Available to order in late April will be the SpinFire extension, debuted this week at the National Manufacturing Week to allow access to CAD files directly from a Microsoft Office program.
With a non-model interface and familiar select-and-paste function, the new extension by Actify Inc. (www.actify.com) is designed for easy 2D and 3D design information retrieval whether the user is familiar with the native CAD system or not. According to Bill Wallace, Product Manager, SpinFire is compatible with almost all the available CAD software and the access through a Microsoft Office program, such as Excel and Microsoft Word, means that users can also easily print out the design info.
Actify partnered directly with Microsoft to develop SpinFire, and expects its core customers, from automotive OEMs to DaimlerChrysler, to also purchase the extension.
Feedback on SpinFire has been positive at the NMW, Wallace said. Attendees are particularly interested in the 2D inline export that is essential to estimation and procurement, he added.
An online demo will soon be available on Actifyís website.