept, hardware and software requirements, standard price list

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Ideate BIMlink - Ralph Grabowski

Q&A: Ideate BIMlink

Ralph Grabowski, Aug 27, 2012

background, working of BIMLink, deciding about data extraction, competitors, pricing

More AEC articles

GRAITEC Advance's BIM Capabilities for Structural Design - Protim Banerjee

GRAITEC Advance's BIM Capabilities for Structural Design

Protim Banerjee,  Aug 20, 2012

compatibility with Revit Structure 2012, export/import between Revit Structure and Advance Design, sharing models between GRAITEC products

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North American Eagle Using Modified Jet Fighter in Land Speed Record Bid - Rachel Park

North American Eagle Using Modified Jet Fighter in Land Speed Record Bid

Rachel Park,  Aug 13, 2012

Team aims to go faster than 763 MPH; CFD analysis running on Lenovo workstations is critical

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Solid Edge ST4 Review - John Evans

In-Depth Review of Solid Edge ST4, Pt 2

John Evans, July 24, 2012

In-depth review of Solid Edge ST4, discussing for example Explode-Render-Animate (ERA) and drawings environments

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GRAITEC Advance Steel Review - Dimitrios Karamanlidis

Advance Steel Review

Dimitrios Karamanlidis, July 12, 2012

Part of GRAITEC Advance suite, Advance Steel software is easy-to-learn, available for AutoCAD or stand-alone, compatible with Space PilotPro 3D mouse; however, documentation needs improvement

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Solid Edge ST4 Review - John Evans

In-Depth Review of Solid Edge ST4, Pt 1

John Evans, July 20, 2012

In depth review of Solid Edge ST4 covers aspects of synchronous technology, 3D modeling: smart dimensions, PMI, relationships, live rules, face relate, triad tool

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TEDCF Publishing's Training Bundle for Inventor - John Evans

TEDCF Publishing's Training Bundle for Inventor

John Evans, July 16, 2012

Courses' details, criteria, training on advanced topics for US$299.95, highly recommended

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TurboCAD LTE 4 and TurboCAD LTE 4 Pro Review - Emmanuel Garcia

TurboCAD LTE 4 and LTE 4 Pro Review

Emmanuel Garcia, July 6, 2012

Similar to AutoCAD Architecture's AEC smart parametric objects, API platform available for CAD developers, but 64-bit version unavailable, limited adoption of OS GUI features

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Vectorworks 2012 Review - Christopher Fugitt

What I Didn't Know About Vectorworks 2012

Christopher Fugitt, June 28, 2012

Veteran AutoCAD & Civil 3D user explores Vectorworks, finds gems, including impressive callout, site tools, ability to break up objects in drawings to layers, classes

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Synergis Q&A

Synergis Q&A

Ralph Grabowski, June 14, 2012

Scott Lamond, VP of sales and marketing, and Chris Fabri, director of solutions engineering at Synergis Software talk to us about the company, Adept, product and document management, competition and cooperation with CAD companies, more

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GRAITEC Q&A - Ralph Grabowski


Ralph Grabowski, June 22, 2012

Alexandre Tartas, COO of GRAITEC, discusses promoting software for designing concrete, steel structures, market share, strategy to compete in US market

More civil engineering articles

GRAITEC Q&A - Ralph Grabowski

PC or Workstation - What's the Difference?

Ralph Grabowski, June 21, 2012

Detailed look at differentiating areas: CPU/GPU, expansion capabilities, quality

More CAD hardware articles

TurboCAD Pro v19 Review - Ralph Grabowski

Review: TurboCAD Pro 19

Ralph Grabowski, June 15, 2012

Well-known TurboCAD Pro a competent replacement for AutoCAD 2D drafting, integrated architectural modeling

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Vectorworks Q&A - Ralph Grabowski

Vectorworks Q&A

Ralph Grabowski, June 12, 2012

Pioneering cloud for CAD users, interview with Jeremy Powell, Global Director of Product Marketing at Nemetschek Vectorworks

More Vectorworks articles

Siemens Rulestream Engineer-to-Order - Ralph Grabowski

Q&A: Siemens Rulestream Engineer-to-Order

Ralph Grabowski, Apr 27, 2012

Being part of Siemens PLM, pricing cost, reasons to select Rulestream, training required, partly/entirely Web based

More engineering articles

Dell T-Series Workstations - Ralph Grabowski

Dell's New T-series Workstations

Ralph Grabowski, Apr 26, 2012

Have Xeon CPUs, run on 1300W power supply, reliable memory technology, starting price is $2,149

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CAD Geometry Comparison Tools - Matt Lombard

Overview of CAD Geometry Comparison Tools

Matt Lombard, Apr 3, 2012

Kubotek Compare, CapVidia, CCE EnSuite, ITI TranscenData CADIQ, Core Technologie 3D_Evolution, AutoVue, Sescoi WorkNC, TurboCAD Drawing Compare

More KeyCreator reviews, CapVidia reviews, TurboCAD articles, AutoVue reviews



Solid Edge ST4 - Ease-of-Use Review

John Evans, Mar 13, 2012

CAD veteran puts Solid Edge to the test for ease of use, able to make parts, assemblies without help - almost

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The World That Changed the Machine - John Marchant

The World That Changed the Machine

John Marchant, Mar 7, 2012

Solid Edge used in design of Edison2, lightweight car winner of X-Prize

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Kubotek's KeyCreator Compare Review - Matt Lombard

Kubotek's KeyCreator Compare - Review

Article by Matt Lombard, Feb 2, 2012

Finds differences between two sets of geometric data, helps make changes to imported parts with ease. Suitably priced, but some usability issues remain.

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Introduction to Solid Edge & Synchronous Technology - Ralph Grabowski

Introduction to Solid Edge & Synchronous Technology

Article by Ralph Grabowski, Jan 30, 2012

Dan Staples provides an overview of Synchronous Technology and Solid Edge. Interview by Ralph Grabowski.

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Kubotek's KeyCreator Compare Review - John Evans

Kubotek's KeyCreator Compare - Review

Article by John Evans, Jan 31, 2012

Sub-set of KeyCreator, Compare allows you to compare parts or assemblies to find differences that may have developed over time.

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KeyCreator Compare - Ralph Grabowski

KeyCreator Compare - Interview

Article by Ralph Grabowski, Jan 16, 2012

Kubotek comes out with an app that compares one version of geometry with another and highlights changes. Interview by Ralph Grabowski.

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