The Week’s Top 5At MCADCafé we track many things, including the stories that have attracted the most interest from our subscribers. Below are the five news items that were the most viewed during last week.
IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2010 Sets the Stage for a Strong Comeback in Manufacturing
Strong results at IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2010 signal a strong comeback in manufacturing. Total registration for the six-day event, which ran from Sept. 13-18 at McCormick Place in Chicago, was 82,411. IMTS covered 1,137,375 square feet of exhibit space with 1,728 companies exhibiting in 1,180 booths. Event management said, “Customers came with very specific objectives and were looking for solutions to make them more productive.” “Sold” signs on machines also could be seen throughout the show. Along with the healthy traffic on the show floor, other highlights for attendees and exhibitors included the Emerging Technology Center, the Advanced Manufacturing Center, the re-invented Industry & Technology Conference, a Manufacturing Museum, and the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Student Summit. This year, IMTS management hosted the first-ever Industry Inspiration Day to kick-off the all-new IMTS Industry & Technology Conference. On Monday, renowned experts from the aerospace, medical, automotive and energy industries presented the keynote program on manufacturing innovation to an overwhelming audience of manufacturing professionals. From Tuesday through Friday, conference participants attended sessions that explored five topic tracks including materials engineering, machining technology and trends, alternative manufacturing processes, metrology and plant operations. IMTS 2012 will run Sept. 10-15, 2012.
Tesla Motors Selects Dassault Systemes' V6 PLM Solution
Dassault Systemes announced that electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors has committed to Dassault Systemes' V6 PLM. Tesla is beginning its upgrade to V6 with implementation of the ENOVIA V6 collaboration solution. Improvements and predefined templates in the latest ENOVIA release have enabled a successful pilot of the core solutions in just over a month, paving the way for a successful production implementation. Tesla is working with Dassault Systemes' partner Idex Solutions to migrate Tesla's IP and management processes to the ENOVIA V6 environment. Phase two of the implementation will involve the launch of the DELMIA digital manufacturing solution in late 2010. Future phases will migrate Tesla's product authoring solution from CATIA V5 to CATIA V6. Additionally, Tesla is using the CATIA ICEM solution for Class A surfacing, DELMIA Human for occupant ergonomics, plus solutions from Dassault Systemes software partners. Tesla initially selected Dassault Systemes' CATIA PLM Express and ENOVIA SmarTeam over competitive solutions in 2007. Since then, Tesla has piloted numerous Dassault Systemes software and partner solutions, leading to today's enhanced relationship for the development of the upcoming Model S sedan.
Actify Announces Open-Source Solution on SharePoint 2010 for Enterprise Collaborative Product Development
Actify announced the introduction of an open source SharePoint-based solution developed in collaboration with Aras, Razorleaf, and Microsoft. The Collaborative Product Development (CPD) solution enables product data assets normally constrained within a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) or Product Data Management (PDM) system to be shared throughout the enterprise and to its customers, suppliers, and partners globally, improving collaboration and cycle times by fostering speed to decision -- visually. The CPD solution combines the capabilities of Actify's DesignShare, including a new Silverlight based 3D viewer, and Aras' Innovator suite by utilizing SharePoint Server 2010 Business Connectivity Services, PerformancePoint services, workflow, and search to form an end-to-end companion for PLM and PDM. To realize the project, Microsoft brought together a team of specialists, including Actify, Aras, and systems integration firm Razorleaf Corporation, who specialize in the integration of SharePoint to PLM and PDM applications. The solution is available on Microsoft 's Codeplex open source community at www.codeplex.com/plm.
Delcam claims IMTS success proves US recovery is under way
"Anyone who doubts that the recovery in US manufacturing is happening should have been at IMTS,” claimed Delcam’s North America President, Glenn McMinn, when the exhibition closed last week. He reported that the booth had generated more enquiries, from a higher-quality audience, than any previous show in the series of biannual events. "After the recent recession, companies are looking to invest again,” he said. Delcam’s full range of CAM systems is now made up of PowerMILL for high-speed and five-axis machining, FeatureCAM for feature-based machining, PartMaker for Swiss-type lathes and turn-mill equipment, and ArtCAM for routing and engraving. Together, the complete set of programs comprises the world’s most comprehensive collection of machining software; giving Delcam an unrivalled ability to provide solutions to all of a company’s programming needs. Earlier this year, Delcam further extended its range with the addition of its first integrated CAM system, Delcam for SolidWorks.
ZWCAD Selects Siemens PLM Software’s D-Cubed Constraint Solver for Intellicad-Based Application
Siemens PLM Software and ZWCAD Software announced the licensing by ZWCAD of Siemens PLM Software’s D-Cubed software for use in ZWCAD Professional software. With more than 180,000 users worldwide, ZWCAD Professional is the first application based on the IntelliCAD software targeted for integration with the D-Cubed 2D DCM (Dimensional Constraint Manager). It offers comprehensive design and drafting capabilities, drawing (dwg) file import/export, and extensive application programming interfaces that support a growing community of partner applications. ZWCAD Software is a member of the IntelliCAD Technology Consortium and Open Design Alliance. The 2D DCM is offered to members of these organizations with the 2D DCM Teigha software wrapper, an interface that can help them integrate the 2D DCM rapidly into their applications.
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Product and Company News
Luxion Releases KeyShot 2.1
Autodesk Launches Web and Mobile Access to AutoCAD Designs
RAND North America Relaunches as Inceptra; Expands Operations
Vericut NC simulation software takes off
Dassault Systèmes' 3DVIA Adds Drag and Drop Stereoscopic 3D to Free Development Environment
Tech Soft 3D Releases HOOPS 3D Exchange v3.0
PearlLED Designs Cool, Green Lightbulbs with Autodesk Inventor Software
Celeritive Technologies and Geometric Enter into an Agreement to Integrate VoluMill with CAMWorks
Seiki Systems eradicates lost machining time
Autodesk Introduces Free Sustainability Resources for Engineering Students, Educators
Océ Adds Canon Products That Enhance Workgroup Communication
Tech Soft 3D and Actify Announce First Commercial Application to Feature HOOPS 3D Exchange Technology
Talgo Selects MSC.Software CAE Solutions for the Virtual Prototyping of High Speed Train
QuadriSpace's new 2011 release offers desktop solutions with enterprise results
Draftware Releases DV-CADDS Reader 2.0
Rapid Prototyping Leader Quickparts Announces New Capabilities for CNC Machining of Large Part Designs
Inceptra Unveils PLM 2.0 Discovery Offering PowerUP
Snecma Standardizes on ANSYS Workbench Technology
Subscription Advantage Packs Now Available for Autodesk 2011 Software Releases
Catalog Data Solutions Catalog, CAD Download and eCommerce Solution Selected by GAM, Inc.
GEOMATE unveils GrafiCalc 2011 pre-CAD mechanical CAE software
New SyncroFIT 2010 Reduces Time to Design Airframe Assemblies by as Much as 70% Compared to Manual Methods
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-- Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe.com Contributing Editor.