Thursday, August 27, 2015

Programação API Autodesk Inventor

Programação API Autodesk Inventor

Use the Old Fusion 360 Help Format

Posted: 26 Aug 2015 09:26 PM PDT

If you're a little frustrated using the new layout of the Fusion help, it turns out that you can still access the updated content through the old layout.  If you forget the link you can also Google search for a Fusion API term, for example "Fusion BRepFace" and the search result will also take you to the topic in the older help format and you'll have access to the full help through the table of contents.



Portal da impressão 3d - Novo estudo confirma! Mercado de impressão 3D vai crescer para US$ 17 bilhões até 2020

Portal da impressão 3d - Novo estudo confirma! Mercado de impressão 3D vai crescer para US$ 17 bilhões até 2020

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Novo estudo confirma! Mercado de impressão 3D vai crescer para US$ 17 bilhões até 2020

Posted: 26 Aug 2015 04:53 AM PDT

Crescendo a uma taxa anual média de cerca de 25%, o mer […]

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Who controls product development security?

Posted: 26 Aug 2015 11:03 AM PDT

Manufacturing companies are the leading target of cyber crime. Tom Lansford takes a look at what you can do to protect product development data. By Tom Lansford Do we really have control over the information in our company? Companies in manufacturing are the main target for hackers and industrial espionage. Security breaches cost companies and [...]

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

People Power

People Power

People Power

Posted: 26 Aug 2015 07:44 AM PDT

Written by Catherine Bolgar


Imagine charging your phone with electricity made from your own body. That day isn't so far away. New technology is being developed to convert our bodies' sweat, heat and motion into electricity. Here's how.

Sweat: Scientists have developed a small, tattoo-like patch that turns lactate, one of about 800 chemicals in perspiration, into electricity.

"We do energy-harvesting from the body, with sweat as a biofuel," says Joseph Wang, chair of nanoengineering and director of the Center for Wearable Sensors at the University of California at San Diego.

Researchers used the adhesive, stretchable, flexible tattoo to power a digital watch. "When the person started to sweat, we could see that the watch was turning," Dr. Wang reports.

The biofuel patch uses an enzyme as a biocatalyst. "The tattoo has two printed electrodes with the enzyme. We later did the same thing on textile that's in contact with the skin," Dr. Wang says.

The patch generates 100 microwatts per square centimeter—too weak to charge a phone, but enough for a low-power biomedical device such as a glucose sensor or, eventually, a pacemaker. The device could be woven into headbands or underwear to capture sweat. It might even have military applications by obviating the need to carry batteries.

The beauty is, they're inexpensive," Dr. Wang says. "They're printable devices with low-cost fabrication."

Lactate isn't the only potential bodily biofuel. Scientists are studying how glucose can power batteries as well as bodies. Researchers at Université Joseph Fourier in Grenoble, France, are working on implantable biofuel cells that would power artificial organs. And scientists at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia, are developing sugar-powered batteries that can store more energy than in lithium-ion batteries.

Heat: "We waste 60% of our energy through heat," says Gang Chen, head of the mechanical engineering department and professor of power engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "There is interest in recovering this heat and turning it into electricity."

iStock_000004171296_SmallOne way batteries can convert heat into electricity is by taking advantage of thermodynamic cycles. As temperatures rise, battery voltage decreases. If a battery is charged at a high temperature and then cooled, the voltage increases. "The idea requires you to heat and cool the battery and cycle back and forth," Dr. Chen explains.

Another method is thermoelectric. It's possible to generate electricity when one side of a semiconductor is hot and the other cold. Such differentials are everywhere. For example, body temperature is hotter than ambient temperature, Dr. Chen points out, but devices need to be designed to maintain that difference.

The thermoelectric approach is closer to application. A thermoelectric battery can already be used to power a watch, while researchers at Yonsei University and the Korea Institute of Science and Technology, both in Seoul, have developed a wearable thermoelectric generator.

Motion: Piezoelectric systems harvest energy from pressure or vibrations caused by walking, driving cars on roads, or machinery operating in factories.

One recent advance is an energy-generating cloth developed at South Korea's Sungkyunkwan University. Their piezoelectric nanogenerator is flexible and can be folded, rolled and stretched to capture energy from movement. Indeed, researchers at the École de Technologie Supérieure in Montreal, Canada have created a chin strap that captures electricity from chewing.

iStock_000000157491_SmallThen there's locomotion. "When we walk, we apply light forces to footwear—around 1,000 newtons, or about 1.3 times the weight of a person," says Tom Krupenkin, president of InStep NanoPower LLC and professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. "Up to 20 watts of energy is dissipated as heat into footwear without being used for anything. If we can capture and utilize a small part of that, it can be useful."

InStep NanoPower uses a process called reverse electrowetting in which fluids harvest energy and convert it into electricity in an insole. Electronics included in the insole, powered by walking, would allow sensors to track basic data such as steps taken. But more important applications might be possible. By integrating GPS, accelerometers and temperature sensors the insoles could help locate, say, a jogger who has suffered a heart attack; someone buried in the rubble of a collapsed building; or a firefighter lost in a smoke-filled building. The insoles could even extend a phone's battery life by using Bluetooth communications as a relay to cellular networks.


Catherine Bolgar is a former managing editor of The Wall Street Journal Europe. For more from Catherine Bolgar, contributors from the Economist Intelligence Unit along with industry experts, join the Future Realities discussion.

Photos courtesy of iStock

Autocad Interface

Autocad Interface

Let’s get physical: laser cutting the output from

Posted: 26 Aug 2015 09:57 AM PDT

After building a web-site to create files that help make laser-cuttable jigsaws, it made sense to actually go ahead and cut some. In the flesh, so to speak. My initial findings weren't good: I'd assumed that I could output 2D solids from AutoCAD – each representing a pixel to be...

Portal da impressão 3d - Google Project Tango traz Smartphone com tecnologia Intel 3D de digitalização para as massas

Portal da impressão 3d - Google Project Tango traz Smartphone com tecnologia Intel 3D de digitalização para as massas

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Google Project Tango traz Smartphone com tecnologia Intel 3D de digitalização para as massas

Posted: 25 Aug 2015 05:24 AM PDT

O Projeto Tango smartphone da Google foi revelado com a […]

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Cyon Research opens global survey of engineering software users

Posted: 25 Aug 2015 02:56 PM PDT

The annual survey explores technology plans of firms that use CAD, CAE, PDM, PLM, and BIM software. A copy of the results are free to qualified survey participants. Cyon Research has launched its 2015 Global Survey of Users of Engineering Software. The annual survey is open to employees of firms that use CAD, CAE, PDM, [...]

Monday, August 24, 2015

Autocad Interface

Autocad Interface

Adjusting the size of AutoCAD text and block attributes to fit their containers using .NET

Posted: 24 Aug 2015 07:26 AM PDT

We started this series by looking at how to get the centroid of a region, and then how to create text that fits an arbitrary space. In this post we're going to wrap up by looking at the original question of how to resize block attributes to fit their container....

Sunday, August 23, 2015

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Feeding the Matrix: Banjo puts the worlds photos to work

Posted: 22 Aug 2015 02:15 PM PDT

Companies are sucking up data and using it to find out everything they can about whatever it is they care about. So far, it's been a way one deal: data flows from us and into the monster maw of enterprise servers. Banjo has it both ways.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Portal da impressão 3d - Inovadora Plataforma de Impressão 3D em vidro

Portal da impressão 3d - Inovadora Plataforma de Impressão 3D em vidro

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Inovadora Plataforma de Impressão 3D em vidro

Posted: 21 Aug 2015 06:16 AM PDT

A Impressão de vidro 3D mantem um grande potencial, não […]

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Blender Institute releases pilot of open source animation Cosmos Laundromat

Posted: 21 Aug 2015 12:02 PM PDT

"First Cycle" is the first 10 minutes of the free and open source episodic film. Blender Institute has released the first segment in a new episodic open source animation feature film. "Cosmos Laundromat: First Cycle" tells the story of Franck, a suicidal sheep who lives on a desolate island. He meets his fate in a [...]

Add-in graphics board sales drop in second quarter

Posted: 21 Aug 2015 11:24 AM PDT

New market report from Jon Peddie Research says Nvidia gained market share at the expense of AMD. Jon Peddie Research (JPR), the industry’s research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia, announced estimated PC graphics add-in-board (AIB) shipments and suppliers’ market share for the second quarter of 2015. The news was discouraging and seasonally understandable, [...]

Friday, August 21, 2015

Autocad Interface

Autocad Interface goes mobile-friendly

Posted: 21 Aug 2015 12:49 AM PDT

After going down the path of making this blog responsive, it made sense to do the same for I think it's a really nice illustration of the potential for AutoCAD I/O to use the web-site from your mobile phone to generate a DWG in the cloud. The site itself...

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Nvidia DesignWorks offers interactive photorealistic rendering for design tools

Posted: 20 Aug 2015 02:27 PM PDT

A combination of existing tools and new technologies, DesignWorks extends the potential reach of physically based rendering.   Nvidia DesignWorks is a new set of software tools, libraries and technologies for design software developers. It gives application developers a way to take advantage of Nvidia's work in both physically based rendering (PBR) and physically based [...]

Thursday, August 20, 2015

“Accelerating Market Opportunity in a Global Landscape” plus 2 more

“Accelerating Market Opportunity in a Global Landscape” plus 2 more

Accelerating Market Opportunity in a Global Landscape

Posted: 20 Aug 2015 11:13 AM PDT

Pharmaceutical and biotech companies strive to deliver the best medicines and therapies to their patients, but are faced with numerous industry challenges including increasing competition, globalization, lower margins and patent expiration. Additionally, these companies also face a greater frequency of regulatory authority interaction and therapeutic innovation, particularly those focused on small target populations.

Consequently, pharmaceutical and biotech organizations often struggle to manage and maintain documentation throughout the development lifecycle. Functional areas such as Quality Assurance, R&D and Regulatory often create and manage their own silos of content that cannot be effectively synchronized. This is especially true when disparate systems are unable to talk to each other.

Pharmaceutical and biotech companies often face unforeseen risks that can reduce the effectiveness and compliance of their systems – especially when facing the challenges of controlling changes across multiple sites in a global enterprise.

Finally, regulatory requirements can challenge the most dedicated and process-driven organizations. With numerous regulatory areas to focus on, and frequent regulation change without notice, problems arise. Without effective management, regulatory hurdles can quickly clog the new product pipeline.

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An Online Quality and Compliance Platform

Pharmaceutical and biotech companies need an effective way to adapt and manage their processes to meet these pressing industry challenges. Dassault Systèmes License to Cure for BioPharma solution has been designed to help companies be more reactive and responsive to market needs while providing an effective governance model.

Disparate silos of information can be united into one online platform, helping companies digitally share their quality, compliance, and regulatory activities across their global operations. License to Cure helps businesses transition from outdated practices to a connected and transformative environment where companies can collaborate with their supply chain partners and regulatory agencies, both pre- and post-market. This transparency between early clinical activity, through manufacturing, and on to full commercialization is essential to success.

As a web-enabled solution, user interfaces provide easy viewing, access and printing of controlled documents across organizations. Full life cycle management of controlled documents reduces time to search and collect information, and automatically provides an audit trail for full traceability. This interface enables simultaneous collaboration by multiple authors and reviewers, and streamlines the approval process.

Data can be captured, reviewed, processed and approved through an interface that works as a single point of access to compliance content. This helps pharma and biotech companies to integrate their Quality Management Systems (QMS) across their global operations. With secure, audited data sharing, users can access documents and data from anywhere, allowing them to adhere to quality processes and minimize duplication of information.

Designed for the highly-regulated life sciences environment, License to Cure for BioPharma provides end-to-end document and workflow management in alignment with regulatory guidelines. This serves to reduce costs, improve efficiencies and accelerate submission of applications to the appropriate regulatory bodies.

License to Cure for BioPharma provides seamless and continuous data flow to accelerate innovation, enabling enterprise organizations to improve yields, reduce the number of issues and minimize recall occurrence, thereby improving both product quality and quality processes needed to reduce risk.

With an integrated, end-to-end solution, businesses can transform the way they bring innovative therapeutic solutions to patients. To find out more, download the solution brief.

Improving Drug Development Efficacy Through Operational Efficiency

Posted: 20 Aug 2015 11:06 AM PDT

The drug development process has become increasingly expensive and focused on improved returns on investment. With average development taking 12 – 15 years, only one in 25 drug programs are released to the commercial market.  Yet, after all this time and investment, the patent expires after only 20 years.  Meanwhile, the time needed for drug discovery is lengthening and becoming more costly as well. Companies are facing high operational costs and high development failure, leading to fewer, lesser quality candidates entering clinical phases.

Another challenge is the move towards 'personalized medicine', as research indicates these therapies are more effective. This is forcing a shift from blockbuster drugs to targeted solutions for smaller populations. Pharmaceutical companies have opportunity here, but must also find a way to deliver new types of therapeutics while reducing costs and time-to-market.

New drug development requires a combination of innovation and operational efficiency. To achieve new levels of productivity, Life Science companies must learn to capture and build-upon their existing knowledge base by harvesting and sharing the data that already exists within their organizations.


Putting Big Data to Work

As in all industries, there has been a vast increase in data generated by Life Sciences organizations, which will help the industry become more efficient and effective. If data was aggregated and disseminated to its potential, predictive modeling of biological processes and drugs could become more sophisticated and commonplace. This would enable better identification of probable candidate molecules that could be developed into a successful drug. The wealth of new data and improved analytical techniques will enhance future innovation and fuel the drug-development pipeline.

Tools for analyzing and interpreting this data have not been developed and implemented at the same rate, and data without analysis are worthless. Pharmaceutical companies must find ways to mine, integrate and gain knowledge from all this data to improve analytical capabilities.

Eliminating the Silos

Leveraging the existing information that is created, and then stored during drug development, requires the ability for contributors across the enterprise to collaborate and have access to common knowledge.  Departmental silos of data must be eliminated so that digital data is captured and shared between functions. This requires a flexible process and system that can capture, manage and document all the data.  This level of visibility and collaboration sets the foundation for predictive analytics, which can provide the insight needed to accelerate and improve innovation.

Optimizing Therapeutic Development

Dassault Systèmes Designed to Cure Industry Solution Experience provides a business and scientific platform that can deliver collaborative virtual design, knowledge-driven innovation, as well as the predictive analytics needed to address current industry challenges.

Based on the unique BIOVIA portfolio, the solution integrates the diversity of science, experimental processes and information requirements across R&D, QC and manufacturing.  This solutions supports data-driven insight that is key to accelerating and improving innovation. Utilizing a highly integrated, streamlined information gathering and processing system, multi-disciplinary teams can connect to the high quality information at any time, from any location. By unifying siloed applications and enabling seamless data management, Designed to Cure enables scientists within a collaborative global ecosystem to achieve better insights and deliver safe and efficacious drug candidates faster.


To learn more about Designed to Cure Industry Solution Experience provided by Dassault Systèmes, download the solution brief.

Optimized Planning: Analyze and verify your construction sequence before breaking ground

Posted: 20 Aug 2015 05:00 AM PDT

optimized planning
The Optimized Planning Industry Process Experience is for construction planners, project managers, and safety engineers to collaborate on a digital model that is true to the reality of the construction process.

It allows teams to simulate and validate critical project activities—even worker tasks—before arriving onsite.

Click to TweetClick to Tweet: “Optimized Planning” simulates & validates #AEC project activities—even worker tasks—before arriving onsite

The main ingredients for creating a fully optimized plan are the project design, construction sequences, and critical resources:

3D Model. The physical asset is represented in it's completed form by a BIM or VDC (Virtual Design Construction) model.

Processes. Construction timeline and sequences are outlined in a Gantt chart or other timeline tool to illustrate the progression of the project.

Resources. The space, labor, and equipment utilized during a project are critical to simulating the construction process, but are often overlooked in the planning phase. Activities on the construction site often have even more impact on the bottom line than the design of the project itself. An analysis of the building environment throughout the build is necessary for planners to determine how the project will be built.

Optimized Planning considers the design, timeline, and critical resources like cranes and crews to produce an exceedingly detailed construction plan and dramatically reduce the risks and costs associated with the most critical components of complex projects.

Utilizing the Optimized Planning process helps users to:

  • Minimize costs by accurately predicting workforce requirements and onsite time needed for using costly material handling equipment, especially in congested areas
  • Dramatically reduce rework and delays through rapid recalculations using real-time data in the event of unforeseen activities
  • Improve worker health and safety by identifying risks early in the design and planning process
  • Optimize efficiency of the construction project by evaluating the best resource allocation, logistics, construction sequence, and other factors
  • Simplify communication by planning, visualizing, and working from data contained within one aggregated model

Defining and validating a precise plan prior to the execution of the actual construction job is made possible with a simulation system that can handle the model, schedule, and critical resource data.

Planners may then run realistic scenarios to validate sequences, optimize the construction schedule, and avoid project risks.

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to validate your #construction plan, reduce risk

See the Shanghai Foundation Engineering Group customer story to learn how they leveraged the Optimized Planning Industry Process Experience.

Review this Slideshare to learn more about Optimized Planning:

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The Amazing Revit Technology Conferences

Posted: 19 Aug 2015 09:00 PM PDT

For those of you who have made the move to BIM - you'll find the Revit Technology Conference an invaluable event to attend.  RTC is more than just a conference for you and your fellow Revit users - it's a conference about all things BIM.  

RTC General
RTC is a conference run by users for users (not run by Autodesk as you might expect) .  The classes are taught by gurus in the industry who can truly help advance your BIM expertise because they've been through the process themselves.  They understand your challenges - and will teach you the skills to excel in building your business with BIM.  If you are a BIM manager you will learn tips for the perfect execution plan - if you are a Revit user you'll learn tips that will put you on the road to becoming a Revit expert.

RTC audience

And I love that there is no pretense at RTC - they work hard to make sure everyone fits in.  Networking is highly promoted at the event with plenty of opportunities to make connections with others in your industry. The conference events are stellar - the exhibition hall is always buzzing with amazing BIM solutions - and the classes are high level so that everyone can benefit.

So there's my plug for RTC - a conference not to be missed for sure.  As for me - I LOVE attending RTC because I know I will always leave the conference knowing much more than I did when I entered it - and with dozens of new industry connections.

RTC is so popular - they have expanded to 4 events per year throughout the world.  RTC Asia is right around the corner (September 10-12) in Singapore - the deadline to sign up is just a short time away.


Or if you'd prefer, there is RTC North America, RTC Australasia and RTC Europe (also right around the corner in Budapest!)



Wednesday, August 19, 2015

[PART 2] DELMIA Helps the Aerospace Industry Meet the Challenges of Composite Manufacturing

[PART 2] DELMIA Helps the Aerospace Industry Meet the Challenges of Composite Manufacturing

[PART 2] DELMIA Helps the Aerospace Industry Meet the Challenges of Composite Manufacturing

Posted: 19 Aug 2015 04:31 AM PDT

Composite wing flap at Airbus
An A400M composite wing flap at Airbus in Filton, Bristol.
Source: Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, UK.

I'm Christian Chaplais, Senior Manager of R&D DELMIA Enterprise Intelligence Applications. Welcome to the  second blog  of a two-part series on how  Operational Intelligence is helping the Aerospace & Defense Industry.

Finding a Way Around the Complexity of Composite Manufacturing

Many composite parts manufacturers have been exposed to quality issues for years. Some have used classic approaches such as simple statistics, advanced statistics or optimization consulting services to find an answer, but came up short.

So, the question remains. How do you solve composite manufacturing issues without going through all the complexities? There is a way to discover and apply an empirical (data-based) model without the complications in just a few weeks: Operations Intelligence (O/I).

With (O/I) Process Rules Discovery, for example, quality engineers or process and product experts can discover patterns (or rules) explaining whether results have been satisfactory or not. This can be done with a limited number of observations, which keeps down costs, in a ramp-up study.

Process and product experts can also understand the model with Process Rules Discovery, change it by editing the rules and immediately see the impact on the rule KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) based on facts (data).

Here's a sample rule discovered by Process Rules Discovery:

sample rule

The rule can be interpreted as:

When the product is in the autoclave for an extended period of time (cure cycle time is high)…
…and the binding strength of the fiber is low,
…and fibers have been aging sufficiently,
then the quality is good.

Let's take another O/I example. With Operations Advisor, shop floor workers can assess risk and take preventive or corrective action in real-time. Operations Advisor recommends values for actionable parameters (settings) without requiring any change to the process specifications or investment in new material.

operations advisor

[Operations Advisor risk assessment and proposed settings ranges (in green)]

Adopting Operations Intelligence

The DELMIA Operations Intelligence solution for Composites has been widely adopted by the Aerospace & Defense Industry from both OEMs and tier-one suppliers.

For several years, one company has been faced with an important and repetitive nonconformance issue (delamination) on the composite leading edge of wings for an aircraft manufacturer. On this family of products, the reject rate could reach 13% and the rework rate 28%. There were delays (up to 6 months of manufacturing backlog), extra internal costs, a loss of confidence from the customer and internal frustration. Multiple quality tasks including process audits, investigating new processes, SPC analysis, inspections of raw material, etc. did not solve the problem.

They then decided to use Operations Intelligence to analyze two years of production. In less than six weeks, two influent parameters, unsuspected until now, were identified (the fluidity of the resin and the time during which the part is kept under vacuum), as well as the recommended lower and higher limits for these parameters. By applying the rules discovered, they managed to instantly reduce the scrap rate to zero and the rework rate to 1%, removing any backlog shortly after.

I'd like to hear your experiences with Composite Manufacturing? What was the outcome?

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CAD Tip: Do you have a CAD Modeling Style? Should you?

Posted: 19 Aug 2015 01:29 PM PDT

Do you always model up you 3D models the same way? Should you use different styles? I use Revolve, High Roller Stacking and my favorite manufacturing style all the time.
What do you use?

Link to Video