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MCAD Tech News (#340)

14 Mar, 2013 By: Cadalyst Staff


The Alpha of Beta Testers

Masanobu Higashino devotes his free time to hunting down bugs and honing his SolidWorks expertise.

By Cyrena Respini-Irwin

Higashino celebrates his win at SolidWorks World 2013. Image courtesy of Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks.
Higashino celebrates his win at SolidWorks World 2013. Image courtesy of Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks.

At SolidWorks World 2013, held January 20–23 in Orlando, Florida, Dassault Systèmes honored the users, partners, and resellers who participate in the annual SolidWorks beta-testing program. "[They are] a special group inside of our user community," said Fielder Hiss, SolidWorks vice-president of product marketing and product management. These volunteers put each release of the software through its paces before it is released to the public, identifying bugs and ultimately enabling a more stable final version. They can also participate in contests, attempting to earn the most "beta points" by reporting problems. SolidWorks awards these points based upon the severity of the issue discovered and the troubleshooting content that each problem report contains.

In the SolidWorks 2013 contest, one user's contribution to the testing effort really stood out. "I'm excited to say we have our first SolidWorks 'Triple Crown' winner," Hiss told conference attendees. Masanobu Higashino won all three Beta Awards on the user side, sweeping the SolidWorks Overall, Simulation Overall, and Enterprise PDM Overall categories. Higashino earned the most beta points in each category.

During the conference, I had the opportunity to meet with Higashino, deputy manager of the System Section at NOK Corporation in Japan, and learn his thoughts about the importance of beta testing. The interview was conducted with the assistance of an interpreter. Read more »

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Cyrena Respini-Irwin is Cadalyst's senior editor.

G2 Crowd Puts CAD Software Reviews in Hands of Users

Comparing itself to Yelp, the new site aims to become the go-to resource for companies evaluating new products.

By Nancy Spurling Johnson

"We want to become your trusted site for real user reviews — the Yelp for CAD software," said Matt Gorniak, cofounder of Chicago-based G2 Crowd, which has been live in beta mode for two weeks.

G2 Crowd takes the concept of Yelp — the popular site for consumer reviews of restaurants, services, hotels, and much more — to a professional level, in several ways. First off, the site focuses strictly on professional products, namely all major business applications as well as CAD and product lifecycle management (PLM) software. More significantly, G2 Crowd goes the extra mile to authenticate user reviews by linking each reviewer to his or her LinkedIn account, providing visibility into the reviewer's real name and professional background.

Since its launch, G2 Crowd has attracted more than 2,000 registered users who have contributed more than 10,000 ratings and reviews of 1,500 products and services. Read more »

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Nancy Johnson is editor-in-chief of Cadalyst.

       

CadFaster Launches MyCadbox for Fast, Cloud-Based 3D Model Sharing

Now available as a public beta test in PC and iPad versions, the tool supports viewing, coviewing, and markup of STEP files.

By Nancy Spurling Johnson

CadFaster this week announced public beta availability of MyCadbox, described as "Dropbox for CAD files" for users in the manufacturing field. The cloud-based collaboration tool is designed to simplify sharing, viewing and coviewing, markup, and tracking of 3D models on mobile devices and desktops. Read more »

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Nancy Johnson is editor-in-chief of Cadalyst.

       

NVIDIA Packs Yet More Muscle into Latest Quadro Cards

Starting at $199, new Kepler-based GPUs offer best-yet graphics- and compute-processing power for professional CAD applications.

By Nancy Spurling Johnson

NVIDIA this week launched a range of low- to high-end NVIDIA Quadro professional graphics products that it describes as offering unprecedented workstation performance and capabilities for users of CAD and other professional, graphics- and compute-intensive applications. Read more »

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Nancy Johnson is editor-in-chief of Cadalyst.

       

SPECapc Releases Benchmark for Systems Running SolidWorks 2013

All-new tool puts 10 models through 12 tests to gauge hardware performance.

By Cadalyst Staff

Devoted as we are to hardware testing, we here at Cadalyst are always thrilled to hear news of new and updated benchmark tests. Today, SPECapc announced a brand-new tool for gauging the performance of PCs and professional workstations (Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit) running SolidWorks 2013. Read more »

       

Mark Your Calendar: MCAD Events

 

Introduction to ScanStudio HD for New Users
March 26, 2013
11 a.m. PT
Viewers of this NextEngine webinar will learn how to measure physical objects using NextEngine scanning technology for creating 3D mesh models. Read more »

SolidWorks Plastics and Sustainability
March 27, 2013
2 p.m. ET
This Fisher/Unitech webinar will address common concerns encountered by designers of plastic components. Read more »

EASTEC
May 14–16, 2013
West Springfield, Massachusetts
New features at this year's manufacturing exposition and conference will include a panel discussion about workforce development, a competitive manufacturing event for regional high school students, and area plant tours. Read more »

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

       

What’s New at Cadalyst.com

 

Cyon Research Wants to Know About Your CAD Use
Cyon Research, organizer of the Congress on the Future of Engineering Software (COFES), has launched its 2013 Survey of Users of Engineering Software. The 40-minute survey aims to gauge your current use of and criteria for CAD and other engineering software. Read more »

Turn Your AutoCAD Objects Invisible
For years, we've used layers to control the visibility of objects in AutoCAD — but that approach can be very tedious. Why not use object isolation to simply select those objects you wish to make invisible? Watch the video »

Free CAD Workstation Resource Guide Available for Download
Searching for information about the technology behind professional workstations for CAD and how to configure a model to best meet your needs? Download the free CAD Workstation Resource Guide! »


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