Magnacad News -CAD/CAE/PLM
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In this Issue...
  • Technical Support Program Modifications for 2016 and beyond.
  • BioDigital - Human Visualization Platform
  • Magnacad's new Cloud-based Payment System
  • IronCAD Continues to be Iron Solid (Jeff Rowe)
  • IronCAD direct integration with SprutCAM v10
  • FlexQube integrates Compose into its customer interactive experience.
  • IronCAD lifting 3D design and collaboration apps to the cloud to shorten the sales cycle
  • KiCAD - Free EDA Suite

IronCAD lifting 3D design and collaboration apps to the cloud to shorten the sales cycle

The IronCAD Design Collaboration Suite (DCS) facilitates productive design and collaboration by enabling users of all skill levels to communicate design data using three-dimensional models. Salespeople, engineers, and designers can work with customers in real-time to create, edit, review, and approve product designs within a matter of hours. Based on Microsoft Azure technologies, IronCAD DCS enables better collaboration, improved business processes, and increased efficiencies for manufacturers in all industries.

"We saw three major advantages in moving to the Azure cloud: enhancing collaboration, making data accessible from anywhere on any device, and providing security for our customer’s data."

Tao-Yang Han, President, IronCAD

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FlexQube integrates IronCAD Compose into its customer interactive experience.

FlexQube is a prime example of how companies can leverage their existing and new 3D CAD data into a customer-centric experience. FlexQube took what IronCAD Compose was developed for using Microsoft Cloud solutions (see article above) and created a interactive sales expereince. By doing so, allowing customers to generate basically their own "work-orders" to custom specs as outlined by the FlexQube online 3D IronCAD catalogs.

See how FlexQube works

IronCAD direct integration with SprutCAM v10

Interoperability IronCAD 2015 with SprutCAM v10 is available via toolbar. Add-Ins in IronCAD (button in toolbar of IronCAD) provide direct export of the parts into SprutCAM.  SprutCAM will recognize the changes and implement them after your command (pressing export button in IronCAD) and hereon only necessary to press Run button in SprutCAM to get new G-code.
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IronCAD Continues to be Iron Solid

November 12th, 2015 by Jeff Rowe

When I ask people in the MCAD community to name four or five mechanical CAD products, I get the same answers about 90% of the time. Just based on conversation, I’ve come to regard these four to five products loosely as “first tier,” based solely on mention, not capabilities. This is more of a marketing thing than a functional thing.

When I ask the same people to name another four or five products, the answers vary all over the place. I’ll call this “second tier, “ or mid range, again based on frequency of mention, not capabilities. That’s unfortunate, because a number of products in this tier (or range) have a number of interesting and often unique features and capabilities that can often provide a better user experience. Although I could name several in the so-called second (or mid-range) tier, a product I’ve followed for a long time is IronCAD

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Magnacad's new Cloud-based Invoice System

Started at the beginning of this past year, we have implemented a cloud-based invoicing and software renewal system. The system provides the ability to invoice and estimate in real-time for potential and existing customers.

Also, this system allows us to simplify our communications with our customers. Existing customers register for free on their own specific "customer portals"  that allows us to better interact with them, share information instantly and the customer get see their entire payment histories with us.

We urge customers to sign up and take advantage of this new feature. There is no cost to you. If you haven't received and invitation to sign up for your portal, please contact us and a new invite will be emailed.

Image shows the customers own portal dashboard and the features available to review payments and renewal histories.

BioDigital - Human Visualization Platform

In our everyday life of designing various projects we come across real cool and innovative solutions on the web outside of the CAD world. In a recent project, we needed to use accurate imagery of the human anatomy. Purchasing 3D models was in the tens of thousands of dollars and we didn't need 3D anyway. Purchasing imagery off royalty free sites didn't prove to be either cost-effective either and besides they didn't have the imagery we needed anyway.

Well, we scoured the web to see what we could find. Low and behold! "BioDigital" is presented to us. So we singed up for free and were blown away at the level of detail and quality this site had to offer. We were able to turn on/off any major anatomical systems in the human body to suit what we were looking for. I highly recommend trying this site, if you need really quality anatomical images for your presentations or design work.

KiCAD - Free EDA Suite

A Cross Platform and Open Source Electronics Design Automation Suite

KiCad is an open source software suite for Electronic Design Automation (EDA). The programs handle Schematic Capture, and PCB Layout with Gerber output. The suite runs on Windows, Linux and OS X and is licensed under GNU GPL v3.

The first release date was in 1992 by its original author, Jean-Pierre Charras, but is now currently under development by the KiCad Developers Team.

kicad StepUp allows exporting kicad 3D board and comps in STEP AP214

Technical Support Program Modifications for 2016 and beyond.

Magnacad is overhauling it's technical support programs and services to adapt to ever changing policies and environments. These modifications to our support program will be effective as of January 1, 2016.

1.) Online Support Portal. Calling all our current Armor Advantage™ support subscribers for all our products. If you haven't registered on our online support portal, I suggest you do, it;'s free and included with your annual contract subscriptions. It provides online access 24/7/365 to a lot of questions you may have regarding your application. We update rather frequently as will monitor our support hotline for common questions.
2.) Educational Support. Many customers mistakenly assume that their Armor Advantage or Subscription Service support contracts include free training. Sorry to say but training is an independent service outside the realm of technical support. Please consider implementing a training solution to meet your objectives.
3.) Subscription Service basically means that as a subscriber you will receive software updates, hotfixes, and new releases for the duration of the subscribed period only. No technical support is provided. The Magnacad support team will respectfully have to decline and technical support to SS subscribers should they contact us other than how to receive updates.
4.) Pay-Per-Call Training Program. Coming soon in the first quarter of 2016 from Magnacad is our new Pay-Per-Call training program. It will be available to all our customers regardless if they are on a support program or not. Consider it a support call for educational purposes. So if you need to learn a specific aspect of the software, you can call us directly and we will help you. You be charged on a per call basis at a specific rate. More details to be announced.
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