Specials and New Releases – January 15, 2018

by Barbara D'Aloisio January 16, 2018 4 min read

Autodesk kicks off the new year with a limited time promotion for all this many AutoCAD products.  A 20% discount on  AutoCAD could mean up to $900 in savings......you do the math!
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The Edge: Victor Enrich’s Variations on a Note

by novedge February 25, 2014 4 min read

Victor Enrich takes inspiration from the keys on a piano and creates fantastic renderings of a single building, as if composing variations on musical notes, for his NDHK series.
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Alibre CEO Paul Grayson Discusses the New Pricing Structure

by Franco Folini August 13, 2009 9 min read

The recent decision by Alibre to drop the price of their entry level product Alibre Design Standard from $999 to only $99 generated a wave of reaction throughout the CAD world (see the blog posts by Deelip Menezes, Roopinder Tara, Matt Lombard, and Ralph Grabowski). The decision caught everyone by surprise. Even at a time […]
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An Interview with Ron KC Cheng, CAD Writer

by Franco Folini December 17, 2007 10 min read

Ron KC Cheng is the author of a new book Inside Rhinoceros 4 published by Thomas Learning, an introduction to the latest release of Rhino, the popular NURBS modeling system by Robert McNeel and Associates. This is not the first book about Rhino written by Ron; he is also the author of Inside Rhinoceros 3, […]
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An Interview with Louis Gary Lamit, Author of the Book “Moving from 2D to 3D CAD for Engineering Design”

by Franco Folini May 25, 2007 8 min read

Louis Gary Lamit is a CAD professional and teacher with several years of experience behind him. He is the owner of Lamit and Associates and the author of the book Moving from 2D to 3D CAD for Engineering Design recently published by BookSurge. The transition from 2D to 3D has been an hot topic for […]
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The Next CAD Revolution Starts Today

by Franco Folini April 23, 2007 3 min read

Parametric modeling, also known as feature based modeling, was brought to the CAD market in the middle of the 80's by PTC with Pro/Engineer. In a time when all 3D modeling was explicit (no parameters, no geometric relationships, no constraints), Pro/E was a revolutionary system. After a few attempts to defend the old non-parametric mode, […]
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An Interview with Greg Milliken, CEO of Alibre

by Franco Folini April 18, 2007 7 min read

Greg Milliken is the CEO of Alibre. Greg is one of a kind — he has an impressive track record of success as an entrepreneur and executive in the CAD and 3D world. Greg can look at ideas with an open-minded curiosity, never taking anything for granted.  He is a very busy guy — it […]
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Free CAD for Everybody

by Franco Folini February 05, 2007 2 min read

Is CAD software following the same path of web browsers? According to some small-size 2D CAD vendors (as reported by  Ralph Grabowski) there are too many free CAD systems and too long lasting free trials around. As a CAD reseller I should agree, and maybe I should say: free software is not good! But I […]
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Frederick W. Taylor and 3D Technology

by Franco Folini January 03, 2007 2 min read

in 3D designers need to master the art of creating parametric CAD models I was pleasantly surprised to see so many readers going through my recent post about the slow transition from 2D to 3D. Several readers left thoughtful comments explaining why they still use 2D technologies and tools. I really appreciate their feedback. I […]
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Why the transition from 2D to 3D is taking forever

by Franco Folini December 12, 2006 4 min read

For as long as I can remember, sophisticated 3D CAD systems have been on the verge of fully replacing the supposedly inefficient 2D CAD systems. For years it has been considered just a matter of time before the obvious advantages of 3D systems would push traditional 2D systems out of the market, all with great […]
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