Aug 28, 2008

'Global Delivery - An Essential Guide' From INCAT Presents the Case for Engineering Services Outsourcing

'INCAT is defining the global landscape,' CEO says

DETROIT, LONDON and MUMBAI, India,-- INCAT, a global leader in Engineering Services Outsourcing (ESO) and Product Development IT services, today announced the worldwide release of a new booklet, "Global Delivery - An Essential Guide to Engineering Services Outsourcing." The 50-page guide provides readers a definitive summary of the business of Global Delivery and how to approach it, as well as what - and where - to deploy. It is available in both print and electronic versions.

"Product development is going global," said Sunil Sachan, Senior Associate - Booz Allen Hamilton, in the guide's introduction, "and companies that started offshoring support functions - IT and BPO - are now increasingly looking at offshoring core functions including product development and engineering activities.

"Companies should view global engineering as a long-term play, requiring careful selection of what is done, where and by whom."

This new guide from INCAT was produced to help organizations facing these choices make informed decisions. In addition to a summary of the concept of Global Delivery, the guide provides a look at how Global Delivery benefits the automotive, aerospace and discrete manufacturing industries; as well as a Global Delivery Check List, to assist organizations in self-examination regarding their Global Delivery needs and the benefits they will realize. There also is a helpful glossary of Global Delivery and ESO terms.

"INCAT is currently defining the global ESO landscape," said INCAT CEO Warren Harris. "With the publication of this booklet, we are providing insights that will foster a wider understanding of the value of Global Delivery, and will make clear to organizations setting out in this direction that, as the industry leader, INCAT is their best partner on that journey."

To download an electronic copy of INCAT's "Global Delivery - An Essential Guide to Engineering Services Outsourcing," go to www.incat.com.


INCAT, founded in 1989, is a Tata Technologies company. The Company is a global leader in Engineering Services Outsourcing (ESO) and Product Development IT Services to the global manufacturing industry. INCAT, through its pragmatic approach to engineering and manufacturing processes; and its unique-in-the-industry Global Delivery Model, delivers best-in-class solutions for Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Enterprise Resource Management (ERM), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Application Development and Maintenance (ADM) to the world's leading automotive, aerospace and durable goods manufacturers and their suppliers.

INCAT is headquartered in the United States (Novi, Mich.), India (Pune) and Germany (Stuttgart). Tata Technologies is headquartered in Singapore. INCAT has a combined global work force of more than 3,000 employees serving clients worldwide from facilities in North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. www.incat.com

Autodesk to Present at Upcoming Investor Conferences

WHAT: Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:
ADSK) today announced its executives
will be speaking at the following investor conferences in the
August 2008 quarter:
-- Citigroup Global Technology Conference on September 4 in New
-- Deutsche Bank Technology Conference on September 10 in San
-- Jefferies Technology Conference on September 11 in New York

DETAILS: A live webcast, replay and podcast of the presentation will be
available. Interested parties can hear the webcast and the
replay over the Internet through Autodesk's Investor Relations
Website at
www.autodesk.com/investors Please go to the
Website at least 15 minutes early to register, download and
install any necessary software. For those who cannot listen to
the live broadcast, a replay will be available on this site
shortly after the call.

CONTACT: For more information, please call Autodesk Investor Relations at

About Autodesk

Autodesk, Inc. is the world leader in 2D and 3D design software for the manufacturing, building and construction, and media and entertainment markets. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk has developed the broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art digital prototyping solutions to help customers experience their ideas before they are real. Fortune 1000 companies rely on Autodesk for the tools to visualize, simulate and analyze real-world performance early in the design process to save time and money, enhance quality and foster innovation. For additional information about Autodesk, visit http://www.autodesk.com.

Investors: David Gennarelli, david.gennarelli@autodesk.com, 415-507-6033
Katie Blanchard, katherine.blanchard@autodesk.com,

Delcam announces record half-year sales

Delcam is pleased to announce that the company achieved record half-year sales in the six months to 30th June, 2008. Sales for the period grew to £16.9 million, an increase of 17% over the £14.5 million recorded in the first half of 2007. Pre-tax profit rose by 13% to £1.42 million compared with the £1.26 million in the same period last year.

The company continued to increase its high levels of investment in software R&D, investing £4.5million in the period, a 10% increase over the first half of last year. As well as supporting growth in new software sales, this investment contributed to an increase in maintenance revenues to £5.1 million.

Commenting on the results, Delcam Chairman, Peter Miles, said, "I am pleased to report encouraging results for the first half of the year to 30 June 2008, despite a backdrop of increasing global economic uncertainty. These results demonstrate the benefits of the strategy we have been pursuing over the last three years to acquire complementary software ranges which enhance our product offering and which we can leverage through our international distribution network. The results also reflect the benefit of our investment in research and development which helps to ensure that our software is industry-leading in our chosen areas."

"While we remain optimistic of continuing good progress this year, the worsening global economic uncertainty makes it harder than usual to predict with certainty how well the Company will perform in the second half. However, the quality of our software product offering and the spread of our activities across a range of manufacturing industries and geographic territories will help to underpin our performance. Looking further ahead, we continue to view long term prospects for the Company positively."

Click here to read a copy of the complete Chairman's statement.

DASSAULT AVIATION : First Half-year 2008 Results



The Board of Directors, which met on August 27th, 2008, chaired by Mr Charles EDELSTENNE, approved the financial statements for the first half- year 2008:

Consolidated orders:

Consolidated half-year 2008 orders amount to 2.39 billion euros. They split as follows:

- Falcon : 79 %

- Defense : 21 %

The export share accounts for 84 % of total consolidated orders.

Consolidated sales:

Consolidated half-year 2008 sales amount to 1.54 billion euros. They split as follows:

- Falcon : 71 %

- Defense : 29 %

The export share accounts for 80 % of consolidated half-year sales.

Consolidated operating profit:

Consolidated half-year 2008 operating profit is 202 million euros. It accounts for 13.1 % of consolidated half-year sales.

Consolidated net profit:

Consolidated half-year 2008 net profit (total Group and net attributable Group profit) amounts to 167 million euros. It accounts for 10.8 % of consolidated half-year sales.

Net consolidated earnings per share:

The net consolidated earnings per share is 16.5 euros as of June 30th, 2008, compared to 18.2 euros as of June 30th, 2007.


The Board of Directors took due note of the resignation of Mr Olivier ANDRIES from his office as Director.

This information is provided by HUGIN

Aug 27, 2008

Deelip Menezes launches IntelliCAD.net, a network of IntelliCAD users

Goa: Deelip Menezes, the owner of SYCODE, has launched IntelliCAD.net, a network of IntelliCAD users

"Most IntelliCAD vendors have some sort of communication mechanism for their customers - such as forums, discussion groups, etc. However, in all these years I have not come across any central place where all IntelliCAD users can meet up and help each other, exchange views and increase their understanding about IntelliCAD. I find this kind of weird because all of them are using software from the same code base and effectively works almost the same, save the bells and whistles added by each vendor." says Deelip Menezes

At IntelliCAD.net one will be able to Use the forums to ask and offer help and keep up to speed with all things IntelliCAD. "
I believe that a lot can be achieved if IntelliCAD users across the board can meet up in a single place," Deelip says on his blog - http://www.deelip.com/2008/08/welcome-to-intellicadnet.html

SYCODE develops plug-ins for IntelliCAD among many other CAD applications.

There is No Substitute for a Classic. Kubotek Corporation re-releases CADKEY

Kubotek announces the release of CADKEY Wireframe Silver Edition.

In late 2003, Kubotek Corporation acquired the CADKEY technology and replaced the CADKEY product line with KeyCreator. To many CADKEY users this was very upsetting. To them, CADKEY delivered a great deal of capabilities. Since then Kubotek USA has been receiving inquiries from CADKEY users asking how they can purchase additional seats of CADKEY, or how they can “upgrade” their “older” CADKEY seats to a newer version of CADKEY. Until now the only option for these users was to purchase a seat of KeyCreator. Today there is another option. Kubotek has re-released a 3D wireframe version of the familiar CADKEY workhorse environment for customers to purchase at an attractive price.

For many years, CADKEY was the most popular CAD solution for the PC. Thousands of engineers were first introduced to CAD using CADKEY. “Many companies still meet their engineering needs today using CADKEY. The intuitive interface and simplicity of operation make it an efficient and widely used design tool.” Says Bill DeAngelis, Vice President of Channel Sales. “To many engineers, CADKEY is a very recognizable name in the CAD industry.”

Back by popular demand, CADKEY Wireframe is the 2D/3D CAD design and drafting system that delivers superior price-performance. For over 20 years, this professional CAD toolset has set the standard in 3D wireframe modeling. CADKEY Wireframe is a masterwork of mission-critical CAD functionality required for the bulk of mechanical design work performed by engineers. This highly affordable product is ideal for engineers who do not require solid or surface modeling features. CADKEY Wireframe also allows users to import 3D solids and surfaced models and display them as 3D wireframe models, or create 2D drawings from the 3D wireframe.

CADKEY Wireframe is not a “light” product. You can create precise 3D wireframe models that you can use to carry your design intent downstream to manufacturing. At an introductory price of $695 it is priced significantly below comparable software available elsewhere. And for a limited time, as an introductory offer, you can save $200 and purchase the software for $495.

For many applications, wireframe modeling offers significant advantages over solid and surface modeling:

• Rapid modification – users can quickly edit wireframe models during the conceptual design phase without concern for maintaining complex solid face relationships or parametric constraints.
• Easy CAD Data management – for applications such as complex machine design where thousands of components are required, the entire machine data can be stored and managed in a singular wireframe part file instead of hundreds of separate, solid assemblies.
• Data organization flexibility – entity properties in a model— level, color and line style— can be controlled independently for visual distinction of design components and intuitive selection masking.
• Minimum data storage – wireframe models store only edge information, keeping part files significantly smaller in comparison to other 3D modeling technologies, increasing speed and lowering computer costs.

CADKEY Wireframe also includes extensive 2D drafting and detailing features to streamline the creation of specialized engineering documentation. For accurate engineering drawings, CADKEY Wireframe offers comprehensive, automated 2D drafting and detailing based on ANSI, ISO, DIN and JIS drafting standards. Advanced features include:

• Hidden Line Removal
• Basic dimensioning, dual dimensioning, balloon notes, datums and targets, section lines
• Automated Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)
• Symbol creation, including weld and surface finish, with real-time edit/move and “smart” leaders
• A library of over 550 symbols for sheet metal, welding, electrical, piping, fluid power and flow chart applications.

CADKEY WIREFRAME’s ease-of-use, high-end 3D design capabilities, robust 2D drafting capabilities, and data translators make this the perfect choice for designers and engineers who need to protect their design intent and want to utilize legacy data.

Learn more at http://www.cadkey.com

Sales Configuration Made Easy at PPMA 2008

Special Offer on Sales Configuration & Project Engineering Software at PPMA 2008

Moers, Germany and Cambridge, UK, : CAD Schroer Group (CSG), the global engineering solutions provider, will be introducing its latest innovative development, MPDS4 FACTORY LAYOUT™ with MECHANICAL HANDLING™ at the PPMA Show - the complete production line event - in Birmingham from September 30th to October 2nd at stand G14. The solution package was developed specifically to address the needs of turnkey installation providers and those maintaining their own large process plants, by offering easy 2D to 3D sales configuration, all the way through to full project engineering. Visitors will benefit from a special time limited offer, saving 35% on the license price.

MPDS4 FACTORY LAYOUT allows users to quickly produce winning proposals or process plant layouts based on existing CAD data, with impressive 3D visualisations and walk-throughs. Changes can be made in 2D or 3D on the fly, and all data from the pre-sales or inception phase can be reused during the main project phase. The new MPDS4 MECHANICAL HANDLING discipline included in the solution package offers a series of configurable catalog components, which can be physically interconnected to form part of an industrial process. From conveyor belts to cranes to fork lift trucks, installation designers can now easily select, lay out, configure, visualise and add intelligence to process machinery in their plant. The module also supports the controlled creation of product specials.

Visitors to the PPMA Show can see the solution in action and secure their 35% discount by visiting CAD Schroer at stand G14.

Synergis Engineering Design Solutions Opens Reservations for Fourth Annual Technology Expo

The region's fastest growing CAD user conference features experts from Autodesk, Synergis Engineering Design Solutions and Synergis Software

QUAKERTOWN, Pa.-- Synergis Engineering Design Solutions, a division of Synergis Technologies, Inc. and an Autodesk Premier Solutions Provider, today announced that registration is now open for its fourth annual Technology Expo. The Technology Expo takes place on Monday, October 13, 2008 from 7:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the ACE Conference Center, 800 Ridge Pike in Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania and includes a networking reception from 5:00-6:00pm. This event is designed to provide attendees with practical skills for maximizing productivity, achieving a competitive business advantage, and realizing a significant return on investment on their Autodesk software.

Guests can register on-line today at http://www.synergis.com/forms/fpp/techexpo/index.shtml. The Technology Expo is free to all customers who have purchased their Autodesk Subscription through Synergis Engineering Design Solutions or have an active Synergis Helpdesk contract or Adept Maintenance Plan. Others can register for the early bird rate of $99 through September 19th. After that the cost will increase to $129 per person. For more information, call 1-800-836-5440.

"I've been going to the Technology Expo since it started and now look forward to attending it each year. With just a one day commitment of my time, no need to travel, and no other financial cost to my company, I bring back a wealth of information that allows me to be so much more productive day-to- day," said Dave Breiner, Manager Drafting & CAD, Yuba Heat Transfer, LLC. "On top of that, Synergis' Technology Expo is a top notch networking event that gives me the opportunity to touch base with my peers, as well as meet the experts whose articles I've been reading in the industry magazines. It's the region's must-attend event. I highly recommend it."

Sessions Delivered by Industry Experts

The conference features a full agenda of educational tracks segmented by industry and delivered by experts from Autodesk, Synergis Engineering Design Solutions, Synergis Software and the industry. The tracks are customized for the manufacturing, building, infrastructure, government and academic environments. Every year, hundreds of professionals from the region's leading companies and design and engineering firms gather to learn about the new functionality and feature sets of the latest Autodesk software and to study best practices on managing key challenges and improving productivity related to the latest industry trends.

"I always look forward to speaking at Synergis' Technology Expo because the attendees are so motivated and eager to learn new skills. This year I'll present a three tier technical, business and strategy track for CAD managers that should provide great value for anyone who has to manage CAD technology," said Robert Green, long-time industry expert, CAD programmer, consultant and Cadalyst Magazine columnist.

About Synergis Engineering Design Solutions

Synergis Engineering Design Solutions, an independent division of Synergis Technologies, Inc., is among the most elite of the Autodesk Value Added Resellers for Manufacturing, Infrastructure, and Building Solutions. Synergis Engineering Design Solutions holds privileged recognition as an Autodesk Premier Solutions Provider (PSP), Autodesk's highest level of certification, for the expertise, training and services it provides for the manufacturing, civil engineering and academic communities. Companies in manufacturing, government, AEC, and related industries turn to Synergis Engineering Design Solutions for Autodesk software, and the highest quality training, professional services, and support available to ensure their maximum productivity, competitive business advantage, and return on investment. Synergis provides onsite customized and classroom training, taught by Autodesk certified experts, at eight convenient locations, six of which are Autodesk Authorized Training Centers, throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. For more information on the Engineering Design Solutions Division, visit www.synergis.com or call 800-836-5440.

© 2008 Synergis Technologies, Inc. All rights reserved. All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective holders.

KOMPAS-3D V10 — New Version Launched!

ASCON to announce the awaited release of its flagship MCAD Solution

ASCON Group, one of the leading vendors of professional CAD/AEC/PLM solutions, is pleased to announce release of its new, improved and even more powerful version of professional three-dimensional solution for Mechanical Computer-Aided Design — KOMPAS-3D V10.

KOMPAS provides classic framework for 3D Solid Parametric Modelling, 2D Drafting, Design and Release of Documentations. Wide range of add-ons and libraries arrange additional features, such as photo rendering, animation, kinematic and dynamic analysis, extended CAD/CAM/PLM integration and others.

New abilities of KOMPAS-3D considerably to increase efficiency of designing, quality and speed of new products releases and as a result to help growth of industrial enterprise as a whole. We are pleased to share with you some brief information about the innovative improvements and new libraries in KOMPAS-3D V10.

3D Parametric Modelling and Design Improvements

New abilities for 3D parametric modelling are available now: modify dimension values in sketches by editing of solid operations, full-functional solid operations in assembly. Now could be used the same operations when working with parts as when working with assemblies (*.a3d): add/remove material, create fillets, chamfers, ribs etc. Thus now users can create solids belonging to the assembly itself but not to any of its components.

TraceParts Online

KOMPAS-3D V10 includes direct access to TraceParts Online Library - one of the largest Mechanical Part catalogues in the world, and feature to import more than 100 million 3D CAD models and 2D drawings, containing European-based and other parts suppliers in the tooling, machinery, aerospace, automotive and many others industries.

Pipelines 3D

It is a specialized application for system KOMPAS-3D, intended for automation of designing pipes and tubes. The library is perfect for using in mechanical engineering and by designing of engineering networks.

APM Studio FEM

Special partnership application for calculation and finite element analyses of machine elements, designed in KOMPAS, and visualization of results of this calculations.


The 3D circuit board model converter is a specialized module used to import a 3D circuit board model designed in systems like P-CAD and Altium Designer (also named Protel in the past). The converter can read the standardized data exchange IDF format in KOMPAS-3D. The converter works with IDF-files exported from P-CAD (v. 2000-2006), OrCAD (v. 9.X), and Altium Designer.


A new library named KOMPAS-Macro is included in the KOMPAS-3D package. It allows recording, replaying and storing macros.

The macro development environment is Python, which is an object-oriented high level programming language. To develop the initial text of a macro, standard Win API functions as well as specialized KOMPAS-Macro library functions facilitating the development process may be used. Following the development, the software text, or so-called KOMPAS macro, is stored in a text file.

Application library

This free library extends basic feature, such as Check closeness, replace texts in different drawing's objects, Associate dimensions features and others.

These are not the only novelties and enhancements in KOMPAS-3D. The considerable updates were implemented in creating BOMs, working with tables, sketchers and graphical documents, interface, new service functions and others.

KOMPAS-3D V10 is the first version of mid-range MCAD solution totally available not only in English, but also and in German language. For ASCON' customers all over the world French, Czech, Polish and Chinese versions of the software are also available. Contact our resellers in over 30 countries to know more about KOMPAS Professional Solution for MCAD.

Download KOMPAS-3D V10 Demo Version at http://www.ascon.net/download.php

MWH Soft Announces Appointment of New Certified Representative in New Zealand

Mills Consulting Group to Promote and Support Complete MWH Soft Product Line

Broomfield, Colorado USA, August 27, 2008 — MWH Soft, a leading global provider of environmental and water resources applications software, today announced that Mills Consulting Group Limited (MCG) in North Shore City has become the company’s Certified Representative for New Zealand. MCG’s initial role will be to promote and support MWH Soft’s complete line of products for the water/wastewater industry.

MWH Soft has enjoyed a very strong presence in New Zealand for over a decade. The addition of MCG to its sales network greatly expands that presence and enhances its ability to serve the industry. Charlotte Mills, CPEng, MIPENZ, President and owner of MCG, is a noted figure in both the utility and consulting engineering industries. A leading local modeler, she has held key network modeling, training and support positions during her career. “Charlotte’s extensive knowledge and technical experience are great assets to MWH Soft customers in New Zealand, and we are excited to welcome her to the MWH Soft certified representative family,” said Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D, President and COO of MWH Soft. “Her support will be invaluable in helping us accelerate the expansion of MWH Soft in New Zealand and improve our support of existing customers.”

“MWH Soft’s utility-strength software solutions offer exceptionally powerful and comprehensive modeling and design capabilities, yet are very easy to learn and use,” said Mills. “They represent a significant advantage in terms of cost and benefits when compared to other existing solutions in the market. I look forward to supporting MWH Soft in taking its unprecedented success in this country to the next level.”

Charlotte Mills can be reached at charlotte@mcg.net.nz or by phone +64-21-766-475.

About MWH Soft
MWH Soft is a leading global provider of technical and infrastructure software and professional solutions designed to meet the technological needs of utilities, government industries, and engineering organizations worldwide. Its clients include the majority of the largest North American cities and ENR top design firms. The multifaceted, state-of-the-art CAD, GIS and Internet enabled products created by MWH Soft empower thousands of engineers across the globe to competitively plan, manage, design, protect, maintain and operate highly efficient and reliable infrastructure systems. For more information, call MWH Soft at (626) 568-6868, or visit www.mwhsoft.com.

Siemens PLM Software Ships Solid Edge with Synchronous Technology

History-Free, Feature-Based Design Drives Faster Innovation

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 Solid Edge® software with synchronous technology is shipping to customers worldwide and will ship nine additional languages throughout September. Solid Edge with synchronous technology is the core CAD component of the Velocity Series™ portfolio and incorporates Siemens PLM Software’s new breakthrough history-free, feature-based design technology.

Fast, flexible design speeds innovation

Solid Edge with synchronous technology includes key new features that speed innovation. They include an interactive design paradigm, faster editing tools, native multi-CAD features and 2D/3D workflow integration.

  • Create in a new interactive design environment: A new interaction paradigm speeds innovation by enabling users to develop 3D models without any pre-planning giving users up to a 100 times faster design experience.
  • Edit faster: New tools increase the speed and flexibility of design changes, so users can perform engineering change orders (ECOs) in seconds instead of hours.
  • Edit multi-CAD data as native: All tools in Solid Edge can be used on imported CAD data in the same manner as native models, letting users make changes faster than their supplier.
  • Leverage 3D power with 2D simplicity: Familiar 2D workflows within the 3D user interaction paradigm enable users to become experts quickly.

"Solid Edge with synchronous technology will allow us to design special customer requests faster," said John Matthews, mechanical designer, Hatch. "Some of the new editing tools will allow us to make changes quicker in order to meet tight deadlines."

“With an instantaneous modeling experience, this is going to change the way people think about using CAD,” said Jack Beeckman, PLM manager, Liebert Corp. “More importantly it's going to change the way CAD enables them to think about ‘what’ they want to model, and not ‘how’ they want to model.”

About Siemens PLM Software

Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division, is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with 5.5 million licensed seats and 51,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software’s open enterprise solutions enable a world where organizations and their partners collaborate through Global Innovation Networks to deliver world-class products and services. For more information on Siemens PLM Software products and services, visit www.siemens.com/plm.

About Siemens Industry Automation Division

The Siemens Industry Automation Division (Nuremberg), a division of the Siemens Industry Sector, is a worldwide leader in the fields of automation systems, low-voltage switchgear and industrial software. Its portfolio ranges from standard products for the manufacturing and process industry to solutions for whole industries and systems that encompass the automation of entire automobile production facilities and chemical plants. As a leading software supplier, Industry Automation optimizes the entire value added chain of manufacturers – from product design and development to production, sales and a wide range of maintenance services.

Note: Siemens and the Siemens logo are registered trademarks of Siemens AG. Solid Edge and Velocity Series are trademarks or registered trademarks of Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. All other trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks belong to their respective holders.

Delcam announces 40 partner stands at IMTS

Delcam’s booth at IMTS will provide the broadest range of CAM software

As befits its position as the world’s leading specialist CAM supplier, Delcam will be working with more manufacturing partners than any other software supplier at the IMTS exhibition to be held in Chicago from 8th to 13th September. The company will be promoting its CAM and inspection software in association with 40 partners, including many of the world’s leading providers of machine tools and inspection equipment.

The current list of partners is as follows: -

AXYZ Booth B-6139
Matsuura/Methods Machine Tools Booth A-8517
CG Tech Booth D-3035
Maier Booth A-8043
Citizen Booth A-8560
Metris Booth D-4447
CMS Group Booth A-8020
Metronor Booth D-4636
Creative Automation Booth B-6445
Millstar Booth F-2701
Cubic Booth A-8286
Nakamura/Methods Machine Tools Booth A-8517
DMG Booth A-8501
Nomura Booth A-8466
Doosan Booth A-8018
Northern Digital Booth D-4553
Eurotech Booth D-4345
Okuma Booth A-8200
Faro Booth D-4525
Renishaw Booth D-4511
Fidia Booth A-8740
Roeders Booth A-8050
Ganesh Booth A-8660
Roku-Roku/MC Machinery Booth D-4202
GF Agie Charmilles Booth A-8343
Seco Tools Booth F-2247
Gosiger Import Booth A-8466
SGS Booth F-2235
Hanwha Booth A-8478
Sodick Booth D-4000
Hardinge-Bridgeport Booth A-8032
Star Booth A-8552
Hermle Booth A-8265
Tornos Booth A-8358
Hexagon/Romer Booth D-4303
Tsugami/REM Sales Booth A-8701
Kuka Booth B-6000
Yamazaki Mazak Booth A-8101
Makino Booth A-8301
YCM Booth A-8531

"The last three years have seen Delcam gain a much higher profile in North America,” claimed Delcam USA President Glenn McMinn. "This has come about partly as a result of the acquisition of established US CAM providers FeatureCAM and PartMaker, and partly because of increased sales of our existing PowerMILL, PowerSHAPE, ArtCAM and PowerINSPECT software ranges. The fact that we are working with so many partners at IMTS provides further evidence of our current high status in the US.”

"Traditionally, we have been associated with the mold and die industry,” added Mr. McMinn. "With the broader range of products we now offer, we are enjoying much wider success, especially in the aerospace, autosport and medical sectors.”

"With the extended range of Delcam software, we can provide a programming system for virtually any machine tool that a company might have,” claimed Mr. McMinn. "This means that visitors to the Delcam booth (D-3005) can be confident that they will find software to increase their productivity, reduce their lead times and improve their quality, whatever type of parts they want to manufacture or whatever kind of machine they run.”

The combined product range of the merged companies has seen a much bigger response at a number of exhibitions in the last year, especially in Europe, with EMO in Germany, Industrie in France and MACH in the UK all attracting record numbers of visitors to the Delcam booths. Mr. McMinn and his North American colleagues know that they are under pressure to duplicate this success at IMTS. "We will be showing new products across our complete software range in Chicago,” reported Mr. McMinn. "I am confident that these major product launches, together with the support of our partners, will ensure that our booth at IMTS will set even more records.”

Innovation First and Autodesk Release New Robotics Curriculum

GREENVILLE, Texas & SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — To spur greater interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in schools across the globe, Innovation First, Inc. (IFI), a leader in educational and competitive robotics products, and Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), the world leader in 2D and 3D design software for the manufacturing, building and construction, and media and entertainment markets, have released a new curriculum that is now included in the popular VEX Robotics Design System Classroom Lab Kits.

Based on Autodesk Inventor software, the curriculum is designed to encourage students and educators to explore the exciting world of robotics by bringing real-world experience and hands-on learning to STEM teaching and lessons. Autodesk Inventor software is used by professional robotics engineers throughout the world.

“I’m so excited about this new curriculum,” said Michael Martus, Career and Technical Education teacher at Pontiac Central High School in Pontiac, Michigan. “It is so important to keep students challenged and focused on STEM standards in a fun and engaging way. The students have a blast building VEX robots and learning digital prototyping skills with Autodesk Inventor, while I get to watch them have a great time learning STEM skills that will carry them well beyond high school.”

The VEX Robotics system is currently used in over 2,000 classrooms and gives young people a fun, new way to learn about STEM subjects. By working together to create robots that perform exciting challenges, students also gain valuable problem-solving and team-building skills. The customized Classroom Lab packages were developed based on feedback from teachers, schools and districts throughout the country that have integrated hands-on robotics programs into their classrooms.

Autodesk and IFI have more than 50 years of combined experience in robotics education programs and competitions. The new curriculum was incorporated into the VEX Classroom Lab Kit and provides a custom solution for robotics education that is flexible enough to be applied at multiple grade levels, including secondary and post-secondary. Designed to comply with STEM education standards, the curriculum contains a set of 17 units, each containing its own lesson, concept and activity. These units bring together the value of VEX Robotics designs and Digital Prototyping, a practice that enables students to design and refine their robots before actually building them.

“The initial response since the announcement of this new curriculum has been wonderful,” said Jason Morrella, senior director of education and competition at Innovation First. “We’re excited to deliver powerful educational tools like the VEX Robotics Design System and Autodesk Inventor software for the technology leaders of tomorrow so they are best prepared for many of the incredible opportunities and careers that are waiting for them.”

“Robotics is an integrated and exciting way to teach and learn STEM – plus it’s fun,” said Paul Mailhot, senior director of worldwide education programs for Autodesk. “It is unique in this respect, and educational robotics is having a significant positive impact in STEM around the world. Autodesk has learned a lot from its more than 15 years of support for robotics programs. We think this new curriculum combining the VEX Classroom Lab Kit and Autodesk Inventor software will be accessible and relevant in a huge number of classrooms, inspiring and preparing many students to embrace STEM subjects and consider future education and careers in engineering and related design professions.”

All VEX Classroom Lab Kits are based on the popular VEX Robotics Design System, which can be used to create both autonomous and radio-controlled robotic devices and offer a fun, imaginative way for middle- and high-school students to develop crucial STEM aptitudes. Educators, coaches, and mentors all over the world teach students how to design and build robots using the design system and other VEX accessories.

VEX Classroom Lab Kits make it easy for schools to order by combining a VEX robot kit with all the basic accessories and batteries needed -- with the added benefit of a bulk discount. The Autodesk VEX Robotics Curriculum is included at no additional charge with the purchase of the Classroom Lab Kit. As an individual item, the semester curriculum is available for US$199. Autodesk also includes one full license of Autodesk Inventor software with the Classroom Lab Four Robot Bundle Package. Two full Autodesk Inventor licenses are included in the Classroom Lab Eight Robot Bundle Package.

For more information about Autodesk Inventor and the VEX Classroom Lab Kits, visit www.vexrobotics.com/vex-education.shtml or locate an academic reseller by visiting the Autodesk website.

About Innovation First, Inc.

Innovation First, a privately held corporation, was founded on the belief that innovation very early in the design process is necessary to produce simple and elegant product designs. Innovation First began producing electronics for unmanned mobile ground robots, and is now an industry leader in the hobby, competition, education and toy markets. The company ’ s award winning Vex Robotics Design System, VEXplorer, HEXBUG Micro Robotic Creatures and IFI Robotics span the education, consumer and business-to-business markets. Leveraging the company ’ s core competency in electrical and mechanical engineering, the RackSolutions division works closely with all major computer OEMs to provide custom mounting solutions and industry-wide rack compatibility for data installations of all sizes. With an advanced in-house metal fabrication plant, distribution center, and office located together in a 13 acre complex in Greenville, Texas, the company is poised to continue on a rapid growth path. Please visit www.innovationfirst.com for additional information.

About Autodesk Education

Autodesk is committed to supporting students and educators by providing powerful 2D and 3D design software, innovative programs and resources designed to inspire the next generation of professionals to experience their ideas before they are real. By supporting educators to advance design education and STEM skills, Autodesk is helping prepare students for future academic and career success. Autodesk supports schools and institutions of higher learning worldwide through substantial discounts, subscriptions, grant programs, training, curricula development and community resources. For more information about Autodesk education programs and solutions, visit www.autodesk.com/education.

Noran Engineering, Inc. Becomes NEi Software

Noran Engineering, Inc. (NEi) announced that effective August 27 it will be changing the company name to NEi Software. “The name change was instituted to better convey to our business audience who we are and what our core business is,” commented Dave Weinberg, CEO. “NEi Software is a global leader in the development of Nastran engineering analysis and simulation software which we market, sell, and support worldwide to a broad-base of industries via direct and indirect sales channels.”

NEi Software’s core product NEi Nastran Finite Element Analysis (FEA) solver works with all major pre and post processors. NEi Software sells, supports, and conducts training for Femap® by Siemens PLM Software and its own in house brands NEiFusion™ and NEiWorks™ for SolidWorks®. NEi Software has led the industry with a number of technical and business initiatives. NEiFusion and NEiWorks broke down long standing barriers between designers and analysts by providing a Nastran tool for the design stage that was easy-to-use, highly accurate, and shared results with analysts. Moreover, they provided a single platform growth path for designers and new FEA users to more sophisticated analysis using an industry proven Nastran platform. NEi Software continues to develop new technologies that make engineering simulation more practical and feasible by reducing the time, cost, and effort required while improving the real world fidelity of virtual testing. The most recent examples include: Automated Impact Analysis (AIA™) for drop testing, Automated Surface Contact Generation (ASCG™) for modeling assemblies and shell like structures common in aircraft, ships and automotive, Progressive Ply Failure Analysis (PPFA™) for in depth analysis of composite structures, and Design Optimization which finds solutions to problems that have competing parameters. On the business side, NEi Software’s Token Licensing System provides flexibility, accessibility, and economy in widespread operations by allowing a pool of users to share a central Nastran based software portfolio.

NEi Software has been proven in applications in aerospace, automotive, maritime, petroleum, medical, and consumer products. Companies gain a globally competitive product development process that promotes innovation, improves quality, and cuts time to market while delivering designs with the best manufacturing costs.

Quickparts Offers New Material for Rapid Prototyping

Quickparts ( http://www.quickparts.com), one of North America's largest providers of custom designed parts, from rapid prototyping to production parts, today announced the availability of the new TangoPlus rubber-like material for use in Rapid Prototyping.

This new material offers exceptional elongation at break, excellent strength, and a high resistance to tearing. It addresses a broad range of prototyping applications requiring rubber-like flexibility and durability, such as gaskets and hoses, seals, athletic toys, footwear and more.

The new material offers an unmatched combination of mechanical properties that sets a new standard in rubber-like performance. At 218%, the elongation at break of TangoPlus is more than double that of any other rapid prototyping material available on the market. It is highly resistant to tearing and has a Ross Flex measurement in excess of 150,000. Thus, TangoPlus offers outstanding resistance to deterioration, making it ideal for models that are likely to be exposed to long use or rough handling.

TangoPlus FullCure930, a semi-translucent elastomer, builds on the success of the market-proven TangoGray and TangoBlack materials, which also offer specific levels of elasticity. With the addition of TangoPlus to the Tango family, Quickparts provides the widest range of rubber-like materials in the rapid prototyping and 3-D modeling market.

"By expanding our range of materials, we enable product developers more freedom to design for their specific applications," said Patrick Hunter, VP of Sales and Marketing. "It continues to be our mission to make it easy for our customers to buy custom designed parts that meet their needs, including applications requiring rubber-like flexibility and durability."

About Quickparts

Quickparts provides custom manufacturing services for engineers and designers who want to create plastic and metal parts from 3D CAD (computer-aided design) models. Using patented QuickQuote technology, Quickparts is able to provide product designers with an 'instant online quote' for the manufacturing of their custom parts from prototype to production.

Quickparts custom manufacturing services include: Rapid Prototypes (SLA, SLS, FDM, PolyJet), Cast Urethanes, Injection Mold Tooling and Parts, Sheet Metal Parts, and CNC Machined Parts.

For more information about Quickparts, visit www.quickparts.com or call 877.521.8683.

The Ultimate Fuel Economy Challenge: 100 + Hopefuls Intend to Compete for $10 Million Progressive Automotive X PRIZE

SANTA MONICA, CA -- As American drivers prepare to fill up their gas tanks for what is regarded as the last long weekend of summer, many hopeful winners of the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE -- a multimillion dollar competition designed to inspire a new generation of viable, super-efficient vehicles -- are laboring away in their garages and test facilities, with the shared goal of finding a solution that will make filling up that gas tank much less painful on the wallet in the coming years.

To date, more than 120 teams, from 28 states and 17 countries, intend to compete for their share of a $10 million prize purse, which will be awarded to those that can design and build production-capable, 100 MPGe (miles per gallon energy equivalent) vehicles that people will want to buy and that meet market needs for price, size, capability, safety and performance.

With registration into the competition now officially open, many of the 100+ teams are also actively working on their applications to become official contenders of the Progressive Automotive X PRIZE; those who pass this first round of qualification will move into the next phase of competition, which includes a dramatic cross country stage race set to begin next September.

Recent signers of a letter of intent to compete include India's Tata Motors, Maxi-Eco of Brazil, Drexell University, Western Washington University, Hybrid Electric Vehicle Technologies, Inc. of Chicago, IL and TTW Turin Italy of Turin, Italy. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Neil Young also intends to enter his 1960 Lincoln Continental conversion into the competition, along with his partner Jonathan Goodwin.

Interested teams, from established car manufacturers to startups, have an opportunity to join the competition through January 1, 2009. More information on registration and rules can be found at www.progressiveautoxprize.org.

Once registration closes, and the field of competition is in place, teams will begin preparing for a rigorous long distance stage race that will combine speed, distance, urban driving and overall performance. The race is set to kick off in New York City in September 2009, and will continue in up to nine other major markets throughout the U.S. Vehicles that win the $10 million prize purse -- offered by Progressive -- will need to exceed 100 miles per gallon or its energy equivalent, fall under strict emissions caps and finish in the fastest time.

"The Progressive Automotive X PRIZE is bringing together some of the most inspiring and innovative minds in the world, in a shared effort to break America's addiction to oil," said Don Foley, Executive Director. "This competition has caught the attention of every major auto manufacturer, and we are confident that it will bring new visibility to a range of solutions, from both established and emerging sources."

For a list of teams hoping to compete in the cross-country stage race, or to learn more about the registration process for the Progressive Automotive X PRIZE, please visit www.progressiveautoxprize.org.

About the X PRIZE Foundation:

The X PRIZE Foundation is an educational nonprofit prize institute whose mission is to create radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity. In 2004, the Foundation captured the world's attention when the Burt Rutan-led team, backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, built and flew the world's first private spaceship to win the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE for suborbital spaceflight. The Foundation has since launched the $10 million Archon X PRIZE for Genomics, the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE, and the $10 million Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE. The Foundation, and its revolution partner BT Global Services, are creating prizes in Exploration (Space and Oceans), Life Sciences, Energy & Environment, Education and Global Development. The Foundation is widely recognized as the leading model for fostering innovation through competition. For more information, please visit www.xprize.org.

About Progressive:

Progressive, founded in 1937, is a leading insurer of cars, motorcycles, recreation vehicles, boats and commercial vehicles. The Company offers competitive rates and innovative products and services that meet drivers' needs throughout their lifetimes as well as 24/7 online and in-person customer and claims service.

One of Progressive's Core Values is Excellence. To the Company's more than 27,000 people, it simply means seeking constant improvement. Over time, this has meant introducing revolutionary ideas that make car insurance easier to shop for, buy and use. It's this same innovative spirit that's behind the Company's sponsorship of the Progressive Automotive X PRIZE. The Progressive Automotive X PRIZE will inspire innovation that will produce more fuel efficient vehicle choices, helping to make a difference in people's lives.

Progressive's products and services are available locally through more than 30,000 independent insurance agencies in the U.S., online at www.progressive.com and by phone at 1-800-PROGRESSIVE (1-800-776-4737).

Plexus Systems, Inc. to Exhibit at International Manufacturing Technology Show

Plexus Online software highlighted during industry-leading event September 8 - 13, 2008 McCormick Place, Chicago

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. , -- Plexus Systems, Inc., provider of Plexus Online on-demand software for the manufacturing enterprise, is exhibiting at the International Manufacturing Technology Show, September 8 - 13, 2008 at McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois, booth D-3314.

The event, one of the largest industrial trade shows in the world, is the premier venue to showcase how technologies change the way companies manufacture, expand and optimize workforce efficiency and productivity. Attendees can view demonstrations of the innovative Plexus Online Software as a Service (SaaS) for manufacturers at Plexus Systems booth D-3314.

"Show attendees will see first-hand how Plexus Online on demand ERP changes the way manufacturers operate and succeed," said Plexus Systems vice president of marketing Patrick Fetterman. "In a time when the global manufacturing sector is beset by rising material costs and increased competition, companies benefit from the SaaS solution that controls and streamlines complete operations."

Plexus Online offers over 350 functional modules, providing manufacturers instant access to vital information and management functions using a simple Web browser. The on-demand solution features quality management and problem resolution management, enterprise resource planning (ERP) functions such as accounting and finance modules, customer relationship management (CRM) features such as order entry and tracking, manufacturing execution systems (MES) functions such as production scheduling and machine integration and supply chain management (SCM) functions such as supplier quality and traceability.

About Plexus Systems, Inc.

Since 1995, Plexus Systems, Inc. (Auburn Hills, Mich.) has maintained a singular vision -- to drive significant cost, quality and productivity improvements for manufacturers, from the shop floor to the top floor. Plexus Online(TM) is an on-demand software for the manufacturing enterprise. Plexus Systems originated as an internal solution at a manufacturing company, designed to resolve quality challenges, including production, distribution and global supply chains management issues. Today, Plexus Online enables businesses to manage accounting, financials, compliance and human resources and other critical priorities. Plexus Systems serves a global cross section of manufacturing industries (OEM and suppliers), particularly automotive, defense, medical device and aerospace companies. In 2006, Apax Partners ( www.apax.com) made a strategic investment in Plexus Systems, joining the founding investment group as stakeholders in Plexus. For more information, visit www.plex.com.

Cimatron Reports Record Revenues

$5.0 Million Net Cash Generated by Operating Activities in the First Half of 2008, an Increase of 101% Year-Over-Year

GIVAT SHMUEL, Israel, August 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cimatron Limited (NASDAQ: CIMT), a leading provider of integrated CAD/CAM solutions for the toolmaking and manufacturing industries, today announced financial results for the second quarter and first six months of 2008.

Financial Highlights:

- Revenues on a non-GAAP Basis: $10.9 million in Q2/08 as
compared to $5.5 million in Q2/07
- Net Income on a non- GAAP Basis: $0.74 million in Q2/08 as
compared to $0.30 million in Q2/07
- Revenues on GAAP Basis: $10.7 million in Q2/08 as compared to
$5.5 million in Q2/07
- Net Income on GAAP Basis: $0.20 million in Q2/08 as compared to
$0.29 million in Q2/07

Cimatron presents record 99% year-over- year revenue growth in Q2 2008 on a non-GAAP basis, and as a result, 146% year-over-year growth in the quarterly net income on a non-GAAP basis, despite unfavorable currency exchange rates and a challenging global economic environment. Furthermore, net cash generated in the first half of 2008 was $5.0 million, an increase of 101% as compared to the first half of 2007. The revenue growth was attributed to both organic growth and the accretive impact of the merger transactions with Microsystem and Gibbs.

Revenue on a non-GAAP basis in 2008 excludes the effect of business combination accounting rules on the acquired deferred maintenance revenue balance of Gibbs. Expenses on a non-GAAP basis exclude the non-cash amortization of acquired intangible assets of Microsystem and Gibbs and the deferred taxes related to these acquisition- related items.

The following provides further details on Cimatron's GAAP and non-GAAP figures in the second quarter and the first half of 2008:

Revenues for the second quarter of 2008 increased 94% to $10.7 million, as compared to $5.5 million in the second quarter of 2007. For the first six months of 2008, revenue increased by 91% to $20.7 million, compared to $10.8 million in the same period of 2007. The increase was attributed both to organic growth and to the consolidation of Microsystem's and Gibbs' results.

Gross Income for the second quarter of 2008 was $8.8 million as compared to $4.7 million in the same period in 2007. Gross margin in the second quarter was 82%, compared to 85% in Q2 2007. For the first six months of 2008, gross income was $16.8 million, compared to $9.2 million in the same period of 2007. Gross margin for the six months ended on June 30th, 2008 was 81% of revenues as compared to 85% of revenues in the same period of 2007.

The decrease in gross margin is mainly attributed to business combination accounting rules, and as expected, to Microsystem's lower margins on third party hardware products sales as compared to the margins on Cimatron software sales.

Operating Income in the second quarter of 2008 was $73 thousand, compared to operating income of $282 thousand in the second quarter of 2007. In the first six months of 2008, Cimatron recorded an operating loss of $(145) thousand, compared to operating income of $395 thousand in the first six months of 2007.

Net Income for the quarter was $205 thousand, or $0.02 per diluted share, compared to net income of $291 thousand, or $0.04 per diluted share recorded in the same quarter of 2007. In the first six months of 2008 net loss was $(93) thousand, or $(0.01) per diluted share, compared to net income of $472 thousand, or $0.06 per diluted share, in the first six months of 2007.

Revenues on a non-GAAP basis for the second quarter of 2008 increased 99% to $10.9 million, as compared to $5.5 million in the second quarter of 2007. For the first six months of 2008, revenue increased by 96% to $21.2 million, compared to $10.8 million in the same period of 2007.

Gross Income on a non-GAAP basis for the second quarter of 2008 was $9.2 million as compared to $4.7 million in the same period in 2007. Gross margin on a non-GAAP basis in the second quarter of 2008 was 84%, compared to 85% in Q2 2007. In the first six months of 2008, gross income on a non-GAAP basis increased 92% to $17.6 million, compared to $9.2 million in the first six months of 2007. Gross margin on a non-GAAP basis for the six months ended on June 30th, 2008 was 83% of revenues as compared to 85% of revenues in the same period of 2007.

The decrease in gross margin is mainly attributed to Microsystem's lower margins on third party hardware products sales as compared to the margins on Cimatron software sales.

Operating Income on a non-GAAP basis in the second quarter of 2008 was $568 thousand, as compared to non-GAAP operating income of $292 thousand in the second quarter of 2007. In the first six months of 2008, Cimatron reports operating income increase to $844 thousand, compared to operating income of $415 thousand in the first six months of 2007.

Net Income on a non-GAAP basis in the second quarter of 2008 increased 146% to $740 thousand or $0.08 per diluted share, as compared to non-GAAP net income of $301 thousand, or $0.04 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2007. In the first six months of 2008, net profit increased by 98% to $974 thousand, or $0.10 per diluted share, compared to a net profit of $492 thousand, or $0.06 per diluted share, in the first six months of 2007.

Commenting on the results, Danny Haran, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cimatron, said, "We are pleased to present another quarter of record revenues and year-over-year record revenue growth. 98% net income growth on a non-GAAP basis in the first half of 2008 and 101% growth in net cash generated from operating activities in the same period represent the continuous improvement of our core business attributed both to the merger transactions with Microsystem and Gibbs, as well as to continuous organic growth. Cimatron's global distribution network is broadening its product offering with GibbsCam solutions and already recorded initial GibbsCam sales. We face a challenging currency environment, and are continuously monitoring and dealing with its effects on our financial results," concluded Mr. Haran.

Reconciliation between results on a GAAP and Non-GAAP basis is provided in a table immediately following the Consolidated Statements of Operation (Non-GAAP basis). Non-GAAP financial measures consist of GAAP financial measures adjusted to include recognition of deferred revenues of acquired companies and to exclude amortization of acquired intangible assets and deferred income tax, as well as certain business combination accounting entries. The purpose of such adjustments is to give an indication of our performance exclusive of non-GAAP charges and other items that are considered by management to be outside our core operating results. Our non-GAAP financial measures are not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for comparable GAAP measures, and should be read in conjunction with our consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Our management regularly uses our supplemental non-GAAP financial measures internally to understand, manage and evaluate our business and make operating decisions. We believe that these non- GAAP measures help investors to understand our current and future operating cash flow and performance, especially as our two most recent acquisitions have resulted in amortization and non-cash items that have had a material impact on our GAAP profits. These non-GAAP financial measures may differ materially from the non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies.

Conference Call

Cimatron's management will host a conference call with the investment community tomorrow, Thursday, August 28th, 2008, at 9:00 EST, 16:00 Israel time.

To participate, please call one of the following teleconferencing numbers. Please begin placing your call at least 5 minutes before the conference call commences.

USA: +1-888-668-9141
Israel: 03-9180610
International: +972-3-9180610

For those unable to listen to the live call, a replay of the call will be available from the day after the call under the investor relations section of Cimatron's website, at: http://www.cimatron.com

About Cimatron

With over 25 years of experience and more than 40,000 installations worldwide, Cimatron is a leading provider of integrated, CAD/CAM solutions for mold, tool and die makers as well as manufacturers of discrete parts. Cimatron is committed to providing comprehensive, cost-effective solutions that streamline manufacturing cycles, enable collaboration with outside vendors, and ultimately shorten product delivery time.

The Cimatron product line includes the CimatronE and GibbsCAM brands with solutions for mold design, die design, electrodes design, 2.5 to 5 axes milling, wire EDM, turn, Mill-turn, rotary milling, multi-task machining, and tombstone machining. Cimatron's subsidiaries and extensive distribution network serve and support customers in the automotive, aerospace, medical, consumer plastics, electronics, and other industries in over 40 countries worldwide.

Cimatron is publicly traded on the NASDAQ exchange under the symbol CIMT. For more information, please visit the company web site at: http://www.cimatron.com.

SofTech Announces Linux Support with Latest CADRA Release

LOWELL, Mass.- SofTech, Inc., a proven provider of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) solutions, announced that its latest CADRA® 2008 CAD/CAM release supports the Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS Version 4 operating system.

SofTech’s CADRA solution is a full-featured mechanical design and drafting program designed to significantly increase mechanical drawing production. Since 1983, CADRA CAD/CAM solutions have successfully helped thousands of mechanical manufacturing companies around the world achieve significant improvements in design productivity and product quality. These companies rely on CADRA solutions to help them design and manufacture a wide range of mechanical parts, products, and machinery in almost every industry.

“With long term support already offered for Microsoft® Windows®, Sun Solaris™ and HP-UX operating systems, this new CADRA release expands support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, giving CADRA customers another choice for their preferred OS,” states Jean Croteau, SofTech’s President. “SofTech prides itself on being responsive to our customers’ requirements and is proud to continue delivering software solutions that enhance our customers’ product productivity, profitability and competitive effectiveness.”

For more information on the CADRA solution, please visit SofTech’s CADRA Intelligent Design and Drafting section for complimentary brochures and datasheets.

About SofTech, Inc.

SofTech, Inc. (OTCBB: SOFT) is a proven provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions with its flagship ProductCenter™ PLM solution, and its computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) products, including CADRA® and Prospector™.

SofTech's solutions accelerate products and profitability by fostering innovation, extended enterprise collaboration, product quality improvements, and compressed time-to-market cycles. SofTech excels in its sensible approach to delivering enterprise PLM solutions, with comprehensive out-of-the-box capabilities, to meet the needs of manufacturers of all sizes quickly and cost-effectively.

Over 100,000 users benefit from SofTech solutions, including General Electric Company, Goodrich, Honeywell, Siemens, Sikorsky Aircraft, U.S. Army, and Whirlpool Corporation. Headquartered in Lowell, Massachusetts, SofTech ( www.softech.com) has locations and distribution partners throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.

SofTech, CADRA, ProductCenter and Prospector are trademarks of SofTech, Inc. All other products or company references are the property of their respective holders.

Flow Science Announces New Association with Simulaciones Y Proyectos S.L. (Spain)

SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO. Flow Science, Inc. announced today it has entered into an agreement with Simulaciones y Proyectos S.L., for that company to market and support Flow Science’s FLOW-3D computational fluid dynamics software in Spain and Portugal for both sales and engineering consulting purposes.

Flow Science, Inc. is a privately held New Mexico corporation specializing in development, marketing and support of transient, free-surface flow modeling software for industrial and scientific applications worldwide. In addition to its new presence in Spain and Portugal, Flow Science has distributors for FLOW-3D sales and support in nations throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Flow Science is located in Santa Fe, NM, and can be found on the internet at www.flow3d.com.

Simulaciones y Proyectos is a privately held Spanish company specializing in software sales and technological consulting. Simulaciones y Proyectos is based in Tres Cantos, Spain, and can be found on the internet at http://www.simulacionesyproyectos.com/.

Sescoi to launch its high-speed 3D viewer in Germany at AMB

The AMB exhibition in Stuttgart, Germany from 9th to 13th September will be the launch pad for WorkXPlore 3D, Sescoi’s high-speed 3D viewer, in the German market.

The award-winning WorkXPlore 3D will help German companies to improve collaborative working at lower cost by making it unnecessary to purchase multiple CAD systems. The system can import very large and complex files from leading CAD systems at very high speed. Tools within the software allow the data to be shared around an organization so that engineers can interrogate the design, checking information such as dimensions, draft angles and volumes. By marking-up the shared CAD information, design changes can be evaluated quicker and more efficiently leading to a reduction in a product’s delivery time, an increase its quality and a faster return on investment.

Sescoi will also be demonstrating the latest version of its automatic CAM/CAD system, WorkNC G3, which is the culmination of 20 years of research and development and includes a new, easy to use, interface that has been designed for ergonomic operation and integrates design, analysis, toolpath creation and verification into one environment.

WorkNC G3 is unique in its approach to 5-axis machining. Its Auto 5 module automatically translates 3 and 3+2 axis programs into 5-axis, enabling companies to take advantage of the capabilities of multi axis machine tools and confidently manufacture highly complex parts. Because WorkNC G3 is automatic, 5-axis toolpaths have all the powerful roughing, finishing, rest material, cutterpath smoothing and fluid transitions available in 3-axis machining. During programming, the software considers the kinematics of each machine tool, introducing unwind and flip movements so that it does not exceed travel limits and avoids workpiece collisions. For specific 5-axis applications such as machining blades and impellers, WorkNC G3 includes dedicated routines, giving the user a high level of control while benefiting from the software’s collision avoidance algorithms.

Sescoi has used its considerable experience in the make to order and engineer to order industry sector to build an ERP system tailored to these companies’ requirements. WorkPLAN Enterprise ERP is the latest generation of its software and offers tools to analyze CAD and CAM data, provide accurate quotations, monitor and process sales orders, and control and schedule production. In addition, it keeps track of costs, purchasing and stock levels, maintains quality compliance and provides key performance indicators while reducing administrative effort. Integrating these processes can produce significant cost savings and efficiency improvements for companies, enabling them to make decisions and take timely action based on live and accurate data.

All Sescoi’s software will be demonstrated, with free and trial versions available, on their stand C58 in Hall 4 at the AMB exhibition.

CSC's Orion integrates with Autodesk Revit Structure

CSC is has announced the release of bidirectional integration between Orion - their reinforced concrete building design software and Autodesk Revit® Structure.

CSC has used the knowledge gained from the success of their bidirectional integration between Fastrak Building Designer - their steel and composite building design software and Autodesk Revit Structure.

In a typical day-to-day design situation two scenarios can now be adopted:-

The RC building can be modeled initially in Revit Structure. The structure including grids, levels, beams, columns and walls can then be exported to CSC's Orion software for detailed RC design. The export from Revit Structure and the import into Orion, results in the model being set up

ready for completion of the foundations, slabs and loads in Orion before automatically analyzing and designing the reinforcement required in the structure.

Revit Model

Revit Model

Alternatively, the RC building can be modeled and designed in Orion. The completed design, including grids, levels, columns, walls, beams and slabs can then be transferred into Revit Structure to create a complete structural model which may then be integrated with Revit Architecture

and Revit MEP and produce detailed general arrangement drawings.

Orion Model

Orion Model

"This latest development reinforces CSC's ongoing commitment to meet with customers requirements as they adopt and implement BIM", states CSC’s CEO Mark Roberts

Please visit CSC & Revit Structure Integration to download the integration software or alternatively contact sales@cscworld.com for further information.

IES Launches plug-in for Google SketchUp

IES Toolbar enables Environmental Performance Analysis directly from SketchUp Model
Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES), a world leading provider of integrated performance analysis software and consulting services for sustainable building design, today announced the availability of a plug-in to Google SketchUpTM, a free, easy-to-learn 3D design tool from Google. This Toolbar sits within the SketchUp application and gives direct access to all of IES’s tools: VE-Ware, VE-Toolkits and the full . For many architects and other professionals in the building design industry, this level of integration is what they have been waiting for – it allows empowering energy, carbon, daylight and solar analysis, and much more to be undertaken at the touch of a few buttons, right from the earliest stages of the design process, where the maximum difference to sustainable design can be achieved.
The plug-in is compatible with both the Free and Pro versions of Google SketchUp. The IES Toolbar allows SketchUp users to assign important sustainable design information like location, building and room type, construction types and HVAC systems to their SketchUp model and then import it directly into their chosen IES analysis tool, without having to re-build any geometry.
John Bacus, Product Manager of Google SketchUp, commented: “With SketchUp, we dreamed of a simple tool that would give people the ability to think fast and iterate often on complex building design problems. With this release, IES is plugging a set of energy analysis tools into SketchUp at just the right level of complexity— enabling designers to think not just about how a building might look, but also how it will perform in a sustainable world”.
Dr Don Mc Lean, founder and MD of IES, commented: “I’m incredibly excited by today’s launch, in many ways it’s a culmination of 14 years of work. When I founded IES in 1994 my aim was to develop what were primarily academic tools and bring them into mainstream use. By linking our tools directly to Google SketchUp and continuing to develop different levels of interface we are making the sustainable design potential of performance analysis very easily available to a huge number of professionals.”
Within the Google SketchUp plug-in, IES offers building designers the choice to engage with its software at the level and in the way which is best for them:
  • IES VE-Ware: Free energy and carbon analysis tool which makes basic performance analysis widely available to anyone and includes US Architecture 2030 Challenge benchmark capabilities;
  • IES VE-Toolkits: mid-level tools that allow a variety of early stage sustainability energy, carbon, solar and daylight analyses to be undertaken at the touch of a few buttons. Including thermal implications of solar/light penetration and LEED/US 2030 Challenge benchmark capabilities;
  • The full IES : a powerful integrated suite of highly detailed performance analysis tools covering Energy, Carbon, Thermal comfort, Airflow (CFD), Bulk Airflow, Daylighting, Solar, LEED, Egress, M&E, Value and Capital/Lifecycle Cost. It also contains Government approved software for showing compliance with conservation of energy Building Regulations and the creation of non-dwelling Energy Performance Certificates in the UK and Republic of Ireland.
Performance analysis has a big role to play in the design of green, high-performance buildings, and in the bridging of the 'information' gulf between architects and engineers. This Google SketchUp connectivity and other recent developments by IES have been undertaken to help aid this by offering an analysis toolset that can be used throughout the whole design process; from concept to completion.

Current IES user and beta tester of the IES SketchUp integration Mark Dietrick from Burt Hill commented: “We are very excited about the possibilities the IES/SketchUp plug-in presents. Plans to extend this capability into the hands of more of our staff are already underway – our ‘Energy Analysis’ team is doing an exceptional job of documenting the work-flow so that we will easily be able to engage others once the product is officially launched. This connectivity allows many more of our architectural staff to take advantage of IES’s environmental analysis capabilities to better assure that our designs are being formed for optimal performance in early design.”

IES’s Performance Analysis tools already link directly to the Autodesk Revit Architecture and MEP Building Information Model applications. While the addition of IES connectivity to Google SketchUp is a significant advancement in its own right, it also enhances the workflow for many Revit users who choose to undertake initial concept designs via Google SketchUp – they can now progress their design, as informed by IES performance analysis, seamlessly from one application to another.
Another IES customer and beta tester of the SketchUp integration Ken Hall from Gensler commented: “This new tool means we now have the ability to integrate building performance analysis from early conceptual design using SketchUp, through our entire design process using Revit Architecture. Faster feedback in design affords more opportunity to innovate with sustainability in mind. This means not only can we make the right decisions in the first place; we can make the right decision at every step in the process.”
The IES SketchUp plug-in is available to download from: www.iesve.com/sketchup
Google SketchUp is available to download from: http://sketchup.google.com/
Other useful links:
- IES You Tube profile www.youtube.com/iesve

This launch is public beta and is being refined over the coming months.

Google and Google SketchUp are licensed trademarks of Google Inc.

Avatech Solutions Reports Preliminary Net Income for Fiscal 2008

Company achieves record earnings per fully diluted share of $0.15 during fiscal 2008

BALTIMORE-- Avatech Solutions, Inc. (OTCBB: AVSO), the nationwide technology experts for design, engineering, and facilities management, today announced preliminary unaudited financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter and year ended June 30, 2008.

For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008, Avatech expects to report total revenue of approximately $11.5 million, compared to $11.5 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007. Preliminary net income increased to $741,000, or $0.03 per fully diluted share, compared to a net loss of $(873,000), or $(0.05) per fully diluted share, in the same period of the prior year. EBITDA as adjusted (as defined) increased to $807,000 in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008, from a loss of $(607,000) in the prior year period.

For the full year ended June 30, 2008, Avatech expects to report revenues of approximately $49.6 million, compared to $50.5 million in the prior year. Preliminary net income is expected to increase to approximately $3,090,000, or $0.15 per fully diluted share, compared to a net loss of $(555,000), or $(0.04) per fully diluted share in fiscal 2007. EBITDA as adjusted increased to $4,678,000 in fiscal 2008, compared to $1,236,000 in fiscal 2007.

George Davis, President and Chief Executive Officer of Avatech Solutions, said, "Our strong preliminary net income and Adjusted EBITDA in fiscal 2008 indicate the successful execution of our business strategy and continued cash flow generation throughout the entire year. Over the last 12 months, we have focused intently on reducing costs and achieving consistent profitability, in the face of a weakening economic environment. As a direct result of these cost-saving initiatives, we have delivered record net income, increased our cash balance by 225% to approximately $5.5 million and increased shareholder equity by 38% to $13.2 million. Looking forward to 2009, we are concentrating on top line growth by expanding our go to market (sales) and implementation (engineering) teams with a continued focus on growing the services component of our business. Additionally, we will continue to expand our offerings through new initiatives, including expanding the marketing efforts for our new Manufacturing Consulting Division."

These expected operating results are preliminary and subject to management and the Company's auditors completing their quarterly closing review procedures.

The Company plans to release its financial results for the fiscal fourth quarter and year ended June 30, 2008 on September 29, 2008 and will host a conference call that day to discuss in detail the quarter's results.

Note Regarding Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measure

This news release contains the non-GAAP measure EBITDA as adjusted. EBITDA as adjusted represents earnings (or losses) before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, and stock-based compensation expense.

EBITDA as adjusted is used by management, analysts, investors and other interested parties in evaluating our operating performance compared to that of other companies in our industry, as the calculation of EBITDA as adjusted eliminates the effect of financing, income taxes, stock-based compensation costs, the accounting effects of capital spending and certain other merger related expenses, which items may vary from different companies for reasons unrelated to overall operating performance.

Avatech believes this non-GAAP measure provides useful information to both management and investors by excluding certain expenses that may not be indicative of its core operating results. These measures should be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with GAAP, but should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, GAAP results. The non-GAAP measure included in this press release has been reconciled to the GAAP results in the accompanying table.

About Avatech Solutions

Avatech Solutions, Inc. (OTCBB: AVSO) is America's leading professional services company for design and engineering technologies. Avatech advances the way organizations design, develop, and manage building, infrastructure, and manufacturing projects. Fortune 500 and Engineering News Record's Top 100 companies work with Avatech to gain a competitive advantage through technology consulting, implementation, training, and support services. One of the world's largest integrators of Autodesk software, Avatech designs systems that accelerate innovation while improving quality and profitability. For more information please visit www.avatech.com.

MSC.Software Promotes Calvin R. "Randy" Gorrell to Executive Vice President, Global Human Resources

SANTA ANA, Calif. - MSC.Software (NASDAQ: MSCS), a leading global provider of enterprise simulation solutions including simulation software and services, has announced the promotion of Calvin R. "Randy" Gorrell to the position of Executive Vice President for Global Human Resources. This newly created position globally unifies the company's human resources departments and strengthens regional teams by deploying the "one company, one plan, one team" vision throughout the entire company.

Mr. Gorrell joined MSC.Software in November 2007 and is a seasoned global human resources executive with broad administration and operations experience within the technology, manufacturing and service industries. During his career he has demonstrated ability to lead global human resources teams and strategically partner with executive teams including CEO and Board of Directors. Gorrell joined MSC.Software from ITT Corporation, a premier multi-industry company that supplies advanced technology products and services worldwide where he served as vice president and corporate director of human resources. During his tenure at ITT, Gorrell was the worldwide leader for ITT e-HR (enterprise HR and HRIS) strategy and implementation, led a global, multicultural HR team in China, Europe and North America, and served as executive coach and consultant to the president and executive team. While at ITT, Gorrell was honored with the National Human Resources Association (NHRA) "HR Executive of the Year" award. Previously Mr. Gorrell held senior executive global human resources positions at Hewlett-Packard Corporation, DST Systems/USCS International and Ziff-Davis Publishing. He was also a general partner/managing director for Westar Capital, a private equity-leveraged buyout firm.

"Integrating MSC.Software's human resources activities into one global operation will drive improved business execution worldwide," said Bill Weyand, Chief Executive Officer, MSC.Software. "Randy's new organization will drive unified "best practices" for our human resources operations, and strengthen our employee teams worldwide. His philosophy of "building success through people" helps to ensure mutual success for both employees and the business."

About MSC.Software
MSC.Software Corporation (NASDAQ: MSCS) is a leading global provider of enterprise simulation solutions, including simulation software and services, that helps companies make money, save time and reduce costs associated with designing and testing manufactured products. MSC.Software works with thousands of companies in hundreds of industries to develop better products faster by utilizing information technology, software and services. MSC.Software employs 1100 people in 23 countries. For additional information about MSC.Software's products and services, please visit www.mscsoftware.com.

Ariela Alpha International, LLC Selects Lectra's Modaris ExpertPro to Improve Efficiency and Speed Product Development of Global Designs

NEW YORK, NY -- Lectra, the world leader in integrated technology solutions dedicated to the fashion industry, announced today that Ariela-Alpha International, a privately held global manufacturer of branded and private label intimate apparel selected Lectra's Modaris ExpertPro to dramatically improve efficiency and speed processes. Ariela-Alpha chose Modaris ExpertPro for its pattern-maker process to allow users to create dependencies between pattern pieces, thus saving time in the development process, and optimizing their pattern-making efficiency.

"At Ariela Alpha International we pride ourselves on quality. We consistently raise the bar for superior sourcing, product development and production. This is why we selected Lectra," says Barry Graff, Vice President of Global Supply Chain and Technology at Ariela Alpha International. "We believe Lectra offers a revolutionary solution, the most powerful on the market. We are confident Lectra will allow us to further deliver a top quality product in record speed and efficiency," according to Sonia Vizcaino, Director of Technical Engineering at Ariela Alpha International.

According to Jerry Inman, VP of Marketing for Lectra North America, "For 35 years, Lectra has helped apparel professionals to develop their projects using the best technology, with high value added solutions and services 100% dedicated to the development of their requirements. Our underlying goal is to bring our customers further added value through leading-edge technology, thereby speeding up their time to market. We are proud to partner with a leading company like Ariela Alpha International to help them deliver high quality products, while saving time."

Modaris ExpertPro is the benchmark pattern-design solution for the fashion market. At the crossroads of design and production, Lectra's pattern-design/grading solution enables the rapid creation of patterns for all types of garments, from the most simple to the most complex like in lingerie or high fashion. Modaris ExpertPro boosts productivity with its unique and efficient pattern creation approach: the all-size pattern-design concept. It can increase production by up to 50%. Modaris ExpertPro enables pattern-makers to work with flat patterns presenting dependencies -- unique and powerful association functions that ensure full consistency of pattern pieces of a style and its variations at any moment in the development process: pattern modification, pattern industrialization, pattern grading and pattern control. With Modaris ExpertPro, tedious checking tasks are avoided, perfect product quality is ensured and pattern designers can dedicate more time to creativity.

About Ariela-Alpha International, LLC

Ariela Alpha International, LLC (AAI) is a privately held global manufacturer of nationally branded and private label intimate apparel and sleepwear. AAI has recently launched Smart & Sexy™, their first proprietary lingerie brand ( www.smartandsexy.com). Licensed brands include Badgley Mischka Lingerie, an Iconix brand; HUE intimates, a Kayser-Roth brand; l.e.i. intimates, a Jones Apparel Group brand; No Nonsense intimates, a Kayser-Roth brand and Fruit of the Loom intimates. Through private label AAI also partners with the best known retailers in the world including (but not limited to) Wal-Mart, Sears, Kohl's and JCPenney to create beautiful intimate apparel for all channels of distribution.

About Lectra

Lectra is the world's leading provider of integrated technology solutions for the fashion industry (apparel, accessories, and footwear). Lectra offers a wide range of software, automated cutting systems, and high value-added services covering the entire value chain, from design through manufacturing to retailing. Lectra Fashion PLM (Product Lifecycle Management), specifically designed for fashion companies, integrates process optimization and collections life cycle management. In close association with the fashion industry, Lectra develops solutions based on several decades of shared experience.

Lectra serves 20,000 customers in more than 100 countries with 1,550 employees and $297 million in 2007 revenues. The company is listed on Euronext Paris.

For more information, please visit www.lectra.com

ModuleWorks to show latest CAM component technology at IMTS

ModuleWorks, the leading supplier of CAD/CAM components for toolpath generation and simulation, today announced it would showcase latest versions of its 3-5 Axis machining and simulation technology on booth D-3305 at the IMTS exhibition to be held in Chicago from 8th to 13th September.

In addition to the latest release of its flagship product for 5-Axis simultaneous machining, ModuleWorks will also be showing new component technology for both 3-Axis machining and machining simulation.

The new simulation component offers fast simulation of the machining process and includes full material removal and machine simulation options. ModuleWorks simulation has been designed with speed and ease of implementation in mind - David Plater, Technical Director comments “Simulation is an important aspect of the CAM programming and manufacturing process with customers expecting more and more of the prove out process to be carried out in a virtual environment within the CAM system and increasingly on the CNC control itself. Our simulation component offers a full range of visualisation and analytical tools to ensure maximum reliability, performance and productivity.”

ModuleWorks’ toolpath generation strategies have been extended to support a wide range of 3-Axis strategies to compliment their state-of-the-art 4- and 5-Axis multi-axis machining component. The new strategies include roughing and finishing with rest material detection and support for the latest high speed machining technology.

For more information, please visit www.ModuleWorks.com

About ModuleWorks

ModuleWorks is a software component provider for the CAD/CAM industry. ModuleWorks’ expertise in 5-Axis simultaneous machining is recognised throughout the CAM industry and its software components and development services are used in many of the leading CAM vendors in the market today. ModuleWorks 5-Axis software has been used to manufacture complex 5-axis parts for more than 10 years and now has over 2000 users worldwide.