Randall Newton

MaterialX gets showcase at Siggraph 2017

Latest open tool for the VFX industry will standadize “look” transfer Lucasfilm and Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) have released the MaterialX Library for computer graphics. MaterialX is an open standard developed by Lucasfilm’s Advanced Development Group and ILM engineers to improve the transfer of rich materials and look-development content between applications and renderers. Originated at Lucasfilm in 2012, MaterialX … Read more

Consolidation in engineering simulation and analysis continues.

By Randall Newton Engineering simulation software vendor Altair has acquired Modeliis, a supplier of electronic design automation software for circuit modeling, system design and simulation tools. Altair says the Grenoble, France company has “strong expertise in digital and analog domains,” making their software suitable for expanding market in Internet of Things (IoT), autonomous vehicles, and complex hybrid systems.   Modeliis … Read more

Dassault Systemès opts for VR

For the personal CAVE experience Dassault Systemès is at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week, demonstrating how its “3DEsperience” approach to engineering can take advantage of the new generation of business oriented headmounted display (HMD) virtual reality devices. Dassault says headsets such as the HTC Vive will soon be able to replace room-sized immersive 3D displays — such as … Read more