Solid Edge Version 5 is powered by the Unigraphics Parasolid modeling kernel and runs on Windows 95 and NT. The new release includes more than 100 new design capabilities, usability enhancements, and performance features. Chief among the improvements are improved rounding, thin-walling, blending, and hidden line removal for drafting. New large-assembly management tools let users define and manipulate select sets with improved performance through unloading non-displayed selections. The new version is fully compatible with Solid Edge Version 4 data. Version 5 allows for automatic and batch directory conversion of legacy data files while maintaining associativity, parameters, and a complete feature tree. Version 5 is also interoperable with Unigraphics CAD software powered by the Parasolid kernel.
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BMW has already incorporated more than 10,000 3D-printed parts in the Rolls-Royce Phantom and intends to expand the use of 3D printing in its cars even more in the future. Meanwhile, Daimler has started using additive manufacturing for producing spare parts in Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
Researchers have been developing a number of nano- and micro-scale technologies that can be used for implantable medical technology for the treatment of disease, diagnostics, prevention, and other health-related applications.
SABIC's lightweighting polycarbonate glazing materials have appeared for the first time in a production car: the rear quarter window of Toyota's special edition 86 GRMN sports car, where they're saving 50% of its weight compared to conventional glass.
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