Jun 30, 2009

Rand Worldwide Now Offering Siemens PLM Software to Meet Customer-Driven Demands

Rand Worldwide to Offer Implementation and Training Services for Siemens PLM Software’s Solutions, Enabling Customers to Drive Efficiencies throughout Product Lifecycle.

PLANO, Texas - Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced that Rand Worldwide, a global leader in providing technology solutions to organizations with engineering design and information technology requirements, is now a Siemens PLM Software Solutions Partner.

“The cornerstone of the relationship is based on providing the market place with PLM software and professional services that exceed customer expectations and drive business value. In order to provide the world class solutions and support our customers have come to expect to a wider audience, we look towards Solutions Partners who consistently exceed customer expectations. Rand Worldwide shares the same philosophy and values, as we do, strong support to help customers turn more ideas into successful products,” said Kerry Grimes, vice president, global solution partner sales, Siemens PLM Software.

Rand Worldwide will offer Siemens PLM Software’s solutions to provide collaborative product data management that allows customers to work together and innovate more intelligently by connecting people and processes with knowledge.

“Rand Worldwide has a proven track record helping clients select and implement advanced technologies that allow them to turn product ideas into reality. Siemens PLM Software solutions provide the depth and breadth needed to support continuous innovation. The synergy of the partnership between Rand Worldwide and the Siemens PLM Software offers clients an ideal platform for delivering efficiency, productivity and flexibility to all aspects of the product lifecycle,” said Joseph Oswald, executive vice president, PLM Operations - North America and Europe, Rand Worldwide.

Siemens PLM Software increases the success and productivity of channel partners through multiple enablement programs which include close channel management support, sales and technical training as well as marketing initiatives. According to its most recent annual channel partner survey, partners gave Siemens PLM Software top ratings in the following categories: product understanding, sales call support, Partner Portal and sales training delivery.

LISI AEROSPACE chooses HyperWorks to Streamline Development Processes for Fastener Systems

TROY, Mich – Altair Engineering, Inc announced today that LISI AEROSPACE, one of the leading providers of aeronautical fasteners and assembly components, has chosen the HyperWorks simulation platform in combination with its non linear simulation tools to reduce the time needed to develop new fastener systems.

“When selecting a new CAE product suite, we were strongly focused on finding a powerful toolset that would streamline our pre- and post-processing activities,” said Antoine Villet, FEA simulation engineer, LISI AEROSPACE. “In HyperWorks we found the tool suite we were looking for and throughout the entire benchmark and selection process Altair’s support was outstanding. HyperWorks modeling and visualization solutions, HyperMesh and HyperView, best suited our needs allowing us to model our components more accurately and faster. The open architecture of the software family is an additional plus since it allows us to use our component models with any type of solver that might be required.”

LISI AEROSPACE aggressively pursues using more simulation throughout their development processes. With their selection of HyperWorks, they will use HyperMesh to streamline the creation of finite element models to support their forging simulation processes. The broad range of HyperMesh algorithms for surface and volume meshing will help to drive future development activities at LISI AEROSPACE. HyperView, the HyperWorks post-processing solution, will be used for results visualization and automating reporting tasks.

“The close cooperation with LISI engineers during this benchmark allowed us to gain a much deeper understanding of their development processes, allowing our customer support team to really highlight core HyperWorks functionality to meet their needs and objectives,” said Mauro Guglielminotti, regional manager, Altair Engineering France. “This win is consistent with the growing adoption of HyperWorks that we see in the French aerospace industry. As the Lisi benchmark proved, the combination of our CAE technology, flexible licensing system, and open architecture software philosophy makes a compelling argument for manufacturers seeking a technological advantage and reduction in software costs.”

NSERC-Toyota-Maplesoft Industrial Research Chair in Mathematics-Based Modeling and Design announced

Results intended to speed up the design and prototype of new automotive products.

Waterloo, Canada : Maplesoft, a leading provider of high-performance software tools for engineering, science, and mathematics, today announced a partnership with the University of Waterloo, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and Toyota Corporation, that will produce new methods for modeling physical systems. The Industrial Research Chair is being granted to Dr. John McPhee, from the Department of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo, and Executive Director of the Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research (WatCAR).

Current engineering practices create computer models that are numerical in nature, to explore different design concepts and evaluate their performance. A more natural way to model a system is to use mathematics, and the main goal of this research is to develop the theory and computer algorithms necessary to automatically create engineering models in a mathematical form. This will speed up the model-based development approach for new products, an approach that is being pioneered by Maplesoft, and embraced by the automotive industry as it strives to become more efficient and responsive to consumer demands.

Dr. John McPhee and his team will collaborate with experts at Maplesoft and Toyota to develop these math-based models and computer simulations, with a focus on automotive applications such as vehicle dynamics, powertrains, and hybrid electric vehicles. With symbolic computation at its core, Maplesoft was among the first companies to realize the impact that mathematics-based modeling will have on vehicular research. With the newly released MapleSim aiding multi-domain modeling, it will play a crucial role in the research which aims to enhance the development of multi-domain system models comprising mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, and other components.

“There is currently a crisis in our automotive sector,” said Dr. John McPhee. “To be globally competitive, automotive manufacturers must design new products faster, safer, and better. The proposed research will speed up the automotive design process, and result in fewer costly prototypes and experimental testing.”

Maplesoft and Dr. John McPhee have a long standing collaboration. In addition to several contracts, as Executive Director of the Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research, Dr. McPhee has supported or participated in several major funding programs. Through these various multi-million dollar initiatives, he has access to a world-class team of researchers with expertise in a wide range of automotive-related fields.

“This research proposal is central to Maplesoft’s philosophy of technology development,” said Jim Cooper, President and CEO of Maplesoft. “Access to new algorithms for mathematics-based modeling will be crucial and will have a lasting impact when incorporated into current and future commercial products developed by our company. Maplesoft is confident that the results of this new research will prove beneficial for the company and the sector on a larger scale.”

Maplesoft’s partnership will provide direct and early access to research results which can be incorporated into the product development cycles at Maplesoft.

CDS Selected by Northwestern Tools for Online CAD Downloads

San Jose : Catalog Data Solutions (CDS), a leading provider of online solutions for industrial suppliers, today announced that Northwestern Tools, Inc. has implemented its CAD Download solution to present and download product CAD models from its website.

The new SpringAndBallPlungers.com website was developed by Reid Supply Company and Northwestern Tools to provide designers direct access to a complete line of spring and ball plungers - spring plungers, ball plungers, hand retractable, press fits, modified standards, or complete specials, whatever your requirements.

“Adding CAD Downloads to our http://www.SpringAndBallPlungers.com web site will save our customers time in specifying and configuring our products for their designs,” said Bob Madewell of Northwestern Tools. “With this CAD support combined with the ease of ordering our products on-line we expect to see an increase in the number of online orders and RFQs.”
“We are delighted to have been selected by Northwestern Tools for our leading online CAD model download solution”, said John Major, CEO Catalog Data Solutions, “online 3D models are an important sales and marketing tool for all industrial suppliers and distributors. With many customers moving from 2D to 3D CAD systems providing online 3D CAD model downloads saves customers time and often ‘locks’ products into a design. Conversely suppliers without 3D models on their website are at risk of losing customers to their competition who do offer 3D models”.

Studies show that over 90% of designers and engineers now use the Internet to locate components for their new designs. Catalog Data Solutions helps industrial suppliers and distributors grow sales and strengthen customer loyalty through interactive online catalogs, ecommerce, 3D CAD model delivery and product configurator solutions.

Solibri Partnering with NTI CADcenter in Denmark

NTI CADcenter A/S in Denmark and Solibri, Inc. have made a partner agreement to serve the increasing need for Model Checking in Denmark.

Solibri, Inc., the leading provider of model checking, analysis and building code checking solutions for Building Information Modeling (BIM) based designs in the construction field, today announced a partner agreement permitting NTI CADcenter A/S to sell and market Solibri’s products in Denmark.

“Denmark and Danish companies have taken BIM adoption seriously, even new laws have been written to support it. Assuring BIM design quality is a logical next step towards high quality buildings.” states Heikki Kulusjärvi, CEO and President of Solibri. “NTI CADcenter is a well respected company and a perfect addition to Solibri partner network.

Mr. Lars Kanneworff Market Director at NTI CADcenter says: "Solibri Model Checker is a new type of product developed for model checking and an excellent adding to our product portfolio. We are glad to provide the Danish market, where Building Information Modeling is rapidly growing with a unique tool for enhancing quality of models and productivity of design work itself".

Virginia Tech And The MathWorks Collaborate To Expand Matlab And Simulink Use Throughout Engineering Students And Faculty

Faculty and Students Gain Expanded Classroom and Research Lab Access to Software through Dedicated On-campus Support.

NATICK, Mass. - The MathWorks today announced that it has joined with Virginia Tech College of Engineering in a three-year initiative to enable more competitive, cutting-edge, and collaborative education for the university’s engineering and science students.

As part of this three-year relationship, The MathWorks will provide resources and support for the continued use and development of course components that utilize MathWorks tools. The MathWorks will also sponsor Virginia Tech’s Joseph F. Ware, Jr. Advanced Engineering Laboratory (Ware Lab, www.eng.vt.edu/warelab/) with software for technical computing and Model-Based Design. The Ware Lab houses content for approximately 13 engineering-based design competitions, such as EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge, for undergraduate students. Access to MATLAB and Simulink in the Ware Lab will afford students the opportunity to gain expertise using industry-standard software tools in preparation for entering the workforce.

“To stay competitive, universities are seeking new ways to meet increasing expectations from students that they receive the highest-level access to and training on their industry’s most relevant technology tools,” said Tom Gaudette, manager of education technical marketing at The MathWorks. “Virginia Tech’s recognition of its student body needs and expectations from the school curriculum established the framework upon which this relationship with the university is built.”

“Our expanded relationship with The MathWorks provides an extraordinary asset for our engineering and science students,” said Glenda Scales, associate dean, international programs and information technology, Virginia Tech College of Engineering. “We continuously strive to create more competitive programs and curriculum, and we know our students expect to learn about and gain expertise in cutting-edge tools that prepare them for industry. By offering MathWorks software, we achieve both of these goals.”

This three-year collaboration builds upon years of Virginia Tech students using MathWorks software in academic competitions, such as EcoCAR and Challenge X. MathWorks software has also previously been licensed for use on laptops by Virginia Tech students; all undergraduate engineering students receive an engineering software bundle that includes 17 MathWorks products.

Delcam to show complete CAM range in Vietnam

Delcam will demonstrate its complete family of CAM software at the MTA Vietnam exhibition to be held in Ho Chi Minh City from 8th to 11th July. The complete range comprises PowerMILL for high-speed and five-axis machining, FeatureCAM for feature-based programming, PartMaker for Swiss-type lathes and turn-mill equipment, and ArtCAM for engraving and routing. Together, these programs comprise the world’s most comprehensive range of CAM software from a single suppler. This broad coverage is one of the reasons why Delcam was again ranked as the world’s leading specialist supplier of NC software and services in the recent report by US analysts Cimdata.

The new release of PowerMILL offers the fastest-ever toolpath generation on multi-processor computers, giving greatly increased user productivity. The new release 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.

FeatureCAM 2009 incorporates enhancements across its complete range of functionality. An important focus has been increased options for more complex machines, such as mill-turn equipment, and four- and five-axis mills. This will allow users to tackle more sophisticated parts than could be programmed before. Developments have also continued increase the efficiency of the more fundamental machining operations, including turning and three-axis milling.

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

The main emphasis within the latest release of ArtCAM has been on improved strategies for harder materials to enable more efficient and faster engraving of metal tooling. Typical applications that will benefit include the engraving of decorations, logos and lettering into moulds, the manufacture of stamping dies for coins and medals, and the production of embossing dies for cards, packaging and book covers. In addition, the machining simulations have been made much more realistic as part of a general improvement in the ability to visualise designs in a variety of materials.

Collision avoidance in 3D immersion

PARIS, TOULOUSE, France – TechViz and Kineo CAM present the optimal software solution of accessibility research for mounting and dismounting of complex systems both in immersive AND assisted mode. Its aim is to be able to analyze the mounting or dismounting of complex systems by immersing the end-user while bringing him with a series of assistance functionalities.

Can the power generator be mounted in (dismounted from) the engines room?

Until now, to answer this question during 3D design, there were two types of solutions: the first one based on software on desktop and the second one based on virtual reality environment. The most advanced solutions of the first type are able to propose automatic search capabilities for collision-free trajectory; Those of the second type are based on interactive systems of tracking. The first ones enable to quickly and easily find solutions and give little credit to the operator; The second ones on the contrary put the operator in the heart of the mockup and then often in the heart of difficulties with very little assistance.

TechViz and Kineo CAM propose to put the operator in the heart of its 3D mockup and to be able to interact with it being assisted in order to ease the search and validation of mounting or dismounting trajectories.

Virtual reality solutions are very much oriented on the free navigation within the mockup but they too often lack analysis helping tools during operator’s interactions – mockup : collision detection while in movement, analysis of obstacles distances in real time and even better, assistance to collision avoidance along the trajectory.

The technical solution proposed by the partners implement products already tested separately within the automotive and nuclear industries; indeed this is the offer TechViz XL associated to Kineo:

1. TechViz XL enables to display an existing 3D application on a frame wall, in stereo mode with tracking, to offer a complete collaborative work environment on immersive mode.
2. • Kineo Path Planner enables to manage collisions in 3D environment with its highly performing collision detector KCDTM and to automatically search collision-free trajectories.

New release of CompareVidia for CAD data validation

Capvidia announces a release of the CompareVidia fully complying with Boeing D6-51991 “Quality Assurance Standard for Digital Product Definition at Boeing Suppliers”.

CompareVidia helps customers to identify and manage CAD model shape changes caused by the use of different CAD/CAM/CAE systems. Starting from the 3D CAD model creation, through manufacturing to long term CAD data archiving CompareVidia will trace and validate the original CAD model integrity.

CompareVidia detects problems, often not possible for human to detect, fully automatically. CAD data shape alterations resulting from translation, conversion, repair & healing, re-mastering, or unintentional change are potential risk to the CAD data integrity. If extended to processes relying on accurate model representation (e.g. manufacturing and data exchange with suppliers) can create unmanageable risks, potential liabilities and significant financial loses.

CompareVidia brings prediction into processes relaying on the reuse of existing CAD data. CompareVidia validation procedures can be implemented at different stages of the product life cycle management. As result we get traceable procedures (IS0 9001/2 standard) and increased global product quality.

CompareVidia - How it works?

CompareVidia allows you to compare two CAD models with each other. You define the Source Model (reference model) and the Check Model (model to validate). The validation process is controlled with user defined (Compare Settings) parameters. You can define Global Check to verify (Volume, Area, and Centre of Mass) and Local Check to verify the model shape. Parameters as Volume and Area are defined as maximum acceptable deviation in [%], Centre of Mass and Tolerance are defined in length units like [mm, inches, etc.]. The units used in the validation process are automatically driven by the units of the Source Model. In case Source Model is defined in (mm) the validation will be done in (mm), in case other units were used e.g. (inch) the validation will use always the Source Model units.

The validation results are presented in the Compare Tree. You get a global indication Passed/Failed (green/red) icon further detailed by the information classified into folders of the compare tree. The model entities are classified into three sub-folders: Matched Entities, Deviated Entities, and Different Entities. In case a CAD model is not passing the validation you will see a warning icon attached to all entities not compiling with set validation criteria. You can select each problematic entity in the project tree and further analyse it in the graphical window. Two synchronised graphical windows simplify the investigation of all identified differences. More detailed information including entity count is also available as XML Report (Show Report).

CompareVidia – control parameters

Comparing CAD models is based on distance calculation between corresponding model entities (faces, edges) and angle differences between surface normals in the corresponding points.

The amount of points is automatically selected based on the 3D model shape complexity. In this way the optimal amount of points is used (few to describe plane faces and more to reflect complex NURBS representation). Within the compare process all possible correspondences between model entities are established and visualized in the compare tree (face-to-face, face-to-skin, skin-to-face and skin-to-skin). The validation process is controlled by the following parameters:

* Compare direction
o Source to Check: projects validation points from source model on check model, if distances between all corresponding points are within the tolerance - validation is passed.
Attention: check model may contain extra entities which do not influence the validation result.
o Check to Source: projects validation points from check model on source model, if distances between all corresponding points are within the tolerance - validation is passed.
Attention: source model can contain extra entities which do not influence the validation result.
o Both Directions: projects validation points in both directions from source model on check model and from check model on source model, if distances between all corresponding points are within the tolerance - validation is passed.
* Tolerance – defines allowed maximum deviation
* Angle threshold – defines allowed angle difference between normals in corresponding points
* Points Generation Mode
o Auto - the amount of points is automatically selected based on the 3D model shape complexity
o Manual – the amount of points is defined by the user
* Boarder Deviation Check - allows user to tolerate ‘tangential’ deviations along face’s borders. This option can be particularly useful for validation of CAD models prepared for manufacturing process - even if the ‘border’ deviation is more than the validation tolerance the models can be considered as equal from the manufacturing perspectives (trimming contours can be successfully rebuild within CNC process basing on underlying surfaces).

The standard CompareVidia configuration is offered with IGES/STEP translators (other CAD formats can be configured additionally). The extensive report is generated in .html or .PDF format including images with problematic model entities. An existing report can be read into CompareVidia for dynamic visualisation and communication of problems directly on the 3D model. The report is using Capvida OpenXML format and also can be viewed with Capvidia ViewVidia free viewer.

Simmetrix Releases Simulation Modeling Suite 7.0 with Advanced Modeling support for Fracture Mechanics

Simmetrix Inc., a leading provider of component software for simulation-based design and CAD/CAE integration, today announced the release of Simulation Modeling Suite 7.0 with advanced modeling functionality for Fracture Mechanics. The GeomSim Advanced and MeshSim Advanced modules of Simulation Modeling Suite 7.0 provide access to state-of-the-art modeling for insertion of crack geometry and modified crack geometry due to crack propagation.

Fracture Mechanics, including the analysis of crack behavior, has been a growing area of simulation application. Key issues associated with effective modeling of cracks include modeling the initial crack geometry and remeshing to account for the calculated crack growth in 3D. The newly released capabilities offer a breakthrough technology to enable effective and efficient modeling of cracks as part of the simulation model.

This new modeling approach provides for the definition of a crack surface or multiple crack surfaces into a previously meshed model. The mesh may have been created by Simmetrix’ MeshSim module or by a different mesh generation tool. The local area around the specified crack(s) is adjusted and a local structured crack tip mesh inserted at the crack front with transitioning to the remainder of the initial mesh.

Crack propagation from the analysis data can then be used to grow the crack geometry in 3D space. The specified crack growth is not limited to planar growth and supports non-planar growth along the crack front. After the new crack front geometry is defined, the local area around the modified crack(s) is adjusted and a local structured crack tip mesh inserted at the non-planar crack front. This process is then repeated as appropriate to model the calculated 3-dimensional crack growth.

The crack insertion and crack propagation modeling are provided through the GeomSim Advanced and MeshSim Advanced modules of the Simulation Modeling Suite. The Simulation Modeling Suite provides a toolkit approach for simulation modeling with an object oriented API interface, and is currently licensed by a broad range of commercial independent software vendors and internal development organizations.

Ideate Inc. now Authorized as Autodesk Consulting Services Partner

Ideate Inc. today that it received the Autodesk designation of Authorized Consulting Services Partner. The company is already an Autodesk Premier Solutions Provider (PSP), globally recognized certification program provider and operator of Autodesk Authorized Training Centers.

This authorization allows Ideate, Inc. to provide an even greater level of knowledge sharing, access to technology and service resources, and ever more advanced design solutions to its architecture, engineering and construction (AEC), civil, GIS and multimedia clients. Design technology software provider Autodesk initiated the Autodesk Consulting Channel Services Program to support Autodesk channel partners as they deliver world class consulting services to their customers.

“We are delighted to receive this important designation,” said Bob Palioca, President, Ideate, Inc.

“As an Authorized Consulting Services Partner, Ideate receives specific methodologies, tools and training. These are certain to strengthen our partnership with Autodesk and to help us maximize our customers’ return on investment and their success from Autodesk technology. Our high-performing Ideate team will meet an additional, consistently high benchmark for industry expertise and for customer satisfaction.”

Jun 29, 2009

Renault chooses Dassault Systèmes Full V6 PLM

Paris – Renault has selected Dassault Systèmes’ V6 PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) as its new global product development solution, in order to improve productivity, and product quality.

Renault has already started to implement the ENOVIA V6 based collaborative platform and CATIA V6, and will rapidly move to the full DS V6 portfolio to enable the company and its suppliers to collaborate on the creation of new product designs in real time.

Renault will deploy V6 PLM in all geographies and throughout all brands. The online access to the digital mock-up (DMU) will lead to a simplification of the collaboration between engineering sites. This use of a unique, collaborative interface for all developers worldwide supports simultaneous product/process engineering to get it ‘right the first time’.

Renault’s original engineering processes, divided into three different silos with three different solutions, will be transformed with a unified collaborative platform using a single, standardized data model, and solutions that are deployable “out of the box” for all engineering divisions. At the heart of Renault’s strategy to transform its product development is the V6 platform’s virtualization of the entire product lifecycle within a truly collaborative environment that is both flexible and precise. Other requirements were the need to reinforce collaboration with extended enterprise partners and suppliers and to ensure iso-performance and data consistency between globally dispersed teams.

In DS’s V6 solution, Renault found an integrated and collaborative PLM environment allowing more operational transparency and the possibility to validate scenarios through virtual simulation and online management of the DMU. This will significantly ease decision making throughout the stakeholder community and across the entire product lifecycle of Renault automobiles, from conception through design, compliance, simulation, and manufacturing.

“In the coming years, we will develop collaborative engineering. The partnership with Dassault Systèmes will contribute to this strategy. We chose the V6 platform because its integrated PLM environment brings our global teams together through real-time collaboration and online-enabled design anywhere,” said Odile Desforges, EVP engineering and quality, Renault. “We have chosen to deploy the full V6 solutions portfolio, simply because it offers a remarkable collaborative, scalable, open and easy-to-use solution.”

“Dassault Systèmes and Renault share the same vision of sustainable innovation through global collaborative product development. The automotive industry needs to consider economical and social aspects more than ever to make sure they create the vehicle that perfectly meets the customer needs and values. All stakeholders must be actors of the process of sustainable innovation,” explains Bernard Charlès, president and CEO, Dassault Systèmes.

Carl Zeiss Meditec Reduces New Product Introduction Cycle with PTC CoCreate

Virtual Prototyping Speeds Development And Shortens Time To Market.

NEEDHAM, Mass - PTC (Nasdaq: PMTC), The Product Development Company®, today turns the spotlight on the success of the Cirrus™ HD-OCT – a high definition retinal scanner which has now been established as the new clinical standard for retinal care. This product was successfully launched ahead of schedule as a result of Carl Zeiss Meditec’s product development process which uses PTC CoCreate explicit CAD software. CoCreate offers great flexibility at the innovation and design stage, and when coupled with PTC CoCreate Model Manager it provides efficient model sharing between engineers for concurrent design.

Carl Zeiss Meditec is the worldwide leading provider of system solutions to diagnose and treat eye disorders. The Cirrus HD-OCT high definition retinal scanner uses spectral domain technology to capture 3D line scans of the retina. The high resolution images allow better visualization and understanding of disease pathogens, assisting the examination of patients with retinal degenerations, uncommon macular disorders and glaucoma.

In order to accelerate the product’s introduction to market the Carl Zeiss Meditec development team relied upon CoCreate as part of a complete 3D virtual prototyping process that allowed the team to eliminate one cycle of physical prototypes. As a result, the company introduced the Cirrus HD-OCT to market five months ahead of a typical development schedule. Carl Zeiss Meditec used CoCreate Modeling and its associativity with finite element modeling software packages to virtually prototype and optimize the thermally sensitive mounts for the optical components.

As is typical when developing new technology, the product development team had to adapt to evolving requirements. By using an explicit approach to 3D product development, Carl Zeiss Meditec was able to quickly and easily adapt the original design. Additionally, the company automated its data management processes by using CoCreate Model Manager to extend the use of the 3D product data to downstream departments, ensuring that its manufacturing, procurement and supply chain departments had controlled access to the most up-to-date product design data.

“The flexibility of CoCreate 3D modeling allowed the engineers to be creative, which enabled us to develop a novel and extremely compact instrument in a shorter than usual schedule” said Chris Baker, director of mechanical engineering, Carl Zeiss Meditec. “CoCreate Model Manager made it easy to access and reuse existing components on this project while ensuring that engineers always had the latest part revisions during design.”

“Many customers like Carl Zeiss Meditec face short lead times and come from fast-paced industries where the ability to respond to unpredictable product and requirement changes is critical to their success,” said Martin Neumueller, director, product management, PTC. “The explicit modeling approach provided by CoCreate allows product development teams to quickly create and modify 3D product designs and provides flexibility to make unexpected and radical changes to a product design until late in the development process. This capability was critical to the success achieved by Carl Zeiss Meditec.”

MIETrak ERP Software by MIE Solutions Implemented at UCR/Precision Fleet Brakes

United Cryogenics Research (UCR)/Precision Fleet Brakes is one of MIE Solutions recently new customers. They purchased MIE Trak in 2009. UCR/Precision Fleet Brakes is headquartered in Austin Texas with operations in Austin and Gardena, California.

United Cryogenics Research (UCR)/Precision Fleet Brakes is one of MIE Solutions recently new customers. They purchased MIE Trak in January 2009. Precision Fleet Brakes is headquartered in Austin, Texas with operations in Austin and Gardena, California. The company specializes in temperature treatment of metal components used for automobiles, tools, and other applications that benefit from improvements in strength and durability. Jim Monaco, the technical manager at UCR/Precision Fleet Brakes says, "MIE Trak is feature rich. Nearly everything we need to do is available in the tool. It is very flexible and the implementation support has been very responsive".

MIE Trak is a cost effective ERP solutions which after reviewing multiple products UCR/Precision Fleet Brakes decided to use the software MIE Trak because of the all the benefits it would create for their company. MIE Trak is an easy to use, production control and job tracking solution designed to help companies Increase operating profits without increasing their overhead.

MIE Trak integrates all aspects of the fabrication business process to provide vital management information when you need it. The MIE Trak ERP and MRP system is designed for the manufacturer who wants to improve their bottom line with a cost effective software solution. Enterprise resource planning (ERP) is a critical function custom manufacturers, made-to-order manufacturers and custom manufacturers. Some of the features in MIE Trak include: quote, order entry, quote letter, router, work order, costing, purchasing, receiving, raw material, inventory, shipping, invoicing, and finished goods, inventory, scheduling, tracking, accounting, EDI module, shop overview, shipping and invoicing reports, QuickBooks integration.

MIE Solutions Online B2B Supply Chain Portal software MIE Exchange enables buyers and suppliers to interact efficiently through Request For Quotes, Document Management and Purchase Orders quickly and easily. With free registration the online directory allows buyers and suppliers to get listed, searched and contacted. MIE Exchange online directory gives your company visibility on the internet.

Parimics Appoints Three Industry Experts to its Technical Advisory Board

SARATOGA, Calif - Parimics (advanced real-time image analysis subsystems) today announced that three well-known processor technologists have joined its Technical Advisory Board. The new TAB members are John L. Gustafson, Stanley Mazor, and John Wharton.

John L. Gustafson is widely recognized for his research in the speedup of parallel processing systems. His pioneering work on a 1024-processor nCUBE at Sandia National Laboratories created a watershed in parallel computing, for which he received the inaugural Gordon Bell Award. Gustafson continues to be at the forefront of high performance computing R&D, and is currently Director of Intel Labs in Santa Clara, CA.

Stanley Mazor is one of the inventors of the first microprocessor, the Intel 4004. He wrote the software for this revolutionary chip. In 1996, along with his co-inventors (Ted Hoff, Masatoshi Shima, and Federico Faggin) Mazor was inducted into the National Inventors' Hall of Fame. After leaving Intel, he joined EDA and CAD startups to help popularize Hardware Description Languages for chip design. More recently he has been teaching in the industry and guest lecturing in universities.

John Wharton defined the architecture of the Intel 8051 microcontroller, the highest-volume processor family in Intel history. Since 1980 more than fifty companies have developed software-compatible variations of that device. From 1989 through 2003, Wharton lectured in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Stanford. He has published scores of articles on microprocessor hardware, software, and operating system design and holds three patents in memory system architecture.

Malcolm DeMille uses SensAble FreeForm® 3D modeling system

Malcolm DeMille Delivers Exceptional Elegance in PGA Tournament Trophies, Awards, Golf-Themed Custom Jewelry with FreeForm’s Celebrated Digital Sculpting Capabilities.

WOBURN, Mass - As golf’s AT&T National Hosted by Tiger Woods event gets underway in Bethesda, Maryland this week, SensAble Technologies, Inc® announced that the tournament trophy was created by its customer, noted golf sculptor Malcolm DeMille, using the SensAble FreeForm® 3D modeling system. Presented to the tournament’s champion each year, the trophy is an intricate, scale version of the US Capitol building that will be presented to the winner by Tiger Woods on Sunday. In addition, SensAble’s system helped Malcolm DeMille to successfully and cost-effectively create new high-quality award items for the event’s sponsors this year, including replica trophies, belt buckles and more – items that artistically reuse the Capitol design in a variety of formats.

At a time when event budgets are tight, SensAble’s FreeForm sculptural CAD system has helped Malcolm DeMille build a better business serving the PGA as well as other professional golfing associations, by parlaying his monumental trophy designs into quality award items that retain the detail and artfulness of his original works – while keeping costs down for his clients.

A cousin to legendary Hollywood director Cecil B. DeMille, Malcolm DeMille does 70 percent of his business with PGA, USGA, Champions and LPGA tours, where his trophies are a familiar sight at the 18th hole. He’s created 25 tournament trophies for golf events, including 15 trophies in FreeForm, for events such as the Buick Open, starting July 30. A sculptor and jeweler by background, Malcolm began his sculpting career working in clay and wax, and now designs over 75 percent of the firm’s work digitally in FreeForm — achieving efficiencies that drive repeat business and customer savings.

SensAble’s FreeForm system allows Malcolm to more swiftly design 3D digital models of highly detailed elegant trophies, then reuse original design elements in award items, scaled suitably to their new form without any loss of artistic detail. For example, Malcolm was able to quickly reduce and rearrange the Capitol building design to create a 3-inch replica trophy, as well as a Champions belt buckle.

Today, Malcolm’s team is completing complex designs like the AT&T National trophy in at least 50 percent less time than in the days of working in clay. As a result of FreeForm’s time- and cost-savings, Malcolm offers a popular, yet highly profitable “Custom Club” program, which is purchased by the AT&T National and many event sponsors. This program allows sponsors to buy a trophy, then pay one flat “custom” fee and obtain all the add-on award-item products they'd like at specific package levels. Popular gifts given to Pro-Am participants and friends of the event include money clips, lapel pins, pendants, cufflinks, and unique desk accessories.

Since FreeForm is a “Sculptural CAD” solution based on voxels (think of 3D pixels), it is uniquely suited for creating complex, organic-shaped products such as trophies and collectibles, while also providing tremendous speed and flexibility. For example on the AT&T National trophy, FreeForm helped Malcolm detail the open spaces between the columns of the Capitol, and the symbols on the state flags swiftly — a design so involved that it required nine individual parts of the building be produced separately, and then assembled, as well as 50 separate state flags and one American flag. Using FreeForm speeds the design process and provides essential production economies — by allowing the team to efficiently create working models from the FreeForm files, and to quickly detect and modify design issues before committing to a manufacturing mold.

The FreeForm system uniquely incorporates haptics (touch-enabling technology) so that Malcolm and his product designers literally “feel” the item they’re sculpting on screen, as if sculpting with physical clay. Users hold a force-feedback haptic stylus instead of a computer mouse, allowing them to feel the resistance as they push, pull, carve and smooth the digital clay model shown on screen. When designs are finalized, FreeForm outputs standard files for use in rapid prototyping, mold-making and engraving. Many of the golf award items are cast, and one-of-a-kind trophies are then hand assembled.

“I’m first and foremost a sculptor, so working naturally and directly is important to me so that I can deliver artistry in any form, including gifts and award items,” Malcolm DeMille said. “SensAble’s FreeForm makes it feasible and affordable to carry through my designs in any format and preserve the integrity of my work. With FreeForm, I have the creative freedom to develop designs that just wouldn’t be possible or would be too time- or labor-intensive if done in traditional CAD programs. It’s a tremendous sculptural CAD tool that allows me to maintain my high artistic and quality standards, while getting more work out efficiently and accurately.”

Forming Technologies Inc announces relocation

Oakville, ON, CANADA – Forming Technologies Inc. (FTI),a developer of software for the design, simulation, and costing of sheet metal components, has announced that after 20 years, it will be relocating.

Effective August 21st, 2009, FTI will be located at 3370 South Service Road in Burlington, Ontario L7N 3M6. This relocation is in parallel with its corporate growth objectives allowing for further expansion and product development.

“It is a very exciting time right now for our firm,” states Michael Gallagher, Vice President of Forming Technologies Inc. “We have seen tremendous growth in several areas of our business that now warrant expansion and unfortunately, our current building will not suffice. Our new location is almost double the size of our current home and therefore, will be large enough to facilitate our current requirements as well as the expansion of our development and sales teams. All of our telephone lines and websites will remain the same and be transferred to our new location. ”

Delcam’s ArtCAM users to meet in Kansas City

Delcam will hold its 2009 ArtCAM User Group Meeting at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Kansas City, from 30th September to 2nd October. The event will open with a special networking evening at Hallmark Cards, one of the largest ArtCAM users in North America. This will be followed by two days of workshops on the latest versions of the software.

In today’s economy, everyone is looking for ways to be more competitive and more profitable. With this in mind, Delcam has decided to focus on ways of improving skill level and productivity at the meeting. The first day will be a general session covering core modelling functionality, 2D & 3D design styles, tips and tricks and what’s to come in the 2010 version of ArtCAM. "Already used by many signmakers, cabinet-makers, and furniture manufacturers, this new version is set to further increase the use of ArtCAM in the three-dimensional world,” said Ed Powell, ArtCAM Product Manager.

ArtCAM 2010 will include a new modernised graphical user interface, direct interactivity and improvements to the core performance by utilizing GPU Acceleration and CPU multi-threading. As with previous versions, ArtCAM development continues to be designed around simplifying the workflow so that even beginners to CNC technology can start using the program as quickly as possible. More advanced users will appreciate the direct 3D interaction and the ability to customise their favourite toolsets.

The use of multi-threading will enhance the toolpath calculation performance making ArtCAM even faster and more efficient. In addition toolpath strategies can now be associated with vector layers, making it easier to machine complicated nested patterns.

The second day will be focused to specific industries and the related software. "We believe the second day split is the best way for our delegates to effectively make use of the time they have available,” said Mary Shaw, Delcam Marketing Manager. "This year during this time we will be looking at the most practical combination of techniques and ideas to transform and improve what you can do with ArtCAM.”

"Both new and experienced users are often amazed how much they can learn by attending the User Group and learning from real world experience and expertise that is available,” added Ms. Shaw. "As well as learning from the Delcam ArtCAM team, probably the best reason to attend a User Group is to meet other users of ArtCAM and learn from them.”

Like the online forum, the User Group is an opportunity to catch up with friends, find out about other equipment and materials and be inspired by the different uses and applications on show from ArtCAM customers. "Delegates will learn a lot about what is possible for them to achieve and be motivated when they return to their businesses to make ArtCAM an even more productive part of it,” said Ms. Shaw.

Once again, there will be a design competition in conjunction with the User Group. "We will once again be opening up the floor to our users to show us some of the excellent projects they’ve been working on,” explained Ms. Shaw. Categories will be judged based on industry and product type with the prizes and winners being announced during the User Group. Entries for the competition can be submitted at www.artcam.com/promos/ug2009/index.htm
For more information on the ArtCAM User Meeting, call the Delcam North American office at 1 877 335 2261 or email Jackie at jackie@delcam.com.

Jun 27, 2009

Perot Systems expands engineering services capabilities with new office in Hyderabad, India

Hyderabad – Perot Systems Corporation (NYSE: PER) has announced the expansion of its engineering-services capabilities with the opening of a nearly 24,000-square-foot facility in Hyderabad, India.

The new facility marks the company’s sixth major office in India and is part of Perot Systems’ global delivery network, which links IT services and business-process specialists in the United States, Asia Pacific, EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), and Latin America. The Hyderabad-based team delivers a variety of engineering services including heavy equipment design and analysis, as well as engineering change management and manufacturing support.

Steve Curts, President of Perot Systems Commercial Solutions group, said “As with our engineering-services delivery centers in the U.S., the Hyderabad office will use benchmark methodologies that would help our clients bring new products to market more quickly through accelerated product-development cycles.”

The Hyderabad facility is deployed in a newly refurbished space in the Silicon Towers at Hi-tech City. The office can accommodate up to over 250 associates. Set up in just two months from planning to execution, the facility provides a state-of-the-art working environment that is client-friendly and secure.

“Our Hyderabad facility can support clients anywhere in the world, and it also will enhance our business development activities with India-based companies,” said Anurag Jain, President of Perot Systems Applications and Process Solutions group and managing director for the company’s Asia Pacific region. “With access to a well-qualified engineering workforce, this facility will provide strong leadership and world-class services to our clients.”

Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Perot Systems reported 2008 revenue of $2.8 billion.

Syncromatics Uses Autodesk Inventor to Provide Smart Transit Information for Riders

Company Named Inventor of the Month for Solar-Powered Transit Signs Produced Directly from Digital Prototypes.

SAN RAFAEL, Calif - Bus riders know when the next bus will arrive and how many passengers are riding thanks to Syncromatics' solar-powered transit signs, developed using Autodesk Inventor software.

Autodesk (NASDAQ: ADSK) has named Syncromatics as the Autodesk Inventor of the Month for June 2009 for the company's innovative real-time tracking and intelligent transportation systems. Since running power lines to bus shelters isn't always an option for cities -- or is too cost prohibitive to undertake -- Syncromatics' solar-powered signs represent an efficient new way to bring smart transit information directly to the rider at the bus or shuttle stop.

The Inventor of the Month program recognizes the most innovative design and engineering advancements made by the extensive community using Autodesk Inventor software, which takes manufacturers beyond 3D to Digital Prototyping. With Inventor software, manufacturers can create a single digital model that gives them the ability to design, visualize and simulate products before they are built to reduce the need for physical prototypes.

Syncromatics must design its products to meet the needs of transit agencies across the country and operate in a wide variety of climates -- from extremely cold winters in Philadelphia to seasonal hurricanes in Key West, Fla. The company uses Inventor to understand how its products will operate in these real-world environments -- for example, how much load they will bear and how much variance in movement they can withstand -- before they are deployed in the field.

"Inventor allows us to go straight from digital prototyping to production, without the time and expense of having to create and refine physical prototypes," said Stephen Salazar, chief operating officer of Syncromatics. "We can model a full assembly, see how it's going to perform and catch any mistakes ahead of time before anything has been built. That saves us a lot of time and money and earns customer respect."

Digital Prototyping enables Syncromatics to move quickly and nimbly as an organization, with less development time and faster time to market. This has enabled the company to gather considerable momentum in picking up new clients across the country and expanding service with existing transit agencies and numerous university campuses from California to Florida.

"Syncromatics' focus on developing innovative, customized solutions for transit agencies nationwide is delivering improvements that benefit transit riders and operators alike," said Robert "Buzz" Kross, senior vice president, Manufacturing Industry Group at Autodesk. "Inventor software continues to make a difference in helping green technology companies like Syncromatics deliver their innovations faster with less reliance on costly physical prototypes."

GE To Open Advanced Manufacturing Technology & Software Center in Michigan

1,100 scientists, engineers and technologists will focus on information technology, energy and aviation R&D; drive progress in manufacturing capability.

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The General Electric Company (NYSE:GE - News) today announced that it will open an advanced manufacturing technology and software center in Michigan. The center is expected to grow to more than 1,100 GE employees over the next few years.

The Advanced Manufacturing and Software Technology Center will include a GE research and development facility that will be part of GE’s Global Research network. It will house scientists and engineers who will develop next generation manufacturing technologies for GE’s leading renewable energy, aircraft engine, gas turbine and other high-technology products. Such work will include development of composites, machining, inspection, casting and coating technologies for GE’s Aviation and Energy businesses.

The site will also house GE experts in software development, data architecture, networking, business intelligence and program management. They will develop software to support GE’s business operations for several advanced technologies, like the smart grid. The site also will serve as a training hub for GE information technology professionals.

The center, which is expected to open later this year, will be located at the Visteon Village site in Van Buren Township, Wayne County, about 25 miles from Detroit. The research and development facility will be housed in a new $100 million, 100,000-square-foot building that GE will construct on the site. The software and IT employees will be located in existing office space.

“To lead in manufacturing and create high-value jobs in the U.S., we must invest in technology and in people,” GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt said in Michigan today as he was joined by Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Sen. Carl Levin and Sen. Debbie Stabenow. “The scientists, engineers and technologists that will work and learn at this center will help GE develop innovative new software, processes and technologies to make our manufacturing businesses even more productive and competitive.

“Michigan is a great location for a technology center because of its world-class engineering, technical talent and public officials who understand that investing now will create tomorrow’s leading positions in information technology, clean energy and transportation.”

The state of Michigan is providing more than $60 million in incentives over the next 12 years to support the center.

Governor Jennifer M. Granholm said, “No state is working harder than Michigan to diversify its economy and create new jobs. GE’s decision to invest and grow in Michigan demonstrates we have the high-tech workforce and competitive business climate necessary for global giants like GE to thrive in the 21st century.”

Sen. Levin said, “Michigan is well positioned to be a leader in advanced manufacturing and development of green technologies. This facility will take advantage of our state’s strengths and keep us on the forefront of these critical emerging industries.”

Sen. Stabenow said, “Michigan has always been about imagination, innovation, and invention – the same qualities that GE is known for today. That’s why GE has chosen to locate this new advanced technology and training center here in Wayne County. This center is a reflection of Michigan’s leadership in the clean energy economy, that will not only create good-paying jobs, but will lay the foundation for innovation and economic success for years to come.

This new facility adds to GE's leading research and development capabilities, which are focused on finding solutions to some of the world's toughest problems. The research employees at the Michigan facility will join 2,800 researchers and employees at GE’s four global research facilities. GE’s R&D employees represent nearly every scientific discipline and more than 1,100 of them hold doctorate degrees.

GE expects to partner with local universities on training programs for its employees at the center.

Global Research has been the cornerstone of GE technology for more than 100 years, developing breakthrough innovations in areas such as medical imaging, energy generation technology, jet engines and lighting. GE Global Research is headquartered in Niskayuna, New York and has facilities in Bangalore, India, Shanghai, China and Munich, Germany.

ESPRIT at Difficult Manufacturing Technology Show 2009

The latest version of computer-aided-manufacturing (CAM) software created by DP Technology will be on display July 2-4 in Nagoya, Japan, where ESPRIT® will be featured at Difficult Manufacturing Technology Show, or DMTS, 2009.

Slated to take place at Port Messe Nagoya, the annual show is a vehicle for the exploration and discovery of complex manufacturing methods. Featuring the newest technologies, the event covers machinery and metals, as well as industrial, manufacturing and engineering technologies.
Knowledgeable and approachable representatives of ESPRIT will be on hand to answer questions and perform demonstrations of the latest time-saving software upgrades.

Designed with ease of use in mind, ESPRIT emphasizes the use of milling or turning in any combination and on any type of machine tool, which means that most improvements to the software are to the benefit of all programmers.

A new concept in highly-advanced machining functionality is based on the idea that any five-axis machining function, no matter how complex, can be defined with a few simple steps. By following the same time-tested steps that programmers use when deciding how to machine 5-axis parts, an advanced CAD/CAM system can combine highly advanced milling technology with an interface that is familiar and easy to understand.

The new patent-pending FreeForm 5-axis composite machining cycle in ESPRIT allows users to independently define machining patterns and tool orientation strategies to be used when creating the simultaneous 5-axis tool path, and includes 20 different machining strategies (cycles) in one, resulting in a wide range of easily manageable possibilities.

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

Dassault Systèmes part of the Solar Impulse project

Paris - Dassault Systèmes (NASDAQ: DASTY, Euronext Paris: #13065. DSY. PA) today announced, it was proud to be a part of the Solar Impulse project. For the past few years, Solar Impulse SA has been using Dassault Systèmes software solutions to create an airplane that makes this dream a reality.

"Who would have thought that one day we would be able to fly day and night in an aircraft propelled uniquely by solar energy without using any fuel or generating pollution?"

A pioneer in the aerospace industry with the introduction of 3D to aircraft design and cutting-edge solutions that enabled the virtual rollout of Boeing’s 787, Dassault Systèmes remains true to its core values of innovation and sustainability through its partnership with Solar Impulse. Solar Impulse used Dassault Systèmes’ 3D virtual design solution, CATIA, to create a complete 3D digital model of the aircraft, including the position of the cockpit, aerodynamics specifications, all the way down to the smallest bolts. Solar Impulse also used Dassault Systèmes’ ENOVIA SmarTeam to manage the huge volume of parts associated with the design, a significant job given a typical aircraft is composed of 200,000 to 3 million parts.

Because Solar Impulse is a new and complex aerospace invention, it was critical for engineers to be able to test a wide range of design configurations, including various combinations of solar panels and lightweight composites structures. For example, Solar Impulse engineers used CATIA to define the best allocation of solar cells to comply with the energy specifications. The engineers also used CATIA for ergonomics analysis to optimize the aircraft pilot’s comfort in various positions.

Dassault Systèmes is dedicated to helping innovators like Solar Impulse create products and transportation solutions for sustainable living. Building and testing concepts virtually in 3D saves resources and enables the level of experimentation necessary for true innovations. Industrials can also manage a growing range of compliance issues early-on in the design phase. We cannot change the habits of people today, but we can change the everyday products and transportation solutions we use. According to the European Union, an estimated 80 percent of a product’s environmental impact is determined in the product conception phase.

“Creating eco friendly products is a key challenge. At Dassault Systèmes, because we have the ability to completely digitalize the creation process, we are creating at the heart of our design tools the technologies that would enable users to assess the environmental impact of their products,” says Bruno Delahaye, VP, Eco Sustainability Initiatives, Dassault Systèmes.” In the near future we will be releasing platforms to help our customers understand what the impact of the product they are building is. This is key because as Software as a Service becomes the norm, this means that we will give access to a wide range of people the technologies needed to help make their products eco-friendly.”

AGI Releases 3D Software Component

Exton, PA — Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI), a producer of commercial off-the-shelf software for space, defense and intelligence applications, announces the release of Insight3D–a .NET control that lets developers add 3D visualization to their aerospace and GIS applications with exceptional ease. Based on AGI’s time-tested, astrodynamically accurate 3D engine, Insight3D supports terrain, imagery, 3D models, satellite orbits, aircraft routes and more. Objects can be animated and also interacted with through picking and flexible camera control. Insight3D is free for development and non-commercial use.

“Aerospace professionals that have long recognized the value of enhancing their analysis with 3D visualization through our desktop software will now be able to add that same value to their own products,” says Kevin Flood, vice president, AGI Product Marketing. “Similarly, we believe GIS professionals are becoming aware of the value of visualizing air and space assets along with their geographic data. Insight3D excels at this; for example, GPS coverage and air-to-ground lines-of-sight. We see air and space as layers not yet fully exploited by the GIS community.”

Learn more by trying out the free AGI Components SDK on the AGI Developer Network, where you can also find additional product details and the Insight3D blog.

Eldo Selects Dassault Systèmes’ PLM Solutions for its Italian Fashion Label FREESOUL

Fast Fashion Denim Designer to Deploy the ENOVIA Apparel Accelerator to Manage Its Design and Development Process.

LOWELL, Mass — Dassault Systèmes (DS) (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today announced that Eldo S.r.l, a Florence, Italy-based holding company, has selected Dassault Systèmes’ ENOVIA Apparel Accelerator for Design and Development to rapidly bring new clothing lines for its FREESOUL brand of denim products to the market.

Launched in 1994, FREESOUL is one of Europe’s top denim fashion brands. The company creates and markets denim wear, casual pants, skirts, dresses, tops, jackets, knitwear and accessories to independent retailers and retail chains in more than 25 countries worldwide. Using the ENOVIA Apparel Accelerator will enable FREESOUL to more efficiently and cost-effectively take products from concept to store – giving consumers the right products at the right time.

Ernesto Barbieri, Eldo’s chief executive officer, explains, "FREESOUL employees are passionate and committed to delivering the latest fashion trends to consumers. In order to meet a relatively short window of opportunity at retail, we will use the ENOVIA Apparel Accelerator to improve global collaboration with our production centers and vendors, enabling them to stay ahead of the latest consumer trends and meet time to market requirements."

Based on the DS V6 architecture, the ENOVIA Apparel Accelerator for Design and Development can be deployed in a matter of weeks and comes complete with industry-specific best practices for apparel design including pre-defined work processes, industry-specific data models, reports, role-based user interfaces and document management capabilities.

Leveraging this off-the-shelf PLM solution will enable FREESOUL to reduce sample development time and increase seasonal options. It will also enable the company to collaborate with suppliers around the world, tracking prices to control costs and improve margins.

"Customers like Eldo’s FREESOUL brand are feeling pressure to deliver more styles in less time and need a solution that will support their unique industry needs," said Michel Tellier, CEO, ENOVIA, Dassault Systèmes. "The Apparel Accelerator was specifically designed to address the needs of the apparel and footwear industries while enabling companies to standardize all of their product development procedures throughout the enterprise."

Lattice Technology Signs as an Adobe Solution Partner

Will Provide Integrated Solution For Publishing Rich 3D Data from 3D XVL Products to PDF.

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif - Lattice Technology®, developers of digital manufacturing applications using the XVL® format, today announced that it is now an Adobe Solution Partner.

Lattice Technology is integrating its applications with Adobe® Acrobat® 9 Pro Extended software to allow 3D CAD data contained within PDF documents to be quickly and easily enhanced with additional data relevant to downstream processes. This data will, in due course, include inter-related parts lists and BOMs, annotations, process designs and instructions, assembly animations, motion simulations and more. That data can then be saved back into the PDF document for sharing and collaboration across the manufacturing enterprise by anyone with free Adobe Reader® software.

“Lattice Technology’s mission is to make 3D product data relevant and usable to the rest of the manufacturing enterprise,” stated Bill Barnes, GM, Lattice Technology. “We are increasingly seeing manufacturing companies use PDF to share 3D data. By integrating Lattice Technology’s proven Digital Manufacturing solutions with Acrobat 9 Pro Extended, more people in manufacturing can quickly and easily access the right data exactly when they need it. XVL with PDF means this 3D manufacturing data can be shared easily, safely and consistently in the ubiquitous PDF format.”

“Publishing accurate B-rep 3D data to PDF with Acrobat 9 Pro Extended has allowed manufacturers to collaborate easily with anyone, anywhere. Now, with Lattice’s ability to enrich the 3D data within a PDF for use beyond product design, our customers can deliver information that concisely meets the needs of downstream users,” said Greg Baker, senior manager, Manufacturing Strategic Alliances, Adobe Systems Incorporated. “Lattice and Adobe will help customers extend the value of their design data far beyond the CAD and PDM systems. We are excited to have Lattice Technology join the Adobe Solution Partner program.”

Integrated XVL products that support PDF will be announced, and will be available from Lattice Technology and its reseller channel.

Coincidentally, customers can learn more about using 3D to improve lean manufacturing through the new e-book, ‘Improving Lean Manufacturing Through 3D Data’ by Dr. Hiroshi Toriya, available as a free download. The book delivers a series of case studies, survey data and information that help manufacturers understand how to take 3D out of the design stage and make it relevant to a lean manufacturing strategy. This book is available at Lattice Technology’s web site.

Spark Design Awards Launched -- August 15 Early Deadline

New York, NY - August 15 is the entry deadline for this year's Spark Design and Architecture Awards. Spark celebrates the best in design - from dazzling architecture and interiors to the bravest digital design. All types of product entries are encouraged too, from mobility to medical, along with the best in fields such as branding, graphics, advertising, digital and experiential design.

"Design is the most exciting place to work today," explains Peter Kuchnicki, executive director of Spark. "Spark pits the best design firms against each other, and thrusts great independent work into the spotlight, often from under the radar."

Last year's winners included the Growbike, a brilliant wooden children's bicycle that adapts as your kid grows up, the Dyson Airblade hand dryer, a radical mobile concert venue, the Vite Rescue Stretcher and the Whirlpool Green Kitchen.

"Spark is unique because it understands that design is about networks of talented people who sometimes work together, sometimes alone, to create design that solves new problems," explains 2009 Jury Executive Chair, Chee Pearlman, former editor of I.D. Magazine and president of Chee Company. "The world needs more design talent and Spark's mission is to find it, showcase it and support it."

Spark finalist entries are put in front of 20 jury members from all types of design, plus noted journalists and other influencers. The jury for '09 includes Chee, Hanru Hau, director of exhibitions at San Francisco Art Institute, Sally Dominguez at Rainwater Hog and Nathan Shedroff, chair of Design Strategy MBA at California College of Arts and Mark Davis, director of user experience at Autodesk. They come together to define the value of Design--what deserves attention? What deserves to be talked about? This is the quest of the 2009 Spark Judges.


Spark is a two-phase competition. Work is first submitted online with a brief mission statement. Those who become "Challengers" may pass to Phase 2 and ship their design to Spark HQ in San Francisco, where they are pored over by a jury of top design experts. Entry fees for Phase 1 are just US $125 per design for professionals and $75 per design for students and non-professionals, until August 15. (Late deadline fees then apply until September 12.)

Phase 2 Winner's will have their work promoted in Spark's unique design gallery at San Francisco hot-spot, the Autodesk Design Gallery. This prestigious new venue at One Market Street will feature all winners work for three months, following the Spark Creative Seminar, Awards Celebration and grand opening on October 30.

Spark is now in its third year and is partnered with many companies including Hewlett-Packard and Autodesk, media partners Bravo, Core 77, ArchNewsNow, California Magazine, Archinect, Curve Magazine (Australia), Guangzhou Design Week, Design 360 (China) and web host FGI Interactive.

For more information on the Spark Awards and other related information, visit its website at www.sparkawards.com.

Exa Streamlines and Accelerates the Simulation Model Preparation Process with the Release of PowerDELTA

Burlington, MA - Exa® Corporation, announces the release of PowerDELTA™, the latest product in its suite of integrated tools that enhance the product development process. PowerDELTA dramatically streamlines and automates the simulation model creation process by enabling the numerous, often lengthy, meshing tasks to be performed in a single, easy-to-use, integrated application. Native CAD data of varying levels of complexity or completeness are rapidly and easily transformed using a sequence of parametric geometry and meshing features into high quality, simulation-ready meshes. With PowerDELTA, design changes are rapidly propagated through the simulation model to generate updated meshes -- a huge, time saving, benefit.

"With the tough economic conditions leading organizations are seeking even more urgently to reduce cost and accelerate time-to-market by front-loading product performance analysis in the design process where critical and costly design decisions are made," remarked Stephen Remondi, President and CEO at Exa. "An accurate and efficient analysis process becomes essential because many design iterations will need to be analyzed."

A key activity within the analysis process is preparing models for simulation, and in most organizations it's a significant barrier to an efficient process. Typically, mesh preparation time is very long - taking days or even weeks - and is complicated by the need to handle conceptual geometry and poor quality carry-over CAD data. Further adding to process inefficiency is the fact that many companies build multiple redundant simulation models for different types of analysis. Worse still, it is typical for a simulation model to be one-time, one-use only; due the extreme difficulty traditional tools have updating simulation models when designs change.

"PowerDELTA is a key component of Exa's strategy to support the complete digital product engineering and analysis process in real-world conditions," comments Dr. Paul Stewart, Exa's Director of Product Management. "PowerDELTA solves the problem by applying the proven concepts of parametric feature modeling and history tree model management to the process of simulation model creation and update." Stewart continues, "PowerDELTA imports CAD data from all major systems, handles varying levels of quality, provides an environment for collaboration and team design, and enables change on any level."

About PowerDELTA
Exa's latest product offers numerous benefits to enhance the simulation model creation process:

* Reduces mesh preparation time. PowerDELTA is a single, integrated, product that starts with input CAD and produces simulation-ready surface meshes eliminating the multiple mesh preparation tools and variety of data formats typically required. Because PowerFLOW's unique approach to analysis does not need a separate mesh for the fluid, which is required with traditional fluids solvers, once the surface meshes are created with PowerDELTA, the model is ready for simulation.
* Highly productive. Designed for the professional user, PowerDELTA has easy-to-use graphical interfaces that guide the user through the feature creation process. Unique project, frame, and branch data organization capabilities enable large models to be quickly sorted and allow large mesh preparation tasks to be shared by multiple people. High speed, high quality, wrapping and decimation features allow high quality meshes to be created in significantly less time.
* Enables rapid response to design changes. Parametric feature history tree regeneration allows the user to simply change feature parameters and regenerate to propagate changes through the model.
* Handles design data of varying quality and size. PowerDELTA can directly import and heal most CAD formats, removing the reliance on, and wait for, the design department to export geometry in a neutral format. PowerDELTA directly reads and retains native CAD assembly structures eliminating the time-intensive task of recreating vehicle sub-system structures.
* Eliminates redundant simulation model building. Typical industry practice is to use different simulation tools for aerodynamic, aeroacoustic, and thermal analyses - each of which require a separate surface mesh and fluid mesh. Exa's unique approach and focus on validation of results mean that a single tool can be used for all types of fluids-driven analysis. A single PowerDELTA mesh can be used with PowerFLOW for aerodynamic, aeroacoustic, and thermal analyses.
* Enables reuse, captures best practice, & reduces errors. Saved frames and branches with pre-built feature sequences easily capture and allow reuse of best practices for different components of the model, e.g. engine vs. upper body. PowerDELTA's ability to read native CAD assembly structures eliminates the typical errors of missing parts from the simulation or using an incorrect configuration, thus avoiding inaccurate results and wasted simulation runs.

EOS releases tooling whitepaper

Study verifies time and cost savings from optimized, laser-sintered heat/cooling channels.

Krailling - EOS GmbH Electro Optical Systems, the world-leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems, today announces the release of a recent whitepaper examining the benefits of using direct metal laser-sintering (DMLS) to create tooling inserts. Titled “Optimised Mould temperature control procedure using DMLS,” the study combines descriptions of moulding innovations with documented field results—time, cost savings and quality increases—taken from injection-moulding projects that use tooling manufactured with DMLS.

The whitepaper was written by Siegfried Mayer, application engineer, who has more than 14 years of experience in the tooling sector and is responsible at EOS for tooling and moulding customers.

“We have been refining DMLS toolmaking techniques and materials since 1995,” says Augustin Niavas, Business development manager Tooling. “Our technology offerings have proven their benefits to the tooling and mouldmaking markets, particularly in injection moulding.”

“Our laser-sintered mould inserts can drop cycle times in injection moulding by up to 60 percent,” says Ralph Mayer, managing director of LaserBearbeitungsCenter (LBC) in Kornwestheim, Germany. LBC, a service provider with long years of experience in tooling has two EOS DMLS systems M 270 in operation, successfully cooperating with mid-sized and large-scale industry clients on tooling projects. Mayer adds: “Another important benefit of DMLS in injection moulding is also to cut scrap rates. In some cases from 50 percent to zero.”

The Conformal Cooling Advantage

Cooling time can account for up to 70 percent of injection moulding cycle times. Traditional methods of creating heating/cooling channels in moulds involve straight-line drilling, which is limited in its ability to develop channels that reach critical hot spots. DMLS enables built-in, conformal cooling channels that can be optimized to draw off heat more rapidly and more evenly, dramatically reducing cycle time and increasing part quality by eliminating warpage and other defects.

Cool Case Studies

Here are some of the results already obtained by using DMLS to create injection moulds and mould inserts with conformal cooling:

* 20 percent increase in mould productivity and a 50-hour toolmaking time for a blow-mold (Es-Tec)
* Reduced cycle times from 15 to 9 seconds, enabling a 75 percent increase in productivity on a 4-bottle blow mold with DMLS inserts (SIG Blowtec)
* Reduced cycle time by two-thirds using a DMLS designed core effectively cooling down a critical hot spot (LaserBearbeitungsCenter)

Other advantages of using DMLS in toolmaking include the ability to rapidly make moulding inserts with complex geometries; to build tooling inserts on top of a preformed component (hybrid approach); to induce and control heat/cooling fluid turbulence for optimized heat transfer; and to provide heating channels to maintain a uniform mould temperature. Today, with tool inserts manufactured with DMLS millions of injection-molded plastic products and thousands of metal parts in die casting are produced.

ESPRIT at North American HTEC Conference 2009

The latest version of computer-aided-manufacturing (CAM) software created by CAM industry leader DP Technology will be on display July 15-17, when ESPRIT® 2009 will be featured at the third annual North American Haas Technical Education Center (HTEC) Conference, in Greensboro, N.C.

Hosted at the Guilford Technical Community College, the conference will feature 12 different educational presentations profiling programs and the best machining practices found in North America. All segments of the HTEC program will be represented, including high schools, colleges and universities — and open forums for each group will take place again this year.

Knowledgeable and approachable ESPRIT representatives exhibiting ESPRIT 2009 at the conference will be happy to help with any questions, and to discuss the new features in the software.

Designed with ease of use in mind, ESPRIT 2009 emphasizes the use of milling or turning in any combination and on any type of machine tool, which means that most improvements to the software are to the benefit of all programmers.

Other new or upgraded features highlighted in the 2009 release include improvement to the facing, open-pocket machining, slot milling, chamfer milling and thread milling cycles.

As a worldwide network and partnership between schools, Haas Automation and Haas Factory Outlets, Haas Technical Education Centers are designed to ensure that schools are supported in offering quality CNC education. In June of 2008, the HTEC network included 724 high schools, technical schools, colleges and universities in Canada and the United States.

Jun 25, 2009

DATAKIT and SYCODE Collaborate to Offer Hi-End Data Exchange Solutions

Panaji– Today DATAKIT and SYCODE signed an OEM agreement whereby SYCODE will embed DATAKIT data exchange technology into its new and upcoming products.

"At SYCODE we offer data exchange solutions mainly involving neutral file formats like STEP and IGES", explains Deelip Menezes, Founder and CEO of SYCODE. “On the other hand DATAKIT has tremendous experience and technology to read and write native file formats, such as those of CATIA, Pro/ENGINEER, SolidWorks, Solid Edge, Inventor, etc. Through this OEM agreement, SYCODE will now be able to offer its customers hi-end file import and export plug-ins for almost all the major CAD systems. This is truly a huge step forward for us.”

Francis Cadin, CEO of DATAKIT adds, “SYCODE has tremendous experience in developing data exchange plug-ins for a variety of CAD systems. We believe that partnering with an industry leader like SYCODE will open a whole new range of possibilities for DATAKIT.”

For many years now, DATAKIT and SYCODE have been offering software solutions that solve the data exchange problems of their customers. This strategic partnership will go a long way in improving existing solutions, offering new solutions which will translate to added benefits to the customers of both companies. This is a win-win situation for everyone.

The overall mission of DATAKIT is to enable CAD users to exchange different files regardless of the software they’re using. DATAKIT develops CAD components to be embedded by software vendors as well as standalone applications and plug-ins. DATAKIT offers original solutions with more precise possibilities, such as CrossXpert, enabling the user to adapt and correct the result of the conversion according to the original file. DATAKIT solutions allow AutoCAD, Rhinoceros, SolidWorks, SolidEdge, Catia, ProEngineer, etc. users to communicate between each other.

SYCODE develops cutting-edge software solutions for Computer Aided Design (CAD). These solutions are in the form of standalone applications or plug-ins that work inside major CAD systems such as AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk VIZ, Autodesk 3D Studio MAX, SolidWorks, Solid Edge, Maya, Rhinoceros, Surfcam, etc. SYCODE also designs, develops and implements customized software solutions for companies worldwide. The customized solution may be a standalone application working closely with the client's existing CAD application or a plug-in to the CAD application.

SolidWorks Labs releases SustainabilityXpress to improve environmental impact of designs

SustainabilityXpress, intended to help understand and improve the environmental impact of designs, is now available for download.

With Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), it is capable of determining the environmental impact of a product during its entire lifecycle.

SustainabilityXpress provides Real-time feedback with an Environmental Impact Dashboard. During the various lifecycle stages four environmental impacts are measured in real-time - Carbon Footprint, Total Energy Consumed, Effect on Air & Effect on Water.

It also includes a reporting feature, which enables the creation of reports to convey improvements in the environmental impact of the design. The report template is customizable.

In addition to these features SustainabilityXpress also includes "Find Similar Material" which allows finding close alternatives to your current material by searching the built-in material database.

SustainabilityXpress requires SolidWorks 2009.

Download it at : http://labs.solidworks.com/Products/Product.aspx?name=sustainability

MP Engineering AB teams up with Edge Technology AB

Sweden-based Edge Technology AB, one of the leading suppliers to Nordic countries for CAM, DNC, Tools and Administration stock machines, is teaming with MP Engineering AB, bringing great benefits to its customers.

Edge Technology AB has worked extensively with Edgecam for more than 10 years.

When MP Engineering AB began working with Edgecam the company was greatly impressed with what the software had to offer, and found itself frequently consulting with Edge Technology AB as it worked to create solutions for its customers.

From this great consultancy-based relationship, discussions between the two companies led to the mutual decision that they should form one organization. The newly formed Edge Technology AB combines the knowledge and experience of the Nordic region's two strongest CAM operators with customers benefitting from a broader range of skills and cutting-edge expertise.

The new relationship started formally at the beginning of June 2009 and all staff of MP Engineering's business have been offered employment by Edge Technology AB, making it a company of significant technical breadth and depth.

Edge Technology AB believes that this deal will lead to success for all parties involved: the company, suppliers, staff and most importantly the customers. Anders Brunstrom, CEO for Edge Technology AB, says: “We have worked extensively to plan the transition and believe that we have a great deal to offer both existing customers and new contacts. We now operate from three locations - Kista, Sala and Värnamo and both the latter have great training rooms accommodating up to six candidates per course. This is a very exciting time for both organizations.

Mechdyne Releases Conduit V2.6

Conduit V2.6 performance improvements boost speed of virtual reality-enabling software for better, faster data review using common graphics applications.

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa - Mechdyne Corporation today announced the release of Conduit V2.6, its real-time graphics distribution software that seamlessly displays desktop applications in 3D stereo and virtual reality environments. Compatible with popular engineering, design and geoscience applications such as CATIA, Pro/ENGINEER, NX, 3ds Max, Maya, ESRI, Schlumberger Petrel and Google Earth, Conduit enables users to view and interact with application data with no time consuming data conversion and no resolution scaling limits. It drives graphics through PC clusters to support any advanced visualization environment, including immersive displays such as the CAVE and PowerWall and ultra-high resolution tiled projection environments.

The new release of Conduit allows users to navigate and interact with models much faster than before. Depending upon the particular data model and application, the new version of Conduit achieves a 2x to10x improvement in performance compared to its previous version. When working with large datasets such as aerospace, automotive and large terrain models in immersive displays, interaction and analysis becomes more natural. Data review in advanced visual environments can provide new insights, foster collaboration and generate better decisions. The enhanced performance of Conduit V2.6 can accelerate and improve engineering data review sessions, which can reduce design cycles that can add up to significant cost savings and faster time to market.

"The performance boost in this new version of Conduit will enable even the most demanding graphics applications and large models to display smoothly in advanced environments," said Matt Szymanski, vice president of Mechdyne's Software Division. "We are striving to make digital models and virtual environments more interactive and realistic so users can work with them intuitively for better, faster results."

Conduit is compatible with any existing advanced visualization system and virtual reality environment. Mechdyne can also provide a complete, integrated visualization solution that includes Conduit, graphics computing and a range of display solutions. Professional services such as content creation, training and long term maintenance and technical support programs are also available.

Cortona3D Viewer – version 6.0 now available

Cortona3D (formerly ParallelGraphics) has just released an upgrade to the market leading Cortona3D Viewer – version 6.0 is now available and offers a range of new powerful features.

What’s New in v. 6.0

* Unicode support: full support for UTF-8 in VRML
* Support for Mozilla Firefox 3.0 and Google Chrome
* Improved installation procedure: use of Microsoft installer
* Localization of the user interface
* Phong lighting model support
* Improved performance: new DirectX renderer
* New VRML extensions: additional operations with layers, support for composite textures and gradient background
* Changes in VRML Automation interface: changes in the Pick method and the bounding box calculation method

Cortona3D provides 3D visual communication and publishing software to equipment manufacturers (OEMs) worldwide. Cortona3D open standards tools give authors the power to create interactive, animated 3D Product Documentation such as maintenance manuals, parts catalogs and interactive training from existing CAD assets rapidly. Proven benefits are three times faster production, 80%+ cost savings, and improved quality. Customers include Boeing, Ford, GE, Bosch, ESA and Airbus. Cortona3D has an unmatched track record of sector leadership and continuous product improvement with representation in industry standardization bodies including AECMA, ATA and ADL-SCORM and S1000D.

KOMPAS-3D highly appreciated at CUTEK 2009 in Turkey

Award winning Mechanical Computer-Aided Design solution from ASCON – KOMPAS-3D was presented at one of the biggest industrial fairs in Turkey by company's partner and KOMPAS registered distributor, Softline.

Modern, professional and cost-effective KOMPAS solutions for MCAD were on display to visitors of CUTEK 2009, an exhibition totally devoted to production technologies and innovations from 11th till 14th of June.

Dozens of demo versions of KOMPAS-3D was distributed at the fair, where industrial enterprises specialists, IT experts, design and construction chiefs highly regarded the easy to learn and use abilities of the high-end solution. This was the second presentation of KOMPAS products at the Turkish market.

Previously it took part in Mould Eurasia 2009, which was held in May, drawing great interest in powerful and reasonably priced solutions from ASCON in the country and attracted a lot of prospects.

A wide range of powerful features enables users to design new products of any complexity very fast and consequently help growth of industrial enterprise as a whole.

3D Systems Announces New Flame Retardant Plastic with Broad Applications

DuraForm® FR 100 Plastic passes the flame, smoke and toxicity tests for aircraft applications and has a UL 94 V-0 rating.

ROCK HILL, South Carolina – 3D Systems Corporation (NASDAQ: TDSC), a leading provider of 3-D Printing, Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing solutions, announced today the introduction of DuraForm® FR 100 Plastic, a new flame-retardant sintering material that meets the requirements of a broad range of aircraft and consumer-product applications. Customers can purchase parts made from this new material through 3D Systems’ Pro Parts Marketplace starting in August of this year.

Unlike other available flame-retardant sintering materials, DuraForm® FR 100 Plastic passes the flame, smoke and toxicity tests for aircraft applications and has a UL 94 V-0 rating, which is required for many consumer product applications. In addition, this new plastic is non-halogenated and antimony free and complies with many government directives for human health and safety. Anticipated applications for DuraForm® FR 100 Plastic include direct manufacturing of aircraft parts, including interior parts such as cockpit and cabin components, and direct manufacturing of parts for consumer products, including lighting, electronics, and appliances.

"We are very pleased to be the first Additive Manufacturing company to commercially offer V-0 certified, flame-retardant sintering material," said Kevin McAlea, vice president and general manager of 3D Systems. “This revolutionary new DuraForm® FR 100 Plastic represents a true invention in materials’ development for Rapid Manufacturing, meeting required certification for very demanding aerospace and consumer goods applications.”

3D Systems is showcasing its new DuraForm® FR 100 Plastic at this week’s Time Compression EXPO (co-located with the National Plastics Expo – NPE) in Chicago, IL –Booth #W109016 and the Design Engineering & Manufacturing Solutions Expo (DMS) in Tokyo, Japan.

Accelrys Announces Science Forum 2009 - Paris, France

SAN DIEGO, CA - Accelrys, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACCL), a leading provider of scientific business intelligence software and services, today announced a complimentary one-day science forum in Paris, France that will provide the opportunity to:

-- Learn how leading researchers in the pharmaceutical/biotech and chemicals/materials fields are applying computational solutions for modeling and simulation, informatics, and data integration and reporting
-- Try out the latest software available to help solve research challenges
-- Strengthen business relationships by networking with other scientists in the area

The Paris Science Forum will be held at the Marriott Paris Rive Gauche Hotel & Conference Center on 2 July, 2009. The forum offers multiple tracks with topics across Life Science, Chemicals, Materials and Personal Care. Topics include:

-- Cheminformatics
-- Toxicity assessment
-- Biological data management
-- Analytical and imaging data analysis and integration
-- Catalyst discovery
-- Pharmacophore profiling etc.

For more information about Accelrys Science Forums 2009, visit http://accelrys.com/events/seminars/science-forums-2009/paris-2009.html

Altair Launches Analytics and Desktop-User Portal with New Release of PBS GridWorks

Latest Release Delivers Complete Support for Cost-Effective, Scalable Private HPC Compute Clouds.

Bangalore : Altair Engineering today announced the release of PBS GridWorks 10.1. This latest version builds upon the proven scalability and resiliency of PBS Professional® for workload scheduling; delivers PBS Catalyst™, an application-aware job management portal; and unveils PBS Analytics™ to provide expanded options for visualizing usage data to optimize high-performance computing investments.

PBS GridWorks is a complete suite of software tools vital for building and managing private clouds of high performance computing resources. The PBS Catalyst portal can be used to enable software-as-a-service (SaaS) gateways. Workloads can be optimized for dynamic cloud-computing configurations by using PBS Professional. PBS Analytics is well-suited for distributed, highly scalable environments, whether monitoring current resource use or planning for future changes.

"PBS GridWorks 10.1 provides our technical-computing customers with a very cost-effective solution for easily managing their compute-intensive application workloads," said Bill Nitzberg, chief technical officer for PBS GridWorks. "Cost-effective cloud computing requires powerful tools that can match constantly changing workloads with available resources for the most efficient use of all resources. Monitoring how efficiently resources are being used – especially energy – is very important. Our Green Provisioning feature, which is part of PBS Professional, helps customers get the most from their HPC investments by turning off underutilized systems, often lowering their energy use by 20 percent. The result is immediate cost savings, while solving the most challenging problems in the manufacturing, life sciences, financial services, energy and academic research markets."

What’s New in PBS GridWorks 10.1

Highlights and Key Features

-- Expands charting and graphing options for PBS Analytics™ for extracting valuable insights into resource- utilization levels and capacity trends. Built using a Web 2.0 framework, PBS Analytics enables advanced analyses and visualization of historical usage data from one or multiple PBS Professional clusters

-- Introduces PBS Catalyst Desktop™, which provides a simple but powerful "drag and drop" interface for submitting, monitoring and managing workloads connected to PBS Professional compute nodes. PBS Catalyst increases end-user productivity since there are no complicated commands to learn. PBS Catalyst automates the job submission process, allowing users to spend more time creating better models and simulations

-- Continues leadership and implementation of key industry standards vital for future workloads. PBS GridWorks now supports the Open Grid Forum HPC Basic Profile standard. PBS Professional, when paired with Windows HPC Server 2008, provides a single, consistent workload and resource management for multiple Windows HPC clusters

With the 10.1 release, the PBS GridWorks suite provides a comprehensive solution that allows organizations to maximize the utilization of HPC resources, make data-driven IT planning and purchasing decisions, manage complex application workloads and minimize the energy consumed by global computing assets. The PBS GridWorks suite includes PBS Professional, PBS Analytics and PBS Catalyst.

PBS Professional

Commercial-grade HPC workload and resource management

Demanding HPC users worldwide have chosen PBS Professional to manage their most complex workloads, ensuring the highest possible levels of resource utilization and resiliency. PBS Professional is a core component of the PBS GridWorks suite that efficiently distributes HPC workloads across all forms of computing infrastructure. Easily scaling to support tens of thousands of processors - from clusters to the largest systems - PBS Professional ensures administrators get the maximum value from their computing infrastructure.

PBS Analytics

Analyze and visualize historical HPC usage data for optimized returns on HPC investments

PBS Analytics is a Web-based portal for visualizing usage data, helping HPC administrators understand how effectively their HPC workloads are using valuable computing resources. Detailed historical usage data can be easily selected, filtered and visualized from one or multiple HPC systems. Using PBS Analytics, administrators not only understand how well their HPC systems are working but also have the ability to make data-driven decisions for effectively optimizing current and future workloads.

PBS Catalyst

Intuitive, application-aware job submission and management portal

Submitting jobs to PBS GridWorks is as simple as dragging an input file onto the PBS Catalyst icon on your desktop system. There are no complicated commands to learn. PBS Catalyst understands your applications and how they work. Key input parameters - like the number of processors and amount of memory required – are automatically filled in. Input data sets are automatically staged and output files returned when the job completes. Once PBS Catalyst is configured for your engineering, life sciences or animation applications, it is simple to submit, monitor and manage workloads connected to any PBS Professional compute node or cluster.

“Altair is committed to serving as an industry leader in providing customers what they have been demanding and in enabling a true on-demand computing environment,” said Altair Chairman and Chief Executive Officer James R. Scapa. “Our exclusive ‘pay-for-only-what-you-use’ software pricing model and the functionality found in the latest version of PBS GridWorks make cost-effective utility computing possible.”

PBS GridWorks 10.1 is available immediately from Altair and Altair channel partners.