Jun 30, 2011

ANSYS, Inc. Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Apache Design Solutions, Inc.

ANSYS, Inc and Apache Design Solutions, Inc., a simulation software provider for advanced, low power solutions in the electronics industry, announced today that they signed a definitive agreement whereby ANSYS will acquire Apache for a purchase price of approximately $310 million in cash, which includes an estimated $29 million in cash on Apache's balance sheet. The agreement also includes retention provisions and incentives for key members of management and employees, earned over a three fiscal year period following closing, including an additional $13 million of performance equity awards. When completed, ANSYS currently expects that the transaction will be modestly accretive to non-GAAP earnings per share in its first full year of combined operations.

ANSYS intends to fund the transaction with cash on-hand from the combined organization. The transaction, currently anticipated to close in the third calendar quarter of 2011, is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. After the closing, Apache will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of ANSYS.

Apache's software enables engineers to design power-efficient devices while satisfying ever-increasing performance requirements. For example, smartphones continually add functionality to their platforms such as high definition video, GPS, video recording and conferencing with the consumer expectation that battery life will be extended. Engineers use Apache's products to design and simulate efficient, low power integrated circuits for high-performance electronic products found in devices such as tablets, smartphones, LCD televisions, laptops and high end computer servers, to name a few. The worldwide need for smart, energy-efficient electronics has never been greater while engineering challenges continually expand. Solutions to these engineering challenges rely on accurate, predictive simulation software.

The acquisition of Apache complements ANSYS' software solutions by bringing together best-in-class products that drive ANSYS' system vision for integrated circuits, electronic packages and printed circuit boards. The complementary combination is expected to accelerate development and delivery of new and innovative products to the marketplace while lowering design and engineering costs for customers. The combination of these two industry leading companies reaffirms ANSYS' commitment to deliver cutting edge, customer-driven solutions in the 21st century. With over 60 strategic sales locations and over 20 development centers on three continents, the combined company will employ approximately 2,000 people.

"We are very excited about the power-efficient design software that Apache adds to ANSYS' simulation capabilities," said James E. Cashman III, President and Chief Executive Officer of ANSYS. "The addition of this technology will drive energy-efficient electronic product development in the 21st century. Both companies have a strong commitment to their customers and employees while sharing a passion for innovation and cutting edge technology. This combination will further strengthen and promote thought leadership allowing us to better serve our customers by accelerating the delivery of comprehensive, customer-driven engineering simulation solutions. We see this as an opportunity to strengthen the ANSYS vision for solving chip, package and board design problems."

"The combination of these two great companies with emerging 3DIC technologies will lead to considerable advances within electronics," said Dr. Andrew T. Yang, co-founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board for Apache. "The complementary nature of our electronic and thermal product offerings provides key technological strengths that enhance our ability to deliver comprehensive, innovative and world-class simulation technologies that customers demand."


The two companies are developing integration plans that leverage and build on the cultural similarities and the best practices from each team. ANSYS will provide additional details relative to the acquisition and integration activities subsequent to the closing of the transaction.

Due to the absence at this time of estimates of the acquisition-related impact of purchase accounting adjustments, including the allocation of the purchase price among goodwill, in-process R&D, other intangibles, deferred revenue and equity-based compensation expenses, ANSYS is currently unable to provide GAAP estimates on future earnings. The company intends to provide updated GAAP and non-GAAP financial guidance after the closing of the transaction.


In connection with the transaction, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. is acting as exclusive financial advisor to Apache, and O'Melveny & Myers LLP (Menlo Park office) is acting as legal counsel. BofA Merrill Lynch is acting as ANSYS' financial advisor and ANSYS retained Goodwin Procter LLP as its legal advisor.

CMC Expands CAE's Role in Automotive Development on Altair's HyperWorks Platform

Altair Engineering, Inc has announced that China Motor Corp. (CMC), a Taiwan-based automotive original-equipment manufacturer (OEM), has significantly expanded its use of HyperWorks computer-aided engineering (CAE) solutions for automobile design and development.

CMC engineers have been using Altair HyperWorks for CAE pre- and post-processing to engineer new automobile designs since 2002. CMC now is extending its use of HyperWorks by employing HyperWorks software structural optimization solutions (OptiStruct), design robustness study technology (HyperStudy), finite element and mechanical systems solvers (RADIOSS and MotionSolve), and the workflow process automation layer.

“The main reason we chose HyperWorks is the open architecture,” said Ju Chen Shing, general manager of the product engineering division at CMC. “HyperWorks allows easy data exchange with other CAE products, which is necessary in the automotive industry. As far as I am concerned, HyperWorks is the best CAE platform for automotive manufacturers.”

The HyperWorks platform provides CMC with both advanced technology and a flexible software licensing model that replaces expensive traditional licensing plans, giving employees access to the HyperWorks suite across organizational and geographic boundaries, as well as to a broad range of complementary third-party programs and other Altair products at no extra cost.

CMC also benefits from the technical support offered through Altair’s close partnership with its Taiwan-based distributor, Alpha Precision Instrumentation Corp. (APIC).

“We are very pleased to work along with CMC,” said Herbert Qi, Altair China’s general manager. “CMC’s extended usage of HyperWorks is a testament to the value our technology and expertise bring to the automotive industry. We are looking forward to continuing a strong relationship with CMC and APIC as we provide them with the innovative CAE tools to meet their needs effectively.”

Breault Research Organization (BRO) Releases APEX 2010 V2R2; New Software Continues BRO's Plan to Create a Concurrent Engineering Software Environment

Breault Research Organization (BRO) has released an updated version of the company's APEX® optical engineering software, continuing the company's plan to create a concurrent engineering software environment. Now available to new and existing customers with current software maintenance agreements, APEX 2010 V2R2 represents a leap forward in CAD-integrated optical software.
APEX 2010 V2R2 Release Highlights

Release supported on 64-bit Windows Vista & 7, as well as 32-bit Windows XP, Vista, & 7.
Release installs in all languages supported by SolidWorks, plus regional variations.
Based on SolidWorks® 2011 with seamless access to files in SolidWorks 2011 format.
Emitting Data command now supports source data in IES and EULUMDAT formats.
Wavelength information now stored in Emitting Data distribution files.
APEX Digitizer functionality is now available to users in all regions.
As well as other enhancements, repairs, and customer-requested changes.

APEX is a stand-alone application that facilitates and optimizes an engineer's interaction with optical engineering software tools by fully integrating them in the industry-standard SolidWorks 3D CAD software. In APEX, engineers learn, create, design, and analyze in the same program environment -- and that environment is all about ease of use.

Delcam China appoints eight dealers for Delcam for SolidWorks

Delcam China has appointed eight of China’s leading SolidWorks resellers as sub-dealers in the country for Delcam’s integrated CAM system for SolidWorks, Delcam for SolidWorks. These appointments reflect the growing popularity of Delcam for SolidWorks within the SolidWorks reseller channel since it was awarded Certified Gold Product status. Delcam welcomes approaches from other established SolidWorks resellers wanting to add its CAM software to their product ranges.

"These companies will allow us to bring Delcam’s world-leading machining technology to SolidWorks users throughout China”, commented Joe Zhou, Delcam’s General Manager for Greater China. "We are already achieving record sales in China this year and these additional appointments should give us even better results for the coming months.”

The eight new resellers are:-

Shanxi SWT Technology Co., Ltd. (Shanxi Province);

Shijiazhuang Gotop Application Tech Co. (Hebei Province);

Henan Liuweikongjian Electronic Science & Tech. Co.Ltd (Henan Province)

Yantai Zhaoyang Ltd, (Shandong Province)

Golden Technology Development Co Ltd. (Hubei Province)

Wuhan Wincan Science & Technology Ltd. (Hubei Province)

Changsha CADStar IT Development Co.,Ltd. (Hunan Province)

Gansu Zhuoxinda Software Engineering Co. (Gansu Province)

Delcam for SolidWorks combines the benefits associated with Delcam’s PowerMILL and FeatureCAM CAM systems. It is based on Delcam’s proven machining algorithms that are already used by more than 35,000 customers around the world. These strategies ensure increased productivity, maximum tool life and immaculate surface finish, even when cutting the hardest, most challenging materials.

At the same time, Delcam for SolidWorks has the same strong focus on ease of use as FeatureCAM, including all of the knowledge-based automation that makes the software so consistent and reliable. Most importantly, Delcam for SolidWorks includes FeatureCAM’s Automatic Feature Recognition system which automatically extracts detailed feature information from the SolidWorks model. Once the features have been identified, Delcam for SolidWorks undertakes automatic selection of cutting tools, machining strategies, and feeds and speeds, to complete the programming operation.

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

Delcam launch webinars for 64-bit ArtCAM artistic CADCAM software

Delcam will launch the first 64-bit version of its ArtCAM software for artistic applications such as engraving, woodworking and signmaking with a series of webinars on 26th and 28th July and 4th August. Full details on the event times and registration process are on http://www.artcam.com/events/events.html.

64-bit computers are able to use larger amounts of memory so the new ArtCAM release will enable users to work with much larger and more complex designs. The new release will make all calculations faster, with the most significant benefits being seen by customers that need to produce large 3D signs or that want to engrave items containing very high levels of detail.

The new release also includes a number of new options to enable higher quality results to be obtained. In particular, the quality of text that can be produced has been improved with the addition of a "contour blend” tool that gives centreline-ridged or smooth-domed shapes ideal for engraved-style text. The improved quality is most apparent at any intersections within letters. The same tool will also help with texture effects that intersect or overlap, and for producing complex borders on items like picture frames.

Another significant improvement is in the quality of vectors generated directly from bitmaps imported from 2D drawing packages such as Corel Draw, or scanned from artwork or photographs. With earlier versions of ArtCAM, it could take some time to clean up the vectors but the new release gives much better results that require minimal editing.

Once vectors have been created, it has been made much easier to edit them into exactly the shape that is required. The node editing tools have been enhanced with the ability to move points and automatically produce smooth curves around the shape or to maintain any sharp angles. In addition, mid-points can be displayed automatically on any curve to simplify the creation of more complex geometry.

One of ArtCAM’s most important benefits has always been the ability to create a library of reliefs for use in different designs. This process has been made easier with the introduction of the "cookie cutter” option. This allows the user to define a relief with its vector boundaries, and then cut and paste it between models or into the clip-art library for future use.

The range of standard clip-art supplied with ArtCAM has been extended with an extra 130 reliefs, including architectural, floral, frame and texture examples. For ArtCAM JewelSmith users, an additional 150 components have been added to the component library, with automatic positioning of the collets relative to the shank as they are imported.

Advanced Solutions Named Autodesk Reseller of the Quarter for Q1

Autodesk, Inc has again named Advanced Solutions “Reseller of the Quarter” for the Americas for the first quarter of the 2012 Autodesk fiscal year.

Autodesk selected Advanced Solutions from more than 200 Autodesk partners for the partner’s exceptional year-over-year growth, as well as for exceeding first quarter sales targets in the architectural, engineering, construction, manufacturing and government industries. Advanced Solutions also showed a competitive edge, increasing Autodesk Subscription renewals and implementing best practices with their sales team to increase sales.

“Advanced Solutions has shown outstanding performance and dedication to the AEC and Manufacturing communities,” said Dave Rhodes, vice president, Americas Sales, Autodesk. “The company has demonstrated extensive industry knowledge and technical expertise, as well as strong business acumen to support Autodesk initiatives and drive exceptional growth.”

Advanced Solutions has become one of the largest Autodesk resellers in the United States, providing a wide array of software engineering services, design verification, simulation and custom software. Their experienced technical, sales, and marketing staff, combined with their experience in software solution implementation have, earned them Autodesk Gold Partner status.

“Winning Partner of the Quarter from Autodesk is always an honor and a thrill for the Advanced Solutions team,” said Michael Golway, president and CEO at Advanced Solutions. “It’s a best-of-the-best recognition for all the hard work our team puts into taking care of customers and delivering innovative Autodesk solutions and tools.”

Autodesk selects the Reseller of the Quarter based on exceptional sales growth, customer support, best practices and industry knowledge and dedication.

Embraer expands use of 3DCS Catia V5-based tolerance analysis software

Dimensional Control Systems, Inc. (DCS), provider of dimensional engineering software solutions and consulting services, announced today that Brazilian-based aircraft manufacturer Embraer has expanded its use of 3DCS as a strategic solution for tolerance simulation modeling of its airplanes.

Embraer has been using DCS’s tolerance simulation software since 2002. In that time they have realized substantial cost savings from using 3DCS and improve final product quality. As one of the world's main aircraft manufacturers and the market leader for commercial jets with up to 120 seats, Embraer’s commitment to excellence is evidenced by its recent expansion of tolerance simulation modeling within its Dimensional Engineering Team. The 3DCS Catia V5-based software now supports all four of its sites in Brazil, including its global headquarters. This expansion is a direct result of the growth of the dimensional engineering methodology at Embraer.

“Because we design and produce aircrafts, tolerance analysis is critical,” noted Embraer Dimensional Engineering Team Leader Luiz H. Marques. ”The 3DCS product helps us easily support new design, manufacturing and product requirements and examine the cost-benefit value of different requirements or changes. We can easily calculate the effect of tolerance chains and then negotiate the changes with internal product design (IPD) teams, optimizing value, cost, quality, and speed to market for Embraer and our customers.”

"The partnership between Embraer and DCS began nearly a decade ago and has continued to flourish,” said DCS President and CEO Robert Kaphengst. “We are pleased that Embraer’s use of dimensional engineering processes has grown over time and that the company’s use of 3DCS has grown along with that.”

Jun 29, 2011

Dassault Systèmes Launches Version 6 Release 2012

Introduces New Levels of Openness and Lifelike Experience.

Dassault Systèmes announced today the general availability of Release 2012 of its Version 6 platform. Today’s release demonstrates Dassault Systèmes’ focus on delivering an open collaborative platform to its customer base and beyond. It broadens the value of digital assets into new solutions such as immersive retail store experiences and global production system planning.

Understanding the variety of implementation environments in its customer base and beyond, Dassault Systèmes has continued to enable an immersive ENOVIA Version 6 data management experience, now available in CATIA Version 5 and SolidWorks, as well as in Pro/ENGINEER, Inventor, NX, SolidEdge, Adobe Creative Suite, and other solutions. This complements last year’s announcement of hybrid product structures composed of CATIA Version 5, CATIA Version 6 and SolidWorks models to facilitate co-existence and easy transition to a Version 6 environment.

Release 2012 also introduces new interoperability solutions, based on XML schema and Web services, between Version 6 and other PDM systems, offering bi-directional exchanges of 3D design product structures with exact geometry in STEP and CATIA V5 formats. New levels of integration between Version 6 and ERP solutions are also now available in Release 2012, enhancing the exchange of product, process, and resource data.

Additionally, CATIA V6R2012 introduces multiple advances in systems engineering, the multidisciplinary design methodology which integrates requirements, functional, logical and physical (RFLP) product definitions. The CATIA Systems portfolio now includes interoperability with leading system controller vendors, such as Simulink, as well as full RFLP definition and traceability within CATIA.

“One of the keys to innovation is collaboration within an enterprise, as well as with the value chain outside of it. Jaguar Land Rover is planning to use Dassault Systèmes’ Version 6 PLM solutions to connect our global organization back to the 3D model and use this as our primary collaboration and communication structure,” said John Knight-Gregson, PLM program lead, Jaguar Land Rover. “By implementing the Dassault Systèmes Version 6 solution as a common, open, innovation backbone across all product creation domains Jaguar Land Rover will significantly increase efficiencies and improve its already industry-leading automotive designs.”

BMW, Jaguar Land Rover, Parker Aerospace and Benetton are among the most recent companies to have announced implementations of Dassault Systèmes’ Version 6 PLM solutions.

“For thirty years, we have relentlessly driven PLM towards an open, unified collaborative platform for our customers,” said Dominique Florack, senior executive vice president, Products, Research and Development, Dassault Systèmes. “From thousands of publicly available APIs to open interoperability between Version 6 and other PDM, CAD, and enterprise systems, the Version 6 platform is designed for real world implementation environments that every customer experiences.”

V6R2012 broadens the value of digital assets into new solutions such as immersive retail store experiences and global production system planning

3DVIA Shopper, connected with ENOVIA Version 6, is a new and ready-to-use business solution for retailing and brand merchandising, realistically simulating retail settings inside immersive 3D environments. Using 3DVIA Shopper, merchandisers and retailers can easily visualize and better assess store layouts and comparative product positioning, while analyzing consumer shopping behavior for maximum sales potential.

V6R2012’s new DELMIA Global Production System Planning solution delivers a single data repository to digitize all manufacturing capabilities across the physical supply chain and link plants in a coordinated network of global manufacturing operations. This allows performance optimization of a company’s global production system, ensures planning integrity and compliance to central production processes, and increases manufacturing decision support accuracy at all levels of the enterprise.”

Aras Announces Latest Open Release of Advanced PLM Platform

New Release Includes Significant Contributions by Textron, ITT Defense, Xerox, Lear Corporation, Carestream Health and Other Global Companies for Large-Scale PLM Deployments.

Aras® today announced download availability of the latest release of the Aras Innovator PLM platform and solution suite. The release includes a wide range of corporate contributions and enhancements for large-scale global PLM deployments where secure collaboration and federated integration are important. Enterprise production-ready PLM software download with unlimited user access is available at: http://www.aras.com/downloads

The release incorporates a broad series of new innovations that include numerous contributions from Xerox, Textron, ITT Defense, Lear Corporation, Xyratex, Carestream Health, ECCO, Freudenberg, Spartan Chassis, DIEHL Metering HYDROMETER, and other corporate community members. Direct influence over the roadmap and the ability to drive the direction of the PLM platform and solutions represent a significant advantage that global companies achieve with Aras.

Release Highlights

The latest open release introduces new out-of-the-box functional enhancements, features and capabilities including:

Standard CAD Integration Platform
Ideally suited for global companies that operate a large scale multi-CAD environment, the new standard CAD integration platform includes a common data model, open APIs and business logic for CAD connectors including CATIA, NX, Creo & Pro/ENGINEER, SolidWorks, Solid Edge, Inventor, AutoCAD and more, as well as, EDA systems such as Allegro, OrCAD, DxDesigner / DxDatabook, PADS, Expedition, Altium, Zuken CR-5000 and others.

High Performance Multi-File Check-out
Parallel asynchronous streaming technology moves sets of files across the WAN significantly faster than previously possible with other PLM systems. High performance multi-file check-out is for large file sets such as the MCAD assemblies, EDA designs and simulation files generated in Aerospace & Defense, Shipbuilding, Automotive, Industrial Equipment and High Tech Electronics.

Dynamic Team Collaboration Security
Collaboration teams can be defined on-the-fly for any item or group of items in the system such as a Bill of Materials Configuration and its related MCAD, EDA and software / firmware files, or a Technical Data Package for a supplier, or a Failure Mode & Effects Analysis (FMEA) for new product risk management. Extended enterprise collaboration is secure and easy because specific permissions, access rights, workflow assignments and more are all determined by team membership.

Additional highlights include:

Out-of-the-box capabilities to run multiple different change management workflows concurrently
Simplified scenario for enterprise changes that involve the release of a large group of affected items
New visual impact matrix for change management
Workflow process enablement of cross-generation on items which simplifies collaboration on versionable business items
New single sign-on capabilities for workflow authentication
Introduction of express Document Change Order (DCO) workflow
Enhanced configuration management capabilities for configuration baseline history
Improved multi-level Bill of Materials (BOM) view
Expanded International time zone functionality
Improved system tracking for special security scenarios
New vault replication enhancements
Thumbnails saved as vaulted items
Support for Internet Explorer 9

“This open release brings together a number of significant contributions from companies around the world, and it demonstrates how corporate participation drives the Aras roadmap,” said Peter Schroer, President of Aras. “The rate that capabilities are being introduced to the Aras Innovator platform establishes a new standard for the global PLM market and the pace of our advancement continues to accelerate.”

Additional details, demo videos, screenshots and more at http://www.aras.com/latest-release

Companies with an Aras subscription package receive free upgrades to the latest release regardless of the amount of customization in their current system. Subscribers should contact Aras support or their certified Aras partner to schedule the upgrade process.

Autodesk Vault Works with Microsoft SharePoint 2010 to Provide Access to Design Information Across the Enterprise

Autodesk, Inc announced Autodesk Vault 2012 software now works with Microsoft SharePoint 2010 and Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 to facilitate access to design information across the enterprise. Autodesk’s data management software works with the Microsoft collaboration platform to simplify business intelligence, content management, search and sharing functions for intranet and Internet sites ― all while building a crucial connection between design teams and an extended business enterprise.

“Autodesk Vault works with SharePoint 2010 to help enterprises be more productive and profitable by facilitating sharing of and access to information throughout the lifecycle of any project,” said Çağlayan Arkan, General Manager, Worldwide Manufacturing & Resources Sector at Microsoft Corp. “Vault provides the world’s designers, architects, engineers, builders and manufacturers with a complete view of their information, while enabling access across the entire organization.”

On any design project, hundreds of people may be using dozens of specialized applications to create thousands of models and drawings. In addition to this design data, a significant amount of “nondesign” information surrounds most projects: contracts, bid documents, photographs, emails and more. Vault working with Microsoft provides an extended enterprise — including nondesign professionals — with the ability to share and manage engineering and design data through familiar Microsoft SharePoint 2010 workflows. The solution takes advantage of features and functionality provided in SharePoint 2010 and Autodesk Vault 2012, giving SharePoint 2010 users direct access to engineering and design data within Vault, including easy search and navigation, and the ability to view and print design data.

Global companies such as Joy Mining, are eager to reap the benefits of the Vault/SharePoint integration.

“As a strategic partner of both Autodesk and Microsoft, we at Joy are very excited about this collaborative development as it will enable us to further leverage our investments in SharePoint and Vault by allowing us to make our CAD models available to a wider audience,” said Chris Flynn, global director of engineering systems at Joy Mining Machinery. “We expect to dramatically improve the efficiency of our processes for outsourcing collaboration as well as our core engineering communication. Furthermore, the cost of implementing the application is minimized since both the IT organization and the end user are already familiar with SharePoint. We look forward to working with Autodesk and Microsoft in the near future on realizing this potential.”

Additional benefits include:

SharePoint 2010 users now have direct access to Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Digital Prototyping data within Vault and can incorporate it into existing enterprise data, tools and processes.
Autodesk Vault 2012 users now have the ability to take advantage of the latest social computing enhancements provided in Microsoft SharePoint 2010 through video conferencing, capturing discussions, voting mechanisms, mining expertise and business intelligence.
Federated searching enables users to do a single search to quickly aggregate results from both SharePoint and Vault applications, helping users increase productivity without changing the way they work.
Seamlessly allows technology from SharePoint 2010 and Autodesk Vault 2012 that runs on Microsoft Windows-based servers, utilizes Microsoft Web Services and SQL Server technology.

The collaboration between Microsoft and Autodesk extends beyond SharePoint 2010 to Microsoft Office 2010, including Microsoft Outlook 2010, Microsoft Word 2010, Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 and Microsoft Excel 2010, enabling users to be more productive with their everyday tools. Colleagues, customers and partners can share content and information in a familiar environment, whether reading a DOC file or printing a DWG drawing. The solution is easy to deploy, enabling customers to get up and running immediately.

“More than ever, clear communication and easy access to accurate data are the keys to success for any business,” said Steven Bodnar, vice president of data management at Autodesk. “Competitive enterprises need to collaborate beyond their boundaries in order to strengthen their relationships and cooperation with their customers, partners and vendors. This is especially true for design and manufacturing organizations working with globally distributed teams.


Autodesk Vault Collaboration AEC, Autodesk Vault Collaboration and Autodesk Vault Professional 2012 for SharePoint 2010 is now available. For more information, visit www.autodesk.com/vault.

California Department of Transportation Selects Autodesk for Road and Highway Design Projects

One of the Nation’s Largest State Departments of Transportation Transitions to AutoCAD Civil 3D Software for Transportation Projects Statewide.

Autodesk, Inc today announced that the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), one of the largest Departments of Transportation (DOT) in the United States, has selected AutoCAD Civil 3D for road and highway design projects statewide. The contract is over a five year period and includes access to Autodesk’s AutoCAD Civil 3D software, training and services. Civil 3D is part of Autodesk’s broad portfolio of Building Information Modeling (BIM) for Infrastructure solutions, which includes software for planning, designing, building, and managing infrastructure.

California has almost 400,000 lane miles of road and Caltrans manages more than 50,000 of these miles. Developing and repairing this infrastructure strategically, economically, and sustainably requires innovative road design software. Caltrans plans to use AutoCAD Civil 3D software to produce timely and quality plans, specifications and estimates for transportation improvement projects statewide. Caltrans’ decision to move to Civil 3D adds them to a growing list of major transportation agencies—including Wisconsin DOT, Florida DOT, Mass Highway, and Alaska DOT—who have made the move to Autodesk BIM for Infrastructure solutions.

“We continue to see considerable momentum in the demand for our BIM for Infrastructure solutions,” said Jay Bhatt, senior vice president, AEC solutions, at Autodesk. “Agencies like Caltrans are recognizing the benefits of our BIM portfolio, including Civil 3D, for substantially reducing project costs and delivering better transportation solutions to the public. Caltrans’ decision underscores our commitment to listening to the needs of our infrastructure customers and delivering world class solutions that address them, whether it’s for transportation, water, energy, or land and urban development projects.”

Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB), a global leader in planning, design and management for infrastructure, has been using AutoCAD Civil 3D extensively on highway design projects across the state of California. “I am excited that Caltrans has decided to standardize on Autodesk’s Civil 3D. The model-based workflows that Civil 3D supports have resulted in efficiency gains for our highway engineering and management teams, giving us a competitive advantage,” said Brady Nadell, P.E. at Parsons Brinckerhoff.

Autodesk offers a broad portfolio of solutions--including its new Infrastructure Design Suite Premium, which includes AutoCAD Civil 3D--to help consultants and owners plan, design, build, and manage more sustainable infrastructure.

Autodesk Software Helps Carousel Works Bring Back Magic of Wooden Carousels

Autodesk, Inc, has named Carousel Works as the Autodesk Inventor of the Month for June, recognizing the company’s use of Autodesk 3D mechanical design and visualization software to create custom wooden carousels. Carousel Works brings the highest quality of craftsmanship and attention to detail to its old-world designs.

The only company in the world that carves and paints wooden carousels by hand — most companies rely on mass manufactured fiberglass or steel components — Carousel Works is reviving a tradition nearly a century old, and is the first company to design and manufacture wooden carousels since the 1930s. Bringing modern technology into the mix, Carousel Works estimates that Autodesk software helps reduce the time required to complete a carousel by nearly 50 percent.

“Each carousel manufactured by Carousel Works is a completely custom job,” said company co-founder Art Ritchie. “Autodesk Inventor software unlocks my imagination and makes it easy for me to create designs that have never been built before, and then share my vision with the customer. Letting the customer see exactly what the finished product will look like brings everyone peace of mind.”

Since its first carousel project in 1991, Carousel Works has successfully delivered more than 45 custom-made wooden carousels to zoos, parks and even Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, which recently installed carousels on the boardwalks of the “Oasis of the Seas” and “Allure of the Seas” cruise liners, the world’s largest cruise ships. Carousel Works offers customers a choice of more than 160 animal, insect and reptile figures — ranging from sea turtles to panda bears — resulting in a unique finished product.

3D Simplifies Design, Communicates Vision to Customers

Autodesk Product Design Suite, supplied by Autodesk partner IMAGINiT Technologies, helps Carousel Works with nearly every aspect of carousel construction. Inventor 3D mechanical design software plays a critical role in designing the structural framework of the carousel, as well as the mechanical systems that power it. Autodesk Mudbox software provides a digital sculpting environment that assists in the creation of the hand-carved animal figures, some of them as much as seven-feet tall.

The company uses Autodesk 3ds Max Design software to create realistic 3D animations and renderings that vividly illustrate what the carousel will look like when it is fully operational. These images are particularly useful as fundraising tools for projects requiring private funding, and for securing project approval from local stakeholders.

“By using Digital Prototyping to address its entire product design workflow, Carousel Works is simultaneously benefitting itself and its customers,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Manufacturing Industry Group at Autodesk. “It is a terrific example of how a manufacturing company can stay rooted in a glorious tradition while fully embracing the future.”

Autodesk Reiterates Second Quarter and Full Year 2012 Business Outlook

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) today reiterated its business outlook for the second quarter and full year fiscal 2012.

Autodesk indicated that it is pleased with global demand levels. As a result, the company is reiterating its second quarter and full year fiscal 2012 business outlook.

“While our near-term outlook is balanced by our cautious view of the pace of the global recovery, we continue to be optimistic about long term growth,” said Carl Bass, Autodesk president and CEO. “At our investor event today we will discuss the reasons for our confidence in our target long-term business model.”

At today’s Meeting with Autodesk Management investor event, Bass and Mark Hawkins, Autodesk executive vice president and Chief Financial Officer, will deliver presentations that provide insight into Autodesk’s go-to-market opportunities; key product initiatives; long-term opportunities for growth and profitability; and outline how Autodesk intends to capitalize on various industry trends.

Second Quarter Fiscal 2012 Business Outlook

The following statements are forward-looking statements which are based on current expectations and which involve risks and uncertainties, some of which are set forth below.

Net revenue for the second quarter of fiscal 2012 is expected to be in the range of $530 million and $545 million. GAAP earnings per diluted share are expected to be in the range of $0.25 and $0.29. Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share are expected to be in the range of $0.37 and $0.41 and exclude $0.08 related to stock-based compensation expense, and $0.04 for the amortization of acquisition related intangibles, net of tax.

Full Year Fiscal 2012

Net revenue for fiscal 2012 is expected to increase by approximately 12 percent compared to fiscal 2011. Autodesk anticipates fiscal 2012 GAAP and non-GAAP operating margins to increase by at least 200 basis points compared to fiscal 2011. Non-GAAP operating margin excludes approximately 60 basis points of restructuring charges, 20 basis points of amortization of acquisition related intangibles, and negative 50 basis points of stock-based compensation expense.

Outlook assumes an effective tax rate of approximately 23 percent for GAAP results and approximately 25 percent for non-GAAP results.

Sescoi enhances CNC knowledge of Chinese CAD CAM engineers at Chinese industry shows

Sescoi's booths at the recent Die and Mold China (DMC) exhibition in Shanghai and China International Machinery & Electronics show (CIME) in Ningbo attracted hundreds of visitors and helped to further increase the popularity of its WorkNC automatic CAD CAM software in China.

At the DMC exhibition, Sescoi’s engineers ran open presentations focusing on 5-axis and 3+2 axis CNC machining, providing an overview of WorkNC V21 and the efficiency improvements brought by the CAD CAM software’s easy to use, advanced toolpaths. The intricate Samurai helmet part, milled by a WorkNC customer in Japan, was on display to illustrate what can be achieved with WorkNC.

WorkNC Version 21 is scheduled for release around the globe from summer onwards, and the Chinese industry shows were another chance for local engineers to see the new version, in which 64 bit, parallel processing takes advantage of the latest multi-processor computers to produce calculation speed improvements of up to 70%.

Visitors to the Sescoi booths at the two shows were also able to see WorkNC-CAD HM, Sescoi’s own new hybrid modeler, along with the advanced Wire EDM and Electrode solutions. Sescoi engineers demonstrated WorkXPlore 3D, a high speed 3D CAD viewer which is generating strong interest in the automotive and airline industries for the viewing and sharing of design information.

Visitors to Sescoi’s booths were able to learn about advanced CNC machining techniques, manufacturing productivity and optimized product design management. Sescoi has already achieved a great deal of success in China with its advanced CADCAM products, and it believes that the recent exhibitions provided a stepping stone to even greater success in the Chinese market.

Z Corporation Technology Cuts Weeks and Thousands of Dollars from Car and Component Development

ZScanning and ZPrinting Streamline Development of Local Motors’ Open Source Custom Cars.

Local Motors, the audacious company bringing mass-customization to the auto industry, is using Z Corporation technology to streamline development of its open source custom cars.

The Phoenix-based company, spotlighted last week by the president, builds limited runs of daringly designed cars “co-created” by its growing community of transportation designers, engineers and enthusiasts. Examples are the Rally Fighter, Boston Bullet, LM Extreme and Green Apple.

“Z Corporation 3D scanning and 3D printing are helping us speed development and lower costs so that we can stay on time and on budget,” said Mike Pisani, Local Motors’ vehicle engineer and lead builder trainer. “We use the technologies for a surprising number of applications and come up with new ones seemingly every day.”

In a visit last Friday to Carnegie Mellon University, President Obama touted a combat support vehicle, designed by the Local Motors community and manufactured in less than 14 weeks, as an example of a bold, new way to innovate: “Instead of having a 10-year lead time to develop a piece of equipment with all kinds of changing specs and a moving target, if we were able to collapse the pace at which that manufacturing takes place, that would save taxpayers billions of dollars. But it also could get products out to the theater faster, which could save lives more quickly and could then transfer to the private sector more rapidly, which means we could get better products and services that we could sell and export around the world.”

Vehicle packaging, reverse engineering, sourcing decisions
ZPrinting and ZScanning help the company quickly develop custom parts, effectively incorporate components into the vehicle “packaging,” and execute special projects on the fly.

For example, for its popular Rally Fighter, the company needed a driveshaft yoke to accommodate its off-road-ready suspension. Pisani’s team purchased the closest-off-the-shelf part they could find and reverse-engineered it. Using the ZScanner® 800, the team captured the surface data from the off-the-shelf yoke, converted it to a SolidWorks CAD virtual model, changed several dimensions, and added connection brackets. The team then used its ZPrinter to print a concept model to ensure proper fit. The physical model included fine detail such as thin splines that connected to the driveshaft.

“The ZScanner and ZPrinter helped us move quickly from concept to final tooling without sending the CAD model out to a machine shop,” said Pisani. “That step would have required the machine shop to go through at least two revisions of tooling and production and would have forced us to go through several redesigns, costing us an extra three to four weeks of lead time and $2,700. This is just one example of how innovative R&D technology can make limited-edition, locally built cars viable.”

Packaging, molds and full-scale car models
Local Motors also uses ZScanning technology for vehicle packaging, which is ensuring all parts fit properly in the chassis. Pisani’s team scanned the gas tank, engine and steering column, incorporating the volumes into the SolidWorks model of the car. In addition to ensuring accuracy, this step also enabled Local Motors to customize connections to the chassis and perform critical ergonomic studies, such as driver/steering wheel interface.

In another instance, the team used ZScanning and ZPrinting to make sourcing decisions on headlights and tail lights. Using data from a late-stage CAD model of a car, they ZPrinted a mold of the front quarter panel, quickly created a fiberglass “positive,” and took the model to a mall parking lot to match it up to mass-market cars.

ZScanning requires no special fixtures to hold the target object, which is free to move during scanning. Scanning is executed in one continuous sweep and generates a single file instead of multiple files that need to be painstakingly sewn together. “You can go into small cramped spaces, get all in one shot, and bring it right into CAD software,” said Pisani.

Cost-effective measures like these enable Local Motors to spend a fraction of what the large automakers spend on developing a car: $2 million to $3 million and 18 months versus $200 million to $300 million and five to seven years.

Spatial Unveils CGM, a New Component Modeler for Modern Applications and the Geometric Engine used in V5 and V6 Products

Mitsui Zosen Systems Research Inc. first to deliver CGM-based Software Solution.

Spatial Corp., a leading provider of 3D development components for design, manufacturing and engineering applications, today announces general availability for Convergence Geometric Modeler (CGM) and 3D InterOp CGM R2012. CGM is the industry’s first new commercial 3D geometry kernel in over 10 years, opening a new set of possibilities for application providers to deliver cutting edge industry solutions. The 3D modeling kernel is the same robust and innovative technology used in Dassault Systèmes’ V5 and V6. The modeler addresses the needs of today’s engineering software developers with a consistent interface for easy integration; foundation-based tolerant modeling to maintain geometrical and topological precision; large model capacity and performance; extensive surfacing capabilities to address stringent modeling requirements; and geometric data compatibility with V5 and V6 for well-integrated PLM workflows. 3D InterOp CGM is a high-performance translator toolkit that delivers CAD translation with the highest-quality data exchange. The products represent Spatial’s commitment to deliver the industry’s best technology and broadest portfolio of 3D software components to application providers.

"We are very excited about the introduction of CGM and 3D InterOp CGM. These products provide not only an excellent opportunity for independent software vendors developing next generation applications to take advantage of the latest technology, to address evolving market needs, but they also allow native geometrical data compatibility with V5 and V6. Together this opens a new set of opportunities to the ISV community," commented Jean-Marc Guillard, Spatial Chief Operating Officer.

In addition to the breadth of functionality available in R2012, CGM supports the future delivery of advanced technology in the areas of multi-processing for high-performance applications, polygonal modeling for applications such as reverse-engineering and medical data modeling, and advanced deformation and warping to address complex design and manufacturing workflows.
MSR Developing CGM-based Application

One example of a customer adopting CGM is Mitsui Zosen Systems Research Inc. (MSR). The company is building an advanced 3D software solution for industrial machines. MSR needed a 3D modeling kernel, CAD translation components and graphic solution that supported their vision of an easy-to-use, high-performance application. Since MSR customers are spread across the automotive, aerospace and machine manufacturing industries they had a requirement for multi-CAD interoperability.

"We chose to work with Spatial because they offer a complete set of well-integrated 3D software components, reducing our integration development effort. Plus, our experience with Spatial had shown that they are exceptional development partners that are very responsive to our development needs. CGM and 3D InterOp CGM were selected because they address all of our 3D modeling requirements along with V5 and V6 data compatibility and interoperability with all of the major CAD systems and formats," stated Mr. Seki, MSR Section Manager of the development. "We will deliver the general release of our CGM-based product in the second half of 2011."
CGM R2012 Capabilities

CGM is a proven 3D modeling component with a consistent interface for easy implementation, a robust set of functionality to meet application needs, and large model capacity and performance; 32 and 64-bit. Key capabilities include:

Native B-rep Interoperability with Dassault Systèmes V5: preserves full geometric and topological integrity
Multi-Dimensional Modeling: a rich toolset to define and manipulate solid, surface and wire geometry
Foundation-based Tolerant Modeling: tolerant modeling designed in from the beginning to ensure precision for natively built and imported models
Tolerant Operators: fault-tolerant operators, accepting of tolerant topology inputs. Whenever possible, operators strive to improve tolerances, making the result more precise than the input.
Full Breadth of Operations: a complete suite of modeling operators required by applications in PLM workflows
High Scalability: optimized performance and low memory consumption for large models
Advanced Operations: a unique set of specialized operations for creation and modification of complex geometries
Robust Surfacing: capabilities included blending, covering, and sweeping, with behavior that maintains geometry integrity
Faceting: a function for generating a polygonal representation of the 3D model

CGM capabilities are wrapped in current object-oriented design technologies including C++ and C# programming language.
3D InterOp CGM R2012 Capabilities

3D InterOp CGM is a high-performance, high-quality set of Brep translators, supporting parts, assemblies and non-geometrical metadata. 3D InterOp CGM R2012 Suite of translators delivers high-performance and high-quality translation of all popular CAD formats including CATIA V4, CATIA V5, SolidWorks®, Inventor®, Pro/ENGINEER®, and NX® and industry standard formats IGES, STEP, and Parasolid®. Capabilities include:

For CATIA V5, 3D InterOp CGM directly extracts geometry avoiding the need for translation and resulting in performance up to ten times faster than other commercially available translators. 3D InterOp CGM also optimizes the performance of reading industry standard file formats, such as IGES and STEP.
A unified object oriented interface, making the task of integration straightforward and efficient. 3D InterOp CGM supports all 3D software applications, independent of the underlying modeling engine.
Post-processing functions to automatically heal and address geometric problems inherited from the source model. Post-processing ensures high-quality translation for data reuse, a critical need for engineering applications that require model interrogation and manipulation.

Upcoming CGM and 3D InterOp CGM R2012 Webinar
Spatial will provide a presentation and demo of CGM and 3D InterOp CGM R2012, on Wednesday, July 20th, at 10:00am EDT (14:00 UTC).


Open Design Alliance Announces Teigha® Version 3.5

Open Design Alliance (ODA) today announced the release of version 3.5 of Teigha, its software development platform for engineering applications. ODA also announced two new beta programs for its members.

Version 3.5 Enhancements

Version 3.5 incorporates performance enhancements and a large number of bug fixes donated to ODA by its members, as well as improvements made by the ODA development team. The update includes the following enhancements:

Improved raster image support through the incorporation of the FreeImage raster library. FreeImage is open-source, fast, multithreading-safe, and cross-platform (32- and 64-bit versions of Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X).
Teigha for .dgn files adds support for entity selection and drawing order.

New Beta Programs

With the release of Teigha 3.5, ODA announced two new beta programs:

Teigha.NET for .dgn Files is ODA’s first .NET API for .dgn files
Teigha on Android is ODA’s first API for Android OS devices. The initial release is limited to database operations; rendering support will be provided in due time.

“We are excited that we were able to work with ODA members to improve the integration process between Teigha 3.5 and their applications,” said ODA President Arnold van der Weide. “Our aim is for members to ship their applications at the same time as when the next version of Teigha is released.”

ODA Chief Technology Officer Neil Peterson added, “Teigha 3.5 is the first release of Teigha that was built and tested daily using our new build system, which provides improved regression test coverage for all major components. Our goal is to build and test-run new code each time it is checked in to our source control system.”

ITC Development Director Dave Lorenzo said, “Teigha 3.5 marks a huge improvement to ODA’s automated build, regression, and release processes. These new processes give ODA members the ability to keep their software synchronized with ODA releases, while providing critical fixes to their customers more quickly. This synergy provides the potential for a much more stable Teigha platform, and stronger binary compatibility across ODA members.

Robert Graebert, CTO of Graebert GmbH, stated, "Over the last year, ODA has improved leaps and bounds in their quality assurance and testing efforts. As a heavy user of ODA technology, we have already noticed the effect on the quality of the product, and we are actively working on porting our applications to Teigha 3.5, our smoothest upgrade to date."

"For us, this 3.5 release of Teigha is a milestone," said Erik de Keyser, CEO of Bricsys. "More than ever, Teigha is the result of a very close collaboration between the ODA development team and some of its key members. Together with the excellent development of new features and enhancements, the new Teigha release is the result of a lot of input from users. This is the way to continue."

Teigha version 3.5 is available now at www.opendesign.com for download by ODA members.

3D Systems Brings Next Generation 3D Printer to Japan

3D Systems announced the introduction of faster, professional grade 3D Printers, the ProJet™ 6000 series. The ProJet™ 6000 was the star of the Design Engineering & Manufacturing Solutions Expo, DMS 2011 held June 22–24th, in the Tokyo International Exhibition Center, Tokyo, Japan.

The ProJet™ 6000 is the only 3D printer to deliver the precision and performance quality of professional grade SLA® parts faster than any other printer on the market today. The ProJet™ 6000 comes in three high-definition print configurations with a wide range of new VisiJet® print materials including tough, flexible, clear, dental and high temperature. The ProJet™ 6000 is designed to deliver the highest part quality for the toughest production applications with the ease of use and affordability of our professional 3D printers.

“We are excited to bring a new, breakthrough 3D Printer to Japan where quality, productivity and compactness are critical,” said Buddy Byrum, Senior Director, 3D Printing for 3D Systems. “Our Japanese customers depend on us for the latest in professional grade SLA® part quality and performance with user friendly printer utility and speed, and the ProJet™ 6000 delivers.”

French National Computer Center for Higher Education Upgrades to PBS Professional 11.0

Latest version of PBS manages thousands of jobs by 1,000 users per day for France’s JADE supercomputer.

Altair Engineering, Inc announced today that CINES¹, France’s National Computer Center for Higher Education, has upgraded to PBS Professional 11.0 to manage its national² HPC system, known as JADE. PBS Professional 11.0 offers petaFLOPS scalability and more than 30 times faster cold start-up and seven times faster job submission than previous versions.

The JADE national supercomputer comprises 2,880 nodes and 23,440 cores, handling more than a thousand jobs per day from a thousand users. JADE hosts a diverse workload of science, engineering and research simulations in climatology, molecular dynamics, computational fluid dynamics, astrophysics, quantum chemistry, material science and plasma physics. PBS Professional 11.0, part of Altair’s PBS Works suite of on-demand computing technologies, monitors and optimizes workload scheduling to enable JADE to operate with optimum efficiency.

CINES, located in Montpellier, France, has provided the nation’s public research community with computing resources and services for more than three decades and since 2004 Long term data Preservation³. The center began using PBS Professional in 2008, when version 9.0 was designated as the resource scheduler for JADE.

Since 2008, PBS Professional has managed the processing of 1 million jobs for JADE. Now employing version 11.0, CINES has joined a growing number of organizations adopting PBS Professional because of its ability to scale to support hundreds of thousands of processors.

"We are confident that PBS Professional 11.0 will increase the management performance of our large-cluster system even further," said CINES. "We continue to extend our reliance on PBS Professional because it is efficiently managing jobs that involve more than 8,000 cores-as well as small jobs requiring only one or two nodes."

JADE is a heterogeneous cluster consisting of a single system with two virtual partitions. PBS Professional manages resource allocation with node-topology awareness and dynamic resource pool management.

The scalability and reliability of PBS Professional 11.0 are complemented by many other advantages over competing systems, including:

EAL3+ security certification
Faster cold start
Topology-aware scheduling
GPU scheduling
Green provisioning
OS provisioning
Estimated job-start times
Backfill scheduling
A tunable scheduling formula
Retained job history
Support for all message passing interface (MPI) integrations

Altair offers engineers, scientists and educators who use high-performance computing systems a 30-day-free-trial license of PBS Professional, as well as training courses in managing and using PBS Professional for current and new users.

"With our free-trial licenses, users can experience the simplicity, speed and flexibility of PBS Professional versus other solutions," said PBS Works CTO Bill Nitzberg. "PBS Professional 11.0 provides a significant step up in both sophistication and ease of use for professionals who want to speed the scheduling of their high-performance computing jobs, use their systems to maximum efficiency and advance their return on investment."

PBS Professional continually optimizes the way that technical HPC resources are used, ensuring that all resources are effective and efficient. The results are improved productivity, confidence in meeting service levels, and reduced hardware and software license costs.

Geometric releases NestLib® 2011 R2 with improved material savings

New features in nesting to meet advance cutting requirements.

Mumbai : Geometric Limited today announced the release of NestLib® 2011 R2 with the improvements in grid nesting algorithm and new features to meet advance cutting requirements.

The highlights of NestLib® 2011 R2 are:

* Material saving, using the improved grid algorithm
* Multi–tool support for cutting different edges in a part by incorporating different tool compensation in the nested layout
* Capability to handle piercing data attached to a part while nesting

NestLib is recognized as one of the fastest and most efficient nesting technologies in the market, focused on optimizing two dimensional packaging. It has been licensed by over 100 independent software vendors and original equipment manufacturers (OEM) worldwide over the last 17 years. It provides optimized, high speed and robust algorithms for fully automated true shape nesting. The NestLib portfolio includes:

- Shear nesting for saw parts requiring end to end cutting
- Common Punch specially designed for parts to be cut using punching machines
- Leather nesting for leather parts with different quality patterns
- Remnant generation for automatic remnant creation after nesting
- Tube nesting for tube cutting and pipe cutting
- Common Cut for nesting adjacent parts such that they share a common flame path

NestLib is available as a static library, Dynamic linked library (DLL), and COM DLL. It also supports Java and .NET framework. NestLib is available for 32 -bit and 64 -bit Microsoft Windows OS as well as for Sun Solaris and Linux platforms. It can be ported to Mac OS on demand. NestLib also supports multi-core computing for both dual core and quad core computers.

Dassault Systèmes Goes Cloud with Version 6

First to provide a comprehensive platform to build and deploy 3D, PLM and solutions experiences with greater flexibility and efficiency.

Dassault Systèmes has announced its new online Version 6 platform, open for the developer community, its new store, and its first online cloud business services. Dassault Systèmes also announces its strategic investment in Outscale, a start-up providing next generation SaaS (software as a service) operator services.

Version 6 platform
3DS provides the Version 6 open platform to run lifelike experiences, reveal smart information, enable social innovation, imagine with 3D, and structure companies’ assets and operations to execute to perfection. The 3DS experience platform is powered by Version 6 technology, the foundation for all 3DS brands (CATIA, SolidWorks, SIMULIA, DELMIA, ENOVIA, 3DVIA, Exalead, 3DSWYM).
The Version 6 open platform delivers simple mechanisms to configure on-the-fly, extend with mash up capabilities, and develop new applications and experiences. 3DS will also provide the large community of developers with a complete online environment to develop, deliver, monetize and run lifelike experience solutions.

3DS announces its 3DStore online (swym.3ds.com/#3DStore) for lifelike experiences and applications. The 3DStore will premier several cloud-based 3D and PLM business services:
• 3DSWYM, its new social innovation solution ,
• n!fuze - for SolidWorks customers- and n!volve -for CATIA Version 6 customers- both taking advantage of award winning ENOVIA Version 6 technology,
• Access to 3DS products including 3DVIA or Draftsight,
• Access to experiences and applications from partners and customers.
With Version 6 cloud-based solutions, users can get what they need, when they need it. Offered as a flexible subscription model, without upfront investments in additional infrastructure, long-term volume commitments or administrative burden, Version 6 Online solutions are designed to adapt to the needs of organizations or projects of any scale.

Dominique Florack, senior executive vice president, Products, Research and Development, Dassault Systèmes, commented: “I am very pleased to introduce our first cloud-based 3D and PLM collaborative services taking advantage of state of the art SaaS/IaaS for our customers. With the 3DS experience platform, every developer can now benefit from our online Version 6 open organic architecture.”

Dassault Systèmes announces its strategic investment in Outscale, a start-up providing next generation SaaS operator services. Dassault Systèmes will rely on Outscale services to manage its SaaS services based operations. With Outscale, Dassault Systèmes dedicates a highly specialized world class structure to ensure 24x7 service, and will leverage dynamic public cloud resources allocation to provide best availability of its online applications, globally. Adopting its own PLM core technology to manage multiple cloud physical locations provides a competitive advantage.

"By having Dassault Systèmes as a shareholder, we combine the support of a strong, international, industrial partner with the access to the latest software technologies. Our start-up now has the means to innovate in the deployment of the next IT revolution" said Laurent Seror, President, Outscale.

Dassault Systèmes Goes Cloud with Amazon Web Services

Introducing cloud-based applications for enterprise solutions and open Version 6 platform for application developers.

Dassault Systèmes and Amazon Web Services (AWS), an Amazon.com company, (NASDAQ: AMZN), the leader in elastic cloud infrastructure, are working together to enable companies of all sizes to get started quickly with 3DS Version 6 solutions on AWS. Today’s announcement answers the growing demand by organizations to leverage cloud technologies to deploy, maintain, and access 3D, PLM and solutions experiences in more flexible and efficient ways.
Dassault Systèmes provides a unique platform to run lifelike experiences, reveal smart information, enable social innovation, imagine with 3D and structure companies’ assets and operations to execute to excellence. 3DS experience platform is powered by Version 6 technologies, the foundation for all 3DS brands (CATIA, SolidWorks, SIMULIA, DELMIA, ENOVIA, 3DVIA, Exalead, 3DSWYM). 3DS experience open platform delivers simple mechanisms to configure on-the-fly, extend with mash-up capabilities, and develop new applications and experiences.

Starting today, 3DS offers Version 6 solutions in 3DS experiences store (swym.3ds.com/#3DSstore) and on AWS to the global market, providing a preconfigured environment for companies to run 3D, PLM and lifelike experience. With Version 6 online solutions, users can get what they need, when they need it. Offered as a flexible subscription model, without upfront investments in additional infrastructure, long-term volume commitments or administrative burden, Version 6 online solutions are designed to adapt to the needs of organizations or projects of any scale.

Dassault Systèmes is leveraging multiple AWS services to power Version 6 platform, providing the following resources:

• High performance and highly available compute resources: Dassault Systèmes is utilizing the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) to provide discrete compute environments for each customer.
• Geographic reach: Dassault Systèmes leverages the AWS global footprint to provide the best experience for their customers, regardless of their physical location. By leveraging AWS’ Regions, Dassault Systèmes can ensure that data required to stay within a geographic boundary remains so.
• Storage of easy-to-access design content: Using Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) and Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Dassault Systèmes can store volumes of design data without having to support an extensive array of legacy platforms. The combination of Amazon EBS and Amazon S3 allows customers to have immediate access to large storage volumes, coupled with the resiliency native to Amazon S3 for back-up purposes.

Dassault Systèmes will also provide their large community of developers with a complete online environment to deliver, monetize and run lifelike experiences leveraging AWS. In addition, Dassault Systèmes is working to take advantage of AWS High Performance Computing Solutions to drive the most complex lifelike experiences of 3D virtual universes, and the heaviest computational workloads, such as tightly coupled parallel processes found in such domains as CFD, structural and system-of-system simulations. Amazon HPC solutions are specifically designed to combine high compute performance with high performance network capability. The objective is to deliver to customers the same high compute & network performance that they get today from custom-built infrastructure, while benefiting from the elasticity & flexibility of the AWS cloud.
“Moving PLM to the cloud is a giant step in giving back our customers the freedom, the power and the agility that they have been longing for. Amazon Web Services made it possible thanks to the quality of its global, reliable, scalable and cost-effective cloud infrastructure,” said Bernard Charlès, President and CEO, Dassault Systèmes.

“Dassault Systèmes is a pioneer in 3D and PLM solutions. This new offering will enable our joint customers to more easily collaborate on complex, globally distributed, product designs and plans,” said Andy Jassy, Senior Vice President, Amazon Web Services. “We are extremely pleased to work with Dassault Systèmes to help them deliver innovative cloud based solutions to the market.”

Zeus Numerix organizing workshop on "Computational Fluid Dynamics: Design and Analysis" at MCRIHRD, Hyderabad

Computational Fluid Dynamics: Design and Analysis Date: 19th Jul 2011 - 22th Jul 2011
Venue: Dr Marri Chenna Reddy HRD Institute, Hyderabad, India.

Zeus Numerix is organizing a workshop on "Computational Fluid Dynamics: Design and Analysis" at MCRIHRD, Hyderabad for the benefit of Scientists /Engineers/Researchers in the field of fluid flow, heat transfer, separation studies etc.

Workshop aims at training scientists/engineers in understanding the concepts of CFD and apply the knowledge in real life problems. Workshop will also expose the participants to latest techniques in CFD and their applications.

This workshop will cover broadly, the following:


CFD Basics.
Incompressible Flows.
Compressible Flows.
Heat Transfer.
Special Topics.


Flow Over Aircrafts and Missiles.
Flow in Industrial Machines.
Liquid Flow: Marine and Nuclear.

Target Audience:

R&D Engineers: for learning basics and avoid committing costly mistakes in simulation. Special focus will be given on problem formulation, modeling & analysis.
Designers (Not using CFD themselves): To understand and appreciate the CFD output received and also to understand the limitations of CFD.
Techno-Managers: Who wish to start a CFD division in their organization or wish to optimize existing CFD resources and to get an idea of future CFD uses.
Consultants: Solving various CFD techniques & understanding special projects.
Academia: Those wishing to train themselves in CFD for research or jobs.


Prof. Anil Date, IIT Bombay
Prof Gopal R Shevare, IIT Bombay
Prof Jitendra Shah, Zeus Numerix


Jun 28, 2011

PCO Innovation and Dassault Systèmes Strengthen Services and Consulting Partnership

Dassault Systèmes and PCO Innovation, one of the world’s leading independent PLM consulting and services companies, announced today the signing of a strategic agreement positioning PCO Innovation as a key partner in Dassault Systèmes’ Services Partner Program.

This agreement reinforces more than ten years of synergy between the two companies in providing value-added services to customers in a variety of industries. Over the years, PCO Innovation has built one of the most efficient Dassault Systèmes technologies skills centers on the market. PCO innovation fields Dassault Systèmes solutions experts worldwide, with a particular emphasis on the Version 6 platform.

Acting in tight collaboration, Dassault Systèmes and PCO Innovation support the PLM strategies of leading manufacturers, from the earliest phases of requirements definition through system implementation and maintenance.

“This partnership marks a significant step in our growth strategy,” said Olivier Letard, cofounder of PCO Innovation. “We are continuing along our growth path together with Dassault Systèmes, remaining faithful to our goal of optimizing innovation and product development processes through the successful implementation of cutting-edge technologies.”

Tom Emmrich, senior vice president, Industry Services, Dassault Systèmes added, “We are very pleased to formalize and expand our relationship with PCO Innovation. It is critically important to Dassault Systèmes to have a strong partner like PCO Innovation who we can trust to configure and implement our solutions and meet the specific needs of our customers.”

OPEN MIND is optimistic about the future

The CAM company OPEN MIND continues on course for growth. The company from the ‘Mensch und Maschine’ Group (MuM) can look back on a positive 2010, which saw not only sales and employee numbers increase but also the company’s global presence. Management has also identified bright prospects for continued success in 2011. The company recorded sales amounting to EUR 10.3 million in the first quarter of 2011, which represents an increase of 9.2 per cent on the same period last year.

According to the ‘NC Software and Services Market Assessment Report’ by CIMdata, OPEN MIND was the only leading CAM software company to continue to grow in the crisis year of 2009. The company’s sales grew even further in 2010. Direct sales for 2010 were increased to EUR 27 million, which represents a growth of approximately 20 per cent relative to 2009. Its presence in regional markets was also further expanded. The company currently employs 180 people and now has 13 subsidiaries all over the world, including the newly founded branches in Sweden and Spain.

“The figures prove that we are on the right track,” explains Volker Nesenhöner, CEO of OPEN MIND Technologies AG. “I am proud of our qualified and highly motivated employees. Together, we succeeded in inspiring users of NC machines in a wide variety of sectors to opt for our CAM software solutions thanks to our innovative technologies.”

Dipl-Ing. Volker Nesenhöner is the new CEO as of February 2011. Dr Josef Koch was appointed to the Executive Board as the Executive Director of Technology. Markus Pech will remain the CFO and will continue to represent the MuM Group. The Executive Board has named a direct sales target of EUR 30 million and believes the company is on track to meet this target, having generated EUR 10.3 million in the first quarter of 2011.

SofTech Announces Educational White Paper: The 3 R's of PLM

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Key to Productivity Improvement Initiatives of Global Product Development Companies; Free Educational Briefing Identifies 3 Essential Elements for Justifying a PLM Initiative.

SofTech, Inc, a proven provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions announces the availability of a new educational paper entitled The 3 R’s of PLM. This white paper is geared towards those decision makers in all types of product development companies that are looking to improve business practices, global competitiveness and the bottom line.

In today's competitive global market, companies are implementing PLM to streamline processes, which positively impacts productivity, quality and time to market. Within this white paper, SofTech identifies three essential elements of justifying a PLM initiative, the 3 R’s:

1) Recognize the Need
2) Retain your Intellectual Property
3) Realize the Return on Investment

This paper focuses on the importance of understanding business deficiencies and recognizing areas for improvement to validate the PLM initiative. Additionally, SofTech highlights how PLM provides the foundation for companies to retain and leverage intellectual property and gain the measurable benefits that define the return on investment.

For a complete copy of this PLM briefing and others, including the Top 10 Business Reasons for Implementing PLM, visit http://www.softech.com/whitepapers/?ref=3R for a complimentary download.

PLMIG announces the Path to PLM

Based on over seven years' activity as a neutral PLM body, the PLMIG has developed the 'Path to PLM' - a comprehensive framework of tools and information that leads from the first decision to try to understand PLM, to a fully-working implementation.

Companies in the early stages of adopting PLM face an almost random array of information sources and proprietary advice, which can be difficult to rationalise because the subject of PLM is so complex.

The Path to PLM provides a central structure to build the optimal PLM environment within an organisation, and a core set of standard principles against which external information sources and proprietary advice can be compared. It offers a choice of starting points based on a company's business drivers, and a flexible approach that makes full use of the PLMIG PLM Best Practice Library.

It is particularly valuable for SMBs, who need a straightforward and effective route to implement PLM, and to be sure that the end results will be an asset to the business. It is also useful for much larger companies where there has been an edict to "put in a PLM system" and the PLM Team wishes to avoid the pitfalls that this can entail. More information can be obtained by contacting pathtoplm@plmig.com

The PLM Interest Group
The PLM Interest Group is a global Group which brings together its members to work proactively to solve their PLM problems. It has previously run workshops that have produced the PLM Benchmarking Handbook; the PLM-SCM Guidebook; and the PLM Maturity Reference Manual.

SmartCAM V18 Features New Rest-Milling Roughing, Improved Modeling & Toolpath Editing

New Feature-based Holemaking Also Added.

SmartCAMcnc has announced the release of SmartCAM® V18.0. Version 18.0 delivers new and improved milling functionality to the SmartCAM milling suite, and several modeling and toolpath editing enhancements to the entire SmartCAM suite of computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) system software. General release of the software is expected for June of this year.

The SmartCAM product family consists of applications for Computer-Numerical Control (CNC) milling, turning, fabrication and wire EDM. Version 18.0 is built on two central themes: core milling improvements, and core modeling and toolpath editing enhancements requested by customers.

The new Rest-Mill Roughing capabilities, one of three a major core milling improvements in SmartCAM V18.0 milling applications, allow users to easily identify areas of remaining material, then machine those areas using a new Region Rough process. The Region Rough process machines the rest mill regions by automatically switching between profiling and pocketing strategies, depending on whether a region is open or closed. These new capabilities make it extremely fast and easy to re-machine features using progressively smaller tools.

In addition to the Rest Mill Roughing improvements, V18.0 introduces new Feature-based Hole-Making capabilities. Solid model hole-feature recognition has been enhanced to automatically identify compound hole-features, and create corresponding hole-feature elements which include full parametric detail of the hole. A new Hole Making process allows toolpath to be created by applying hole-making tools to a group of hole-feature elements, and automatically determining the start levels and hole depths from the input hole-features. The user has complete control over the hole-feature sequence, and the hole making processes can be modified and regenerated at ay time. These capabilities allow full automation for the creation of hole-making toolpath for common features, thereby saving time and ensuring accuracy and repeatability.

“Our last SmartCAM release focused on solids machining improvements in our advanced milling applications. For V18 we decided to concentrate on core milling functionality that will also benefit our SmartCAM Production Milling users,” said Douglas Oliver, SmartCAMcnc’s Senior Product Manager. “The wireframe rest-mill roughing and feature-based holemaking are fundamental capabilities that will be a huge time saver for all our milling users.”

The third core milling improvement found in SmartCAM V18.0 is a set of enhancements related to the Helical Milling. Helix elements can now be created with left- or right-offset properties, and can be offset during verification and code generation. The Thread Milling process has been enhanced to take advantage of the new helix offsetting capabilities, as well as adding support for single point tools, tapered threads, multiple-side passes, and a user-specified lead extension. Additionally, changes to the code generator provide greater control over the output of straight and tapered spirals. These improvements are in direct response to frequent user requests for improved thread-milling support.

Additionally a number of customer-requested core modeling and toolpath editing improvements can be found in all SmartCAM V18.0 applications, including machinable system fonts, a clip-to-intersection editing tool, improvements to toolpath verification and enhanced geometry layer mapping.

Machinable Geometry from System Fonts now provides a full variety of font choices to the user. When a font is selected, SmartCAM extracts and scales the outline curves of the font and converts it to lines, polylines and arcs for use as machinable geometry.

The Clip-to-Intersection Editing Tool provides a method to split and remove geometry segments with a single click. This feature makes it remarkably easy to convert construction geometry into final part profiles.

Two requested enhancements have been made to SmartCAM's Showpath Toolpath Verification functionality. A new Showpath option allows the verification to be restricted to only the portion of the model within the viewing window, and new configuration settings allow the tool motion speeds to be customized to better match the user’s system capabilities and preferences. These two options allow a more efficient use of this heavily employed feature.

New Layer Mapping and Filtering Options allow better organization of the user’s part geometry when importing CAD data into SmartCAM. SmartCAM layers can be pre-named and specific CAD layers can be directly mapped to SmartCAM layers. Additionally, specified layers not required for the manufacturing process can be filtered out of the import entirely. These features allows companies that use standardized CAD modeling layers to dramatically reduce the number of initial steps required to begin building toolpath for the model.

“We’re very happy with the new core improvements based on SmartCAM customer requests,” Douglas went on to say. “The new Clip to Intersection is a huge timesaver when editing wireframe geometry and toolpath. And the addition of machinable Windows Fonts is another frequently requested feature that will provide benefit to all SmartCAM users.”

ESI takes part in the 12th International Foundry Trade Fair GIFA

ESI Group, pioneer and world-leading solution provider in virtual prototyping, announces its participation in the 12th GIFA Foundry Trade Fair from June 28th to July 2nd, 2011, in Düsseldorf, Germany. Running for over 20 years, GIFA has been recognized as the most important trade show for casting technology; demonstrated by the size and reputation of the exhibitors and the scientific level of the conferences.

Visitors at GIFA will have the opportunity to get a comprehensive overview of the rapid developments in the field of casting process simulation. ESI’s casting team will perform demonstrations of the new Casting Simulation Suite (ProCAST & QuikCAST) during face-to-face meetings. The ESI booth will present several members of ESI’s international and multilingual casting team, including staff from Eastern and Western Europe, North America, China, Japan and India.

This year, ESI’s booth will also feature the Audi Space Frame (ASF®), demonstrating the effective use of new aluminum and alloy casting technologies to reduce vehicle weight and decrease fuel consumption.

ESI’s Casting Simulation Suite has proven to be an indispensable tool for foundries to validate decisions during prototyping, to improve yield and to reduce manufacturing cost. It provides a complete solution, allowing predictive evaluations of the entire casting process including filling and solidification defects, mechanical properties and complex part distortion. It enables rapid visualization of the effects of design changes and allows correct decision-making at an early stage of the manufacturing process.

ProCAST offers an extensive suite of modules and foundry tools to meet the most challenging industrial requirements. The software, based on powerful Finite Element technology, is well suited to predict distortions and residual stresses of cast parts and can address more specific processes like semi-solid, core blowing, centrifugal, lost foam and continuous casting.

QuikCAST is a fast and efficient solution for complete process evaluation. The tool addresses the basics of any casting process: filling, solidification and porosity prediction including core blowing and semi-solid modeling.

ESI’s Casting Simulation Suite Version 2011 is fully integrated in a new open collaborative engineering environment allowing interoperability and chaining between both casting software and other simulation disciplines. The new developments capture best practices and analyze the as-cast or as-heat treated mechanical properties for various ferrous or light alloys. During GIFA 2011, Ole Köser, Casting Center of Excellence Manager at ESI, will present a paper on, 'Prediction of the Microstructure of Austempered Ductile Iron Casting Parts after Heat Treatment'. The presentation will be held at the parallel World Technical Forum, at 3:45pm on June 28th, 2011.

earthmine Named Autodesk AEC Industry Partner; Unveils Extension for AutoCAD Map 3D

earthmine today announced it is now an Autodesk AEC Industry Partner, along with the immediate availability of its latest addition to the earthmine desktop product suite, earthmine for AutoCAD Map 3D. As an Autodesk AEC Industry Partner, earthmine will work closely with Autodesk on product integration opportunities to bring real world data and context to the CAD environment, as well as joint marketing and consulting opportunities within the infrastructure market.

“We are very excited to be working more closely with Autodesk on a number of levels,” said Anthony Fassero, co-CEO and co-founder of earthmine, Inc. “Users of AutoCAD Map 3D that are planning, managing and maintaining large scale infrastructure will benefit immensely from having access to real world contextual information at all stages of an asset’s life cycle.”

“earthmine’s complementary business strategy and the successful interoperability and integration with AutoCAD Map 3D make them an ideal AEC Industry Partner,” said Paul McRoberts, vice president, infrastructure product line group, AEC solutions, Autodesk. “Autodesk offers a broad portfolio of solutions—including the new Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite 2012, which includes AutoCAD Map 3D-- to help consultants and owners plan, design, build, and manage more sustainable infrastructure.”

“The availability of earthmine for AutoCAD Map 3D provides users with access to earthmine’s detailed street level 3D maps, giving them the ability to visualize and map their assets in the context of the real world,” said Justin Lokitz, senior product manager, infrastructure product line group for Autodesk. “Our customers in the infrastructure market will for the first time be able to accurately visualize and analyze their assets using earthmine’s reality capture technology and software suite.”

earthmine for AutoCAD Map 3D

earthmine for AutoCAD Map 3D delivers high resolution and immersive street level imagery alongside the traditional AutoCAD view. Map 3D features can be accurately displayed on top of the panoramic imagery via direct integration between the products – truly integrating GIS, CAD and earthmine data into a seamless solution. This integration provides a powerful way to visualize spatial data within its real world context, and enables users to gather and analyze additional information that may not be contained within their GIS.

The product provides an extensive toolset including an efficient workflow for creating, attributing and editing point, polygon or polyline features, as well as the ability to visualize and query existing features. Users can simply point and click on objects depicted within the panoramic view, generating 3D coordinates for entry back into the database. The high resolution and 3D nature of earthmine's imagery provides the perfect backdrop for mapping a wide range of infrastructure assets. The software also provides a full set of flexible measurement tools to accurately measure real world distances and calculate areas and includes access to the underlying 3D point cloud.

earthmine for AutoCAD Map 3D works seamlessly with earthmine's existing product suite. Users can connect to data hosted on their own earthmine Server or connect to remotely hosted data in earthmine Cloud. earthmine for AutoCAD Map 3D allows users to be up and running within minutes without any custom application development or software engineering. The product is immediately available as part of the earthmine Server software suite or the earthmine Cloud service.

Trimble Releases Accubid LiveCount Pro On-Screen Takeoff Tool for the Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Trades

Trimble introduced enhancements to its Accubid® LiveCount® family of on-screen takeoff solutions for mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) trades—a new version of LiveCount and LiveCount Pro, an upgrade tier offering to further refine search results. The software solutions provide contractors with the ability to seamlessly integrate and mark up digital image files to manage the quantification process during takeoffs. This eliminates the need to import and/or export information to either the on-screen takeoff tool or the estimate since they are linked.

The new version of LiveCount offers existing users many reasons to upgrade including the system's ability to create and manage alternate bids, giving contractors the tools they need to create "what if" scenarios. Contractors can also retrieve both length and count in one pass in LiveCount effectively cutting branch takeoff time in half. The LiveCount link to a takeoff can also be broken, providing contractors greater control by allowing manual overrides. This new feature is also shared with the latest update of the Accubid Classic Estimating and ChangeOrder solutions.

In addition to the features found in LiveCount, the new tier offering of LiveCount Pro introduces a unique auto count process, a symbol recognition feature that automatically quantifies like objects in the drawing. The auto count feature also ignores objects that have already been counted and allows the estimator to isolate part of the drawing to be counted. This can speed up takeoff time significantly. The unique ability to refine results as part of the auto count feature also allows contractors to hone in on those results, streamlining the on-screen takeoff process and increasing takeoff accuracy. This process expedites repetitive counting tasks and greatly reduces auto count errors and omissions.

LiveCount Pro can now speed up the project creation process by allowing easy naming and orientation of complex document sets. Imported drawings can be renamed, rotated and reviewed, all at the same time, allowing contractors to set up their projects very quickly.

"Accubid has historically shied away from symbol recognition in on-screen takeoff because of the inherent inaccuracies that have plagued these tools in the past," said Mark Mandarelli, director of products & technology for Trimble's Accubid Division. "With the auto count refinement process that we?ve incorporated into LiveCount, the takeoff accuracy can better meet the needs of our customer base."

LiveCount and Classic Estimating and ChangeOrder solutions are currently available through Trimble's Accubid Division by calling 800-222-8243. Existing LiveCount users can upgrade to LiveCount Pro for the price difference between the two solutions.

Cimatron Helps Brazilian Mold Makers Leverage New Government Incentives

Cimatron Limited announced today that it hosted open houses in Joinville and Sao Paolo, Brazil, with the aim of helping mold makers leverage new opportunities in the Brazilian manufacturing market.

The Cimatron Group, one of the seven largest global CAD/CAM suppliers, offers specialized solutions for mold and die makers, as well as solutions for 2.5-5 Axis production milling and turning. The company recently expanded its presence in Brazil by appointing a locally based country manager and recruiting four resellers to serve different regions of the country.

Brazil is a major global manufacturing center, with a significant plastics production industry. In May 2011, the Brazilian government announced incentives to increase the appeal of locally produced manufacturing machinery, opening up new markets and creating a larger pool of potential customers for Brazilian mold makers.

Following the announcement, Cimatron Brazil held two open houses in Joinville and Sao Paolo, aimed specifically at mold makers. The open houses addressed the growing need of local mold makers to deliver high quality molds faster than ever, focusing on how companies in other parts of the world dramatically shorten delivery time using CimatronE. Speakers also offered demonstrations of how CimatronE increases productivity, quality and profitability.

"We were very happy with the turn out and the success of the events in general," said Alex Censi, Cimatron Brazil's country manager. "These government incentives will make Brazilian molds and tools more appealing to local buyers, but mold makers will still have to stand out by offering the shortest delivery times, the most competitive pricing and the highest quality. Best-in-class CAD/CAM technology is essential to achieving these goals".

"The rapid growth that's expected in the Brazil market right now is a huge opportunity for mold makers," said Kobi Rosenwasser, Cimatron's VP for South America and APAC, who attended the events. "If mold makers put in the effort now to make their businesses more competitive in terms of delivery time, quality, and efficiency, they can really benefit from these opportunities. For those mold makers who aren't yet as fast as they would want to be: Cimatron has a proven record and we're here to help."

In Joinville, the open house was organized by CimatronE reseller CimaCAD. The open house in Sao Paolo was a collaboration between resellers Fitso, MTC and CadPro. The events took place on June 1st and June 2nd respectively.

Jun 27, 2011

Delcam's FeatureCAM enables move to 3D machining

After adding Delcam’s FeatureCAM feature-based CAM system, Bruce Waugh has been able to move into 3D machining in the one-person machine shop, Waugh Machine, he runs in his garage in Camp Verde, Arizona. Until two years ago, he turned down jobs involving 3D parts because he was unable to program them. Now he can produce any part that fits within the capabilities of his two Haas Minimills.

In addition, the feature-recognition capabilities within the software have reduced the time required to program typical 2.5D parts from one hour to ten minutes.

There is a common misconception that only large companies can benefit from introducing CAM software. Examples like Waugh Machine prove that even the smallest operations can also boost their capabilities and productivity with these systems.

"FeatureCAM has changed the nature of my business,” claimed Mr. Waugh, who has been a machinist for 35 years. "Because I can now do more complicated parts, I have been able to raise my rates while running my machines at full capacity. My customers are more than happy to pay my new rates because I am able to deliver a higher level of quality on more difficult jobs.”

Mr. Waugh’s two main customers are a large medical-device manufacturer and an aerospace subcontractor. "The aerospace manufacturer usually gives me drawings,” he said. "Sometimes these are up to 60 years old.”

"The medical-device company used to give me drawings as the starting point for contract machining jobs,” he added. "One day, the customer told me that it was going to do away with drawings and begin providing CAD files. I saw this as the writing on the wall for 2.5D programming and made the decision to upgrade to FeatureCAM with its feature-recognition and 3D-surfacing modules.”

Mr. Waugh now regularly produces parts with profiling and 3D surfaces. "I get several parts a month with 3D surfaces and I enjoy doing them,” he said. "I also do many parts I could have done in 2.5D in 3D. It may take a bit longer because I use a small ball-nose end mill rather than a larger radius cutter but 3D often lets me produce the entire part with a single tool in a single set-up. This means I can set the machine up and let it run while I do other things such as quoting a job or programming the next part. The ball-nose end mill also provides a better surface finish than the radius cutter.”

FeatureCAM has also substantially reduced the time required to program 2.5D parts. "It used to take about an hour to program the typical 2.5D part,” explained Mr. Waugh. "The automatic feature-recognition capability of FeatureCAM reduces programming time to only about ten minutes. It’s impossible to make this kind of comparison on 3D parts because I was never able to program them before I had the software. Now, I can program 3D parts almost as quickly.”

"I upgrade to the latest version of FeatureCAM each year and there are always interesting improvements to the software,” Mr. Waugh concluded. "My investment in FeatureCAM was one of the best decisions I ever made.”

solidThinking to Showcase its Latest Software at New Designers 2011 July 6-9 in London

solidThinking, Inc, a global concept design and styling software company, today announced that it will participate at the New Designers 2011 Show July 6-9 at the Business Design Centre in London. With its longstanding reputation for bringing young design talents and businesses together, New Designers partners with prestigious, forward thinking and innovative organizations to highlight inspiring, fresh and exciting new work and ideas. It is the only design event that brings together more than 3,500 graduates from all major design disciplines.

solidThinking will exhibit at booth B13 jointly with Cadsoft Solutions Limited (http://www.cadsoftsolutions.co.uk), its Cambridge-based distributor and partner in the U.K. Cadsoft Solutions provides 2D and 3D CAD and design software solutions that enable innovative product development and design.

“New Designers is one of the few shows focusing specifically on the academic design community, which offers us a great platform to expose our solutions directly to the future designers who will help shape the industry,” said Jim Hassberger, vice president of business development for solidThinking. “solidThinking’s attendance at New Designers is the first step in a newly established program to support design institutes in the U.K. The show presents not only an excellent opportunity for young designers to share their talents and work, but it is also an ideal venue for us to collaborate and work closely with the educational community in the U.K.”

As a long time supporter of experienced designers, students and new graduates, solidThinking will use the opportunity at the show to promote its design competition, open to all college and university students worldwide (entries will be accepted now through Sept. 30, 2011). It will present the new features of solidThinking 8.5 as well as solidThinking 8.5 Inspired™ with its morphogenesis™ capabilities. Attendees will have the opportunity to try the software right at its booth, giving them first hand insights into the use and capabilities of the software. The software’s better, faster, easier functions include expanded approaches to modeling, data exchange and CAD collaboration, rendering, presentation and form generation.