Carl Bass is CEO of 3D design and engineering software leader Autodesk. In this speech at the 2014 Solid Conference, he discussed the new ways small companies are changing manufacturing, and how trends in business and technology are influencing this evolution. He highlights the intersection of hardware and software—both proprietary and open—and the communities that are shifting what’s possible.
Sanjay Gangal is the President of IBSystems, the parent company of AECCafe.com, MCADCafe, EDACafe.Com, GISCafe.Com, and ShareCG.Com.
May 23rd, 2014 by Sanjay Gangal
April 17th, 2014 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: Intel Free Press
Indira Negi brings passion for running, biometric experience and maker skills to development of Intel smart earbuds.
When she literally jogged on-stage to join Intel CEO Brian Krzanich in his opening keynote at International CES in Las Vegas, engineer Indira Negi was there to demonstrate the Intel smart earbuds that she and her team had developed, but the “smart” design she showed off also helped solve an issue the avid runner had personally encountered.
“I am a runner — I get hives from the sun, I have to run with gloves on,” said Negi about running with a smartphone. “That means when there is a bad song, I have to take out my phone, take off my gloves, unlock my phone and change the song.”
Starting from solving a problem that she knew all too well, Negi, a sensors systems engineer in the Intel New Devices Group, and a team set out to create a device and software that would monitor heart rate and adjust music playback based on sensor feedback. The result was the Intel smart earbuds reference design, developed in collaboration with Valencell.
Negi’s study of bioelectronics and biosensors in graduate school — she earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Arizona State — lent her a keen appreciation of the value of biometric monitoring.
One project she worked on while at ASU measured stress levels in saliva using specially treated paper. When you are working out, you are stressing your body in a positive way, explained Negi. If you work out too hard, this becomes negative stress, which can increase the chances of getting injured. She also worked on molecular imprinted polymers while at ASU coated with biochemical sensors that reacted only to specific molecules.
March 19th, 2014 by Alan Garvey
The field of engineering is unthinkable without projects. Learning to manage them well is the first key to a successful, sustainable career.
As any project manager worth his salt knows, it requires planning and dedication to make the transition into a project management position.
A popular approaching to launching one’s career is to take some kind of training.
But before jumping into a project management training course, consider the steps below.
1. Define your focus
Most people have a vague understanding of project management, but they aren’t clear on the details, the role’s requirements or the most suitable position to obtain.
The first step is to do your homework so you have some insights into how project management works in your particular sector. Project management is about managing projects. How would it benefit you? Read the rest of this entry »
January 8th, 2014 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: Autodesk
Manufacturing matters. Today, advances in technology are transforming the way we make things. Promising new technologies, such as additive 3D printing and advanced robotic automation, have the potential to change how objects are fabricated and assembled. New open and crowdsource platforms are transforming the tools and workflows of manufacturing. Intelligent materials will enable manufacturers to create products with fantastic new properties. The New Industrial Revolution Innovation Forum brings together trailblazing innovators who are changing the way we manufacture. They distill the real practices from the public-relations hype, show what is immediately available and what is over the horizon, and describe how businesses, both large and small, can take advantage of the emerging revolution.
May 10th, 2012 by Susan Smith
It seems that HP has invested in its hardware division big time with several unveilings this week, including notebook PCs, the HP Photosmart 5520 e-All-in-One printer, Ultrabook and Sleekbook offerings as well as for businesses, the HP t410 All-in-One (AiO) Smart Zero Client.
HP Pavilion notebook PCs include enhanced features and reflect the company’s new HP Mosaic design approach.
March 21st, 2012 by David Heller
Jeffrey Rowe, MCADCafe’s Managing Editor recently had an opportunity to interview Scott Lamond,Vice President Sales and Marketing Synergis Software at SolidWorks World 2012 in San Diego. This is a transcript of the interview.
Jeffery: This is Jeffrey Rowe I’m the editor of MCADCAFE and we are here today at SolidWorks World 2012 in San Diego California. With me today is Scott Lamond Vice president of Sales and Marketing for Synergis Software. Thanks for joining us today Scott.
Scott: Thank you so much for having me Jeff.
Jeffery: Can you give us a little background on Synergis Software and how you are positioning the company?
Scott: Synergis Software has been developing implementing and supporting our product data management and facilities engineering document management solutions for more than 20 years. We serve customers of all sizes across many different industries and have about 30,000 users worldwide benefiting from Adept. We partner directly with our clients, which includes upfront planning through implementation training and ongoing support. Our developer-direct relationship also gives clients direct feedback into the development of the product and it allows us to really make sure we are providing value in a meaningful way to those clients.
February 15th, 2012 by David Heller
I just returned from SolidWorks World 2012 in San Diego after interviewing thirty exhibitors, talking to attendees, and seeing and feeling the upbeat energy of an industry that’s on an optimistically positive trajectory.
Show attendance was up year over year and all the exhibitors interviewed exuded confidence in the manufacturing sector’s growing strength. One case in point was a conversation I had with Chris Wilkes, VP at Simetrix who said that sales of their CETOL tolerance analysis software is way up and has been trending strongly in a positive direction. Chris pointed out that tolerance analysis software purchases are a leading indicator since major manufacturing companies make these purchases a year to eighteen months ahead of implementation.
This sentiment of upbeat movement was echoed by virtually every MCAD/CAM vender we interviewed, and I walked away buoyed by their enthusiasm.
The conference was a showcase for innovation that drew enthusiastic attendees who physically vied for a close-up view of newly released software and hardware to experience the wow factor of these game changing technological advances.
To illustrate the ‘wow’ I took these shots of the HP booth during a lull in show floor traffic as a crowd vied for an close up look at HP’s new Z1 workstation that integrates the power of multi-core and more with a 27″ high-res display.
HP’s Z1 All in One Workstation Wows the Crowd During a Lull in Floor Traffic
If you attended this conference you’ve experienced first-hand the positive mood and energy. If you couldn’t make it to San Diego you can virtually be there by watching the many MCADCafe interview videos soon to be posted on this site.
I left with a renewed sense of optimism in our nation’s economic recovery lead by the manufacturing sector. I just pray that nothing “mucks this up” as the President recently warned. I’ve got my fingers crossed, and am holding my breadth.
January 26th, 2012 by David Heller
We interviewed Emre Ozguc, the worldwide Designjet Marketing Director at HP at the Autodesk University in Las Vegas last month. Here is a summary of the interview.
Sanjay: What are you showing here at your booth?
Emre: We are featuring the web connected e-printer line up. We think this is one of our biggest innovations that we have brought to the market in a long time. The real news this week is that we are sharing two things. One is that we have a new mobile app that allows architects, engineers, and designers to access their drawings from the cloud and print directly anything they have stored in the cloud.
Our E-print and share service allows you to store your drawings, print any drawings in the cloud and access them whenever you want. So this new mobile app that is now available is running on the iphone, and the ipad that we just launched in October. We are demoing that, and again it allows you to access and print the drawings anytime and anywhere.
The second thing that we announced is a collaboration with autodesk on AutoCAD WS. AutoCAD WS has been a very successful application with more than three million downloads. But, up until now you haven’t been able to print from AutoCAD WS. What we announced today is a collaboration with AutoCAD that will be available soon, sometime in the spring time frame. Where you will be able to print from an AutoCAD WS while utilizing HP cloud printing capability, this e-print and share service. So we are establishing a cloud to cloud connection between Autodesk’s cloud and our cloud, so if you are a Autodesk AutoCAD WS user you can simply select print, choose one of our web connected printers and print. No matter where the printer is.
Sanjay: Are these printers owned by the customers? Or is there a network of service areas like kinko’s where people can print?
Emre: They would primarily be owned by customers. So these are printers that range from $3000 to $9000. There is a line up of three different printers that are designed primarily for architects or designers for small-medium business. You could also find them in the Kinko’s environment. We haven’t yet established a network where you could locate them automatically, but if you know where one is, you certainly could do that. It certainly is a business model that Kinko’s or someone like that could establish.
Sanjay: There are a whole lot of graphics companies like Arc Technologies with thousands of printers around the world, would people be able to also access that directly?
Emre: Yes. These printers are not directly designed for graphic companies; they are more designed for SMBs (Small to Medium Businesses). But those companies that own one, they could deploy that type of service, and in the future I believe that it would be very viable.
Sanjay: Tell me also, you launched this product on iphones and ipads, is there an android version coming out?
Emre: It’s in the works, it’s nothing I can announce at this point, but we’re certainly looking at this too.
Sanjay: Any new printers that you might have recently announced that you want to talk about?
Emere: Again the printers that we have announced, we announced back in May. This is the Designjet T790, the T1300, and the T2300. The service that we are announcing today works on these web connected printers.
Sanjay: Lastly, you mentioned with AutoCAD WS, people will be able to print from that sometime in spring?
Emre: Yes, we don’t have an exact date yet. Right now we have a beta that we are demonstrating at the booth here, but we believe it should be tested and finalized sometime in the spring.
Sanjay: How can people find out more about these new capabilities, these new applications, and also about your partnership with autodesk?
Emre: The best way would be to go online to HP.com/go/eprintandshare.
January 21st, 2012 by David Heller
This is the 2011 Autodesk University General Session Keynote presentation given by a number of speakers including:
January 5th, 2012 by David Heller
We recently had an opportunity to interview Tom Salomone, MCAD & AEC Worldwide Segment Manager at HP at the Autodesk University, 2011 in Las Vegas. This is a transcript of the interview.
Sanjay: How has the show been going for you?
Tom: The show has been going awesome for us. We’ve got a lot of traffic going through out our booth. We’re showing out our workstations. So we have five desktop workstations and three mobile workstations that we are showing.
So we even have a small form factor work station that is sixty five percent smaller than our other work stations. This is for those in the auto-CAD space that are looking for something inexpensive and who are moving into the line. We have our higher end workstations for those people who are looking at 3dS Max. We have an ideal work station for Revit that we have here today as well. So we really have the full spectrum of work stations for auto-CAD.
With our mobile workstations, we have a fourteen inch, a fifteen inch, and a seventeen inch. So if you want light, you can get the fourteen inch. If you want power you can get the seventeen inch. If you want to compromise, you can get the fifteen inch. We have our tool-less chassis, not just with our desktops, but, also with our mobiles. So you can actually take apart the bottom of our mobile workstations and access the components the same as you can with our desktop workstations.
So, we really have a lot of cool products that we are showing. We also have some brand new technologies that we are showing at this year’s Autodesk. For the first time ever we are showing our new touch panels, our new touch monitor with Autodesk. So people can see that and see how they can really use the new technology. You can do ten fingers touch on the wall; you can do one hundred and fifty, one hundred and eighty finger touch. It’s very, very powerful.
The other thing that we are showing that is new since September is that we have our workstation cluster technology. You can actually cluster work stations together to maximize your power for things like analysis, things like rendering. So you can get a whole lot more power applied to those problems locally, just by leveraging unused cores that are available on your workstation.
So we have a lot of really cool things. We have our new printers. We are talking about E-print and share. It’s a free software where people can sign up for it, where you can print anywhere on the web. So you can be here in Los Vegas, and you can print back home if you wanted to. It’s really cool.