TurboCAD(R) V7 from IMSI (Novato, CA) is priced and positioned as a direct competitor to AutoCAD, with features that allow users to add or subtract 3D parts from an assembly, see section-views of 3D models, retain part geometry, and even choose materials for variable "surface roughness" of 3D models. It is also Web-friendly, so users can save files as jpegs or publish them directly as HTML, and it offers interoperability with 27 other file formats. The package is available as a standard edition surface modeler, or as the Professional Edition solid modeler.
SolidDesigner 2001 from CoCreate Software (Fort Collins, CO) allows users higher levels of collaboration than past versions, as well as Rapid Design, a 3D modeling tool that allows users to work with imported designs as if they were native data, and to use drag-and-drop methods to create and modify their designs. Another new feature is the Mold Design Advisor, which can help optimize plastic parts for injection molding through a feature library, rules-based advice, and automated core and cavity creation.
Moldflow Corp. (Wayland, MA) took its Moldflow Part Advisor? and Internet-enabled it to create iMPA? 5.0. Accessible at www.plasticszone.com, iMPA helps users to streamline the procedure of using Plasticszone with a new activation wizard. It also allows users to purchase model activation licenses with coupons. At 25% faster than MPA 4.0, it offers them MPA features like a sink mark depth analyzer and consolidated materials datase.
AMESim from IMAGINE Software Inc. (Detroit, MI) provides 1D simulation of fluid dynamics. Now IMAGINE is offering AMERun, a companion application that is run-only, so salespeople, technicians, and engineers in other departments can view model results, while still providing full protection for proprietary data.