PTC announced the release of the latest version of its Creo® 4.0 3D CAD software. Creo 4.0 introduces new capabilities for Internet of Things (IoT), additive manufacturing, augmented reality, and model based definition (MBD). Creo 4.0 enables smarter design and greater productivity with a vast array of core modeling enhancements and new functionality that allow designers to create the products of the future.

In the era of IoT and smart, connected products, product development is changing and Creo 4.0 represents the future of product design. With this latest release of Creo, product designers can design smart, connected products and capitalize on new technologies, such as additive manufacturing and augmented reality.

Key enhancements in Creo 4.0 include:

Smart Connected Product Design

With Creo 4.0, product developers can take advantage of the IoT to better understand how products are used and behave to improve design decisions. The solution provides the ability to pull real-world information back into the design process. It also enables a design for connectivity strategy where developers proactively design products with custom data streams by integrating sensors into the design process.

Additive Manufacturing

Creo 4.0 removes barriers to efficient design of production parts built with additive manufacturing techniques. It delivers "design for additive manufacturing," enabling designers to design, optimize, validate, and run a print-check in a single environment, Creo. With the ability to create parametrically controlled lattice structures, it enables designers to optimize models to meet multiple design objectives or constraints.

Augmented Reality

Creo 4.0 allows for more engaging and informative visual experiences of designs by bringing the digital product into the physical world. With Creo 4.0, designers can seamlessly reuse CAD data to easily create engaging and informative visual augmented reality experiences of a design with a realistic sense of size, scale, and context.

Model Based Definition

Creo 4.0 enables designers to successfully implement MBD and increase efficiency in product development by reducing dependency on 2D drawings. Creo 4.0 enables designers to reduce the errors that result from incorrect, incomplete, or misinterpreted information by guiding and educating designers in the proper application of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerance (GD&T) information. Creo 4.0 also validates that the GD&T is captured in the 3D CAD model in a fully semantic way, that the model is compliant with ASME and ISO standards, and that it constrains model geometry to enable efficient and error-free downstream use in manufacturing and inspection.

“Realizing the potential of the IoT is not just about getting more product usage data, it means you can use, refine, and analyze that data to design better and smarter,” said Brian Thompson, senior vice president, CAD segment, PTC. “Creo 4.0 enables designers to replace assumptions in the design process with real-world data to make better product design decisions and along with model-based definition helps give designers a more complete digital definition of a product. The enhancements in Creo 4.0 not only enable designers to increase productivity, but also help designers leverage the IoT to support their digital engineering journey.”

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Rand Worldwide announced that its IMAGINiT Technologies division has acquired the Autodesk subscription customer base of Eagle Point Software. IMAGINiT, an Autodesk Platinum Partner, welcomes all former Eagle Point Autodesk subscription customers, providing them with access to IMAGiNiT’s wealth of Autodesk implementation, consulting and training expertise.

“As a result of Eagle Point’s decision to focus more completely on growing their Pinnacle Series business, a unique opportunity arose to grow our base of subscriptions,” says Larry Rychlak, president and CEO, IMAGINiT Technologies. “We are pleased to now welcome Eagle Point’s customers who utilize the Autodesk products to our family. Our team will make sure that these customers continue to receive the outstanding service that they have received from Eagle Point in the past and to ensure a smooth transition to the IMAGINiT family. As IMAGINiT customers, they can look forward to enjoying the unique benefits offered by us including access to free installation support, free IMAGINiT Utilities, and the support of our expansive team of technical experts across the North American Autodesk channel.”

“As we further our commitment to our award winning, personalized learning and productivity solution, Pinnacle Series, our dedication to our Autodesk customers drove us to find the unique Autodesk partner who has both the ability and geographical coverage to take over management of our customers’ Autodesk subscriptions,” says John Biver, president and CEO, Eagle Point Software. “IMAGINiT Technologies was the exact right choice. Now, our vision of expanding the Pinnacle Series features will help customers improve their efficiency, quality and learning at an accelerated pace. Over the coming 12 months, Pinnacle Series customers will experience dramatic gains in workforce performance, technology adoption and return on Autodesk subscription investments.”

As an Autodesk Platinum Partner with offices across North America, IMAGINiT provides subscribers with extensive benefits while still giving customers regional resources. Technical experts in architecture, engineering, construction and manufacturing provide software recommendation, implementation and consulting as well as contributing industry leading insights to IMAGINiT’s ProductivityNOW knowledge base for subscribers to access and benefit from. Subscribers can also download complimentary time saving productivity Utilities for Autodesk Revit, Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D and Autodesk Vault Client via the ProductivityNOW portal.

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Dassault Systèmes announced the launch of SOLIDWORKS 2017. Powered by Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform, SOLIDWORKS 2017 helps innovators design, validate, collaborate, build and manage their product development processes with integrated applications. SOLIDWORKS 2017 features more core power and performance, as well as new capabilities to address paperless manufacturing through the support of Model Based Definition, and printed circuit board (PCB) design.

Both new and experienced users can improve productivity with simulation to analyze, solve, visualize and verify functionality of designs, before any prototype is created. New tools unlock any 3D model for better collaboration with vendors and customers, and dynamic product data management (PDM) from concept through to manufacturing allows for stronger support of multi-site and remote teams.

“We must fulfill a lot of medical device requirements, and SOLIDWORKS has been helpful for leveraging cutting-edge industrial design to get our work done faster and our myoelectric upper limb orthosis to market,” said Andrew Harlan, principal mechanical engineer, Myomo. “We exclusively use SOLIDWORKS for the full spectrum of our design work. The ability to collaborate with industrial designers, consultants and manufacturers across different time zones simplifies the whole process.  The SOLIDWORKS models are so accurate and appealing that we can quickly design, iterate and improve a highly technical part.”

“SOLIDWORKS 2017 simplifies the design and development process with a better user experience, new capabilities for emerging technologies, and improved functionality for seamless collaboration with teams and networks,” said Gian Paolo Bassi, CEO, SOLIDWORKS, Dassault Systèmes.  “Each year, our SOLIDWORKS community’s feedback drives our research and development to offer a flexible product portfolio for business, design and engineering needs.  We are excited to put even more power and performance in their hands with SOLIDWORKS 2017.”

The following are some of the top user-requested features, new capabilities and enhancements included in the SOLIDWORKS 2017 portfolio:

Innovate by directly addressing PCB design:

  • SOLIDWORKS PCB—seamlessly synchronize electronic and mechanical design on demand with a combination of electronics design expertise from Altium and ease of use from SOLIDWORKS.
  • User-friendly interface—a unified environment for schematic and layout tools to select the best routing options based on design constraints with Interactive Routing, AutoRoute, Multi-Track, and Differential Pair, locate and select new components for informed decisions with real-time supplier data, and incorporate SOLIDWORKS models within the PCB design environment and verify electro-mechanical design intent.

Accelerate the design process with more core power and performance:

  • Modeling power—speed up the design process with new tools for Chamfer, Fillet, and Advanced Hole Specification that create multiple variable chamfers in one simple operation, switch any pre-existing Chamfer to a Fillet and vice versa to apply design changes in seconds, capture and access previous hole definitions and apply pre-saved specifications in an instant, and construct stepped holes faster with one operation.
  • Surfacing—remove obstacles to creating complex 3D geometry, save time and avoid complex workarounds with new surfacing features such as wrap, drag and drop, emboss, deboss, or 3D Curve.
  • Magnetic mates—work with large, challenging assemblies by easily organizing equipment and space, publishing parts and assemblies as assets with appropriate connection points for easy drag and drop mating, and easy repositioning of models.

Validate design insights with simulation:

  • Simulation static study—input parameters to automatically make logical decisions.
  • Stress hot spots—quickly identify these to investigate a model or setup further simulation and verify results.
  • Single-click conversion—instantly convert studies from linear static to non-linear or dynamic.
  • RealView—display simulation results to clearly communicate analysis.

Improve collaboration by unlocking new streamlined design workflows and removing barriers to third party data:

  • 3D Interconnect—work with both neutral and native CAD data, such as updating part and assembly files as design changes take place with the Update Model feature, directly opening imported files and treating them like Base Parts, or unlocking workflows from various sources to collaborate with customers and vendors.
  • eDrawings—visualize all types of product design data for simple and accurate collaboration, from native CAD formats to 3D reality with Google Cardboard.  Access product data anywhere with mobile apps for both Android and iOS devices.

Build and manage with data integration, from concept to manufacturing:

  • SOLIDWORKS PDM—improve the way teams manage and collaborate on design by controlling design data and ensuring access to the right version.  Enhance support for SOLIDWORKS MBD (model based definition) with auto-generated 3D PDFs, list native CAD files in the SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault check-in structure, and keep track of where they are used and overwrite versions to minimize clutter.
  • SOLIDWORKS MBD—quickly and accurately communicate critical product information throughout downstream manufacturing operations with features such as basic dimensions and fully automated Polar Dimensioning Schemes, direct referencing of edges, easy creation of intersection geometry between drafted surfaces, and 3D PDF publishing at different accuracy levels for control over file size and quality.


Published in SolidWorks

ESI Group announced the new version of its casting simulation software ESI ProCAST, a virtual manufacturing solution of ESI that enables foundries to improve the design and quality of the parts they produce. ESI ProCAST predicts manufacturing defects early and without the need for costly part production. Consequently, part design and manufacturing processes can be corrected well-ahead of production, achieving lower scrap rates and delivering quality parts in a consistent way.

ProCAST 2016 promises even quicker turnaround times with new workflows dedicated to gravity casting and high pressure die casting. Set-up time for gravity casting, the most widespread sand casting process, is reduced to just a few minutes, while the workflow for high pressure die casting addressed machine selection and bridges the gap between design and production to deliver increased efficiency on the shop floor.

Casting simulation helps industrial manufacturers and foundries comply with new and increasingly stringent market expectations and achieve the highest quality and productivity possible. To that end, ESI ProCAST provides a complete solution, covering all casting processes and the alloys used in diverse industry sectors and the latest 2016 version focuses on key industrial challenges specifically related to sand, investment and die casting processes in the automotive, aerospace and heavy industries.

In regard to sand casting processes, ESI ProCAST 2016 has been enriched with a dedicated workflow for gravity casting, enabling simulation set-up within minutes. Taking all process parameters into account to deliver highly precise results, this step-by-step approach can be customized to fit any foundry’s specific requirements and processes, delivering improved usability when repeating tasks. The new functionality is easy to use and can be mastered by any foundry within a few days.

Another notable enhancement to ESI ProCAST 2016 is the introduction of the machine selection workflow that draws on a dedicated database for high pressure die casting (HPDC) machines, including the Colosio machines. The new functionality enables the user to define the operating point and operating zone for any machine, using the Pressure (P)-Flow Rate(Q)² graph. This information is linked to ProCAST’s solver to achieve virtual piston control in real time. Enabling a user to set-up parameters just as on the real machine, this enhancement provides a considerable time gain for process-design, and delivers the possibility to run a virtual benchmark and select the appropriate machine for specific jobs.

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Avante Technology, LLC, a company specializing in the development of advanced 3D printing technologies, announced version 1.2 of its Emendo™ Automated STL File Repair and Validation SDK. Targeted for web based 3D print on demand services and 3D printing application developers, the Emendo SDK provides powerful, automated file repair and validation that will save print-to-order services time and money lost to failed prints or lengthy manual file repairs.

“The challenge for service providers is offering a high level of print quality while minimizing the amount of time required to repair and optimize uploaded STL files”, said Robert Zollo, President of Avante Technology. “We developed the Emendo™ SDK in response to a growing number of requests from web based printing services to help them improve printing efficiency through more automated file repair”.

The SDK provides a simple, command-line interface that allows easy integration with the web server software. Developers are offered control over the type and level of precision of repair methods so they balance repair speed and precision to match the precision of their printers.

“Traditional STL file repair applications are more like engineering toolkits” said Zollo. “They require training to properly use and manual intervention if the default repair is not successful. We expanded the variety of repair methods that can be used in sequence to automate the great majority of file repairs. This improves efficiency and productivity for service bureaus who are printing large volumes of print jobs.”

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ShopIQ utilizes’s database of historical Request for Quote (RFQ) data, allowing shops to retroactively compare their quotes against all competitors as well as the successful bidder.

The tool generates a variety of reports including:

  • Your Quotes versus Your Competitors
  • Your Quotes versus Awarded Price
  • Your Price by Region
  • Your Price Compared to Supplier Distribution by Region
  • Your Shop's Average Price Compared to Supplier Certification
  • Your Shop's Average Quote Price Compared to Supplier Company Size
  • Your Shop's RFQ Statistics

Shops can glean the following information – and more – from these reports:

  • Whether they are under- or overbidding
  • How their pricing stacks up against all competitors in a specific region
  • The regions in which they are most competitive
  • How their pricing compares to quotes from competitors with the same or similar certifications
  • How their pricing compares to quotes from competitors based on company size

Such detailed feedback allows manufacturers and suppliers to zero in on those jobs they are more likely to be awarded and offer bids more reflective of the marketplace. Moreover, shops considering entering new business areas can project their likelihood of success while limiting risk.

Bo Hagler, chief executive officer,, said, “ShopIQ is a revolutionary analytics tool that gives small to medium-size manufacturers the same analytical capabilities as ‘the big guys’ without the investment  in staff, hardware, software and other resources. ShopIQ enables shops to take their business to the next level by understanding precisely where they are most competitive today in terms of regions, processes, materials, job types and industry verticals and where to focus their quoting efforts tomorrow. This new, free, value-added service is part of our larger effort to optimize for maximum subscriber success.”

For more information about ShopIQ, current subscribers and interested new businesses should contact Michael Vining, national account manager, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Materialise has released the beta version of Magics 21. A wide variety of companies are now participating in the beta validation program of Materialise’s software package for data preparation.

Earlier this year, Materialise announced the launch of the Materialise Magics 3D Print Suite, combining the functionality of multiple software applications into one reliable backbone for the 3D printing industry. This suite allows multiple companies, including many Fortune 500 enterprises, to produce high-quality printed parts in a swift and controlled manner.

Now, Materialise is proud to announce the beta launch of Materialise Magics 21, the core component of the suite. Materialise Magics is the industry-leading data preparation software for 3D Printing that allows users to convert, repair and edit files, as well as find an optimal position for their part on the build platform. Around 100 companies all over the world signed up for the beta validation program to already have access to the Materialise Magics21 beta version and test new and improved functionalities.

“It’s very exciting to work with this dedicated group of users who participate in the beta validation program. We deeply appreciate their commitment to share their valuable feedback with us and help ensure the quality of our software suite,” states Anca Fulger, Project Manager of the Magics Beta Validation Program. “Their input helps us to push our product forward, meeting the demands of a very large group of user profiles.”

The beta testers represent a very diverse audience indeed, coming from various industries (automotive to aerospace) and using a variety of 3D printing technologies (from plastic to metal sintering) and machine types (from laser to image and toolpath printers). They are spread all over the globe, which is why Materialise Magics will be available in eight languages as of this year.

“Both the product and the development team have made their very best efforts in the past months to ensure the release of a high-quality product. The new version will allow the user to take full control over the data preparation process” explains Gert Claes, Product Manager of Materialise Magics. “We find it essential to develop our software for and with our users, and are looking forward to receiving their feedback so we can bring a flawless, premium version to the market.”

Materialise Magics will be available for the public in November. All innovations in this release will be disclosed during the formnext exhibition in Frankfurt.

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Autodesk announced the unveiling of a portfolio of solutions for additive and subtractive manufacturing. The portfolio lets manufacturers take advantage of technology disruptions and improve competitiveness by creating higher quality products in less time with lower costs.

The new solution brings together industry-leading products historically offered from Autodesk, Delcam, Netfabb, Pan Computing and Magestic Systems—including HSMWorks, Inventor HSM, Fusion 360, FeatureCAM, PowerMill, PartMaker (now included in FeatureCAM), PowerShape, PowerInspect and Netfabb—into one complete set of hybrid manufacturing solutions.

“Autodesk has long been a leader and innovator in 3D design, engineering and the technologies that expand the applications of industrial 3D printing, but we appreciate that no product is really complete until it’s realized through physical manufacture,” said Amar Hanspal, senior vice president of products at Autodesk. “We’ve also become a leader in technologies that expand the applications of industrial 3D printing. Now, we’re truly integrating the design, make and use phases of product development. This new set of solutions goes big on the ‘make’ component—equipping manufacturers with all the software they need to go from digital design to real-world product.”

Unveiled at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS 2016), the portfolio spans computer aided manufacturing (CAM), additive manufacturing, composites, robotics fabrication, factory layout, inspection and modeling. It enables customers to solve complex manufacturing challenges and seamlessly connect design to machining.

Within the portfolio offerings are cloud-connected capabilities designed to help users experience the benefits of a more cohesive manufacturing workflow and invest more time in product development. Cloud-capabilities give customers improved support for global manufacturing operations with universal access to software and data, and the cloud also enables fast and frequent software upgrades.

What’s in the Autodesk Manufacturing Portfolio

  • Autodesk HSMWorks: A fully integrated CAM solution for SOLIDWORKS, allowing users to get up to speed and become productive within minutes using familiar tools and workflows.
  • Autodesk Inventor HSM: Helps CNC programmers, designers and engineers rapidly produce machined parts designed in virtually any CAD system.
  • Autodesk 2017 CAM Products: With offerings for a multitude of advanced manufacturing applications, these new products combine the heritage of industry leadership in CAM software from Delcam with Autodesk’s 3D design and manufacturing prowess. Solutions include FeatureCAM for automating CNC programming; PartMaker for precision part manufacturing with Swiss-type lathes; PowerMill for programming the most complex molds, dies and other components; PowerShape for preparing complex models for manufacture; and PowerInspect for inspection in every environment.
  • Autodesk Netfabb: All the software you need to reduce costs, increase efficiency and improve part performance in additive manufacturing and 3D printing.
  • Fusion 360: The centerpiece of Autodesk’s cloud-based product innovation platform, Fusion 360 combines CAD, CAM and CAE in a single package. It allows users to take their designs all the way to production with included 3D printing capabilities as well as HSM powered toolpath technology for 2 through 5 axis milling machines, turning centers and waterjets.

“Not only is the Netfabb bundle easy to use, it also does much of the heavy lifting in preparing models for 3D printing,” said Dan Ko, strategic initiatives lead at Shapeways. “The software streamlines the process of fixing common 3D print file problems and if we didn’t have it to automate a large portion of file preparation process, each build would be substantially more time consuming and labor intensive.”

“This new integrated portfolio from Autodesk brings together technology Autodesk has been growing and investing in across the full manufacturing spectrum,” said Hanspal. “This combination of solutions makes modular and scalable manufacturing solutions available to manufacturers of all sizes.”

Published in Autodesk

3D Systems announced the immediate availability of the newly released Geomagic® Control™ X software for 3D inspection and metrology.

"Geomagic Control X builds on our 20-year legacy of top-grade inspection software development to introduce the world’s best-in-class metrology software,” said Scott Green, Director of Product Management, Software Solutions, 3D Systems. “The outcome is an easy-to-use solution that answers the measurement analysis requirements of manufacturers worldwide.”

3D Systems Geomagic Control X enables precise, rapid, digital inspection for results-driven quality management and metrology workflows. This new and intuitive software delivers comprehensive and innovative toolsets for the professional metrology process. Geomagic Control X also includes traceable, accurate and customizable reporting and analysis tools to quickly assure and document quality measures.

Key features of Geomagic Control X include:

  • New Synchronous and Assembly Inspection tools: Geomagic Control X enables fast, accurate, unordered inspection and automatically generates editable, history-based inspection trees for repeatable inspections. Expand inspections to full product assemblies with a complete range of measurement, tolerance stacking and other analysis tools.
  • New User Interface: A refreshed user interface makes it easier to find and use the entire range of feature-rich options for measuring and analyzing parts.
  • New Walk-up Probing for greater productivity: Geomagic Control X now enables walk-up probing alongside pre-planned probing for fast generation of results every time.
  • Improved CAD-Aware Dimensioning, Product and Manufacturing Information (PMI) Support and Comprehensive Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) Callouts: Intuitive dimensioning based on CAD features delivers increased efficiency while advanced PMI and GD&T support facilitate results interpretation to keep all stakeholders on the same page.
  • New Multiple Results Analysis: Simultaneous analysis using multiple results and mating parts enables faster comparison, analysis and understanding of root causes behind existing production issues.
  • New Custom Report Definition: Highly flexible report definition makes compiling unique data sets fast and simple.
  • Repeatable Probing Processes with LiveInspect™: Build repeatability and reliability into your inspection processes with LiveInspect. Geomagic Control X allows you to pre-plan your inspection processes and reporting for portable CMMs, and execute them at a later date, again and again. Engineers can effortlessly switch between probiGeomagic Control X supports all industry-standard non-contact and optical scanners, and a wide range of portable probing and tactile devices. This software imports all major CAD file formats, including CATIA®, NX®, Creo®, Pro/ENGINEER®, SOLIDWORKS®, Solid Edge®, Autodesk Inventor® and more, in addition to PMI and GD&T data. All CAD importers are delivered at no additional cost.

“Geomagic Control X is by far the most intuitive and powerful inspection software we have ever used,” said James Earl, Managing Director, OR3D. “We are excited for the improvements this software will bring to our customers.”

This software update is available to all active customers of 3D Systems’ Maintenance Program.

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The networking and integration of production systems is one of the key features of the smart factory, which forms the core of ENGEL's inject 4.0 program. With its own MES (Manufacturing Execution System), the Austrian machine manufacturer assists its customers to increase their productivity and efficiency by networking. ENGEL e-factory is tailored to the requirements of the injection moulding industry and therefore ensures very deep vertical data integration down to individual cavity level. New modules are being constantly added to the modular system and ENGEL is unveiling a new module at K 2016 – the Energy module. It permits a detailed display, evaluation and optimisation of energy use. Machines from different manufacturers can be integrated to obtain a complete energy balance. At the same time, machines not integrated in the MES can be recorded manually. These functions form the basis for certification according to EMAS, the European Union Eco-Management and Audit Scheme.

An additional advantage of the new module is the intelligent distribution of available power sources to individual machines. This hall management system is particularly beneficial when the entire machine pool is started up at once after a weekend or a factory shut-down, for example. The dynamic allocation of machine-specific consumption limits prevents energy peaks even in these cases.

To ensure the needs-related distribution of power requirements, the Energy module accesses data in the ecobalance energy management system which is included in the functionality of the CC300 control system of ENGEL injection moulding machines. The  system allocates specific consumption limits and priorities to each machine or production cell. For example, it takes into consideration the high power demand required by an injection moulding machine during warm-up and the high demand for plasticising and injecting the material during production. After each cycle, the system redefines the consumption limits and priorities. The priority of each machine which received a high amount of power in the previous cycle is reduced and the priority of each machine which received no or little power is increased.

What ecobalance does within a machine or production cell is performed by the Energy module for the entire machine pool. Thereby, the machines and production cells can be grouped arbitrarily to allocate individual consumption limits to different production halls or hall areas. The more consumers and energy sources that are available to the energy management system, the more effective distribution can be.

The Energy module provides injection moulding companies with greater leverage to reduce their power costs since power is a significant cost factor, especially at energy peaks. Even when maximum power requirements are seldom reached, they must be constantly provided by the electricity supplier. If the maximum connected load is exceeded, penalties are often paid.

As before, energy efficiency is a vital key to achieving low unit costs. In the past, a large number of developments in drive systems have helped reduce the energy consumption of individual machines. But today, the goal is more on the intelligent distribution of energy. Rapid advances in the networking of machine pools open up new opportunities for efficiency and company growth.

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X-Rite Pantone announced the launch of Total Appearance Capture (TAC™), an appearance measurement solution that brings a new level of accuracy and efficiency to the capture, communication and digital presentation of physical materials in the virtual world. TAC enables designers, 3D artists and material specifiers to bring their product designs to life with digital materials that have the exact same visual characteristics as their physical counterparts. TAC’s sophisticated technology captures physically accurate material measurements and appearance properties, reducing the need for manual adjustments to scanned materials, and improving design and approval cycles.

X-Rite President, Ronald Voigt, stated, “For nearly 60 years, X-Rite Pantone has created the tools and technologies that have helped companies across a broad array of industry segments—including printing, packaging, automotive, plastics, coatings, and textiles—to select, communicate, formulate and measure color. TAC builds on this legacy of innovation, going beyond the science of color to the more significant challenge of capturing and managing appearance. With TAC, X-Rite is taking virtualization and 3D technology to the next level by offering a new level of realism and efficiency in digital material capture.”

Dr. Francis Lamy, X-Rite Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, commented, “Total appearance is much more than just color. It is the visual sensation through which an object is perceived. It encompasses not only color but size, texture, gloss, transparency and opacity. Traditionally, the capture and virtual rendering of material appearance has been a challenging and time-consuming manual process. TAC’s precise measurements of physical materials ensure that visual appearance can be presented digitally without manual tweaks, freeing designers to unleash their creativity. With TAC, each step of the product development process—from marketing to production—has access to truly physically correct digital materials, ensuring consistency of presentation.”

By accurately scanning a material’s appearance, TAC minimizes the manual manipulation needed to accurately portray the optical complexities of physical materials. In the automotive space, it is projected that this will cut design time by up to 50%, accelerating speed-to-market and reducing waste throughout the design-to-production process. TAC also gives design and marketing teams the ability to create a single digital library of materials, ensuring consistent material renderings across all virtualization platforms used to design products and create marketing materials and point-of-sale tools.

TAC is comprised of the following suite of products:

  • The TAC7 scanner captures and stores color, texture, gloss and other surface appearance characteristics of physical material samples.
  • Appearance Exchange Format (AxFTM) files communicate scanned information to the PANTORA Material Hub. The AxF output format is vendor neutral and is easily accessed by most major Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Computer-Aided Design (CAD), and state-of-the art rendering applications, so there is no need for design departments to change their current information system infrastructure.
  • PANTORA, a desktop application, is the controlling hub of the TAC ecosystem. It allows users to store, manage, view and edit digitally captured materials and to exchange these materials, via AxF, with other tools such as the TAC Virtual Light Booth, PLM and CAD systems.
  • The TAC Virtual Light Booth gives designers the ability to evaluate digitized materials rendered on virtual objects under multiple lighting conditions and in direct comparison to physical samples. The booth provides accurate visual assessment even for highly complex, anisotropic materials such as special-effects paints and other materials whose appearance changes based on the angle at which they are observed.

A number of PLM and CAD system providers are building integrations with X-Rite’s AxF to leverage the powerful digital material capture capabilities of TAC. For example, Autodesk provides native integration of AxF within VRED™ Professional 2017, offering users nearly the whole spectrum of sophistication of the TAC scanning technology. As a result, Autodesk designers have the same level of flexibility and precision in working with digital materials in the virtual world as they do in managing physical materials. Virtual materials created and managed with the TAC-VRED integration behave in a physically accurately way under different illumination, scene and observation conditions, meeting a critical need of automotive designers.

“Total Appearance Capture technology has the potential to transform the automotive industry’s processes for designing products and creating marketing materials,” observed Michael Russell, automotive business line manager at Autodesk. “TAC addresses a significant pain point for automotive designers, 3D artists and marketers: the challenge of accurately capturing and virtualizing today’s increasingly complex interior and exterior automotive materials, such as special-effects paints, leather and other fabrics. TAC’s new level of realism streamlines the design process and ensures consistency across design visualization and marketing tools like online configurators, videos and product brochures. We’re excited to partner with X-Rite in bringing this exciting new capability to Autodesk’s customers.

The X-Rite TAC7 scanner, PANTORA Material Hub, and AxF are available immediately. The Virtual Light Booth will be available in Q1 of 2017.

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Granta Design announced the availability of an updated metals data library for users of its GRANTA MI™ and CES Selector™ material intelligence software. This is the best ever single source of metals property data, covering thousands of metal standards, specifications, and grades. It includes a digital version of the authoritative MMPDS-10 aerospace alloy data, the latest Register of European Steels and SteelSpec data (including automotive steels), and ASME data on metals for the energy and chemicals sectors. Enhancements include non-linear metals data suitable for simulation and enhanced international equivalency information.

The need to identify similar or equivalent materials is a common challenge for metallic materials—for example, due to the need to find a local grade for use in an international manufacturing facility, or because of material supply disruption or material obsolescence. Such equivalency studies require information on global standards and specifications linked to property data, and the right tools to analyze that data in order to identify suitable alternatives. Engineers also need access to reliable data for materials selection, product design, simulation, qualification, and more. For many applications, for example crash simulation, an in-depth understanding of the suitability of a material needs data that describes non-linear performance as well as elastic data.

Granta brings together an unrivaled collection of materials data from widely-used and respected sources in one easy-to-access place. Properties covered include statistically-derived design values for high-performance alloys, global standards and specifications data for identification of equivalent grades, temperature-dependent data, and non-linear data.

The following five data modules have been updated:

  • MMPDS—version 10 of the premier aerospace reference
  • ASME BPVC—the 2015 version of ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel code
  • Stahldat SX—the latest complete and up-to-date Register of European Steels, including extended mechanical property data, new magnetic property data, and improved international equivalency information
  • Stahldat Sheet Steels—incorporating all the latest updates to the sheet steels data, with a particular focus on automotive applications
  • SteelSpec—including over 250 additional steel specifications.

Users of the GRANTA MI™ material information management system will be able to access these updated modules immediately, providing access to this data alongside their proprietary data managed in the same system. The modules will also be available in the upcoming release of CES Selector™, enabling use of the data with powerful selection and visualization tools that help users to compare properties and make materials decisions. Users of both systems also benefit from having metals data available alongside extensive data on plastics and composite materials, enabling comparison and analysis across material classes.

Dr Patrick Coulter, Chief Operating Officer at Granta Design, said: “These latest updates provide the best ever single ‘gold source’ for reference data on metals. When combined with our material intelligence tools, this enables users of this data to make smart materials decisions more efficiently. This will save enterprises time and money and support the development of better, safer, greener products.”

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3D Systems announced the release of version 13 of its Cimatron™ software for mold, die, and tool manufacturers. This new version introduces new and enhanced capabilities that can dramatically accelerate productivity and minimize overhead in the design and manufacturing of molds, dies and discrete parts.

“Cimatron 13 eases the growing pressure tool shops are facing to stay competitive in quality and delivery time,” said Calvin Hur, Vice President, Co-Chief Operating Officer & Chief Revenue Officer, Software Products, 3D Systems. “This significant update provides the means for tool shops to create better tools and parts, faster.”

Bastech, a one-source solution provider for shop floor, additive manufacturing services and equipment sales, beta tested Cimatron 13 with the new conformal cooling design capability and recorded its experience. Using Cimatron as part of an end-to-end workflow, Bastech accelerated its design process for conformally-cooled injection molds, then leveraged Direct Metal Printing with 3D Systems’ ProX® 200 to manufacture the molds. The finished molds were inspected prior to use using Geomagic® Control™ 3D inspection software from 3D Systems. This process introduced savings across the board by not only reducing design time, but cutting the time and cost of manufacturing as well.

“By using Cimatron to design conformal cooling, our process has changed from a very manual, to a very automated approach, saving us 70% on mold design time and cutting our mold costs by 16%, which led to a 14% reduction in injection cycle times and an overall increase in part quality,” said Ben Staub, President of Bastech. “Cimatron helps our mold-makers make better decisions about how to set up cavities, cores and inserts, before bringing them into reality using 3D Systems’ direct metal 3D printing.”

Cimatron 13 includes many new features and capabilities such as:

  • A broad range of new CAD for tooling functionalities for faster design, including direct modeling, new mesh operations with hybrid modeling capabilities and enhanced assembly functions
  • Boosted drafting capabilities including the dynamic creation of multiple views and the ability to create shaded views
  • New mold-design applicative tools including gates design for a more streamlined design process and conformal cooling tools for the easy design of curved cooling channels that shorten injection cycle times and prevent part warpage
  • Separate environments for progressive- and transfer-dies for quick design of any die type
  • Smart electrode mirroring tools and hybrid design environments for accelerated electrode design with automated solid tools
  • A new plate machining solution that provides a complete set of capabilities for fast, efficient and automated programming of mold- and die-plates
  • New measurement on CNC machines to define the measurement probing cycle in the NC environment, allowing validation of the machining process while the part is on the machine
  • New and improved NC programming capabilities for milling and drilling to boost programming automation in rough, finish and 2.5 axis operations
  • Concurrent design and manufacturing environment, enabling multiple users to work on the same project simultaneously

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CNC Software announces the release of Mastercam 2017. Mastercam 2017 brings a new suite of programming tools focused on delivering speed, automation, and efficiency for all machining jobs.  Mastercam 2017 introduces a more efficient workflow, improved usability, Dynamic Motion improvements, and so much more.

Mastercam 2017 features a new ribbon interface and makes it easier to find the functions you need to complete your tasks. “Many of our more powerful tools were underused because customers did not know where to find them,” says CNC Software President, Meghan West. “We spent a lot of time with users determining the best way to simplify this, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive.” The ribbon tabs group similar functions and displays them in order from simple to more complex. Each tab relates to a type of activity, from creating wireframe geometry to generating toolpaths. Editing functions are on the same tab as creation functions so you have all the tools you need, when you need them.

Mastercam’s Dynamic Motion technology can slash machine time by as much as 75% or more. And, Dynamic Motion will help you get the most out of any machine in your shop—new or old.  Mastercam’s Dynamic Motion technology maximizes material removal rates, extends tool life, reduces cycle time, saves wear and tear on machines, and cuts hard materials more easily. New to 2017, micro lifts now use a line-of-sight approach to move the tool where it needs to go through unobstructed areas. This results in reposition moves that are more efficient, less complex, and travel a shorter distance resulting in shorter cycle times.

Mastercam 2017 introduces Maximum Stock Engagement for select 3D High Speed Finishing toolpaths, allowing you to limit how deeply the cutter engages uncut material and protect smaller tools from taking too heavy of a cut. Optimized Raster Motion improves toolpath efficiency by filling in steeper geometry with perpendicular raster motion to create a cleaner result. Mastercam Mill-Turn now supports multi-station tool locators for turrets as well as half index positions and improvements to tool and job set-up to improve overall workflow.

Mastercam 2017 has many powerful toolpath enhancements:

  • Preview select 2D High Speed toolpaths in the graphics window before closing and generating or regenerating the toolpath.
  • The Level and Plane Managers are now a dockable, floatable function panel and has been redesigned for more intuitive controls and easier workflow.
  • Tool Setup Manager in Mill-Turn has been redesigned to improve workflow and ease of use.
  • New features have been added to Multiaxis Drill, such as using a line length for the drill depth and recognition of the stock model for depth and top of stock purposes.
  • Multiaxis now includes a new 4-axis toolpath – Rotary Advanced – which allows more control over the tool motion through the selection of walls, hubs, and shroud surfaces.

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Materialise announced at Rapid.Tech a collaboration with Luxexcel, a fast-growing Dutch start-up of customized 3D printed optics and of products that require the highest standards of transparency. Together, they will develop a Build Processor tailored to Luxexcel’s needs for 3d printed optics.

Materialise recently introduced the Materialise Magics 3D Print Suite, wrapping all their industrial software solutions into one suite. The Materialise Build Processor is the technology within the Materialise Magics 3D Print Suite that takes care of communication between software and 3D printing machines. Materialise and Luxexcel are now working on a machine-specific, image-based Build Processor for Luxexcel, to give Luxexcel specific control over 3D prints and ensure the quality of optical parts.

Since Luxexcel operates in the optical industry, it’s essential to avoid visible printing layers. That’s why Luxexcel has developed a unique digital Additive Manufacturing technology that doesn’t require post-processing. Luxexcel has previously worked with Materialise to establish a fully automated online ordering process that is completely streamlined with 3D Printing production.

“Materialise software helps us to support our 3D printing technology for optical products,”says Hans Streng CEO Luxexcel. “By implementing the Build Processor we will get a tailored solution which supports seamless communication between software and our 3D printer for our prototyping business. It contributes to the growth of our 3D printing service and supports new technological developments.”

Materialise and Luxexcel look forward to the release of the Build Processor.

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Materialise now links its cloud software to GROW and Fabnami, a British and Swiss 3D printing platform. Materialise Cloud is part of the Materialise Magics 3D Print Suite, an extensive portfolio of software solutions for 3D Printing.

Materialise has developed an advanced software suite that facilitates 3D printing models for a wide range of users. A part of this software is available in the cloud, which means that online software platforms do not need to develop all 3D printing functionalities themselves and can focus on their core activities. They can connect to the cloud engine and streamline their business workflow by integrating automated tools into their process that help to prepare models for 3D Printing. Materialise’s software in the cloud is available via a pay-per-use system.

GROW has developed a range of desktop and cloud-based applications to bridge the gap between CAD designs and industrial production, to protect industrial designs and to facilitate distributed manufacturing. By integrating tools from Materialise, GROW’s project.AM platform can offer users free access to market-leading tools to repair, optimize and analyze their designs when first uploaded to the project.AM platform.

“We are delighted that, from the launch of project.AM, our users will have free access to these market-leading tools from the Materialise Cloud,” states Ray Coyle, CEO of GROW. “Materialise is the leading name in Additive Manufacturing software for business and we are proud to make such high quality AM utilities available to our OEM and contract manufacturer clients.”

Fabnami’s enterprise 3D printing SaaS automates sales and streamlines business processes in service bureaus and production facilities worldwide. Fabnami’s ecosystem is built on proprietary algorithms that perform a broad range of printer specific measurements, design rule verifications and manufacturability checks. Offered as a web API, turn-key e-commerce platform and company internal service orchestration tool to support sales, engineering and operations of 3D printing service bureaus and facilities. To extend the range of its supported file formats and provide on-demand mesh repair capabilities, Fabnami integrates Materialise Cloud.

“Having been many years in the business of computational geometry for 3D printing, we have come to appreciate Materialise’s achievements in the field, and we are proud to offer their technology to our clients. By integrating Materialise Cloud with Fabnami, we are able to dramatically improve the level of automation, and reduce the manpower costs associated to sales and engineering,” explains Benoit Valin, founder at Fabnami.

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PROSTEP's 3D PDF enhancement software, 3D PDF Pro™ Plugin for Adobe® Acrobat® Pro, is now available in version 2.2. This plugin enables readers outside the CAD world to go beyond static imagery and visualize project plans and other simulations in 3D within a PDF document.

Version 2.2 introduces a new search tool users may now include in their 3D PDF templates. This enables the reader to search the Model Tree and Part Attribute information to quickly navigate through the assembly model. Version 2.2 also simplifies development and/or updates to the 3D PDF document since the 3D PDF Pro™ plugin now automatically links the template description fields and action buttons to the current 3D content.

Additionally, an email application is no longer required to request a 30 day free trial license of 3D PDF Pro™. In order to use the 3D PDF Pro™ plugin you must have Adobe® Acrobat® XI Pro or Pro DC installed as the base product.

The PROSTEP Group has a current headcount of more than 250 in Germany and the USA. In addition to its headquarters in Darmstadt, PROSTEP also maintains branch offices in Berlin, Hamburg, Hanover, Cologne, Munich, Stuttgart, and Wolfsburg, as well as in Birmingham, Michigan (USA).

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Materialise is proud to announce that HP Inc. selected its 3D printing software as a certified solution in HP’s Open Software Platform to power the new HP Jet Fusion 3D Printer. The new solution, now available for order, is compatible with Materialise Magics 3D Print Suite and allows for seamless integration of the new printer in the existing workflows of the Magics suite.

Materialise is collaborating with machine manufacturers to bridge the gap between 3D software and a wide range of 3D printers. The latest collaboration includes HP, which announced its new 3D printer at RAPID, the annual 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing event. Materialise designs Build Processor software that is certified by HP, which enables a seamless integration between software and printer. Materialise’s user-friendly build processor simplifies the 3D printing workflow, creating an improved user experience that helps customers get the most out of their HP 3D printer.

“This collaboration with HP combines more than 100 years of software and printing expertise. Our mutual knowledge will benefit businesses producing functional prototypes to final production parts,” stated Fried Vancraen, Materialise CEO. “Developing a Build Processor that connects HP technology to our software backbone for 3D Printing felt like a natural step. We want users of the Materialise Magics 3D Print Suite to have access to premium technologies.”

“3D printing will bring tremendous benefit to manufacturing, helping to make it faster and less expensive,” said Stephen Nigro, president of HP’s 3D printing business. ”Matching the HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution with Materialise software provides our customers the best-in-class solution for industrial 3D printing.”

The synergy between the two companies resulted in an integration between Materialise software and the HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution. Based on the input from the HP engineers and our hands-on experience with the HP Jet Fusion prototype, Materialise developed the Build Processor which, when combined with Materialise Magics 3D Print Suite, offers a great user experience for file fixing, and pre-print processing. Through the Build Processor systems, the AM data preparation process has expanded to allow slice-based technology, enabling improved handling of large files, such as those containing metadata on texturing or structures. Combining the HP record speed 3D printer with the Materialise Magics 3D Print Suite has the potential to make the widespread use of 3D printers in scaled up manufacturing environments a reality in the near future.

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Granta Design and Senvol announced that the Senvol Database™ of Additive Manufacturing (AM) materials and machines, will be available within Granta’s materials software, GRANTA MI™ and CES Selector™. As a result, development teams will be better able to find valuable AM data and to identify the best machines and materials for their projects. This new combined solution was previewed at last week’s RAPID 3D Manufacturing Event in Orlando, FL.

There are now hundreds of industrial AM machines and compatible materials. New products are coming to market weekly. In this fast-evolving landscape, picking the best options for a manufacturing or research project is a tough call, and a wrong direction can be costly. The Senvol Database™ provides details of over 550 machines and over 700 materials. Within the Granta software, users can search and compare materials based on properties, type, or compatible machines. They can identify and compare AM machines based on supported processes, manufacturer, required part size, cost, or compatible materials (and their properties). It’s now easier to find new ideas when researching AM options and to focus in on the most productive routes for a project.

GRANTA MI™ enables companies to create a single, easily-accessible ‘gold source’ for all corporate materials data—both proprietary intellectual property (IP) and data from trusted reference sources. The GRANTA MI:Additive Manufacturing package provides best practice data structures and tools to manage AM data, capturing valuable IP for re-use, avoiding wasted effort, and building the knowledge base required to understand and improve AM processes. Integration within this system makes the Senvol Database™ instantly accessible and searchable for scientists and engineers through the same web browser interface that they use for routine access to their proprietary AM data and their company’s wider materials and process information.

CES Selector™ software is an easy-to-use PC tool for plotting, comparison, and materials selection using materials data. Now its powerful charting tools can analyze and present data from the Senvol Database™—for example, quickly generating a plot to compare the properties of all Ti-6Al-4V materials that are compatible with a specific machine. CES Selector systematic selection features can filter machine and material options based on their properties and help the user to assess trade-offs in order to identify candidate machines and materials for a particular application.

Within both Granta products, the Senvol Database™ becomes part of a comprehensive, integrated library of materials data covering metals, composites, plastics, ceramics and more.

“We’re pleased to be working with Senvol to further extend Granta’s solution for Additive Manufacturing,” said Dr Patrick Coulter, Chief Operating Officer at Granta Design. “The Senvol Database provides us with the best available Additive Manufacturing reference information, which both adds to our solution in this area and reinforces Granta’s strategy to provide the best single source of materials data across the broad range of engineering applications.”

Senvol President Zach Simkin added: “We’re extremely excited to announce this partnership with Granta. Granta is one of the clear leaders in materials information technology, and through their platform, for the first time ever engineers will have the ability to compare additive manufacturing data against conventional manufacturing data.”

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Frustum announces a unique suite of software products called Generate, that allows design engineers to design and develop better geometries through topology optimization. Designers can now generate designs with optimized topology in far less time, allowing for more rapid delivery of parts designs that are ready for manufacturing either through additive or traditional manufacturing. The product is being released in beta test with a limited purchase planned for July 2016.

“Our Generate design software product offering was developed with the design engineer in mind. They get the best of both worlds, an easy to use design tool that offers superior topology optimization capabilities. What is appealing is the geometry output coupled with the ability to do optimizations in parallel based upon the use of the cloud. Generate is a tool that’s a true ally for designers and offers them the opportunity to unleash their design vision. It is the intersection of design and topology optimization, stated Jesse Blankenship,” CEO for Frustum.

Generate seamlessly grows material between the given design features to make optimally stiff and lightweight structures for loading cases. The smooth and blended surfaces reduce weight and minimize stress concentrations, thus enabling designs to be ready for additive manufacturing without the need to manually redesign. Generate is where design and topology optimization truly come together in a seamless and transparent way – a model that’s right for what additive manufacturing requires today.

“Many key industries, especially aerospace and automotive, were instrumental in driving what Generate needed to deliver from a feature and benefit perspective. The overwhelming market driver was the need to reduce the amount of development time required in topology optimization and the back and forth with stress analysts. Generate has the ability to cut weeks and even months out of the development cycle by getting parts into manufacturing and production faster,” added Blankenship.

There is built-in user flexibility with Generate that allows for individual or corporate-wide use. Designers have the ability to use Generate through a variety of methods, either through their enterprise or in the cloud. This allows for working on several different designs in parallel on the cloud. How the design community uses Generate is entirely up to them and their individual design sensibilities.

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Optomec and Delcam, an Autodesk company, have entered into a global sales partnership whereby Optomec will sell and support Delcam products in conjunction with sales of its Aerosol Jet systems for 3D printed electronics.

Beginning in 2015, the companies commenced development activities to enhance Delcam’s FeatureCAM software to support Optomec’s Aerosol Jet five-axis system for 3D printed electronics. This collaboration brings together Delcam’s industry leading additive manufacturing software expertise with Optomec’s industry leading 3D printed electronic technology to address next generation electronics manufacturing challenges.  The end result enables Delcam software to create additive five-axis tool paths that drive Aerosol Jet systems to print sensors, antennas and other functional electronics virtually anywhere onto mechanical structures maximizing design and manufacturing flexibility for a new generation of smart devices. This industry leading collaboration builds upon the recent strategic investment Optomec received through Autodesk’s Spark Fund which supports ideas that push the boundaries of 3D printing.

“Through this collaboration, Delcam and Optomec have developed and are delivering world-class, production ready additive manufacturing solutions to meet next generation printed electronic product challenges” said Christian Briscoe, VP Western US Sales for Delcam.  “We are excited about the possibilities.”

“The core synergies between Delcam and Optomec will help us achieve more than we could if working independently, said Mike O’Reilly, Optomec –Director, Aerosol Jet Product Management. Together, we are placing an emphasis on innovation and collaboration to solve next generation manufacturing challenges of smart devices for consumer electronics, automotive, medical and industrial internet of things (IoT) applications.

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Materialise NV (NASDAQ: MTLS) will be launching the Materialise Magics 3D Print Suite at RAPID, one of the largest Additive Manufacturing events in North America. This new software suite combines the functionality of multiple applications into one complete set of business solutions. The Materialise Magics 3D Print Suite’s unique neutrality gives its customers the possibility to utilize data generated from numerous sources, convert it into innovative applications and print it with any printer available in the market.

“We believe that the Materialise Magics 3D Print Suite offers customers a complete software backbone and unmatched versatility for their 3D printing needs. We purposely built the suite to adapt to new industries embracing 3D printing and are still adapting to meet our existing customers’ evolving production requirements. Indeed, we are committed to driving the trends of today and the future in 3D printing, which is why we continue to collaborate with different players in and outside the 3D printing ecosystem to raise the bar of Additive Manufacturing,” explains Stefaan Motte, Vice President of Materialise.

In recent years 3D printing has evolved into an industrial manufacturing technique adopted by an ever-growing range of industries. While advances in 3D printer technology have helped push the industry forward, it has been Materialise’s ability to import nearly all file formats and support both metal and plastic production that has been a catalyst for progress in the industry.

Materialise Magics 3D Print Suite works like a solid backbone that supports every step in the Additive Manufacturing process, at every level in a company’s organization. Regardless of the data source, 3D printing technology or application, the user will have tools and processes to manufacture high-quality products for any industry application desired.

Materialise software has become an industry standard for 3D printing in service bureau environments and has also entered the industrial manufacturing scene through partnerships and collaborations with every major manufacturer of 3D printing machines. Leading machine manufacturers that are powered by the Materialise Magics 3D Print Suite include Arburg, Concept Laser, EOS, Renishaw, Trumpf, and many others, which enables them to bridge the gap between 3D applications and 3D printing machines.

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3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced the release of GibbsCAM® 2016 software for production machining. Building on the Universal Kinematic Machine (UKM) technology of the previous edition, GibbsCAM 2016 delivers a variety of improvements to increase efficiency, accelerate programming speed, and enhance visualization and accuracy for CNC machine programming. The GibbsCAM platform provides a powerful complement to additive manufacturing processes, further empowering 3D Systems’ users to transform digital concepts into physical realities.

The enhanced kinematic framework of GibbsCAM 2016 makes it a powerful and versatile CAM platform that is effective in nearly every manufacturing environment. Enabling solutions for complex programming challenges, such as oriented turning scenarios, GibbsCAM is compatible with a wide range of programming and machining operations, including solid modeling, high speed machining, 2- to 5-axis milling, wire-EDM, multi-task machining and more. Recognized for its ease of use, GibbsCAM is designed to help users eliminate scrap and reduce cycle times.

New features and functions of GibbsCAM 2016 include:

  • Enhanced thread milling, including support for multi-point tools, tapered threads for both single- and multi-point tools, and improved simulation.
  • The latest VoluMill™ technology, providing new toolpath strategies to optimize high speed roughing of large pockets and slots, open face milling strategies that can decrease cutting time by up to 60%, and Technology Expert integration for ready access to optimal speeds and feeds.
  • New oriented turning capabilities, giving users added control in how tools interact with parts. From using a single tool at multiple B orientations to reorienting tool groups for use on a different spindle to full support of Flash Tooling for multiple-orientation turning tools, GibbsCAM 2016 delivers increased flexibility and control to CNC programmers.
  • Added toolpath strategies for 5-axis milling, enabling users to define toolpath direction using the natural flow of a surface with the new Flowline option. Toolpaths can also now be extended in width as well as length. Additional enhancements include improved 5-axis drilling, multi-stepped pocket roughing and new gouge checking strategies.

“The GibbsCAM platform is a key component in today’s advanced manufacturing workflows, allowing our customers to optimize their machine processes and unlock greater productivity,” said Calvin Hur, Vice President, Co-Chief Operating Officer and Chief Revenue Officer, Software Products, 3D Systems. “By working closely with users over the past year, we’ve enhanced our understanding of the evolving needs of the factory floor, and are pleased to offer these improvements to help our customers maximize efficiency, safety and profitability.”

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Canon Europe, world leader in imaging solutions, announced a new strategic partnership with Materialise NV (NASDAQ; MTLS), a leading provider of Additive Manufacturing (AM) software solutions and 3D printing services.

Through the arrangement, existing and prospective customers across Europe will have access to Materialise Magics, software specifically designed to efficiently guide users through every step of the AM or 3D printing workflow.

Equipped with a customisable, intuitive user interface, Materialise Magics offers smart, versatile data preparation that enhances a customer’s 3D printing workflow. Underpinned by Canon’s exceptional consultancy and support, customers will benefit from the ability to:

  • Import nearly all 3D file formats and native colour information to stay in control of the original data
  • Repair and prepare files, as well as correct problems and create watertight data and shortcuts to improve the 3D printing workflow
  • Enhance and edit data to take designs to the next level by adding logos, serial numbers and hollow parts, as well as applying textures, and creating lattice structures
  • Prepare the build platform, duplicating parts and orient them correctly
  • Print better parts, view slices, detect collisions, save platforms and generate useful reports

Chris Blake, Sales & Marketing Director, 3D Printing at Canon Europe says: “The creative and commercial opportunities for 3D Printing are vast and the market continues to evolve and expand. As such, we are always looking for ways to enhance our existing proposition and add more value to our customers. We are therefore excited to partner with Materialise as part of our commitment to provide customers with the best 3D products and solutions, as well as unrivalled services and expertise.”

Lieve Boeykens, Business Line Director 3D Printing Professionals at Materialise, comments: “Materialise is keen to enhance the communication between 3D software and printers to help businesses bring their ideas to life. We are thrilled to partner with a trusted name like Canon and put our software backbone for 3D Printing into the hands of businesses looking to print their boldest creations and innovations.”

Materialise Magics will be available to Canon customers across Europe from May 3rd 2016.

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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.

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ZWSOFT, an innovative supplier of CAD solutions to the AEC and MCAD industries, introduced a free program – ZWCAD Viewer, for DWG file viewing and plotting. ZWCAD Viewer is a lighter, faster and more accurate application developed by ZWSOFT for CAD users, it provides users with a convenient way to view and plot drawings.

“ZWCAD Viewer is designed to ensure that original design intent can be properly transferred between architects, engineers and other related stakeholders.” Said Daniel Huang, Product Manager of ZWCAD. “Also, for those who have never learnt how to use CAD software before but have the need to know specifications of a model, they might need a simple gadget like ZWCAD Viewer.”

Normal ZWCAD is light and handy because it has a much smaller installation package compared to other demanding software, but ZWCAD Viewer is even much lighter as it does not include tools for editing models. As the simplified version of ZWCAD, it follows a light and simple interface, users can enjoy a pleasant and easy .dwg file viewing experience. ZWCAD Viewer runs on different operating systems such as Windows (32-bit & 64-bit), Mac OS and Linux. With ZWCAD Viewer, drawings can be viewed in all kinds of frequently used file formats like dwg, dwf, dwfx, dxf and dwt.

ZWCAD Viewer is able to measure distance between objects, area of a closed shape, mass and volume of a 3D model, regions or coordinates on the drawings. Its property palette displays all details and it allows file comparison and differences can be highlighted in different colors.

To further address requests from CAD users, ZWCAD Viewer opens both 2D and 3D models, users can view 3D models at different angles by rotating with 3D Orbit command. Also, users are allowed to plot their drawings in different file formats including DWG, DXF, JPEG, and PNG.

More importantly, ZWCAD Viewer for 2D and 3D viewing is FREE.

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Altair offers new leading technologies to design and optimize high-performance, weight-efficient, and innovative products with its release of HyperWorks® 14.0. The latest release of Altair’s HyperWorks® open architecture CAE simulation platform includes several new products, feature enhancements, updated functionalities, and licensing methods to help users:

  • Get to the right design: Expanded optimization and nonlinear solver capabilities.
  • Save time in the process: Accelerated meshing, assembly, and graphics.
  • Access the latest technologies: New tools added, and new products in the Altair Partner Alliance.

Key highlights offered by the release:

  • OptiStruct’s capabilities have been elevated to include more nonlinear analyses, new contact and optimization algorithms, and numerous improvements in solution speed. A breakthrough solution for the design and optimization of lattice structures has been developed to support additive manufacturing. “With OptiStruct 14.0, it is now possible to run larger, full vehicle NVH models for more accuracy without the errors generated by our existing NVH solver on the same computer," says Tae-Won Park of SsangYong Motors.

  • HyperMesh has a new part and assembly workflow which promotes flow of data directly from Product Data Management (PDM) data structures. Combined with the new high-velocity graphics engine tuned to handle even the largest models, HyperMesh 14.0’s performance is up to 15x faster for large FE models with solid elements and up to 60x faster for geometry models, while using less hardware memory. “With this release of HyperWorks we’ve introduced parts and assemblies in HyperMesh that directly correspond to those in the CAD and PDM world,” said James P. Dagg, Chief Technical Officer, User Experience at Altair. “The new assemblies are extremely flexible, allowing for modular modeling where entire subsystems can be replaced or updated automatically, keeping your CAE model synchronized with design."

  • Multiscale Designer, a practical tool for the seamless integration of modeling, simulation, testing and optimization of engineered products using complex materials, is now part of the HyperWorks suite.

  • FEKO, the best-in-class software for electromagnetic simulation related to antenna design and placement, electromagnetic compatibility, radar cross-section, and other applications is now fully merged into HyperWorks with added features to reduce modeling and computation time. An integration with HyperStudy has been added for advanced optimization.

  • MotionSolve now provides an improved 3D rigid-to-rigid contact and advanced co-simulation capabilities, and the automotive multi-body simulation library has been expanded for full vehicle simulations.

  • HyperWorks Unlimited Solver Node is an alternate solver licensing scheme offering unprecedented enterprise-scale value.

  • Click2Cast offers the easiest casting process simulation on the market, requiring neither special training nor an extensive technical user background. It is a very effective and powerful design tool, and provides high value at the critical intersection of manufacturing and product design.

The Altair Partner Alliance (APA) continues its portfolio expansion of third-party technology with applications from over 45 strategic partners, directly accessible using HyperWorks Units in domains including: durability and fatigue, noise-vibration-harshness, 1D systems simulation, injection molding simulation, composite modeling, stress analysis, material libraries, thermal analysis, and rapid prototyping.

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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).

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GF Machining Solutions has introduced rConnect, a new central communications platform for the company’s milling, EDM and laser texturing machines. Advancing the Industry 4.0 vision of the smart factory of the future, rConnect offers the industry’s most in-depth remote machine tool analysis.

The rConnect platform will be especially valuable to manufacturers seeking to optimize their competitiveness and machine uptime through the digitization of their facilities. The first phase of rConnect is Live Remote Assistance (LRA), which allows customer-authorized remote assistance by connecting machines to GF Machining Solutions local diagnostics center and plants in real time. LRA enables remote diagnostics and inspection by a GF Machining Solutions technician or the manufacturer using the system.

LRA’s customer cockpit serves as the user interface for the machine operator, maintenance manager or operations manager. In enables central access to GF Machining Solutions’ digital services and provides the machine operator with support in the daily maintenance of the machine through status messages and machine performance reports.

Through LRA, instances of unexpected machine downtime are minimized and downtime is reduced when an issue does occur, thanks to faster diagnoses and interventions. LRA allows a manufacturer to interact directly with GF Machining Solutions via audio, video, chat, whiteboard, file transfer, screen sharing and system access. All interactions are logged and recorded. rConnect and LRA are powered by an instant virtual private network that allows highly secure access to the machine and is certified with TÜViT Trusted Product Certificate.

rConnect and LRA result from GF Machining Solutions Industry 4.0 partnerships with leading European research institutes including the University of Birmingham (UK), the University of Geneva (CH), the Swiss Federal Technical Institute in Zurich, RWTH Aachen University (DE) and the Fraunhofer Institute (DE).

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Siemens and CD-adapco have entered into a stock purchase agreement for the acquisition of CD-adapco by Siemens. The purchase price is $970 million. CD-adapco is a global engineering simulation company with software solutions covering a wide range of engineering disciplines including Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Solid Mechanics (CSM), heat transfer, particle dynamics, reactant flow, electrochemistry, acoustics and rheology. Last fiscal year, CD-adapco had over 900 employees and revenue of close to $200 million with software-typical double digit margins. On average, CD-adapco increased its revenue at constant currencies by more than 12 percent annually over the past three fiscal years. Siemens expects this business to continue to experience strong growth in the future.

“As part of its Vision 2020, Siemens is acquiring CD-adapco and sharpening its focus on growth in digital business and expanding its portfolio in the area of industry software. Simulation software is key to enabling customers to bring better products to the market faster and at less cost. With CD-adapco, we’re acquiring an established technology leader that will allow us to supplement our world-class industry software portfolio and deliver on our strategy to further expand our digital enterprise portfolio,” said Klaus Helmrich, member of the Managing Board of Siemens.

CD-adapco is a global engineering simulation company with a unique vision for Multidisciplinary Design eXploration (MDX). Engineering simulation provides the most reliable flow of information into the design process, which drives innovation and lowers product development costs. CD-adapco simulation tools, led by the flagship product STAR-CCM+, allow engineers to discover better designs, faster. CD-adapco now has over 3,200 customers worldwide. Its software is currently used by 14 of the 15 largest carmakers, by all of the top ten suppliers to the aerospace industry and by nine of the ten largest manufacturers in the energy and marine sectors.

CD-adapco CEO and President Sharron MacDonald said, “I am pleased for both the employees and the customers of CD-adapco. The opportunities that come with the acquisition by Siemens are endless. The vision of our founders will be realized in the integration of these world-class engineering and manufacturing technologies and a business strategy that will allow engineering simulation to impact more products and companies than ever before.”

CD-adapco is headquartered in Melville, New York, U.S., and has 40 locations worldwide. Siemens expects synergy impact on EBIT to be in the mid-double-digit million range within five years of closing, mainly from revenue. Closing of the transaction is subject to customary conditions and is expected in the second half of fiscal year 2016.

CD-adapco will be integrated into the PLM software business of Siemens’ Digital Factory (DF) Division. DF is the industry leader in automation technology and a leading provider of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software. “By adding advanced engineering simulation tools such as CFD to our portfolio and experienced experts in the field to our organization, we’re greatly enhancing our core competencies for model-based simulation that creates a very precise digital twin of the product,” said Anton Huber, CEO of the Digital Factory Division.

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CoreTech System (Moldex3D) announced the release of Moldex3D R14.0. In this new version, significant improvements have been made to empower users to work faster and easier on complex models with increased accuracy and novel simulation capabilities for advanced processing applications.

Moldex3D R14.0 includes a number of important improvements on solvers’ robustness and accuracy. The enhanced solvers not only require less meshing elements, but also exhibit greater tolerance for lower quality elements to conduct successful simulations without compromising accuracy. More importantly, the level of meshing flexibility has also been widely broadened. It opens up ability for users to use different mesh types in a way that allows Moldex3D’s solvers to drive them and give them a high degree of accuracy, which results in a more efficient workflow in the pre-processing stage.

One of the most significant features in Moldex3D R14.0 is the new generation of Designer BLM. Boundary Layer Mesh (BLM) is a powerful high-resolution mesh technology for complex and large geometries. The new version takes this powerful BLM mesh technology to an even higher level. The automated mesh generator significantly accelerates the creation of high-quality meshes, allowing users to generate up to 5 inward layers of prismatic meshes to improve boundary layer resolution and the auto repair function drastically reduces manual efforts on fixing mesh defects. This will enable a productive handling for modeling complex parts and greatly reduce meshing time.

In addition, CoreTech System recognizes the importance of continuously advancing Moldex3D’s simulation capabilities in lightweight product designs. On top of the enhanced fiber orientation simulation, new features in Moldex3D R14.0 are also made to assist users design better FRP products. Moldex3D Digimat-RP is an important new feature to demonstrate CoreTech System’s devotion in furthering Moldex3D’s simulation capacity for the development of FRP products. It combines the expertise of Moldex3D’s true 3D analysis on injection molding and Digimat’s specialized technology in advanced material modeling to provide a straight-forward workflow that streamlines the engineering process for FRP part development. “We are very pleased to join forces with CoreTech System to make Digimat-RP available directly from within Moldex3D, offering our common customer bases the ability for concurrent engineering of the molding process and FRP part design for optimal performance,” says Dr. Roger A. Assaker, CEO of e-Xstream engineering and Chief Material Strategist of MSC Software.

Additionally, a new simulation module for Resin Transfer Molding (RTM) is another perfect extension of CoreTech System’s commitment to the field of composite product manufacturing. Through Moldex3D’s true 3D simulation, a complex geometric design and intricate, interchangeable material mechanisms in a multi-layer fiber design structure can be truthfully visualized which further helps improve and optimize the RTM process.

Another significant feature in R14.0—Hot Runner Steady (HRS) Analysis is also an innovative tool that directly addresses the troublesome flow balance issue in today’s complex hot runner system designs. Moldex3D’s solver will conduct a HRS Analysis based on the layout of the hot runners and the flow rate of each gate can be attained as a valuable reference for users to understand the flow behavior in order to fully examine and optimize all aspects of their hot runner design. Furthermore, HRS analysis provides 15 times faster computing speed than Filling Analysis with the same level of simulation accuracy. It raises the possibility of including more design changes in the same timeframe and ultimately helps maximize productivity.

Dr. Venny Yang, President of CoreTech System (Moldex3D) states, “Our core mission is to assist our customers to keep ahead of the competition in today’s fast-changing business environment and with this goal in mind, we are constantly talking to our customers and listen to their feedback in order to develop useful solutions that really help them design and manufacture high quality plastic parts.” He continued, “The release of Moldex3D R14.0 is the true reflection of this ultimate goal as it includes our answers to numerous customer-driven enhancement requests, innovative simulation capabilities for advanced processes, and multiple improvements on software functionality and solvers’ performance that will truly bring tangible values to our users to compete in their market sector.”

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Materialise has embarked upon a partnership with Structo, a Singapore-based manufacturer of 3D printing machines. Together, they will develop the Structo Build Processor to enhance communication between software and 3D printers.

Structo develops industrial-grade 3D printing machines that rely on the company’s unique patented technology. Their Liquid Crystal Dynamic Mask Stereolithography (MSLA) technology allows their RapidForm printer to be incredibly fast despite its large build volume. Structo’s goal is to offer printers that are able to achieve faster speeds and large build volumes at a lower cost compared to existing Stereolithography (SLA) printers. The company also develops their own innovative polymer materials for a range of printing applications.

The Structo Build Processor will allow users to edit, analyze and repair files easily and intuitively. The advanced support generation is fully automated and makes manual effort redundant. According to the geometry of the part, users can apply different build strategies and rely on Materialise’s state-of-the-art slicing software.

“We find that Magics and the accompanying Structo Build Processor, developed by Materialise, are world-class software products. Together, they offer the most advanced features and smooth workflow to give our customers the best possible user experience in going through file fixing, support generation and pre-print processing,” explains Huub van Esbroeck, Founder of Structo. “Through this partnership, we are able to deeply integrate Materialise software with our hardware and offer the best-in-class turnkey solution for ultra-rapid prototyping.”

Materialise and Structo look forward to the development of the Structo Build Processor, to be released in mid-December.

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The 2015 R2 version of Delcam’s ArtCAM Pro artistic CADCAM software features improvements in design and machining, including the ability to create support structures for 3D Printing, easier designing with vectors, more design options with real-time updating and faster machining simulations.

Unlike most other CADCAM systems, ArtCAM Pro is aimed at skilled artisans rather than engineers and requires much less knowledge of engineering or computing.  It has been particularly successful in the signmaking, woodworking and engraving industries.  In these areas and in other artistic applications, ArtCAM Pro allows users to increase productivity, improve quality and deliver new designs more quickly, by combining their craft skills and creativity with the power and precision of computer-aided manufacturing.

The main enhancement for the new version of ArtCAM Pro is the ability to create support structures for 3D Printing.  Users can generate intelligent support structures, either manually or automatically, and can also use batch assembly for the printing of multiple items.  3D Printing offers ArtCAM users an alternative route to machining for the production of complex models.

ArtCAM users that design with vectors will benefit from two new options.  Firstly, snap hints now appear to help in locating hard-to-find snap points within vectors when creating designs.  Secondly, the thickness of vectors can be changed, in either the 2D or 3D view, making it easier to visualise the design.

Accuracy will also be helped by the addition of rulers in the 3D view to make it easier to create precise artwork and to position elements of the piece.

The ability to overlap and intersect reliefs has been enhanced with a new option to interactively blend the reliefs.  This allows relief clipart to be pulled up or pushed down in the Z axis to give a better blend with another 3D design.

The range of modelling tools that operate in real time has been extended to include the ability to create smooth domed shapes or domes with a centreline ridge, and the option to make intricate weaves.  Real-time operation makes it easier to create exactly the effect that is required and shortens design times.

The tools for assembly modelling have been improved by making it easier and quicker to drag or rotate elements of the assembly into position.  It has also been made simpler to undo any changes.

The creation of complex designs by grouping relief layers together has also been made easier.  For example, it is easier to combine the front and back of a miniature or a sculpture.  In addition, relief slicing can now output the slices as DXF files, making laser cutting of tall items easier.

The main machining enhancement in the new release is significantly faster machining simulations thanks to a new algorithm that uses the specialist processor in modern graphics cards to calculate multiple operations simultaneously.  This gives major benefits over standard multi-threading.

Another area of improvement is corner machining, where fillets can be added to vectors to allow more accurate machining of slots.  In a related development, loops can be added for creating corners with knife cutting.

Finally, two new options are available in the 3D offset strategy.  Firstly, it is now possible to spiral from the outside in or from the centre outwards.  The strategy can reduce tool wear and give better surface finish.  Secondly, on-surface links can be used.  This reduces the number of plunge and retract moves and so saves machining time.

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Altair announced that Fieldscale has joined the Altair Partner Alliance (APA) with its electromagnetic simulation software, Charge. The software specializes in electrostatic simulations, also known as electric field simulations.

"We are very proud to join the Altair Partner Alliance,” said Yiorgos Bontzios, CEO of Fieldscale. “Fieldscale's next generation simulation software will empower engineers to design more efficient products in less time, becoming a necessary tool for any result-driven electric hardware company. Altair will be a powerful ally in this direction and together, we will enable engineers to run impossible simulations.”

Charge enables engineers to analyze the electric field of an entire model without compromising to unrealistic simplifications, allowing them to simulate problems that were previously unsolvable. Based on the reliable Boundary Element Method, Charge accurately computes the electric potential and field distribution for complex structures. It breaks down the simulation process to five steps within a simple-to-use environment, leading to increased productivity and efficiency. Its parallelized algorithms deliver the results of an overnight process in minutes.

“We welcome Charge from Fieldscale into the APA,” said Dr. Ulrich Jakobus, Vice President – Electromagnetic Solutions of Altair. “This tool is as an accurate, efficient and highly-parallelized solver for electrostatic applications, complementing Altair’s high frequency electromagnetic offering FEKO.”

In the energy industry, Charge enables engineers to design high-voltage equipment including electrodes, switchgears, bushings and insulators. It also satisfies safety standards by testing electrical breakdown and spark-over, preventing damage to equipment. In addition, Charge helps engineers design better and more efficient Lightning Protection Systems to protect buildings, aircrafts, wind turbine farms and more.

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Altair announced that Centre d'Expertise en Dynamique Rapide, Explosion et Multiphysique, SAS (CEDREM) has joined the Altair Partner Alliance (APA). The partnership adds CEDREM’s KTEX Family of integrated numeric tools for composites to the APA.

"CEDREM is specialized in finite element simulations representing high speed phenomena (such as impacts, ballistics, explosion or blast) and composite behavior,” said Karine Thoral Pierre, CEO at CEDREM. “To improve our models, tools representing the composite materials at the mesoscale and taking into account the manufacturing processes were needed. The KTex Family meets this need. We improved our material laws and cut down the gap between simulations and reality. We are pleased to share those tools with the Altair community."

KTEX Family is a suite of numerical tools that analyze the behavior of composite materials during the manufacturing process. It is comprised of four modules: KTEX Pattern, KTEX Layup, KTEX Winding and KTEX Woven Property, all of which work at the scale of composite yarns, or the meso scale, and address specialized parts of the optimization and manufacturing process. KTEX Pattern models the exact geometry of any given weave while KTEX Layup simulates the behavior of that weave during the layup process. KTEX Winding visualizes the weave during the winding process and KTEX Woven Property calculates the homogenized mechanical properties for any given weave.

“KTEX Family offers complete analyzation and optimization of composite weaves and the effects that the manufacturing process has on them,” said Shan Nageswaran, Senior Director, HyperWorks at Altair. “Looking at materials on the meso scale allows engineers to achieve a completely new perspective, especially in relation to ballistics, that Altair customers will find especially valuable. We are really looking forward to further collaboration with the CEDREM team.”

Integrated completely with HyperMesh, users are able to model weaves in any dimension (1D, 2D, 3D) using all fiber and matrix materials available. Highlights of the software capabilities include representation of customized weaves with bespoke fiber and matrix materials and prediction of the impacts of the manufacturing process on the final part. Users are also able to optimize the weaving pattern as well as the manufacturing processes necessary to produce it. While composites modeling is necessary and applicable in many industries, KTEX Family is especially suited for those in automotive and performing ballistics.

Altair’s HyperWorks platform applies a revolutionary subscription-based licensing model in which customers use floating licenses to access a broad suite of Altair-developed, as well as third-party, software applications on demand. The Altair Partner Alliance effectively extends the HyperWorks Platform from more than 20 internally developed solutions to upwards of 60 applications with the addition of new partner applications. Customers can invoke these third-party applications at no incremental cost using their existing HyperWorks licenses. Customers benefit from unmatched flexibility and access, resulting in maximum software utilization, productivity and ROI.

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The simulation solutions within Siemens’ comprehensive NX™ software offering that perform thermal and fluid flow analysis are now available on Rescale’s on-demand, dynamically scalable, cloud simulation and high-performance computing (HPC) platform. With Siemens’ NX™ Nastran® software already available on Rescale, this addition provides customers a broader selection of Siemens’ simulation products powered by the largest worldwide network of HPC hardware. The Rescale simulation platform seamlessly integrates simulation software with customizable HPC infrastructure and makes these resources available to users directly through a web browser. The platform helps engineers and scientists reduce product development time, which can result in improved efficiency, increased innovation, higher product quality and faster time-to-market.

There is a common trend across all major manufacturing industries to simulate larger and more complex models, to explore more design alternatives through simulation and to simulate multiple physics domains such as structural, thermal, and flow behavior. Access to Siemens’ solvers for these different disciplines on Rescale provides companies, large and small, with flexibility in their HPC investments. This solution enables engineers to easily run design-of-experiments (DOE), multidisciplinary design explorations and stand-alone or multi-solver simulations, resulting in cost-effective, large scale simulations that more thoroughly evaluate design options.

“We are excited to expand the portfolio of simulation tools available on Rescale’s simulation platform with NX Flow and NX Thermal solvers,” said Jim Rusk, Senior Vice President, Product Engineering Software, Siemens PLM Software. “As customers increasingly look to move to more flexible, scalable and high performing computing options, Rescale helps enhance our core set of leading simulation products with a robust, secure, online service available across their global network.”

Engineers can access NX solvers on the Rescale cloud environment either using their own software licenses or by using licenses provided by Rescale on a pay-per use basis. The latter method gives users significant flexibility to meet their varying computing needs. This option also now offers a pre-paid discount that provides more value to customers.

“Rescale values our strong partnership with Siemens PLM Software and is pleased to make more Siemens simulation tools available to our mutual customers on Rescale’s platform,” said Joris Poort, Chief Executive Officer, Rescale. “By continuing to offer flexible hourly pricing models for the NX solver portfolio, Siemens PLM Software reinforces its position as a technology and thought leader in the simulation industry during the massive shift from legacy on-premise systems to agile cloud HPC platforms and on-demand simulation software deployment models.”

To learn more about Siemens partnership with Rescale and how it benefits simulation, users can attend a webinar titled, “Accelerate the Process of Engineering Design with NX Thermal/Flow on Rescale” on Wednesday, October 28, 2015, at 8 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time (11:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time). A live simulation will be performed to demonstrate the power and ease-of-use of running NX Thermal/Flow on Rescale’s cloud simulation platform. Parametric studies and DOE analyses of thermo-fluid systems will also be highlighted.

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Stratasys will be presenting the role of additive manufacturing as one of the key technologies that will enable the ‘Factory of the Future’ at the annual Oracle OpenWorld conference, October 25 – 29, San Francisco.

Rich Garrity, VP & GM Vertical Solutions, Stratasys, will be a featured speaker at Oracle OpenWorld, discussing additive manufacturing’s role in the ”Factory of the Future” to deliver on the promise of a smart, agile manufacturing workflow. Rich will describe additive manufacturing integration scenarios with adjacent manufacturing software systems and also present specific customer manufacturing stories from strategic industries including aerospace and automotive.

“The inclusion of Industry 4.0 applications at Oracle OpenWorld, this year, make it a natural fit for Stratasys additive manufacturing,” said Danny Weber, VP Strategy and Strategic Alliances, Stratasys. “We invite attendees to come discuss how they can begin integrating additive manufacturing into their supply chain to improve production economics and explore new business models.”

Conference attendees will have the opportunity to experience additive manufacturing first hand at the event as Stratasys will be showcasing its 3D printing solutions, including the Fortus 450mc and uPrint SE Plus 3D printers, as well as its Stratasys Direct Manufacturing parts-on-demand service.

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GE (NYSE: GE) and PTC (NASDAQ: PTC) announced that the two companies are partnering to deliver a new GE-branded manufacturing solution that combines the GE manufacturing portfolio with the capabilities of PTC’s ThingWorx Industrial Internet of Things application enablement environment. The result is an industry-hardened solution that features flexible dashboards and powerful data analytics. Specifically, the joint solution connects to disparate systems – from the shop floor to the ERP – and offers a dashboard and differentiated user experience with consumer-like drag-and-drop capabilities tailored to each user’s role.

GE and PTC will align their respective global manufacturing sales and marketing teams to jointly pursue opportunities worldwide with a GE branded offering. As GE is one of the world’s largest manufacturing companies, the GE-PTC solution will be implemented within GE’s internal manufacturing plants as part of its Brilliant Factory initiative.

“The Brilliant Factory integrates engineering and manufacturing design, leverages data to run our factories much more productively, and optimizes the entire supply chain,” said Jamie Miller, GE CIO. “This solution gives us the ability to see that data clearly and easily in a format that makes critical decisions possible, so we can increase machine uptime and predict maintenance before it is needed.”

Leveraging PTC’s ThingWorx technology as part of GE’s Manufacturing portfolio, the joint solution provides robust manufacturing optimization capabilities, coupled with:

  • Role-based manufacturing dashboards with real-time manufacturing KPIs
  • Standardized KPI model for all plants, connecting to heterogeneous system landscapes
  • Collaboration, alerts, notifications and access to actionable data to make better informed decisions

“GE’s world class manufacturing plants have provided a testing ground for this technology,” said Kate Johnson, GE Intelligent Platforms Software CEO. “A united GE and PTC team are now poised to deliver a modular and robust solve to the manufacturers badly in need of optimization through digitization.”

PTC and GE will work together to certify ThingWorx for the Predix ecosystem. GE has a strong relationship with PTC. The two companies have previously collaborated on a joint effort to bring a solution that helps manufacturers close the loop between product design and production execution on the shop floor.

”GE is a true pioneer in the use of technology to build advanced manufacturing facilities,” said Jim Heppelmann, president and CEO of PTC. “It is significant validation that such an industry leader has chosen to deploy our ThingWorx technology at scale. We look forward to collaborating with GE to deliver the promise of the Internet of Things to manufacturers around the globe.”

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Altair announced the acquisition of Click2Cast, to which Altair will acquire 100 percent of Click2Cast’s technology and employees. Altair will also now hold an office in Barcelona, Spain where Click2Cast is based. The addition of Click2Cast technology adds simple and quick casting simulation technology to the Altair suite of products. Having practical applications in both design and engineering, Click2Cast software will be made available through Altair’s solidThinking and HyperWorks business lines. The technology has been available through the Altair Partner Alliance to HyperWorks users since 2013.

Click2Cast offers the easiest casting process simulation on the market, within an innovative and user-friendly interface. The software requires no special training and does not require the user to have an extensive technical background. It is a very effective and powerful design tool, with possible applications in a wide variety of industries.

“We are very excited to further our relationship and make Click2Cast part of Altair’s software offering,” said Martin Solina, general manager of Click2Cast. “This new agreement will allow us to provide even more powerful technological advantages and capabilities in one solution for our end users focused on the design and production of verified casted parts. We look forward to integrating Click2Cast with Altair’s world-class software portfolio.”

“We are excited to bring this dynamic team of individuals and best-in-class software [for casting] simulation into Altair. We plan to leverage their expertise and technology to develop new solutions for synthesizing innovative structures optimized for both performance and manufacturing feasibility,” says James R. Scapa, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Altair.

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Luxexcel has attracted a lot of attention from media and investors these days for their breakthrough in 3D printing transparent optics. Compared to classical manufacturing methods, manufacturing optics with 3D printing has obvious advantages when it comes to cost and time efficient prototyping and small series production.

The only question remaining is where does the underlying 3D design come from which is going to be printed? Until now, customers needed to create it themselves using CAD software or commission a professional 3D designer. Luxexcel wants to democratize the way optics are made and launched two online lens creators, powered by trinckle 3D software technology.

Customers can easily create their very own lens design, which perfectly fits the requirements of their specific use case. They just need to enter the relevant parameters like focal length and lens diameter and can have a look at the resulting model preview right away. The application generates a 3D printable model file, which is ready to order.

“With our new design tool we want to take the next step in opening up the world of optical development”, says Peter Paul Cornelissen, Head of Marketing & Online Business Development.

“Lowering the bar to make use of optimized optics for its application, and taking away the limitations of standard stock products will be a game changer for many designers that use optics in their products. The trinckle 3D customization software supports this development.”

The Berlin-based technology company trinckle 3D introduced its customizing cloud engine earlier this year and is currently implementing it for several business clients. The software solution enables mass customization of 3D printable products on a next-generation level. Partners like Luxexcel can easily integrate user-friendly, white-label applications in their websites.

“Luxexcel is a great partner and a perfect use case for our software, because the automated creation of custom-made lens models is an obvious and essential add-on to their cutting-edge production technology.” says trinckle 3D’s CEO, Florian Reichle. “However, product customization could be extremely important for every B2B or B2C company that tries to meet case-specific product requirements or the individual taste of a customer.”

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Altair announced that Brüel & Kjær Sound & Vibration Measurement A/S has joined the Altair Partner Alliance (APA), bringing its noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) software, Insight+, to HyperWorks customers. Insight+ creates the ability to efficiently consider test and computer-aided engineering (CAE) data together to assist engineers in better understanding NVH contributions early in the design process.

"We are very excited about our partnership with Altair,” said Alun Crewe, Vice President, Strategic Marketing at Brüel & Kjær. “The combination of Altair’s simulation tools and the capabilities in Brüel & Kjær’s solutions creates an effective environment for subjective evaluation of vehicle NVH early in the vehicle design process. CAE analysts, NVH Evaluation teams and other decision makers, who may not be NVH experts, will be able to evaluate NVH design proposals at virtual prototype stage in the context of driving the final product. This enables improved, value-based decision-making, reduces the number of physical prototypes, ensures ‘right first time’ engineering and reduces time to market."

Insight+ allows users to test and evaluate source strengths and transfer functions and contributions on a system level, taking into account an entire vehicle’s interactions with its environment. The software makes it possible to listen to and analyze proposed engineering changes in the appropriate context in order to evaluate and rank design alternatives to assist NVH test and CAE engineers in sharing and developing ideas.

“Altair is thrilled to be adding Brüel & Kjær’s software to its NVH portfolio,” said David Mason, Vice President, Global Automotive at Altair. “The powerful capability of Insight+ to evaluate NVH testing and simulation data together, especially listening to the result, will enhance our customers’ ability to make critical decisions earlier in the design process.”

While mostly applicable in the automotive industry, Insight+ can help anticipate inadequate NVH conditions during the design process of any vehicle, resulting in quiet and comfortable experiences for all passengers and drivers.

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CoreTech System Co., Ltd. (Moldex3D) is pleased to announce that Moldex3D Digimat-RP (“Reinforced Plastics”) is now available. Moldex3D Digimat-RP aims to combine the expertise of Moldex3D’s true 3D analysis on injection molding and Digimat’s specialized technology in advanced material modeling in order to provide a straight-forward workflow that streamlines the process of accurate structural nonlinear FEA simulations of reinforced plastic parts.

Digimat-RP is a unique nonlinear multi-scale structural modeling solution for fiber reinforced plastic parts developed by e-Xstream engineering, a MSC Software company. It not only provides engineers with an innovative micromechanical modeling approach for optimal and predictive design of composite parts, but also bridges the gap between injection molding and structural simulation analyses.

Moldex3D Digimat-RP is a collaborative technology developed by Moldex3D and e-Xstream engineering teams with the aim of including the important process-induced properties, such as local fiber orientation, residual stresses and temperatures predicted by Moldex3D’s analysis into Moldex3D Digimat-RP for an accurate description of the local composite behavior and ultimately achieving a precise FEA structural analysis using all the major FEA softwares on the market today.

Dr. Roger A. Assaker, CEO of e-Xstream engineering and Chief Material Strategist of MSC Software states, “With the extensive list of advanced capabilities, Digimat is today the market standard for modeling the thermo-mechanical behavior of reinfoced plastics structures taking into account the key effects of injection molding process on the final part performance. Today, e-Xstream is very pleased to join forces with CoreTech System to make Digimat-RP available directly from within Moldex3D, offering our common customer bases the ability for concurrent engineering of the molding process and part design for optimal performance.”

Furthermore, providing an integrated framework that streamlines the performing simulation technologies available in the current market is a prevailing trend for the plastic engineering industry. Dr. Venny Yang, the President of CoreTech System (Moldex3D) further stresses on the importance of this joint integration, “On top of the current Moldex3D and FEA integrations, Moldex3D Digimat-RP acts as an enhanced link between injection molding process and FEA structural simulations. We believe our users will greatly benefit from this collaboration and enjoy a seamless CAE simulation workflow which ultimately helps them design better fiber reinforced plastic parts in a faster and more robust manner.”

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CadSoft Computer, part of the Premier Farnell Group, has extended its software portfolio with the new ‘EAGLE Make’ line, along with its new product segmentation for the whole EAGLE range.

The ‘EAGLE Make’ product line was created to respond to the requirements of the emerging Maker segment by providing two different license types: ‘EAGLE Make Personal’ (previously EAGLE Hobbyist), and the brand new ‘EAGLE Make Pro’. The two license types mainly differ in terms of usability (non-commercial vs. commercial) and board size flexibility.

“It is our belief that there is an increasing demand for a product which supports engineers getting started with PCB design at a professional or personal level,” said Robin Colman, general manager at CadSoft. “EAGLE Make Pro is a design package that provides full functionality for commercial use at great value. The annual licensing for EAGLE Make Pro provides lower barrier to entry for those starting out in the commercial space, while also providing a neat upgrade path to one of the more professional licenses if the customer need is there.”

The ‘EAGLE Make’ product line forms part of the new product segmentation CadSoft has introduced, which includes ‘EAGLE Business,’ clearly targeted to commercial customers and larger companies, as well as ‘EAGLE Learn,’ which focuses on the educational segment.

“As the EAGLE portfolio expands it is important we make it easy for our customers to identify the right EAGLE product to suit their needs,” said Colman. “We want to make it easier for people to understand at first sight what EAGLE is about and the options and different editions available. Our new product lines, EAGLE Business, EAGLE Make and EAGLE Learn do this perfectly.”

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3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced that it has begun shipping the latest version of GibbsCAM®, its software for production machining. This comprehensive update incorporates an all-new Universal Kinematic Machine (UKM) engine that further simplifies CNC programming. The release also includes multiple enhancements that extend capabilities and accommodate new machines of all configurations.

As an integral component of 3DS’ design-to-manufacturing digital thread, facilitating cross-technology manufacturing between additive and subtractive methods, GibbsCAM enables improved production efficiency and greater profitability. Developed for ease-of-use, GibbsCAM empowers numerical control programmers and machinists, with solid modeling, 2- through 5-axis milling, high speed machining, mill/turn, Swiss, multi-task machining and wire-EDM capabilities.

“We are committed to providing 3D digital design and fabrication solutions that enable our customers to be more productive and competitive,” said Ilan Erez, Vice President, co-Chief Operating Officer and CFO, Software Products, 3DS. “With the recent addition of GibbsCAM to the 3DS digital manufacturing thread portfolio, our customers can now enjoy the ability to use both subtractive and additive manufacturing to achieve the highest productivity possible. Manufacturers can use the two technologies in tandem, printing a metal part and then using a milling machine to achieve the required surface finish, for example. It’s a perfect fit.

“With the new release of GibbsCAM 2015 we enable our customers to program any machine with a single program and a single interface,” continued Erez. “The new features and enhancements in GibbsCAM 2015 are designed to save time in programming, provide more flexibility in selecting and using tools, and make toolpath verification and machine simulation more accurate and efficient.”

Some of the new features in GibbsCAM 2015 include:

New Tooling Functions and Capabilities that extend the ability to define, use and simulate tools, with new icons and dynamic 3D viewing of tools and tool holders. Support for straight, tapered and stepped shanks was extended to all mill tools, while new mill and lathe tool types are also introduced, including 3D form tools and 75° Diamond (ISO E-style) lathe tools.

Numerous Enhancements for Hole-making that include additional support for hole features from CAD systems and full associativity for hole features from Autodesk Inventor, CATIA v5, Solid Edge and SolidWorks. New is the Hole Editor for editing hole features, including compound holes, which are supported with multiple straight, tapered and threaded segments. In addition, feature recognition has been enhanced, and the 5-axis drilling interface has been streamlined. These features simplify hole-making operations and make the programming process faster.

Intermediate Tooling Support for Multi-task Machining (MTM), which makes tooling more manageable, simulation more accurate, and programming easier, with more accurate placement and orientation of tools. Additions include a tool block library and support for tool blocks, such as adapter blocks, holders for tool holders, right-angle and adjustable heads, and flash tooling. A fixture library and support for fixtures (chucks, tailstocks, steady rests and other work holding devices) are included.

Machine Simulation which is greatly improved as a result of UKM, intermediate tooling support, and an improved rendering palette. Rendering is more accurate and efficient, displaying intermediate tooling for a more complete simulation of all moving components. Customized monitoring of key conditions is enabled with a new Stops and Watches feature. Combined, these additions make the programming-through-simulation process faster and more accurate.

Integration with Sandvik Coromant’s Adveon Tool Library, which enables importing tools from Sandvik and ISO 13399 compliant systems to make a standard library available at any time, simplifying tool definition and tooling-data management. This also allows a shop to build, save and reuse a library, and link tools and tool assemblies to parts and processes, enabling faster reuse of a program for a subsequent part run, and faster updating when parts change.

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Researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Autodesk are joining forces to explore how design software can accelerate innovation for three-dimensional printing of advanced materials.

Under an 18-month Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA), LLNL will use state-of-the-art software for generative design from San Rafael-based Autodesk Inc. as it studies how new material microstructures, arranged in complex configurations and printed with additive manufacturing techniques, will produce objects with physical properties that were never before possible.

In the project, LLNL researchers will bring to bear several key technologies, such as additive manufacturing, material modeling and architected design (arranging materials at the micro and nanoscale through computational design).

LLNL and Autodesk have selected next-generation protective helmets as a test case for their technology collaboration, studying how to improve design performance.

“As an organization that is pushing the limits on generative design and high-performance computing, Autodesk is an ideal collaborator as we investigate next-generation manufacturing,” said Anantha Krishnan, LLNL’s associate director for engineering.

“With its extensive cross-industry customer base, Autodesk can help us examine how our foundational research in architected materials and new additive manufacturing technology might transfer into a variety of domains.”

Mark Davis, Autodesk’s senior director of design research, called helmet design an excellent example of a design problem with multiple objectives, such as the constraints of desired weight, cost, durability, material thickness and response to compression.

“Giving the software goals and constraints as input, then allowing the computer to synthesize form and optimize across multiple materials, will lead to the discovery of unexpected, high-performing designs that would not have otherwise been pursued,” Davis added.

Patrick Dempsey, LLNL’s director of strategic engagements, noted: “Livermore is excited about combining its knowledge in materials and microstructures with the capabilities of a global leader in design software to demonstrate the ability of additive manufacturing to create new products.”

Through the application of goal-oriented design software tools, LLNL and Autodesk expect to generate and analyze the performance of very large sets – thousands to tens of thousands – of different structural configurations of material microarchitectures.

In addition to benefiting from the use of computer software, helmet design also stands to receive considerable advantages from additive manufacturing.

Helmets represent a class of objects whose internal structures not only need to be lightweight, but also must absorb impact and dissipate energy predictably.

Advanced additive manufacturing techniques are expected to allow the LLNL/Autodesk researchers to produce complex material microstructures that will dissipate energy better than what is currently possible with traditionally manufactured helmet pads such as foams and pads.

LLNL’s Eric Duoss, a materials engineer and the co-principal investigator for the CRADA with Lab computational engineer Dan White, believes the agreement could lead to new design methodologies with helmets as just one example.

“The difference in the design method we are proposing versus historically is that many of the previous manufacturing constraints can be eliminated,” Duoss said.

“Additive manufacturing provides the opportunity for unprecedented breakthroughs in new structures and new material properties for a wide range of applications,” Duoss added.

It has yet to be determined what kinds of helmets will be designed under the CRADA, but sports helmets, including football, baseball, biking and skiing, are possible, according to Duoss.

“One of the important things we hope to gain from this CRADA is to know what a great helmet design looks like, and we aim to build and test components of those helmet designs,” he said.

Within the past two years, the Lab’s Additive Manufacturing Initiative team has used 3D printing to produce ultralight and ultrastiff mechanical materials that don’t exist in nature, produced mechanical energy absorbing materials and printed graphene aerogels.

Francesco Lorio, primary investigator on the Autodesk team and a computational science expert, explains: "By combining the advanced additive manufacturing techniques at LLNL with our ability to compute shapes made of complex combinations of materials, we stand to find breakthrough designs for the helmet.” His team envisions a future where any product can be composed of bespoke materials “appropriately distributed at the micro and macro scale to optimally satisfy a desired function.”

Other LLNL staffers working on the project are: computational engineers Nathan Barton, Mark Messner and Todd Weisgraber; chemical engineer Tom Wilson, materials engineer Tim Ford, chemist Jeremy Lenhardt, applied physicist Willy Moss and mechanical engineer Michael King.

The Lab’s Additive Manufacturing Initiative team is developing new approaches to integrating design, fabrication and certification of advanced materials.

Using high-performance computing, new materials are modeled virtually and then optimized computationally. The Lab is simultaneously advancing the science of additive manufacturing and materials science, as demonstrated by its work in micro-architected metamaterials – artificial materials with properties not found in nature.

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Using the newly released ANSYS® 16.2, engineers can now create virtual prototypes of complete systems, enabling them to make significant strides in innovation and to unleash next-generation products within their industries.

As products – from automobiles to smartphones to wearable technology – become more complex and development times continue to shrink, the need to simulate whole systems grows. Through simulation, engineers can take full advantage of the growing number of opportunities presented by the rapid innovation of materials, electronics and processes. While some manufacturers have optimized the design of components or smaller sub-systems, until today's ANSYS release, no comprehensive solution has existed for simulating complete systems. The complexity within systems arises from the challenges of connecting the individual pieces to ensure they work together as designed. By developing complete virtual prototypes, leading companies can jump-start their innovation and leapfrog the competition.

Part of this new simulation approach is made possible by enhancements to ANSYS® Simplorer®, a comprehensive platform for multidisciplinary systems modeling. In this new release, Simplorer can now assemble and simulate electrical, electronic, thermo-fluid, mechanical and embedded software components. The methodology offers advanced 3-D precision when needed, as well as reduced-order modeling for verifying multi-domain system performance interaction.

ANSYS 16.2 offers significant advancements in systems engineering through ANSYS® AIM®, the first integrated and comprehensive multiphysics simulation environment designed for engineers, which was introduced earlier this year. AIM has rapidly developed and ANSYS 16.2 represents its next step forward. Among the many new multiphysics and systems capabilities are heat transfer and thermal-stress, gas flows, and structural deformation and stress.

Optimizing heat transfer and thermal-stress is a critical design issue for many types of industry applications, such as heat exchangers, thermal mixing valves, engine components and electronic devices. In such applications, an accurate prediction of the temperature and heat transfer in both the fluid and solid regions is essential to accurately predict the thermal and thermal-stress performance of the design. AIM now includes new features to support a comprehensive conjugate heat transfer analysis and one-way fluid-structure interaction to compute thermal-stress.

Predicting the correct flow field for compressible gas flows in the subsonic and transonic range is a critical design issue for many different applications. Industry applications include - high speed flow over airfoils or nacelles, and high-pressure flows in natural gas pipelines and valves. AIM now supports an accurate prediction of the flow field, variation of the gas density and thermal behavior for all compressible flow applications, which is critical for predicting the performance of a design.

In a range of structural applications, nonlinear contact is required to accurately predict deformation and stress in assemblies where multiple components are connected by interference fits, bolts, welds or are otherwise joined together. AIM includes robust nonlinear contact simulation using advanced solver technology for surface-to-surface contact combined with automatic contact surface detection and automatic nonlinear solution control.

AIM makes all of these simulation applications available to experts within one physics domain, as well as product designers who need to span multiple domains, making simulation more broadly applicable across different engineering disciplines

Due to the complexity of systems engineering, workflow and automation are critical. ANSYS 16.2 automates the overall approach to developing embedded software systems for avionics. A new systems development product, ANSYS® SCADE System Avionics Package™, simplifies systems design capabilities for the aerospace and defense industries. It delivers out-of-the-box templates for compliant design systems that are compliant with standard avionics protocols and operating systems, including: ARINC 653, ARINC 429 and AFDX configurations.

To accommodate the needs of a wide varieties of industries that require more customized workflows, ANSYS has added new capabilities in the Workbench platform and ANSYS Customization Toolkit (ACT) to customize simulation tools to accelerate the overall design process and workflows. ACT wizards provide customized simulation instructions and user interfaces to integrate any application in Workbench. These wizards span workflows across applications and guide the user through a single set of instructions.

Custom templates, as a part of the ACT enhancements, are also available in AIM to provide an authoring tool for highly automated and detailed simulation processes. These templates span the entire AIM workflow from geometry to results, as well as across all physics that may be a part of the simulation process. This critical capability enables multi-disciplinary teams to work effectively together and to deliver innovative advances across all disciplines of product design.

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Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) announced that Spark, its open 3D printing platform, has been embedded into Windows 10.

To make 3D printing more accessible to Windows users worldwide, the Spark 3D printing platform will provide an optimized 3D printing experience directly within Windows 10. This helps streamline the additive manufacturing process from design to fabrication. Autodesk will also make the free Spark APIs available to the Microsoft developer community, further extending the reach and growth of the 3D printing industry.

“There’s a crucial need to align software and 3D printing hardware to support the needs of modern 3D printing for our global community of users and developers,” said Steve Guggenheimer, Corporate Vice President of Developer Platform & Evangelism and Chief Evangelist for Microsoft. “Teaming up with Autodesk will help fully unlock the capabilities of 3D printing, streamlining the end-to-end process.”

“Autodesk is dedicated to improving the 3D printing industry in a collaborative way, making the technology easier and more accessible to businesses and individuals alike,” said Samir Hanna, vice president and general manager, Consumer and 3D Printing, Autodesk. “By optimizing the Spark 3D printing platform for Windows 10, we are empowering both Windows users and Microsoft developers to tap the potential of additive manufacturing.”

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The German 3D printing software supplier netfabb has released the new Support Structures add-on to the netfabb 6 suite of software for 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing. The focus of generation 6 is set upon simplifying and improving 3D printing processes on an industrial scale. In this context, the new add-on is specially designed for the advanced support generation for Selective Laser Melting, Stereolithography, and DLP technology.

The new add-on empowers netfabb Professional 6 to easily add support lattices and structures to parts in additive manufacturing. This happens by creating bar support structures and adjusting the anchor points between the part and the platform as needed. This ensures that the full productive capability of AM machines using Selective Laser Melting, Stereolithography, and DLP technology can be utilized.

The netfabb support structures add-on comes in two variants: netfabb DLP Support Structures is designed specifically for manufacture on Digital Light Processing (DLP) machines, and netfabb Enhanced Support Structures for manufacture on machines using Selective Laser Melting (SLM), Stereolithography (SLA), and FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling).

Three general types of support structures can be chosen as required by the part's geometry: bar support, polyline support, and full volume support. A huge number of features and options grants full flexibility to the designer. For example, different types of support structures can be combined on the same model, to different part areas, and to different angles. If needed, even curved and ramified bars that look like tree branches can be created. Polyline support allows not only to build a simple thin or thick wall support but a structured wall, just by a few clicks. And last but not least, volume support extends the polyline support by an additional dimension, offering 37 different settings in total.

More practical features like a transparent part view and an overview list of all used support entities ready to re-use will help to ease the designer's workload. Very useful is also the automatic downskin analysis of data models to determine which areas do require some support.

Currently, manufacturing is subject to a fundamental paradigm change. Many companies consider introducing additive manufacturing for their business. “In this period of important change, netfabb Professional 6 has the potential to lift additive manufacturing to an unprecedented level of volume manufacturing”, explains Ulf Lindhe, Director of Business Development at netfabb. “Risk reduction, easy maintenance, process reliability, and a whole lot of time savings are the keywords to describe the benefits of using netfabb software.” With the add-on netfabb Selective Space Structures (3S), innovative products using complex structures can be created. Also new is netfabb Enterprise 6 which comes with a cost-saving server licensing model.

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Materialise NV announced the signing of an agreement with Lima Corporate for the use of surgical guides for partial knee implants.

Lima and Materialise entered into an agreement that allows Lima to offer the Materialise surgical knee guide system in the EEA region and Switzerland. Jeroen Dille, Director of Materialise’s Clinical Unit, states, “Materialise first pioneered medical image based guide technology, including solutions for the knee, as part of our company-wide mission to realize a better and healthier world through meaningful applications of 3D printing. Through this collaboration with Lima, orthopedic surgeons will be able to benefit from the advantages that 3D printing can offer in the planning and execution of partial knee arthroplasty.”

Luigi Ferrari, CEO of Lima Corporate said: “Lima is committed to supporting healthcare professionals in their daily efforts to improve the lives of their patients and to enabling better outcomes for patients and healthcare systems. The aim of our collaboration with Materialise is to allow the surgeons we work with to continue to pre-operatively plan and use patient-specific guides in pursuit of more predictable surgical outcomes.”

Materialise has 25 years of experience in 3D planning and printing for medical applications, which includes the development of dedicated 3D visualization and planning software, engineering and design services and the production of 3D printed patient-specific guides and implants..

Materialise offers a solution consisting of easy-to-use 3D surgical planning software and patient-specific surgical guides for knee surgery, allowing surgeons to efficiently and accurately plan knee surgeries based on the patient’s unique anatomy and structural damage. Based on that pre-operative plan, patient-specific guides are designed and 3D printed for use during surgery. Lima Corporate will now offer this solution to its surgeons with respect to the unicondylar knee system that it recently acquired from Zimmer.

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netfabb GmbH presents the new release of the 3D printing software netfabb Professional 6. This revised and extended version aims at simplifying the tasks of service bureaus and designers of complex and individualized parts and helps shorten production cycles in additive manufacturing.

netfabb has made a widely noted appearance just recently as one of the founding members of the 3MF Consortium, all along with big players such as Microsoft, HP, Autodesk and Dassault Systèmes. netfabb has been heavily involved in developing the new standard file format 3MF for industrial 3D print data. In the new version netfabb 6, this future-proof format has already been implemented.

The 2D Nesting Module is a newly integrated feature in netfabb Professional which automatically arranges a maximum number of printable parts on the build platform. “A powerful packing tool is able to lower production costs, to fully exploit production capacities, and to shorten time to market“, explains Alexander Oster, netfabb's CEO. “Serious volume manufacturing without a reliable packing feature is just unthinkable.”

It is vital for quality assurance in mass production to exactly distinguish identical parts of a series. netfabb Professional now provides Automatic Mass Labeling, which adds unique identification codes to identical parts. “Applying one single label manually to a part takes an average minute, whereas netfabb can do this independently of any lot size in two minutes' time. Only recently, netfabb software was used to place 32,900 components for manufacture into one single additive manufacturing machine–considering record results like this you'll quickly get an idea of the cost saving potential of netfabb software especially for industrial production“, outlines Oster.

Resulting from a close cooperation with netfabb’s parent company FIT AG, the Germany-based specialist for Additive Design and Manufacturing (ADM), netfabb developers have an intrinsic knowledge of the daily and special needs of industrial 3D printing processes. Version 6 incorporates a number of useful new features. Now selected triangles can be hidden to open view to underlying elements, Texture Imposing allows sophisticated reliefs on part surfaces, and customizable pdf reports can be adjusted easily to individual needs for quick, tailored quoting and quality assurance.

Today, many companies explore the potential of volume manufacturing for their business, making use of ADM’s geometrical freedom. netfabb is the key to open the door to a completely new generation of innovative products, and with netfabb 3S (Selective Space Structures) a separate add-on for designing bionic structures is available. New to the generation 6 is the long-awaited Support Structures add-on for complex DLP and stereolithography projects. Also new is netfabb Enterprise 6 which comes with a cost-saving server licensing model.

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ThermoAnalytics has consistently delivered a powerful CAE software suite, but version 12.0 provides users more simulation power, and results that focus on component temperature limits. The most exciting feature being released with the latest version is support for distributed memory parallel processing. By running on a parallel cluster of machines, the already-fast Partial-Direct or Multi-Grid solvers will yield a significantly faster thermal solution.

Development within the software suite has also rapidly progressed with many new powerful post-processing features. “The 12.0 release of our software suite of CAE tools represents our journey into a new era of modeling & simulation,” says Keith Johnson, CEO of ThermoAnalytics. “In the past we focused predominantly on speed and accuracy, which we still value highly, as evidenced in this version’s new solver features. What is transformational is the ability to intelligently visualize your analysis results so that you can obtain the best engineering outcomes and cost benefit over your design space.”

The goal is to give CAE teams increased flexibility and offer more options to process results. For example, in the design phase, catching parts that are at risk of thermal failure can prevent serious headaches down the road. With the “Thermal Pass/Fail Reporting” feature, parts with minimum or maximum design temperatures are easily analyzed. This allows users to swiftly compare extreme part temperatures to their designated minimum or maximum design criteria.

Formerly under the name “RadTherm®”, ThermoAnalytics’ original code was developed as a radiation visualization package for analysis of radiation-dominant heat transfer issues. However, nearly two decades of development has led our software to become one of the most widely-used multimode heat transfer analysis tools available and a program that has officially outgrown the name “RadTherm®.” With version 12.0, RadTherm® and RadTherm IR development will move forward under the new brand TAITherm™ and TAIThermIR. ThermoAnalytics will continue using the MuSES® brand because its moniker remains aligned with its defense mission: Multi-Service Electro-optic Signature code (MuSES™).

ThermoAnalytics, Inc., a leading developer of advanced thermal, fluid-flow, and infrared modeling software, was founded in 1996 and is an employee-owned company. Their engineering team provides custom solutions for thermal modeling, infrared modeling, laboratory testing, field testing, and research & development. ThermoAnalytics’ software products are available directly or through an international distributor network.

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Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) announced the availability of the new Autodesk Design Academy iTunes U course, marking the first time the company has shared its portfolio of curricula resources through iTunes U. Developed by educators and subject matter experts across the globe, the Autodesk Design Academy provides hundreds of standards-aligned class projects to support design-based disciplines in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) while using Autodesk’s professional-grade 3D design, engineering and entertainment software used in industry, helping students develop 21st century skills and prepare for future careers.

iTunes U is the best way to bring a classroom together on iPad, helping educators build lessons with amazing content, collect and grade student work and stay connected with their class.

A key component of the Autodesk Design Academy iTunes U course is learning materials about the use of Autodesk Fusion 360, which brings CAD, CAM and CAE together in the cloud. It’s an integrated, connected, and accessible platform built for the new ways products are being designed and made.

Autodesk also launches the Autodesk Design Academy Multi-Touch book, which includes learning materials about Autodesk SketchBook Express, software that brings digital art and concept sketching to life. Both the iTunes U course and Multi-Touch book will be available for free on iPad this fall.

“Getting our curricula and learning resources to millions of educators for free through iTunes U and Multi-Touch books is a fantastic opportunity to empower students with the tools that will help them to imagine, design and create a better world,” said Randy Swearer, vice president, Education, Autodesk. “The new Autodesk Design Academy iTunes U course helps us to bring best-in-class resources to more schools, establishing a future pipeline of designers, architects and engineers.”

In December 2014, Autodesk announced a multi-million dollar commitment to make available free access to its 3D design software and creativity applications to schools, educators and students around the globe to support future global economies and drive innovation.

“Autodesk software is used heavily in the engineering industry, and I want my students to know it well so they can jump right into a job without the employer needing to train them,” said Jennifer Hohne, educator, Heritage Hills High School, Lincoln City, Indiana.

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UL, a global safety science organization, and 3DSIM LLC announced a collaboration to advance additive manufacturing (AM) process simulations. Under the terms of the agreement, UL made an investment in 3DSIM and is now a minority shareholder of the company. In recognition of this investment and the companies’ alliance to serve manufacturers, Simin Zhou, vice president of Digital Manufacturing Technologies at UL, will join the 3DSIM Board of Directors.

“UL has partnered with 3DSIM to rapidly advance simulation for additive manufacturing processing,” said Zhou. “The value of 3D printing is to enable design freedom and the ability to manufacture a variety of parts and products. To statistically qualify a design for production using AM, exploring material and process combinations via trial-and-error is not sustainable. Thus, we must invest in simulation technology and new qualification and validation methodologies to advance manufacturing and move the AM industry forward.”

Brent Stucker, PhD., chief executive officer and a co-founder of 3DSIM LLC, added, “UL has an excellent reputation around the world in validation and certification of manufactured parts. We welcome UL as an investor and partner. As a member of our board, Simin will contribute her deep knowledge and perspectives about how simulations can transform the AM industry. Together, we will move the manufacturing industry away from reliance upon costly experimental testing toward predictable, safe and timely production.”

3DSIM is a rapidly growing company focused on creating software tools that enable accurate, physics-based predictions of the outcomes of an additive manufacturing process before building a part.  3DSIM’s vision is to move the additive manufacturing industry from empirically-driven to simulation-driven innovation. 3DSIM’s simulation tools will help machine users, part designers, researchers, machine manufacturers and material providers dramatically increase their rate of innovation, thus enabling rapid qualification of additively manufactured parts and components.

UL 3D Printing is a trusted and reliable partner to 3D printing equipment and material manufacturers, retailers, and commercial and industrial companies. UL, with its 120-year history in safety science, is collaborating with the emerging 3D printing industry to advance education and training, close the knowledge transfer gap, enhance and simplify compliance, and interact with regulators on future issues. UL has a rich history as an independent organization with deep expertise in standards, compliance, testing, certification, manufacturing processes and engineering.

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Celebrating its 25th anniversary, global 3D Printing pioneer Materialise (NASDAQ:MTLS) announces the launch of the latest Mimics Innovation Suite, including the Mimics® 18.0 and 3-matic® 10.0 software solutions. The new and improved tools increase user-friendliness, reduce segmentation time and make design and modeling even more realistic. It’s also possible to 3D print the results in full color. In addition, the visualization capabilities have been expanded with a fluoroscopy view and virtual X-ray simulation.

The Mimics Innovation Suite offers a complete set of tools developed for biomedical professionals. With the addition of the ‘Fluoroscopy View’, healthcare professionals can simulate the angiographic view they would have during surgery and identify optimal c-arm angles for fluoroscopy for their region of interest. “This impressive new tool will be useful for our case planning as well as during conversations with physicians”, says Srinivasan Varahoor, Principal R&D Engineer at Medtronic. A second new visualization option is the ‘Virtual X-ray’* tool, which allows engineers to create virtual X-rays of projects to find the optimal angle for 2D/3D registration. This allows for an evaluation of the 3D position of bones and implants without a post-operative CT or MRI scan.

Another exciting and time-saving tool is the automated ‘Heart Segmentation’. This flexible, user-friendly solution allows for an effortless segmentation of the cardiovascular anatomy for advanced research and analyses. On a good quality dataset, segmentation now requires only a few mouse clicks rather than several hours of tedious work. In addition, the ‘Loft’ and ‘Sweep Loft’ tools make it easy to design benchtop models.

With the advanced export options, it is now possible to add a logo to the design in only a few seconds and export it in *zpr format for 3D Printing in multiple colors. Holding such a model in one’s hand can greatly improve the understanding of the different anatomical structures.

Apart from software improvements, a new way to characterize the mitral valve has been added to the Mimics Innovation Suite. This new patent pending workflow allows for a detailed analysis of this complex anatomy, reduces the number of design iterations needed and permits more confident entry into clinical trials.

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Tebis America, a software company specializing in CAD/CAM systems for design and manufacturing, has announced the launch of its newest version 4.0 software.

The new release features a new visual design, intuitive access to the functions through self-explanatory icons and more feedback for the operator all without sacrificing tried and proven features.

“Our goal was to offer our customers a new user interface that provides excellent possibilities for interaction and is highly functional, as well as easy to work with. We’re confident that we have succeeded,” said David Klotz, CEO and President of Tebis America.
The user interface features color blending of modern colors as well as an updated typography that characterize the interface’s appearance. The familiar Tebis blue will continue to be used in the future to highlight the selected functions. The dark color scheme used for the display is designed to optimize daily work on the monitor, be easy on the eyes, and facilitate individuals’ work, thanks to improved contrasts.

The status bar has been considerably reduced to provide maximized space for graphics, while the dialog design has been revised and adapted to align with verified knowledge and experience regarding ergonomics.

With the new interface, the menus on the function panel can be shown or hidden, allowing users to individually configure the work area. A very important feature is that freely designed work environments can be saved and managed. The program specifies work environments that are targeted for certain applications. In addition, users can configure their workstations to meet their needs and use the configuration again at any time. For example, they can keep frequently used CAD modules open in the work space for manufacturing design and switch to their work environment with preferred CAM modules for NC programming. Work environments can also be imported and exported for exchange with other Tebis workstations.

The new interface provides users with considerably more feedback than the previous version. During off-screen calculation Tebis allows up to six NC calculations to be initiated in multiple open CAD files. Thanks to the progress indicator covering multiple parts, programmers now have an overview of the status of the processes in the files. Any errors that occur during the calculations are communicated immediately to the user - also across multiple files.

Tebis Version 4.0 is expected to launch in summer 2015.

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PTC (Nasdaq: PTC) announced it has launched the PTC IoT Academic Program to address the growing concern of an IOT talent shortage by providing students with an investigative learning experience and hands on exposure to the ThingWorx® IoT application development platform.

A recent study published by the World Bank estimates that over the next 10 years there will be two million unfilled Information and Communication Technology-related jobs globally. In addition, over 95% of companies say they will be using the IoT in some form within the next three years. This requires educational institutions to better prepare students for employment by these companies.

The PTC IoT Academic Program consists of the ThingWorx application development platform in a PTC-hosted environment where students and educators can build their own IoT apps. Users gain access to step-by-step educational content and ThingWorx training from PTC University with curricular that will help them quickly learn the platform as well as a community web presence to share knowledge and support. The PTC IoT Academic Program provides exposure to the Internet of Things and to an application development platform that students may not get in the regular classroom. The program also helps prepare students to meet the needs of employers interested in building smart, connected products and systems.

"The manufacturing movement around IoT platforms and devices has the potential to revolutionize the way products are built and maintained throughout the world,” said Dr. Nathan Hartman, Director of the Purdue University Product Lifecycle Management Center of Excellence. “Connected devices driven by model-based product representations can efficiently and proactively leverage the supply chain capacity in specific industrial sectors. Teaching the principles and the technology surrounding IoT tools and platforms will help prepare the next generation technical workforce for that environment, with the potential to make U.S. manufacturing more competitive."

“IoT is one of the most revolutionary and exciting technology trends of this lifetime,” said John Stuart, senior vice president global education, PTC. “Companies and educators alike are trying to understand how the IoT can be taught and implemented, and we’re working closely with our corporate customers, market partners and educators to ensure students from all disciplines are better prepared to meet the needs of today’s IoT world.”

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BodyViz creates incredible 3D MRI, CT scan visualizations, unlocking anatomy for virtually anyone including students at all levels of education. Using a simple Xbox controller, students can rotate, pan, zoom or fly-thru virtual anatomy created from MRI or CT data.

Join our webinar to discover:

  • The features BodyViz offers to make learning anatomy engaging
  • How an Xbox game controller makes BodyViz extremely easy to use
  • How other educators are using the 3D technology to teach anatomy

Director of Laboratory Instruction at the University of Houston, Dr. Tejendra Gill explains how BodyViz is useful to students at UH, “These students are pre-health professionals; they are going to be tomorrow’s doctors. So we need to expose them to the state of the art technology that we have.”

Professor Chad Wayne of the University of Houston says, "You’re not just going through a list of structures you have to learn, you actually start to see the relationships between these structures. It gives life to the material that they are actually learning in the classroom."

Dr. Lori Hensley, Associate Professor of Biology at Ouachita Baptist University says “I am excited to be able to engage our students in learning anatomy and physiology through the use of BodyViz…it uses actual patient data to demonstrate normal and abnormal anatomy. The three-dimensional projection system allows students to visualize often abstract anatomical concepts that more traditional images cannot adequately capture, such as relationships between organs or the effects of an abnormality on surrounding structures.”

Dr. Randall Wight, Dean of the Sutton School of Social Sciences at OBU says, “Humans are visual creatures,” A full understanding of any environment always includes perceiving in multiple dimensions.”  He points out, “BodyViz opens for students a new door onto human structure and function. To see dimensionally is to perceive. Nothing else fuels understanding more quickly or more subtly. To illustrate, a brain is best conceived as a three-dimensional collection of structures. Before BodyViz, students acquired that understanding by learning mentally to fan two-dimensional images from an atlas. Now they can immediately confront a three-dimensional image."

Martie Heath-Sinclair, Anatomy & Physiology Instructor at Hawkeye Community College says, "It's exciting and cutting edge.  It sets us apart from other Community College's right now and is a huge enhancement for my students because we don't have cadavers to disect. Without BodyViz our classes would rely on textbook pictures, or online and computer-based programs, which are not based on actual medical cases."

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Granta Design announced GRANTA MI™ Version 8.1, the latest release of the leading software for managing complex, valuable, strategic materials knowledge in engineering enterprises. Version 8.1 builds on the many developments released just five months ago in Version 8.0. New features range from easy web app control over user groups to support for workflows, such as composite qualification. Enhancements meet practical requirements identified by the world-leading engineering organizations that use GRANTA MI.  Granta is now delivering more frequent upgrades and updates containing significant new features, enabling faster response to customer requirements as use of the system evolves.

GRANTA MI enables an enterprise to manage all of its materials data (e.g., from testing, research, QA, or design), all inter-relationships between that data, and any supporting information. Users can access and use this knowledge-base wherever it is needed. A key feature is access control for different user groups, so that design teams only see data relevant to specifying materials in design, or project data remains within organizational boundaries. This protects IP, ensures regulatory compliance, and improves usability. Managing access for enterprise databases is often difficult, requiring expensive help from corporate IT services. But now, a new User Manager web app makes it quick and easy for any assigned administrator to add users to GRANTA MI and move them between groups and roles. Now, every team member sees the right data, with minimum admin effort.

It’s also easier to get data into a GRANTA MI database. The MI:Explore web app interface now supports upload and editing of data, including simple drag-and-drop for images. More users can contribute data and more data entry workflows can be supported. For example, test engineers can be presented with a simple form to enter results, with controls such as mandatory or locked fields. A new 'multi-step' importer capability also makes it much easier to get complex data into the system.

New zoom-in on images and reading off the coordinates of points with 'cross hairs' are particularly useful when interpreting phase diagrams (including ternary diagrams) stored in GRANTA MI.

GRANTA MI Version 8.1 also incorporates recently-announced tools and data structures for both composite qualification and managing data relating to additive manufacturing. Data management and workflows in these important areas are now available to the whole GRANTA MI community.

“Our customers are all companies that take the management of materials knowledge seriously,” says Dr Patrick Coulter, Chief Operating Officer at Granta Design. “This release delivers more of the features they want in order to do their jobs even more effectively. We’re pleased that more frequent releases will mean such developments are made available to customers sooner.”

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solidThinking Evolve® 2015 has been released and is packed with features that make 3D concept creation and modeling faster, easier, and more realistic than ever before. Featuring cutting-edge rendering technology, an enhanced user interface, and a new PolyNURBS toolset, users may now convert polymesh objects into NURBS curves and surfaces with a single click.

“Evolve 2015 gave us the opportunity to focus on what matters most to our user base,” says Darren Chilton, Program Manager for solidThinking Evolve. “This release gives users more control and flexibility for efficiently creating visually stunning models. Adding polygonal modeling and state-of-the-art rendering to an already robust set of tools truly makes Evolve 2015 the Swiss army knife of modeling and rendering software.”

“The updates to the solidThinking Evolve 2015 rendering engine are awesome,” says Tom Hicks, Senior Industrial Designer for Lear Corporation and longtime solidThinking user. “New visualization features streamline the rendering process while adding more textures, color and material choices. Also, upgrades to the user interface add improved functionality, making it easier to communicate concepts. Evolve 2015 captures the essence of ‘art to part’.”

Key enhancements for solidThinking Evolve 2015 include:

  • New PolyNURBS toolset with Nurbify – Convert a polygonal model to an organic NURBS surface with a single click using the new Nurbify tool.
  • Photorealistic rendering – A completely redesigned rendering tool creates life-like images with an enhanced user interface.
  • Improved surface modeling – Enhancements to the surface modeling toolset create a seamless experience with greater control over modeling outcomes.
  • Better user interface – An updated user interface focuses on creating more efficient workflows.
  • Greater compatibility -- Now compatible with 64-bit Mac OS X.

solidThinking Evolve allows industrial designers to develop forms faster, using either a Windows PC or Mac. The software captures an initial sketch, allowing exploration of styling alternatives and the visualization of products with high-quality renderings generated in real time. It combines the modeling freedom of organic surfaces and the control of parametric solids with a unique ConstructionTree™ history feature. Evolve releases designers from the constraints of engineering-oriented computer-aided design tools, while allowing the export of digital models required by a collaborative product development process.

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Siemens and thinkstep (formerly PE International) announced a new integrated material management software solution to manage the material lifecycle and streamline material driven product design. The new solution, developed by thinkstep and Siemens’ product lifecycle management (PLM) software business, will help manufacturers worldwide improve product performance and reliability by connecting design, engineering, analysis, compliance and manufacturing to a single source of material information. The new offering, which is part of Siemens’ Teamcenter® portfolio, will help reduce errors, rework and recalls that result from the use of inaccurate material data. It will also assist in the re-use of market tested materials for new products, which is critical in a wide variety of industries. Siemens and thinkstep expanded their existing partnership agreement to develop this new solution.

“Selecting the right materials is critical in order to achieve maximum safety, performance and reliability in our business,” said John Probst, Technical Director, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. “The Teamcenter integrated material management solution opens up new horizons for us in agile materials management that spans design, engineering, simulation and manufacturing processes. In the racing world, where every second counts, we need solutions like this that enable us to create more innovative designs to give our team a competitive advantage.”

“Through our expanded relationship with thinkstep, we’re delivering a competitive advantage to all of our customers through true material management intelligence,” said Eric Sterling, senior vice president, Lifecycle Collaboration Software, Siemens PLM Software. “Products from virtually every industry can fail, and often times the failure results from the inconsistent use of material information. The new Teamcenter integrated material management solution provides a more holistic view of material data for use in all phases of the product lifecycle to help improve quality and reduce development cost. The new solution gives manufacturers the right information at the right time so they can react quickly and realize innovation.”

Material property management systems have evolved significantly to keep pace with the growing demand to capture, store and interrogate material test data. However, these massive volumes of data cannot be considered material intelligence unless the lifecycle of the material data is intrinsically linked with the lifecycle of the product. Teamcenter integrated material management provides this missing link between material data and true product intelligence. Establishing and maintaining integration between the materials considered for use in a product and the product’s bill-of-materials (BOM) is crucial to delivering successful, innovative products. The Teamcenter integrated material management solution enables the active management of materials throughout the product lifecycle, from design to production to retirement.

“We are thrilled to work with Siemens to help our customers create innovative new products,” said Christoph Wilfert, CEO, thinkstep. “Integrated material management significantly improves the product development cycle. The solution tracks, measures and manages key materials and substances, reducing rework and mitigating the risk of recalls and non-compliance.”

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Granta Design announced the release of GRANTA MI:Additive Manufacturing™, a new software solution to overcome the substantial data challenges of developing additively-manufactured parts. Applying experience from Granta’s involvement in a number of leading Additive Manufacturing projects, MI:Additive Manufacturing incorporates industry best practices in managing vital material and process information in this area. It helps engineering enterprises: protect their investment and intellectual property in Additive Manufacturing research; build an in-depth knowledge-base that is a prerequisite for better understanding Additive Manufacturing processes; significantly reduce time-to-market by avoiding wasted effort and gaining valuable insights; and support the qualification and certification of additively-manufactured parts.

Additive Manufacturing (‘3D Printing’) has huge promise as a technique to make geometrically-complex parts with optimal cost and performance in industries including aerospace, automotive, and medical. Significant investment is being made in research and development programs to realise this potential. But this work generates huge amounts of data about the structure, properties, and processing of the materials involved. Until now, there has been no easy-to-implement system to capture this data and ensure that it is used effectively across the many disciplines involved: materials suppliers, R&D, part design, simulation, and production. MI:Additive Manufacturing provides a single system, based on the industry-leading GRANTA MI™ materials information management software, which captures all relevant data, links it, makes it available to any appropriately-authorized user, and ensures full traceability.

A typical MI:Additive Manufacturing workflow begins with the import of ‘logfiles’ directly from Additive Manufacturing machines. The system automatically stores process parameters, extracts logged data for specific builds, links this information to supplier data on the batches of material used to make a part, and captures testing and inspection results. This data can feed into statistical analyses that determine mechanical properties. Properties can be exported to simulation codes and the results can be captured for use in optimizing part design and production. MI:Additive Manufacturing both improves efficiency for many of the individual tasks in Additive Manufacturing research and supports collaboration, sharing knowledge and increasing effectiveness across a whole research program.

At the heart of MI:Additive Manufacturing is the data structure (or ‘schema’) that defines the types of data to be captured in the system, their inter-relationships, and how they might be processed. This technology, embodying industry best practices, is then combined with the GRANTA MI materials information management tools, which have been proven for the complex management of advanced materials data in dozens of implementations by  leading research, design and engineering enterprises worldwide.

One Additive Manufacturing project in which Granta has participated is AMAZE – a multinational collaboration of 28 corporations and research institutions that is developing rapid production of large defect-free additively-manufactured metallic components. Granta technology captures and securely shares knowledge on materials, processes, and properties. This enables efficient comparison of data, improvement of production knowledge, refinement of processes, integration of simulation activities, and improved coordination of the R&D program. Experience such as this has supported development of the new software package.

“MI:Additive Manufacturing combines our core strength in materials information management with practical knowledge of Additive Manufacturing data gained from our collaborative projects, and work with some of our leading customers”, comments Dr Patrick Coulter, chief operating officer at Granta Design. “The great news is that this will allow us to help many other customers who have expressed an interest in Additive Manufacturing, and have been asking us for a solution to manage their data in this area.”

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Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) announced the launch of Tinkerplay, a free app designed for kids of all ages that introduces creative play through 3D design and 3D printing.

The Tinkerplay app is based on the popular Modio app, which Autodesk previously acquired, and will join the Tinkercad family of products. The Tinkerplay app allows users to design and customize characters and creatures digitally with the option to 3D print afterwards. The 3D printed parts can also be snapped together for dynamic play. With this launch, new parts, features and functionality have been added to make the world of 3D design simple, fun and engaging.

“Creators, designers and makers from ages five to ninety, have blown us away with their passion for 3D modeling and 3D printing,” said Samir Hanna, vice president and general manager, Autodesk Consumer and 3D Printing. “With Tinkerplay, we’re providing another great tool designed for kids of all ages who want to play, create and tinker.”

The Tinkerplay app lets users quickly get started by dragging and dropping interchangeable parts to make custom creations. The parts are optimized for 3D printing as fully poseable characters and creatures, and are designed to not require rafting or support material to print. The print function within the app shows the layout of parts for 3D printing and provides an easy way to export print files to a variety of 3D printers.

For users that are inspired to take their design skills one step further to create completely new parts, Tinkerplay connectors can be found in the Tinkercad web app. Autodesk has launched Tinkerplay simultaneously on various mobile platforms including iOS, Android, Windows and Windows phones to better provide users with access on their device of choice. The Tinkerplay app can be downloaded for free* from the App Store, Google Play or the Windows Store for Windows 8.1 users.

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PROSTEP's 3D PDF Pro 2.0, a new desktop plugin solution for Adobe® Acrobat® Pro, is now available.  The release of 3D PDF Pro 2.0 includes several new and exciting features which help to enrich 3D PDF documents.  These features bring static imagery to life by efficiently repurposing 3D CAD engineering data into interactive PDFs.

The capabilities of 3D PDF Pro have proven time and again to exceed customer expectations by reducing engineering overhead, loss of scrap, rework, and supplier response time.

3D PDF Pro now provides more tools to create easy-to-follow instruction manuals and generate animations on the fly. With the enhancements of 2.0, users can easily highlight a specific scope for an assembly and intuitively adjust part information without an external source. Additionally, 3D PDF Pro 2.0 offers added tools to search and filter large lists of assemblies or Model Structure items.

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Delcam has released the 2015 R2 version of its PowerMILL programming software for five-axis and high-speed machining.  The new release includes improvements in toolpath simulation and verification, area clearance and drilling, plus more options for customisation by users.

In the 2015 R2 release, complete verification can be undertaken of a project for machine-tool issues such as collisions, rather than having to undertake verification of each individual toolpath in turn.  Comprehensive verification is performed, including ensuring that the machine tool is capable of running the proposed strategy, as well as checking for both machine-tool collisions and tooling collisions.  A detailed list is generated of any problems found so that these can be fixed on a case-by-case basis.

In related improvement, automatic collision checking of area-clearance toolpaths now takes into account any remaining stock on a model, both when checking the cutter and the tool-holder.  In addition, all tool-holder collision checking for area clearance takes place during toolpath calculation, allowing the user to ensure that these toolpaths can be completely free of tool-holder collisions.

Simulation has also been improved with the addition of the ability to simulate machine-tool movements as tool changes are executed.  Again, a list of any problems found is produced so they can be corrected.

Two enhancements have been made to the drilling options in PowerMILL.  Firstly, drilling calculations can now reference a stock model instead of the block, with toolpaths created from the point when the tool touches the stock.  This reduces the time spent air cutting.  Secondly, drills larger that the milling tool can be used when using drilling to create an entry point for area clearance.  Alternatively, a larger entry hole can be created by helical ramping of the tool.

The options for user customisation have been increased steadily over the last few releases of PowerMILL.  These now include the ability to create keyboard shortcuts for menu items, toolbar items, custom commands or macros, allowing frequently-used commands to be accessed more quickly.  Another new option allows expression fields to be added to custom toolbars.

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Delcam has released the latest version of its PartMaker Software for programming CNC Mills, Lathes, Wire EDMs, Turn-Mill Centers and Swiss-type lathes, PartMaker Version 2015.  Major highlights of PartMaker Version 2015 include improved support for today’s latest breed of multi-tasking machine tools, such as Vertical Mill-Turns, more powerful milling and turning functionality, and a unique approach to post processing for multi-axis Turn-Mill Centers and Swiss-type lathes among other productivity enhancements.

“The innovations in PartMaker Version 2015 include a unique blend of productivity enhancements that both new and existing users of the software are going to love along with a host of utterly unique and innovative technology you just won’t find anywhere else,” says PartMaker Inc. President, Hanan Fishman.  “PartMaker 2015 extends support of the product’s patented approach to programming multi-tasking machine tools to support today’s latest breed of multi-function machines, allowing our customers to stay on the leading edge of multi-tasking.”

PartMaker 2015 includes specialist support for a new breed of machine tools that has been growing steadily in popularity in recent years called Vertical Mill-Turns (VMT).  These machine tools are unique because they provide the turning functionality typically found on a VTL (Vertical Turret Lathe) with that of a 5-axis VMC (Vertical Machining Center).  PartMaker 2015 also offers support for turret-based Swiss lathes with programmable B-axis live tooling attachments as well as more intuitive handing of angled live tooling attachments.

Also headlining PartMaker Version 2015 is a unique approach to post processing for multi-tasking machine tools.  This new approach includes a variety of improvements to the software’s post processing technology and new software functionality to help guide users on how to best take advantage of their specific multi-tasking machine tool’s unique capabilities.

PartMaker is a Knowledge Based Machining system, allowing it to provide a substantial gain in programming efficiency by remembering the tools, material and process information necessary to machine individual part features.  It thus relieves the user from reentering the same features information for subsequent parts.  It also improves productivity by placing the emphasis on tool management functions.

PartMaker pioneered the field of CAM software for Turn-Mills and Swiss-type lathes with its patented Visual Programming Approach for programming multi-axis lathes with live tooling. It assures quicker learning and easier use. It makes an extensive use of pictures to help the user describe tools, part features and machining data.  Synchronization of tools working on multiple spindles is achieved by a few mouse clicks.

PartMaker Inc. is a subsidiary of Delcam, a leading developer and supplier of complete CAD/CAM software solutions.  Delcam is a wholly-owned, independently-operated subsidiary of Autodesk.

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The LightWave 3D® Group, a division of NewTek, Inc., opens the door to a new era of creativity for artists, animators and designers working in 3D with the release of LightWave 2015 3D software for Windows and Mac operating systems.

LightWave 2015 offers many new workflow enhancements and features that are designed to streamline a variety of pipelines—from visual effects, motion graphics, and game development to architectural visualization, product design, and advertising and marketing.

"At Stargate Studios our VFX workflow for hit shows like 'The Walking Dead,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' and 'NCIS: Los Angeles' require massive stability and performance—LightWave delivers both," says Al Lopez, VP of Creative Services, Stargate Studios. "We are excited to add all of the new tools in LightWave 2015 to our pipeline because LightWave enables us to get the impossible done…every day."

LightWave 2015 introduces new features that are ideal for character animation, visualization, dynamic simulations, and more. It also extends the functionality of popular features like the Genoma character rigging system, Bullet Dynamics, dynamic parenting, rendering enhancements, and more.

Some of the many new highlights in LightWave 2015 include:

  • Bullet Constraints: Take control of dynamic simulations with new constraint types such as Point-to-Point, Hinge, Slider, Cone Twist, Spring and six degrees of freedom (DOF) constraint types. Whether it's a car rolling over a terrain with fully working suspension, or a rag doll falling down the stairs, constraints help make the movement believable.

  • Importance Sampling: Greatly improve the quality of scenes lit by GI and HDR images or background lighting.  Importance sampling intelligently concentrates rays into important areas and eliminates the noise and splotches that arise from highly differing light intensities for cleaner, more predictable renders.

  • Match Perspective Tool: Whether matching plates or simply placing objects in photographs, matching the camera position and rotation can be a time consuming process. The new Match Perspective tool can quickly sync the LightWave camera to an original photo or plate.

  • Genoma 2 Character Rigging System: This rapid modular rigging system, which at the base level is a complete rigging development kit (RDK), can be used to quickly rig characters for animation without the need to set up complex rigs from scratch. Genoma 2 can create expert rigs and generate custom presets that perfectly fit into any character animation pipeline. It supports the use of Math Expressions and Scripts and includes new and improved human, feline, and arthropod preset rigs.

  • Edge Rendering: Intersection Edges can now be drawn where geometry intersects on the same object and/or separate objects, allowing for more creative control over cel rendering. Use Patch Border Rendering to make Sub-Division patch borders visible in the renderer with the click of a button. It is perfect for modelers who want to showcase their mesh topology combined with the full render. Edge Buffer  can be used to render all edges into their own buffer, allowing for post-process manipulation in a compositing software.

  • 64-Bit QuickTime Support: Loading and saving Quicktime movies is now possible to those using 64 bit versions of LightWave for Windows.

LightWave 2015 includes new enhancements to the Viewport Preview Renderer (VPR) and introduces many new features and improvements such as Interactive Dynamic Parenting, Textured Falloffs in Modeler, Fiber FX, GoZ Multi-tool and Unity 5 support, and more. It also supports the latest interchange formats such as Alembic 1.5 and FBX 2015.

LightWave 2015 for Windows and Mac OS is now available along with no-cost 30-day full-feature trial.

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Fulfilling its promise to expand access to its professional design software in education, Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) has made its industry-leading design, engineering and entertainment software free* to students, instructors and academic institutions worldwide.

Through this action, more than 680 million students and educators from over 800,000 secondary and post-secondary schools in 188 countries can take advantage of free access to Autodesk’s professional software and services for use in classrooms, labs, and at home.

“The way we make things is changing rapidly, and we need a workforce ready to design for new manufacturing and construction techniques. By providing free professional design tools to students, faculty members and academic institutions around the world, we’re helping get industry ready for the next phase,” said Carl Bass, CEO, Autodesk.

Following its announcement of free software for academic institutions in the United States earlier this year as part of President Obama’s ConnectED initiative, Autodesk has gradually expanded free access to its leading design software to academic institutions across Asia Pacific and Europe. The leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software is also helping schools move to the cloud by providing academic institutions with its full suite of next generation cloud-based design products, cloud services such as the A360 collaboration platform, as well as maintenance subscription for free.

From students as young as 13 years old leveraging Fusion 360 to conceptualize and 3D print prosthetic devices, to college teams developing environmentally sustainable homes using BIM 360 Glue, young talent are pushing the boundaries of design and innovation both inside and outside of the classroom using the same design software used by professionals every day.

“Our students are using Fusion 360 to design an Energy Scooter which we are bringing to market via Kickstarter, and they’re only in 8th grade! If we can help more classroom teachers incorporate learning through design in their curriculum, and technologies that engage students in problem-solving through engineering, students will see how math and science are springboards to careers as future innovators and entrepreneurs,” said Karen Kaun, Founder of Makeosity.

To facilitate the integration of design tools into curricula, Autodesk also offers free project-based learning content and resources including the Digital STEAM Workshop and Design Academy.

“Closing the digital gap in education starts by providing European schools with common access to the same advanced technology being used by industry professionals today. Autodesk’s pledge to provide our schools, students and teachers with free access to its professional 3D design software will enable educators to introduce design thinking into our classrooms; equip digital natives with the design tools to learn to solve real-world challenges in new creative ways; and prepare the next-generation workforce with the 21st century skills to meet industry demands and advance our economies,” said Neelie Kroes, former vice-president of the European Commission.

* Free Autodesk software and/or cloud-based services may only be used for educational purposes and are subject to acceptance of and compliance with the terms and conditions of the software license agreement or terms of service.

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PTC (Nasdaq: PTC) announced the PTC Systems Engineering Solution, purpose-built to help organizations reduce risk and accelerate innovation in an increasingly smart, connected world. The solution provides a comprehensive systems engineering platform to help organizations design more innovative products, engineer more profitable product lines, and validate that products meet functional and quality requirements.

The coming decade is expected to witness a surge in the growth of smart, connected products with billions of connected devices in use by both businesses and consumers. But while smart, connected products define the future of manufacturing, they are intrinsically more complex to design, build and operate. As a result, many organizations struggle to deliver the functionality, quality and performance that the market demands.

The PTC Systems Engineering Solution provides a complete systems engineering platform to enable rapid exploration and accelerated design and delivery of more successful products. It combines the strengths of the PTC Integrity™ family of Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) products with products from Atego, a wholly owned subsidiary of PTC and leader in architectural modeling and Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE).

The solution includes the following product families:

  • PTC Integrity™  -- Robust system requirements and validation
  • Atego® Asset Library – Collaborative asset management and reuse
  • Atego® Modeler --  Collaborative, scalable architectural modeling and model-based systems and product line engineering
  • Atego® Process Director – Rich process authoring and deployment with out-of-the-box systems engineering best practices

The new solution enables faster adoption of model-based systems engineering approaches, while allowing organizations to choose among text-based, model-based and hybrid systems engineering techniques. MBSE efficiently captures and communicates design through a common and standards-based language, improving stakeholder communication and buy-in.

“The model-based PTC Systems Engineering Solution is our platform for cross-discipline product development,” says Dirk Denger, head of Synergistic Methods at AVL. “As our products grow in complexity and connectivity, new systems engineering approaches are needed. The PTC Systems Engineering solution allows us to unify all of our engineering teams through a common, model-based systems engineering approach, enabling us to deliver higher-quality engineering services with best value for our customer in time and cost.”

The PTC Systems Engineering Solution enables organizations to:

  • Design more innovative products using a collaborative MBSE approach. Design capabilities include:
    • Requirements engineering  – Author and manage requirements to capture and communicate the voice of the customer throughout the product lifecycle
    • System design– Collaboratively design system specifications using standard (SysML and UML) notation to efficiently explore alternatives
    • Analyze design options– Perform trade-off analysis to make better decisions in both the design and allocation of functionality to engineering disciplines (hardware, software, electrical, etc.)

  • Reuse system artifacts to enable profitable product line engineering. Capabilities include:
    • Requirement, model and test reuse – Reuse all artifacts across design projects to speed time-to-market and reduce costs
    • Modular design – Optimize systems design and architect for reuse to improve architectural resilience and business flexibility
    • Product Line Modeling – Design families of subsystems including commonality and variation to create more profitable product lines

  • Validate products meet requirements and best practices processes are followed. Capabilities include:
    • Model verification – Automate design review to find problems earlier
    • Test management – Author and manage test cases, test sessions and results to improve quality
    • Traceability – Capture rich traceability across design artifacts to improve organizational agility and resilience to change
    • Governance – Utilize out-of-the-box systems engineering best practices to improve individual and team maturity

“The PTC Systems Engineering Solution is specifically designed to enable innovation in the process of designing the product, allowing customers to better address market needs and bring products to market faster,” said Roque Martin, SVP, Application Lifecycle Management, PTC .  “Delivering more complex products on time and at a lower cost is often the edge customers need to make their products stand out in a smart, connected world.”

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IronCAD announced the release of their highly anticipated 2015 IronCAD Design Collaboration Suite (DCS). Customers will benefit from an improved user experience, enhanced design capabilities and new collaboration tools.

Simplifying the user experience is a key objective for the IronCAD development team and the 2015 release delivered upon this by extending its Configuration Based Design capabilities such as its unique catalog interface. IronCAD DCS catalogs allow design elements to be stored as basic elements or intelligent elements and then dragged & dropped onto any new object. With the added intelligence, components can automatically configure position, orientation, size, and can give access to business information such as quoting, procurement and more. Extending upon the catalogs, IronCAD DCS 2015 adds the ability to create catalog groups, which makes it even simpler to organize data and find the best fitting element. Additional intelligence is accessible to automatically constrain elements for not only fit but for function when used in mechanisms.

Beyond the core configuration based design improvements, IronCAD DCS 2015 developed better memory management which improved performance with large data files by up to 20%.

To further enhance verification during the design process, IronCAD DCS 2015 has integrated Multi-Physics (Multi-Physics for IronCAD), a general-purpose solution for modeling and simulating physics-based problems. Also new is a 3D Annotation framework that is the basis for PMI (Product Manufacturing Information). Leveraging its existing industry standard annotation capabilities, users will now have the ability to create 3D annotations such as weld, datum, surface finish, notes, and standard dimensions stored in user-set viewing planes for easy visibility within the 3D scene.

In addition to the many IRONCAD standard improvements, this release focuses on tighter connections to 3rd party programs that help expand the Configuration Based Design capabilities both within an enterprise and extending outside to companies consumers and suppliers. Such improvements include support for KeyShot 5 giving users access to the latest improvements and rendering capabilities to create visuals that can be used for quoting, marketing and product documentation. Connections to Sketchfab and GrabCAD extend online accessibility to collaborative content.

IronCAD’s commitment to sharing design content throughout the supply chain and the extended global team has fueled the creation of more powerful collaboration tools. Capabilities such as SmartMarkup and the new COMPOSE iOS app allows users to import, export, view and collaborate with extended teams to speed up the development process. The IronCAD DCS allows users to share, in a secure way, design data on applications with different levels of access and usability. The ability to automatically connect to the source product data allows IronCAD DCS designers to quickly see optimized design configurations and preview downstream change requests. Designers can then accept, reject or further optimize design changes directly to speed product designs into production.

Cary O’Connor, Vice President of Marketing at IronCAD, stated, “The extension of our Configuration Based Design with our new 2015 release definitely enhances our customer experience and efficiency. These core design tools facilitate quick design, sharing, reuse and accessibility among different user levels across business processes.”

“Furthermore”, Cary added, “Our customers will benefit from IronCAD DCS 2015 collaboration tools such as Smart eMarkup especially on mobile devices like the iPad.  The improvements in the catalogs as well as the advances in communication allows our customers to deliver the highest quality designs faster than ever before possible.”

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The MTConnect Institute, the developer and administrator of MTConnect, announces the release of the MTConnect standard version 1.3.0.  The MTConnect standard is an open-source communication standard for interoperability of manufacturing equipment and devices. This version provides significant features, which include inter-device connectivity to enable machine-to-machine communication, additional data items for equipment and devices, as well as improvement to readability of the standard documents.  With this release, the MTConnect Institute also launches the MTConnect User Portal, a community site for implementation best practices and shared experiences about implementation of the standard.

“The addition of version 1.3.0 of the MTConnect standard is a huge step forward for manufacturing and MTConnect. With 1.3.0, we can expect a new level of innovation and capabilities from manufacturing software vendors because of the ease of access to shop floor data MTConnect affords the industry,” said Courtney Hill, President and Chairman of the MTConnect Institute Board.

MTConnect® Institute is an organization that develops and provides an open standard intended to foster greater interoperability between manufacturing controls, devices and software applications by publishing data over networks. The standard offers a solution to the exchange of data from shop floor devices to higher level systems.

MTConnect is an open, royalty-free, secure standard that provides a common transport and format for all manufacturing data from all devices. It enables interoperability, as well as reduces the complexity and increases the value that can be delivered by software applications.

MTConnect Institute is a not-for-profit 501(c)(6) organization established to further the development and adoption of the MTConnect standard. The organization is a subsidiary of AMT—The Association For Manufacturing Technology and includes Board of Trustees, Technical Steering Committee, and Technical Advisory Group (TAG), which is comprised of various working groups to further the standard in specific technology areas. Any company or organization can become a member of the Institute and membership is free.

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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.

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Kubotek USA has officially released KeyCreator 2015. As the sole remaining independent Direct CAD solution available, KeyCreator 2015 continues to add functionality and customer-driven enhancements to give its users unmatched productivity and flexibility for an efficient design-to-manufacture process.

KeyCreator 2015 now includes the KeyCreator Compare module as part of the standard package of KeyCreator 2015. The inclusion of this unique CAD comparison technology makes KeyCreator able to import, edit and compare dozens of native CAD files produced from other systems. This CAD comparison technology expands the use of KeyCreator's proprietary pattern recognition technology to provide users with an easy way to graphically identify, automatically organize and communicate changes to model data via automated PDF reporting.

CAD comparison can be used in numerous ways to help designers and manufacturers, including but not limited to: is/was comparisons for quoting manufacturing jobs and changes, design collaboration with customers, and revision management for design updates. KeyCreator CAD comparison users will also find it easy to document and share their own value-add design work to customers through automated PDF reporting. This technology will continue to change the way manufacturers work with CAD data to ensure data accuracy, product quality and improved communication of designs.

When asked why CAD comparison technology is now a standard part of KeyCreator Direct CAD, Matt Carr, Vice President of Sales & Support responded, "Because we can. This technology was developed a few years ago as a natural extension of our already powerful feature and pattern recognition technology. KeyCreator is all about openness and making collaboration between internal and external customers easy.   We can work with anyone's CAD data effortlessly, so why not provide another industry-leading tool to help KeyCreator users not only improve their productivity, but also their bottom line."

Other notable features in KeyCreator 2015 include animation enhancements for rack & pinion constraints, universal joint constraints, point-on-curve constraints and intermittent motor dialogs.   Users can also capture the animation replay and export it as a movie file for use in presentations, collaboration or for marketing purposes. These animation updates continue to provide users a simple, fast and straightforward way to diagnose any issues with an assembly model and then very quickly solve problems with the simplicity of Direct Modeling.

KeyCreator Artisan, the affordable photorealistic rendering module also includes improvements in the release of KeyCreator 2015. KeyCreator Artisan users will enjoy an updated user interface, as well as being able to export standard KeyCreator light sources into the Artisan package. Users can quickly generate high quality photorealistic images for digital prototyping, design reviews or for marketing purposes.

KeyCreator Analysis, will receive significant improvements and performance enhancements in upcoming KeyCreator 2015 releases. An improved mesher will provide simpler and more robust performance. The next iteration of Sefea™ technology will make the updated solver faster and more accurate than ever before.

Free trials of KeyCreator Direct CAD or any of its optional modules are available from Kubotek USA.

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Additive Manufacturing pioneer Materialise is proud to announce the launch of Magics19, the latest release of its leading STL file preparation software for Additive Manufacturing professionals. Focused on making your workflow as efficient as possible, Magics19 improves upon existing tools and modules and offers powerful new features to enhance your workflow capabilities. With Magics19, as with all Materialise software, the aim is to produce the most enjoyable user experience possible and to provide the best tools for 3D Printing and AM production environments.

First launched in 1994, Magics has been providing support to AM professionals for close to two decades.  Enabling users to import a wide variety of CAD formats and export STL files ready for Additive Manufacturing, Magics applications include repairing and optimizing 3D models; analyzing parts; making process-related design changes on STL files; designing fixtures; documenting projects, and planning production.

With Magics19, Materialise’s software developers have created a powerful range of features designed to take your data preparation to the next level. Taking full advantage of our Build Processor technology, these flexible solutions include:

  • Improved labeling and cutting
  • Upgraded reporting functionality
  • Slice distribution option for 3D nesting
  • New marking tools
  • Speed dial, for quick access of your most used functions
  • Milling offset

In addition to the enhanced functionalities, Magics19 is also introducing new and improved modules. The SinterModule has been expanded by adding a slice distribution option for the 3D nester. This allows you to focus on part quality and, with the new built-in mechanism, you can avoid interlocking parts after nesting. New marking tools have been added to the Support Generation (SG) module to provide more flexibility and control during the generation of supports. And for users that need flexibility for multiple materials or different part types, SG profiles have also been introduced. Finally, to ensure that even specialized users such as jewelry makers or those creating industrial metal applications are able to maximize their use of Magics, a new Tree Supports module has been added.

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Delcam has launched the 2015 version of its Delcam for SolidWorks integrated CAM system.  The new release includes a range of enhancements in three-axis milling, drilling, turning and wire EDM to make the software even more valuable to SolidWorks users that need to manufacture their designs.

Programming of three-axis toolpaths for complex parts has been made easier and more reliable in Delcam for SolidWorks 2015 with the addition of automatic collision checking of the tool shank and holder, as well as the cutter, for both roughing and finishing operations.  If a gouge is detected the toolpath can be recalculated with any segments that will cause a gouge clipped away.

Removing these segments of the toolpath leaves an area of unmachined stock that will need to be removed with a longer tool.  This extra toolpath is able to be calculated using a stock model of material remaining after the shorter tool has been used to ensure there is no re-machining of stock that has already been removed.

As part of this development, an additional function, called ‘maximum machine stock’, has been added that removes direct moves where clipping has occurred.  These direct moves can leave witness marks on the part so their removal should improve surface finish.

Another improvement in three-axis machining with Delcam for SolidWorks 2015 allows stock models to be used in conjunction with other geometry, such as the part surface dimensions, solid models, the stock dimensions and boundary curves.  This addition gives better control over the area to be machined by each toolpath and so gives more efficient machining by allowing the user to confine toolpaths to specific regions and to eliminate air-cutting by referencing the stock model.

Three-axis flowline and isoline machining is now more flexible, with users able to choose to move the tool in an in-to-out direction or an out-to-in direction.

Drilling with Delcam for SolidWorks has been made easier in the new release with the introduction of a new hole type, ‘Thread Mill Hole’, which eliminates the need to create holes, pockets or sides, and thread features as separate items.  It can be used either with holes created with the ‘Hole’ feature or those that have been identified with ‘Feature Recognition’.

Another improvement to drilling is the new ‘Find Feature’ command that gives the ability to combine similar holes into groups on indexed parts.  With previous releases, users had to have a separate feature for each hole but, in Delcam for SolidWorks 2015, holes that are similar can be recognised and then grouped together.  This makes them much easier to manage and edit.

A series of improvements have been introduced to make turning with Delcam for SolidWorks more efficient.  The software is now able to produce toolpaths that rapid up and over previously machined diameters, rather than feeding along them.  This reduces the overall cycle time and avoids dragging of the tool.

For users of wire EDM, Delcam for SolidWorks 2015 provides an expanded wire-cut database to support multiple machines having varying formats and methods of operation, with the ability to specify nozzle type and fluid type as well as material type and thickness, wire type and diameter, and EDM machine.  This gives more flexibility by providing the option to store and apply a greater variety of different parameters.

Wire EDM assemblies with multiple setups are now able to be output in a single program separated by Program Stops, with NC code required for a safe Program Stop formatted in a special section of the post processor.  This increases programming flexibility greatly for Wire EDM users, allowing them to manage their parts on the machine more safely.

A key benefit of Delcam for SolidWorks has always been the availability of a wide range of post-processors, together with the ability for users to customise their posts.  In the 2015 version, post variables are able to be assigned user-defined names.  This allows users to see quickly exactly which post variables are configured for use with a particular post-processor and to understand their intended use.  This change is particularly valuable when programmers need to understand customisations in posts that have been made by other users.

Delcam for SolidWorks combines the benefits associated with Delcam’s PowerMILL and FeatureCAM CAM systems.  It is based on Delcam’s proven machining algorithms that are already used by more than 45,000 customers around the world.  The software offers PowerMILL’s exceptional speed of toolpath calculation, plus the advanced strategies for high-speed and five-axis machining, to ensure increased productivity, maximum tool life and immaculate surface finish, even when cutting the hardest, most challenging materials.  At the same time, Delcam for SolidWorks has the same strong focus on ease of use as FeatureCAM, including all of the knowledge-based automation that makes that system so consistent and reliable.

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

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ZMorph launched an updated version of its unique Voxelizer software, which allows creators to model using 3D pixels rather than triangles (a technique called voxelization). Unlike typical 3D modelling software which are focused only on creating exterior shapes, Voxelizer allows the modelling of volume as well as shape - making it suitable for printing from medical scans and other uses where volume is an essential property of the printed object.

Although Voxelizer has been created in-house by ZMorph, it is compatible with all open-source RepRap printers, including the well known Makerbot and Ultimaker brands, meaning that the vast majority of the growing community can experiment with Voxelization. This also opens up more possibilities beyond just 3D additive printing, as Voxelizer supports processes like 3D milling and laser cutting - something beyond other software packages.

One of the most exciting features of Voxelizer is its compatibility with DICOM medical imaging techniques, such as MRI (Magnetic Resonance Scanning), which means that 3D prints can be created directly from the scanned data. Because of the ability to incorporate different volumes into the object to be printed, it becomes possible to print both soft and hard tissue (for example, replacement cartilage and bone). This drastically lowers the barrier to entry for rapid and low-cost medical prototyping, as this kind of printing is no longer limited to expensive and high-end medical printers.

Other new features of Voxelizer include:

  • a new UI which makes Voxelizer simpler and easier to work with
  • a new engine which makes it x4 faster to voxelize an object
  • manipulating and editing object models using 3D filters such as selective thickening and strengthening - allowing creators to change the properties of an object as well as delivering a better quality printed object
  • the ability to import STL files and convert them into voxels - opening up access to other toolheads which require voxel data
  • the new software is compatible with both single and dual head extruders for plastic, rubber and nylon as well as ZMorph’s custom menu tools for cake, chocolate and ceramics, head for 2D and 3D CNC milling as well as laser cutting

“Our vision at ZMorph is to look beyond just 3D printing technology, and to see how intelligent fabrication can be used to make high-end processes accessible to many more people”, said Przemek Jaworski, founder and CEO of ZMorph. “We have deliberately made our Voxelizer software compatible with a wide range of printers so that as many creators as possible can understand the advantages that voxel modelling can bring to their creations. The other huge advantage it has is that it opens the possibility of using tools like CNC milling and engraving, so that creators are not limited to simple additive printing. We hope that this new version of Voxelizer helps to inspire more people to use these new technologies, and help our community grow”.

The new version of Voxelizer is available to download for free and is offered for both Mac and Windows.

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Altair announced a new release of HyperWorks®, the most comprehensive version to date of its computer-aided engineering (CAE) software platform, which has set the global standard for enabling its users to create more durable and efficient products.

HyperWorks 13.0 increases engineering productivity in four distinct areas:

  • Performance optimization. Through a wide array of solvers and multiphysics solutions, engineers are able to quickly predict and optimize product performance.
  • Lightweight design. Tailored simulation and optimization tools help reduce weight while meeting design goals through the use of effective geometries, new materials, and advanced manufacturing methods.
  • Lead-time reduction. Process automation, efficient modeling algorithms and advanced visualization capabilities help to dramatically increase simulation throughput to help bring products to market faster.
  • Access to new technologies. Simulation accessibility has been extended to new categories of users for design and optimization, including open access to specialized third party software from members of the Altair Partner Alliance (APA) and HPC, cloud-based products.

“This release of HyperWorks advances the most current trends in product design,” said James Dagg, Chief Technical Officer of Altair. “With an even sharper focus on tools for the analysis and design of composite structures, it facilitates processes for the mass customization of products. HyperWorks continues to offer a broad array of advanced solvers enabling engineers to simulate a wide range of physics, from the analysis of linear and nonlinear phenomena in structures to fluid flow, thermal, and electromagnetic behaviors.”

Performance optimization

OptiStruct® can now operate as a strong nonlinear solver, with major improvements that elevate its functionality to simulate large displacement analysis and hyper-elastic materials like rubber with an extremely efficient use of parallel computing to maximize speed. Its optimization capabilities have been enhanced to introduce new response types and multi-model optimization (MMO), allowing one efficient solution for components that are common across different structures.

AcuSolve® can now be coupled with MotionSolve® for a more accurate analysis of the flow of air or other fluids while the structural part is moving. An example would be simulating the effect of an adjustable rear wing on sport vehicle aerodynamic performance. This solver coupling represents one of the suite’s many multiphysics capabilities.

RADIOSS® furnishes more physics and even more accurate results for crack-propagation modeling through the extended finite element method (XFEM) and enhanced capabilities for airbag deployment. RADIOSS also offers improved parallelization for multi-domain methods and advanced mass scaling for better performance.

Both HyperStudy® and OptiStruct now offer integration with Excel. An engineer may export tradeoff studies to spreadsheets allowing to do post-processing independent of HyperStudy or, in OptiStruct, include Excel calculations as a response type in the optimization run.

Lightweight design

Altair is well-known for its expertise in designing composites structures. Pre-processing features in HyperWorks have been enhanced for improved usability. New, advanced methods of visualizing composite simulations in both the pre- and post-processing stages are now available, with the ability to visualize material, element and ply systems and overlay them with stresses. Additionally, new material laws and failure criteria for laminated composites and polymers are included.

HyperForm® now moves beyond metal forming to apply its capabilities to composite forming for sandwich and multilayered structures. The HyperMesh® drape estimator calculates thickness and angle variations that result from draping. These are very convenient accessories available to every HyperWorks user.

Lead time reduction

With the latest release of HyperWorks, engineers spend less time on the model build and get solutions more quickly. For instance, mass customization requires manufacturing many different versions of the same product. Altair has completely rewritten the part-replacement tool so that, if engineers are bringing in a new geometry, they can simply exchange the parts and all the connections are updated automatically. A new comparison tool can compare any combination of computer-aided design (CAD) and finite element geometry and highlight the differences. Enhanced direct modeling capabilities in HyperMesh allow users to quickly generate such geometries as reinforcement ribs without needing to go back to a CAD system.

Post-processing enhancements provide users with faster access to results and better ways to analyze them. Bidirectional communication between the HyperWorks desktop and PowerPoint is now possible. Results are now cached so that users may switch quickly between result sets when working on larger models.

HyperMesh, HyperView® and HyperGraph® each feature a new, unified Entity Editor to help modify all parameters of model or post-processing session entities faster. In the HyperMesh Entity Editor, new entities, components, properties and materials may be created much more efficiently. Solver documentation also is implemented into the Entity Editor via tool tips.

Interoperability between HyperWorks, CAD and product lifecycle management (PLM) systems allows engineers and designers to communicate easily and share product modifications in a truly collaborative environment. With HyperWorks 13.0, Altair has added bi-directional support for Windchill and Total Materia to the list of supported PLM systems and material databases.

Particular attention has been paid to the development of solutions for industry-specific use cases. HyperWorks Virtual Wind Tunnel™, a complete solution for automotive external aerodynamics, is now part of the HyperWorks suite as is a new aerospace user profile. Other solutions for NVH, drop test simulation and more are now available as HyperWorks solutions via an innovative delivery and licensing system.

Access to new technologies

Altair’s optimization technology, which has been available for more than 20 years in OptiStruct, is now part of solidThinking Inspire®, an easy-to-use package designed to make finite element analysis (FEA) accessible to non-experts. SolidThinking Inspire allows for quick and easy creation and investigation of structurally efficient concepts and now includes analysis and geometry simplification capabilities. In addition, more than 50 third-party specialized solutions are available to HyperWorks users at no additional charge through the Altair Partner Alliance. Altair’s groundbreaking, token-based user model is evolving continuously to provide more value and enable customers to implement a simulation-driven design process.

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Sigma Labs, Inc. (OTCQB: SGLB), a developer of advanced, in process, non-destructive quality inspection systems for metal-based additive manufacturing and other advanced manufacturing technologies, announced the formal release of its PrintRite3D® INSPECT™ quality assurance software.

"This is the first in a series of product releases planned for 2014 and 2015 that will provide exceptional levels of quality assurance to the 3D printing industry – particularly for critical, high-tolerance metal parts required in the aerospace & defense and biomedical fields," said Mark Cola, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sigma Labs. "We are proud to offer this product as a stand-alone, platform-independent module that can immediately add value to any 3D printing platform, and we are also having discussions with several 3D equipment and software OEMs to achieve additional levels of integration in the future. In particular, we are working with Materialise NV on a client/server version of our software. The Company's PrintRite3D® DEFORM™ software, which is a geometric in-process inspection tool, is still under development and expected to be released in early 2015.

"With this important product launch we are meeting the needs of our customers and completing Sigma's transition from a services-based company to a product-based one. It is another important step in our evolution and establishes our position as an industry solutions provider."

Sigma Labs, Inc., through its wholly-owned subsidiary B6 Sigma, Inc., develops and engineers advanced, in-process, non-destructive quality inspection systems for commercial firms worldwide seeking productive solutions for metal-based additive manufacturing or 3D printing, and other advanced manufacturing technologies.

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solidThinking, Inc. announced the latest version of solidThinking Inspire®, adding a multitude of new features. solidThinking Inspire enables design engineers, product designers, and architects to create and investigate structurally efficient concepts quickly and easily leading to reductions in cost, development time, material consumption, and product weight. Important new features in solidThinking Inspire 2014 include geometry simplification tools, linear static analysis, concentrated mass parts, and smoothing options as well as the ability to export solid geometry.

“With solidThinking Inspire 2014 we focused on enhancing the concept development process by proposing designs that can be rapidly iterated and easily exported to the user's preferred computer-aided design (CAD) tool,” says Andy Bartels, Program Manager for solidThinking Inspire. “We put a strong emphasis on improving the usability of the software while adding new features like geometry simplification tools for easier model setup and analysis to help users verify their concepts, all directly in the Inspire interface. These new features will allow customers to apply Inspire to a much broader set of design problems.”

More details are available on the solidThinking Inspire 2014 website, which features a collection of new videos, including a tour of the user interface, a comprehensive overview of the latest features added for 2014, and an overview of how the software fits into the product design process. In addition, customers may access tutorials created specifically for the solidThinking Inspire 2014 release, product demos and an interactive infographic.

“solidThinking Inspire 2014 fuses direct-modeling tools like push-pull faces and powerful Booleans with linear static and normal modes analysis, as well as geometry simplification and concentrated mass parts,” says Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Founder, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of Architosh. “Another exciting aspect of this tool is that it works on both Windows and Mac platforms, empowering designers to make lightweighting and material efficiency considerations prior to final engineering development.”

solidThinking Inspire is used by design engineers, product designers, and architects in multiple industries including aerospace, automotive, heavy industry, architecture, and consumer products. “Reducing part and assembly mass is important to us and solidThinking Inspire shows us how we can do this while also increasing the durability of structural components,” says Martin W. Dirker, Technical Specialist of Navistar Inc. “The great thing is the rapid feedback from design to an optimized shape.”

Earlier this year, solidThinking released solidThinking Evolve® 2014. Evolve allows industrial designers to develop forms faster, using either a Windows PC or Mac. Evolve captures an initial sketch, then allows exploration of styling alternatives and the visualization of products with high quality renderings generated in real time. It combines both the modeling freedom of organic surfaces and the control of parametric solids with its unique ConstructionTree history feature. Evolve releases designers from the constraints of engineering-oriented CAD tools, while allowing the export of digital models required by others in the product development process.

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Materialise is proud to announce the release of Streamics Robot 4.1. Streamics Robot is the ultimate automation tool for all your Additive Manufacturing (AM) part preparation and online quoting needs. With this latest update, Materialise has further improved the automation of AM part preparation and analysis tasks to reduce human effort and errors, increase productivity, and offer additional features to enhance the online quoting process.

Key features of Streamics Robot 4.1:

  • Automates your AM analysis and preparation operations
    • Automatically rescale parts
    • Shrink & Wrap option
  • Allows you to configure operations to your personal preferences
  • Supports different input formats
  • Exports different formats, with details on file quality
  • Supports server-based computing
  • Offers different user interfaces for standalone use or integration with a third party application via REST-based web services
  • Integrated functionality to convert CAD files with external color textures

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Belgian Additive Manufacturing pioneer Materialise is thrilled to announce the launch of 3-maticSTL 9.0. 3-maticSTL is an innovative, flexible software tool that allows for design modification and simplification, 3D texturing, remeshing, forward engineering, and much more – all on the STL level.

With this release, Materialise took many of the suggestions of its customers into account. The main priorities for the users were to focus on rendering, robustness, usability and new design functionalities. This updated software enables the creation of watertight designs that will ensure the quality of 3D Printed parts.

New key features and improvements include:

  • New rendering with a ruler to allow faster manipulation and visualization of models
  • Automatic rib pattern – creates a clean rib structure that conforms to the 3D model
  • Point-based patterning – create an overall pattern in one click.
  • Randomized porous structures
  • Conformal structures that follow the geometry of the 3D model
  • 2D UV page for easy positioning of the 2D texture
  • Slice-based texturing – export a 2D texture to the Magics Build Processor, which handles the slicing of even large 2D textures

As previously announced, 3-maticSTL is also expected to be made available through the APA program for Altair HyperWorks® users later this year.

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CoreTech System Co., Ltd. (Moldex3D), announced the release of Moldex3D R13.0. The software has plastic validation and optimization applications for industrial design and manufacturing, with customer-driven improvements on functionality, workflow, computing efficiency and user experience. Moldex3D enables part designers and mold makers to optimize decision making in the plastic injection molding process. This will allow them to manufacture high-quality products in form, fit and function, reduce costs, and shorten time-to-market.

Moldex3D has been the plastic simulation standard in many industries, including automotive, digital electronics, medical and consumer products. Aimed at eliminating molding defects and increasing production efficiency on plastics, Moldex3D enables customers to visualize the melt front behavior inside the mold cavity and predict potential molding problems before manufacturing. It also helps users validate design or process changes to work more efficiently. It greatly reduces the time and money from repeated mold trials and fixes. It also helps users achieve specific industrial or environmental targets, such as lightweight design for automotive frame structure or carbon fiber material applications.

“Quality and cost are two of the most significant success factors in product development and manufacturing. In addition to conventional plastic applications in the industries, the emerging market demands also require quick response manufacturing. The release of Moldex3D R13.0 has emphasized back-to-basics problem analysis and troubleshooting capabilities. This is helping our customers tackle critical molding issues to reach optimal production efficiency. Quality assurance and cost management that can be achieved effectively in a short time period,” said Dr. Venny Yang, President of CoreTech System.

Building upon the capabilities of past releases and improving innovation for performance and functionality,Moldex3D R13.0 offers the following benefits and enhancements:

Rapid Modeling and Meshing
Improved user friendliness for pre-processing work and a wide variety of powerful tools to help anything from geometric modeling to meshing.

  • Gate Location Advisor - Gives advice on the optimal gate location based on part geometry before running an analysis. Improves flow balance and minimizes repeated validation for filling issues, such as short shots or weld lines.
  • Various Runner Design Applications - Better design geometry-based runners and compose a more realistic plastic feeding system applied in the industrial molding process. Enhance modeling flexibility and improve melt front advancement.
  • Conformal Cooling Channel Designer - Defines and create conformal cooling channels automatically based on the contour of the part. Save time in building highly complicated cooling systems that increases cooling efficiency.
  • Automate Boundary Layer Mesh (BLM) Creation - Reinforces meshing capabilities to generate high-resolution solid mesh for complex geometric features. Support industry-specific molding simulation and computation.

Heat and Cool Management
Simulate melt front behavior and visualize thermal variations in heating and cooling processes. Improve heating transfer and cooling efficiency to enhance part quality and shorten cycle time.

  • Plastic Filling and Packing Simulation - Users can visualize melt front and sprue pressure variation with reference to screw ram position in the filling and packing processes. Increases interior welding surface prediction, helping users check potential welding defects and mechanical strength weakness inside the cavity. Also, supports valve gate switch controls during the packing stage to provide more realistic valve gate simulation.
  • Cooling Channel Simulation - Allows one to analyze more complex cooling channel designs with multiple coolant inlets and outlets. Supports the Mold Preheat Analysis and allows one to visualize mold temperature variation during the mold preheat stage. This enables users to reduce the number of short shot parts produced before steady cycles.
  • Advanced Hot Runner Simulation - Boosts the computing speed of temperature variation analyses in hot runner simulation. Visualize the temperature distribution in each hot runner metal component and support switch on/off controls when using clipping or slicing functions. User can validate heating rod and coil designs and evaluate heating efficiency.

Enhanced Plastic Applications to Meet Market Demands
Expands the troubleshooting capabilities in injection molding simulations. Allow users to obtain more accurate visualizations of the molding results. This gives users the ability to predict and eliminate potential manufacturing defects much more effectively.

  • Part and Mold Deformation Simulation - In the warp analysis, users can visualize in-plane shrinkage due to PVT distribution and out-of-plane warpage due to different temperature effects across thickness. The software optimizes mold compensation or packing path design and coolant temperature controls to eliminate part deformation. Uses the stress analysis function to simulate mold deformation behavior from pressure and mold thermal loading effects in the filling and cooling stages. Evaluates potential process-induced mold defects.
  • Fiber-reinforced Plastic Simulation - Provides fiber length prediction and fiber concentration distribution when considering screw-induced fiber breakage and shear-induced fiber migration behaviors in the molding process. Users can better evaluate the quality and strength of their plastics using fiber-reinforced materials.
  • Compression Molding Simulation - Improves kernel capabilities and supports compression molding simulations with 3D hybrid mesh models. These are automatically generated in Designer. Users can visualize charge distribution and calculate the volume filled by the plastic flow for each charge. Indicates compression charge contribution and control charge size and position.
  • MuCell® Simulation - Enables users to define more realistic process parameters and enhances simulation accuracy by bringing filling simulation to the packing stage in the microcellular injection molding process. Supports the core-back molding process simulation, in which cell size and cell density are improved to lighten part weight and enhance surface quality.
  • Advanced Structural Assessment in Connection with FEA Software - Increases the integration of the Micromechanics Interface with Digimat and Converse. Supports more output options for analysis results from Moldex3D, such as volumetric shrinkage, temperature distribution or residual stress. Uses FEA software for advanced structural assessments, including ANSYS, ABAQUS, Nastran, Marc, LS-DYNA, Radioss, etc.

User Interface Optimization in Post-processing
Provides an overall better user experience and improves the efficiency of simulation and validation. Makes it more intuitive and more convenient to setup process conditions and visualize analysis results

  • Reality-Simulation Molding Machine Database - Supports the properties of widely applied molding machines for use in injection molding simulations, such as screw diameter or injection pressure. Improve simulation accuracy with reference to real mold trials
  • More Display Applications for Result Visualization - Improves the visualization of simulation results, helping users observe melt front behavior and evaluate potential defects in depth. This includes dense or sparse distribution of fiber orientation on the part’s surface, melt front variation due to screw ram position, clipping or slicing part and mold inserts within the show and hide switches.
  • Report Generator Optimization - Increases user-defined output options in XY curve results. The report wizard enables one to export analysis results in HTML, PPT or PDF formats. Compare up to 4 different runs in one report. This helps users compare result changes due to design and process optimization and decide the optimal molding factor mix.

Comprehensive Material Databank
Supports more than 6,500 thermoplastic and thermoset materials to enhance simulation accuracy. Uses the built-in filter to quickly select property-identified materials and evaluate the properties for use in injection molding simulation.

Improved Model Surface Rendering Kernel Efficiency
Enhances the model surface rendering kernel and boosts the rendering efficiency for graphic performance by 2 to 5 times, which leads to better and smoother model displays.

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Materialise is proud to announce the launch of the latest Mimics Innovation Suite, including the Mimics 17.0 and 3-matic 9.0 software solutions. As the industry standard for processing and editing anatomical data from medical images, the software is now further strengthened with numerous time-saving new tools, the ability to import 3D Ultrasound data* and two new modules: X-ray* and Pulmonary.

For nearly 25 years, Materialise has been leading the way in solutions for evidence-based R&D starting with medical image data. Now, with the addition of the X-ray Module*, it’s  possible to analyze the 3D position of bones and implants at each critical moment of a patient’s treatment, without the expense of multiple MRI scans and unnecessary exposure to high doses of radiation with additional CT scans. By combining 3D imaging modalities with X-ray images engineers can work in the 3D environment they prefer, while collaborating with clinicians in the modality they’re most accustomed to using. This powerful combination opens up numerous possibilities such as comparing 3D pre-operative plans with post-operative results to analyze and improve surgical procedures.

The new Pulmonary Module enables clinicians to derive more anatomical information from your lung CT scans. This flexible, fast and user-friendly solution facilitaties the accurate segmentation of the lower respiratory system for advanced research and analyses. Though segmenting the pulmonary system has always been possible in Mimics, the new module offers improved outcome parameters that enable the early detection of diseases and the innovation of options for localized therapies.

By adding new import modalities to the Mimics Innovation Suite like 3D Ultrasound*, Engineering on AnatomyTM acquires a much broader scope, allowing for fully dynamic cardiovascular analyses. As Ultrasound is readily available, safe for patients, administered in comfortable positions, less expensive compared to MRI or CT and now able to be imported into the Mimics Innovation Suite; its utility for R&D is higher than ever.

*Available in the Research Edition of the Mimics Innovation Suite only

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Altair recently released the HyperWorks 12.0 Student Edition, making it the most comprehensive computer-aided engineering (CAE) suite available to aspiring structural and mechanical engineers.  The software is free, and extensive learning resources designed especially for students may be found on the Altair Academic Training Center.  In addition, Altair provides students on-demand interactive support through the moderated Academic Support Forum.

The addition of solidThinking Inspire for intuitive concept generation is an enabler for simulation-based design that incorporates topology optimization, while solidThinking Evolve offers classic industrial design sketching and modeling functionality for the exploration of design alternatives.

“We are thrilled to include solidThinking Inspire and solidThinking Evolve in the Altair HyperWorks 12.0 Student Edition. The concept generation included in the easy-to-use solidThinking Inspire software is perfectly suited for young engineers and will help them create and investigate structurally efficient concepts quickly and easily.  Using Inspire, students can design products and parts lighter, stronger, and faster,” said Chad Zamler, marketing manager for solidThinking, Inc., an Altair company.

Multi-body dynamics has been included with the addition of MotionSolve.  RADIOSS is a premier crash and impact simulation solver, while AcuSolve is a leading general-purpose computational fluid dynamics solver based on the finite element method.  HyperStudy will enable students to run what-if scenarios, correlate test data, optimize difficult multi-disciplinary design problems, and assess design reliability and robustness.  Finally, HyperMath offers a powerful and flexible programming language with comprehensive math and utility libraries, while HyperCrash provides a robust pre-processing environment specifically designed to automate the creation of high-fidelity models for crash analysis and safety evaluation.

“The addition of multi-body dynamics, computational fluid dynamics, impact simulation, and optimization-based conceptual design is really exciting,” said Matthias Goelke, Director, Academic Markets at Altair.  “We wanted to build on the success of the previous student edition, which was immediately adopted by engineering students and faculty members all over the world,” he continues.  “This is proof that demand for simulation expertise is increasing in the marketplace, and whatever we can do to increase the availability and utility of our commercial products to students will help them succeed in their future engineering careers.”

The HyperWorks Student Edition also includes access to core HyperWorks commercial technologies that support the complete CAE workflow process for various solution types and applications. These include modeling/pre-processing, linear and non-linear analysis, topology optimization, composites simulation and optimization, results visualization/post-processing, data analysis and plotting, and collaboration tools.

“This program truly demonstrates Altair’s commitment to enhancing students’ learning experience outside the classroom so that they can reinforce their engineering knowledge and classroom instruction,” said Dr. Wei Chen, Wilson-Cook Professor in Engineering Design at Northwestern University.

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Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) announced the release of the new Autodesk 2015 Design Suites, which are more tightly integrated with Autodesk cloud services than ever before – offering customers the ability to collaborate, simulate, analyze and more, many with just one click from within the suite.

Each Autodesk 2015 Design Suite includes AutoCAD 2015, the most advanced AutoCAD yet. A new interface and enhanced productivity tools enable customers to experience a new standard in design and documentation. Additionally, Autodesk Subscription offers customers even more convenient, flexible ways to access the tools they need, when they need them, to help grow their business. Autodesk subscription connects customers with software updates, services and support that help get the most out of their investment in Autodesk software now and in the future.

“The Autodesk portfolio now has something for everyone involved in making products and projects come to life, in addition to designers and engineers,” said Amar Hanspal, senior vice president of platform products, Autodesk. “Users will notice a difference in how much easier it is to get their work done with the Autodesk 2015 Design Suites.”

New features and functionality have been added to the 2015 family of Autodesk Design Suites:

  • Autodesk AutoCAD Design Suite offers a refined visual interface, better point cloud support to bring the real world into the AutoCAD canvas, and easier ways to work with online maps and other geographic location information.

  • Autodesk Building Design Suite delivers better integration with BIM 360 cloud services, enhanced point cloud capabilities, and numerous customer requested improvements for Autodesk Revit, including a new sketchy lines feature, ability to include imagery in schedules, enhanced hidden lines capability and more.

  • Autodesk Factory Design Suite introduces easier moves from 2D AutoCAD drawings to 3D factory layouts with streamlined transitions from legacy workflows; point cloud support for “as is” facility capture; extended use of Factory Design data; and enhancements to Factory Design Mobile app.

  • Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite includes major enhancements to AutoCAD Civil 3D software, including improved user interface, greater flexibility for corridor modeling, more efficient creation of profiles layouts, better production drafting, and simpler ways to create custom subassemblies.

  • Autodesk Plant Design Suite rolls out significant enhancements to AutoCAD Plant 3D software, including center of gravity, bill of materials (BOM), fixed length pipe modeling, piping and instrumentation drawing (P&ID), and isometric improvements.

  • Autodesk Product Design Suite launches with exceptional modeling capabilities, a new user experience, and workflow enhancements.

Cloud Services Just a Click Away

Customers in the architecture, engineering, and construction and infrastructure markets can expect to see significant productivity improvements through one-click access to BIM 360, cloud-based building information modeling (BIM) software for collaboration and management of construction projects. Autodesk InfraWorks 360, which offers civil engineers additional cloud services for collaboration and analysis at the early stages of infrastructure design, includes an updated user interface, support for more data formats, enhancements to Roadway Design for InfraWorks 360 and a new application Bridge Design for InfraWorks 360. The Design Suites for these fields also feature full integration of the Autodesk 360 Rendering service, which uses the virtually infinite computing power in the cloud to create high-resolution renderings efficiently.

Manufacturing industry customers gain easy access to new offerings such as Process Analysis 360, a cloud-based service that helps engineers and system designers model, study, and optimize manufacturing processes. This accessibility – combined with other feature enhancements and refinements – removes the barriers to entry so that everyone can design and engineer great products.

“One of my favorite features of the cloud services specifically is access to Green Building Studio,” said Andrew Watkins, associate principal, Ayers Saint Gross Architects. “Architects are much more in tune with doing energy analysis early on in the design process, so even in the early concept stages we are able to analyze multiple versions of our building design directly from Revit through the cloud and get immediate data points back for making design decisions based on energy usage through the life the building. That’s been one of the best benefits of the cloud for us.”

It’s Never Been Easier to Access Autodesk Software

Autodesk Subscription offers the most convenient, modern, and flexible way for customers to purchase and access the software and services that they need to grow their business, and new purchasing options allow customers to choose the plan that best fits their current project needs and budget.

“We like the subscription program with Autodesk because it provides predictability and stability; it simplifies our licensing, and it gives us a lot of flexibility,” said Gene Evans, Autodesk subscription administrator for Woolpert, a US-based design, geospatial and infrastructure management firm. “In addition, upgrades on subscription are pretty much a no-brainer. We budget a static sum every year, and it’s been easy to predict our costs, we can upgrade at any time, whenever it works for us. Subscription also allows us to explore cloud services and evaluate where they will benefit us as a company and make better informed decisions. Subscription is the only way to go for us.”

Autodesk Subscription customers gain access to the latest Autodesk software releases and cloud services, technical support, and flexible licensing rights from the following options:

Maintenance Subscription is the most cost effective way to maintain and maximize long-term investment in purchased Autodesk software and services.

Desktop Subscription offers pay-as-you-go plans. Customers can choose from monthly, quarterly, and annual options for using Autodesk Design and Creation Suites and select software products.

Cloud Service Subscription can have a dramatic effect on the way customers work. A broad selection of cloud-based services offer access to virtually infinite cloud computing power that significantly reduces visualization and simulation processing times and frees up desktop resources for greater productivity, mobility and collaboration.

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Materialise is thrilled to announce the launch of a new module for its 3-matic STL software: Lightweight Structures. 3-matic STL is an innovative, flexible tool that allows for design modifications on the STL level. The Lightweight Structures module opens up a whole new world of design possibilities. Designers can reduce the weight of designs; replace solid volumes; create porous designs whileminimizing costs and material usage.

The ability to create lightweight structures during the design phase is a recent phenomenon, and while it offers a wide range of design possibilities, it has been limited by numerous manufacturing challenges. Materialise’s 3-matic STL Lightweight Structures module addresses many of these issues, offering an innovative solution for creating different structures without running into computational issues.

With the Lightweight Structures module, designers can:

  • Create structures that are based on the triangulation of the part being designed, and accurately follow the contours of that part.
  • Create quad-shaped structures which accurately follow the contours of the part.
  • Fill volumes with structures, while still benefitting from quick rendering and computational time thanks to links with Materialise’s Magics and Build Processor software.
  • Fill volumes with randomized structures.
  • Generate connections between structures to automatically link these structures together for improved strength and build-ability. Different types of structures can also be combined to create unique designs.

The Lightweight Structures module can be purchased as a service or as a licensed software package. As a service, Materialise works with designers, creating lightweight structures on their behalf, and if needed, providing design guidance, and manufacturing both samples as well as final parts. For designers who are already familiar with 3-matic STL, and will frequently need to create lightweight designs, software licenses are also available for purchase.

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Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) customers will now be able to access Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Revit, Autodesk Maya and Autodesk 3ds Max design tools via a web browser. For the first time ever, customers can access full-fledged 3D design, engineering and entertainment work in a browser without sacrificing performance, power or functionality.

The announcement furthers the company’s ongoing strategy to provide access to its most popular tools from almost anywhere, anytime, regardless of device and without compromising performance. Continuing to build on Autodesk’s collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS), OTOY and NVIDIA this new capability debuts as a tech preview and is an important expansion of the remote access capabilities provided through Autodesk Remote software. With this new capability, developers can access 90-day trials of Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Revit, Autodesk Maya and Autodesk 3ds Max software.

“Designers and engineers face deadline pressures and efficiency targets that demand work be more mobile than ever,” said Jeff Kowalski, chief technology officer at Autodesk. “It’s no longer a requirement to run sophisticated 3D design applications such as Inventor, Revit, 3ds Max or Maya on a powerful workstation. Now all you need is a simple browser and an Internet connection. We are excited to be first in the design industry to provide this capability.”

In August, Autodesk Remote was made available to Subscription and rental plan customers worldwide. Remote allows users to drive Autodesk software installed on their primary computer from a remote PC or iPad, utilizing its full power in their 3D design and modeling work regardless of the device. The collaboration with AWS and OTOY expands on this capability to include access to Autodesk applications hosted in the cloud.

“OTOY and Autodesk worked together to provide customers with a turn-key solution for accessing 3D design applications through their HTML5 browser,” said Jules Urbach, CEO of OTOY. “For the first time ever, design and engineering professionals can access all the features of Autodesk 3DS Max, Autodesk Maya, Autodesk Revit and Autodesk Inventor software to perform major design work, without ever having to download a piece of software to their local PC. OTOY's OctaneRender further enhances this experience by adding real-time, path-traced GPU rendering inside Autodesk applications. All of these pieces will be cohesively hosted on the cloud, leveraging the unprecedented scale and efficiency of AWS’ on-demand Amazon EC2 GPU instances. We believe this solution will not only translate to major cost savings for consumers, but greatly impact the mobility and efficiency of their workflow.”

“With the launch of G2 instances for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) today, we are enabling the delivery of high-quality, client-agnostic 3D experiences to customers around the world,” said Matt Wood, General Manager, Data Science, AWS. “We are working closely with leading organizations such as Autodesk to leverage these powerful capabilities to meet the needs of designers and engineers around the world.”

"Design professionals need fast, fluid interactivity with their digital creations to fully realize their vision and express their ideas,” said Jeff Brown, general manager of Professional Visualization and Design at NVIDIA. “With the availability of NVIDIA GRID GPUs and Autodesk applications in the cloud from AWS, high-performance graphics are now available to power the most demanding and advanced applications on essentially any device.”

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Belgian Additive Manufacturing pioneer Materialise is proud to announce the launch of Magics18, the latest release of its leading STL file preparation software for Additive Manufacturing professionals. Focused on increasing the efficiency of the data-prep workflow, Magics18 offers new and enhanced tools and modules. With Magics18, as with all Materialise software, the aim is to produce the most enjoyable user experience possible and to provide the best tools for 3D Printing and AM production environments.

First launched in 1994, Magics has been providing support to AM professionals for close to two decades.  Enabling users to import a wide variety of CAD formats and export STL files ready for Additive Manufacturing, Magics applications include repairing and optimizing 3D models, analyzing parts, making process-related design changes on STL files, designing fixtures, documenting projects, and planning production.

With Magics18 introduces a range of powerful new functionalities, including:

  • New and Improved Cutting Tools
  • Expanded Measurement Options, with built-in ISO standard tolerances
  • Enhanced Surface to Solid Functionality
  • Improved Wall Thickness Analysis
  • Expanded Reporting Options

In addition to the new functionalities, Magics18 is also introducing new and improved modules. With SinterModule, users can now view build heights and easily distribute parts over these heights. As well, SinterModule now offers an automatic Subnester functionality for its Sinterboxes. And to ensure users get the most from their AM machines, Magics18 provides optimized Build Processor Integration for EOS and SLM. With easy access from Magics, both .stl and slice files can now be processed.

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Allied Electronics and RS Components announced a significant development in the history of 3D design software with the unveiling of DesignSpark Mechanical, a new free 3D solid modeling and assembly tool.

Developed in conjunction with SpaceClaim, the new easy-to-use DesignSpark Mechanical will bring major benefits to design engineers around the world and is available in multiple languages. It is a significant step in the evolution of the DesignSpark online resource hub for the engineering community.

The availability of DesignSpark Mechanical overcomes the two major barriers to entry faced by potential users who do not currently have access to a 3D design solution, but who could benefit enormously from the use of 3D modeling to quickly develop sophisticated concepts and products. These impediments are the prohibitive costs and the considerable investment in learning time associated with traditional 3D CAD tools. Not only is DesignSpark Mechanical free, its simplicity of use means that engineers and others involved in product development can become fully conversant with the software within minutes, rather than the weeks or months required to become skilled with traditional 3D CAD tools.

"The launch of DesignSpark Mechanical is the first time a 3D design tool with this level of sophistication has been made freely available. Engineers will love using modeling software that is so intuitive and flexible," said Dan Stewart, Vice President of Marketing at Allied Electronics. "The use of DesignSpark Mechanical early in the design cycle can eliminate much of the time-consuming rework associated with traditional product development processes. This is a highly significant initiative that helps engineers to bring innovative products to market quickly, and DesignSpark Mechanical's STL output format enables direct export of designs to 3D printers."

With access to more than 38,000 3D models in the extensive DesignSpark online component library, DesignSpark Mechanical gives all engineers the ability to rapidly undertake an end-to-end design with professional-grade modeling tools that are at zero cost. RS and Allied have also collaborated with world-leading 3D content company TraceParts to provide access to millions of models from the online CAD portal in DesignSpark Mechanical format.

"Allied and RS are partnering with SpaceClaim to launch DesignSpark Mechanical, which combines the power and ease-of-use of direct modeling technology from SpaceClaim with access to the massive library of standard parts from Allied and RS, trusted by millions of engineers around the world," said Rich Moore, vice president of business development for SpaceClaim.  "Feature-based CAD is more difficult to learn and with DesignSpark Mechanical, users can rapidly create 3D models to accelerate engineering design and improve their competitive advantage."

The active base of 3D CAD seats globally is currently estimated at approximately 1.5 million. However, it is also estimated that there are an additional 20 million engineers globally who do not currently use 3D CAD, but could significantly benefit from a tool such as DesignSpark Mechanical. It will enable design engineers not only to be more creative, but will also support a more efficient product development process, allowing the production of professional concepts right through to delivering highly detailed and dimensioned manufacturing blueprints.

DesignSpark Mechanical employs a powerful methodology called 'direct modeling', which is very different from traditional feature- or parametric-based 3D CAD software. The tool uses simple gestures that enable real-time editing and instant feedback, making it possible for engineers and others to create geometry and easily explore ideas and product concepts in 3D. All basic designs can be achieved quickly and easily via the use of the software's four basic tools – Pull, Move, Fill and Combine – in addition to its employment of familiar Windows keyboard shortcuts such as cut/paste, undo/redo, which makes it highly intuitive for new users.

The software can also be used as a complementary 3D tool in the product development process for the creation of early concept designs, for instance, alongside 3D CAD tools that are already in use today. The tool can remove bottlenecks in the early design process by allowing changes and additions in seconds, rather than having to wait for the CAD department using the traditional 3D tools to rework the design.

3D designs can also be exported in STL, the standard file format to enable rapid prototyping builds and computer-aided manufacturing, in addition to providing the ability to quickly obtain Bill-of-Materials (BOM) quotes via the Allied and RS websites. The tool can also import circuit layout files in IDF format from any PCB design tool, including the award-winning DesignSpark PCB software.

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3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced the immediate availability of Cubify® Sculpt, a powerful virtual clay sculpting tool that transforms 3D modeling from a complex, skills-centric design experience to a simple, intuitive sculpting delight for everyone. Cubify Sculpt, powered by 3D Systems' volumetric CAD engine, is ideal for the freeforming of organic shapes with ready-to-print output.

Cubify Sculpt packs a powerful feature set that includes embossing with textures, adding color with paint for full color 3D printing, intuitive push and pull tools to sculpt in virtual clay and accurate symmetry settings for designing organic shapes. The mash up feature empowers users to import multiple designs to create larger and more complex objects. Cubify Sculpt designs are 3D print-ready for at-home printing or cloud printing with materials like Cubify Ceramix and Cubify Colorstone. Cubify Sculpt accepts STL, OBJ and PLY file formats. 3D Systems plans to fully integrate Cubify Sculpt into its expanding Cubify platform and to its award winning Cube and CubeX 3D printer experiences with direct plugins.

"Cubify Sculpt shifts the 3D modeling tools paradigm, making design for instant 3D printing something everyone can do," said Rajeev Kulkarni, Vice President & General Manager Consumer Products for 3D Systems. "Our new virtual sculpting experience sets the stage for mainstream users to create and make everyday useful and impactful printables."

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3D Systems  (NYSE:DDD) announced that it has acquired TeamPlatform, a cloud-based, collaborative design and project management platform. 3D Systems plans to immediately integrate the TeamPlatform technology into both its professional and consumer offerings, including Geomagic Solutions and

TeamPlatform allows product design, engineering services and manufacturing companies to easily manage hundreds of small or large projects with masses of data being shared and used concurrently.  It delivers simple-to-use task management tools, project meta-data structuring capabilities and reusable workspace templates for effective, productive and affordable collaboration.

“TeamPlatform’s powerful collaboration tools connect and expand our growing 3D content-to-print portfolio, multiplexing global productivity and real-time collaboration for our customers,” said Avi Reichental, President and CEO of 3D Systems, “We intend to immediately integrate it into our Geomagic Solutions and Cubify platforms for the benefit of our professionals and consumers globally.”

VisPower Technology was formed in 2010 and developed TeamPlatform with the mission of helping product design, engineering services and manufacturing companies easily manage hundreds of small or large projects concurrently with huge piles of data. Driven by an increasingly efficient and effective cloud computing infrastructure, online project management, collaboration, and data storage services are gaining momentum and attention.

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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.

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3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) Geomagic Solutions has announced the 2014 release of its new, comprehensive reverse engineering, inspection, design and 3D modeling software line. This release includes updates to the newly integrated Geomagic products. This includes: Geomagic® Design™ X, Geomagic® Design™ Direct, Geomagic® Verify™, Geomagic® Control™ and Geomagic Freeform® and also announces the availability of new Dynamics and Simulation tools for Geomagic® Design™.

Dynamics for Geomagic Design and Simulate for Geomagic Design provide engineers an arsenal of simulation tools to fully prove-out their designs. Dynamics for Geomagic Design is a rigid body kinematics and dynamics simulation tool that lets customers build and test functional virtual prototypes of their designs on the computer and simulate the full-motion behavior of those designs. This includes complex motion types such as conveyor belts, pulleys, ropes, and bushings. Users can also create keyframed animations.

Simulate for Geomagic Design adds the power of finite element analysis with Stress, Strain, Deflection, Vibration, Buckling, and Heat Transfer analyses. Customers can perform FEA on parts by defining the boundary conditions manually, or can utilize the integration with Dynamics for Geomagic Design to automatically transfer the boundary conditions from a motion analysis, including dynamic contact, into the FEA simulation.

Geomagic Design Direct (formerly known as Geomagic® Spark) integrates leading-edge reverse engineering tools with a direct-modeling CAD platform. The newest release delivers improved and easier-to-use 3D mesh alignment, intuitive preview of solids prior to fitting and wider support for scanning devices. Geomagic Design Direct is now outfitted with a Probe Sketch tool as well. Probe Sketch allows users to create sketch profiles, which can be used to generate solids or surfaces, using only a hard probe device.

Geomagic Design X (formerly known as Rapidform® XOR) provides legacy CAD users with the fastest path from scan data to their existing CAD software. That path has gotten even faster with a host of new enhancements that make for a more streamlined, easier user experience. Geomagic Design X 2014 delivers enhanced LiveTransfer™ functionality to support all the newest versions of SolidWorks®, Siemens® NX, Creo® (Pro/E™) and Inventor®.

Geomagic Verify (formerly Rapidform® XOV) provides users the power to inspect first articles with a number of contact and non-contact scanners so they can fix manufacturing problems quickly. The 2014 version makes part verification more effective and intuitive with improving the general inspection process, calculation methods, data management and user interface. In addition, Geomagic Verify includes an exciting improvement to sheetmetal inspection; this improvement includes intelligent methods that allow various hole-type geometries to be inspected more effectively. Geomagic Verify also now has the capability to inspect real physical parts or 3D scan data in cases where nominal CAD may not exist or be available.

Geomagic Control (formerly Geomagic Qualify®) delivers advanced customizable automation and inspection functionality for repetitive, large-scale metrology. The 2014 version delivers command availability via Python scripts allow even more powerful customization and automation, with add-in scripts being available as buttons in the ribbon command. 2D and 3D dimensions can be automatically created, and support for the MantisVision scanner is now available.

Geomagic Freeform is the leading multi-purpose design platform for creating complex, sculptural, manufacturing-ready 3D models. The main focus for improvement in the 2014 release of Freeform has been to provide enhanced workflows when using polygonal files, e.g. scan data. In fact, Freeform 2014 has gained a number of convenient features – hole filling techniques, automatic mesh repair, and feature fitting and alignment – all in an effort to more fully integrate scan data into Freeform’s unique modeling environment.

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Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM® software for programming CNC machine tools and a Cimatron company, announced that it has released the newest version of GibbsCAM NC programming software, GibbsCAM 2013. This new version includes enhancements to the entire suite of GibbsCAM software to improve efficiency and profitability. Two new options have been added to the software suite as well, 5-Axis MultiBlade and 5-Axis Porting.

GibbsCAM 2013 includes many software enhancements, mostly focusing on increasing the efficiency of part programming and the efficiency of machine run time.

Enhancements include:

  • Mill Feature - Allows the user to assign certain machining attributes directly to part features.  This allows users to save and reuse Knowledge Based Machining  (KBM) information for best practice machining on families of parts. New parts and part changes are handled quickly and easily by a single mouse click.
  • Lathe Threading/Thread Whirling - Users can now define lathe threads from any valid shape, including shapes that contain arcs or splines. Post processors can be upgraded to support native arc threads (G35 and G36) for a more efficient NC program.
  • Surface Flow - Improved machining strategies for solids machining include an improved algorithm that smoothly handles most nonplanar fillets and other blended faces, resulting in better surface finish and more efficient NC code.
  • Geometry Shape Combine - New functionality allows users to manipulate shapes that can be combined through Boolean operations such as union, subtraction, and intersection, trimmed, or broken into segments.
  • Profiler modes - The Profiler now has increased functionality allowing users to slice spun bodies, silhouettes, and cylinders.
  • Lathe Plunge Roughing - Improvements to Lathe Plunge Roughing result in toolpaths that remove more material in less time with improved tool wear.
  • Drilling and Thread Milling Patterns - Users can now place Drilling and Thread Milling in patterns. Pre-mill drilling of patterned milling operations will pick up the pattern automatically.
  • Pocketing Improvements - Several improvements to Pocketing continue to improve the efficiency of the program, including features such as “Outermost Shape As Boss” and improvements to mixed-shape pocketing with smarter entry and exit moves.

The new 5-Axis MultiBlade option targets the machining of turbo machinery parts. It simplifies the programming of impellers, blisks and blings with specialized functions that include roughing, blade finishing, hub finishing, splitter, sub-splitter and wall finishing, and extension and control of leading and trailing edges.

A new 5-Axis Porting option provides specialized functionality for the machining of hollow shapes that have significantly different shapes or sizes at each open end or have a significant amount of curvature from one end to the other, including engine ports, manifolds, and throttle bodies. This dedicated new option simplifies the creation of these highly complex shapes with faster programming time, a cleaner, more efficient toolpath and more efficient machine times.

“We are pleased to release GibbsCAM 2013,” said Bill Gibbs, founder and president of Gibbs and Associates. “We have worked hard to provide our customers with a robust group of enhancements that will help them become more profitable by increasing the efficiency of not just their NC programming, but also improving their machine run times. We have listened to what our customers want and need, and these are just the types of enhancements that customers need to stay competitive in today’s economy.”

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Materialise is proud to announce the launch of MiniMagicsPRO, its latest software package for 3D Printing and AM production environments. With MiniMagicsPRO, Materialise takes a big step towards completing its software offerings for users of AM and 3D Printing: the original free version of MiniMagics can inspect STL files; the new MiniMagicsPRO can not only inspect files, but also create quotes and enable quality control and finishing teams to validate the dimensions of printed parts and generate reports; Magics takes functionality to still a higher level, and is an expert solution for data preparation.

Checking STL files, validating and measuring parts, and creating reports are all things that need to be done several times throughout the AM production cycle; by the designer, their team, and the AM service bureau or department that is producing the part. Each of these stages requires a different level of functionality. As Tim Van den Bogaert, Materialise Product Manager, explains:

“MiniMagicsPRO is a tool in which STL files can be inspected (as with the free MiniMagics) with the additional option that reports (MS Word, MS Excel) can be generated. This is useful for making a first analysis of a part, a quote for a customer or an inspection report. Also, if people are using a floating license of our CAD-import system, all of these imports will be available in the MiniMagicsPRO tool meaning that they do not have to pass through Magics or their customers to convert their files.”

MiniMagicsPRO not only allows users to make measurements on screen (and includes an extended portfolio of measurements), but also to enter (manually or through an electronic caliper) the real measured dimensions after the part has been built. The measured dimensions are then compared with the dimensions on the STL and tolerances are given to show the user whether or not this part falls within specification or not, and whether a remake needs to be made. Also from this data, a report can be generated.

“We believe there are different needs when looking at a service bureau environment. You have the customers of the service bureau who need a tool to view STL files and to communicate with their service provider. Hence Materialise provides the free MiniMagics. Then the data enters the shop floor and some form of a quote or part analysis needs to be generated. With Streamics, Materialise offers advanced solutions for this, but we believe there is also a place for something more affordable and simpler. A tool in which you can inspect a file and make a report with its basic parameters. When the file has been printed, a simple and low cost software should enable the measurement department to check whether the printed part is within tolerances and generate a report of this. We aimed to cover both of these needs with the MiniMagicsPRO software.” (Tim Van den Bogaert, Materialise Product Manager)

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Delcam has launched a free version of its Gold-Certified Delcam for SolidWorks integrated CAM system for SolidWorks. Delcam for SolidWorks XPRESS provides the essential 2D milling and drilling functionality available in Delcam for SolidWorks.

Delcam for SolidWorks XPRESS is intended mainly as an introductory level program for users that are new to computer-aided machining. However, it will also be useful for companies, such as design studios, that only need to program simpler CNC machines or those that wish to experiment with 2D  machining before investing in a full 3D software package.

Users will be able to generate NC code for feature-rich 2D parts quickly and easily with the unique ‘feature-from-feature’ technology inside Delcam for SolidWorks. The software is, of course, fully compatible with the latest version of SolidWorks.

Delcam for SolidWorks XPRESS is fully integrated into the SolidWorks environment, in exactly the same way as the full Delcam for SolidWorks software, so that the program looks and behaves like SolidWorks. Similarly, it offers the same full associativity with SolidWorks so that any changes in the CAD model are reflected automatically in the toolpaths.

The XPRESS version provides the same high level of automation as the full program. The software automatically selects the appropriate tooling for the project, allocates the appropriate feeds and speeds to all the toolpaths, and orders the various roughing, semi-finishing and finishing operations into the most efficient sequence.

The drilling options cover all hole types, including tapped holes, and support drilling cycles with sub-programs for the standard controls.

Full 3D simulation of all toolpaths can be undertaken, with comprehensive gouge detection, to check the programs before they are sent to the machine. Time estimates can also be made to compare the results of using different strategies.

The software is supplied with a basic set of post-processors for typical controllers and functionality is provided so that more experienced users can tweak the standard posts to match their machine-tool controls.

Training videos for Delcam for SolidWorks XPRESS are included on the website, as well as on YouTube. A forum for users has also established on the website, so that members are able swap tips on the use of the software.

Delcam for SolidWorks combines the benefits associated with Delcam’s PowerMILL and FeatureCAM CAM systems.  It is based on Delcam’s proven machining algorithms that are already used by more than 40,000 customers around the world.  The software offers PowerMILL’s exceptional speed of toolpath calculation, plus the advanced strategies for high-speed and five-axis machining, to ensure increased productivity, maximum tool life and immaculate surface finish, even when cutting the hardest, most challenging materials.  At the same time, Delcam for SolidWorks has the same strong focus on ease of use as FeatureCAM, including all of the knowledge-based automation that makes that system so consistent and reliable.

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Dassault Systèmes unveiled the new 2013-2014 SolidWorks Education Edition. This latest version includes new functionalities to simplify complex design tasks, enable students to create models easier and faster, and provide wider connectivity to expand collaboration between users.

Teaching guides and lessons are also available to provide educators with additional support for developing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum. In addition, qualified schools are given SolidWorks Student Edition licenses at no charge for use by their students. Schools with a SolidWorks Education subscription can also administer the Certified SolidWorks Associate (CSWA) exam to their students. More than 6,400 students were certified in the last year alone and the recognition is considered a major asset in a job search because it effectively validates student expertise to prospective employers.

Dassault Systèmes provides an array of support tools to ensure design projects are successfully executed. Students now have access to My.SolidWorks, to help them increase their professional skill set and gain insight and expertise from the SolidWorks Community.

“Technical skills are critically important for career development in the 21st century and we felt it was crucial to provide students with services and technology in the classroom that would prepare them for the real world,” explains Kieran Flannery, a teacher at Castletroy College in Limerick and a regional development officer for t4 Technology Subjects Support Service. “The Irish Department of Education and Skills searched for an educational tool to execute its mission and turned to SolidWorks. Through its ease of use and support capabilities, SolidWorks Education program is enhancing teaching and learning, and in a short period of time has already dramatically improved technology education in Ireland.”

The new education edition includes the following enhancements:

  • SolidWorks Plastics - provides students the insight to predict and avoid manufacturing defects during the earliest stages of plastics part and injection mold design.
  • SolidWorks Simulation Premium - makes it possible to easily subject designs to the same conditions that they’ll experience in the real world.
  • SolidWorks Flow Simulation - takes the complexity out of flow designs by allowing students to visualize fluid flow and compare analysis results between multiple design configurations.
  • SolidWorks Sustainability - evaluates the financial and environmental impact of a design decision during the development process.

SolidWorks’ newest product, SolidWorks Electrical, is also part of this version. SolidWorks Electrical enables students in engineering, robotics, and other disciplines to create electrical projects starting with 2D system schematics and ending with 3D routing and cabling interconnecting components.

“Preparing future designers and engineers with high quality science, technology, engineering and mathematics education is a core part of our 3DEXPERIENCE strategy,” said Philippe Forestier, Executive Vice President, Global Affairs & Communities, Dassault Systèmes. “More than 25,000 secondary schools and universities worldwide rely on the SolidWorks Education Edition to engage the next generation. We look forward to seeing how these students leverage the applications to make a difference in the world, addressing global challenges like sustainability, clean water and air.”

“We are passionate about providing our community of designers and engineers at every level with the means to expand their abilities through formal training, certification and informal connections with other users,” said Bertrand Sicot, CEO, SolidWorks, Dassault Systèmes. “The latest release of SolidWorks Education Edition helps prepare the next generation of design leaders for their future successes with the tools to allow them to immediately contribute.”

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CNC Software announces the release of Mastercam X7. Mastercam X7 introduces significant new capabilities, including the new Mill-Turn product, Renishaw Productivity+™, Lathe Dynamic Rough, and so much more.

New Mastercam Mill-Turn

Mastercam’s Mill-Turn product makes machining on today’s high-powered turning centers and full-function machining centers simpler and easier than ever before. Mastercam Mill-Turn streamlines the programming process with intelligent job setups that are keyed to the exact machine in your shop. Intelligent work plane selection makes it easy to select the proper spindle and turret, all while programming your part with Mastercam’s proven mill and lathe toolpaths.

Renishaw Probing

Mastercam X7 integrates Renishaw’s Productivity+ for in-process gauging. This uses a measuring probe on a machine tool to determine fixture offsets, orientation, and critical dimensions. Probing eliminates the need for tool presetters, expensive fixtures, and manual settings with dial indicators. It allows for machine offsets to be automatically adjusted during machining to further enhance the manufacturing process.

New Lathe Dynamic Rough Toolpath

The Lathe Dynamic Rough toolpath is designed for hard materials cut with button inserts. The dynamic motion allows the toolpath to cut gradually, remain engaged in the material more effectively, and use more of the surface on your insert, extending tool life and increasing the cutting speed.

More powerful tools in Mastercam X7 include:

  • The new Tool Manager, providing a whole new way to create and organize your tooling.
  • Improved Backplot and Verify utilities that offer a more efficient workflow, better analysis tools, and more comprehensive toolpath support.
  • Dynamic and OptiRough toolpaths with more efficient tool motion, including enhanced cut orders and faster calculation times.
  • Multi-threading support extended to most 2D high speed toolpaths, resulting in faster toolpath processing.
  • Oscillate motion for Curve and Swarf 5-axis toolpaths, improving your tool life by not always machining with the same area of the tool.

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3D printers are becoming increasingly common. Architects, technicians, designers and inventors all make use of this technique to create the most beautiful and complex shapes in the blink of an eye. But not only professionals spend their time printing in three dimensions. A growing amount of consumers buy 3D printers or visit ‘FabLabs’ where these printers are publically accessible.

There are websites with countless 3D designs available for download so people can easily print other people’s vase, toy car or iPhone case. But wouldn’t it be more fun to create your own designs? Most definitely, yet designing and printing your own objects requires specific knowledge of complex 3D design programs. Rick Companje, founder of Doodle3D also ran into this problem.

A Media technology graduate and co-founder of Globe4D and FabLab Amersfoort, Rick is at the frontier of many new technologies. In this Dutch Fabrication Laboratory he spends his time lasercutting, CNC milling and working with other digitally driven tools. Though his results with the 3D printer were limited by his little experience with 3D design software.

For this reason Rick started developing Doodle3D, a very simple sketching tool with which anyone can bring their hand-drawn drawings come to life with a 3D printer, but without having the steep learning curve of 3D CAD programs.

It works like this; you make a drawing on a tablet, smartphone or computer, connect the Doodle3D WiFi Box to the 3D printer, and with the press of a button your drawing is sent to the printer. The printer builds, layer for layer, the 3D model out of heated plastic, which immediatly cools and solidifies into a rigid 3D shape. The beauty of it is that your Doodle will be completely unique! But you can do more with Doodle3D. A simple starting shape – like a circle – can be extruded, turned, twisted and bent into a spatial 3D object. This way your flat 2D drawing becomes an interesting 3D object with very few actions.

In order to finish the development of Doodle3D and share it with the world the Doodle3D team is launching a campaign on kickstarter. By pledging for the Doodle3D project backers can receive one of our WiFi Boxes, or a different reward and support the development of this project. The raised money will be used by the team to facilitate Doodle3D’s compatibility with every mainstream OS and every 3D printer, and of course make the rewards a reality! Accessible 3D printing for everyone!

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The new Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) Design and Creation Suites offer unprecedented access to the Autodesk 2014 software portfolio spanning the desktop and cloud and allow building, product, plant, and factory design; engineering, construction and infrastructure; and entertainment creation professionals to innovate more. For the first time, the 2014 Design and Creation Suites include new reality capture software and services that more easily incorporate both laser scans and digital photographs of the physical world into the 3D design and engineering process.

The flexible, economical software access provided by Autodesk Suites means designers and engineers have a broader palette of tools to choose from — they can choose the best tool for the job at hand and better respond to changing business requirements. Suites customers on Autodesk Subscription will also have access to select Autodesk 360 cloud services that extend designers and engineers’ workflows to explore more design alternatives, collaborate more effectively and experience greater mobility. Subscription customers now can purchase additional cloud capacity as well.

The 2014 family of Autodesk Design and Creation Suites includes:

  • Autodesk AutoCAD Design Suite
  • Autodesk Building Design Suite
  • Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite
  • Autodesk Factory Design Suite
  • Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite
  • Autodesk Plant Design Suite
  • Autodesk Product Design Suite

Comprehensive Industry Workflows Include Reality Capture

A key addition to the 2014 portfolio of suites is Autodesk ReCap, a family of new reality capture software and cloud services that simplify the process of creating intelligent 3D data of physical objects and environments using laser scans and photos, allowing customers to bring the actual job site or physical objects into their design and engineering process.

Rather than beginning with a blank screen, designers and engineers can add, modify, validate and document their design process in context. For example, a civil engineer can bypass an existing bridge or expand the road underneath digitally and test feasibility with accurate survey data. At construction phase, builders can run digital clash detection to truly understand if existing utilities will be in the way. Urban planners can get answers to specific design questions about large areas, such as how much building roof surface is covered by shadow or vegetation.

The 2014 suites’ industry specific workflows address specific user needs and strengthen compatibility between products. For example, suites containing Autodesk Revit products and Autodesk AutoCAD software enjoy tighter interoperability so when it is time to import forms from AutoCAD into Revit products, the forms retain much greater integrity, or when it is time to output drawings in AutoCAD, users can generate 2D documentation within Revit products. Suites containing Autodesk Revit and Autodesk Inventor software will benefit from tighter interoperability that allows customers, such as building product manufacturers, to simplify and export an Inventor model into a Revit file format for the construction environment without exposing any sensitive intellectual property.

Better Together: Desktop and Cloud

Autodesk 360 extends the suites workflow advantage by connecting the desktop to secure and virtually infinite computing power in the cloud, helping subscribers rapidly design, visualize, simulate, and share their ideas anywhere, anytime.

Illustrating the power of a combining the cloud and desktop, Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite 2014 and Autodesk Building Design Suite 2014 introduce Autodesk InfraWorks software and Autodesk InfraWorks 360 cloud services. These new tools help accelerate the adoption of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and cloud-based workflows for the planning, design, construction and management of civil infrastructure projects. Helping improve the civil infrastructure design process by engineering in 3D from the start, the software and services allow collaboration with a broad set of stakeholders on mobile and desktop platforms, and enables communication in new and visually compelling ways. Autodesk InfraWorks allows civil engineers and planners to design within the context of the real-world environment, helping to deliver projects, both large and small, by more efficiently managing even large-scale infrastructure models.

Economical Access

Finally, each suite offers an economical way for customers to access their primary design software—plus the complementary software and cloud services needed to more effectively complete design, engineering, or entertainment creation tasks. The 2014 Suites, which come in Standard, Premium or Ultimate editions, offer greater value than ever before:

  • Standard editions of all suites containing AutoCAD have added AutoCAD Raster Design software.
  • Autodesk Building Design Suite subscribers gain access to Autodesk Green Building Studio and energy analysis cloud services in the standard edition, as well as InfraWorks 2014 and the Optimization for Inventor cloud service in the Ultimate edition.
  • Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite customers will benefit from new workflows like the ability to easily generate moving or idle crowds with populate, improved viewport display and shading, and the ability to create production-quality meshes with the new retopologizing options.
  • Autodesk Factory Design Suite includes more than 300 new factory assets.
  • Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite Premium now includes Autodesk InfraWorks 2014, Autodesk Roads and Highways Module for InfraWorks, Autodesk AutoCAD Utility Design software and for the first time, a single, comprehensive version of Autodesk Revit products that combines tools for architectural design, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) engineering and structural engineering.
  • Autodesk Plant Design Suite Ultimate adds Autodesk Inventor with Routed Systems, and the Plant Design Suite Premium edition now includes Autodesk 3ds Max Design software.
  • Autodesk Product Design Suite Premium now includes Autodesk Inventor Professional, and Autodesk Navisworks Manage has been added to the Product Design Suite Ultimate edition for clash detection. Both Product Design Suite Ultimate and Premium customers on Autodesk Subscription now have access to the Optimization for Inventor cloud service.

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Altair announced the release of HyperWorks 12.0, the most comprehensive computer-aided engineering platform in the PLM market. HyperWorks 12.0 offers new functionalities and end-user productivity advancements in product optimization, finite element modeling, multiphysics analysis, powertrain durability analysis, lightweight design and many others.

“HyperWorks 12.0 provides automated and easy-to-use features that save time, ensure accuracy and improve products by making them lighter and by offering the opportunity for much more design exploration,” said James Brancheau, Altair’s Chief Technical Officer.

“The very tight integration and interoperability of the open-platform HyperWorks suite allow engineers, designers and analysts to create and evaluate every aspect of their products with assurance that they have found the best design for their objectives.”

The advanced capabilities within HyperWorks 12.0 emphasize performance improvements and enhancements in:

  • Usability – aimed at time compression and providing easy access to CAE technology, including improvements to the model browsers, a new streamlined user profile for quick model setup (BasicFEA) and support for 3D visualization (HyperView).
  • Advanced meshing algorithms – various meshing functionalities for shell and solid meshing, such as a mid-plane mesh generator with automatic thickness mapping from complex solid CAD geometry and the addition of quality control mechanisms (HyperMesh).
  • Model Assembling – various sophisticated model assembly methods, including an automated connectors generation method, are available for faster assembly of complex models.
  • Interfacing – enhanced interoperability of CAD import and export, composites interfacing and collaborative simulation data management.
  • Powertrain Durability and large-scale NVH analysis and optimization – new and enhanced functionalities include one-step transfer path analysis (TPA) and a multi-level sub-structuring solver (AMSES) in OptiStruct.
  • Explicit and implicit finite-element analysis – several new material laws and failure models for accuracy (RADIOSS).
  • GPU support – the implicit solvers in RADIOSS, OptiStruct and AcuSolve add GPU support with a cost-effective licensing schema.
  • Automotive extensions – allow co-simulation with third-party components for multi-body analysis (MotionSolve).
  • Best-in-class optimization capabilities – speeds lightweighting of designs and now includes new manufacturing constraints for composite materials (OptiStruct).
  • Noise levels prediction – new Ffowcs-Williams-Hawkings acoustic solver accurately predicts noise levels at distant microphone locations (AcuSolve).
  • Smart Multiphysics simulation – novel multi-core licensing model cost-effectively leverages HyperWorks and Altair Partner Alliance solvers for high-end multiphysics problems.
  • Design exploration, study and optimization – an entirely redesigned release of HyperStudy accelerates design robustness and reliability studies.
  • Simulation-driven concept design tools – the most recent version of solidThinking Inspire allows designers to generate and explore structurally efficient concepts in the earliest phases of the design process, and solidThinking Evolve delivers a NURBS-based 3D modeling and rendering environment to create manufacturable models and render CAE results with unsurpassed photorealism.

The advancements in HyperWorks 12.0 received positive reviews from customer beta users. For example, Jonathan Gabrys, Technical Fellow of The Boeing Company, said, “The new 3D capability creates a fully-immersive environment that improves our ability to support conceptual design and analysis efforts. Specifically, being able to interrogate complex analysis results, such as stress fields or deflections, using 3D visualization provides an enhanced level of understanding.”

In addition to the HyperWorks suite, Altair provides virtually limitless value and access to third party technology through the Altair Partner Alliance (APA).  Directly accessed using HyperWorks Units (HWUs), today HyperWorks clients have access to wide variety of specialized software applications developed by nearly 30 different strategic partners.

With the launch of HyperWorks 12.0, Altair continues to increase the value, flexibility and portability of the HyperWorks licenses. The suite remains available “in the cloud” via HyperWorks On-Demand (HWOD), a platform that uses Altair’s PBS Works suite for high performance computing (HPC) for work load management, job submission, monitoring and workload analytics. This allows easy access to cloud computing and subsequent accounting – all using HWUs, requiring minimal additional investment.

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