Designed with the technical illustrator in mind, PTC's Arbortext IsoDraw 7.0 version bundles a wide range of 2D and 3D capabilities (2D illustrations, 3D illustrations, 2D animation, 3D animation and a mix of 2D and 3D illustrations and animations) in a single tool. This way companies can create both 2D and 3D technical illustrations and animations from scratch — instead of having to redraw graphics, which most options require — while also letting them more easily create context by reusing 3D CAD data. The software is integrated with PTC's Pro/ENGINEER 3D CAD package, which means CAD data associated with that software can be directly embedded in technical documents, leading to higher-quality and lower cost publications. Moreover, the ability to embed 3D animations in publications helps people visually interact with and view objects from multiple perspectives, which in turn can improve computer-based training, assembly instructions and online maintenance manuals.
Sciaky, provider of electron-beam additive manufacturing (EBAM) services, will start selling these machines commercially in September. The company has used its EBAM 3D printing technology for making very large, high-value, metal prototypes and production parts for aerospace and defense OEMs.
At this year’s Google I/O, the spotlight was pointed on gender inequality in the high-tech industry. Google has established a new initiative that it hopes will even out the playing field, Made w/Code. Part of this initiative will fund free online courses in basic coding.
The fun factor continues to draw developers to Linux. This open-source system continues to succeed in the market and in the hearts and minds of developers. Design News will delve into this territory with next week's Continuing Education Class titled, “Introduction to Linux Device Drivers.”
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