Mar 31, 2011

Dr. Richard Johns to lead CD-adapco's Internal Combustion Engine Team

CD-adapco announced today the formation of a new Internal Combustion Engine Team, to be led by Dr. Richard Johns, a globally recognized expert in bringing advanced automotive engine CFD to industry for over 35 years.

In his new role as Vice President of the Internal Combustion Engine Team, Dr. Richard Johns will be in overall control of all aspects of CD-adapco’s engine simulation technology, including STAR-CD v4 solver development, pre and post processing development, ICE related technical support, testing and project management.

Dr. Richard Johns, CD-adapcoDr. Johns joined Perkins Engines in 1969 as a student and, after graduating in 1973 with a degree in mechanical engineering, joined their research department. After 2 years of developing cycle simulation and thermal analysis software, Perkins supported his PhD study at Imperial College under Prof. David Gosman in engine CFD. During his 5 years at Imperial College he developed computational methods for the flow in diesel engine cylinders and the first discrete droplet spray model applied to in-cylinder flows. He was awarded his PhD in 1980 for this work. He subsequently joined AVL in Graz, Austria where he established the CFD software group and was also responsible for the laser diagnostics used for validation of the computations. In 1987 he joined Ricardo where, again, he established a CFD software group and was subsequently responsible for both the commercial software business and engineering CAE applications. He was appointed President of Ricardo Software in 1995 and, in 1998, to the Board of Ricardo Consulting Engineers Ltd. He joined CD-adapco in 2005 as Director for the Automotive Industry, a position that he will now relinquish for his new role.

“Whether it's a new fuel, new combustion model or a new lightweight material, realistic simulation is an integral tool in successfully bringing new technologies to market,” said Dr. Richard Johns. “CD-adapco is the long-time leading provider of CFD technology to the automotive industry, with over two decades of intake-to-tailpipe industrial know-how. In this new role, I am excited to be able to play a pivotal role in extending CD-adapco’s lead in this market, and I am fully dedicated to helping our customers to meet all of the challenges that ICE simulation has to offer.”

Apriso Selected by HITCO to Use FlexNet as Enterprise Manufacturing Execution System

Composite Aerostructures Manufacturer to Implement Apriso’s Next Generation Industry Solution for Paperless Operations, Elevated Quality and Expanded Product Traceability.

LONG BEACH, Calif - Apriso, a leading provider of software solutions for sustained manufacturing operational excellence, today announced HITCO Carbon Composites, Inc. (HITCO) has selected Apriso’s FlexNet as their enterprise manufacturing execution system. Apriso’s aerospace and defense industry solution will be implemented to streamline HITCO’s manufacturing execution operations. In addition, Apriso’s solution will help expand continuous improvement initiatives surrounding the company’s operations, quality and global product traceability and genealogy. HITCO is a subsidiary of SGL Group – The Carbon Company, and manufactures advanced composite structures and materials for aerospace and defense applications.

Apriso supports paperless process enforcement and the maintenance of process plans, including customer approval. As each new product design or process is established or changed, subsequent as-built data for new products and/or process will reflect these changes. This history includes the necessary records to support the company’s product traceability and genealogy requirements under regulatory control, as required under guidelines from agencies such as the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) among others, as well as customer specific requirements.

“We were looking for a solution that is advanced, comprehensive and would help integrate production, quality and traceability best-practices across our organization and supply chain while supporting our current growth plan,” said Anthony Lawson, President of HITCO. “We are pleased to work with Apriso as our industry incorporates new composite structures and materials into advanced aircraft designs.”

The use of new composite materials in aerospace and defense manufacturing has created growth opportunities for companies like HITCO, with innovative new products to support this evolution. The company provides composite structures for new aircraft like the F-35 Lightning II and the Boeing 787. A component of HITCO’s selection process was based on the paperless capabilities and flexibility that FlexNet offers, helping the company to quickly adapt as manufacturing innovations occur while keeping pace with increases in demand growth.

“The Aerospace and Defense industry is undergoing a significant change to newer composite materials, so the need for flexibility has been heightened. Apriso’s is well positioned to deliver an enterprise manufacturing solution to help manufacturers successfully navigate through this change,” said Rick Gallisa, Industry Director of Aerospace & Defense at Apriso.

Delcam to show orthotics CADCAM software in Australia

Delcam reseller Camplex will show the latest versions of the OrthoModel and OrthoMill software for, respectively, the design and manufacture of custom orthotic insoles at the Australian Podiatry Conference to be held in Melbourne from 26th to 29th April. The main focus in both new releases has been on increasing the productivity that is possible with the systems, especially for companies making soft insoles from EVA. Other enhancements in OrthoModel include improved methods for the development of foot-positive designs, while the new OrthoMill program makes it easier for users to import custom insoles from other design packages. To find out more, visit www.delcam-healthcare.com.

The most important enhancement to OrthoModel is the ability to create a library of 3D met pads and met dome models that can be wrapped onto the foot orthotic to complete the design. This will make the design of soft orthotics much faster since it is quicker to add these elements from a library than to create a new shape for every patient. Delcam will supply an initial library with the software, and the user can then edit and add to this range with their own designs.

In a related development, the editing of curves that define areas for cut-outs has been improved to allow quicker and easier modification.

The other significant improvement has been to extend the ability to manufacture foot-positive patterns to cover all types of functional and accommodative orthotic designs. The patterns can be used to produce insoles from materials that are difficult to machine, such as carbon fibre- reinforced plastics.

The ability of OrthoMill to handle high volumes of orders has been increased by allowing the software to program multiple blocks of material for cutting on a larger machine in a single project. This will again be important for manufacturers using EVA or polyurethane that want to cut orthotics from materials of differing densities in one operation. Previously, the toolpaths for each block would need to be calculated separately, which would take much longer.

Another enhancement in the new release is the possibility for users to model their own blocks of material, including the placement of drill holes, the creation of boundaries for part-used blocks and the specification of areas of different densities. Orthotics can now be oriented to their lowest height profile. This allows tall items to be fitted into thinner blocks and so improves material utilisation. Finally, the orthotic can be machined with a support strip around its full circumference, to maintain its position during machining prior to the final cutting out operation. This approach is more suitable than using tabs when cutting more flexible materials.

CD-adapco's STAR European Conference 2011 an Engineering Success

After two decades in London, CD-adapco's STAR European Conference 2011 moved to a seaside town just 20 minutes from Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. Noordwijk was an ideal location for the conference this year. Travel to and from the Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin was a breeze for CD-adapco’s European customers and the beach view didn’t hurt either.

The theme of CD-adapco’s STAR conferences for 2011 is “Engineering Success.” The presentations given and attendees’ feedback from the STAR European Conference have already proved this theme to be very appropriate.

During his welcome speech, CD-adapco’s Senior Vice President, Bill Clark, said, “CD-adapco's purpose is to inspire innovation while reducing costs through the application of engineering simulation.” He reported, “We are on track to meet our target of $135 Million end user spend and have seen an organic growth of 17-20% over past 5 years.

The latest customer satisfaction survey shows 95% of CD-adapco customers are satisfied with CD-adapco Software and Services and 97% of customers would recommend CD-adapco.” These numbers are very encouraging in supporting the continuing growth and reinvestment into the company.

Dr. Line Gulstad, Manager, Global Flow Solutions, Wind and Site Competence Centre for Vestas Technology R&D was the Keynote Speaker at the conference and presented how Vestas has achieved Engineering Success by working with CD-adapco. Dr. Gulstad complimented the excellent service and support CD-adapco has provided for over a number of years. She continued, "CD-adapco has certainly inspired innovation at Vestas."

The STAR European Conference was also the official release event for STAR-CCM+ v6, the latest, greatest, version of CD-adapco’s flagship simulation tool. Attendees learned firsthand from experts at the STAR-CCM+ Lab and were equipped with a wealth of hints and tricks to make their own CAE process more effective from the outset.

An exciting session during the conference was when CD-adapco displayed its Discrete Element Modeling (DEM) feature in STAR-CCM+ v6 by playing a lottery to win an iPad. The engineers presenting the feature had used STAR-CCM+ to model and run a simulation of a lottery machine selecting numbered balls. The attendee with the matching numbers in his proceedings booklet won. The winner was Dr. Heinrich Reister from Daimler AG.

Ultimately, because the STAR European Conference 2011 was such an “Engineering Success,” CD-adapco has decided to return for the STAR European Conference 2012.

Dr. Ofer Shochet, Objet's Executive VP to Reveal New Trends for Rapid Prototyping at 3DSUG Conference

Dr. Ofer Shochet to Discuss Latest Requirements of Fortune 500 Companies and Service Bureaus and Reveal Newest Advances in Multi-Material Inkjet-Based Technology for Simulating Engineering Plastics.

Objet Geometries Ltd today announced that Executive Vice President for Products, Dr. Ofer Shochet will address this weeks 3D Systems User Group (3DSUG) Conference to talk about the latest rapid prototyping requirements of Fortune 500 organizations and leading service bureaus and how inkjet-based multi-material 3D printing is generating a significant change in the visualization and testing of product designs.

"I am excited to speak at 3DSUG Conference. The attendees of this conference are experts in rapid prototyping and pride themselves on their in-depth knowledge of the technologies available to help their organization," said Dr. Ofer Shochet, Executive VP of Products for Objet Geometries. "It's an honor to address this audience to discuss our groundbreaking advances in 3D printing and to hear directly from them how these advances relate to their products development processes and needs."

The 2011 3DSUG Conference brings together operators and owners from leading companies to encourage and coordinate technical information exchange on rapid prototyping technologies. The event is being held at the Miami downtown Hilton from April 3rd to April 7th.

Shochet will present Objet's recent multi-material technology breakthrough; an ABS-like material simulating the performance of engineering plastics, and how these improved material and mechanical properties will change the world of 3D printing. Dr. Shochet will also reveal a number of substantial investments Objet has made in R&D to meet the stringent prototyping requirements of global companies worldwide.

Objet is also a sponsor of the event and will participate in the vendor fair, showcasing the new Objet24 Desktop 3D printer, the industry's highest-resolution desktop 3D printer, enabling designers and engineers to create true-to-life models and prototypes featuring ultra-precise details and smooth surfaces.

Also on display will be the Objet Connex500, the only 3D printer technology that enables simultaneous jetting of multiple materials. The Objet Connex multi-material 3D printer allows users to create a range of up to 51 rigid and rubber-like composite materials, -or "Digital Materials" featuring a wide range of Shore scale A values for rubber like simulation, a gray shade scale for rigid material simulation, and polypropylene simulation in terms of mechanical properties. This unique ability allows users to create models with as many as 14 different material properties in one part while also creating prototypes with overmolds and soft touch areas in a single build.

Additionally, Objet will showcase a number of upcoming new materials featuring improved mechanical and thermal properties, true transparency and properties simulating engineering plastics. The company will also be hosting an onsite hands-on technical seminar to the highlight best practices for maintaining Objet 3D printers.

Geometric to showcase reduction in programming time with CAMWorks® 2011 at Houstex 2011

Scottsdale, Arizona: Geometric announced that it will showcase its fully automatic CNC programming system CAMWorks® 2011, at Booth #1212, at Houstex 2011, from 18 to 20 April, 2011 in Houston, TX.

CAMWorks 2011 automates the CNC programming process, reduces programming time by as much as 90 percent, and allows design and manufacturing engineers to use a single common database for both product design and final machining.

Fast and intelligent roughing

CAMWorks2011 introduces VoluMill®, the ultra-high-performance toolpath generator for 2.5 axis and 3 axis high speed rough milling. VoluMill can reduce cycle times by more than 80 percent, thereby increasing production by up to 500 percent. In addition, VoluMill® allows you to establish and maintain ideal cutting conditions. As a result, cutting tool life is dramatically extended and tooling costs can be reduced by over 80 percent. VoluMill also helps avoid costly collisions and greatly extends the life of machine tools.

Strike oil at Houstex

At the heart of CAMWorks 2011 is the world’s leading Automatic Feature Recognition (AFR) software, making it the ideal CAM system for programming oil tool components, as well as other industrial and commercial families of parts. Using AFR, CAMWorks identifies the areas to be machined, and then uses its proprietary Technology Database (TechDB™) to generate toolpaths automatically. The result is fully automatic programming of families of parts, automatic programming of similar features on new parts, and the ability to incorporate manufacturing information directly into the solid model.

Something good gets even better

CAMWorks®2011 has been upgraded to find more features, while reducing computation times by more than 50 percent. As part models become increasingly complex, recognizing more features in less time represents huge time savings. The Technology Database (TechDB™), that is used to store and apply knowledge based machining information, has been enhanced to simplify the process of creating best machining practices. These features make CAMWorks’ knowledge-based machining capabilities easier to use, and improves the consistency and quality of the programmed parts. In addition, CAMWorks associativity accelerates new product development by automatically updating manufacturing models with design changes.

For the mold and die industry, Geometric has introduced ElectrodeWorks™, an optional electrode design solution that automates the entire process of calculation and design of EDM electrodes including design, management, documentation, and manufacturing. It is seamlessly integrated with SolidWorks/ CAMWorks Solids assuring complete parametric association of data.

3D Systems Plans to Manufacture Additional 3D Printer Models and Materials in Rock Hill

ROCK HILL, South Carolina – 3D Systems Corporation announced plans to expand its in-house manufacturing activities to include additional personal and professional 3D printer models. In connection with its expansion plans the company also exercised an option to purchase an 11-acre parcel contiguous to its Rock Hill facility. Bolstered by its successful transition and subsequent expansion of its in-house manufacturing activities for its popular ProJet™ 3000 professional 3D printer and Accura® print materials, the company is planning to manufacture additional 3D printer models in-house and to also expand its print materials blending facility. The company expects to carry out its next expansion phase within its current 80,000 square feet facility and has no immediate plans to develop its recently acquired parcel.

“We are pleased with our ability to continue to expand our in-house operations in support of our long term target operating model,” said Damon Gregoire, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for 3D Systems. “This initiative is consistent with our previously disclosed gross profit margin improvement program and closely mirrors our strategic growth plans.”

ArchiCAD-designed Winery is ArchDaily Award Winner

BUDAPEST – The design by Atelier Peter Kis of the Laposa Winery in Badacsonytomaj, Hungary, has won the ArchDaily 2010 Building of the Year award in the Industrial Category. The market entry and dynamic growth of the Laposa Winery resulted in the necessary expansion of both the wine-making and visitor areas. In addition to increasing the size of the winery, the challenge on both the architectural and viticultural levels was to modernize — and at the same time maintain — the production and presentation of the wine.

Located in the Balaton Highland National Park, the winery is one of many in the region, well-known for its historic role in Hungarian wine-making. Designed by Peter Kis and Bea Molnar using ArchiCAD, the buildings were purposely designed in a way that they would be viewed as being one with the terrain and the natural environment of the grapes. The buildings are composed of connected panels, which were cast as monolithic, visible concrete. The neutrality and rigidity of this is noticeable mainly in the internal spaces and their relationship with one another. Visually, there is no difference between the facades and the roof, allowing the buildings to blend more easily with the surroundings. “We are pleased and proud to have won this award, especially because we were chosen by our peers,” Peter Kis said.

Founded in 2008, ArchDaily is one of the leading sources of continuous information for thousands of architects searching for the latest architectural news: projects, products, events, interviews, and competitions. Its annual Building of the Year award draws the best and brightest architects and designers. From upcoming small practices, to renowned established offices, the selection includes projects that show clear resolution, assertive use of materials, structural challenges and new ways to approach programmatic issues.

Gerber Scientific, Inc. Announces Organizational Changes

TOLLAND, CT - Gerber Scientific, Inc reported that John Hancock, President of Gerber Technology, will be leaving the company, effective April 30, 2011. Marc Giles, Gerber Scientific, Inc. President and CEO will assume leadership responsibilities for the Gerber Technology (“GT”) business segment.

“We thank John for his many contributions to Gerber Technology and the key role he played in driving GT’s growth strategy over the past few years. We wish him well in his new endeavors,” said President and CEO, Marc Giles.

Giles also announced that as part of the company’s transformation plan, Gregg Williams has joined the company in the newly created position of Vice President of Marketing, Product Management and Service. Gregg has a solid background in marketing, sales and service with a strong focus on identifying and capitalizing on customer and market needs.

“We continue to make progress in our overall business model transformation and our growth plans for GT are a critical component of that strategy,” said Giles. “This flattening of our organizational structure while increasing our sales and marketing bench strength will allow us to be more nimble and responsive to market opportunities in the Apparel and Industrial Segment.”

Giles concluded, “We are continuing to focus on further optimizing our business portfolio and operating model while reducing our cost structure and accelerating new product development. We are also committed to achieving our financial performance target of 8+% annual sales growth and double-digit operating margins by fiscal 2013.”

SAMTECH opens new subsidiary in Hong Kong

Liege, Belgium: SAMTECH, a European specialist in Computer Aided Engineering software, today announces the expansion of its presence in Asia by opening SAMTECH Hong Kong in China.

To further strengthen the position and the long-term development in the world's second-largest economy country, SAMTECH decided to found another subsidiary in Hong Kong, China. SAMTECH HK Limited is to take charge of all business affairs on sales support, platform development service, and engineering consult in greater China (including Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan).

Meanwhile, SAMTECH Beijing Representative Office which was created in 2007 is still maintained, to be a local outsourcing and cost center which will undertake the outsourcing from SAMTECH Headquarter and other subsidiaries, such as software development and test. Mr. YE Jiyuan is appointed as General Manager of SAMTECH HK Limited and SAMTECH Beijing Representative Office.

“By creating SAMTECH Hong Kong, we show our commitment to support and enhance our activities in the Chinese market but also in the South East Asia Region.” said Eric Carnoy, SAMTECH Chief Executive Officer. “These markets are eager to get best of class technology and our proven success record in Europe is the strongest incentive to convince these markets along with outstanding local support and expertise.”

“The foundation of SAMTECH HK Limited is a symbol of a new stage of SAMTECH in China.” continues Eric Carnoy. “Not only does SAMTECH take root in China to provide high-quality services, but also China is considered as a global cost center to improve the operation efficiency of SAMTECH. This strategy and its huge investment behind represent a long-term promise of SAMTECH to the Chinese market”.

Rand Worldwide Exhibits and Presents at the Annual PLM Conference and TechniFair - COE 2011

FRAMINGHAM, Mass - Rand Worldwide, a provider of technology solutions to organizations with engineering design and information technology requirements, announced that it will be presenting and exhibiting at the COE Annual PLM Conference and TechniFair being held at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, FL, April 3-6, 2011.

Rand Worldwide will exhibit in Booth #301 and will be promoting their training programs for CATIA V5, DMU V5, and ENOVIA SmarTeam. Rand Worldwide offers a full suite of instructor-led training classes along with customized training solutions, online training classes, and self-paced learning through its online portal, ProductivityNOW. Demonstrations of ProductivityNOW are available upon request.

In addition to exhibiting its training services at COE, one of Rand Worldwide’s Technical Training Engineers, Ray Olson, will be delivering a hands-on workshop entitled: Introduction to CATIA V5 Surface Machining. This session will be taught on Wednesday, April 6th at 1:30pm.

The CATIA V5 Surface Machining session will provide a basic introduction to CATIA V5 3 axis Surface Machining capabilities. This class is ideal for anyone interested in machining three-dimensional designs with CATIA V5. All class attendees will receive a three page document detailing the step-by-step procedure on how to machine a three-dimensional part with CATIA V5 software.

“Through our innovative in-class and online training solutions, along with our years of industry experience, Rand Worldwide is able to provide unparalleled training and support to CATIA users," remarked Derryl Caillemer, Training Director, Rand Worldwide. “Our custom solutions are especially beneficial in helping our customers have the least amount of down time when mastering a new software skill.”

Biesse to resell Delcam's ArtCAM woodworking software

Delcam has appointed Biesse, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of woodworking machinery, as a reseller for its ArtCAM range of woodworking and signmaking software in the UK. The agreement will allow Biesse to supply ArtCAM Express and ArtCAM Insignia with its range of CNC machinery. ArtCAM Express is the entry-level version, for users new to CNC machining, while ArtCAM Insignia is a more advanced version for production machining.

The agreement follows successful trials of ArtCAM with Biesse’s new Klever machine during a Biesse Open House held towards the end of last year. Post-processors for ArtCAM have now been developed for the majority of the Biesse range and proven on a series of sign examples.

“We are extremely pleased that Biesse has chosen to offer ArtCAM with its machinery,” said Mick Hemmings, ArtCAM Sales Manager at Delcam UK. “It is a great endorsement for our software to be selected by such a leading company with its strong reputation for innovation and research.”

Mastercam 2011 Innovator of the Future Competition Gives Teachers a Chance to Accelerate Students' Careers

Tolland, CT – CNC Software, Inc., manufacturer of Mastercam CAD/CAM software, announces the 2011 Mastercam Innovator of the Future (IOF) national competition. This competition entices students with a real-world manufacturing challenge, celebrity judge, and a chance to win a scholarship. The competition also provides instructors with a powerful motivational tool to get students excited about learning CAD/CAM and the manufacturing process.

The Challenge

For the 2011 competition, students are challenged to design and machine a working guitar capo. Winners will be selected based on several criteria including accuracy, creativity, and cleanliness of the part among other criteria.

The Celebrity Judge

The 2011 IOF competition will be judged by Mark Summers, the co-founder and current president of CNC Software, Inc. Mark’s combined interests in machining and guitars—he has been playing guitar for over 20 years—makes him a great judge of both functionality and manufacturing skills.

The Awards

Everyone who enters the competition receives an exclusive Mastercam IOF shirt. The student who creates the winning entry will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship to the school of their choice. In addition, the winner and their Mastercam instructor will receive a trip to Tolland, Connecticut to tour the CNC Software world headquarters. Mastercam IOF recognition plaques will go to both the winner and their school. The winner’s instructor will also receive a limited edition Mastercam IOF polo shirt.

Competition Rules

All entries to the Mastercam 2011 IOF competition are subject to the following requirements:

• The part must be programmed with a licensed copy of Mastercam software.

• The part must have a professional look and remain consistent with the theme industry standards.

• The part must adhere to the specifications.

• Tell us the story behind your part entry; the inspiration for its design, materials used, etc.

• Include photos of you holding the part, your instructor, the school lab, and the CNC machine. Electronic files are preferred.

• The entry must consist of one finished, unpainted part.

• All entries become the property of CNC Software, Inc. Parts cannot be returned.

• All designs become the property of CNC Software, Inc.

• All entries and completed entry forms must be received by May 31, 2011.

• Send entries to CNC Software, Inc., Educational Division, 5717 Wollochet Drive NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335. (Please e-mail iof@mastercam.com to let us know when to expect your entry).

• While we welcome past winners to submit entries, past winners are not eligible to win the grand prize.

For more information on the 2011 Mastercam Innovator of the Future competition including the entry form and part specifications, please visit www.mastercam.com/iof.

Mar 30, 2011

New Granta Software Aids Composite Testing and Product Design, Supports Development of Composite Materials

Cambridge, UK: Granta Design, the leaders in materials information technology, announced new software and data for composite materials at this week’s JEC Composites Show in Paris. The updated GRANTA MI composite data management solution reduces risk in the engineering process and maximizes returns from composite knowledge. New tools in the CES Selector software help composite users to choose the right materials and support composite producers in developing and marketing their product lines.

The new GRANTA MI:Composites Package brings together the tools for best-practice composite data management in research, testing, QA, and design. The data needed to characterize composites can be captured, automatically linked to related data, and easily tracked, accessed, and applied. Alongside in-house data, users can access composite reference data from the respected AGATE, NCAMP, and CMH-17 projects. The results are: substantial time savings for materials engineers, who no longer need to hunt for data or repeat tests; more effective use of corporate knowledge; and less risk through the use of accurate, up-to-date data in design.

The CES Selector software offers a new Hybrid Synthesizer tool, which predicts the properties of sandwich panels, foams, lattices, and composites. Clear graphical property maps make it easy to compare these materials with other options. So designers can investigate the benefits of hybrid structures, focusing development of lightweight products on the most productive routes. Materials producers can compare their current or potential materials with the wider materials market. This guides materials development and helps technical marketing teams to communicate the benefits of their products.

This full range of software for composites will be demonstrated at a series of web seminars during April – see details.

“The JEC Composites Show is always a great opportunity to meet with some of our many friends in the composite community,” said Dr. Patrick Coulter, chief operating officer at Granta Design. “We’re pleased that, as in previous years, we are able to demonstrate enhancements to our support for both composite users and producers, developed in collaboration with our composite-focused customers.”

Composite materials are important across sectors including aerospace, wind power, automotive, marine, construction, and sports equipment. Through novel material combinations and structures, composites can provide enhanced materials performance – for example, combining strength with low weight. But engineers must navigate a complicated range of materials options in order to find suitable composites. And, because performance is very dependent on factors such as processing and component geometry, these materials require rigorous testing and validation. This creates a need to capture and analyze large amounts of specialist inter-related data. Granta software helps engineers to manage this data and use it in making more effective decisions relating to composites.

SURFCAM V5.2 to Showcase at AERODEF 2011

CAMARILLO, Calif - Surfware, Inc., developer of SURFCAM CAD/CAM systems and the patented TRUEMill Toolpath, will feature it’s latest developments in the upcoming release of SURFCAM V5.2 at AERODEF 2011, an event designed to meet the manufacturing challenges facing aerospace and defense manufacturers.

Surfware invites you to stop by booth 1558 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA April 5 thru 7. Surfware staff members will be on-hand to offer demonstrations of the many new features and benefits of SURFCAM V5.2 and show visitors how they can achieve the highest material removal rates in milling aerospace alloys with TRUEMill technology.

“AERODEF is a great new venue to showcase to aerospace manufacturers the new features and functionality available in the new SURFCAM V5.2 release, as well as what can be accomplished with TRUEMill technology in the milling of aerospace alloys like Titanium, Inconel and Hard Metals,” says Peter Marton of Surfware. “TRUEMill toolpaths have proven to increase material removal rates in these difficult to machine materials by up to 5 times, increase tool life by up to 10 times while cutting at a depth of 2 times the cutter diameter, as well as decrease cycle times and reduce stress on CNC machines.”

In addition to TRUEMill demonstrations, the new features and functionality in the upcoming SURFCAM V5.2 release will be on display. Some of these features include 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, updated CAD translators, just to name a few.

AutoForm Opens a New Subsidiary Office in Brazil and Appoints a New General Manager in Germany

AutoForm Engineering, a leading supplier of software solutions for the sheet metal forming industry, has opened a new subsidiary office in Brazil. This office will focus on serving the Brazilian market, offering the full range of AutoForm products and services. In addition, AutoForm has appointed a new General Manager for its office in Germany.

AutoForm do Brasil Ltda.: Brazil’s economy is booming and has become the largest in Latin America. AutoForm has recognized the importance of this economic expansion by establishing a new subsidiary office in São Bernardo do Campo, which is one of the most industrially developed regions in Brazil. Many automotive OEMs, such as Volkswagen, Ford, Scania, Toyota and Mercedes-Benz, as well as their suppliers have already established their presence in São Bernardo do Campo. The new office is headed by Fábio Henrique Vieira, General Manager, who has extensive experience in the metal stamping field and knows the Brazilian market. He and his knowledgeable team will cooperate closely with Brazilian customers to strengthen AutoForm’s position in the Brazilian market.

A new General Manager in Germany: AutoForm has appointed a new General Manager, Christof Stech, for its office in Germany. Christof Stech joined AutoForm Engineering on February 1, with many years of experience in sales and general management. Throughout his career, he has worked for various well-known automotive suppliers and in his last position was responsible for the sales of entire Central European market. In his new position at AutoForm, Christof Stech will be responsible for driving the strategic growth of AutoForm Engineering Deutschland GmbH. He replaces Dr. Bart Carleer, who has been promoted to Corporate Technical Director for the AutoForm Group.

Dr. Volker Steininger, COO of AutoForm Engineering, stated: “We are delighted that we are able to expand our expertise in sheet metal forming and be actively present in Brazil, which is currently in an important phase of economic expansion. Our customers in this region can now benefit from our new experienced team located in São Bernardo do Campo. We are also delighted that Christof Stech has joined AutoForm Engineering in Germany in the position of General Manager. His extensive experience in business and management will further strengthen and expand AutoForm’s recognized position in the German market.”

GibbsCAM MTM to be Demonstrated at PMTS 2011 (Precision Machining Technology Show)

Moorpark, CA - Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM® software for programming CNC machine tools and a Cimatron company, today announced that it will demonstrate its industry-leading GibbsCAM MTM (multi-task machine) CNC programming software at the 2011 Precision Machining Technology Show (PMTS), to be held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio, April 19-21, 2011. The entire suite of the forthcoming GibbsCAM 2011 software release will also be available for previewing in the GibbsCAM booth #807.

The GibbsCAM NC programming system for MTM allows manufacturers to safely and efficiently program the most advanced and sophisticated multi-tasking machines with multiple turrets and spindles. It fully supports multiple flows and all of the functions of both standard and Swiss style multi-task machines, including sub-spindles, live tooling, multiple turrets doing simultaneous machining, Y-axis on all turrets, thread whirling, B-axis turning, B-axis milling with Y offset, full 4- and 5-axis simultaneous machining, and synchronization to optimize turret utilization and cycle times. Furthermore, Gibbs creates unique post processors for each machine and control combination, based upon MTM machine parameters and customer preferences, ensuring that each post processor is optimized for each customer’s requirements. Gibbs has delivered nearly 1,000 unique post processors for both standard and Swiss style MTM machines, including the most complex machines from Citizen, Doosan, Mazak, Mori Seiki, Star CNC and Tornos.

“Our continued collaboration with machine-tool builders and other partners, in satisfying customer requirements, has kept us at the forefront of MTM and Swiss machine CNC programming software,” says Bill Gibbs, founder and president of Gibbs and Associates. “Staying current with the multiple variations, multi-axis combinations and inherent complexity of these machines is a primary requirement for us. Knowing what tool and control builders are doing enables us to deliver software tools for programming, synchronization, toolpath verification and machine simulation that make customers as productive and profitable as their machines and processes will allow.”

Standard features of GibbsCAM are an easy-to-use and simple-to-navigate user interface with language and icons familiar to programmers and machinists, the capability to program the most complex machining processes, and the flexibility to allow user-preferred approaches to jobs, with options that are logical to programmers. Additional features of great importance to MTM programmers are integration of turning, milling and utility operations; synchronization of turrets and spindles; and a summary of operations.

GibbsCAM integrates turning, milling and utility operations, so the user can move back and forth from turning to milling to utility operations, at any time, with simple mouse clicks. Integration enables programming operations in proper sequence, without leaving the software, so that trouble-shooting a program is usually nothing more than optimization.

For visualization and toolpath verification, GibbsCAM includes Cut Part Rendering, which displays material removal whenever the programmer generates a toolpath, which can be verified in process, allowing the programmer to correct errors incrementally. The visual state of a part after each operation becomes stock for the next, as if the part were being machined. A part transferred to the sub-spindle is displayed with all prior, main-spindle operations completed, so the material removal display is accurate at every stage. In addition, GibbsCAM’s machine simulation option allows users to simulate both the part being machined and all motion of the machine’s moving components.

For machine synchronization and optimization, GibbsCAM MTM’s Sync Manager displays operations being machined on each turret and spindle, thereby allowing users to interactively optimize machine time. Sync Manager is especially useful for production runs where program optimization multiplies savings across thousands of parts. It allows automatic synchronization to prevent conflicts, and permits interactive wait-code insertion, with automatic checks and alerts for conflicts. GibbsCAM also accommodates use of machining patterns or machine modes, by allowing selection of the required utility, also allowing the programmer to insert a code within a flow, and automatically synchronizing the program with wait codes at the corresponding locations in the other flows.

GibbsCAM’s Operations Summary displays tool parameters and machining time for each operation, and a total cycle time, useful in locating lengthy operations for further optimization. Once programs are optimized, data from the Operations Summary is often used to estimate jobs, gauge machine and operator productivity, and even develop time-based incentives for machine operators.

All GibbsCAM software is available in 32-bit and 64-bit versions. The 64-bit version enables users to work with much larger files and to achieve faster and more accurate results with certain graphic, toolpath generation and post processing functions. It also provides higher efficiency and accuracy in evaluating machining operations with toolpath rendering and machine simulation, and provides full compatibility with 64-bit CAD systems, such as SolidWorks, Solid Edge and Autodesk Inventor. GibbsCAM is compatible with Windows 7.

Autodesk Debuts 2012 Creative Finishing Software at NAB 2011 Show

New Product Demos, Customer Presentations, Free Autodesk Smoke Training and More — Live in the Autodesk Booth and Online on AREA Community Site.

SAN RAFAEL, Calif - Autodesk, Inc. will participate in the NAB Show, the premier digital media industry event in Las Vegas, April 11–14, 2011. Autodesk will showcase its recently launched 2012 Digital Entertainment Creation software for animation, visual effects, editorial finishing and color grading for commercial, film and broadcast postproduction. Digital artists will be able to connect with Autodesk at NAB booth SL2120, as well as virtually on AREA — the Autodesk digital entertainment and visualization community with a quarter of a million unique visitors monthly. Customer and product demonstrations and exclusive video coverage will be streamed live from the Autodesk booth or available on demand on AREA.

Autodesk Workflows and Product Showcase

At booth SL2120, Autodesk will show how its comprehensive, connected Digital Entertainment Creation toolsets can maximize creative capability and value in an efficient, modern pipeline which enables digital artists to produce higher-quality graphics, commercials and promos as they exchange 3D data from previs to post. Presentations will feature new 3D relighting tools for next-generation look development, a holistic stereoscopic 3D pipeline that includes real-time stereo grading, 3D re-dimensionalization and 3D visual effects, streamlined workflows for computer graphic–intensive finishing and the productivity benefits of all-in-one editorial finishing on the Mac.

The following Autodesk 2012 Digital Entertainment Creation products will be featured at the booth:

Autodesk Flame Premium 2012 — Autodesk’s ultimate finishing solution for real-time color grading and 3D visual effects
Autodesk Flare — a powerful 3D node-based compositing assistant to Autodesk Flame and Flame Premium
Autodesk Smoke 2012 — an all-in-one editorial finishing tool for the Mac
Autodesk Maya Entertainment Creation Suite 2012 and Autodesk 3ds Max Entertainment Creation Suite 2012 — software for creating sophisticated motion graphics, computer animation and visual effects

Autodesk Customer Showcase

Vico Sharabani, independent VFX Supervisor and Flame artist, will present his latest work for Psyop using Flame.
Taylor Vavra of Just Add Water, a New York postproduction editorial boutique, will present recent work created with Smoke.
David Crites from Glyph Corp will demonstrate how he uses Smoke for Mac and Autodesk Maya to create multi-screen and unique format projects.

Language Demonstrations

Autodesk will present demonstrations at Autodesk booth SL2120 on Tuesday, April 12, from 4:00–5:00 p.m. PST in Japanese and from 5:00-6:00 p.m. PST in Spanish.

Autodesk Smoke for Mac OS X: Free Hands-on Training at NAB 2011

With support from AJA Video Systems and Intel, Autodesk will provide free 60-minute Smoke for Mac training sessions in a supervised environment. These introductory sessions are ideal for digital artists and editors who want to learn more about Smoke and will be held at the Post Production World, Las Vegas Convention Center, North Hall, Room N243. Preregister here: (http://smokemacnab2011.autodeskevents.net). Daily Schedule: Monday, April 11, and Tuesday, April 12. View registration link above for details.

Tenth Anniversary Las Vegas SuperMeet

On Tuesday, April 12, at the Bally’s Hotel Event Center, Autodesk will present a Smoke mainstage demo entitled, “Taking Your Finishing Workflow Into the Third Dimension,” as part of the Final Cut Pro Users Group SuperMeet, the largest gathering of Final Cut Pro, Adobe and Avid editors, HDSLR filmmakers and digital content creators. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for the Digital Showcase; the show runs from 7:00–11:00 p.m. Preregister here: (http://www.lafcpug.org/events/supermeet_lv_2011.html).

Accelrys Extends Impact of Modeling and Simulation with New QSAR Workbench

New packaged service offering automates and speeds the development, validation and deployment of predictive QSAR models.
SAN DIEGO - Accelrys, Inc, a leading scientific enterprise R&D software and services company, today announced the release of Accelrys QSAR Workbench. Developed in a collaboration between the Accelrys Professional Services team and pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline, the Accelrys QSAR Workbench is a commercially available, web-based solution that automates and accelerates the development, validation and deployment of predictive Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationship (QSAR) models.

As a packaged service offering for Modeling and Simulation within the Accelrys Enterprise R&D Architecture, the QSAR Workbench supports better, faster outcomes and reduced costs through the automation and expert use of predictive science. Built on the Pipeline Pilot™ platform, the QSAR Workbench utilizes native QSAR methods and easily integrates with other statistical tools — helping experts and non-experts alike save time, reduce costs, collaborate more effectively and speed research by leveraging robust, predictive models.

"Accelrys QSAR Workbench cuts model development time from days to hours, accelerating the identification of successful hits earlier in the research process and potentially reducing the number of costly laboratory experiments," said Dr. Trevor Heritage, executive vice president, software products, Accelrys. "This new solution, developed in collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline, also helps to encode best QSAR practices, improve collaboration among experts and extend the reach of this expertise within R&D organizations."

For organizations that do not have the expertise and resources to build models for all projects, the Accelrys QSAR Workbench captures best practices of QSAR design, streamlines model development, reduces errors and automates manual, tedious and error-prone steps so that every project benefits from a model. The ability to record, play and replay protocols in a single interface simplifies and streamlines model development and validation. Statistical experts can focus on building powerful QSAR models leveraging Bayesian probability, recursive partitioning, neural networks, linear regression and other native QSAR methods. Project teams validate the models by testing hypotheses in silico. Optimal models can then be saved and deployed more widely for immediate use by others.

The QSAR Workbench is available from Accelrys Professional Services.

Accelrys Announces the Accelrys Modeling and Simulation Suite

Platform approach leverages expertise across chemistry, biology and materials science to improve outcomes, quality and sustainability in R&D.

SAN DIEGO - Accelrys, Inc, a leading scientific enterprise R&D software and services company, today announced the Accelrys Modeling and Simulation Suite, a pillar of the new Accelrys Enterprise R&D Architecture. As a key element of the company's strategy for optimizing the R&D value chain, the suite offers a unique platform approach to scientific modeling and simulation that reduces costs, enhances productivity and improves outcomes, quality and sustainability in R&D through the automation and expert use of predictive science.

The Accelrys Modeling and Simulation Suite includes Discovery Studio® software, Materials Studio software, the Pipeline Pilot™ Life Science and Materials Modeling and Simulation Collections, as well as the new QSAR Workbench, a packaged solution from Accelrys Professional Services. This suite offers scientific organizations engaged in pharmaceutical, chemical and materials R&D access to the broadest, deepest predictive science capabilities ranging across small molecules, biomolecules, chemicals and materials.

"The use of predictive science is pushing deeper into the scientific value chain," said Dr. Frank Brown, vice president and chief science officer at Accelrys. "Although modeling and simulation has typically been viewed primarily as a research tool, more organizations are depending on it to reduce the number and cost of experiments and generate fresh insights in the development arena. Deploying modeling and simulation software on a unified, scalable platform like Pipeline Pilot can help organizations that are currently simulating less than ten percent of experiments increase that proportion significantly. This is one way to meet the critical performance, cost and innovation goals that define today's increasingly information-driven R&D environment."

The Accelrys QSAR Workbench, built on Pipeline Pilot and developed in collaboration with pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline, automates and accelerates the development, validation and deployment of predictive Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationship (QSAR) models, improving decision making in R&D organizations. The unified Pipeline Pilot platform underlying the QSAR Workbench extends the productivity and reach of expert statisticians, enabling life science organizations to extend the range and impact of their computational experts. QSAR Workbench can also fuel innovation in materials science, enabling scientists working on polymers, surfactants and inorganic crystals to use statistical modeling in creating superior materials.

Modeling and Simulation within the Accelrys Enterprise R&D Architecture

The Accelrys Modeling and Simulation Suite of applications is a key pillar of the Accelrys Enterprise R&D Architecture with the flagship Discovery Studio and Materials Studio applications supported by the underpinning Pipeline Pilot platform. Pipeline Pilot's built-in Chemistry, Biology and Materials Component Collections support the overall experimentation process while providing the depth and breadth of science required by state-of-the-art modeling and simulation, ultimately enabling organizations to bring better products to market with improved speed, efficiency, quality and sustainability.

Accelrys Discovery Studio provides comprehensive modeling and simulation capabilities for computational chemists, computational biologists and other scientists engaged in small molecule and biotherapeutics-based research.

Accelrys Materials Studio brings a comprehensive set of validated materials modeling and simulation methods to scientists working in chemicals and materials R&D, as well as drug development. Materials Studio offers user-friendly access to a complete range of scientific capabilities for modeling crystal structure and crystallization processes; for property prediction for molecules, polymers, catalysts and other materials; and for the development of structure-activity relationships.

To learn more about Accelrys QSAR Workbench and register for a free 30-day online trial, visit http://accelrys.com/services/qsar-workbench.html. Learn how the latest 3.0 release of Discovery Studio improves efficiency and collaboration in small molecule and biotherapeutics-based research by registering for a Discovery Studio webinar.

Longview Extends Early Registration Discount for Collaboration & Interoperability Event

LOVELAND, Colo - Longview Advisors, organizers of the annual 3D Collaboration & Interoperability Congress (CIC), today announced the early registration discount for this year's event will be extended until April 21.

Until May 1, full registrations will cost $795, a $200 savings. After that date, the price will increase to $895 for web registrations until May 21, then $995 at the door.

Now in its eighth year, the annual CIC (www.3dcic.com) brings together experts and executives from a wide range of discrete manufacturing industries, as well as representatives from government and defense communities, to discuss the latest issues and solutions in collaboration and interoperability in global business.

The three-day international meeting provides a world-class forum for exploring strategies, opportunities and solutions for improving innovation in such areas as global product development, manufacturing, logistics and support.

Mar 29, 2011

Dassault Systèmes Helps National Taiwan University Improve Electric Car Design with CATIA and SIMULIA Solutions

Saving Time and Optimizing Product Performance with CATIA and Abaqus FEA.

Dassault Systèmes announced today that the FORMOSUN research team of National Taiwan University has designed and built electric vehicles with the help of CATIA for virtual design and Abaqus Finite Element Analysis (FEA) from SIMULIA for virtual testing.

Since 2000, the engineering department at National Taiwan University has been researching and developing electric vehicles for a sustainable future. From the ground up, undergraduate and graduate students of the FORMOSUN team have designed and developed three solar cars, one hybrid fuel cell scooter, an intelligent personal lightweight electric vehicle (iPLEV), and an electric passenger car.

“Students with limited experience are not fully capable of performing difficult design and engineering tasks,” said Dr. Jung-Ho Cheng of National Taiwan University. “However, with the help of CATIA and Abaqus FEA software, our students have the opportunity to tackle all of the design and analysis problems more efficiently.”

Beyond fundamental structural and thermal analyses with Abaqus FEA, the team utilized an optimization tool to streamline the analysis process for future designs and leverage the open functionality in Abaqus/CAE for improving usability by less experienced students. CATIA for virtual design, and Abaqus for realistic simulation, have been used to create lightweight designs of electric vehicle chassis, structures and electric motors.

“By applying robust realistic simulation solutions, the students at National Taiwan University have challenged themselves to design eco-conscious cars with better efficiency and reliability,” stated Ken Short, VP, Strategy and Marketing, SIMULIA, Dassault Systèmes. “These ‘future’ cars are emerging on the market faster through the use of virtual design and virtual testing solutions that accelerate the delivery of innovative products.”

PROSTEP packages the whole world of engineering in a 3D PDF document

Darmstadt – PROSTEP AG is setting new standards for the easy and secure communication of engineering data within companies and with partners, suppliers and customers. The basis for this achievement is provided by the recently unveiled PROSTEP PDF Generator 3D. It allows 3D models from all leading CAD systems to be combined with PDM metadata, such as product structures, material data and BOMs from ERP systems, and other engineering information in a 3D PDF document and distributed worldwide. And to do this automatically, e.g. when there is a change in status. All the recipient needs to visualize 3D models and 2D data is the normal Adobe® Reader®, which can be found on almost every computer around the world. At the same time, a multi-level security concept provides maximum protection for the content communicated in the 3D PDF documents.

PROSTEP PDF Generator 3D is the successor to Adobe LiveCycle® PDF Generator 3D ES2. Several months ago, PROSTEP took over responsibility for its further development, support and worldwide sale from Adobe System Inc. The aim of the strategic collaboration between the two companies is to firmly anchor 3D PDF technology in manufacturing industry as the ISO standard for the 3D communication and documentation of product data. An important step in this direction is the integration of the technology in a companies’ PLM and ERP solutions in order to automate the availability of 3D PDF documents. To do this, PROSTEP has developed a special PDF2PLM connector that is based on the tried-and-tested OpenPDM technology.

PROSTEP PDF Generator 3D allows the server-based extraction of all types of engineering data from the respective CAD, PLM or ERP systems and the embedding of this data in 3D PDF documents. In addition, the container function allows native CAD data, Word documents, pictures and video clips to be added to these documents. Depending on the rights granted by the document owner, the contents can be visualized, copied, printed and/or annotated with Adobe Reader. “Intelligent” templates allow information to be entered into fields on forms or incorporated in dynamic bar codes so that it is automatically evaluated upon return and transferred to the backend systems.

The integration of PROSTEP PDF Generator 3D in PLM and ERP solutions, offers companies in the automotive industry and other branches of manufacturing industry a number of possible applications in various phases of the product lifecycle. PROSTEP has already developed a number of different use cases on the basis of this technology, some of which have already been implemented at customer sites (see http://www.pdfgenerator3d.com/en/use-cases.html). 3D PDF documents are, for example, used to communicate development data together with manufacturing dimensions and other information to the manufacturing department or external manufacturers without any need for drawings. Changes can thus be documented directly in the 3D model and coordinated with the other parties involved in the project, which shortens time-consuming, paper-based change processes. All the documents required for requests for quotes can, as it were, be embedded in “intelligent” 3D PDF documents and sent to suppliers at the push of a button. The suppliers can then enter their quotes directly in the forms thus allowing them to be evaluated automatically. It is also possible to use the 3D models for technical documentation without having to create time-consuming technical illustrations.

The use of 3D PDF technology makes an important contribution to improving and speeding up communication and decision-making processes within a company and in an extended network of companies. At the same time, it ensures tighter control of business-critical information by means of appropriate protection mechanisms. PROSTEP helps customers in every branch of manufacturing industry to identify the business processes that will most benefit from the use of 3D PDF technology.

PROSTEP AG is recognized as the leading PLM integration specialist in the area of product data integration. The company offers customers from the aerospace, automotive, shipbuilding and mechanical engineering industries – including EADS/AIRBUS, BMW, Volkswagen, Daimler – integration solutions for CAD, PDM and supplier communication, thus making e-engineering a reality.

The PROSTEP Group has a current headcount of more than 280 in Germany, France and the USA. In addition to its headquarters in Darmstadt, PROSTEP also maintains branch offices in Berlin, Bexbach, Hamburg, Hanover, Koblenz, Munich, Stuttgart, Wolfsburg and Wuppertal, as well as Lyon and Toulouse (France) and Troy, Michigan (USA).

Spatial's 3D InterOp Suite of CAD Translation Components Provide IronCAD Users 3D Model Accessibility

CAD Interoperability with IronCAD's Suite of Products Fosters Collaboration.

Spatial Corp., a provider of 3D development components for design, manufacturing and engineering applications, and IronCAD, Inc., a provider of design collaboration solutions, announce that Spatial’s 3D InterOp Suite provides the native CAD translators for the IronCAD Design Collaboration Suite (DCS) 2011. These native translators are packaged as a Translator Bundle allowing IronCAD users to seamlessly leverage existing 3D designs regardless of the originating CAD system. The bundle is available for IRONCAD, INOVATE and IronCAD’s newest product, IRONCAD DRAFT. The licensing of 3D InterOp is in addition to IronCAD’s long-standing licenses of 3D ACIS® Modeler and industry standard translators for IronCAD’s entire suite of design collaboration products.

"Spatial has been a key development partner of ours since the initial release of our products. Spatial’s 3D ACIS Modeler and CAD translators continue to be fundamental contributors to the value we provide our users. More recently, our licensing of Spatial’s 3D InterOp Suite makes high-quality native CAD translators accessible to all of our customers," stated Dr. Tao-Yang Han, IronCAD President. "Today, CAD interoperability is fundamental to successful design collaboration and we are pleased to be working with Spatial to ensure our customers have the best-in-class set of native CAD translators."

Spatial’s 3D InterOp Suite provides high-quality import and export for popular CAD formats including CATIA V4, CATIA V5, IGES, STEP, Parasolid®, and import for SolidWorks®, Inventor®, Pro/ENGINEER®, and NX®. 3D InterOp includes post-processing functions to automatically address geometric inaccuracies inherited from the originating model. Post-processing ensures high-quality data translation for application reuse, a critical need for applications such as the IronCAD’s DCS components that include functions for model manipulation.

IronCAD’s newest product, IRONCAD DRAFT, provides unique 3D integration capabilities, enabling users to work in 2D but also to view, leverage, analyze, render and reference imported 3D model data created by suppliers, customers or colleagues. With 3D InterOp, multiple models from differing CAD systems can be imported to build assemblies, verify interferences, and communicate the 3D representation to customers using realistic rendering and animations. In addition, users can then leverage this critical 3D data in the 2D environment as a fully associative reference allowing detailing and 2D designs based on the information.

"User demand for seamless integration of 3D models into CAD workflows is driving the need for applications to provide reliable, multi-CAD, high-quality translation. We are extremely pleased that IronCAD has licensed 3D InterOp Suite for their DCS Translator Bundles to address this requirement. IronCAD’s decision is recognition of Spatial’s continued commitment to provide the industry’s highest-quality CAD translation components," commented Jean-Marc Guillard, Spatial Chief Operating Officer. "In addition to this recent licensing agreement, Spatial and IronCAD have been long-term development partners, with over 35,000 end-user IRONCAD seats built on Spatial’s 3D ACIS Modeler and CAD translation components."

Free FEA Mobile Application -Now Available for Download

WESTMINSTER, CA – NEi Stratus is now available for download at the Apple App Store. NEi Stratus allows engineers to use their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad to experience mobile FEA technology for free. Engineers can perform finite element analysis on basic shapes such as flat plates, blocks, cylinders and tubes.

Free Mobile FEA application from NEi Software for the iPhone, iPod touch or iPad

WHERE: Apple App Store

NEi Software supplies Nastran Finite Element Analysis (FEA), engineering simulation, and virtual testing software solutions. Engineers gain insight with digital prototypes, images, contour plots, graphs, and animations of linear and nonlinear structural stress, deformation, dynamics, vibration, kinematics, impact, heat transfer and fluid dynamic (CFD) simulations. The website features case studies in aerospace, automotive, maritime, petroleum, medical, and consumer products with demonstration videos, webinars, tutorials, and training schedules.

Baltic Yachts Chooses CATIA to Streamline Development and Production

GOTHENBURG, Sweden – Dassault Systèmes today announced that Baltic Yachts has chosen CATIA Marine solutions to create better boats, faster and more efficiently. Founded in 1973, Baltic Yachts is globally known for its pioneering custom yachts combining innovative materials and technologies with high quality craftsmanship.

With many of its projects increasing in size and complexity over the years, Baltic Yachts needed tighter control over its design and engineering process. After evaluating different options to replace their existing CAD system, Baltic Yachts selected CATIA from Dassault Systèmes as the solution to integrate the complete value chain, provide the flexibility needed for its collaborative design and engineering processes while supporting the company’s creativity and innovation with state-of-the-art modules and methodologies dedicated to the marine industry.

“We expect this new solution to help in the transformation of our business, facilitating the extension of services to our customers, better management of our production, and future growth,” said Marjo Keiramo, managing director, Baltic Yachts.

“The CATIA methodology is particularly suitable for our composite yachts due to the iterative definition that we must perform in collaboration with naval architects, engineering and component suppliers,” added Henrik Sjöblom, technical director, Baltic Yachts. “The flexibility of CATIA allows our designers to easily link the objects created by different stakeholders inside a complete digital mockup without limitations in data volume, where we can mix various data formats coming from suppliers. It’s a big improvement for us.”

Built on an open architecture, CATIA for Marine solutions enable a seamless flow of information across all actors in the yacht building value chain, covering the three main disciplines – structure, systems, and interiors – on a single collaborative platform, while offering a unique integration of the marine process.

CATIA was implemented by RAND Finland, a consulting firm specialized in Dassault Systèmes PLM solutions and supported by Dassault Systèmes marine industry experts. Dassault Systèmes has a team dedicated to marine customers and recently launched an initiative in Jakobstad in Finland, where one of Baltic Yacht’s production plants is located, to support the local marine industry.

“The Baltic Yachts decision demonstrates that our products and specialized methodologies fit perfectly with the industry processes and expectations. We are delighted to have Baltic Yachts join the growing CATIA community of more than 130 yacht customers,” said François Mathieu, yacht market development leader at Dassault Systèmes.

Sescoi's latest CADCAM and ERP Productivity tools at Industrie 2011

Industrie Lyon 2011 is France’s premier exhibition for advanced technology with over 800 exhibitors. Sescoi will be presenting the full range of its automated productivity software in Hall 6, on Stand D68. This will include the latest version of its flagship CADCAM system WorkNC V21; the launch of Auto WorkNC CAM software for families of parts; the French launch of the new WorkNC Dental Implantology and Dental Automation modules; preview of version 4 of MyWorkPLAN job management; and the latest enhancements to its WorkXPlore 3D high speed viewer.

WorkNC V21 is now 64bit, with parallel processing capabilities which reduces calculation and programming times to as little as a tenth of what was previously possible. The simultaneous calculation of several threads is extremely effective on complex parts, enabling users to create highly optimized machining operations while still reducing program preparation times. The new high speed Global Finishing toolpaths combine Z-Level Finishing and Optimized Z-Level Finishing into a single climb milling operation. This produces improved cutting conditions and surface quality, eliminates duplicate and wasted movements, and results in faster machining operations and simplified programming. Further improvements include the automated machining of undercut conditions, support for conical tools and the rationalisation of the software’s 5-axis toolpaths, enhancing WorkNC’s position as the premier automated CAM package.

Visitors to the Sescoi booth will be able to examine numerous showcase parts machined with WorkNC, including the much travelled ‘Robot Head’, well known to WorkNC’s Facebook fans.

For similar parts, Sescoi has developed a new module, Auto WorkNC, which enables families of parts such as electrodes to be programmed in three easy steps. The new software, takes a master program and applies it to a new 3D model. The programmer simply has to prepare the CAD data, select the machine and material and apply the toolpaths, producing a new finished, reliable, and collision free toolpath in just a few minutes. Demonstrations of the software at the show will illustrate the speed of programming and the reliability of the cutterpaths on the most complex shapes, including those which require 5-axis machining.

Sescoi has been collaborating with a wide range of dental partners in the development of its open WorkNC Dental software. Industrie will be the first showing in France of the company’s new WorkNC Dental Implantology and Automation modules, which further extend the capabilities of the system for dental professionals. The Implantology module accurately detects the 3D orientation of each implant, ensuring that the holes in the crown or bridge align perfectly. The software also automatically interprets the geometry of the prosthesis and margin line, producing high quality reconstructions which are easy to fit and which will enhance patient satisfaction levels, in a full range of dental materials including titanium, chrome-cobalt, zirconia, lithium disilicate, E-max and PMMA. A demonstration and live cutting will show how the complete system operates, starting with a Dental Wings scanner and finishing with machining on a Witech Mic5 5-axis machine tool.

The WorkNC Dental Automation module turns prosthesis manufacture into a continuous unmanned process by allowing technicians to schedule and queue a series of jobs, allocating them automatically to the next available pallet on the machine tool through a direct connection with the machine’s control unit.

For users of wire EDM and die sinking machines, visitors will be able to see both the WorkNC Electrode and WorkNC Wire EDM systems. The electrode software makes it easy to extract 3D geometry from a model, allocate a suitable holder, machine the electrode and ensure its accurate positioning for the die sinking operation. The wire EDM system includes features for tagging, slug removal and control of 4-axis wire moves as well as checks for maximum wire angle errors to make sure the part is manufacturable.

Version 4 of MyWorkPLAN, Sescoi’s job management software for custom manufacturers is previewed at Industrie 2011. The new version includes new capabilities for customer relationship management (CRM), to handle pre-sale processes, customer follow-up and marketing campaigns. By managing sales opportunities, the CRM system helps companies to manage prospects and forecast sales values and probabilities more effectively. Analysis can show the current situation for each sales person and each industry sector. The system also allows managers and sales people to see the past and future activities for each potential customer and view the collated documents related to each sales process. Once the enquiry becomes an order, documentation is automatically passed to MyWorkPLAN’s manufacturing module, providing engineers with a complete history of the project, enabling them to manage production and on time delivery, greatly improving the overall service provided to each customer.

The new timeline graphical feature in Version 4 of MyWorkPLAN allows the user to quickly find any document linked to a customer or project, and with a simple drag&drop the user can open the Easyview tree displaying the object linked to that document. Version 4 also includes new analyses graphs with a modern look & feel, plus new functions for companies who manufacture both the tool and the related serial parts (injection, stamping, etc...).

Version 2 of WorkXplore 3D, Sescoi’s collaborative high speed view mark-up and analysis software, will be on show at the exhibition. The software encourages data sharing and feedback throughout a supply chain, in a low cost system which encourages concurrent working. All Nippon Airways selected WorkXplore 3D to share design data for maintaining its fleet of 787 Dreamliners in Japan, picking it for its speed and lightweight format which suited it ideally for its PC network. New at the show will be WorkXplore 3D’s WorkZone Manager Light functionality, which enables users to obtain information about toolpaths created in WorkNC and geometric tolerancing and dimensioning information from CATIA V5.

Visitors to Industrie can learn how to transform their productivity in one visit to Sescoi’s booth, and if that is not enough of a reason to call in, the company is offering free entry into a competition to win an experience gift box.

TraceParts 3D Catalogs Receive Autodesk Inventor 2012 Certification

100+ million native 3D models are just mouse clicks away from Inventor User Community.

St Romain, France – TraceParts today announced that its 3D library of suppliers and standard parts catalogs has been certified for Autodesk Inventor 2012 3D mechanical design software through the Autodesk Inventor Certified Applications Program. Digital Prototyping with Autodesk Inventor software gives manufacturers the ability to digitally design, visualize and simulate how a product will work under real world conditions before it is built, which helps reduce cost and increase efficiency. Through this technical and marketing achievement, TraceParts reinforces its long-lasting partnership with Autodesk, having been a member of the worldwide Autodesk Developer Network (ADN) for 16 years.

TracePartsOnline.net 3D component library is one of the largest parts libraries in the world, offering 100+ million 3D CAD models & 2D drawings, including both industry standard parts as well as products from hundreds of manufacturers’ catalogs used by the tooling, machinery, aerospace and automotive industries. Users can browse or search for products, configure product options, create dynamic 3D previews, and insert native Inventor 3D product models directly into their designs together with their Bill of Materials (BoM) attributes.

"Engineers are far more dependent on manufactured content than ever before, and this certification demonstrates our commitment to meeting the needs of our global customers," said Jim Quanci, director of Autodesk Developer Network. "TraceParts provides easy and quick access to millions of native-format Autodesk Inventor models of the parts our customers use every day. So now, the Inventor Community can concentrate on designing and innovating new products instead of wasting time and effort modeling parts they don’t manufacture."

"We are extremely pleased to be once again the first 3D Parts Library to reach the Autodesk Inventor 2012 Certification," said Gabriel Guigue, TraceParts Managing Director. "Time to market is crucial to Autodesk Inventor customers, and we know that over 80% of CAD models that mechanical designers add to their parts list are later purchased. This is why we strongly believe this Inventor 2012 certification will bring fantastic additional marketing exposure to our hundreds of 3D catalogs."

New MagiCAD plugin for Lindab's software

Easy and intelligent connection with Lindab's selection and calculation tools.

The new MagiCAD plugin offers a connection between MagiCAD and Lindab’s IT solutions, such as DIMcomfort, DIMsilencer and lindQST. The plugin enables MagiCAD users to select Lindab’s products with these three software solutions and export products into MagiCAD. It is fully compatible with the latest versions of MagiCAD, both 32-bit and 64-bit.

DIMcomfort is based on Lindab´s supply and exhaust air terminal device range, and provides calculation and design of diffusers based on specified requirements.

DIMsilencer provides quick, professional sound calculation, based on specified requirements, as well as simple product selection combined with a high degree of user-friendliness.

lindQST (Lindab Quick Selection Tool) is an advanced web tool that makes the selection of Lindab’s air- and waterborne products quick and simple.

Avizo® helps researchers understand 19th century painting techniques

The characterization of the porosity of ground layers in easel paintings: a first step towards understanding its role in water uptake, reactivity and material transport in 19th and early 20th century paintings.

The Swiss Institute for Art Research (SIK-ISEA) is studying the studio practice of Swiss painters of the late 19th early 20th century, the materials they used for their paintings, and the deterioration processes the paintings undergo as they age. Amongst other issues this study is looking at the paintings’ grounds, which are mixtures of binding media, fillers, and pigments applied to a suitable support as a preparation for painting. In particular it has set a focus on the possible connection between the porosity of grounds, their absorption characteristics, the overall appearance, and the stability of the paintings.

Many different recipes for the preparation of lean and relatively absorbent grounds can be found in technical sources written since the late 17th century. There are a number of reasons why most artists preferred them: They soak up some of the binding medium of the paint, thus shortening its drying process and resulting in a good adhesion between ground and paint. From the end of the 19th century onwards, the fact that absorbent grounds lead to brightly coloured and matte picture surfaces was very much appreciated by painters that had ceased to work in the academic style.

In attempting to characterise the degree of porosity or the capability of a ground to incorporate moisture, the study addresses a pressing conservation question: The presence of an absorbing layer within the painting build-up has important consequences for the painting’s stability. Issues of water-accelerated reactivity and moisture gradient-assisted material mobility within complex paint systems have been recognised but never studied. The characterisation of the structure of absorbent ground layers is a first step towards the study of the mobility of materials between layers.

Recent research at the Art technology department of SIK-ISEA in collaboration with TOMCAT beamline at PSI Villigen has shown that X-ray tomography is a uniquely powerful method to study the internal structure in intact ground samples. The current research challenge is twofold and lies in (i) estimating precisely the distribution of voids and pores and the connectivity of the porosity network at a micrometer scale, and (ii) visualizing the impregnation and transport of moisture through the ground. The 3D tomographic data sets are being studied using the Avizo software, which enables visualization and quantitative analysis of the data sets by providing appropriate filtering algorithms and advanced segmentation tools.

Avizo software is a powerful, multifaceted tool for visualizing, manipulating and understanding scientific and industrial data. Wherever 3D data sets need to be processed, in materials and physical sciences, engineering applications, non-destructive testing, and earth sciences, Avizo offers abundant state-of-the-art features within an intuitive workflow and easy-to-use graphical user interface.

(VSG) Visualization Sciences Group (VSG) is the leading provider of high-performance 3D visualization software and graphics toolkits for engineers, scientists‚ and applications developers. They provide advanced 3D software technologies for scientific data visualization‚ engineering and simulation, materials science and earth sciences.

The Swiss Institute for Art Research (SIK-ISEA) was founded in 1951 and has become a center of competence of international repute in the fields of art history and art technology. Its core activities are research, documentation and the dissemination of knowledge and information about the fine arts, the art sector and art technology. The focus is on art created in Switzerland. Its Research Promotion Program, launched in 2008, has established SIK-ISEA as an Institute for Advanced Study with an international perspective, and in the process it is making a major contribution to strengthening Switzerland’s role as a research base. The Institute is a non-profit-making research body operated as a public-private partnership.

FM:Systems Partners with FacilityOne to Expand BIM and FM Solutions in China

Partnership answers the building information modeling needs of China’s rapid building growth and industry modernization.

RALEIGH, N.C – FM:Systems, a provider of integrated workplace management systems (IWMS) and computer-aided facility management (CAFM) software, today announced that Shanghai, China-based FacilityOne has become the first FM:Systems Solution Center partner in mainland China. As Autodesk’s Preferred Industry Partner for facilities management (FM), FM:Systems has demonstrated leadership in the integration of building information modeling (BIM) and FM solutions. FM:Systems is partnering with FacilityOne to deliver BIM and FM solutions to meet China’s tremendous growth in the building and construction industry.

According to a recent article in DailyFinance, China's construction growth, fed by a thriving economy and a massive population movement from rural to urban areas, will dwarf that of the U.S. over the next ten years. As a result, the Chinese government and domestic businesses are on an annual building boom that's about 30 times the size of downtown Manhattan, the U.S. Green Building Council said last year.

FacilityOne is the first organization to focus on BIM and FM solutions in China. Historically, BIM models were confined to project delivery and seldom used during operations, despite growing demand for better building information. The FacilityOne and FM:Systems partnership will allow BIM models and data to add value throughout the lifecycle of a building. Chinese building owners and managers can realize the benefits of a lifecycle building management approach, which include:

Improved space management
Efficient use of energy
Streamlined preventive maintenance
Economical retrofits and renovations
Enhanced lifecycle management

“The largest challenges for Chinese building owners transitioning to BIM involve implementation costs – software, hardware, and services. Our partnership with FM:Systems significantly enhances our ability to bring the benefits of BIM to the operations phase of a building’s lifecycle, which will increase BIM’s return on investment,” said Jack Liu, President and Founder of FacilityOne. “In China, FacilityOne’s BIM and FM solutions include not only computer-aided facility management to integrate with BIM, but also BIM modeling with an emphasis on FM-friendly models. Our combined expertise in consulting, technology and service will enable our customers to extend the value of BIM into the FM arena, leading to the development of a more sustainable planet.”

“In a country experiencing the world’s largest construction boom, our partnership with FacilityOne presents exciting opportunities,” said Kurt von Koch, vice president of sales, FM:Systems. “Integrated workflows for design, construction and building operations will help our Chinese customers reduce costs and make their buildings more efficient.”

VI-grade Supplies BIT-Racing with VI-Motorsport

Marburg – VI-grade GmbH, a provider of products and services to bridge the gap between real world testing and technical simulation, today announced that BIT-Racing, ac Formula SAE team set up by undergraduate students in Beijing Institute of Technology, has selected VI-MotorSport, VI-grade’s complete suite for system-level racing simulations, to optimize the setup of their racing cars.

Founded in September 2009 for the first FSAE competition of China held in 2010, BIT-Racing is a Formula SAE team set up by undergraduate students in Beijing Institute of Technology. The strategic partnership with VI-grade will provide the team with of the possibility of realizing their goal of performance prediction before manufacturing, obtaining the desired achievements in the future competition.

“Being the champion of the first FSAE in China, BIT-Racing has long been working on the improvement of performance prediction of racing cars by the means of CAE in designing, which would result in much higher efficiency in designing and lower risk of R&D. However, due to the capital and test site limitations, students’ trials on test-driving and adjusting were quite inconvenient and largely restrained” says Mr. XU Bin, faculty advisor of BIT-Racing Team. “Fortunately, VI-grade, one of the top-ranking suppliers for simulation software of Vehicle Dynamics, whose products cover several fields such as vehicle, aviation, car-racing sports and railway, is capable of assisting us to combine conception design and practical test-driving, thus enabling our team to seek for the optimum performance of our racing cars.”

“We are very excited about the collaboration with BIT-Racing” says Guido Bairati, Sales Director of VI-grade. “We are looking forward to supporting the success of this team that joins today the community of our customers belonging to the racing industry.”

Frank Botdorf joins EON Reality as Director of Business Development for Eastern USA

IRVINE, Calif – EON Reality's, the world's leading interactive 3D software provider, today announced that Frank Botdorf has joined EON Reality as Director of Business Development for the Eastern USA market region. His industry insight and local market knowledge will help the company to strengthen its position in the market.

Frank Botdorf has over 19 years of software and technology work experience. Early in his career he held sales and marketing positions with prominent industry leaders including IBM, Lanier Worldwide and Treev, Inc. In early 2001, Mr. Botdorf joined Propeller Head Software, Inc. as Director of Sales and Marketing and after meeting defined revenue targets, became a co-owner. Under his approximate ten year tenure at Propeller Head Software, Inc., he contributed to an increase in company revenues of over 150% - year over year. Mr. Botdorf graduated from GA State University with a MBA in Marketing and has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wofford College.

"The technology is what initially intrigued me. I researched 3D and virtual reality technology and learned about EON Reality, Inc. and their leadership role in this space. After several discussions with the management team and realizing the potential opportunity, I knew very quickly that I wanted to be a part of the team," said Frank Botdorf.

Delcam to preview ArtCAM 2011 at Sign & Digital

Delcam will preview the 2011 release of its ArtCAM software for signmaking and woodworking at the Sign & Digital UK exhibition to be held at the NEC, Birmingham, from 12th to 14th April. The new release, which will be launched at the end of April, will be the first 64-bit version of the software.

Using 64-bit software can increase the speed at which signmakers work as well as helping with larger, memory-intensive files. One of the beta-testers, Grant Bailey from Artifacturing commented, "Calculations appear much faster, for example, it loaded a 250mb file in three seconds.”

To suit individual methods of working, ArtCAM gives users the freedom to customise and save their preferred interface layout. They also have the option to create their design in ArtCAM or import pre-created 2D or 3D artwork directly. Any 2D artwork can then be cut out for basic 2D signage or transformed into 3D shapes with ArtCAM’s unique modelling tools.

To help the design process, a sign can be made from several vector or relief layers, which can be shown or hidden, making them easy to manipulate. Layer information from imported files, such as PDF, DXF or AI files can also be preserved.

If required, designs on a particular relief layer can be split into layers and saved to the relief library. This adds to a library of over 400 free pieces of relief clipart that are supplied with ArtCAM. These can be opened, resized and repositioned as required prior to committing the reliefs to the design. These can then be embossed or sculpted from an array of design tools. Hand-carving effects or unique textures can also be added in a matter of minutes using ArtCAM’s texture toolpath strategy. New Bitmap to Vector outlining and Contour Blend tools make it even easier to accurately outline and create complex shapes.

Basic text can also be quickly generated with ArtCAM’s Text Tool, or if the designer prefers they can make their own unique fonts, which can then be stored and used at a later date for other signs.

Additionally, ArtCAM comes with an intuitive ‘Inlay Wizard’, which makes precise male and female parts with a perfectly flat surface for any inlaid sign. This will also ensure that all unsightly shadows are avoided when creating illuminated signs.

To help visualise the design, it can be rendered in numerous materials, including different types of wood such as mahogany or maple, complete with wood grain direction. If the sign requires outside approval, the design can be emailed as a rotatable 3D PDF.

Once authorised, the sign maker can then select the tools they want to use for machining from a database of over 250 routers and machine tools. To prevent material wastage, the software not only nests the pieces to be cut according to their true shape, but also calculates the previously defined machining strategies, cutting tools and machining parameters from imported DXF and PDF files. These can then be applied to all layers with the same name with a single click thanks to ArtCAM’s advanced ‘toolpath templates’.

Finally, a simulation can be run of the pieces being machined using the chosen tools and the given material block dimensions. This has proven extremely beneficial as customers can change the tools or machining strategies prior to machining, saving time and money.

Optimus Rev 10 available

Optimus Rev 10 puts design engineers in the driver’s seat for faster, better-targeted design optimization.

Leuven (Belgium) – Noesis Solutions has released Optimus Rev 10, offering superior process integration and bundling more modules and features in its Base configuration. Translating designers’ ideas and goals into an Optimus optimization process flow has never been more intuitive and straightforward. Optimus’ enhanced software environment informs engineering specialists about the ongoing optimization, and guides them in steering the process based on their extensive experience. It’s all about getting better feedback faster, also by applying the full strength of Optimus’ enhanced methods and leading-edge algorithms for multi-objective optimization. No matter how complex the product or how far the ambitions reach, Optimus identifies the optimum design in record time.

More value for money and interaction with the user

With Optimus’ reshuffled Base / Standard / Premium versions, a lot of optional modules are now available as part of the default Rev 10 software configuration. This increases the return on investment for new customers and also rewards loyal users; two advantages that result from pushing optimization technology towards commodity use.

Optimus is renowned for capturing and automating the most complex simulation process workflows without any programming skills. Perfect examples in this regard are user customizable actions and interfaces (UCAs and UCIs), which can simply be plugged in any workflow. Numerous improvements in Optimus Rev 10 build in even more flexibility in design optimization definition and execution.Using Reject Rules, users can simply bypass expensive calculations when it’s known they will fail. And by choosing the start population of Genetic Optimization algorithms, fewer design optimization iteration steps are needed altogether, saving simulation time and expenditure. The default No Stop condition makes sure that Optimus completes design optimization in full and collects a complete set of result data under any external circumstances.

Picking the optimization method that’s most suitable

Talking about methods. Rev 10 incorporates a second-order Adaptive Region Method (ARM) algorithm extension. Optimus apples a smart set of panning and zooming techniques to hunt the location of the optimal point. Based on successive approximation of the quadratic response surface, Optimus accuratey captures non-linearities using fewer iteration steps.

Noesis Solutions also made available the first in a series of plug-in methods in partnership with eArtius, combining the best of gradient-based techniques and genetic algorithms. Using this multi-objective optimization plug-in, Optimus only requires 2 to 5 model evaluations to identify each Pareto optimal design. This speeds up the process considerably, irrespective of simulation model complexity.

Driving more CAE packages and mastering graphic reporting

The introduction of partner technology plug-ins fits in Noesis Solutions’ strategy to maximize the openness of the Optimus design optimization and process integration software platform. Rev 10 of Optimus presents an impressive series of new UCIs that drive rapid design software packages such as CoCreate, SpaceClaim and SFE Concept as well as simulation software solutions including MoldFlow and Abaqus 6.10.

Optimus Rev 10 supports critical decision making by introducing new plot types, populated by means of multi-disciplinary data mining performed in real time. Some plots serve the identification of trust regions between disciplines in the solution spaces, others are helpful with filtering combinations of designs to limit the solution corridor. Another purpose is generating new design of experiment samples on the basis of data mining results.

Mar 28, 2011

Verisurf Improves Aerospace & Defense Manufacturing Processes

Anaheim CA. Verisurf Software, Inc. is set to unveil new manufacturing automation solutions that increase assembly productivity of major airframe components, such as rudder and wing assemblies from globally dispersed suppliers.

Live demonstrations will take place at the AeroDef Manufacturing 2011 Exposition and Conference at Verisurf booth 1822 from April 5-7, 2011.

Verisurf’s new solutions feature key characteristic measurement and reporting automation technology. Based on Verisurf X5 Discrete Point Acquisition Solution System, the solutions use non‐contact 3D scanners to quickly extract discrete inspection points without additional the time and costs associated with massive point clouds. By automatically reporting key characteristic measurements of major asbuilt airframes, the solution immediately identifies deviations from the as‐designed configuration, aids assembly simulation and significantly increases assembly productivity.

In addition to demonstrating its revolutionary key characteristic measurement and reporting automation technology:
• Verisurf will demonstrate Outer Mold Line (OML) Measurement and Control, Digital Tooling, and Model Based Definition (MBD) solutions.
• David Olson, Verisurf’s director, was selected by the technical committee to present Model Based Inspection: Leveraging Model Based Definition (MBD) for Quality Assurance at 1:00 PM, Thursday, April 7th.
• In AeroDef’s Quality, Measurement & Inspection “Tech Zone,” Verisurf and VRSI have collaborated to demonstrate In‐Process Metrology featuring robotically controlled scanning by VRSI and scan data analysis by Verisurf Software.

Verisurf Software, Inc. is a metrology software development company committed to delivering advanced CAD based Inspection and reverse engineering solutions. Verisurf software enables manufacturers to produce higher quality products in less time and at a lower cost by using highly automated paperless, 3D CAD based inspection processes reducing the need for error prone hand measurements and costly 2D paper drawings.

AeroDef Manufacturing 2011 Exposition & Conference
Anaheim Convention Center – April 5-7, 2011
Verisurf booth 1822

Solibri Introduces Solibri Model Checker v6.2

Solibri Introduces Solibri Model Checker v6.2, delivering Enhanced Usability, Expanded QA/QC Capabilitiesand Extended Support for the Design and Construction Community.

Helsinki, Finland: Solibri, Inc., the market leader of Model Checking technology for design quality assurance and analysis, announces the release and availability of Solibri Model Checker v6.2. This release introduces greatly enhanced usability, productivity tools and new capabilities in BIM quality assurance.

Improve Quality - Save Money

Innovations and features introduced in v6.2 elevate the usability of Solibri Model Checker to a new level making model checking even easier, faster and more efficient when checking either complex single design discipline models or combined multi-discipline models.

Solibri Model Checker v6.2 includes an Automated 3D Selection Box, making it possible to isolate issue ‘areas’, as well as individual design issues. This feature enhances and streamlines the model analysis process and workflow.

We believe our customers highly value the ability of Solibri Model Checker to identify, Isolate, visualize, and communicate potential quality problems. Ultimately, the quality problems solved or avoided will be used to measure our success”, states Mr. Heikki Kulusjärvi, CEO of Solibri, Inc.

“We are focused on pinpointing deficiencies and design flaws, then solving these issues as early as possible in the design phase. Solibri Model Checker is the solution for minimizing design related quality costs.” continues Mr. Kulusjärvi.

Solibri, Inc. is the global leader in BIM quality assurance and quality control, providing out of the box tools for BIM validation, compliance control, design process coordination, design review, analysis, and code checking. Solibri’s corporate mission is to develop and market quality assurance solutions that improve the quality of BIM based design and make the entire design and construction process more productive and the cost effective.