Design Software

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CAD shapes up for the future

Tom Shelley reports on up and coming developments in the CAD world, some of which can be trialled, and others expected to soon become available.

AutoCAD goes back to Mac

Autodesk's decision to launch for a Mac platform opens up a number of possibilities, as Paul Fanning discovers.

Computing aids advance rapid development

Tom Shelley reports on technologies to aid brainstorming and getting products to market faster, especially in the challenging field of alternative energy.

Taking the fear out of PLM

Negative perceptions of Product Lifecycle Management and how to change them was the major theme to emerge from the recent Eureka PLM Round Table.

Design challenges in the automotive sector

Richard Blatcher, head of marketing, manufacturing, EMEA, Autodesk, looks at how manufacturers across the supply chain can overcome obstacles in the automotive sector.

Tradition maintained by full PLM

Tom Shelley reports on how every CAD and robotic aid is employed to maintain competitiveness and quality at Bentley Motors.

Are you trusting to luck?

It is in the nature of things to go, wrong, but there are many ways to minimise the risk of a mishap turning into a major disaster.

Autodesk goes upmarket

Tom Shelley reports on how Autodesk's latest offerings make its products comparable with top-end CAD software.

Bridging the dimension gap

Paul Fanning takes a look at a software package designed to help companies make the leap to 3D design.

The human face of design

Integrating human factors into any design may sound an obvious consideration, but it has hitherto proved expensive and complicated.

A design for end of life

Ever-increasing regulation and new thinking about end of life are putting pressures on design. Tom Shelley reports on the different approaches to these problems.

Analysis pushes the envelope

Tom Shelley reports on how advanced analysis has turned projects that might otherwise not be feasible into business successes

Rendered images update in moments

Software that greatly accelerates the production of high quality rendered images of products designed on CAD programs has been produced by Cambridge based ArtVPS. Its Shaderlight 1.0 allows designers ...