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Convert any CAD format file into any other CAD system

CAD/CAM Services is well known for its CAD Perfect conversions, and its engineers are capable of converting any CAD format file into any other CAD system. Its highly experienced CAD engineers can also convert hardcopy documents into any 3D CAD program such as Revit, SolidWorks, CATIA, and other 3D software. Consider CAD/CAM Services to be an extension of your in-house team. They have no restrictions on the size or quantity of drawings for their 3D CAD outsourcing services.
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MathWorks releases MATLAB and Simulink 2021a

Release 2021a offers hundreds of new and updated features and functions in MATLAB and Simulink, along with three new products and 12 major updates. New capabilities in MATLAB include dynamic controls in live scripts as well as a new task for adding plots to live scripts without writing any code. Simulink updates enable users to import C code as reusable Simulink libraries and to speed up simulations. R2021a also introduces new products in the areas of satellite communications, radar, and DDS applications.
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Mastercam 2022 Public Beta released for global testing

If you are a currently maintained Mastercam customer, you can now participate in the Public Beta Program for Mastercam 2022. Manufacturers all over the world, from small job shops to Fortune 100 companies, get a chance to test drive Mastercam 2022 before it is released and provide valuable feedback to help shape the final product. Participants in the Public Beta Program get an early look at dozens of powerful new tools for simple to complex jobs, including faster and more flexible multi-axis programming, modeling advances, and enhanced intelligence and automation.
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Is Excel hindering your engineering projects?

While Excel is a great tool for performing quick calculations, it cannot handle the scope of mathematical computation required for advanced engineering projects. Discover why engineers from around the world reap the benefits from the move to robust, interactive mathematical systems such as Maple. Learn how, with the right tools, you can arrive at the right solution faster, while minimizing errors, delays, and rising costs.
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ESPRIT CNC programming Learning Center online

The ESPRIT Learning Center is a new online training platform with on-demand, self-paced training courses created specifically for ESPRIT CAM programmers. ESPRIT's top engineers and instructors have poured a huge amount of effort and energy into creating these courses. The first learning path to be released is New User Milling, with New User Turning and New User Mill-Turn to follow. Each learning path includes five to seven training courses that guide users through several different machine models and part models to introduce different machining processes in ESPRIT. These are paid courses.
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COMSOL Version 5.6 is here!

COMSOL has released version 5.6 of its COMSOL Multiphysics software. The new version features faster and more memory-lean solvers for multicore and cluster computations, more efficient CAD assembly handling, and application layout templates. New graphics features -- including clip planes, realistic material rendering, and partial transparency -- offer enhanced visualization for simulation results. In addition, four new products expand the capabilities of COMSOL Multiphysics for modeling fuel cells and electrolyzers, polymer flow, control systems, and high-accuracy fluid models.
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Reverse engineering with Geomagic

See how 3D Systems' Geomagic Design X software can break down a typical reverse engineering job. Geomagic Design X makes it easy to create CAD models from 3D scans faster, more accurately, and more reliably. It handles large scan data sets and makes complex 3D models with hybrid modeling for solid, surface, and mesh. Users can convert physical parts into CAD for new product designs or make existing parts fit with new parts. This short presentation is a helpful way to view the tool capabilities and functionality using real-world examples.
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Be a better machine designer: SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal

Robbie Hoyler, technical solutions manager, TPM, Inc., takes a look at how SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal tools can handle some of the most common issues and productivity sinks when manufacturing sheet metal parts. Hoyler addresses wrong and inconsistent flats, part alignment, complex cornering, and exporting to CNC using DXFs.
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Sharpen your CAD/CAM skills: Mastercam training is on the house

Mastercam University offers 24/7 access to fully online training, and the courses are designed to be self-paced. Each lesson contains a set of learning objectives, assessment questions, and challenges to be completed. Users will earn a certificate for each course that is completed. Learn Principles of Machining, 2D Mill, 3D Mill, Mastercam Lathe, and more.
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Maple training for engineers and researchers

Maple is used by mathematicians, educators, students, engineers, and scientists to analyze, explore, visualize, and solve math problems. The new release, Maple 2020, offers a vast collection of enhancements. This webinar offers a quick and easy way to learn some of the fundamental concepts for using Maple. Learn about composing, plotting, and solving a variety of mathematical problems; handling units in your calculations; creating and sharing documents and applications; and more.
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Mastercam software retains top ranking worldwide

More shops and schools invest in Mastercam than any other CAD/CAM software package in the world. According to CIMdata, an independent research firm specializing in the NC industry, Mastercam is the No. 1 CAM software used worldwide for 26 years in a row. In the latest report, Mastercam retained the top spot for CAM software in three categories: industry, education, and support network. For the educational and industrial categories, Mastercam had nearly twice as many installed seats as the nearest competitor.
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MathWorks introduces Motor Control Blockset for algorithm development

MathWorks has just released Motor Control Blockset, an add-on product for Simulink for designing and implementing motor control algorithms. Now, motor control engineers can use reference examples and Simulink blocks for developing field-oriented control algorithms to spin brushless motors. The blockset extends the set of Simulink products for motor control design, enabling engineers to test algorithms with each design change, generate fast and compact ANSI/ISO C code, and use simulation to validate software, which can reduce certification testing cycles.
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Cool Tools: CadMouse Pro Wireless Left

Attention all southpaws. 3Dconnexion's latest CadMouse product, the CadMouse Pro Wireless Left, provides excellent ergonomics and heavy-use CAD comfort for left-handers. This mouse's angled shape creates natural hand placement and increased comfort. The middle mouse button is CAD user-specific. Other features include an intelligent scroll wheel, high-resolution optical sensor, QuickZoom, easy access to programmable radial menus, and durability rated to over 50 million clicks. This model can also benefit right-handers requiring a left-side transition to reduce Chronic Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI).
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Get instant Xometry build quotes while designing in SOLIDWORKS and CATIA

Engineers can now get their designs made faster with instant access to Xometry part manufacturing price quotes without leaving SOLIDWORKS and CATIA design environments. A new partnership between Xometry and Dassault Systemes makes it possible. This means sourcing manufacturing price quotes can become a one-click experience directly integrated into the design software. Engineers can view Xometry price quotes on their screen in the context of their design and click to have it manufactured. Xometry custom manufacturing services include 3D printing, CNC machining, injection molding, and sheet metal fabrication.
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Reverse engineering software with never-before-seen features

3D Systems' Geomagic Design X 2020 combines robust 3D scan processing and complete CAD design functionality to enable faster, more accurate, and reliable reverse engineering. Using the software's newest features, engineers will benefit from streamlined modeling workflows as well as expanded modeling pathways for complex, revolved parts. The newest Geomagic Design X release includes an Unroll/Reroll function that enables an engineer to unroll the mesh to automatically extract a 2D sketch, make the modifications needed, and then re-roll the sketch for additional engineering. Wait, what? Wow. The software also includes a new Selective Surfacing feature that combines very fast organic surfacing with high-precision feature modeling methods.
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Autodesk introduces industry's first cloud-based, pay-as-you-go simulation solution for designers

Autodesk recently unveiled Autodesk Simulation 360, a comprehensive set of tools delivered securely in the cloud with a pay-as-you-go pricing model that enables any company to make simulation part of their everyday design and engineering processes.

Autodesk Simulation 360 is the latest offering to build upon the Autodesk 360 cloud-based platform. By performing computationally intensive simulation tasks in the cloud, designers, engineers, and analysts can test multiple "what if?" design scenarios in parallel. The computational power of the cloud also eliminates the need for specialized hardware, thereby removing previous limitations and helping to increase productivity.

"The ability to run multiple simulation studies in the cloud, in the same time as a typical singular simulation study with single variables, really opens up the game for us by helping us understand much more of the system in a shorter amount of time," says Matt Nowicki, senior product engineer at BioLite, Inc. "It's impressive how easy, valuable, and seamless simulating in the cloud can be for a company such as ours."

A cloud-based toolbox for wide-ranging simulation needs
The Autodesk Simulation 360 software portfolio includes a wide range of cloud-based mechanical, fluid flow, thermal, and plastic injection molding tools at an affordable price. Additional benefits include direct geometry exchange, robust meshing tools, extensive material libraries, and proven solver technology to improve simulation accuracy in the areas of greatest concern.

"Businesses simply can't afford not to understand how their designs will perform before anything gets built," says Robert "Buzz" Kross, senior vice president, Design, Lifecycle, and Simulation at Autodesk.

Simulation 360 is available as a standalone offering (you do not need to be on Autodesk subscription to get access to it).

  • Autodesk Simulation 360: includes Mechanical and CFD capabilities, 120 jobs for $3,600/12 months.
  • Autodesk Simulation 360 Unlimited: includes Mechanical and CFD capabilities, for unlimited jobs for $7,200/12 months.
  • Autodesk Simulation 360 Ultimate: includes Mechanical, CFDD, and Moldflow capabilities, 120 jobs for $10,000/12 months.
  • Cloud Capacity Pack: 10 jobs (approximately 1 month of usage for $10).

Additional resources such as simulation experts, on-demand videos and tutorials are available at

Source: Autodesk

Published October 2012

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