Friday, November 21, 2014

Bricsys Releases BricsCAD v15 for Mac
GENT, Belgium, Nov 21, 2014 - Bricsys announced the availability of BricsCAD V15 for Mac. BricsCAD V15 for OS X unifies the intelligence of 3D direct modeling with advanced 2D design, turning the Mac into a powerful CAD platform with function familiar to users from native .dwg applications. The new software offers cross-platform licensing, a familiar user interface, 3D direct and parametric modeling - all on native .dwg files. 

Cross Platform License

As of BricsCAD V15, license keys are cross-platform. This means uses can choose to run BricsCAD on a Mac, Windows, or Linux computer. Cross platform keys also allow users to try BricsCAD on Mac extensively with their Windows key. BricsCAD offers an almost identical feature set on all three platforms.

Familiar User Interface

The BricsCAD interface immediately looks familiar to new users. It offers many of the powerful features they already know inside of a clean and consistent user experience. Thanks to the unique context-sensitive Quad cursor, designers are able to create technical drawings, 3D models, and layouts faster and more accurately. To navigate through drawings easily, V15 adds the distinguished ribbon interface and a Look From widget.

3D Direct Modeling in Native .dwg Format

Unlike most other CAD platforms, BricsCAD handles 3D direct modeling and parametric assemblies, and stores data natively in .dwg format. Users access components of 3D models that are organized hierarchically. V15 create renderings more realistically, thanks to 600 new Redway materials included in BricsCAD.


The Mac version of BricsCAD V15 is available now. The free download provides a 30-day trial. Pricing starts at €410 / $520 with the Standard edition.

About Bricsys

Bricsys is a global provider of dwg engineering design software brought to market under the BricsCAD brand. With relentless commitment to the success of the BricsCAD community, Bricsys is focused on providing an industrial strength CAD software platform and industry leading support at a compelling price to customers in the AEC, GIS, civil engineering, process and power, and mechanical CAD markets. Founded in 2002, Bricsys is a founding member of the Open Design Alliance. For more information, visit

GibbsCAM Integrates with VoluMill Wireframe
MOORPARK, CA, Nov 21, 2014 - Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM software for programming CNC machine tools and a Cimatron (NASDAQ: CIMT) company, announced that, beginning November 1 of this year, it began including a no-cost license of VoluMill Wireframe for GibbsCAM with each new license of GibbsCAM Production Milling.

Until now, the ultra-high-speed-toolpath engine was a fee-based option for GibbsCAM Production Milling, the primary milling package upon which a series of multi-axis GibbsCAM machining options integrate. Production Milling, which provides wireframe geometric modeling and toolpath generation for 2-, 2.5, and 3-axis machining, with 4th axis positioning, will now have VoluMill integrated within its traditional, shop-friendly interface. VoluMill Wireframe for GibbsCAM is a high speed machining process developed specifically to achieve the highest material removal rates while extending tool life through smooth transitions and constant tool loading. Customers have reported cycle time reductions as high as 70% and tool life extension of five times.

Integrated with GibbsCAM, VoluMill provides high-speed material removal without starts and stops of traditional parallel-offset roughing patterns, thereby maximizing removal rates, while minimizing cutting-tool wear. Tool life extension of five times, with deeper cuts, and cycle time reductions of 70% are common.

“Although we believe that our software already carries exceptional value, we are pleased to offer this incremental value to customers,” said Robb Weinstein, Senior Vice President of Sales and Strategic Planning of Gibbs and Associates. “They will achieve the greatest productivity possible in roughing parts, and quickly see how VoluMill’s ultra-high-speed machining, with its optimal material removal rates, translates into high-speed part production at lower cost through savings in time, tools, and machine maintenance.”

Traditional roughing toolpaths are typically generated as parallel offsets with sharp corners and transitions, requiring stops, starts and variable speeds to optimize motion and protect cutting tools from excessive wear and breakage. In contrast, VoluMill generates toolpaths optimized for volumetric material removal by using continuous tangential motion, specialized contour ramping, adaptive feed rates, and chip thickness control, achieving the highest feeds and speeds possible. By leveling tool load, maintaining constant machine-tool motion and using high-speed-repositioning, the software produces more efficient toolpaths, extends tool life and significantly reduces cycle times. No additional optimization is required.

VoluMill for GibbsCAM works on any combination of part and stock boundaries, and supports an unlimited number of islands, walls, pocket depths and island heights. Some of the additional contributors to faster removal rates, longer tool life and much shorter cycle times include:
  • Programmed rate of material removal to keep tool and work piece temperature consistent, dissipating heat with chips
  • Automatic feed rate and depth of cut adjustment to maintain programmed material removal rate, eliminate excessive loading, and minimize tool wear, heat build-up and vibration
  • Intelligent side milling and slot milling (with programmer override) to provide the fastest possible cycle time, with automatic feed rate and Z-depth adjustments in slot milling for constant material removal
  • Smoothing radius to maximize tool utilization and minimize cycle time
  • Contour ramping to maximize removal in tight areas, while minimizing cycle time
  • Up to 100% step-over to ensure complete cleanup
  • Clean-up milling to allow a smaller tool to remove material left by a larger tool
  • High-speed repositioning, with minimal clearance and no tool drag across floor
About Gibbs and Associates and GibbsCAM

For over thirty years, Gibbs and Associates has been a leader in providing cutting edge CAD/CAM technology, while maintaining its signature ease-of-use and productivity. Powerfully Simple, Simply Powerful is the guiding philosophy at Gibbs. Gibbs believes in empowering the NC programmer, machinist, and manufacturing engineer, not eliminating them. Gibbs’ goal is to introduce manufacturers to new technologies and new ways of working that makes their machining easier and their businesses more profitable. To achieve this goal, Gibbs creates tools that are naturally intuitive, graphically interactive, extremely visual, associative, and just plain enjoyable to use. Gibbs provides a total quality solution with the service and support that successful customers require.

In January 2008, Gibbs and Associates merged with Cimatron Ltd., and is now operating as a wholly owned subsidiary. For more information, visit or call 1-800-654-9399 (outside of North America, call +1-805-523-0004).

About Cimatron

With 30 years of experience and more than 40,000 installations worldwide, Cimatron Ltd., or Cimatron, is a leading provider of integrated, CAD/CAM software solutions for mold, tool and die makers as well as manufacturers of discrete parts. Cimatron is committed to providing comprehensive, cost-effective solutions that streamline manufacturing cycles, enable collaboration with outside vendors, and ultimately shorten product delivery time. For more information, visit

LVA of INSA-Lyon Selects MSC Actran to Develop Acoustic Methods
NEWPORT BEACH, CA, Nov 21, 2014 - MSC Software Corporation, a global leader in helping product manufacturers to advance their engineering methods with simulation software and services, announced that Laboratoire Vibrations Acoustique (LVA) of INSA-Lyon, one of the top universities of Science and Technology in Europe, has selected MSC Software's Actran acoustic analysis software to develop innovative acoustic methods at the laboratory.

The Laboratoire Vibrations Acoustique (LVA) was created in the 1970's to build bridges between research domains such as structural dynamics and acoustics. Today, LVA applies computational modeling and simulation to several research topics to develop innovative methods that are first applied to academic problems, and then on realistic systems in order to demonstrate their applicability within industrial processes.

Acoustic source identification and inverse methods are typical domains where new simulation processes benefit the methods development initiatives at LVA. In acoustics, inverse methods cover a wide field of applications, which all rely on the same concept: identifying the inputs of a linear system by observing the outputs. However, the term of identification methods encompasses goals as different as source localization in wide acoustic spaces, source field reconstruction on academic or complex geometries, noise source identification in enclosed sound fields, and source separation or source ranking. A unique method to treat all of these applications does not exist but several specialized methods have been developed over the decades. LVA develops new methods to reconstruct velocity field of a complex structure by measuring noise emitted by the source. For example, an oil pan radiates noise because of its vibration. By measuring the radiated noise on a virtual box surrounding the oil pan, the method developed at LVA allows the reconstruction of the velocity and pressure fields with higher accuracy.

"Actran has played an important role during our methods development process," said Nicolas Totaro, Assistant Professor at LVA of INSA-Lyon. "First, Actran provides input data representing the system, which is needed to apply the method: the modal bases of the virtual cavity in terms of both acoustic pressure and particle velocity. These data are crucial and make the application of the method possible. Second, Actran can be used for numerical experiments that are useful to define limits and capabilities of the developed method. The present method is intrinsically experimental, but Actran will replace, in a first validation step, time consuming experiments even if measurements in real conditions are always necessary. All the conclusions made by means of Actran have been confirmed by measurements."

"The acoustic performance of products becomes increasingly crucial in various industries not only due to compliance with regulatory requirements around noise reduction, but also the need to create pleasant sounds and improve sound quality," said Ze Zhou, Product Marketing Manager from FFT. "LVA of INSA-Lyon is dedicated to research which will help manufacturers to improve acoustic performance. We are pleased to help researchers through our acoustic simulation solution, Actran, and to contribute to the development of innovative methods".

About LVA - INSA-Lyon

Located on the premises of the Science and Technological Park of la Doua in Villeurbanne, INSA Lyon is ranked among the top universities of Science and Technology in Europe, multidisciplinary and international, at the heart of the European Higher Education Area. Over a 5 year curriculum, it trains humanist multi-competent engineers who are both innovative and entrepreneurial. It graduates over 950 engineers each year in 12 fields of specialization.

The Laboratoire Vibrations Acoustique is composed by 40 people, including 15 permanent faculty members and more than 25 PhD students. Its research interests are: (i) the study of noise and vibration phenomena, (ii) non-destructive evaluation and monitoring of structures, (iii) the location and identification of sources and (iv) acoustic and vibration perception. Members of LVA have published more than 100 papers in the last four years in renowned international scientific journals. LVA is involved in many industrial contracts and public European projects and is a member of the Labex CeLyA of Université de Lyon, operated by the French National Research Agency (ANR-10-LABX-0060/ ANR-11-IDEX-0007).

About MSC Software

MSC Software is one of the ten original software companies and a global leader in helping product manufacturers to advance their engineering methods with simulation software and services. As a trusted partner, MSC Software helps companies improve quality, save time, and reduce costs associated with design and test of manufactured products. Academic institutions, researchers, and students employ MSC's technology to expand individual knowledge as well as expand the horizon of simulation. MSC Software employs 1,100 professionals in 20 countries. For more information, visit

3D Systems Expands ProJet 1200 Suite with New Materials, Apps
ROCK HILL, SC, Nov 21, 2014 - 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced the expansion of its ProJet 1200 suite with the arrival of five new materials engineered specifically for the desktop printing capabilities of its micro-SLA 3D printer. These five new materials join the previously introduced VisiJet FTX Green material, expanding the capabilities of jewelers, dental labs, manufacturers, engineers, and 3D artists in the creation of casting patterns, small end-use parts, figurines and presentation models.

ProJet 1200 – Jewelry

Advancing the production capabilities and throughput of jewelry designers, the ProJet 1200 now has an advanced FTX Cast material, a wax/resin hybrid material developed specifically for compatibility with a wide range of jewelry casting methods and materials, and FTX Gold and FTX Silver for stunning jewelry samples and presentation models.

Jewelers can easily integrate FTX Cast, which casts much like traditional wax, into existing workflows with the added benefits of 3D printed parts. Combined with the precision and fantastic surface quality of micro-SLA from the ProJet1200, FTX Cast can be used to create exquisite, detailed pieces from rings to pendants. With glimmering gold and silver particles embedded in the materials, FTX Gold and FTX Silver provide the wow factor that brings customer presentation models and counter samples to life.

ProJet 1200 – Dental

Dental labs use the ProJet 1200 with FTX Green for the production of highly accurate, casting-friendly wax-ups for a range of small dental prosthetics. The ProJet 1200 prints in 30-micron layers at 585 dpi resolution for the production of up to 12 high-quality wax-ups in an hour, right on the desktop. The ProJet 1200 and FTX Green combine for an accelerated workflow with the exceptional results of traditional methods.

ProJet 1200 – Engineering and Manufacturing

Along with the casting capabilities of FTX Cast, engineering and manufacturing customers can take advantage of the arrival of FTX Gray, a high-contrast gray material that’s perfect for prototypes and accentuating fine features, and FTX Clear, a transparent clear material that can be applied in end-use parts and components. As part of the reimagined engineer’s desktop, the ProJet 1200 and FTX Gray and Clear allow engineers a fast way to locally create precise design prototypes of small assembly or components. Micro-SLA parts in FTX Gray and Clear also combine the strength and precision necessary for end-use applications and final one-off custom components, such as electronic connectors, robotics components and more.

ProJet 1200 – 3D Artists and Designers

Many 3D artists, designers and professional model makers also require strong, precise micro parts for toys, figurines, model aircraft, cars, model trains and more. The expanded ProJet 1200 materials selection provides even more opportunity for creative expression. Precision FTX Gray parts are paintable and they accentuate the fine features for which the ProJet 1200 is known. On top of that, beautiful, transparent FTX Clear parts project a hint of iridescence for stunning clear parts, perfect for a range of sculptures and model components. For artisans creating small cast sculptures, FTX Cast provides a less work intensive way to make accurate casting patterns in the workshop.

“The addition of these five materials represents our commitment to revolutionizing desktop 3D printing and bringing new capabilities to dental techs, jewelers, artists and engineers,” said Buddy Byrum, Vice President of Product and Channel Management, 3DS. “Now a jeweler, for instance, can design a ring, prototype it in FTX Gray, print a customer sample ring in FTX Gold and FTX Silver, and create a final casting pattern in FTX Cast—all from the same machine.”

The expanded VisiJet FTX material range will be available in December 2014 and will be on display at EuroMold 2014 in Frankfurt, Germany from November 25-28, 2014, at the Messe Frankfurt in booths D69 and F90 in hall 11, along with 3DS’ latest 3D printers, advanced material options, cloud-sourced custom parts and digital thread of 3D capture, creation, print and inspection tools. To Watch a video showcasing these new materials, click here.

For more details on 3DS’ announcements at EuroMold 2014. Also join 3D Systems’ President and CEO, Avi Reichental, for a broadcast of 3DS’ extensive showing at EuroMold starting on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. EST, click here.

About 3D Systems

3D Systems is pioneering 3D printing for everyone. 3DS provides the most advanced and comprehensive 3D design-to-manufacturing solutions including 3D printers, print materials and cloud sourced custom parts. Its powerful digital thread empowers professionals and consumers everywhere to bring their ideas to life in material choices including plastics, metals, ceramics and edibles. 3DS' leading healthcare solutions include end-to-end simulation, training and integrated 3D planning and printing for personalized surgery and patient specific medical and dental devices. Its democratized 3D design and inspection products embody the latest perceptual, capture and touch technology. Its products and services replace and complement traditional methods with improved results and reduced time to outcomes. These solutions are used to rapidly design, create, communicate, plan, guide, prototype or produce functional parts, devices and assemblies, empowering customers to manufacture the future.

For more information, visit

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

PTC Introduces PTC Systems Engineering Solution
NEEDHAM, MA, USA, Nov 19, 2014 - PTC (Nasdaq: PTC) announced the PTC Systems Engineering Solution, purpose-built to help organizations reduce risk and accelerate innovation in an increasingly smart, connected world. The solution provides a comprehensive systems engineering platform to help organizations design more innovative products, engineer more profitable product lines, and validate that products meet functional and quality requirements.

The coming decade is expected to witness a surge in the growth of smart, connected products with billions of connected devices in use by both businesses and consumers. But while smart, connected products define the future of manufacturing, they are intrinsically more complex to design, build and operate. As a result, many organizations struggle to deliver the functionality, quality and performance that the market demands.

The PTC Systems Engineering Solution provides a complete systems engineering platform to enable rapid exploration and accelerated design and delivery of more successful products. It combines the strengths of the PTC Integrity family of Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) products with products from Atego, a wholly owned subsidiary of PTC and leader in architectural modeling and Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE).

The solution includes the following product families:
  • PTC Integrity - Robust system requirements and validation
  • Atego Asset Library - Collaborative asset management and reuse
  • Atego Modeler - Collaborative, scalable architectural modeling and model-based systems and product line engineering
  • Atego Process Director - Rich process authoring and deployment with out-of-the-box systems engineering best practices
The new solution enables faster adoption of model-based systems engineering approaches, while allowing organizations to choose among text-based, model-based and hybrid systems engineering techniques. Analyst research shows that model-based systems engineering (MBSE) can deliver 23% more projects on time, at 62% lower cost, than alternatives. MBSE efficiently captures and communicates design through a common and standards-based language, improving stakeholder communication and buy-in.

“The model-based PTC Systems Engineering Solution is our platform for cross-discipline product development,” says Dirk Denger, head of Synergistic Methods at AVL. “As our products grow in complexity and connectivity, new systems engineering approaches are needed. The PTC Systems Engineering solution allows us to unify all of our engineering teams through a common, model-based systems engineering approach, enabling us to deliver higher-quality engineering services with best value for our customer in time and cost”

The PTC Systems Engineering Solution enables organizations to:
Design more innovative products using a collaborative MBSE approach. Design capabilities include:
  • Requirements engineering - Author and manage requirements to capture and communicate the voice of the customer throughout the product lifecycle
  • System design - Collaboratively design system specifications using standard (SysML and UML) notation to efficiently explore alternatives
  • Analyze design options - Perform trade-off analysis to make better decisions in both the design and allocation of functionality to engineering disciplines (hardware, software, electrical, etc.)
Reuse system artifacts to enable profitable product line engineering. Capabilities include:
  • Requirement, model and test reuse - Reuse all artifacts across design projects to speed time-to-market and reduce costs
  • Modular design - Optimize systems design and architect for reuse to improve architectural resilience and business flexibility
  • Product Line Modeling - Design families of subsystems including commonality and variation to create more profitable product lines
Validate products meet requirements and best practices processes are followed. Capabilities include:
  • Model verification - Automate design review to find problems earlier
  • Test management - Author and manage test cases, test sessions and results to improve quality
  • Traceability - Capture rich traceability across design artifacts to improve organizational agility and resilience to change
  • Governance - Utilize out-of-the-box systems engineering best practices to improve individual and team maturity
“The PTC Systems Engineering Solution is specifically designed to enable innovation in the process of designing the product, allowing customers to better address market needs and bring products to market faster,” said Roque Martin, SVP, Application Lifecycle Management, PTC.“Delivering more complex products on time and at a lower cost is often the edge customers need to make their products stand out in a smart, connected world.”


The PTC Systems Engineering Solution is now available.

About PTC

PTC (Nasdaq: PTC) enables manufacturers to achieve sustained product and service advantage. The company’s technology solutions help customers transform the way they create and service products across the entire product life-cycle - from conception and design to sourcing and service. Founded in 1985, PTC employs over 6,000 professionals serving more than 27,000 businesses in rapidly-evolving, globally distributed manufacturing industries worldwide. For more information, visit

Luxion Releases KeyShot 5.1
IRVINE, CA, USA, Nov 19, 2014 - Luxion, a leading developer of advanced rendering and lighting technology and maker of KeyShot, the first real time ray tracing and global illumination program, is pleased to announce the release of KeyShot 5.1, with new additions and improvements to KeyShot 5.


In May 2014, Luxion launched the pivotal release of KeyShot 5, introducing KeyShot Cloud and features to further increase the speed of creating high quality visuals. Users gained a new way to find and share KeyShot assets, more possibilities with instancing and image editing, fade animation, motion blur and many Pro features from NURBS Raytracing to innovations in perspective matching and sun & sky lighting. To this, KeyShot 5.1 brings new procedural textures and options, Sørensen Leather materials and Federal Standard colors, with improvements that add the ability to edit patterns, render all Cameras and Viewsets, and new support for touch-enabled devices, Retina displays and support for PTC Creo 3.0 and Cinema 4D.


With focus on workflow through the rendering process, KeyShot 5.1 builds on the release of previous versions to deliver a wider array of options. The user interface receives full multi-touch support to compliment a touch-enabled workflow along with Retina support for all Apple high definition displays. Users have enhancements to improve move and selection of parts with updates to the Pattern feature that adds edit capabilities and scattering. New material options include the full line of Sørensen Leather materials exclusive to KeyShot, FED-STD-595 color for camouflage and updates to texturing that include DPI adjustment and a range of six new 2D and 3D procedurals. New rendering options include the ability to select Cameras and Viewsets to add to the render queue with Network Rendering optimized for transfer of multiple jobs. 

Pattern Updates

KeyShot 5.0 introduced the ability to Pattern separate instances of models for quick copying and appearance studies. Patterns have been completely updated with KeyShot 5.1 adding the ability to Edit Pattern, set Scattering and automatically Adjust Camera to fit the patterned parts. Any part in a pattern can be used to bring up edit options for the pattern, with all materials and textures maintained after the pattern is edited. Scattering options are unique to the Linear or Circular Pattern type selected, allowing either to be completely randomized in a matter of seconds.

Render Camera/Viewsets

In KeyShot 5.1 users can now add saved Cameras and Viewsets directly to the Render Queue. This allows complete setup of all views, then quick selection of Cameras and Viewsets to add to the Queue all at once with the Queue listing the Camera or Viewset added while offering prioritization of render jobs.

Sørensen Leather Materials

KeyShot 5.1 introduces exclusive access to the full line of Sørensen Leather materials through KeyShot Cloud. Sørensen Leather is the world supplier of high quality leather hides across many industries. The new KeyShot materials allow colors and textures to be matched exactly with the hides and viewed under different lighting.

New Procedural Textures

Six new KeyShot Procedural Textures are available in KeyShot 5.1, including Brushed (3D), Camouflage (3D), Lattice Circular (2D), Lattice Polygon (2D), Spots (3D) and Wood Adv. (3D). These add a total of thirteen unique and highly customizable procedural textures that can be used with any Material Type or in combination with any KeyShot material preset.

Multi-touch Support

KeyShot now has full support for devices with a multi-touch interface running Windows. Users of small touch-enabled tablets to desktop displays may now compliment their workflow with touch-enabled viewing and editing of KeyShot scenes. Change and save camera views, drag and drop colors and switch to Presentation Mode for uninhibited full screen viewing of your realtime render.

Retina Display Support

KeyShot runs natively on Mac OS X and now comes with Retina Display support. This apply to all Apple devices, including Macbook Pro and iMac 5k displays. To activate Retina mode, click the Retina mode button located on the ribbon, or View, Retina mode from the menu bar.

Creo 3.0 Support

KeyShot now has support for PTC Creo 3.0 with direct import as well as a free downloadable plugin. As in previous versions, the plugin maintains all color assignments and assembly structure while allowing users to select simplified representations and refine tessellation quality. Export of mechanisms using .FRA files is accepted and through the plugin users may maintain a Live Link to the PTC Creo model to send geometry updates to KeyShot as needed.

Cinema 4D Support

Also new in KeyShot 5.1 is the support for Cinema 4D via KeyShot’s direct import. Cinema 4D users can now create high quality visuals of their models and animations by importing them directly into KeyShot. KeyShot supports geometry import, color assignments, layer visibility, part and camera animations.

KeyShot Cloud

KeyShot Cloud has become an instrumental resource for many KeyShot users who need to find specific KeyShot assets or desire to share their own custom materials, lighting, environments, textures and backplates. Over 500 materials have been added by KeyShot users with more being added every day. Updates and improvement continue to be added to KeyShot Cloud with improved search and filtering, account settings and downloading. Watch for more features coming soon.


KeyShot 5.1 is available immediately for download as a free upgrade to all customers with subscription. KeyShot starts at $995 with Pro versions and add-ons for Animation and interactive KeyShotVR capabilities.

About Luxion

Luxion is a leading developer of advanced 3D rendering and lighting technology. KeyShot is the first real-time ray tracing application that uses a physically correct render engine based on scientific research in the areas of scientifically accurate material representation and global illumination. Addressing the visualization needs of designers, engineers, marketing professionals, photographers and CG specialists, KeyShot breaks down the complexity of creating photographic images and animations from 3D digital data. Luxion’s customer list includes many of the Fortune 1000 product manufacturers and major industrial design companies including Chrysler, Dell, Fossil, HP, Microsoft, Motorola, Procter & Gamble, Skullcandy, and IDEO. For more information, visit or

GRAITEC Launches PowerPack 2015 for Autodesk Advance Steel
BIEVRES, France, Nov 19, 2014 - GRAITEC, an international BIM software developer for AEC and Structural Engineering specialist, is excited to announce the launch of their complementary productivity tools for Autodesk Advance Steel, GRAITEC Advance PowerPack.

The GRAITEC Advance PowerPack is a powerful extension to Autodesk Advance Steel designed to enhance the user's capability, productivity and efficiency. By introducing industry specific and localized content, tools, templates and connections that complement what is already available in Autodesk Advance Steel, GRAITEC clearly aims to remain a market leader in providing practical technology solutions for the steel industry.

GRAITEC Advance PowerPack for Autodesk Advance Steel will provide users with a multitude of new tools and functionality specifically intended to give them a competitive advantage. The first version of GRAITEC Advance PowerPack will introduce new tools for faster modelling, such as continuous beam and folded plate extender, and new capability such as the castellated beam and cellular beam sections, all combined with more intelligent and automated templates, all seamlessly integrated into a new user-friendly ribbon, the GRAITEC Advance PowerPack complements the use of Autodesk Advance Steel and enhances the user experience and project design workflow.

Supported by Autodesk and with our ability to react quickly GRAITEC plans to make the most of the 25 years of experience servicing the steel industry and release a new version of Advance PowerPack every quarter. Not only does this introduce enhanced functionality to Autodesk Advance Steel to speed everyday use but also delivers localized content and importantly tools and processes to address the needs of new market sectors.

GRAITEC recognizes Autodesk Advance Steel as a clear market leader in BIM for steel professionals and intends to continue to deliver complementary tools on this platform to ensure its dominance in the market.

Francis Guillemard, GRAITEC CEO adds: "GRAITEC has spent over two decades delivering professional technology and expert services to the steel industry;as a market leader it is natural that this continues. Delivering a PowerPack for Autodesk Advance Steel is a great way for us to add more value for our customers but also enables GRAITEC and Autodesk to react fast to new market needs and trends and also demonstrates our commitment to Autodesk and the industry." 

To know more about GRAITEC Advance PowerPack 2015, click here.

For more information about GRAITEC and its products, visit

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

TraceParts Launches 8th Annual Design Contest
ST. ROMAIN, France, Nov 18, 2014 - TraceParts, one of the leading providers in the world of 3D digital content for design and engineering, has announced today that it is launching its 8th annual design competition.
The TraceParts engineer community, numbering more than 2 million CAD users, has been getting involved in this competition for eight years. This year, participants are invited to draw a place or monument in 3D that best represents their country, using CAD or image editing software. They can use as many CAD components as they wish, available for free on the portal. 

Entries & Prize:
  • Entries should be submitted to before December 17, 2014 in a file no more than 1 MB in size.
  • All the entries will be published on, and the best design will be revealed on December 24, 2014.
  • Participation in this competition is anonymous, and the winner will be contacted by the TraceParts team to be awarded the prize for 2014, a 3D “RepRapPro” printer distributed by RS Components.
All the 3D files available on are compatible with the most popular native CAD software packages used, such as SOLIDWORKS, CATIA, Pro/E & Creo, Inventor, AutoCAD, Solid Edge, TopSolid, Geomagic Design, Kompas 3D, SpaceClaim, SketchUp, Autodesk Revit, ZW3D, Draftsight, HiCAD, TurboCAD and T-FLEX.

Most neutral CAD formats are also supported, in particular DWG, DXF, IGES, STEP, SAT, JT, VRML and many others including STL format, which is the standard format for CAD files used for 3D printing.

About TraceParts

TraceParts is a world-leading digital engineering 3D content company, offering progressive business software solutions for over 20 years through powerful web based products and services such as CAD part libraries, electronic catalogs and product configurators, helping part vendors to improve marketing efficiencies by increasing the value of their existing digital product data. The CAD portal is freely available to millions of CAD users worldwide, with hundreds of supplier catalogs and over 100 million CAD models and product datasheets suitable for the Design, Purchasing, Manufacturing and Maintenance processes. For more information about TraceParts, visit