Austin Green Drinks – Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Racing Towards Green

Edgar Farrera, Director of Sustainability for the Circuit of The Americas, will discuss the environmental impacts, challenges, & opportunities associated with large motorsport events and venues. He will provide an overview of the sustainability initiatives being implemented at the Circuit of the Americas and for the inaugural United States Formula One Grand Prix. Mr. Farrera asserts that environmental stewardship is good for business, and critical for the future success of the sport.

Brought to you by: Austin Green Drinks and U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Central Texas – Balcones Chapter. 

Where: House+Earth, Austin’s locally owned and operated green building material store, at 6pm on Tuesday October 30th.

Who is welcome: Everyone who is interested in things green and wants to meet others with similar interests.  Austin Green Drinks Happy Hours creates opportunities to meet with other accomplished environmental, sustainability, and clean tech professionals in an informal atmosphere; after all, that is where the greatest ideas are born.  We attract professionals who routinely initiate innovative ways to meet the challenges of a sustainable future.

Our Special Guest for the Evening:  Edgar is responsible for developing & implementing sustainability and environmental compliance measures at the Circuit of The Americas, home of the Formula One United States Grand Prix. Prior to joining COTA, Edgar was Director of Sustainable Design at Marmon Mok Architecture in San Antonio. He is a Board member for the Central Texas – Balcones Chapter of the US Green Building Council, is State Chair of the Sustainable Environment Committee for the Texas Society of Architects, & serves on their task force reviewing the International Green Construction Code. He served as the Mayoral appointee to the City of San Antonio’s Citizen’s Environmental Advisory Committee, and has been an adjunct professor at UT San Antonio’s College of Architecture. He also served on both Austin’s Design Commission and  Airport Advisory Board.

When & Where

House + Earth

1214 W 6th St 
AustinTX 78703

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 6:00 PM (CDT) 


Austin Green Drinks

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Mastercam University Hits 10,000 Users

Mastercam University has come a long way since its beginning, and we are proud to say that we have reached a milestone; our 10,000th user! Here at Mastercam/CNC Software, Inc., with the help of local Mastercam Reseller MACDAC Engineering, we’d like to recognize our 10,000th user Raina Belt, Manufacturing Engineer at Plasan Carbon Composites in Bennington, VT with a special gift – a 16GB iPad! Congrats Raina! 

The reason we chose an iPad as the prize for being the 10,000th user is to let you know that every Mastercam U course is now supported on tablets and smartphones. You now can truly learn Mastercam U anywhere!

We’d also like to thank the rest of the Mastercam and Mastercam U faithful users. Without your support we’d never have come this far. Don’t forget to keep checking back for updates and additions to Mastercam U, as we’re constantly increasing our number of classes. You may even become a winner like Raina. 


Dassault Systems’ DraftSight: Free Professional-grade, CAD software now available

You can find the V1R3 release notes in the DraftSight online community.

Step 1. Download 
Choose your Operating System below

Step 2. Activate 
Enter your email address and click the confirmation link when you receive your activation confirmation email




If you aren’t sure whether you are running 32bit or 64bit, or you received an error while installing for Windows,click here to view our support post in the DraftSight community.

1 Unsupported on Windows 8 RT; 32bit unsupported on Windows 8
2 Will not install on 64bit operating systems
3 Will not install on 32bit operating system
* Standalone license. Activation required. 


DraftSight Offers Services for Every Kind of User.

For users who want to get the most out of DraftSight, services are available for commercial, education, and individual users. For details on each service or to purchase support today, please visit the DraftSight Services page.

Wi-Fi Light Bulbs Controlled By Your iPhone

Wi-Fi light bulbs are almost here. Plug them in to an ordinary light socket. Fire up the Wi-Fi device that comes with them. Grab the app.

Now, you’ve got yourself an instant “smart home” where you can program your home lighting from your tablet or phone, no rewiring required.

GreenWave Reality, the maker of the Wi-Fi light-bulb system, has just gotten approval to sell it in the U.S. market.

Wi-Fi lights let you do things like turn all your lights off at once, program your outside lights to turn on at certain times, or turn lights on and off when you are on vacation, so it looks like you are home.

 Here’s a diagram of what GreenWave’s setup looks like:

WiFi Lightbulb GreenWave

GreenWave Reality


GreenWave plans to sell the system through utility companies and other partners. This will allow it to qualify for Energy Star rebates and other incentives that utilities offer to get people to move from old-fashioned incandescent bulbs to energy-saving options. The starter kit, which includes the Wi-Fi device and four LED bulbs is expected to cost around $200. Extra bulbs are priced at about $20 apiece, reports Brent Rose at Gizmodo.

For those using incandescent bulbs, the switch to Wi-Fi bulbs could pay for the whole setup in a little over a year. Replacing 10 incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs could save the average consumer $150 a year on their utility bill, GreenWave says.

If $20 per bulb sounds steep, think about this: an LED bulb can last about 25,000 hours—or 22 years if used about three hours a day.

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New in SolidWorks 2013: Expanding Process Costing and API Support

SolidWorks 2013 provides automatic manufacturing cost estimation to support more manufacturing processes and improves access to cost data for downstream manufacturing systems.

  • Machined part costing with increased capabilities for turning and mill/turn, improved process recognition, and multibody support
  • New APIs to access cost data in the 3D model for downstream manufacturing
  • Easily estimate the cost of designs to create more accurate quotations and stay in budget

You can learn more in the video below, and visit our new SolidWorks 2013 website to learn about the other new features, as well as find a reseller seminar near you.

By  on October 25, 2012 at 10:00 AM

SolidWorks Simulation 2013: Sub-Modeling & Parametric Optimization in Flow

SolidWorks Simulation 2013, like in previous releases, has been loaded with enhancements. Two things I particularly like in this release include Sub-Modeling, a huge time savings in solving large scale problems, and Parametric Optimization inside Flow, a DOE scheme for fluid flow optimization. Let’s talk about them one at a time.

Sub-Modeling –

Most users of Simulation are concerned about one or two components in an assembly. However, the load transfer occurs through a bunch of other nearby components. Thus, the user is left with no choice but to run simulations on the entire assembly – until 2013.

In Simulation 2013, the user can now start off with a simple coarse analysis on the entire assembly. This sets up a baseline estimate of the deflections that happen on each component. Deflections converge fast, and so a coarse mesh should generally be sufficient. The user can then launch a sub-model study where they are prompted to select only the components they care about. All the deflections up to the component of interest are then transferred as boundary conditions onto the new study, thus mapping the behavior at the assembly level down to the component level analysis. From here on, the user can easily perform many iterations – design changes, material changes etc. on the component in a fraction of the time that it would have taken if the work were to be done at the assembly level. Great tool, and will come in handy to the majority of Simulation users. Note that this functionality is available only from Simulation Professional onward.

Parametric Optimization in Flow –

For those who have used Flow, you might be familiar with a hidden gem called Parametric Study. This tool allows for a single dimension/parameter optimization based on specifying a certain goal. For instance, the user can ask Flow to determine the optimal bore diameter to achieve a certain pressure drop. Because it is integrated within SolidWorks, Flow Simulation can vary the dimension until goal convergence is reached. However, it was limited only to vary one dimension or parameter at a time.

In 2013, the user can now start a parametric study mode to run multiple variables, which could be a combination of flow parameters and dimensions. This, in effect, is Design Study for Flow. With this power, Flow reaches new heights in terms of optimization. The user can start with a baseline run (I would recommend a coarse mesh, just enough to satisfy global flow convergence) and then set up multiple variables to determine the best configuration. One downside – at least my initial impressions are that it is going to run each and every combination of parameters and dimensions, rather than cherry picking the critical ones using intelligent DOE (like Design Study in FEA does). It remains to be seen if that would be an enhancement downstream, or a hidden option that one can leverage. However, there are too many positives, such as easy workflow, great post-processing when coupled with Compare Configuration Mode (another nice enhancement in 2013) and so forth.

All in all, another good release of SolidWorks Simulation. There are other tools that have received an uplift. Please check out our Wha’ts New Events page to sign up for a rollout/webinar where we showcase the top enhancements of this release in front of live audiences.

Vikram Vedantham
Simulation Product Manager

3DVision Technologies