Aug 30, 2011

Tata Technologies Earns Autodesk 'Consulting Specialization' Status

Tata Technologies has announced that it has earned the “Consulting Specialization” designation from Autodesk Inc. As an Autodesk Consulting Specialized Partner, Tata Technologies has demonstrated a significant investment in its CAD professionals, presented a solid consulting business plan that includes referenceable customers, and has consistently offered the highest level of product and industry knowledge and support to its customers.

The Autodesk Partner Consulting Specialization designation enables partners to highlight and brand their expertise in delivering related professional services in key industry areas. By completing the required curriculum and training, as well as meeting the required levels of service and standards established by Autodesk, Tata Technologies further demonstrates its strong customer service focus and further establishes the company as a trusted adviser to customers worldwide.

"For more than 25 years, we have worked closely with Autodesk to provide our customers industry benchmark solutions with Autodesk products," said Craig Radomski, vice president sales – NA. "This designation is the result of our dedication to customers, and the dedication of our professionals to serving those customers. I want to thank the Autodesk organization for this designation, and I want to thank all of our team members who have worked so hard to earn this.”

The Autodesk Consulting Specialization Program, newly introduced in 2011, helps Autodesk partners build world-class consulting organizations, enabling them to develop, manage, and deliver consulting services that help maximize the customers’ Autodesk software investment.

Tata Technologies Limited, founded in 1989, is a global leader in Engineering Services Outsourcing and Product Development IT services to the global manufacturing industry. Tata Technologies, through its pragmatic approach to engineering and manufacturing processes, delivers best-in-class solutions for Product Lifecycle Management, Enterprise Resource Management (ERM) and Application Development and Maintenance (ADM) to the world’s leading automotive and aerospace manufacturers and their suppliers.

Tata Technologies is headquartered in Singapore, with regional headquarters offices in the United States (Novi, Michigan), India (Pune) and the UK (Coventry). The company has a combined global work force of more than 4,500 employees serving clients worldwide from facilities in North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

Sescoi productivity software an integral part of SolidWorks® and IMTMA seminars in India

SolidWorks® reseller, 3D Works Design Solutions, one of Sescoi’s Indian distributors for its WorkNC automatic CAD CAM software, recently held a seminar in Ludhiana, Northern India focusing on productivity improvements made possible by the latest version of WorkNC (V21) and SolidWorks®.

The large number of seminar participants demonstrates the fast growing popularity of the WorkNC CAD CAM system in India, where it is used by companies such as Bharat Forge, the second largest forging company in the world and part of the $1.2 billion Kalyani Group, and Sermo ARRK India, part of the €1.8 billion ARRK Group.

Sescoi is building a close relationship with the SolidWorks® channel in India, and has presented WorkNC at a series of SolidWorks® innovation days earlier in the year. The distribution of WorkNC through SolidWorks® resellers enables Indian companies to benefit from complementary, best-of-breed CNC software that offers advanced design tools and automated CAM, giving them a clear competitive advantage.

The upcoming release of WorkNC V21 in India will further cement the partnership as the new version includes 64bit, parallel processing technology which gives users up to tenfold speed improvements in toolpath generation and calculation.

Sescoi continues to build on its collaboration with the Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers’ Association (IMTMA) through a second series of Die Mold seminars and by supporting the Association’s ‘Digital Factory’ located on the Bangalore International Exhibition Complex. As well as WorkNC, the company has installed its WorkPLAN ERP and job shop software at the Complex, enabling visitors to see first-hand how the complete production process from quotation to invoice can be optimized, through real time data acquisition.

The Sescoi-IMTMA Die Mold seminars ran in Pune, Chennai and Delhi over the summer. Presentations of Sescoi’s WorkPLAN Solutions helped participants to understand the productivity and efficiency gains that can be produced by improved management of administrative tasks. Accurate quotations can help companies to win more business and deliver it at a profit. Production management ensures the workshop is operating at maximum efficiency and that products are delivered on time, while cost control monitors expenditure against targets. Indian companies are keen to learn about, and implement advanced technology, making the joint seminars between Sescoi and the IMTMA a valuable source of information.

Delcam to show PowerSHAPE’s direct modelling for manufacturers at AsiaMold

Delcam will preview a range of new direct modelling options in the 2012 release of its PowerSHAPE CAD system at the AsiaMold exhibition to be held in Guangzhou, China, from 21st to 23rd September. Unlike other programs that have incorporated direct modelling as part of a product design system, the PowerSHAPE options are focussed on design for manufacture, in particular on preparing product designs for the development of moulds and other types of tooling.

"The direct modelling functionality that we have added will enable mould designers to tackle all the common problems that they find in product designs, such as insufficient draft or inappropriate fillet sizes,” claimed PowerSHAPE Development Manager, Ian Watkins. "It is faster to use direct modelling than surface modelling and so can shorten the overall time needed to produce the tools. In addition, we have made the new options as accessible as possible by incorporating into the existing command structure rather than grouping them in a separate area of the software.”

"Together with the extensive data translation and data repair options already available in PowerSHAPE, the addition of direct modelling gives a unique range of capabilities to tooling designers, whether they are working with moulds, press tools or die-casting equipment.”

Many product designers still produce designs with insufficient draft, making it impossible to remove the as-designed part from its tooling. The common nature of this problem is expected to make the ability to add draft to solid models one of the most popular of the new options.

Draft can be added either by using a specific value or by modifying the model interactively. The change can be applied to a single surface or to a group of surfaces, such as the sides of a pocket. In the latter case, the software is intelligent enough to maintain the radii of any fillets linking the sides.

Another common problem for the mouldmaker is the use of impractical fillet sizes by designers. Small fillets require extra machining time so they extend delivery times and increase costs. In addition, they can restrict the flow of material in the mould, so increasing processing times and pressures.

PowerSHAPE can use direct modelling to identify fillets within imported geometry, even when the modelling history has been lost. They can then be replaced with new fillets having more suitable radii.

Material flow problems can also occur when the thickness of items like reinforcing ribs is not sufficiently high. Again, PowerSHAPE can be used to modify the design, either by a specific value or interactively.

The same thickness modification option can be used to add machining allowances before manufacturing, for example when adding material to the split surfaces of a mould or when offsetting surfaces to create electrode designs from tooling designs.

Other features that can be identified within "dumb” geometry include holes, pockets, cuts and bosses. Intelligent manufacturing information can be added to the features and passed to the PowerMILL CAM system. For example, information on the sizes and types of holes can be used for automated generation of drilling programs. These features can be suppressed within the model so that, for example, holes in a surface can be ignored by the machining program until they need to be drilled.

Energizer Trusts Its Data to Autodesk Vault

Leading Global Manufacturer Replaces Teamcenter With Autodesk Data Management Software.

SAN RAFAEL, Calif - Autodesk, Inc announced that Energizer Holdings, Inc. (Energizer) — a company whose portfolio includes such globally recognized and trusted brands as Energizer batteries and Eveready flashlights — has adopted Autodesk Vault data management software to more efficiently manage its product design and manufacturing information. Energizer is replacing Siemens Teamcenter with Vault for its enterprise data management needs.

The multinational company, with $4.3 billion in annual sales, will be rolling out Vault to 12 different locations worldwide, connecting product design, manufacturing planning and production operations. A myriad of users, ranging from core manufacturing engineers to production line mechanics, will have immediate, direct and secure access to key design and manufacturing data. As a result, it will be easier for the company to drive efficiencies and maintain and optimize the production lines that are responsible for manufacturing its innovative array of products—everything from watch batteries, to headlamps, to USB-powered cell phone chargers.

“Our manufacturing equipment runs 24 hours a day, producing 600 to 900 pieces per minute,” said Todd Schuler, design and drafting supervisor, Energizer Battery Manufacturing. “With Autodesk data management software, we have detailed equipment data at our fingertips, so that we can minimize manufacturing downtime when we need to make repairs or do equipment redesign. That way, we can keep our business up and running.”

By adopting Autodesk Data Management tools, Energizer anticipates a range of process improvements. In addition to bringing together global sites, Energizer also expects to closely integrate Vault with its other corporate IT systems to streamline business processes, and expects significant annual cost savings by moving to Vault.

Integration with Autodesk Digital Prototyping Tools a Key Factor

Compatibility with Autodesk Digital Prototyping software, which the company uses to design its production equipment, played a key role in Energizer’s decision to switch to Vault.

Energizer’s equipment designs start with outlining production systems and specific machine requirements. Engineers then create digital prototypes in Autodesk Inventor, often combining 2D & 3D CAD data with information from suppliers. The deep integration between Vault and Inventor makes it easy for Energizer to manage its data from engineering through manufacturing—saving time, preserving data accuracy, and reducing costs.

“Energizer holds the leading market position in multiple product categories, which is a testament to the company’s approach to business,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Manufacturing Industry Group at Autodesk. “By selecting Vault, they are bringing those same high standards of excellence to their data management needs, helping them to operate at peak efficiency and maintain their leadership position.”

Registration open for Fourth Annual KETIV Autodesk Manufacturing Academy

Autodesk Senior VP of Manufacturing Buzz Kross Joins a World-Class Faculty of Autodesk Certified Experts.

Kanwar Anand, President and CEO of KETIV Technologies, a leading Autodesk solutions reseller for the West coast, announced open registration for KETIV AMA 2011, the computer aided design training event for mechanical design and engineering professionals.

Co-sponsored by Autodesk, the Academy is held in two locations for people in our service area to attend closer to home.

KETIV AMA 2011 - October 5, 2011 at Cerritos Sheraton in Cerritos, California
KETIV AMA 2011 - October 27, 2011 at Autodesk in Lake Oswego, Oregon

KETIV AMA 2011 provides incomparable opportunities to acquire new skills, explore the latest solutions, and network with peers. Each session addresses the real-world needs of designers and engineers today.

“We're pleased to offer quality sessions with top trainers at two convenient locations,” said Mr. Anand. “With such an assortment of topical learning, participants should register early to reserve their seat.”

KETIV AMA 2011 includes 16 sessions in four tracks. A look at Autodesk’s web services will be a popular session. Other sessions include Practical Tips for Inventor, Vault for Data Management and PLM, and Product Design Suite. Hands-on instruction for Autodesk Inventor Publisher, Autodesk Showcase, Autodesk Simulation, and Autodesk Factory Design Suite software will round out the Digital Prototyping lineup.

A brief video is available on the KETIV-TV YouTube Channel at http://youtu.be/AuJKjjlp3YU.

For details including sessions, instructors, and how to save on tuition, visit ama.ketiv.com or phone Kathy Ortega at 866.465.3848.

KETIV Technologies is a leading Autodesk solutions provider with 25 years' experience delivering CAD software and services in California, Arizona, and Nevada. Focused on the manufacturing, civil engineering and process plant industries, KETIV's team of industry experts increase the profitability of engineering companies by helping them simplify the process of conceptualization, design, and production.

Swift Engineering Selects Platform HPC to Build Faster and Better Race Cars, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Planes

Platform Computing enables Swift to run larger Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analyses and bring Formula Nippon cars and jet planes to market quickly.

Platform Computing, the leader in cluster, grid and cloud management software, today announced that Swift Engineering, a leader in the design and fabrication of composite structures, has selected Platform HPC (the foundation for Cray Cluster Manager) as its management solution. Swift uses Platform HPC for high performance vehicle design testing and simulation to maintain its position as a leading developer and manufacturer of world-class light-weight composite aerodynamic vehicles. Swift looked to enhance its Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) capabilities and chose Platform HPC and Cray's CX1 and CX1000 to expedite testing of new vehicle designs. With Platform HPC, Swift can now solve larger engineering problems quickly and process data up to 50 times faster than before. Analyses can also be run in parallel, allowing Swift to complete significantly more computations within a single day.

Swift's Platform HPC deployment is currently focused on Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), enabling the Swift team to easily simulate new ideas without having to build scale models or conduct extensive wind tunnel testing on each design iteration. As one of its first achievements leveraging Platform HPC, Swift designed the next generation of its Formula Nippon racecar for Japan's premier formula racing series. The cluster technology allowed the design team to quickly vet concepts without scale models and extensive wind tunnel testing, enabling faster time to market and an aerodynamic design that achieves high downforce values as well as high cornering speeds that are approximately four times greater than gravity.

"Finding ways to reduce the design cycle and expedite testing through computer simulation reduces the time to market of our premier racecars and jet planes. Platform HPC is the ideal solution for Swift to accomplish this," said Chris Norris, Chief Engineer, Swift Engineering. "We've seen incredible results through the management software. Platform HPC enables Swift to solve bigger problems with more enhanced graphics at real time speed and process vast amounts of data 50 times faster."

Platform HPC redefines usability by taking the complexity out of creating, using, managing and monitoring cluster environments. Users can create a complete HPC environment without being dependent on IT or an HPC administrator, enabling Swift to completely manage its cluster with its existing team. Platform HPC's robust cluster and workload management, monitoring, and reporting capabilities allow for shorter time to system readiness and higher user productivity.

Prior to deploying Platform HPC, Swift relied solely on an in-house, two-workstation solution. With Cray and Platform support services and the ease-of-use delivered by the Platform HPC management interface, Swift was able to transition to a full-scale HPC cluster within one week. Swift engineers can now evaluate concepts within hours instead of days and make design changes in real time. Moving forward, Platform HPC will be used to manage crash simulation, Finite Element Analysis (FEA), and CFD jobs so that Swift can run more complex workflows for multiple vehicles.

"The ease of use and management capabilities available with Platform HPC make cluster and grid computing accessible to a wider user set than ever possible before, enabling organizations to take their compute power to new levels without the need for arduous IT administration," said Tripp Purvis, Vice President, Business Development, Platform Computing. "Swift Engineering is a prime example of a company built upon the efficiency and effectiveness of their technology solutions, and we're proud to provide the HPC component of their winning team."

Congressman John Tierney and Z Corporation Announce New Education Program Aimed at Skills Crisis

EngineeringZONE Introduces New England High School Students to the Wonder of Making Things.

Despite persistent high unemployment, technical jobs are hard to fill, and the pipeline of American students to fill them is thin.

To help counter this threat to national competitiveness, Congressman John Tierney (D-Mass.) joined 3D printing innovator Z Corporation today in launching "EngineeringZONE™." The initiative invites high school classes to visit Z Corporation monthly for an afternoon to experience some of the latest 3D printing and 3D laser scanning technology, increasingly used in the design and engineering world.

"I applaud Z Corporation's continued efforts to support our local economy with high tech manufacturing jobs, and its most recent initiative to ensure that local students are aware of these new and creative job opportunities," said Congressman Tierney, the only New England Member on the House Education and Workforce Committee. "We know that jobs focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics are growing at a faster rate than many other fields, and we need to do a better job of engaging our students in these areas. By bringing high school students into Z Corporation for a day of hands-on learning, they will have exposure to careers they may otherwise overlook."

3D printing, one of the fastest-growing areas of manufacturing, is the creation of three-dimensional physical models from 3D engineering design data much as a document printer creates a business letter from a word-processing file. More and more manufacturers are adopting the process to quickly create physical prototypes and refine designs during every phase of the product development process.

Z Corporation is maker of the world's fastest, most affordable and easiest to use 3D printers, and the only ones capable of printing in multiple colors. Students in the EngineeringZONE program will try their hand at some introductory computer-aided design (CAD) software and will make their own 3D printed models. Interested high schools should contact Z Corporation for more details.

"We're thrilled to open our doors to curious students because this is where the magic happens, where you can see a design on a computer screen turn into a physical object before your eyes," said Scott Harmon, Z Corporation vice president of business development. "In addition to the sizzle, 3D printing brings together all of the disciplines – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – that our students so desperately need to master now and in the future. We're honored that Congressman Tierney was able join us on this important initiative."

Jobs available

American businesses often complain about the supply and availability of STEM workers, according to "STEM: Good Jobs Now and for the Future," a report from the US Department of Commerce. And it's bound to get worse. Over the past 10 years, growth in STEM jobs was three times as fast as growth in non-STEM jobs, the report says. STEM occupations are projected to grow by 17 percent from 2008 to 2018, compared to 9.8 percent growth for non-STEM occupations.

On a more positive note, young scientists and engineers have been using Z Corporation 3D printers, called ZPrinters, at thousands of high schools, vocational schools and universities, following the lead of companies like Black & Decker, Cisco Consumer Business Group, New Balance, Timberland and Pixar.

Majenta expands its portfolio to include Autodesk Moldflow plastics design simulation solutions

Majenta Solutions Ltd., one of Europe’s leading providers of product development, manufacturing, product lifecycle information management software and IT infrastructure solutions, has announced an expansion in its product portfolio, to include Autodesk Moldflow plastics design simulation solutions.

Majenta is an Autodesk Gold Manufacturing Partner and has made significant investment in achieving Moldflow reseller accreditation. Commenting on this new accreditation, Dave Downes, operations director at Majenta, said, “Environmental design issues and value engineering are making effective plastic product design ever more important across our extensive customer base, and UK industry as a whole. We aim to deliver ‘best-in-class’ Moldflow plastic simulation solutions, backed with Majenta’s comprehensive service and support”.

As part of Majenta’s investment in Moldflow plastic design solutions, industry expert Neal Symms has been appointed as simulation consultant for Moldflow. “Neal offers 15 years of experience in injection moulding within the engineered plastic components industry and is a true expert in the application and use of Autodesk Moldflow,” commented Downes.

Moldflow solutions will be showcased this September at TCT Live (27th-29th, Stand H40, Birmingham NEC). Free tickets are available from Majenta directly and hands-on demonstrations will be available, along with advice given on how Moldflow can assist in effective plastic product design. Symms commented, “I’m really looking forward to my new role, providing support, advice and guidance to companies looking to improve their manufacturing efficiencies and quality through the application of injection moulding simulation technology. TCT offers an ideal opportunity for visitors to see how Moldflow simulation tools help designers and engineers validate and optimise plastic parts, injection moulds and the overall injection moulding process”.

PLMIG Calls for Participation in a Global PLM Benchmark

A major PLM user company ($5bn sales, 16000 employees, operating in 29 countries) has asked the PLMIG to help benchmark its PLM implementation with other real PLM users. If other user companies wish to join in, then the PLM Interest Group will run a collaborative benchmarking project that will take place during the first quarter of 2012.

This will be an international benchmark, on a scale and depth of detail that has never been done before in PLM. It is intended for companies that are seriously interested in quantifying the strengths and weaknesses within their PLM landscape and that are willing to commit time and resources to do so. For its part, the PLMIG will provide the leadership, coordination, benchmarking parameterisation, and full documentation.

The benchmark will provide participating companies with quantified answers about the whole scope of their PLM implementations:-

"What, exactly, is achievable in PLM today, and in the future?"
"How well does our operational set-up support our business strategy?"
"How do we compare with other companies in the functionality that we provide?"
"How efficient are we in using budgets and resources compared to other companies?"

Because it will be a global benchmark, companies and corporations from anywhere in the world are welcome to take part. Depending on the response, we may be able to provide a regional structure for the USA, Europe and Asia.

For information about how your company could take part, see the PLMIG web site or contact Roger Tempest at governance@plmig.com.

The PLM Interest Group is a global Group which brings together its members to work proactively to solve their PLM problems. It is developing a new generation of applied PLM standards including the PLM Best Practice Library and the Path to PLM; and has previously run workshops that have produced the PLM Benchmarking Handbook; the PLM-SCM Guidebook; and the PLM Maturity Reference Manual.

MISUMI Teams With PARTsolutions as Worldwide Strategic Technology Partner

PARTsolutions, LLC, a global provider of 3D part catalogs for manufacturers and enterprises and MISUMI Corporation, the world’s largest supplier of fixed and configurable components for the manufacturing industry, today announced that PARTsolutions is the company’s exclusive 3D part catalog technology partner. MISUMI exclusively leverages PARTsolutions’ technology to host its 3D product configurator for its Factory Automation (FA) division’s products, which integrates directly with its e-commerce solution. Combined, the solution generates $38 million in sales per month, or $460 million per year. Each month PARTsolutions is delivering more than 1,125,000 digital product files to MISUMI’s worldwide customers in 67 of the more than 150 available native & neutral CAD and graphic formats. Click here to see the website in action.

“We surveyed our customers, and the #1 reason they buy from MISUMI is online CAD configuration provided by PARTsolutions,” said Patrick Esposito, Marketing Manager, MISUMI USA, Inc. “MISUMI’s Factory Automation configured product downloads are growing at year over year rate of 33% per month, and file downloads are growing at 49%. This is a clear indication of the importance of PARTsolutions to our customers around the world.”

The current MISUMI Metric catalog contains over 3,450 product pages, offering trillions of configurable parts such as single-axis actuators, linear shafts, aluminum extrusions, linear guides, XY stages and other components for factory automation and various machine builds. To date, PARTsolutions has delivered more than 24 million digital product files to MISUMI customers. “The quantity of MISUMI product downloads available from PARTsolutions is staggering,” said Esposito. “Our engineers calculated that on a one page spread for locating pins, there are 97 billion individual pins that will generate a unique part number and CAD file.”

Using rules-based logic, the MISUMI sales configurator can quickly configure and download high quality product data in more than 150 native and neutral CAD and graphics formats. Product spec sheets and drawings come to life with a 3D preview of the exact product, which can be downloaded in real time to users’ design applications. By providing critical information, like price and availability, in real time and enabling “add to cart” ordering, the solution also promotes e-commerce and is contributing to MISUMI’s rapid growth.

“The fact that MISUMI is now leveraging PARTsolutions’ technology exclusively is truly significant,” said Rob Zesch, president of PARTsolutions. “It means that they’re not only acknowledging the strategic business value of next generation 3D part catalog hosting, but also recognizing that our technology is the best in the industry.”

The MISUMI online catalog currently supports ten languages — including English, German, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Taiwanese, Italian, French, Czech and British English — and will continue to grow in size and scope.

Student Edition of Solid Edge Now Available Free of Charge to All Students Worldwide

Siemens PLM Software today announced as part of its ongoing investment in education, a Student Edition of its Solid Edge® software for 3D CAD that is now available free of charge to all full or part time students throughout the world at any academic level. This no-charge 12-month license is available only to students through an easy, instant download.

It contains not only the latest Solid Edge functionality necessary to create detailed product designs, but also Siemens PLM Software’s market leading synchronous technology, which represents the next generation of design software.

To register for and download the Student Edition of Solid Edge, students can visit www.siemens.com/plm/solid-edge-student. The license can be renewed each year provided the user remains a qualified student.

“The global manufacturing community – including all of our customers – has an insatiable appetite for new engineering graduates with the ability to add instant value to their product design and development process,” said Karsten Newbury, senior vice president and general manager of Solid Edge and Velocity Series, Siemens PLM Software. “With today’s announcement, we are helping to educate a new generation of students with the skills, experience and confidence needed to immediately leverage the industry’s most advanced CAD design methods using Solid Edge with its revolutionary synchronous technology. Through this long-term commitment to education we are enabling the individuals who will invent and produce the innovative products required to address the world’s future needs and challenges.”

Robust functionality with comprehensive training and support.

The Student Edition of Solid Edge contains all of the functionality necessary to create complete designs using some of the industry’s most sophisticated and modern techniques. In addition to Siemens PLM Software’s unique synchronous technology, which combines the speed and flexibility of direct modeling with the precise control of dimension driven design, students will have access to the full function modules of Solid Edge drafting, sheet metal, surfacing and advanced assembly design.

In order to ensure students have the ability to effectively use all of the Solid Edge functionality provided, registrants are provided with links to tutorials and other on-line media, and granted access to a dedicated Internet forum that will allow collaboration with other students using Solid Edge. Users of the Student Edition of Solid Edge will also gain access to technical productivity tips to help further increase their proficiency.

"In my experience as both a student and as an intern, I've used the other leading CAD programs in the industry. None of them provide me with anything close to the comprehensive user interface or surfacing capabilities of Solid Edge," said Elle Mileti, a dual major student in Mechanical Engineering and Product Design & Innovation at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Class of 2013. "And with access to its synchronous technology, I can easily and efficiently create geometry that's almost impossible to accomplish with the other software. Nothing is more frustrating than sifting through drop down menus when you know what needs to be done; with Solid Edge I can focus on design."

LSG Insurance Partners Deploys Altair's HiQube for Business Analytics to Streamline Customer Service

Employee-benefits firm integrates HiQube with its SQL database, reducing reporting from days to minutes.

Altair Engineering, Inc today announced that LSG Insurance Partners has purchased and deployed Altair’s HiQube® simulation-driven business intelligence and data analytics solution. As a result, LSG already has slashed the time required to prepare and broadcast dynamic reports for its sales team from as much as five days to now just minutes.

LSG Insurance Partners is a leading, single source provider of employee benefits, risk management and financial services. Headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., LSG’s team of over 100 insurance professionals provide consultation and value-based solutions to thousands of employers nationally.

In addition to dramatically accelerating the delivery of pertinent business information and metrics to LSG’s staff to improve success rates, HiQube is allowing the firm to produce dynamic reports that are visually richer, with graphics and capabilities to drill down to core-level data for deeper insights. With HiQube, any authorized LSG employee can create a customized report, with the specific information they need, in only a few minutes.

Working with LSG, Altair consultants rapidly completed the process mapping, planning and implementation stages for LSG’s HiQube solution, enabling the system to go live in less than four months. The results of the implementation have enhanced LSG’s business analytics process.

Automated reporting that replaces manual processes.

To analyze its own performance, LSG produces reports that incorporate win/loss analysis, advantages and disadvantages of various portfolio offerings, geographic insights and key performance indicators of its sales staff’s accomplishments. Previously, LSG stored this data in a SQL database, recording which plans were proposed to customers, which ones were accepted or rejected, reasons why and other information. The company used Microsoft Access to both enter and pull information from the database. Retrieving the information in the form of a report required an IT specialist to write and maintain numerous SQL queries to obtain the necessary data.

The manual aspects of this process consumed significant amounts of time as IT staff prepared reports to meet all of the company’s needs. The vice president of sales wanted to view customer data and key performance indicators for the sales staff to evaluate and modify sales strategies. Executives needed reports to understand the portfolios of carriers and the reasons they were selling or being rejected.

HiQube now has automated the development of these reports. It replaced the manual process involved in Access with near-instantaneous data retrieval from the SQL database. Instead of receiving a PDF document in their inboxes, executive staff now can turn to the HiQube Web server; choose the information they want to see by category, geography or other criteria; and view it immediately. In place of static, tabular- column-data reports, staff now can view visually rich reports with dynamic graphs and data, allowing them to drill down for more details.

“LSG Insurance Partners has reaped such important benefits in so brief a time because HiQube is designed to integrate with SQL Server or any relational store,” said Altair CTO Yeshwant Mummaneni. “HiQube draws on the server’s database to formulate reports, key performance indicators and graphical analytics that allow businesses to obtain the most from their SQL and HiQube investments.”

In addition to saving days of time, HiQube is intuitive to learn and operate, and it allows any authorized person in the organization—not just one IT staffer in high demand— to produce reports on the fly.

“HiQube is helping us serve our customers better and more efficiently, and it differentiates us from competitors,” said LSG Insurance Partners Senior Vice President, Todd Preston. “Our reporting is more streamlined, reliable and consistent; and the time we save in compiling and reviewing reports translates to more time that we can spend with our clients, offering them advice based on up-to-the-minute data.”

IntelliCAD Technology Consortium Announces Release of IntelliCAD® 7.0b

The IntelliCAD Technology Consortium (ITC) today announced the release of IntelliCAD 7.0b.

IntelliCAD 7.0b is a maintenance release that contains numerous improvements to areas required by members and their users since the IntelliCAD 7.0a release in July.

Interested IntelliCAD users can contact ITC members to receive details about availability of IntelliCAD software.

Companies interested in more details about IntelliCAD and membership in the ITC should contact the ITC directly. For more information about IntelliCAD and the ITC, including case studies, please visit http://www.intellicad.org/.

The IntelliCAD Technology Consortium licenses the IntelliCAD technology to its commercial members, who in turn market and sell applications based on IntelliCAD to their end users. The IntelliCAD Technology Consortium is an independent organization of software developers established specifically for the development of the IntelliCAD technology. Commercial members have access to the IntelliCAD source code, documentation, developer support, and more. The ITC is also a founding member of the Open Design Alliance, thereby contributing to interoperability in the engineering industry.

Eos Group, Inc. Enters Partnership with Nomitech

Eos Group has announced their new relationship as the strategic partner for Nomitech in the United States and Canada.

The partnership with Nomitech expands Eos Group’s ability to engage global clients with a solution that aligns well with both North American and International estimating markets. CostOS, Nomitech’s enterprise cost estimating solution, incorporates a resource-driven methodology that supports activity-based estimating processes. Global clients in the building, oil & gas, mining, pipeline, and transportation industries require a cost estimating system that will meet the needs of international estimating processes. Coupled with bi-directional Oracle Primavera P6 integration, CostOS provides real-time integration of scope, quantities, costs, resources and durations.

“The Nomitech partnership with Eos Group is a strategic partnership that combines Nomitech’s unique technical solution with Eos Group’s professional service expertise,” explains Nick Papadopoulos, president of Eos Group. “CostOS is a unique cost estimating solution. It offers an integrated BIM solution, a GIS mapping takeoff module, and powerful parametric assemblies. It leverages enterprise databases including Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle and mySQL databases. CostOS also offers a unique, on-line cost database delivery method; vendor and supplier quote management; and complex material commodity, equipment depreciation and consumption forecasting tools. Its secure, scalable web services architecture aligns well with our clients’ enterprise IT requirements. We believe CostOS has a bright future as an enterprise estimating solution for our global clients.”

Obayashi Signs Agreement with NEC and GRAPHISOFT to Deliver "Smart BIM Cloud"

Building next-generation BIM cloud-computing environment will increase customer satisfaction.

Obayashi Corporation announced that it has signed an agreement on the joint development of a BIM cloud-computing platform with NEC Corporation and GRAPHISOFT. The goal of the agreement is to provide technology leadership for Obayashi through integrated building information modeling workflows and company-wide BIM-based information sharing.

Obayashi has been working on reforming the use of BIM among the design, construction and building operation functions within the entire company. With this alliance, and based on GRAPHISOFT's revolutionary BIM Server technology, Obayashi will achieve "seamless information sharing," which is the key advantage of BIM. NEC has been involved in many large cloud applications and brings its know-how to the table, while GRAPHISOFT is the pioneer in BIM software technology.

Obayashi is confident that by implementing the "Smart BIM Cloud" on a company-wide scale, customers will benefit in a number of areas, including the ability to check the status during design, construction, and completion of buildings, from anywhere and anytime on the web, resulting in information on demand. This leads all stakeholders to a better understanding of each phase beforehand, so that it will be possible to respond to customers' requests in the early stages, leading to consensus early in the design process. In addition, utilizing BIM will result in the creation of a working environment in which each person involved in the building process can cooperate quickly and seamlessly, greatly reducing the construction time. The database contains not only geometric information, but also specification, supply, analytic data, and everything that is necessary for construction. By using these in the production process, construction time will be reduced and quality will be greatly improved.

SpaceClaim Announces Integration with modeFRONTIER

SpaceClaim, the market leader in direct modeling software that enables all engineers to work in 3D, today announced that SpaceClaim Engineer has been integrated within the modeFRONTIER 4.4 framework, allowing engineers performing simulation and analysis through Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) to work in an open environment, reducing complexity and easing management of the entire process.

“Our aim has always been to give our users a tool to bring all the components of the design process into one integrated environment” said Carlo Poloni, President of ESTECO. “To leverage the Design of Experiments (DOE) and multi-objective optimization available in modeFRONTIER, users need parameterized models. CAD has often been a bottleneck, as parameterization of CAD models is frequently difficult, or even impossible. SpaceClaim effectively removes this bottleneck by giving the user the ability to easily parameterize an existing CAD geometry, allowing optimization and DOE studies to be performed. By working in SpaceClaim, we feel that many of our customers will be able to use modeFRONTIER to its full potential.”

This announcement comes on the heels of SpaceClaim releasing the eighth version of its software, SpaceClaim 2011+, which further reinforces the strength of the company’s 3D Direct Modeling software within manufacturing organizations, including pre-production concept design and model prep for analysis and manufacturing to full production manufacturing environments. You can see a list of all CAE packages that SpaceClaim is able to integrate with on the SpaceClaim Interoperability website page.

“SpaceClaim was created from day one to be neutral and easily enable engineers to work with CAD files in any format,” said Rich Moore, Vice President of Business Development, SpaceClaim. “We additionally work with the best simulation software companies, including ANSYS, to enable CAE engineers to perform analysis, concept and simulation-driven design all through SpaceClaim as the complete solution. This agreement with modeFRONTIER further extends SpaceClaim’s compatibility for optimal collaboration and reduction of time to market.”

modeFRONTIER is one of the most widely used process integration and design optimization (PIDO) tools available, offering an easy-to-use interface to create a workflow of integrated processes, as well as state-of-the-art mathematical algorithms to perform any type of product- or process-optimization. Add to these the ability to perform robust design and 6-sigma analyses, as well as sophisticated statistical, data-mining and data-visualization tools, and the result is a powerful product design platform that will help design teams produce better products in significantly less time than had been previously possible.

SpaceClaim Announces Integration with Optimus

Continues Commitment to a Collaborative Environment for CAE Users Working with Multiple Software Tools for Analysis.

SpaceClaim, the market leader in direct modeling software that enables all engineers to work in 3D, and Noesis Solutions, renowned for the Optimus process integration and design optimization software, today announced that SpaceClaim Engineer has been integrated within Optimus. The integration component automatically extracts the model parameters from any product design made in SpaceClaim Engineer software. In Optimus, SpaceClaim users can then easily define and execute CAE processes that automatically drive any commercial and in-house simulation packages of choice. In addition to Optimus’ design optimization capabilities, they benefit from Taguchi techniques and other powerful design robustness and reliability optimization methods.

“We welcome the opportunity to work with the leader in 3D Direct Modeling,” said Hans Wynendaele, Noesis Solutions COO. “SpaceClaim is easy to learn and use for CAE model preparation, and it reinforces our efforts to provide the best environment for parametric simulation to help solve complex engineering challenges. The Optimus process integration and design optimization software platform delivers the best product in the shortest time possible while saving tremendously on engineering resources.”

Noesis Solutions and SpaceClaim both have very strong ties with Cybernet Systems. This leading CAE group owns Noesis Solutions’ flagship product Optimus and successfully resells SpaceClaim software in Japan.

This announcement comes on the heels of SpaceClaim releasing the eighth version of its software, SpaceClaim Engineer 2011+, which further reinforces the strength of the company’s 3D Direct Modeling software within manufacturing organizations, including pre-production concept design and model prep for analysis and manufacturing to full production manufacturing environments. You can see a list of all CAE packages that SpaceClaim integrates with on the SpaceClaim Interoperability webpage.

“SpaceClaim was created from the beginning for engineers to prepare models for analysis and simulation from multiple CAD files in any format,” said Rich Moore, Vice President of Business Development, SpaceClaim. “This integration with Optimus further extends SpaceClaim’s compatibility with CAE solutions for optimal collaboration and reduction of time to market.”

GibbsCAM Reaches Another Landmark - Develops 1000th MTM (Multi-Task Machine) Post Processor

Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM® software for programming CNC machine tools and a Cimatron company, today announced that it developed its thousandth post processor for GibbsCAM in support of a large variety of Multi-Task Machines (MTMs) in late July.

Each of the 1,000 post processors is uniquely developed and configured for a specific MTM machine-control combination, representing machines from nearly 60 manufacturers. The landmark is significant for two reasons: 1) the use of MTMs is increasing rapidly because of the productivity that these machines can provide –and most MTMs require a CAM system for programming – and 2) after finding a CAM system that readily programs MTMs and overcomes their complexity, the biggest challenge for users is obtaining post processors that generate CNC code that optimizes efficiency of the machine tools, takes advantage of all available control options, and accommodates shop-process preferences, all critical to minimizing the cost of part production. In combination with its GibbsCAM software, widely known for its ease of learning and ease of use, the library of MTM post processors allows Gibbs to provide a more complete and immediate solution to customers who need the productivity offered by multi-task machines.

“We are proud and gratified to have the strongest ensemble of MTM post processors in the industry,” said Robb Weinstein, Senior Vice-President of Sales and Strategic Planning of Gibbs and Associates. “We have been at the forefront of MTM programming since we decided to strategically focus on the MTM market, developing relationships with the largest manufacturers, and in five years, we have gained the renown of having the best, easiest to use, and most complete solution for MTM programming.”

Whereas most CAM software vendors provide a post processor as a generic tool, and relegate configuration and implementation – reiterative testing, trouble shooting and correcting – to their users and resellers, Gibbs has a complete post processor department which develops, implements and maintains post processors. In support of customers and machine-tool builders world wide, the GibbsCAM post processor group maintains a current library of over 10,000 unique post processors to accommodate all types of lathes, mills and multitask machines, in combination with their associated controls.

The 1,000 MTM post processors support the various multi-task-machine model-control combinations from the following manufacturers:

• Amera Seiki
• Anca
• G. Boley
• Bumotec
• Century
• Chiron
• Cincinnati
• Citizen
• Clausing-Colchester
• DAC International
• Doosan
• Eurotech-Biglia
• Fagor
• Farrell
• Giddings & Lewis
• Ganesh
• Gildemeister
• Gital
• Haas
• Hankook
• Hanwha
• Hardinge
• Hitachi Seiki
• Hwacheon
• Index
• Intertech
• Johnford
• Hyundai-Kia
• KMT (Knowledge)
• Matsuura
• Mazak
• Miyano
• Monarch
• Mori Seiki
• Nakamura-Tome
• Nomura
• Okuma
• PCC Olofsson
• Schaublin
• Star CNC
• SMT Swedturn
• Takisawa
• Tornos-Deco
• Toshulin
• Traub
• Trevisan
• Tsugami
• Victor
• Warner & Swasey
• Wasino
• Weiler
• WFL Millturn Technologies
• Willemin-Macodel
• Yama Seiki

ModuleWorks to show latest release of its CAM components, version 2011.8 at EMO

ModuleWorks, the leading supplier of CAD/CAM components for 5-Axis machining and CNC simulation, will show the latest release of its CAM components, version 2011.8 at the EMO trade fair for metalworking technology in Hannover (Hall 25, Stand L09) from 19th to 24th September 2011.

ModuleWorks is at the forefront of 5-Axis machining and Simulation technology, providing the machining and CNC simulation technology that powers many of the popular CAM systems available today.

4 and 5-Axis Machining

5-Axis machining has key improvements for the roughing of multi-blade components. Rest material settings allow the user to specify if all possible areas should be roughed out with the selected tool or only complete layers should be machined. An intermediate slicing option is also provided with user control over the number of slices and feedrate to be applied; this gives better control when machining the full width cuts as shown in the image.

SWARF machining now has the option to swap the drive curves. There are cases where the toolpath direction is ambiguous and this option allows the component to be machined from the other direction.

3-Axis Machining

The constant Z cycle now has a spiral option to generate a smooth toolpath with no plunges between paths as shown in the image. The toolpath is one continuous motion to give improved surface finish. The spiral toolpath can also be converted to 5-Axis with automatic tilt which will allow shorter series tools to be used.

Projection is now available for surfaces and STL meshes. Radial, Spiral and Offset Curve strategies are supported and these will generate either 3-Axis or full 5-Axis toolpaths.


Dynamic sectioning is now supported which is useful for seeing the cross sectional detail on fully or partially machining components such as the example in the image. Improved zooming now allows instant zoom out without the need to recalculate the stock model.

Finally, stock transfer in now supported for Mill/Turn machines with dual spindle capability.


ModuleWorks 5-Axis and Simulation software has been used in the manufacture of complex parts for over a decade and they have many 1000’s of users in the global CAD/CAM industry.

Aug 26, 2011

Efficient Simulation of Hot Forming and Quenching Processes

AutoForm Engineering GmbH, the leading supplier of software solutions for the sheet metal forming industry, has successfully developed AutoForm-ThermoSolver, an innovative software for efficient simulation of hot forming and quenching processes. With AutoForm-ThermoSolver, high strength components with challenging geometrical complexity and minimized springback effects can be engineered in shorter time and at lower cost.

Hot forming and quenching processes have recently become important for the automotive industry in order to meet specific requirements regarding a higher level of crash safety and a reduction of overall weight. The components produced by hot forming and quenching are characterized by high strengths, complex shapes if required and reduced springback effects.

AutoForm-ThermoSolver features several innovations. This software supports direct and indirect hot forming and in addition, takes into account heat flux and phase transformation during quenching. It offers engineers better insight into the structural transformation of material as well as enables them to have better control over it. The supported tailored tempering process allows for the engineering of stamped parts with targeted local strength properties. Based on the results of AutoForm-ThermoSolver, crash simulation accuracy can be improved by taking the real strength distribution of the hot-formed component into account.

With AutoForm-ThermoSolver, car manufacturers and suppliers can reliably design and engineer the processes of hot-stamped parts for their new vehicles, such as A- and B-pillars, tunnels, front and rear bumper beams, side rail members, door beams or roof rails.

Dr. Markus Thomma, Corporate Marketing Director of AutoForm Engineering, stated: “We are pleased to present our new software, AutoForm-ThermoSolver, which enables users to realistically simulate hot forming and quenching processes. With AutoForm-ThermoSolver, engineers can take advantage of the tailored part strengths achieved through these innovative processes.”

ZWSOFT Updates ZW3D 2011 with Service Pack 1

Guangzhou - ZWSOFT, a leading supplier of 2D and 3D CAD/CAM solutions to the AEC and MCAD industries, today announced the release of Service Pack 1 for ZW3D 2011. This release greatly enhances the efficiency and usability of ZW3D, and illustrates ZWSOFT's ongoing investment in the 3D design and manufacturing technology, which it acquired just last year.

This service pack improves ZW3D in the areas of editing, sheet metal work, CAD/CAM operations, file import-export and is available in eight languages.

Improved Editing

When ZW3D 2011 users install SP1, they can look forward to two-point chain picking, better handling of threaded holes, correct derivation of hole parameters from new geometry, the unfolding of non-ruled surfaces, and improved filleting operations, including mitered corners. The software now sets the correct scaling factor for 3D mice from 3dconnexion.

Sheet Metal Work

Sheet metal designers will be pleased at SP1's improvements that include the ability to make a partial flange with Snap Pick function, offset flanges, create zero-length flanges, and bend angles greater than 180 degrees.

Improved CAD/CAM Operations

For computer-aided manufacturing, SP1 speeds up CAM-cut display, and you can zoom into all cuts. ZW3D now offsets each face of the stock individually, and creates a separate Operation Type stack for drilling operations.

Other improvements to CAM operations include multiple selections of pencil cuts for different finishing paths; different default colors for each group of milling operations; the ability to create tactic operations without generating tool paths; and an added tool holder library for the configuration form.

Improved File Import and Export

Service Pack 1 can now import more than two 3D solids from DWG files, and correctly assigns colors when exporting in DWG or DWX formats.

Available in Eight Languages

ZW3D 2011 SP1 is available in eight languages: Chinese Traditional, Czech, English, French, Italian, German, Japanese, and Polish, with more to come.

Service Pack 1 is free to all users with a current license for ZW3D 2011, and it can be downloaded from http://www.zwsoft.com/en/products/zw3d.html.

Aras Announces Availability of Formula and Recipe Management Solution

Enables Process Manufacturers to Manage Specifications, Formulas, Recipes, Packaging, Labeling and Related Intellectual Property across Global Operations and Supply Chain.

Aras®, the leading provider of enterprise open source Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software solutions, today announced the availability of an enterprise solution for Formula & Recipe Management. Created by Aras partner PSC Group for food & beverage, and fully extensible to CPG, health and beauty / cosmetics, life sciences, chemical and other process industries, the Formula & Recipe Management solution is designed for global companies that need an advanced, end-to-end PLM solution. Formula & Recipe Management provides management of specifications, formulas, recipes, tooling, processing, packaging, labeling, artwork, bar coding, QR coding, quality, regulatory compliance, and intellectual property (IP) across the enterprise and the extended supply chain.

The Formula & Recipe Management solution provides a single view of the truth with a centralized repository for all product-related information, and cross-functional business process workflows for research and development (R&D), marketing, quality and regulatory, manufacturing operations, procurement, global suppliers and outsourced manufacturers. The solution enables process manufacturers to achieve faster time to market and better quality, productivity and batch traceability.

Aras’s advanced PLM platform provides highly flexible, extensible and integratable out-of-the-box functionality, making Formula & Recipe Management a completely unique solution in its class. As with all Aras solutions, the Formula & Recipe Management solution can be used as a comprehensive independent system or any subset of functionality can be used in a seamless and secure federated integration with leading ERP systems.

“It’s all about the architecture,” said Peter Schroer, President of Aras. “The flexibility, extensibility and ease of integration make this Formula & Recipe solution an ideal match for the unique needs of companies in the process industry. At North America's largest producer of dry pasta, Formula & Recipe Management solution was up and running in 90 days, and the company went from 13 separate legacy databases to a single, centralized system which reduced administrative work by 75%,” concluded Schroer.

Solution capabilities include:

Formulas and specifications
Finished goods items / SKUs
Recipes and production processing instructions
Tool & die and equipment assets necessary for each product
Raw materials at volumetric rates
Work-In-Process (WIP) items
QA and test procedures
Resource planning
Primary packaging item with commercial packaging information
Labeling & artwork with geographic variations
Integrated Bar Codes
QR Code generation
Secondary packaging item with finished goods packaging containers, cases, pallets
Supplier management with supplier qualification status
Document management
Revision and version control for both items and files
Enterprise change management workflow
Ability to integrate directly to a company’s consumer Web site
Robust security for IP protection
Reporting and analytics

The Formula & Recipe Management solution enables process-based companies to control critical product information and respond quickly and accurately to changes for improved compliance and reduced potential of costly recalls.

The Formula & Recipe Management solution for Aras is available immediately from the PSC Group; for more details visit Visit the solution overview page and http://www.formulaplm.com/

EON Reality Announces the EON Mobile Ifloat

EON Reality, the world's leading interactive 3D software provider, today announced the release of the EON Mobile Ifloat, a PC based 2- channel immersive environment in which participants are completely immersed in virtual imagery and sound. Objects float in front of the participant and can be interacted with and manipulated by users in real-time.

The EON Mobile Ifloat HD is a complete turnkey visualization and virtual reality system offered in standard configuration with 2 screens, one vertical and one on the floor in front of the observer. The system offers full immersion with motion tracking for perspective calculations. It has the user-friendliest interface for developing VR applications fully integrated with the EON software technology to allow import of CAD and 3D models and quickly generate a scenario for training or configuration.

The solution includes two DLP passive stereo projectors (resolution 1,920x2,160 pixels and 2,500 ANSI Lumens brightness), two rack mounted workstations (with min Xeon Processor W5590 QC 3.33 GHz, 500 GB HD and high end NVIDIA Quadro 6000 Graphics Board with 6 GB Graphics Memory), a rigid passive 3D stereo front projection screen, interactive devices (eight camera wide field of view infrared wireless motion tracking system for interaction and viewing), EON Icube (2 walls) and EON Ultra software (including EON Studio and EON Professional), EON Book for interactive 4D application development, passive circular stereo glasses, and a wireless game controller for user interaction and navigation.

The system also includes installation and integration along with a demo library with over 30 advanced EON Icube application examples with source code.

“This new two channel HD 3D display system can easily be integrated in a space that would not allow for a full Icube display. It can also be used very effectively at trade shows and events as it can be set up much faster than 3 or 4 channel systems,” said Mats W. Johansson, President, EON Reality.

Surfware to Showcase latest release of SURFCAM V5.2 at EMO 2011

Surfware, Inc., developer of SURFCAM CAD/CAM systems and the award-winning and patented TRUEMill Technology, will feature its latest release of SURFCAM V5.2 at EMO 2011. A world premier international trade fair located in Hannover, Germany, EMO will showcase approximately 2000 companies from 38 countries in the metalworking industry from around the world representing their products and services during the six day event based on the theme “More than Machine Tools.”

Surfware invites visitors to stop by Hall 25, Stand H32 at the Exhibition Grounds from September 19 – 24, 2011 for an opportunity to see demonstrations of the many new features and benefits of the latest release in the V5 Series of SURFCAM, V5.2.

SURFCAM V5.2 includes new HSM Z-Roughing strategies, additional STL geometry capabilities for rough machining and stock calculations, adaptive slicing, a new SPost interface, enhanced Mill/Turn mode, optimized toolpath verification & machine simulation, and updated CAD translators, just to name a few.

Visitors will also have an opportunity to learn how to increase their shops productivity and reduce operating costs using patented TRUEMill toolpath technology. LIVE demonstrations will be performed on an Okuma MB-46VEA CNC Machine with an OSP-P200 control cutting Titanium, Toolox and Aluminum to prove how shops can increase machining material removals rates by up to five times while increasing cutting tool life by up to ten times, while at the same time, drastically decreasing their machining cycle times.

Delcam for SolidWorks wire EDM to be launched at EMO

Delcam will launch the 2012 version of Delcam for SolidWorks, its integrated CAM system for SolidWorks, at the EMO World of Metalworking exhibition to be held in Hannover from 19th to 24th September. The new release will include programming of 2D wire EDM for the first time alongside the comprehensive options for the programming of turning and mill-turn equipment, drilling and two- through five-axis milling. Four-axis wire functionality is planned for the 2012 R2 release, due in January 2012.

Other enhancements will include target-part comparison, the ability to compare a model of the desired final shape with the shape achieved by the programmed toolpaths, and multiple-instance programming, the programming of multiple SolidWorks components in one operation, either in the same orientation or in different orientations.

Fully-automated de-burring and chamfering will also become available to give faster programming of these finishing operations on 2- or 2.5-axis parts. The ability to incorporate chamfers, even when they are not shown in the original SolidWorks model, duplicates functionality previously available in FeatureCAM 2011.

Delcam for SolidWorks 2012 will also incorporate enhancements from the 2012 release of FeatureCAM, including improvements in the use of stock models and new options in the tooling database.

Stock models allow the user to visualize the material remaining after each operation. This makes it easier to eliminate air cutting and so generate more efficient toolpaths with reduced machining times. The models also simplify the selection of the most appropriate tool sizes for rest-roughing and finishing operations.

The tooling database is a key part of the automation in Delcam for SolidWorks as it allows the optimum operating conditions to be associated with each tool. In most companies, the database is developed by the most experienced user. It then ensures that even inexperienced operators use safe and efficient cutting parameters.

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. The software offers PowerMILL’s exceptional speed of toolpath calculation, plus the advanced strategies for high-speed and five-axis machining, to 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 that system so consistent and reliable.

Delcam for SolidWorks is 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 doesn’t simply modify the existing toolpaths but also reviews the choice of cutting tools and machining strategies, and changes them if necessary.

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

Calypto Design Systems Acquires Mentor Catapult C Synthesis Tool

Calypto Design Systems today announced it has acquired Catapult C Synthesis from Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT). The merger of two market-leading electronic system level (ESL) products, Catapult C Synthesis and Calypto SLEC System-HLS verification tool, will create a better integrated ESL hardware realization flow, and enhance the company’s partnership with Mentor Graphics, a leader in ESL technology.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. ”ESL synthesis offers our design community the next great leap in productivity. Much like the move to RTL years ago, the move to higher levels of abstraction based on C and SystemC offers the promise of better quality of results in a shorter amount of time. By combining the market leading products in C synthesis, sequential verification, and power optimization within Calypto, we will be the only company capable of delivering a fully integrated flow, and delivering on that promise of ESL,” said Doug Aitelli, Chief Executive Officer of Calypto Design Systems.

“In addition, we remain fully committed to our existing high level synthesis partnerships and to industry-wide interoperability.” “This is a great deal for Calypto,” said Gary Smith, Chief Analyst at GSEDA. “They are clearly one of the companies on the rise in ESL, and this gives them the chance to offer a compelling power-optimized C to RTL flow if they can integrate all the pieces.” ESL methods allow designers to work at a higher level of abstraction, greatly reducing errors and allowing greater optimization of integrated circuits (IC) in key attributes like speed and power.

To adopt ESL methods, designers need to have confidence that tools, as they translate from the higher level of abstraction to lower levels, don’t introduce errors. Typically, designers have used extensive RTL verification to ensure that no errors have been introduced.

SLEC System-HLS uniquely addresses this challenge with C to RTL formal equivalence checking using patented sequential analysis technology to create an easy to use synthesis and verification flow environment. Designers can perform comprehensive functional verification using SLEC System‐HLS to formally verify equivalence between SystemC ESL models and RTL implementations. This leads to up to 100x speed up times in RTL verification as it removes the need for significant and time consuming RTL simulation to validate that the RTL matches the C or SystemC source. Tight integration between Calypto’s SLEC System-HLS and Catapult C Synthesis will give designers confidence that the IC they designed in C or SystemC is the IC that is being delivered in RTL.

Additionally, the PowerPro SoC Power Reduction Platform can do RTL level power optimizations. Added to the Catapult C Synthesis and SLEC System-HLS hardware realization flow, this allows designers to swiftly go from C and System C designs to power-optimized RTL.

“We remain deeply committed to ESL. We view this transaction as an innovative way to accelerate adoption of ESL methodologies, to strengthen our partnership with Calypto, and as one that complements our continued investment in ESL virtual prototyping environments led by our Vista product,” said Brian Derrick, vice president of marketing at Mentor Graphics. “Calypto’s Sequential Logic Equivalency Checker is a critical and unique technology for enabling the adoption of ESL. Its combination with the market-leading Catapult C Synthesis product and the PowerPro SoC Power Reduction Platform, should give designers the confidence to adopt ESL methods and enjoy the significant benefits that designing at higher levels of abstraction brings.”

Current customers of the Mentor Graphics Catapult C Synthesis tool will continue to be supported by Mentor Graphics. Moving forward, any new customer sales and support will be supplied by Calypto.

Aug 25, 2011

Autodesk Acquires Numenus Ray Tracing Technology

German-Firm Technology to Enhance Autodesk Visualization Capabilities with Interactive, Highly Accurate Rendering Technology.

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) announced today that it has acquired certain technology related assets from Numenus GmbH, a software provider of high-end visualization technology used to efficiently render and review 3D datasets. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Founded in 2009 and based in Koblenz, Germany, Numenus specializes in interactive rendering directly from NURBS (Non-Uniform Rational B-Splines) data to provide instant, photorealistic design renderings for designers, engineers and marketing professionals. As a result of the acquisition, Autodesk software users should gain more accurate visualization of surfaces and spend less time preparing quality visualization data.

“High-end, instantaneous visualization capabilities are a necessity in the world of design,” said Andrew Anagnost, vice-president of suites, Web services and subscription at Autodesk. “Combining advanced ray tracing technology with powerful visual communication tools transforms how designers, engineers and marketing teams consume, review and share visual designs.”

The acquisition reflects Autodesk’s continuing commitment to provide a comprehensive Digital Prototyping solution to manufacturers of all sizes, giving them the ability to design, visualize and simulate their products before they are built. The addition of the Numenus technology will specifically strengthen Autodesk’s ability to address high fidelity visualization for technical surfacing and advanced design reviews as part of Autodesk’s commitment to automotive design workflows.

Numenus’ founders are now part of Autodesk.

Business Outlook

This transaction is expected to have no impact on guidance issued on August 18, 2011.

Delcam achieves record sales and increased profits - fastest growth in China, Korea, Indonesia and India

CADCAM developer Delcam has announced that the company achieved record sales for a six-month period and increased profits during the first half of 2011. Sales increased by 13% over the same period of last year to £20.1 million. This continues the rising trend in sales, with the company setting new record levels in each of the last three six-month periods. Pre-tax profits have grown significantly to £1.51 million, an increase of 87% over the first half of last year.

Delcam has been able to take advantage of the continuing recovery in global manufacturing to increase both the sales of new software licences and the take-up of maintenance contracts, especially in the automotive and aerospace industries. The strongest overall sales have come from the USA and Germany, with the fastest growth in sales of new software licences coming from Asia, in particular from China, Korea, Indonesia and India.

Other highlights of the opening six months of 2011 included the presentation of the company’s third Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category and the confirmation in the latest report from US analysts CIMdata that Delcam remains the world’s leading specialist supplier of CAM software, with the largest development team in the industry. Delcam continues to increase its investment in research and development. This investment grew to £5.4 million in the first half of this year from £5.0 million during the equivalent period of last year.

Commenting on the results, Delcam Chairman Peter Miles, said, "I am pleased to announce very good first half results, with record interim revenues and an 87% rise in pre-tax profits. Significant investment by the Group in both product development and marketing has been key to these encouraging results, and supports our long-term aim of building our global competitive edge.”

Illini Prosthetic Technologies Refines Its Durable and Affordable Prosthetic Arm With Autodesk Inventor Software

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), has named Illini Prosthetic Technologies (IPT), a nonprofit organization, as the Autodesk Inventor of the Month for August for the company’s use of Autodesk Inventor 3D mechanical design software in developing a more affordable and more easily fitted prosthetic arm for below-elbow amputees, particularly those living in developing nations.

There are an estimated 25 million amputees around the world, 80 percent of them in the developing world. IPT’s prosthetic arm represents an opportunity for them to regain the use of their limbs, return to work and better care for themselves and their families.

“We believe that we can live in a world where every amputee has access to affordable prosthetic care,” said Jonathan Naber, president and founder of IPT. “Autodesk Inventor software is helping us make that vision a reality much sooner by enabling us to digitally explore and refine our ideas.”

IPT's innovation uses an open socket technology that allows prostheses to be fitted onto patients “off the shelf” and in a matter of minutes, a welcome change to the more traditional lengthy and costly custom fabrication and fitting process. The device comes in a variety of sizes that are adjustable for length, diameter and contour, thus ensuring the best fit for the largest possible range of below-elbow amputations.

IPT was founded in 2008 by six University of Illinois engineering students who noticed that while a number of low-cost prosthetics options were available for leg amputees, arm prosthetics typically remained prohibitively expensive.

Testing Ideas With Digital Prototyping

By creating digital prototypes of its prosthetic arm with Inventor, IPT has been able to streamline its product design process and create working physical prototypes that successfully incorporate and balance affordability, durability and flexibility — all important factors for users in developing countries.

IPT is currently gathering feedback from actual amputees on the most recent iteration of its prosthetic arm, and team members will be traveling to Guatemala later in the year to conduct further user testing — as well as to see the direct impact their device is having on people’s lives.

“IPT is a terrific example of bright young minds working together to make the world a better place,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Manufacturing Industry Group at Autodesk. “It is thrilling and inspiring to see this group using Digital Prototyping technology to take an innovative idea and turn it into reality — all in service of a great cause.”

Speaker Line-up for PLM Road Map 2011 Announced

CPDA, a CIMdata company, announces details of the speaker line-up for its PLM Road Map™ 2011 conference, to be held on October 4 & 5 at The Inn at St. John’s, located in Plymouth, Michigan. Now in its eighteenth year, this highly acclaimed event offers a program that delivers expanded analysis of the year’s most critical business and technology issues in PLM.

The theme for this year’s conference is the escalating complexity of PLM and the challenges cross-disciplinary integration faces across domains at all levels of detail. The conference kicks off with a presentation from HP’s Christian Verstraete who will discuss how collaborative product development can successfully address the challenges of rising complexity. Pendaran’s Dr. Hossein Nivi and Geometric’s Joseph Sahiouni will join forces to explain how the transformation and implementation of PLM serves as a unique approach for the full integration of information and people with PLM. Georgia Tech’s Dr. Chris Paredis will then consider the benefits and potential of Model-Based Systems Engineering with SysML. PTC’s Andrew Wertkin will discuss the value of an integral PLM approach that drives innovation and quality for discrete manufacturers. Rounding out the opening plenary session, Altair’s Jim Scapa will take a look forward to the next decade in simulation.

A series of conference break-out sessions focusing in greater detail on PLM, geometric modeling, simulation, and mechatronics will follow. Each break-out track will offer a range of stimulating, in-depth presentations made by a dynamic group of speakers who will share not only their first-hand experiences in addressing key PLM issues but how they are gaining true business value from their technology investments.

The conference will conclude on Wednesday afternoon with a plenary session featuring presentations that will show how integration can be achieved across disparate disciplines. Opening the afternoon, Steve Bashada from Siemens PLM Software will consider PLM frameworks for comprehensive, integrated modeling and decision support. IBM Rational’s, Brett Hillhouse will take a look at how to manage complexity in automotive product development. Finally, Comet Solution’s Malcolm Panthaki will show how simulation is finding its way into the hands of a much broader set of users.

For more information on the agenda please visit the PLM Road Map™ 2011 conference web site at https://cpd-associates.com/pdfs/agenda/include_confagenda_1011.cfm

To register for PLM Road Map™ 2011 visit our web site at: http://www.cpd-associates.com/index.cfm?content=include_conference11.cfm&subcontent=register or call 800-573-4756.
Agenda Highlights

Opening Plenary: Addressing the Mounting Cultural and Integration Challenges in PLM

Christian Verstraete, Hewlett-Packard Company – Collaborative Product Development to Reduce Time to Profit
Dr. Hossein Nivi, Pendaran, Inc. and Joseph Sahiouni, Geometric Ltd. – “Transplementation:” The Art of Transformation and Implementation for PLM
Dr. Chris Paredis, Georgia Institute of Technology – The Payoff for Model-Based Systems Engineering with SysML: Targeting Tight Integration of Software and Hardware
Andrew M. Wertkin, PTC – Driving Innovation and Quality through a Systems Engineering Approach to PLM
James R. Scapa, Altair Engineering, Inc. – The Next Decade in Simulation: From Virtual Validation to Innovation Intelligence

Four interactive breakout sessions include presentations by the following speakers:

Addressing the Broader Horizon and Deeper Detail Confronting PLM

Dr. Keith Meintjes, CIMdata, Inc. (Host)
Christopher D. Hoffman, Cummins Inc. – Enabling Systems Engineering and Program Management Practices
Panel Discussion: Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) with Roger Burkhart, John Deere; Dr. Horatiu C. German, General Motors Company; Mark Rupersburg, General Dynamics Land Systems; Mark Sampson, Siemens PLM Software; and Paul Weal, LMS International
Brad Holtz, Cyon Research Corporation – What’s Really Going On? Results from Research on Customer Thinking in CAD and CAE Use
Panel Discussion: The Cultural Barriers Facing PLM with Kevin Baughey, Dassault Systèmes; Wayne Collier, Siemens PLM Software; Dale Gallaher, Cognition Corporation; and Jeff Moffa, Emergent Systems

The Expanding Scope of Geometric Modeling Methodologies

Dr. Ken Versprille, CIMdata, Inc. (Host)
Jayeson Fougner, General Dynamics Land Systems – Bid and Concept Modeling using SpaceClaim at GDLS
Joseph Festa, Northrop Grumman – Fastener Insertion Live Link System (FILLS)
Scott Dudley P.E., ESI North America – Providing a Useable CFD for the Non-Expert
Panel Discussion: The Role of Direct Modeling with Blake Courter, SpaceClaim Corporation; Paul Hamilton, PTC; Mike Ray, Dassault Systèmes; and Bob Williams, Autodesk

Integrating Simulation across the Entire Product Lifecycle

Dr. Keith Meintjes, CIMdata, Inc. (Host)
Sassan Khoubyari, Ford Motor Company – Ford Integrated Design & Analysis Template-based Methodology Drives Upfront Quality Engineering Decisions
Simon Xu, General Motors Global Engineering Center – A Synthesis Approach to Automotive Body Development and Optimization
Walter Bauer, Daimler AG – A Customized Tool to Integrate CAE Analysis with STAR-CCM+ to an XML based PLM Environment
Panel Discussion: Dealing with Complexity: The Challenges of Distributed Data with Matt Dunbar, SIMULIA; Dr. Arthur H. Fairfull, Granta Design; Prasad Mandava, Visual Collaboration Technologies; and Dave Mitchell, Siemens PLM Software
Dr. Keith Meintjes, CIMdata, Inc. – Simulation Frameworks: Industry Trends and Current Issues

The Payoff and Challenges of Mechatronics and Digital Manufacturing

Rich Wells, CIMdata, Inc. (Host)
Len Wozniak, General Motors – Combining PLE and PLM in the Production of Embedded Controls
Fred R. Stolfi, Ph.D., Columbia University – Benchmark of Industry Leaders in the Integration of Electronics Mechatronics Systems
Andy Jones, Applied Manufacturing Technology – Hosting the Full Development Cycle for Digital Manufacturing
Tim Storer, Procter & Gamble
Panel Discussion: Mechatronics with Thomas Hoffman, Siemens PLM Software; Jon Riley, National Center for Manufacturing Sciences; Dr. Peter Schmitt, Dassault Systèmes DELMIA Corporation; and Frederick L. Thomas, Apriso

Closing Plenary: Achieving Successful Integration across Disparate Disciplines

Stephen M. Bashada, Siemens PLM Software – A PLM Backbone for Comprehensive, Integrated Modeling and Decision Support
Brent Hillhouse, IBM, Rational Software – Managing Complexity in Automotive Product Development
Malcolm Panthaki, Comet Solutions – The Democratization of Simulation with Intelligent Templates

About PLM Road Map™ 2011

PLM Road Map™ 2011 is a strategic conference focused on the next generation of PLM integration. Explore first-hand the progress, opportunities, and roadblocks currently confronting end-users.

ESI signs a 5-year strategic cooperation agreement in R&D with AVIC, "Aviation Industry Corporation of China"

ESI Group, pioneer and world-leading solution provider in virtual prototyping for manufacturing industries, announces the signing of a 5-year strategic R&D cooperation agreement with BIAM, the Beijing Institute of Aeronautical Materials from AVIC (Aviation Industry Corporation of China). This agreement entails a very close collaboration between BIAM and ESI, joining expertise in complementary technologies and with the objective of creating a joint research team operating as the Joint Research Center for Digital Technology of Aeronautical Materials.

ESI and AVIC have identified a strategic reciprocal opportunity in establishing themselves as innovation partners. In the presence of Mr. Zhanbin Xu, Vice President of AVIC, in Paris on June 13th, Professor Dr.-Ing, XiaoSu Yi, Director of S&T Committee of BIAM and Dr. Alain de Rouvray, Chairman and CEO of ESI Group, concluded an agreement for the next 5 years that commits both partners to leveraging their mutual knowledge in the field of materials technology through the integration of shared resources, infrastructure and work planning on innovative and collaborative projects.

“I believe ESI’s approach of co-creation will ensure that our strategic R&D partnership gives both our companies access to the tools and technologies they need to compete globally in the aeronautics market. The key to gaining competitive advantage through this partnership will lie in our ability to establish dialogue, nourish mutual trust, and manage close interaction and reactivity. These joint efforts can only generate extremely positive outcomes for both ESI and AVIC,” declared Mr. Zhanbin Xu, Vice President of AVIC.

“The Chinese market is not only the next largest market for aeronautics; it is also technologically mature and ready to compete globally in terms of technical expertise and innovation. ESI is honored to be part of a strategic cooperation agreement with prestigious BIAM-AVIC, and our teams are fully motivated to engage our industry expertise in advanced and innovative joint projects. This strategic milestone will also ensure that ESI is best positioned to further understand and anticipate the needs of the emerging Chinese market in aeronautics and to develop specific solutions that will enable mutual success in the short and long term,” commented Alain de Rouvray, Chairman and CEO of ESI Group.

ESI is already present in China since 2001, with offices in Beijing since 2006 and more recently in Shanghai and Chengdu. The company supplies virtual prototyping solutions to major aeronautic groups around the globe; notably AVIC, Boeing, Dassault, EADS, Embraer and Safran.

Altair Engineering Announces HyperWorks 11.0 Workshop Series

Altair Engineering, Inc., a leading global provider of simulation technology and engineering services, has announced its HyperWorks 11.0 Americas Rollout Series, a series of one-day workshops aimed at educating customers and partners on the features and updates in HyperWorks 11.0, the latest version of Altair’s computer-aided engineering (CAE) software suite.

HyperWorks 11.0 was officially unveiled during Altair’s 2011 Americas HyperWorks Technology Conference on June 22. Product highlights include the addition of two new software products to the HyperWorks suite: AcuSolve and solidThinking. HyperWorks 11.0 also offers expanded functionality in the industry leading pre- and post-processors HyperMesh and HyperView, as well as a greatly extended breadth of solver solutions in RADIOSS, allowing engineers to efficiently address today’s complex design challenges.

During the workshops, attendees will receive an overview of HyperWorks 11.0 and learn tips and tricks geared towards increasing efficiency in the workplace. Admission is free, includes lunch and refreshments and the opportunity to engage with Altair application engineers and technical experts for deeper insights into HyperWorks 11.0. The initial rollout workshop held on Aug. 18 in Kalamazoo, Mich., was received positively by local attendees and reservations are filling up for subsequent events to be held in Chicago, Winston-Salem, N.C., and Troy, Mich.

“As we extend the value of HyperWorks with every release, the HyperWorks 11.0 Rollout Series showcases the continued investment in our customers and partners by providing them with a more extensive overview of the newest additions to the HyperWorks suite,” said Michael Humphrey, Vice Presedent, Altair Americas Field Operations. “It is our goal through these events to educate and train our customers and partners on best practices in leveraging our software to its full capacity so that they can continuously improve upon and maximize their productivity.”

Upcoming HyperWorks 11.0 Americas Rollout Series events include:

Western Michigan University College of Engineering - COMPLETE
Kalamazoo, MI, August 18

Microsoft Technology Center
Chicago, IL, September 7

Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC, September 14

Troy, MI, September 15

Altair Headquarters
Troy, MI, September 29

Altair Headquarters
Troy, MI, October 12

Attendees of the Troy, Mich., and Chicago workshops will be able to participate in hands-on training labs that include a Q&A session with HyperWorks 11.0 experts. Academic Program Day attendees will benefit from keynote and demo sessions led by professors from the University of Michigan, Wayne State University, Clemson University, the Georgia Institute of Technology and Kettering University. Students will also have the opportunity to learn more about the upcoming release of the HyperWorks 11.0 Student Edition. Students can access additional tips, tricks and useful information about HyperWorks by visiting the HyperWorks Academic Blog.

Customers, partners and students interested in attending can register for free on the HyperWorks website.

Luxology modo Added to EskoArtwork Packaging Supply Chain Laboratory at Clemson University's Sonoco Institute

Students at Clemson University’s Sonoco Institute are getting hands-on packaging design experience with a multimillion-dollar, state of the art computer lab equipped with the industry’s most innovative tools, including Luxology®’s modo® and its Package Design and Construction Kit (PACK). As one of the key software applications used in Sonoco Institute’s industrial package design course, ‘PKGSC 220’, Luxology’s modo is helping students learn on professional 3D tools and get an edge in the competitive design market.

“modo is incredibly powerful, and I was blown away by the quality and quantity of packaging designs found in PACK,” said Rupert Andrew Hurley, Packaging Science Assistant Professor at Clemson University. “Unlike most 3D modeling tools that are cumbersome and require fully defined profiles to enter into the 3D environment, modo allows students to quickly enter into the 3D arena, design with minimal constraints, and keep within the software as their ideas become a reality.”

modo and PACK will play a vital role in ‘PKGSC 220’, an industrial design course that teaches students how to design packaging under realistic production constraints. Students begin the class with a product idea, such as a board game, a cosmetic fragrance, a USB drive, or even an action-figure set, and develop these concepts as they would in a commercial environment, with designs prototyped and specification sheets made ready for production. As the primary modeling and rendering tool in the course, modo is used for both conceptual testing and final graphics production on the packaging design prior to the manufacturing stage. In addition, PACK, a collection of over 200 2D and 3D presets, images and assemblies simplifies the creation of a wide variety of open and closed packaging containers.

“The ability to offer students an end-to-end production capability from virtualization to physical manufacturing is a hallmark of the Sonoco Institute,” continues Hurley. “modo is a perfect complement to our curriculum because it offers a balanced diet of form and function by allowing users to go directly from the software to large CAD/CAM tables and rapid prototypers, and render beautiful images of their designs. Furthermore, modo gives us the ability to animate and export into virtually any other software application.”

Clemson University’s Sonoco Institute is the latest educational facility to join Luxology’s growing Education Provider Program, which offers leading colleges, universities and 3D animation schools worldwide access to academically priced copies of modo and other associated training materials from Luxology. As a partner in this program, Clemson University receives special pricing, a site license to modo, automatic entitlement to any modo updates, and onsite Luxology technical support for select academic projects. Educational institutions wishing to enroll or obtain more information about the Education Provider Program should contact Luxology, 650-336-1380 or via email at sales@luxology.com.

MCAE Global Market 2011 - Double Digit Growth For a $6.5B Market

The most dynamic segment of the PLM market, with a healthy 12% CAGR in the past 5 years, the Mechanical Computer Aided Engineering market continues to ignore the economic downturn and almost silently, as per the engineers' traditions it serves, has become the most profitable segment of the PLM business.

A first of its kind, this report studies the worldwide market value, the actual growth rate and the vendors revenue form 2006 until now, through an analysis of the top 13 MCAE software vendors in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. It provides analysis through multiple criteria, and for each criteria, the ranking per region based on 2010 numbers.

Compared to our previous MCAE reports published since 2005, beside having extended the scope of the report from Europe to the Worldwide market, we have included a new type of vendor, MathWorks whose products come under our definition for the Mechanical Computer Aided Engineering MCAE. This market covers structural analysis, vibration or modal analysis, thermal, fluid dynamics, crash simulation and analysis, fatigue, plastic injection, test simulation and other simulations of modeled systems, assemblies or parts. Other new comers to our reports are COMSOL, an innovator in multiphysics simulation and Autodesk who is now a player in this space thanks to its multiple acquisitions. See the full list of all the vendors at the end of this executive summary.

Smaller than the MCAD market in terms of size, but growing much faster, the MCAE market is experiencing less hype, and has been recording a steady growth since almost 30 years. Probably engineers’ need for validation of the software products which are supposed to be used to validate their own manufactured products through simulation, test and experimentations is a key reason why succeeding MCAE products are “senior” products. Most solvers have been available to the market for at least 10 or 15 years if not much more. These characteristics of MCAE products profoundly separates the market behaviour from those of MCAD and PDM.

The above mentioned characteristic of the MCAE market led us to see some mergers, acquisitions and consolidation in the MCAE market in the past few years, as it takes too much time for bigger vendors to develop their own technologies and grow them up to cash generating products; they prefer acquiring existing proven technologies which have been validated thanks to smaller vendors. With the solid growth seen in this segment of the PLM market, more acquisitions are going to take place in the coming years.

Table of Contents

MCAE Global Market 2011

1) PLM: Introduction and Definitions.

2) MCAE Global Market
2.1 History & Definition
2.2 Market evaluation and growth rate
2.3 Market evaluation per region: EMEA, NA, AP
2.4 TOP 10 vendors worldwide offering MCAE products - 2006-2010
2.5 Ranking of top 13 vendors worldwide, 2006-2010, by MCAE revenue
2.6 Ranking of top 13 MCAE vendors worldwide, MCAE software & maintenance revenue only, 2006-2010

3) MCAE Market Europe
3.1 Market evaluation and growth rate
3.2 TOP 13 PLM vendors Europe offering MCAE products - 2006-2010
3.3 Ranking of top 13 MCAE vendors Europe, 2006-2010
3.4Ranking of top 13 MCAE vendors Europe, software & maintenance revenue only, 2006-2010

4) MCAE Market North America
4.1 Market evaluation and growth rate
4.2 TOP 11 PLM vendors in North-America, offering MCAE products - 2006-2010
4.3 Ranking of top 11 MCAE vendors North America, 2006-2010
4.4 Ranking of top 10MCAE vendors North America, software & maintenance revenue only, 2006-2010

5) MCAE Market Asia-Pacific
5.1 Market evaluation and growth rate
5.2 TOP 11 PLM vendors Asia-Pacific, offering MCAE products - 2006-2010
5.3 Ranking of top 11 MCAE vendors Asia Pacific, 2006-2010
5.4 Ranking of top 11 MCAE vendors Asia Pacific, software & maintenance revenue only, 2006-2010

6) Comments & Outlook

7) 01consulting Terms and Conditions

MCAE revenues of the following companies have been analyzed in this report: Altair Engineering, Ansys, Autodesk, CD-adapco, COMSOL, Dassault-Systèmes, ESI Group, LMS International, MathWorks, MSC Software, PTC, Samtech and Siemens PLM Software.

CAD Software Market in Asia-Pacific in 2010-2014 to grow at a CAGR of 10.4 percent : Technavio

Technavio's analysts forecast the Computer Aided Design (CAD) Software market in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region to grow at a CAGR of 10.4 percent over the period 2010–2014. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the reduced cost of product design and development. The CAD Software market in the APAC region has also been witnessing the emergence of cloud-based CAD software. However, the high training costs and decreasing investment in CAD software could pose a challenge to the growth of this market.

Key vendors dominating this market include Autodesk Inc., Dassault Systemes SA, Siemens PLM, and Parametric Technology Corp.

Technavio's Computer-aided Design Software market in the Asia Pacific 2010–2014 report has been prepared based on an in-depth analysis of the market with inputs from industry experts. The report focuses on the APAC region and covers the CAD Software market landscape and its growth prospects. The report also includes a discussion on the key vendors providing CAD software in this market.

Key questions answered in this report:

What will the market size be in 2014 and at what rate will it grow?

What key trends is this market subject to?

What is driving this market?

What are the challenges to market growth?

Who are the key vendors in this market space?

What are the opportunities and threats faced by each of these key vendors?

What are the strengths and weaknesses of each of these key vendors?

01. Executive Summary

02. Introduction

03. Market Landscape

04. Vendor Landscape

05. Market Growth Drivers

06. Market Challenges

07. Market Trends

08. Key Vendor Analysis

08.1 Autodesk Inc.

08.2 Dassault Systemes SA

08.3 Siemens PLM

08.4 Parametric Technology Corporation

09. Other Reports in this Series

List of Exhibits

Exhibit 1: Asia-Pacific CAD Market Size 2010-2014 ( US $ billion)

Exhibit 2: Market Share of Key Vendors

To order this report:

Software Industry: CAD Software Market in Asia-Pacific 2010-2014

Software Business News

CAD Software Market in Asia-Pacific 2010-2014