By Beth Stackpole – In the 2000s, CAD was in a rut. Sure, there were regular updates with lots of new power features, but the advances did little to attract or inspire new users beyond the traditional base of CAD jockeys. Other emerging design platforms like Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and new Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) tools grabbed the spotlight.
Lately, CAD has made a resurgence. Thanks to an array of new 3D modeling advances and, in some cases, a complete rethinking of how CAD functionality is delivered, we’re starting to see an exciting generation of new platforms. more> http://tinyurl.com/899fz7z
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By Beth Stackpole – We’re not talking about mainstream electronics fare like 3D TVs or robotics devices that make all of the mainstream gadget gift-giving guides. Rather, we’re talking serious, bread-and-butter hardware and software that can help these guys get their work done more efficiently and more effectively, yet, at the same time, spark some fun. more> http://is.gd/DazwSU
By Beth Stackpole – Donn McKinney has been obsessed with large battleships for more than 30 years. Now, thanks to his diligence and dexterity with 3D CAD software, he’s close to producing an operational replica of the USS Missouri.
The full-scale CAD model is then being used to produce a 1/32nd scale physical replica, which translates into a 28-foot-long steel ship that will feature the ship’s complete functionality, including radar and fully operational scaled weapons. McKinney is also working with partners who are providing stereolithography services to create realistic 3D fittings based on the SolidWorks model, as well as to add a voice command telemetry (VCT) system that will allow presenters to give full military orders to the vessel and receive an immediate response. more> http://is.gd/wGM41d
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