VECTARY, the online 3D modeling tool and community platform, announces it has closed a $2.5 million seed round. Led by BlueYard Capital, with participation from Neulogy Ventures and several angel investors, the partnership kicks off with the arrival of the hugely anticipated VECTARY beta and its release to more than 10,000 waiting subscribers.

Vectary has set out on a mission to empower people to create incredible things in 3D. With 3D printers becoming more and more affordable and now selling in large numbers worldwide, 3D printing is driving the makers’ movement forward, yet it is still held back by the lack of easy-to-use and affordable 3D design software. VECTARY has come up with a simple, free modeling tool, which quickly and easily turns design ideas into beautiful, ready-to-print 3D models.

VECTARY stands apart from conventional 3D modeling tools and gives DIY creators and makers the means to create powerful 3D models in their browser, without the need of any engineering skills or having to install expensive and complicated legacy software. Its community-driven platform allows users to share and collaborate on designs. New users without any 3D design experience can easily get started by customizing already-existing models of other VECTARY community members.

Michal Koor, Vectary Founder and CEO said, “This funding will ensure our success, allowing us to further implement our vision to become the most widely used 3D modeling tool, and to scale quickly to new markets. There’s an increasingly large Makers community out there, mostly in the US, so the plan is to expand and cement our presence there, and in turn, attract further investments when the timing is right.”

Ciarán O'Leary, BlueYard Capital investor: "What got us excited about VECTARY was the transformational user experience of the tool, paired with the richness of a community. VECTARY’s platform can make a large contribution to democratizing 3D modeling beyond engineers, unleashing new products and markets in the process. Technologies that empower and democratize capabilities is exactly what we are looking for at BlueYard."

Over the following weeks VECTARY will continue to give more users access, getting their valuable feedback to improve the product and user experience, before opening up to everyone else late 2016.

Published in Vectary

Kubotek Creation Engineering announces the immediate availability of its KCM geometric modeling kernel. KCM solves the CAD interoperability problem and supercharges compute intensive 3D modeling applications. KCM is available for integration into current and existing CAD/CAM, ray tracing, robotics or other 3D modeling applications.

Software developers using KCM can now take full advantage of multiprocessor technology available on all modern computers. The KCM modeler is written from the ground up to be truly thread-safe, unlike older modelers whose thread-safety measures were added after multi-core processors became the norm.

Older modelers programmed their thread-safety after the fact by using mutexes, severely limiting the speed at which the computer can utilize multiprocessor capabilities. Mutexes severely limit data flow while ensuring integrity of data in a multiprocessing environment. With KCM’s mutex-free thread-safe code, one customer’s application achieved an almost 100% increase in speed for every processor added to its application, boosting their application's speed by 10x. This has given the company a significant competitive advantage in its market.

Paul Stallings, PhD., Vice President of Development at Kubotek, and Chief Architect of the KCM geometric modeler, compares mutexes to the classic gas station bathroom key: “Imagine a service station that serves hundreds of travelers per day, and in that service station, there is only one restroom available.  In order to access that restroom, you must wait in line for the key to unlock the door. And of course, the line grows longer during peak times. The frustration and discomfort felt by the travelers waiting in line is the same as software users who need to wait for their data to compute. Anyone using software powered by KCM will need not a key because data will flow freely, quickly and safely.”

Interoperability has been a decades-long problem in the CAD industry. As the only modeler architected with the express goal of working with other people’s data, Kubotek’s KCM solves this issue for CAD developers. As a variable precision modeler, it works exceptionally well with other CAD file formats, even if the file formats haven’t been written to that format’s exact specifications. This means when other modelers fail to import foreign geometry KCM will succeed. And in the rare case where there is an issue, the KCM translators provide application developers clear feedback on the points of failure.

Stallings says “Parasolid® and ACIS® have served the CAD and 3D software communities well over the last 20 years. They are solid, mature modelers and were great for their day. It is now time for the KCM modeler to bring software developers to new levels of speed, interoperability and a future of new possibilities. KCM is the next generation modeler.”

Kubotek is also announcing KCM options that can be purchased with, or separately from, the KCM modeler including:

  • CAD Translators, including these read/write options: ACIS®, Parasolid®, IGES®, STEP®, STL, OBJ, and read-only options of CADKEY®, CATIA®, Inventor®, ProE®/Creo®, KeyCreator®, NX®, SolidWorks®
  • KCM Display to create display views for the KCM modeler which supports different rendering modes and creation, selection and modification of objects and view manipulation, and
  • KCM Dialog – a very simple yet powerful way of creating dialog box interfaces in a cross-platform environment.


The KCM geometric modeler and options are available immediately.

For more information, visit: www.KCM3D.com

Published in Kubotek

Paris-based start-up 3D Slash has released a new version of its 3D modeling software. 3D Slash 2.0 makes 3D modeling faster, easier and more enjoyable than ever! 3D Slash is a unique 3D modeling tool thanks to its intuitive approach and captivating interface, it helps non-designers and children engage with 3D content creation.

3D Slash 2.0 simplifies so many functionalities that the former “Expert” tools are now integrated to the main Tool Menu. Users can now create refined models easily:

  • Copy-paste, move, resize and flip (among other actions) are now very simple and fast to perform
  • Parts of the model can now be selected and manipulated by color
  • Users can also pick up advanced features easily: import rounded shapes or external files (.stl or .obj), rework them and combine them
  • all still in a lively environment bearing the 3D Slash signature, with fun animations when cubes are destroyed.


Sylvain Huet, founder and creator of 3D Slash, comments on this new release:  “Our vision behind 3D Slash was to develop a tool that enables anyone to create or interact with 3D objects, in the same spirit of accessibility as tools like Windows PowerPoint. We believe this mission is fullfilled with this new version of 3D Slash! With fast-developing technologies relying on 3D content, such as 3D printing, augmented reality and virtual reality, our tool will prove invaluable to a growing number of users”.

3D Slash is seeing strong traction, with more than 70,000 files created since early 2015 on 3D Slash alone (this figure does not include the files created through 3D Slash’s partners such as AstroPrint, Pi-Top, YouMagine or La Poste). 

3D Slash is being used in a variety of situations, including STEM classes, at home and for professional use. These uses include:

  • Scale modeling, design-thinking, prototyping (for instance, 3D Slash is an essential building block for the Modular Internet of Things)
  • Booth design and optimization; design of logos, keychains, text plaques or other marketing items (especially for small businesses)
  • Digital entertainment (for children to create toys or fun shapes, paint and decorate them)
  • 3D Slash is also widely used as an educational tool,  in STEM classes or in earlier grades (to develop technology projects, study monuments outside and inside… or simply help children sharpen their three-dimensional vision).


For more information or to download, visit: www.3dslash.net

Published in 3D Slash

Microsoft is preloading the 3D Builder printing app with Windows 10 and turned to CGTrader.com in search for the final exquisite 3D model to complete its selection. They are looking for a 3D model specifically designed for testing and benchmarking 3D printers that will help users check the results for accuracy and deviations.

“We are delighted to launch the 3D modeling challenge in partnership with Microsoft. We believe it’s a strong signal for the whole 3D printing movement,” said Dalia Lasaite, CEO of CGTrader.com. “Our community members get an exclusive opportunity to have their work seen by millions of Windows 10 users.”

Models will be judged by CGTrader staff and Emmett Lalish, Senior Mechanical Engineer at Microsoft, experienced in 3D Printing, giving CGTrader’s designers full confidence to experiment with 3D concepts while sticking to the highest quality standards.

Designers are encouraged to follow the strict technical requirements to ensure a smooth 3D printing experience for the app users. The winner will be awarded head-spinning prizes, including the popular Surface Pro 3 tablet, and will have his/her model included on the 3D Builder app.

CGTrader’s recent partnership with Lowe’s and the joint challenge with Microsoft demonstrates the growing demand for 3D design skills and the increasing applicability and importance of 3D printing and scanning services. The company is relentless in its efforts to create an enjoyable and easily accessible environment for 3D enthusiasts and businesses seeking to keep up with emerging technologies.

The 3D modeling challenge is now open and will run until June 1, 2015.

For more information, visit: www.cgtrader.com/challenges/microsoft-3d-builder-test-model-challenge

Published in CGTrader

New software which offers scientists and researchers an easy way to analyse, model and visualise scientific datasets has been released by CSIRO. The free software, known as Workspace, is purpose-built for scientific applications and allows researchers to present their findings through stunning visualisations. Developed over the past eight years at CSIRO, Workspace has already been used for a wide range of projects, including natural disaster modelling, human movement and industrial and agricultural research.

One CSIRO team has already used the software to model and visualise simulations for storm surges and flash flooding, helping with disaster management planning. Working with the Australian Institute of Sport, another team has produced a 3D biomechanical computer model of different swimming strokes, allowing athletes to adjust their technique for maximum performance. Dr John Taylor from CSIRO's Digital Productivity Flagship said the software offered huge efficiency savings for researchers from all fields who work with datasets and complex analysis, freeing them up to spend more time focused on their scientific expertise.

"In institutions all around the world, researchers operate within similar workflows; sourcing data, analysing it, processing it - often using high-performance computing environments. Very often, this involves a number of manual repetitive steps. Workspace makes these steps easy to automate. In one application, analysis that had previously taken two weeks to conduct manually was carried out in less than an hour. Scientists also need to publish the outcomes of their research. Workspace allows them to easily release the software and analysis that backs up their findings."

According to Dr Taylor, another advantage of Workspace is that users don't need advanced programming skills and it runs on many different platforms and environments. "At the moment, scientists often have to write their own purpose-built code from scratch - even when this is not their primary skill set. This approach is inefficient, prone to error, difficult to reproduce by other scientists and unsuitable to take into the commercial world. Workspace can be used by non-software experts, allowing scientists from all over the globe to use the same platform and collaborate seamlessly on projects."

As well as these benefits, Workspace's data visualisations can help scientists make their research more understandable and accessible. "If others can easily grasp what your science means, this opens it up to brand new audiences. This not only helps researchers engage with the public, but it also allows them to reach out to other collaborators in the science community and industry."

Workspace has already been used successfully by scientists at University College London, and locally by research institutions including the Australian National University, Macquarie University and the University of New South Wales.

Workspace is being launched today at the 2014 eResearch Australasia Conference. It is free to download for research purposes and can be licensed for commercial applications.

For more information, visit: www.csiro.au/workspace

Published in CSIRO

The LightWave 3D® Group, a division of NewTek, Inc., announced new features in LightWave 11.6, the newest version of its 3D modeling, animation and rendering software for artists and designers. LightWave 11.6 software offers modeling, rigging, animation, effects, dynamics, and near limitless render nodes in an award-winning integrated LightWave render engine—providing studios and artists with everything they need to create an affordable and powerful end-to-end production pipeline.

LightWave 11.6 complements features introduced in LightWave 11.5, including the Genoma character rigging system with modular presets, predator and prey Flocking capabilities, per-object Instancing control, and soft-body Bullet Dynamics with support for FiberFX. With the new features and enhancements in LightWave 11.6, artists and designers have the ability to:

  • Animate in New Ways: With the Spline Control tool, nulls or other objects act as nodes in a spline to control or deform objects such as tentacles, tails, whips or even elevators. Raycast Motion utilizes Raycasting technology to make an object aware of its surroundings in an animation; the Compound Node allows users to simplify and customize complex networks down to a single node.

  • Streamline Real-Time Virtual Production, Pre-Viz, and Game Development: Use NVIDIA CgFX shader technology to create 3D assets for virtual production, pre-visualization, or game development and view assets within LightWave OpenGL exactly as they will appear in the final real-time display engine. Users can also place Normal Maps on 3D objects to make lower-polygon objects or characters display as higher-resolution objects, and create custom CgFX shaders or use existing CgFX shaders.

  • Output to 3D Printers: LightWave Modeler now includes new import and export options to support the popular STL and PLY file formats. VRML is also supported and offers surface color data for 3D color printing of objects with texture maps. Also included is full control of the export format used, whether in ASCII or binary, the up direction, and units for export. New geometry clean up tools specifically for 3D printing output are also included.

  • Review in Full Stereoscopic 3D: With support for NVIDIA 3D Vision, 3D Vision Pro, and HDMI stereo devices, artists and designers can visualize high-quality advanced stereoscopic 3D environments across multiple devices, including enabled desktop monitors and multi-projector wall displays.

LightWave has been used in the creation of CG and visual effects for leading feature films and television shows, including “Defiance,” “Skyfall,” “The Hunger Games,” The Amazing Spider-Man,” “The Adventures of Tintin,” “Avatar,” “The Walking Dead,” “Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome,” “Fringe,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” and many more.

For more information or to download a free trial, visit: www.lightwave3d.com

Published in NewTek

Geomagic®, a global company providing 3D technology for digital reality, debuted its newest version of Geomagic® Freeform® 3D modeling software at today’s EuroMold 2012 exhibition (Hall 11. C132, November 27 - 30, 2012). Now including subdivision modeling, Freeform 2013 is the only system that gives product designers the freedom and flexibility to combine four different modeling representations – voxels, NURBS, subdivision surfaces and polygons – in the same model. With Freeform 2013, designers can create highly differentiated products that can be produced in volume using traditional manufacturing processes or customized products that can be produced using newer additive manufacturing methods.

Geomagic Freeform is a unique touch-enabled solution that facilitates fast 3D modeling of highly detailed, organic shapes, which are easily combined with geometric forms, for prototyping or manufacturing. Its integration with Geomagic’s Sensable® Phantom® haptic 3D input devices and its robust modeling environment clearly differentiate Freeform from other 3D modeling programs; users can quickly and intuitively design with virtual clay as if sculpting by hand.

The 2013 version of Freeform enables dramatically more creativity, streamlined workflows, increased productivity, better designs, and faster time-to-market. Because Freeform incorporates different modeling approaches in one integrated modeling environment, users can efficiently create a broader range of forms while reducing the number of software modeling tools required, cutting the time required to learn them, and eliminating unproductive time spent importing/exporting models. With Geomagic Freeform 2013, designers can choose the best modeling approach for each part of the job. They can then create detailed, organic models that can integrate with traditional CAD workflows, and go direct to CNC machining or additive manufacturing.

The addition of subdivisional (SubD) modeling to Geomagic Freeform takes this modeling and sculpting tool even further than any other product on the market. Subdivisional surfacing allows designers to achieve progressively greater surface detail by applying a refinement scheme to polygon mesh surfaces. SubD technology allows users to easily create very smooth forms with good transitions between hard edges.

“Subdivision modeling is an awesome addition to an already powerful toolset,” said Kyle Houchens, president of The Outside Digital Art and Design, a high-tech digital product design consultancy. Kyle is a product and automotive designer specializing in all areas of industrial design, including building hundreds of diecast cars for the toy and entertainment industries. “Most of the models I create are insane organic shapes with areas of miniscule intricacy. They combine elements of automotive-smooth surfaces with jewelry-level detail. With the new subdivision modeling tools in Freeform, I will have the best of both worlds: the blazing speed and gorgeous surface smoothness of SubD with the detailing, texturing and bulletproof rapid prototyping Freeform is already known for. No topology to worry about, no concerns about data transfer or making RP parts. With Freeform 2013, you can dream it, sculpt it, prototype it and tool it all from the same package."

In addition to Geomagic Freeform 2013’s expanded modeling environment, the new software also includes:

Enhanced integration of Geomagic’s geometry engine:

  • Geomagic Freeform is now seamlessly unified with Geomagic’s powerful AutoSurface component, which automatically converts voxels and mesh data into high-quality NURBS surfaces. Once converted, these solid models can be automatically combined with other solids and/or exported in IGES format for use with software tools that demand surface data.

  • Global registration enables automatic alignment of separate data sets. With this new functionality in Freeform 2013, doctors, for example, could rapidly align a CT scan of a patient’s skull with an intraoral scan of the patient’s teeth. It could also be used to quickly change a digital 3D model based on modifications made to a scanned physical prototype, a process that is especially helpful when designing hand-held ergonomic products.

Adding complex patterns to 3D models in record time

  • Users can create patterns along one or two curves, or across broad areas. In seconds, designers can add details, such as zippers along a single curve, or laces between two curves to make realistic designs.

  • Users can also easily pattern existing 3D geometry across a surface, with controlled degrees of randomness. This can be used for adding feathers, scales, spines and other repeating patterns in 3D form.

Texture capture

  • This feature provides a new way to easily create customized textures by automatically converting a sculpted Freeform digital clay model to a bitmap, which can then be used with any of Freeform’s texturing tools.

Easy annotation of models

  • Designers, clients and manufacturing partners using Freeform can each add pointers, comments, image links and web page links to models, thus streamlining collaboration throughout the design and production workflow.

Tools that deliver convenience and speed

  • Geomagic Freeform 2013 includes additions to workflow wizards, new 2D Lattice Deform, enhanced measurement tools and more.

“Today’s product designers need fast, flexible 3D modeling to create highly differentiated products in ever-shorter production cycles,” said Joan Lockhart, Geomagic’s vice president of marketing. “Geomagic Freeform 2013 lets designers switch seamlessly between different modeling representations and provides all the right tools to prepare and output models for today’s varied manufacturing techniques. With this release, designers can really have it all: fast multi-representational modeling, precision, control, texturing, integration with CAD, the tools to create moldable designs, and the output options needed for virtually any type of production.”

Geomagic Freeform 2013 is scheduled to ship starting at the end of January 2013. Customers with current maintenance contracts will receive their software update either from Geomagic or their local reseller. Customers without software maintenance should contact Geomagic online or call 781-939-7457 for options to upgrade their software.

For more information, visit: www.geomagic.com/en/products/freeform/overview

Published in Geomagic

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) introduced Autodesk 123D Design, a free 3D modeling tool that allows users to create a digital model and then 3D print or fabricate their idea whether on the iPad, Mac, PC or via their web browser. Autodesk 123D Design uses natural interactions for creation and editing, allowing makers to easily design things without learning complex CAD concepts.

“For the first time ever, users can create sophisticated, precise 3D models of real objects on their iPad, Mac, PC or via their web browser. People said this couldn’t be done on iPad, and we’re happy to prove them wrong,” said Samir Hanna, vice president of Consumer Products, Autodesk. “We believe that everyone is creative, and we intend to put easy to use design software in the hands of millions of people so they can create real objects, have fun doing it and then fabricate the things they want and need, just the way they want them.”

Eliminate the Dreaded Blank Canvas and Start Designing Fast

Autodesk 123D Design helps users get their projects started by providing base shapes and example models that help move past a blank screen and into the design quickly. Using natural interactions to add objects to the canvas and assemble parts together, users can enjoy the design process and create amazing 3D-printable designs.

123D Design also includes pre-set kits, such as “Robots” or “Houses” that are a fun way to experiment with design ideas or become more familiar with design concepts. More kits are available online from the 123D web site.

Freedom to Choose How and Where to Design and Make
 
123D Design is available on web, mobile and desktop, so users have the freedom to choose how and where they will make something. 123D Design also lets users go from design to 3D print with just a few taps or clicks.

Part of the Autodesk 123D family of apps, 123D Design allows users to take advantage of a connected group of Autodesk software, fabrication services for 3D printing and laser cutting, and a community of like-minded makers focused on making a wide variety of projects using 3D design and personal fabrication. 123D Design, 123D Make, 123D Catch, and 123D Sculpt are directly connected across platforms and products through “My Projects,” cloud storage for all 123D design projects, where users can save and access the things they’ve made, or objects other people have made and shared with the community. The 123D community is home to thousands of models shared by nearly 300,000 members from around the world, and it is growing every day.

The Autodesk 123D family of apps provides users with the ability to capture, design and make their ideas, and connect with other makers around the world for support or inspiration. Users can try Autodesk apps, services and communities to experiment and experience the creative process.

For more information, visit: www.123dapp.com/design

Published in Autodesk

Renishaw announces a free version of its Geometric Modelling Library, which is a suite of C++ classes and functions designed to support and facilitate the development of any application requiring complex geometry manipulation.

The GML consists of more than 8,000 functions developed over recent years to resolve many complex geometry problems. The library is now available free for personal, non-commercial, non-academic and non-profit making usage, and for a 90 day commercial trial. Typical usage is within industries such as biomedical, dental, industrial metrology, aerospace and automotive, by those with a need to solve and debug complex geometry problems.

Use of the library provides application developers with the reassurance that complex geometry manipulation is in the hands of tried-and-tested functions, leaving them to focus on their own value adding application development.

For more information, visit: www.renishaw.com/gml







Published in Renishaw

Geomagic®, a global company providing 3D technology for digital reality, announced that it has released two new versions of software from its Sensable Group’s 3D modeling product lines – Freeform® v12 SP2 and Claytools® v4. These new releases are the first since Geomagic’s April 2012 acquisition of Sensable Technologies, Inc., and the Freeform Plus release is the first instance of incorporating Geomagic technology into a Sensable 3D modeling product.

Freeform v12 SP2 is an update release to v12 which shipped earlier this year with key features and usability enhancements that allow customers to save significant time and effort when designing highly detailed and complex organic models. It adds support for 3D Connexion’s SpacePilot Pro and SpaceMouse Pro, which can be used in addition to Sensable’s force feedback haptic device, to allow for enhanced 3D manipulation. Additionally, Freeform Plus users now have advanced auto-surfacing capabilities, incorporated from Geomagic Studio. Autosurfacing is used to convert Freeform’s voxel or polygonal models into solid and surface models, so they can be imported into traditional CAD engineering programs such as Dassault’s SolidWorks®, PTC’s Creo®, or into CAM products for tool path generation.

"I am impressed with the way that Geomagic's surfacing capabilities are now incorporated into Freeform Plus," said Nancy Hairston, principal of SculptCAD in Dallas, Texas. "This combines the industry's best surfacing product with the world's best organic sculpting product. It's fast and produces excellent results, especially on thin objects and highly detailed areas which can be difficult to handle." She adds, "It's a fantastic combination making Freeform that much stronger and efficient. We look forward to seeing additional integration of the Sensable and Geomagic products lines moving forward."

Claytools v4 is an exciting new release of the organic 3D modeling software targeted at sculptors, prototypers, model makers, jewelry designers and digital content creators. New features make it even easier to achieve complex, organic designs, including:

  • Curve Spheres – replicating the sculptor’s real world armature, allows designers and sculptors to quickly create volumetric models controlled by an underlying curve skeleton. Allowing quick volume studies, fast re-posing and base model generation.
  • New Mesh tools, such as Mesh Division, allow a toy designer, for example, to take an animated character model that is highly faceted, and in 1 or 2 clicks replace the facets with a smooth surface ready for production.
  • Paint – ability to paint models and project or map imported images onto models
  • Enhanced Carving tools, a new Pipe tool, improved capabilities for modeling with curves
  • Hot Wax Tool – replicating more subtle techniques, this allows sculptors to gain a finer control when sculpting, as well as combining multiple tools into one for a faster, more natural workflow.

“We are creating new ways of working -- where previously impossible tasks are now possible, and new technologies are changing the way products are created and manufactured,” said Joan Lockhart, vice president of sales and marketing, Geomagic Sensable Group. “Products like Freeform and Claytools make it faster and easier to design great products digitally – freed from the constraints of conventional CAD – and produce them using new additive fabrication methods, or just as easily import them into traditional CAD/CAM formats when needed.”

Both versions are currently shipping on new products and available to customers on active maintenance contracts through their reseller channels.

For more information, visit: www.sensable.com/products-sensable-overview.htm

Published in Geomagic

The goal of this webinar is to introduce you to the fastest path to CAD integrated with any FARO ScanArm device. You will learn how to create a parametric, editable solid CAD model from the 3D scan data, and, observe how to convert and then apply this feature-based model in your preferred CAD software.

Rapidform XOR is the perfect companion to the FARO ScanArm for reverse engineering.

What you can expect:

Learn how to use the FARO Laser ScanArm and Rapidform XOR together as the ultimate 3D scanning solution.

  • Create a fully editable, parametric feature model from massive point clouds and meshes
  • Capture design intent of a physical part with the FARO ScanArm
  • Seamless interoperability with all major CAD systems (AutoCAD, SolidWorks, Siemens NX, Creo, CATIA, and new for 2012, Inventor)

This webinar will be held in English and questions will be answered after the presentation.

Title: Create Parametric 3D CAD Models with the FARO Laser ScanArm and Rapidform

Date: Tuesday 19 June 2012

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM EDT (New York)
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM GMT+1 (London-Dublin)
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM GMT+2 (Berlin-Paris-Rom)
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM GMT+3 (Istanbul)

For more information or to register, visit: www.faro.com/contentv2.aspx?ct=uk&content=misc&item=2140

Published in FARO

Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire SketchUp®, one of the most popular 3D modeling tools in the world, from Google (NASDAQ: GOOG). The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2012, subject to customary closing conditions and expiration of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act. While financial terms are not being disclosed the transaction is not expected to be material to 2012 earnings per share.

SketchUp is currently used by millions of users annually—ranging from architects to engineering and construction firms to building and design professionals—for designing, modeling and visualizing projects. The SketchUp product and its vision of "3D modeling for everyone" has allowed modelers worldwide, across a wide range of industries, to express design concepts easily, accurately and efficiently. Additionally, SketchUp users benefit from its extensive third-party developer community that provides industry-specific solutions for a variety of customers.

As part of the SketchUp platform, Trimble will also partner with Google on running and further developing SketchUp's 3D Warehouse, an online repository where users can find, share, store and collaborate on 3D models. The site enables users to create collections of models, including 3D Buildings, and share them with fellow modelers around the world. Individual models can be loaded, saved and viewed in 3D from within SketchUp or a web browser. For the foreseeable future, Google will host and operate the 3D Warehouse for Trimble and together the companies will continue to offer the same capabilities, functions and services that are offered today. The ability for users to submit 3D Buildings for potential acceptance and viewing in Google Earth will be maintained. Currently the 3D Warehouse has almost two million user-generated models.

"SketchUp and the corresponding 3D Warehouse provide an important element of our long term strategy by enhancing the integration of our field presence with the wider enterprise," said Bryn Fosburgh, Trimble vice president. "Trimble has already created the de-facto standard for field data models and project management tools for our key markets. SketchUp, together with these existing capabilities, will provide a stand-alone and enterprise solution that will enable an integrated and seamless workflow to reduce rework and improve productivity for the customer. Users will be able to collect data, design, model, and collaborate on one platform. The combined capability will enhance our ability to extend our existing market applications including the cadastral, heavy civil, and building and construction industries. In addition, the SketchUp platform will enable Trimble, third-party developers and our distribution partners to efficiently develop new applications."

"Since its inception, the SketchUp team has been committed to providing a robust, user-centric solution to its community and we look forward to engaging their talent and expertise. Beyond extending the reach of the product into Trimble's commercial markets, we are committed to continuing to provide SketchUp as a free version to millions of users. Trimble and Google will also continue to collaborate on utilizing other Google tools for Trimble's markets that, along with SketchUp, will provide our customers innovative and productive tools that transform their work," concluded Fosburgh.

"In Trimble, we found a partner that will grow SketchUp in a way that best supports the SketchUp team and our users," said Brian McClendon, Google's vice president of engineering. "While at Google, the SketchUp community grew significantly because the team put users first, and we are confident they will continue to do so at Trimble. We at Google look forward to a continued partnership with Trimble and the SketchUp team."

As a part of Google, SketchUp's charter was to empower a worldwide community of users to create 3D models for whatever their imagination could envision. Examples range from household furniture to famous stadiums and other buildings. These users come from a variety of backgrounds, with a large part of SketchUp's user community coming from a professional architectural or engineering and construction background. As a part of Trimble, SketchUp will continue to support all of its current users through its Web site at: sketchup.google.com. Concurrently, the SketchUp engine will be integrated into Trimble's current solutions in its Engineering and Construction, Field Solutions and Mobile Solutions segments.

For more information, visit: ww2.trimble.com/3d

Published in Trimble

Luxology® LLC today announced the immediate availability of modo® 601, a landmark release of its award-winning, artist-friendly 3D content creation software. modo 601 includes character animation, built-in dynamics, volumetric rendering, and enhanced retopology modeling tools along with a host of other new capabilities. modo is now a full pipeline solution for professionals working in media and entertainment, advertising, engineering and architectural design visualization.

“modo 601 is our most significant release ever,” said Brad Peebler, president and co-founder of Luxology. “With new feature and workflow enhancements, modo now offers an end-to-end production solution that is both powerful and highly usable by artists and designers.”
modo 601’s new feature and workflow improvements include:

Character Animation: modo offers a range of character animation functionality from easy-to-use posing tools to the creation of fully articulated character rigs that can be manipulated through a full-body inverse kinematics solver and a general purpose system of layered deformers.

Dynamics: Rigid and soft body dynamics, based on Version 2.79 of the Bullet Physics engine, are now a standard part of modo and provide realistic simulations of mechanical and organic motion.

Retopology Modeling: Focused tools and a new dedicated retopology modeling layout simplify the rapid creation of clean models on top of imported geometry.

Rendering and Shading: New photorealistic rendering capabilities include volumetric rendering, render booleans, hair and skin shaders, and rounded edge control for hard surface models. Cel, contour and halftone shaders offer enhanced non-photorealistic rendering opportunities.

3D Paint: The multi-purpose paint system in modo 601 is extended to paint, scale, erase and smooth vertex (weight) maps on meshes.

Rendering Workflow: The Preview Renderer can now be used for final image production as it will progressively render an image to the desired resolution at full quality. A comprehensive render pass system, plus new interactive image processing and comparison tools, speed image refinement.

Modeling: modo’s Pixar Subdivision surface modeling now includes the ability to crease individual vertices and control display resolution while rendering at full quality. Soft and lazy selection options enable rapid, yet precise isolation of model components while modeling.

“Throughout my 18 years in the 3D business, I've never seen a 3D software application become so powerful, so fast,” said Dan Ablan, President - AGA Digital Studios, Inc. “The additions to modo 601 are mind blowing, and the render boolean function, blobs, and new deformer tools are absolutely invaluable!”

"This is character animation done right,” said Greg Brown, beta tester and Sr. CGI Artist at Alter. “We've all been holding our breath for this one and it was definitely worth the wait.”

modo is an innovative 3D modeling, painting and rendering software designed to accelerate the creation of world-class designs and ultra high-quality renderings. modo’s modern workflow and advanced toolset easily deliver enhanced productivity for professionals working in design visualization, conceptual modeling, package design, and graphic arts. A favorite tool among designers and artists, modo’s flexible feature set is ideal for modeling and visualization on the PC and Mac.

For more information, visit: www.luxology.com/modo/601/tour/index.aspx

Published in Luxology

SpaceClaim thrives in engineering organizations that have standardized on CATIA® as their primary CAD tool. In this webinar, we will show how our customers use SpaceClaim to add value to their investment in CATIA® while broadening the use of 3D in manufacturing and engineering.

In particular, we will cover:

•Migrating CATIA® v4, SolidWorks®, and JT data to CATIA® v5 and v6 using SpaceClaim’s native Dassault-supplied translators
•Viewing CATIA® v5 PMI data in SpaceClaim and editing using parameters defined in v5
•Working with vendor, customer, and legacy CAD data in CATIA® v4, CGM, and other CAD formats to produce new concepts and specifications
•Preparing CATIA® models for simulation and manufacturing
•How to identify which engineers should try SpaceClaim and which are best served by CATIA®

Join us for this must-see webinar!
Wednesday, February 8th
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (EST)

For more information or to register, visit: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/939055474

Published in SpaceClaim

ASCON Group, developer and integrator of professional CAD/AEC/PLM solutions, is thrilled to again announce the annual KOMPAS-3D Modeling Contest, now in its tenth year. All current and future customers are welcome to submit images of their design projects made with KOMPAS-3D, the high performance, cost effective, and easy to learn software solution for mechanical design.

The modeling contest is held annually to showcase the abilities of individuals and enterprises using KOMPAS-3D for modeling a wide variety of 3D and 2D designs. The winning results from previous years are exhibited at ASCON's online Design Gallery. This year, a new category is added, for featuring models made with the 3D surfacing features of KOMPAS-3D.

Over the last nine years, some 500 designers and and 215 design firms entered the best efforts of their work. The 3D models submitted included their latest products, newest buildings, and extensive industrial facilities. Many of the projects seen online as 3D models are now successfully implemented as machines, engines, and other products in industries worldwide.

"The first KOMPAS-3D modeling contest in 2002 immediately aroused interest among our customers. At that time, they designed the projects in KOMPAS-3D V5, just in the second 3D version of our software," recalls Maxim Bogdanov, contest founder and CEO of ASCON Group. "Now, ten years later, the contest's conditions, evaluation criteria, and users' professional level have changed considerably.

"KOMPAS also changed a lot in these ten years. Its functionality was improved and extended greatly, and, of course, our customers have become much more experienced," he added. "But interest in the contest has not waned, because designers are creators, and creators should always be recognized — along with the need to exchange experience and knowledge with peers."

This year, ASCON accepts projects in following categories:

  • 3D assembly models of products developed in KOMPAS-3D.
  • 3D models of construction projects developed in KOMPAS-3D.
  • "The most complicated shape" of 3D models developed in KOMPAS-3D using surfacing.


To participate, simply fill out the official application form, and then send it with the KOMPAS-3D project files or screen shots to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . All companies and individuals using KOMPAS-3D V9 through V13 are allowed to take part. Deadline is June 1, 2012. Winners of the Tenth Annual KOMPAS-3D Modeling Contest will be awarded valuable prizes from ASCON and sponsors of the event.

Published in ASCON Group

Delcam’s PartMaker Division will launch PartMaker Modeling on booth 2812 at the Westec exhibition to be held in Los Angeles from 27th to 29th March.  PartMaker Modeling has been made available as part of the recently released PartMaker 2012, which will make its West Coast debut at the exhibition.

PartMaker Modeling is a 3D design tool developed specifically for the needs of CNC manufacturers.  It lets users create, repair and modify 3D CAD data of any origin or level of quality and make flawless solid models they can use for the most efficient level of machining, CNC programming and 3D simulation.

"The engineering demands being faced by part manufacturers are becoming greater and greater in today’s increasingly competitive global manufacturing arena,” says PartMaker Division President, Hanan Fishman.  "To help our customers compete and thrive, we are providing them with a powerful yet easy-to-use tool to help them keep pace with these demands.”

PartMaker Modeling is a hybrid modeler working with surfaces and solids.  It incorporates Parasolid™, the world’s most widely used solid modelling kernel, to provide high quality solid models that can be used at any level of the supply chain.

PartMaker Modeling gives PartMaker users the most powerful 3D design tool of any PC-based CAD system, allowing for 3D modelling, direct modelling of dumb solid models and data repair in a manner other CAM systems simply do not and cannot offer.

PartMaker Modeling is a very easy to use, yet versatile and powerful CAD system, delivering state-of-the-art tools directly to the desktop.  It is based on Delcam’s proven PowerSHAPE 3D design package and has been specifically tuned to the needs of part manufacturers.

PartMaker Modeling integrates seamlessly with PartMaker.  3D models can be quickly cut and pasted between the applications.  PartMaker Modeling is developed and supported directly by Delcam, making Delcam a ‘one stop’ solution for customers’ CNC programming and design applications, eliminating the need to hunt for multiple CAD and CAM vendors or to pay multiple maintenance agreements.

In addition to PartMaker Modeling, PartMaker 2012 includes a host of new functionality across the entire suite of applications including improved visualization, more powerful simulation of vertical and horizontal machining centers, support for the latest breed of multi-axis bar-fed mills, turn-mill centers and Swiss-type lathes, greater flexibility and control in process development and much, much more.

"PartMaker 2012 will help our customers continue to ‘raise their game’ to stay ahead in an increasingly competitive manufacturing landscape,” says Mr. Fishman.  "PartMaker 2012 includes an array of new features and functionality that will benefit every PartMaker user.  There’s just so much for PartMaker users to be excited about.”

For more information, visit: www.partmaker.com or www.westeconline.com

Published in Delcam

When reverse-engineering, not only do you need to create precise, water-tight geometry, you also need to update the geometry to fit in the context of new design situations.  In the past, the only option was to recreate tedious feature-based models and guess at underlying design intent: an error-prone and hazardous practice.

Now, Geomagic and SpaceClaim have partnered to integrate their industry-leading reverse engineering and direct modeling products to allow you to both reconstruct and edit precise geometry.  Geomagic creates clean meshes and converts them to watertight geometry.  SpaceClaim then quickly edits the designs, adjusting tolerances and accommodating design changes – all without resorting to complex feature-based CAD systems or being forced to re-invent design intent.

This webinar, presented by experts at Geomagic and SpaceClaim, will show:

• Turning scan data into clean meshes and solid geometry in Geomagic
• The connection between Geomagic and SpaceClaim
• Editing the model with SpaceClaim to accommodate design changes and match geometric conditions

For more information, visit: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/503781794

Published in SpaceClaim

Egyptian mummies have fascinated mankind for centuries, and now modern-day 3D design software is helping Egyptologists to better see what two small mummies looked like in life, and from that, advance their understanding of ancient cultures.

Sensable announced that its Freeform® 3D-modeling and organic design solution helped put a face on two high-profile Egyptian mummies in displays that just opened this month. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History exhibition, “External Life in Ancient Egypt,” displays a new 3D-printed bust of a Freeform-designed facial reconstruction performed from the computed tomography (CT) scans of a 3-year old mummified boy. The child is the subject of extensive research by noted physical/forensic Smithsonian anthropologist Dr. David Hunt. In a separate case with a mummy owned by the Spurlock Museum of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Freeform helped reconstruct the face of an 8-year old child mummy, revealing greater detail on facial features, and even showing a small one-sided ponytail.

Facial reconstruction formerly required physically sculpting on casts taken from the skeletal remains, a painstaking, time-consuming process that is potentially destructive process to 2,000-year old mummies. Freeform allowed Joe Mullins, a Washington DC-based forensic artist, to work from new-era CT scans, input them into Freeform, and then with digital speed and accuracy, define precise layers of muscle, skin and soft tissue following skeletal lines to depict the children with startling realism.

“From Joe’s facial reconstruction work, we learned our mummy was from West Asian or Middle Eastern heritage, and had more delicate facial features that we previously thought,” said Dr. Sarah Wisseman, archaeologist at the Illinois State Archaeological Survey (ISAS, Prairie Research Institute), which collaborates with the Spurlock Museum on exhibits and interdisciplinary projects. Her 2003 book “The Virtual Mummy” detailed what is known about the Spurlock mummy based on a 1990’s-era technology. “This is valuable new insight that confirms what is known about the mixed Mediterranean and Middle Eastern population inhabiting Egypt during the Roman Period."

Freeform is the 3D-modeling and design solution of choice for experts in facial reconstruction worldwide among archeologists and forensic artists at such institutions as the British Museum, Manchester University, the University of Dundee, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and numerous law enforcement organizations. Freeform’s rich set of organic modeling tools and unique ‘digital clay’ design paradigm, allow technicians to feel the model as they reconstruct and sculpt features using clues from the scans and skulls – and to work faster and more iteratively, during reconstruction than if working in physical clay.

“With Freeform, I can see what the skull is telling me, to maintain a direct representation of the skull into the tissue so I can bring it to life,” said Joe Mullins, forensic artist and chairman of the forensic art subcommittee of the International Association for Identification, an industry group for forensic specialists. “If I were working in clay, I couldn’t see through to the bone. With Freeform, I can, and because it’s optimized for working with complex, organic shapes, I can work at amazing speed. I work in layers, adding muscles that I’ve taken from libraries of anatomies, tweaking them, and adding skin and refining facial features.”

“Best yet, I can save my work in stages, and make multiple variations – so that whenever I want to go back to a previous version, all I do is click.”

Since mummies’ heads often are damaged in death or over time, Freeform makes it fast and easy to mirror an intact section of the skull onto the damaged side, to create facial symmetry. After flattened or missing bone sections are corrected, Mullins refines the design of individual facial features, such as upper and lower lips and noses. Mullins uses standard guidelines for skin thickness by gender, race or age, but lets the bones serve as the foundation.

With one mummy, cranial analyses such as the measurements of the nasal aperture and space between the eyes determined the mummy to be of African descent and likely from near Luxor in Egypt. Based in this input, Freeform easily allowed Mullins to refine the look of the nostrils and the eyes.

“The eyelids require a lot of finesse, and that’s where Freeform’s sculptural advantage shines through,” Mullins said. As the industry’s only touch-enabled 3D design solution, Freeform users like Mullins sculpt by holding a touch-enabled (haptic) device instead of a computer mouse. For example Mullins established a reference point on screen, then simply pulled, tugged or smoothed out skin by “feel” as he moved across the underlying eye socket. “And if I didn’t like a variation I did – I simply went back to an earlier version. You can’t do that when working in clay,” he said. These digital files also are easily output in many forms of rapid prototyping additive manufacturing, allowing multiple copies to be made for display purposes or further analyzed.

With another mummy, by working in Freeform, Mullins had the tools to take the higher-resolution, more detailed CT scan, and correspondingly better define the design of the nose, lips, ears, and the eyes than in the previous 20-year old recreation made from clay. He also could work both from CT-indicated hair as well as historical images to design the small one-sided ponytail hairstyle.

“Even secrets of the grave are no longer so secret with today’s advanced technology,” said Joan Lockhart, vice president of marketing for Sensable. “We’re proud to showcase the facial reconstruction work of our Freeform customers, and are excited about the way it is helping to bring new insights to ancient civilizations – as well as helping solve forensic mysteries in the modern world.

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History “External Life of Ancient Egyptians” exhibition is permanent and includes an additional eight cases focusing on the science behind studying mummies. The museum is located at 10th Street and Constitution Avenue N.W. in Washington, D.C. and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free. More information about the exhibition and the museum is available at: www.mnh.si.edu

The Spurlock Museum’s mummy is on display on the museum’s second floor. For more information, visit: www.spurlock.uiuc.edu

Published in SensAble Technologies

Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced the latest release of Parasolid® software, its industry-leading 3D geometric modeling component for computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering analysis (CAD/CAM/CAE) as well as architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) applications.

Parasolid version 24.0 (V24) delivers a set of enhancements with an emphasis on adding advanced and intelligent techniques to enable success when performing long sequences of complex modeling operations. These sequences are often initiated from simple end-user commands in engineering workflows. When dealing with intricate 3D models, a single command may initiate hundreds of complex blending operations and local edit operations that the end-user may not be aware of. Typical examples could include removing all blends from an engine block before CAE analysis, or adjusting draft angles on a casting to optimize manufacturing.

By successfully completing these complex sequences, Parasolid V24 can significantly increase modelling productivity by eliminating the end-user tasks associated with skilful investigation of the 3D model, manual fixing of issues and re-attempting the command. Use of Parasolid V24 by software developers also allows for greatly simplified application development, enabling increased productivity and more robust outcomes.

“The enhancements in Parasolid V24 further expand its unmatched ability to make extremely difficult tasks appear easy to the end user,” said Paul Sicking, Chief Technology Officer, Siemens PLM Software. “These powerful capabilities are achieved by building on functionality that is broad, deep and robust in a way that no other component modeler can match. Parasolid V24 reflects Siemens PLM Software’s unwavering commitment to delivering superior and open component technologies that increase productivity for both the end-user and independent software vendor (ISV) communities.”

For more information, visit: www.siemens.com/plm/parasolid/v24

Published in Siemens

Concept design software developer solidThinking, Inc. will offer designers a sneak preview of the new tools that will be available in solidThinking Version 9 when the company demonstrates its software at the 2011 Industrial Designers Society of America International Conference Sept. 14-17 at booth 20 of the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans.

Designers attending the conference will have the opportunity to “test drive” some of the advanced capabilities that will be incorporated into the next version of solidThinking, which is scheduled to be released in late 2011. In addition, they will be able to participate in a demonstration of solidThinking 8.5 and solidThinking 8.5 Inspired, which incorporate hundreds of improvements, enhancements and updates from previous versions, based on user feedback, to make the development of digital 3D designs even more intuitive and flexible.

Current solidThinking design tools also have been displayed across the nation this year at regional IDSA conferences, enabling solidThinking product specialists to gather more firsthand reactions from the user base and to share new approaches to design. That experience will be incorporated into the next version of solidThinking.

“IDSA is an important element in our development process, because it enables us to gain wide-ranging user feedback while demonstrating our latest tools to those who rely on solidThinking for designing everything from accessories to product packaging to furniture and architecture,” said Jim Hassberger, Vice President of Business Development, solidThinking, Inc. “This year at IDSA, in line with the conference theme of ‘power in community,’ designers not only have the chance to work with our most current version of solidThinking but, for the first time, to preview features of an upcoming version and offer a direct hand in its development.”

solidThinking’s NURBS-based design software offers conceptual modeling, high-quality visualization tools and fast real-time photorealistic rendering for design presentation. Its best-in-class ConstructionTree™ technology allows designers to experiment with designs without having to start from scratch if they change their minds. solidThinking is available on Mac and Windows operating systems and is compatible with leading CAD/CAID/CAE software, encouraging enhanced collaboration and productivity between industrial designers and engineers during the product development cycle.

solidThinking is a subsidiary of Altair Engineering, Inc., a leader in simulation, predictive analytics and optimization, leveraging high-performance computing for engineering and business decision-making. solidThinking is now also available as part of Altair’s HyperWorks computer-aided engineering (CAE) software suite and can be accessed by HyperWorks customers using their existing license units.

For more information, visit: www.solidthinking.com or www.idsa.org/2011internationalconference

Published in solidThinking

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT

CAE analysts often face the burden of poor quality and over-detailed geometric models in preparing finite element meshing for analysis. However, end users of SpaceClaim Engineer testify that the application is making a valued impact to alleviate these barriers. To surmount those problems, a solution must be able to import an extensive range of CAD model formats found in the industry and also support an intuitive user interface that is easy to learn for non-CAD experts. Register for this webinar to hear from Ken Versprille, analyst with CIMdata, the global leader in PLM consulting and SpaceClaim customers McCormick-Stevenson and Ramboll A/S to learn how SpaceClaim helps them clean up CAD models in new ways not previously available, saving a lot of product development time in the process.

For more information or to register, visit: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/504486138

Published in SpaceClaim

SpaceClaim, the market leader in direct modeling software that enables all engineers to work in 3D, today announced SpaceClaim Engineer 2011+, advancing concept modeling and model preparation tools while greatly enhancing robust manufacturing-focused capabilities. SpaceClaim has furthered its industrial-strength capabilities to scale from small engineering firms and job shops to global corporations, making it more affordable than ever for all engineers to create and edit CAD data without the complexity traditionally associated with complicated, expensive CAD.

SpaceClaim continues to gain momentum within the automobile and related industries with more than 20 customers ranging from top-tier brands to supply chain manufacturers. Auto Metal Craft is a sheet metal prototyping company based in Detroit and engaged by the largest automobile manufacturers, as well as tier-1 auto suppliers and appliance manufacturers. "We deal with very complex assemblies sent to us by our customers to create new parts," said Kevin Woody, Co-owner of Auto Metal Craft. "SpaceClaim has reduced our time to convert CAD files and create new prototypes by 75 percent. The software is easy and flexible, enabling us to work quickly, creatively, and accurately to optimize the final design."

The JT data format, developed by Siemens PLM Software, provides an open environment for 3D data visualization and collaboration. JT has been widely adopted within many manufacturing industries especially in the automotive sector. SpaceClaim Engineer 2011+ is unique in its ability to visualize and edit JT data with PMI, allowing any engineer to visualize large data sets, as well as open and edit precise part geometry. SpaceClaim multiplies the value of manufacturers' investments in JT by combining the ease of use of a simple viewer with the power of 3D solid modeling previously only available in complex CAD systems designed for dedicated CAD practitioners.

"SpaceClaim changed the landscape of the 3D CAD market when we introduced our 3D Direct Modeler in 2007. SpaceClaim was designed from the ground up to be intuitive, easy to learn and use, while being as robust and powerful as many costly and complex CAD software products," said Chris Randles, President and CEO of SpaceClaim. "In a market that had seen little innovation in more than a decade, SpaceClaim sparked a revolution that has seen most of the leading CAD vendors follow suit and introduce their own first-generation direct modeling solutions. SpaceClaim 2011+ is our eighth release in four years. We continue to invest aggressively in our technology, working with our customers and partners to exceed their needs in a highly competitive manufacturing marketplace. SpaceClaim is the clear leader in 3D Direct Modeling, and is the product in the market today against which new entrants should be measured."

SpaceClaim works closely with partner TRUMPF, a global machine tool manufacturer, to drive new sheet metal manufacturing capabilities. The new capabilities in SpaceClaim address a broad range of manufacturing applications including NC machining, jig and fixture design, mold manufacturing, and sheet metal manufacturing. The new features include:

* Numerous modeling improvements, including fill patterns, a standardized hole wizard, clipping regions, and STL curve fitting.
* Extended CAE, CAM, and IP protection model preparation tools for volume extraction, missing face detection, and face merging.
* Groundbreaking sheet metal capabilities include double wall support, tabs, hinges, gussets, curve wrapping, and marking.
* Improved ease of use and performance improvements with selection, view manipulation, and responsiveness.
* Documentation features such as hole tables, bolt hole circles, offset cross sections, datum targets, and multi-model drawings.
* Extended file operations and interoperability supporting JT PMI, 2D PDF, archival creation, AutoRecover, solid STL, and the ability to apply custom KeyShot materials.

SpaceClaim is aligned with manufacturers' business imperatives such as removing waste from product development, tightening product development costs, and using simulation more pervasively in engineering. SpaceClaim customers realize that traditional CAD products designed for detailed design and manufacturing documentation do not adequately serve many engineers. See the What's New page on the SpaceClaim website for more details on this release and where you will also find the SpaceClaim 2011+ video showcasing features and enhancements found in this new release.

Published in SpaceClaim

INUS Technology, Inc. is pleased to announce that a recent U.S. Air Force-funded study evaluating CAD and reverse engineering software concluded that Rapidform XOR stands alone in its ability to create parametric solid models from 3D scan data. The study was conducted by Dr. Kuang-Hua Chang of the University of Oklahoma and published in the journal CAD and Applications. This study offers an unbiased, expert opinion that confirms Rapidform XOR is the only viable choice for creating parametric CAD models from 3D scans.

INUS Technology invented the concept of creating parametric CAD models directly from 3D scans with the release of Rapidform XOR in 2006, and XOR remains the product of choice for those serious about fast and accurate reverse engineering of physical parts. The U.S. Air Force frequently needs to regenerate designs of decades-old parts, and so commissioned the University of Oklahoma to study both 3D scanning software and hardware to determine the best available technology. INUS Technology had no knowledge of the study or its outcome until it was published in CAD and Applications.

Dr. Chang and his students surveyed the landscape of software available for converting 3D scans into parametric solid models usable in CAD, evaluated and then tested the front runners using practical examples. “We used five different examples in two rounds of testing,” said Dr. Chang. “The first round was surface modeling, and in the second round, we focused on parametric solid building.”

“We found that Rapidform is the only viable option that is able to support parametric modeling and transferring the solid model to CAD systems,” Dr. Chang continued. “When we say ‘viable option’, it’s based on two things. One is the time and effort, the other is the accuracy.” According to Chang, other software “was able to generate a parametric solid model, but it took a long time and the solid model created was not very accurate.”

“It’s very rewarding to see an unbiased study recognizing the value of Rapidform XOR compared to other 3D scanning software,” noted Calvin Hur, INUS Technology’s CEO. “Thousands of customers have already recognized that Rapidform XOR is the best choice for reverse engineering, but this is the first objective study that confirms which software is best-in-class. We encourage anyone considering 3D scanning technology to read this paper to make a well-educated decision on their reverse engineering software solution.”

The entire paper, including technical details of each tested software, is available for free download at: www.rapidform.com/reverse-engineering-study

Published in Rapidform

PTC (Nasdaq: PMTC), the Product Development Company®, today announced the availability of CreoTM Elements/DirectTM 18.0 - the latest release of its market leading direct modeling solution and a member of the Creo family of design software.

Creo Elements/Direct is a complete design environment that offers the world's #1 direct 3D CAD modeler, along with 2D CAD, CAE and integrated product data management (PDM). Creo Elements/Direct provides speed, flexibility, and responsiveness-to-change for customers facing short design cycles, one-off product designs, or companies demanding a lightweight design process.

What's New in Creo Elements/Direct 18.0:

* More Intuitive Design Experience - improves ease of use and reduces the learning curve for those new to direct modeling through the new ribbon-based UI that is consistent across the Creo product family of applications.

* Optimized Design Workflows - improves the way designers work through new context-sensitive command controls in drafting and extended 3D modification commands in modeling.

* More Productive Design Data Management - broadens the reach of product data management and PLM support by enabling improved access and data sharing with a new Web Client and Web Services in Model Manager, and deeper process integration with Windchill.

* More Powerful Design Solution - broadens the designer's reach through interoperability with Creo 1.0. Engineers can take their Creo Elements/Direct designs and analyze and share them with Creo Simulation and Creo View MCAD, respectively.

Creo Elements/Direct 18.0 additionally enables users to take advantage of new Creo 1.0 applications for extended design needs such as simulation and visualization. This is part of PTC's strategy to give engineers and designers the greatest flexibility in choosing product design tools that fit their role in the product development process. Existing Creo Elements/Direct customers will continue to yield benefits to their business through updated and improved capabilities in Creo Elements/Direct 18.0.

Supporting Quotes:

"STIWA Holding GmbH uses Creo Elements/Direct because it gives us the flexibility to rapidly accommodate changes that happen late in the design cycle," said Thomas Mayer, responsible for mechanical CAD at STIWA Holding GmbH.  "The new user interface in Creo Elements/Direct 18.0, improvements to key features in direct modeling, and the interoperability with the Creo apps will help drive productivity across our design team resulting in shorter design cycles and faster time to market."

"Creo Elements/Direct 18.0 demonstrates PTC's commitment to support our customers' freedom to choose the design approach that best fits their needs," said Justin Teague, DVP & General Manager, Design and Visualization Products Business Unit, PTC. "It delivers productivity enhancements that specifically address the needs of direct modeling users - lightweight, flexible, fast and connected through interoperability with the new Creo apps.  Ultimately, Creo Elements/Direct enables customers to achieve competitive advantage by optimizing their design cycles and bringing innovative products to market quickly."

For more information, visit: www.ptc.com

Published in PTC

Join us for this must-see webinar!
Wednesday, July 27th
1:00 – 1:30 p.m. (EDT)

SpaceClaim provides CAE analysts the easiest and fastest tools possible to get geometry ready for simulation. By putting simulation users in control of geometry, CAE can drive product development by optimizing models before CAD and validating results post-CAD. SpaceClaim removes the geometry bottleneck, thus freeing analysts to focus on the physics. LiveLink™ for SpaceClaim, provided by COMSOL, brings you the fusion of direct modeling with multiphysics simulation in a tightly integrated environment, enabling optimal designs and collaboration across CAD and CAE teams.

LiveLink™ for SpaceClaim will allow you to:

-Easily de-feature imported CAD geometry
-Simply create new concepts from scratch using our straighforward and intuitive user interface
-Optimize existing models before CAD & validate results post-CAD

Watch this webinar to learn how SpaceClaim’s seamless integration with COMSOL makes it the best choice for your modeling and simulation needs.

To register, visit: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/406326098

Published in SpaceClaim

SpaceClaim enables engineers to easily visualize, communicate, and evaluate designs in 3D in order to achieve new levels of product innovation. The SpaceClaim user interface allows both non-CAD experts and seasoned CAD professionals to refine and optimize concepts before locking down the design in a traditional CAD package. SpaceClaim allows you to produce models quickly and easily in a fraction of the time of traditional CAD because it doesn’t require the constraints and complications of feature-based modeling. Watch this webinar to learn how to create new concept models quickly and easily that you can share with your customers, R&D engineers, CAE analysts, manufacturing, and the CAD team using SpaceClaim’s simple user interface, and, as a result, improve your time-to-market by 30% or more.

Date/Time: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM EDT

To register visit: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/349875274

Published in SpaceClaim

Maplesoft™ today announced a new release of MapleSim™, the high-performance physical modeling and simulation software. With its broader application scope, streamlined modeling environment, and ability to efficiently simulate even more systems, MapleSim 5 makes it easier to tackle large projects and get results quickly.

MapleSim 5 comes with over 150 new components, including new libraries for magnetics and thermal fluids, which means the power of MapleSim can be applied to even more modeling projects. With these components, customers can use MapleSim 5 to quickly develop a wider range of applications, such as the solenoids in dialysis machines and fuel injection systems, saturating motors and transformers, and heat exchangers for machine cooling systems.

The MapleSim 5 interface includes many new and improved features to reduce model development time and help customers manage the complexity of their models.  For example, enhanced diagnostic tools provide early feedback related to the definition of the model itself, such as identifying inconsistent initial conditions. MapleSim then provides assistance in resolving the problem, so corrections can be made before running the simulation. Other additions include increased control over parameters and initial conditions, easy export of 3-D animation simulation results, and streamlined design environments for building both model diagrams and 3-D model representations. The improved simulation engine in MapleSim can now generate highly optimized C code for all MapleSim models. This royalty-free code can be incorporated into other software in the toolchain.

MapleSim uses a fully developed symbolic modeling engine tohandle all of the complex mathematics involved in the development of engineering models.  This symbolic engine offers unique advantages that expand the modeling and simulation capabilities of engineers. Each MapleSim release further develops these capabilities, which include automatically generated model equations in full parametric form, equation-based custom components, optimized code generation for real-time systems, revolutionary multibody technology, and an interactive analysis environment that captures the full engineering knowledge that goes into each project.

“By leveraging symbolic computation technology, MapleSim offers unique advantages that enable our customers to succeed at very difficult design projects they simply cannot do with other tools,” says Laurent Bernardin, Executive Vice-President and Chief Scientist, Maplesoft. “MapleSim reduces model development time from months to days while producing high-fidelity, high-performance models. With MapleSim 5, our customers can apply those time and cost savings to even more projects, while further reducing the time needed to design their complex models.”

For more information visit: www.maplesoft.com

Published in Maplesoft

Using SpaceClaim for Bid Modeling

Join us for this must-see webinar!

Wednesday, June 22nd
1:00 – 1:30 p.m. (EST)

As an engineer who supports new business development or proposals, the pressure is on you when it comes to bidding on contracts and quickly responding to RFPs. Facing unexpected design challenges and accurately predicting design costs can be difficult and time consuming.

SpaceClaim will allow you to:

-Increase bid rates by pinpointing costs quicker
-Provide prospects with realistic design concepts
-Respond to more proposals in less time, all while eliminating bottlenecks caused by traditional CAD

Watch our webinar to learn how to leverage the power of SpaceClaim 3D Direct Modeling in your bids.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/571448674

Published in SpaceClaim

PTC (Nasdaq: PMTC), The Product Development Company®, today announced the availability of Creo 1.0 and delivery of the first set of Creo apps. The release of Creo marks another industry first for PTC, whose tradition of technology innovation began with the introduction of the industry’s first 3D parametric modeling software. The Creo breakthrough technology enables enterprise wide participation in the product design process to unlock potential for creativity, teamwork, efficiency and value.

“Creo’s role based apps make a typically closed process open and inclusive, enabling more people to make a meaningful contribution to product designs. This is a huge advance that will help our customers create better designs, and ultimately better products.”

“Since we unveiled our Creo product strategy last October, we’ve seen incredible customer interest in Creo,” said James Heppelmann, PTC’s president and CEO. “Based on the reaction of the marketplace, we believe that Creo has the potential to deliver the renaissance in CAD innovation that we had predicted at the launch.”

Creo is designed to solve the unaddressed problems remaining in the mechanical CAD market: usability, interoperability, assembly management and technology lock-in. Creo provides a scalable suite of interoperable, integrated design apps- built on a unique architecture with patent-pending technology, to meet the needs of the wide spectrum of users that form a company’s extended product development team. By more fully engaging these users throughout the product lifecycle, companies can increase productivity and improve operational efficiencies, getting better products to market faster.

“We participated in the Creo beta program and in all customer events aimed at Creo development. We believe that Creo delivers capabilities that will help increase the productivity of everyone involved in System S.p.A.’s product development process,” said Roberto Dolci, Chief Information Officer of System Group. “By allowing a broader set of people across the company to access product data in a way that fits their role, and by introducing 3D direct modeling to speed up new product development, Creo helps accelerate our business agility, which drives our success.”

The first set of Creo apps are designed to optimize engineering, manufacturing and service processes. Role-based packages are designed to help increase productivity for everyone from service planners, technical illustrators and industrial designers to engineers who have historically driven product design processes using 3D direct or parametric modeling, while also benefiting CAD users in the extended enterprise.

* Creo Sketch –for simple “freehand” drawing of ideas and design concepts in 2D
* Creo Layout – for capturing early concepts layouts in 2D that ultimately drive 3D design.
* Creo Parametric – for powerful, 3D parametric modeling capabilities currently available in Creo Elements/Pro™ (formerly known as Pro/ENGINEER®). Extensions deliver a broader range of seamlessly integrated 3D CAD/CAID/CAM/CAE capabilities. New extensions offer more design flexibility and support for legacy data adoption.
* Creo Direct – for fast, flexible 3D geometry creation and editing using a direct modeling approach. Provides unprecedented levels of interoperability with Creo Parametric for greater design flexibility
* Creo Simulate - delivers capabilities an analyst needs for structural and thermal simulation
* Creo Schematics - for creating 2D routed systems diagrams for piping and cabling designs.
* Creo Illustrate –for 3D technical illustrations, providing capabilities to communicate complex service and parts information, training, work instructions, etc. to improve product usability and performance graphically in 3D.
* Creo View ECAD - for viewing, interrogating, and marking up electronic geometry
* Creo View MCAD - for viewing, interrogating, and marking up mechanical geometry

Additionally, Creo offers a highly flexible and open solution that helps companies obtain maximum business value from their CAD investments. For many companies Creo provides the opportunity to divest from a heterogeneous CAD environment and consolidate on a single design platform. However, the AnyData AdoptionTM technology of Creo ensures that consolidation is a choice and not a requirement. Creo respects and protects existing investment in data and working methods - enabling access to data from any CAD system.

“With the delivery of Creo 1.0, PTC is spearheading an unprecedented transformation of the CAD industry for the second time in history,” said Brian Shepherd, executive vice president, product development, PTC. “Creo’s role based apps make a typically closed process open and inclusive, enabling more people to make a meaningful contribution to product designs. This is a huge advance that will help our customers create better designs, and ultimately better products.”

Availability

The majority of Creo1.0 apps are available now in ten languages. Creo Sketch and Creo Layout are planned to be available later in late July and late fall 2011 respectively.

The timing of any product release, and any features or functionality thereof, are subject to change at PTC’s discretion.

For more information visit: www.ptc.com/products/creo

Published in PTC

Consumers are always looking for the “next big thing,” whether it be in food, celebrities or gadgets. Australian industrial design firm, Design+Industry, has recently given shape to what will undoubtedly be the next big thing in automotives: a three-wheeled, high-performance vehicle designed through technical ingenuity and the expert utilization of Luxology’s 3D modeling, painting and rendering software, modo 501.

Design+Industry, the largest and leading industrial design and product engineering consultancy in Australia, was asked by Strike Motors to turn a radical concept for a three-wheeled “trike” into a commercially manufacturable vehicle. The Trike is a high-performance half-car, half-motorcycle that seats two people and combines phenomenal acceleration with excellent ride stability, amazing cornering capability and strong stopping power. Design+Industry took the specs for the car and used the creative tools and advanced modeling and rendering capabilities in modo 501 to create an innovative design that would appeal to car enthusiasts and style-minded drivers while simultaneously catching the attention of bystanders with its sleek, futuristic design.

“We began using modo when clients started requesting features we were not able to provide with the visualisation software we were using at the time,” said Ben Carroll, industrial designer at Design+Industry. “Once clients saw what could be done compared to the other software we were using, they began requesting renderings be done solely in modo.”

Since Design+Industry began using modo in 2009, the software has become an integral part of the company’s pipeline. Used in conjunction with SolidWorks and Luxology’s PAD and SES 1 Kits, modo 501 allowed the designers to quickly visualize the Trike in studio and real world environments, letting them quickly review materials and surfaces, and make design changes on the fly.

“The 3D modeling and rendering features of modo 501 have enhanced our design process in incalculable ways,” said Carroll. “We particularly love using modo to quickly visualize an array of ideas, so clients can interactively review our designs and make decisions on the direction of the final product early on in the process, saving us both time and money.”

“The images that modo produces are shockingly realistic,” continued Carroll. “We have had clients ask to see the physical prototype after our presentation based solely on a picture done in modo and that ‘wow’ factor has always served us well.”

The Trike will be ready for production in 2012. For more information on Design+Industry, please visit http://www.design-industry.com.au

modo is an innovative 3D modeling, painting and rendering software designed to accelerate the creation of world-class models, associated color and normal maps, and ultra high-quality renderings. modo’s modern workflow and advanced toolset easily deliver enhanced productivity for 3D artists working in concept modeling, design visualization, package design, film visual effects, video production and graphic arts. A favorite tool among many designers and artists, modo’s innovative toolset offers one of the fastest paths to content creation on the PC and Mac.

For more information visit: www.luxology.com/modo/index.aspx

Published in Luxology

Altair Engineering, Inc., a leading global provider of simulation technology and engineering services, today announced that it has signed an agreement with Montréal-based Bombardier Aerospace under which the aircraft manufacturer will expand its use of the HyperWorks suite of computer-aided engineering tools as a strategic solution for computer modeling of airframes and conducting finite-element analysis.

Since 2007, Altair has worked with Bombardier Aerospace to demonstrate time and cost savings gained from using HyperWorks. Now, Bombardier Aerospace has selected HyperWorks as a key option for its stress engineering groups, and as a result of the new agreement, will introduce the benefits of HyperWorks more widely throughout its Engineering teams.

“During the past four years, we have trained many Bombardier Aerospace stress engineers to use our modeling, visualization and optimization technology, and thanks to our pro-active technical support, these engineers now use HyperWorks as their standard analysis platform,” said Altair Canada President Jean Pierre Roux. “We are very pleased with this wider expansion of HyperWorks at Bombardier Aerospace. We look forward to increasing our cooperation, and I am confident that both parties will continue to benefit from this relationship.”

Bombardier Aerospace will expand the use of HyperMesh and HyperView, two technologies within the HyperWorks suite, for finite-element modeling of aircraft structures, from the component level to the full aircraft. In addition, Bombardier will join many other aerospace manufacturers who use Altair’s OptiStruct and HyperStudy to optimize aerospace structural designs for weight reduction, robust design and design efficiency.

“HyperWorks will offer Bombardier Aerospace a new level of productivity and efficiency,” said Altair Executive Director of Global Aerospace Bob Yancey. “The unique simulation, optimization and rapid modeling technologies within HyperWorks will aid Bombardier in developing more efficient designs while bringing its products to market more rapidly.”

“We consider Altair to be a strategic supplier for design and analysis tools and look forward to further strengthening our business relationship in the future,” said Guy Lambert, Director, Experimental, Design, Material and Processes and Standards, Bombardier Aerospace. “Through our new agreement with Altair, we will benefit from the efficiencies that HyperWorks offers in the design and development of our products.”

During the June 2011 HyperWorks Technology Conference in Orlando, Fla., Bombardier Aerospace is scheduled to present a paper focusing on its use of HyperWorks for computer modeling of aircraft.

Altair Engineering, Inc. empowers client innovation and decision-making through technology that optimizes the analysis, management and visualization of business and engineering information. Privately held, with more than 1,400 employees, Altair has offices throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia/Pacific. With a 25-year track record for high-end software and consulting services for engineering, computing and enterprise analytics, Altair consistently delivers a competitive advantage to customers in a broad range of industries.

For more information visit: www.altair.com and www.altairhtc.com

Published in Altair

4.0 (May 25, 2011)
Advanced reduction algorithm has been released.
Added support of advanced normals generation method.
Improved StereoLitho (.STL) import/export.
Improved advanced shapes/groups processing function.
Improved texture borders preservation algorithm.
Improved texture borders processing algorithm.
Improved texture border preservation function.
Improved import/export of Wavefront .obj files.
Added support of 3GB RAM address space.
Save selected parts capability.
StereoLitho (.STL) import/export has been released.
Improved textures mapping quality (advanced algorithm).

3.8.8 (March 24, 2010)

Improved support of advanced normals preservation method.
Improved StereoLitho (.STL) import/export.
Improved advanced shapes/groups processing function.
Improved texture borders preservation algorithm.
Improved texture borders processing algorithm.
Improved texture border preservation function.
Improved import/export of Wavefront .obj files.
Added support of 3GB RAM address space.
Save selected parts capability.
StereoLitho (.STL) import/export has been released.
Advanced reduction algorithm has been released.
Improved textures mapping quality (advanced algorithm).

2.0 (September 7, 2005)
Next-gen tool: VizUp 2.

1.7 (October 4, 2004)
In version 1.7 you can selectively reduce different parts of your model.

1.6 (April 5, 2004)
VizUp 1.6 works at a yet faster speed.

1.2 (August 27, 2003)
Texture coordinates processing is now done more correctly.

1.1 (June 18, 2003)
Added Smart normals to calculate new vertices data in the process of polygon reduction.

1.0 (May 1, 2003)
VizUp first release that was made available to the public.

For more information or to download an evaluation copy of VizUp visit: www.vizup.com

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Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK), announced Autodesk 123D software — a free* Windows-based 3D modeling application for makers combined with content and services — is now available in a public beta release for download by makers.

With Autodesk 123D, anyone can explore, learn and create highly precise 3D models. Makers can bring ideas to reality by combining powerful digital design with services for creating physical objects. From both within the application and through the 123D website, individuals can discover and download content to start, complete or visualize a project, and then access for-purchase personal fabrication services through Autodesk 123D partners. Makers can also purchase pre-fabricated products to explore 3D printing or assemble models from 2D laser cut materials like cardboard—the first of a variety of custom fabrication options coming soon to Autodesk123D.

“The reality is most people don’t know how to design in 3D, nor do they know how to get their designs made,” said Samir Hanna, vice president of Consumer Products at Autodesk. “With our long history of making design accessible for professionals, Autodesk is uniquely positioned to bring 3D design to everyone in a way that’s fun and unlocks the maker in us all. We intend to grow the 123D site into a single destination for individuals to make their designs and share them with the world for fun, learning or profit.”

“123D has an intuitive and logical, simple user interface,” said Philippe Drouant, maker. “Its 3D modeling environment is different than anything I have tried before.”

Autodesk Partners Help Individuals Get Unique Designs Made

Autodesk 123D users can print their designs on a 3D printer or use the for-purchase personal fabrication services featured on the Make It link in the application. To supply these services, Autodesk forged alliances with new partners that have extensive experience providing the maker community with the ability to create a unique project at home or to have it fabricated elsewhere and shipped. Partners currently include:

* 3D Systems — A leading provider of 3D content-to-print solutions and custom parts services supplies 3D printers to Autodesk123D users who want to make things in their own garage, shop or school.
* Ponoko — This online service for manufacturing connects Autodesk123D users to various personal fabrication outlets. Ponoko’s Personal Factory platform gives creators local access to specialized fabrication methods and a range of materials to turn 123D digital creations into physical things.
* TechShop — A membership based do-it-yourself workshop where entrepreneurs, artists, inventors and other makers go to bring their ideas to life. Autodesk already supplies TechShop members at locations around the United States with software and training resources, and now Autodesk 123D users can access computer numerical control (CNC) milling machines, welders, table saws, drill presses, laser cutters, industrial sewing and textile equipment and 3D printers on-site at TechShop.

Availability

Autodesk 123D public beta software is available for free* download for Windows PCs from: www.123Dapp.com

Published in Autodesk

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) President and CEO Carl Bass joined Wired editor-in-chief Chris Anderson for a conversation about "The New Industrial Revolution" on May 3, 2011, at the Wired Business Conference in New York City. Bass announced that Autodesk plans to address the Maker Movement with a new free 3D modeling application coming out later this month called Autodesk 123D that allows individuals to create things in 3D. Bass also described some key partners that will help students, hobbyists or entrepreneurs get their designs made.

Carl Bass is president and chief executive officer of Autodesk, the world’s leading maker of design software for the architecture, engineering, and entertainment industries. The company’s products range from its flagship AutoCAD program to digital modeling and prototyping tools for industry. Autodesk’s CG apps have been used on every movie that’s won the Academy Award for Visual Effects in the past 15 years, from Titanic to Avatar. Under Bass’ leadership the California-based firm has been repeatedly honored by Fast Company as one of the world’s most innovative companies.

After graduating from Cornell, Bass cofounded a computer graphics business called Flying Moose Systems, later renamed Ithaca Software. He moved west when Autodesk purchased the company in 1993. In the past decade, he’s held nearly every executive role at Autodesk. From 2002 to 2004, he served as head of the Design Solutions Group, where he led the company’s crucial transition from 2-D to 3-D and model-based design.

For more information visit: Autodesk 123D or www.wiredbusinessconference.com

Published in Autodesk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information visit: www.SmartCAMcnc.com

Published in SmartCAM

SpaceClaim, the leader in direct modeling software that enables all engineers to work in 3D, will host a half day event on March 24 focused on sharing techniques and strategies designed to leverage 3D direct modeling to lower product development costs. Customers will share how they are using SpaceClaim to grow revenue, eliminate waste and to reduce time-to-market. Applications to be discussed include bid modeling, concept modeling, CAE analysis and manufacturing model preparation.

Speakers will include:

* Jayeson Fougner, General Dynamics Land Systems
* Matt Thomas, Navistar
* Don Mekkes, Modern Tool
* Steve Costello, VP of Americas Sales, SpaceClaim
* Blake Courter, Co-Founder, SpaceClaim
* John Graham, Application Engineer, SpaceClaim


Details:

* March 24, 2011, 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
* Embassy Suites Troy, 850 Tower Drive, Troy Michigan
* Complimentary Breakfast and Lunch to be served

To register please go to http://www.spaceclaim.com/en/Mkting/SpaceClaim-March-Detroit-Event.aspx  or call 978-482-2206

Published in SpaceClaim

LEDAS Ltd today announced the release of version 4.0 of LGS 3D, its powerful geometric constraint solver. This is the core technology for parametric design software, allowing users to express their design intent in 3D parts and assemblies through geometric and dimensional constraints.

Version 4.0 introduces important new functions that customers will find useful for assembly design and direct modeling. It also significantly improves reliability and performance.
New Features in LGS 3D 4.0

LGS 3D v4 introduces (infinite) cone and torus objects. They can be fixed, or be linked with other objects with different constraints: coincidence, tangency, parallelism, perpendicularity, and angular dimensions. In the context of assembly designs, cone and torus objects are used to model spatial and kinematic relationships in mechanisms, such as bearings and variators. In direct modeling applications, they can represent fillets and chamfers, and they adjust their form to satisfy constraints. For example, cones can change their angles and tori change any of their radii. In addition to non-rigid cylindrical and spherical surfaces introduced in previous versions of LGS 3D, cone and tori now allow users to models many kinds of parametrized mechanical parts, such as brackets, bearings, and hinges.

An important function introduced with LGS 3D v4 computes the degrees of freedom (DOF) of parts in mechanisms. Any rigid set in LGS 3D can have up to three translational and three rotational DOFs. When rigid sets are linked by constraints to other fixed objects, the appropriate DOFs are eliminated automatically. A new function returns the number of remaining DOFs for a particular rigid set. Also returned is geometric information, such as directions and axes. LGS-based applications can now represent this data to the end user, a feature that has been highly requested for kinematic analysis.

LGS 3D v4 supports tangency constraints with parametric curves and surfaces that represent non-canonic objects. These features are used to express complex kinematic relations in advanced mechanisms.

Also new in LGS 3D is its ability to deform canonic curves and surfaces when they are moved under constraints. This applies specifically to circles, cylinders, spheres, cones and tori. (In previous versions, the deformation was limited to static constraint solving.) Version 4 also generates the correct diagnostics for models with these non-rigid objects.

A new LGS 3D function returns information about loops in over-defined constraints. (In previous versions, users were only alerted to the condition and were provided no additional information.) Version 4 now allows constraint relaxation to be applied independently of each over-defined loop. This means that it is now faster for users to make their models consistent.
Reliability and Performance

Version 4.0 of LGS 3D contains significant advances in reliability and performance. A new analysis on inconsistent models improves performance three-fold. The technical and algorithmic optimization on large models with thousands constraints increases the performance of LGS 3D by 10-25%.

LGS 3D v4 also contains enhancements to its API that provide better context management and more detailed journaling.

“Version 4.0 really is a ‘major’ release,” explained Alexey Ershov, Director of Research and Development at LEDAS. “We are not only introducing important extensions, but for the first time are providing full solutions to both assembly and part modeling.”
About LGS Software

Since the first commercial release in 2004, LGS 2D and 3D software components have been licensed by a dozen CAD/CAM/CAE vendors, who have embedded the components into their applications successfully.

The 2D and 3D geometric constraint solvers are used as parametric engines for 2D sketching and drawing, 3D direct modeling, assembly design, motion analysis, and other applications. LGS 2D and 3D are cross-platform software packages running on 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, *BSD, AIX, HP-UX, and other operating systems. Both solvers have a C-style API for easy integration into a broad range of software applications using a variety of wrappers, such as .NET, Java, and C++.

LGS 2D/3D supports the creation and modification of geometric models through explicit and implicit constraints. Geometric objects that can be constrained include points, lines, circles, ellipses, planes, cylinders, spheres, cones, tori, NURBS, application-defined parametric curves, and surfaces. Objects can be fixed in the absolute coordinate system or relative to each other. Supported constraints include geometric relations between objects (coincidence, parallelism, tangency, and so on) and dimensions that specify the required values for distances, angles, and radii. LGS 2D/3D moves and rotates objects to positions that satisfy all constraints, yet minimizes transformations from initial configurations.

Other LGS functions implement advanced features of CAD/CAM/CAE systems, such as diagnostics of over- and under-defined parts of models, engineering variables and equations, help points, and tolerance management.

Available as free downloads from the LEDAS web site are “Lege’n’d 2D/3D” example applications. These consist of sample models representing different kinds of 2D sketches and 3D assemblies. The applications can be used to test the functionality, robustness, and performance of LGS 2D/3D. They were created with the Open CASCADE open-source application framework; the source code is available to all licensees.

To learn more about LGS 2D/3D, visit the LEDAS Web site at www.ledas.com/products/lgs3d.
About LEDAS

LEDAS Ltd. is an independent software development company founded in 1999. It is based in Novosibirsk Scientific Centre in Akademgorodok, the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Science. A leader in constraint-based technologies, LEDAS is a well-known provider of computational software components for PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) solutions: geometric constraint solvers for CAD/CAM/CAE, optimization engines for project management, work scheduling and meeting planning as well as interval technologies for knowledge-based engineering and collaborative design. The company also provides services for PLM markets: software development, consulting, reselling as well as education and training.

More information about LEDAS is available at www.ledas.com.
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