Rhino can create, edit, analyze, and translate NURBS curves, surfaces, and solids. There are no limits on complexity, degree, or size. Rhino also supports polygon meshes and point clouds. This all points to its capabilities and versatility.
The new Rhino V4 plug-in that reads SolidWorks geometry is an additional step up for Rhino, an application that has had a well-deserved positive reputation for data exchange by itself.
To me, what this points to (beyond the Rhino/Datakit/SolidWorks aspect of the announcement) is the increasing attention and importance that traditional MCAD vendors are placing on industrial design and the ability to handle complex, stylized surfaces. Software vendors’ customers are demanding these increasingly complex surface handling capabilities because their customers are demanding more organic and geometrically complex products.
Many software developers are finally realizing that ID (industrial design) matters because it is increasingly becoming a product differentiator, especially for new technologies or those in crowded markets. The profession itself and the tools it uses continue to evolve right along with consumer product demand.
CAD packages are not the same as CAID (computer-aided industrial design) packages, and vice versa: Each product type addresses a specific need and serves a definite purpose. Historically, CAID has occupied the conceptual front-end of the product-development process (primarily surfaces), while CAD has been best suited for the design refinement portion of the process (primarily solids).
Traditionally, CAID packages were developed specifically with industrial designers in mind. In more of a graphical environment, they strive to stimulate creativity by providing a variety of design options. In essence, these tools are used to quickly create and alter the shape, form and surface qualities of 3D models. CAID tools also excel at presenting design concepts with photorealistic rendering and lighting effects. What they often lack is the degree of design precision found in most CAD tools, although this is changing fairly rapidly.
Probably the biggest recent move in the industrial design tool market was Autodesk’s acquisition of Alias a couple of years ago. With the acquisition, Autodesk obtained new opportunities -- namely, a strong inroad to automotive styling and design and computer-aided industrial design through Alias' Studio Tools line. This broadened Autodesk's appeal on the conceptual side of the product-development cycle, where previously it was lacking. Studio Tools had long been known for its ability to create outstanding surfaces, and this capability is starting to come in handy when used in tandem with Autodesk's Inventor, an application that had never had a great reputation for
For its part, SolidWorks for the past couple of years has eluded to the fact that it is also very interested in the industrial design market, and this new Rhino plug-in will help further that cause. Much like analysis, simulation, and visualization, ID is a part of the new MCAD frontier. At MCADCafé we track many things, including the stories that have attracted the most interest from our subscribers. Below are the five news items that were the most viewed during last week. The final step for Houdin and Dassault Systemes will be to prove the theory in real-life with non-invasive verification techniques conducted on the Great Pyramid’s site.
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Dassault Systemes held a world premiere unveiling the scientifically proven Great Pyramid construction theory with its creator, architect Jean-Pierre Houdin, to model and explore the pyramid in 3D and run simulations confirming his theory that the pyramid was built from the inside. Dassault allowed Houdin to establish the first theory ever explaining the construction of the Great Pyramid from start to finish. The theory is founded on three foundations:
The MCAD market, valued at approximately $5 billion, is one of the oldest enterprise software markets and one of those rare big markets which has been kept in the hands of experts. Actually, Microsoft, IBM, SAP, and Oracle are not playing a strong role in the $12+ billion PLM market, leaving space for Dassault Systemes, Autodesk, PTC and UGS. This is most likely not going to change. Another challenge in targeting the extended enterprise is that several other vendors are already in that space with tools enabling the management, visualization and collaboration of the digital mock-up, DMU. Cimmetry and Adobe (Acrobat 3D) are among those who are successfully marketing their software to this
Dassault Systemes announced that Chengdu Aircraft Industrial Group, a major Chinese supplier for the global aviation industry, is using Dassault's CATIA Composites Design to develop aircraft parts. Since composites are ultra lightweight and can be formed into any shape, they allow for inventive industrial design and provide Chengdu the means to meet aviation challenges with a competitive edge. Chengdu Aircraft is expanding its activities to cover the entire composites design process and provide customers with innovative design and manufacturing solutions. Capitalizing on its composites know-how, Chengdu is launching a Composites Manufacturing Research Center in partnership with Dassault
The new CAD integration hyperMILL in SolidWorks allows CAM programs to be created with hyperMILL under the familiar user interface while a user is concurrently working within Solidworks. Both CAD and CAM access an identical database, thus working on a uniform data model throughout the entire process. hyperMILL in SolidWorks offers an array of strategies for 2D, 3D, HSC and 5-axis simultaneous machining. They allow an optimum machining of prismatic parts, making it suited for mechanical engineering. These include 2D cycles for face and contour milling, for milling various pocket geometries, as well as drilling and helical drilling. Roughing of any stock, 3D finishing, free path milling,
PTC announced a comprehensive process framework that consists of industry-specific product development process landscapes. The intent of this framework is to help discrete manufacturers in multiple industries understand the linkage between product development process improvements, PLM technology investments, and business value. Over the past 20 years, PTC has worked with leading product development companies in a variety of vertical industries to achieve a wide range of business goals. Subsequently, PTC has developed a tool based on this experience. Using the tool, PTC helps companies align and prioritize business and product development goals with industry-specific process
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For its part, SolidWorks for the past couple of years has eluded to the fact that it is also very interested in the industrial design market, and this new Rhino plug-in will help further that cause. Much like analysis, simulation, and visualization, ID is a part of the new MCAD frontier.
At MCADCafé we track many things, including the stories that have attracted the most interest from our subscribers. Below are the five news items that were the most viewed during last week.
The final step for Houdin and Dassault Systemes will be to prove the theory in real-life with non-invasive verification techniques conducted on the Great Pyramid’s site.