Sharing Between CAD Programs – The Trouble With Importing and Exporting Models

I wanted to take a moment to talk about sharing.

 

…No, I don’t mean “free love”. I’m talking about the ability of different software packages to pass models and files between each other, more commonly referred to importing and exporting files. The problem is, as all of you who have worked with multiple different CAD software packages before, it is not always that easy.

It really boils down to a question of: why does there need to be so many different proprietary file formats?

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Finger Painting Jewellery (or How to Design a Jewellery CAD Model on a Touch Screen)

While in Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago, I stumbled across this.

In case you’re wondering, the above software is Firestorm CAD, a new piece of jewellery design software based upon Spaceclaim‘s CAD architecture. Note that Firestorm was designed to work with a mouse and keyboard interface, so this multitouch interface could theoretically be used on any CAD software, with some adjustments.

My thoughts on the above after the break.

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