Alibre Announces Alibre Design Personal Edition for Entrepreneurs and Inventors

Alibre announced Alibre Design Personal Edition (PE).  The product is a low-cost, easy-to-use 3D design tool that inspires people to become entrepreneurs and set-up their own businesses by creating gadgets, products, and inventions in their homes and garages.  Alibre Design PE will be demoed for the first time at the Maker Faire, the world’s largest

CAD/CAM Forges Rock Formation

The Queen’s Head rock formation at Yehliu Geopark is an unusual geographical landscape in Taiwan. The famous sandstone, sculpted by waves and wind over time into a shape that resembles an Egyptian queen’s head, is in danger of having its neck broken. More than 45 years of natural erosion and tourists touching it has reduced

SME Education Foundation and Siemens PLM Software Prepare Students for Global Manufacturing Arena

The SME Education Foundation and Siemens PLM Software offer SME Education Foundation sponsored schools the opportunity to use the latest PLM tools in their curriculum. Siemens PLM Software and the SME Education Foundation will provide a package to the academic institution including unlimited seats of any Siemens PLM Software technology; free center-based training, and free

D-Cubed 2D DCM from Siemens Integrated into VISI Progress Metal

Siemens PLM Software and Vero Software Plc announced the integration of the D-Cubed software 2D Dimensional Constraint Manager (2D DCM) component from Siemens PLM Software into Vero’s VISI Progress software. VISI Progress targets the metal stamping industry and enables efficient design of progressive dies and press tools. Progressive stamping is the process of creating parts by

Vero to preview VISI18 at MACH 2010

Vero Software will present the first viewing of its flagship product VISI 18 during MACH 2010 (Hall 5, 5495). Due for release in June, VISI 18 is another release with many new features in all areas of the product with a continued focus on tool design and manufacture. VISI Modelling is the base platform for

Autodesk 2011 Digital Prototyping Software Accelerates Design Process for Manufacturers

Autodesk, Inc.  (NASDAQ: ADSK) introduced its new 2D and 3D design and engineering software lineup for manufacturers of all sizes seeking to digitally design, visualize, and simulate their products before they are built. The technology integration offered by Autodesk Inventor 2011 software and the complete Autodesk Digital Prototyping software portfolio helps enable designers and engineers

Siemens PLM Software Helps Shape Future of Mobility at VDA Technical Congress

Dr. Helmuth Ludwig, president of Siemens PLM Software, today discussed at the Verband der Automobilindustrie (VDA) Technical Congress how the challenges presented by global mega-trends will reinvent mobility. Global automakers continue to improve efficiency of both gasoline and diesel vehicles and use intelligent features that integrate mechanical functions with electronic controls driven by software to

Alibre adds KeyShot Rendering Technology

Luxion, a developer of advanced rendering and lighting technology, announced that its KeyShot software will be bundled with Alibre Design Expert and Professional. For less than $500, you can obtain 3D modeling, 2D drafting, and realistic product visualization. Engine assembly – Engine modeled using Alibre Design, rendered using KeyShot. KeyShot is an interactive raytracing and

Elysium to Release CADdoctor SX for Entry-level Users

Elysium Inc. announced the upcoming release of CADdoctor SX, a new translation and geometry optimization tool for 3D CAD data users who work in smaller supplier and manufacturing shops.  The CADdoctor SX family, available as of April 22, 2010, is made up of four suites: The first is for CAD-to-CAD translation. The second is for translation

MathWorks and Mentor Graphics Outline Joint DO-254 Workflow for Model-based-design

The approach combines tools from The MathWorks and Mentor Graphics to support Model-Based Design throughout all stages of the development process, including requirements definition and management, conceptual and detailed design, implementation, and testing. Using this integrated workflow, aerospace engineers can verify designs earlier, implement in HDL faster, gain greater reuse of design and verification effort,

PTC Donates Pro/ENGINEER, Windchill, and Mathcad to Real World Design Challenge

PTC® (Nasdaq: PMTC) announced that it provided commercial-grade product development software, including Pro/ENGINEER®, Windchill® and Mathcad®, to the Real World Design Challenge (, a national aeronautical design competition. PTC also provides connections and access to mentors from its partner organizations across America who are participants in the competition and program management for the competition. The challenge

Sophisticated Collision Detection Features Enhance Tool Grinding Software

NUMROTO is a leading programming software for producing and resharpening special-purpose tools, and is used in over 2,500 machines worldwide. In the new 3.5.1 version of the software, NUM enhanced the collision detection capability of the simulation tool. Believed to be an industry first, you can now create machine models that will accurately account for

High-end CAD/CAM within Reach

VX Corporation announced the expansion of its VX Innovator series. The VX Innovator Series opens up a new market for those looking for low-cost yet high-value CAD/CAM. VX is designed to grow with you. VX’s built-in learning system, Show-n-Tell™, helps you get up to speed quickly. Innovator Lite is a low-cost product that is an

Creaform Launches Reverse Engineering & Quality Control Software

This program can now integrate data acquired by a handyscan 3D laser scanner and the HandyProbe armless and portable CMM in the same referential and in real-time. Using the software, it is now possible to create geometrical entities such as planes, lines, points, spheres, cylinders, or circles directly from scanning or probing data and in

Converting Toolbox Optimizes Efficiency of Engineering Process for Machine Manufacturers

Siemens Industry, Inc. introduced the Converting Toolbox, a set of standardized automation tools for the integration of various machine components that previously had to be performed individually.  The product simplifies web processing applications and offers greater flexibility for machine designers and builders of paper, film, foil and other converting machinery. It is completely scalable and is

Alibre Announces Permanent Price Cuts

Richardson, TX – Alibre, Inc. announced price cuts to its line of 3D CAD software. Alibre develops and markets Alibre Design™, a powerful parametric 3D/2D design application. The entry level package, Alibre Design Standard, is now $97 (down from $1000) and includes full 3D design and associative 2D drawings, along with Alibre Translate (formerly $499),

3Dconnexion Mice Offer Advanced Design Control in Missler TopSolid

3Dconnexion’s 3D mice give TopSolid 7 engineers increased productivity and an intuitive way to interact with 3D designs for modeling, simulation, and production. –3Dconnexion’s 3D mice provide TopSolid 7 professionals with a range of design performance and productivity benefits, including:  –Improved Control and Navigation allow you to simultaneously pan, zoom, and rotate models or simulations without stopping

Virtual Prototyping with 3D CAD

By Brian MacCleery, National Instruments and Stephen Endersby, Dassault SystƒÂ¨mes SolidWorks Corp. Design failures may be the key to success in designing complex motion control machinery.  Failing early and often may lead to rapid design success.  Every mistake you catch in the early phases of development is a potential avoided catastrophe.  Any programming mistake or

Advanced Composites Analysis for Nastran

NEi Software and Firehole Technologies have formed a  partnership that will first focus on leveraging Firehole’s multiscale composites analysis technology, Helius:MCT, to deliver an advanced composites analysis application to users of the NEi Nastran FEA package. “The integration of Firehole’s composites simulation technology is a continuation of our commitment to provide best-in-class composites analysis capabilities

FEA and Altair ProductDesign Plays Key Role in Development of Xerox’s ColorQube Multifunction Printers

Using Xerox’s solid ink technology, the ColorQube series of high-speed multifunction printers lowers the environmental impact and cost of color printing. The cartridge-free ink sticks generate 90% less waste in supplies and enable pricing plans that cut the cost of color pages by up to 62% compared to traditional color lasers, without compromising print quality.

TransMagic Releases 64-bit Version of EXPERT Software

WESTMINSTER, CO – TransMagic, Inc. announces the first release of a true 64-bit version of their flagship product, TransMagic EXPERT. Translating large 3D design files is a memory-intensive operation that has been very challenging, primarily due to system memory restrictions. TransMagic 64-Bit permanently changes the landscape for large CAD file translation by solving this common

Delcam for SolidWorks to debut at SolidWorks World

The initial version of Delcam for SolidWorks will include the company’s technology for drilling and two- through five-axis milling. Future releases will cover a range of machining operations, including turning, mill-turn, and wire EDM. Delcam for SolidWorks will be fully integrated into the SolidWorks environment so that the program looks and behaves like SolidWorks. It

Stratasys & Autodesk Produce First Full-Scale Turbo-Prop aircraft Engine model with 3D printing

Stratasys and Autodesk unveiled the world’s first full-scale turbo-prop aircraft engine model. It was produced using Stratasys FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling®) technology. The engine’s design was created using Autodesk Inventor 2010 mechanical design and engineering software, and it was produced on both Fortus 3D Production Systems and Dimension 3D Printers from Stratasys. The engine model

CAM Software Updates

Edgecam 2010 version 1.0 offers enhanced automatic feature recognition for tool path generation from imported models. The software now recognizes an increased number of features including any area that has multiple open sides. Feature properties such as depth, radius/chamfer, and minimum/maximum radius helps you select appropriate tooling and cycle parameters. The new product is reported

Online Collaboration Tools

Updated 3DXplorer is now available. It’s browser-based 3D software for live collaboration. Included in Version 5 of this “cloud-based” architecture are additional avatar choices and categories, capacity for more than 100 avatars simultaneously in a single space with 3DX/conferencing, and intranet installations with unlimited number of rooms. 3DXplorer V5 avatars can be represented in three