April 18, 2005

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Variety of new products

The newest Autodesk products are designed to make it easier and faster for manufacturers to turn their ideas into real products by better creating, managing, and sharing design information. New products include Autodesk Inventor® Series 10, Autodesk Inventor® Professional 10, AutoCAD® Mechanical 2006, AutoCAD® Electrical 2006, Autodesk® Vault 4, Autodesk Productstream® 4, Autodesk Streamline® 7, and Autodesk DWF®. These software solutions are meant to help users design better quality products, accelerate time to market, and achieve maximum project visibility and collaboration. Autodesk Inc.http://rbi.ims.ca/4390-577


Increases simulation speed

The company's PSI (polymorphic spreadsheet interpreter) Technology has been licensed for Crystal Ball 7.1, boosting calculations by as much as 100 times faster than the Microsoft Excel recalculator. It enables a new design that assigns several, higher-level "meanings" to the formulas in a user's spreadsheet model. PSI is now the default option in Crystal Ball 7.1, although the Excel recalculator is also available. Frontlinehttp://rbi.ims.ca/4390-578


Provides accessible data

Touchview Data Report System is designed to provide advanced testing capabilities that ensure that all products meet client specifications and quality assurance standards. The semiautomatic system identifies faults and provides feedback to production as to their nature and position. The system will test for specific impedance levels for all positions on X-Y matrix and analog touch screens, LED operation and polarity, membrane switch impedance, short circuits, and LED color, among other things. Test results are stored in a Microsoft Access database. CAM Graphics Co. Inc.http://rbi.ims.ca/4390-579


Provides controlled access to SolidWorks

The latest version of the company's Adept software for SolidWorks® 2005 is designed to provide users with a comprehensive, out-of-the-box document management system to find, view, track, secure, and control access to SolidWorks drawings and all related PC files. Organizations with mixed software environments and geographically dispersed design and business groups can provide controlled access to SolidWorks, Autodesk-based design products, Microsoft Office, and other business-critical documents in a centralized data repository on a LAN or WAN, or across the Internet. Synergis Softwarehttp://rbi.ims.ca/4390-580


Extends 3D CAD reach

Lattice3D's XVL publishing technology is now available within CoCreate's 3D CAD product, OneSpace Designer Modeling. The partnership offers users multiple formats to choose from for lightweight viewing and collaboration around 3D CAD designs. It is designed to provide manufacturers with an easy way to interact with their designers and extend the reach of 3D CAD design data within the organization, without requiring users to have CAD expertise. CoCreate Software Inc.http://rbi.ims.ca/4390-581


Provides double curvature end caps

The Dome function is now available in the company's Version 10 CAD/CAM solution. It provides double-curvature end caps and is designed to be easy to use. The Dome command can produce a concave or convex shape, picking up a 2D or 3D profile. The users control the height and blending of the Dome via straightforward options; users can also influence the trangency and curvature of the Dome face in relation to existing faces. VX Corp.http://rbi.ims.ca/4390-582


Provides constraint-based environment

Engineered to use geometric dimensions and constraints to provide the parametric sketching capabilities that have become fundamental in design engineering, the 2D DCM is a robust, industry-tested solution that is an alternative to resource-intensive in-house development. It will be used in ABAQUS/CAE, the modeling and visualization environment for ABAQUS® suite of finite element analysis software. The integration is designed to provide a constraint-based sketching environment, thus enhancing its usability and parametric modeling capabilities. PLM Componentshttp://rbi.ims.ca/4390-583


Eliminates compatibility problem

A free software component, DWGgateway, is designed for users who need to work with multiple versions of DWG files, regardless of the AutoCAD version that produced it. It enables AutoCAD versions going back to AutoCAD R14 for the first time to read, edit, and save AutoCAD (.dwg and .dwf) 2D files created by more recent versions of the software, including AutoCAD 2005. SolidWorks Corp.http://rbi.ims.ca/4390-584



Hailed by the company as the industry's first Web-accessible drawings, users can reportedly download air filter models into all major CAD formats for "can't miss" fit and tolerance stack-up evaluation. This is designed to eliminate the need for users to recreate 3D air filter models from scratch, allowing them to configure air filters and visualize them from all angles before downloading models into their designs. It is made possible through the joint efforts of the company and 3D ContentCentral, a cooperative relationship between the 3DpartStream group of the SolidWorks Corp. and leading industrial suppliers. Universal Air Filter Co.http://rbi.ims.ca/4390-585


New version

DFMA® 2005A is a new software release that reportedly includes upgraded versions of both modules in the integrated DFMA suite: DFA Version 9.2 and DFM Concurrent Costing® Version 2.1. The software is designed to identify the major cost drivers associated with manufacturing and finishing parts. It helps engineering supply chains understand the cost structure of products and supports the development of innovative designs that are easier and more economical to produce. A key benefit, according to the company, is the quick generation of an initial cost estimate at any stage of design in just a few steps. Boothroyd Dewhurst Inc.http://rbi.ims.ca/4390-586


Lowers implementation costs

FindView Product Data Alchemist is engineered to automate discovery of all existing product data assets and to provide tools to extract and format information from embedded content for loading into an enterprise PLM system. Businesses can reportedly gain six to 12 months on their ROI from product life cycle management implementation and, at the same time, lower implementation costs. Product Sign Corp.http://rbi.ims.ca/4390-587


Create clean tool path

Version 19 CAD-CAM incorporates Wire Frame, Surfaces, and Solids into one with the goal of allowing users the ability to create clean tool path and accurate G-code programs for imported surface or solids type files. It supports DXF, IGES, and STEP files for the importing of surfaces or solid models for machining. CAM functionality includes customizable tool libraries, canned cycles, as well as drilling cycles through using visual basic scripting technology. CAD-CAM Solutionshttp://rbi.ims.ca/4390-588


All-in-one education solution

The company is introducing eight learning bundles that are designed to meet teachers' and students' needs and budget. The bundles are available for Maya and Alias StudioTools software. School bundles include: software (Maya or Studio); self-paced learning tools; and 12-month access to the Alias Platinum Membership program, trial software and 30-day installation support. Student bundles include a learning tool, trial software, and 30-day installation support. Aliashttp://rbi.ims.ca/4390-589

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