Dec 27, 2010

ESI Releases its Casting Simulation Suite 2010

The complete application set to improve casting yield and quality.

Paris, France – ESI has developed over the years a set of applications for the foundry industry to optimize processes and to improve part quality. ESI’s Casting Simulation Suite (including ProCAST & QuikCAST) allows predictive evaluations of the entire casting process including: filling and solidification defects; mechanical properties; and, complex part distortion. It enables rapid visualization of the results of casting and thus allows correct decision-making at an early stage in the design of a manufacturing process.

The new 2010 version delivers numerous enhancements; offering several improved product functionalities as well as new features that meet today’s foundry needs. ESI’s Casting Simulation Suite 2010 allows an engineer to build step-by-step the necessary functionalities to span the entire foundry process – from die design through to the component’s performance during its productive life. In this release, ESI introduces important developments in micro modeling, allowing the prediction of the microstructure and assessment of the consequent mechanical properties of ferrous and non-ferrous alloy, both as cast and after heat treatment. This major technological breakthrough has led, for instance, to the precise selection of heat treatment parameters in order to obtain the required properties for Austempered Ductile Iron (ADI) components. Using this capability, ADI can be engineered to have properties superior to commonly used alloys, such as steel, as it is lighter and stronger for the same applications. Simulation helps achieve this performance, providing new materials opportunities to the transportation industry.

"ProCAST recent developments prove to be excellent for predicting the microstructure and the basic mechanical properties of casting materials,” said Dr. Antton Meléndez Arranz, Metallurgist at Tecnalia. “Using the microstructure module, the simulation of local graphite expansion is possible with a sensitively higher accuracy for shrinkage defects prediction. The microstructure module opens up a new line of possibilities and makes other types of analyses possible, particularly in relation to metallurgical quality level adjustments, according to the inoculation parameters in simulation."

Also included in version 2010 is a new optimization module. With only one simulation, engineers must set the best conditions for the design or process to reach objectives, such as minimizing porosity or improving yield. Using the new optimization module several simulations of the same process are run automatically, with slight variations of the input parameters (as happens on the foundry shop floor). Robustness and part quality are quantified from the simulation results.

The Casting Simulation Suite includes solutions and enhancements in gas porosity predictions, pin squeeze, air entrainment, thermal modulus and also for results extraction. The overall performance has been significantly improved.

“When you have the right tool in your hands, you can easily get quick and optimal solutions arising from extremely complex problems in superalloy foundries. ESI’s software has the potential to do this,” declared Ciro Caramiello, PhD - Process Modelling at EMA Rolls-Royce.

"We are pleased to announce the release of our Casting Simulation Suite 2010,” said Marco Aloe, Casting Product Manager at ESI Group. “Our growing and faithful installed base demonstrates the relevancy of our solution for foundries, whether they require a quick estimate or a more advanced and complete diagnosis. Our goal remains to develop tailored tools to help foundries efficiently design the best quality part and meet performance criteria. Included in version 2010 are developments in microstructure, stress, optimization and interfaces to specifically meet our customers’ challenges."

MSC.Software Introduces Adams Gear Advanced Technology Solution to Accurately Analyze Transmissions

Engineers use a single dynamic simulation tool for the complete design process of transmissions.

SANTA ANA, CA - MSC.Software Corporation has announced the release of Adams Gear Advanced Technology. The new toolkit is a plug-in to the world leading multibody dynamics program MD Adams from MSC.Software. The customized gear simulation environment enables engineers to use a single and scalable dynamic simulation tool for:

* Complete design process of transmission systems
* High fidelity systems simulation including detailed gears and bearings and optimization

High performance transmissions can be found in every technical industry segment such as machinery, automotive, aerospace, medical products, wind turbines, and consumer products. All transmissions have to fulfill the same requirements. They must be lightweight, quiet, vibration free, durable under harsh operating conditions - and all developed in shorter time frames.

Traditional transmission design procedures often rely only on static design studies. It is widely known that these design procedures alone are not meeting the demands of modern virtual prototyping. Decoupling system dynamics from transmission dynamics carries potential design risks, which will most likely lead to higher development costs and longer development times. Therefore, accurate prediction of system dynamics is a common prerequisite for robust system engineering and reliable component dimensioning.

Adams Gear Advanced Technology is a fully transient dynamic solution based on MD Adams. The combination of MD Adams and transmission specific methodologies built into its environment allows design teams to rely on both design approaches: statics as well dynamics. The same model used for static analysis throughout the design process can be used to perform dynamic studies of the component transmission and/or full system modelling. Dynamic effects like gear rattle can be observed.

The designer can then design the best performing transmission system overall layout and simultaneously receive and consider the relevant information about displacements, deflections and stresses in gears and bearings. This is possible since the high performance model consists of flexible and interacting components. Because of the scalability of Adams Gear Advanced Technology, the user can easily simplify arbitrary components to speed up the calculation and to evaluate control systems.

The Adams Gear Advanced Technology solution is available now, and supports:

* Straight, helical, internal and external gears
* High resolution gear contact algorithm that computes the distributed contact in function of the tooth shape (straight or helical), the applied micro corrections, the wheel distance and the misalignments within the highly flexible and interacting system components.
* Numerous output data in accordance to established standards and animations assist the engineer in evaluating the transmission design

Electric-car pioneer Tesla selects LMS NVH turnkey solution

30 years of leading NVH experience helps Silicon Valley engineers pave the way to revolutionary vehicles.

Tesla Motors, an innovator of electric powertrains and vehicle design, has selected LMS as its provider of choice for NVH development and test systems. By selecting the flexible and versatile LMS Test.Lab system for its state-of-the-art lab and testing site in Palo Alto, California, this innovative car maker is setting the standard for electric vehicles.

“LMS is setting the standard for automotive NVH engineering measurement systems. Our growing team required a cost effective, flexible and expandable turn-key NVH system and LMS delivered. We are using LMS Test.Lab in all aspects of the NVH development of Model S,” stated Roger Evans, Manager of NVH Engineering at Tesla Motors.

“At the core of Tesla Motors is the belief that an electric car offers tangible advantages to the discerning customer,” commented Mr. Peter Rawlinson, Vice President of Engineering with Tesla Motors. “We are developing Model S to deliver a refined driving experience and LMS Test.Lab delivers the breadth of test capability our NVH engineering team needs”.

Bruno Massa, Vice-President, Test Division, LMS International, “LMS is constantly working to meet the ever-changing needs of the automotive and other industries for advanced NVH and Durability engineering. Tesla Motors’ choice confirms our position as leaders in NVH for both traditional as well as electric and hybrid electric vehicles. We look forward to working with Tesla Motors and others in the world of eco-engineering to understand their unique challenges and deliver the right tailored solutions.”

Autodesk Announces New, Web-Based 30-Day Trial for AutoCAD LT 2011

Through Cloud Computing, Users Can Experience AutoCAD LT 2011 with No Download Required.

SAN RAFAEL, Calif : Autodesk, Inc has announced the availability of a completely online, free* 30-day trial for AutoCAD LT 2011 software. Engineers and designers can now test-drive the drafting and detailing software without downloading it, and can see firsthand how the software is the professional choice for productivity, reliability and compatibility.

What Are the Benefits: The online trial provides users with fast access to AutoCAD LT 2011 so they can evaluate and test the software prior to purchasing. This alternative to the full trial download requires only the installation of a small player, and gives users access to the full version of AutoCAD LT 2011 hosted completely online. The trial enables users to save and access files on their own computers.

With the online option, users can start using the professional-grade drafting software and experience the value AutoCAD LT 2011 offers more quickly.

“With the new 30-day trial, designers and engineers now have easier access to professional detailing and drafting software, available almost instantly,” said Kate Morrical, AutoCAD LT technical marketing manager, Autodesk. “Access to the software online allows users to explore the program, creating drawings and trying out all of the powerful AutoCAD LT features, without a time-consuming download and installation.”

Availability: The new downloadable AutoCAD LT 2011 30-day free* trial is now available at www.autodesk.com/autocadlt.

LCS Dual Buy a Double Win for ShipConstructor

Congressional approval to purchase ten each of both Lockheed Martin’s and Austal’s competing designs for the US Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program is a double win for ShipConstructor Software Inc.

As with previously built Littoral Combat Ships, future vessels in both the Freedom and Independence classes are being 3D modeled and constructed by companies using ShipConstructor’s AutoCAD based CAD/CAM application.

“ShipConstructor dominates the market for US naval construction,” noted Justin Paquin, ShipConstructor's Product Manager. “The majority of the US Navy’s future fleet will be built using ShipConstructor software.”

ShipConstructor is a CAD/CAM software suite that provides tools for production engineering of marine structures. ShipConstructor captures all information relevant to the 3D design, manufacturing, maintenance, repair and refit of complex marine projects inside of a Marine Information Model (MIM). At the heart of the model is a single relational database residing on a Microsoft SQL Server that can be integrated with related business processes and applications.

Ashampoo® 3D CAD Architecture 3: From the initial idea to the final project

Ashampoo 3D CAD Architecture 3 signifies advanced CAD software for designing and planning building projects freely. Exact models, 3D views, ground-plans and lists for construction and furnishing projects can be created with the software.

Getting started with professional CAD planning succeeds easily with Ashampoo 3D CAD Architecture 3 even without profound prior knowledge. A start wizard and a project wizard as well as training videos and sample projects are available for a quick start.

Among the highlights of Ashampoo 3D CAD Architecture 3 are the free 3D construction of objects, the usage of subtraction solids (solid modeling) as well as the integrated quantities plug-in.

Furthermore, extensive improvements have been made to diverse standard features.

Ashampoo 3D CAD Architecture 3 runs on Windows® XP, Windows Vista® and Windows® 7, and a single license costs USD 79.99 / EUR 79.99 / GBP 54.99 / AUD 131.99 / CAD 103.99 / RMB 399.95.

Ashampoo 3D CAD Architecture 3 combines intuitive handling with state-of-the-art CAD functions and enables the user to create exact building plans on a PC.
Editable sample projects and training videos allow a quick and easy start.

Free 3D construction (solids)
Ashampoo 3D CAD Architecture 3 supports solid modeling. With this personal free 3D constructions on the basis of primitives, extrusion solids, rotation and sweep solids can be created. These extend the software’s constructive features with their predefined construction elements.

Integrated quantities plug-in
The quantities plug-in generates a digital compilation of data providing room-specific information such as dimensions in 2D/3D view and allows for a deeper evaluation of the planning process according to the German DIN 277 and the ‘Wohnflaechenverordnung’ (Residential Space Ordinance).

Ashampoo 3D CAD Architecture 3: 40 days free trial
Ashampoo 3D CAD Architecture 3 runs on Windows® XP, Windows Vista® and Windows® 7. The trial version (893.44 MB) can be tested for 10 days. With a free online registration the trial period can be extended by 30 days. A single license costs USD 79.99 / EUR 79.99 / GBP 54.99 / AUD 131.99 / CAD 103.99 / RMB 399.95.

University of South Australia Students Gain Competitive Edge in Architectural and Engineering Job Market via Bentley Program

Bentley’s Academic Subscription Gives Every Student and Professor at this Leading Australian School Unlimited Access to Commercial-Grade Information Modeling Software and Training.

EXTON, Pa. – Bentley Systems, Incorporated has announced that every student and professor at the University of South Australia (UniSA) now has unlimited access to Bentley’s commercial-grade software for designing, building, and operating infrastructure, as well as unlimited training in its application. This access is available through Bentley’s Be Careers Network Academic SELECT subscription program, which UniSA has just joined. The program empowers students enrolled in UniSA’s architectural and engineering curricula to acquire an in-depth understanding of advanced information modeling software, as well as to hone their skills in applying it following industry best practices. As a result, upon graduation, they will be job ready, giving them a decided competitive edge in the infrastructure job market.

Commenting on the new software being added to the university’s portfolio, Professor Andrew Parfitt, pro vice chancellor and vice president, Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment, UniSA, said, “UniSA is always keen to adopt new technologies that enhance the student learning experience. Using the same software employed by so many of the largest engineering companies in the world, along with the training, should aid our graduates immensely.”

Added Jennifer Macdonald, research assistant and lecturer, UniSA, “We are delighted by the breadth of software offerings our new Be Careers Network Academic SELECT subscription provides. It encompasses the full range of infrastructure disciplines, from architecture to structural engineering, building performance engineering, mapping, water system design and analysis, geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering, and more. Through this comprehensive and cost-effective program, we can better prepare our students to become the next innovative leaders in the global community of infrastructure professionals.”

The Be Careers Network Academic SELECT subscription provides students and faculty with lab and classroom access to more than 50 software products – the same as those used by professional architects, engineers, construction teams, geospatial professionals, and owner-operators to create and operate infrastructure that improves quality of life in communities around the globe. These innovative products facilitate the design and engineering of everything from inspiring, high performance buildings to safer and more sustainable roads and bridges, high speed rail systems, utility distribution networks, plants and factories, and all the other infrastructure that sustains society, the environment, and long-term economic growth.

The subscription also provides:

* unlimited home-use licensing;
* full upgrades to the latest software versions;
* blended learning for faculty and students via LIVE training in Bentley’s virtual classroom and OnDemand eLearning through the Bentley LEARN Server;
* scholarships and grants;
* professional networking via Bentley’s Be Communities website.

Alan Savin, Bentley territory executive for Southeast Asia Pacific, said, “On behalf of my colleagues at Bentley, I am very pleased to welcome UniSA into our Academic SELECT program. The program has been carefully designed to benefit students, educators, and the infrastructure community at large. Students gain a competitive edge in the job market through their new technology skills and ability to connect with potential employers via the Be Communities website. Educators gain additional time to teach core theoretical concepts in the classroom through the program’s blended learning approach, which offers students the LIVE technical training they need in virtual classrooms and via OnDemand eLearning. And the infrastructure community gains access to a pool of qualified graduates, equipped with the training needed to be productive on day one and begin to successfully tackle the world’s many infrastructure challenges.”

Autodesk Unveils Winner of SketchBook Hero Image Contest

Winner’s Digital Painting to Be Featured as Splash Screen for Autodesk SketchBook Mobile App.

SAN RAFAEL, Calif - Autodesk, Inc named artist Luis Peso the winner of the company’s recent SketchBook Hero Image Contest. The contest called for images created with Autodesk SketchBook digital painting and drawing products.

Peso’s winning submission “Progress” will be the splash screen for Autodesk SketchBook Mobile — an application that has been downloaded more than two million times. Peso is based in Spain and used Autodesk SketchBook Pro for iPad to create his winning image. He is a professional goldsmith/silversmith, but spends his free time sketching and is a member of the International Association of Mobile Digital Artists.

SketchBook users submitted digital paintings and drawings created with Autodesk SketchBook products, used for illustration on desktops, laptops and mobile devices, including SketchBook Pro, SketchBook Mobile, SketchBook Pro for iPad, SketchBook Designer and SketchBook Express. The general public voted for one of seven finalists, which each represented different countries including France, Germany, India, Ireland, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States. Phillip Gruhn’s “Surfacing Fish” and Laura Lukauskaite’s “HooDoo” were second and third runners-up, respectively.

Chris Bradshaw, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Autodesk, said, “We congratulate Luis on his fantastic winning entry, and we were incredibly impressed overall by the diversity and creativity we saw from the members of the SketchBook community around the world who participated.”

“I love the professional quality of SketchBook Pro for iPad app. The color wheel and brushes allow me to try new textures and effects, giving me a new medium to paint,” said contest winner, Peso. “I’ve been drawing since I was a kid, and the transition to digital fingerpainting allows me to more actively engage in my passion.”

Autodesk SketchBook Pro software helps enable both professional and amateur artists to create rich digital artwork with powerful sketching tools. Autodesk SketchBook Mobile and Autodesk SketchBook Pro for iPad can enable users to create the same high-quality artwork directly from their mobile devices. The latest addition to the product line, Autodesk SketchBook Designer, enables professional designers and artists to use a hybrid paint and vector workflow for design illustration.

Bentley Receives Top Honors at Construction Computing Awards 2010 in Two Categories

Wins for ‘CAD Product of the Year’ and ‘Best Use of Social Media’.

EXTON, Pa. – Bentley Systems, Incorporated has announced that Bentley’s GenerativeComponents V8i technology preview and use of social media received top honors at the Construction Computing Awards 2010 event (also known as The Hammers V) held at The Tower hotel, London. The GenerativeComponents V8i technology preview was named “CAD Product of the Year,” and Bentley also won the award for “Best Use of Social Media 2010.” In addition, Bentley’s STAAD(X) software was recognized as runner-up in the “Structural Analysis of the Year” category, and its Hevacomp building performance products were named runner-up in the “Building Services Product of the Year 2010” category. The Construction Computing Awards showcase and reward technology, tools, and solutions for the effective design, construction, maintenance, and modification of commercial buildings, residential and social housing, and civil engineering projects of all sizes. The winners are selected by Construction Computing magazine’s readership, which includes IT professionals in construction, product, and project design companies.

Josh Boulton, director of the Construction Computing Awards program, said, “These awards honor Bentley’s commitment to developing highly innovative software for sustaining infrastructure and recognize its skills in effectively communicating with infrastructure professionals using today’s newest social media tools. Our readership has selected Bentley technology for awards several times in the past. Capturing two awards this year and being a runner-up in two other categories is testament to how much IT professionals value Bentley’s portfolio of software offerings. I congratulate the Bentley team for this impressive achievement.”

Commenting on the awards, Huw Roberts, Bentley global marketing director, said, “I am honored that the readership of this highly regarded publication has chosen Bentley as the winner in these two categories. It’s great to have our work advancing generative design software and exploring new social media tools be recognized by such a prestigious group. These IT professionals make an incredible difference in the capabilities and efficiencies of construction organizations, and we salute their work.”

ZW3D Showcased at Euromold 2010

Frankfurt, Germany- December 1st to 4th, 2010 marked the 17th EuroMold 2010 Fair. Known as an annual world fair for design, product development, mold making, and tooling, this year, over 55,000 people attended it from 86 different countries. Encee, an authorized ZW3D distributor in Germany had its debut showcase for ZW3D at EuroMold 2010.

At the show, Encee built a fifty-two square meter booth with four open display sides, two large ZW3D background palates, and six laptops for hands-on demonstrations. There was much curiosity over the new software as numerous visitors attended the booth during the four days of exhibition. New customers were delighted to discover the extent of the capabilities of ZW3D, and were even more surprised by the great price. People who had already heard about ZW3D and former VX customers were very excited about the new software. Particularly, they commented on how the new features of TransMagic, Partsolution, and Turning will be able to aid them in their designs.

EuroMold 2010 was a huge success. This year, there were 1384 exhibitors from 38 different countries. These exhibitors showcased products and services from related industry sectors, as well as included numerous technology world premiers. However, ZW3D stole the show when it came to new CAD/CAM products on the market, as 50% of interested costumers opted for the ZW3D premium package.

ZWSOFT fully acquired VX Corporation on July 30, 2010, including its trademarks, intellectual properties, technologies, R&D center, etc, and then fully incorporated VX's technologies into ZW3DTM.

CimatronE Webinar Demonstrates Fast, Automated Mold Design

Novi, MI - Cimatron Technologies Inc., a subsidiary of Cimatron Limited (Nasdaq: CIMT), a provider of integrated CAD/CAM solutions for mold, tool and die makers as well as manufacturers of discrete parts, announced today that the recording of the webinar “Automating the Mold Design Process” is available at online.

In the December 2010 webinar, Dan Branch, manager of technical support at Cimatron Technologies Inc (“CTI”), took participants through the automated mold design process from scratch. The webinar demonstrated how CimatronE’s large selection of automated applicative tools speed up the mold design process while ensuring the user maintains complete control and flexibility.

The webinar started with the import of a non-watertight solid part, demonstrating CimatronE’s ability to start mold design immediately on less-than-perfect parts; even though the system identified gaps in several areas, no time was wasted mending and closing the part.

Participants could see how CimatronE allows users to quickly establish parting directions and parting surfaces, followed by the creation of cooling systems, ejectors, runners, and lifters. The webinar highlighted additional time savings enabled by streamlined integration of supplier catalog parts, as well as the ability to automate the creation of pockets in the surrounding plates.

Finally, after creating the basis for the mold, the webinar showed how the full associativity of CimatronE Mold Design allowed an Engineering Change Order (ECO) to be handled quickly and effectively, including the preview of a new ECO Documentation Tool that allows users to keep track of all changes.

“In today’s market, toolmakers are under pressure to offer high quality products at very competitive prices,” said Ralph Picklo, VP Sales at CTI. “CimatronE helps leading toolmakers to achieve these goals by upgrading the quoting process, shortening overall delivery times and reducing costs, while ensuring high quality design.”

The webinar is available from the website of CTI’s “Tooling Times” newsletter www.toolingtimes.com/mold-design.html

ESPRIT Skill Builder Events conducted

Frivolous fanfare was not on the set list in early December, when ESPRIT took the main stage for DP Technology’s premier West Coast skill builder event in Costa Mesa, Calif.

Created to help ESPRIT’s users take advantage of time-saving tips and tricks, the day of no-cost training was supplemented with presentations from users and partners with unique insights on the software.

“The user seminar was the best opportunity to discover some new ways to utilize ESPRIT and uncover a few mistakes I’ve been making when approaching part features and processes,” said Bob Lewis of Metalore, an El Segundo, Calif.-based company that specializes in the manufacturing of precision parts for the motor sports, military hardware and medical sectors.

In addition to attending the event, Lewis shared his stories of success with peers in attendance. “It was a great opportunity to discuss the parts and processes of Metalore with participants having different parts but similar issues when processing parts,” he said.

James Kim, an applications engineer for Agie Charmilles, LLC, was invited to speak about the latest wire EDM developments, particularly rotary wire EDM applications.

“This allowed ESPRIT end users from diverse machining backgrounds to see sample application examples and programming approaches, and to see and feel rotary EDM sample parts up close, in their hands,” Kim said. “I met customers face-to-face after my presentation and was pleasantly surprised to see great interest and excitement in their eyes.”

With thorough coverage provided by experienced ESPRIT instructor and Application Engineer Paul Walczyk, the skill-building event was designed to do just that — build skills. Created to get into the nuts and bolts of the software, the day of learning in a casual atmosphere was meant to provide ESPRIT customers with tools they can really use.

"There is something to be said about being interactive," Walczyk said. "It's a great chance to ask questions and have them answered on the spot."

Walczyk encourages future attendees to bring both questions and feedback.

"This gives us an opportunity to collect information about what end-users are looking for in the future," he said. "They get to see what's new, but they also give us an idea of what's needed and this information is given to R&D (research and development) for consideration."

“The goals of the skill builder event were to deliver training on a variety of hidden gems in ESPRIT, as well as to share powerful success stories from our users,” said DP Marketing Events Manager Shelby Paul.

The event was also an opportunity for users to learn about ESPRIT’s current development plan, recent acquisitions and partnerships, and the ESPRIT of today and the near future.

“We wanted attendees to come away with valuable new tricks and to be inspired to take on new challenges with ESPRIT,” Paul said. “The Costa Mesa event was a complete success and we look forward to bringing it to cities across the U.S. in the next several months.”

Concept Engineering Announces 20th Anniversary

2010 marks 17th consecutive year of profitability for developer of visualization and debugging technology.

FREIBURG, Germany - Concept Engineering, developer of visualization and debugging technology for the electronic design automation (EDA) market, celebrates the 20th year of providing customers with leading-edge visualization and debugging technology. The company attributes its success and its 17th consecutive year of profitability to innovative technology and long-term commitment to creating value for customers.

Today, more than 35 original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) use Concept’s schematic generation and visualization technology -- Nlview™ -- as part of their products or design flows. Of the top 20 semiconductor companies, 18 use debugging tools from Concept -- SpiceVision® PRO or GateVision® PRO or RTLvision® PRO. Concept Engineering’s transistor-level debugging tool, SpiceVision PRO, is in use at more than 100 semiconductor and electronics companies world-wide.

Founders Gerhard Angst, president and CEO, and Lothar Linhard, CTO and vice president of engineering, have been managing the company since inception in 1990. “With 17 years of profitability and zero debt, the company has been able to maintain a very independent and innovative start-up-like environment,” said Gerhard Angst. “We’ve always been committed to keeping customers happy for the long term, and are fortunate in having a group of passionate and highly motivated employees with the enthusiasm to create leading-edge software. The most rewarding aspect of the past 20 years has been the confidence our growing customer base has shown in the company and our software.”

“A worldwide base of customers that continue to invest in successive Concept Engineering speaks to our continuing commitment to technology leadership,” said Lothar Linhard. “We are committed to innovation, now providing visualization technology for all design levels, including system level, RTL level, gate level and transistor level.”

In 2007, Concept Engineering was singled out by EDAcentrum, an independent association dedicated to the promotion of research and development in EDA, to receive the EDA Achievement Award for achievements in research and development. Each year the EDA Achievement Award is given by EDAcentrum to a team or individual who reached excellent results in research or development within the EDA field and who contributed to the improvements within the Ekompass Project. (Ekompass is a funding program set up by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) to stimulate EDA research. Ekompass means "design platform for complex applied systems and circuits in microelectronics" in German.).

3Dconnexion 3D Mice Help Solid Edge ST3 Users Break Design Productivity Barriers

3Dconnexion 3D Mice Provide Precise Control for Accelerated Design and Model Creation.

Fremont, Calif – 3Dconnexion’s full line of 3D mice now supports the latest version of 3D CAD modeling software Solid Edge® ST3. Complementing the new features in Solid Edge ST3, 3D mice help design professionals to develop a deeper understanding of their 3D models by delivering a level of control that is unattainable with a traditional mouse and keyboard.

When working in Solid Edge ST3 with a 3D mouse, users experience a range of benefits across all work modes, including:

* Superior Navigation and Precise Control: 3D mice allow design professionals to simultaneously pan, zoom and rotate as if they are holding the model in their hand. The patented six-degrees-of-freedom (6DoF) sensor is capable of detecting input as small as four micrometers for smooth and precise control.
* Enhanced Simulation Review: ST3 allows designers to see what’s happening inside their model via improved post processing display capabilities with clipping planes. 3D mice further augment this new visualization process by allowing users to easily review simulation results.
* Accelerated Productivity: ST3 features the new capability to merge 2D drawings with existing 3D models for expanded productivity. 3Dconnexion 3D mice help streamline this process, enabling users to more easily view, modify and verify the fidelity of 2D dimensions as they are applied to the 3D model.
* Improved Efficiency: Programmable buttons provide quick access to commonly used application commands, enabling designers to better focus on their models

The entire 3Dconnexion product line is compatible with Solid Edge ST3, including the Professional Series with the SpacePilot PRO (MSRP $399) and SpaceExplorer™ (MSRP $299), and the Standard Series with the SpaceNavigator (MSRP $99) and SpaceNavigator for Notebooks (MSRP $129).

Dec 22, 2010

ESI Announces the Release of Visual-Environment 6.5

An integrated and versatile virtual prototyping platform for improved productivity.

Paris: Visual-Environment offers a flexible and open engineering framework within a common platform for applications and interfaces, addressing simulation domains simultaneously or on a stand-alone basis. With two releases scheduled every year, ESI customers benefit from an ever-evolving platform adapted to the needs of various disciplines, solvers and industries.

Along with an optimized workspace, Visual-Environment 6.5 includes general performance enhancements and notable updates to existing applications, all aimed at increasing productivity and efficiency. Examples include, a generic and consistent entity selection procedure to improve usability within the selection wizard, as well as optimal layer management in the Visual-Viewer application, which enables the study of multiple models in one window. In addition to managing enterprise workflows and simulation content within VisualDSS and its web client, customers will also benefit from this Decision Support System (DSS) for complete design lifecycle management.
Interface with various disciplines

Every application in ESI’s Visual-Environment is updated with each new release. For instance, Visual-Crash PAM 6.5 features a new Belt Tool to create a multi-point seat belt in just a few clicks and a new plot editor to visualize and edit curves, supporting the crash and safety simulation solver PAM-CRASH.

This latest release of Visual-Environment also incorporates three new applications: Visual-CEM for computational electromagnetic (CEM) simulations, Visual-Composite Materials for composite structure manufacturing and Visual-Weld for welding and heat treatment simulations. While Visual-CEM includes a harness manager to handle all types of cable networks, from simple lines to sophisticated bundles, Visual-Composite Materials now allows the management of material data related to shape distortion simulations. As for Visual-Weld, visualization is improved thanks to the creation of weld sequence animations. The automatic creation of reports and weld lines is also available in version 6.5.
Support for NVH & Interior Acoustics

In a special release, Visual-Environment 6.6 is being simultaneously made available with version 6.5 for selected ESI customers. In version 6.6 the setup of Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) simulations ranging from Structural Transfer Functions and Point Mobility Analysis to full Vehicle Interior Acoustics with road excitation, is possible. The 6.6 edition provides advanced tools to visualize acoustic coupling, create structural panels, as well as process automation for setting up NVH and Interior Acoustics models. ESI’s Visual-Environment platform not only covers the complete sequence typically used in automotive NVH simulation, but also extends to the integration of Porous Elastic Materials (PEM) for improved predictability of the sound pressure level experienced by drivers and passengers.

“Our new NVH and Interior Acoustics module allows customers to improve their productivity by reusing data already available from other domains like Crash, Strength and Stiffness. Furthermore, the physical realism and accuracy of the NVH solution can be enhanced by bringing in the effects of the manufacturing and assembly history on the mechanical properties of the parts and assemblies,” said Willem Van Hal, NVH Product Manager at ESI Group.

“Our customers are our coaches and their constant feedback has been instrumental in guiding us forward,” said Anitha Nanjundaswamy Rao, Platform Product Manager at ESI Group. “With this latest release of Visual-Environment, ESI comes closer to delivering to its customers an integrated platform for End-to-End Virtual Prototyping.”

Mastercam X5 Mill Makes Current Processes More Efficient and Automated

Tolland, CT –Mastercam X5 Mill offers expanded machining flexibility and an increased emphasis on speed and automation. Smart Hybrid Finishing, new dynamic milling techniques, and ISCAR support combine with dozens of additional new enhancements in a package intended to improve shop floor productivity.

Significant highlights and new functionality in Mastercam X5 Mill:

Smart Hybrid Finishing – Hybrid finishing blends two efficient cutting techniques into 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.

New surface toolpath – 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.

ISCAR Support – Mastercam includes specific support for ISCAR’s High Efficiency Machining (HEM) tools, ensuring that parts are programmed to get the absolute most out of the cutters. Simply select the appropriate ISCAR cutting tool from the library and the optimum information, feeds, and speed are calculated automatically.

Multiaxis machining – Mastercam X5 improves multiaxis toolpath speed and has new machining techniques and an 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. It also includes a new highly specialized interface for smooth, gouge-free engine head porting.

Other new enhancements include:

- New Dynamic milling techniques constantly adjust the toolpath to ensure the most efficient cut possible.

- Dynamic contouring uses an efficient high speed contouring strategy to remove material along walls.

- Enhanced Feature Based Machining (FBM) enhancements

- …and many more

Adlens Uses DS SolidWorks Software to Sharpen Eyesight In The Developing World

U.K. Company Designs Adjustable Eyeglasses to Solve Vision Problems without the Assistance of eye specialists.

CONCORD, Mass., USA — Easily correctable vision problems push scores of people from self-sufficiency into poverty every day in developing countries that might have only one eye care professional for every million residents. U.K.-based Adlens is trying to fill that need with affordable, adjustable eyeglasses that correct 80 percent of the refractive vision errors encountered by people in the developing world.

Using SolidWorks® software, Adlens created a layered lens that enables wearers to literally dial up custom prescription eyeglasses with no help from an optician, optometrist or ophthalmologist. Under guidance of a trained person (for instance, a community health worker) Adlens’ adaptive eyeglasses adjust with the turn of a knob to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and presbyopia (loss of focus). For people who won’t encounter an eye care professional in their whole lives, Adlens adaptive eyeglasses are a new lease on a productive life.

“There are hundreds of millions of people around the world who need only a simple pair of eyeglasses to remain self sufficient,” said Sjoerd Hannema CEO of Adlens. “We are working through the Vision for a Nation program to raise awareness of the impact impaired vision can have on a person’s education and quality of life. Our product is a way to correct many of those vision problems with the infrastructure available in the developing world.”

Adlens used SolidWorks to design a four-layer polycarbonate eyeglass lens. Two rigid lenses enclose a cavity housing a flexible third lens that contains a volume of oil. Knobs on the eyeglass frames pump the transparent oil in or out of the lens, where the middle layer flexes to provide the optical power the wearer needs. Then the wearer simply removes the levers and the adjustment knobs to lock in the prescription.

Creating a mechanism delicate enough for fine adjustments yet durable enough to survive heat, dust, and transportation over long distances was challenging, said Adlens Product Designer Alex Edginton. SolidWorks enabled the Adlens engineering team to experiment with designs that would balance precision and ruggedness.

“Structural integrity and durability are significant considerations for us. Rwanda, where we are working with the Ministry of Health to provide our spectacles, has a wide range of environmental conditions. The lenses and adjusters mechanisms are designed and tested to cope with the harsh conditions they will be subjected to,” he said. “SolidWorks enabled us to evaluate new designs quickly and easily. We used the 3D data to visualize concepts, create rapid prototypes and produce finished components, and SolidWorks was particularly helpful in understanding the interaction of each component in the product. We’re putting much more functionality than usual into a pair of spectacles with the adjustable lenses, seals and mechanisms, which are assemblies of complex, precision components. Fitting them together optimally was critical.”

Rwanda is typical of sub-Saharan African nations that might have only a handful of eye care professionals to serve the whole country. They usually work in or around the capital cities, mainly treating the wealthy, leaving low income and rural Rwandans to fend for themselves.

“The simple ability to fit a person with a pair of eyeglasses can lead to a better education for a child, a longer working life or advanced education for an adult, or just the ability to remain independent with age,” said DS SolidWorks CEO Jeff Ray. “Adlens is showing how technical innovation can improve living conditions all over the world, and SolidWorks is proud to support their efforts.”

MecSoft Corporation Welcomes RhinoCAM VAR in China

Irvine, CA : MecSoft Corporation, a global leader in Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software, announced today a VAR partnership with Cogito Software Co. Ltd., located in Beijing, China.

Founded in 2000, Cogito is a value added reseller of CAD, CAM and Digital Graphics software in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. They will resell RhinoCAM, a uniquely integrated CAM solution for Rhinoceros 3D modeling software.

“RhinoCAM offers our Rhino3D customers a powerful manufacturing solution that is really easy to use yet extremely powerful.” stated Rich Yu, President of Cogito. “And, since it is integrated directly inside Rhino3D, RhinoCAM offers a logical and truly efficient workflow.”

Cimatron Appoints Two New Distributors for Brazil

CimCAD and MTC will increase the quality and reach of CimatronE support and sales services in the region.

Israel – Cimatron Limited announced that two distributors have been appointed to serve the Campinas region and Santa Catherina area, respectively, of Brazil.

CimCAD, based in Joinville city, will cover the Santa Catherina state area, in southern Brazil. The second distributor, MTC, located in Indaiatuba city, will serve the Campinas region of Brazil. Both distributors offer a high level of expertise in tool design and manufacture. They will cater to a wide range of different industries including automotive, household electronics, civil engineering and other tooling and manufacturing industries.

The high level of expertise in tooling that both distributors bring to the table complements CimatronE software’s strong mold and die making solutions. CimatronE provides full associativity across the manufacturing process from quoting, through design, and up to delivery, so that all design and manufacture for tooling can take place in one single environment.

“We are happy to welcome CimCAD and MTC to Cimatron’s fast growing Brazil Reseller Network”, said Alexandre Censi, Cimatron’s country manager for Brazil. “With their strong tooling backgrounds, knowledge of the market, and dedication to service, I am confident that CimCAD and MTC will provide a robust support system for current and future CimatronE customers.”

Cimatron and Mr. Censi are expected to announce shortly the further expansion of Cimatron’s activity in Brazil, through the appointment of additional local distributors. Current customers of CimatronE can remain up to date through Cimatron’s website, and are encouraged to contact new distributors in their area.

Dassault Systèmes and GIGA Everonn partner to bring Game Technology Education in India

Technology helps reinvent education process in India.

Dassault Systèmes announced its partnership with Global Institute of Gaming & Animation (GIGA) a division of Everonn Skill Development Limited (ESDL) to bring game technology education endorsed by 3DVIA Virtools. This partnership enables GIGA to become the first animation & game academy in India to offer game technology education endorsed by 3DVIA Virtools, as part of its full time degree or diploma programs. Everonn GIGA is licensed by Dassault Systèmes to offer programs in three levels at colleges & schools right from class VI. By virtue of Everonn being the largest VSAT education network in the world, GIGA will leverage the VSAT technology to take Animation & Game education pan-India.

Commenting on the partnership, Mr Ajay Verma, Vice President, Dassault Systèmes, South Asia said, “The advent of convergence and the increasing need for richness in interactive media is creating significant demand for skilled professionals. We believe at Dassault Systèmes, that technology has the potential to help reinvent the education process, and inspire young learners to embrace science and technology. Games, with their popularity and singular ability to engage young people, are showing promise as a way to excite and prepare the Net generation, the current crop of students who have grown up on technology. Dassault Systèmes, together with GIGA is helping students to develop games that are compelling and playable using latest 3DVIA Virtools.”

Mr. Peter Sebastian, Head, GIGA said “Brand Everonn has been synonymous with technological innovations and creating global demand for Indian students. The Everonn GIGA & Dassault relationship only goes to prove this. This is a huge breakthrough as far as game education in India is concerned with 3DVIA Virtools providing, access to non-programmers, intuitive interface, library of over 500 standard behavior building blocks, State of the art rendering engine, compatibility with other modelling tools and Seamless multiplatform deployment on Xbox/Wii/PC/Mac, highly interactive real-time 3D content has never been as easy and now Indian students have access to this international content and authoring platform. With big names like Electronics Arts (EA, USA), Ubisoft, Sony, Artematica, Lexis Numérique using the 3DVIA Virtools for game prototyping, the qualification becomes high on demand”.

According to NASSCOM Study on Animation and Gaming Industry, there is a requirement for over 4,00,000 animation professionals in 2010 and the Indian media and entertainment industry is forecasted to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19 per cent to reach Rs 83,740 crore by 2010. Incidentally, the size of the Indian gaming industry was estimated at around Rs 790 crore in 2009 and is expected to cross $424 million by 2010. Also, the animation industry in India is set to grow at a CAGR of 27% to reach USD1163 million by 2012. This sector has shown a consistent growth of estimated CAGR of 20.1% in the last two years (2007-08) and it is estimated to reach 39 billion INR by 2013.

GIGA in its pursuit to bring the best and latest in game education to India brings this unique game technology education where in a designer can finish a game himself. With this technology, it is not mandatory for an individual to be a game developer or programmer to create a game, be it online, mobile, pc or console-based and even massively multiplayer online role playing games (MMORPG). After completing a game character or model using relevant 3D softwares, all that one needs is to drag and drop the various possibilities, behaviours, characteristics and assign keys as the game may demand. And the game is ready to play. Dassault Systèmes promises that adopting by this technology one can slash down turnaround times by 60% relative to the time taken for making a game under normal practise. The partnership provides room for the names of the graduating students to be published in an exclusive link of the 3Dvia Virtools website, making students pursuing these programs being identified as professionals ready for an industrial career.

Students can click on the link to register online: http://www.giga.ac.in/student_register.html

Dec 21, 2010

New shipbuilding whitepaper shows how industry can beat the recession

Cambridge, UK: AVEVA, a provider of engineering design and information management solutions for the plant, power and marine industries, today announced the release of AVEVA Integrated Shipbuilding, the latest in its series of industry whitepapers. This whitepaper explores how shipyards can optimise the design, procurement and production process through improved information management, shortening schedules, increasing productivity and driving down costs.

Written by AVEVA's team of experienced naval architects and shipbuilding engineers, the whitepaper identifies and analyses a number of key business processes that have a direct impact on the profitability and ultimate success of today's shipyards, including:

* Business capture and sales
* Executive management information
* Planning and control
* Engineering and design
* Procurement and supply chain
* Stock and logistics
* Production
* Commissioning and delivery
* The extended shipyard

The paper examines how today's highly globalised shipbuilding projects often struggle with very localised and disconnected information assets. These "silos" of information make it difficult for shipyards to cope profitably and safely with the staggering amounts of data that the shipbuilding process generates.

The paper proposes the "integration" of both process and technology, so that all data can be validated, shared, audited, automated and re-used, across all business requirements. The integrated shipyard can also operate efficiently in a global environment with multiple vendors and subcontractors, dispersed across many different countries.

Bruce Douglas, Senior VP Marketing & Product Strategy at AVEVA, commented: "In these economically challenging times, shipyards are focusing their energies on improving process and information availability, to try and beat the recession. Those yards that can control their information flow throughout the many phases of the project will improve their efficiency and competitiveness, as well as enabling their diversification into related industries, like offshore. We think this new whitepaper will provide shipbuilders with a valuable perspective on the challenges they face in achieving that integrated information flow."

The whitepaper is available for download from AVEVA's website - www.aveva.com/whitepapers

EON Reality Showcases Interactive 3D Visualization Solutions for the Oil and Gas Industry

IRVINE, Calif – EON Reality Inc., an interactive 3D software provider, showcased its latest solutions at OSEA 2010 in Singapore, Asia’s premier exhibition and conference within Oil and Gas.

At the event from Nov 30th – Dec 3rd, EON Reality demonstrated many of its leading interactive 3D solutions within the field, including:

* EON VRTS (Virtual Reality Training System); a customizable and interactive 3D Simulation-Based Learning system for the Oil and Gas industry that has proven to increase training retention, enhance safety and thereby ultimately improve productivity.
* EON Artificial I; an innovative display system that offers interactive stereoscopic 3D presentations without the need for glasses.
* EON ICatcher Mini; a portable immersive 3D visualization system for immersive design reviews and safety simulation based on data from e.g. PDMS, Microstation and Autodesk CAD software.

Training efficiency and safety aspects are of paramount importance for overall productivity and bottom-line results within the industry today. During the event EON Reality showcased actual case studies of how leading Oil and Gas companies are using EON Reality’s interactive 3D technologies to successfully implement solutions in these fields.

Docupoint Announces Availability of 2011 Release of DrawingSearcher

"The Google®-like Search Engine for AutoCAD®"

Las Vegas – Docupoint announced at Autodesk University in Vegas the availability of the NEWEST release of DrawingSearcher™ - Version 2011, the “Google®-like Search Engine for AutoCAD®”. DrawingSearcher 2011 is compatible with AutoCAD 2011 and all prior versions of AutoCAD. Also included in the new release are enhanced Administrator Tools, maintaining DrawingSearcher's reputation as an "industrial strength" document management tool.

FREE Thumbdrives -- At Autodesk University in Las Vegas, Docupoint teamed up with the publishers of the Autodesk Partner Solutions Resource Catalog to give away thousands of free USB Flash Drives to AU attendees. Autodesk anticipated 7,000 AU attendees. The thumbdrives are shaped like a door key and attachable to any standard key-chain, allowing AutoCAD users to carry around specific AutoCAD drawings anywhere they go. “It is a nice way to thank our existing and prospective DrawingSearcher clients, with a clever device that reminds users of Docupoint’s focus on improving document management”, said Brad Bishop of Docupoint.

DrawingSearcher provides instant full-text SEARCH throughout all AutoCAD
drawing files … stored anywhere
within an organization’s tens-of or hundreds-of thousands of drawing files
via standard web browsers

“One key feature of DrawingSearcher is that it is web-browser based, allowing ANY user within an organization to search and find AutoCAD drawings. Users do not even need AutoCAD on their computer to search and view AutoCAD drawings”, Bishop continues. “As a true document management tool, it makes it easy for companies and organizations to justify the purchase of DrawingSearcher”.

Originally launched in 1998, DrawingSearcher pioneered the use of full-text search and automatic DWF publishing in a fully integrated, web browser-based Search Engine application. DrawingSearcher is installed on a computer server behind a firewall. Automatically generated preview images then make it easy to identify the drawing(s) of interest from the search results via preview images which open a generated DWF file for viewing. DrawingSearcher’s SmartZoom™ feature allows users to “jump” around inside every drawing to see each instance of the search results, zoomed and centered appropriately. DrawingSearcher is available in two editions:

· Gold -- allows users to SEARCH AutoCAD drawings AND other related documents created on Microsoft Office software including Word/Excel/Powerpoint/etc. and Adobe PDF files and Scanned files stored in TIFF or CALS format, etc.

· Silver -- allows users to SEARCH only AutoCAD drawings.

Built around the Autodesk RealDWG engine, DrawingSearcher protects the user's investment in DWG files by leveraging the core technologies used by AutoCAD. Docupoint customers include such organizations as Belgian Railways, Canadian Broadcasting, Chevron, Citgo Petroleum, Great River Energy, Kraft Foods, Transport Canada, Turner Broadcasting and the US Army.

The DrawingSearcher server application runs on Microsoft Windows 7, Vista, XP or Windows 2003 Servers. Client computers require Internet Explorer 6.0 (or higher) and the free Autodesk Design Review application for collaboration and mark-up.

More information on DrawingSearcher is available from Docupoint's web site at www.docupoint.com, where AutoCAD users are encouraged to experience the power of a modern, web-based approach to drawing collaboration by downloading the free, fully functional, 30-day trial version of DrawingSearcher. Users will quickly be able to install, configure and make initial use of DrawingSearcher on their own AutoCAD drawing files. A fully indexed on-line archive of thousands of drawing files can be expected in just a few hours.

MecSoft Announces Support for SolidWorks 2011

Irvine, CA: MecSoft Corporation, a maker of Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software, announced today support for SolidWorks 2011.

With the recently announced service release for VisualMILL-for-SolidWorks, users can now run inside both the 32 and 64 bit versions of SolidWorks 2011. This service release is available to current VisualMILL-for-SolidWorks users through MecSoft’s VisualServe software licensing portal.

“As a Gold Certified CAM Product vendor, we are committed to supporting the most recent version of SolidWorks,” stated Joe Anand, President and CEO of MecSoft. “With this service release, VisualMILL-for-SolidWorks is fully certified to run inside SolidWorks versions 2008 thru 2011.”

Headquartered in Irvine, California, MecSoft Corporation is a maker of Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software solutions. Award winning software products: VisualMILL™, VisualMILL for SolidWorks® and, RhinoCAM™, deliver powerful and efficient solutions to users in the rapid manufacturing, mold making, aerospace, automotive, woodworking, education and tool & die industries.

Lantek launches its new SteelWork Software to meet the needs of the structural steel market

Lantek Systems launched its new Lantek SteelWork Solution at the recent sheet metalworking technology exhibition, EuroBLECH 2010. The new software has been designed to help companies manage their production processes when designing and completing structural steel, sheet metal, and construction projects.

The new Lantek SteelWork System is the latest step in the company’s ambition to bring its 20 years of expertise to a market which generates 2 billion Euros annually in Europe alone, processing 200 million tonnes of steel.

Alberto Martínez, Lantek SMS Manager, says, “The structural steel sector is undergoing an evolutionary phase, with companies having to adhere to national and European regulations which control prefabricated structures, covering items such as stress calculations, and dimensions. The need to integrate sophisticated 3D design programs with automated manufacture, and the control of production processes, is a priority for companies in the market. Our research and development team produced the modular Lantek SteelWork System to specifically address these demands. We anticipate that this will be an important new market for Lantek as, despite the difficult economic challenges facing the construction sector, the short to medium term prospects for structural steel projects is good.”

The capabilities of the software include 2D and 3D design, CNC programming of profiles, integration with third party structural design software, and ERP capabilities to control costs and production and ensure the best possible return on investment.

Lantek SteelWork is integrated with the company’s Flex3d SteelWork System. This enables the 3D CAD/CAM design and cutting of standard profiles including I, U, L, T, H, round and square sections. Automatic and semi-automatic 3D nesting maximizes material utilization while optimization of the profile and the CNC code, coupled with collision avoidance technology, ensures safe and efficient cutting operations on a range of machinery, including sawing, drilling, punching, tapping, marking, oxycut, and plasma equipment.

Linking with Lantek Expert CAD/CAM, Lantek SteelWork can design nest and CNC program 2D sheet metal profiles. It includes a full range of functionality such as automatic and manual nesting, lead-in contour management, common line cutting, toolpath transformation, CAD interfaces and layer management, offering maximum flexibility.

The integration of the new software with Tekla Structures® BIM software is the first step in the integration of a range of leading 3D structural design systems. Tekla Structures® is currently the most advanced building information modelling system on the market, and the integration enables the import of all the structural components in a complete project. Lantek SteelWork’s ERP is then able to manage operations, costs, and geometries in a web based environment. Based on Lantek’s Integra ERP technology, this new solution has been tailored for the structural steel industry and facilitates process and cost control, and enables management from any location via the Internet. It comprises the following capabilities.

* Project Module. Lantek SteelWork allows the user to import the complete Tekla Structures® model as a project including the tree structure of components and manufacturing stages. Resources and activities are associated with each element, ready for tracking the progress of the project.
* The Production module keeps control of the loading on each resource with automatic checking to ensure the validity of the production plan. Actual costs are tracked and can be compared with the estimate, ensuring the project goes smoothly.
* Budgeting tools within Lantek SteelWork allow users to visualize hours, material and manufacturing costs across different levels of a project, so that managers can get an accurate report of the current status.
* Planning module: performance of individual resources can be measured in the system using feedback from each project. The information can be used to update the manufacturing plan either manually or automatically based on the loading on each resource.
* The Purchasing module keeps track of the purchase orders raised against each project, thereby monitoring expenditure and enabling managers to review its current status against the plan.
* The Warehousing module monitors stock levels of material, including sheet and profile sections. It provides dimensions for the material and maintains traceability records, quality documentation and stock value records.
* Sales and certification tools in the system provide partial certification for each project, status management, invoicing and payment configuration.
* The Lantek SteelWork dashboard provides reports for the complete portfolio of projects. These can include an analysis of time, cost, profit margins, comparisons between actual and budgeted costs, and summaries of the status of production

Initially, the software will be available, as part of a phased plan in Spain, Brazil, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, and the United States, followed by introduction to other markets through Lantek’s global dealer network.

Alberto Martínez says, “Lantek SteelWork is unique in the way it brings together design, manufacturing and production management. Its ability to harmonize the complete process will enable companies to operate more efficiently, deliver projects on time, control costs and achieve improved profitability.”

Delcam to expand Western US sales team

Delcam has announced the expansion to the Western United States sales team starting in January 2011.

Federico Libertini, will be transitioning from his current role of Support Manager to Direct Sales Engineer. Federico started with Delcam as an Applications Engineer in 2004. Through his incredible work ethic and excellent job working with the vast amount of Delcam customers, he moved quickly into a more prominent role. In addition to his experience in support, Federico’s career has given him an extensive background in machining starting as a CNC machinist in 1998, when he began to program lathes and mills both with manual input and GibbsCAM. Prior to joining Delcam, he attended NTMA training centres in Southern California where he received Basic and Advanced MasterCAM training with solids, surfaces and multi-axis programming.

"I am extremely pleased to welcome Federico to the Delcam Western Sales Team”, commented Christian Briscoe, Delcam’s VP Western Sales. "His experience as a Delcam AE and Support Manager will make him a vital addition to the sales team. His many contacts in the industry and his knowledge of the Delcam products mean that he can make a valuable contribution towards growing our sales right away. I know Fed will bring an immense amount of energy to the sales team and we are ecstatic to have him onboard!”

Also starting in January, John Gale of Gale Force Technology will now officially be joining the Western Sales Team full time as Direct Sales Engineer for Delcam. John will be responsible for FeatureCAM and ArtCAM sales for Northern California and Nevada as well as adding Oregon and Washington. Briscoe added, "John has a long history with Delcam and dedication to our software. He was originally on the advisory council from Bridgeport when we initially began development of FeatureCAM. John also brings with him a tremendous amount of technical and sales experience and we are privileged to have him officially join our team full time and expand his role within Delcam.”

Kevin Smith has also increased his role within the Western Sales Team by adding all of Southern California for FeatureCAM and ArtCAM sales. Kevin has worked very hard to transition into his sales role for Delcam since 2009, after the acquisition of Vizion technology where he worked previously as an Applications Engineer. Prior to making the move to California and joining the world of CAD/CAM, Kevin also worked in the manufacturing industry from 2003 to 2007 in the automotive sector, milling mould components in the Michigan area. "We are really proud of the great strides that Kevin as made in fulfilling his role here at Delcam. We are very confident in his abilities to increase revenue in Southern California and look forward to his continued success,” said Glenn McMinn, President of Delcam North America.

Last but not least, after several years working in the marketing group at Delcam and formerly EGS, Maryann Beaver has joined the Western Sales Team full time as Sales Administrator. "Maryann has been a top performer in Marketing for over 12 years; she has already immersed herself into her new role to assist the Western Team by bringing fresh ideas to help assist the team and our customers. The Western Team is very fortunate to have her working with them, where I know her dedication to Delcam and our customers will be very valuable,” added McMinn.

"Delcam’s market share in CAM software is growing so we needed to strengthen our sales team to handle the increased demand,” explained McMinn. Earlier this year, Delcam announced record six-month sales during the first half of 2010. In addition, industry analysts CIMdata recently confirmed that Delcam had completed ten years as the world’s leading specialist supplier of CAM software and services, and that the company had sold more industrial CAM seats that any other developer during 2009. At this year’s IMTS exhibition, a presentation was made to Delcam’s 10,000th customer in North America, while in October a similar ceremony was held for its 35,000th global customer.

LizardTech Releases MrSID Decode SDK 8.0

Developers can add support for MG4 files created with LizardTech GeoExpress 8.

SEATTLE, Wash - LizardTech®, a division of Celartem Inc. and a leading provider of software solutions for managing and distributing geospatial content, announced the release of the 8.0 version of the MrSID® Decode SDK (DSDK) to complement the recent release of LizardTech GeoExpress™ 8. This SDK gives developers tools to support viewing files in the MrSID Generation 4 (MG4™) format, unveiled with the recent launch of GeoExpress 8, which adds support for multispectral data, alpha channels and improved mosaicking.

"Last year we introduced an updated MrSID DSDK for LiDAR data and now we're adding support for raster data. This release of the MrSID DSDK allows third-party developers to add support for viewing and decoding data compressed to any version of the MrSID file format," said Jon Skiffington, director of product management. "We're excited to offer this SDK to our partners and look forward to the release of their products that support MG4 as well as MrSID Generation 3 and MrSID Generation 2."

MG4 is the new version of the LizardTech MrSID file format that the geospatial industry has relied on for years. MG4 accommodates new technologies for analyzing the earth by supporting hyperspectral imagery, LiDAR point cloud data, and multiterabyte datasets. With MG4 users can losslessly compress their geospatial data, mosaic datasets together, color balance raster imagery, and manipulate data in many other ways. LiDAR data compressed to MG4 can be viewed in Merrick MARS, Overwatch LiDAR Analyst, ESRI 3D Analyst, and LizardTech's free GeoViewer. Raster imagery compressed to MG4 can be viewed with either of LizardTech's free viewers.

Eos Group Announces Eos Explorer Version 2.5

SCOTTSDALE - Eos Group announced today that it has released a new version of its leading estimate management product. Eos Explorer 2.5 adds a new event history module to its broad arsenal of estimate analysis and tracking functions.

"The release of Version 2.5 will further enhance the strong reputation of Eos Explorer as the leading estimate management product available for preconstruction professionals," said Greg Bloom, Eos Explorer Product Manager. "This version continues our long-term commitment to add powerful features on a regular basis. Our loyal enterprise clients have come to rely on this commitment."

First released in 2005 as a tool to manage the many aspects of the preconstruction estimating process, Eos Explorer has grown into a comprehensive enterprise system for request, creation, management, validation, review, and reporting workflows. Version 2.5 also features numerous performance improvements and increased compatibility with Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

Eos Group, Inc. focuses exclusively on enterprise cost estimating. Since 1995 Eos Group has helped hundreds of Engineering and Construction firms design and implement commercial and custom estimating solutions. With a unique combination of deep industry expertise and sophisticated products, Eos Group enables its clients to implement enterprise-scale estimating systems that leverage historical cost data and produce estimates that are consistently accurate and defensible.

ERDAS 2011 Software - Available Now

Norcross, GA — ERDAS has announced the official release of ERDAS® 2011 Software, including ERDAS IMAGINE®, LPS, ERDAS APOLLO, ERDAS Extensions for ArcGIS® 10 and other leading desktop and server products.

Portfolio-wide changes for the ERDAS 2011 Software Release include the ability to localize ERDAS products for a global audience, integrated support for Bing™ Maps base imagery and map data, distributed processing throughout the desktop offerings, and a new product, ERDAS Engine. ERDAS Engine is a simple, cost-effective solution that boosts processing power for ERDAS IMAGINE and LPS, leveraging existing hardware resources for increased production needs or situations requiring faster production output.

“ERDAS already offers customers the most powerful, comprehensive geospatial software tools in the industry. This release revolutionizes the way our customers utilize our applications, truly integrating them into their overall workflow.” said Joel Campbell, President, ERDAS.

ERDAS IMAGINE is the world’s leading geospatial desktop authoring platform, incorporating image processing and analysis, remote sensing and GIS. ERDAS IMAGINE 2011 features upgraded and streamlined imagery analysis workflows, the ability to geolink to Google Earth, and export to Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, or JPEG with a single click. ERDAS IMAGINE 2011 also introduces Hyperspherical Color Space (HCS) pan sharpening, developed specifically for DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-2 data.

LPS is a powerful, workflow-oriented photogrammetry system for production mapping. A key theme for the LPS 2011 release is distributed processing, which enables users to leverage multi-core CPUs and multiple networked servers to accelerate project completion. In addition, LPS 2011 enables ortho generation for a specific area of imagery defined by a shape file or AOI.

ERDAS Extensions for ArcGIS 10 is a production suite of stereo visualization tools that seamlessly integrate into the ArcGIS®10 environment. Stereo visualization enables users to view imagery in 3D, facilitating interpretation of topological features, enabling more spatially accurate feature collection than digitizing features from an orthorectified image.

ERDAS APOLLO is the market leading geospatial solution for managing and serving imagery, consistently delivering virtually any digital object in an enterprise, faster, using less hardware than server-based products. ERDAS APOLLO 2011 introduces clustering, enabling multiple servers to work in concert to fulfill data searches and requests, increasing the number of supportable users. ERDAS APOLLO 2011 can also catalog and serve LIDAR and point cloud files (LAS).

Campbell continued, “By integrating other popular geospatial tools, boosting the processing capability of the software, and streamlining workflows, we’re enabling users to accomplish more, faster, easier, and more accurately and economically than was previously possible, or can be done with any other competitive offering.”

Falcontec produces rotary dies in as little as one day With ArtCAM

Falcontec, a UK-based manufacturer of rotary foiling and embossing tools, is using Delcam’s ArtCAM engraving software to provide its customers with dies within deadlines as short as one working day. With over fifty years in the industry and a strong dedication to in-house research and development, the company understands that this fast service gives it a strong competitive edge in today’s challenging economic climate.

"Most of the files that we receive from our customers are Adobe Illustrator files. These often contain a number of levels, which highlight the areas of the design that they want embossed or foiled, for instance,” explained Mike Brown, Programming Supervisor at Falcontec. "When a customer checks the quality of the design, they are usually looking at the visually-pleasing elements of the work, but this doesn’t mean it is suitable for machining. This is where ArtCAM’s Vector Doctor becomes extremely useful. It not only allows you to see vectors that could cause machining issues but it automatically fixes them. This saves so much heartache, especially when some jobs we receive have up to 30,000 vectors.”

Another effective and time-saving feature within ArtCAM is the Offset Vectors tool. This allows Mr. Brown to quickly select a vector and create a copy within a set distance around it or to the side of it. The new vector can then be used to add shape and dimension to the artwork.

Once the artwork is complete, Mr. Brown can choose from a range of machining strategies designed to improve accuracy whilst reducing the time taken on the machine. "With our previous software, calculating the toolpaths for machining took anything up to half a day,” he commented. "Now it can be done in seconds. We also had no indication on how long the calculation would take. With ArtCAM this can be monitored with the progress bar but you very rarely need to watch it because the software is that quick.”

Falcontec also provide customers with a choice of embossing dies. For example, an engraved female die can be used in conjunction with a hard rubber anvil or, for the finest detail, both male and female sets can be provided. If the customer later requires the production of a male counterpart, thanks to ArtCAM, an engraved rotary male die can be produced that fits perfectly.

Falcontec Director, Stan Vigurs added, "One of the reasons we bought ArtCAM was to do more 3D work and every day we are finding more scope to do so. Originally our organisation concentrated purely on the label converting industry, but now we are able to do more and more work for packaging, book binding and even saddlery.”

He continued, "As a company, we regularly review how we can reduce the time required to set-up a machine so that we can pass these savings onto our customers. ArtCAM continually helps us do that. Delcam is a very professional company and we enjoy working with them.”

Delcam releases the 2011 version of its PowerMILL CAM system

Delcam has released the 2011 version of its PowerMILL CAM system for five-axis and high-speed machining. This release makes the programming of safe toolpaths easier than ever thanks to new stock-model-engagement options that protect both the cutting tool and the machine from excessive loading. Other enhancements include new editing capabilities to simplify the machining of duplicate items; more versatile control of feed-rates for leads and links; and extra functionality for sketching, plus the completion of the move to the new clearer forms for the complete range of strategies.

The options to optimise tool loading will help overcome a constant conflict for programmers. On the one hand, they want to maximise productivity by setting feed-rates as fast as their machines will allow; on the other hand, they need to ensure safe speeds that will not break the tool. The need for safe machining has, of course, become more critical as a growing number of companies are introducing lights-out, unmanned operation overnight or during weekends.

A number of CAM programs incorporate strategies based on the extent of cutter engagement to give more consistent loading on the tool and so allow higher feed-rates. However, these options are usually limited to the initial roughing operations, or to only roughing and rest-roughing. PowerMILL’s new stock engagement technology can also be employed with all of the system’s finishing and rest-finishing strategies so ensuring that the safest-possible toolpaths are run on the machine at all stages.

The key to this more comprehensive solution is the accuracy of the stock models produced within PowerMILL after each machining stage has been completed. These models give a precise representation of the material still remaining on the part and are used to ensure that the cutter is never asked to remove more material than it can safely cut. At the same time, the stock models also ensure that toolpaths are not produced where there is no material remaining so the machine tool is never left cutting air.

The new toolpath editing options in PowerMILL will make it easier to produce multiple copies of any duplicated item, for example, when machining a series of cavities into a mould tool. The user can now specify an array of multiple copies in one operation, using approaches such as a number of rows and columns or a radial spacing around a central point. Once the copies have been produced, the complete series of toolpaths can be re-sequenced to minimise tool changes.

Enhancements to feed-rate optimisation have been introduced to give better control of leads and links at the points of cutter engagement and exit. Typically, the feed rate as the cutter enters and exits the material needs to be slower than that set for the main length of the toolpath. Setting the entry speed too high will risk damage to the cutter and the spindle, and can even move smaller parts on their fixtures. Exit speeds are critical when machining brittle materials, such as graphite electrodes, since the cutter can chip the surface of the part if it is moving too quickly. PowerMILL users can now avoid these problems by setting specific entry and exit feed-rates, either as percentages of the feed-rate for the main toolpath or as absolute values.

PowerMILL has incorporated sketching functionality for several years, for example to draw boundaries within the model to limit individual machining strategies to particular areas of the part. This has been enhanced with a number of new editing options, including the ability to offset or transform curves, and to flatten 3D curves into 2D curves, or to project 2D curves onto 3D surfaces.

The new release is available now for customers on maintenance to download from http://updates.delcam.com.

G Squared Art Uses IRONCAD to Design the Wing Ceiling Fan

ATLANTA, GA - IronCAD, LLC, a provider of design productivity solutions, is pleased to announce G Squared Art has won the prestigious GOOD DESIGN™ Award with the wing ceiling fan designed in the IRONCAD design solution. From the high-tech aerospace industries to manufacturers of consumer products designed for the tabletop, hundreds of the world's leading corporations and design offices from 40 nations—from Shanghai to Istanbul—vied in Chicago and New York for the world's oldest and most coveted GOOD DESIGN Award for 2010, which is conferred annually by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design together with The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.

Founded in Chicago in 1950 by architects Eero Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames, and Edgar Kaufmann, Jr., GOOD DESIGN bestows international recognition upon the world's most prominent designers and manufacturers for advancing new, visionary, and innovative product concepts, invention and originality, and for stretching the envelope beyond what is considered ordinary product and consumer design.

In the Households Division, designer Mark Gajewski from G Squared Art in Avila Beach California designed the Wing Ceiling Fan using IRONCAD. The beauty of simplicity - the fan distilled to its essence. Its sleek sculptural appearance is a serene yet powerful statement.

* Novel approach to the ceiling fan
* Whisper quiet and a powerful air mover, very efficient use of energy
* Breakthrough in ease of assembly with no blades to attach, ready to hang out of the box
* Fans are green! Ceiling fans save energy used in heating and cooling - averaging between 15 to 40% energy savings

“IRONCAD provided me the flexibility and simplicity to design from concept to production of the wing fan” stated Mark Gajewski. “It’s flexibility allowed me to make multiple design modifications to help sculpt the final design. In addition, using the rendering capabilities we were able to convey the realistic design visually to present and market the product prior to manufacturing” he continued.


* Finishes: translucent, silver, white, maple, mahogany
* 52" blade span, 3 speeds with reverse
* Wall control included, hand held remote available
* UL listed with lifetime motor warranty
* Price: $549.95
* Availability: summer 2011
* Version with LED lighting to follow

Order from G Squared Art online at www.g2art.com or by calling toll free 877-858-5333. Also available nationwide from showrooms carrying Minka Aire products.

Designer and Manufacturer

Design: Mark Gajewski. G Squared Art was founded in 1996 in response to a need for good design. Taking a fresh approach to design G Squared Art challenges existing solutions and provides unique alternatives. Our goal is simple: to design and sell the best designs in the world.

The Wing ceiling fan is manufactured by Minka Aire of Corona, CA, phone 909 735 9220.

Dec 19, 2010

Dassault Systèmes and Geometric Sign Global Services Agreement

Dassault Systèmes and Geometric Limited have announced a Global Services Agreement, making Geometric a preferred services provider to support Dassault Systèmes products and technologies.

Under the agreement, Geometric will partner with Dassault Systèmes to provide services on Dassault Systèmes platforms to joint customers across multiple geographies and industries, thus further strengthening the relationship between the two Companies.

“With Geometric’s extensive experience in Dassault Systèmes products, combined with our industry leading V6 PLM solutions, we believe that this partnership will bring strong value to our customers, both in domain expertise and technology capabilities” said Tom Emmrich, Senior Vice-President, Dassault Systèmes Services.

Signing the agreement, Mr. Ravishankar, Managing Director and CEO Geometric commented “We are very pleased to join the elite group of Dassault Systèmes’ ‘preferred partners’. We have been working with Dassault Systèmes for providing services on Dassault Systèmes products, and this endorsement of our services will help us better serve Dassault Systèmes’ customers”.

Geometric has over two decades of experience working with Dassault Systèmes products and technologies. The company has developed niche service offerings for implementation, migration, upgrade, maintenance and interoperability around Dassault Systèmes’ products including ENOVIA, CATIA, SOLIDWORKS, SIMULIA and DELMIA.

Toyota Industrial Equipment S.A. Selects MSC.Software Solutions to Optimize Product Design

To use SimXpert to develop rugged, durable and reliable equipment for the European market.

SANTA ANA, CA - MSC.Software Corporation has announced that Toyota Industrial Equipment S.A. has chosen SimXpert with MD Nastran for the modeling and analysis of chassis components and forklift truck body frames for customized material handling equipment.

Toyota Industrial Equipment S.A. (TIESA), a TICO Group company located in Ancenis, France, providing optimized materials handling solutions, is relying on the wealth of know-how and experience accumulated over many years of operation for the design of a wide range of advanced Toyota brand products. Due to market growth in Europe and the need for equipment design customization for European customers, the engineering department of Toyota Industrial Equipment S.A. needed to develop its own competency in CAE modeling and analysis. They want to be able to quickly address specific customer requirements, and to demonstrate local expertise and skills in design and optimization.

"Through MSC.Software's simulation technology, we are able to optimize complex welded body frames by running structural analysis and validating real-world behavior of the forklift before doing any physical prototypes," said Jean-François Ferron, Engineering Manager at Toyota Industrial Equipment S.A. "This helps us optimize product durability so we can offer high quality, customized and innovative equipment to our clients."

"We are very proud that Toyota Industrial Equipment S.A. has selected our software solutions for advanced modeling and simulation of their materials handling solutions," said Kais Bouchiba, Senior Vice-President EMEA at MSC.Software. "Our solutions meet their mandatory criteria which included CATIA interoperability, ease of use, and affordability. We are convinced that MSC's CAE Solutions will help Toyota Industrial Equipment S.A. design even better and innovative products in a cost effective manner."

Tanner EDA Expands Presence in Chinese Market

NewPlus to provide sales and support for full-flow analog IC design tool suite.

MONROVIA, California – Tanner EDA, the catalyst for innovation for the design, layout and verification of analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs), has appointed NewPlus Systems and Technologies Ltd. to provide sales and support for all Tanner EDA products in China.

The exclusive distribution agreement will help Tanner EDA meet the growing demand for the company’s full-flow analog IC design suite, HiPer Silicon, as well as related specialty design tools and services. HiPer Silicon gives designers a complete analog design flow, from schematic capture, circuit simulation, and waveform probing to physical layout and verification, which is ideal for analog, mixed-signal, RF, and MEMS IC design. The integrated tool suite, available on both Windows and Linux platforms, shares a common architecture and common user interface that is consistent across all tools, resulting in a comprehensive, unified software solution.

“Tanner EDA’s solutions not only increase designer productivity, they are also easy to install and use,” said Felix Wong, Chairman and CTO of NewPlus. “HiPer Silicon is a well-established tool suite with widespread acceptance worldwide. Availability in both Windows and Linux is a definite plus for the analog and mixed-signal market in China.”

NewPlus, the most experienced distributor in China, also represents ACE, Atrenta, Eve, and Synopsys as well as maintaining relationships with key foundries on the mainland.

“As demand for Tanner EDA products has been increasing in China, we have been searching for an experienced and well-regarded company to be the first line of contact for local customers,” said Hamed Emami, vice president of worldwide sales for Tanner EDA. “NewPlus has the industry experience and technology expertise to help our customers as we provide design solutions to customers in this important market.”

Rocket City Space Pioneers Rely on SolidWorks to "Power" Their Entry in the Google Lunar X PRIZE

Team Competing in Race Back to the Moon.

CONCORD, Mass - Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp announced that the Rocket City Space Pioneers (RCSP) will use SolidWorks® software to “boost” its entry in the Google Lunar X PRIZE. The X PRIZE competition challenges and inspires engineers and entrepreneurs from around the world to develop low-cost methods for robotic space exploration.

A Huntsville, Ala. team featuring leaders in the spaceflight and educational fields is currently developing a low-cost lunar lander/rover system to send to the moon by 2014, which will be able to travel 500 meters and transmit video images and data back to the Earth. Led by Dynetics, the team comprising Teledyne Brown Engineering, Andrews Space, Spaceflight Services, Draper Laboratory, the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and the Von Braun Center for Science & Innovation (VCSI) plans to be the first privately funded team to get to the moon.

Using SolidWorks® CAD and SolidWorks Simulation software, RCSP will be able to quickly and easily validate its designs for the lunar lander system, which will be capable of making a soft landing on a planetary body and deploying the rover. SolidWorks will allow RCSP to test its designs to ensure that the lander and rover stay within the specified dimensions and weight, while minimizing costs. With SolidWorks Simulation, RCSP can subject its designs to the same airflow, stress, and thermal conditions the system will experience while in orbit. RCSP is also using SolidWorks Enterprise PDM software for configuration management to ensure complete control over all design information across its diverse team.

“Choosing SolidWorks software for the X PRIZE competition was a natural extension of the work we do every day. SolidWorks has been Dynetics’ primary CAD software for automotive, space vehicle, and propulsion design since 2001,” said Ricky Jordan, lead mechanical engineer, Space Vehicles Department at Dynetics.

“We are excited to be part of this important mission to return to the moon. RCSP’s experience in the various aspects of space travel, as well as in the commercial market, makes them uniquely qualified to succeed,” said Christine Washburn, vice president of marketing, DS SolidWorks. “Our design software solutions will provide RCSP with the necessary tools to test their ideas, share design information across seven partners, and ultimately deliver proven designs for their mission.”

RCSP was one of six teams competing for the X PRIZE to be awarded the Innovative Lunar Demonstrations Data (ILDD) contract by NASA’s Johnson Space Center. The data from this contract will be used to develop future lander vehicles and exploration systems. RCSP recently delivered the System Definition Review (SDR) package to NASA, which contains the mission concept of operations, integrated vehicle design, engineering analysis, and technical data package on the subsystems. It provides the details of the RCSP’s system-level design as it relates to the overall mission. The system-level design ensures the readiness of the project to move to the implementation phase.

“ModernTech Mechanical is thrilled to have the opportunity to deepen our relationship with our Huntsville, Ala. area customers and the SolidWorks community at large through our support of SolidWorks design, simulation and data management tools,” says Jon Carlton, ModernTech Mechanical vice president.

Autodesk University 2010 Showcases Impact of Great Design

Nearly 30,000 Experience Power of the Possible Through Industry Keynote Presentations, Customer Exhibits, Hands-on Classes, Labs and Networking

SAN RAFAEL, Calif - In its 18th year, Autodesk University, the annual user conference for Autodesk, Inc brought together a record number of attendees, with nearly 30,000 designers, engineers, architects and digital artists, as well as members of the news media, industry analyst and investment communities, from more than 72 countries gathering at the live conferences in Las Vegas, Tokyo, Beijing and through AU Virtual.

During the three-day Las Vegas conference, attendees were exposed to innovations in 3D design technologies and witnessed the positive impact of design and technology through industry keynotes, customer exhibits and presentations.

“Great design has always had an impact, but today, the need for that impact is greater than ever. We are facing urgent and complex global challenges that demand our most creative work and innovative solutions,” said Carl Bass, CEO and president of Autodesk, during the opening Autodesk University keynote.

Also during the opening keynote, Autodesk chief technology officer Jeff Kowalski talked about how a change in toolset—due to a transformative technology—can inspire a change in mindset. Today’s transformative technology is Infinite Computing which uses the virtually unlimited computing power available through the cloud. Kowalski challenged attendees to change the way they are thinking about technology and to adopt a new paradigm to solve their greatest design problems.

“Infinite computing is changing the nature and potential impact of design in important ways,” said Kowalski. “Now, we can create amazingly robust design explorations, brilliant visualizations and precise simulations more efficiently and easily than ever before.”

The Impact of Great Design

Autodesk invited a broad range of speakers who inspired attendees with examples of design’s impact on a range of industries and communities.

* Scott Summit, CTO of Bespoke Innovations, demonstrated how his company used 3D design technology to create customized and affordable prosthetics that reflect each person’s morphology and personal style.
* Franz von Holzhausen, chief designer at Tesla Motors, drove a prototype of the all-electric Tesla Model S sedan onto the AU stage before showing how he and his design team were able to create multiple prototypes of the vehicle using Autodesk software.
* Bart Nye, public information officer for CalTrans, revealed how CalTrans used visualization technology to more effectively communicate major transportation construction projects to the public, enabling them to minimize traffic and optimize efficiency.

“Using visualization technology to influence public behavior around transportation projects has been a game-changer for us,” said Nye. “We can do things at CalTrans now that we’ve never been able to do before. We can use these robust visualizations to not only affect, but improve, motorist behavior.”

Other highlights from the show included the Design Matters Customer Showcase + Autodesk Labs, exhibits from Autodesk Clean Tech partners Tesla Motors and Pi Mobility and a Mobile Art Gallery, auctioning pieces for charity.

Rasterex releases RxView & RxHighlight R12

Rasterex Software, a global leader within document viewing and collaboration, today released version R12 of their desktop viewers for Windows.

Version R12 is a major upgrade. Besides supporting AutoCAD 2011, it also has a strong focus on MicroStation DGN. Full support for DGN 3D and complete XREF handling for DGN V8, finally brings the quality of the MicroStation filter close to the same level as our AutoCAD filter is known for. With a new scenic Windows 7/Carbon visual style and a lot of new features and enhancement, version 12 really brings something new to the table.

RxView allows users to view & print more than 250 different file formats - without the design software installed on the machine. CAD drawings, 3D CAD models, plot-files, PDFs, Office documents, raster images and scanned drawings.

RxHighlight is the same software installation as RxView, but through the license file, it opens up for advanced functions like redlining, markup, conversion, batch processes and text search & extraction, for collaboration between team members.

New in version 12:
Updated format support:

* AutoCAD 2011
* PDF - Adobe 9.0
* MS Office 2010
* MS Office 2007

Updated 3D formats (licensed separately as optional):

* Inventor 2011
* SolidWorks 2010
* Solid Edge: all versions
* CATIA V5: R7-R20
* PRO/E: Wildfire 5
* Unigraphics. 15-NX7
* AutoCAD 3D
* MicroStation 3D now supported

New features and enhancements:

* Full UNICODE support
* Scenic Windows 7 visual style + Carbon visual style
* XREFs are now listed correctly for MicroStation V8 files
* Text Search and Extraction implemented for all MS Office formats
* Slider (status bar) now zppms by center
* the slider will now also work correctly on AutoCAD files - in file info
* Recalculate extents option in Microstation V8
* Rockey/Sentinel lock type selection in license finder dialog
* License ID changed from ROCKY to ROCKEY for hardware locks
* Named views are now shown in PageBar
* Added option for color change during markup consolidation
* Added color option to markup consolidation by layer/user dialog
* Added perimeter summary to Area Measurement Summary dialog
* Import redlines now also accepts xml files
* Edit of Markup Areas: Added new property page for measure statistics
* New Print Option: Markup only, without image
* Measure export from measure dialog
* User defined views now supported in the markup format
* Insunits measurement settings are now read from AutoCAD files
* 11 fixes in core engine and architecture
* 21 fixes for file format readers: AutoCAD, MicroStation, PDF, MS Word, MS Excel, JPEG, HPGL, PDF Export