has published a position paper casting doubt on the reliability of a new .dwg
editor capability in the recently released SolidWorks 2005 software. The SolidWorks
feature would enable AutoCAD users to maintain 2D legacy files while working
in 3D, including working in SolidWorks.
All of this aims to try
and fool AutoCAD users into thinking that this feature is a replacement for
AutoCAD, the Autodesk paper says. Parries SoilidWorks Product Manager Robert
McDonald: We had a lot of Autocad users test the .dwg editor and didn’t
get any reports of any significant problems.
Autodesk says the SolidWorks
.dwg editor is a reverse-engineered technology developed through the Open Design
Alliance consortium, and does not use any original Autodesk tools of software
to correctly read or write .dwg files. There can be a time lag of as much as
six months between the time when Autodesk customers can effectively collaborate
with the latest version of .dwg and when users of other .dwg-based products
can. Plus, the company says, there is a potential problem of fidelity of data
that could lead to mistakes.
SolidWorks agrees on the
time-lag issue, but says customers don’t update regularly anyway. It
also says the fidelity of data will be up to par.
Autodesk says SolidWorks' .dwg editor doesn't work well. SolidWorks
says it does.
HP revealed more of its 3D printing plans in a recent webinar. Senior vice president of inkjet and graphics solution business Stephen Nigro spoke about how the technology works and expanded on HP's vision of open collaboration to commercialize its Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology for end-production, and open collaboration on new materials. He also said HP will create software to help users decide when to use Multi Jet Fusion versus conventional subtractive manufacturing.
The Dutch are known for their love of bicycling, and they’ve also long been early adopters of green-energy and smart-city technologies. So it seems fitting that a town in which painter Vincent van Gogh once lived has given him a very Dutch-like tribute -- a bike path lit by a special smart paint in the style of the artist's “Starry Night” painting.
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