Altair Accelerates Engineering Simulations with NVIDIA GPUs

Nvidia GPUs with Altair

Whether analysing fluid dynamics or performance, engineers need to create high-quality simulations long before a physical prototype takes shape.

To help engineers gain deeper insights into their designs, Altair AcuSolve and Thea Render — now offer enhanced support for NVIDIA GPUs, which produce incredible performance and speedups.

AcuSolve Enhances CAE Workflows

AcuSolve is a general-purpose CFD software that helps engineers simulate the fluid flow with turbulence and heat transfer of a design. With NVIDIA GPUs, AcuSolve users can perform simulations up to 4x faster than on CPU only configuration.

With RTX Server powering Altair users can design new models faster and more efficiently
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Thea Render Brings Design to Life

Thea Render, a powerful 3D rendering and animation tool, enables engineers to visualise realistic previews of their work, and the CUDA-based renderer can now deliver ray tracing with the NVIDIA OptiX AI-accelerated denoiser. In addition, Altair Inspire Studio leverages GPU-accelerated AI to reduce the time it takes to render high-quality, noiseless images.

Altair applications use CUDA, the parallel computing and programming platform featured on NVIDIA GPUs, to gain significant increases in speed and throughput. This lets engineers freely and quickly explore designs and make decisions based on more accurate results.

RTX Server Accelerates Computations

In addition to GPU support, Altair announced NVIDIA RTX Server validation of Altair ultraFluidX, an aerodynamics CFD software, as well as Altair nanoFluidX, a particle-based CFD software.

With RTX Server powering Altair ultraFluidX and nanoFluidX, users can design new models faster and more efficiently during the day on NVIDIA Quadro virtual workstations. The same RTX Server can then be used to complete large-scale CFD simulations overnight instead of taking days to compute the data.

When engineers arrive the next morning, the simulations are ready for them to analyse. This allows teams to understand the performance, behaviour and mechanics of their models earlier in the design process — all while using a more energy-efficient computing system that’s accessible on premises or in the cloud.

Altair software and NVIDIA GPUs are available now at CAD Software Direct

Vectorworks 30% Offer Extended

Vectorworks May 2020

The opportunity to save 30% on Vectorworks, originally scheduled to end today, has been extended right through May.

You can now save 30% on Vectorworks until May 31st 2020. This offer includes new licences, upgrades, Service Select, add-on modules, Vision and training, whether you’re a new or existing Vectorworks user.

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If you’re having any difficulty accessing licences while working remotely at this time, please contact us and we will help explore your options.

Service Select renewals, dongles, shipping, reinstatement fees and subscriptions are excluded from this offer.

Other Ways to Buy Vectorworks

If you’re looking to buy Vectorworks, but would prefer monthly payments over an up front lump sum – there are now more choices than ever!

Spreading Vectorworks Payments

  • We can offer business leasing so you can spread the cost of a perpetual licence monthly between your choice of 2 to 5 years.
  • PayPal Credit offers 4 months interest free payments, and can be used for longer terms based on their interest charges.
  • We can also split the payment for you into three instalments. One initial payment, followed by two more with 30 days between them.

Spread the cost of Vectorworks

Vectorworks Subscriptions

Did you know all versions of Vectorworks are now available as a Vectorworks Subscription?

Unlike the other options to spread the cost of a perpetual licence, the subscription allows users to choose month to month if they require the software – or an annual option is available. Vectorworks subscriptions are ideal for users when the length of a project that requires Vectorworks is limited, or perhaps when it’s necessary to add more workstations just for a few months. However, if you expect to use Vectorworks indefinitely, it is far more cost effective to purchase a perpetual licence.

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15% OFF New SketchUp Subscriptions

SketchUp Subscription Offer

From now until the 8th of May, new users get 15% off RRP on the SketchUp annual subscription!

If you need a few licences, you can take advantage of the deal on up to 5 seats too. This deal is not available when adding seats to an existing account though, as this requires proration not covered in the deal.

Buy SketchUp Subscription

Save 15% on Trimble’s MSRP when purchasing up to 5 new SketchUp Pro annual termed subscription seats. Discount only applies to the first year term. Offer available until 08.05.20 11:59 (UTC) through participating resellers only. The promotion does not apply to previously placed orders. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer. Not valid for SketchUp Pro Classic licenses or any other SketchUp license type, Maintenance & Support fees, or Reinstatement fees. Valid in UK and Ireland only. Non-transferrable.

Trimble Inc. reserves the right to cancel or modify part or all of this promotion at any time without notice, for any reason in its sole discretion.

NBS Chorus – Intelligent Construction Specification

NBS Chorus

NBS Chorus is a cloud based, cross-platform specification system available for both Mac and Windows. Dynamically link models to the NBS online specification database, while keeping the model as the central source of project information. NBS Chorus integration is available to users of the Vectorworks Design Series with an active Service Select membership.

Users will be able to open a web browser-based palette in Vectorworks, and work concurrently with both the model and NBS Chorus. Any data modified in NBS Chorus via the web palette will update in the data record of the model, ensuring accurate and up-to-date specification information is accessible at all times from the model.

NBS Chorus is ideal for teams who which to standardise their model using defined specifications such as CAWS Work Sections and Uniclass 2015. As it is a web palette, it can be freely enabled and disabled right within Vectorworks, and is also accessible independently of Vectorworks.

The licence is user-based, which means all users need to do is close the Vectorworks application, and the NBS Chorus licence will be available for use elsewhere.

NBS Chorus is available to Vectorworks Design Series users with an active Vectorworks Service Select membership.

KeyShot Quick Tips

KeyShot Quick Tips

Have you started using KeyShot 9.3 yet? Here are some quick tips to help you get the most out of KeyShot!

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Displacement Animation
Displacement is a very powerful tool that can transform the surface geometry of objects for greater detail and realism. Adding animation to displacement can really bring projects to life!

Applications include the animation of water, blood flow in medical illustration, vehicle tyre compression, material movement for soft goods, and so much more. If you can create an animated displacement map you can use it in KeyShot to create motion.

Follow along with the video below to try it for yourself!

Pattern Tool
The KeyShot Pattern Tool is used to quickly create additional instances of your models within a scene, but is not the same as using Duplicate. Each instance can look different and even be oriented differently than the rest. Overall, with the KeyShot Pattern Tool, you will get increased speed and decreased file sizes.

Patterns will help you show a series of products with different colours and materials, quickly add variations of scattered items for more context, or create a radial or linear array of product options. If you have an application that requires uniform spacing, the Pattern Tool even provides the ability to line and space everything perfectly!

KeyShot 9 Material Graph Webinar

Join Luxion’s Karim Merchant on Thursday, April 30th at 10am PDT (6pm BST) for the next KeyShot Webinar. In this live session, you will see an overview of the Material Graph in KeyShot. The Material Graph is a KeyShot Pro feature that facilitates advanced material editing and creation.

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KeyShot 9.2 Available Now

KeyShot 9.2

With the exciting release of KeyShot 9.2, the focus is on stability and feature improvements, as well as a new Translucent Medium material, Multi-GPU Memory support, and the all-new KeyShot Benchmark.

‘Translucent Medium’ Material
This new and improved material is based on the GPU version of Translucent Advanced that was available in KeyShot 9.1. Now significantly optimised for quality and speed on GPU and CPU, Translucent Medium does a much better job handling translucency in even thin model sections.

NVLink Multi-GPU Memory Support
KeyShot GPU mode now supports memory scaling for multi-GPU setups using NVLink with KeyShot 9.2 or higher. This means that two Quadro RTX8000 GPUs can be combined to provide a huge 96GB of memory. Along with NVLink support, direct lighting and GPU startup time in GPU interior mode have been improved as well.

KeyShot Benchmark
KeyShot Viewer now features a brand new benchmarking tool! This tool indicates how fast your CPU or GPU will render scenes compared to a reference system using an Intel Core i7-6900K CPU @ 3.2GHz. To run the benchmark, select Benchmark after starting KeyShot Viewer.

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Credit: DK – LEGO Architect London

Did you know that KeyShot for Solidworks is also now a permanent part of the KeyShot collection? Originally launched as a limited offering, but now here to stay, click here to learn more about KeyShot for Solidworks!

All things KeyShot are available now at CAD Software Direct.

30% OFF Vectorworks this April

Vectorworks April Offer

With the current situation, working from home means some people are needing additional licences to tide them over. If you’re one of these people, or if you’re just looking to add to your team, or even get started with Vectorworks, then this offer is for you!

Save on Vectorworks

Get 30% off any Vectorworks purchase this April including new licences, upgrades, Service Select, add-on modules, Vision and training whether you’re a new or existing Vectorworks user.

If you’re having any difficulty accessing licences while working remotely at this time, please contact us and we will help explore your options.

Service Select renewals, dongles, shipping, reinstatement fees and subscriptions are excluded from this offer.

V-Ray for Rhino – Update 2

V-Ray Next for Rhino Update

V-Ray for Rhino is a highly accurate renderer for McNeel Rhinoceros, enabling designers to predict and present their designs with the highest level of realism and reduce the need of physical prototypes. V-Ray greatly increases Rhino’s ability to handle large scenes and can be used directly within Grasshopper.

V-Ray Next for Rhino is compatible with Rhino 5 and Rhino 6. V-Ray for Rhino is supported on Windows only.

What’s New in V-Ray Next for Rhino?

  • RTX support — Boost your V-Ray GPU performance with NVIDIA RTX technology.
  • Decals support — Add images to paintings, signs, screens and more — plus, Decals work with native and V-Ray materials.
  • Proxy mesh materials — Import or create a proxy mesh asset and V-Ray will automatically generate a set of material slots.
  • Partial scene export — Export only selected objects as a .vrscene file containing geometry and the applied materials.
  • Improved materials — The underlying shading structure of all scene materials has been optimised.
  • Colour assistant — Choose the exact color you need with the right hue, saturation and value variation with the Colour Assistant.
  • Extended script access — The updated V-Ray scripting API provides more options to start a render.
  • And more! Enjoy a new colour theme, a unified one-step installer and numerous V-Ray for Grasshopper enhancements.

V-Ray Next for Rhino – Update 2 is available now at CAD Software Direct.

Enscape is now compatible with Vectorworks

Enscape Vectorworks

With the public beta available now, Enscape works with Vectorworks for Windows users – free until October 2020!

Join the Free Beta

Enscape boosts your workflow to give you more time to create and innovate, helping you visualise as you design, export high quality images and review your designs in virtual reality.

Vectorworks users can achieve great results with just one click. Download Enscape 2.7.1 to run a beta version of Enscape with Vectorworks for free until October 2020.

And for all you SketchUp users, Enscape 2.7.1 now supports SketchUp 2020!

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Essential Guide to C# Scripting for Grasshopper

Grasshopper Scripting

If you’re a designer using Rhino, and you’re experienced in Grasshopper visual scripting, then take your skills to the next level by creating your own custom scripts using C#!

McNeel have created a free PDF file with Grasshopper examples which you can download here.

The guide does not assume you have any background in programming, so it’s suitable for all experience levels willing to learn. It includes a description of the C# component in Grasshopper, an overview of C# programming basics, and a detailed review of the RhinoCommon geometry. It also includes a few examples of design algorithms implemented using C# in Grasshopper.

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