Autofact '97 hosted more than 300 companies exhibiting computer-based
tools that promise to reduce costs, increase productivity, and improve time to
market. The show started off with a bang as Computervision announced its purchase by Parametric Technology Corporation. CV also debuted its new DesignWaveTM CAD system for Windows 95 and NT. …Intergraph announced Solid Edge version 4, which includes expanded part modeling using helical features. …SolidWorks showed off SolidWorks 97Plus, while in the same booth, Working Model Inc. demonstrated its Working Model simulation software. …Matra Datavision debuted Euclid Stylist, the surface modeling package for its Euclid Quantum CAD/CAM system. …Microcadam displayed its Helix CAD products and played host to SRAC, which introduced its COSMOS/M for Helix package. …"Supplier readiness" was the theme of SDRC's exhibit, which emphasized its capabilities in automotive applications. …MCS, Inc. introduced Anvil Express featuring Autosnap 3-DTM for automatically creating solids from a 2-D drawing. …Ashlar Vellum showed off its Vellum Solids, a hybrid program that combines wireframe, surface, and solids modeling. …Visio Corp. demonstrated its new IntelliCADTM software, which offers compatibility with AutoCAD drawings, commands, and applications at a cost of $499. …Smart Solutions Inc. previewed a Web-enabled module for its PDM system that lets authorized users access PDM files through browsers over the Web. …Engineering Animation Inc. introduced VisNetworkTM software. It enables quick access to distributed data and works seamlessly with CAD and PDM systems. … Hewlett-Packard displayed a full-scale mock-up of the Predator sports car--the result of a collaboration between car designer Mark Gerish, HP, ICEM Technologies, EDS Unigraphics, MSC, and Engineering Animation. …Spatial Technologies showed off ACIS 3.0 along with several ACIS-based applications, including CADKEY 97 from Baystate Technologies. Baystate also announced the planned December release of CADKEY 97 version 2. …Building Block Software introduced Journeyman CAMTM, which provides 2- and 2.5-axis milling directly inside CADKEY 97. …Microsoft featured an art-to-part demonstration of how managers can run an entire company in a Windows NT environment.
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Among new products at The MacNeal-Schwendler Corp. booth were MSC/DropTest, for drop and impact simulations; MSC/SuperForge, for simulating forging operations; and version 3 of MSC/NASTRAN for Windows. …CADSI launched DesignWorks, which offers motion, structure, and thermal analysis embedded inside SolidWorks. …ANSYS showed its DesignSpace 3.0 Stress Wizard and Vibration Wizard. The wizards are plug-ins to solid modelers such as Autodesk's Mechanical Desktop. …ITI introduced CAD/IQ software for analyzing CAD model integrity and interoperability with downstream applications and CAD/CAM/CAE systems. …Invention Machines Inc. showcased the IM Phenomenon module for its Invention Lab series of engineering support software. The program permits engineers to uncover known physical, chemical, and biological principles that could be used to solve a given engineering problem.
More than pretty pictures
Silicon Graphics, Inc. provided the first widespread public demonstration of RealityMapping, its new 3-D software rendering technology. …LightWork Design Ltd. showed version 4.0 of its LightWorks rendering engine. The company also broke new ground with Rapidprove, its new automated machine toolpath checking software. …The central display in 3D Systems' booth was the company's new SLATM 5000 stereolithography machine. The SLA 5000 reportedly has the highest power solid-state ultraviolet laser available in stereolithography today. It uses less space and power than its predecessor and doesn't require water cooling. …Prosolvia Clarus introduced Oxygen SketchMap software which converts 2-D sketches into a 3-D virtual reality environment for faster automotive design. …Seiko Instruments introduced ColorPoint PS 7114-CGM2, a desktop color imager that prints CGM files from any application without downloading the information, regardless of the vendor, application, or hardware.