March 2012 Newsletter

An In-Depth Look at solidThinking 9.0 EvolveTM

Last month we were pleased to give you a preview about the upcoming solidThinking 9.0 EvolveTM release. As we get closer to launch, we are very excited to start sharing more details about some of the features, improvements and updates we gave you last month. Visit our blog for an instructional video and an extended list of detailed highlights from the release.

New & Improved User Forum Now Available

solidThinking enthusiasts can now access the new and improved solidThinking user forum here. The forum has been redesigned to offer many new and robust features, including:

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  • Easier/Faster to use modern interface
  • Member profile sections for building community
  • Integrated gallery for uploading solidThinking-related photos
  • Downloads section for sharing and collaboration with .sT files
  • Real-time chat room for further solidThinking collaboration and support
  • Ability to upload a user avatar
  • Customizable forum search for finding exactly what you need
  • Fast registration with Twitter or Facebook
  • One-click sharing tools
  • One-click email subscription to forums
  • Much more...

You can still use your existing account user name and password to sign into the solidThinking forum and explore all of the new features. Don’t have a user name and password yet? Simply click here to register. We’re committed to providing optimal support to our users, and hope that you will join our forum community soon.

solidThinking Provides Access to Innovative Technology Through the Open University


The Open University claims to offer more courses to more people in more places than any other U.K. university, and solidThinking is helping extend the university’s diversity and reach by providing free academic licenses of solidThinking EvolveTM and solidThinking InspireTM to the registered students of courses T211 - Design and designing and T307 - Innovation: Designing for a sustainable future.

“solidThinking software is currently offered as an optional resource for students, and we have extended our relationship with the Open University through 2012,” said Jim Hassberger, vice president of business development for solidThinking, Inc. “We want to inspire innovation and creativity in future designers, no matter what their geography, and giving them access to and education about advanced software are really the first steps. We’re looking forward to continuing our collaboration with the university’s design group by offering tutorials to further inform students about what they can achieve using solidThinking.” More about the OU at

solidThinking Team Spotlight: Adel Matar

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Adel Matar is a senior product specialist for solidThinking in Italy. While his roots lie in Lebanon, in his beloved home village of Ain Ebel, Adel combines his dual Lebanese and Italian cultures to bring a unique and intriguing perspective to industrial design. Adel applies creativity to all of his pastimes, whether they involve developing cartoon models, experimenting with the latest technology and interactive video games with his kids, or sampling delicious cuisines. Of all of his dynamic activities and passions, the one constant has been his passion for solidThinking, and creating an inspiring and collaborative user experience for the design community. Learn more about our veteran colleague Adel here.


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March Tips & Tricks: Rendering Basics

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In this month’s Tips & Tricks, Darren Chilton discusses the options available in solidThinking to help you work more efficiently and create better quality images. Click to watch the video for tips on:

  • Using global illumination for more realistic lighting
  • Using ground planes for shadows and reflections
  • Understanding options in the Shading Manager
  • Navigating in the Material Library
  • Using Oversampling Parameter to increase image quality
If you have a tip or trick you’d like to share, or comments, questions or feedback, please email us at Our team is here to answer your questions and share best practices. Your feedback or tip/trick may make it to our next newsletter – we’ll credit you, too!

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The solidThinking team will exhibit at the IDSA Midwest Design Dialogue in Chicago at the Hyatt Regency April 13-14.

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