These days, every penny counts, especially when you’re looking for design tools that can help with projects that are outside of your professional engineering role or are perhaps part of a startup endeavor where budgets are extremely tight. CAD Schroer Group, a global engineering solutions provider, just added a new service to accompany its free personal 2D/3D CAD software that gets around restrictions that had previously prevented commercial use.
The new eSERVICES platform for MEDUSA4 Personal 2D/3D CAD software is a new online service which automatically converts drawings into PDF or DXF files, removing restrictive watermarks and granting license for commercial use. The service was put together at the request of users, company officials said, who were looking for a reasonably-priced way to leverage the free tool for moderate commercial use. Users can pay a small fee each time they want to use a drawing for commercial use, which still keeps the software priced in reach of users like students or engineering startups. Officials say they’re planning other services that will address this emerging need amongst the community of MEDUSA4 Personal users.
Last year at Hannover Fair, lots of people were talking about Industry 4.0. This is a concept that seems to have a different name in every region. I’ve been referring to it as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), not to be confused with the plain old Internet of Things (IoT). Others refer to it as the Connected Industry, the smart factory concept, M2M, data extraction, and so on.
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