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Tidbits: Nvidia, Dosch and COFES News

Mac CAD and 3D News: We have tidbits on Nvidia and the Oscars, a new Dosch product on freight ships and COFES news


Nvidia Dominates Oscars

This year the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences expanded the Best Visual Effects category to five nominated films, for the upcoming Oscars. Studios involved in visual effects for all five nominations utilized Nvidia Quadro professional graphics solutions.

Studios involved included Double Negative (DNeg), ILM (Industrial Light & Magic), Scanline VFX, and Sony Pictures Imageworks (SPI). A common thread among the work of most of these studios is the customization of proprietary software around Nvidia CUDA architecture for parallel computing. Stephen Trojansky, president of Scanline VFX LA said: “We are investing heavily into implementing various forms of GPU acceleration into our pipeline, and are starting to see speed improvements of more than 10 times as we integrate more of these components into our workflow.”

This year’s nominated films for visual effects are: Inception, Iron Man 2, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Alice and Wonderland and Hereafter.

Dosch 3D has new product called Freight Ships

Dosch Design has a new product featuring freight ships. The completely textured 3D models of various freight ships are compatible with nearly all 3D software programs because they ship in multiple file formats such as 3DS, 3dsmax, Lightwave, OBJ, Maya, VRML, Softimage and Cinema 4D.

01 - Dosch 3D Freigth Ships.

You can use these models in programs as diverse as Artlantis Studio to formZ to Vectorworks. The list of compatible programs is quite extensive and can found here on the product detail sheet. The CD-ROM is 149.USD and is Mac and Windows compatible.

John Gage to Keynote COFES 2011

Former Sun Microsystems chief researcher and creator of the phrase “The Network is the Computer” is to address the future of network-aided design at the Congress on the Future of Engineering Software (COFES) event, being held in Scottsdale, Arizona from 14-17 April, 2011.

John Gage was the many behind many of Sun’s most successful product developments. He left the company in 2008 to join Kleiner Perkins as a partner working on green technologies to help combat global warming. Among his current projects is a global initiative to enable all schools to connect to power and communication networks in the most energy-efficient manner, making use of innovative advanced control systems for lighting.

“COFES assembles the leaders who bring the power of computing to the product design process,” said Gage. “Since Ivan Sutherland first demonstrated his Sketchpad in 1963, we have witnessed the power of computer-aided design in creating a multi-trillion dollar chip and computer industry and have seen the extension of computer-based simulation and design into every industrial field. It is now just beginning to touch new fields: fundamental materials and biological systems. More importantly”, he added, “the past 50 years have demonstrated the power of CAD to change the intellectual technology of human thought, the very way we see and understand the world.

COFES is a leading annual event for BIM/CAD/CAE/PLM and related software technology industries. The invite-only event brings leading thinkers and practitioners from the community of users and vendors of software for design and engineering together so they can interact in intellectually vigorous conversations, without their sales and marketing hats on. To learn more visit:

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