MCAD Tech News (#328)

30 May, 2012 By: Cadalyst Staff

Start-Up Sunglass Sets Out to ‘Disrupt the CAD Industry’

One of six finalists in the TechCrunch DISRUPT event, the company is launching what it calls the first cloud-based, interactive 3D CAD file viewer.

By Nancy Spurling Johnson

New company launches to disrupt the $10B CAD industry. That was the subject line of the message that arrived in my inbox this week. Next, I noticed the headline on the included press release: Sunglass officially launches to democratize design by turning ideas into products through first-of-its-kind collaborative environment for sharing and creating 3D files across any format.

We've seen these bold promises from software developers before. Game-changing technology, democratized design, collaboration across any file format. Still, this wasn't something I could ignore, so I had a chat with Sunglass founders Nitin Rao and Kaustuv DeBiswas. They explained the Sunglass technology — and the strategy behind it — that they hope will change the way we do CAD.

Democratizing Design

Sunglass aims to break down traditional barriers common to CAD workflows, "to democratize access to design," Rao said. "Converting file formats, working through FTP servers ... not communicating in real time — these things are not design. They are barriers to design." CAD is such an essential tool to the productivity of mankind, he continued, not just for traditional applications but also for pursuits such as sustainable design. "We wanted to make that happen by making design tools more accessible. How could we make 3D tools fast and easy?" Sunglass was the answer. Read more »

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Nancy Spurling Johnson is editor-in-chief of Cadalyst.


Mark Your Calendar: MCAD Events


NAFEMS UK Conference
May 30–31, 2012
Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
This conference from NAFEMS — an independent association for the engineering analysis community — will focus on existing best practices as well as FEA (finite-element analysis), CFD (computational fluid dynamics), and associated technologies. Read more »

PlanetPTC Live Orlando 2012
June 3–6, 2012
Orlando, Florida
PlanetPTC Live is for professionals who are involved in design, manufacturing, compliance, quality, embedded software, service information, and product lifecycle management (PLM), as well as business leaders interested in improving and implementing business process initiatives. Read more »

Hexagon 2012 International Conference
June 4–7, 2012
Las Vegas, Nevada
Hexagon's second annual international conference will bring together users from Hexagon Metrology, Intergraph, ERDAS, Leica Geosystems, and NovAtel for hands-on training courses, interactive technology demonstrations and exhibits, and networking opportunities. Read more »

Moldex3D Advanced Molding Technology Seminar
June 7–8, 2012
Lowell, Massachusetts
This Moldex3D seminar will cover the latest injection molding technologies and trends, including advances in hot runner, MuCell, and Conformal Cooling, as well as the use of CAE for integrating design/process, diagnosing potential problems, and optimization. Read more »

International Conference on Additive Manufacturing
July 10–11, 2012
Nottingham, England
The 7th International Conference on Additive Manufacturing will focus on the research and application of additive manufacturing for the production of end-use components, including process, materials, design, and software development together with supply chain and management issues. Read more »

For a complete list of CAD meetings, conferences, training sessions, and more, check out our calendar of events on Are you hosting an event that you would like to include in our calendar? Submit details at least two weeks in advance to


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