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Content posted in July 2011
Design Tool Sector Soars
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7/27/2011  6 comments
The product lifecycle management (PLM) and design tool sector has returned to peak growth levels, according to a new CIMdata report.
Design Apps Hit the iPad
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7/25/2011  10 comments
While we're starting to see a steady stream of design-oriented apps for the iPad and other mobile devices, the majority remain focused on simple viewing and collaboration functions.
3D Systems Acquires Alibre
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7/22/2011  6 comments
Alibre and 3D Systems believe the combination of CAD and 3D printer technology will democratize 3D printing and bring affordable solutions to students, engineering hobbyists, and the growing maker community.
Local Motors Shifts Crowd-Sourcing Into High Gear
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7/21/2011  11 comments
Billing itself as an open-source car company, Local Motors is challenging the traditional automotive design paradigm with a new model that leverages the collective design power of a community to "co-create" limited-run vehicles.
Terrafugia Transition Inches Closer to Flight
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7/18/2011  17 comments
The so-called flying car reached another milestone, having been granted key exemptions by government safety agencies that were critical due to the engineering challenges around a dual-purpose design.
ANSYS Acquires Apache Design Solutions
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7/14/2011  2 comments
With its $310 million acquisition of Apache Design Solutions, ANSYS is poised to deliver more of a systems-level approach to integrated circuit design, delivering simulation capabilities from initial IC prototyping to system signoff and design.
CATIA Revision Supports Functional Mockups
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7/12/2011  2 comments
New systems engineering functions in CATIA V6R2012, along with a partnership with aerospace giants EADS and Astrium, are propelling Dassault Systèmes's emerging vision of a Functional Digital Mock-Up (FDMU).
Pushing the Limits of 3D Printing Technology
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7/11/2011  3 comments
Researchers are experimenting with novel ideas -- using chocolate, sun, and sand to push 3D printing technology even further, broadening its appeal to mainstream consumers.
Altair Heads to the Cloud With HPC & CAE Capabilities
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7/7/2011  6 comments
Leveraging its patented flexible licensing technology, Altair launches HyperWorks On Demand, an HPC and CAE simulation suite.
Dassault Pushes 3D Printing for the Masses
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7/6/2011  14 comments
Amidst a flurry of activity on the 3D printing front, Dassault Systèmes partners with the Sculpteo 3D printing service to give 3DVIA users a way to easily produce 3D physical models of their 3D digital creations.
Autodesk Expands Eco Materials Adviser
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7/6/2011  2 comments
With sustainable design becoming a more important requirement for engineers, Autodesk is making the full version of Granta's Eco Materials Adviser available to help achieve a more well rounded sustainability profile.
From Photo to 3D Model With Autodesk Photofly
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7/1/2011  10 comments
Autodesk Labs' Photofly project converts a series of regular digital photographs into a 3D model, a capability that has applicability on the consumer front and in engineering.




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