Beyond 3d Podcast



Podcast by Beyond 3D Podcast


  • IFC and the AEC Industry's Digital Transformation with Sylvain Marie

    26/04/2022 Duração: 33min

    During this Beyond the 3D podcast, we talk with Sylvain Marie from Eurostep about IFC and where IFC is going as part of the AEC industry's ongoing digital transformation.

  • Trends, Challenges, and the Future of Simulation

    11/01/2022 Duração: 23min

    In this episode, we sit down with finite element analysis expert Arthur Muller and discuss current challenges, trends, and the future of simulation. Arthur has been part of the finite element business for over three decades and has experience with many aspects of finite elements including structural analysis, computational fluid dynamics, and electromagnetics.

  • What Was It Really Like to Run a Startup During the Pandemic?

    12/10/2021 Duração: 50min

    Recently, Ron Fritz, CEO of Tech Soft 3D, hosted a roundtable discussion with four technology executives at the helm of early-stage companies to learn more about their experiences creating and maintaining a corporate culture, finding new hires, and maintaining business momentum over the past year. How do you establish the “flavor” for your company when people are mostly remote? For that matter, how do you get a good read on someone you’re looking to hire when in-person interviews aren’t an option? And is the old adage about every crisis containing an opportunity actually true? Offering their thoughts on these and other matters are: - Sam Burgess, CEO of SamsonVT, an interactive and immersive technical documentation company - Mike Moceri, CEO of Maker OS, a business operating software for makers - Paul Powers, CEO of Physna, a provider of 3D geometric deep learning software - Daniel Siegel, Managing Director of ELISE, a generative engineering software platform

  • The Challenges of Being a Startup During a Pandemic

    28/09/2021 Duração: 40min

    Running a startup is a demanding undertaking in any time period, let alone during a pandemic. Recently, Ron Fritz, CEO of Tech Soft 3D, hosted a roundtable discussion with four technology executives at the helm of innovative startups to learn more about the challenges startups have faced during this uniquely challenging time. How do you instill and maintain culture when most of your workforce is remote? For that matter, how do you get in front of customers and build business momentum when the world has gone into lockdown? And are there actually any silver linings to come from this strange time? Offering their thoughts on these and other matters are: - Susanne Haspinger, COO of Holo-Light, a developer of AR/VR technologies - Santiago Droll, CEO of Eleven Dynamics, a provider of automated quality assurance solutions - Henry Uyeme, CEO of Intrida, a developer of engineering data integration solutions - Hilmar Gunnarsson, CEO of Arkio, a provider of collaborative design tools for architecture

  • Who Will Be the “Innovators” and “Dinosaurs” of Post-Pandemic Innovation?

    14/09/2021 Duração: 43min

    Recently, Ron Fritz, CEO of Tech Soft 3D, hosted a roundtable discussion with four other technology executives to discuss what type of innovation is going to gain traction in the post-COVID world. Mixed reality is set to give the term “connected worker” a whole new meaning. Where are there other opportunities to innovate? Is 3D printing ready for its breakthrough moment? Will “lights out” manufacturing ever be a thing? And can small, innovative point solutions successfully take on the big, monolithic platforms? Offering their thoughts on these and other matters are: - Patricia Hume, CEO of Canvas GFX, drawing, imaging, and publishing software - Michael Bogomolny, Co-founder and CTO of Paramatters, generative design software - Magnus Gäfvert, CEO of Modelon, systems modeling and simulation software - Tyler Barnes, Vice President of Partner Engagement at Tech Soft 3D, 3D development tools for engineering software

  • What Will Post-COVID Innovation Look Like?

    30/08/2021 Duração: 44min

    Recently, Ron Fritz, CEO of Tech Soft 3D, hosted a roundtable discussion with six other technology executives to discuss what the world is going to look like post-COVID, and how the engineering software space can innovate to meet the moment. From building & construction, to manufacturing, where is innovation needed most? What aspects of the world will be the same, and which will be different? Do we need to completely rethink physical spaces like offices? Are there any innovations that have actually been helped along by the circumstances of the past year? Offering their thoughts on these and other matters are: - Rick Rundell, Technology & Innovation Strategist at Autodesk, a 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software company - István Csanády, CEO of Shapr3D, a developer of 3D mobile design apps - Mark Sawyer, Director, Construction Industry Strategy at Trimble, a provider of positioning, modeling, connectivity and data analytics software and services - Blake Courter, CTO of nTopology, a design and

  • It’s Time for Injection Molding to Embrace Virtualization

    10/05/2021 Duração: 35min

    Bastiaan Oud, Head of Strategy at SIMCON talks about how the injection moulding industry needs to and has started to embrace visuatlization. Jonathan Girroir, Tech Evangelist at Tech Soft 3D, joins the conversation. To learn more about SIMCON, visit

  • An Executive Perspective on the Future of AEC

    07/01/2021 Duração: 42min

    Recently, Ron Fritz, CEO of Tech Soft 3D, hosted a roundtable discussion with four other technology executives to discuss trends circling around the AEC industry, including the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing AEC to digitize and modernize faster than it otherwise would. How will the industry change? Which areas will be first to evolve, and which will be resistant to transformation? And ten years from now, what aspect of AEC that we take for granted today will look like something out of the Stone Age? Offering their thoughts on these and other matters are: - Anand Mecheri, CEO of Invicara, a developer of digital twin solutions - Clifton Harness, CEO of TestFit, an automated building configurator - Hilmar Gunnarsson, CEO of Arkio, a provider of collaborative design tools for architecture - Richard Humphrey, Vice President of Product Strategy and Product Management at Bentley Systems, a provider of AEC software

  • CEO Roundtable - Is AR/VR Finally Poised to Take Off?

    08/12/2020 Duração: 42min

    Recently, Ron Fritz, CEO of Tech Soft 3D, hosted a roundtable discussion with five other industry executives to discuss the current state of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). The core question at hand: whether AR/VR is finally poised for its breakthrough moment – and if so, what barriers might need to be removed to usher in this new era. The participants included: - Asif Rana, COO of Hexagon, a provider of sensor, software, and autonomous solutions - Martin Herdina, CEO of Wikitude, an augmented reality technology company - Susanna Holt, VP Forge Platform, Autodesk, a provider of 3D design and engineering software - Thomas Schuler, CEO of Halocline, a developer of VR products for production planning and manufacturing - Tony Fernandez, CEO of UEGroup, a user experience agency

  • CEO Roundtable - The Future of Manufacturing

    03/11/2020 Duração: 45min

    Recently, Ron Fritz, CEO of Tech Soft 3D, hosted a roundtable discussion with four other industry executives to discuss the future of manufacturing. The discussion touched on many topics, ranging from the impact of COVID-19 on supply chains, to current aspects of manufacturing that will seem ridiculous five or ten years from now, to trends around collaboration. The participants included: - Meghan West, CEO of CNC Software, a provider of CAD/CAM solutions - Marc Lind, SVP of Strategy for Aras, a provider of enterprise PLM software - Sam Golan, CEO of High QA, a provider of manufacturing quality management software - Max Lobovsky, CEO of Formlabs, a 3D printing technology developer and manufacturer

  • What's Important to Developers, Trends with Cloud Tech

    31/03/2020 Duração: 22min

    Today we talk with Ken Alger, a developer advocate at MongoDB, and he was also named one of the top 25 developer advocates for 2019! We discuss how the role of the software developer has changed, what's important to them and also trends in cloud computing. Follow Ken on Twitter:

  • The Future of Software Development, Trends in AR/VR and Collaboration

    19/03/2020 Duração: 27min

    In this episode of Beyond 3D we talk with Tommy Gaessler, one of the top 25 most influential developer advocates for 2019, and a developer advocate at Zoom. We talk about the current state of software development, opportunities and challenges, and where things are going with trends such as AR/VR. Learn more about Tommy here

  • How Big Data, AI, Machine Learning and Other Tech is Driving the Future of Retail

    16/07/2019 Duração: 36min

    This episode of Beyond 3D talks about an industry we’ve never touched on before – the retail space, and the kind of technology being used to drive everything from the construction of a space, the layout of products, which products are sold in the store and where they are placed, to the supply chain. We talk with Guy Moates, a Director with C A Design Services from the UK. Did you know that the retail industry has historically been very early adopters of new technology and the use of big data? What can other industries learn from retail? And after listening to this podcast, you will never enter a store with the same mindset again. For more information about C A Design Services, visit To reach us at Tech Soft 3D, visit

  • Let's Stop Talking About BIM

    12/06/2019 Duração: 35min

    In this episode of Beyond 3D we talk about the misconceptions of BIM and how that has hindered adoption. Mike Shilton is a qualified landscaper architect and also the Product Director at Keysoft Solutions. We have a frank discussion about how we should think and talk about implementing 3D modeling, digital construction and all the different aspects of BIM to make it less intimidating. “We tend to talk more about digital construction now, as the term and exchanging data between different parties requires you to do that through standard protocols exchange points. Those are the bits that are BIM. Those are the bits that define how we transfer the data, we communicate with each other.” For more information about Tech Soft 3D visit For more information about Keysoft Solutions visit

  • Building Machines in the Cloud

    02/07/2018 Duração: 23min

    If you’ve ever designed a custom piece of tooling or machining equipment, you know that traditionally it takes weeks and weeks from design to delivery. But now there’s a platform that allows you to design on Monday, order on Tuesday and get the machine delivered on Wednesday. It sounds unbelievable, but it’s the future of machine building, and it’s made possible through the development of 3D CAD in the browser. Tune in to learn more about Vention from CEO and Co-Founder, Etienne Lacroix. Read the full transcript on our blog:

  • Simulation and Collaboration in the Cloud

    22/05/2018 Duração: 36min

    Simulation is something that anyone in manufacturing is familiar with, and in this episode of Beyond 3D we talk with David Heiny, co-founder and CEO of SimScale. David talks about how simulation in the cloud has evolved, how the cloud has enabled more powerful and rapid simulation, and also where simulation is headed – that it is much more than just the power of the cloud, but how real-time collaboration simulation is now possible, even more accessible and that’s enabling more small and mid-size companies to take advantage of simulation early on in the design process. Listen in and give us your perspective. Are you doing simulation? Or have you wanted to but never had the resources? To learn more about SimScale, visit To learn more about Tech Soft 3D, visit

  • Implementing MBD - Costs, Timeline, Process and Misconceptions

    17/07/2017 Duração: 37min

    In this episode of Beyond 3D, Jennifer Herron, CEO of Action Engineering, goes deep into what MBD (model-based definition) really means, and the steps a company can and should take if they want to get started implementing MBD. Jennifer highlights some real scenarios to illustrate cost, timeline and the process that a company can and should follow when looking to implement an MBD strategy. “I think a best-in-class organization, whether you're a software developer or you're producing products, always is continuously improving, and I would suggest that everybody look at model-based definition as a continuous improvement program over what they have in place today, so that they can bang out some efficiencies in their processes and recover some costs.” For more information about Action Engineering, visit

  • It's a Hardware Renaissance

    03/04/2017 Duração: 28min

    In this episode of Beyond 3D we talk to one of the pioneers of 3D CAD, Jon Stevenson, who helped turn GrabCAD into the largest online collaboration community in the 3D CAD world, and is now VP of Global Software at Stratasys. We talk about how file sharing has evolved, the new challenges that pop up as technologies get more advanced, and how hardware is cool again! And if you’re a company that has always done software, how do you manage getting into the hardware game quickly and successfully? Traditional manufacturers aren’t the only ones facing new challenges navigating trends such as IoT, 3D printing, AR, VR, etc. Snapchat is making video streaming glasses! What?!?! It’s a whole new world and it’s anyone’s game. And the pressure to iterate faster, reduce cycle times will only continue to increase – to the point where we are creating as we are producing, almost simultaneously. Insane? Maybe. But that’s where we’re headed. Listen to our latest edition of Beyond 3D and let us know what you think!

  • MBD is a Process, Not a Product

    21/02/2017 Duração: 27min

    In this episode we talk with Chad Jackson of Lifecyle Insights to clear up some misconceptions around model based definition (MBD) and model based enterprise (MBE). The biggest thing to remember is that MBD and MBE isn’t a “thing” or a “product” – you can’t just say “let’s do MBD” or ask a services company “can you do MBD?” It’s a process, and when done properly, companies can see tremendous benefits to productivity and the bottom line. “There's all sorts of kind of levels of maturity. But let me step back and talk about misconceptions. I think in the industry, we have talked about going drawingless for real long time. I mean, this is a concept that started even 20 years ago, is when we started talking about that idea. I think it's a good vision. I think the idea that you can jump directly from using a 2D drawing as the authoritative source that defines the design, jumping from that to a 3D model that's fully annotated and not taking steps in between. I think that's a misconception. I just don't see a lo

  • Do you Zip files? You should 3D PDF them instead for better, structured communication

    24/01/2017 Duração: 36min

    There are millions of 3D PDFs used in different manufacturing workflows every day, across the globe. So why are there still so many misconceptions about how 3D PDFs can be used? How versatile they are, how much better they are than Zipping a ton files together and hoping the recipient can figure out how to view them all. The 3D PDF Consortium was founded for exactly this purpose – to provide education and awareness to the market about 3D PDFs. We talk with Jerry McFeeters, the Executive Director, and Phil Spreier, Technical Director to dispel some of the bigger myths when it comes to 3D PDF creation and use. “I always think about PDF as kind of being data with a purpose, or data with a context. You can use it in an engineering process. You can create a document that has a bunch of different data that when you put it all together, it helps to describe something in a way that it's very clear and relevant to the person who gets that document. That's when it helps to set it apart from some of these other data

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