MCAD Tech News (#355)

12 Dec, 2013 By: Cadalyst Staff

Autodesk University 2013, Part 1: Autodesk Brings CAM to the Cloud

CAM 360 said to be industry's first cloud-based solution for computer-aided manufacturing.

By Nancy Spurling Johnson

You've probably heard that saying, "Lead, follow, or get out of the way." Autodesk has decidedly taken the lead with CAM 360, which it describes as the industry's first cloud-based solution for computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), also known as subtractive manufacturing. Scheduled for release as a technology preview (beta version) on December 16, 2013, CAM 360 is expected to be generally available next year in select markets.

Buzz Kross, Autodesk senior vice-president, introduced CAM 360 at a press conference at Autodesk University 2013 in Las Vegas last week. Sometimes the company develops tools that are followers but better versions of the original, he said, and other times the company innovates and develops first-ever products. "This announcement is in the 'first-ever' category," he stated. It is also a major step in a much larger CAM strategy, underlined by the company's announcement last month that it will acquire U.K.–based Delcam, one of the world's leading developers of CAD/CAM and industrial-measurement software.

CAM 360 allows users to create machining tool paths, then simulate to see if the tool paths produce the desired results. It is the latest addition to the Autodesk 360 platform of cloud-based computing solutions, which currently comprises 26 million user accounts, according to the company, and includes PLM 360 for product lifecycle management, Sim 360 for design simulation, and Fusion 360 for 3D direct modeling. CAM 360 has the same look and feel as other Autodesk 360 tools, which integrate to support a single design workflow, and allows designers "to go from model to creating tool paths in 30 seconds," according to the company. "This experience ... makes us unique in the market," said Brenda Discher, vice-president of strategy and marketing. Read more »

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

Autodesk University 2013, Part 2:
Vendors Display Minor Updates, Workflow-Altering Solutions at AU

The exhibit hall showcases technologies for CAD users that range from the familiar to the disruptive.

By Nancy Spurling Johnson and Cyrena Respini-Irwin

At the annual Autodesk University conference, users of AutoCAD and other Autodesk software products gather to take part in keynotes and forums, classes and certification exams, and diverse networking opportunities. But there's another major draw as well — one that features not Autodesk itself, but a host of partners, resellers, and third-party developers: the AU Exhibit Hall. This year, close to 200 exhibitors showcased their hardware and software solutions, services, and training materials; here's a sampling of the new and noteworthy offerings.

Hardware: Workstations

BOXX Technologies debuted its GoBOXX 1920 mobile workstation, which features a fourth-generation (Haswell) Intel Core i7 mobile processor (running at up to 3.9 GHz in Turbo mode) as well as NVIDIA Quadro K2100M workstation graphics and up to 32 GB of 1600-MHz memory for 64-bit applications. The GoBOXX 1920 is designed for professional applications including CAD, animation, video editing, and light rendering. The workstation starts at $2,544 for the recommended base configuration. Read more »

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Nancy Spurling Johnson is editor-in-chief of Cadalyst; Cyrena Respini-Irwin the senior editor.


Dassault Systèmes to Acquire 3D Visualization Powerhouse RTT

Realtime Technology (RTT) will bring DeltaGen, Bunkspeed, and other software solutions into the Dassault Systèmes fold.

By Cadalyst Staff

Dassault Systèmes, a developer of 3D design and product lifecycle management (PLM) software, recently announced the signing of an acquisition agreement for an 84% controlling interest in Realtime Technology (RTT), a provider of 3D visualization software, marketing solutions, and computer-generated imagery services. This acquisition of Munich-based RTT will include its software division, known for its DeltaGen, PictureBook, POS Configurator, and other solutions, as well as its marketing consulting services.

The acquisition will also include RTT subsidiary Bunkspeed, known for its line of visualization software products including Shot, Pro, and Drive. It's been less than two months since RTT announced its acquisition of Los Angeles–based Bunkspeed. Read more »


Mark Your Calendar: MCAD Events

ExactFlat: Faster and Simpler Product Development
December 17, 2013
11:30 a.m. ET
This ExactFlat webinar will demonstrate how the company's software is used with Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks for flattening, patterning, and nesting in real time. Read more »

Luxology MODO for Design Exploration
December 18, 2013
11 a.m. PT
This free, one-hour webinar will show how MODO 701 can enable more exploration of design ideas and help the user make design decisions quickly. Presenter Greg Brown is a Modo creative specialist at the Foundry. Read more »

SolidWorks World 2014
January 26–29, 2014
San Diego, California
This user event will feature presentations from customers who have been using the new SolidWorks Mechanical Conceptual in production environments since June 2013. 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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