ANSYS® 5.7 is designed to offer the most real-life solutions for nonlinear analysis. Instead of using simplified, constant parameters, users can allow variations in material properties, component geometric extensions, external loads, and boundary conditions. It handles the extra computing load with a scalable shared memory parallel solver, and a distributed memory solver.
ANSYS Inc., Southpointe 275 Technology Dr., Canonsburg, PA 15317; FAX (724) 514-9494; www.ansys.com.
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thinkdesign 6.0 is designed to bring high-performance CAD to the desktop, featuring a new speech-enabled GUI that reduces the number of dialog boxes and command-line functions. It also allows late-stage parametric model changes, reusing design elements, and associative curves and surfaces. It even offers a web-based 3D adventure game, designed to make training fun.
think3, 2880 Lakeside Dr., Suite 250, Santa Clara, CA 95054; FAX (408) 727-0237; www.thinkthree.com.
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Software development collaboration
Software Central is software-development collaboration software designed to enable real-time communication, and parallel, iterative design processes. It integrates with a company's existing tools to lower administrative burdens. Users must run the eMatrix9 Application Exchange Framework to use it.
Matrixone, Two Executive Drive, Chelmsford, MA 01824; www.matrixone.com.
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COSMOS/Flow is a computational fluid dynamics program embedded in COSMOS/Works, the SolidWorks analysis module. Developed with the non-specialist in mined, it determines how fluids will flow through and around a model, for applications with automobiles, airplane wings, or exhaust valves. It can also simulate gases, heat transfer, and other forces.
SRAC—Structural Research & Analysis Corp., 12121 Wilshire Blvd. 7th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90025; FAX (310) 207-7805; www. cosmosm.com.
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ESPRIT CT is what happens when ESPRIT 2000 integrates Charmilles Technologies' CT Expert system. ESPRIT CT allows users to do streamlined, automated programming of Wire EDM machines. It offers 3D data exchange capability, has a database of machine settings, and automates machine file output.
DP Technology, 1150 Avenida Acaso, Camarillo, CA 93012; FAX (805) 388-3085; www.dptechnology.com.
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BoltFAST™ is bolted joint analysis software that allows engineers to determine the fatigue endurance limit of a thread, the amount of embedding anticipated in the joint, and the optimal tightening torque for given friction conditions. It can calculate whether a bolted joint can sustain certain forces, the amount of force necessary to strip threads, and the best tightening torque and clamp force.
Sensor Products Inc., 188 Route 10 Suite 307, East Hanover, NJ 07936-2108; FAX (973) 884-1699; www.sensorprod.com.
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Composite design software
Version 3.3 of FiberSIM/UG allows Unigraphics CAD users to design composite components, with new features including the ability to import stored ply definitions, including material name, fiber spacing factor, simulation type, and geometric data such as holes and markers.
Composite Design Technologies, 486 Totten Pond Rd., Waltham, MA 02451; FAX (781) 290-0507; www.cdt.com.
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