IronCAD Design Collaboration Suite 2015 Released

Today IronCAD released the 2015 version of its Design Collaboration Suite (DCS). According to the press release, customers will benefit from “an improved user experience, enhanced design capabilities and new collaboration tools”. The IronCAD suite of MCAD products are known for their unique feature catalogs, which are basically features (holes, ribs, slots, etc.) that can [...]

Delcam Enhances Vortex in PowerMILL 2015

Delcam has released the 2015 version of PowerMILL, their flagship CAM system. Major enhancements include a couple of improvements to their Vortex high-efficiency area clearance strategy apart from the improved collision checking to also cover near misses and more efficient raster finishing. According to the press release, The Vortex area-clearance strategy produces safe toolpaths with [...]

ASCON Releases $95 KOMPAS-3D For Home Use

Russian CAD software vendor ASCON has announced the release of a “home” version of their flagship MCAD system KOMPAS-3D attractively priced at $95. The trimmed down version is called KOMPAS-3D V15 Home is according to the company it is targeted towards “non-commercial and home use by amateur designers, hobby engineers and full-time students”. Among other [...]

SpaceClaim Announces Connect

SpaceClaim today announced its entry into the cloud-based collaboration space with a live 3D-collaboration product codenamed “Connect” which is till in beta. Here is a video explaining Connect. The way it works, the host runs SpaceClaim on his desktop and invites other participants to a modeling session. The host holds the sole instance of the [...]

CEO On A Ride – Part 2

I have been following Datakit CEO Fancis Cadin’s round the world ride on his motorcycle. Francis’ first stop was at Marrakesh in Morroco where he met a subsidiary of Audros Technology (see “CEO On A Ride – Part 1“). Francis is now in Dakar, Senegal where is meeting a company called LMBA. According to this [...]

Graebert Releases ARES Commander Edition 2014

Today Graebert released ARES Commander Edition 2014. For those of you who aren’t aware, ARES is the cross platform CAD engine over which DraftSight is built and distributed by SolidWorks. Graebert is a German CAD software vendor and most of its business comes through OEM deals with companies like SolidWorks, Corel, etc. The company has [...]

CEO On A Ride – Part 1

I first met Francis Cadin, CEO of French company Datakit, at COFES 2009 (see “The Magic Of COFES“). Like me, Francis likes riding motorcycles. And like me, he likes to go for long rides. My rides usually last 12 to 15 hours during which I cover anywhere between 400 to 600 kms. However for Francis [...]

SpaceClaim Announces Cloud Enabled 3D Model Collaboration

Today SpaceClaim shared the plans of their cloud enabled 3D model collaboration solution. Here is a video that should give you an idea of what their solution looks like. SpaceClaim tells me that they have been working with a few key customers for months on this. They intend to release a beta in a few [...]

BricsCAD For Mac

Today at the Bricsys International Conference 2013, Bricsys showed a very early version of BricsCAD for the Mac that’s under development. Click to enlarge This will completes the triad – Windows, Mac and Linux. Now I’m waiting to see when Bricsys will go mobile and build something for iOS and Android.

Delcam Adds The Vortex Roughing Strategy To FeatureCAM 2014

Vortex is Delcam’s patent pending roughing strategy designed for optimal use of solid carbide tooling. The strategy includes performing deeper cuts using the full flute length as the cutting surface. Delcam claims that this strategy results in a time saving of around 60%, which is pretty decent. Voxtex was implemented in PowerMILL 2014, Delcam’s flagship [...]


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