October 21, 2002
MSC. Interactive Physics, recently released internationally, features physics modeling and simulation education in one software package, including documentation and online tutorials in multiple languages. Physics software is designed for students, as well as science teachers and professors, in order to develop an interactive classroom curriculum.
MSC.Software Corp.,www.interactivephysics.com. Enter 613
DesignCAD 3D MAX Plus features solid modeling, integrated 2D/3D modes, smart editing, and power tools and features. Internet-ready and customizable, the software operates on Microsoft Windows 9x or NT (version 4.0 or later), with a 486 DX processor and 16 Mbytes of RAM. Other system requirements include a SuperVGA graphics card capable of 256 or more colors, and a SuperVGA monitor capable of at least 800 x 600 resolution.
Upperspace Corp.,www.upperspace.com. Enter 614
The Autodesk Inventor(TM) Series is one package consisting of Autodesk Inventor(TM) 5.3 3D design software and Autodesk Mechanical Desktop(R), in addition to AutoCAD(R) and AutoCAD Mechanical software functionality. The series offers 2D and 3D capabilities with DWG compatibility, and the ShapeManager feature-based modeling kernel. The package accommodates users interested in transitioning to the new software, while maintaining their current AutoCAD-based system.
Autodesk Inc., www.autodesk.com. Enter 615
ANSYS/Multiphysics software provides matrix- and load-vector coupling needed for simulation in cooling systems, biotechnology, MEMS, and power generation. Software is designed with a Results Viewer for improved post-processing operations; a Material Definition GUI for defining nonlinear material models and properties; and a Function Builder that reportedly defines complex loads as functions of several variables.
Ansys, www.ansys.com. Enter 616
3D solid modeling
In addition to improvements in graphic performance, drawings, and file loading, Alibre Design 4.0 features a new multi-window user interface, an instant message service, and tutorials intended for ease of use. The 3D mechanical design software offers automated capture and definition of sketch constraints, enhanced part and assembly modeling, and transparent display of assemblies while editing.
Alibre Inc., www.alibre.com. Enter 617
Fluid flow analysis
COSMOS/FloWorks offers users a SolidWorks-embedded computational fluid dynamics software package powered by NIKA's flow simulation technology. The software is used in the design of valves, engines, hydraulics, pumps, piping, and HVAC to analyze heat transfer, the flow of gases and liquids, and forces on solids. SolidWorks geometry is left as a solid model, eliminating the necessity for a fluid flow analysis specialist.
Structural Research and Analysis Corp., www.srac.com. Enter 618
The Dimension(TM) 2300 system includes a 1.7 GHz Intel Celeron(R) processor, a 20 Gbyte hard drive, 128 Mbyte shared SDRAM, a CD-ROM, and a 15-inch monitor. The system is suited for accessing the Internet, managing e-mail, running educational software and games, and managing a basic music and digital photography collection. Hardware is available with Dell Jukebox, Dell Picture Studio, and six months of Internet access.
Dell Computers, www.dell.com. Enter 619
CATIA Version 5 Release 9 is the company's latest 3D product life cycle management package for product creation, design, simulation, and optimization. The new software features product morphing, which combines design definitions or templates with new specifications to reproduce the derivative product definitions. Eleven new applications are offered for the industrial machinery, aerospace, industrial equipment systems, consumer goods, and shipbuilding industries.
Dassault Systemes, www.dsweb.com. Enter 620
Engineered for high-speed graphics and wireless technology, the ThinkPad A31p mobile computer allows users to design or collaborate with suppliers, OEMs, and customers from anywhere. Available with the company's Embedded Security Subsystem (ESS), the notebooks integrate and run both 802.11b and Bluetooth concurrently. The 7.1-lb mobile computer includes ATI Mobility FireGL 7800 graphics technology, as well as Mobile Pentium 4 Processor-M, and double data rate memory.
IBM, www.ibm.com. Enter 621
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