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V23 is Here!

The wait is over… PYTHA V23 has been released and is ready to roll! We’re super excited about this version (as were those who had a sneak preview at the Convention – see what they had to say here), and can’t wait to get it rolled out to new and existing PYTHA customers. The software has been subject to a price rise, but we’re feeling a little festive here in the Pytha Partners office… Order and pay for V23 before 31 December, and we’ll lock you in at the pre-rise cost for a super sweet deal! If you’re ready to ramp up your services, contact us today for more details and a quotation. If you pre-purchased V23, you’ll be hearing from us soon; we’ll tee up a time for installation and get you going! Need more info? Contact us...

Emstar Kitchens PYTHA Forerunners

Tony Galati of Emstar Kitchens in Thomastown, Victoria, was recognised for being an Australian ‘forerunner’ of PYTHA at the recent Pytha Partners Convention held in Sydney in October. Tony was acknowledged for his twenty-year dedication to the software during a special Gala event in the Sunset Room of Sydney’s iconic Luna Park. When he accepted his certificate (and a very nice bottle of plonk!), Tony was quick to grab the microphone and entertain the audience with his PYTHA story. As an enthusiastic young cabinetmaker in the 1990s, Tony was beginning to get the idea that technology would change his trade. When he discovered PYTHA software, Tony could see great potential in presenting kitchen and cabinet designs to clients in 3D. The investment was huge at the time, but this savvy business owner took the plunge and borrowed money to add PYTHA 3D CAD to his toolbelt. When the contract was done and dusted and his license was due to arrive, Tony shocked the PYTHA distributor when he asked what kind of computer he’d need to operate the software. Not only was he a software novice; he admitted he’d never owned a computer! Tony spent the first few weeks trying to get his head around navigating his first PC and learning how to use a complex 3D software package. The learning curve was steep, but in about three months he was doing renders for clients, and has never looked back! Pytha Partners Australia congratulate Tony on his vision and persistence, and look forward to the next decade with this PYTHA Pro. Keen to see how PYTHA can make a difference...

Official Australian Launch: PYTHA 3D CAD V23

The convention began with the official Australian launch of PYTHA 3D CAD V23. Guests had the privilege of learning all about the new version features ‘straight from the horse’s mouth’, with the developers flying in from Germany especially for the occasion. We asked those who attended to share what they’re most looking forward to in Version 23; here’s what they had to say: Techy Take-aways Good to see the programmer and be able to ask them questions directly. Learning a lot of small details with Willy. Machining and nesting capabilities, and report capabilities of Version 23. The profile and planning of angled pieces was a handy hint. The updates to the plot pages look fantastic. Editing in the plot. New modelling features to draw faster and more easily. Programmable fields within PYTHA. The possibility to personalise the drop-down menu Setting up interchangeable items like drawers by setting up the groups properly. The environment variables that can be used in RadioLab. That you can create just about anything! The simpler RadioLab interface gives me confidence to get it into our office and use it on a regular basis. Delegates also shared some great feedback about the event in general… Networking events 5 stars just for that view!! I had heaps of fun as I was on a table where I did not know anyone, so it gave me an opportunity to network with other companies. It was great to celebrate with the wider community also after some intensive workshops. Great location, great turnout. Food was great. Was good to meet other industry colleagues and discuss how they use PYTHA differently....
PYTHA @ LIGNA – huge woodworking fair attracts over 90,000!

PYTHA @ LIGNA – huge woodworking fair attracts over 90,000!

PYTHA Lab were thrilled to be standing alongside 1,500 exhibitors at LIGNA late in May. Held in Hannover, Germany, this incredible trade fair housed an enormous collection of machinery, plant and tools for the woodworking and timber processing industries, and saw an impressive 93,000 visitors pass through the gates. In a new initiative, LIGNA training workshops for joiners, cabinetmakers, carpenters and mobile assemblers were held in partnership with the Sprint Academy (Cologne, Germany). Participants were given the opportunity to put the manually-operated woodworking machines through their paces, under the watchful eye of expert technicians. The LIGNA program also featured a series of presentations on the processing of plastics and composites at the Robotation Academy. Many exhibitors featured displays showing how woodworking machines can work not only with wood, but also with plastics, composite panels, insulation and building materials. The fair was laid out with four thematic areas: Forestry Technology, Sawmill Technology, Wood-based Panel Production and Energy from Wood . The focus was on the production of wood as a raw material for products or energy generation, through the planning, felling and retrieval stages. The current state of the art use of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), or drones, proved a popular draw card, along with the latest forest surveying processes....
From Katie and the Tech Team: Hardware Headaches

From Katie and the Tech Team: Hardware Headaches

One of the most common issues we come across at the Pytha Partners support desk has little to do with PYTHA software. Often our biggest challenge lies with the clunky hardware driving our gear, and the associated headaches old hardware can cause. A while ago we gave you five good reasons to update your CAD. Today we’re giving you our top five for hardware revamps: Be Done with Downtime When old hardware has suffered through multiple installations and subsequent un-installs, it’s likely to be bearing a few scars and housing the remnants of various versions of software. This can slow down processing significantly, or cause conflicts in what should be standard operations. If you or your operators are spending more time looking at a whirring wheel on your screen than you’d like, it may time to look into some new machinery. Need for Speed Competent CAD users can be speed demons when driving their favourite software. If your hardware is not keeping up, you could end up with the tech-version of road rage in your office, which will never end well! To get the most out of your software and the maximum out of your operators, you’ll want to make sure your hardware can keep up. Vibrant Visuals With rapid advances in retina technologies, new computers have far more impressive graphics cards (and/or the ability to support graphics) than hardware even a few years old. The better your hardware capabilities, the better your PYTHA modelling will be. PYTHA’s standard premium quality Modeller renders are a part of your package, and they should be a key component of your sales...
Creating a win-win environment for you and your apprentices

Creating a win-win environment for you and your apprentices

Recent discussions with visitors to last month’s DesignBuild expo raised some interesting points – good and bad – about the future of apprenticeships in the cabinetmaking and joinery trades. The joinery shop owners we talked to were worried about the declining number of apprentices, and the shortage of skills we’ll soon be suffering as a consequence. One long-time cabinetmaker claimed that ‘everyone wants to go to Uni now’, and those that don’t aren’t keen to hang around for the length of a trade apprenticeship. The data seems to reflect this: despite some fairly enthusiastic efforts by various levels of government to increase the uptake of apprenticeships and traineeships, numbers in most states continue to decline. In contrast, university participation rates are on the rise, as are the numbers of young people moving directly into the labour market. What’s really concerning, though, is that those that do enter an apprenticeship directly out of school have a pretty low chance of finishing their time, with just over half collecting a trade certificate. So how do we get more interest in apprenticeships – from both employers and employees? And how do we get good staff to stay on board until they complete their apprenticeship? At Pytha Partners Australia, we’re coming in to contact with more and more apprentices as PYTHA training is rolled out at TAFE Institutes in Sydney and Melbourne. Whether they’re fresh out of school and still in learning mode, or a little more ‘worldly’ and looking to upskill, the students may have more to offer employees than we’re giving them credit for, and we’re wondering if a different approach...