3D Friday is Back! Come and see us June 14th in Colchester

3D Friday

We’re opening our doors again for another 3D Friday this June in Colchester!

For 3D architectural, urban, interior and product design we’ll be showing SketchUp and Vectorworks. To complement 3D modelling, we’ll also have some renderers including KeyShot and V-Ray. We’ll even have a full Oculus Rift setup with KeyVR for you to try demonstrating how virtual reality can be used for business.

If you’re more of an engineer, we’ll have BobCAD available as well as some exciting new software packages to explore.

Our resident fused filament 3D printer will make a return too so you can see how they work up close.

Whether you’re brand new to CAD, or you’ve been using it for as long as you can remember, this is a chance to get together with other designers and CAD enthusiasts to discuss your models, share tips and tricks or test new software.

 

Everyone is welcome and you can find us at:

Colchester Business Centre
1 George Williams Way
Colchester, CO1 2JS

Friday 14th June  –  1pm – 4pm

 

We recommend you use the public parking nearby – Britannia Way, Colchester CO2 7EF.

Leave the carpark and go left, take a short walk up the hill and you’ll find George Williams Way opposite Aldi. Mention at reception that you are here for CAD Software Direct’s 3D Friday where they will direct you to us. We hope to see you there!

Altair Engineering Webinar: Design for Forming

Altair Design for Forming

Join Altair on Thursday, May 16th at 10:00 am EDT (15:00 BST), for a live webinar to discuss fully automated and highly scalable processes for the simulation of multi-stage stamping – without sacrificing accuracy.

During this session, Altair will introduce a highly automated workflow to setup transfer and progressive die simulation. Then, guest speaker Jay Weiner (Founder of BiggerBoat Solutions), will showcase the accurate process simulation to optimise final part quality.

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Autopath Add New Vehicle Libraries for SUVs and Pickup Trucks

Autopath Vehicles

Autopath, software for swept path analysis, is now expanded with new vehicle libraries of SUVs and Pickup trucks. This latest update will welcome all who design garages, parking areas, access roads and other urban traffic areas.

Users who have a valid maintenance plan for Autopath software can get all the new vehicles and software updates free of charge.

Direct Download Here

Autopath PRO includes many national standard vehicle libraries and utility vehicle types ranging from passenger vehicles, trucks with various trailer types, busses, bin lorries, emergency vehicles, trailers for wind turbine transport, agricultural vehicles, cranes, forklifts and many more, with new vehicles added daily.

Users of Autopath PRO also have the functionality to customise various vehicle parameters and even design own custom vehicles, trailers and loads.

Autopath is available now at CAD Software Direct .com

See How Assystem Deployed Simulation Technology for a Nuclear Flask Design

Altair Nuclear Flask Design

Thomas Goulding, Senior Mechanical Engineer at Assystem will be discussing Thermal and Impact Analysis of a Nuclear Flask Design at the 11th Altair Technology Conference on May 21st.

Thermal and Impact Analysis of a Nuclear Flask Design
By Thomas Goulding, Senior Mechanical Engineer at Assystem

11th Altair Technology Conference
May 21st at the British Motor Museum, Warwickshire, UK

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Thomas will discuss the development of nuclear flasks used to transport waste material on public roads.

The presentation will cover drop impact simulations using RADIOSS, as well as transient thermal / structural assessments of a fully engulfing pool fire. Finally, Thomas will detail the multi-disciplinary optimisation project undertaken on the flask, using the tools within HyperWorks to avoid the need to revisit the CAD model for an efficient process that avoids traditional trial and error.

Come and see this presentation firsthand at the FREE to attend Altair Technology Conference, the UK’s leading digital design event; bringing together the UK design and engineering community to network and share successful and innovative applications of new simulation technologies, taking place on 21st May at the British Motor Museum, Warwickshire, UK.

V-Ray Next has Arrived for Rhino

V-Ray Next for Rhino

V-Ray Next for Rhino is out now.

If you purchased a new V-Ray 3 for Rhino license after December 1st 2018, you are eligible for a free upgrade to this latest version. If you’re eligible, contact us now! The deadline for this free upgrade is April 1st 2019.

Customers with an active monthly or annual subscription of Rhino, including educational versions, will get the latest release for free as part of the subscription.

Please note that with this release, support for V-Ray 1.5 and 2 has ended. Upgrades from V-Ray 2 have also be discontinued.

What’s New?

  • An array of new tools makes it much easier to manage and render your scenes right within Rhino
  • Superior Grasshopper support – Render your parametric designs directly without needing to bake or export.
  • Keep track of everything and streamline your workflow with the new asset management system
  • Simplified render controls mean less time navigating and more time designing.
  • Enhanced lighting workflows including adaptive learning techniques to render perfectly exposed and colour-balanced images.
  • New materials and textures, as well as support for PBR metallic reflections.
  • Performance optimisations and new shaders increasing render speed up to 50%.
  • The new Nvidia AI Denoiser lets you instantly remove noise from each render element.

V-Ray Next for Rhino is available now at CADSoftwareDirect.com

Agisoft PhotoScan is now Metashape

Agisoft Metashape

Metashape by Agisoft, previously known as Photoscan, is for 3D spatial data generation and photogrammetric processing of digital images. Metashape is ideal for use in GIS applications, cultural heritage documentation, and visual effects production as well as for indirect measurements of objects of various scales.

Advanced digital photogrammetry techniques, paired with intuitive computer visualisation results in a smart, automated processing system. On one hand, it can be understood by new-comers in the field of photogrammetry, yet also has a lot to offer to a specialist who can adjust the workflow to numerous specific tasks and different types of data.

What’s New in Agisoft Metashape?

Highly detailed mesh generation based on depth maps.
Improved filtering during dense stereo matching helps to reduce noise on the final surface while preserving thin structures within the scene. The new depth map based mesh generation method works directly with depth map data, which allows reconstruction of exceptionally detailed geometry. GPU acceleration support significantly speeds up the processing, while core implementation greatly reduces memory consumption compared to previous versions.

 

Automatic multi-class dense point cloud classification.
Agisoft Metashape is enriched with machine learning techniques to solve the crucial task of higher level interpretation of the scanned data. The semantic classification feature automatically groups photogrammetric points into Ground, Vegetation, Building, Road, Car and Man-made classes.

 

Cloud processing option.
Metashape is optimised for multi-core CPUs and multi-GPU systems for fast generation of results. Distributed processing on a HPC cluster helps to speed up all the calculations for massive data sets even further.

 

Update from PhotoScan to Metashape today. It’s completely free for existing users.

Update to Metashape

Design the Difference – Altair Event

Altair Brompton Showcase

A Unique Design Showcase from Brompton Bicycle & Altair

FREE TO ATTEND ONE-DAY EVENT

10:00 am – 15:00 pm
4th December 2018

Everyman Cinema
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, UK

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All attendees will receive 3 months use of Altair Inspire for free, along with complimentary instructor led training for you and your design team.

 

The event provides an introduction to Altair Inspire, a powerful simulation suite for Designers. It harnesses the pedigree of Altair’s sister suite, HyperWorks, which for over twenty years has been deployed by the world’s leading OEM’s and Tier 1 suppliers.

Learn how simulation technology can help facilitate companies to ‘Design the Difference’ by accessing optimisation technology utilising’s Altair’s two decades of application knowledge. In addition, how Inspire simulation technology can accurately capture complex mechanical behaviour to verify design and access manufacturability. The technology integrates with existing CAD systems to compliment your workflow.

For the first time, the Altair Inspire software tools can be accessed through Altair’s unique patented licensing system providing unprecedented value to the Design Community.

Who Should Attend?

  • Designers and Design Managers engaged to ‘design the difference’ within their organisation
  • Directors defining company strategy and design toolsets
  • Companies interested in reseller potential of the Altair Inspire Platform

Why You Should Attend

  • Understand how simulation can inject innovation into product design
  • Assess the ease of use of Inspire simulation structural and manufacturing tools
  • Understand the unique licensing system and the value it can deliver

 

Agenda

9:00 AM

Registration & Refreshments

Welcome
Simon Stoneley, Account Manager for Altair

Designing the Difference at Brompton Bicycle
Jonathan Heath, Lead Mechanical Engineer for Brompton Bicycle

Live Demonstrations

Import CAD & Model Setup

  • Structural Optimisation
  • Complex Model Development

Concept & Shape Optimisation, Verification

  • Local Structural – Brackets, Pedal
  • Global Structural – Frame, Dyno

 

12:30 PM

Lunch

Motion

  • Global MBS Load Input
  • Folding & Chain Dynamics

Manufacturing

  • Casting
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Stamping
  • Mold Filling

Altair Inspire Platform Summary
Simon Stoneley, Account Manager for Altair

 

3:30 PM

Close

 

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Free 60-Day Altair SIMSOLID Trial and Webinar

SIMSOLID Altair

Altair has recently announced the acquisition of SIMSOLID, simulation technology for fast, accurate, and robust structural simulation without the need for geometry simplification, cleanup, or meshing. Altair Engineering is a leading provider of enterprise-class engineering software including solidThinking Evolve and many more.

Webinar: Introduction to SIMSOLID

Wednesday November 7, 2018 | 10:00 am EST

SIMSOLID was founded from one simple question: “Why does the geometry used in the Design and Structural Simulation worlds have to be so different?

SIMSOLID is structural analysis software developed specifically for design engineers. It eliminates geometry simplification and meshing, the two most time consuming and expertise extensive tasks done in traditional FEA.

Download FREE 60-Day SIMSOLID Trial

Moreover, SIMSOLID can analyse complex parts and large assemblies not practical with traditional FEA and do it efficiently on a desktop class computer. Both fast and accurate, SIMSOLID controls solution accuracy using a unique multi-pass adaptive analysis.

Cast your Vote for the Construction Computing Awards 2018

The Hammers 2018

The Construction Computing awards (or “The Hammers” as they are affectionately known) are back for 2018!

Once again, the technology, tools and solutions for the effective design, construction, maintenance and modification of commercial buildings, residential and social housing and civil engineering projects of all sizes will be showcased and rewarded. For many, the awards have become a key event for the industry to network, exchange thoughts and ideas, as well as have a little bit of fun too!

Voting Now Open!
Voting Closes: 2nd November
Winners Ceremony: 15th November

Among the nominees across awards including “BIM Product of the Year”, “Architectural Product of the Year”, and “Company of the Year”, you’ll find Vectorworks, Trimble (SketchUp) and many more which are very deserving of your vote.

Vectorworks bring the specific tools you need with Architect, Spotlight and Landmark. Across the board, the software boasts multiple workflow improvements making an already robust, professional level product into something better each year. Always listening closely to their customers, Vectorworks deliver exceptional quality for designers in the architecture, landscape, entertainment and interior design industries.

Trimble have formed an extremely intuitive layout, making SketchUp Pro one of the easiest CAD programs to use. The customisable toolbars and thousands of models in the 3D Warehouse mean that designers of all skill levels will find SketchUp Pro to be one the easiest and fastest CAD software programs for creating and editing 2D and 3D designs.

Project applications will be considered by a panel of judges, the readers of Construction Computing Magazine and the clients of the companies competing for the top honours. Featuring over 20 categories, the Construction Computing Awards allow companies from every sector of the industry to seek recognition for their efforts over the past 12 months.

BobCAD-CAM Releases New Version 31 CAD-CAM Software

BobCAD V31

BobCAD-CAM announces the release of BobCAD-CAM V31.

“We here at BobCAD are super excited to unveil our latest BobCAD-CAM V31 to the public. The most noticeable change will be the brand new user interface which utilises the more modern ribbon bar style found commonly in most of today’s applications. This is such a vast improvement in the user experience over the previous versions for existing customers and new users alike,” says Greg Myers of BobCAD-CAM’s developmental team.

Version 31 contains powerful new features for designing and machining that benefit 2-5 axis job shop manufacturers. Improvements in this version have touched all aspects of the software.

Redesigned User Interface
V31 is all about user experience, reinforced with a modern, intuitively organised ribbon-style interface. Functions are easily discovered and logically grouped with both icon and text labels for buttons, paired with a contextual ribbon that includes every function needed to complete the job.

CAD – New Geometry Creation Workflow
Enhanced CAD functionality allows you to utilise multiple creation methods from a single feature coupled with a selection manager that aids in the design process. Over 20 new CAD features in V31 makes it easy to get more done in less clicks.

CAD – Construction Geometry
Create geometry with greater ease by utilising construction lines that can be toggled on and off. While they are on, the construction lines can assist you with finding horizontal and vertical, tangencies, intersections and more.

CAM – New Patterns for Advanced Pocket & Advanced Rough
V31 is loaded with more options that reduce cycle times and deliver better finishes. Choose from 5 dynamic cut patterns, including Morph Spiral which can reduce or eliminate direct link moves. Users can also utilise Offset-in, delivering an initial pass away from the finished wall.

CAD-CAM toolpath on supercharger

CAM – Advanced Z Level Finish Linking Position Control
V31 enhancements to CAM operations allow you to control your tool’s starting location for complete control and precision. Additionally, take full control of your CAM with user-defined values or pick from the graphics area. Control tool witness marks and their locations with ease.

New to BoBCAD? Start now with your FREE BobCAD Trial!