Mar 31, 2010

ODA Announces New Branding of Development Platform

Phoenix, AZ: The Open Design Alliance (ODA) today announced Teigha™ (pronounced tee-ga), a new brand name of its software development platform for CAD and other graphics applications.

Since its founding in 1998, the ODA has developed an increasingly powerful set of components used for the development of CAD and technical graphics applications. Originally focused on providing tools for working with .dwg files, the ODA platform has expanded over the years to include support for .dgn, .dwf, .pdf, and .svg files, and has also grown in depth and complexity to the point where it can now be used as a platform on which developers can build technical graphics applications, including CAD systems.

The ODA platform will begin using the new Teigha name starting mid April.

Arnold van der Weide, President of the ODA, stated, “Because of the growth of the development platform into more broad and extensive areas, it became increasingly clear that we needed a new name that could encompass a wider range of technology. Previously we were using DWGdirect, DGNdirect, etc., but each of these names was focused on a specific area, with no unifying concept to tie them all together.”

He added, “I’m excited to bring a new name to the ODA platform that will be able to accommodate the growing platform better and not so narrowly define its capabilities. ODA members use the platform as a core foundation on which they create CAD and technical graphics utilities, tools, and full-scale applications, beyond reading and writing .dwg and .dgn files.”

VISTAGY Partners with NS Solutions to Expand Use of its Composites and Engineering Solutions in Japan

Partnership provides VISTAGY with access to key industries while enabling NS Solutions to leverage FiberSIM® in the fast-growing composites space.

WALTHAM, MA — VISTAGY, Inc., a provider of industry-specific engineering software and services, today announced a strategic partnership with NS Solutions, a recognized leader in the Japanese information technology field that delivers system life cycle solutions to a variety of critical markets, including automotive and manufacturing.

NS Solutions recognizes the importance of the unique and innovative solutions that VISTAGY products deliver, ranging from FiberSIM®, the world’s leading composites engineering solution, to Seat Design Environment™, which supports the entire process for designing and manufacturing transportation seat systems. NS Solutions believes that the fast developing trend toward adopting advanced composite materials within key industries in response to environmental issues as well as increased competition makes VISTAGY’s industry-specific software solutions a strategic part of its offerings.

NS Solutions and VISTAGY will deliver solutions to Japanese companies looking to address the need to “go green” while increasing the efficiency of the engineering life cycle. NS Solutions is well equipped not only to anticipate—but also to leverage—its long-standing industry relationships and outstanding reputation with the proliferation of these new technologies.

“Japan is quickly expanding the use of composites in the automotive, wind and other transportation industries as well as additional manufacturing sectors,” said Shigeo Sasahara, director of sales for the Industrial Systems Solutions Division at NS Solutions. “The partnership with VISTAGY is a significant step towards staying at the forefront of new materials and processes, which is critical to our company’s mission. With FiberSIM, the premier software for engineering composites products, NS Solutions will be able to offer our customers the most advanced solutions available.”

“We’re pleased to have the opportunity to partner with NS Solutions because of its tremendous experience delivering advanced technologies and integration solutions to the Japanese market,” said Mamoru Iguchi, VISTAGY’s general manager for Asia Pacific. “NS Solutions will enable a broader expansion of VISTAGY software into new markets in a very strategic region for our company. A partnership with NS Solutions will ensure that our customers are well supported and successful in achieving their product development goals.”

White Bear Lake FIRST(R) Robotics Team Designs "Dr. Robotnic" With SpaceClaim

CONCORD, MA - SpaceClaim, provider of 3D Direct Modeling solutions, today announced its sponsorship of the White Bear Lake FIRST Robotics team (Team 2207) from White Bear Lake, MN. SpaceClaim was alerted to the opportunity by team head mentor Joe Viavattine, a Principal Project Engineer with SpaceClaim customer Medtronic (also a team sponsor). SpaceClaim contributed software licenses and support for the high school students to create their entry, Dr. Robotnic.

This year's FIRST Robotics Competition presented a robotic challenge around a new game called Breakaway, in which each team's robots must score as many points as possible by moving the balls on the field into goals set up in each corner. The White Bear Lake team leveraged the ease-of-use and flexibility of SpaceClaim's software through prototyping and testing. Students were able to go quickly back and forth between their virtual and physical models, experimenting with different approaches. Dr. Robotnic, the completed robot, is capable of dribbling and kicking a ball and moving in six directions without the need to rotate.

"SpaceClaim makes it so easy to manipulate components within the assembly," said the team's head mentor Joe Viavattine, Principal Project Engineer, Medtronic. "The students were able to grab a few components, try different scenarios, see how the design looked and then move them back if it didn't accomplish the objective. Many great ideas came to the surface through this process. The students didn't have to worry about losing ground in trying out a lot of different approaches with SpaceClaim, as there was no harm in making errors."

More than 45,000 students on over 1,800 teams from around the world are competing this year. With only six weeks from the time each team receives its initial robotics kit to the submission date for the completed robot, time is of the essence in the design process. With his own experience using SpaceClaim at Medtronic, Viavattine knew the software would be an ideal tool for the students to use to express their wealth of creative ideas.

SpaceClaim also sponsored the FIRST Robotics Team from Steinart High School in Trenton, N.J.

"The FIRST Robotics Competition is inspirational and a terrific way for budding engineers and scientists to work as teams, learn new skills and have the gratification of creating a robot capable of solving complex challenges," said SpaceClaim CEO Chris Randles. "We were extremely pleased to be able to sponsor the White Bear Lake and Trenton teams and look forward to continuing our participation in the years ahead."

The preliminary round of competition for the White Bear Lake team will be April 1-3 at the Minnesota Northstar Regional event, which will be held in Mariucci Arena on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis.

Stratasys introduces new part support style for the FDM process

3D Printing Enhancement Reduces Support Material up to 40 Percent for Stratasys FDM Process.

MINNEAPOLIS - Additive fabrication system maker, Stratasys, today introduced a new part support style for the FDM process, called SMART Supports.™

Part supports are temporary structures used during the modeling or production process to support features such as overhangs. This disposable material is also used to fill clearance space between two moving parts during their creation.

The SMART Supports build style is a standard function that is integral to the Catalyst EX 4.1 or Insight 7.0 software upgrades.

The support style is a method of generating supports that uses less material during the part building process. SMART Supports reduces build time up to 14 percent and lowers material cost by reducing consumption up to 40 percent. It also improves the support removal process for many parts, including reducing material removal time.

SMART Supports are a user-selectable option for all Dimension 3D Printers and Fortus 3D Production Systems.

To reduce the material used, the SMART Supports function uses a wide spacing between tool-path rasters and changes the shape of the support region. As the supports descend from the underside of the part feature to the base of the supports, the support region shrinks and transforms to a simpler shape to reduce both the material used and the build time. SMART Supports works similar to classic arch design in architecture, in which columns support layers of bricks that get progressively wider, so that the narrow columns can support a structure much wider and heavier at the top.

Stratasys will continue to offer customers a variety of support style choices, including basic, sparse, and surround.

The SMART Supports build style is not available for the Dimension Elite’s 0.007 inch (0.178 mm) layer thickness option.

All Stratasys customers currently under warranty or maintenance contracts will receive Smart Supports with their Catalyst EX 4.1 or Insight 7.0 upgrades.

Avatech Solutions Presents Free Autodesk 2011 Product Presentations

BALTIMORE, MD – Avatech Solutions, Inc. (OTCBB: AVSO), America’s leading professional services company for design and engineering technologies announced today that they are offering a free series of local events and online Webcasts showcasing the new Autodesk 2011 product releases.

"Through in-person events that we’re holding locally in the 19 cities where we have offices, as well as 18 online Webcasts, we’re making it quick and easy for users to discover the key features of new Autodesk products in the architecture, civil, mechanical, electrical and plumbing, and manufacturing industries," says Bill Zavadil, Senior Vice President of Services, Avatech Solutions. "Having Avatech’s experts’ share their deep product knowledge combined with their industry best practices allows attendees to make smart decisions on future solutions."

Nineteen City Local Tour
Avatech will be presenting comprehensive, live product presentations that take attendees on a tour of the key features and capabilities of new Autodesk 2011 products. Participants can choose from four tracks—Civil; Architecture; Manufacturing; and Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP). These presentations are designed for professionals considering a move to the 2011 platform or an upgrade to the advanced 3D capabilities of another Autodesk product, though users of any product at any level are welcome. All local presentations run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and include a free continental breakfast.

Tour cities:
Baltimore April 21, 2010
Cedar Rapids May 6, 2010
Charlotte April 29, 2010
Chicago April 30, 2010
Cleveland April 27, 2010
Dallas April 22, 2010
Denver April 21, 2010
Des Moines May 5, 2010
Detroit April 28, 2010
Grand Rapids April 27, 2010
Greensboro April 30, 2010
Houston April 23, 2010
Indianapolis April 29, 2010
Omaha May 4, 2010
Raleigh April 28, 2010
Richmond April 22, 2010
St. Paul April 23, 2010
Tampa April 30, 2010
Virginia Beach April 23, 2010

To Register
Register online for any of these free events at www.avatech.com/events or call 1-800-520-8000. Please note that not all tracks are offered at all locations. See detailed event listings at the URL above. Space is limited, so please register now to secure your space.

Webcast Series
In this 18-session series beginning April 1, Avatech Solutions’ product specialists will take attendees on a live, online tour through product features that will positively impact the way they work. Attendees can choose from eight different Webcast topics. These events are designed for professionals experienced with the software that want to see the new features of the new 2011 products.

What's New in AutoCAD 2011 April 2, 6, 9

Architectural Solutions
What's New in Revit Architecture 2011 April 8
What's New in AutoCAD Architecture 2011 April 5

Civil Engineering Solutions
What's New in Civil 3D 2011 April 7

Manufacturing Solutions
What's New in AutoCAD Electrical 2011 April 1, 6
What's New in Inventor 2011 April 1, 6

Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing
What's New in Revit MEP 2011 April 9
What's New in AutoCAD MEP 2011 April 12

To Register
Register online for any of these free webcasts at www.avatech.com/events

M2 Technologies Inducted Into Autodesk Platinum Club 2010 as Top Reseller in Overall Product Sales Growth

NASHUA, N.H — M2 Technologies was named Autodesk Top Reseller in Overall Product Sales Growth for fiscal year 2010. The announcements were made at the annual One Team Conference (OTC), where Autodesk inducted 11 Value Added Resellers (VARs) and Value Added Distributors (VADs) from the Americas into the Autodesk Platinum Club 2010. Autodesk Platinum Club members include channel partners who have excelled in sales, growth and other key measures.

Steve Blum, senior vice president of Americas Sales at Autodesk congratulated the Platinum Club inductees for performing at a high level and exceeding expectations during the challenging times. He said, "The Platinum club winners continue to deliver world-class service and technical expertise, ensuring their customers have the solutions that will help them to be more efficient, more competitive and more innovative."

"The Platinum Club is a lofty achievement and reflects the hard work and dedication of every member of the M2 family. "States Matthew Burke, Principal, M2 Technologies. "I take great pride in my team and the results we delivered amidst a challenging economic environment. We have won Platinum Club numerous times in the past, but I have never been more proud of accepting the award than I was this year."

Matt went on to say, "I also applaud our customers for recognizing the value of Autodesk Digital Prototyping solutions. In today's increasingly competitive market being best in-class means using technology to stay ahead of the competition and that is precisely what they have done."

In addition to the Top Reseller in Overall Product Sales Growth, M2 also received Top Reseller of the Quarter for customer service excellence in Q4 of the fiscal year 2010.

Korean mouldmaker Young Shin Corporation increases machining efficiency with Delcam’s PowerMILL

Moving to shop-floor machining with Delcam’s PowerMILL CAM software has allowed Korean mouldmaker Young Shin Corporation to increase its machining efficiency and product quality.

Young Shine specialises in the manufacture of plastic moulds for LCD televisions. Its main customers include major international brands such as Samsung, Toshiba, Hitachi, Sharp and Panasonic, and many others. Among its many successful projects was the supply of moulds for Samsung’s Crystal range of high-performance televisions.

Despite this good track record, customers such as Samsung and Toshiba wanted Young Shin to reduce the delivery times for its moulds and also to cut its manufacturing costs. One area the company identified for improvement was its CAM system. The existing program was very complicated to use and had many limitations in its range of strategies.

Young Shin contacted Hankook Delcam, Delcam’s joint venture company in Korea, as part of its search for a better programming system. The staff there recommended a move to shop-floor machining, as well as a change to PowerMILL. The shop-floor approach appealed to Young Shin as the company wanted to maximise employee efficiency during their limited work hours, as well as to cut delivery times and improve the working processes.

Following a comprehensive series of machining trials, Hankook Delcam was able to prove that PowerMILL would be the best solution to the challenges at Young Shin. This resulted in an initial order for eight seats of PowerMILL in April 2007. After the successful implementation of this software, further orders took the total to 18 seats of PowerMILL, including two for continuous five-axis machining, plus two seats of Delcam’s feature-based CAM system, FeatureCAM, to generate programs for gun-drilling, and one of the PowerINSPECT inspection software for On-Machine Verification as part of the company’s quality control procedures.

The use of PowerMILL and the switch to shop-floor machining have led to a significant increase in productivity. Previously, the machine operators would often have to wait for many hours to get NC data from the CAM office. These delays have been eliminated now the operators generate their own programs, so shortening the overall production time.

Furthermore, because the operators are very experienced in the latest machining techniques, they are better placed to decide upon the most appropriate cutting tools for each part of the manufacturing process. They have found PowerMILL much easier to use than the previous system and so are able to get the best results from the software. As a result, machining efficiency at Young Shin has increased, the quality of the moulds, and of the products manufactured with them, has improved, and production times have been reduced.

Delcam hosts visit by China Ministry of Commerce

CADCAM developer Delcam was proud to host a visit to its Birmingham headquarters by Director-General Sun Yongfu and a delegation of officials from the China Ministry of Commerce on the 29th March. The delegation was accompanied by senior representatives of the Chinese Embassy to the UK, UK Trade and Investment, the China-Britain Business Council and Advantage West Midlands.

The primary reason for the group’s visit to the UK was to have discussions at senior official level in preparation for the UK-China Joint Economic and Trade Commission Ministerial meeting to be held in Birmingham in autumn 2010. The JETC Senior Officials meeting was hosted by UKTI Deputy Chief Executive Susan Haird. DG Sun also addressed a seminar organised by China-Britain Business Council entitled "New Prospects for China-UK Business Relationship in New Economic Conditions” which was attended by over 100 companies.

Delcam was chosen to be part of the visit because of its growing success in the Chinese market and because of its reputation for world-leading engineering technology. The company’s software sales in the region grew by over 10% last year, despite the impact of the downturn in global manufacturing.

Delcam now has more than 2,000 customers in China. This number includes leading organisations like China First Auto Works, Xi’an Aircraft Industry Group, Changchun Railway Vehicles, Dongfang Electrical Machinery, Gree Electrical Appliances, Foxconn Technology Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of mobile phones, and Pou Chen, one of the world’s major producers of footwear, together with hundreds of smaller toolmakers, mouldmakers and subcontractors.

These customers are supported by 30 sales and support offices throughout the country. The Delcam China subsidiary is based in a head office in Beijing, plus regional offices in Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Xi’an, Wenzhou, Qingdao and Chongqing. In addition, the Delcam Hong Kong and Delcam Taiwan joint ventures operate two offices each in mainland China, and there are also 18 reseller offices in the country.

Commenting after the visit, Joe Zhou, Delcam’s Business Development Manager for Greater China said, "It is a great honour for Delcam to be chosen to host such a prestigious delegation. Our staff in China have worked extremely hard to build our reputation in the country and will be very encouraged that we have been selected to be part of such an important event.”

VW Group Drives Vehicle Design and Safety Advancements With SGI Supercomputer Installation

FREMONT, Calif - SGI today announced that Skoda Auto a.s., one of Europe’s best known car companies and daughter company of the VW Group, the world’s leading manufacturer of automobiles, has selected SGI Altix ICE to augment its computer-aided engineering (CAE) system.

Being subject to the rigorous emissions standards and safety legislation that defines today’s automotive industry, Skoda Auto’s R&D department requires extreme high performance and scalable computing systems for complex product performance and safety analysis. To meet these technical and compliance requirements, Skoda has selected an SGI Altix ICE 8200 EX supercomputer with 1,024 processors and over 20 terabytes of dedicated hard disk capacity.

The SGI supercomputer installation will be used primarily for computational fluid dynamics analysis using ANSYS FLUENT and OpenFOAM, and for crash analysis using ESI Group PAM-CRASH software. The new system provides Skoda with processing power of 12 teraflops, allowing engineers to reduce processing time, speed automobile development, and improve design efficiency, quality and safety.

“Product quality and safety, together with advantageous pricing for our customers, is our utmost priority,” said Karel Švábek, head of Skoda Frontloading department. “With the SGI Altix ICE installation we will be able to rapidly develop more innovative vehicles with excellent value-to-price ratios.”

The Altix ICE system, based on the Intel® Xeon® “Nehalem” architecture, enables Skoda to achieve more with its computing resources over a shorter period of time. SGI’s leading Eco-Logical™ design also offers compelling energy and management efficiency gains.

“Automotive companies are faced with more demanding computing applications every day with ever-growing amounts of data to manage and process, and pressure to deliver results in record time,” said Joop Ruijgrok, vice president of SGI EMEA. “With Altix ICE supercomputers, Skoda can now easily scale to meet processing requirements as they develop, while attaining new density levels, efficiency, reliability and manageability.”

mental images's 3D visualization technologies to be integrated into RTT’s software for product design and marketing professionals

BERLIN and Munich: Realtime Technology AG (RTT), a leader in realtime 3D visualization software and services for product design and marketing, and mental images, a wholly-owned subsidiary of NVIDIA Corp. and the global leader in rendering and other component and platform software for visualization and 3D cloud computing, today announced a technology licensing agreement. Under the agreement, RTT will integrate mental images’s iray® and neuray® rendering and other RealityServer® platform component technologies such as the DiCE™ middleware into its software products RTT PowerHouse® and RTT DeltaGen®. RTT may also incorporate mental images technologies in other future software products.

RTT’s products and services are used by many of the world’s leading automotive and aerospace companies, and more recently also white goods, apparel and other consumer brands, to instantly produce photorealistic images and interact with 3D models of products at all stages of their lifecycle, while consumers use RTT’s visual product configurators in the buying process.

Users of RTT’s top-of-the-line 3D visualization tools will benefit from significant enhancements of speed, quality and overall workflow resulting in a major increase in productivity. In addition, new web services will become possible that integrate existing workflows with the power of server-based 3D visualization in the Cloud.

RTT plans to announce the availability of the new product versions at its annual worldwide customer conference which will take place on May 6-7, 2010 in Munich, Germany.

“We are pleased that RTT has selected mental images’s rendering and platform component technologies for integration in their leading software products,” says Rolf Herken, CEO and CTO of mental images. “Both mental images and RTT are known for their dedication to the advancement of design visualization and 3D content platform solutions. With the integration of mental images’s component and platform technologies, RTT’s products will feature the most sophisticated rendering technology for the fast and accurate visual representation of physical objects and phenomena using the immense processing power of GPUs. This will significantly improve visual quality and performance, resulting in more fluid workflows and faster turnaround times for users.”

“The integration of iray into our products is a logical continuation of our strategy. mental images’s state-of-the-art approach and the alignment of iray with our strategic hardware and middleware platforms fit perfectly with our high quality and performance standards here at RTT,” says Ludwig A. Fuchs, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of RTT AG. “Whether our clients are designing the aerodynamic body of a high-end sports car or promoting a special-edition jogging shoe, they will have the benefit of better image quality and faster workflows. We look forward to harnessing the power of CUDA GPUs for highest-quality results that will be generated faster than ever before.”

mental images Products

The following mental images products and technologies are accessible to RTT under the agreement:

RealityServer is the scalable software platform that allows companies to easily develop and deploy multi-user collaborative 3D web application services for visualizing even the largest 3D scenes on secure servers and Cloud computing facilities.

neuray is the RealityServer platform component that contains a variety of rendering technologies, including iray.

iray is an intuitive-to-operate, interactive, consistent, high-performance global illumination rendering technology that generates photorealistic imagery by simulating the physical behavior of light. Unlike other ray-tracing renderers, iray does not depend on complex renderer specific shaders and settings to approximate global illumination. iray achieves its high level of performance by taking full advantage of the CUDA™ architecture programming model, allowing interactive previewing on a single NVIDIA GPU, and scaling well on NVIDIA® multi-GPU platforms.

DiCE is a platform and middleware for the development of parallelized high performance computing applications. It helps software developers to develop applications which efficiently scale to thousands of multi-core CPUs and GPUs, both in single computers and across multiple systems.

Mar 30, 2010

HCL Technologies launches Center of Excellence with Boeing

Companies partner to create software critical for flight test.

CHENNAI / Noida — The Boeing Company [NYSE:BA] and HCL Technologies Ltd. [HCL] have inaugurated a new Center of Excellence to support test and evaluation operations at Boeing.

Specifically, the facility will provide engineering applications design, development and support for applications that the Boeing Test & Evaluation (BT&E) organization uses on various products. BT&E provides effective and efficient test and evaluation services that support business programs across Boeing.

“Boeing values India’s technology strength and is committed to work with its various partners to develop an advanced aerospace industry in India,” said Dr. Dinesh Keskar, President, Boeing India, “HCL’s deep understanding of the global aerospace and defense industry and its proven expertise in implementing large, complex projects in aviation sector made them an excellent partner for this.”

“Today's announcement with Boeing is significant because it is testament to HCL's strong partnership with Boeing,” said Mr. GH Rao, Corporate Vice President and Head, Engineering and Research & Development Services HCL Technologies. “The launch of this Center of Excellence symbolizes the longterm commitment to our partnership. Primarily, we will partner with Boeing on projects that involve system modernization, technology standardization, and Lean initiatives.”

“By partnering with HCL to create robust engineering application tools we manage our IT systems more effectively allowing BT&E to help drive Boeing to its goal to be the world’s best-integrated aerospace-based company,” said Dennis O’Donoghue, Vice President of Boeing Test & Evaluation.

This announcement marks the latest milestone in a relationship that began in 2004 between Boeing and HCL.

Over the past six years, HCL has been an IT partner with Boeing on several projects to optimize business processes through increasingly efficient IT systems.

Autodesk Appoints Mary T. McDowell to Board of Directors

SAN RAFAEL, Calif — Autodesk, Inc announced today that Mary T. McDowell, Nokia’s executive vice president and chief development officer leading Corporate Development, has been appointed to Autodesk's board of directors.

"Autodesk is delighted to welcome Mary McDowell to our board of directors," said Carl Bass, president and chief executive officer of Autodesk. "Mary’s proven and distinguished record in the technology industry makes her a valued addition to our board. We look forward to Mary’s contributions and know her experience will help guide Autodesk forward.”

At Nokia, McDowell is responsible for optimizing Nokia's strategic capabilities and future growth potential, including key ecosystem relationships as part of Nokia’s commitment to open innovation and collaboration. In these capacities she oversees Corporate Strategy, Nokia Research Center, Corporate Alliances and Business Development, and Mobile Financial Services, as well as Forum Nokia & Developer Community and Compatibility & Industry Collaboration. She is also responsible for managing certain operational elements of the integrated company and in this role oversees Nokia IT. Mary is also a member of the Nokia Group Executive Board. She is a frequent public speaker on topics including mobile and Internet industry convergence, open ecosystems, strategy leadership, and consumer centricity.

McDowell joined Nokia in 2004 as executive vice president and general manager of Enterprise Solutions, responsible for the development and go-to-market of Nokia’s range of enterprise products and solutions. Prior to joining Nokia, McDowell was Senior Vice President and General Manager of Industry-Standard Servers at Hewlett Packard and Compaq. During her 17-year career at HP-Compaq, McDowell had a successful track record of building new business and is widely respected as an industry innovator.

McDowell was named as one of the 10 “Top Women in Wireless” in July 2008 by Fierce Wireless. McDowell holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Illinois.

BAE Systems Reaffirms Long-Term Investment in VISTAGY’s FiberSIM® Software as it Transitions from CATIA V4 to V5

BAE Systems standardizes on FiberSIM composites engineering software for use on Joint Strike Fighter, Typhoon and UAV Programs.

WALTHAM, Mass — VISTAGY, Inc. today announced that BAE Systems, the premier global defense, security and aerospace company, has upgraded to FiberSIM® 2009 composites engineering software, which will enable the company to take advantage of advanced design capabilities and compress development cycle times as it migrates from the CATIA V4 computer aided design (CAD) platform to CATIA V5. VISTAGY’s professional services organization will help provide a smooth transition by assisting in the development and implementation of best practices for standardizing composites development processes across programs.

BAE Systems has used FiberSIM for more than a decade to design hundreds of highly complex composite parts—including wing skins, intake fairings, fuselage skins and spars—for a variety of aerospace programs, including the Joint Strike Fighter, Eurofighter Typhoon, a variety of Airbus programs and, most recently, for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).

“We conducted a thorough evaluation of other options but we’ve worked successfully with VISTAGY for over a decade so our confidence in that partnership certainly played a significant role in our decision to continue to invest in FiberSIM,” said Bill Sargeant, who manages the Airframe Design research and technology team, for the Autonomous Systems and Future Capability business stream at BAE Systems. “We’re facing the challenge of compressing our product development cycle by 75 percent compared to past programs so FiberSIM’s ability to streamline the composites engineering process will be a big help in supporting this effort.

“Furthermore, we need to be able to access and migrate legacy data so we can leverage our engineers’ experience as we transition from CATIA V4 to V5. FiberSIM is fully integrated into both versions of the product and provides a solid upgrade path to support our needs in this area.”

“We found that FiberSIM is easy to use and very robust,” said Tony Rudd, senior support engineer at BAE Systems. “The flexible design approach provides the ability to quickly implement changes, and the way the technology mimics the composite manufacturing process and flow gives the user a lot of power while being quite straightforward to use.”

“It’s very gratifying to have a customer with the prestige of BAE Systems continue to rely on our solutions as an integral part of its business as it embarks on new programs, ” said Steve Peck, director of product and market strategy for aerostructures at VISTAGY. “We’re glad to have the opportunity to continue to deliver products and professional services that provide significant benefits so BAE Systems can meet their goals for streamlining the composites engineering process.”

INUS Releases Inspectworks 2.0 for SolidWorks Users

Seoul, South Korea: INUS Technology has announced the new release of Inspectworks 2.0, offering verification tools for the SolidWorks user. InspectWorks 2.0 is a major upgrade to the company’s SolidWorks plug-in based on Rapidform XOV. Design engineers use InspectWorks along with a 3D scanner to quickly investigate and verify that parts are manufactured to specification from SolidWorks.

Within minutes, anyone with SolidWorks and the InspectWorks Add-in can open a part file and a 3D scan of the object, and see where the part is in or out of tolerance via a deviation color map. If there are dimensions or tolerances defined for the part, InspectWorks also provides measurements and pass/fail results automatically. InspectWorks 2.0 now includes multi-core processor support on the current Windows operating systems (32 and 64 bit on Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7). Enhancements to InspectWorks 2.0 include:

•Intelligent Best-fit where, rather than simply fitting the whole point cloud to the CAD model, the unique geometric features (e.g., plane, cylinder, etc.) are detected and used to perform alignment. This new technology succeeds where other metrology products fail with difficult alignments. For example, InspectWorks distinguishes small features like a small timing mark on a revolving part like a camshaft gear or blisk, and succeeds at finding a unique alignment solution.

• New GD&T measurements have been added to Inspectworks 2.0, including;

- Straightness
- Circularity
- Line profile
- Surface Profile
- Runout

• Report Editor, enabling the user to define information about the current inspection project, such as part name, part number, serial number, color of pass / fail, etc. Each parameter is reported in a format compliant with the enterprise’s standards.

InspectWorks 2.0 will be available in April from INUS Technology and its worldwide distributor network.

Springboard Biodiesel using Autodesk Inventor to design and manufacture its clean tech solutions

Digital Prototyping Provides Key Business Advantages in the Fast-Moving Clean Tech Space.

SAN RAFAEL, Calif - Autodesk, Inc has announced that Springboard Biodiesel, a privately held company focused on the small-scale biodiesel processing market, is successfully using Autodesk Inventor software to design and manufacture its clean tech solutions in less time.

Springboard Biodiesel believes that the best way to provide biodiesel economically and support its proliferation is by enabling local, profitable production from the least expensive feed stocks. The company’s newest product, the Springboard Biodiesel Intelligent Local Production (ILP), addresses this challenge by providing the means for small-scale, local production of fuel-grade biodiesel from a broad spectrum of sources — everything from low-quality, used cooking oil to high-quality, virgin soybean oil.

Springboard Biodiesel standardized on Inventor software just before the design stage of the ILP. The company had previously used SolidWorks software, but when it learned about the Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program — which provides software grants for emerging clean tech companies in North America — the company saw an opportunity to update its software. With the help of Autodesk reseller KETIV Technologies, the company was soon enjoying the benefits of Inventor.

“My focus is: how quickly can we get out there in the marketplace with the best product, and what’s going to help us do that?” said Mark Roberts, chief executive officer of Springboard Biodiesel. “That’s where Inventor has been very helpful. We’re able to design more effectively, more efficiently and just plain faster with Inventor. We can introduce a brand-new system, from start to finish, in just six months — which is pretty impressive for a small company.”

KETIV originally helped the company apply for the Autodesk software grant, and KETIV also provided a full day of on-site training for Springboard Biodiesel’s team.

While the company relies on Autodesk Inventor software for its mechanical design process, it turns to Autodesk Showcase software for help with its marketing efforts. Showcase helps Springboard Biodiesel to create accurate, highly realistic imagery from its 3D digital prototypes. These rendered images provide an extremely effective way of introducing a new product to potential customers or potential investors — even before a final physical model has been built. As a result, Springboard Biodiesel doesn’t have to wait for a full product lifecycle to be completed before drumming up interest in its products and staking out market share.

“Springboard Biodiesel’s use of Inventor is enabling them to innovate more rapidly and get to market faster,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Autodesk Manufacturing Industry Group. “It’s rewarding to see members of our Clean Tech Partner Program getting the full benefit from Digital Prototyping to further their company goals of creating a more sustainable future.”

Apparel Company VF Corporation Selects Dassault Systemes' PLM Solution

Dassault Systèmes’ V6 To Provide VF with Online Collaboration Environment for Global Product Development and Sourcing.

LOWELL, Mass.- Dassault Système today announced that VF Corporation, a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel, has selected Dassault Systemès’ ENOVIA V6 PLM solution as its platform for global apparel development and sourcing. DS ENOVIA was chosen after a competitive review of leading PLM vendors and specialist apparel technology providers. ENOVIA V6 will provide VF an online collaboration environment to harmonize all product communities globally. VF sought a proven solution that would enhance collaboration while accommodating the Company’s diverse product portfolio, global presence and growth plans.

“We target technology investments in strategic areas and Product Lifestyle Management is one of our key focus areas. We are pleased to begin this partnership with Dassault Systèmes. We chose Dassault Systèmes for the strength and flexibility of its current product offering and for future plans for PLM in the retail, footwear and apparel space,” said Chris Hobson, Vice President of Business Systems for VF Corporation.

Dassault Systèmes’ V6 PLM provides a high degree of flexibility to support VF’s multi-brand portfolio. The software is highly configurable, incorporating industry best practices, while enabling unique solutions for each of VF’s brands and their respective business models. By leveraging ENOVIA V6 for design, development, sourcing and production, VF can enhance its business processes from design to delivery by:

* Reducing the number of manual and disparate processes currently used to manage data
* Enabling collaboration on projects to better support the speed and scalability of innovation
* Reducing direct material costs and development times through strategic collaboration with suppliers and vendors

“VF Corporation is a company known for its strong consumer brands and product innovation. At a time when many organizations are cutting back their IT investments, companies like VF are recognizing the opportunity to invest in solutions that can help drive profitable growth through collaborative product innovation and cost-effective sourcing,” said Mich Tellier, CEO, ENOVIA, Dassault Systèmes.

CCE Completes 20 years in the CAD Interoperability Business

Farmington Hills, Michigan – CCE has announced completion of over 20 years in the CAD interoperability business. CCE’s success comes at a time of great flux in the interop space, a testament to its proven technology that is highly valued in the CAD/CAM/CAE (CAx) domain, and its financial stability.

Right from its inception, CCE has specialized in creating CAD software development toolkits for CAD ISVs, and also for use in its own data translator & viewer products. CCE's flagship product is the Open Data eXchange (ODX) library for reading/writing native CAD data. Its latest innovation is Oceans SDK (OSDK), a middleware component technology that allows easy integration of 3D CAD data assets in enterprise applications such as PLM, ERP and MRP. Applications developed using ODX or OSDK are completely independent of any form of CAD software or licensing. ODX and OSDK are both CCE’s proprietary technology and not based on other third-party components. Currently CCE’s technology provides support for all major CAD formats including CATIA (V4 & V5), NX, SolidWorks, Pro/ENGINEER, JT, Parasolid, IGES and STEP.

“Looking back to ‘89 when we started, we surely have come a long way. Over the past two decades, we have built some very successful relationships with the Microsoft’s and Google’s of the CAx world. The fact that some of the biggest names in the CAx industry in US and Europe have adopted our technology speaks volumes for its robustness and maturity. The fact that they continue working with us is proof of our top-notch service levels, and our ability to keep up with the constant changes and updates of the underlying CAD formats. We are very proud and mindful of this and will continue our investments in this area”, says CCE’s V.P. Sales & Marketing, Vinay Wagle.

CCE boasts of having 2 of the top 3 MCAD vendors in the world as technology licensees, in addition to some of the biggest names in Europe developing CAx systems. Besides, CCE uses its technology in its own data translator and viewer products, which are used daily by customers worldwide.

Delcam for SolidWorks CAM system to be shown at EASTEC

Manufacturing companies in the Eastern US will have their first chance to see Delcam’s integrated CAM system for SolidWorks on booth 5322 at the EASTEC exhibition to be held in West Springfield, Massachusetts, from 25th to 27th May. This initial version of Delcam for SolidWorks includes the company’s industry-leading technology for drilling and two- through five-axis milling. Future releases will cover the full range of machining operations, including turning, mill-turn and wire EDM.

Delcam for SolidWorks combines the benefits associated with Delcam’s PowerMILL and FeatureCAM CAM systems. It is based on Delcam’s proven machining algorithms that are already used by more than 30,000 customers around the world. For example, the software offers PowerMILL’s exceptional speed of toolpath calculation, plus all of advanced strategies for high-speed machining, including trochoidal roughing, spiral finishing and Delcam’s patented Race-Line Machining technique. These strategies ensure increased productivity, maximum tool life and immaculate surface finish, even when cutting the hardest, most challenging materials.

At the same time, Delcam for SolidWorks will have the same strong focus on ease of use as FeatureCAM, including all of the knowledge-based automation that makes it so consistent and reliable. Most importantly, the software will include FeatureCAM’s Automatic Feature Recognition system which automatically extracts detailed feature information from the SolidWorks model. The system not only recognizes holes and pockets within the model but also groups similar holes by size and type automatically. It indentifies all the detail within the model, such as draft on pocket walls and any fillets or chamfers within the pocket. Once the features have been identified, Delcam for SolidWorks undertakes automatic selection of cutting tools, machining strategies, and feeds and speeds, to complete the programming operation.

Delcam for SolidWorks will, of course, be fully integrated into the SolidWorks environment so that the program looks and behaves like SolidWorks. It will offer full associativity so that any changes in the CAD model will be reflected automatically in the toolpaths. However, this associativity will be more intelligent than that offered in many other integrated CAM systems. Delcam for SolidWorks will not simply modify the existing toolpaths but will also review the choice of cutting tools and machining strategies, and change them if necessary.

All toolpaths generated with Delcam for SolidWorks can be checked by the integrated simulation module on the computer before being passed to the machine tool. Finally, the software comes with Delcam’s full range of post-processors to allow fast accurate data transfer to all leading types of machining equipment.

50% Global Top Apparel and Footwear Brands Participating at 2010 Prime Source Forum Utilizing Dassault Systèmes' PLM Solutions

HONG KONG - Dassault Systèmes continues to dominate the market for apparel PLM solutions with 50 percent of the global top apparel and footwear brands participating at the 2010 Prime Source Forum (PSF) utilizing the company’s software to meet the production demands of today’s apparel industry. As a major sponsor of one of world’s largest AFA (Apparel, Footwear, Accessories) exhibitions, Dassault Systèmes will showcase its world leading PLM solutions and share best practices adopted by some of the leading global brands.

“With years of experience working closely with major apparel and footwear brands around the world, we have built a deep understanding of what our customers need,” said Susan Olivier, Director of Industry Market Development, Retail, Footwear and Apparel, Dassault Systèmes ENOVIA. “Our apparel industry solution is dedicated to enabling the fastest track from concept to rack for our customers around the world. Our goal is to help apparel and footwear companies create consumer-centric products in better, faster and smarter ways to combat fierce competition, tackle profit pressures and address changing consumer preferences.”

More and more progressive companies in the fashion industry are relying on PLM solutions to effectively manage thrusts coming from the market in order to have higher chances of market success. According to AMR Research’s latest report regarding top technology trends in the apparel market, 68% of the apparel companies surveyed plan to introduce new products or categories to support future growth goals, while 42% are seeking international expansion. The report indicated that apparel and footwear companies need to consider integrated PLM applications that can “improve precision and efficiency in planning new product offerings with a broader and more diverse supplier base,” as well as “assortment management offerings that can incorporate visualizations and analytics.”*

Dassault Systèmes ENOVIA technology provides the core of the DS V6 platform, a single platform with industry specific solution for retail, footwear and apparel manufacturers and their supply chains. ENOVIA V6 enables online communities to collaborate on a “single version of the truth” in managing apparel development and related business processes globally. Major apparel and footwear brands that have adopted Dassault Systèmes’ PLM solutions include Gucci, Guess, adidas, GAP, REI, Pacific Brands, New Balance and Under Armour. These global fashion leaders are using DS solutions to enhance competitiveness in the global apparel market. Dassault Systèmes’ offer includes the ENOVIA Apparel Accelerator™ for Design and Development and the ENOVIA Apparel Accelerator™ for Sourcing and Production for a unique end to end offer. These accelerators enable companies to rapidly deploy a state-of-the-art, scalable enterprise solution for apparel design and development to take products from trend to design, sourcing, manufacturing and to the customer.

Prime Source Forum is an international platform for senior management from across the globe to discuss the challenges and opportunities in the production and sale of the AFA industry.

*Source: Top Technology Trends in the Apparel Market: The Third Annual Apparel Research Study and Analysis, by David Aquino, Janet Suleski, and Janet Sherlock, April 2009, AMR Research

FISHER/UNITECH recognized as One of the 2010 "Michigan 50 Companies to Watch"

TROY, Mich - FISHER/UNITECH has been recognized as one of the 2010 “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch,” an awards program sponsored by the Edward Lowe Foundation and presented by Michigan Celebrates Small Business. FISHER/UNITECH will be honored at an awards ceremony during the sixth annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business event, April 29th in Lansing, Michigan.

The foundation of FISHER/UNITECH’s application for the award was the company’s focus on social and community responsibility in 2009. Faced with unstable economic conditions, the company launched a very successful community service program to retrain displaced engineers, increasing their marketability and skill development. While the industry was reeling from the negative impact of a 14% and growing unemployment rate in Michigan, FISHER/UNITECH announced “No Engineer Left Behind,” a comprehensive training program that equated to a $250,000 goodwill investment into the local manufacturing community. The company’s efforts resulted in the delivery of three-day training classes to over 250 displaced workers throughout an eight state area.

“I’m thrilled to be recognized as part of an elite group of Michigan small businesses for giving back to the community,” said Charles Hess, president of FISHER/UNITECH. “In addition to successfully executing No Engineer Left Behind, our team achieved Michigan Proprietary School status in 2009, meaning we provide unemployed workers with software and training packages paid for by state-funded grants. By coupling these two programs we hope to have a positive impact on the re-employment of engineers throughout the state of Michigan. We have obtained or applied for a similar status in each of the other states we operate in.”

“Now 300 strong, the second-stage businesses that comprise the Michigan 50 Companies to Watch have not only persevered through challenging times, but also found opportunities to grow,” says Penny Lewandowski, Director of Entrepreneurship Development at the Edward Lowe Foundation. “They continue to hire and develop new markets for their products and services. They are making a substantial difference in their communities – and their industries. Our 2010 inductees are proof that entrepreneurs are, and always have been, the future of Michigan’s economy.”

Companies making it to the “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch” list are defined as having 6 to 99 full-time-equivalent employees and generating $750,000 to $50 million in annual revenue or working capital from investors or grants.

assyst GmbH strengthens PLM team with the addition of Dr. Jürgen Rudolph on board

The assyst GmbH has strengthened it's PLM team with the addition of Dr. Jürgen Rudolph on board.

Dr. Rudolph is an apparel sector expert and will bring fresh momentum to the Product Lifecycle Management business field at assyst.

“We’re currently working on a standard solution for PLM, one which will give our customers the option of starting with assyst's well-known and successful basic plm assyst functions out of the box. To realize this, we need an experienced person who really knows the needs of our customers - one who can take that knowledge and implement it into our product development. We're delighted to have gained Dr. Jürgen Rudolph for our team and we're commencing with our new PLM future, effective immediately”, said Dr. Andreas Seidl, commenting on the new addition to the assyst PLM team.

Dr. Jürgen Rudolph has been actively involved with the apparel sector for almost 20 years. He was head of the CAD/Technical Preparation Department with Hugo Boss AG in Metzingen and later became Project Manager for Technology there. Before coming to assyst, he was responsible for setting up a project organization and various IT projects at Montana, Nussloch. “I'm delighted to be able to bring my many years of apparel industry experience to assyst - and to steer our product development in a new direction, making working with the customer still more effective”, said Dr. Rudolph.

EskoArtwork’s new ArtiosCAD 7.6 boosts designer productivity and provides seamless workflow integration

Gent (Belgium) – EskoArtwork announces the release of ArtiosCAD 7.6, the latest version of the world’s most popular structural design software for all corrugated, folding cartons and POP displays.

Highlights of the new version include extended connectivity to other applications and import file formats, new reference POP display standards, automatic registration between graphics and structure, and improved 3D rendering.

Complete 3D integration allows for quick prototyping of designs and presentations, eliminating communication errors and reducing design review cycles. ArtiosCAD 7.6 also offers the greatest options for seamless interoperability throughout the entire packaging production workflow, particularly with ‘round trip’ design connectivity between structural and graphics design with Adobe® Illustrator®. It assures that structural design assets can be repurposed for each step of the packaging supply chain. The structure file provides the physical constraints for graphic design and helps build high-resolution 3D client presentations using the actual production files. It is also used to produce manufacturing files for die-production and step-and-repeat layouts for print. And, the structure file is used to produce palletizing solutions.

Brad Leonard, VP, CAPE Systems, comments: “This new feature was developed to meet a very important customer requirement, and reinforces our commitment of joint integration efforts to provide a seamless product design tool. It enables packaging converters to layout a pallet of die-cut sheets using the structural design file to automatically run solutions in CAPE PACK. We are very pleased with our on-going development activities with EskoArtwork. They are one of CAPE’s most dynamic technology business partners.”

“ArtiosCAD 7.6 completes a true end-to-end packaging design workflow, delivering integration between structural design, graphic design, packaging production and palletization. In fact, much of the ArtiosCAD technology resides inside other EskoArtwork software applications’,” explains Richard Deroo, EskoArtwork Product Manager, Structural Design. “And, EskoArtwork continues to invest heavily in the research and development of structural design. ArtiosCAD customers can be assured that their investment is protected and they will benefit from continued upgrades and enhancements to the product.”

New features in ArtiosCAD 7.6

ArtiosCAD delivers greater productivity for users by making design more efficient with easier user features and repurposing capabilities, and interoperability between a number of new 3D model formats.

The new, significant features include:

· Seamless integration with CAPE PACK palletizing software: a layout pallet of die-cut sheets using the ArtiosCAD file can be exported to CAPE PACK, eliminating duplicate data entry and streamlining shipping estimates. Direct connection eliminates the potential for human errors.

· New POP display standards: new POP display standards have been added to the style catalog. Users browsing the POP library will find new parametric design templates from which to either design POP displays in minutes or stimulate the creative design process.

· New 3D imports for Collada, OBJ and Esko flexible bag (.BAG) file types: Collada is a generic 3D interchange file format supported by most 3D applications. It provides interoperability between other EskoArtwork products and third-party 3D products. ArtiosCAD 7.6 also comes with import file formats for OBJ and EskoArtwork flexible bag (.BAG) file types.

· Automatic registration of graphics with structure: along with a roundtrip workflow between ArtiosCAD and Adobe® Illustrator®, ArtiosCAD can deliver registration between CAD and graphics automatically.

· Improved 3D rendering resolution and performance: ArtiosCAD now outputs high resolution graphics for client presentations. The increased 3D performance eliminates the need for additional 3D rendering software.

Paul Connolly, Corporate Accounts Design Specialist at Smurfit-Stone and one of the first users of the latest ArtiosCAD version, certainly agrees with this statement. The Smurfit-Stone facility in East Longmeadow (MA, USA), uses ArtiosCAD 7.6 to develop packaging including work for many beverage companies. “We work with the EskoArtwork Studio plug-in for Adobe® Illustrator®. It opens ArtiosCAD files, allowing our designers to create graphics to the structure of our packaging,” he explains. “When the graphics are complete, we export a PDF file. As soon as we open the PDF file in ArtiosCAD 7.6, the graphics are completely registered to the structural design, seamlessly. From there, we develop 3D renderings, or sometimes a solid model, for client presentations. The entire process cuts down on approval times because we can easily create PDF files and send a number of rough designs. Our customers are very impressed. In addition, the rotating 3D PDF files and new project functions have proved to be very helpful as well.”

ArtiosCAD 7.6 is easier to use because a designer does not need to enter as many keystrokes for many 2D structural design tasks, and new nudge enhancements reduce the time to perform repeat design tasks. Meanwhile, a new hatch catalog allows the designer to dynamically change hatch patterns in designs, dramatically reducing keystrokes. Extended VRML support allows designers to import full assembly structures of products—with the ability to select individual assembly parts around which to build packaging. With the help of Strata Foto 3D, realistic 3D product models can be imported, allowing designers to demonstrate the actual product within the package.

Ramsey Fisher, Malnove Packaging and Packaging Solutions Design Manager, reports that the challenge of securing approvals from the NFL and Visa was streamlined through the use of ArtiosCAD 3D software. They worked with StadiumTRAY™ to snare another Super Bowl advertising success as Visa teamed up with the NFL for a commemorative tray. The 3D online approval process followed, expedited the production ordering process. It allowed Dale Houck, Plant Manager of Malnove’s Jacksonville, Florida Plant to produce the StadiumTRAYS and meet the NFL’s requirement of receiving the trays at Sun Life Stadium one week prior to the Super Bowl. “It is really the power of teamwork, using proven systems and procedures, that allows Malnove to respond to our customer’s ‘Speed-to-Market’ needs,” comments Houck.

Verisurf Unveils Affordable & Portable Rapid 3D Inspection Solution

WESTEC Show, MasterCAM booth 2145 - Verisurf Software, Inc. and select Mastercam resellers have introduced Master3DGageTM – an affordable and portable rapid 3D inspection solution that enables machine shops to significantly increase production and improve part quality. The complete hardware/software solution automates the 3D inspection process and quickly verifies manufactured parts directly to 3D CAD models.

Master3DGageTM will be sold exclusively by select Mastercam resellers worldwide beginning March 31. It will be unveiled at the WESTEC Show in Los Angeles (Mastercam booth 2145) from March 23-25.

“For the first time, machine shops will have a precise 3D model-based Inspection system that can quickly verify parts directly on a CNC machine or anywhere else in the manufacturing process,” said Tom Shelar, president of CAD/CAM Consulting, a leading Mastercam reseller.

“Implementing portable inspection into the manufacturing process identifies issues quicker, reduces scrap, and significantly improves productivity.”

Master3DGageTM integrates a Hexagon Metrology six-axis

Portable CMM – one of the world’s most accurate – with Verisurf’s advanced 3D model-based inspection software. This complete solution delivers a precise, fully automated digital process to inspect directly to CAD models anywhere on the shop floor. First article inspections are completed in minutes.

Rapid Three-Step Inspection

1. Align: Align manufactured part to 3D CAD model by probing part to corresponding alignment targets on 3D CAD model.

2. Inspect: Inspect manufactured part in real time by manually probing or by following automated inspection plans.

3. Report: Report inspection results are automatically generated in HTML and Excel formats.

The Master3DGageTM rapid inspection process improves manufacturing productivity in several ways. First, it eliminates dependence on 2D drawings, dozens of hand tools and gages. Second, it eliminates the need to route products away from the manufacturing process to fixed inspection areas. Third, it completes a fully digital 3D design, simulation, manufacturing and inspection workflow.

Delcam to host third GTMA Emerging Technologies event

Tooling for metal forming will be one of the topics at the GTMA Emerging Technologies event.

Delcam will host the third GTMA "Emerging Technologies” event at its Birmingham headquarters on 22nd April. Like the previous events, which have both attracted over 100 delegates, the meeting will include presentations on a range of new manufacturing technologies and their potential applications. These will include developments in additive manufacturing, toolmaking, plastic moulding, metal forming, robotics and composites processing.

"In addition to the formal presentations, we will be encouraging networking among the delegates so that they can gain even more from their day,” said Julia Moore from the GTMA. "A series of ‘Hot Desks’, where a variety of experts will be situated during the networking periods, will give the chance for companies to discuss their specific needs.”

"The day will give delegates an opportunity to learn more about the new and emerging technologies within manufacturing that could provide their companies with a competitive edge,” claimed Ms. Moore. "Knowledge gained from the event should be useful to managers so that sound strategic decisions concerning new technologies can be made, while more junior staff can benefit by having the chance to tap into the knowledge of the experts that will be presenting.”

OPEN MIND Technologies USA to present hyperDENT at Lab Day East in New York City

Needham MA – OPEN MIND Technologies USA will present hyperDENT®, its open-architecture CAM solution at Lab Day East, Table A-2, in New York City on April 10. The hyperDENT® programming system enables fully automated, highly flexible precision manufacturing of dental prostheses. With a few clicks of the mouse, users can create complete NC programs with hyperDENT® on the basis of scan data or imported CAD data. Thanks to a wide range of machining strategies – from 3-axis to tilted 3+2 milling to 5axis simultaneous machining – hyperDENT® is the most innovative CAM solutions for the dental industry. hyperDENT® assists you in the quick, reliable and efficient completion of all tasks.

The open hyperDENT® CAM system integrates perfectly into the work processes of dental laboratories. As a fully automated programming solution, hyperDENT® allows the free selection not only of raw materials and milling tools, but also supports input from any CAD system and output to any milling unit. hyperDENT® therefore delivers both processes optimised for dental technology and cost efficiency open-architecture solutions.

For small laboratories: The powerful Basic version

hyperDENT® is easy to learn and operate with its intuitive graphic interface, automatic operator guidance and automated functions such as machining templates. Even users who have no experience with CAM programming can quickly and easily create powerful milling programs. Designed especially for small dental laboratories, hyperDENT® Basic serves as a flexible, intelligent and cost-efficient one-button solution with minimal programming and machining times.

Performance XXL: The Expert version

Dental laboratories with large, highly specialised milling centres prefer the high-end hyperDENT® Expert. With this version, experienced CAM users can create customised templates and optimise locally-defined work processes for the most demanding configurations. The high-end version of hyperDENT® is readily adapted for the programming of all necessary milling processes and restorative components.

Users can employ continuous process improvements to modify machining strategies as they introduce new materials, new cutters, and obtain greater understanding of the machining processes. The integrated machining simulation allows detailed evaluation of all program steps before they are released to the milling machine for execution. This ensures seamless monitoring of individual steps throughout production. hyperDENT® also accounts for potential collisions with fixtures, and between the cutter and the other dental restorations within the machining stock, thus guaranteeing the highest process and manufacturing safety. hyperDENT® Expert provides the flexibility and design possibilities to enable users to have distinguished results.

Limitless flexibility of materials, parts and operations

hyperDENT ® is well suited for precision manufacturing of high-quality crowns, multi-unit bridges, abutments, caps and implant bridges. hyperDENT ® therefore supports all materials typically used in dental engineering, such as zirconium oxide, titanium, waxes, precious metals or base metal alloys. The open-architecture nature of hyperDENT allows users to freely select materials from any qualified supplier.

CAM in its full diversity: the hyperDENT® programming system

From 3D milling to 5axis manufacturing, hyperDENT® opens up a wide range of strategies for a huge variety of tasks. With drag and drop placement of components, and template-driven machining, even the machining of highly complex dental structures can be programmed quickly and reliably. Thanks to the 3D display, programming becomes highly accurate and easy to visualise as every model can be manipulated in all directions on the monitor. System feedback also helps define the smallest stock thickness that can be used for a given component. hyperDENT® thus precisely addresses the special process needs of dental laboratories.

The highly automated hyperDENT® CAM system’s Workflow Manager leads the user through 10 steps to a complete NC program: from selecting the milling unit, to loading stocks and objects, all the way to selecting a milling strategy and calculating toolpaths. Users can pre-define or automate some of the steps to further reduce the input given their desired processes. This results in significant savings in terms of time and cost.
CAM technology from a global market leader

hyperDENT® integrates the machining strategies of the internationally successful hyperMILL® CAM software. Thanks to its trend-setting technologies, this software is also used in innovative industries such as the aerospace industry, Formula 1 and medical engineering.

Lattice Technology Solutions Deliver 3D to Motor Insurance Repair Research Center

Leading 3D Solutions to help Thatcham reduce lead times and operational costs in estimating automotive repair times.

San Francisco, CA.- Lattice Technology® Inc., the standard for digital mock up and technical documentation software in the manufacturing enterprise, is delivering key solutions to Thatcham, also known as the British Motor Insurance Repair Research Centre, to enable 3D simulation and documentation of automotive repairs for the UK insurance industry.

Thatcham undertakes research on behalf of UK automotive insurers to calculate repair times for all models of vehicle on the UK roads. Traditionally, this has involved physically disassembling a particular model, stripping it of its parts and then conducting timed studies as it is reassembled. These 'Thatcham times' are then used by the UK automotive insurers to assess the cost of repairs when claims are being made.

Andrew Marsh, Advanced Data and Methods Operations Manager, Thatcham, explains "Tracking down the required car model, shipping it to our workshop and then undertaking these disassembly processes is a very costly procedure in both monetary terms and time." He continues, "With 3D CAD data we knew that we could reduce the cost of this process."

However, it would be too expensive for the not-for-profit organization to invest in the wide range of CAD packages operated by the various automotive manufacturers. Therefore, UK reseller Epitomy recommended Lattice Technology's Lattice3D Dataway as the ideal solution for handling all major 3D CAD data formats for a fraction of the cost.

"Lattice3D Dataway offers the flexibility Thatcham needs to open all CAD data formats and save as XVL® without requiring CAD seats and CAD expertise. Once in XVL format, Lattice Technology's XVL Studio tools can be used to edit, animate and manipulate the 3D data," explains Bill Barnes, General Manager, Lattice Technology Inc.

With automotive manufacturers sharing 3D CAD data, Thatcham's complete reliance on physical parts is reduced, making significant budgetary and time savings.

Says Andrew Marsh, "The immediate return on investment comes from exporting technical illustrations directly from XVL Studio. Without the CAD data, technical illustrations previously took hours to create from photographs and other sources. With XVL Studio's Illustration Export Option, we anticipate a 70% time saving in producing supporting publications."

Lattice Technology Solutions allow 3D data to be used downstream, regardless of the source, for simulation, mock up, and comprehensive technical documentation. XVL Studio is the core authoring tool for complete and accurate digital mock up of 3D data, and is complemented by Lattice3D Reporter, for delivering usable 3D mBOMs, sBOMs, work instructions and more in Excel spreadsheets. XVL Web Master delivers the same information in HTML, and Lattice3D Dataway is used for native input of 3D data into Lattice Technology Solutions and creation of resulting information in PDF.

Royal Plastic Buys North America’s First EOSINT P 800 Laser-Sintering Machine

EOS additive manufacturing system will be used to make high-performance thermoplastic parts for aerospace.

Novi, MI — Today EO announced the purchase of one of their EOSINT P 800 systems by Royal Plastic Mfg. (Minden, NE). It is the first sale of this model in North America. Royal will use the P 800 to manufacture high-performance thermoplastic products out of EOS’ unique PEEK HP3 material.

“We have more than a half-century of experience creating aircraft parts,” says Tim O’Dey, engineering manager at Royal Plastic. “The new material and manufacturing technology from EOS are an excellent fit for expanding our high-value offerings to existing customers, and even reaching into medical and other fields.”

“Laser-sintered EOS PEEK HP3 components have outstanding heat- and corrosion-resistant properties that make them ideal for aerospace,” says Bob Evans, Area Sales Manager, Central Region at EOS of North America. “The P 800 purchase is just one more example of how Royal explores and advances new technologies with, and on behalf of, their customers.”

EOS PEEK HP3 is a high-performance polymer—belonging to the group of polyaryletherketones—with a melt point of 372oC/702oF. It is widely known for its outstanding material properties, including flame and temperature resistance, chemical resistance, high tensile strength, light weight, biocompatibility and sterilizability—properties that make it attractive for aerospace, medical, automotive and industrial applications. PEEK HP3 from EOS is the only PEEK-type polymer available for laser-sintering.

Royal acquired the EOSINT P 800 as part of an ongoing project funded by the United States Air Force and Navy. The company has worked closely with two of the largest air defense contractors on the project and is adding to existing military guidelines for laser-sintering by developing specifications for PEEK HP3. Aircraft parts manufactured with the thermoplastic will include ducts for cooling and heating avionics, and clips and brackets for attaching fuel systems or wiring.

Royal will attend SME RAPID 2010 (May 18-20, Anaheim, CA) and will speak about the EOSINT P 800, both at the show on Thursday and at EOS’ annual North America User Day one day prior to, and in the same location as, RAPID. EOS is the presenting sponsor of the show and will be exhibiting at Booth 301.

DriveWorks Pro Latest Release unleashes Power of Design Automation with Online Sales Configurator

The latest release of DriveWorks Pro ensures that companies that design and engineer to order can also offer their customers and distributors a fast online experience.

With DriveWorks Pro there is an easy upgrade path all the way from DriveWorksXpress, (included in every seat of SolidWorks) to the online module of DriveWorks Pro allowing users to design and configure products via the web.

Major enhancements of the new release cover:

* Speed & Performance
* Integration with SolidWorks
* Ability to integrate with other company systems
* Specification Flow
* Web experience

All 4 of the software modules available with DriveWorks Pro, have been updated.

These are, DriveWorks Administrator, DriveWorks User, DriveWorks Autopilot, and DriveWorks Live. The combination of these different modules allows companies to extend Design Automation to other members of the Engineering team AND to other departments.

The DriveWorks Administrator sets up the project—capturing parameters that can change, designing the forms (User Interface) and building the rules. Once set up, others can fill out the forms to specify custom products. Other users can be other engineers, non-technical staff, colleagues on the network or external Users who can specify new variations simply by filling out the forms via the web. The forms can be integrated within a company’s existing website. Specifications can be processed by DriveWorks Autopilot, taking care of the creation of 3D parts, assemblies, 2D drawings together with any documents (DWG, DXF, PDF, Word, Excel, XML) required automatically. Results such as quotes and E drawings can be emailed based on rules and even passed to other company systems such as Enterprise PDM

A new website has been created to coincide with the new release. It allows users to log on and experience DriveWorks Live - the online product configurator and is a great way to see the product in action.

Users that enter their details into the DriveWorks Live Configurator receive an email with quote, general arrangement drawing and other manufacturing documentation.

Mar 29, 2010

Symphony Services Signs Five-Year, Multi-Million Dollar Engineering Services Contract With MSC.Software

BANGALORE - Symphony Service Corp., a provider of software product engineering services, today announced a five-year, multi-million dollar software development and services deal with MSC.Software. Symphony Services will play a key role in engineering innovative new software products for MSC.Software, while developing joint go-to-market professional services for MSC.Software's manufacturing customers.

Symphony Services' Engineering Services offerings span complex product design, analysis, manufacturing and product management using CAD, CAE, CAM and PLM tools to engineer products for leading original equipment manufacturers (OEMS), and to manage core product development lifecycle (PDLC) services for independent software vendors (ISVs) who create these tools.

"Our goal is to rapidly provide innovative solutions to our customers that have dramatic positive impact on their business. Symphony Services has become a force multiplier for us to achieve this," said Dominic Gallello, President and CEO of MSC.Software. "They set the standard for professionalism."

In addition to partnering with MSC.Software to engineer cutting-edge software for SimXpert and Patran, MSC.Software's award-winning solutions, Symphony and MSC.Software will implement joint go-to market services that are in high demand among MSC.Software's manufacturing customers. Symphony Services has developed a sophisticated meshing factory to manage mass scale, complex mesh creation and pre-processing customization. The two companies will also jointly develop and market professional services focused on SimManager implementation and domain-centered analysis using MSC products.

With its newly created Global Operations Center (GOC) in India, Symphony Services is working with MSC.Software on the development of its flagship CAE and simulation products. Symphony and MSC.Software will jointly work across all aspects of the Product Development Lifecycle (PDLC) for SimManager, SimExpert and other MSC key products. Additionally, Symphony Services will ultimately become a certified services partner providing both complex CAE/simulation system implementation and ongoing services across thermal, structural, fluid and kinetic domains for enterprise, automotive and aerospace clients.

"We remain steadfast in our devotion to exceeding our most demanding clients' expectations for quality of work and breadth of offerings," said Alok Sinha, Senior Vice President, Engineering Services, Symphony Services. "We're excited about the innovative solutions that we'll be engineering with MSC.Software and look forward to sharing our expertise with MSC.Software's many manufacturing customers around the world."

Symphony Services' CAD, CAE, CAM and PLM Expertise.

Anticipating the significant market potential of engineering services, Symphony Services formed an engineering services COE in early 2008, and the company has now brought to market a comprehensive portfolio of capabilities across CAD/CAE/CAM and PLM. Symphony Services' product development and engineering experts will apply the most advanced methodologies and computational engineering tools in the design, development and utilization of machines, materials, instruments, structures and processes. The company's engineering services will leverage CAD for product design and 3D modeling; CAE for structural/crash/thermal/fluid analysis; CAM to create tool paths, post processing and simulation; and PLM for managing the lifecycle of parts, assemblies and products.

Infinite Computer Solutions (India) Limited Joins Aras Partner Program

Systems Integrator to the Global 1000 adds Aras Enterprise Open Source PLM Software Suite to Enterprise IT Service Offering.

ANDOVER, Mass - Aras today announced that Infinite Computer Solutions, a provider of IT Services, Infrastructure Management Services and Intellectual Property Leveraged Solutions headquartered in Bangalore, India, has joined the Aras Partner Program.

With offices at multiple locations in the U.S., U.K., India, Singapore, Malaysia and China, Infinite’s footprint spans countries on four continents. The company provides IT Services to leading organizations in the Telecom, Media, Technology, Manufacturing, Power and Healthcare industries and prides itself on developing a clear understanding of their client’s unique business challenges, proposing solutions that keep the best interest of the client in mind and developing long-term relationships with global clients. Services include product engineering, product development, application management outsourcing and packaged application services.

“We are pleased to expand our services to include Aras Enterprise Open Source PLM software,” said Upinder Zutshi, Managing Director of Infinite Computer Solutions. “By offering Aras’s advance PLM software solution suite, Infinite will be well-equipped to meet the evolving business and technology needs of our Global 1000 clients.”

“Aras welcomes Infinite to the partner program and the corporate community,” said Peter Schroer, President of Aras. “Infinite has a proven record of successful engagements with Fortune 500 companies, and we look forward to working with them to bring the power and value of Aras to businesses around the world.”

Infinite Computer Solutions (India) Limited is a global service provider of Infrastructure Management Services, Intellectual Property (IP) Leveraged Solutions and IT Services. Focused on the Telecom, Media, Technology, Manufacturing, Power and Healthcare industries, the company provides onsite, offsite, and near-shore capabilities in major international markets. Infinite has established its presence in most of the large telecom and IT services markets of the world, with offices at multiple locations in the U.S, the U.K, India, Singapore, Malaysia, and China.

RND Automation designs customized automation solutions with Autodesk Inventor

Custom Shop Designs Automation Solutions for Consumer Product Manufacturing Clients.

SAN RAFAEL, Calif - RND Automation & Engineering LLC uses Autodesk Inventor software to effectively design customized automation solutions for a wide range of customers including manufacturers of hydraulic valves, contact lenses and insulated beverage containers.

Autodesk, Inc named the Sarasota, Fla.-based RND Automation as the March Autodesk Inventor of the Month for the company’s work with clients to manufacture and assemble products more efficiently and precisely with less waste.

“When you’re building a custom automation machine for a client, there’s no template to work from because you’re creating something that’s never been built before,” said Sean Dotson, president of RND. “Digital Prototyping becomes absolutely essential to creating a workable design for a production-ready machine that can operate in a factory environment. With Inventor software, we can test our concepts and make sure that they’re going to work before we start cutting any metal or procuring parts.”

Digital Prototyping Simplifies Challenging Projects

With the assistance of Tampa, Fla.-based Autodesk reseller Tata Technologies, RND has successfully used Inventor software since its first release on a wide range of projects, tapping almost every area of the software’s functionality:

* For a hydraulic valve manufacturer, RND created an automated assembly machine that was 22 feet long and 8 feet wide, with 16 different assembly stations and four articulated robot arms. RND designed, visualized and simulated the entire machine using Inventor, enabling them to fully visualize and analyze operation of each assembly station before any materials were purchased.
* To create a portion of a machine that manufactures disposable contact lenses, RND needed to design mechanism that was capable of moving heavy weights up and down at rapid speeds. RND used Inventor software’s finite element analysis (FEA) functionality to analyze the forces placed on the linkages to help ensure the overall design was strong enough to withstand the pressures of daily operation.
* Tervis Tumbler is the leading manufacturer of insulated beverage containers for hot and cold drinks. RND used Inventor software’s animation capabilities early in the design phase to show Tervis how each assembly station would function and at what precise location the fully assembled product would exit the machine.

“Inventor software is helping RND move beyond 3D to Digital Prototyping. In helping bring the benefits of automation to clients in a broad array of industries, RND is competing and winning against competitors with its custom automation machine designs,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Manufacturing Industry Group at Autodesk.

SYCODE Releases Inventor, Pro/ENGINEER, CATIA V4 and CATIA V5 File Import Plug-ins for Rhinoceros

Panaji, Goa – SYCODE has released Autodesk Inventor, Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire, CATIA V4 and CATIA V5 file import plug-ins for Rhinoceros. The plug-ins give Rhinoceros the ability to import 3D solid data from these high-end proprietary file formats.

"The four plug-ins released today take our Rhinoceros data exchange plug-in technology to the next level,” explains Deelip Menezes, Founder and CEO of SYCODE. "With these plug-ins Rhinoceros users can now collaborate effectively with users of Autodesk Inventor, Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire, CATIA V4 and CATIA V5.”

The plug-ins are powered by the widely used 3D InterOp technology from Spatial. 3D InterOp is the industry standard for proprietary and neutral CAD file format data exchange and is used in almost all the major CAD systems. Besides data exchange 3D InterOp also offers powerful repairing and healing features which are extensively used in the plug-ins. Repairing involves checking the file for corrupted data and fixing invalid data. Healing corrects the differences in precision. The plug-ins are engineered to make full use of the superior technology that comes with 3D InterOp. They also create detailed log files which are extremely useful in identifying data translation problems and aid in locating and fixing errors.

The Rhinoceros plug-ins have been tested to work with Rhinoceros 3.0, 4.0 and 5.0 WIP (32 bit and 64 bit). All the plug-ins are available as fully functional trials. They come with installers and detailed documentation in the form of compiled HTML help files which contains step-by-step tutorials to get end users started in the shortest possible time.

More information about the add-ins and free downloads can be found at the SYCODE web site.

* Inventor Import for Rhino - http://www.sycode.com/products/inventor_import_rh/

* Pro/ENGINEER Import for Rhino - http://www.sycode.com/products/pro_engineer_import_rh/

* CATIA V4 Import for Rhino - http://www.sycode.com/products/catia_v4_import_rh/

* CATIA V5 Import for Rhino - http://www.sycode.com/products/catia_v5_import_rh/

Delcam Chairman reports strong performance

Success in the dental industry helped Delcam to perform strongly.

Delcam Chairman Peter Miles reported today that the company had performed strongly in the face of challenging trading conditions during 2009. Sales at £31.8 million were slightly down year on year but still represented the second-best turnover in the company’s history and stood 7% higher than sales in 2007.

Reflecting Delcam’s decision to maintain its high levels of investment in R&D and to continue to employ the largest development team in the CAM industry, the Group’s profitability declined compared to 2008. "The reduction was in line with expectations and we anticipate profitability moving higher in the current financial year,” said Mr. Miles.

The high value that Delcam’s customers place in its product development was seen in the growing revenues from maintenance contracts. These contributed £10.7m to the 2009 total and showed a year-on-year increase of 10%.

Looking to the future, Mr. Miles commented, "Uncertainty over the timing and strength of the recovery in the global economy continues to make it more difficult than usual to forecast accurately. However, the continued growth of recurring revenues, from annual software maintenance and support income, and the increase in new software sales in the later part of 2009 give us cause for confidence.”

"Our policy of offering a wider range of products and services across a broader number of industries, together with our strong balance sheet, puts us in a better position than many of our competitors,” he continued. "We continue to view prospects for the business over the long term very positively.”

MSC.Software announces 3rd Edition of the Virtual Test and Engineering Simulation Aerospace & Defense Conference

To be hosted by Italian Air Force Academy in Naples on May 6th and 7th 2010.

SANTA ANA, CA - MSC.Software, a provider of simulation software and services, has announced the third Edition of the "Virtual Test and Engineering Simulation in Aerospace & Defense Conference -- Virtual Validation for Real Innovation." The conference will be hosted by the prestigious Italian Air Force Academy in Naples on May 6th and 7th 2010.

This year Alenia Aeronautica, a Finmeccanica company, will give a substantial contribution to the initiative. Simulation represents a fundamental aspect of the processes leading to product development and innovation, and therefore to the company's growth. The company is the largest Italian aeronautic company and operates world-wide in the design, development, maintenance and production of commercial and military aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles and aerostructures, as well as playing an important role in the simulation activities.

Virtual Test and Engineering Simulation is considered a major business driver for product development organizations looking to accelerate innovation, improve quality, and expand the landscape of the "Virtual Extended Enterprise" throughout engineering groups and supplier partners. The results achieved are improved enterprise business processes and methods.

The first day of the two-day event will be dedicated to executive level panels and key notes from leading worldwide aerospace companies together with aviation and scientific institutions. Companies will present case studies that highlight the impact of Virtual Test on their business and their future technology direction. The second day will host technical sessions dedicated to key topics including enterprise simulation in PLM, system level simulation and optimization, multi-discipline/multi-physics, simulation-physical test integration and new materials and composites simulation techniques.

Most of the sessions will be held in the Academy training rooms and laboratories where technologies used by Air Force can be experienced including engines, avionics, instruments, navigation tools, simulators, and vehicle mock-ups.

"The conference in all previous years has demonstrated outstanding participation and excellent cases studies presented by leading industry players in the Aerospace and Defense Industry," said Dominic Gallello, President & CEO of MSC.Software. "We are proud to partner with Alenia Aeronautica in gathering the thought leadership in aerospace simulation to catalyze innovation. Our intense focus on delivering our customers real world behaviors and force multiplier enterprise solutions continues to serve us well in extending our leadership position in aerospace and defense."

Visit http://pages.mscsoftware.com/aero2010.html to register for the conference.

Delcam/CCSI User Conference at Ingersoll Cutting Tools

The CCSI User Conference will include live cutting demonstrations.

Cad Cam Systems Inc. (CCSI), exclusive distributor for Delcam’s CADCAM software in Illinois and Iowa, is holding a user conference on March 31st at Ingersoll Cutting Tools in Rockford, Illinois. Delcam Managing Director, Clive Martell, who will attend the meeting together with Mark Cadogan, VP of Sales for Delcam North America, said, "CCSI has one of our largest customer bases in the USA. I am pleased to have the opportunity to meet, and to get feedback from, our customers in the region.”

Andy Bergstrom, president of CCSI added, "I am so glad that we were able to team up with Ingersoll again for our user group event. Ingersoll Cutting Tools has a great facility for live cutting demonstrations. We will be able to use the Haas high-speed Vertical Machining Center to show the latest improvements in PowerMILL, such as the new smoothing function, all with roughing and finishing cutters from Ingersoll.”

The conference will start at 8 am and finish at 4pm. Included in the agenda is a Q&A session featuring personnel from CSSI and Delcam. "Delcam has always been very supportive to us,” said Mr. Bergstrom. "We are extremely pleased to have Clive Martell and other Delcam personnel joining us for our event. This not only emphasizes Delcam’s commitment to us but also to our customers.”

Commenting on his involvement Mr Martell said, "The United States is a very important market to Delcam. Companies, particularly in the Midwest, have experienced many changes in the last couple of years. It is crucial for us to be able to understand these changes and how they have affected our customer needs, so we can continue to provide software that boosts their productivity, improves quality and reduces lead times.”

To register for the free seminars: call Jeanne Bergstrom on 815-399-4433 ext.100

GEA Niro Chooses ANSYS to Optimize equipment design and reduce development time and costs

PITTSBURGH - GEA Niro has selected engineering simulation software from ANSYS to optimize equipment design and reduce development time and costs. Based in Denmark, GEA Niro is a world market leader in drying technology for the dairy, food, pharmaceutical and chemical industries and is a core technology center in the GEA Process Engineering business segment in GEA Group. GEA Niro provides process equipment, process technology and know-how to those industries. The suite from ANSYS enables customers to optimize designs throughout the product development process, especially in the early stages when changes can be efficiently and cost-effectively implemented.

GEA Niro is applying engineering simulation as it develops equipment and processes for transforming liquids into powders, a major consideration in the dairy, food, pharmaceutical and chemical industries. Drying plants are becoming increasingly important in processing safer, "greener" and more profitable products. Optimizing the drying process requires an in-depth understanding of complex flow and thermal exchange phenomena, and ANSYS(R) software helps engineers to simulate real-world conditions in performing comprehensive analysis. Simulation results can be used to minimize energy requirements without compromising product quality.

The process industry company chose ANSYS as a strategic software partner because the product portfolio covers all GEA Niro's simulation needs, now and for the foreseeable future. "We have used fluid dynamics simulations for two decades, continually working to perfect the analyses and to make the most accurate modeling predictions within our technologies," said Thorvald Ullum, fluid mechanics manager, GEA Niro. "For example, GEA Niro developed the DRYNETICS(TM) method as a way of improving the reliability of the simulation of the spray-drying process. Now we're expanding our simulation facilities, using ANSYS software, to decrease the simulation time and further improve the results in areas such as high-turbulence, particle-laden flows."

"GEA Niro is an excellent example of a pioneer company applying innovative engineering simulation technology to a new range of applications -- just as other innovators did in their once-emerging industries, setting the standards for design problem-solving," said Adrian Booth, Northern Europe regional director at ANSYS.

GEA Process Engineering develops, designs, and markets production plant equipment and processes for the dairy, brewery, food, pharmaceutical, and chemical industries. With sales of more than EUR 1 billion in 2008 and 4,500 employees working in 26 countries, GEA Process Engineering is recognized as a world leader within liquid processing, industrial drying, and aseptic packaging. GEA Process Engineering is a business segment of the GEA Group, headquartered in Germany.

Apparel Company VF Corporation Selects Dassault Systèmes’ PLM Solution

Dassault Systèmes’ V6 To Provide VF with Online Collaboration Environment for Global Product Development and Sourcing.

LOWELL, Mass — Dassault Systèmes today announced that VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC), a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel, has selected Dassault Systemès’ ENOVIA V6 PLM solution as its platform for global apparel development and sourcing. DS ENOVIA was chosen after a competitive review of leading PLM vendors and specialist apparel technology providers. ENOVIA V6 will provide VF an online collaboration environment to harmonize all product communities globally. VF sought a proven solution that would enhance collaboration while accommodating the Company’s diverse product portfolio, global presence and growth plans.

“We target technology investments in strategic areas and Product Lifestyle Management is one of our key focus areas. We are pleased to begin this partnership with Dassault Systèmes. We chose Dassault Systèmes for the strength and flexibility of its current product offering and for future plans for PLM in the retail, footwear and apparel space,” said Chris Hobson, Vice President of Business Systems for VF Corporation.

Dassault Systèmes’ V6 PLM provides a high degree of flexibility to support VF’s multi-brand portfolio. The software is highly configurable, incorporating industry best practices, while enabling unique solutions for each of VF’s brands and their respective business models. By leveraging ENOVIA V6 for design, development, sourcing and production, VF can enhance its business processes from design to delivery by:

• Reducing the number of manual and disparate processes currently used to manage data
• Enabling collaboration on projects to better support the speed and scalability of innovation
• Reducing direct material costs and development times through strategic collaboration with suppliers and vendors

“VF Corporation is a company known for its strong consumer brands and product innovation. At a time when many organizations are cutting back their IT investments, companies like VF are recognizing the opportunity to invest in solutions that can help drive profitable growth through collaborative product innovation and cost-effective sourcing,” said Mich Tellier, CEO, ENOVIA, Dassault Systèmes.

ODA Announces Agenda for ODA World Conference 2010

Phoenix, AZ: The Open Design Alliance (ODA) announces the detailed agenda for the ODA World Conference in Orlando, Florida (USA), May 4 – 5, 2010.

Conference topics include new developments in the ODA platform, advanced topics for all components of the ODA platform, technical implementations by ODA members, member-oriented forums, and future trends in the CAD industry, including the latest developments in SaaS technology, which is expected to have an increased impact on the technical graphics industry.

The new ODA Technology Exchange format, which will be used throughout much of the conference, delivers three separate conference sessions simultaneously in 45-minute blocks, with attendees joining the sessions of their choice and customizing the conference according to their interests.

ODA members such as The IntelliCAD Technology Consortium and Graebert and third-party vendors such as LEDAS, AMD Professional Graphics, and Redway3d will be presenting their technologies and implementations that are built with the ODA platform. For more details, see the agenda.

Additionally, the new ODA Special Interest Groups (SIGs) will have the opportunity to meet and discuss plans for member-driven development in specialized areas.

Neil Peterson, CTO of the ODA, stated, “The enhanced conference format is designed to better serve the diverse needs of our members by providing several subject matters from which to choose in a single conference session. We have expanded the set of ODA development staff presentations this year as part of the new format to include topics that will be of interest both to new members and to long-time users of our software. I’m excited about the addition of the Technology Exchange, and am looking forward to a highly productive event this year.”