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Wanted: your best PYTHA renders and technical drawings

Would you like to see your PYTHA creations featured in a book? Pytha Germany are compiling a book of 40 years of PYTHA 3D CAD, and they’re looking for the best of the best images, drawings and PYTHA creations from around the world. We’ll also showcase your work at the Pytha Partners Convention, and offer some pretty sweet prizes for the best technical drawings and renders. Send you submissions to vrowe@pythapartners.com.au today! (Note: keep in mind that if you send us your best drawings, our marketing team are likely to use them all over the place, so make sure you’re ok with plenty of exposure!)...
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....
Top Australian designers head to Adelaide

Top Australian designers head to Adelaide

Australia’s finest kitchen and bathroom designers will be heading to Adelaide in September to find out who’ll be taking out this year’s highly esteemed state and national awards, and we’re excited to see a number of PYTHA users lining up as finalists! The Kitchen and Bathroom Designers Institute received a huge response to their ninth annual Designer Awards program, with total entries up by 17% on last year. Although their South Australian chapter took the gong for most entries in 2016, Victorian members regained the crown this year, with a whopping 28% of entries coming from KBDi’s Melbourne membership. As is almost always the case for the organisation, their Large Kitchens category was by far the most popular. Interestingly, this year’s second place was an equal tie between Small and Large Bathrooms, reflecting the growing value consumers are placing on these much-used areas of the home. After an intensive judging process (meet this year’s judges here), KBDi have recently released the names of all finalists at a series of well-attended events across the country. As proud sponsors of KBDi’s Designer Awards and Symposium, Pytha Partners congratulates all designers on their nominations, and wish them the very best of luck at KBDi’s gala event. See the full list of finalists and their stunning kitchen and bathroom entries...
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...
Have you designed a stand out commercial fitout?

Have you designed a stand out commercial fitout?

Have you designed a commercial fitout that’s worth bragging about? Have you considered entering your best projects in to an Awards program for some well deserved kudos (and great marketing exposure!)? The KBDi Designer Awards 2017 could be an excellent starting point. These Awards recognise the outstanding talent of designers across Australia and offer the opportunity for industry and peer recognition, along with incredible prizes and marketing opportunities. Design Space Award The category award of ‘Design Space’ was developed for designers creating exceptional spaces outside of residential kitchens and bathrooms. Submissions may include (but are not limited to): Café/Restaurant Fitout Showroom Fitout Office Fitout Retail Outlet Media Room Wardrobe Fitout Outdoor Kitchen Entry is open to all existing and new members (check out the advantages of membership here), and is an all on-line process with no site visits, sample books or headaches. Entries close on 22 May, 2017, though, so you’d better get cracking! Register for the awards here, and KBDi will send you an Entry Pack outlining all you’ll need to know....
Logie Interiors’ learning journey continues

Logie Interiors’ learning journey continues

A little while ago we introduced you to Carlie Logie, the principal designer and founder of successful Melbourne design firm, Logie Interiors. Carlie is a new PYTHA user who is generously sharing her PYTHA learning journey, as she moves from a long-used program to this powerful 3D software. In this feature we’ll see how Carlie has been approaching her PYTHA skills development from three different angles: Basic Training (Pytha Partners ‘Essentials’) With PYTHA’s online Essential training, Carlie has gained a fair understanding of the PYTHA interface, manipulating objects and modelling basics. The designer admits that there’s still plenty to learn, though; designing in 3D requires a different mindset, and getting to know the various tools and methods can be challenging. When moving from software you’ve used for years to a very different interface, you have to expect some testing times and the resistance of old habits dying hard! Carlie is conscious of working through this ‘teething process’, and is patiently allowing herself time to really get to know the basics. (Learn more about PYTHA Essential training here.) ‘On the Job’ Learning Changing software in the middle of an on-going project can delay project execution and disrupt workflow, so a mid-term change isn’t the best idea. In order to keep her business running efficiently (and her clients happy, of course), Carlie has been conscious of selecting the ‘best fit’ projects in which to start implementing PYTHA. She’s using the software on new, smaller and more manageable projects initially, and can already see how a little ‘every day’ practice can really reinforce what she’s learnt in her initial training. Throwing yourself...