Jul 6, 2010

BWIR Announces DesignACE 2010

Call for Entries to the 2nd Annual BWIR Design Ace Contest.

CHENNAI — Barry-Wehmiller International Resources (BWIR), in partnership with Autodesk, is inviting entries from all engineering students (manufacturing and engineering domain) of Tamilnadu, Pondicherry, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala to showcase their innovative design capabilities.

Barry-Wehmiller International Resources (BWIR) is a global provider of business and technology solutions to the mid-market manufacturing domain.

Second year in the running, the DesignACE contest is aimed at encouraging the confluence of engineering and designing skills of tomorrow’s engineers. The winners, in addition to cash prizes, will be sponsored to participate in the Autodesk APAC Panorama Design Contest in KL, Malaysia this year.

There are loads of cash prizes and honors to be won!
- First Prize: Rs. 30000/- and a trip to Malaysia*
- Second Prize: Rs. 25000/-
- Third Prize: Rs. 20000/-
- The top three teams will also win an attractive stipend-paid internship with BWIR.

The students who meet the eligibility criteria (should have completed second year of course) can participate in DesignACE 2010 by submitting any innovative design along with a short write-up for shortlisting procedure on or before August 16. The entries received will be judged on parameters of depth and clarity of thinking, innovation, and design capability.

As part of the event, Free Autodesk Inventor Workshops for students will be conducted in nodal cities, details of which are available at the event website. For more information on the contest, workshops and guidelines, please log on to: www.bwir-designace.com or call 044-43909100.

In fiscal year 2009, Barry-Wehmiller leveraged a strategic combination of organic and acquisition growth to achieve revenues of nearly $1 billion. Barry-Wehmiller now employs more than 5,400 team members in over 65 locations worldwide.

LEDAS Adds Advanced Parametric Drawing Functions to Version 4.0 of its 2D Constraint Solver

Patterns, directed distances, and orientation/alignment attributes help users of CAD/CAM/CAE applications to fully control constrained drawings.

Novosibirsk, Russia – LEDAS Ltd., the independent provider of constraint-based design tools, component technologies, and software development services for the CAD/CAM/CAE/PLM market, today announced version 4.0 of LGS 2D, its geometric constraint solver. As a core component of parametric drawing applications, LGS 2D allows users to express design intent through geometric and dimensional constraints applied to elements of sketches and drawings.
New Features in LGS 2D 4.0

Version 4.0 of LGS 2D introduces the following new functions: linear pattern constraints, directed distance constraints, and alignment/orientation attributes for most constraints.

Linear pattern constraints set relations between several sub-geometries of equal shapes (e.g. rectangles), aligning and uniformly distributing them along a given direction. Any changes in position or orientation of any one of the pattern constraint’s arguments leads to corresponding changes in other arguments. As with other LGS 2D constraints, a linear pattern constraint is variational, which means it can be combined with other constraints that are imposed on pattern’s sub-geometries. All constraints are solved simultaneously.

Directed distance is a new constraint that generalizes horizontal and vertical distance constraints introduced in previous versions of LGS 2D. It is a ternary (three-element) constraint imposed on any pair of objects (points, circles, or curves) and a line that represents the direction of distance measurement. It can be used to prevent segments from flipping their end points; using a signed, directed distance constraint (instead of the ordinary distance) fixes the desired relative locations of the end points.

Alignment attributes specify whether the tangent vectors of the constraint arguments are co-directed (collinear vectors with positive scalar product) or counter-directed (collinear vectors with negative scalar product). The attribute can be applied to any constraint involving two non-point entities: tangency, distance, parallelism, or perpendicularity between lines, circles, curves or ellipses.

Orientation attributes control whether an argument is positioned to the left or right side of other ones. They are applied to all distance constraints, except point-point distances. Orientation and alignment attributes fully control the chirality (left or right handedness) of constraints.

For developers, LEDAS provides special integration facilities that simplify the job of embedding LGS 2D into their applications. In particular, all members of Open Design Alliance can use the LGS 2D integration module (developed jointly by LEDAS and the ODA) to quickly implement constraint drawing functions that are fully compatible with the DWG file format. The ODA is a non-profit organization that develops the Teigha™ (formerly DWGdirect) software development platform for CAD and other technical graphics applications.

“The new functions in version 4 were ones requested by our customers,” said Dmitry Ushakov, Director of Product Management at LEDAS. “Our customers’ satisfaction with our products is the greatest recognition we can receive. We appreciate their feedback on our components so that we can continue to improve them.”

Caliper Announces TransModeler 2.6

NEWTON, MASSACHUSETTS (USA) - Caliper Corporation has announced the release of TransModeler 2.6. The new version of TransModeler builds upon the tremendous successes of TransModeler 2.5, which was used and continues to be used in a wide variety of projects in the United States and around the world in 2009 and 2010. TransModeler 2.6 improves upon nearly every aspect of the software, the most notable of which include the following:

* Improved driver behavior algorithms in the presence of incidents and message signs signaling a road closure
* Additional calibration tools for visualizing and analyzing route choices
* Expanded compatibility with Synchro
* Faster running times for route choice and dynamic traffic assignment computations
* Expanded support for detector variables in traffic signal controllers
* New and improved local parameter options to help capture unique localized driver behavior phenomena
* Improved import of TransCAD planning models and centerline-based road networks, reducing the scale of effort needed to add the requisite geometric detail for simulation
* New and improved support for more varied high occupancy/toll lane pricing algorithms
* Better support for pedestrian crossings

Version 2.5 saw a number of large-scale applications all along the California coast from San Diego to Eureka, as well as in New York, Kentucky, Maryland, Indiana, and elsewhere, including several cities in China. Additionally, TransModeler was used on a variety of ground-breaking applications, including one of FHWA's Integrated Corridor Management Systems Program sites, multiple large-scale HOT lane projects, and a unique city-wide simulation model of Eureka, CA.

TransModeler 2.6 benefits from the feedback generated by those experiences and promises to make traffic simulation an even more accessible and less costly tool for decision-making to a continually expanding base of users.

COMSOL Introduces the Plasma Module

The all-new Plasma Module from COMSOL allows users to model low temperature, non-equilibrium discharges for a wide range of industrial applications.

Burlington - COMSOL, Inc., the makers of COMSOL Multiphysics simulation software, has announced the release of the Plasma Module. Based on COMSOL Multiphysics, the Plasma Module brings easy-to-use tools for the study of low temperature plasmas. The module is designed for researchers, engineers and experimentalists in the field of plasma science to model non-equilibrium discharges which occur in a wide range of engineering disciplines. Target application areas utilizing plasmas include light sources, semiconductor processes, surface coating, and medical sterilization. The module is accompanied by a suite of tutorial and industrially relevant models which serve as both instructional examples and a foundation for future work.

“Simulation of plasmas is a daunting task that is now being addressed for the first time ever using true multiphysics technology,” comments Dan Smith, Lead Developer of the Plasma Module with COMSOL, Inc. “We leverage this technology in the Plasma Module to solve the complex interaction between the electromagnetic fields and charged particles which collectively constitutes plasma. Users will be able to turn to simulation for a wide range of plasma applications that will reduce the need for costly experiments and increase productivity. ”
Specialized Plasma Modeling Interfaces

Low temperature plasmas represent the amalgamation of fluid mechanics, reaction engineering, physical kinetics, heat transfer, mass transfer and electromagnetics. The net result is a true multiphysics problem involving advanced couplings between the different physics. The Plasma Module features application-specific physics interfaces that automatically implements the complicated coupling between each of the components which make up plasma.

There are specialized modeling interfaces for the most common types of plasma reactors including inductively coupled plasmas (ICP), DC discharges, wave heated discharges (microwave plasmas) and capacitively coupled plasmas (CCP). In the spirit of existing COMSOL products, each of the interfaces can be customized, modified and extended in arbitrary ways by the user.

Modeling the interaction between the plasma and an external electrical circuit is an important part of understanding the electrical characteristics of a discharge. The Plasma Module provides tools to add circuit elements directly to a 1D, 2D or 3D model. Alternatively you can import an existing SPICE netlist into the model. The plasma chemistry is specified either by loading in sets of collision cross sections from a file, or by adding reactions and species directly in the user interface.

The module includes a set of fully documented models of:
• Capacitively coupled plasma (CCP)
• Microwave plasma
• DC discharge
• Dielectric barrier discharges(DBD)
• Reactive gas generator
• Thermal plasma
• The Gaseous Electronics Conference (GEC) reference cell
• Boltzmann analysis of swarm data

“The Plasma Module is truly a revolutionary product because it combines the universally acclaimed COMSOL Multiphysics user interface with industrial strength algorithms and numerical methods. The net result is a product with unprecedented ease of use which can handle arbitrarily complicated industrial and academic problems.” concludes Dan Smith.
Plasma Module Highlights

• Application-specific interfaces for the most common types of plasmas.
• 2-term Boltzmann solver to compute source coefficients and transport properties from cross section data.
• Add and remove reactions, surface reactions and species to create arbitrarily complex plasma chemistries.
• Define reaction sources using cross section data, look-up tables, Arrhenius coefficients, rate constants or Townsend coefficients.
• Automatic computation of tensor transport properties for electrons and plasma conductivity when a static magnetic field is present.
• CHEMKIN file import for species thermodynamic and transport properties.

Aras Enhances Replication Capabilities in Advanced PLM Software Suite

Aras Vault Replication Establishes a New Level of Fault Tolerance, System Configurability and End User Simplicity in PLM Industry.

Solothurn, Switzerland – - Aras has announced the availability of enhanced vault replication capabilities for Aras Innovator®, the advanced PLM software suite. Aras’s new vault replication features build on the company’s existing replication functionality, to provide unmatched fault tolerance, system configurability and end user simplicity.

Aras’s vault replication approach simplifies the user experience and ensures that users are always working with the most current version of a file. With Aras end users have a single, unified view of files, even in complex multi-vault, globally distributed environments. Aras avoids the replication issues faced by other major PLM systems by assigning a unique identifier to every version of a file. The Aras approach to vault replication achieves the highest level of data integrity possible and eliminates synchronization problems while providing a simple experience for end users.

One of the most powerful benefits of Aras’s new vault replication enhancements is the ability to completely configure replication rules without any scripting or programming. System administrators can quickly and easily define automated replication processes, express complex business rules and create replication events with no coding required. Configurable vault replication rules allow the definition of different replication modes for unlimited vaults, file types, file ownership or any other user-defined business requirement. Replication events can be set up to operate on-demand, upon file change, or on a periodic schedule when WAN traffic is minimized.

“From day one, the Aras architecture was designed to support globally distributed deployments with replication, and with these enhancements we are establishing a new level of performance and configurability for complex enterprise PLM environments,” said Peter Schroer, President of Aras. “Aras has made it easier for administrators to define and manage PLM vault replication all over the world, while giving them more flexibility and control than ever before.”

Delcam’s PowerMILL aids aerospace weight savings at Tritech

Delcam’s PowerMILL CAM system made a major contribution to a recent project for the Airbus A400M military transporter at aerospace supplier Tritech. The company was asked to machine from solid the fuel connectors that are located in the wings of the aircraft; a total of 64 variants of these critical components for each wing. With its Delcam software, and a new Huron MX4 twin-pallet, five-axis machining centre, Tritech was able to move from casting to direct machining of the connectors and so achieve significant weight reductions for Airbus.

With over twenty-six years’ experience in the investment casting industry, Tritech is a leading supplier of high-integrity investment castings to the most demanding of applications. The company employs 250 people across three sites; two located in Wrexham, North Wales, and one in Barnstaple, Devon. Over the last fourteen years, Tritech has also invested in an outstanding machining facility, to consolidate its position as a single-point supplier to major customers in the aerospace, defence and related industries.

As a principal supplier of machined investment castings, Tritech was approached by Airbus when the switch to fully-machined components was first considered. Airbus had calculated that considerable weight savings could be achieved if all of the in-line fuel connectors could have their wall thickness reduced to 1.0mm from 2.0mm, the minimum wall thickness needed to ensure the mechanical and metallurgical integrity of the cast components. If the components were machined from solid blocks of aerospace aluminium and the wall thicknesses controlled to a tolerance of 0.015mm, then the integrity of each connector could be maintained with the required 1.0mm wall thickness.

After the Production Engineering management team at Tritech established the key criteria and level of investment required to achieve the manufacturing objectives, Paul Beer, Engineering & Development Manager at Tritech, began the selection process. One of the potential suppliers was Fortron, the UK representative of French machine tool manufacturer, Huron.

An initial cutting trial quickly turned into a much more complex exercise when Tritech were asked to submit three samples to Airbus as ‘real parts’. Engineers at Huron worked with the support team at Delcam France to complete the programming and machining of the trial components. They were submitted to Airbus, on time, to drawing specification and within the allotted cycle time. "Inspection at Airbus described the quality of these machined components as the best that they had seen within such a short development time,” commented Mr. Beer.

Essential to the success of the project were special PowerMILL strategies developed for machining engine ports. These included "auto-tilt” functionality that gives efficient material removal while maintaining minimal clearance between the cutting tool and the part surface with no risk of rubbing or gouging. It allowed the demanding surface finish requirements to be met for the through bore on the fuel connector components.

With the process proven, the Tritech Group ordered the Huron machine, plus Delcam’s PowerMILL software, and began the move to full-scale production. Because of the demanding time constraints for the project, Delcam engineers undertook the programming of the first initial development components, at the same time as providing on-site training for the staff at Tritech. With their training complete, Tritech now has the in-house capability to develop up to six extremely complex parts in one week.

Transcal Suntech Internasional chooses OptiTex as provider of its CAD solutions

New York, NY – Automatic aircraft and seat cover manufacturing company Transcal Suntech Internasional, PT has chosen OptiTex, a provider of 2D/3D CAD/CAM design software for the cut-fabrics industry as their provider of CAD solutions. The sale was managed through MY I-TECH, who provides CAD-CAM systems for the Apparel and Textile industries, servicing customers all over South East Asia, India and Australia.

Transcal Suntech Internasional, PT who manufactures components for automotive and aircraft seat covers for clients such as Quantas, Air France, Swiss Air and British Airways, chose OptiTex as their software of choice because of the easy transition the software offers when incorporated into daily use, allowing Transcal to create a virtual world when testing manufacturing designs.

OptiTex also provides the ability for Transcal to easily import customer styles that were created with other CAD systems such as Lectra and Gerber. OptiTex software directly exports to Transcal’s automatic Leather Cutting system supplied by MY I-TECH allowing Transcal to cut and process leather hides that fill production and quality requirements. OptiTex software simplifies the ability to create quality zones that are recommended for saving leather materials in the production process.

On behalf of OptiTex, MY I –TECH provides comprehensive customer support not only for the installation but also the training and the usage of OptiTex software. Additionally, the OptiTex online team service provides timely feedback and direct support from OptiTex when facing software technical difficulties.

FARO and Autodesk Collaborate to Add Support for Point Cloud Data to AutoCAD 2011

AutoCAD Plant 3D and FARO Laser Scanner Photon Are Preferred Hardware and Software Setup for Process Plant Modeling.

LAKE MARY, Fla. & SAN RAFAEL, Calif - Autodesk, Inc and FARO announced their collaboration to add direct integration of point cloud data to AutoCAD 2011 software. FARO and Autodesk have also entered into an agreement for FARO to promote AutoCAD Plant 3D software as its preferred 3D modeling application for the process plant industry.

In addition, Autodesk announced the FARO Laser Scanner Photon as its preferred hardware for point cloud data capture of process plant facilities using AutoCAD Plant 3D.

Through joint engineering and development efforts, AutoCAD 2011 allows the direct import of binary scan data from FARO Scene, FARO’s scan processing software for the FARO Laser Scanner. The introduction of a dedicated point cloud platform that seamlessly integrates into AutoCAD will allow customers to do more than ever before. AutoCAD 2011 supports up to 2 billion points, which can be used with the enhanced tools for 3D modeling to enable extremely high performance usage of the scan data.

“As the use of laser scanners has become more widespread by our customers, they’ve asked for direct import and support for large point clouds in AutoCAD,” said Gonzalo Martinez, director of strategic research, Autodesk. “For the past year we have been working closely with FARO, who assisted with the design of the feature and provided us with crucial feedback for the direct integration of point cloud data. We are thrilled to bring this functionality to our customers.”

Autodesk and FARO provide technology and advanced solutions that empower customers and help shorten work processes. For Autodesk users, the ability to import binary scan data directly into AutoCAD 2011 is allowing more powerful 3D modeling. For FARO Laser Scanner users, data collected now goes directly into AutoCAD 2011, eliminating the need for a neutral space-consuming file format.

For customers in the process and power industries, the addition of point cloud support in AutoCAD 2011 will significantly speed the process of converting as-built information into 3D models. Built on AutoCAD software, AutoCAD Plant 3D brings the proven benefits of model-based design to mainstream plant design projects, and has been purpose-built specifically for the design, modeling and documentation of process plants.

“Autodesk and FARO share a vision of making technology more accessible, so we are proud of our successful cooperation to develop a functionality that really supports our joint customers in their day-by-day design activities and will help them achieve remarkable time savings,” said Jay Freeland, CEO and president of FARO Technologies. “We are also pleased to expand our relationship with Autodesk with the selection of AutoCAD Plant 3D as our preferred modeling application for the process plant industry, and are confident our customers will benefit from its ease of use and worldwide availability.”

Sescoi launches a new guide to integrated collision checking

A new guide from Sescoi details the advantages of integrated collision checking in CAM software. Free to download from the WorkNC CAM software white papers and guides page, this new guide itemizes and explains the reasons for using toolpath verification in CAM software and, in particular, the benefits of integrated collision checking.

It explains that with toolpath verification companies can increase their available machining capacity, reduce scrap rates and eliminate prove out runs through programming right first time; increase tool life by reducing shock loading of the tool; and perform complex 3 and 5-axis machining operations with confidence. It then goes on to explain how integrated collision checking in the CAM software enables systems like WorkNC to perform collision avoidance as well.

By working inside the CAM software’s algorithms, the collision avoidance routines can suggest alternative cutterpaths or different tool lengths to completely finish a job. Additionally, it can generate the uncollided toolpaths for an existing tool. For 5-axis operations the guide explains the importance of considering the rotational limits of the machine tool and how collision avoidance can introduce extra unwind and flip movements to enable machining to continue uninterrupted. Because the checks run in tandem with the system’s algorithms, these corrections can be applied inside the CAM software as program preparation progresses, using live feedback about tool location and interference - a process that is impossible for stand alone verification systems, which rely on cutter location data.

To further optimize the toolpath, the guide looks at how linking and editing cutterpaths, and adding corner smoothing and trochoidal movements can speed up machining and improve quality. It also explains how extra modules such as the NCspeed software available with WorkNC, make it possible to examine the tool loading in detail, dynamically increasing or decreasing feedrates to suit the cutting conditions, further reducing cycle times.

The feedback from users of integrated collision checking demonstrates how it gives them confidence to run their machine tools unmanned for long periods, how it has made CNC programming a routine exercise; and how it has produced significant savings in cycle times and in the number of EDM tools required to finish a job. Importantly, being sure that the program is optimized, right, and safe, lets a company concentrate on other aspects of its business, allowing it to introduce even more productivity enhancing initiatives.

Delcam completes first sales from MACH exhibition

During the last week, Delcam has completed its first two sales to visitors to its stand at the MACH exhibition. The exhibition, which took place at the NEC, Birmingham, from 7th to 11th June, saw over 1,000 visitors to the Delcam stand, making the event by far the most successful event for Delcam since the previous MACH in 2008.

The most prestigious visitor to the Delcam stand was HRH the Duke of York. Delcam was chosen to be one of a small number of companies to be visited by the Duke, following its recent receipt of the 2010 Queen’s Award for Enterprise. The Award was made in recognition of the company’s continuing development of CADCAM software for the dental industry.

The first of the Delcam sales was made to a company that had been considering an upgrade to its CAM software for some months. "The owner was fairly sure that he needed to replace his existing system with Delcam software but wanted to see the various programs on show at MACH before making his final decision,” explained Delcam Marketing Manager, Peter Dickin. "Visits to all the other CADCAM companies at MACH convinced him that the Delcam system would give the greatest benefit to his company, in terms of machining speed and surface quality.”

The second order came following a recommendation by one of the many machine tool companies that had used Delcam software to program their demonstrations at the exhibition. The customer had confirmed an order for a large five-axis machine at the show and realised that he would need more powerful CAM software to gain the maximum productivity from his new acquisition.

"This customer had also visited all of the CADCAM companies at the exhibition and compared the five-axis capabilities of the various systems,” said Mr. Dickin. "While the recommendation from the machine tool supplier meant that we were always in a strong position to win the order, the calculation speed and the range of five-axis machining strategies in the software convinced the company that Delcam would be the best choice.”

Delcam promoted its CAM and inspection software in association with more than 40 partners at MACH, including many of the world’s leading providers of machine tools, cutting tools and inspection equipment.

Mastercam X5 Preview Being Showcased at IMTS 2010

Chicago, IL – The IMTS show ushers in the latest CAD/CAM software from CNC Software, Inc. Attendees will get a first look at Mastercam X5, which will be displayed in booth # E-3840 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL on September 13-18. Mastercam X5 introduces significant new capabilities, including new dynamic milling techniques, multiaxis machining, Smart Hybrid Finishing, and much more.

New Dynamic Milling Techniques

Dynamic milling constantly adjusts the toolpath to ensure the most efficient cut possible and allows use of the entire tool flute length, often eliminating the need for multiple depth cuts. New dynamic milling techniques include Dynamic Rest Mill and Dynamic Contour. Dynamic Rest Mill behaves in a manner similar to the current toolpath, only it uses dynamic milling motion instead of core mill or area mill motion for the rest operations. Dynamic Contour uses an intelligent, efficient high speed contouring strategy to remove material along walls. It supports multi-passes and can optionally include finishing passes.

Much easier multiaxis machining

Mastercam’s multiaxis suite has new machining techniques and a new, easy, workflow-oriented interface. Mastercam lets you choose the basic type of work you’re doing using clear illustrations, and then gives you a clear, step-by-step process for defining how you’ll cut the part. Mastercam’s multiaxis machining also includes a new highly specialized interface for smooth, gouge-free engine head porting.

Fast, aggressive, intelligent roughing

Mastercam’s new 3D surface high speed OptiRough toolpath is a new technique designed to remove large amounts of material quickly using its successful dynamic milling motion. Large, aggressive cuts are followed by fast, smaller up-cuts, safely delivering a fully roughed part faster than ever.

Smart Hybrid Finishing

Hybrid finishing intelligently blends two efficient cutting techniques in a single toolpath. This new toolpath evaluates the model shape and smoothly switches between Constant Z cutting and Constant Scallop machining. The result is a dramatically finer finish with less work.

Jon Peddie Research Acquires Vektorrum Group

TIBURON, CA - Jon Peddie Research (JPR), the industry's research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia, today announced the acquisition of Vektorrum Group, one of the most knowledgeable and experienced teams covering the CAD industry today.

"The CAD industry is both a huge mature market, and a consumer and driver for cutting edge 3D technologies. JPR has always covered the CAD industry in our content creation industry reports and the CAD industry is an important product segment for our clients in the workstation and semiconductor industries," says JPR president Jon Peddie. "We believe JPR's focus on the graphics industry including graphics semiconductors, workstations, software tools, industry trends, and hands-on testing is very relevant to the Vektorrum readership. JPR has had a close relationship with its readers for over 25 years, and we are looking forward to welcoming Vektorrum's readers to the JPR community."

Upon completion of the deal, Vektorrum will become part of Jon Peddie Research's software division, and Vektorrum president Randall Newton will join Jon Peddie Research.

Delcam expands sales and support in Canada

Delcam has announced further expansion of its Canadian team in order to better serve its expanding customer base in the country. Aaron Kennette has joined the Technical Support group based in Windsor, Ontario, while John Sare is joining the Toronto Sales group covering Central and Northern Ontario.

Aaron has spent the past 12 years running a variety of 3-, 5- and 6-axis machines tools to produce highly-complex moulds for the plastic industry. His real-world experience in programming with Delcam software at one of the top five mouldmakers in North America will make him an excellent addition to the existing support team.

John Sare joins the Sales group covering Central and Northern Ontario after more than 29 years in manufacturing industry. This included the last two years working in business development for Delcam in Europe, after ten years of managing sales channels and machine tool relationships for Gibbs and Associates. John brings a wealth of knowledge of global manufacturing to the team. In particular, his experience of working with leading machine-tool manufacturers will help companies that wish to make more effective use of their machine tools and streamline their processes.

"Since taking over the Greater Toronto area direct, Delcam has increased the Toronto office staff from one salesman to three and added two application engineers. Increasing our sales team in Toronto has been greatly influenced by the sheer volume of companies interested in moving to Delcam’s complete software suite to boost productivity, improve quality and reduce lead times,” said Mark Cadogan VP Delcam Sales North America.

Mechatronic System Simulation Using MagNet and MotorSolve Coupled with SMASH

Montreal, QC: DOLPHIN Integration SA and Infolytica Corporation have announced that their solutions for mixed signal simulation and electromagnetic field simulation can now work together to perform powerful mechatronic system simulation. SMASH, from DOLPHIN Integration, can directly simulate response surface models of electric motors generated in VHDL-AMS by MagNet or MotorSolve, from Infolytica, and can perform a system level simulation of both the device and the control circuitry.

The multilingual and mixed-signal simulator SMASH "All-in-One" is an EDA must for hierarchical SoC Integration, with patented features for DfY, and the most extensive VHDL-AMS language compliance. It serves as the cornerstone for the Virtual Fab Process enabling ViC and SoC Right-on-First-Pass Silicon.

Infolytica Corporation offers several electric motor and electromagnetic design software solutions. The company’s MagNet and MotorSolve software can be used to generate response surface models of various motor types in VHDL-AMS.

Designing mechatronic systems requires understanding the significant interactions between the electromechanical components and the analog or digital electronics. The VHDL-AMS models are functionally equivalent to the original MagNet or MotorSolve models, but they can be evaluated extremely quickly in a transient circuit simulation. The files can be integrated into a circuit description in SMASH to perform a simulation taking into account the interactions between the machine and control circuitry.

"Addressing the domain of magnetic models is a huge step forward for our users in the automotive industry, who are more and more often faced with the tricky mixing of magnetic, mechanical and, of course, electrical models" said Thierry Villard, EDA Sales Director at Dolphin Integration. He continued on to say this work "represents recognition of the performances of our mixed-signal simulator SMASH in terms of VHDL-AMS language compliance and simulation speed."
Pricing and Availability

MagNet v7 and MotorSolve v2, with their VHDL-AMS export capabilities, are now available for PC's running Microsoft Windows XP, Vista and 7. For information regarding pricing or to request an evaluation, please contact an Infolytica Corporation representative nearest you.

Research and Development Establishment (Engineers) Drives Composite Innovation with Dassault Systèmes Solutions

R&DE (E) Selects Abaqus FEA as Preferred Tool for Realistic Simulation.

VÉLIZY-VILLACOUBLAY — Dassault Systèmes (DS) has announced that Research and Development Establishment (Engineers) (R&DE (E)) has selected Abaqus Finite Element Analysis (FEA) software from SIMULIA to meet its virtual testing requirements. R&DE (E) is an engineering group working with metal and composite materials to drive innovation in structural and mechanical systems through research, collaboration, and the use of state of the art technology.

Composite materials are increasingly utilized by many industries due to their strong yet light-weight properties and the ability of their structural response to be tailored as needed. R&DE (E) has selected Abaqus FEA software for its robust linear and nonlinear structural analysis capabilities, as well as advanced composites modeling and simulation features. Abaqus is being used for performing not only static, but also dynamic load case simulations of impact penetration, vehicle dynamics, and geotechnical interactions. These are essential in determining the right composites material to be used in applications such as bridges, military vehicles, sonar domes, and ship superstructure.

“The bridges and vehicles developed at R&DE (E) need to withstand very harsh environments. Abaqus FEA provides accurate, realistic simulation capabilities for designing safe, reliable products,” states Mr. U.R. Gautam, group director, Integrated Management Systems Group, R&DE (E).

“SIMULIA India provides the best technical support in the industry,” added Dr. Makarand Joshi, head, Composite Research Center (CRC), R&DE (E).

“For several years we have been investing in R&D with a specific focus on composite simulation, including sophisticated tools for fracture and failure prediction,” stated Ken Short, VP, Strategy and Marketing, SIMULIA, Dassault Systèmes. ”We work proactively with our customers and industry groups to help engineers design composite structures that meet our customers performance objectives ahead of costly prototype testing. This enables customers to meet regulatory and market demands on schedule and at lower cost than before.”

An offshoot of R&DE (E)’s research includes the development of innovative prosthetic hip implants designed to meet the needs of individuals with particular focus on the physiology of the Indian population.

“We are also using Abaqus FEA to study the loads on the human bone before and after the implant to ensure reduced stress on the bone structure,” said Mr. Kiran Akella, Scientist, R&DE (E). “Abaqus is a powerful tool to analyze implant and patient interaction.”

CD-adapco announces JAVAT, Hut for users to enhance productivity and automate engineering processes with STAR-CCM+

NEW YORK - "It's a community thing," says Stephen McIlwain, CD-adapco's Director of Support. "We are constantly surprised by the degree of innovation that our users bring to STAR-CCM+, often writing macros and scripts that enhance STAR-CCM+ in ways that we never would have imagined. JAVA™ Hut fosters this collaboration and communication among the CD-adapco user community for those wishing to extend their use of STAR-CCM+ by sharing and downloading JAVA™ scripts."

Using the modern software architecture of JAVA™, engineers using STAR-CCM+ in their engineering processes are further enhancing the potential of the code by scripting JAVA™ applications that link directly into the STAR-CCM+ suite. The JAVA™ apps are being used to deeply integrate STAR-CCM+ directly into engineering processes, to provide fully automated CAE simulation suites, extend applicability of the toolset into new areas, and link directly to other CAE tools.

The intention of JAVA™ Hut (http://javahut.cd-adapco.com) is to provide a collection point for STAR-CCM+ users to share JAVA™ scripts which they have developed for STAR-CCM+ and also download JAVA™ scripts from other users that they might find helpful in their analyses. CD-adapco also provides a forum for users to rate the usefulness of the application, provide feedback for the author and suggest possible enhancements.

"With new developments in technology and social networking, CD-adapco stays in the forefront of the CAE industry by offering its customers tools to enhance productivity and to get the most from STAR-CCM+," explains McIlwain. "It is extremely important that we continue to create new methods for our customers to be successful and get even more out of one of the world's best CFD codes. JAVA™ Hut is just another way for us to do this."

JAVA™ Hut is available for CD-adapco customers to use now.

Handyscan 3D technology will participate in the maintenance of U.S. Navy submarines

Levis - Creaform, a world-class company in 3D technology and engineering services, is proud to announce that the U.S. Navy has chosen to use its Handyscan 3D technology.

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, will be the first to receive an order of MAXscan scanners, the 2-in-1 photogrammetry laser scanner for large parts developed by Creaform. The other Naval Shipyards—Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Virginia, Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in Hawaii, and Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Washington—are assessing the use of the scanners.

The MAXscan 3D laser scanners will be used to scan submarine hulls covered in a special kind of rubber and detect any damage done to the rubber tiles, so that customized replacement parts can be quickly manufactured.

"This is perfect work for the MAXscan," says Charles Mony, President for Creaform. "It's like we actually created the MAXscan for this assignment! Large scale, precision, retrofitting of new parts; every aspect of the work pushes our technology. This type of work confirms the superiority of the Handyscan 3D line-up of handheld laser scanners as a 3D data acquisition system that performs flawlessly under, real-life conditions."

Creaform was one of many companies that were invited to offer presentations and a bid for this procurement contract. The competition was fierce: "It was like the Olympics,” says Scott Mitchell begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting, Creaform Regional Sales Manager in the US. "We brought in our specialists to properly demonstrate the entire range of possibilities with the technology. We believe we impressed the Navy engineers with the technical advantages of the MAXscan: it is portable and can acquire data even when the user is bouncing on a lift, it works fast because of the photogrammetry capability, and it offers good precision of up to 50 micrometers.

We also offer excellent downstream software processing options. We don't just sell fancy machines - there is considerable expertise behind our technology."

CAD Schroer announces 75% off DXF/DWG and raster editing 2D CAD for Pro/ENGINEER® users

Free trial, 75% discount: 2D for Pro/E.

Cambridge, UK : CAD Schroer’s successful Try & Buy offer for STHENO/PRO, the powerful drafting software for Pro/ENGINEER users, is back. Users upgrading from the free trial version to a full license of one of the comprehensive STHENO/PRO packages can save up to 75%.

CAD Schroer, the global engineering solutions provider, has renewed its Try & Buy offer for the software which allows Pro/ENGINEER users to the get the most out of their 2D data, integrating powerful drafting functionality with Pro/DETAIL™ and their data management solution. For companies that use the summer months to review their software needs, CAD Schroer is offering huge savings. Organisations can download and trial STHENO/PRO for 30 days, then upgrade to a full license of one of the four STHENO/PRO packages, from Drafting Plus to Advanced with Parametrics, at only about 25% of the regular price. The offer ends on 31 August 2010.

A Big Success in the Past

“The offer was a great success last summer,” says one of CAD Schroer’s account managers, Andreas Kohlhaas. “Sales rose considerably. Customers appreciate the ease with which they can download and test the software 24/7, then quickly install a fully-fledged license when they are ready to take advantage of this extraordinary discount. The word is getting around very quickly among CAD users.“

STHENO/PRO for DXF/DWG and raster editing, conceptual design & documentation

STHENO/PRO is a flexible, customisable, multi platform ready drafting system, which can be fully integrated with PTC®’s Pro/ENGINEER, Pro/INTRALINK und Windchill® PDMLink™ software. It is ideal for consolidating model and drawing based product development processes. Customers especially value its ability to secure, edit, manage and re-use legacy, raster and DXF/DWG data within their Pro/ENGINEER environment, and deploy its advanced 2D design capabilities for fast pre-sales conceptual design and documentation. The 30-day trial version of STHENO/PRO is designed for standalone evaluation without Pro/ENGINEER integration.

Fishbowl Solutions announces linkSecurity

Simplify the Creation of Folder Access Control in Windchill Pro/INTRALINK® 9.X and PDMLink®.

Fishbowl Solutions announces linkSecurity™ to implement similar folder level access control from Pro/INTRALINK® 3.4 in Windchill Pro/INTRALINK® 9.X and PDMLink®.

Minneapolis — Fishbowl Solutions, Inc., a software, services and consulting company delivering solutions for the PTC® Product Development System (PDS), has released linkSecurity, an out-of-the-box solution for PTC Windchill PDMLink® and Pro/INTRALINK®.

Maintaining the security of design information and similar intellectual property is one of the highest priorities for most firms these days. The sensitivity for IP protection has only increased as companies continue to outsource work and employ contract workers. Most companies want to insure that only individuals with the appropriate security credentials are provided access to the information that they need for any given project.

In Pro/INTRALINK 3.4 administrators are able to easily restrict or grant access at the folder level. Although it is possible to create and assign access control domains to folders in Windchill Pro/INTRALINK 9.X and PDMLink, it requires several dozen steps in four separate user interfaces to add Access Control to a single folder. This process is time consuming and very challenging to maintain over time.

linkSecurity addresses this manual creation of folder level access control by allowing the Windchill administrators to run an automated script whenever needed to re-configure the access control domains automatically.

STAR-CCM+ V5.04 sets new standards in speed and productivity

London: CD-adapco has announced the release of STAR-CCM+ v5.04, the latest version of its multi-disciplinary engineering simulation tool. This latest release delivers a range of new features across the entire simulation workflow with the latest implementation of over 180 new enhancements requested by our users.
Performance Improvements

“This latest release of STAR-CCM+ improves on the last both with new features helping broaden application scope and also through performance improvements throughout the engineering simulation workflow,” says VP of Product Management, Jean-Claude Ercolanelli. “Having already delivered a set of best in class meshing features that significantly reduce geometry preparation and mesh generation turnaround time, STAR-CCM+ v5.04 now improves on solver time, model handling and manipulation and post processing."

A key enabler of faster turnaround time is the introduction of grid sequencing initialization, which provides the coupled solver with a better initialization state that has been seen to produce a converged result in around half the time previously possible. For the segregated solver, a new pre-conditioned conjugate gradient solver is available to aid scalability and solution speed.

One of the principle benefits of STAR-CCM+ has always been its ability to handle extremely large and complex geometries and version 5.04 builds on this by enabling users to more easily manipulate, visualize and post process their models. This new release of STAR-CCM+ delivers a range of performance improvements that significantly reduce the frame rate for model visualization and show upwards of 50% time reduction for the calculation of post-processing plots.

With the increasing importance of design optimization, the STAR-CCM+ mesh morphing technology has been completely re-written to provide massive gains in performance. The mesh morphing feature is now fully scalable allowing geometry modification for large models and helping deliver what-if studies to our users.

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Integrating with our Partners
The benefit of the STAR-CCM+ single integrated environment includes the ability to easily link with specialist third party software. STAR-CCM+ v5.04 both improves the existing GT-power co-simulation capability and also adds the ability to couple to:

* WAVE, the 1D engine and gas-dynamics simulation software from Ricardo,
* OLGA the 1D pipeline flow assurance and well dynamics software from SPT Group.

“The ability to co-simulate with these 1D tools shows our commitment to delivering a product that is not only integrated within itself but also with other tools for the benefit of our users. The addition of the OLGA coupling demonstrates our commitment to delivering a complete simulation tool for the Oil and Gas industry,” adds Jean-Claude Ercolanelli.
Other highlights of this new release

* Extended 3D-CAD functionality: STAR-CCM+ v5.04 provides new sketching and constraints and modeling features such as lofting, sweeping, and patterning
* Multiphysics: This new release adds a new material database with an extended range of materials and properties. The Bai-Gosman model for Lagrangian phase wall interaction, coal combustion with multiple devolatized species and degassing boundaries for Eulerian multiphase flow.

ArchiCAD 14 New Zealand Version Released

BUDAPEST – GRAPHISOFT® has announced that the New Zealand version of ArchiCAD® 14 has been released.

The New Zealand version is the fourth of 26 local versions in ArchiCAD 14’s global release schedule, and follows the release of the International, German, and Austrian versions. All local versions are planned to reach the market by the end of Q3 2010.

For more information about the New Zealand version, please visit http://www.graphisoft.co.nz/

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Calvin Hur Named CEO of INUS Technology as Simon Bae Focuses on New Products

Seoul, South Korea - INUS Technology has announced that its CEO Simon Bae will assume a new role as Strategic Advisor to INUS, while focusing on developing technology that will strengthen the appeal of 3D data to a larger population. Calvin Hur will replace Dr. Bae as CEO of both INUS Technology and its U.S. affiliate Rapidform Inc. Dr. Hur has been instrumental in INUS Technology’s success, serving as VP of Sales and Marketing since 2000. He has led the company’s growth into its position as a global leader in 3D scanning software, with thousands of customers and more than 150 sales partners around the world. In his new role as CEO, Dr. Hur’s responsibilities will expand to include leading all aspects of INUS Technology’s worldwide operations.

“For more than a decade, INUS Technology has been helping companies do amazing things with 3D scan data, and our pace of innovation has only quickened,” remarked Dr. Hur. “As we’ve looked for new ways to help our customers bring higher quality products to market faster, we realized that keeping our core team focused on 3D scanning software while augmenting that with some very innovative new products is the smart thing to do. I am excited to continue to grow our core business while Simon focuses on new products to address manufacturers’ needs.”

Dr. Bae said “I’m very proud of what we’re doing at INUS Technology. We’ve got a phenomenal team that’s making the best products in the 3D scanning market today. There are great things in the pipeline for both 3D scanning and other applications, and I’m excited to focus on bringing these innovations to market. I look forward to working with Calvin and the rest of the INUS team in these new roles to address the needs of manufacturers around the world.”

Rasterex releases RxAutoImage R11

Rasterex Software has announced the new release of their market leading software for raster editing and raster to vector conversion inside AutoCAD - compatible with versions up to 2011.

Boost productivity by incorporating scanned raster data directly into AutoCAD. Let raster editing and raster to vector conversion become a natural part of your CAD design process.

RxAutoImage R11 is fully AutoCAD 2011 DWG compatible. New in this release is also the ability to import vector content from PDF files, so that all information in a PDF file, whether it is raster or vector, can be converted into a raster image, for further processing inside the hybrid environment. The OCR functionality is also strongly approved. The AABBYY OCR module was first introduced in version R10, but has in version R11 been properly optimized for more accurate character recognition.

RxAutoImage is an ARX application running directly inside AutoCAD, while RxSpotlight is the complementary solution for Windows. When you purchase a license of RxAutoImage, you automatically get access to RxSpotlight in the same installation - and vice versa - both running on the same license.

New features in RxAutoImage R11.0:

* AutoCAD 2011 DWG compatibility
* Support for import of vector content from PDF files
* OCR module now optimized for more accurate character recognition

Lattice Technology Releases Lattice3D Reporter Update and Adds New Publisher Solution

Lattice3D Reporter Publisher Combines Power of 3D Excel Spreadsheets With Automation in ERP/PLM Systems.

San Francisco, CA: Lattice Technology Inc., the standard for technical communication and digital mock up software in the manufacturing enterprise, today released Lattice3D Reporter Publisher, as well as an update of its core Lattice3D Reporter software to ver 4.0.

Lattice3D Reporter Publisher combines the power of Lattice3D Reporter and the Template Option to enable automated batch creation of 3D Excel spreadsheets within an ERP/PLM system using pre-defined templates. These Excel spreadsheets are used by customers in both print and digital formats to provide easy access to comprehensive manufacturing, assembly, maintenance and support data. Lattice3D Reporter Publisher is a command-line tool tuned to fast, easy integration with existing workflows and IT infrastructures.

Lattice3D Reporter has been updated to ver. 4.0. This product is the core tool that enables 3D data, with related BOM, assembly, animation and annotation data, to be used in an Excel spreadsheet. Lattice3D Reporter now supports Windows 7 platforms.

The Template Option has also been updated to allow more detailed definition of 3D snapshots™ which are automatically created in a spreadsheet from a 3D model, as well as allowing user-defined macros to be used in the spreadsheets. The Template Option is an application that works with Lattice3D Reporter to create 3D Excel spreadsheets on pre-defined templates simply by loading 3D data. These templates can automatically create spreadsheets for many purposes including: print and digital work and assembly instructions, digitally enhanced instructions with linked animations, 3D BOMs and more.

“The unique Lattice3D Reporter tools have been designed with the non-CAD user in mind, making them as easy to use as Microsoft Excel,†said Bill Barnes, GM, Lattice Technology Inc. The addition of Lattice3D Reporter Publisher means that the streamlined functionality the application brings can now be easily integrated into fully automated workflows ensuring that documents are created as soon as original design and parts list data is released or updated.â€

Lattice3D Reporter, the Template Option, and Lattice3D Reporter Publisher are part of a suite of software solutions that enable the rapid, easy and accurate creation of documentation for manufactured products. These solutions focus on bringing 3D automatically into documents in order to increase the level of comprehension, reducing learning curves and improving productivity in many areas of the manufacturing chain. In addition, automation and integration of the Lattice Technology Solutions allows high quality documentation and illustrations to be available to downstream users as soon as 3D data is released or updated, rather than lengthy waiting periods while a product or prototype is manufactured.

Jul 1, 2010

MSC.Software Appoints Eric Favre Vice President Asia/Pacific

SANTA ANA, CA - MSC.Software has announced the appointment of Eric Favre as the Vice President Asia/Pacific. Mr. Favre will be responsible for continuing to drive the rapid adoption of MSC's products in the region while ensuring that users continue to receive the very highest level of support.

"Eric Favre is a great fit to assume responsibility for the Asia/Pacific market as he brings a wealth of regional and industry experience specific to MSC.Software's line of business," said Dominic Gallello, President and CEO, MSC.Software. "Over the past few years, MSC.Software has garnered greater market share and increased customer satisfaction in the Asia/Pacific region by putting the right teams on the ground to best serve the various markets. Favre's depth of technical knowledge and proven track record of effective execution should serve to further increase our footprint in the Asia/Pacific region."

Favre, who is based in Shanghai said, "My goal is to ensure that we are committed as a team to support our customers' virtual product development needs and give them the competitive advantages they need to be successful. The region holds enormous opportunity for MSC."

Favre brings to MSC.Software more than 20 years of industry experience with 16 years in the CAD/PLM business and over six years specifically in Asia/Pacific. Prior to MSC.Software's appointment, Favre was Vice President Asia/Pacific at Dassault Systemes, where he was responsible for managing the DELMIA (digital manufacturing) business. During his tenure at Dassault, Favre also oversaw the CATIA business across major regions in Asia.

Favre graduated as a mechanical engineer from one of the most famous Grandes Ecoles in France, Arts and Metiers (ENSAM). Favre began his career as a design engineer at Du Pont Engineering Polymers and later moved on to sales leadership positions at PTC and Tecnomatix. Favre spearheaded Tecnomatix's explosive business growth during his ten-year tenure and in 2003. He moved to Shanghai to assume the position of Vice President where he pioneered the business in Greater China while managing South Asia, significantly enlarging the business until the subsequent acquisition of Tecnomatix.

Spatial Introduces Development Platform for Cloud-based and Desktop Applications

New platform delivers integrated Dassault Systèmes Technology.

Broomfield, CO - Spatial Corp., a provider of integrated 3D development components for engineering and manufacturing software applications, announced Beta availability of RADF R3.0, a 3D development platform for desktop and cloud-based applications, and Convergence Geometric Modeler (CGM), a 3D geometric modeler used in Dassault Systèmes’ V5 and V6 products. RADF is the industry’s first Web-enabled development platform, enabling the use of a single code base for both desktop and web-based applications. The platform reduces development complexities by providing an application framework and integrated components in an extensible architecture. CGM offers proven, 3D modeling capabilities for application developers with an end-user need for native V5 compatibility.

"We are very excited to be able to offer Dassault Systèmes technology to our 3rd-party development community. By leveraging the engineering talent within Dassault Systèmes, we are able to expand our portfolio of software components, while maintaining focus on Spatial developed technology and advancing our application development platform to support cloud-based applications. Today, developers need more than individual software components. They need integrated technology and a way to deliver products when and where their customers need them," stated Keith Mountain, Spatial CEO. "We are also pleased to have CGM as the first of many V6 technologies we will offer our customers."

Most engineering and manufacturing applications use a range of software components for functions such as 3D modeling, CAD translation and visualization. While 3D components offer time-to-market advantages, today’s greater development challenge is to ensure high-quality integration between the various components, and to leverage the latest technologies for delivery of both desktop and web-based applications. RADF R3.0 provides a foundation for desktop and cloud-based application distribution, lowering the cost of deployment, reducing development complexities, and ensuring higher software reliability with lower cost of support.
About RADF R3.0

Rapid Application Development Framework (RADF) R3.0 is an integrated development platform for the development of Windows-based desktop and web-based applications. Application code written for the desktop client is reusable in the web client – enabling prototype workflows in the desktop scripting engine to be published for use by web clients. The platform greatly simplifies the development and delivery of applications at the desktop or in the cloud.

RADF R3.0 includes:

RADF Core: a development platform that integrates 3D software components for higher software reliability while enabling custom application workflows in an extensible .NET framework.

RADF Desktop: an application starter kit with 3D model views; tabbed docking of viewports; WPF GUI elements and Ribbon Toolbars; 3D view controls; high performance rendering; and a plug-in architecture.

RADF Web: a client-server infrastructure that enables interactive high-performance browser clients to drive server-based fully-functional 3D engineering applications. Custom modeling operations and business logic written for the RADF Desktop client are reusable in the web client.
About Convergence Geometric Modeler (CGM)

CGM is a componentized version of the geometric kernel used in Dassault Systèmes’ V5 and V6 products. The component offers exceptional geometry robustness with very powerful blending, Booleans, surfacing, and native interoperability with CATIA V5. V5 interoperability ensures model integrity and geometry fidelity across applications, an important benefit for many manufacturers. CGM also brings an advanced architecture which integrates wire, surface and solid modeling functionality for history-based or direct modeling applications.

CGM key capabilities include:

Boundary Representation (B-rep) Modeling: the standard modeling paradigm for design, manufacturing and engineering applications
Multi-Dimensional Modeling: a rich toolset to define and manipulate solid, surface and wire geometry
History Based Modeling: a design structure that tracks model changes and supports relationships between entities
Model Construction: a comprehensive set of functionality to create and edit wire, solid and sheet bodies
Free-form Model Design: a design option with advanced surfacing functionality
Faceting: a function for generating a polygonal representation of the 3D model

"We are pleased to offer V6 technology to the 3D development community to enable new, innovative applications on the desktop or in the cloud. Our customers benefit through greater collaboration when their applications share the same underlying technology," stated Pascal Daloz, Dassault Systèmes EVP Strategy and Marketing. "Spatial is a recognized technology leader within the 3rd-party development community and is well positioned to support Dassault Systèmes commitment to V6 openness and extend its reach."

Forming Technologies Inc. unveils Forming Suite Version 8.1.

Burlington, ON, CANADA — Forming Technologies Inc. (FTI) the industry’s only regenerative and associative solutions for design, simulation, and costing of sheet metal components, today unveiled Forming Suite Version 8.1. Forming Suite provides cost optimization, forming simulation and blank prediction tools for sheet metal stampings.

“Forming Suite 8.1 continues to build upon our unique associative and regenerative architecture,” states Michael Gallagher, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Our client’s will see huge speed and performance gains of more than 50% and that equates to hard dollar savings on labor.”

Forming Suite 8.1 includes two new solutions, FormingSuite Professional and COSTOPTIMIZER for Progressive Dies. FormingSuite Professional offers the market a powerful package of solvers and tools for die/strip development and analysis. All three solvers – Coupled Hybrid Inverse (CHI) One-Step, Finite Increment Technology (FIT) Implicit, and the Explicit LS-DYNA® – are all within the FormingSuite Environment. COSTOPTIMIZER for Progressive Dies includes all traditional features of our COSTOPTIMIZER plus additional tools and enhancements for the progressive die designer.

Forming Suite v8.1 brings forth additional features such as advanced blank modifications, increased trimming functions for the incremental solutions, offal export, as well as other software features to improve ease of use and speed. “The FormingSuite architecture has proven to be a leader for product designers as well as the process engineers, who have stated the value of being in this versatile environment,” adds Gallagher. “Whether the user is doing a One-Step feasibility analysis or a more detailed process analysis, they need only to input the information once and then simply move through the FormingSuite history tree. The end result is a 50% decrease in design time, and the ability to share and automatically update information throughout the entire process in a more optimized and controlled manner.”

Intergraph® Chairman, President and CEO Halsey Wise Named 2010 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award Winner in Alabama/Georgia/Tennessee

Award recognizes entrepreneurial excellence in technology category.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala -Intergraph® Chairman, President and CEO Halsey Wise has received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2010 Award in the technology category in Alabama/Georgia/Tennessee.

According to Ernst & Young LLP, the award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic, growing businesses. Wise was selected by an independent panel of judges.

“As a results-oriented company committed to innovation, Intergraph has long thrived on entrepreneurship,” said Wise. “By making ‘change’ our constant ally, we always embrace challenge or adversity as an opportunity to distinguish Intergraph’s capabilities and people. This award is a testament to the more than 4,000 employees of Intergraph worldwide who are dedicated to our customers and our mission. I am convinced that Intergraph is among the most relevant companies helping to address the future of our world. It is truly an honor to be recognized by Ernst & Young as a 2010 Entrepreneur Of The Year regional winner.”

Intergraph is one of the world’s leading engineering, geospatial and security software companies. Its successful transformation has enabled the former specialized hardware provider to evolve into a high-performing, data-centric, global software leader. Intergraph customers include businesses and governments responsible for building, safely operating and securing infrastructure, and protecting one in 12 people in the world.

Global trends impacting urbanization, infrastructure development and security are fueling unique opportunities for Intergraph. The company provides platform software technologies that serve strategic sectors essential to today’s economy: process plants for the chemical, mining, oil and gas, pharmaceutical and other industries; nuclear and conventional power plants; marine and offshore providers; public safety, defense, intelligence and security agencies; government; transportation; and the utilities smart grid and communications industries.

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards celebrate their 24th anniversary this year. The program honors entrepreneurs who have demonstrated exceptionality in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

As an Alabama/Georgia/Tennessee award winner, Wise is now eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year 2010 national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the overall national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, Calif. on Nov. 13, 2010. The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year awards are pleased to have the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America as national sponsors.

DEM Solutions release latest enhancements to EDEM software

Latest software, EDEM 2.3, incorporates new tools for manipulating designs and visualizing equipment and flow performance.

Edinburgh, Scotland (UK): DEM Solutions, the bulk material flow simulation specialist that helps companies to streamline their equipment prototyping and process design, has announced the latest version of EDEM® the world’s leading DEM-based simulation software technology.

DEM Solutions provides software technology and deployment support for optimizing bulk materials handling and processing operations. Utilizing EDEM 2.3, the latest version of the company’s unique simulation technology platform, companies can substantially reduce the number of physical prototypes and tests required to get a product to market or a process on-stream.

EDEM’s physics-based analysis greatly improves the understanding of system fundamentals, enabling engineers to test virtual prototypes of bulk solids handling and processing equipment to help optimize the material flow and to trouble-shoot difficult particle processes-- leading to better process design, innovation and improved control over final product quality.

“EDEM 2.3 technology further streamlines the design process and increases our knowledge and understanding of bulk material flow in our industrial systems. “

Michael Bo Hansen (Group Leader, Global Coordinator), Quang Le (DEM Specialist), FLSmidth Mechanical & Fluid Analysis Division

New features and enhancements help customers:

* Speed up prototype design with CAD-related workflow improvements

* Easily visualize Particle-Structure Interactions (PSI)

* Benefit from increased capability in the EDEM software platform - expanded range of advanced simulation solutions, increased options for advanced customization, and wider range of EDEM research applications

Faster prototype design with CAD-related workflow improvements EDEM 2.3 extends features for multi-format CAD file import and automatic meshing, allowing users to manipulate geometry components such as chutes, baffles, mixing blades, and other structures in imported CAD models of equipment. Users can now directly modify, translate, and rotate CAD model elements within EDEM--without going back to the original CAD model.

EDEM now offers viewing of models with perspective or orthographic projection, and improved camera control and image rendering functions increase the flexibility, speed, and ease of visualizing complex models. The latest EDEM visualization features provide excellent results when generating videos to highlight specific aspects of equipment performance for use in engineering analysis, as well as for product marketing and sales presentations.

Greater PSI visualization rapidly identifies areas of impact and surface pressure Users of EDEM 2.3 will find it easier to visualize the effect of interaction between bulk particles and equipment surfaces. Particle-Structure Interactions (PSI) such as impact loads, surface pressure, and charge distribution can be visualized on all equipment surfaces, even those with complex shapes – to help users identify problems areas and explore the effects of changes in design and process conditions.

Increased Options for Advanced Customization The highly versatile EDEM Applications Programming Interface (API) in EDEM 2.3 has been further developed to increase the flexibility and extensibility of the software. In addition to customizable particle properties, it is now possible to associate any user-defined attribute with any model element – particle or geometry – at the level of a contact event, the equipment or globally within a simulation. These user-defined attributes or variables can be dynamically updated during a simulation from models implemented using User Defined Libraries or linked to external models and third party solvers coupled with EDEM in a multi-physics solution.

This powerful capability enables development of solutions for highly complex processes involving particles. DEM Solutions has extensive experience in partnering with customers to provide technical services needed to develop and implement advanced bulk materials modeling solutions to meet specific customer needs.

“Many of the features in EDEM 2.3 are the direct result of working with our customers to help them solve their bulk material flow challenges. Our responsiveness to user needs, in a very wide variety of application areas, has led us to continually improve and upgrade our software platform. As a result, DEM Solutions remains the DEM technology leader and EDEM continues to set the industry standard for state-of-the-art DEM software.”

John Favier, CEO DEM Solutions

Tetra Pak Chooses ANSYS for Product Development Simulation

Upfront Performance Prediction Enables Food Processing and Packaging Leader to Speed Up Design Time and Time to Market.

PITTSBURGH - Tetra Pak, the world leader in food processing and packaging solutions, has expanded its use of ANSYS products. The Swedish company is applying Simulation Driven Product Development(TM) using ANSYS software, which enables system analysis and leverages single-component modeling as an integrated part of the process. Technology from ANSYS enables customers to optimize designs throughout the product development process, especially in the early stages when changes can be efficiently and cost-effectively implemented.

Using a system approach allows Tetra Pak to study product behavior from a multiphysics viewpoint, enabling complex simulations of physical interactions such as fluid flow, temperature, velocity and evaporation. The company instituted the change in an effort to drive design concepts based on upfront performance predictions rather than late-stage test-and-change cycles, thus speeding up design time and time to market.

"This is allowing us to simulate entire filling machine processes even before prototyping. It has helped speed up development time significantly, in some cases saving us years of development effort," said Laurence Mott, vice president, Packaging Technology, Tetra Pak.

Mott explained that Tetra Pak's aim is to perform virtual prototyping at the concept phase, well before any physical testing is done. "We found that ANSYS provided the cutting-edge solutions that enable us to perform complex simulations in a user-friendly format," said Mott, noting that "ANSYS is a committed, long-term partner that has taken an active part in helping us to develop the working methods of simulation driven product development."

"Throughout the manufacturing industry in general, a number of trends are evident: rapid prototyping, improved and automated techniques and easy-to-use software for design of experiments, all of which bring higher accuracy and increased speed. Within the food packaging segment, Tetra Pak is pioneering and customizing the use of this leading-edge technology. By making analysis speed a crucial element in design and development, Tetra Pak has seized the opportunity to lead with its innovative solutions," said Josh Fredberg, vice president of marketing at ANSYS.

Delcam receives Queen’s Award from Lord-Lieutenant of West Midlands, Paul Sabapathy CBE

Delcam was today presented with its latest Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of West Midlands, Paul Sabapathy CBE. The Award was made in recognition of Delcam’s continuous development of its software for the design and manufacture of dental restorations. The Queen’s Awards are the UK’s most coveted commercial awards, with only a small percentage of those who enter each year measuring up to the demanding standards required to win an Award.

This latest recognition for the company follows the receipt of Queen’s Awards for ArtCAM in 2003 and for PowerINSPECT in 2004. It provides further evidence that Delcam has not only the largest development team in the CAM industry but also one of the most successful in developing innovative technology. Delcam has also received two Queen’s Awards in the International Trade category.

Delcam’s involvement in the dental area began several years ago when companies in the industry started to use the company’s PowerMILL CAM system for the machining of restorations. The software gave immediate benefits, both in the time in which machining data could be generated, and in the speed and quality of the machining operations.

However, this early experience showed that it was difficult for dental technicians with no previous experience in CADCAM to use the system. This was partly because they were unfamiliar with the terminology being used and so found the program difficult to learn. Also, although the wide range of machining strategies within the software helped to ensure the high quality of the results, the inexperienced users found it difficult to select the correct options. This meant that programming took longer than should have been necessary and that the results were not as good as they could have been.

It was apparent that a dedicated piece of software was needed for the dental industry; one that retained the power of PowerMILL but that was easier to use and incorporated familiar terminology for the dental technician. To meet this need, Delcam developed DentMILL, a highly-automated knowledge-based program specifically designed to generate toolpaths to machine restorations.

Following early success with DentMILL, Delcam began the introduction of the partner design program, DentCAD. Again, the new software was based on an existing program, in this case Delcam’s PowerSHAPE system for the design of complex products and tooling. In a similar way, the aim with DentCAD was to provide software that would be easy for dental technicians to use, regardless of their previous knowledge of computer-aided design.

Continued development of the two programs means that they can offer levels of speed and accuracy that are impossible with traditional, manual methods. High-quality restorations are now produced within hours that would have taken days previously, thereby giving a much faster service to patients.

Steel structures modelling in a few easy steps with KOMPAS-3D

A new application in ASCON product line.

Metal structures modelling is actual in many spheres of designer's activity, such as developing of various frameworks, design of basic structures for the equipment and much much more. A new application to KOMPAS-3D, Steel Structures 3D, is intended for automation of design process of metal constructions from metal rolling profiles. It is a perfect solution to be used in the machine building area and for designing steel frameworks.

Frameworks are designed on the basis of generators and the selected range. Profiles can be selected from template container. The structure’s position can be set or modified. Directions of displacements and turns of parts are displayed when changing the orientation of the structure.

There are special tools for spatial orientation of constructions: change base point, mirroring, rotation and displacement. Different ways of part processing can be specified in constructions; among them are the angular cut for corner sites, split of the straight sections of metal, offset from the nodes. The application can also adjust the length of parts belonging to one or more skeletons, by the removal or extension of parts, the implementation of the corner cutting edges of parts, etc. It is possible to edit all settings and properties of constructed objects.

Working step by step

In this article we'll consider the process of designing metal structures at the example of Stand-loader, developed by one of ASCON' clients, FGUP VNII "Signal" — Russian Science and Research Institute.

First, it is necessary to build a skeleton. This can be done by using KOMPAS-3D basic functional — the most convenient way to build spatial frames is with help of polygonal, flat or simple sketch. In our case, the frame is flat — we will draw it as a sketch with of all the necessary elements of the framework. They will be used for further construction of steel structures.

Secondly, using the application commands we allocate the appropriate segments of the skeleton and it laid out profiles. Profiles can be selected from the library's template container. In this case user is able to make any changes in the parameters of the profile. Now select a necessary instance from the library.

During the process of profile selecting elements of the skeleton application automatically create an outline of future metal. Why the outline sketch? Because the frame is still possible to overlap and gap, that should be immediately corrected.

To do this we select “processing” tab, the appropriate «corner splicing» and obtain the final version of the frame outer part. In the same way we construct the internal elements of the frame. During the placement of elements we can change orientation immediately in the “orientation” tab of properties panel .

As the result the framework can be edited again. There are a lot of powerful framework editing additional tools: quick changing of segments length, changing of processing and etc. Using them we will finish our constriction. By the way, after filling the frame profiles the BOM lists can be generated automatically! Moreover, the length of sites is already counted and put into the right place.

The work with Steel Structures 3D is completed. The few easy steps of the frame design, made by the author, took just 10 minutes. Quickly? Very! Convenient? Absolutely! Edit the result is also very simple and fast. As you can see the new application from ASCON is really effective and easy to use.

This model shows accurate dimensions, geometry, connections, member properties and materials. The model leaves nothing to imagination and eases the process of fabrication and erection for the steel structures.

In conclusion, just place already designed equipment and obtain the final assembly .

Shop floor programming with WorkNC CAM software at Patterson Mold & Tool boosts productivity (SESCOI)

The six seats of WorkNC CAM software that Patterson Mold & Tool, uses on its shop floor have improved productivity by 30%. The company, based in St Charles, Missouri, U.S. has been producing tooling for the die cast industry for over 30 years and is now part of Pace Industries, one of the largest die casting companies in the world. The main markets for its products are tools for its parent company used in the domestic appliance, lawn and garden, electrical, small motor, lighting, and telecommunications sectors. It now also produces parts for the aerospace industry, machining components such as pylons and struts, supported by AS9100 and ISO 9001 quality certification.

Before installing WorkNC, Patterson Mold & Tool had six full time CNC programmers, so machinists were relying on their skill, and had to wait when any changes had to be made to the CNC program. Roy Thomas, CNC Supervisor, says, " The machine operators had little idea of the machining methods chosen for them, which resulted in cautious feeds and speeds being used in the interests of safety." By installing WorkNC, the company has been able to redeploy the programmers to other engineering roles and carry out all its CNC programming on the shop floor. One lead programmer provides in house training and administers the WorkNC system so that the 10 machine operators can program their machines themselves.

Roy Thomas adds, “ The operators understand their tooling, machines and the metal cutting process significantly better than our offline programmers did. Productivity has gone up by 30% with better toolpaths and much less time wasted making changes. In particular, roughing operations take half the time to program and run 70% faster.”

As well as its 15 CNC machines, Patterson Mold & Tool has two 5-axis CNC machining centers, a DMG DMU 80 P and a DMG DMU 100 P. These machines were installed to reduce the number of EDM tools required for each job by making it possible to machine more of the tool directly. Now that the company is making aerospace parts, these machines have become an essential part of its production capability.

Roy Thomas says, “ We use WorkNC’s Auto 5 module exclusively for our 5-axis CNC programming and we have found it so easy to use that we did not need any training. Now around 25% of our work requires 5-axis machining and our 10 machinists use it every day.” WorkNC Auto 5 changes 3-axis toolpaths into 5-axis toolpaths automatically. Collision avoidance takes account of the tool and its holder as well as the limitations of the machine itself. Algorithms in the CAM software ensure you can utilize the shortest tool lengths and also intelligently use the machine axis limits data to introduce unwind and flip movements automatically.

Patterson Mold & Tool uses Unigraphics, CATIA and Pro/Engineer for its design, so tooling and aerospace models are all manipulated in these CAD systems prior to manufacture. The designers set the origins and put the parts in the right orientation ready for the machine operators to apply the toolpaths. Data goes straight into WorkNC, and pre defined macros automatically speed up the programming process. The company operates a three shift system, with low personnel levels on two of them, and depends heavily on the reliability of the software’s toolpaths, as parts can take up to 65 hours to machine. Roy Thomas says, “ The quality of WorkNC’s toolpaths are excellent. The Spiral Core Roughing is extremely good and gives us a great improvement in tool life.”

The six floating licenses of WorkNC give the company flexibility, enabling the majority of the operators to be programming simultaneously while keeping capital investment to a minimum. Roy Thomas adds, “ WorkNC is extremely important to us, and has resulted in some major improvements to our productivity, thanks to its automated cycles, reliability and ease of use. It is our only way of programming 5-axis parts, which is a large part of our business, helping us to reduce the number of set ups and fixtures we require and enabling us to cut more of the part in one hit.”

Delcam to show new ArtCAM to woodworkers at IWF

Delcam will demonstrate new versions of its ArtCAM family of software for artistic applications on booth 4756 at IWF in Atlanta, Georgia, from August 25th to 28th. The range comprises the entry-level version, ArtCAM Express for users new to CNC machining, ArtCAM Insignia for production machining and ArtCAM Pro for more complex design and manufacturing. All of the 2010 range will feature a completely new interface that can be customised by the user to give them the optimum productivity.

In the new release, the interface is fully customisable, meaning the every user can set up the software to give quicker access to the commands that they use most frequently. Similarly, commands that are rarely used can be hidden from the initial menu choices. This releases much more of the screen for visualisation of the model as the design progresses.

Another change that will increase productivity is the ability to use many more commands on the 3D model directly. Previously, much of ArtCAM’s modelling had to be carried out on a 2D view, and then calculated and visualized in 3D. Direct editing in the 3D window will give more immediate feedback, and so allow faster creation and modification of designs.

Further improvements have been made to the sculpting tools, following the major simplification of these options in ArtCAM 2009. These tools have always been highly valued by the most creative users as they can be used to produce virtually any shape. They duplicate in the virtual world the ability to sculpt physical materials but with the added advantage that material can be added as well as taken away.

On the machining side, a great deal of underlying technology has been incorporated into ArtCAM from Delcam’s industry-leading engineering CAM system, PowerMILL. This has enabled the inclusion of the latest multi-threading technology and so given faster calculation times. It has also given users greater flexibility to edit toolpaths, in particular to optimize the leads and links.

Within ArtCAM Insignia and ArtCAM Pro, more automation has been introduced when machining designs imported as layered DXF or pdf files from other CAD systems. Using Toolpath Templates, previously defined machining strategies, cutting tools and machining parameters can be applied to named layers within the imported file, using a single click. The layer structure is also preserved when a design is copied or even after it has been automatically nested to minimize material wastage. This means that the same Toolpath Template can be applied to all the copies simultaneously, dramatically reducing the time required to machine complex layouts with multiple, optimised, toolpath strategies.

New machining options include a new combination technique of roughing with an end-mill coupled with V-bit carving. This gives the advantage of faster material removal with the end-mill, while retaining the finish quality that is possible with a V-bit cutter.

Finally, machining simulations have been made more flexible by adding the ability to change the view during the simulation. This makes it easier to check the quality and accuracy of the toolpaths on the computer before they are sent to the machine.

Autodesk Helps Fiberforge Design Manufacturing System for Lightweight Product Components

Clean Tech Firm Uses AutoCAD Electrical to Help Design Manufacturing System for Lightweight Product Components.

SAN RAFAEL, Calif — Fiberforge is using software from Autodesk, Inc to design its patented RELAY Station, which produces lighter, stronger, more resilient, recyclable materials for consumer products and industrial machinery.

The Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program, which provides software grants for emerging clean tech companies in North America and Europe, is helping Fiberforge explore numerous design alternatives for the RELAY Station. Fiberforge used AutoCAD Electrical software to design and build the electrical controls for the RELAY Station. Part of the Autodesk solution for Digital Prototyping, AutoCAD Electrical combines AutoCAD functionality with features specifically for electrical applications.

“AutoCAD Electrical alerts our engineers to design errors as they occur, which helps us eliminate costly errors before the build phase begins,” said David Cramer, chief operating officer and chief technology officer at Fiberforge. “Since we joined the Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program, our engineers can better design electrical controls circuits based on functional requirements and automate many electrical engineering tasks, helping to save hours of effort.”

Fiberforge is a spin-off of the Rocky Mountain Institute, under the direction of Chairman and Chief Scientist Amory Lovins. The core of Fiberforge’s vision is “lightweighting,” the practice of designing and creating a significantly lighter product that still satisfies appropriate standards for strength, performance, appearance and safety. Lightweighting can be particularly useful in the automotive space because a lighter car uses less fuel.

Fiberforge uses composite processing that enables high-volume, low-cost production of parts not only for car bodies, but for everything from portable computers to aircraft parts. With this, the company is quickly becoming a leading supplier of advanced manufacturing technology and parts made from stronger, lighter materials. The company’s RELAY Station can produce a single part in less than three minutes.

With the accuracy and efficiency of designing the RELAY Station’s electrical controls digitally, Fiberforge significantly reduced the need for multiple physical prototypes, thereby speeding time to market.

“Fiberforge’s manufacturing system is enabling affordable production of lightweight, advanced composite parts,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Autodesk Manufacturing Industry Group. “It’s exciting to see how Fiberforge adopted Digital Prototyping to help innovate faster and deliver its breakthrough RELAY station to multiple industries.”

Curt Irwin, Ph.D., Human Factors Engineer joins Design Concepts, Inc.

MADISON, Wis — Design Concepts, Inc., a nationally-recognized innovation consultancy located in Madison, WI, has expanded its human factors expertise with the addition to the staff of Curt Irwin, Ph.D., human factors engineer.

Dr. Irwin’s research has been published in numerous industry journals and proceedings throughout the country. In addition to his research and teaching experience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Irwin has worked with Beloit Corporation, Beloit, WI and Strang Inc., Madison, WI.

Irwin holds a doctorate in biomedical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as a master’s degree in biomedical engineering and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.

Dave Franchino, president and principal of Design Concepts, explains, “Our human factors staff is an essential part of our approach to innovation and design thinking. Curt brings to us an incredible depth of knowledge and a truly unique combination of academic insight and practical real-world product design experience. He is a superb addition to our team and will be central to enhancing our ability to develop designs that pair user abilities with innovative product ideas.”

Design Concepts has established itself as a leader in the field of human factors by winning such prestigious industry accolades as the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society’s (HFES) 2009 Product Design Technical Group User-Centered Design Award.

PBS Professional Roll Now Available to Clustercorp’s Rocks+ Community

Agreement provides distribution of Altair’s HPC workload management solution with cluster operating environment stack.

TROY, Mich – Altair Engineering, Inc announced today that it has partnered with Clustercorp, a leader in systems management solutions for clusters and clouds, to provide PBS Professional, Altair’s EAL3+ certified workload management solution. PBS Professional will be distributed as a Roll through Clustercorp’s popular Rocks+ framework. The PBS Professional Roll is available immediately and offers the Rocks+ community and affiliated hardware vendors a robust workload management solution unrivaled in security and scalability for cluster and cloud software stacks.

Rocks+ is the commercial version of the Rocks Cluster Distribution, an end-to-end cluster and cloud solution, which manages the operating system, cluster management middleware, libraries, compilers, and monitoring tools, all with enterprise-class commercial support from Clustercorp. A Roll is a software packaging mechanism used to expedite the installation of software within the Rocks+ cluster and cloud operating environment. The packaging of PBS Professional in a Roll will make deploying PBS Professional in clusters and clouds a rapid and seamless experience.

“Partnering with Altair Engineering to create the Rocks+ PBS Professional Roll demonstrates Clustercorp’s commitment to providing customers with best-in-class solutions,” said Tim McIntire, CEO of Clustercorp. “As a reseller of PBS Professional, our customers will benefit from the efficiencies of a single-vendor acquisition process, while leveraging each company's core competencies to ensure a great customer experience.”

“Clients require high-performance cluster solutions that can be easily scaled to accommodate various workloads,” said Ed Turkel, manager of business development for HP Scalable Computing and Infrastructure. "With Altair Engineering's PBS Professional available within HP's Unified Cluster Portfolio, clients can take advantage of a cluster solution that delivers exceptional performance and scalability.”

PBS Professional®, the flagship product of the PBS Works™ suite, is a commercial-grade HPC workload and resource manager. PBS Professional makes it possible to easily create intelligent policies to manage distributed, mixed-vendor computing assets, including applications, as a single, unified system. Based on a policy-driven architecture, PBS Works continually optimizes how technical HPC resources are used, ensuring that all resources are used effectively and efficiently.

“Rocks+ PBS Professional combines two industry-leading products to deliver a solution that simplifies life for administrators and makes users more productive quickly,” says Piush Patel, director of Global Partner Programs for Altair. “The results for our mutual clients are improved productivity, confidence in meeting service levels, and reduced hardware and software license costs.”

The PBS Professional Roll is available directly from Clustercorp and its affiliated hardware and distributor partners.

Delcam reaches 1,500 customers in China

Delcam has announced that the company recently added its 1,500th customer in China; Zhejiang (Taizhou) Jianli Mould Co., Ltd. To mark this landmark achievement, Jiang Fang, General Manager of Zhejiang Jianli, was presented with a plaque by Her Majesty’s Ambassador to China, Sebastian Wood CMG, during the UK Advanced Engineering China Showcase held in Shanghai on 23rd and 24th June.

Zhejiang Jianli is based in Taizhou in the Zhejinag province to the south of Shanghai. This is a major toolmaking centre, with many hundreds of mouldmakers based in the province. Zhejiang Jianli has added Delcam’s PowerSHAPE design software and PowerMILL five-axis CAM system to help the company to be even more successful in this highly-competitive environment.

Like many other toolmakers in the region, Zhejiang Jianli mainly supplies moulds for the production of plastic components for the automotive industry. As with all automotive producers around the world, Chinese manufacturers demand shorter lead times and higher quality. The company is confident that the Delcam software will help to meet these requirements.

Zhejiang Jianli is also planning to diversify into other industries, especially the machining of aerospace components. It expects that the five-axis capabilities of PowerMILL will give the company the potential to be successful in this new area.

The UK Advanced Engineering China Showcase was organised by the UK Government to present the best of British advanced engineering to Chinese companies. It followed similar events in Brazil last year and in India during 2008. Delcam was chosen to take part in all three of these showcase events.

The China Showcase featured presentations from many leading UK engineering companies, including Airbus, Rolls Royce, GKN and Renishaw. Delcam Marketing Manager, Peter Dickin, spoke about some of his company’s recent customer success stories as part of the Technical Panel Session on Efficient Manufacturing.

Mastercam X5 Preview Being Showcased at IMTS 2010

Chicago, IL – The IMTS show ushers in the latest CAD/CAM software from CNC Software, Inc. Attendees will get a first look at Mastercam X5, which will be displayed in booth # E-3840 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL on September 13-18. Mastercam X5 introduces significant new capabilities, including new dynamic milling techniques, multiaxis machining, Smart Hybrid Finishing, and much more.

New Dynamic Milling Techniques

Dynamic milling constantly adjusts the toolpath to ensure the most efficient cut possible and allows use of the entire tool flute length, often eliminating the need for multiple depth cuts. New dynamic milling techniques include Dynamic Rest Mill and Dynamic Contour. Dynamic Rest Mill behaves in a manner similar to the current toolpath, only it uses dynamic milling motion instead of core mill or area mill motion for the rest operations. Dynamic Contour uses an intelligent, efficient high speed contouring strategy to remove material along walls. It supports multi-passes and can optionally include finishing passes.

Much easier multiaxis machining

Mastercam’s multiaxis suite has new machining techniques and a new, easy, workflow-oriented interface. Mastercam lets you choose the basic type of work you’re doing using clear illustrations, and then gives you a clear, step-by-step process for defining how you’ll cut the part. Mastercam’s multiaxis machining also includes a new highly specialized interface for smooth, gouge-free engine head porting.

Fast, aggressive, intelligent roughing

Mastercam’s new 3D surface high speed OptiRough toolpath is a new technique designed to remove large amounts of material quickly using its successful dynamic milling motion. Large, aggressive cuts are followed by fast, smaller up-cuts, safely delivering a fully roughed part faster than ever.

Smart Hybrid Finishing

Hybrid finishing intelligently blends two efficient cutting techniques in a single toolpath. This new toolpath evaluates the model shape and smoothly switches between Constant Z cutting and Constant Scallop machining. The result is a dramatically finer finish with less work.