Desktop Engineering

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Desktop Engineering announces that Xtl, a new application for STL file repair and editing from Discretize Inc. (Covington, LA), has been selected its Editor’s Pick of the Week for July 6, 2011.

Xtl is “for repairing and editing dirty STL geometries you encounter during simulation as well as manufacturing jobs like 3D printing,” says Anthony J. Lockwood, editor at large for Desktop Engineering. "The first thing that makes Xtl interesting is that it approaches STL models as a CAD-like topology – bodies, surfaces, curves, and vertices overlaying the faceted model – not just as a bunch of triangular facets and nodes. This means that you approach repairs and editing from this kind of design angle, which should give you good control over what you're doing."

Xtl comes with a prototype wrapping algorithm. “Normally when you leverage a wrapping algorithm to create a surface, your software can have a hard time figuring out what features you need and what features to boot out,” explains Lockwood. “Small features that you really need can give it fits. Discretize says that its prototype intelligent wrapping algorithm gives Xtl the ability to close large gaps yet preserve those small features. … This capability is headed in an interesting direction."

Read the full Editor’s Pick of the Week at “STL Repair, Editing Tool for Simulation/Manufacturing.”

Desktop Engineering magazine, which is published monthly by Level 5 Communications, is an industryleading media brand covering hardware and software engineering solutions for the manufacturing, medical, automotive, aerospace, consumer electronics, process, and other industries. Its readership of 60,000 is 100- percent involved in upfront design processes. Desktop Engineering’s website, deskeng.com, is a valuable resource updated regularly with breaking news from the global engineering, design, and manufacturing industries.

“Desktop Engineering covers MCAD, simulation and analysis, reverse engineering, and rapid technologies for design engineers and engineering management,” said Steve Robbins, executive editor. “We focus on computer technologies that enable 3D modeling and simulation.”

“Each issue of DE offers news updates, hardware and software reviews, articles, and in-depth coverage of rapidly evolving industries,” Robbins added. “DE delivers information that increases ROI and helps shorten time to market. Whether engineers are working on the latest aerospace project or an industrial designer is creating a new cell phone, DE provides solutions to their day-to-day challenges.”

Desktop Engineering announced that Tetra 4D's 3D PDF Converter software for creating interactive 3D PDF files from CAD data has been selected its Editor’s Pick of the Week for March 9, 2011.

“3D PDF Converter ... is like a digital document creation system,” says Anthony J. Lockwood, editor at large for Desktop Engineering. It “works as a toolbar selection inside of Adobe Acrobat X Pro, where it leverages all the features and functions of Acrobat X Pro [enabling it] to focus more or less exclusively on what needs to be done to make CAD data interactive 3D PDFs.”

“I mean data: PMI, assembly structure, meta data, views, and so forth,” explains Lockwood. “The key to 3D PDF Converter is its complementary standalone application called 3D Reviewer. With it, you can merge CAD models or move/delete parts [as well as] create animations and exploded assemblies. You can even pull a BOM together, generate cross sections, or whip up some mold calculations.”

“The cool thing about 3D PDF Converter is that it's not expensive,” says Lockwood. “3D PDF is cool stuff, and the people at Tetra 4D seem to be working at making it cooler for design and manufacturing engineers.”

Read the full Editor’s Pick of the Week at: Convert CAD Data into Interactive 3D PDFs

For more information visit: www.tetra4d.com/3D-PDF

Desktop Engineering (deskeng.com) announces that version 13.0 of the ANSYS Engineering Simulation Suite from ANSYS Inc. (Canonsburg, PA) was selected as its Editor’s Pick of the Week for November 10, 2010.

“Engineering efficiency is the theme here,” says Anthony J. Lockwood, editor at large for Desktop Engineering. “And it unfolds in three ways: a bunch of new solvers, better integration of multiple physics, and a handful of new technologies that improve performance. ANSYS 13.0 also has a new application of variational technology that could reduce harmonic analysis solution times by a factor of five to 10. A cool new capability is integration with Microsoft Excel.”

“Release 13.0 better leverages the ANSYS flexible architecture, [lowering] any remaining barriers to engineers with different physics specialties working collaboratively, exchanging data, and developing
simulations incorporating multiphysics,” adds Lockwood.

“Having watched this analysis system evolve over the years,” concludes Lockwood. “I'd say this sounds like a most interesting release.”

Read the complete Editor’s Pick of the Week at “ANSYS 13.0 Engineering Simulation Suite Launched.” Desktop Engineering magazine, which is published monthly by Level 5 Communications, is an industryleading media brand covering hardware and software engineering solutions for the manufacturing, medical, automotive, aerospace, consumer electronics, process, and other industries. Its readership of 60,000 is 100-percent involved in upfront design processes. Desktop Engineering’s website, deskeng.com, is a valuable resource updated regularly with breaking news from the global engineering, design, and manufacturing industries.

“Desktop Engineering covers MCAD, simulation and analysis, reverse engineering, and rapid technologies for design engineers and engineering management,” said Steve Robbins, executive editor. “We focus on computer technologies that enable 3D modeling and simulation.”

“Each issue of DE offers news updates, hardware and software reviews, articles, and in-depth coverage of rapidly evolving industries,” Robbins added. “DE delivers information that increases ROI and helps shorten time to market. Whether engineers are working on the latest aerospace project or an industrial designer is creating a new cell phone, DE provides solutions to their day-to-day challenges.”

For more information about daily news updates, monthly updates from the magazine, and advertising opportunities, contact:

Desktop Engineering
Level 5 Communications Inc.
1283D Main St.
Dublin, NH 03444
tel 603-563-1631
fax 603-563-8192
www.deskeng.com

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