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A less sluggish SolidWorks for 2009

Published 19 September 2008

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: solidworks, dassault systemes

Speed was the key selling point at the release of Solidworks 2009, as Dassault Systems were keen to point out a 65 per cent speed increase.

Calculated via productivity gains measured in the creation and modification of large assemblies from real-world customer environments and data, Solidworks 2009 claims that it has become faster without the need for new features and functions, meaning that users do not have to learn new techniques.

260 new enhancements have been made as a result of feedback from user groups, customer analysis and gossip from down the pub.

In addition, a ‘Speedpak’ should allow for a new approach to large assemblies that use less memory to achieve full graphic detail.

“Given that the point of software solutions is to automate tasks and the point of automation is to make common tasks happen faster, then a significant increase in performance will deeply benefit every designer and engineer,” said John MacKrell, senior analyst with CIMdata. “SpeedPak technology increases performance while decreasing resource consumption, providing a double benefit for designers, especially those who work with large assemblies.”

A new ‘Simulation Advisor’ helps users analyze designs for hidden flaws through every stage of a simulation, and even back in the 2D world users get new improvements and add-ons.

Finally, the addition of Photoview360 should mean for easier progressive rendering on the new version. However, the increased figures for speed will probably be enough to warrant the upgrade.

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Spare $2bn? Why not buy PTC?

Published 08 September 2008

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: ptc, pro engineer

Parametric Technologies is apparently taking steps toward selling itself to the tune of $2bn having apparently hired Goldman Sachs in a move to attract potential buyers, according to the Financial Times.

The manufacturer of Pro Engineer, based in Massachusetts and founded in 1987, has seen its growth continue following four acquisitions last year as leading to forecasted revenues of $1.07bn for fiscal 2008. Expect a bidding frenzy; despite the credit crunch disturbing markets elsewhere, nothing seems to be effecting the trade in CAD companies.

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Majenta get turbo charged to the tune of $1m

Published 08 September 2008

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: hardware, haptics

A $1 million contract has been struck by Majenta PLM to supply Napier Turbochargers Ltd. with product design, simulation and data management software.

As a result, the firm, which manufactures turbochargers for diesel and heavy fuel engines from its base in Lincoln, will be using Siemens PLM software. Solid Edge drafting software and multiple licenses of NX 3D solid modeling software, including advanced sheet metal design and advanced finite element modeling software for 3D CAD model engineering analysis are included in the deal.

In addition, the firm, famous for its series of land, water and air speed world records in its early years, will be using NX computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software for turning and for mill-turn and multi-axis milling will be available for Napier’s future large axial turbocharger product design and engineering projects.

“The PLM solution that Majenta PLM is supplying and is helping us to implement will help to ensure that the right product information is at the right place at the right time,” said Andy Thacker, managing director, Napier Turbochargers Limited. “I am pleased that the business has been acquired by a shareholder that is committed to investing further in R&D to maintain its technology and in the expansion of the business to meet customer demand.”

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Reach out and touch it…

Published 03 September 2008

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with:

Researchers at the University of Tokyo have unveiled their latest haptics prototype that allows it’s user to ‘touch’ objects on the screen using ultrasonic technology.

By setting up an array of ultrasonic transducers that emit sound waves that create a ‘solid’ object where the wave interfere with each other. It is hoped that this technology will become commercially available for 3D designers and gamers after the team were approached about the technology by several industrial companies last month.

Currently there is only scope for resistance in one direction, and there are underlying fears that the ultrasound used could scatter, causing damage to nearby eardrums. However, work is underway to combat the possible deafness, while increased power and direction should bring more ‘feel’ and ‘stiffness’ to geometry, and raises questions over its compatibility with hologram technology.

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