MCAD Tech News (#276)

10 Feb, 2010 By: Cadalyst Staff

SolidWorks World 2010: Clouds, Macs, Movie Making, and More

Event report: The annual user conference drew 5,000 to see and hear what's happening and what's ahead for the 3D mechanical CAD platform.

By Nancy Spurling Johnson

It seemed everywhere you turned an ear at SolidWorks World 2010 in Anaheim, California, early this month, you heard some buzz around cloud-based or Mac-based computing. Roopinder Tara, the much-respected publisher of Tenlinks, is still trying to live down his comment, "Take a shot every time 'cloud' is mentioned," which gained instant fame when SolidWorks CEO Jeff Ray repeated it later in a press conference.

On a more serious note, Ray opened his company's annual user conference by thanking the 5,000 attendees who had registered by the morning of Day 1. At a time when many CAD user events are seeing significant drops in attendance or are being migrated to online-only formats, SolidWorks World attendance was up from 4,300 last year.

After welcoming the group to the Anaheim Convention Center near Disneyland, Ray introduced Bernard Charles, president and CEO of SolidWorks' parent company, Dassault Systemes. Charles's appearance at SolidWorks World was a first. Ray emphasized several times over the course of the week that he invited Charles to the event — perhaps an effort to assuage the concerns of some users that the parent company could undesirably influence or hinder the development of this valued CAD solution?

For his part, Charles said, "We are investing in SolidWorks for the long term," including research and development of the technology. "We will continue to expand the scope of the technology to further serve the 3D professional," he added.

ENOVIA, the Dassault Systemes product lifecycle management (PLM) platform, will be on the cloud, and users will share data "just like people today share photos with family and friends." Ray stated in a press conference later that SolidWorks will talk to ENOVIA V6 online beginning later this year. Read more »

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Nancy Spurling Johnson is Cadalyst's editor in chief.


Graebert Launches First Native CAD Solution for Windows, Mac, and Linux

ARES offers AutoCAD compatibility, familiar UI, full customization, and 3D support for $495 to $995 on three native desktop platforms, with mobile versions to come.

By Nancy Spurling Johnson

At Macworld on February 9, CAD solutions provider Graebert announced ARES, said to be the first CAD solution to run natively across Microsoft Windows, Apple Macintosh OS X, and Linux operating systems. Selling for $495 to $995, the solution offers DWG as its native file format, an AutoCAD-compatible command line and scripts, and more than 400 commands.

ARES also includes features such as built-in VoiceNotes — which embeds and saves voice data in drawing files that other users can hear when accessing files — and 3D modeling support via the latest ACIS libraries. The Windows-based version is available immediately, and Mac and Linux versions will be available in Q2 this year. Other upcoming versions will be available for Microsoft Windows Mobile devices. ARES for Apple iPad and the Google Android operating system are under active evaluation for porting as well, the company reports. At Macworld, said CTO Robert Graebert, "we will gauge interest in providing ARES on the iPhone and other Mac-based mobile platforms." Read more »


Mark Your Calendar: MCAD Events


CIMdata PLM Certificate Program
March 8–12, 2010
This assessment-based certificate program includes an intimate classroom experience, individual and team-based exercises, and individual evaluations of achievement. Read more »

Rapidform Success Conference 2010
April 20–23, 2010
San Francisco, California
This customer and partner training event provides insights on how to apply the latest 3D scanning, reverse engineering, and quality inspection processes to research, development, manufacturing, and quality-control processes. Read more »

May 18–20, 2010
Anaheim, California
Attendees at the RAPID/3D IMAGING conference, a Society of Manufacturing Engineers event, will be able to evaluate the materials and machinery, compare processes, and talk to industry experts. Read more »

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