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3Dconnexion announce their next device – SpaceMouse® Pro Wireless

SpaceMouse Pro Wireless ISO

Today 3Dconnexion have announced their next product, the 3Dconnexion SpaceMouse® Pro Wireless. Following on from the 3Dconnexion SpaceMouse® Wireless last September, this product is a natural progression for the Professional series of 3Dconnexion hardware range. At first glance little has changed, but its the thought put in under the hood, with a nod towards user experience and flexibility which make this new product worthy. While the 3Dconnexion SpaceMouse Wireless was visually a completely new product, essentially replacing the 3Dconnexion SpaceNavigator. The SpaceMouse Pro Wireless is a logical evolution of what isn’t an old product anyway, however, 3Dconnexion clearly state in their press release that the SpaceMouse Pro Wireless is “all-new”.

The all-new SpaceMouse Pro Wireless offers professional 3D performance without wires.

3Dconnexion is proud to announce the 3Dconnexion SpaceMouse Pro Wireless , the first wireless 3D mouse with a comprehensive selection of professional features.

I asked John Moseley, Director of Global Marketing at 3Dconnexion, if the design team had decided to stick with the original puck design (pre-SpaceMouse Wireless), or tweaked it since their last product release. Instead of solely answering that question, he came back to me with a number of details not found in the press release:

  • The SpaceMouse Pro Wireless puck design is basically the same with the exception of the silver ring, which is a feature of our Professional Series.

Apart from the obvious extra features (buttons, hand rest), there are a few differences vs. the SpaceMouse Wireless

  • Doubled the battery life by fitting a larger battery capable of two months of operation between charges (based on 8 hours per day, 5 days per week).
  • Extended wireless range – in optimum conditions the SMPW will work up to 20 metres away from the USB receiver. Optimum generally means the USB receiver is placed in the supplied USB hub and placed on the desktop (i.e. not hidden / obstructed under the desk).
  • Two extra items in the box. A nice Twin-port USB Hub and a 0.5m USB cable in addition to the standard 1.5m cable. The goal here is to give users flexibility in how / where they place the USB receiver and charge the product.
  • USB receiver storage hole – on the underside of the product we created a slot for the USB receiver to be placed in when the user is taking the product from A to B. You can see this on one of the images (the USB receiver is shown inserted in the hole).

SpaceMouse Pro Wireless bottomDedicated storage hole for the USB receiver

“With the SpaceMouse Wireless, the world’s first wireless 3D mouse, 3Dconnexion revolutionized the market. Now the SpaceMouse Pro Wireless raises the bar even higher, delivering the same wireless freedom to 3Dconnexion’s professional series of 3D navigation devices.”

Antonio Pascucci, vice president of products at 3Dconnexion.

SpaceMouse Pro Wireless benefits

  • Complete Wireless Freedom — 3Dconnexion 2.4 GHz wireless technology for a real-time connection to your digital content and a two-month battery life. When it does need recharging, simply connect one of the supplied USB cables and continue working.
  • Professional Performance — SpaceMouse Pro Wireless automatically recognizes your application and assigns commands to its four Intelligent Function Keys. Go one step further by assigning a four-section on-screen radial menu to any of the device’s 15 buttons—providing easy access to even more of your favorite commands.
  • Keep Your Eyes On What Matters — SpaceMouse Pro Wireless’s On-Screen Display provides a convenient on-screen reminder of the commands assigned to its Intelligent Function Keys, allowing you to focus on your designs—not a keystroke cheat sheet.
  • View Your Work From Every Angle  Detect errors, explore alternatives, and present your work more effectively for review with SpaceMouse Pro Wireless’s 6DoF navigation and QuickView Keys.
  • Minimize Hand Movements —Conveniently positioned keyboard modifiers provide quick and easy access to Control, Shift, Alt and Esc functions, reducing the time you spend moving your hand to the keyboard.
  • World-Class Ergonomics And Build Quality  The SpaceMouse Pro Wireless has a full size, soft-coated hand rest for maximum comfort. Each of its 15 tactile, fully programmable buttons are perfectly positioned for maximum efficiency. Furthermore, it’s packaged into an expert design built with the highest quality components.

3Dconnexion USB-Hub Right-Iso_Receiver

  • Flexible Connectivity  Either plug the USB receiver directly into your workstation or use the Twin-port USB Hub (included as standard). With a choice of two USB cables, it’s easy to connect and charge SpaceMouse Pro Wireless whatever your desktop setup.
  • The 3Dconnexion Experience – 3DxWare® 10 allows you to customize and optimize your SpaceMouse Pro Wireless for peak performance. Easily tailor settings and buttons to your application and needs. Take advantage of exciting new features. Design, create and navigate in brave new ways.

SpaceMouse Pro Wireless top_02Are you ready to go pro? Click here to find out everything you need to know about SpaceMouse Pro Wireless today.

Pricing and Availability

SpaceMouse Pro Wireless will be available in early July. Check the 3Dconnexion website or local resellers for pricing.

About 3Dconnexion

3Dconnexion’s 3D mice revolutionize the way people interact with 3D applications, providing a more natural and intuitive way to interact with digital 3D content. 3Dconnexion 3D mice provide an intuitive, balanced and cooperative work style that results in increased productivity, improvements in creativity and enhanced comfort.

Supported by today’s most popular and powerful 3D applications, 3Dconnexion’s award-winning 3D mice serve a wide variety of industries and are used by engineers, designers, architects and artists across the globe.

Stay up-to-date with all the latest company and industry news via the 3Dconnexion blog, Facebook and Twitter.

Imagery Courtesy of 3Dconnexion.


 

BricsCAD V14 Now Supports 3Dconnexion 3D Mice

BricsCAD-regular-horizontalBricsCAD V14 now supports 3Dconnexion® 3D mice, the premier 3D navigation devices for engineers, architects and 3D professionals. BricsCAD, that offers all the familiar .dwg CAD features and 3D Direct Modeling, now got even more powerful. Users can simultaneously pan, zoom and rotate 2D/3D content while the standard mouse is free to select menu items or parts of the model.

Highlights of BricsCAD’s 3D mouse integration include:

  • Intelligent 3D Navigation — The 3D mouse automatically follows the point of interest to continuously determine the optimal center of rotation. When combined with 3Dconnexion’s patented 6-degrees-of-freedom navigation, users benefit from the most natural 3D navigation experience ever.
  • Multiple 3D Navigation Modes — Including Object, Helicopter, Camera and Target Camera modes, enabling the user to customize the 3D mouse experience to their workflow.
  • 2D Navigation Mode — 3Dconnexion 3D mice also deliver value in BricsCAD’s 2D modes by allowing users to simultaneously pan and zoom the worksheet.

“We are excited to introduce 3Dconnexion 3D mouse support in BricsCAD V14,” says Erik De Keyser, CEO of Bricsys. “We have delivered a rich 3D mouse integration, that provides smooth and intuitive navigation across 2D and 3D workflows, complementing our goal to enable modeling and designing at unmatched speed.”

BricsCAD V14 supports the entire line of 3Dconnexion 3D mice, including the new 3Dconnexion SpaceMouse® Wireless, the world’s first wireless 3D mouse.

Says Erik De Keyser: “3Dconnexion devices give users the ability to navigate their 3D world with more precision, speed and efficiency—improving designs and the design experience as a whole. We’re excited to now bring that functionality to BricsCAD V14.”

About 3Dconnexion

3Dconnexion’s 3D mice revolutionize the way people interact with 3D applications, providing a more natural and intuitive way to interact with digital 3D content. 3Dconnexion 3D mice provide an intuitive, balanced and cooperative work style that results in increased productivity, improvements in creativity and enhanced comfort.

Supported by today’s most popular and powerful 3D applications, 3Dconnexion’s award-winning 3D mice serve a wide variety of industries and are used by engineers, designers, architects and artists across the globe. 3Dconnexion’s European headquarters are in Munich, Germany with offices worldwide. Stay up-to-date with all the latest company and industry news via the 3Dconnexion blog, Facebook and Twitter.

About Bricsys

Bricsys® is a global provider of dwg engineering design software brought to market under the BricsCAD® brand. With relentless commitment to the success of the BricsCAD community, Bricsys is focused on providing an industrial strength CAD software platform and industry leading support at a compelling price to customers in the AEC, GIS, civil engineering, process and power, and mechanical CAD markets. Founded in 2002, Bricsys is a founding member of the Open Design Alliance.

For more information visit www.bricsys.com.


 

Luxion Unleash KeyShot 5

keyshot5-whats-new-1080If Luxion had stores around the world, then on May 29, 2014, I’m confident they would have had people queuing up outside kipping in their sleeping bags, amping to get their mitts on their shiny new copy of KeyShot 5. It’s one of those applications that is just plain cool. The Luxion team do a fantastic job of making people lust after it, but really, it’s about the customers who use it and make sure they let the world know how brilliantly it JUST WORKS. I personally haven’t had the opportunity to use this tool yet, but Luxion have hooked Design and Motion up with a fully functional 30 day trial, so we will set about kicking its tires in due course.

The main point of this post is to let our readers know about its release if you didn’t already and inform you we have a review underway. Anyway, here’s some blurb from Luxion if you guys haven’t read it already:

With Luxion rendering technology bringing faster rendering speed and capabilities, creating images, animations and interactive visuals throughout the product development process has never been easier. KeyShot 5 introduces enhanced usability and pro level features that allow engineers, designers and 3D professionals to make their workflow more efficient and take their visuals to the next level.

Overview

With KeyShot 5, we wanted to make the interface that revolutionized 3D rendering and animation even more simple to use with new ways to share resources, faster ways to work with materials, more powerful animation features and advanced capabilities.

The KeyShot Cloud leads features with the ability to download new resources and share custom assets. With this, a more streamlined interface delivers a completely updated user experience, smoother interaction of materials and options, a new Ribbon menu for common tools, Favorites and advanced material display. Rendering workflow enhancements introduce Instancing, ability to retain textures, seven new procedurals and speed increases for rendering large models. Animation users gain more power with the introduction of Fade Animation, Motion Blur and Events, while Pro users will receive NURBS ray-tracing, HDRI Editor updates with a new Sun & Sky System, Perspective matching and output to common 3D printer formats.

whats_new_perspective_matching

KeyShot 5 Features

The entire list of features in KeyShot 5 can be seen and downloaded in a What’s New guide that includes information on how each feature works. Visit keyshot.com/whats-new/. A video of the new features can be viewed here. Highlights include:

whats_new_keyshot_cloud_ssKeyShot Cloud
The KeyShot Cloud is the online library where users can download new resources, and share their own custom assets. Opening the KeyShot Cloud enables easy drag-and-drop downloading of new resources into their local KeyShot Library, and quick search features and filters to find the perfect resources for a scene. All resources remain on a user’s computer with a copy of the resource uploaded to the KeyShot Cloud and no scene or personal info stored online. The KeyShot Cloud is accessible directly from inside KeyShot and online at cloud.keyshot.com.

whats_new_nurbsNURBS Ray-tracing
NURBS ray-tracing delivers more accurate geometry with smoother edges. This new import feature gives users the option to import and render NURBS geometry from their favorite 3D modeling application. The advantage is crisper visuals and smaller file sizes over data imported as triangle that can display edges and gaps on close detail shots. NURBS import is currently available for all geometry formats, including Creo, CATIA, Inventor, NX, Rhino, SolidWorks, Solid Edge, STEP, IGES, Parasolid and ALIAS. Available with KeyShot Pro versions.

whats_new_patternInstancing
Instancing allows users to duplicate parts in KeyShot and on import without increasing file size. Instancing of parts is available within KeyShot as a Pattern tool and completely automated in select KeyShot plugins. All instances can be treated separately for quick appearance studies or linked to apply materials quickly, but will all update when LiveLinking or update geometry is used.

whats_new_fade_animationFade Animation
The new Fade animation allows users to quickly apply an animation that fades parts from one opacity level to another. Through KeyShot Animation users add individual transforms that add animations with a click of a button instead of managing keyframes. Just as simple, Fade animations can be applied while adjusting the opacity of parts and groups on-the-fly which allows users to see the update in real-time as animations are created. Available with the KeyShot Animation Add-on.

whats_new_sun_skySun & Sky System
KeyShot 5 introduces a new Sun & Sky system for automatic creation of physically accurate geographic lighting. Preset resolutions and locations together with day selection, time and turbidity sliders allow the creation of unlimited daylight scenarios. Custom Sun & Sky environments can be created by users as well and combined with other lighting options available in the KeyShot HDRI Editor. Available with KeyShot Pro versions.

Availability

KeyShot 5 is available immediately. Pricing starts at $995 US. As with previous versions, animation capabilities can be added to KeyShot for $500 US and interactive KeyShotVR capabilities can be added for $1000 US.

All customers who bought KeyShot on or after February 14th, 2014, as well as all customers who purchased KeyShot for Education will receive the upgrade to KeyShot 5 free of charge. All KeyShot customers with active annual maintenance will automatically receive the upgrade to KeyShot 5. All other customer can upgrade to KeyShot 5 for an incremental fee.

For more information please contact sales@luxion.com. For more information on KeyShot 3D rendering, animation and KeyShotVR please visit www.keyshot.com.


 

Solid Edge ST7 Enhancements at Solid Edge University 2014

Solid Edge unveiled their improvements in the upcoming ST7 software release as well as initiatives that the company has been working towards. They have continued to show clear focus on their customer’s needs and included 1300 user requests that spanned the entire scope of the Solid Edge product.

Solid Edge ST7 Microsoft Surface Pro

The power of Solid Edge ST7 modeling and drafting can be experienced on Microsoft Surface Pro devices.

The Solid Edge team’s presentation of ST7 was themed in four parts:

Accelerate your 3D modeling

Part to Sheet Metal:

Wrap sheet metal parts around solid part faces with corner treatments (this has some really good potential)

Blank Body:

Amazing analysis and flat patterning tool to deal with difficult stamped features. This performs a meshed surface body analysis along with the material properties of the shape to accurately deconstruct the component into a flat sheet model.

3D Measure:

  • Multiple measurements from single command
  • Easy to read graphical measurements
  • Built-in automatic note-pad

Standards based holes:

  • Specify bolt size and fit for correct size of hole
  • Widespread international standards support

Solid Edge University 2014 Presentation Hole Enhancements

Draft:

  • Drafting had some really nice improvements.
  • Dynamic drawing view display for all view types
  • Associative Annotations (this is great)
  • Parts List component highlights and thumbnail views
  • Streamlined individual part or sub-assembly view creation
  • Automatic coordinate dimensioning and jogging

Solid Edge University 2014 Presentation Draft

Solid Edge University 2014 Draft Tool-tips in Parts List

Duplicate Component:

New patterning method that allows automatic intelligent orientation based on existing similar locations in model.

Solid Edge University 2014 Presentation Duplicate Component

Peer Locate:

  • Design in-context at any level
  • Inter-part links without write access to upper level assembly

3D Sketch:

  • Available in Part, Assembly, and Sheet Metal environments
  • Faster Design of 3D-swept components

Photo-realistic rendering:

Solid Edge ST7 Keyshot Engine Rendering(via embedded Keyshot functionality; license required)

All Solid Edge face styles and view transferred

Solid Edge University 2014 Presentation Keyshot

Additional enhancements include:

  • New Start-up screen with easy access to common tasks
  • Enhanced tooltips with embedded videos
  • Parts catalog
  • Fixed length curve holds length of swept components while they remain flexible (doesn’t sound like much but delivers a really cool functionality for standardized tubes and the like)
  • Enhanced frame design with up 2X faster workflows
  • An Insert component button (Good)
  • Pattern of a Pattern recognition
  • Materials table was completely overhauled and rebuilt
  • Quick Shape Primitives
  • One-button update in assemblies
  • Improved sketch feedback
  • Pattern components along a curve
  • Enhanced Face relate
  • Simplified Assemblies honored
  • Simulation enhancements

And more….

Streamline Your Design Management

Streamlined design management in Solid Edge SP (Microsoft Sharepoint  management)

Solid Edge University 2014 Presentation Solid Edge SP

More on this to come in the near future.

Power Up With New Apps

Enjoy Amazing User Experience

My Thoughts

These enhancements were all requested by users to meet the needs that they experience in production. This was the second time I was involved in the discussions relating to what features people desired and how they were being implemented in the software. We literally sat down and said, “this is what we want”. Solid Edge’s lead developer asked how they wanted that to work, took notes, and we all voted on the top items. It’s really cool to see the developments happen as quickly as they do at Solid Edge.

Solid Edge University 2014 Wish List Voting

Microsoft Surface & Keyshot Engine Rendering Images courtesy of Siemens PLM Software


 

Ansys Acquires SpaceClaim

ANSYS acquires SpaceClaimANSYS announced on April 30th, 2014 that it has purchased SpaceClaim for the sum of $85 million in cash. Now that is a very interesting turn of events. Why? Because it puts ANSYS in the position to offer a well established history-free CAD software to a world that is demanding similar performance, all the while paving the path to a simulation driven manufacturing market populated by their well regarded (and often major client demanded) analysis software.

SpaceClaim’s history-free modeling platform allows users to create and manipulate any 3D-CAD models, no matter what software created them. Having SpaceClaim’s clean UI and history free CAD option with ANSYS software should mark a significant point in the ANSYS “Simulation Driven Product Development” strategy.

The Press Release

The announcement made by ANSYS in this press release also noted:

“This transaction is consistent with our strategic vision and M&A criteria, and accelerates our technological product roadmap to enhance our customer offering and drive growth,” said Jim Cashman, president and CEO of ANSYS. “SpaceClaim is an exciting addition to our portfolio, as it addresses unmet 3D modeling needs in the conceptual modeling, manufacturing and 3D printing spaces, which represents an audience of 5 million users. In addition to driving innovation, the addition of SpaceClaim helps ANSYS accelerate the growth of the simulation market by broadening our user base from analysts and expert users to the millions of design and systems engineers in the industry. We welcome the SpaceClaim team to ANSYS.”

Market Review

Some other interesting points noted by Monica Schnitger’s analysis:

  • ANSYS and SpaceClaim have been partners since 2007
  • ANSYS expects SpaceClaim’s revenue to be around $14 million this year
  • SpaceClaim’s 50 or so employees have moved to ANSYS except CEO Chris Randles and CFO Gregory Stott.
  • SpaceClaim has sold ~50,000 seats since the first release of its software
  • ANSYS states that the purchase will not affect the neutrality of the ANSYS model

She goes on to look at the expectation that ANSYS will be able to use this to expand it’s user base to 5 million seats. That’s a far reach from the noted 145000 seats of ANSYS in use (as of 2011). She however points out the long haul strategy [ed. umm.. REALLY long haul] that considers the 25 million engineers in manufacturing’s needs for better simulation and analysis capabilities, and 1.1 million commercial CAD seats. While most don’t want to move to simulation, some do, and many more will require it in the future.

My thoughts

Will ANSYS integrate SpaceClaim’s technology into their own CAD systems? No one has stated on way or another, but they certainly have the talent pool now. My thoughts are beginning to turn to certain CAD vendors that offer new modeling technologies alongside well positioned simulation platforms, and what this might mean for them.

What is certain is that ANSYS has a great opportunity to continue to market and sell SpaceClaim’s great CAD platform to the industry’s greater demand for history free, easy-to-use CAD software, while paving the way for CAD users, both old and new, to adopt ANSYS simulation.

Image from ANSYS.com

What’s New in Autodesk Simulation Products for 2015

 

Autodesk Simulation Products for 2015Autodesk has been working on their Simulation products both in the cloud and on desktop platforms.

This year’s lineup will include:

  • Autodesk Simulation Mechanical
  • Autodesk Simulation CFD
  • Autodesk Simulation Moldflow
  • Autodesk Simulation Composite Design
  • Autodesk Simulation Composite Analysis
  • Autodesk Robot and Structural Analysis
  • Autodesk Simulation 360

The changes to the products vary, and the following is simply a highlight of the big ticket items. We’ll go into more usability and performance enhancements in detail as product specific information becomes available in the weeks to come.

Autodesk Simulation Portfolio for 2015

Autodesk Simulation Mechanical

  • Decoupled design scenarios
  • Asynchronous workflows with Solver Manager
  • Non-Linear contact manager
  • Usability Enhancements in Linear Dynamics
  • Free Surface Models

Autodesk Simulation CFD

  • Advanced turbulence models
  • Simplified heat sink models
  • Refrigerant phase change

Autodesk Simulation Moldflow

  • Microchip encapsulation
  • Enhanced Speed and accuracy with Linux Support
  • Gate freeze accuracy improvements
  • Warpage and overmolding capabilities
  • Conformal Cooling Channel analysis with Simulation CFD

Autodesk Simulation 360

  • Thermal Stress derived from CFD results

Autodesk Simulation Composite

The announcement  of Autodesk’s purchase of Firehole Composites isn’t really news, but this is the first release cycle that the products have been featured in, so we are listing them here.

The Helius: Composite Pro product is featured as Autodesk Simulation Composite Design and gives users the ability to design simple structures and receive basic structural feedback without having to perform laborious hand calculations and approximate material constants.

Their Helius: MCT now becomes Autodesk Simulation Composite Analysis and offers a more complete and comprehensive analysis tool that includes my favorite addition: delamination prediction.

Don’t forget to check out Scott’s Product and Factory Design Suite changes for 2015.

Images shown hereon were furnished by Autodesk, Inc.