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WorldCAD Access 2016-02-10 09:18:00
This year ASCON Group celebrates the 20th anniversary of its C3D geometric kernel. Twenty years ago the founders of ASCON made the decision to begin writing a new mechanical CAD system, today known as KOMPAS-3D. To power the system, the...


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WorldCAD Access 2016-02-09 09:12:00
The Mother of Modern CAD IronCAD had a huge impact on the CAD industry, twice. The first time was in 1994, when it launched under the rather unwieldy name of TriSpectives Professional. It astounded us how much interactivity could be...


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WorldCAD Access 2016-01-20 19:50:51
$1500 or $300 After the soldered-in RAM malfunctioned in my Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro just three months past the warranty expiration, their Authorized Repair Center quoted me $1500 to repair it: US$950 for a new motherboard from Lenovo, plus the...


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WorldCAD Access 2016-01-15 16:56:40
CIMdata Webinar Peter Bilello, president CIMdata: "We are seeing a shift in expectations in what PLM is expected to do. Healthier business success, unhealthy ones fail. Even though PLM began in the 1980s, it still is not mature. It is...


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WorldCAD Access 2016-01-13 19:17:20
Webinar Q&A MecSoft today held a Webinar to talk about the 11th release of Visual CAD/CAM, the 2016 edition that was released last week. Here is the transcript of the Q&A portion. - - - Q: It sounds like VisualCAD...


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WorldCAD Access 2016-01-10 21:06:00
Sea and ski Panoramic photo of the Vancouver harbour taken by my son-in-law


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WorldCAD Access 2016-01-08 09:50:00
Relative Angles are Relatively Hard CAD software is nothing more than a geometry calculator that does vector math, the stuff we learned during our first year of science or engineering degrees. Those matrix transformations that took us minutes or hours...


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WorldCAD Access 2016-01-06 15:50:05
314 pages, and free for you I wrote my first "...for AutoCAD Users" book back in 1991. It was the idea of OnWord Press to come out with a new category of book. It was no longer unheard of that...


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WorldCAD Access 2016-01-01 09:07:00
Science, technology, engineering, mathematics With the push to put more students (a.k.a. women) into the fields of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics, how can they tell if they are cut out for a career in STEM? Take our 10-second test...


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WorldCAD Access 2015-12-30 09:11:00
Not so smart, after all A year ago I got myself a Pebble Steel smartwatch for myself as my Christmas present. I chose the Pebble because it has a 5-7-day battery life (instead of 1 day), was on Black Friday...


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WorldCAD Access 2015-12-28 09:12:00
USPTO After several years of being quiet on the patent front, Autodesk filed a pile in the last months of 2014. Here are the patents that Autodesk applied for in November and December 2015; they have not yet been granted:...


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WorldCAD Access 2015-12-25 09:47:00
...and Happy New Year My granddaughter at 18 months helping decorate the Christmas tree.


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WorldCAD Access 2015-12-22 09:31:00
BSOD One ongoing problem haunted Lenovo's ill-fated Yoga 2 that lived only 15 months under my ownership: frequent BSODs [blue screens of death]. Typically, they occurred a few moments after I opened the laptop's lid while in sleep mode. That...


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WorldCAD Access 2015-12-21 09:58:00
Soldered-in memory I bought a Lenovo Yoga 2 almost as an impulse just over a year ago, because it had a wonderful keyboard that was backlit. Some Lenovo laptops do have the best keyboards in the industry, owing to their...


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WorldCAD Access 2015-12-17 09:32:00
Just a little bit more With 3TB hard drives normal these days, computer makers are turning to SSD [solid state drives] to improve performance and increase prices. Problem is that they are still expensive. So 128GB and 256GB are the...


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WorldCAD Access 2015-12-15 14:09:01
View from a cloud Neolant is a Russian software company with expertise in plant design. They recently began following the ASCON model by making their core technology available an an independent product. For ASCON, it was their C3D modeling kernel;...


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WorldCAD Access 2015-12-11 00:21:00
Alright, here we are awaiting Onshape?s press conference. The Web-based CAD vendor this morning gathered the press for a Web-based press conference, appropriately enough. We?re just waiting for the 8:30am even to begin? ?and as we wait, here is a...


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WorldCAD Access 2015-12-09 14:39:50
$180 million minimum bid Onshape runs on funds from investors, who have put $144 million into the private company. While its' pretty exciting to play with that much money, there is the dark side. The investors want their money back...


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WorldCAD Access 2015-12-06 09:37:00
Your Christmas Special It's that time of year again when the staff of upFront.eZine takes its annual Christmas break. See you again in January! But before we do, one more issue of upFront.eZine to grace your inbox this week. The...


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WorldCAD Access 2015-12-01 20:46:55
Blow to American and European CAD vendors As of 1 January, 2016 national and local Russian government offices are banned from using non-Russian software, when a local version exists. Minimum local ownership is 50%. An agency will create a list...


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