Dec 24, 2008

STX Shipbuilding of Korea Implements Dassault Systèmes’ PLM Solution - ENOVIA

Shipbuilding Industry’s First Process Innovation Project to Reduce Construction Time and Enhance Design Quality

Seoul, Korea : Dassault Systèmes (DS) (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today announced that STX Shipbuilding, one of the world’s leading shipbuilding companies, has implemented DS’s ENOVIA solution as its enterprise-wide PLM backbone.

STX Shipbuilding Sets Industry Standard by Implementing Dassault Systèmes’ PLM Solution to Accelerate Worldwide Growth

STX Shipbuilding plans to challenge the top tier of global ship builders by leveraging Dassault Systèmes’ ENOVIA PLM solution to deploy its Process Innovation (PI) project, across all three of its production bases: Jinhae Shipyard in Korea, Dalian Shipyard in China, and the recently acquired Aker Yards in Norway, which is recognized as the leading cruise ship manufacturer. This is the first of its kind in the ship building industry. With the construction of each ship often incorporating more than 120,000 disparate data files, STX’s PI process focuses on promoting greater collaboration and best practices between key internal functions (e.g. inventory, production, quality control and accounting) and external suppliers. This approach ensures that any change requests can be easily incorporated into the final data. This has helped to reduce the number of errors and ultimately improved the average project completion time by 15%.

“The deployment of ENOVIA’s PLM solution, enables us to operate more efficiently by standardizing key business processes, enabling greater collaboration and creating a feedback mechanism to spur innovation," said Hyo-Gwan Leem, senior vice president of STX Shipbuilding. "Through the PI project, we expect that costs will be reduced by more than $100 billion over the next five years which will ultimately serve to increase value of the company".

The deployment of the ENOVIA backbone, including the Product Central, Program Central and Engineering Central products, has enabled STX Shipbuilding to reduce engineering work by 50% and production work by 30%. The company has also shortened lead times by providing customers with a broad range of ship modeling information, ensuring more accurate plan development and helping to eliminate work loss issues.

"The announcement with STX represents ENOVIA’s first major win in global shipbuilding and serves as further validation that customers are responding to our strategy to provide specific solutions for key vertical industries," said Andy Kalambi, vice president & general manager, ENOVIA Asia, Dassault Systèmes.

Founded in 1962, STX Shipbuilding is a leading international shipbuilding. STX Shipbuilding has the layout and capacity to build customized LNG Carrier, VLCC, and Large Container Ship and others. STX Shipbuilding is renowned and acknowledged for its extensive shipbuilding orders and high quality products in the world.

AlfaSolid of Greece become 100th Reseller to Join the DriveWorks Reseller Channel

Manchester, United Kingdom : DriveWorks Ltd, the developers of DriveWorksXpress and DriveWorks, has today announced that AlfaSolid based in Athens, Greece, has signed an agreement to become a DriveWorks Reseller. AlfaSolid is the 100th Reseller to sign up to sell and support DriveWorks across the world.

“We are delighted to welcome AlfaSolid to the DriveWorks Reseller Community as our 100th Reseller,” said Maria Sarkar, Co-Founder of DriveWorks. “With DriveWorksXpress now incorporated into every new seat of SolidWorks we are seeing great interest in Design Automation form around the world. SolidWorks Engineers now have Design Automation at their finger tips.”

DriveWorks is the Easy-to-Use Rules Based Design Automation tool for companies that design and manufacture custom products. It is applicable for any company that manufactures products or components that are ‘the same but different’. DriveWorks was first launched in the UK in 2001. AlfaSolid join an active DriveWorks Community of resellers spread across the US, Europe, Australasia and Asia Pacific. Manufacturing Companies in Greece will now be able to benefit from this powerful yet easy to use software.

“We realised that everybody has to design the same models based on the same (physical) rules. We have therefore found DriveWorks to be an amazing tool for the majority of CAD users. Since engineers spend a lot of time on re-design, why not spend a little more time automating the designs? It is essential that we provide this functionality to our customers along with SolidWorks. The fact that DriveWorks is easy to use, saves a lot of time for customers." Antonis Zannis - AlphaSolid - SolidWorks Solutions Consultant

DriveWorks is an Easy-to-Use Design Automation Choice for SolidWorks. DriveWorks allows users to automate repetitive tasks in their design process and streamline the generation of design and manufacturing documents and data.

AlfaSolid is a new flexible company that consists of mechanical engineers and is devoted on providing solutions to the Greek Industry with the contribution of SolidWorks and its partners. Providing high quality training and technical support is the most important consideration for AlfaSolid, keeping the satisfaction of Greek cad users on high level.

SolidWorks has been successfully implemented in over 200 companies and the most important universities of Greece and Cyprus.

Siemens PLM Software Appoints Paul Vogel to Lead Global Sales and Services

Creates New Operating Structure in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

Appoints Guy Langley and Martien Merks to Global Sales and Services Leadership Team and Robin Hancock to UK Operations Team

PLANO, Texas and COLOGNE, Germany, December 22, 2008 – Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced the appointment of Paul Vogel, who was serving as Siemens PLM Software’s senior vice president for Sales and Services for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), as executive vice president for Global Sales and Services.

In this role, Vogel takes responsibility for sales, sales support and services delivery around the world and reports directly to Dr. Helmuth Ludwig, president of Siemens PLM Software. Vogel replaces John Graham, who left Siemens PLM Software to pursue other opportunities outside the company.

“Paul’s appointment reflects two key points, Siemens PLM Software’s consistently strong growth in EMEA under his leadership and his extensive experience in working closely with customers to help them meet the challenge of turning more ideas into successful products,” said Ludwig. “We look forward to continued success as Paul expands his scope to a global level.”
New EMEA Operating Structure

Siemens PLM Software’s new EMEA operating structure creates two sub-zones within EMEA operations, Germany and EMEA, to address the size and complexity of the business in the region and better equips the company for future growth.

As part of the new operating structure, Siemens PLM Software today announced it appointed Guy Langley to replace Vogel as senior vice president and managing director for EMEA and Martien Merks for the role of senior vice president for Germany, Siemens PLM Software’s second largest operation globally. Langley and Merks are responsible for the strategy and continued growth of the EMEA zone and report directly to Vogel.

In addition, the company also announced Robin Hancock has been promoted to take over Langley’s position to lead the UK operations and support the EMEA sales team.

“I am delighted Guy and Martien are joining the Global Sales and Services leadership team and to promote Robin, a great sales leader in the UK,” said Vogel. “They have proven to be of great value for our organization and have helped to push our business to a high level. I am confident they will help us prosper in their new roles.”

Vogel initially joined Siemens PLM Software in 2005 as senior vice president and managing director for EMEA. Prior to joining the organization, Vogel held a variety of senior leadership roles with Global Exchange Services (GXS), PeopleSoft in Europe and J.D. Edwards. This followed a career in sales and sales leadership roles at IBM. Vogel brings more than 20 years of international sales and general management experience in software and services from a wide range of industries. For full bio and photo please visit www.plm.automation.siemens.com/en_us/about_us/leadership/vogel_gss.shtml.

Langley joined Siemens PLM Software in 2005 as VP Business Development, leading New Markets, Alliances, Velocity and the Centre of Excellence. A year later, he took over operational responsibility for the UK. Prior to joining the organization, Langley held a variety of senior leadership roles with PeopleSoft and J.D. Edwards. This followed a career in sales, marketing and engineering at IBM. For full bio and photo please visit www.plm.automation.siemens.com/en_us/about_us/leadership/langley.shtml.

For the last two years, Merks has worked as the country manager of Germany and prior to this he had five years as country manager for the Benelux region. His previous experience includes work in product development at Philips Electrons and Cap Gemini, where he was responsible for consulting activities in the product development division. For full bio and photo please visit: www.plm.automation.siemens.com/en_us/about_us/leadership/merks.shtml.

Hancock joins the UK team with over 25 years experience in the software business, the last three of which have been running a New Markets initiative in EMEA. Prior to joining the company, Hancock took various sales positions within SAP, JD Edwards, PeopleSoft and Oracle, each of which established significant new revenue streams.

Bentley Publishes Digital and Print Versions of ‘The Year in Infrastructure 2008’

Annual Publication Features More Than 250 of the World’s Most Extraordinary Projects

EXTON, Pa. – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for the infrastructure that sustains our world, today announced that “The Year in Infrastructure 2008” is available in digital and print versions. This 192-page yearbook highlights the extraordinary work of Bentley users improving the world’s infrastructure and the quality of life for us all. It features descriptions and color illustrations of the more than 250 project nominations recognized and 23 winners honored in the professional and academic portions of the 2008 Be Awards of Excellence competition. New this year are two categories – “Sustaining Our Society” and “Sustaining Our Environment” – that emphasize the world’s ever-increasing sustainability challenges.

Jay McGraw, group publisher, McGraw-Hill Construction, which sponsors the Be Awards of Excellence ceremony, said, “Bentley’s ‘Year in Infrastructure 2008’ is an exceptional, professionally crafted publication that focuses on exciting infrastructure projects in developed and developing economies. It is a must-read for the entire community of infrastructure professionals.”

CEO Greg Bentley added, “With our project yearbook, we proudly celebrate our users’ outstanding achievements in infrastructure design, engineering, construction, and operations. ‘The Year in Infrastructure 2008’ serves both to recognize projects nominated for Be Awards of Excellence and, increasingly, to share with those outside the infrastructure professions the excitement and inspiration we get – along with better-performing projects and infrastructure – from applying information technology innovations in particular.”

Mr. Bentley continued, “An aspiration we have is to help recruit the next generation of infrastructure professionals among students who enjoy working creatively with computers and who want to be able to improve the world through their work. For this purpose, we widely distribute hundreds of thousands of infrastructure yearbooks and work hard to promote their circulation.”

To view “The Year in Infrastructure 2008” in a digital format, visit www.bentley.com/YearInInfrastructure. Searches can be conducted by year and/or through terms, titles, or keywords to find projects of special interest. To request print copies, contact beawards@bentley.com. Please include your name, address, and quantity desired.

The Be Awards of Excellence, which are judged by independent panels of industry experts and presented at an evening ceremony during the annual Be Conference, honor the extraordinary work of Bentley users improving the world’s infrastructure. These projects set benchmarks and showcase the imagination and technical mastery of the organizations that created them.

For information about how to enter projects for consideration in the 2009 Be Awards of Excellence competition, visit www.bentley.com/BeAwards.

Dec 23, 2008

Nemetschek North America Releases Spanish-language Vectorworks 2009

Columbia, Maryland — Nemetschek North America announced the release of their Spanish-language version of Vectorworks® 2009 design software, including: Designer, Architect, Landmark, Fundamentals, and Renderworks. The Vectorworks 2009 product line features a robust new engine that gives users superior 2D and 3D capabilities, at speeds that are up to 4-5 times faster for modeling operations. In addition, new features and enhancements were developed with direct input from Vectorworks users, resulting in a new version with enhanced usability, improved 3D modeling, and optimized workflows that will turbo-boost productivity and facilitate collaboration.

The Vectorworks 2009 product line is powered by Parasolid®, the industry-leading CAD/CAM/CAE modeling kernel from Siemens PLM Software. Given the large-scale modeling requirements of the A/E/C industry, Nemetschek North America believes the best way to build a strong modeling platform is to leverage the investment the manufacturing industry has made in software development. Embedding a mature modeling software engine like Parasolid into the Vectorworks products—which already had unique free-form solids and surface modeling capabilities—establishes Vectorworks as a best-in-class architectural 3D solution. If you can imagine it, Vectorworks can represent it.

"For years the MCAD industry has been taking advantage of the robustness that the Parasolid modeling kernel provides, and with Vectorworks 2009 product line, we've laid the foundation for bringing that true modeling robustness to the A/E/C industry" says Dr. Biplab Sarkar, Nemetschek North America's Chief Technology Officer.

Additionally, innovative new interface functionality in Vectorworks 2009 products enhances usability. The pre-selection indication feature provides intelligent feedback from the cursor. Used in conjunction with drawing tools, SmartCursor snapping allows users to draw with more precision.

"Using Parasolid modeling, and the simplicity of smart point and smart edge snapping with pre-selection highlights on every move, makes designing a breeze," says Katerina Panagiotakis of Thalassi.

There are more than 70 other features in version 2009 that provide users with a software application that gives them the flexibility to design the way they want, the versatility to address all phases of design, and the intuitiveness to enable them to work the way they think.

For a product-by-product breakdown of all the new version 2009 improvements, and to see some of these features in action, visit www.nemetschek.net/espanol

The Spanish-language version will be available internationally in early 2009.

Visit www.nemetschek.net/international to check for availability.

Dec 22, 2008

AMRC Composites Centre specifies Delcam software

Delcam has announced that the Composites Centre within the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC with Boeing) has chosen to use the PowerMILL CAM system for all its machining operations. AMRC with Boeing is a joint initiative by the University of Sheffield and global aircraft manufacturer Boeing, with a mission to create a world-class Centre of Manufacturing Excellence for the aerospace industry.

PowerMILL will be used to program a large, five-axis CMS router that has recently been installed in the Composites Centre. This will be used to machine tooling for component manufacture and to finish the parts by five-axis trimming and drilling.

“We’re pleased to be using Delcam's PowerMILL software at the AMRC Composites Centre,” said Professor Keith Ridgway, Research Director of the AMRC. “The flexibility and control provided by PowerMILL enable our engineers to develop optimised machining strategies for even the most demanding components.”

“The AMRC’s vision is to become a world-class global research facility, developing innovative and advanced technology solutions for advanced materials manufacture,” added Professor Ridgeway. “Novel and new materials will form an integral part within the development of Boeing’s next-generation planes. Our expansion of the Composites Centre reflects the growing importance of these materials, both in aerospace applications and in general manufacturing.”

Since being founded by the University of Sheffield and Boeing, the AMRC has developed into a multi-million pound partnership together with other aerospace companies, including Rolls-Royce, Messier Dowty and Smiths Industries, based at the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham, UK. The partners are building on their shared scientific excellence, expertise and technological innovation in association with the world-class research centre at the University of Sheffield’s Faculty of Engineering. Delcam has been a member of the AMRC since 2005.

Like its parent organisation, the Composites Centre develops and transfers design and manufacturing technology into companies in the region, and so assists them in becoming members of the aerospace supply chain. The Centre will work with the National Composites Network to provide expertise in product development and process optimisation to companies that wish to enter the composites industry or to expand their business in the sector.

Autodesk Completes Acquisition of iLogic Technology

Desktop Design Automation Technology Will Strengthen the Autodesk Solution for Digital Prototyping

SAN RAFAEL, Calif -- Autodesk, Inc. has completed the acquisition of iLogic software and related technology from Canada-based Logimetrix, Inc.

Autodesk announced its intent to acquire the iLogic desktop design automation technology on December 2, 2008. Terms were not disclosed.

The acquisition supports Autodesk's commitment to providing a comprehensive Digital Prototyping solution to manufacturers of all sizes, giving them the ability to design, visualize and simulate their products before they are built, reducing the reliance on constructing multiple physical prototypes. The addition of the iLogic technology will strengthen the Autodesk solution for Digital Prototyping by bringing user-friendly tools for rules-based design and automation to mainstream manufacturers.

17 Sessions focused on Design Automation at this years’ SolidWorks User conference

Design Automation High on the Agenda

Manchester : With 17 sessions on Design Automation already announced, this years' SolidWorks World promises to be a an excellent time for all that want to improve design and engineering productivity as a way to beat the credit crunch.

“In addition to learning about the latest enhancements to SolidWorks for 2010, delegates attending SolidWorks World in Orlando in February 2009, will have the opportunity to attend one or more of the 17 sessions devoted to Design Automation. Each year we are seeing more and more interest in Design Automation” said Maria Sarkar, Co-Founder of DriveWorks.

“With DriveWorksXpress now incorporated into every new seat of SolidWorks, all SolidWorks Engineers using SolidWorks 2008 and/or SolidWorks 2009 have Design Automation at their finger tips. It is no surprise that this is one of the hot topics for SolidWorks World 2009”

As a tool DriveWorksXpress helps Design Engineers create new variations of their SolidWorks parts, assemblies and drawings quickly and easily. Details of the Design Automation, DriveWorksXpress and DriveWorks sessions can be found on the SolidWorks World Conference website.

DriveWorks is the Easy-to-Use Design Automation Choice for SolidWorks. DriveWorks allows users to automate repetitive tasks in their design process and streamline the generation of design and manufacturing documents and data.

DriveWorks is affordable, easy to use and fast to implement. The software is sold worldwide and supported locally by DriveWorks Certified Resellers. DriveWorks is used by companies across many different markets from trailers to conveyors, furniture to machinery, mechanical seals to pressure vessels, windows and doors. DriveWorks is a SolidWorks Certified Gold Partner. Visit www.driveworks.co.uk

DriveWorksXpress has been included in EVERY seat of SolidWorks since 2008. It is available in 13 languages worldwide through SolidWorks authorized resellers.

Autodesk Completes Acquisition of BIMWorld Assets

SAN RAFAEL, Calif - Autodesk, Inc. announced that it has completed the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of BIMWorld, a privately-owned business specializing in the production and distribution of branded BIM content for building product manufacturers.

The acquisition will enable Autodesk to accelerate engagement with building product manufacturers and expand the content available in Autodesk Seek, its online source for building product design information into which the BIMWorld business will be combined.

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

CST University Publication Award 2008: Winners Announced

Computer Simulation Technology (CST), Darmstadt, has announced winners of CST University Publication Award 2008.

The CST University Publication Award is an annual grant to university institutes and researchers for their work in the application of 3D EM field simulation. Now in this its fifth year, the quality of the publications was outstanding. Prerequisites for participation are that the papers are authored or co-authored by academic researchers, published either in scientific journals or conference proceedings, and the numerical results are entirely or in part obtained through simulation using CST software products.

Submissions were evaluated on a number of criteria including originality of the application or the theory, clarity of presentation, as well as the skilful usage of CST software features. For the first time in 2008, an additional special award for short papers was introduced. This acknowledges the importance of short conference papers in promoting the practical application of simulation.

“We were delighted with the quality and diversity of papers this year. The entries for both the traditional and the short paper awards have offered invaluable insight into leading areas of research and help us understand the demands being made of our software” said Dr. Martin Timm, Marketing Director, CST. “We would like to thank everyone who contributed and hope to welcome an even larger number of participants in 2009.”

The following papers have been selected to receive the CST University Publication Award 2008:

•“Numerically-Simulated Induced Electric Field and Current Density Within a Human Model Located Close to a z-Gradient Coil”; Yan Li, PhD, Jeff W. Hand, DSc, Tim Wills, BSc, and Jo V. Hajnal, PhD; JOURNAL OF MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING 26 .
•“Cloaking and transparency for collections of particles with metamaterial and plasmonic covers”;Andrea Alù and Nader Engheta; OPTICS EXPRESS.
• “Wideband Reconfigurable Rolled Planar Monopole Antenna”; Giuseppe Ruvio, Max J. Ammann, Zhi Ning Chen; IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON ANTENNAS AND PROPAGATION.
https://www.cst.com/Content/References/Wideband+Reconfigurable+Rolled+Planar+Monopole+Anten na

• “ELECTROMAGNETIC MODELLING OF RESISTANCE SPOT WELDING SYSTEM”; A. Canova, G. Gruosso, B. Vusini; ISEF 2007 - XIII International Symposium on Electromagnetic Fields.
Short paper award

• “Omnidirectional Loop Antenna with Left-Handed Loading”; Alejandro Lucas Borja, Peter S. Hall, Qing Liu, and Hideo Iizuka; IEEE ANTENNAS AND WIRELESS PROPAGATION LETTERS.

More information about CST’s university program, the winner of the University Publication Award 2008 and the upcoming award 2009 can be found on the CST corporate website at: http://www.cst.com/Content/Company/UniProgram.aspx

CST develops and markets high performance software for the simulation of electromagnetic fields in all frequency bands. Its success is based on the implementation of unique, leading edge technology in a user- friendly interface. CST’s customers operate in industries as diverse as Telecommunications, Defence, Automotive, Electronics, and Medical Equipment, and include market leaders such as IBM, Intel, Mitsubishi, Samsung, and Siemens. With over 150 employees worldwide and a network of qualified distributors, more than 190 people are dedicated to the development and support of its EM products in more than 30 countries.

CST’s flagship product, CST MICROWAVE STUDIO® (CST MWS) is the market leader in Time Domain simulation. It enables the fast and accurate analysis of high frequency (HF) devices such as antennas, filters, couplers, planar and multi-layer structures and SI and EMC effects. CST MWS offers considerable product to market advantages such as shorter development cycles, virtual prototyping before physical trials, and optimization instead of experimentation. Further information about CST is available on the web at www.cst.com.

Dec 19, 2008

Delcam India to celebrate record year with new product launches at IMTEX

Delcam India will launch new versions across the complete range of its machining software at the IMTEX exhibition to be held at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre from 22nd to 28th January. The company will also be celebrating record sales during 2008, which has seen revenue from software sales and maintenance contracts increase by almost 50%.

The complete range of Delcam machining software comprises PowerMILL for high-speed and five-axis machining, FeatureCAM for feature-based programming, PartMaker for Swiss-type lathes and turn-mill equipment, and ArtCAM for engraving and routing. Together, these programs comprise the world’s most comprehensive range of CAM software from a single suppler. This means that Delcam can provide larger companies with a single source for all of their CAM programming needs. At the same time, the broad coverage means that Delcam can also supply smaller companies with exactly the software they need, rather than a compromise solution from a more limited choice.

The new release of Delcam’s award-winning PowerMILL CAM software offers a more complete solution for complex machining operations, together with more control for experienced machinists that know exactly how they wish to machine a particular part. The program also incorporates a number of improvements to reduce calculation times, together with some simplification of the user interface that makes it easier to select the required command and so makes programming faster. In addition, toolpath ordering has been made more efficient, especially for roughing and rest machining, so ensuring that the cutter spends more time machining and minimal time making air moves.

FeatureCAM 2009 incorporates enhancements across its complete range of functionality, reflecting the increased investment in product development following Delcam’s acquisition of the software in 2005. An important focus has been increased options for more complex machines, such as mill-turn equipment, and four- and five-axis mills. This allows users to tackle more sophisticated parts than could be programmed before. Developments have also continued to increase the efficiency of the more fundamental machining operations, including turning, and two- and three-axis milling.

Major highlights of the new release of PartMaker include a revamped and more productive user-interface, improved capabilities for programming directly on solid models and more realistic machine simulation for the increasingly-complex machine architectures of today’s multi-axis turn-mill centres and Swiss-type lathes. The enhanced user interface will make PartMaker users even more productive in programming their CNC equipment, while offering new users an even easier to learn, more capable CNC programming platform.

Improvements across the ArtCAM family of software include new sculpting and embossing tools in the Pro and JewelSmith versions. On the machining side, the main emphasis has been on improved strategies for harder materials to enable more efficient and faster engraving of metal tooling. Other enhancements across the complete ArtCAM range include the ability to export designs in the 3D pdf format used by the Adobe Acrobat reader, auto-recovery of data, for example if there is a power failure to the computer, and much more realistic simulation of machining in a variety of materials.

Delcam India was founded in 2000 with a single branch office. The company is now based in a new £0.5 million, 12,000 square feet office building in Pune. It also operates offices in India’s main industrial centres, including Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Mumbai, Gujarat, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Nashik, Kolhapur, Aurangabad, Gurgaon and Ludhiana.

Delcam India has about 70 employees and more than 1,000 customers including automotive majors Tata Motors, Bajaj Auto, Force Motors, Hyundai India, General Motors India and Maruti Udyog, component suppliers Amtek Group, Varroc and Anurang, the Footwear Design and Development Institute, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and the National Aerospace Laboratories, as well as leading toolmakers such as Godrej, CTM India and ASB International.

plmteam Joins Aras Partner Program

Provides Enterprise PLM Implementation Expertise for Small and Midsized Enterprises Across Europe

ANDOVER, Mass. and Solothurn, Switzerland : Aras®, leading Microsoft enterprise open source software solution provider, today announced that plmteam GmbH, a leading provider of product lifecycle management solution strategy and deployment services for small and midsized enterprises, has joined the Aras Partner Program.

plmteam uses a focused approach to enterprise product lifecycle management [PLM] to deliver return on investment through technology for product development optimization. The experienced members of plmteam are product development engineering specialists with an extensive track record of successful PLM solution deployments throughout Europe.

"plmteam is pleased to become a partner in the Aras corporate community. The Aras enterprise open source model is a very innovative way to remove the inherent business risks of a PLM solution deployment," said Manfred Boczanski, Managing Director for plmteam GmbH. "The easy to use Web browser screens are excellent for end users and the Aras PLM solution's advanced Microsoft enterprise SOA technology is ideal for even the most complex configuration management scenarios. Aras provides companies of all sizes with real business benefits and clear technology advantages."

"We welcome plmteam to the Aras partner program, and are glad that they have joined the growing Aras corporate community," said Martin Allemann, Vice President EMEA for Aras. "Small and midsize enterprises throughout Europe that are interested in deploying the Aras solution will benefit from plmteam's practical approach and expertise in product life cycle management solution implementation."

plmteam GmbH provides expert consulting to SME companies to deliver product lifecycle management solutions that improve and sustain corporate competitiveness. plmteam offers in-depth strategic knowledge of high-end PLM from large-scale industry made practical and applicable for SME companies to achieve PLM success. For additional information visit www.plmteam.de

Aras® is the leader in providing Microsoft enterprise open source solutions. Aras delivers the most advanced model-based service-oriented architecture [SOA] solutions for enterprise Product Lifecycle Management [PLM] on the Microsoft platform. Customers include Motorola, Rolls-Royce, Freudenberg, Lockheed Martin, Ingersoll Rand and ACCO Brands. Aras is privately held with global headquartered in Andover, Mass. For additional information visit www.aras.com

Stratasys Expands ‘Feet-on-the-Street’: Triples Sales Support with New Distribution Strategy

Company to Market High-End Systems Via its Established 3D Printer Distribution Network

MINNEAPOLIS : (NASDAQ: SSYS) Stratasys announced that starting January 1, 2009, in North America it will begin selling its high-end FDM systems through a select group of resellers from its established reseller channel, which currently distributes the Dimension 3D Printer line.

This sales strategy leverages the company’s success with what it believes is the strongest sales channel in the industry, consisting of a network of independent regional resellers. Stratasys expects it will improve market awareness by increasing the number of high-end system sales and support staff. The new strategy more than triples the sales support for high-end systems.

To maintain focus and long-term growth for both high-end FDM systems and Dimension 3D Printers, the resellers have committed additional resources and capabilities for high-end FDM systems, including a dedicated sales and support staff.

Stratasys FDM system owners will see no change in the way they receive service or order consumables. Customer support and order entry responsibilities will remain at Stratasys Incorporated. The reseller network will be introduced to North American customers after December 31, 2008.

“Our growth strategy brings a number of advantages,” says Stratasys CEO, Scott Crump. “The most important is that the expanded sales force increases our ability to offer high-end systems to a wider audience. Since market awareness continues to be a significant barrier in both the traditional prototyping and new direct digital manufacturing markets, we think this structure better-positions Stratasys for long-term growth.”

The enhanced reseller network consists of full-service resellers. In addition to offering Stratasys equipment, many of these resellers add value by offering complementary solutions such as 3D CAD software, 3D scanning equipment, and consulting services.

The sales channel strategy is similar to the company’s successful international sales model, in which both high-end FDM systems and Dimension 3D Printers are available from the same reseller.

The move was made to address the growing demand for Stratasys’ latest product line, including the FDM 900mc, FDM 400mc and FDM 360mc, which target both traditional prototyping and new direct digital manufacturing (DDM) markets.

Augmenting the new sales channel, Stratasys has dedicated an internal team, responsible for the direct digital manufacturing market with accountability for sales and application development. Led by recently hired Vice President of New Business Development Jeff DeGrange, formerly of Boeing, the team will focus on key accounts in the commercial aviation, defense, and other niche industries.

Stratasys Inc., Minneapolis, manufactures additive fabrication machines for direct digital manufacturing (a.k.a rapid manufacturing), 3D printing, and rapid prototyping. It also offers part manufacturing services through its RedEye RPM business unit. According to Wohlers Report 2008, Stratasys supplied 44 percent of all additive fabrication systems installed worldwide in 2007, making it the unit market leader for the sixth consecutive year. Stratasys patented and owns the process known as fused deposition modeling (FDM®). The process creates functional prototypes and end-use parts directly from any 3D CAD program, using ABS plastic, polycarbonate, PPSF, and blends. The company holds more than 180 granted or pending additive fabrication patents globally. Stratasys products are used in the aerospace, defense, automotive, medical, education, electronic, and consumer product industries. On the Web: www.Stratasys.com; www.DimensionPrinting.com; www.RedEyeRPM.com; www.RedEyeARC.com

Right Hemisphere Achieves Record Financial Results

PLEASANTON, CA : After four quarters of well executed sales performance and customer solutions deployments, Right Hemisphere® today announced the promotions of Todd Caponi to vice president of worldwide sales and George W. Earle to vice president of global enterprise services and solutions. Both Caponi and Earle will report to company CEO Michael Lynch.

Right Hemisphere is having an outstanding year. In fact, fiscal Q1 and Q2, which ended June and September 2008 respectively, represented a record number of bookings and averaged 200% year-over-year growth. In addition to strong financial results this year, the company's technology was licensed by SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) and integrated in the SAP® PLM 7.0 Solution, and by Corel Corporation (NASDAQ: CREL) (TSX: CRE) for the Corel DESIGNER® Technical Suite X4 software. Right Hemisphere's enterprise services teams also helped manufacturers such as Bell Helicopter, Halliburton, and Joy Mining Machinery to implement successful technology deployments.

"Despite challenging economic conditions, Right Hemisphere has met or exceeded its financial objectives the last four consecutive quarters," said Right Hemisphere CEO Michael Lynch. "A big part of this success can be attributed directly back to Todd and George, who lead the sales and deployment efforts for our company."

Over the last 14 years in the industry, Caponi has earned a reputation for sales results, process discipline and organization. As vice president of worldwide sales and previously as director of sales operations, Caponi injected his highly disciplined and organized approach into Right Hemisphere with a new sales methodology and enablement process. Before joining Right Hemisphere in January of 2006, Caponi owned and operated a sales training organization in Chicago. Prior to that, he held various sales positions at SAP America, Inc., Computer Associates and Hyperion. Caponi holds a bachelor's degree in marketing from Indiana University and is currently a commissioner for the city of Glenview, IL.

Right Hemisphere also promoted George W. Earle, formerly the director of worldwide enterprise services, to vice president of global enterprise services and solutions. With a consistent record of delivering visually intelligent enterprise collaboration solutions, and careful P&L management, Earle now leads Right Hemisphere's Enterprise Solutions Consulting, Technical Partner Management, Support and Education Services groups. These teams provide services to both billion-dollar, multi-national manufacturing corporations and startups. In Earle's 20-year background he established Blazent's Enterprise Software Services organization; was a founding architect at Chordiant; served as a vice president of engineering at a Physician ASP company; and held a variety of positions at Non-Stop Logistics, Trimble Navigation, and GTE Strategic Electronic Defense. He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and a minor in computer engineering from Northeastern University.

Arena Solutions Announces Continued Sales Growth for Q3 2008

FOSTER CITY, CA : Arena Solutions, the leading provider of on-demand product lifecycle management (PLM) software for manufacturers of all sizes, today announced that continued growth in new customer adoption, combined with a net retention rate of 135 percent, fueled the company's quarter-over-quarter sales growth of 48 percent and year-over-year sales growth of 35 percent for its third quarter ended September 30, 2008.

In Q308, Arena continued to attract new customers from the electronics, medical device and clean technology markets, where efficiency and accuracy are critical success factors. Before adopting Arena PLM, most of these companies relied on Microsoft Excel to manage critical product information, but found that tool to be a liability as their businesses became more complex.

Existing customers, who've used Arena PLM to increase accuracy, boost productivity, and improve their competitive advantage, not only renewed their Arena PLM subscriptions during the quarter, but also increased their investments at an unprecedented rate, demonstrating that in a down economy, the support Arena PLM provides in helping companies succeed and grow is more important than ever.

During the third quarter, the adoption of Arena PLM among clean technology companies looking to accelerate product development to meet growing demand was notable. Among these companies are Kinetics, which has provided process and mechanical solutions to the solar energy market for more than 10 years; Grid Net, a smart metering company that could help modernize the nation's digital energy grid and contribute to trimming the country's power usage by 10 percent, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent and eliminate the need for $80 billion in new power plants; Coulomb Technologies, which is responsible for building a curbside network of charging stations for electric cars; and the Grand Cayman-based d. Light, which provides innovative solar-powered lighting solutions to regions without electricity.

In addition, there was continued demand from medical device manufacturers, such as Alpha Med-Surge, Invivo Diagnostic, Avedro and Intrapace. For each, using Arena PLM to manage product data for compliance is critical for maintaining their competitive position.

"We've seen so many growing companies make a quick and successful move from Microsoft Excel to Arena PLM. Instead of the chaos that comes from managing product information in complicated spreadsheets, Arena offers a collaborative environment for centralizing, controlling and analyzing this complex and constantly changing data," said Craig Livingston, chief executive officer of Arena Solutions.

Debunking the myth that PLM implementations are lengthy and arduous, approximately 60 percent of new customers that purchased Arena PLM during the third quarter completed the entire implementation process within that 12 week period.

Other significant highlights of Q3 2008:

-- Arena Solutions was included among the top 200 private technology
companies of 2008 by Nollenberger Capital Partners Investment Banking Team.
Arena was selected for its compelling solutions, broad market, solid
management, demonstrated results and defensible intellectual property.

-- Arena surpassed its 99.5 percent service level agreement for the tenth
consecutive quarter, with 100 percent scheduled uptime in Q3 2008 and a
continued commitment to building and delivering the most secure, reliable
PLM solution available.

Delcam to host second GTMA Emerging Technologies event

Delcam will host the second GTMA "Emerging Technologies” event at its Birmingham headquarters on 4th February, 2009. Like the previous event held in February this year, the meeting will include presentations on a range of new manufacturing technologies. These will include developments in rapid prototyping, technology roadmapping, surface treatment, sheet forming, 3D imaging, cutting tools for composites and mouldmaking.

The 2008 event attracted over 100 delegates and a similar number of attendees are expected next February. These included representatives from both SMEs and OEMs. Steve Hebdon, senior development manufacturing engineer, BAE Systems, commented after attending: "Points of contact gained have proved to be very valuable and have led us to follow up on a number of new technologies and possible future production methods.”

"In addition to the formal presentations, we will be encouraging networking among the delegates so that they can gain even more from their day,” said Scott Phillips from the GTMA. "A series of ‘Hot Desks’, where a variety of experts will be situated during the networking periods, will give the chance for companies to discuss their individual needs.”

"The day will give delegates an opportunity to learn more about the new and emerging technologies within manufacturing that could provide their companies with a competitive edge,” claimed Mr. Phillips. "Knowledge gained from the event should be useful to decision makers so that sound strategic decisions concerning new technologies can be made, while more junior staff can benefit by having the chance to tap into the knowledge of the experts that will be presenting.”

For further information and to register for the event, please contact Leisa Goldsmith at the GTMA on 01844 274222

Dec 18, 2008

DP Technology releases ESPRIT Mold Version 10 CAM software

DP Technology, maker of ESPRIT®, is now shipping ESPRIT Mold Version 10 (v10), the latest generation of its mold software.

Designed to be user-friendly while maximizing efficiency, ESPRIT Mold v10 is loaded with new features and powerful upgrades — including a new patent-pending ESPRIT FreeForm 5-axis composite machining cycle and a new cycle designed specifically for machining impellers. In addition to other significant upgrades, ESPRIT Mold v10 takes advantage of multi-core processors (CPU) for substantially faster processing speeds.

ESPRIT Mold is designed to run on both Microsoft Windows XP and Microsoft Vista operating systems.

New Patent-Pending Free-Form 5-axis composite cycle
Twenty-two new 5-axis machining strategies have been added to the existing 5-axis functionalities within ESPRIT Mold, an upgrade that translates to even greater machining flexibility and improved cycle times. The new patent-pending FreeForm 5-axis composite machining cycle allows users to independently define machining patterns and tool orientation strategies to be used for creating simultaneous 5-axis toolpaths, and includes 20 different machining strategies (cycles) in one — resulting in a wide range of easily manageable possibilities.

The new ESPRIT composite machining cycle gives users the ability to perform simultaneous 5-axis machining for a wide variety of different parts and industries —including the aerospace, medical and automotive sectors — with one simple user interface.

New Impeller Cycle
Built into ESPRIT Mold v10 — and ensuring a programming process that is both simple and user-friendly — is a new cycle developed explicitly for machining impellers. This new cycle includes a roughing strategy that optimizes the creation of the toolpath based on the current stock and a new strategy for finishing the hub. These two new strategies support machining the main blade as well as splitter blades.

Among the host of enhancements designed to streamline the programming process is the capability to use separate stock allowances for vertical walls and floors, in addition to the option to set a different stock allowance for a given zone (surface or group of surfaces) of the workpiece.
Another significant upgrade available in ESPRIT Mold v10 paves the way for even greater toolpath accuracy. All machining cycles, including those for 5-axis operations, now incorporate full collision detection during toolpath calculation for not only the tool, but also the tool shank and tool holder — a feature that guarantees collision-free toolpaths.

ESPRIT Mold File as a Template
An existing ESPRIT Mold file can now be used as a machining template for a new job, which allows for a dramatic reduction in programming time. Users can now drag and drop existing ESPRIT Mold files into the active workspace of ESPRIT Mold. The machining process of the imported file will be added into the new file, thus providing users with the ability to regenerate existing machining cycles onto new part geometry —realizing monumental time savings.
Users now also have the means to view simulation at any point on the toolpath, which allows for inspection of the toolpath at any location. This gives the user the ability to make a quick inspection, negating the need to simulate preceding areas.

New Multi-core Processing
The full performance of multi-core (dual-core, quad-core or more) is now fully realized in ESPRIT Mold v10, which results in an up to 145 percent processing increase for each core added (1 to 2, 2 to 4, etc.). Streamlining the transition from design to machining, ESPRIT Mold v10 features a new and improved CAD reader for Pro/E, UG, CatiaV4, CatiaV5, STEP, ACIS, Inventor and Parasolid, maximizing CAD to CAM reliability.

Siemens PLM Software Ships Femap Version 10

Latest Release Provides New Interactive Meshing Tools for Faster Finite Element Analysis

PLANO, Texas : Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced Femap® Version 10 software is shipping to customers worldwide. Femap is a PC-based CAE modeling solution and the finite element analysis (FEA) component of the Velocity Series™ portfolio.

The latest release helps users create FEA models from CAD data easily and quickly through new meshing features.

“We deal with some fairly complex geometry,” said Brenton Ellis, design engineer, Quest Aircraft Company. “Femap allows us to see how a part interacts with everything around it, for example, by letting us represent surrounding geometry as a surface mesh and combine that with a solid mesh of the individual part. Features such as this let us have the detail we need, and let us analyze things in a way that provides the most useful information.”
Accelerated CAE model development

Femap V10 provides the following pre- and post-processing benefits to CAE analysts:

* Create accurate models more efficiently: Since FE meshing is central to the whole simulation process, Femap V10 introduces new meshers. The latest release automates current meshing technology while adding new interactive meshing with live model and element checking functionality. New remeshing and mesh quality functionality is now centralized within the user interface. This improves workflows and makes it easier to consistently and accurately produce CAE models for analysis.
* Mesh shell models faster: A new mid-surfacing method simplifies and speeds shell model creation for sheet metal structures.
* Create larger models: Femap is integrated with NX™ Nastran® and both support 64-bit Windows. This enables more access to random access memory (RAM) for pre-processing and solving much larger multi-million node models.
* Work more closely with the solver: V10 provides strengthened NX Nastran solver integration support, including axisymmetric quad and tria elements, new weld and fastener extensions, linear and glued contact extensions.

RPC Technologies Australia was able to use these enhanced features to significantly speed their analysis. “On a 1.45 million degrees of freedom analysis, we cut analysis time from 2.5 hours to just 4.5 minutes. We knew that the 64-bit version would be better, but we are still amazed about a 97 percent savings,” said Mark Harrison, Design Office manager.

Velocity Series is a comprehensive family of modular, integrated solutions addressing the PLM needs of the mid-market. Consisting of a preconfigured family of digital product design, analysis and data management software offerings, Velocity Series leverages the industry’s best practices to provide significant breakthroughs in ease-of-use and deployment.

For more information, visit www.siemens.com/plm/femap.

Service Pack 2 for Vectorworks 2009 Product Line announced

Nemetschek North America Updates Vectorworks 2009 Product Line

Columbia, Maryland : Nemetschek North America today announced the release of its Service Pack 2 for the Vectorworks 2009 line of software, which includes Vectorworks Designer, Vectorworks Architect, Vectorworks Landmark, Vectorworks Spotlight, Vectorworks Machine Design, Vectorworks Fundamentals, and Renderworks.

"With this service pack we paid particular attention to stair quality, IFC import/export, and the overall user experience," says Mark Farnan, director of software development. "We have also addressed a much broader set of user concerns based on feedback from our customers worldwide."

The Service Pack is available as a downloadable updater. To install the Service Pack, go to the About Vectorworks dialog box in the Vectorworks 2009 application and click Check for Updates.

Vectorworks 2009 was released on September 15, 2008. The Vectorworks 2009 product line features a robust new engine that gives users superior 2D and 3D capabilities, at speeds that are up to 4-5 times faster for modeling operations.

For a product-by-product breakdown of all the new version 2009 improvements, and to see some of these features in action, visit www.vectorworks2009.net

Nemetschek North America is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Nemetschek Group.

ZWSOFT Unveils ZWCAD 2009 Beta

Guangzhou, China: ZWSOFT today announced ZWCAD 2009 Beta, the next milestone in its line of DWG-compatible CAD products. As a productive drawing solution, ZWCAD 2009 Beta makes improvements in such functions as Hatch, Refedit, Insert, Pasteclip, Explode, Trim and Extend. Thus, the stability of ZWCAD 2009 Beta is greatly improved. In addition, its processing speed is also increased in overall performance.

Improvements Requested by Users

1) To provide more efficient collaboration and drawing management, ZWCAD 2009 adds Tool Palettes, eTransmit, Aerial View Window, Multiple Grips Editing, Filter, etc.

2) To improve compatibility with dimensions, ZWCAD 2009 adds Jogged Dimension and Arc Length Dimension.

3) To improve general drafting efficiency, ZWCAD 2009 improves association to the hatch, tracking to entity snaps, Refedit to the editing of external reference files, and unlimited undoes to the Undo/Redo mechanism.

Improvements made to the DRX application programming interface allow users to create custom objects that can be inserted, pasted from the Clipboard, stretched, extended, trimmed, and exploded.

New features in the beta of ZWCAD 2009 are the Tool palettes, eTransmit command, Aerial View Window, Editing with Multiple Grips, and dimensioning of Jogged Dimension and Arc Length Dimension.

Download ZWCAD 2009 Beta from http://www.zwcad.org/DownFeedback.asp?DownType=1&ID=16

DEM Solutions announces distribution agreement with CAEZEN Technologies of India

Edinburgh, Scotland : DEM Solutions, world leader in discrete element modeling (DEM) software and services announces the appointment of CAEZEN Technologies. CAEZEN will support and distribute EDEM software to the growing particle simulation market in India.

The appointment of CAEZEN Technologies follows the successful sale of EDEM to one of India’s largest multinationals in the minerals, chemical and materials industry. The use of EDEM in the simulation of materials handling and processing equipment reduces the need for physical prototypes and shorter development times.

Ian Williamson, Vice President of Sales at DEM Solutions, comments: “We see many great opportunities in India for the rapid adoption of EDEM as a key development tool. CAEZEN Technologies will provide our customers with the highest level of local technical support and training”.

Hari Doss, Director of CAEZEN Technologies, added: “ The focus of industry thus far has been in the structural (FEA) and fluids (CFD) worlds. However, there is a huge opportunity in India for driving efficiencies in the area of bulk material handling of granular flows. EDEM’s unique capabilities for modeling particle-particle, particle-structure and particle-fluid systems allow us to serve our existing markets of mining (minerals & coal), oil and gas, pharmaceutical and other similar industries across India dealing with bulk handling. We are also excited about EDEM’s potential usage in our premier academic and research labs to further our understanding of granular flows”.

DEM Solutions partners with their customers to improve their products and processes by simulating and analyzing operations at the particle scale. First released in 2005, EDEM software is now used in the design and analysis of particulate handling, processing, and manufacturing operations in almost every industry sector and engineering discipline.

EDEM provides companies with a tool to substantially reduce the number of physical prototypes and tests required to get a product to market or a process on-stream. It is used to help trouble-shoot difficult particulate processes and, because it is physics based, it can greatly improve understanding of system fundamentals leading to better product and process design and innovation.

DEM Solutions’ corporate headquarters are located in Edinburgh, Scotland with offices in Lebanon, New Hampshire, Frankfurt, Germany and Singapore with Distributor representation worldwide. For more information visit: http://www.dem-solutions.com

GRAITEC and Paras Cadd Pvt. Ltd. have entered into a strategic partnership agreement in India

Bièvres, France - GRAITEC, a major worldwide developer for analysis and detailing software, announces a new distribution agreement with Paras Cadd Private Limited, a leading Indian AEC company. The partnership agreement signed between the two companies entitles Paras Cadd Pvt Ltd. to promote, distribute and support the whole Advance Suite in India.

Established in 2000, Paras Cadd Pvt Ltd. is a complete software solution provider in plant design, steel detailing and AEC markets in India and it has become a trusted business partner for all software needs in plant, steel and AEC markets in India. It has extensive pre-sales, post-sales, implementation and project experience for structural steel, concrete detailing, piping, plant design, fabrication, and construction.

The company delivers additional value on top of existing software through customization, integration with existing software, IT infrastructure, consultancy, training, support and implementation services. Paras Cadd Pvt Ltd is located in major cities including Mumbai and New Delhi and employs 50 people.

Its clients range from small consulting firms to global engineering / procurement / construction contracting firms and owner-operators. Among them are UHDE India Limited, Aker Solutions, Engineers India Limited, Indian Oil Corporation, IPCL, SNC-Lavalin India Ltd, Tecnimont ICB, Technip KTI, Punj Lloyds , Larsen and Toubro Limited and Toyo Engineering.

Alexandre Tartas, GRAITEC COO, comments: "We are confident that this partnership will help us quickly develop a successful business in India. Paras Cadd Pvt Ltd has indeed the expertise, infrastructure and resources necessary to best serve our customers in this area of the world. India is the first step of GRAITEC's aggressive growth strategy through Value Added Resellers. North America, Asia and the Middle East are our priority targets for 2009."

Amit Borele, Managing Director of Paras Cadd Pvt Ltd, adds: "We are extremely pleased to be associated with the GRAITEC team. This partnership will contribute significantly in steel fabrication, plant design, steel & RCC buildings, offshore platforms, marine structures, pre fabricated structures, transmission towers, steel stacks, tower structures, steel bridges Industrial structural (oil & gas, chemical plant, pharmaceutical, paper & pulp etc.) and others.

The state of art solution from GRAITEC will provide effectiveness, accuracy and higher productivity in the above areas. There is a great potential for its use in our fast developing economy."

Paras Cadd Pvt Ltd, PCPL is a complete software solution provider established in 2000. The company is active in the plant design, steel detailing and AEC market in India. With a proven track record of making various international products as de-facto standard in the Indian industry, Paras Cadd is the leading name in the Indian industry for providing and assisting customers to implement the jobs using technological software to achieve better ROI. PCPL has developed various interfaces for integration with existing and standard software. PCPL also conducts full training on structural, concrete engineering in order to give industry specific solutions. Paras Cadd serves over 400 customers in India.
For further information, please visit www.parascadd.com

Founded in 1986, GRAITEC is a major software developer for CAD and structural design solutions for civil engineering. Used by more than 20,000 customers worldwide, GRAITEC software have helped in creating outstanding projects: Cœur Défense tower, Stade De France stadium, Cairo Subway. The GRAITEC Group has now more than 240 employees working in 12 companies (France, Germany, Spain, Czech Republic, Romania, United Kingdom, Canada and USA). GRAITEC also manages an international network of more than 30 resellers.
For more information, please visit www.graitec.com

Pictures by PC CAD/CAM to Include Sheet Metal Design

Munich, - Schott Systeme GmbH. German software house Schott Systeme GmbH will be including sheet metal design tools as part of the latest release of their Pictures by PC 3.4 CAD/CAM software.

Although generally used as a fully integrated CAD/CAM solution for mold tool design and machining, this latest version of Schott Systeme's Pictures by PC software sees a number of enhancements in the direction of pure mechanical design. The first is aimed directly at those customers requiring the quick creation of typical sheet metal components. Based on the software's non parametric approach to modelling, this provides the user with the ability to freely add and alter typical sheet metal features, without requiring the constraints associated with a history based modeller. Immediate advantages are the ability to easily alter parts imported from other CAD solutions, in addition to providing a more simplified means of converting existing 2D drawings into sheet metal components.

Not being marketed as an actual sheet metal module, as Schott Systeme have refrained from including more complex freeform unfolding, the current tools will however enable customers to dynamically unfold typical flange work directly on the 3D part. The end result subsequently provides an accurate developed flat pattern, but more importantly enables visual testing of the actual bend sequence before manufacture.

For more information, view the demo video at http://www.schott-systeme.com/en/newsheetmetalvideo-en.htm

Having developed the same software solutions for over 25 years, Schott Systeme can claim to be one of the founding members of the CAD/CAM and graphics market. Starting out as one of the very first vector based graphics packages for the PC, their product 'Pictures by PC' as the name suggests, has evolved into one of the most mature CAD/CAM and technical documentation products available today. Schott Systeme continues to develop both this 'Pictures by PC' solution, in addition to other OEM solutions including the low cost CAD/CAM package isyCAM for ISEL and I-mes CNC machine tools.

PTC® Selected as Key Sponsor for FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Program

Official Provider of 3D CAD and Collaboration Software for FTC Teams

MANCHESTER, N.H : FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to inspiring the next generation of innovators and engineers, and PTC®, The Product Development Company®, announced today that PTC has agreed to a three-year sponsorship of the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) program.

As the CAD and Collaboration sponsor, PTC will provide its Pro/ENGINEER®, Mathcad®, Windchill®, and ProductView™ CAD and collaboration software to all FTC teams at no cost. This software will allow teams to build their robots in a virtual environment using models of parts supplied in the FTC Competition Kit. The groups will also be able to collaborate within their own teams, with other teams, and with mentors and industry sponsors using PTC’s Windchill.

The sponsorship also includes a named design award, recognizing teams that use innovative design approaches in their solution. The PTC Design Award recognizes design elements of the FTC robot that are both functional and aesthetic.

“The challenge for tomorrow’s engineers will not only be to build great products but to collaborate, prototype, and refine their designs digitally before the actual build. PTC’s sponsorship allows FTC teams to use the tools to do this as part of the FTC competition,” said Ken Johnson, director, FIRST Tech Challenge. ”It is our hope that FTC will be in every high school in the world. It is very affordable and scales quickly into schools, districts, states, and national competitions.”

Paul R. Gudonis, president of FIRST, said, “We are very pleased to have PTC support our FIRST Tech Challenge program by signing-on as the three-year CAD and Collaboration Sponsor and providing robust software to our teams. PTC’s innovative product design software tools will significantly enhance the quality of the robot build experience for our FTC teams and gives them exposure to real-world design applications as they design, build, and test the robots competing at these events.”

“PTC is very excited about the expansion of its partnership with FIRST into the FIRST Tech Challenge program. PTC is delighted to provide not only our software and curriculum to these teams, but also access to our eco-system of customers, partners, and employees that are equally committed to inspiring students to pursue technology and engineering professions,” said James Heppelmann, executive vice president and chief product officer, PTC.

PTC software is immediately available to all FTC teams. FTC teams can get access by visiting http://www.ptc.com/go/first/. This page also provides links to online tutorials to help teams get started.

FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) is a challenging mid-level robotics competition designed for high-school-aged students who want a hands-on learning experience to develop and hone their skills and abilities in science, technology, engineering, and math. FTC was designed for teams who want the same real-world challenges as the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC); but who require a more affordable build kit and more geographically accessible events. FIRST Tech Challenge is an ideal next step for students moving from FIRST LEGO® League (FLL) or prior to participating in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC).

Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With the support of many of the world's most well-known companies, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST Robotics Competition and FIRST Tech Challenge for high-school students, the FIRST LEGO(R) League for children 9-14 years old, and the Junior FIRST LEGO League for 6 to 9 year-olds. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.usfirst.org.

Dec 17, 2008

Autodesk to Acquire ALGOR, Inc.

SAN RAFAEL, Calif : Autodesk, Inc. , a world leader in design innovation technologies, announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire ALGOR, Inc., a leading provider of analysis and simulation software, for approximately $34 million.

Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, ALGOR's computer aided engineering software is used for product design and development in the automotive, aerospace, medical, consumer products, defense, energy and utilities industries. The acquisition will strengthen the Autodesk solution for Digital Prototyping with new advanced simulation functionality, including multiphysics, mechanical event simulation and fluid flow.

"Autodesk strives to offer manufacturers the most comprehensive and easy-to-use Digital Prototyping solution on the market," said Robert "Buzz" Kross, senior vice president of Autodesk Manufacturing Solutions. "The acquisition of ALGOR will add significant new capabilities to virtually test and predict the impact of simultaneous real world conditions like heat and pressure on product designs."

"Since 1976, ALGOR's accurate, easy-to-use analysis and simulation tools have helped mechanical engineers make better, safer products at a lower cost," said Michael Bussler, president and founder of ALGOR. "We have enjoyed a long-standing partnership with Autodesk, and the combination of our proven technologies will be an exciting new chapter for our customers worldwide."

Product Integration

ALGOR's software and services enable complex simulations on products ranging from mobile phones and printer cartridges to oil pipelines. Following the acquisition, Autodesk customers will have the opportunity to perform even more sophisticated analysis based on real-world structural and thermal conditions, allowing mechanical engineers to make informed product development decisions.

Upon completion of the acquisition, Autodesk's current intent is to integrate ALGOR into its Manufacturing Solutions business unit and to continue developing and selling ALGOR's core product line. Autodesk plans to continue developing the ALGOR products with an open approach, allowing direct data exchange between ALGOR products and multiple computer aided design software offerings.

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009.

ALGOR software's wide range of simulation capabilities includes: static stress with linear and nonlinear material models; Mechanical Event Simulation (MES) for nonlinear, multi-body dynamics with large-scale motion, large deformation and large strain with body-to-body contact; linear dynamics; fatigue; CFD including steady-state and transient heat transfer, steady and unsteady fluid flow and mass transfer; electrostatics; full multiphysics; and piping. All analysis capabilities are available within FEMPRO®, ALGOR's easy-to-use single user interface. For more information about ALGOR software, visit www.ALGOR.com.

Delcam’s new PowerINSPECT supports five-axis inspection

Version 5 of Delcam’s PowerINSPECT software includes support for five-axis scanning with Renishaw’s REVO probe. This new release of the world’s most successful hardware-independent inspection software also features the ability to use multiple alignments within parts or assemblies, additional GD&T features, more flexible best-fit algorithms, improved CMM connectivity and more versatile report generation.

PowerINSPECT 5 is one of the first inspection software packages to support Renishaw’s REVO for the verification of both geometric and free-form shapes on CMMs. The combined solution offers faster and more accurate measurement of feature-rich parts, such as powertrain components, and complex doubly-curved surfaces, including those found in aerofoils and turbine blades.

As the five-axis REVO head is much lighter and more dynamic than the CMM, with a significantly better frequency response, it is able to follow changes in the part geometry much more quickly. In addition, five-axis scanning minimises dynamic errors caused by the inertial forces that affect the moving mass of the CMM structure.

The new PowerINSPECT release incorporates proven five-axis simulation and collision detection technology from Delcam’s PowerMILL CAM system. As a result, users can be confident that the inspection routines will operate safely and efficiently.

Five-axis operation for On-Machine Verification has also been enhanced, in particular by making the programming much easier. Canned strategies have been added for all standard geometric features so making it faster and simpler to generate inspection routines for prismatic parts.

PowerINSPECT’s new ability to use multiple alignments within a single part will allow independent verification of distinct areas within the component. This will make it simpler to identify the source of any error in a faulty example and so make it quicker and easier to rectify the problem.

Multiple alignments can also be important when checking assemblies of parts. They can be used to discover whether the error is in an individual component, and, if so, in which one, or whether the problem has resulted from an inaccuracy in the way in which the parts have been put together.

Inspection of more complex parts will also benefit from the enhanced best-fit options within the software. These now allow the user to prioritise the most important features in the part when identifying the most accurate alignment. For example, mating faces, which may need to be produced to a finer tolerance, can be given a higher priority.

The GD&T capability has been expanded to include symmetry, surface profile and run-out, as well as the previously-available true position, perpendicularity, angularity, parallelism and concentricity. The new options are all available within the GD&T Wizard, to easily guide the operator through the process.

Another new option is the ability to compensate for changes in the part temperature. This will be most helpful to companies using portable devices on the shop-floor, where it is impossible to maintain the temperature as consistently as can be done in a dedicated measuring area. The software includes specific expansion factors for different materials, so allowing accurate compensation allowances to be calculated.

The introduction into PowerINSPECT of I++ technology will make it easier to add the software to new hardware, especially for companies that use a variety of different devices. I++ is the standard communication format for CMMs and is supported by all major equipment manufacturers.

PowerINSPECT’s easy-to-understand reporting has always been one of the software’s most popular features. With the new release, users have been given more control over the way in which the results are displayed. The previous highly-automated reporting methods are still available but users are now able to customise reports more easily. For example, the positions and contents of results labels can be adjusted to highlight the most important measurements.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Adopts PTC Product Development Solution to Improve Its Watch Development Process

Luxury Clock and Watchmaker Reduces Development Time By 50%

NEEDHAM, Mass : The Product Development Company®, today announced that Jaeger-LeCoultre, the Swiss subsidiary of Richemont International S.A. has adopted the PTC® Product Development Solution including, Pro/ENGINEER®, Mathcad® and ProductView™ to develop its entire product portfolio of watches and clocks.

Jaeger-LeCoultre will use Pro/ENGINEER for 3D digital modeling, machining, and simulation, ProductView for 3D visual collaboration between various departments, and Mathcad® for performing and documenting engineering calculations. Today, PTC's solutions contribute to the success of Jaeger-LeCoultre products. The clock and watchmaker also plans to implement PTC’s Arbortext® content publishing system to manage its technical documentation.

Founded 175 years ago and located in the heart of Swiss Jura, Jaeger-LeCoultre's 1,100 employees design and manufacture luxury clock and watch products, including the famous Reverso and Gyrotourbillon watches, and Atmos clocks. Jaeger-LeCoultre stands apart from its competitors with its guarantee of 100% Swiss design and manufacture. Because of this guarantee, Jaeger-LeCoultre does not have outsourcing as an option to strengthen its product development process and must instead rely solely on superior quality and high precision products.

Designed for a very discerning clientele, Jaeger-LeCoultre luxury watches and clocks have historically had multi-year R&D and finalization processes. But with quick time to market being a major customer demand, and key imperative for watchmakers, Jaeger-LeCoultre sought to gain an advantage by using PLM technology. The company decided that the main goal for implementing a PLM solution set would be to develop increasingly sophisticated and complex products more simply and quickly, and thus to widen its product catalogue. In fact, Jaeger-LeCoultre ultimately decided to implement a PLM system because it would allow them to simultaneously decrease the design process time while still encouraging the innovation and high quality that distinguishes its products.

Jaeger-LeCoultre has also turned to PTC to implement a collaborative design method with a wider, faster and more reliable form of data sharing. All involved – project managers, engineers and purchasers – can now work on the same project simultaneously, without the risk of conflict or error.

“It is highly rewarding for PTC when luxury product companies such as Jaeger-LeCoultre, whose principals are 'precision' and 'product quality,' are able to use PTC solutions to increase efficiencies in their product development process without sacrificing their high quality and innovation standards," said Marc Diouane, senior divisional vice president of PTC Europe.

A major player in watchmaking history, Jaeger-LeCoultre is celebrating its 175th anniversary this year. The Grande Maison in the Vallée de Joux is taking this opportunity to reread some of the finest pages in its ongoing epic and to write some even more beautiful ones. The Manufacture has an impressive range of world firsts, superlatives and legendary models to its credit, including the Reverso, the Duoplan, the Master Control, the Memovox Polaris, the Gyrotourbillon I and the Atmos. In 2008, around 1000 people mastering over 40 watchmaking professions and over 20 cutting-edge technologies will continue to pay tribute to the pioneering spirit of the House founders by creating new masterpieces in harmony with the grand watchmaking tradition. In 2010, pursuing the multiple extensions around Antoine LeCoultre’s original workshop, Jaeger-LeCoultre will welcome a new building providing 9,000 square metres of additional workshops.

SolidWorks World 2009 to Feature Exciting Keynotes, Success Stories, and Learning Opportunities

Sir Richard Branson, Jeff Ray, Jon Hirschtick, and World-Class Companies to Shine at World’s Largest Annual SolidWorks Gathering

CONCORD, Mass : The founder of Virgin, one of the most respected brands in the world. The chief executive of DS SolidWorks. A member of the team that delivered 3D CAD to Windows. Household-name companies recounting how they overcame their biggest engineering challenges.

All of this plus professional development, networking, and first-rate entertainment are on tap for SolidWorks World 2009 (http://www.solidworks.com/pages/swworld09/index.html), taking place Feb. 8-11, 2009, in Orlando, Fla.

“SolidWorks World improves every year as we incorporate attendee suggestions into the program,” said Efrat Ravid, director of marketing and alliances of Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. (DS SolidWorks). “As a result, we’re packing more luminaries into the keynotes, more content into the general sessions, and tailoring break-out sessions more closely to the challenges designers and engineers face every day.”

DS SolidWorks CEO Jeff Ray will officially kick off SolidWorks World 2009 by detailing past and future commitments to customers. He will also spotlight customers who are “changing the world” amid unprecedented challenges and opportunities.

Ray will go on to introduce Special Guest Speaker Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group (www.virgin.com), consisting of more than 200 companies – from airlines and luxury properties to financial services and mobile phone service providers – employing over 50,000 people in 30 countries and recording more than $20 billion in 2006 revenues. Branson also applies his business expertise on environmental and social problems with Virgin Unite, his not-for-profit entrepreneurial foundation.

Day 2 dawns with an exploration of how the most well-known brands in the world confronted their biggest design challenges. Keynoter Jon Hirschtick, co-founder and group executive of DS SolidWorks, will help engineers tell their stories. Hirschtick is credited with bringing 3D CAD to the desktop.

On Day 3, attendees will get a sneak preview of SolidWorks® 2010 3D CAD software, featuring a host of new and improved capabilities, along with associated solutions for data management, analysis, and documentation.

SolidWorks World 2009 also offers:

* more than 150 in-depth training sessions;
* a Product Design Showcase of breakthrough inventions and exciting designs by SolidWorks customers;
* more than 100 hardware and software solutions that complement SolidWorks software in the Partner Pavilion;
* a special event on the “wild side of Disney,” Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park. Attendees will come face to face with wild animals, ride the Kali River Rapids®, race down Forbidden Mountain™, and explore lush jungles (plus food, drink, and entertainment);
* and additional surprises throughout the week.

Register today

A full conference pass is $995 with a $100 early bird discount through Jan. 9. Attendees can save more by sending three people from the same company for the price of two full conference passes. For more information, visit www.solidworks.com/swworld.

SolidWorks World 2009 is produced by DS SolidWorks, a world leader in 3D solutions.

Listen to a podcast about SolidWorks World 2009 with Kerri Dunne, events manager for DS SolidWorks at http://blogs.solidworks.com/mediapodcasts/2008/12/solidworks-worl.html

Kanagawa Technical School Selects Dassault Systèmes CATIA for its 3D CAD and Modeling Course

CATIA Academic License to offer the most advanced and the highest quality 3D CAD education

Tokyo : Dassault Systèmes (DS) (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today announced that Kanagawa Prefectural Eastern Region Vocational Technical School (Kana Tech College), a major engineering school under the Kanagawa prefecture, has selected the CATIA Academic License, for its mechanical design course on 3D CAD.

Kana Tech College, which opened in April 2008, is one of the largest engineering vocational schools in Japan. The school’s 3D CAD & Modeling Course is one of the most popular among all the 15 courses being offered by the school. Admission to the course is difficult as the competition is five times higher compared to other courses. Kana Tech College teaches students design and production processes; therefore, proposing practical 3D design training is critical for the school.

“Our school believes in teaching mechanical design, including not only basic design but also applied design skills, which are important for our students to find good jobs”, says Mr. Daisuke Taniguchi, general manager of 3D CAD & Modeling Course, Industrial Engineering, Kanagawa Prefectural Eastern Region Vocational Technical School. “We selected CATIA because it provides powerful free surface modeling capabilities that are critical for applied design. The students who followed this course have been recruited by leading automobile and electronics companies all over Japan."

With CATIA Academic License for educational organization, Kana Tech College offers the best 3D CAD technology to its students. The software includes almost all the functions that CATIA provides and offers the most advanced and the highest quality 3D CAD environment to the students. Kana Tech College’s 3D CAD & Modeling Course enables students to learn not only modeling technologies such as solid and surface, but also provides them with design methods including knowledge-based design and analysis by using CATIA.

“It is a pleasure for Dassault Systèmes that Kana Tech College selected CATIA to educate the new generation of 3D CAD engineers,” says Nicholas Calfacacos, managing director, Dassault Systèmes Japan. “By providing advanced design capabilities through our software to educational institutions, we are contributing to the creation of great products and shaping the future of Japan. DS solutions were implemented through a collaborative effort between DS and Ryoyu Systems Co., Ltd., a DS value-added reseller in Japan.”

SoftInWay Announces a Bundle on Its Innovated AxSTREAM Educational Version for Winter/Spring Semester

BURLINGTON, Massachusetts : SoftInWay Inc., a global provider of cutting-edge software for turbomachinery flow path design, analysis and optimization, has launched an innovated release of its AxSTREAM Education Version. The new software features all the latest SoftInWay developments, among which are the implementation of Campbell diagram, an enhanced Euler flow solver, more detailed Mollier diagram and the adaptation of the Streamline Solver to centrifugal compressors.

The educational version updated for AxSTREAM ensures more accurate calculation results and optimizes the whole process of turbomachinery flow path design and analysis.

The capabilities of 3D flow module AxFLOW (Euler and potential flow solvers) have been expanded. Now the user of Euler flow solver can control/change mesh quality, calculate the whole stage using previous calculation results as initial values and quickly define 3D flow path characteristics. Another important innovation is Campbell diagram (AxSTRESS) which helps users to find the critical speed for a stationary frame of reference.

AxSTREAM Educational Version is available for axial gas and steam turbines; radial turbines; radial and centrifugal compressors. Coupled with AxSTREAM training course, the edu version forms an all-round educational suite for students of technical universities, their professors seeking to upgrade their educational tools and experienced engineers who will be able to enhance the design process using AxSTREAM.

SoftInWay is interested in creating a new generation of turbomachinery engineering pros and offers special discounts for academia. In Winter/Spring semester innovated AxSTREAM™ Educational Version for Turbomachinery Flow Path Design comes in bundle: students of universities who acquire 10 licenses and place an order till January 15, 2009, will get 50% discount for SoftInWay training in Boston on February 24-26. The promotion expires on January 9, 2009.

SoftInWay Inc. is a USA corporation, headquartered in Burlington, MA. The company's mission is to serve the high technology community by providing software products and engineering services in the area of research, design and digital prototyping of power generation equipment. SoftInWay develops products for rapid turbomachinery design, provides technical engineering services and uses in-house and industry standard CFD, FEA and CAD tools to address design issues at the earliest possible stage to maximize engineering productivity and increase the efficiency and reliability of equipment. The core product, AxSTREAM™, is an integrated solution based on over 400 years of collective turbomachinery experience of SoftInWay engineering team, with the clear goal of bringing to industry a professional software tool for rapid, optimized turbomachinery flow path design. Website: www.softinway.com Telephone: 1-781-862-7867.

3D Mesh Component from Spatial Accelerates Engineering Application Development

Growing 3D Analysis Requirements across Engineering Disciplines Drive Offering

BROOMFIELD, Colo -- Spatial Corp., a leading provider of 3D software components for technical applications, today announced availability of 3D Mesh, an object-based software component providing fully-configurable surface and volumetric meshing capabilities. The component includes mesh generation and pre-processing for a wide-range of applications including mechanical design, structural analysis, heat transfer, computational fluid dynamics and electronic design automation (EDA). With 3D Mesh, application providers with proprietary solvers are able to accelerate the delivery of a fully-integrated engineering analysis solution. Spatial’s 3D ACIS Modeler customers further benefit from 3D Mesh’s integration with ACIS and HOOPS 3D Application Framework.

Spatial licenses 3D Mesh from Visual Kinematics, Inc (VKI), a leading supplier of component software tools for the CAE industry for 20 years.

“We chose to partner with Spatial because they also have a long history of selling and supporting technology leading 3D software components. The integration of ACIS with the VisTools/Mesh (3D Mesh), combined with Spatial’s experienced support and professional services organization, provides a compelling reason for customers to choose Spatial for their component needs” stated Gordon Ferguson, President of VKI. “We are working closely with Spatial in support of their sales efforts, and continued development of our VisTools/Mesh component based on joint customer feedback.”

Application providers are looking for ways to accelerate product delivery, while maintaining their competitive advantage. CAE suppliers often differentiate themselves through proprietary solvers best suited for their applications and end-user needs. Mesh generation, however, is not usually a core competency and these vendors prefer to license a third-party component for this capability, rather than carry the cost and risk associated with doing the development work themselves. For internal development organizations working on highly-specialized applications, 3D Mesh enables them to concentrate their resources on addressing the specific problem, rather than expend valuable resources on technology that is already generally available.

“We are constantly looking to partner with companies like VKI that excel at what they do and offer technologies that complement our existing product portfolio,” commented Jerry Walters, Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Service. “Spatial ensures that the components all work together, eliminating the integration burden for our customers. Plus, our customers benefit from a single source for sales, support, and services.”

3D Mesh is delivered as thread-safe libraries, enabling multi-threaded applications to take advantage of multi-core hardware platforms and deliver optimal application performance. The software component includes an ACIS bridge, for easy integration with ACIS- and InterOp-enabled applications.

Key Features of 3D Mesh:

* Fast, fully automatic generation of triangular and quadrilateral surface meshes and tetrahedral volume meshes
* Mapped mesh, boundary layer, and extruded mesh generation including triangular, quadrilateral, tetrahedral, wedge, pyramidal and hexahedral elements
* Generation of both linear and parabolic elements in all cases
* Arbitrary points and lines may be embedded into a surface mesh; as well as points, lines, and triangles into a volume mesh
* Mesh sizing control with any combination of global element size, minimum element size, curvature based sizing, and growth rate parameters
* Unique defeaturing and healing capabilities on both the 3D geometry and the mesh

3D Mesh is available for free evaluation. Request forms are available on the company’s website.

Visual Kinematics, Inc. is a leading supplier of component software tools to the Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) industry. The VKI component software product line addresses the entire spectrum of CAE simulation technology from mesh generation, data structures and interoperability tools to solvers, visualization and graphics. Since the company's founding in 1989, VKI component tools have been installed in analysis products including mechanical, fluids, electro-magnetic and multiphysics applications. With a reputation for delivering innovative, commercially robust products, Visual Kinematics is relied upon by the CAE industry's largest, and most respected, software companies. Visual Kinematics is headquartered in Saratoga, California. For more information, please visit www.vki.com

Spatial Corp., a Dassault Systèmes S.A. (Nasdaq: DASTY)(Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), is a leading provider of 3D development software components for technical applications across a broad range of industries. Spatial’s 3D modeling software, 3D visualization software, and 3D CAD translation software components help application developers deliver market-leading products, maintain focus on core competencies, and reduce time-to-market. Spatial 3D components have been adopted by some of the world's most recognized software developers, manufacturers, research institutes, and universities. Headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado, Spatial has offices in the USA, Germany, Japan, China, and the United Kingdom. For more information, please visit http://www.spatial.com or contact Spatial by email at info_spatial@3ds.com or by phone at 303-544-2900.

Bluebeam Software Teams with QBS Distribution in UK and Ireland

PASADENA, Calif : Bluebeam Software, a leader in innovative PDF solutions for the architecture, engineering, construction, legal, and education industries, and QBS Distribution, a leading distributor of software technology in the UK and Ireland, have teamed together to distribute Bluebeam’s market-leading PDF software through QBS’s 600 Value-Added Resellers (VARs) and their top 100 corporate account resellers.

Windows users throughout the UK and Ireland will be able to take advantage of Bluebeam's user-friendly PDF viewing, markup and editing application, Bluebeam PDF Revu®, in addition to Bluebeam’s centralized publishing solution, Conversion Server, to reduce paper consumption, to cut costs, and to promote green business practices. Customers who have implemented a paperless workflow with Bluebeam’s cost-effective solution have already seen an 80% reduction in paper usage and distribution costs as well as an almost instantaneous ROI.

“We are delighted with the opportunity to help such a respected software vendor build its business in our territory,” commented Skye Quin, Sales Director of QBS Distribution, “we are ideally placed to help resellers throughout the UK and Ireland service their customers to a very high standard with the Bluebeam portfolio.”

“As Bluebeam continues to expand globally, we value the expertise and reach of distribution partners such as QBSD. We are confident that QBSD’s impressive channel will enable us to increase brand awareness and expand our market share in the UK and Europe,” said Stephani Haynes, Director of Marketing for Bluebeam.

Bluebeam PDF Revu is available in two editions, Standard Edition for general office use and CAD Edition for AutoCAD® and SolidWorks® users. Bluebeam Conversion Server is a centrally-managed PDF solution that automates PDF creation for large firms. Three interfaces are available including watched folders, network PDF printer, and API integration.

QBS Distribution will be offering Bluebeam pre and post sales assistance on any Enterprise opportunity.

QBSD invites interested resellers to contact Viral (VIL) Vora on +44 (0)20 8733 7134

QBS Distribution (QBSD) is a division of QBS Software with a mandate to professionally service software resellers.

The QBSD reseller database has grown extensively over 20 years and we now supply software to most corporate resellers, Large Account Resellers (LARs), value added resellers, system integrators and any organisation which procures software on behalf of others. Registered resellers have access to exclusive online pricing, product information, order history, order tracking and maintenance & support renewal details. Most of our corporate resellers utilise the QBSD specialist software sourcing service to obtain quotes for unusual software items that are not readily available through distribution. We have developed keen expertise in product licensing, marketing, management and fulfilment.

QBSD participates in many leading industry exhibitions, conferences, road shows and seminars whilst working closely with various user groups. Currently QBSD has full distribution rights for Altova, Bluebeam, CodeGear, Dameware, DeviceLock, Novastor, gotomaxx, LapLink, MeetingSense, NetOp, SimTech (MindMapper), QuickReport, Sybase, WebSpy and Wolfram Research.

Bluebeam Software invents, develops, and commercializes PDF software intelligently designed to meet the needs of design, engineering and business professionals. As the trusted standard in PDF technology for architects and engineers, Bluebeam produces high quality, easy to use products that allow project teams to improve communication and collaboration immediately with virtually no learning curve. For more information about the company, latest news, and purchasing information, visit Bluebeam Software at www.bluebeam.com.

Invention Machine Adds S&T Croatia to its Growing Reseller Network

BOSTON : Invention Machine, a leading provider of innovation software, today announced that it has signed a reseller agreement with S&T Croatia to market Invention Machine Goldfire ® Innovator in Croatia. S&T joins Invention Machine’s growing list of resellers to help meet the escalating demand for its innovation software, worldwide. S&T Croatia is part of S&T Group, the leading provider of IT consulting, solutions and services to customers in Central and Eastern Europe as well as Japan and China.

S&T’s first Goldfire Innovator customer is the University of Zagreb. The university’s Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture will adopt the innovation software to train students so they are well prepared to participate in different aspects of planning, designing, implementing and operating systems, including products, processes, and projects.

“The task of modern engineering education is to help students adopt state-of-the-art technology, be socially responsible and innovative,” said, Dorian Marjanovic, vice dean, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture University of Zagreb. “Therefore extending our engineering education with new computer aided innovation tools like Goldfire Innovator should enable our students to become better innovators as they join the workforce.”

Under the terms of the agreement, S&T will promote and sell Goldfire Innovator in Croatia and provide ongoing technical support to customers, from pre-sales to implementation and beyond.

“This collaboration between Invention Machine and S&T will set the standard for sustainable product innovation in Croatia, increasing our value-add to customers,” said Krešo Galić, director, Information Systems, S&T. “Together we will help companies create a more efficient innovation infrastructure that will accelerate product development as well as support universities to develop world-class innovators.”

Invention Machine’s innovation software helps enterprises innovate repeatedly, accelerating and sustaining product innovation. Its unique semantic technology translate ideas into commercialized products by generating and validating the right ideas the first time — whether it's creating a folding box spring, an engine for NASA or a new printer. Today, Invention Machine helps manufacturing organizations worldwide deliver innovative products that positively impact society and save lives.

“In today’s economy, best-in-class companies and Invention Machine customers continue to invest in innovation to maintain profitability and competitive-edge,” said Mark Atkins, CEO & chairman, Invention Machine. “This collaboration with S&T will empower Croatian companies to drive sustainable innovation and increase top line growth by delivering the right products to market quickly and consistently.”