May 29, 2009

MIE Trak ERP from MIE Solutions Deployed at Harcon Precision Metals

Harcon Precision Metals, a valued MIE Solutions customer, recently purchased MIE Trak, MIE Kiosk, MIE Docs and MIE Maintenance. Harcon Precision is a made to order production job shop, located in Chula Vista, California.

Harcon Precision has been in the sheet metal business since 1979. A few of the services they offer are custom design/engineering and sheet metal fabrication: laser cutting, waterjet cutting and CNC punch press. Some of the applications they specialize in are for computers and medical products.

“MIE Trak is an extremely powerful and versatile program capable of handling the entire production process, from start to finish. It enables us to manage the large amounts of data generated from our projects into usable, understandable, and actionable reports.” - Ryan Moore, Harcon Precision Metals

Here is some brief information about each of the products Harcon Precision Metals is using:

MIE Trak is an easy to use, production control and job tracking solution designed to help increase operating profits without increasing businesses overhead. MIE Trak is an ERP and MRP system is designed to improve businesses bottom line with a cost effective software solution.

MIE Trak Kiosk data collection software makes using barcode technology to capture employee work through a manufacturing job shop a relic of the past. MIE Trak Kiosk has an easy to use interface with large buttons which enable employee's to clock in/out for the day, in/out of jobs and issue bill of material to jobs for job costing.

MIE Docs is another one of the products that Harcon is using. MIE Docs is a revolutionary file management system designed for a single user up to an organization of 1000’s of users. The software manages the hundreds of thousands of files on a company's network with check in/out capability, security including full windows integration.

Harcon is also using MIE Maintenance which is a full CMMS and work order system designed to be used for a company’s entire organization. The system is designed to help by preventing the failure before it actually occurs which PM and condition based maintenance help to achieve. It is designed to preserve and restore equipment reliability by replacing worn components before they actually fail.

Delcam’s ArtCAM used for giant chandeliers

Delcam’s ArtCAM software enabled Adirondack Studios to complete successfully a project to produce five giant chandeliers for the Mohegan Sun Casino at Pocono Downs, Pennsylvania.

For over 30 years, Adirondack Studios, based in Argyle, New York, has helped to design and build themed environments for theatres, arenas, exhibit halls, ballrooms, parks, restaurants, casinos, amusement parks, supermarkets, museums, stadia and marinas. About a year ago, the company began using the ArtCAM artistic CADCAM software to program the CNC routers used to manufacture the majority of the company’s products.

"The software that we used in the past for CNC programming worked fine for routine jobs but many of the projects that we get involved in are far out of the ordinary,” said Bob Gregory, Senior Router Operator. "We spent too much time watching the clock while we were machining and ran into quite a few bugs. Also, the software developer was not as responsive as we wished when we called in for support.”

"We had heard that a number of our competitors were using ArtCAM with very good results so we decided to give it a try,” Mr. Gregory continued. "From the very beginning we felt that ArtCAM was a more finished product, more robust, with much higher performance. The tutorials make it very easy to take advantage of the many advanced features of the software. The support provided by Delcam has been superlative and they do listen to, and implement, user suggestions for improving the software.”

Adirondack Studios’ designers began the construction of the chandeliers by building a 3D model in AutoCAD. The file was imported into ArtCAM to generate the CNC program to machine a positive shape in low-density foam. This was used by a subcontractor to vacuum-form the plastic bowl segments. These were then painted to look like alabaster.

In a similar way, the casting department used ArtCAM to make a mould to cast the grouse models that would be used to decorate the chandeliers. A black-tinted silicone rubber was used to give the grouse the appearance of wrought iron.

The next step was to create a bird’s nest pattern and weave it around the circumference of the bowl. ArtCAM allowed the ways in which the strands crossed each other to be varied for a more natural appearance. "Birds do not use a CNC machine to build their nests so it took considerable effort to get the correct look,” Mr. Gregory said.

Mr. Gregory generated a CNC program to cut the bird’s nest negative shape into MDF. It took only fifteen minutes to create the program compared with at least four hours that would have been needed with the previous software. The mould was used to cast the bird’s nests from the same silicon rubber used for the grouse. Finally, the birds and the nests were glued to the bowl of each chandelier.

The finished chandeliers were then installed in the casino. They formed part of a $208-million renovation of the site, aimed at transforming it into the area’s leading entertainment complex.

Qualis Corporation’s, Roger Herdy, to Keynote at PLM Road Map™ 2009

Riverside CT – Collaborative Product Development Associates (CPDA), a provider of critical analyses for PLM decisions, announces that Roger Herdy, Program Manager and Director for Strategic Business Development at Qualis Corporation will join Siemens PLM Software’s Chuck Grindstaff, Pendaran Inc.’s Dr. Hossein Nivi, General Motor’s John L. Givens Jr., IMVP’s Glenn Mercer, and Mentor Graphic’s Dr. Walden Rhines as a keynote speaker at its annual PLM Road Map™ conference, to be held at The Inn at St. John's, outside of Detroit, Michigan on September 22 and 23.

Planning for space logistics campaigns is paramount for success, and more often than not the central approach employed by most organizations heralds back to Gantt and PERT charts. For the new era of human space exploration, new tools must surpass the existing Gantt and PERT chart approaches to support the transition from the Space Shuttle to Constellation, while simultaneously balancing potential changes in priorities. The concept model to convey information quickly and efficiently to the vast workforce needed to successfully conduct and orchestrate a space logistics campaign plan and simulate this plan down to the level of a limited task cannot be fulfilled by Gantt and PERT charts alone.

Qualis Corporation has demonstrated at NASA that a new tool, Vdot™ as COTS software, can and will revolutionize space logistics, campaign planning, and simulation. Representative areas include the servicing and sustainment of the International Space Station and a future lunar outpost, the optimization of future launch vehicles for responsiveness and serviceability, and the broader modeling of manned and unmanned missions and campaigns as a supply chain in space.

In his keynote presentation, A Paradigm Shift in Process Information Flow at NASA, Roger Herdy will describe the various advantages Vdot™ offers to NASA and the aerospace industry in general. Specifically, he will share the benefits of uploading directly into Vdot™ a comprehensive project schedule compiled in Microsoft Project. The approach transforms the way NASA looks at schedules for the current multi-billion dollar Constellation Program. A paradigm shift in thinking about process information flow with Vdot™ shifts the focus to a complete methodology for accomplishing the space campaign planning and the simulation of the various process threads. The approach contrasts dramatically with the limiting views of task flows with the old Gantt or PERT tools in support of a much more thorough and intrinsically beneficial result. Overall, the process threads lead to the most efficient outcome, and generate an extremely useful and resource efficient approach.

Now in its 16th year, PLM Road Map™ 2009 is a strategic conference focused on the critical tradeoffs that shape product development. PLM Road Map™ 2009 will enable attendees to explore first hand the progress, opportunities, and roadblocks leading-edge end-users are confronting.

More information and updates on PLM Road Map™ 2009 may be found at http://www.cpd-associates.com/index.cfm?content=include_conference09.cfm .

Roger Herdy started his career at the Air Force’s Arnold Engineering Development Center, where he worked in the Special Projects group. He then joined the contractor community at NASA MSFC, where he managed the design and development of several test facilities, including the Solid Rocket Motor Air Flow Test Equipment, the Turbine Test Equipment, and the Nozzle Test Facility. He has also managed diverse programs such as the Otis Elevator Everest Project, which for the first time combined horizontal and vertical movement in a man-rated elevator system; he wrote the first project plan on the X-43 Hyper X scramjet demonstration program; and managed a program for the Missile Defense Agency where a F-16 class size unmanned supersonic target launcher was conceptualized. He holds two patents in propulsion, and has a joint patent with NASA MSFC pending in the area of advanced oxidizers.

Currently the Program Manager for Qualis Corporation on the NASA MSFC Engineering, Science and Technical Services contract, Roger focuses on cooperation and coordination for the development of the launch systems for NASA’s Constellation Program.

Gerber Technology Announces Dates and Location for 11th Annual Software Users Conference

Event to Take Place October 8-9, 2009 in Dallas, Texas for Users of Gerber's CAD/CAM and PLM Solutions.

Tolland, Conn. - Gerber Technology, a business unit of Gerber Scientific, Inc. (NYSE: GRB) and the world leader in automated CAD/CAM and PLM solutions for the apparel and sewn products industries, has announced the 11th Annual Software Users Conference will be held on October 8-9, 2009 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Dallas, Texas.

This year's event will feature 1½ days of information, training, networking and case studies from leading industry professionals. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about Gerber's strategic initiatives and product roadmaps, get a first look at new products and feature enhancements, and experience hands-on, interactive demonstrations. Professionals across the apparel and sewn products industries will find useful information and the opportunity to network with peers using Gerber's CAD/CAM (AccuMark®, AccuNest™, CutWorks®) and PLM (webPDM™, webFolio™, webView™) tools. Executives, designers, merchandisers, CAD operators, systems engineers, IT management and employees in sourcing, production and sales have all found Gerber Technology's Software Users Conference beneficial.

"The annual users conference is always the highlight of our year," said Bill Brewster, VP Global Marketing and Product Management at Gerber Technology. "We feel it's a great opportunity to talk with our customers, exchange ideas and provide valuable information such as the future direction and strategic initiatives of Gerber. The conference has also become an arena to give our customers a first hand look at the latest releases of our PLM and CAD solutions."

Gerber Technology looks forward to building on the success of the 2008 event, which had record attendance numbers, and is in the process of developing leading edge, informative sessions and training opportunities. Up to date information on the conference can be found at www.gerbertechnology.com/usersconference.htm.

Gerber Technology , a business unit of $640 million corporation Gerber Scientific, Inc., develops and manufactures the world's leading brands of integrated software and hardware automation systems for the sewn products and flexible materials industries. These systems automate and significantly improve the efficiency of information management, product design and development, pre-production and production processes. The company offers specialized solutions to a variety of end-user markets including apparel, aerospace, transportation interiors, furniture, composites and industrial fabrics. Gerber Technology’s world headquarters are located in Tolland, Connecticut, U.S.A. with regional offices, agents and distributors in more than 126 countries serving a total of over 20,500 customers through 16 Customer Solutions Centers on six continents. The company engineers and manufactures its products in various locations in the United States, Europe and Asia.

Aras Announces Latest Release of Advanced PLM Software Solution Suite

New Feature Packed Open Release of Enterprise PLM Software Solution is now Available.

ANDOVER, MASS. – Aras®, leading enterprise open source Product Lifecycle Management [PLM] software solution provider, today announced download availability of the latest release of the Aras Innovator® suite of PLM software solutions. The release has already been downloaded over 2,000 times. Enterprise production-ready PLM solution suite download with complete access for unlimited users is available at: Aras PLM Software Solution Download

The release incorporates dozens of corporate community contributions constituting hundreds of innovative features and enhancements including:

* ECO / MCO online change workflows for fast & easy engineering and supply chain changes
* New Redline revision compare for BOMs, suppliers, documents, and more for easy, visual identification of changes
* Lockheed Martin security protocols embedded
* Modular process planner for reuse of groups of manufacturing operations or workcells in Process Flow Definition, FMEAs, and inspection and test Control Plans
* Updated Web browser screens with new modern Microsoft 'look & feel'
* Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 [MOSS] standard integration
* Graphical Web services 'builder' in Solution Studio for even easier integrations

The new functionality is in addition to the other previously released Version 9 capabilities:

* Powerful search center including ad hoc queries, saved searches, Microsoft Live Search, and the GlobalSpec online parts database of over 180 million parts across 2.3 million part families
* Single system, multi-language internationalization for global collaboration
* Language packs for Japanese, Traditional (Mandarin) Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, German, Hebrew, and many more as well as English
* Enablement on Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and Microsoft SQL Server 2008

With the new Aras release companies have more usable functionality 'out-of-the-box' from the initial installation than with PTC’s Windchill, Oracle’s Agile PLM, or any other PLM system on the market. You can download and install in under an hour.

“This open release of the Aras PLM software solution suite includes significant contributions that introduce an array of innovative new features and capabilities with usability that is superior to any of the other major PLM systems,” said Peter Schroer, President of Aras. “We would like to thank the numerous corporate community members that contributed to make this release the most feature packed high quality version to date and we are excited about the continually accelerating pace of advancement.”

Companies with an Aras Unlimited subscription package have access to the online support portal for the latest Aras PLM software solution suite release, as well as, the Service Packs, Upgrade Utility, Data Load Tool, additional documentation, and other important materials. Live Aras support hotline and online support are available to subscribers for assistance as well.

Lattice Technology Releases XVL Studio Version 8.1.

Major Updates to Digital Manufacturing Application Deliver Enhanced 3D Digital Mockup, Process Design and Motion Simulation for Manufacturing.

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif - Lattice Technology®, developers of digital manufacturing applications using the XVL® format, today announced the release of XVL Studio 8.1, an upgrade to its core 3D Digital Manufacturing application.

XVL Studio delivers the critical tools needed by manufacturers whose strategy is to build lean manufacturing through use of 3D data. Customers have experienced significant improvements to productivity and efficiency in their design-to-manufacture processes once they start using XVL Studio. This application enables rapid, automated design review, digital mockup (DMU), motion simulation, manufacturing process instruction creation, process design, 3D parts list creation and illustrations direct from 3D data. XVL Studio can be used as a stand-alone application or can work within integrated environments such as ERP, MES, PLM and PDM systems.

XVL Studio delivers the authoring tools necessary to handle massive 3D assembly data which has been compressed into the XVL format. XVL delivers the industry’s best 3D compression rates, with no loss of accuracy, which makes it easy for 3D data to be used downstream in many specific disciplines.

XVL Studio 8.1 will be released to Lattice Technology maintenance customers as an upgrade on June 16 2009.

This latest version delivers a series of updates and upgrades to its functions which improve the usability and the productivity experienced with the application.

Key Features include:

Geometry Difference Detection – XVL Studio can quickly and easily detect geometry differences between two parts or assemblies, delivering all the results in an easy-to-understand 3D color map and a text list. This allows engineers to quickly understand even the smallest design changes made to data and track how that may change their own plans or processes in downstream manufacturing.

Export of Assembly Animations to AVI format – making assembly/disassembly animations and process simulations in XVL Studio is fast and straightforward. Now those animations can be saved out to AVI for more widespread use in a standard format.

Authoring Process Steps in Process Design and Documentation – engineers using XVL Studio can now interactively author and list process steps directly into their 3D data, adding resources such as tools required in each step. The user can drag-and-drop from the 3D view directly into the process tree, calculate man-hours required for the steps, and can interactively check each process step-by-step. These processes can be then shared in downstream manufacturing as a part of the 3D XVL model and the process steps can be imported from and to external systems such as MES and ERP systems for reference purposes.

Path Authoring in Process Design and Documentation – when checking if each process created is correct by using process animations in XVL Studio, assembly paths for each part or sub assembly can be easily edited when clearance issues in the assembly process are detected. This enables far more realistic simulation of an assembly of a product for planning and training of shop floor staff. This tool is used in conjunction with interactive and dynamic interference and measurement tools during process checks.

Support for XVL v10 – Lattice Technology’s most compressed, most accurate 3D compression format is now supported by XVL Studio, allowing even larger 3D assemblies to be easily viewed, authored and shared across an enterprise.

Export of 2D Illustrations as 2D vectors and CGM formats – curved lines created in XVL Studio’s illustration tools can now be created as 2D vectors and in CGM formats, meaning that the curves are exceptionally smooth and can now be edited easily in graphics applications such as Adobe Illustrator.

Measurement of parts in Animations for Process Design – while a 3D assembly is in the animation mode, the user can check dimensions between parts. This helps an engineer to understand the available clearances that exist while an assembly is being simulated. If clearances are incorrect, the Product Design team can be notified using the 3D data.

Advanced Import Options for BOM data – including the choice to import BOM information from various sources, specifying the import method for duplicate parts, and more.

Other updates include:

* Moving/copying multiple keyframes in an animation
* Dual display of the structure panel for easier editing of process instructions and animations
* Improved control of the profile manipulation tool
* The addition of continuous dimensions along a plane
* The ability to measure a continuous wireframe around a part

XVL Studio is available in three different versions, known as Basic, Standard and Pro. XVL Studio Basic delivers basic 3D authoring tools including saving dimensions, generating cross-sections, annotations, colors etc. XVL Studio Standard can define animations and processes, and edit parts attributes, thereby allowing manufacturing information to be visualized and conveyed. XVL Studio Pro can also check interference and clearance issues. XVL Studio also comes with optional upgrades including Illustration, Geometry Check, Point Cloud Evaluation and more.

The XVL v10 format delivers up to 0.5% compression of 3D CAD data with high accuracy which allows previously massive assemblies to be easily used, shared, analyzed, simulated and viewed across all areas of manufacturing. XVL addresses weaknesses currently experienced by companies using 3D design and wishing to exploit it across a lean manufacturing enterprise.

GTX Corporation Announces GTXRaster CAD® 2010 Series for AutoCAD 2010

Scottsdale, Arizona – GTX® Corporation, announced the newest release of its popular GTXRaster CAD® Series for AutoCAD 2010. GTX is the leader in providing Intelligent Paper to CAD Solutions® in raster editing and conversion software and intelligent digital imaging solutions.

The new GTXRaster CAD 2010 Series for AutoCAD 2010 enhancements and features include:

* AutoCAD 2010 DWG compatibility
* NEW Raster editing commands — gCARC (change multiple Arcs), gCCircle (change multiple circles), gCline (change multiple raster lines), gRectangle (draw raster rectangle), gLine2 (draw multiple raster lines), gSlice (separate raster objects)
* NEW Intelligent Object Picking™ (IOP) raster selection — IOPoutside (select raster outside of windowed area)
* NEW Menu optimization, easy-to-use ribbon interface and other productivity improvements
* Choice of Hardware licensing or Software licensing – FLEXENABLED™ using Acresso® FLEXnet Publisher licensing technology – for either standalone single-user installation or for multiple users with networked installation
* Powerful functions to assist in the processes of color/grayscale reduction and separation for scanned drawings, maps, and other color digital images
* Color/grayscale handling functions; gReduce, gSeparate, and gBitonal
* Automatic Image Cleanup — noise removal and deskew (U.S. Patent No. 7,016,536)
* Enhanced ‘HELP’ mechanism and easier installation
* Optional vector saving on rasterization
* Available for Windows® XP, and Vista™ (32-bit)

The new GTXRaster CAD® 2010 Series products are optimized and tested to run in AutoCAD® 2010 utilizing the full advantage of the performance and other improvements for this latest environment.

“Our customers can now take full advantage of an AutoCAD 2010 compatible version with the new GTXRaster CAD 2010 Series products,” stated Andrew M. Ling, President and CEO. Mr. Ling added, “GTX is proud to be celebrating its 25th Anniversary and to continue our tradition of producing Technical Imaging products of the highest quality and reliability. Over the many years, engineers have grown to trust and value the GTX products, especially during these challenging economic times as we deliver exceptional value for their demanding projects. Our software will enable our customers to make the most out of the AutoCAD 2010 environment increasing their design productivity and flexibility.”

The GTXRaster CAD 2010 Series includes four product modules—GTXRaster Tools™, GTXRaster CAD®, GTXRaster R2V™, and GTXRaster CAD® PLUS.

The GTXRaster CAD 2010 Series, the "AutoCAD for Raster," provides image enhancement and clean up tools as well as raster and hybrid editing, Raster-to-Vector conversion and Intelligent Character Recognition. They are available as a plug-in for all AutoCAD releases.

The GTXRaster CAD 2010 Series products are compatible with Windows® XP and Vista™ (32-Bit).

Complete details regarding the GTXRaster CAD 2010 Series Products are available through GTX and their Authorized Distributors and Dealers.

COADE Publishes First Product Overview Highlighting Integrated, Intelligent Solutions Plant Design and Engineering

HOUSTON - COADE announced today the publication of the company’s first product overview that introduces the company’s complete solutions for integrated, intelligent plant design and engineering. This is part of a new series of corporate publications being produced in conjunction with the company’s 25th anniversary as a developer of industry-leading design and engineering software solutions.

COADE also announced the publication of the company’s first corporate overview brochure, developed and released in conjunction with the company’s 25th anniversary as a developer of global industry-leading plant design and engineering analysis software solutions.

The product overview describes the company’s products, including CAESAR II, the world's most widely used pipe stress analysis software; PV Elite for pressure vessel and heat exchanger design and analysis; CADWorx Plant Design Suite for intelligent plant design modeling, process schematics and automatic production of plant design deliverables; and TANK for the design and analysis of oil storage tanks.

The corporate overview brochure describes the company’s history as well as the company’s focus on developing solutions that enhance collaboration and efficiency throughout the process of designing and analyzing process facilities. The brochure covers the company’s global presence, industries served and support and training as well as the proven bottom-line benefits of using COADE solutions.

Delcam reseller SEACAM reports record interest at FEIMAFE

Delcam’s Brazilian reseller, SEACAM, reported a record level of interest in the company’s software and services at the recent FEIMAFE exhibition held in Sao Paulo from 18th to 23rd May. As well as showing the latest releases of Delcam software, SEACAM mounted a number of live demonstrations that drew the crowds, including a reverse-engineering project on a prototype VW model car and machining a second model car with a KUKA robot.

According to Alexandre Magdalon, Sales and Marketing Manager at SEACAM, the results from the exhibition were much better than expected. "Despite the poor economic climate, we have always been busy presenting technological innovations and generating a large number of new opportunities,” he claimed. "Even so, I was very pleased with the level of interest at FEIMAFE.”

Many of the visitors were from SEACAM’s existing customers, which is not surprising since the company is the leading supplier of CADCAM software to the toolmaking and mouldmaking industries in Brazil. They took the opportunity to see the latest enhancements added to the programs, especially the forthcoming release of PowerMILL that promises the most productive toolpath generation ever seen.

"I’ve talked to the biggest machine tool and cutting tool suppliers in the Brazilian market during this trade fair,” added Mr. Magdalon. "Although the numbers of attendees were below those of last year, they were a lot better than many people expected. I hope this shows that our country is preparing to emerge from the crisis sooner than many others.”

The partnerships with these suppliers played an important part in SEACAM’s success at the event. Companies recommending Delcam software to their visitors included DMG, Engraver (Roland dealer in Brazil), Ergomat (Star and Hardinge), HDT (Citizen), Kuka Robots, Mitsui Motion (Fanuk), Sandvik Coromant, TS Techno Speed Motor and Vitor Ciola

While many of the other CADCAM suppliers in Brazil have been cutting their prices in order to attract business, SEACAM’s strategy has remained focused on showing the high quality of its products and offering its customers the highest quality of support. "With this approach, we are able to add value to our customers and help them to remain successful and profitable in these difficult times,” stated Mr. Magdalon.

May 28, 2009

Deelip Menezes Joins AEC Logic Board of Directors

Hyderabad – AEC Logic today announced that Deelip Menezes, Founder and CEO of SYCODE and Co-Founder and CTO of Print3D Corporation, has been elected to the company’s Board of Directors.

“Deelip Menezes has an in-depth knowledge of the CAD software industry”, said Yudhishtir Gaddipatti, Founder and CEO of AEC Logic. “Over the past decade he has managed to make powerful connections at the right levels in the industry. This coupled with his rich experience will be extremely useful to AEC Logic as we begin to offer our cutting edge software products to a wider global audience. AEC Logic has a strong footing in India and we believe that Deelip’s experience will go a long way in making AEC Logic a global brand.”

Apart from playing an advisory role, Deelip Menezes will also serve as Director of Strategic Planning and help AEC Logic strike strategic alliances and relationships with CAD software vendors, resellers, media and analysts.

Deelip Menezes owns SYCODE, a successful Indian CAD software company that specializes in developing plug-ins for almost all the major CAD systems. He also co-founded Print3D Corporation, a US based rapid prototyping service bureau, which offers a revolutionary way of building prototypes directly from within CAD systems.

AEC Logic, formerly Gaddipatti Solutions Private Limited, is a privately held Indian software company which offers software for the Architecture Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry. AEC Logic is based in Hyderabad in India and has a respectable customer base in India. Its software even forms part of the curriculum in some of India’s prestigious educational institutions. Having set up a firm base in India, AEC Logic is now looking to expand its operations to cater to global markets, especially North America and Europe. Deelip’s experience and guidance will be crucial in this effort.

AEC Logic develops cutting edge software for the Architecture Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry to quickly plan, procure and execute large infrastructure projects. AEC Logic offers end-to-end solutions that include creating intelligent parametric 3D solid models from 2D drawings, material and resource planning, estimating budgets and forecasting project finances.

Richard McCormack to Speak on U.S. Manufacturing at DFMA Forum in Rhode Island, June 9-10

WAKEFIELD, R.I. - Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc., announced today that author and editor Richard McCormack will give the first presentation at the twenty-fourth annual International Forum on Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA®), on June 9-10, 2009. The Forum, titled “Reviving Manufacturing through Better Design,” will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Providence-Warwick, R.I., USA.

McCormack, who has addressed trade issues and national manufacturing policy before the U.S. Congress, will deliver his Forum presentation, “From Policy to Technology: The State of U.S Manufacturing Today,” on Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m. He will also take part in a four-person panel discussion on Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., titled “Reviving U.S. Manufacturing: How to Make It Happen.” DFMA Forum speakers and audience are comprised of leading U.S. manufacturers and software development firms, along with members of the Rhode Island business and educational community.

“Richard McCormack is a familiar name in American manufacturing circles,” said John Gilligan, president of Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc. “He brings unique insight and strong opinion to the subject of how we, as a nation, have arrived at this economic juncture in manufacturing and trade. Our conference is committed to offering the frankest, most focused and most practical answers we can gather on what needs to be done now in U.S. manufacturing, both in terms of using the best design technologies and managing the outcome.”

About Richard McCormack

Richard McCormack is editor and publisher of Manufacturing & Technology News, a publication he created in 1994. He was founding editor of High Performance Computing and Communication Week in 1991 (where he covered the birth of the Internet) and was founding editor of New Technology Week in 1987. Prior to that he was a reporter for, and became editor of, The Energy Daily, where he focused on coverage of the nuclear power industry. As a Washington, D.C.-based journalist, he has covered science, technology, industry and government for 26 years, specializing in economic competitiveness and globalization. He is author of the book "Lean Machines: Learning from the Leaders of the Next Industrial Revolution" and the forthcoming "Manufacturing a Better Future for America." His work has appeared in hundreds of publications and has been cited and read throughout the world.

About the DFMA Forum

The Forum is the foremost conference worldwide on Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA) methodologies and software. DFMA structures team knowledge and guides early collaboration efforts to combine increased performance functionality and innovation with significant product cost reduction.

The Forum provides valuable insights to managers, strategists, and financial decision-makers, including product designers, manufacturing engineers, supply-chain managers and purchasing personnel. Papers offered this year cover topics such as Eco-design; web-based, interactive 3D assembly documentation; DFMA and OEM and supply-chain partnerships; cost engineering; and new 3D CAD technologies for streamlining design to manufacturing.

Gray Holland appointed Chief Design Officer at Nemetschek Allplan

Munich - Nemetschek Allplan, the leading European provider of architecture and engineering software, appointed Gray Holland as Chief Design Officer (CDO) on May 1, 2009. In the newly created position, the US-born designer will be responsible for software design and the consumer experience. This will include user guidance and the software’s ease of use through to every touch point of the Allplan brand.

Gray Holland has more than 20 years’ experience in automotive, product and software design. Most recently, he was head of the Alchemy Labs design studio in San Francisco, where he worked for customers such as Disney, Seiko, Procter & Gamble, Autodesk, Hewlett Packard and BMW, among others. After completing his degree, he worked for a number of years as a car designer at General Motors. He was one of the pioneers in the area of three-dimensional, computer-aided industrial design. Gray Holland studied design at the Art Center College for Design in Pasadena, and physics and mathematics in Los Angeles.

Until his recent move to Munich, he has been professor at the California Center for the Arts in San Francisco teaching digital design process.

“With Gray Holland, we are putting user friendliness and the quality of the user interface at the core of our product development. In times of increasingly complex work processes, this is the key to more efficiency in the planning of buildings,” states Peter Mehlstäubler, CEO and managing director of Nemetschek Allplan.

Alioscopy Autostereoscopic (No-Glasses) 3D Displays Join Autodesk Gallery and Showrooms in San Francisco

Visitors Can Experience and ‘Almost Feel’ the Immersive 3D Display at the Autodesk Gallery at One Market in San Francisco.

SAN FRANCISCO - Alioscopy® USA, a 3D visualization technology provider, today announced that its innovative 42" LCD autostereoscopic 3D display is now a part of the design collection in the prestigious Autodesk Gallery at One Market in San Francisco, California. Built to celebrate the design process of its customers, the Autodesk Gallery at One Market features more than 20 different exhibits that highlight the vast range of inspiring designs, from cathedrals to giant LEGO® dinosaurs. The Alioscopy autostereoscopic 3D display supports Autodesk® 3ds Max® software (with planned future support for Autodesk® Maya® and Autodesk® Softimage® software) and Autodesk® Toxik™ software — allowing artists and technical directors (TDs) to create and composite autostereoscopic 3D content — extending creative and business horizons.

Visitors will be able to view real-world examples of immersive, startling and entertaining autostereoscopic 3D animations and images on the Alioscopy LCD display — without wearing any type of 3D glasses. Just by viewing the Alioscopy 42" LCD display (3DHD-42), guests will quickly comprehend how the Alioscopy multi-view technology offers 3D artists and creative studios a whole new business-to-business (B2B) platform. A special lenticular lens, attached to the LCD display, completes the autostereoscopic effect. The Alioscopy technology opens new frontiers for digital signage, advertising, medical and design visualization, gaming, concerts, trade shows and events — and even a way for cinemas to promote upcoming stereoscopic 3D films in the lobby, without having to issue 3D glasses.

"Alioscopy is thrilled to join the Autodesk Gallery at One Market, where content producers and businesses looking for new ways to display their ideas can see and ‘almost feel’ dazzling autostereoscopic 3D images and animations," said Philippe Roche, CEO of Alioscopy USA. "The high volume of stereoscopic 3D films hitting theatres this year is driving an unprecedented demand for the same immersive 3D digital display and gaming content — outside of the movie theatre. Alioscopy is also building a community of preferred content developers who can extend their 3D skills via our Customizable Template program, offering multi-purpose templates that can be used and re-used for highly differentiated, immersive and attention-getting autostereoscopic content," added Roche.

Alioscopy Also on Display in Los Angeles, San Diego, Montréal and New York

Autodesk, Inc. also has the Alioscopy displays installed in its Venice, California and Montréal, Québec offices. Alioscopy USA also has a showroom at their offices in San Diego, California, and with Worlds Away Productions in New York, NY. Please contact Alioscopy directly to schedule a sales visit or demonstration.

NEi Software Shows Advanced Simulation Tools for Pro/E Users at PTC World Event Conference 2009

WESTMINSTER – NEi Software (NEi), a global leader in the development of Finite Element Analysis (FEA) software, will demonstrate various advanced simulation options available to Pro/ENGINEER users at the PTC/USER World Event 2009. Highly accurate NEi Nastran solvers can work directly with PTC’s Pro/ENGINEER Mechanica; or, pre and post processors Femap®, and NEi Fusion™ powered by NEi Nastran can import Pro/ENGINEER files to perform linear and nonlinear analysis. The event takes place at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando, FL, June 7-10. NEi Software is at Booth #523. Simulation technology developed by NEi solves engineering problems for 3D CAD parts and assemblies subjected to structural or thermal loads. The graphic results and animations provide product designers, engineers and analysts with insight on stress, deformation, vibration and heat transfer, allowing them to catch problems and optimize parts early in the development cycle before prototypes or parts are fabricated. The emphasis on cost reduction in today's economy has heightened interest in NEi’s engineering analysis and simulation software because it typically shows a high Return on Investment (ROI).

New virtual testing tools in NEi’s portfolio include:

- Automated Impact Analysis (AIATM) and Drop Test for performing implicit, nonlinear impact tests on projects ranging from military projectiles to product packaging and drop testing of consumer electronic products

- Design Optimization finds solutions to complex problems with multiple geometric options and competing engineering parameters as occurs in the design of strong but light structures

- Automated Surface Contact Generation (ASCGTM) provides real world fidelity with true 3D contact while removing complexity and manpower from the task

- Automated Edge Connection Generation (AECGTM) is a major productivity tool for speeding model creation for shell type structures like, cars, ships, and aircraft

- Advanced Failure Criteria using modern theories like Puck and LaRC02 finds first ply failure in composite structures, such as carbon fiber and epoxy laminates

- Progressive Ply Failure Analysis (PPFA™) takes composite engineering a step further by revealing how damage is propagated through laminated structures allowing for further optimization

DS SolidWorks Education Edition 2009 Expands Access To Advanced CAD Functionality While Boosting Performance

New Licensing, Support Programs For Certification Accompany Software Upgrades.

CONCORD, Mass - Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. (DS SolidWorks) today announced a new version of its SolidWorks® Education Edition 3D CAD software that features a 65 percent performance boost and new resources that help educators use the software as an effective tool for teaching math, science, and technical concepts.

SolidWorks Education Edition 2009 also streamlines licensing procedures to give learning institutions easy access to the software and supporting materials. A Web-based licensing system, the Student Access Module, enables schools to more easily acquire and manage large numbers of SolidWorks software licenses to meet their students’ needs. Once they have the software, new training and curriculum help educators teach academic subjects and engineering skills students need in the professional world. These new resources are:

* An expanded teacher’s guide to help prepare students for the Certified SolidWorks Associate (CSWA) exam. CSWA certification improves students’ marketability because the certification demonstrates proficiency and job-ready skill sets with SolidWorks software, the world’s most widely adopted 3D CAD software.
* Built-in student guides accessible by clicking on the SolidWorks Resources button in the user interface.
* A teacher training course through SolidWorks resellers on using the software as part of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) lessons. Students learn skills such as applying forces and evaluating material properties by working with CAD models of a hook, a wooden bridge, and a car’s control arm.
* Downloadable textbooks and guides for each SolidWorks Simulation product help instructors explain Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) concepts.
* A complete update of all curricula based on user feedback.

“SolidWorks has a good ear for what we need to make 3D CAD software an effective learning tool,” said Stefano Tornincasa, a professor at Politecnico di Torino in Turin, Italy. “The software is a phenomenal teaching tool on its own. However, the quality of SolidWorks’ curricula, training materials and CSWA certification are key to us using the software to its best effect in the classroom. They make the software a more accessible resource.”

More speed for advanced learning

SolidWorks Education Edition 2009’s 65 percent performance improvement makes working with complex designs faster and more efficient. The improved performance comes from integrated workflows, adapted from real-world situations that help students quickly transform their ideas into 3D models.

In addition to the performance boost, Education Edition 2009 includes 260 technical improvements. Among the most significant are:

* Support for Windows Vista 32 and 64-bit applications.
* The PhotoView 360 rendering tool, based on SolidWorks Intelligent Feature Technology (SWIFT), which lets students render a photorealistic scene while they’re working on it. Most software forces users to wait until scenes are complete.
* A Simulation Advisor for finding hidden flaws by guiding users through every stage of analysis.
* Simulation Sensors that alert users when parts and assemblies deviate from user-defined limits. Users set goals such as allowable stress, displacement, part weight, measurement, and interference, and the sensors react when users exceed the limits, providing a competitive advantage for FSAE, Formula Student, and robot teams.

“Between Education Edition 2009’s power and the high premium we put on easy access in this release, we feel that we’ve gone to a new level in developing SolidWorks as an educational asset,” said Marie Planchard, director of worldwide education markets for DS SolidWorks. “We approached access on the two levels that matter most to educators: getting software licenses without a lot of hassle, then using the licenses as a teaching tool as effectively as possible. Educators can concentrate on using SolidWorks to bring subjects like math, physics, and engineering to life for their students.”

PTC Pro/ENGINEER® Helps Penske Racing Team Claim Victory at Indianapolis 500 Memorial Day Race

Penske Racing Team uses PTC Software to Stay at the Front of Indy Racing League

NEEDHAM, Mass - PTC (Nasdaq: PMTC), The Product Development Company®, today announced that Penske Racing, whose cars are designed and developed with the help of PTC’s industry-leading Pro/ENGINEER technology, has claimed victory at the IRL IndyCar Series’ 93rd running of the Indianapolis 500® held on Sunday, May 24, 2009. Helio Castroneves, driving the No. 3 Team Penske Dallara/Honda alongside his teammates Will Power and Ryan Briscoe, captured his third Indy 500 title. Earlier in the month, Castroneves had also won the PEAK Performance Pole Position for the Indy 500.

The pressure to find a competitive edge in racing is intense, with the slightest design modification capable of shaving crucial seconds off a driver’s lap time. PTC’s Pro/ENGINEER, a leader in 3D product design, features industry-leading productivity tools that help Penske Racing stay ahead of the competitive curve. The integrated 3D CAD/CAM/CAE capabilities of Pro/ENGINEER allow for faster design processes with a complete suite of applications spanning concept to manufacturing.

PTC software is used by Penske Racing and Penske Technology Group in all aspects of race car design, engineering, testing, and manufacturing and directly contributed to Team Penske's victory at the 2009 Indianapolis 500. Pro/ENGINEER is utilized to design and create stereolithography (SLA) prototype parts that are then tested in Penske Technology Group’s scale wind tunnel prior to manufacturing full scale parts for the race cars. PTC Pro/ENGINEER is the common design thread that runs throughout the Penske Racing organization in terms of design, modeling, testing, and manufacturing.

“We use PTC Pro/ENGINEER as the standard for the Team Penske race cars because it enables us to design, test, and deliver to the track, a competitive IndyCar racecar under the challenging constraints of the IndyCar series,” said Tim Cindric, President, Penske Racing. “PTC provides Penske Racing and Penske Technology Group with powerful, integrated 3D design and development software that allows our engineers to develop everything from concept to manufacturing within one solution. We look forward to continuing our work with PTC solutions.”

According to Team Penske (IndyCar Series team) Technical Director, Ron Ruzewski, “Pro/ENGINEER allows us to design, prototype and test in a virtual world before we ever produce a part. This gives us the confidence to produce parts quickly in our ever changing competitive environment. Pro/ENGINEER allows us to develop, design and quickly integrate with manufacturing components that are pivotal in our success on the track. The powerful simulation and virtual prototyping capabilities of Pro/ENGINEER allow us to literally stay at the front of our competitors.”

Tim Cindric, continued, “We at Penske Racing thank PTC for their commitment to the team and for continuing to provide cutting-edge software and technology that helps keep us running at the front in the IndyCar Series. It was a great win for Team Penske and Helio on Sunday. We treasure all of our wins at the Indianapolis 500, but this one was definitely special for everyone on the team."

"PTC congratulates Helio Castroneves’ team on its Indianapolis 500 victory,” said Michael Campbell, senior vice president product management, PTC. “Penske’s use of PTC solutions for development and optimization of their Indy race car is just another example of how valuable the use of PTC technology can be to helping racing teams exact valuable performance improvements. We’re pleased that Penske Racing was able to achieve this victory with a car designed and developed with Pro/ENGINEER.”

From the IndyCar Series to NASCAR to America's Cup sailing, the world's best performance teams use PTC solutions to support their advanced and demanding design, development and manufacturing projects.

Endeca Announces the Endeca Manufacturing Suite to Improve Quality and Cut Costs Across the Value Chain

Endeca’s New Design for Supply 2.0 Improves Performance in Manufacturing by Reducing Costs, Accelerating Time-to-Market, and Increasing Product Quality.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass - Endeca Technologies, Inc., a search applications company, announced today the availability of the Endeca Manufacturing Suite, providing manufacturers with visibility that reduces risk and cost, and increases product quality by enhancing decision-making across the supply chain. Endeca also announced today the availability of Design for Supply 2.0, one of the search applications in the Manufacturing Suite. Design for Supply 2.0 helps global engineering and sourcing departments to better collaborate when choosing optimal parts for a new design to improve upstream part selection decisions to cut downstream costs. Endeca’s Manufacturing Suite also includes two additional search applications - Spend Analysis and Warranty Analysis - built on a single platform.

Endeca manufacturing customers, including Boeing, Ford Motor Company, Harris Corporation, John Deere, Raytheon, and Weatherford, rely on Endeca for information visibility across the value chain. Endeca manufacturing customers have saved tens to hundreds of millions of dollars by enabling global engineering, sourcing, quality and warranty departments to better collaborate across the value chain.

The Endeca Manufacturing Suite provides visibility across previously siloed systems for key decision points in the value chain, such as selecting the best parts for a new product design, selecting the lowest risk supplier, and identifying the true source of product failures. Each search application in the Suite helps engineering, sourcing, quality, and warranty departments to easily interact with large volumes of diverse and changing information, improving millions of daily decisions. The suite makes the entire value chain more flexible and adaptable, raising quality while cutting costs.

The Endeca Manufacturing Suite includes:

* Endeca Design for Supply 2.0 helps global engineering and sourcing departments to better collaborate when choosing optimal parts for a new design. Design for Supply 2.0 provides unrestricted attribute analysis across data silos, encouraging discovery of parts that improve the quality of new designs and compliance with sourcing requirements. Unlike traditional search tools embedded in PLM, SCM, and other enterprise process applications, Design for Supply allows point-and-click exploration of fully integrated data from across the supply chain on a large scale, updating dynamically as preferences and needs change. Design for Supply 2.0 provides better visibility across previously isolated data, allowing engineers to reuse existing parts more frequently, introduce new parts less often, and align part selection with environmental and internal sourcing rules, moving products through the review process faster and decreasing the risk of expensive remediation later.
* Endeca Spend Analysis provides unrestricted attribute analysis across data silos, encouraging the discovery of variations in part cost and performance across a product’s lifecycle. Endeca Spend Analysis enables intelligent sourcing to assess supplier risk, and to identify specific opportunities for reducing costs while maintaining quality compliance.
* Endeca Warranty Analysis helps the quality department identify source part failures before they adversely impact cost, time-to-market, and customer satisfaction standards. For discrete manufacturing firms that need to trace reliability problems back to their source, Endeca Warranty Analysis provides unrestricted attribute analysis across data silos, encouraging discovery of the true source of failure – whether in parts, suppliers, or processes.

The Endeca Manufacturing Suite is built on the McKinley release of the Endeca Information Access Platform, announced in March. The new platform boasts a redesigned engine that takes advantage of multi-core processors from chipmakers such as Intel to deliver faster performance on greater volumes of data on fewer servers. For developers, advances announced in the McKinley release of the Endeca Information Access Platform and its complementary tools allow the integration and exploitation of larger volumes of diverse and changing information.

As part of its commitment to provide relevant solutions to the manufacturing community, Endeca is working with a growing ecosystem of business partners to deliver and maintain applications that solve specific business problems, and to do so at dramatically lower total cost of ownership, quicker time-to-value, and lower risk than other approaches.

The Endeca Manufacturing Suite is available today. Endeca is featuring the Suite, including Design for Supply 2.0, at the AMR Research Supply Chain Executive Conference being held this week in Scottsdale, AZ and at the 2009 PLM Summit North America being held June 23 – 24th in Miami, FL.

Human Solutions GmbH takes over assyst/bullmer GmbH

assyst will continue - with Human Solutions at the reins.

The Human Solutions GmbH has taken over all software products, software-related services and the software-related hardware supplies of the former assyst/bullmer GmbH from that company's insolvency estate. As of today, the new Managing Director is Dr. Andreas Seidl.

“Human Solutions and assyst have had an intensive and trusting working relationship in different business spheres for several years now”, said Dr. Seidl. “It is our objective to successfully continue assyst's business at the Ascheim-Dornach site. The products in the company’s two key segments, Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Product Data Management (PDM) play a decisive role here, since they are already being used in the production of several thousand customers all over the world. The associated business units of Development, Sales and Support will therefore be retained and successfully further developed”, Seidl explained. “Thanks to the absorption of all the company's key personnel, close cooperation on the product and sales/technical levels and a new organization which will utilize the synergies of both companies, we have achieved the best possible scenario for successful cooperation - and our customers will reap the benefits of this. The complete value-added chain in the apparel industry can now be supplied - from the shop to product development and the patternmaking team. This takeover has created one of the largest, Germany-wide specialist suppliers for the apparel sector”, he concluded.

LightWork Design announces first Image Competition Results for 2009

LightWork Design, supplier of rendering solutions for developers of advanced 3D computer graphics software, today announced the winner of the first LightWorks Image Competition of 2009.

The winning entry came from Aaron Smithey - Aaron is an Architectural Renderer based in Scottsdale, Arizona. He uses FormZ software from AutoDesSys with its integrated LightWorks rendering engine. He wins a 32GB iPod Touch for his kitchen design visualisation.

On hearing the news that he had won, Aaron commented, "I have been using Form-Z since 1994. Form-Z is a great modelling tool but is also a great rendering tool due to the integration of the LightWorks rendering engine. Over the years, LightWorks has continually enhanced its product making it one of the most photo-realistic rendering engines in the field. The LightWorks rendering engine has proven itself as an invaluable tool to me and my clients."

In addition, runners up prizes if iTunes vouchers have been awarded to:
Jeffrey Tomaka from New York, for his 'Mac Pro Workstation' image which was modelled in Cobalt andrendered using FormZ RenderZone;
Sam Moodie from Cheadle for his 'Hartley Hall, Victorian building' image created using ArchiCad.

David Forrester, Managing Director at LightWork Design commented, "In this, our 20th year of business, it's great to see that users are benefitting from the quality of LightWorks technology within their applications. We are excited and encouraged to see the results that LightWorks users can achieve in real life commercial projects and believe that our continued product developments are just what our customers and their users are looking for."

Entry to the next quarter of the competition is now open and LightWorks users are encouraged to send in their entries before the closing date of 31st July 2009.

XANADU offers free add-on applications for AutoCAD users

XANADU company, the largest supplier of Autodesk solutions in the Czech Republic, is offering a wide scale of technical support services for CAD users. This includes software development of CAD applications which help designers finish their day-to-day tasks more effectively. A vast majority of these software tools is offered by XANADU as freeware applications.

Many advanced users of the popular AutoCAD-family products extend the functions of their CAD system by new useful tools. These tools help them streamline repeated tasks. Tens of such tools are available for free on the XANADU web site.

”We sell and support Autodesk CAD and GIS technologies for already eighteen years. Experience we have drawn during these years allows us to respond to very specific customer requirements in different industries.” adds Vladimir MICHL, business development manager at XANADU. ”Our own software add-ons – in combination with tips and advices from our web portal CADforum.cz – enable users to find the right solutions and workarounds to technical problems they might face in the CAD and GIS fields.”

Some of the most popular free CAD add-on tools:

* GeoRefImg: Automatically places raster images (maps) according to date from their georeference files (e.g. TFW for TIFF files). So you can easily reposition a set of tiled maps in a DWG drawing in AutoCAD or AutoCAD Architecture.
* Xls2Curve: Creates AutoCAD points or curves from a list of coordinates loaded (or calculated) in an Excel sheet. It allows to select columns with XY or XYZ coordinates and import them as 2D/3D points, blocks, polylines or splines.
* srxTEXT: A very popular application – can be used to find and replace drawing texts using a command-line function with many options. Can be used as a batch command, in scripts, to perform advanced replacements with regular expressions or replacements of word-pairs defined in an Excel table.
* DOBT: Sets drawing order of objects by the object type (e.g. texts always above hatches) and by layers. It supports also AEC objects from AutoCAD Architecture.
* AutoDWF/AutoPDF: A reactor which automatically saves a DWF- or PDF-copy of your drawing on every save of the DWG file. You can setup many parameters for the publishing, including the publishing folder, layouts, FTP upload, etc.
* LinOut: Generates definitions of complex linetypes (utilities, border-lines, etc.) from an existing drawing. The resulting .LIN file can be then used in other drawings.
* SurfacePoints: This tool creates and labels terrain elevation points on any surface model in AutoCAD Civil 3D.
* FLay (Force Layer): A useful and highly customizable tool (reactor). It ensures that all hatches you draw will go to the layer HATCH, all texts will go to the layer ANNOTATIONS, all dimensions to DIMS, etc. This function is fully automatic, you can use standard AutoCAD commands.
* DBX utility: The family of DBX applications performs batch operations on a multiple DWG drawings (e.g. processes a whole folder or project).
o DBXremSL: Locates drawings containing excessive annotation scales brought from xrefs (these scales can slow down your drawing). Creates a report of the located drawings and you can batch-remove the scales.
o DBXscanAEC: Locates all DWG drawings containing objects from AEC applications (Architecture, MEP, Civil3D). So you can pre-identify files, which may report proxy objects when opened in base AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT.
o DBXscanMech: Similar to DBXscanAEC – scans DWG files created in AutoCAD Mechanical.
o DBXscanVBA: Locates all DWG drawings containing VBA macros. Optionally you can batch-remove these macros.
o DBXscanXref: Locates all DWG drawings containing links to external references.
You can find more information about the DBX tools family on www.xanadu.cz/en/apps/DBX
* InsertC+BlockC: These two tools can insert, resp. renumber, drawing blocks in the current DWG drawing as a sequentially numbered series (incremental numbering).
* GRP: A simple “single-click” tool for easy grouping and ungrouping of drawing objects in AutoCAD.
* SPRx: Renumbers sample lines and sample line groups in river-flow alignments (from the river estuary) in AutoCAD Civil 3D.
* DelProxy: If you want to get rid of the proxy objects in a DWG drawing, you can use DelProxy. It removes both the individual proxy entities and most of the non-graphical proxy objects on drawing tables and blocks.

May 27, 2009

Riverbed Technology accelerates AutoCAD 2010 Performance

Delivers LAN-Like Performance over the WAN for AutoCAD 2010 While Reducing Bandwidth Consumption and Costs

BANGALORE – May 27, 2009 – Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the IT infrastructure performance company for networks, applications and storage, announced today that architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) firms utilizing Autodesk’s AutoCAD 2010 software will experience the same performance benefits that Riverbed® customers using AutoCAD have seen for years. Based on results of tests performed by Riverbed and Autodesk, Riverbed WAN optimization solutions can accelerate AutoCAD 2010 by up to 100 times - while typically cutting WAN bandwidth consumption by 50% to 90%. By dramatically accelerating the performance of AutoCAD 2010 over the WAN, distributed AEC firms can quickly access large files for the design and development of new projects, resulting in real-time collaboration for employees in multi-site environments, and a reduction in operational and IT financial investments.

AEC firms depend heavily on AutoCAD to bring efficiencies to the design process and to tackle their most challenging design problems, using its robust 3D free-form design tools and powerful drafting and documentation capabilities. While the application is an outstanding tool for firms to standardize on for design purposes, organizations have found that the drawing files can sometimes exceed hundreds of megabytes in size on larger projects, which can impact employees’ ability to collaborate effectively. As a result, for firms with distributed offices or a global presence, sharing and collaborating on large CAD documents can often lead to significant delays in accessing drawings during normal file open and save operations. For this reason, many of the world’s leading AEC firms utilize Riverbed Steelhead® appliances to accelerate the performance of their key applications so architects and engineers can collaborate between offices around the world as if they were in the same room.

“Our employees need to share their AutoCAD design work, in real time, regardless of where they are located - it's our bread and butter. New employees, and our clients, have commented on how effectively our project teams can deliver together regardless of the fact that many employees are working in different offices,” said Ray Sirois, director of IT at Wright-Pierce. “Our initial testing results of AutoCAD 2010 in our Riverbed Steelhead environment are very encouraging. We see a noticeable improvement right out of the box. It is encouraging to see larger companies like Autodesk and Riverbed working together to be responsive to the needs of multi-office firms like Wright-Pierce.”

Riverbed WAN optimization solutions can have a huge and immediate impact on the productivity of engineers and architects using AutoCAD 2010. Organizations that once waited 30 minutes to open a drawing can now access it in seconds. As a result, organizations experience a boost in application performance, allowing employees to collaborate in real-time; and IT managers see immediate cost savings by eliminating the need to purchase additional bandwidth.

“AutoCAD is a powerful 2D and 3D application that allows organizations to incorporate extreme detail into meticulous designs. With the significant upgrades we’ve incorporated into AutoCAD 2010, such as free-form design tools, parametric drawing and enhanced PDF support - we expect a large percentage of our customers to upgrade to the new format,” said Eric Stover, AutoCAD Product Line Manager, Autodesk. “We’re confident that customers upgrading to AutoCAD 2010 will benefit from the impressive acceleration capabilities provided by Riverbed. Our teams have worked closely on engineering to ensure productivity and performance to our customers.”

“Companies are striving to accelerate the performance of their IT infrastructure while minimizing their financial investments. Many customers select Riverbed to enhance the technologies they already have to make them faster, smarter and more efficient,” said Alan Saldich, vice president of product marketing and alliances at Riverbed. “We have hundreds of customers using various versions of AutoCAD and other Autodesk products, and they all experience performance gains when using our WAN optimization solution. Organizations implementing AutoCAD 2010 with Riverbed will be able to provide a more collaborative work environment while cutting costs.”

IronCAD Signs New Reseller in the United Kingdom

Triple8CAD is the latest company to join IronCAD's growing reseller network.

Atlanta, GA - IronCAD, LLC, a leading provider of 3D design productivity solutions, today announced the signing of their latest premier reseller, Triple8CAD based in Carmarthen, South Wales. Triple8CAD is a company primarily focused on the furniture design and woodworking markets with a secondary focus on the automotive and aerospace markets. The company has over 12 years experience in 3D CAD solutions and is excited to join the IronCAD reseller team.

"I've worked with many CAD systems over the years and they definitely have their individual strengths and weaknesses. For the furniture and woodworking industry however, we feel that the 3D capabilities are too restrictive due to their history, parametric, and rules based systems," said Mike Bowen, president of Triple8CAD. "With IRONCAD, there is so much more freedom to design. It is a system which quickly and efficiently enables users to visualize their designs in full 3D. The catalog based drag and drop interface, combined with a flexible history based approach to design which allows a mixture of features and direct editing, is ideally suited to this industry. There is a very short learning curve with IRONCAD and the ease of use allows furniture designers and woodworking professionals the ability to experiment with various ideas in a non-restrictive environment. Our woodworking customers also tell us that the integrated and customizable bill of material work extremely well for woodworking companies, enabling them to easily build their cutting lists."

What further convinced Triple8CAD to become an IRONCAD reseller were the new features that will be available in IRONCAD’s next release, due later this year, IRONCAD Next Generation. IRONCAD Next Generation will be the first 3D CAD application available that offers the freedom of design using an “Innovative Design” mode as well as the ability to build fully parametric, rules based, “Structured Design” parts within the same environment. When designing in Innovative Design mode, the user has complete freedom to experiment with various designs and implement radical design changes regardless of the feature history. However once the users design is complete, they may want to build a more structured, parametric part that includes design intent, design rules, and other parametrics. IRONCAD Next Generation’s “Structured Design” mode gives the user that level of control. Further enhancing IRONCAD’s value to customers will be a fully integrated industry standard 2D design and detailing environment. This environment can be used to detail the user’s 3D parts and assemblies as well as the development of all other required 2D documents. In addition, it will allow the user to load, edit, and save their existing legacy 2D data. “To use a baseball analogy - Today in IRONCAD, with the ease of use and innovative design, you have a product that lets you load the bases. With the addition of structured mode and integrated 2D, you can hit a grand slam!” added Mike.

With Triple8CAD now serving the southwest portion of England, IronCAD further builds on its reseller base in throughout the United Kingdom. "I am excited that Triple8CAD has chosen to join our team," said Richard Serna, IronCAD's Director of Channel Sales. "Their experience and expertise in 3D design makes them a valued addition to our reseller network."

Bricscad Gains Major Distribution into North America and India

Veteran CAD Sales and Management Team Partners with "#1 Alternative to AutoCAD"

Bricsys NV, developers of the Bricscad product, and Global Force DIRECT, a veteran sales group with deep management experience in the CAD industry, today announced that the two companies have reached agreement granting Global Force DIRECT licensing rights to market and sell the Bricscad product and applications across North America and India. Anthony Flynn, president of Global Force DIRECT, former Chief Marketing Officer at Bentley Systems, Inc., and former vice president of Bentley DIRECT, comments, "The world's economy is fundamentally turning value-based and nowhere is that more true than in software for the world's infrastructure and engineering projects. More than ever in my fifteen years in CAD, the vast majority of the market is seeking a 'new era' of value and friendliness in their CAD investments."

Brussels, Belgium and Boston, MA (PRWEB) May 27, 2009 -- Bricsys NV, developers of the Bricscad product, and Global Force DIRECT, a veteran sales group with deep management experience in the CAD industry, today announced that the two companies have reached agreement granting Global Force DIRECT licensing rights to market and sell the Bricscad product and applications across North America and India.

Anthony Flynn, president of Global Force DIRECT, former Chief Marketing Officer at Bentley Systems, Inc., and former vice president of Bentley DIRECT, comments, "The world's economy is fundamentally turning value-based and nowhere is that more true than in software for the world's infrastructure and engineering projects. More than ever in my fifteen years in CAD, the vast majority of the market is seeking a 'new era' of value and friendliness in their CAD investments."

Flynn continues, "Seeing this underserved market, we at Global Force DIRECT are pleased to announce our partnership with Bricsys, a CAD company that best meets these requirements: compelling affordability, full-function and high-performance 2D/3D CAD, full DWG compatibility and interoperability, an open platform for customizations and DWG-based applications, a deep appreciation for owner rights and a penchant for support, a large and satisfied user base, and management strength to grow with the market."

"After significant study, we're convinced that Bricscad has achieved market acceptance as the #1 alternative to AutoCAD. Erik De Keyser and his team have done a masterful job with their Bricscad product, their technology roadmap, and their overall business. We are excited to be their partner and we look forward to multiplying CAD value for organizations requiring mission critical DWG-based CAD and applications for their AEC, GIS, and mechanical engineering projects across North America and India--most will be very compelled to save 70-80 percent on their ongoing CAD investment."

De Keyser, CEO of Bricsys, comments, "I agree wholeheartedly with Tony on the trend toward higher and proven economic value in CAD. In our case, we've risen up the price/performance curve largely through an open-systems approach - rapidly and carefully incorporating leading-edge technologies into Bricscad. Going forward, our open business approach is also rewarding the Bricscad community with an expanding ecosystem of powerful third party applications."

De Keyser adds, "This agreement with Global Force DIRECT is a milestone for our company and community - we are now solidly placed in North America and India. It would be hard to find a person more experienced in the CAD business or more committed to delivering value and efficiencies to engineering projects and organizations than Tony. We are excited to have him and his team as our partner, and even more excited to share this great news with US and Indian organizations."

Also joining Flynn as partners in Global Force DIRECT are Douglas Maitland, the former Director of Marketing for Bentley DIRECT, North America; Kanti Purohit, a seasoned EDA/AEC sales executive whose appointments included global vice president of sales (through IPO) at Viewlogic Systems, Inc.; and Yatin Suri, a former senior manager in the world's largest AEC worksharing company in New Delhi.

Given their experience, the Global Force DIRECT and Bricscad teams will be selling, supplying, and supporting Bricscad and providing "new era" benefits to a full spectrum of organizations requiring mission-critical CAD, including: architectural firms listed on the Architectural Record Top 150 Architectural Firms, U.S. State Departments of Transportation (DOTs), engineering and contracting firms listed in the Engineering News Record (ENR) Top 500 Design Firms, design firms from the ENR Top 150 Global Design Firms, building product manufactures, city and town governments and their local contractors, landscape architects, utility and telecommunication companies, power and process plants and their designers, and major manufacturers and their consulting firms.

dezineforce takes the stage at NAFEMS World Congress 2009

NWC09 will provide the perfect platform for dezineforce to showcase its SaaS-based engineering design optimisation service to a global audience

dezineforce, the first global provider of web-based, on-demand engineering design optimisation, will be exhibiting at the NAFEMS World Congress 2009 (NWC09). NWC09, the international conference and exhibition dedicated to engineering analysis and simulation, takes place from 16 to 19 June 2009 at the Creta Maris Conference Center in Crete, Greece. dezineforce will use NWC09 to demonstrate its innovative SaaS-based (software as a service) engineering design optimisation service.

The biennial NAFEMS World Congress brings together all the major players in the simulation world for three days of presentations, discussions and networking. As well as exhibiting at the event dezineforce will be taking an active role in the conference sessions. Dr Althea de Souza, senior dezineforce engineer and chair of the NAFEMS CFD working group, will present a paper on integrated design, search and optimisation, and will also chair the CFD discussion session.

Dr Peter Collins, dezineforce CEO, comments: “A particular focus at the NAFEMS World Congress this year will be how the appropriate deployment of simulation can boost competitive advantage through helping to stimulate innovation. The dezineforce service fits perfectly with this agenda. It gives subscribers access to a broad range of proven tools including software for the analysis of design behaviour and proprietary optimisation tools for systematic design improvement. We are looking forward to demonstrating the service to a focused global audience at NWC09.”

The dezineforce service gives engineers cost-effective access to a powerful combination of cutting-edge design optimisation tools and industry-leading simulation tools for structural, fluid dynamics and mechanism analysis, made straightforward to use with integrated workflows and running on powerful computing clusters. As a web-based service it eliminates the hidden IT costs of traditional CAE. Because it is delivered over the Internet, dezineforce can be accessed from anywhere, by whomever the subscribing company chooses, facilitating collaboration between design engineering teams in different locations.

Ulysse Nardin Gains Time for Design With Autodesk Inventor Software

Autodesk Names Swiss Watchmaker as Inventor of the Month for Digital Prototyping Innovations That Cut Development Time in Half

SAN RAFAEL - It used to take Ulysse Nardin, one of the world's premier makers of fine mechanical watches, four years to develop the complex insides of a new watch that can contain as many as 400 moving parts. The process has been cut in half using Autodesk Inventor software.

Autodesk (NASDAQ: ADSK) has named Ulysse Nardin as the Inventor of the Month for May 2009 for bringing its innovative and artistic watches to market in 50 percent less time with fewer physical prototypes.

Few products pack so much mechanical complexity into such a small area as fine watches. Working with a 3D model in Inventor, Ulysse Nardin designers can visualize how the gears and springs fit with other components as they design. This capability makes it much easier to identify and fix interferences early in the design process. Designers can also optimize the position of mechanical parts that integrate with external portions of the watch, such as the case or the watchband, which are initially drawn in 2D by a conceptual designer.

The Inventor of the Month program recognizes the most innovative design and engineering advancements made by the extensive community using Inventor software - the foundation of the Autodesk solution for Digital Prototyping. A digital prototype is a 3D digital model of the entire end product, used to virtually explore and validate a product before it is built to reduce the necessity of constructing physical prototypes.

"Having a clear 3D view is a significant advantage," said Loic Pellaton, technical manager at Ulysse Nardin. "Autodesk Inventor helps us to place parts and explore different options very quickly. It has significantly accelerated the most complicated aspects of watch design."

Digital Prototyping Speeds New Product Development

By using Inventor software in collaboration with Autodesk reseller and training partner HURNI ENGINEERING SARL to explore and hone digital prototypes, Ulysse Nardin has reduced the need to produce multiple rounds of physical prototypes. Because watch movements are largely refined during the design phase, the company produces just one physical prototype instead of three. This streamlining helps Ulysse Nardin realize its vision twice as quickly when developing and introducing new product lines.

To help refine its watch cases, Ulysse Nardin designers also use Autodesk Showcase software to create accurate, photorealistic images of digital prototypes created in Inventor, enabling more efficient decision making. For example, design teams can visually explore a wide range of decorative and watchband options without having to produce a single physical prototype.

"From the beautiful case to the movement Ulysse Nardin watches are renowned for, Digital Prototyping helps us to create the kind of watches people dream of owning," said Pierre Gygax, executive vice president of production at Ulysse Nardin.

"Ulysse Nardin is successfully using Autodesk Inventor to move beyond 3D to Digital Prototyping and continue its tradition of innovation in the art of mechanical watchmaking," said Robert "Buzz" Kross, senior vice president, Manufacturing Industry Group at Autodesk.

About the Autodesk Inventor of the Month Program

Each month, Autodesk selects an Inventor of the Month from the users of Autodesk Inventor software, the foundation for Digital Prototyping. Winners are chosen for engineering excellence and groundbreaking innovation. For more information about Autodesk Inventor of the Month, contact us at IOM@autodesk.com.

Based in Le Locle, Switzerland, Ulysse Nardin is one of the world's premier watch manufacturers. Since opening its doors in 1846, Ulysse Nardin has been the recipient of 4,300-plus awards in watchmaking - 18 of them gold medals - and has received the greatest number of patents in mechanical watchmaking.

Located in the heart of the Watch Valley, HURNI ENGINEERING SARL is a leading provider of design and engineering solutions to the machine and the watch industry. Mainly active in the French part of Switzerland, HURNI ENGINEERING offers knowledge and experience to clients through technical support, training and consulting services. In 2009 HURNI ENGINEERING was awarded "Best Digital Prototyping Partner" by Autodesk in Central Europe.

Siemens PLM Software Announces Solid Edge with Synchronous Technology 2

New Features and Tools Address Part and Assembly Modeling, Sheet Metal, CAE and PDM

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 announces Solid Edge® software with Synchronous Technology 2.

This release is the second version of Solid Edge to incorporate Siemens PLM Software’s breakthrough synchronous technology, the first history-free, feature-based modeling capability that serves as a fundamental tool in helping customers react to the market faster.

“We were looking for something very flexible…but also something with the full power of 3D feature modeling for modifying machine components,” said Ben Fune, process engineering manager, American Renolit Corp. “We found the best of both worlds in Solid Edge with synchronous technology.”

Solid Edge is a core component of the Velocity Series™ portfolio and combines the speed and flexibility of direct modeling with the precise control of dimension-driven design. The latest release extends synchronous technology deeper in the product with improved part and assembly modeling as well as a new sheet metal application. With this release, Siemens PLM Software also announces a new built-in FEA tool and PDM integration leveraging the latest Microsoft SharePoint platforms.

“The Solid Edge with Synchronous Technology 2 release showcases the expansion of Siemens PLM Software’s groundbreaking synchronous technology into additional part and assembly modeling areas, including intelligent sheet metal design," said Dr. Ken Versprille, PLM Research Director, CPDA. "In our in-depth review done last year, we positioned synchronous technology as a major advance in solids modeling and predicted its positive impact on the industry. This latest release proves us correct based on the strength and robustness it demonstrates as a modeling approach. End user interviews attest to the benefits they have achieved in reducing their design cycle times. The modeling advancements found in Solid Edge, matched with the introduction of a new mid-range FEA application, Solid Edge Simulation, and continued implementation of Solid Edge’s Insight data management tool atop the latest in Microsoft’s SharePoint, offers a win-win scenario for both Solid Edge and its users.”
Synchronized Part and Assembly Modeling

The new release of Solid Edge extends synchronous technology within core part and assembly modeling for complex feature creation and advanced sketch editing tools that reduce overall design time. To improve 2D to 3D data migration, Solid Edge turns 2D dimensions from imported drawings into 3D driving dimensions during model creation, so users can edit 3D designs based on the intent from 2D. In addition, Live Sections can be used to simplify 3D model changes by letting users edit 2D cross sections cut through any part of a 3D model, and update the 3D model in real-time.
New Sheet Metal Design Application

Solid Edge now applies synchronous technology to sheet metal design, creating a feature-based, history-free 3D design application for modeling straight brake sheet metal parts.

Sheet metal is the second application to leverage the power of synchronous technology (CAM Express leveraging synchronous technology was first announced last December) and further validates its extensibility. Synchronous technology brings new levels of productivity to the sheet metal environment so users can create models with less pre-planning, make changes with unbounded flexibility, and reuse and edit supplier data more effectively.

“A process-specific application such as sheet metal is a good example of a design discipline that requires a specialized skill set and unique features in the software,” said Dan Staples, director of Solid Edge product development, Siemens PLM Software. “Now our sheet metal customers can achieve the tremendous design time savings made possible by synchronous technology. And now that synchronous technology has been incorporated into sheet metal, you can see just how extensible this technology really is."
New Solid Edge Simulation for FEA

Solid Edge Simulation is a new optional analysis tool embedded into the CAD system that allows design validation of parts and assemblies earlier in the product development process for quicker time to market and reduced physical prototyping costs. It is based on proven Femap® software finite element modeling and NX™ Nastran® solver technology built into the Solid Edge user interface. It is easy for designers and engineers to use and promotes increased use of simulation within Solid Edge, fostering design innovation. Solid Edge Simulation also leverages synchronous technology to ease simulation model preparation and speed design refinements.

“These economic times force engineers to do more by themselves than ever before," said Bill McClure, vice president of product development for Velocity Series, Siemens PLM Software. “By embedding FEA into Solid Edge, more designs can be simulated in less time with minimal need to outsource analysis. This allows companies to respond to their customers faster with improved quality and lower costs."
Solid Edge with Insight for Design Data Management with Microsoft SharePoint

Solid Edge now provides key enhancements to improve the embedded Insight™ design data management application, a key element of the Velocity Series strategy for scalable PDM, which also includes the Teamcenter® Express platform.

“Solid Edge Insight running on SharePoint Server adds design data management to enterprise collaboration for small and mid-sized businesses,” said Don Richardson, director, Global Innovation and PLM Industry Strategy, Microsoft. “Siemens PLM Software, a long-time valued partner of Microsoft, has been utilizing SharePoint services since 2001, and continues to leverage the latest Microsoft technologies in its PLM applications to meet the business needs of customers.”

Solid Edge with Insight leverages the latest Microsoft SharePoint® platform for improved collaboration, faster release workflows and enhanced security capabilities offered by Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) 3.0 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS). Solid Edge with Insight using the first version of SharePoint was introduced to the market in 2001 and today has more than 1000 customers. Moving Insight to the latest platform helps users reduce PDM deployment and ongoing support costs. Microsoft SharePoint is especially popular with small to medium size businesses (SMB’s) and now totals over 100 million seats worldwide.

Solid Edge with synchronous technology 2 is scheduled to ship this summer.

STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Selects MSC.Software's Engineering Analysis Solutions

MSC.Software (NASDAQ: MSCS), a leading global provider of simulation software and services, today announced that STX Offshore & Shipbuilding, one of the world's leading Ship building and Offshore Structures builders has selected MSC.Software's suite of engineering simulation software including Marc and Patran, to increase its product quality through greater simulation accuracy .

STX Offshore &Shipbuilding will utilize MSC.Software's proven set of engineering solutions to conduct global structural and vibration analyses. These include determining structural stability under various sea conditions. With improved simulation performed during the early phase of design, STX Offshore & Shipbuilding is able to prevent excessive vibration on vessels and produce more reliable and safer products.

"With MSC.Software's simulation tools we able to perform and validate structural optimization and safety. The ability to reduce design errors via simulation accuracy allows us to produce better quality products, saves us money in redesign as flaws are discovered virtually rather than in physical prototypes, and will further enhance our reputation as the leader in the global market," said Dr. JH Heo, Senior Vice President and Head of R&D institute, STX Offshore & Shipbuilding.

STX Offshore & Shipbuilding is a global leader in the shipbuilding and offshore industry. In 2008, STX Offshore & Shipbuilding delivered 56 vessels to ship owners and received 84 new vessel orders. STX Offshore & Shipbuilding generated revenue of KRW 3,005 billion and employs 9,100 people. The Head office is located at Jinhae, Korea and there are two R&D centers located at Changwon and Seoul. STX Offshore & Shipbuilding has built leading technology and experience by producing world-class container ships, product carriers and high value-added ships such as LNG Carriers, Cape-size Bulk Carriers, VLCCs, VLOCs, PCTCs, Drill-Ships and 13,000 TEU very large-sized container ships. Its main business now includes offshore platforms including but not limited to F(P)SO, FPUs, Drilling Rigs, Supply Vessels, Pipe Layers, LNG Floaters, and Fixed Platforms.

CADD Edge Joins The InspectionXpert® Reseller Program

Extensible CAD Technologies today announced CADD Edge has joined the InspectionXpert® Reseller Program, which will help bring InspectionXpert® quality inspection productivity software to businesses of all sizes all over the world – specifically in the aerospace & defense, medical device, automotive and contract manufacturing industries. As part of the agreement, CADD Edge will be authorized to sell both InspectionXpert® for SolidWorks® and InspectionXpert First-Article®. Both products enable users to generate quality inspection reports for first-article and in-process inspections.

“As a member of the InspectionXpert® reseller program, CADD Edge can help our customers dramatically decrease their inspection costs and streamline their product development process”, said Marcel Matte, Manager of CADD Edge. “Our customers are always looking to lower their costs while improving quality. InspectionXpert® helps our customers achieve both of these goals.”

“We are pleased to have CADD Edge as a part of our reseller program”, said Jeff Cope, President of Extensible CAD Technologies. CADD Edge’s extensive experience in technical software sales and marketing will help us reach more customers who will benefit from using InspectionXpert®.”

Delcam to show latest machining and inspection developments in Paris

Delcam will demonstrate its latest developments for the machining and inspection of aerospace components on the SBAC stand at the Paris Air Show to be held from 15th to 21st June. These will include the new releases of its PowerMILL machining software for high-speed and five-axis machining, and of the PowerINSPECT inspection software, plus a range of adaptive machining solutions to allow more accurate manufacture and repair of complex components.

The latest release of the award-winning PowerMILL CAM system, version 10, offers the fastest-ever toolpath generation on multi-processor computers. It incorporates the latest background-processing and multi-threading technologies, and so uses the full power of recent hardware developments to reduce calculation times and increase output dramatically. Other enhancements to further increase productivity include reduced memory usage when programming the largest and most complex parts, and improved ordering to give faster cycle times on the machine tool.

With PowerMILL 10, users can prepare data in the foreground while calculating toolpaths in the background. This eliminates the need for the user to wait for each calculation to be completed before he can start preparing the next operation. Productivity is also increased because the computer can continue with a series of calculations during the user’s breaks or even overnight. Calculations can be queued by the operator and the software will automatically start the next operation as soon as each toolpath is generated.

Version 6 of PowerINSPECT includes a range of enhancements to make it easier and more flexible to use. The most obvious change is a completely new interface for undertaking "simple” measurements. This will make it much easier to undertake basic tasks, such as measuring the distance between two points or two planes, or the centres of two circles, or checking the thickness of a section.

A number of improvements have been made to the ways in which data within geometric features can be handled. This will make it easier to see where the problems areas are, especially in bigger parts with large numbers of measurements. It will also be possible to use individual points within multiple features.

Increased flexibility will also come from the new ability to display feature measurements as surface points for comparison with the CAD model. This will make it easier to spot errors when, for example, a circle is perfect in its own dimensions but is not in exactly the correct position on the part.

Delcam will also demonstrate new ways in which machining and inspection can be integrated to give adaptive machining. One example of this integration is electronic fixturing. With this technique, toolpaths are adjusted to match the actual position of the surface of the workpiece, rather than trying to align the part into exactly the nominal position specified in the CAM system. It can overcome the problems encountered when machining large, heavy components or flexible composite panels.

The first stage in this approach is to create a probing sequence in the inspection software, preferably using off-line programming so there is no interruption to the machine tool’s cutting time. This sequence is used to collect a series of points from the workpiece, which can be used map the surface of the part. Any mismatch can then be calculated between the nominal position used in the CAM system to generate the toolpaths and the actual position of the workpiece surface in relation to the machine-tool bed. A modified set of toolpaths can then be created within the CAM system that will give accurate machining of the part.

Delcam expands five-axis machining capabilities

Delcam has increased the range of five-axis machining equipment in its Tooling Services Division with the addition of a DMG DMU 160P duoBLOCK milling machine, with a Siemens 840d powerline control.

This is the latest expansion of the Delcam’s unique in-house machining facility – no other global CADCAM company operates an equivalent manufacturing operation to prove out its new programs on real jobs with real deadlines. As well as allowing thorough validation of all software before its release, this facility provides an ideal opportunity for companies to test new processes or to produce short runs of prototype parts without any disruption to their day-to-day operations.

The new machine will further extend the range of projects that can be undertaken on the Birmingham site. It will compliment the existing equipment which includes five-axis and high-speed machine tools up to 6 metres in length from Mazak, Huron, Hardinge and Mecof, plus a three-metre WFL mill-turn machine. All of the equipment is fitted with Renishaw probing systems to ensure accurate set-up and to allow on-machine verification of the components being produced.

The purchase of the extra machine has been prompted by the increasing success of Delcam’s Professional Services Group in winning process development work, in particular for the aerospace industry. The Group works closely with its clients to enhance their existing design and manufacturing processes, usually by using a combination of Delcam’s software to increase efficiency, improve quality and reduce delivery times.

Many of the companies using the Group’s services find that their engineering resources are fully committed to maintaining their existing operations so they have little capacity to test the new processes being developed. These companies prefer to undertake process evaluation and prototype manufacture on the equipment at Delcam rather than interrupting their day-to-day production.

"The Tooling Services Division has also duplicated the diversification into other industries that has been seen in Delcam’s software business in recent years,” commented Delcam UK General Manager Steve Creron. "The aerospace sector now provides the biggest source of work, rather than the toolmaking industry. The new DMG machine will offer us even more aerospace opportunities.”

"The manufacturing expertise gained within the Division forms an important part of the comprehensive support given by Delcam to all its customers,” added Mr. Creron. "As well as helping our development teams, the experience we gain is passed on to our support staff. They can use this knowledge to give our software users advice on all areas of their work, including aspects like the best choice of machining strategy and cutter selection, as well as the operation of the software.”

Being able to test such developments on-site obviously gives Delcam a major advantage in proving out its software. "Many CAM programs generate data that is mathematically correct but that is often impossible to machine in practice,” explained Mr. Creron. "With the facilities in the Tooling Services Division, we can confirm that the results from our CAM systems work as well on the shop floor as they do on the computer.”

"When potential software customers first hear about Delcam, they often ask why we operate the toolroom,” concluded Mr. Creron. "Once they have seen our facilities and we have explained the benefits, both in the reliability of the software and in the quality of our support, they find it difficult to understand how other CAM developers expect to develop and sell software without a similar resource.”