Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 19, No. 30)18 Aug, 2014 By: Cadalyst Staff
Global Market Report Forecasts 7.84% Growth in AEC
Online market research store Research and Markets has published the results of an AEC market analysis of the Americas and the EMEA and APAC regions. "Global Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) Market 2014–2018" ($2,000, electronic PDF, single user) estimates the global AEC market will grow at a CAGR of 7.84% during that period. The report also discusses major AEC design software vendors, including Autodesk, Bentley Systems, and Nemetschek.
Consilia Vektor Publishes CAMScore Report for GrabCAD Workbench
Design technology research and consulting service Consilia Vektor has released the results of its analysis that quantifies next-generation qualities of software. "The CAMScore Report: GrabCAD Workbench" ($19.95) evaluates the collaborative product data management (CPDM) software product to see how well it uses the four CAMS technologies: cloud, analytics, mobile, and social.
CNC Software Launches New Mastercam Web Site
CNC Software has rebuilt its Mastercam web site to improve ease of use and provide more features. Enhancements include a more streamlined layout, a new search function, a CNC software user forum, video tutorials, and a knowledge base that focuses on common problems and solutions and includes a self-help center.
Deals & Freebies
SolidThinking Inspire 2014 Available for Free Trial
SolidThinking Inspire works with CAD tools in the design of structural parts by generating new material layouts within a package space. Users can download a free trial of SolidThinking Inspire 2014. Inspire 2014 includes geometry simplification, concentrated mass parts, linear static and normal modes analysis, and more.
CAD Garage Now Offering Limited-Time Discounts on MODO
As part of its Foundry Fest Summer Promo, the CAD Garage is offering discounts on the company's MODO 3D modeling, animation, and rendering software. Until August 27, 2014, users can save 40% on new MODO 801 licenses and 25% off all plugins, kits, and training for MODO. Until September 19, 2014, purchasers can save 25% on upgrades to MODO 801 from any version.
LightWave, OTOY Bundle 3D Modeling and Animation Software
The LightWave 3D Group and OTOY are pairing a new license of LightWave v11.6 with OTOY's OctaneRender v2 software for $1,595, a combined savings of as much as $500. Registered users of LightWave v10 or earlier can save as much as $300 when upgrading to the bundle for $995. The bundle price is effective until September 30, 2014.
Books & Training
Bentley Publishes Second Book about STAAD.Pro Software
Bentley Institute Press has published Principles of Structural Analysis — Static and Dynamic Loads ($145), the second book in a three-part series. The compendium of information about Bentley's STAAD.Pro 3D engineering software draws on the knowledge of structural experts and software technicians to explain the program. It also reviews common modeling errors and methods for avoiding them.
CAE: Autodesk Nastran FEA and Nastran In-CAD
Autodesk Nastran FEA (finite element analysis) solver software analyzes linear and nonlinear stress, dynamics, and heat transfer characteristics of structures and mechanical components. Autodesk Nastran In-CAD software, a CAD-embedded, general purpose FEA tool powered by the Autodesk Nastran solver, provides simulation for multiple analysis types.
AEC: BIMx Docs for ArchiCAD, Android Version
GRAPHISOFT has released its building information modeling (BIM) presentation app, BIMx Docs, for Android phones and tablets. The professional BIM project viewer is available free for download at Google Play. The free app opens Hyper-models in demo mode (3D only). The full BIMx Docs functionality, for an unlimited number of models, can be purchased from inside the app for $50.
Service: X.IO App Streaming
Cloud graphics provider OTOY has released X.IO App Streaming, a service that streams Windows desktop applications to the cloud without the necessity of modifying any code, enabling users to access them on any Internet-connected device regardless of form factor or platform. X.IO also supports printing and peripherals with out-of-the-box support for mobile, native desktop, and web access.
Mark Your Calendar
3D Scanning for CAD
August 21, 2014
11 a.m. PT
This NextEngine webinar will show how to create usable models for CAD programs such as SolidWorks, Creo, and Inventor. Read more
Avoid PCB and Enclosure Collisions with 3D Product Visualization
September 17, 2014
11 a.m. PT
Zuken will present this webinar with an approach to make ECAD/MCAD collaboration part of a standard design process. Read more
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