CAD giant Structural Dynamics Research Corp. (SDRC, Cincinnati, OH) and computer-aided production engineering (CAPE) software developer Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. (Herzliya, Israel) formed a strategic alliance to integrate design and production engineering environments. Tecnomatix develops automation software for digital factories (see news, page 62). Because interoperability is what users are demanding, Tecnomatix and SDRC plan to jointly develop and market solutions in the areas of digital factory, digital mock-up, and quality management, expanding the interoperability between the two products. "Moving forward, SDRC will work with Tecnomatix on programs focusing on integration of product information and data management," said Bill Weyand, chairman, CEO, and president of SDRC. "This joint effort between SDRC and Tecnomatix demonstrates both companies' dedication to enabling and implementing end-to-end digital manufacturing solutions," said Bruce Jenkins, vice president, Daratech Inc. (Cambridge, MA). "The offerings that result from this cooperation should be given serious consideration by manufacturing concerns seeking to compress time-to-market through new levels of concurrency and collaboration between design engineering and production engineering."
Design collaboration now includes the entire value chain. From suppliers to customers, purchasing to outside experts, the collaborative design team includes internal and external groups. The design process now stretches across the globe in multiple software formats.
A new high-pressure injection-molding technology produces near-net shape parts with 2-inch-thick walls from high-performance materials like PEEK, PAI, and carbon-filled polymers. Parts show no voids, sinks, or porosity, have more consistent mechanical properties, and are stronger.
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