Computer Productivity Tools

DN Staff

December 1, 2003

3 Min Read
Computer Productivity Tools


Designed to cuts costs

Each of the VX professional bundles contain VX-developed tools that are designed to meet the needs of a range of industry professionals at a greatly reduced cost. The four bundles of CAD/CAM software are for product design (VX Designer), mold and die development (VX Mold and Die), machining (VX Machinist), and complete design-through-manufacturing (VX End-to-End). Each bundle also contains all of the tools in the Designer Bundle so users can import and heal files in other CAD systems and tailor geometry to meet specific machining requirements.VX Corp.


With real-time capabilities

SimMechanics 2 is designed to enable engineers to simulate their mechanical models on real-time hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) systems, allowing them to test and improve their controller and mechanical designs earlier in the design cycle. Users can generate C code from a model using Real-Time Workshop(R), creating optimized ANSI C code from Simulink block diagrams. It also features new spring-damper blocks; improved animation; a new variable mass block; and buttons that toggle the display of coordinate systems, center-of-gravity icons, and bodies. The MathWorks Inc.


Ergonomic design

The Z(TM)-Cart is designed to turn a laptop computer into a mobile computer station. The design is reportedly compact, stable, and highly maneuverable and can be adjusted to a user's height, allowing natural posture while standing or sitting. Featuring a locking work surface to prevent theft, slipping, and spills, the cart also has a retractable, full-size keyboard tray with a bi-directional sliding mouse tray to accommodate both right- and left-handed users. It is ideal for a variety of applications, including healthcare, retail, industrial inventory management, materials management, and test and measurement. JACO Inc.


For manufacturers and OEMs

ChipData's SymXpert solution generates schematic symbols from supplier component data sheets. IC2 SymXpert accelerates the symbol creation process and removes errors by eliminating the need to manually enter pin information. The software offers an easy-to-use interface and allows multiple users to extract design information directly from a suppliers component datasheet . ChipData Inc.


Hybrid modeling

Total Modeling is designed to give designers the ability to create innovative products more easily and more quickly without the restrictions of conventional CAD software. It reportedly helps reduce many product development cycles involving the use of rapid prototypes. Features include the reverse engineering and triangle modeling capabilities of CopyCAD, and the relief modeling and decoration options within ArtCAM. There is a wide range of ideal applications, including footwear, packaging, and ceramics and toys. Delcam


Functionality and interoperability

MSC.Nastran 2004 is now available to deliver a broad range of functionality as well as interoperability with other CAE products. According to the company, enhancements include Nonlinear simulation, MSC.ADAMS integration, NVH Optimization, Rotor Dynamics, Spot Weld, Acoustics, as well as Stochastics. All these improvements reportedly will make integrated solver strategy possible for any given engineering problem. MSC Software Corp.


Simple, connected, time-saving

Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire(TM) enables a complete system for product development and reportedly can seamlessly connect product development with enterprise business processes. Features include a unique Web services architecture that enables swift, unobtrusive data access. The total integration of Wildfire enables developers to reduce time-to-market and costs, improve information exchange, and explore new approaches to creating products while simplifying the design process. PTC

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