Feb 28, 2011

Astra Tech announces strategic alliance with 3Shape for lab-based scanning

WALTHAM, Mass - Astra Tech, a market leader and innovator in the field of implant dentistry and CAD/CAM abutments, announces a global strategic alliance with 3Shape A/S, the Danish-based provider of 3D scanners and CAD/CAM software solutions.

The first step is the development of a software interface enabling the 3Shape dental scanners to communicate with the Atlantis VAD™ (Virtual Abutment Design) software used for the design and production of patient-specific implant abutments. When developed the interface will make it possible for 3Shape scanner users to quickly and easily transfer digital scan information of patient oral geometry to the Astra Tech Atlantis™ design and manufacturing facilities worldwide. This connectivity reduces costs, eliminates shipping of physical models, and reduces turnaround time.

“The partnership with 3Shape is a strategic business opportunity, which will further strengthen Astra Tech’s position within the area of digital implant dentistry, contribute to a faster market penetration for Atlantis™, and create added value for our customers and their patients,” says Peter Selley, CEO of Sweden-based Astra Tech Group.

“3Shape strives to offer maximum flexibility to its reselling partners and their dental lab customers using 3Shape scanner and software solutions,” says Flemming Thorup, President & CEO at 3Shape. We are very happy that this collaboration between AstraTech and 3Shape will make it possible for many laboratories to benefit from the strength of our respective companies.”

Tech Soft 3D Launches HOOPS 3D Exchange v4.0

Latest Version Features New and Updated Formats, Enhanced Functionality, and Expanded Platform Support.

BERKELEY, CA - Tech Soft 3D has announced the latest release of HOOPS 3D Exchange™. Companies can integrate this proven toolkit to develop applications that read product and assembly information from leading 3D CAD formats. Packed with format, feature and platform enhancements, the newest version responds to the growing demand for accurate and extensible data exchange throughout the industry.

"Data sharing has never been more important," said Phil Spreier, Translation Solutions Product Manager. "We understand the nuances of the market and are committed to providing developers an up-to-date, cost-effective, single library solution that will future-proof their applications for a data environment that's constantly evolving."

The result is broadened accessibility and functionality in HOOPS 3D Exchange v4.0, which now reads the most current versions of Siemens NX (7.5), SolidWorks (2010/2011,) and includes VDA- FS, (versions 1.0 and 2.0.) Also, the PRC file format at the core of HOOPS 3D Exchange can now be easily published into data-rich and secure PDF documents.

Other key enhancements include:

* Markup definition (semantic PMI)

* Platform support for the Linux 32-bit system

* Incremental assembly file loading

* Re-tessellate functionality

* Curve and surface evaluators

"Our solution provides geometry and manufacturing data for all leading CAD formats in a single package," said Spreier. "Never before has engineering information been more accessible - or more affordable."

Siemens PLM Software Surpasses 3.5 Million Active End-User Seats of Software Based on Parasolid

World’s Most Widely Used 3D Geometric Modeling Component Achieves Unique Milestone by Delivering Superior Quality and Functionality to Broad Cross Section of Applications.

PLANO, Texas - Siemens PLM Software has announced that the number of active end-user seats of software based on its Parasolid® software has surpassed 3.5 million. As the world’s most widely used 3D geometric modeling component, Parasolid provides solid modeling functionality and interoperability to over 150 independent software vendors (ISVs) and over 350 of the industry’s most popular software applications across a broad cross section of disciplines including computer-aided design (CAD), engineering analysis (CAE), manufacturing (CAM) and architectural engineering and construction (AEC).

“The unique functionality and unsurpassed quality of Parasolid, along with its universal appeal to innovative software developers of all sizes and across multiple disciplines, has helped us achieve this impressive milestone,” said Joan Hirsch, vice president of Product Design Solutions, Siemens PLM Software. “Our long-term relationships with Parasolid licensees have promoted mutual growth and success over many years, and our dedication to open technology and an open business model helps these ISVs foster innovation and collaboration. These qualities, combined with the resulting growth and stability of Parasolid, provide our customers with a unique competitive advantage.”

Through the combination of its technology, quality and open business model, Parasolid has demonstrated a high degree of business value to independent software vendors in four principal sectors.

* CAD – Parasolid is the most widely used 3D geometric modeling component in this highly demanding market where the ability to efficiently update the digital model supersedes all other requirements. Product designers rely upon Parasolid to create a wide variety of highly accurate and detailed 3D models, from aircraft engines to mobile phones to construction equipment, using software applications from ISVs such as Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp, Delcam plc, IronCAD LLC, Missler Software, Top Systems Ltd and Vero Software Ltd, as well as Siemens PLM Software’s own Solid Edge® software and NX™ software.
* CAE and CAM – As the component software used to create over 40 percent of the world’s 3D digital models, Parasolid has become the logical choice for vendors of CAE and CAM software needing to import data created in the wide variety of CAD applications based on Parasolid. Many of these companies now also use Parasolid functionality to simplify designs for analysis, create derivative designs such as molds and tooling, and provide design creation capabilities. These CAE and CAM ISVs include ANSYS Inc., CD-Adapco, Planit Software, Mentor Graphics, DP Technology Corp, Gibbs and Associates, and MSC.Software Inc. In addition Parasolid is used by CNC Software, Inc. in its Mastercam® software and by Autodesk Inc. in its Moldflow® software. Parasolid is also the geometric component modeler used as the foundation for the CAE and CAM modules of Siemens PLM Software’s NX solution.
* AEC – An increasing number of mainstream buildings and iconic architectural structures are designed and detailed using AEC applications based on Parasolid. These applications are developed by major AEC software vendors such as Bentley Inc. and Nemetschek Vectorworks Inc.
* Interoperability – Siemens PLM Software’s commitment to open solutions and an open business model has made Parasolid a popular format for seamlessly sharing data between a wide variety of applications. In addition to enabling easy geometry sharing among all Parasolid-based systems, Parasolid XT data is also included in the software development toolkit that supports Siemens PLM Software’s JT Open Program, an influential community of users, software vendors, and interested parties spanning the PLM value chain who influence and promote the development and expanded use of the JT™ data format as a global standard for visualization, collaboration and data sharing.

ZWCAD Software America Inc. to Showcase ZW3D at Design & Manufacturing South 2011

Melbourne, Florida – ZWCAD Software America Inc. announced today that it will showcase and present ZW3D, the all-in-one CAD/CAM solution, at D&M South 2011 in Orlando, Florida on March16-17, 2011. Located at booth 1056, ZWCAD Software America will show you how ZW3D 2010 can help improve your design capability and manufacturing capacity. You will also get a sneak peek of ZW3D 2011, due to release in May this year.

As the successor of VX CAD/CAM, ZW3D 2010 provides ease-of-use, performance, and all-in-one capability. The professional software can extend enterprise-level mechanical design and engineering capabilities to the desktop at a fraction of the cost of other comparable systems. The soon to be released, ZW3D 2011, boasts two new CAD/CAM technologies that will enhance user experience and productivity. The new SmoothflowTM Direct Edit paradigm works seamlessly with history-based modeling giving the user the best of both worlds. Machinists will cut programming time with the new Auto-Feature Machining. Itgenerates a fully-efficient machining plan based on automatically detected features on a 3D part. This dramatically reduces the time required to program and machine complex 3D parts.

Booth 1056: See live demonstrations that show how you can reduce design effort, handle your toughest jobs, and generate reliable efficient tool path with a solution that is easy on your budget and quick to learn.

Dental implant manufacturer - Implant Direct - cuts programming and set-up times with Delcam’s PartMaker

Implant Direct, a leading manufacturer of dental implants based in Southern California, has slashed its programming and set-up times with Delcam’s PartMaker SwissCAM software for the programming of Swiss-type lathes.

The team behind Implant Direct has been manufacturing dental implants since 1989 when its founder Dr. Gerald Niznick started Core-Vent Bio-Engineering to make his patented designs. That original company was sold in January of 2001. When Dr. Niznick decided to get back into dental implant manufacturing as Implant Direct in late 2004, he assembled a team of veterans who had worked for him before. These employees had a vast knowledge base in the manufacturing of dental implants. They knew the best way to do things and where the bottlenecks lay.

One of the first bottlenecks the Implant Direct team addressed was the issue of programming. Implant has a bank of over 20 CNC Swiss-type lathes to manufacture its dental implants, most Star SV-12 models. "The way we used to program left a lot of room for error where you could easily crash the machine,” says Bill Aravena, a CNC Specialist at Implant Direct, who is responsible for programming the CNC Swiss machines.

"Starting out as the new company, we researched CAM systems for our programming. When we came across PartMaker, we saw it was really designed to support Swiss machines,” according Wayne Smith, who, as Tooling Manager, programs all the tool-room machines and helps out with programming the CNC Swiss machines.

Now, with PartMaker, programming is done completely off-line with completed programs being sent to the machine. As result, set-up time is measurably reduced because it takes very little time to prove out the program at the machine. Before implementing PartMaker, a great deal more time was spent at the machine writing and editing the program before the first successful part was made.

Although he now does the CNC programming, Mr. Aravena came up from the shop floor. At Implant Directs’ predecessors, he had been a set-up technician. By using PartMaker off-line, Mr. Aravena not only programs the part but he is also able to simulate the machining process fully using the software’s integrated 3D machining simulation before sending the program to the machine.

By programming and proving out parts off-line, not only is Implant Direct able to program and set-up faster, it has made the company’s set-up operators more productive by taking the programming burden off the shop floor. "With PartMaker, we can see everything ahead of time on the computer,” explained Mr. Aravena. The software allows him to apply his experience as a set-up man by giving him a virtual machine environment in which he can prove out part programs before sending them to the shop floor.

MecSoft Announces VisualXPORT for SolidWorks

Irvine, CA: MecSoft Corporation has announced the release of VisualXPORT for SolidWorks.

VisualXPORT for SolidWorks is a direct plug-in for SolidWorks, letting users export their parts in VisualMILL formatted files (.vcp). The solution provides an enhanced workflow for companies that design in SolidWorks and use VisualMILL in their manufacturing process.

“As a Gold Certified CAM developer for SolidWorks, MecSoft is very familiar with the unique needs of SolidWorks users,” stated Joe Anand, President and CEO of MecSoft. “VisualXPORT for SolidWorks was created as a direct result of the feedback we received from our VisualMILL customers. They needed enhanced export capabilities in SolidWorks beyond the STL, IGES and STEP format while not having to give up using our standalone VisualMILL CAM software. ”

With VisualXPORT for SolidWorks you can export: 2D & 3D Sketches (curves), Solids with combined faces, Solids with separate faces and individual surfaces. It is compatible with SolidWorks versions 2008 to 2011, 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

Tel Aviv Stock Exchange Approves Dual Listing of Cimatron

GIVAT SHMUEL, Israel - Cimatron Limited has announced that the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange ("TASE") has approved the dual listing of Cimatron's ordinary shares on the TASE beginning when trading commences on Wednesday, March 2, 2011, under the ticker symbol CIMT. Cimatron's ordinary shares will continue to be listed on the NASDAQ Capital Market in the United States, and Cimatron will remain subject to the rules and regulations of NASDAQ and of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

"We are very pleased to welcome Cimatron to the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange, where the company joins an increasing number of dual-listed high-tech companies," said Ester Levanon, CEO of the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange. "The TASE is the home of Israel's innovative and growing companies. Cimatron joins some 140 high-tech listed companies, which reflects the strong position of the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange in the high-tech and biotech industries. We are confident that the dual listing will enable Cimatron to increase its exposure to Israeli investors, enjoy expanded trading hours and facilitate quick and easy investor access to Cimatron's shares."

"We are pleased to join the TASE with this new dual listing," said Yossi Ben-Shalom, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Cimatron. "As we stated earlier this month, when we announced our intention to register for dual listing, we believe that this step will expand our exposure to the Israeli investment community and will increase the interest in Cimatron among Israel's large and sophisticated institutional investors, as well as provide trading access for European investors during regular European business hours."

Trading on the TASE occurs Sunday through Thursday from 9:45 AM to 4:30 PM Israel time, except on TASE trading holidays. Through Israel's Dual Listing Law that took effect in October 2000, U.S.-listed companies may dual-list on the TASE without any additional regulatory requirements. TASE links to the U.S. markets via a direct link to DTC, a subsidiary of the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, which facilitates the trading of dually-listed securities.

Kubotek releases KeyCreator 2011 with Faster, More Accurate File Importing, 64-Bit Option and Improved Dynamic Editing

MARLBOROUGH, Mass - Kubotek USA has officially released its latest version of 3D Direct CAD software: KeyCreator 2011, the most robust direct modeling system available.

KeyCreator 2011 now supports 64-bit architecture, new and improved dynamic editing and a fully re-engineered IGES translator that imports files quicker and more accurately than previous KeyCreator versions, as well as in comparison to a widely used History-Based modeling program.

With the 64-bit version, KeyCreator 2011 can work easily with more data and larger files giving users even more productivity power, especially with today’s complex assemblies. KeyCreator 2011 file size is only limited by the amount of memory available on the PC.

According to Don Bedwell, Thorncreek Engineer, LLC, “As a longtime Kubotek customer, we can honestly say the KeyCreator 2011 64-bit version has unleashed our equipment and imagination. We draw what we want to draw, we render what we want to render and we serve customers in the time frame that they should be served in. Equipment RAM is used to its fullest and software lag time is almost none.”

“As Masters of Geometry, we believe that all geometry contained in customer files is valuable and our mission it to be able to help companies to use, reuse, validate and compare their geometry seamlessly. Our new IGES translator is an important step in achieving our vision,” states Mark Parent, COO, Kubotek USA.

KeyCreator imports the most common CAD file types and works with them as if they were created within KeyCreator. Based on Kubotek’s market surveys, IGES is one of the most widely used file formats for KeyCreator customers where non-native data is shared between companies. Updating the outdated IGES format, therefore, became high priority for Kubotek customers.

Importing IGES files gained significant speed thanks to new technology written solely by Kubotek USA. More importantly, however, the re-engineered IGES technology provides better overall accuracy and better stitching and healing to produce solids compared to other IGES products on the market. In addition to easily supporting IGES modeling, KeyCreator 2011 also provides IGES file detailing and Product Management Information (PMI), and even exports references as an assembly.

New dynamic editing features include Dynamic Free Array and Linear Array functions to quickly copy and locate components and features throughout a model or assembly. These tools add ultimate flexibility for model transformations.

More productivity and usability enhancements can be found in the KeyCreator 2011 What’s New document.

KeyCreator 2011 is available for customer download on the Kubotek USA Customer Portal. Users interested in trying the software for the first time can also request a trial version of KeyCreator 2011 online.

Feb 25, 2011

MSC.Software and Defiance Technologies Partner to Deliver Advanced Engineering Software and Services

SANTA ANA, CA - MSC.Software Corporation today announced that Defiance Technologies in India has partnered with MSC.Software and will utilize its suite of multidiscipline engineering software solutions to help customers improve design development while minimizing software costs.

As a leading provider of high-end engineering services solutions, Defiance believes in proven engineering simulation tools that help exceed the expectations of its customers. Its engineering, testing and manufacturing services are offered globally. While traditional engineering services have been a key offering of the company, Defiance has moved up the value pyramid by offering advanced engineering consulting solutions and program management for global manufacturing customers dealing with increasingly complex problems.

"As a premier engineering solutions provider, we work with a varied customer base across industries. The company is set to play a significant role at the top of the value pyramid as a system integrator for sub-system and product development," said Mr. Subu D Subramanian, Managing Director & CEO at Defiance Technologies. "Our partnership with MSC.Software allows us to access industry-standard engineering analysis tools and provides more flexibility to respond to our customers' complex analyses requirements."

Today, companies are insisting on more ROI for their engineering software investments. MSC.Software and Defiance Technologies deliver against this imperative by empowering customers to leverage proven solutions that will reduce costs and drive employee productivity.

"The partnership with Defiance Technologies extends our commitment in the engineering consulting segment and offers customers unprecedented solutions from a leading provider of consulting services," said Mr. Eric Favre, Vice President at MSC.Software, Asia Pacific. "By combining MSC.Software tools and Defiance Technologies services, the partnership provides one of the strongest portfolios of engineering analysis solution offerings in India today."

Defiance Technologies, a Hinduja Group Company, is a leading provider of Engineering, ERP and IT services to global customers leveraging the Global Delivery Model. Founded in 1976 in USA, Defiance was later acquired by the Hinduja Group and has a long history of serving top global companies with over 120 global clients including 30 of the Fortune 500 companies. Headquartered at Chennai, India, Defiance has world class development centers at Chennai and Bangalore in India, and state-of-the-art engineering and validation facilities at Troy and Westland, Michigan. Defiance has business offices in USA, Europe, Middle East, South Africa and India.

Lockheed Martin Expands Use of Dassault Systèmes Solutions; Upgrades DELMIA Robotics Implementation

Ease of Use, Common Interfaces Between DELMIA and CATIA, and Integrated Third-Party Solutions Provide Significant Efficiency Gains.

AUBURN HILLS, Mich: Dassault Systèmes today announced that Lockheed Martin has migrated its F-35 Lightning II robotic painting workcells to Dassault Systèmes’ DELMIA Robotics. A long-time user of DELMIA manufacturing simulation solutions, Lockheed Martin’s new implementation of DELMIA Robotics has made the company’s manufacturing processes more efficient, leveraging a common interface across its CATIA design authoring and DELMIA digital manufacturing solutions.

Lockheed Martin uses simulations to verify that the robots will reach all the painting positions while avoiding any collisions. Automating the paint and coatings process provides significant time savings, as well as better process control. Additionally, protecting workers from potentially harmful paint fumes is an added benefit of robots. The company had already experienced success with the previous generation of DELMIA Robotics simulation.

Since they are already familiar with the CATIA interface, Lockheed Martin NC programmers easily move into robot support roles, pick up the software and produce programs.

Lockheed Martin currently employs the robotic solution in two different automated paint cells, both configured on moving rail systems. A three-robot cell is dedicated to painting the aircraft exterior and a two-robot cell is configured to handle a variety of F-35 components. Both the physical cell and the robot programming have been designed for flexibility through optimization and verification of the programs in the virtual DELMIA environment so that the company can paint different mixes of components at different times.

Enhancements within the DELMIA Cenit FASTSURF solution make it easier to modify existing robot programs for significant time gains. Previous solutions required extensive rework any time a component design changed. Now with FASTSURF, adapting to a part change can be as simple as plugging a new parameter in the setup strategy. Additionally, this solution allows Lockheed Martin to monitor the thickness of coatings—a critical factor in ensuring that aircraft meet design requirements—through a query option at any point in the application.

“Working with a visionary company such as Lockheed Martin has allowed Cenit to verify the value of our FASTSURF solution,” stated Cenit account manager, Niall Cullen. “Their in-depth experience in Robotic OLP was key in shaping a production-hardened solution with aerospace accuracy.”

“Lockheed Martin was quick to understand the benefits to be gained by having all engineers working with the same user interface paradigm across CATIA and DELMIA solutions,” said Steve Milliren, executive account manager, aerospace industry, DELMIA, Dassault Systèmes. “With the DELMIA Robotics solution, there is a common structure for easy communication and elimination of data translations for improved data integrity.”

In addition to the DELMIA Robotics solution, Lockheed Martin also uses Dassault Systemes Virtual Ergonomics and DPM Assembly solutions.

Women in the SolidWorks Community Reflect on their Start in Engineering

Stories Prove Importance of ‘Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day’.

CONCORD, Mass — What do the circular saw, Liquid Paper, the COBOL programming language, square-bottom paper bags, the dishwasher, the windshield wiper, and strong-as-steel Kevlar have in common? Women were integral in the invention or improvements of each of these.

That’s worth honoring today— Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. Sponsored by the National Engineering Week Foundation to spotlight engineering as a career opportunity for women, this day dovetails with Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.’s efforts to make SolidWorks® software accessible to girls and women everywhere.

Ann Wettersten has been introducing girls to engineering for two years. She’s the leader of the Space Cookies, an all-girl FIRST Robotics team (and Girl Scout Troop) open to any high school girl in Silicon Valley.

“Our motto is ‘Girls Engineering Tomorrow,’” says Wettersten, who has a mechanical engineering background herself. “This is about empowering girls and providing the opportunity to experience real-world engineering in a fun and challenging environment. We want to inspire girls to apply the science and math they are learning in school to creatively solve complex problems. This is the future generation of female technology leaders.”

The Space Cookies, who are sponsored by the NASA Robotics Alliance Project and co-sponsored by DS SolidWorks, do everything it takes to make and launch a competitive robot, including CAD, electrical work, and software programming. “In addition to technical knowledge,” says Wettersten, “they’re learning leadership, team-building, time management and, through our industry partnerships, a wide range of career paths.”

Christine Longwell is a manufacturing process engineer at Proterra, maker of zero-emission commercial transit solutions. She began exploring her passion in college and hasn’t looked back. “For the most part engineers are focused on creating and building things to solve problems,” says Longwell, a SolidWorks user. “There are few jobs that offer the ability to see such tangible and rewarding results of your efforts. To this day, I love to look at cars that I helped bring to market and say, ‘Hey, I worked on that.’"

“A lot of people think I came from a family where my father taught me to work on cars, but really the opposite was true,” she says. “I didn't understand how an engine worked until I went to college, but I found a welcoming community there that happily taught me enough to graduate and become a powertrain design engineer. I work on my own cars, and I take a lot of satisfaction out of it. On the other hand, I am also Mom to a six-year-old boy who proudly tells anyone who will listen that "My mom is an engineer and she can fix anything!"

Read Christine Longwell’s blog here: http://www.longwellweb.com/

Anna Wood is a design engineer for Auer Precision, a leading global provider of engineered process solutions for the life sciences, medical, microfluidics, semiconductor, defense, automotive, and industrial markets.

“I have always been fascinated with how things are made and how they work,” says Wood. “My curiosity led me to pursue a career in engineering. Engineers have a front row seat in creating designs for products and structures that we use every day. It is very cool to design a device or a tool from a blank piece of paper and watching it being manufactured. To be able to hold it in your hand, drive or fly in it, ride over that bridge you had a part in designing, or have a hand in creating a lifesaving device is immensely satisfying.

“I would encourage all young women to pursue a career in engineering,” she continues. “The opportunities are boundless, and the emotional paycheck for doing good work is very rewarding.”

Read Anna Wood’s blog here: http://www.solidmuse.com/

Marie Planchard, DS SolidWorks’ director of world education markets, was introduced to engineering as soon as she was old enough to pitch in. “My father owned an auto repair garage and my grandfather owned a farm, so between the two you were always fixing stuff. It didn’t matter that you were a girl,” says Planchard, a teacher, author, and engineer. “I had Barbie dolls, but I was the kind of girl who tried to figure out how the joints worked or how they stamped Mattel into the plastic.”

As with Longwell, Wood, and the Space Cookies, Planchard’s gender hasn’t held her back. She was one of only three women in her Rutgers University mechanical engineering class of 205, and she was president of its American Society of Mechanical Engineering chapter. It wasn’t a case of affirmative action. “My father always told me that with education, I could do anything,” she says. “He was right.”

In line with old-school gender expectations, however, Planchard does note she is in a “helping” profession: “I help people by giving them great products or helping them create great products of their own.”

Her advice to girls:

* When in doubt take more math.
* Know that you can do it (because you can).
* And as Apollo 13 Commander Capt. James Lovell Jr. said at SolidWorks World, success is the only option.

Read the SolidWorks Teacher blog here: http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/

Fact: Eighteen percent of undergrad engineering degrees went to women in 2009, according to the American Society for Engineering Education. Undergraduate female enrollment in engineering ticked slightly higher for the second straight year, rising to 18.2 percent in fall 2009 from 17.5 percent in 2007.

Mechdyne Corporation releases getReal3D for Unity, a Unity plug-in

Marshalltown, Iowa - Mechdyne Corporation and Unity Technologies today announced "getReal3D for Unity," a Mechdyne developed addition to the Unity development platform for games and interactive 3D that extends Unity capabilities to 3D immersive environments for more realistic training and simulation scenarios.

getReal3D for Unity, a Unity plug-in, supports stereo 3D, multiple video channels, viewer-centric perspective (head tracking), and tracked interaction. These technologies give Unity-based simulations the power of a real life experience.

As a result, a wide spectrum of mainstream industries will benefit through applications such as product simulations, architectural walk-throughs and training for military, medical and first responders. With getReal3D for Unity, users will be able to create visually stunning interactive content in a fraction of the time and money currently required.

The plug-in was demonstrated for the first time in January, on a Mechdyne FLEX™ located at the Riverstone Technology Park in Virginia.

"We are pleased to take this innovation outside the world of gaming," said Julien Berta, Vice President of Technology and Innovation for Mechdyne's Software Division. "Being able to experience the rich content created in Unity in our immersive displays dramatically reduces the costs and increases the benefits for commercial, governmental and defense customers who will now be able to create interactive virtual worlds faster, more intuitively and more cost effectively."

"The addition of immersive visualization as a new platform for Unity is incredibly exciting," said Nicholas Francis, Chief Creative Officer of Unity Technologies. "Unity is already used by architects, for medical imaging and in other fields. We look forward to working with new developers who will use the platform in new areas beyond our traditional user base and take Unity to new places."

getReal3D for Unity is expected to be available in the spring of 2011 for single computers. A version supporting PC clusters, for even higher realism and performance, is planned for a Fall 2011 release. The demonstration utilized a 4-channel Mechdyne FLEX™ and a single computer equipped with the latest FirePro V9800 graphics card from AMD and graphics compositing software from Mechdyne's partner company Scalable Graphics.

AutoTrack 9 Junctions with ARCADY 7.1 link now available

Savoy Computing have announced the launch of AutoTrack 9. The new version includes Junctions, a new roundabout design module with a unique real time data link to ARCADY 7.1.

AutoTrack Junctions lets engineers design roundabouts to built-in national or user-defined standards but, unlike most other software, it allows the user the freedom to experiment with designs that exceed the limits defined by the chosen standard. The system monitors the design and displays warning symbols when parameters exceed the standard. The built in Audit function then lists any conflicts and provides the designer with an opportunity to justify them. The system currently ships with pre-defined UK and US roundabout standards but allows the user to create or edit others.

The Junctions module has been developed in close collaboration with TRL (the UK’s Transport Research Laboratory) and links dynamically to their industry standard ARCADY program. The link allows Junctions to pass geometric data to ARCADY which in turn passes back flow and capacity data. These values, along with other critical analysis values such as fastest line speed and entry radius, are displayed in easy to read panels on the roundabout in Junctions allowing the designer to monitor the performance of the roundabout as the geometry is adjusted. The system is expected to change the way designers work by speeding up the design process and thereby allowing them to analyse alternatives quicker.

SAMTECH to present new SAMCEF for Wind Turbines release at EWEA 2011

Liege, Belgium: SAMTECH, European specialist in development of Computer Aided Engineering software and advanced FEA modeling technology, announces its participation to the EWEA annual event 2011, Europe’s premier wind energy event (EWEA 2011), which will be held from the 14th to the 17th of March in Brussels, Belgium. SAMTECH will demonstrate to the wind energy community the power and user-friendliness of the latest release of its professional product for advanced dynamic analysis and certification of Wind Turbines (SAMCEF for Wind Turbines or S4WT) including new features dedicated to offshore wind turbine simulation.

With the increase of their size and the growing tendancy to place them offshore, wind turbines have been the subject of an intense race for innovation.
Simulation tools are increasingly following this trend. Understanding early that simulation must be a tool to assist engineering work, SAMTECH developed a solution to take simulation from wind turbine experts’ hands to engineers focusing on their design work. SAMCEF for Wind Turbines brings innovation to the various fields of wind turbine design.

SAMTECH will exhibit at the EWEA annual event 2011 and perform live demonstrations of the new release of SAMCEF for Wind Turbines and the specific capabilities for offshore applications.

To illustrate its expertise in both onshore and offshore simulation, SAMTECH will present two applications on 16th March 2011: “Fatigue damage computation of a composite material blade using a mixed non-linear FEM and Super Element approach” and “Numerical simulation of offshore wind turbines by a coupled aerodynamic, hydrodynamic and structural dynamic approach”.

EWEA annual event 2011 visitors, SAMTECH customers and partners will have the opportunity to ask questions and interact with the SAMTECH team (Stand 11204, Hall 11) and are also invited to attend a drinks reception on the SAMTECH booth, to be held on the March 15th from 12.00 am to 2.00 pm.

SAMCEF for Wind Turbines

40 years of experience in the modeling of large flexible machines and more than 10 years expertise in Wind Energy provide the foundation for S4WT, SAMTECH’s platform dedicated to Wind Turbine simulation. This expertise was built through partnerships with most of the major players in the Wind industry, including ALSTOM and REpower Systems AG.

S4WT can be used at different levels in the wind turbine engineering process which cover the computation of global design loads for certification, the evaluation of dynamics of complex flexible mechanisms using the Multi-Body Simulation capabilities of S4WT and finally the stress assessment of structural component design using the Finite Elements features of S4WT. The S4WT software package is delivered with pre-defined IEC-61400 design load cases and parameterized start up models which also include the most common gearbox based power train concepts, as well as advanced direct drive wind turbine models.


SAMTECH is a European leading provider of Computer Aided Engineering software. Founded in 1986, SAMTECH develops and markets the general-purpose Finite Element Analysis code SAMCEF, the Multi-Disciplinary Optimization platform BOSS quattro and the Open CAE Integration Framework CAESAM. These core engineering software tools answer to a wide range of industrial needs from the preliminary phases of design to the most advanced verification analyses. The software technology of SAMTECH has an unsurpassed reputation for its quality and reliability. It has been adopted by many major companies across all engineering disciplines as an integral part of their design process. SAMTECH Group has regional offices in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, China, Japan and US for technical support, sales and services, plus a network of technically advanced distributors in other markets. SAMTECH software tools are interoperable with major CAD systems available on the market. SAMTECH is certified to ISO9001:2000 quality standards.

SAMCEF for Wind Turbines selected by REpower Systems AG

Liège, Belgium: REpower Systems AG chooses SAMCEF for Wind Turbines, SAMTECH's professional product for advanced dynamic analysis and certification of Wind Turbines.

The purchase of S4WT is the natural result of the confidence of REpower in SAMTECH's software solutions. The choice of S4WT was further consolidated through the outcome of validation campaigns. These tests proved the higher accuracy of S4WT over other multi body and aero-elastic approaches when comparing numerical results and experimental measurements.

The S4WT solver SAMCEF Mecano was used for the first time in REpower's Wind business in the year 2006 for the analysis of drive train dynamics of a REpower megawatt class wind turbine. The initially applied aero-elastic SAMCEF Mecano model accounted for the most relevant flexible wind turbine components, including a detailed gearbox model and the turbine control. A strong collaboration was then set-up in the frame of ADTS consortium to introduce key features in the innovative S4WT professional software product.

In the year 2007, REpower supported the creation of a consortium of leading industrial experts for “Advanced Drive Train Simulation/ADTS" so to improve further the S4WT power train model.

The ADTS consortium was an intensive technical collaboration in between REpower Systems AG, Schaeffler Group, Eickhoff Antriebstechnik GmbH and SAMTECH Iberica. Outcome of that collaboration where specific extensions of the S4WT solver for advanced power train modelling in order to match the needs of today's wind industry.

Japan’s Nitto Sangyo Digitally Designs Rocking Toys with Autodesk Inventor Software

SAN RAFAEL, Calif - Autodesk, Inc. has named Japanese playground equipment manufacturer Nitto Sangyo as Autodesk Inventor of the Month for February. Using Autodesk Inventor software, the company develops rideable toys that are safer and more durable than standard commercial playground equipment.

Nitto Sangyo designs and manufactures “Link Mini” rocking toys in the shapes of cartoon characters, airplanes, animals and other fun objects for children. Most rocking equipment relies on a large metal spring — which can be subject to structural fatigue — to induce rocking motion. With the Link Mini, the rideable portion is supported by an interior cylindrical pole that sways back and forth within a precisely calculated range of motion.

Since it relies on a solid inner structure rather than a metal spring, the riding portion of the Link Mini never falls to the ground, even if fatigue occurs — making the toy safer for children to use than spring-based rides. Since only a few parts need to be replaced when fatigue occurs — rather than the entire product — the Link Mini is also superior not just for safety, but also in terms of cost and ease of maintenance.

A Single 3D Digital Prototype from Start to Finish

Working in conjunction with Autodesk reseller Otsuka Corporation, the Nitto Sangyo design team uses Autodesk Alias Design software to create the free-form curves of the Link Mini’s rideable surfaces, ranging from dinosaurs to bunny rabbits. Importing this conceptual design data into Autodesk Inventor software enables the team to more easily carry out the next step of the process and perform structural analysis on the interior support structure. The team also performs simulations on the Inventor digital model to calculate the differing impact of varying body types of children, enabling the overall design of the ride to be modified until it meets or exceeds operational requirements.

“Using Autodesk Digital Prototyping software has been very beneficial to our product development processes,” said Taro Ogura, design manager at Nitto Sangyo. “We have successfully created the Link Mini faster and at lower cost, largely due to the smooth integration between Inventor and Alias software.”

Eliminating reliance on physical prototyping reduced the development time of the Link Mini by about two months, all while reducing overall costs by nearly US$6,000 (500,000 yen) per product.

“Nitto Sangyo’s unique rocking toys provide a fresh approach for playgrounds,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Manufacturing Industry Group at Autodesk. “Digital Prototyping is helping the company make smarter choices at every step of the design process, ultimately allowing it to manufacture equipment that performs as the designers’ intend.”

Each month, Autodesk selects an Inventor of the Month from the users of Autodesk Inventor software, which takes manufacturers beyond 3D to Digital Prototyping. Winners are chosen for engineering excellence and groundbreaking innovation. For more information about Autodesk Inventor of the Month, contact us at IOM@autodesk.com.

Otsuka Corporation is a Japan-based company mainly engaged in the system integration business. The Company operates in two business segments. The System Integration segment is engaged in the development of systems, the manufacture and sale of ERP products, CAD/CAM/CAE solutions, as well as the electrical and local area network (LAN) construction businesses. The Service and Support segment provides data recovery services and other support services for network systems, as well as provides educational support services.

Founded in 1939, Japan-based Nitto Sangyo manufactures a comprehensive range of playground equipment for public facilities.

Delcam displays latest PartMaker technology at PMTS 2011

Delcam will demonstrate the latest version of its PartMaker software for programming turn-mill centres and Swiss-type lathes at PMTS 2011 in Columbus, Ohio, from 19th to 21st April. Major highlights of PartMaker Version 2011 include more powerful milling functionality, more vivid set-up documentation, new specialist turning routines, a more flexible tooling library, improved simulation of unique machine tool architectures and a host of additional productivity enhancements.

As the leading CADCAM software choice of North American precision parts manufacturers, Delcam’s PartMaker Division will have the largest booth of any CADCAM vendor at PMTS. Other Delcam products on display will include PowerMILL, the industry leading CAM system for the manufacture of complex shapes, and PowerSHAPE, the preeminent 3D design tool for manufacture on the market today.

"With the recent recovery in the production machining market, manufacturers are looking to be more productive by staying abreast of latest technology,” says PartMaker Division President, Hanan Fishman. "PartMaker 2011 allows our existing and prospective users to be more competitive by providing them with more functionality and more power, together with the same legendary ease of use they have come to expect from PartMaker.”

"Since joining Delcam, the functionality, capability and power of the PartMaker CAM software suite has grown massively by taking advantage of Delcam's extensive development resources. Delcam's worldwide team of over 225 developers is the CAM software industry’s largest development team. Multi-axis milling functionality that has taken Delcam many, many man years to develop is being added to PartMaker at a rapid pace and reduced cost, which provides a major benefit to the product's end users.”

"PartMaker Version 2011 also has an optional module for 3D design, providing PartMaker users best in breed software for both CNC programming and addressing ‘design for manufacturability’ issues”, added Mr. Fishman.

The PowerSHAPE Companion for PartMaker, an optional module to allow you to design 3D models, repair poor quality 3D data and modify 3D geometry to improve "Design for Manufacturability”. This new optional module features the powerful "Solid Doctor” utility, allowing you to read and repair models from all sources and tackle the common problems that can be found when translating low-precision and incomplete 3D data by detecting and repairing faults in engineering models and generating a valid, high-precision solid model ready for programming in PartMaker.

PartMaker Version 2011 lets users manage their tool inventory in a new, more universal manner through the use of "Master Tools Databases.” Master Tools Databases can be edited, manipulated and stored through external database programs like Microsoft Excel and individual tools can be quickly imported for specific jobs. This new approach makes programming more productive because it allows you to quickly choose tools created previously faster than before. It also allows you to reduce the size of a given tool library for a particular programming job. Tools can be interchanged between PartMaker’s Tool Files and your Master Tools Database.

Bar-Fed Mills are a new breed of machine tool technology that is growing more popular for the production of small, complex parts for such applications as medical device, aerospace, fluid power and any other industry that requires complex small parts. In many ways, these machines represent the future of complex, low volume, small parts manufacturing. With Version 2011, PartMaker aims to establish itself as the market leading system for automating the programming of Bar-Fed Mills by introducing a number of new features for handling the unique programming issues presented by these machines. PartMaker Version 2011 simulates the unique architectures and machine kinematics of Bar-Fed mills in its 3D simulation module and supports the Bar-Fed mill offerings with robust post processors and vivid simulation of such machines from leading builders like Willemin-Macodel, Bumotec, Chiron, Mazak, Star and others.

A host of improvements to the PartMaker Documentation Wizard module have been added, including a number of new standard set-up sheet templates as well as the ability to automatically create "mid process” set-up sheets. "Mid process” set-up sheets display a picture of the part being machined at each step in the machining process as well as a graphical view of the tool used in that process. Such set-up sheets can be a great way to communicate to shop floor personnel exactly how a part should be processed and can thus speed-up setup time and reduce the possibility of errors.

PartMaker Version 2011 also includes a number of enhancements to the software’s sophisticated surface machining strategies. These improvements include the addition of a more powerful Surface Swarfing strategy which makes programming swarfing easier and more accurate. The new version also includes the addition of 4-axis Swarfing, which allows you to perform more sophisticated milling on machines only capable of 4-axis cutting, which includes most Swiss-type lathes on the market today.

Eurocom Launches Intel Core i7-990X Extreme Processor in its Panther 2.0 Super Notebook

Eurocom Corporation announces support for Intel’s new high performance i7-990X Extreme Edition Processor inside the EUROCOM Panther 2.0 super notebook.

Eurocom is a leading developer of desktop replacement and mobile workstation technology. Eurocom began with the goal of creating the most advanced computer systems and using advanced engineering techniques typically unseen in the computer industry. The company has produced many firsts and continues to engineer well-balanced machines and VGA solutions that inspire and enable individuals to reach great possibilities.

The addition of the i7-990X to the long list of processor options gives Eurocom customers even greater choice when customizing their custom built system.

The Intel Core i7-990X comes unlocked and runs at 3.46GHz, with a 3.73GHz Turbo Boost.

“The i7-990X gives our clients a super powerful, unlocked processor that is built for unmatched performance” said Mark Bialic, President of Eurocom “Customers can now match the Intel i7-990X extreme processor with AMD Radeon HD6970M and NVIDIA GTX 485M video cards for a super computer experience inside a notebook form factor.”

Intel Core i7 990X Extreme Edition features:
• 3.46 GHz core speed
• Up to 3.73 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology
• 6 cores
• 12 threads
• 12 MB Cache
• 3 Channels DDR3 1066 MHz memory
• 32nm manufacturing process technology
• 6.4 GT/s Bus Speed

Optional Processors for the EUROCOM Panther 2.0:
• 3.46 GHz Intel Core i7-990X Extreme Edition; 6C/12T; 12MB L3; 6.4GT/s; 32nm; 130W
• 3.33 GHz; Intel Core i7-980X Extreme; 6C/12T; 8MB L3; 6.4GT/s; 32nm; 130W
• 3.20 GHz; Intel Core i7-970 Processor; 6C/12T; 12MB cache; 4.8GT/s; 32nm; 130W
• 3.20 GHz; Intel Core i7-960 Processor; 4C/8T; 8MB cache; 4.8GT/s; 45nm; 130W
• 3.06 GHz Intel Core i7-950; 8MB L3 cache; 4.8GT/s; LGA1366; 45nm; 130W
• 2.80 GHz; Intel Core i7-930 Processor; 4-Cores 8-Threads; 8MB cache; 4.8GT/s; 32nm; 130W

• 3.46 GHz Intel Xeon X5690 Processor; 6-cores; 12MB L3 cache; 6.4GT/s; 32nm; 130W
• 3.33 GHz Intel Xeon X5680 Processor; 6-cores; 12MB L3 cache; 6.4GT/s; 32nm; 130W
• 2.93 GHz Intel Xeon X5670 Processor; 6-cores; 12MB L3; 6.4GT/s; 32nm; 95W
• 2.80 GHz Intel Xeon X5660 Processor; 6-cores; 12MB L3; 6.4GT/s; 32nm; 95W
• 2.66 GHz Intel Xeon X5650 Processor; 6-cores; 12MB L3; 6.4GT/s; 32nm; 95W

• 2.13 GHz; Intel Xeon Processor L5630; 4-Cores; 12MB L3 cache; 5.86GT/s; 32nm; 40W

• 3.33 GHz Intel Xeon W3680 Processor; 6-cores; 12MB L3; 6.4GT/s; 32nm; 130W

3D Systems Brings To Market New Dental Printer

ROCK HILL, South Carolina - 3D Systems Corporation (NASDAQ: TDSC), announced today the immediate availability of its 2011 ProJet™ DP 3000 3D printer, a new dental CAD/CAM 3D printer for wax-up production that provides measurable financial returns and a proven ROI for the dental lab.

The new ProJet™ DP 3000 printer features an expanded ultra-high definition build area that delivers up to a 60% productivity improvement, enabling dental labs to dramatically ramp up production volumes for both crown and bridge work as well as partial frameworks. In addition to the increased capacity, the new ProJet™ DP 3000 is equipped with remote email notification, making it even easier to track printer operation and performance. 3D Systems also announced the immediate availability of an upgrade kit that extends the same value proposition to existing users, protecting their investment.

“We are excited to deliver added value to our dental customers through increased productivity and superior print output quality,” said Buddy Byrum, Senior Director, 3D Printing for 3D Systems. “We are pleased to offer our existing digital dentistry practitioners the opportunity to protect their investment and upgrade to this next generation ProJet™ DP 3000 3D printer.”

3D Systems Delivers Plus Upgrades for Its ProJet™ 3D Printers

ROCK HILL, South Carolina - 3D Systems Corporation (NASDAQ: TDSC), announced today the immediate availability of new Plus upgrades for its ProJet™ HD 3000 and CPX 3000 3D printers. These productivity upgrades provide measurable value for current customers, leveraging their existing investment.

The HDplus upgrade is available for current ProJet™ HD3000 customers. The Plus features a 60% build envelope expansion and a new 16 micron print resolution that delivers exceptional hard plastic parts with unmatched micro-detail and surface quality. Upgraded printers also deliver the convenience of email notification and remote monitoring.

The CPXplus upgrade is available for existing ProJet™ CPX3000 customers looking for increased capacity, speed and convenience. This upgrade provides a new selectable 20 micron high resolution option that is 20% faster. The CPXplus upgrade also includes a 60% expanded high definition build envelope allowing for increased small part capacity and larger high resolution parts. These combined features offer capacity increases of up to 90%. As with the HDplus this upgrade offers email notification and remote monitoring.

“We are pleased to offer our current 3D printer customers the opportunity to leverage their investment and upgrade to this next generation ProJet™ performance,” said Buddy Byrum, Senior Director, 3D printing for 3D Systems. “We are excited to deliver to our customers measureable value through increased productivity and printability of larger precision parts with industry leading micro detail and surface quality.”

EON Reality Software Now Extends Their Auto-stereoscopic Product Line by Supporting Dimenco's 3D Display Technology

IRVINE, Calif – EON Reality, an interactive 3D software provider, today announced that EON now is compatible with Dimenco’s rendering core (2D+Z) for their 3D displays. Dimenco is a leading advanced technology company in the field of no-glasses 3D displays. EON Reality is proud to incorporate and offer this new enhanced technology in their EON’s Artificial I product line.

Dimenco 3D displays, based on the proven Philips WOWvx technology, are designed to grab people’s attention with stunning 3D video. The new improved auto-stereoscopic display solution offers the ultimate viewing experience with "eye popping" 3D, brilliant brightness and full contrast. You can view it without having to wear special glasses (auto-stereoscopic) and it is suitable for viewing with more than one person at the same time.

“With the support of the EON’s world class software our customers can experience a uniquely impactful way of 3D visualization. Furthermore, for a broad application of 3D in the display market, content availability is a key factor, and with our cooperation a huge step is taken in this respect,” said Maarten Tobias, CEO of Dimenco.

“We are proud to be able to support and offer this new stunning and crystal clear auto-stereoscopic HD 3D 52” display to our customers. Dimenco is taking the 3D real-time imaging to a new level,” said Mats W. Johansson, President, EON Reality.

HBM-nCode Joins MathWorks Connections Program

nCode, a leading brand of durability, test and analysis products offered by HBM, today announced it has joined the MathWorks Connections Program. This membership is based on nCode GlyphWorks, a powerful processing system for engineering data, which will give users the ability to use MATLAB directly to customize and extend GlyphWorks. This new functionality for integrated MATLAB scripting will be included in the upcoming release of nCode GlyphWorks 7, scheduled to be available on February 25, 2011.

nCode GlyphWorks provides leading fatigue analysis capabilities for measured data. Processes are created in a graphical, process-oriented environment using analysis building blocks called ‘glyphs’. These processes can be locked-down and distributed, improving the consistency and speed of analysis. GlyphWorks provides a wide range of data processing capabilities with specialized options in addition to fatigue analysis including accelerated testing and frequency domain tools for ride quality and rotating machinery analysis.

“MATLAB is widely used by engineers for creating advanced programming solutions and this integration with MATLAB opens up a new world of technical computing for our GlyphWorks customers.” stated Jon Aldred, Director of Product Management for nCode products. “We also see MATLAB customers benefitting from the fatigue technology and process efficiencies of nCode products. We have a number of customers using both products and this partnership helps bring a consistency of methods and streamlining of processes. ”

The direct integration of MATLAB and nCode GlyphWorks is enabled using a Scripting glyph as part of an analysis process. This combines the advantages of GlyphWorks with the broad technical and mathematics capabilities of MATLAB. The Scripting glyph enables MATLAB scripts to be encapsulated, saved and distributed for improved standardization of processes. Data from MATLAB written to MAT-files can also be directly read using the Scripting glyph providing general access to MATLAB formatted data from within GlyphWorks.

The MathWorks Connections Program is available to third-party organizations that develop and distribute complementary, commercially available products and services based on MATLAB and Simulink. These offerings address technical needs across a wide range of applications and industries with software and hardware products that extend the usage of MATLAB and Simulink or offer training, consulting and system integration services based on MathWorks tools.

Dong-eui University Opens New Educational Center and Features Intergraph SmartPlant and SmartMarine Enterprise Technology

South Korean university establishes center to provide specialized training for next-generation engineers for marine and offshore industry.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala - Dong-eui University (DEU) has opened Convergence of IT Devices Institute (CiDi) in Busan, South Korea, which is a new educational center for its naval architecture and ocean engineering students to provide them with specialized training for the marine and offshore industry through the use of Intergraph® technology.

DEU recognizes the importance of industry advancement through education for its university students and sought to collaborate with industry partners to build its academic curriculum. DEU selected Intergraph’s world-leading enterprise engineering software for its new educational center in Busan, which is the main city for shipbuilding and chemical plants in South Korea. CiDi will incorporate Intergraph SmartPlant® and SmartMarine® Enterprise software into its training courses, ensuring its engineering students are well-equipped with the relevant tools and knowledge when they graduate and enter the marine and offshore industry workforce.

Intergraph’s SmartPlant 3D and SmartMarine 3D (collectively known as Smart 3D) software is the most advanced process, power, marine asset and ship design software offered in two decades, providing all the software capabilities needed to design and build onshore and offshore facilities. SmartPlant Enterprise is a comprehensive product suite offering increasing value from IT to improve project execution, safety, handover, and plant operational efficiency. Intergraph’s innovative technology enables organizations to address long-term strategic engineering opportunities for plant design and operations at the enterprise level.

“As part of the prestigious Dong-eui University and the nation’s only institute specialized in shipbuilding, we strive to provide our students with the best educational tools available,” said Yun-Sik Yu, director of CiDi. “Intergraph technology will enable us to revitalize the local IT industry by providing value-added higher education with relevance to the marine and offshore industry.”

“Intergraph is honored to partner with CiDi and privileged to play a role in positively impacting current and future generations of engineers,” said Gerhard Sallinger, president of Intergraph Process, Power & Marine. “We are pleased that CiDi has chosen SmartPlant and SmartMarine Enterprise technology for integration into its education programs, enabling its graduates to take with them the knowledge and expertise for increased productivity and enhanced global competitiveness in the marine and offshore industry.”

The ARC Advisory Group, a leading industry analysis firm, ranked Intergraph the No. 1 overall engineering design 3D software and process engineering tools (PET) provider worldwide according to its PET Worldwide Outlook Market Analysis and Forecast through 2013.

ANSYS Reports $580.2 million revenue for fiscal year 2010

PITTSBURGH: ANSYS, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANSS), today reported fourth quarter and fiscal year 2010 results. Total non-GAAP revenue in 2010 increased 11% over 2009 for both the fourth quarter and the fiscal year. Non-GAAP net income for the 2010 fourth quarter and fiscal year increased 23.9% and 21.0%, respectively, as compared to the 2009 fourth quarter and fiscal year. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share increased 22.6% and 19.7% in the fourth quarter and fiscal year of 2010, respectively, as compared to the comparable 2009 periods.

"We are pleased to close out 2010 with strong quarterly and annual performance that exceeded our initial commitments of a year ago. All aspects and regions of the business made solid contributions. Throughout the year, we heightened investment in our organization, our technology offerings and our infrastructure, while delivering profitable growth. We released ANSYS® 13.0 during the fourth quarter, which positioned us even better to drive top-line growth and extend our customer relationships through the broadest, deepest and most integrated product offerings in our 40 year history. Into 2011, all of the factors driving simulation remain in full force as companies strive to compete with next generation products, and with smarter products that are increasingly more energy efficient, productive and sustainable. Our long-term enthusiasm for the future remains intact," commented ANSYS president & CEO Jim Cashman.

* Fourth quarter and fiscal year 2010 revenue of $166.6 million and $580.2 million, respectively
* Fourth quarter and fiscal year 2010 non-GAAP diluted EPS of $0.65 and $2.13, respectively, and GAAP diluted EPS of $0.52 and $1.64, respectively
* Fourth quarter and fiscal year 2010 non-GAAP operating profit margin of 49.7% and 49.5%, respectively, and GAAP operating profit margin of 39.3% and 37.8%, respectively
* Fourth quarter and fiscal year 2010 operating cash flow of $40.9 million and $222.0 million, respectively, excluding net cash outflows associated with the Japan restructuring announced in the third quarter

ANSYS' fourth quarter and full year 2010 financial results are presented below. The non-GAAP results exclude the income statement effects of stock-based compensation, purchase accounting for deferred revenue and acquisition-related amortization of intangible assets. Non-GAAP and GAAP results reflect:

* Total non-GAAP revenue of $166.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2010 as compared to $150.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2009; total non-GAAP revenue of $580.2 million in 2010 as compared to $524.9 million in 2009; total GAAP revenue of $166.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2010 as compared to $150.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2009; total GAAP revenue of $580.2 million in 2010 as compared to $516.9 million in 2009;

* A non-GAAP operating profit margin of 49.7% in the fourth quarter of 2010 as compared to 51.5% in the fourth quarter of 2009; a non-GAAP operating profit margin of 49.5% in 2010 as compared to 48.9% in 2009; a GAAP operating profit margin of 39.3% in the fourth quarter of 2010 as compared to 40.1% in the fourth quarter of 2009; a GAAP operating profit margin of 37.8% in 2010 as compared to 35.5% in 2009;

* Non-GAAP net income (see below) of $60.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2010 as compared to $48.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2009; non-GAAP net income of $198.1 million in 2010 as compared to $163.7 million in 2009; GAAP net income of $49.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2010 as compared to GAAP net income of $37.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2009; GAAP net income of $153.1 million in 2010 as compared to GAAP net income of $116.4 million in 2009; and

* Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share (see below) of $0.65 in the fourth quarter of 2010 as compared to $0.53 in the fourth quarter of 2009; non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of $2.13 in 2010 as compared to $1.78 in 2009; GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.52 in the fourth quarter of 2010 as compared to GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.41 in the fourth quarter of 2009; GAAP diluted earnings per share of $1.64 in 2010 as compared to GAAP diluted earnings per share of $1.27 in 2009.

* Operating cash flows of -$25.3 million (cash outflows) in the fourth quarter of 2010 as compared to $44.9 million (cash inflows) in the fourth quarter of 2009; operating cash flows of $166.9 million for fiscal year 2010 as compared to $173.7 million for fiscal year 2009. Operating cash flows included net incremental tax payments of $66.1 million and $55.1 million in the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2010, respectively, related to the restructuring of the Company's Japan subsidiaries that was disclosed with the Company's third quarter earnings announcement and Form 10-Q. Excluding these amounts, operating cash flows were $40.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2010 and $222.0 million for fiscal year 2010.

The GAAP and non-GAAP results discussed above include the following:

* Tax benefits of approximately $2.1 million during the fourth quarter of 2010 related to the previously-announced restructuring of the Company's Japan subsidiaries;
* Restructuring charges of $870,000 ($560,000 after tax) and $3.7 million ($2.4 million after tax) during the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2009, respectively;
* Tax charges of $2.0 million during the fourth quarter of 2009 related to the repatriation of cash from the Company's international subsidiaries; and
* Tax benefits of $2.0 million during the second quarter of 2009 related to the settlement of tax years previously under audit; and

If these items were excluded from the non-GAAP results, the Company's fourth quarter and fiscal year 2010 non-GAAP diluted earnings per share would have been $0.62 and $2.10, respectively, and the Company's fourth quarter and fiscal year 2009 non-GAAP diluted earnings per share would have been $0.56 and $1.81, respectively.

The Company's GAAP results reflect stock-based compensation charges of approximately $5.1 million ($3.8 million after tax) or $0.04 diluted earnings per share for the fourth quarter of 2010 and approximately $19.0 million ($14.8 million after tax) or $0.16 diluted earnings per share for fiscal year 2010.

The non-GAAP financial results highlighted above, and the non-GAAP financial outlook for 2011 discussed below, represent non-GAAP financial measures. A reconciliation of these measures to the appropriate GAAP measures, for the three months and twelve months ended December 31, 2010 and 2009, and for the 2011 financial outlook, is included in the condensed financial information included in this release.

Management's 2011 Financial Outlook

The Company's 2011 revenue and earnings per share guidance is provided below. The earnings per share guidance is provided on both a GAAP basis and a non-GAAP basis. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share excludes charges for stock-based compensation and acquisition-related amortization of intangible assets.

First Quarter 2011 Guidance

The Company currently expects the following for the quarter ending March 31, 2011:

Revenue in the range of $151.0 - $157.0 million
GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.41 - $0.44
Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.53 - $0.56

Fiscal Year 2011 Outlook

The Company currently expects the following for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2011:

Revenue in the range of $640.0 - $660.0 million
GAAP diluted earnings per share of $1.77 - $1.89
Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of $2.27 - $2.35

The first quarter and fiscal year 2011 guidance reflected above includes the following estimated income tax benefits related to the previously announced restructuring of the Company's Japan subsidiaries:

First quarter 2011 estimated tax benefits: $2.0 million - $2.1 million
Fiscal year 2011 estimated tax benefits: $8.0 million - $8.4 million

Additionally, the Company expects that the restructuring of the Japan subsidiaries will positively impact 2011 cash flow operations by approximately $45.0 - $50.0 million by reducing required income tax payments.

These statements are forward-looking and actual results may differ materially. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share is a supplemental financial measure and should not be considered as a substitute for, or superior to, diluted earnings per share determined in accordance with GAAP.

GibbsCAM to be Exhibited at National, Four-Day Manufacturing for Growth Forum Produced by AMT, AMTDA, NTMA & PMA

MOORPARK, CA – Gibbs and Associates today announced its participation at the Manufacturing for Growth (MFG) Meeting, the first national, interactive forum jointly organized and produced by the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association (AMTDA), the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) and the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA). To create this event, and provide a forum for business owners and executives to discuss and share ideas for building sustainable economic growth in the U.S., the four associations combined their annual meetings.

Gibbs and Associates, a supporting member of AMT, AMTDA and NTMA, will be presenting general information about GibbsCAM, its CNC programming software, and demonstrating key software features through pre-selected parts. An informal atmosphere will provide attendees convenient access to GibbsCAM and other exhibitors throughout the four days of the Manufacturing for Growth meeting, which will be held in Chandler, Arizona, from March 3-6, 2011.

Event organizers expect hundreds of association member and non-member business managers and executives from companies of all sizes, working in industries as diverse as aerospace, construction, energy, automotive and medical. The expected attendance is a cross-sectional representation of industries served by GibbsCAM, which is used in production machining across the manufacturing sector to generate, verify, simulate and post process NC programs for milling, turning and multi-task machining (MTM) CNCs of all configurations and complexity.

Autodesk Reports $528 million Fourth Quarter Revenue - 16 Percent Growth

SAN RAFAEL, Calif - Autodesk, Inc has reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full fiscal year 2011. Revenue was $528 million, an increase of 16 percent compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 and 11 percent compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2011.

“We closed the year with solid momentum and double-digit quarterly revenue growth in all of our geographies and all of our business segments," said Carl Bass, Autodesk president and CEO. “We’re seeing a global increase in demand for 3D design, engineering, and entertainment tools. Demand for our Inventor software helped deliver record quarterly revenue in our Manufacturing segment, and record quarterly sales of our Revit family of products led to strong growth in our Architecture, Engineering and Construction segment.”

“Our fourth quarter results topped a solid year of growth for Autodesk,” said Mark Hawkins, Autodesk Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer. “In addition to diversified revenue growth in the quarter, we generated strong cash flow from operations, record maintenance billings, and ended the quarter with a record balance for deferred revenue. We achieved significant operating margin improvement for the fiscal year despite higher than expected performance-based compensation expense due to our over performance on revenue for the year. With close to $1.5 billion in cash and marketable securities and no debt, our balance sheet is very strong.”

GAAP operating margin was 14 percent, compared to 12 percent in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 and 15 percent in the third quarter of fiscal 2011.
Non-GAAP operating margin was 20 percent, a 60 basis point increase compared to the fourth quarter last year, and a decrease compared to 21 percent in the third quarter of fiscal 2011. A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results is provided in the accompanying tables.

GAAP diluted earnings per share were $0.26, compared to $0.21 in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 and $0.23 in the third quarter of fiscal 2011. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share were $0.35, compared to $0.30 in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010, and $0.32 in the third quarter of fiscal 2011.

Cash flow from operating activities was $176 million, an increase of 40 percent compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 and 54 percent compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2011.

Fourth Quarter Operational Overview

EMEA revenue was $212 million and increased 13 percent compared to the fourth quarter last year as reported and 22 percent on a constant currency basis. EMEA revenue increased 16 percent sequentially as reported and 14 percent on a constant currency basis.

Revenue in the Americas was $193 million and increased 15 percent compared to the fourth quarter last year and 7 percent sequentially.

Revenue in Asia Pacific was $123 million and increased 22 percent compared to the fourth quarter last year as reported and 20 percent on a constant currency basis. Revenue in Asia Pacific increased 7 percent sequentially as reported and 5 percent on a constant currency basis.

Revenue from emerging economies was $85 million, an increase of 16 percent compared to the fourth quarter last year as reported and 20 percent on a constant currency basis. Revenue from emerging economies increased 11 percent sequentially as reported and 10 percent on a constant currency basis. Revenue from emerging economies represented 16 percent of total revenue in the fourth quarter.

All constant currency calculations remove the impact of foreign currency fluctuations and any gains or losses recorded to revenue within the current period as a result of Autodesk’s hedging program.

Revenue from the Platform Solutions and Emerging Business segment was $181 million, an increase of 10 percent compared to the fourth quarter last year and an increase of 5 percent sequentially. Revenue from the Architecture, Engineering and Construction business segment was $162 million, an increase of 18 percent compared to the fourth quarter last year and 19 percent sequentially. Revenue from the Manufacturing business segment was a record $133 million, an increase of 23 percent compared to the fourth quarter last year and 14 percent sequentially. Revenue from the Media and Entertainment business segment was $52 million, an increase of 12 percent compared to the fourth quarter last year and 3 percent sequentially.

Cash flow from operating activities was $176 million, compared to $126 million in the fourth quarter last year, and $114 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2011.

Full Year Fiscal 2011

* Revenue was $1.95 billion, an increase of 14 percent compared to fiscal 2010.
* GAAP operating margin was 14 percent, compared to 4 percent in fiscal 2010.
* Non-GAAP operating margin was 21 percent, an increase of 480 basis points compared to 17 percent in fiscal 2010.
* GAAP diluted earnings per share were $0.90, compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.25 in fiscal 2010.
* Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share were $1.32, compared to non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.99 in fiscal 2010.
* Cash flow from operations was $541 million, an increase of 119 percent compared to fiscal 2010.

“After a challenging fiscal 2010, we experienced a healthy rebound in global demand for our software solutions in fiscal 2011,” continued Bass. “We made significant progress in growing our business and profitability, and our employees and partners are to be congratulated on their efforts. As we head into fiscal 2012, Autodesk is well positioned to build on the success of the past year and drive towards our 5-year targets.”

Business Outlook

The following statements are forward-looking statements that are based on current expectations and assumptions, and involve risks and uncertainties some of which are set forth below. Autodesk is not able to provide 5-year targets for GAAP operating margins at this time because of the difficulty of estimating excluded GAAP items that would affect our operating margin, including charges related to stock-based compensation expense and amortization of acquisition related intangibles.

First Quarter Fiscal 2012

Net revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2012 is expected to be in the range of $510 million and $525 million. GAAP earnings per diluted share are expected to be in the range of $0.21 and $0.24. Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share are expected to be in the range of $0.34 and $0.37 and exclude $0.08 related to stock-based compensation expense, and $0.05 for the amortization of acquisition related intangibles, net of tax.

First quarter outlook includes the impact of the two recently announced acquisitions, which are expected to close in the quarter.

Full Year Fiscal 2012

Net revenue for fiscal 2012 is expected to increase by approximately 10 percent compared to fiscal 2011. Autodesk anticipates fiscal 2012 GAAP operating margin to increase by approximately 220 basis points compared to fiscal 2011. Autodesk anticipates fiscal 2012 non-GAAP operating margin to increase by approximately 200 basis points compared to fiscal 2011. Non-GAAP operating margin excludes approximately 20 basis points of operating margin improvement consisting of 60 basis points of restructuring charges, 10 basis points of amortization of acquisition related intangibles, and negative 50 basis points of stock-based compensation expense. Operating margin growth is anticipated to return to typical linearity during the year. Autodesk is not providing specific EPS guidance for fiscal 2012 at this time.

Fiscal 2012 outlook includes the impact of the two recently announced acquisitions, which are expected to close in the first quarter of fiscal 2012. Outlook assumes effective tax rate of approximately 24 percent for GAAP results and approximately 26 percent for non-GAAP results.

Feb 24, 2011

Dr. Ajei S. Gopal Named to ANSYS Board of Directors

PITTSBURGH - ANSYS, Inc has announced that Dr. Ajei S. Gopal, executive vice president, Technology and Development Group at CA Technologies, has been appointed to its Board of Directors. He also will serve as a member of the Board's Audit Committee.

"It's a great pleasure to welcome Ajei to our Board of Directors," said Peter J. Smith, executive chairman of ANSYS. "With his accomplished history in the software and information technology domains, he brings experience and perspective that will be of great value to ANSYS."

At CA Technologies, Gopal is responsible for development of a broad portfolio of IT management and security products and solutions, and oversees a global team of over 4,000 professionals. Before joining CA in 2006, he was executive vice president and chief technology officer for Symantec Corporation, where he earlier also had responsibilities for mergers and acquisitions.

Prior to Symantec, Gopal served as CEO and board member of ReefEdge Networks, Inc., a wireless LAN systems company that he cofounded. He spent several years at IBM, initially at IBM Research and later as chief technology officer of IBM's Pervasive Computing Division. He began his career as a member of the technical staff in the Applied Research Division at Bell Communications Research.

"I am honored to be asked to join the ANSYS Board and share the company's passion for pushing the limits of technology so customers can turn concepts into successful, innovative products," said Gopal. "In a world where technology investments are challenged on a daily basis, ANSYS has a 40-year history of driving proven results for its customers. I am looking forward to working with the Board of Directors and the senior management team."

Gopal is the author of more than twenty issued U.S. patents and numerous publications. He received a bachelor's degree in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai and a doctorate in computer science from Cornell University.

Autodesk Expands AutoCAD WS, Adds Support for Multiple Languages and Inventor DWG

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — Autodesk, Inc announced updates to AutoCAD WS, a free* web and mobile application that uses cloud computing technology to enable AutoCAD software users to view, edit and share their designs through web browsers and mobile devices. With more than 900,000 downloads, AutoCAD WS now supports viewing, editing and sharing of 2D Autodesk Inventor DWG files. Other improvements include top-requested multi-language support, with the addition of eight new languages, as well as improvements to enhance the mobile experience while working with editing and display tools.

Inventor users who publish their models to DWG files can now upload them to AutoCAD WS to easily share assembly drawings and schematics diagrams for production, presentation or review. Usability updates to the mobile app include support for DWG layouts, a new copy/paste tool and improved markup capabilities.

AutoCAD WS is now available in Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German and Italian.

“AutoCAD WS is literally changing the way architects, engineers and designers work,” said Tal Weiss, R&D site manager, Autodesk. “We listen very carefully to our customers about what they would like to see in our updates — such as supporting our global community with additional languages — and strive to make improvements quickly based on their feedback.”

Availability: AutoCAD WS is currently available for free* download on the App Store and at www.autocadws.com.

*Free products and services are subject to the terms and conditions of the end-user license agreement that accompanies them.

ITI actively participates with numerous lectures at the Modelica Conference

Dresden - ITI, one of the leading software and engineering companies for system simulation, today announces its participation in the 8th International Modelica Conference from March 20th to 22nd, 2011 in Dresden/Germany. In lectures, tutorials, vendor sessions as well as numerous partner lectures ITI shows how newly developed interfaces enable a platform-independent exchange of simulation models and how SimulationX increases modeling efficiency. ITI actively supports the development of the object-oriented modeling language Modelica into the standard for physical modeling. With the current version 3.4 of its standard simulation software SimulationX the language specification Modelica 3.1 can be used.

Within the introductory lecture on the Functional Mock-Up Interface (FMI) as tool-independent standard for platform-independent exchange of simulation models and for co-simulation ITI presents both the mathematical description and different application cases of model exchange and co-simulation in detail. ITI has been one of the Modelisar project partners who developed this standard and is going to open one of the sessions focusing on the new standard with a lecture about the implementation of this universal FMI interface in SimulationX. The standard is implemented in SimulationX by code generation of functional Mock-Up Units (FMU) for model exchange and co-simulation as well as the import of FMU into SimulationX.

The conference audience can learn more about the practical application of the FMI standard within the joint partner lecture of QTronic, Daimler AG, and ITI. Here SimulationX is part of a tool chain for the model-based development of controller software in the field of automotive powertrains. The presented environment offers all possibilities for the improvement, validation and troubleshooting of controller software in a closed loop with vehicle models based on Modelica.

The illustration of a process chain for the real-time simulation of vapor compression cycles is the objective of the partner lecture presented by TLK-Thermo, Technical University Braunschweig, Technical University Clausthal and ITI. The partners present an innovative approach for the evaluation of fluid characteristics and numerically efficient component models. The focus is placed on different methods for the modeling of heat exchangers. By means of SimulationX the model code of the thermodynamic process is exported directly for the real-time platform Scale-RT and coupled with PI controller hardware.

The third partner lecture of EA Energiearchitektur, IAD and ITI answers the increasing demand for renewable energies in the building and architecture segment. This cooperation resulted in the development of a Modelica library in SimulationX for the holistic analysis of different energy sources and sinks. In terms of energy management the library enables an adequate energy allocation and considers climatic influences as well as local and economic conditions. This allows designing an optimal system considering individual factors.

The fourth partner lecture in cooperation with the Technical University Dresden describes how the new FMI standard is used to establish a universal model exchange. By employing the new standard exchange format a single simulation model can be used for various purposes in different software tools.

Together with the institute for processing machines and mobile working machines (IVMA) of the Technical University Dresden ITI organizes one of the tutorials on the opening day. The tutorial presents different analyzing methods for Modelica models in SimulationX facilitating the model generation for hardware-in-the-loop applications. The experience of real-time simulations and the different applications of the software form the core of the tutorial. Participants have the opportunity to explore all modeling and analysis capabilities during the tutorial. The results can be also experienced directly after the tutorial at IVMA’s interactive motion simulator and can be discussed with experts and industry insiders in a casual atmosphere.

“With our lectures we illustrate the added value of the versatile modeling and analysis opportunities in SimulationX in combination with the language standard Modelica. Interacting with participants in the tutorial and at the booth we make this added value come alive. Furthermore we give a perspective on the future developments and upcoming SimulationX features in the vendor session”, explains Christian Kehrer, ITI Key Account Manager.

Right Hemisphere and Digabit Partner to Deliver Integrated, Secure, Web Enabled 3D Content Solutions

SAN RAMON, CA - Right Hemisphere has joined forces with Digabit, to deliver integrated 3D solutions to their joint customers.

Organizations have invested substantially in engineering design applications, business management systems, operational processes and IT systems in an effort to improve product lifecycle efficiencies. However, it is challenging to deliver accurate, relevant and up-to-date product information to the functional organizations throughout the enterprise in a timely, efficient and usable form. Right Hemisphere effectively unifies product information from appropriate information systems (CAD, PLM, MES, DAM and ERP), synchronizes it to ensure accuracy and delivers it in a role and workflow-dependent fashion to individuals throughout the enterprise. Documoto has embedded this Right Hemisphere technology within their web application, providing OEM field organizations, distributors and customers secure web access to the content, including 3D parts catalogs and easy integration with EAM/ERP for automated parts ordering.

Dan Armour, Manager of Technical Services, Joy Global, says, "I am really excited about the potential that the Right Hemisphere and Digabit partnership brings to the table. Now interactive visualizations and an intuitive delivery mechanism can come together and leverage the investment that Joy Mining Machinery has made in the area of technical communications so that we can provide our customers with astonishing value. The right information, right where they need it, easily found and understood."

"More of our customers are looking to leverage in-field product information for service procedures, part ordering applications and aftermarket sales revenues. With our technologies integrated into Documoto, the content can be delivered to a broad base of end-users in a secure fashion. This gives our customers the scale they need to provide their information to a globally distributed audience," said Robert Merlo, Right Hemisphere's VP of Marketing.

John Skinner, CTO at Digabit, notes, "The downstream dissemination of true 3D content is the next technical evolution for asset intensive industries. Allowing the user to visually explode a 3D model, rotate the components and zoom into the finer details, ensures the correct part is ordered the first time. Our partnership with Right Hemisphere takes electronic parts catalogs to an entirely new level."

Lantek celebrates 25 years in the sheet metal and fabrication industry

Miñano (Álava), Spain: Lantek will celebrate 25 years of innovation and leadership in CAD/CAM and ERP solutions for the sheet metal market during 2011.

Formed in 1986, the company has its headquarters in Miñano (Álava), Spain. Originally, Lantek worked on developing a range of software products, before specializing in CAD/CAM and ERP systems for sheet metal applications, designed to bring an integrated and innovative range of products and services to its customers.

Over the last 25 years, Lantek has grown to become one of the leading suppliers of integrated CAD/CAM and ERP solutions in its sector, both in Spain and globally, where it has 25 subsidiaries in 17 different countries, as well as an extensive network of partners, enabling it to rapidly deploy its expertise in emerging markets. With over 11,000 customers in 100 countries worldwide, this network has enabled Lantek to offer high quality service and support. Its customers include prestigious names such as Liebherr, Hayundai, JCB, Iveco-Pergaso, Danobat and Marcopolo.

Lantek’s international sales and marketing strategy commenced in 1991 with its first overseas office in France, followed by Germany in 1996 and the USA the year after. South Korean and Japanese offices marked Lantek’s expansion into Asia in 2001, while in 2004 it opened an overseas research and development centre in India, followed by a second in Poland in 2006. The Polish office was also designated as a support centre, offering the first international software support facilities, outside Spain, for Lantek’s customers and partners. 2006 also saw the inauguration of the company’s first Chinese office. Since then a further three subsidiaries have been formed within that country.

The policy of offering its products in a global marketplace has been very successful for Lantek, which now derives 80% of its turnover outside Spain. The company is currently working on consolidating its presence in international markets, with the objective of building closer relationships with its customers through offering local support in native languages, and increasing the returns and benefits that can be expected from investing in the software.

Research and development and innovation has been a cornerstone to Lantek’s success. The company has consistently invested at least 18% of its turnover into R&D&I. Advances in technology generated by the efforts of its development team have ensured that its Lantek Expert CADCAM software is a leading product for driving sheet metal cutting and punching machines. The company has also pioneered management software solutions within the sheet metal industry with the introduction of its Lantek Integra ERP system, while its Lantek Flex3d software has simplified part design, the 3D bending of sheet metal components and tube and profile cutting.

Lantek is continually collaborating with leading machine tool manufacturers from around the world. This policy has led to several distribution agreements, where Lantek software is supplied as original equipment with the manufacturer’s drilling, cutting or punching machines, further expanding Lantek’s global user base.

Alberto Martínez, Managing Director of Lantek SMS says, “Lantek was created with the aim of establishing itself as the leading manufacturer of CAD/CAM/ERP solutions for the sheet metal processing and fabricating market. The company’s entire team is energized by the challenge of producing innovative products and proud of the great achievements made. The exponential growth that Lantek has maintained from the start, and our firm commitment to incorporating advanced technologies in the development of our solutions, is an excellent guarantee of quality and continuity for our customers.”

Over the years Lantek has won many awards and achieved public recognition from machine tool manufacturers, private associations, public bodies and the media. They have supported its advanced manufacturing methods, its business solutions, and its commitment to bringing the technology to a worldwide audience.

Anaglyph Ltd releases Laminate Tools version 4.1

Anaglyph Ltd has released Laminate Tools version 4.1. Laminate Tools is a powerful Windows application aimed at the professional composites designer. It addresses the entire Design-Analysis-Check-Manufacture group process of structural design, but focuses on the composite material features. It is a tool that links the various disciplines, communicates original data between departments, ensures proper understanding of the structure, offers in-depth checks and saves valuable team time.

with native support for NASTRAN and ANSYS that ensures wide compatibility in the analysis of composites. Users import surface models from almost any CAD system and define composite materials, plies and layup using a state-of-the-art graphical user interface. Ply producibility can be evaluated immediately using proven draping simulation algorithms to identify potential manufacturing difficulties, meaning fewer change orders downstream.

Data for finite element analysis purposes are generated seamlessly, ensuring that analysis models reflect the design intent. Results from the finite element analysis can be checked in detail using advanced composites failure criteria, and weak areas identified rapidly.

Manufacturing data such as flat patterns are produced to ensure efficient use of manufacturing data. Finally, Laminate Tools can be used as an electronic ply book to communicate the complex structure of composite components and structures to clients, subcontractors and the shop floor.

New features in Laminate Tools version 4.1 :


* enabled the import of 3D curves from CAD, and other geometric entities for future enhancements
* implemented new embedded SolidWorks interface, for easy ply definition


* enabled ply Split (dart) definitions as curves unrelated to the mesh, for easier generation of accurate flat ply patterns
* added method of area picking bounded by an imported Boundary curve
* added method of area picking by similar element normal orientation
* enhanced the area picking method by visible element set
* added support for import/export of element sets in Session files


* enabled Boundary curve definitions for easy and accurate flat ply outline pattern generation (incl. cutouts)
* easy ply drop-off flat patterns now possible via imported boundary curves
* added ply name to flat pattern DXF file, as a new pattern export option
* introduced option to control the default exported IGES file extension name, for improved compatibility


* enhanced the Nastran export "merge" feature, to scan the mesh and property ids for best merged results
* added support for the new Ansys element shell type 281
* enabled Ansys properties export including global ply definition (zero thickness at drop-off)
* added Laminate Tools material names to Nastran export files, for easier identification and re-use


* Enabled basic output of generated failure results to the Altair HyperWorks H3D format, with further enhancements under way

User Interface

* implemented COM Server Automation functionality, for remote control via custom client applications
* enabled user-selected licence at launch, useful for multi-licence sites
* several bugs corrected, and processing improved


* software updates in line with PlyMatch 2010 system upgrade, communication with the hardware re-engineered
* enhanced error reporting, to troubleshoot operations
* recording timer shows permanently during recording, and is stamped in the recording
* increased best recording quality to 15 frames per second
* available probe files now appear automatically in selection boxes
* relaxed tolerance of camera movement, for smoother animation
* relaxed default calibration tolerance for easier setup

Dassault Systèmes' No-Cost 2D CAD Product DraftSight Now Available for General Release

More Than 400,000 DraftSight Downloads During Beta Test.

VÉLIZY-VILLACOUBLAY, France – Dassault Systèmes today announced the general availability of DraftSight for Windows, a no-cost 2D CAD product for CAD professionals, students and educators. To date, more than 400,000 users have downloaded DraftSight. Originally launched in Beta version in June 2010, the general release for Windows includes many key enhancements and updates based on user feedback. DraftSight is available for download at http://www.draftsight.com.

DraftSight allows users to create, edit and view DWG files. DraftSight generally takes just a few minutes to download and runs on multiple operating systems, including Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Mac OS (in beta). In conjunction with DraftSight, Dassault Systèmes launched an open, online community, where users can access support and training resources, along with an environment to interact, ask questions and share their opinions. The DraftSight community is one of the first social networks designed by engineers for engineers, designers and architects. Based on user feedback generated within the community, enhancements and updates have been made to the general release of DraftSight for Windows.

The DraftSight community is based on Dassault Systèmes’ SwYm online collaboration and social innovation platform. SwYm communities incorporate the best of Web 2.0 features such as: rich profiles, blogs, micro-blogging, “iQuestions”, wikis, media sharing spaces (data, audio, video, and even 3D), status updates, and more all within a unified layout that optimizes the user experience and facilitates and accelerates collaboration.

“DraftSight has been overwhelmingly embraced by the CAD and engineering community since its launch in June 2010. A lot of hard work has gone into this product, including many enhancements made during the beta phase,” said Aaron Kelly, senior director, DraftSight, Dassault Systèmes. “Users provided great feedback that enabled us to identify areas of improvement that we have implemented into the general release for Windows, increasing the overall performance and usability of DraftSight. It’s important for our users to remain vocal about what they want to see in the product as we continue the development of DraftSight.”

Specific updates include, but are not limited to:

• API support (available for a fee) – Enables customers to write add-on programs for DraftSight in C++ and other supported programming languages
• Localization of Help Files – Now available for users in multiple languages (English, German, French, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Turkish, Korean, Polish, Russian, Czech)
• Command Variables Enhancement – Enables users to set and change system variables directly from the command line

DraftSight users have a variety of support options to choose from, including no-cost Community Support, as well as fee-based Premium Services that offer telephone and email support, network licensing and access to DraftSight APIs. Specifically designed for educators, the Education Premium Service includes a Classroom and Campus Pack with curriculum materials, network licensing and telephone and email support.

“As an instructor, I always try to provide my students with the tools to create and succeed on their own,” said Thomas Mewerter, drafting instructor at South Central Louisiana Technical College. “DraftSight’s compatible structure and ability to work with DWG files gives students the freedom to download the product for free and work outside of class.”