MCAD Tech News (#224)

17 Oct, 2007 By: Jeffrey Rowe

Checking in on SpaceClaim

The young software company is making its own way in the MCAD market.

About seven months ago I learned about a new MCAD company, called SpaceClaim, which had a new approach to the market. Founded in 2005, the business launched at a time when few others (read none) dared to enter the MCAD market fray. Last March the company announced the launch of its flagship product, SpaceClaim Professional 2007.

A few months into its formal public existence, I felt it was time for an update on where SpaceClaim has come, how it is faring, and where it is heading. I got together on a conference call with Mike Payne, SpaceClaim’s CEO, and Mike McGuinness, its COO, to discuss these issues as well as get a very brief preview of the company’s upgraded product, SpaceClaim Professional 2007+.

From our conversation it's obvious that the folks at SpaceClaim have been busy, and the company is gathering some momentum in the marketplace. This time around, the company seems to have a better grasp of what it is, where it’s going, and how it fits into the MCAD puzzle. Read more>>

TurboCAD Pro 14 (Cadalyst Labs Review)

By Mike Hudspeth, IDSA

I realize I'm going to date myself here, but I remember watching the original Battlestar Galactica when it was on. When they launched those cool Colonial Viper fighters, they'd grab the joystick and hit their turbo buttons. All kinds of fast-paced adventures ensued.

Now, some may argue that 3D modeling isn't quite as much fun as zipping around the galaxy in a hopped-up space fighter, but I like it. I'm always on the lookout for tools that will soup up my 3D modeling adventure. If that's you, too, then you might want to look at TurboCAD Pro 14 from IMSI (formerly International Microcomputer Software, Inc. The company name is IMSI/Design now, so the IMSI doesn't really stand for anything, according to Bob Mayer, chief operating officer). Read more>>

Mark Your Calendar: MCAD Events

November 1, 2007
Portland, Oregon
This Autodesk User Group International (AUGI) regional learning and networking event will be packed with interesting courses and opportunities to network with fellow “campers” and browse the exhibit area. The foremost goal of AUGI CAD Camp is to enlighten and inform through educational sessions, which serve to broaden users' experience with the Autodesk products they use every day. Read more

EuroMold 2007 Conference
December 5-8, 2007
Frankfurt, Germany
EuroMold, the World Fair for Moldmaking and Tooling, Design and Application Development, merges all important industrial sectors. The basis of this unique fair concept "From Design to Prototyping to Series Production" bridges the gap between industrial designers, suppliers, and users. Read more

International Wohlers Conference
December 7, 2007
Frankfurt, Germany
This special international conference, presented in English, will investigate the growing number of opportunities in custom and short-run production and the role of China, Europe, the United States, and other parts of the world. The conference will clarify why custom manufacturing is becoming increasingly important, especially in the West. Read more

For Cadalyst's full calendar of events, click here.