Friday, February 12, 2016

DCNS Selects Dassault 3DEXPERIENCE Platform

VELIZY-VILLACOUBLAY, France, Feb 12, 2016 - Dassault Systems (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, world leader in 3D design software, 3D Digital Mock Up and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, and DCNS, world leader in naval defense solutions, announced that DCNS has selected the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to pioneer a new era in the design, engineering, construction and lifecycle services of naval defense solutions.

DCNS will deploy the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to manage the entire lifecycle of its products, from new generation submarines to frigates, patrol vessels, aircraft carriers and landing platform docks (LPDs). From concept through engineering, to build, maintain and operations services for its customers, DCNS’s transformation will improve operational performance and competitive edge on a global scale.

The design and engineering of high-performing naval defense solutions require a seamless integration of complex systems and infrastructure such as nuclear and conventional propulsion systems, radars, missiles and communications materials. End-users in all disciplines must rely on access to accurate, advanced and up-to-date information to make informed decisions. 

DCNS, whose naval systems are recognized worldwide for their operational, innovative multi-mission capabilities, must manage extreme complexity and high-level integration to provide its clients, industrial systems and equipment partners, and supply chain with the most modern cooperation tools and digital interface. Adopting marine and offshore industry solution experiences based on one common 3DEXPERIENCE platform provides the major catalyst to increase capacity and flexibility as well as the most competitive and efficient solutions.

“Agility—the capacity to provide timely, reliable and efficient answers to our clients’ demands while insuring world-class system integration and operational, cost-effective lifecycle solutions—is a significant competitive advantage,” said Herve Guillou, President and Chief Executive Officer, DCNS. “Our cooperation with Dassault Systems and their transformational marine solutions provide a practical roadmap to achieve our ambitious goals from now on.”

“The marine and offshore industry at large is going through a new dynamic of innovation as the open seas are becoming more strategic than ever. The DCNS decision to adopt the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to create a virtual twin of their products across all lifecycles will set a new level of performance in the naval sector,” said Bernard Charlès, President and CEO, Dassault Systems. “Our partnership with DCNS echoes our recent announcement with the world leader in cruise vessels Meyer Werft. Together we are inventing and putting in operation marine and offshore platforms that illustrate the industry of the future in a sector which calls for highly integrated systems to deliver unique experiences to its clients.”

About Dassault Systems

Dassault Systems, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, provides business and people with virtual universes to imagine sustainable innovations. Its world-leading solutions transform the way products are designed, produced, and supported. Dassault Systems’ collaborative solutions foster social innovation, expanding possibilities for the virtual world to improve the real world. The group brings value to over 190,000 customers of all sizes, in all industries, in more than 140 countries. For more information, visit www.3ds.com.

About DCNS

DCNS is a world leader in naval defense and an innovative player in energy. The Group’s success as an advanced technology company with global reach is built on meeting customer needs by deploying exceptional know-how, unique industrial resources and an ability to develop innovative strategic partnerships. DCNS designs and builds submarines and surface combatants, develops associated systems and infrastructure, and offers a full range of services to naval bases and shipyards. The Group has also expanded its focus into marine renewable energy. Aware of its corporate social responsibilities, DCNS is a member of the United Nations Global Compact. The DCNS Group generates annual revenues of €3.1 billion and employs 13130 people (2014 data). For more information, visit www.dcnsgroup.com.

3D Systems Q4, FY2015 Conference Call on Feb 29, 8:30 AM ET

ROCK HILL, SC, USA, Feb 12, 2016 - 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced that it plans to hold a conference call and simultaneous webcast to discuss its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2015 on Monday, February 29, 2016, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time.

In connection with its annual goodwill and intangibles testing, the company expects to record a non-cash goodwill and intangibles impairment charge in the fourth quarter of 2015 in the range of $510 million to $570 million. These impairment charges will not impact the company’s future business activities or cash flows. As of December 31, 2015, the company closed the quarter with approximately $156 million of cash on hand and had no borrowings under its $150 million revolving credit facility.

Additionally, the company expects to report revenue for the fourth quarter of approximately $183 million and that the previously disclosed charge related to inventory write downs and purchase commitments in connection with its shift away from consumer products will be approximately $27 million.

“Industry conditions remain challenging and demand may be uneven in the coming periods. However, we are confident about the long-term opportunities for our technology and solutions,” commented Andy Johnson, Interim President & CEO and Chief Legal Officer, 3D Systems. “We are prioritizing our resources around professional and industrial applications to foster sustainable growth and improve profitability.”

The company plans to release its fourth quarter and full year 2015 financial results and file its Form 10-K on February 29, 2016. 

These are preliminary results and estimates based on current expectations and are subject to year-end closing adjustments and completion of goodwill and intangibles impairment testing. Actual results may differ.

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2015 Conference Call:
  • Date: Monday, February 29, 2016
  • Time: 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time
  • Listen via Internet: www.3dsystems.com/investor
  • Participate via telephone:
  1. Within the U.S.: 1-877-407-8291
  2. Outside the U.S.: 1-201-689-8345
The recorded webcast will be available beginning approximately two hours after the live presentation at www.3dsystems.com/investor.

About 3D Systems

3D Systems provides advanced and comprehensive 3D digital design and fabrication solutions, including 3D printers, print materials and custom-designed parts. Its powerful ecosystem transforms entire industries by empowering users to bring their ideas to life using its vast material selection, including plastics, elastomers, metals and bio-compatible materials. 3D Systems’ personalized medicine capabilities include end-to-end simulation, training and planning, and printing of patient-specific surgical instruments and medical and dental devices. Its 3D digital design, fabrication and inspection products provide seamless interoperability and incorporate immersive computing technologies. 3D Systems’ products and services disrupt traditional methods, deliver improved results and empower its customers to manufacture the future. For more information, visit www.3dsystems.com.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

COMSOL Offers LiveLink for SOLIDWORKS Add-on

BURLINGTON, MA, USA, Feb 3, 2016 - COMSOL, the leading provider of multiphysics modeling, simulation, and application design software, has announced support for app development in the latest version of LiveLink for SOLIDWORKS. Part of COMSOL Multiphysics software, the only fully integrated environment for creating custom simulation applications, LiveLink for SOLIDWORKS connects COMSOL software simulations and 3D design and its latest version allows users to build apps with the Application Builder. This provides design engineers with a better understanding of how SOLIDWORKS software designs perform in the intended operating environment by delivering an accurate evaluation of the impact of any physical effects and their interactions. With LiveLink for SOLIDWORKS and the Application Builder, engineers can build apps based on COMSOL models created from a SOLIDWORKS software geometry. LiveLink for SOLIDWORKS allows them to import and perform operations on their CAD geometries from within an app and then synchronize the final geometry with SOLIDWORKS software.

LiveLink for SOLIDWORKS includes a One Window interface where SOLIDWORKS software users can stay inside its environment and perform their multiphysics analysis directly from it

LiveLink for the SOLIDWORKS includes a One Window interface where SOLIDWORKS software users can stay inside its environment and perform their multiphysics analysis directly from it.

LiveLink for SOLIDWORKS includes a bidirectional interface between the COMSOL Desktop environment and SOLIDWORKS software. This allows synchronization of the CAD design with the COMSOL model; it also lets the simulation control the CAD design parameters in the SOLIDWORKS software file. For even closer integration, the One Window interface makes the familiar windows, tools, icons, and menu items from COMSOL Multiphysics available within the SOLIDWORKS software user interface, enabling users to set up simulations without leaving the CAD design environment.

LiveLink for SOLIDWORKS also supports user-defined selections for an easier and more efficient simulation set-up on the synchronized CAD design. In SOLIDWORKS software, the user can define selections, including bodies, faces, edges, or points, that are synchronized to the COMSOL model where they are available to assign materials, physics settings, or any other model definitions. Users can also create selections from features of the Feature Manager Design Tree in SOLIDWORKS software, or from the components of the CAD assembly. In addition, LiveLink for SOLIDWORKS can automatically generate and synchronize selections based on the material assignments in the CAD design in SOLIDWORKS software.

With the LiveLink for SOLIDWORKS add-on product, users can take full advantage of the Application Builder available in the COMSOL Multiphysics software. The latest release, COMSOL Multiphysics version 5.2, provides simulations experts with cutting edge capabilities for simulation app design. The software integrates highly productive model building, app design, and deployment tools that allow simulation applications to be easily run by users anywhere. About 50 new app examples are included in the extensive Application Libraries, including membrane dialysis, water treatment, thermoelectric cooling, heat exchangers, touchscreen design, magnetic prospecting, piezoacoustic transducers, muffler design, MEMS sensors, pressure vessels, and more.

About COMSOL

COMSOL is a global provider of simulation software for product design and research to technical enterprises, research labs, and universities. Its COMSOL Multiphysics product is an integrated software environment for creating physics-based models and simulation apps. A particular strength is its ability to account for coupled or multiphysics phenomena. Add-on products expand the simulation platform for electrical, mechanical, fluid flow, and chemical applications. Interfacing tools enable the integration of COMSOL Multiphysics simulations with all major technical computing and CAD tools on the CAE market. Simulation experts rely on the COMSOL Server product to deploy apps to their design teams, manufacturing departments, test laboratories, and customers throughout the world. Founded in 1986, COMSOL employs more than 400 people in 22 offices worldwide and extends its reach with a network of distributors. For more information, visit www.comsol.com.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Dassault Announces SOLIDWORKS World 2016

DALLAS, TX, USA, Feb 1, 2016 - Dassault Systems (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, world leader in 3D design software, 3D Digital Mock Up and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today opens SOLIDWORKS World 2016, its 18th annual conference dedicated to the 3D design and engineering community, at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. 

In the age of experience, the world of design is more social, and collaboration remains critical. SOLIDWORKS World brings together more than 5,000 engineers and designers from across the globe to network, learn, share and discover the latest in SOLIDWORKS 3D applications and engineering technologies that help millions of users make great designs happen. Visitors to the SOLIDWORKS World website will also be able to register to watch the live streaming of the event’s general sessions.

The SOLIDWORKS ecosystem will be on display, like never before. Customers on stage, talking about their ideas, their dreams, and how they made them happen will highlight the success for which every member of the SOLIDWORKS Community strives. As with every SOLIDWORKS World, innovative new technologies and products will be discussed, demonstrated and given to members of the customer community to try.

This year’s four-day conference agenda will feature keynote presentations from the greatest of designers, innovators and visionaries, whose dynamism has pushed technological, business and sustainability boundaries far beyond what many thought possible. Speakers include:
  • Yves Béhar, CEO, fuseproject, and Time Magazine’s 2015 Designer of the Year;
  • Neil Gershenfeld, director of MIT’s Center for Bits & Atoms, and one of Scientific American’s 50 leaders in science and technology, and the chairman of the Fab Foundation;
  • David Pogue, founder of Yahoo Tech and former technology columnist for the New York Times; and
  • Peter Diamandis, international pioneer in innovation, incentive competitions and commercial space. He was named one of Fortune’s 2014 “World’s Greatest Leaders.”
SOLIDWORKS World 2016 will also feature tutorials and events dedicated to the SOLIDWORKS user community that address best practices for 3D CAD, as well as innovations in mechanical design and engineering. Highlights include:
  • More than 200 breakout and hands-on training sessions from SOLIDWORKS users, themselves. Sessions range from Modeling Essentials and Productivity Tools, to Simulation and Collaboration;
  • Over 130 exhibitors displaying new technologies and products in the SOLIDWORKS World 2016 Partner Pavilion;
  • Presentations from Bernard Charlès, CEO, Dassault Systèmes, Gian Paolo Bassi, CEO, SOLIDWORKS, and Monica Menghini, CSO, Dassault Systèmes;
  • Unveiling of the user community-generated top ten list of enhancements to future versions of SOLIDWORKS;
  • Access to exclusive pre-conference sessions, including CAD Manager’s Boot Camp, SOLIDWORKS Educators’ Program Meeting and SOLIDWORKS User Group Meeting;
  • Opportunity to confirm CAD skills with free SOLIDWORKS Certification Exams;
  • Over 40 hours of networking opportunities with peers; and as always
  • Demonstrations of SOLIDWORKS 2016 portfolio enhancements;
  • Preview of upcoming technology features of SOLIDWORKS 2017.
“In an age of unparalleled innovation, collaboration and design, all three need to start somewhere, sometime, somehow,” said Gian Paolo Bassi, CEO, SOLIDWORKS, Dassault Systèmes. “That place is SOLIDWORKS World. That time is now. And the how is with the SOLIDWORKS innovation portfolio. We provide our customers the flexibility, the choice, the simplicity of the greatest design technologies to make great design happen.”

For more information about SOLIDWORKS World 2016, visit http://www.solidworks.com/sww.

UK's G. Parker Aero Tooling Selects Delcam PowerMILL

BIRMINGHAM, UK, Feb 1, 2016 - G. Parker Aero Tooling Solutions, a rapidly expanding aerospace toolmaker, has changed to Delcam’s PowerMILL CAM software to remove a programming bottleneck that was limiting the company’s productivity.


The company, which has been based in Accrington in the North-West of England for over forty years and is now in its second generation of family ownership, produces a wide range of tooling, including jigs and fixtures, exclusively for the aerospace industry. It has been closely involved in designing and manufacturing tooling for many of the world’s most prestigious aircraft programs, including all Airbus platforms, plus the Eclipse and Honda VLJ programs. Virtually all of the tooling is made as a ‘one-off’ so developing the most efficient machining approach for each project involves a steep learning curve.

Most of the staff are time-served toolmakers with a wealth of aerospace knowledge, and their skills and expertise are needed on almost every job. In addition, Managing Director, Mike Parker, puts a strong emphasis on encouraging direct interaction between his staff and his customers. "We have built up a detailed knowledge of our customers’ equipment so we can make tooling that will be easy for them to install and efficient for them to use,” he claimed.

"We have always designed our tooling with the same CADCAM system that is used by most of our customers, and have been happy with that aspect of the software,” said Mr. Parker. "However, we have ten machines, including several five-axis machining centres, all demanding programs. We were experiencing a serious bottleneck with our two seats of the machining software as we couldn’t supply toolpaths quickly enough.”

Mr. Parker investigated a number of alternative CAM programs before deciding on PowerMILL. The software provided a complete machining package that covers all the bases for the range of projects at G. Parker Aero Tooling Solutions, plus the price was very competitive. In addition, the company was already using Delcam’s PowerINSPECT inspection software and had been impressed with both the software and the support provided. 

Even though the staff have only been using PowerMILL for a few months, the effects have been dramatic. "We have effectively doubled our programming capacity with the three seats of PowerMILL because the software is so much easier to use,” reported Mr. Parker.

Craig Cooke, Production Manager, had used an alternative CAM system for all his working life but hasn’t found anything that PowerMILL can’t do. "All four people that we have trained in PowerMILL have been very motivated. Of course, introducing new software has seen some difficulties but nothing insurmountable,” he said.

A key benefit of PowerMILL for G. Parker Aero Tooling Solutions is that it is purely a machining package so it is much easier to introduce onto the shop floor. "It is much simpler to exchange knowledge between the different users because it is so much easier to use,” said Mr. Cooke.

"The calculation times are around 25% faster, which, along with the ease of use, means we can generate programs more quickly,” he continued. "Stock models are much easier to use in PowerMILL so we are able to reduce air cutting and shorten machining times with rest machining. We had always struggled with creating undercuts but programming for disc cutters is extremely quick in PowerMILL. The surface finish we get now is very good; it is extremely smooth with no faceting. This has reduced polishing time by an average of 20%.”

Operator Robbie Cooke has also been impressed with the Delcam software. "PowerMILL is very graphical with pictures to tell you what the system is going to do,” he explained. "The measuring tools for angles and undercuts help me to choose the best strategy and cutting tools to use, while the automation in the software means that I can complete programs more quickly. I’ve only been using the software for a few months so the simulation tools are really valuable. They make it easy to see if you are going wrong and to put it right. They also give me the confidence to put jobs onto the machine straight away. I’ve already programmed all sorts of jobs – press tools, jigs, fixtures and so on. PowerMILL handles it all.”

The productivity boost from introducing PowerMILL has come at an important time for G. Parker Aero Tooling Solutions. "Business is pretty good,” claimed Mr. Parker. "We already have enough projects lined up to make 2016 a better year than 2015. We have plans to add more five-axis machines as they always seem to be fully booked and we will be recruiting two more apprentices. Extra training, including more PowerMILL courses, is also planned for the existing staff to make them more flexible so we are able to take on more projects.”

For more information, visit http://www.delcam.com/.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

ANSYS 17.0 Released

PITTSBURGH, PA, USA, Jan 30, 2016 - Engineers across disciplines – from structures to fluids to electromagnetics to systems – will realize step-change improvements in the way they develop products using the newly released ANSYS 17.0. This next generation of ANSYS (NASDAQ: ANSS) industry-leading engineering simulation solutions set the scene for the next quantum leaps in product development, enabling unprecedented advancements across an array of industry initiatives from smart devices to autonomous vehicles to more energy-efficient machines. The most feature-rich release in the company's 45-year history, available now, delivers 10x improvements to product development productivity, insight and performance.


Simulation has been identified as one of the key pillars of the next industrial revolution, known as Industry 4.0. With the advent of the Internet of Things all products are getting smarter, new advanced materials are enabling lighter, stronger and more sustainable designs, and additive manufacturing enables users to 3-D print anything they can imagine. Unlocking the power of these trends is impossible without simulation tools' ability to virtually explore these vastly increased options to arrive at the winning designs of tomorrow.

"Companies are under relentless pressure to create top-line growth and increase savings," said Jim Cashman, president and CEO of ANSYS. "Innovation, time to market, operational efficiency and product quality are key factors that contribute to this business success. ANSYS is focused on helping customers improve their critical business metrics and leapfrog the competition by improving their product development process through engineering simulation. When we set out to develop the next release of our simulation platform, we challenged ourselves to improve our customers' product development process by a full order of magnitude, or 10x." 

"Hyperloop Technology is accomplishing safe and reliable ground transportation at close to the speed of sound," said Josh Giegel, vice president of design and analysis, Hyperloop Technologies. "ANSYS 17.0 technology offers deeper insight into our designs and enables us to make the necessary improvement to our development process, which in turn will help us realize the Hyperloop concept."

"ANSYS has been an acknowledged leader in enabling simulation-driven design over the past several decades, and ANSYS 17.0 release is a major step forward in terms of bringing together all of the ANSYS modeling and simulation capabilities required to achieve the vision of an integrated yet open enterprise product innovation platform driven by behavior modeling and simulation," said Peter Bilello, president of CIMdata. "As industry moves ahead over the next decade to realize the vision and promised benefits of Model-Based Systems Engineering in the context of mega-trends such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Industry 4.0 and the Circular Economy, ANSYS' product portfolio and M&S platform is well positioned to meet the multi-domain requirements for developing complex cyber-physical systems with ever increasing levels of software and electronics content."

Highlights of the release include:

10x Improvements to Productivity - ANSYS 17.0 delivers solutions faster so engineers and designers can make more informed decisions sooner in the product development cycle. That enables organizations to rapidly innovate and bring products to market faster, while getting more productivity from their existing engineering assets.

Through tighter integration of semiconductor and electronics simulation solutions, ANSYS 17.0 delivers a comprehensive chip-package-system design workflow. New capabilities for automated thermal analysis and integrated structural analysis deliver an unequalled chip-aware and system-aware simulation solution, enabling customers to deliver smaller, higher-power density devices to market faster. With the advent of the Internet of Things, more products and engineers will rely on these capabilities.

In the fluids suite, ANSYS continues its technology leadership with breakthrough advancements in physics modeling and introduces new innovations across the entire workflow and user environment design to accelerate time to results by up to 85 percent without compromising accuracy. Improvements to workflow and meshing enable novice users to quickly become productive while new tools and options expand the application reach for experienced users.

"ANSYS has broken through by truly integrating multi-domain 3-D meshed solutions," said Brad Kramer, director of engineering at HUSCO International. "By closely integrating the fluid and the mechanical interfaces, we are now able to simulate and gain insight into the real physics of the problem without having to set up artificial boundary conditions."

Preprocessing – or the act of setting up simulations – with ANSYS 17.0 has also improved by an order of magnitude. Using the direct modeling tools in ANSYS 17.0, users can prepare their geometry for analysis faster than traditional computer-aided design (CAD). Save and load times for complex models, as well as the performance for common geometry editing functions has increased by up to 100 times. ANSYS 17.0 geometry tools also boast tighter integration to ANSYS Workbench and offer many productivity advancements for modeling fabricated and composite structures. Fluids pre-processing for complex systems has also improved dramatically. The process of preparing and meshing models with hundreds of parts has been reduced from days to hours with ANSYS 17.0. 

ANSYS 17.0 enables software engineers to be more productive with developing, testing and certifying embedded software. New industry-specific vertical solutions take full benefit from the openness and flexibility of the platform to facilitate interactions with original equipment manufacturers and suppliers while adhering to such industry standards as ARINC 661/664, FACE and AUTOSAR.

10x Improvements for Deeper Insight - ANSYS 17.0 delivers deeper insight into real-world product performance through such enhancements as higher fidelity simulations and better post processing. For example, with printed circuit boards, engineers can now quickly import ECAD geometry and perform coupled thermal-structural analysis with power integrity and electronics cooling analyses to accurately predict stress, deformation and fatigue. These capabilities enable engineers to design board layouts and thermal management strategies for more reliable electronic components. As a result, complex board and packages can be set up and solved in minutes, not hours or days.

As products become more complex, the ability to simulate entire systems provides a significant advantage to manufacturers. Using a single simulation platform at ANSYS 17.0, engineers can not only simulate physical models but can also consider embedded systems design and embedded software models. This enables virtual systems simulation, testing and prototyping, reducing product development time and cost. In this release, ANSYS introduces native support for the industry-standard system modeling language, Modelica, which enables access to hundreds of additional mechanical and fluid component models in addition to its rich model library for power electronics. At the same time, advancements in the platform provide more insight to real world system performance by enabling high-fidelity 3-D results to be incorporated into system-level models.

ANSYS 17.0 greatly expands turbomachinery simulation capabilities across a broad spectrum to produce highly accurate results, across a wider array of operating conditions and with shorter turnaround time. Engineers can solve considerably more transient blade row configurations by calculating as few as one blade per row instead of the full wheel to speed time to solution by over 10x and drastically reducing the required computing resources. These advances are critical given that turbines produce 99 percent of the world's electricity.

10x Improvements to Performance - ANSYS 17.0 delivers performance improvements for all of its product lines, particularly in the realm of high-performance computing (HPC). ANSYS 17.0 introduces the most modern HPC solver architectures that leverages the latest processor technologies. Organizations can leverage this power on most IT configurations – from desktops to cloud environments – to obtain their simulation results sooner.

There is a clear global demand to develop more power efficient machines, but progress has been hindered due to the huge computational resources required to simulate an electric machine. Complete transient electromagnetic field analysis of an electric machine can require two weeks or more to complete. HPC advances in the ANSYS 17.0 electromagnetics suite deliver unprecedented computational speed for full transient electromagnetic field simulation for electric motor design. Simulations of critical transient behaviors that previously required weeks of computational time can now be completed in hours during early design stages, reducing the risk of project delays and late-stage design changes.

"This is amazing technology," said Briam Cavalca Bork, product engineer at WEG. "ANSYS 17.0 allows us to fully utilize our HPC hardware. Simulation time has improved by a factor of 20x, but more importantly we have gained more in-depth and timely design insight that will allow us to deliver industry leading, innovative machine designs. The new ANSYS technology delivers the capability to do more complex analyses on a greater variety of scenarios."

As previously announced, ANSYS fluids solutions have smashed the previous simulation world record by scaling to 129,000 compute cores running at 90 percent efficiency – a 10x improvement over the past two years. HPC performance of the structures suite has also improved significantly and now demonstrates scaling up to 1000 cores. Structural simulations which required running overnight, can now be completed in an hour, enabling engineers to explore 10x more variations and find the best design faster. 

"Organizations across a wide variety of industries are struggling to keep pace with the growing need for data-intensive modeling and large-scale simulations to accelerate business innovation," said Scott Misage, vice president and general manager, High Performance Computing, Hewlett Packard Enterprise. "By bringing together all high-performance computing (HPC) advances made in the new ANSYS 17 release with our industry-leading HPE Apollo compute platform for HPC and big data workloads, our customers can now transform their product development processes, reduce engineering costs and accelerate time-to-market."

"Our partnership with ANSYS has always equipped us with exceptional simulation capabilities, which have allowed us to design and develop our cars more quickly, efficiently and intelligently," said Nathan Sykes, head of numerical tools and technologies, Red Bull Racing and Technology. "The ANSYS 17.0 fluids suite has been used extensively in the design of our 2016 challenger, the RB12, allowing us to conduct critical CFD analysis and make design decisions faster than ever before."

For more information on ANSYS 17.0, click ansys.com/17.

About ANSYS, Inc.

ANSYS is the global leader in engineering simulation. We bring clarity and insight to our customer's most complex design challenges through the broadest portfolio of fast, accurate and reliable simulation tools. Our technology enables organizations in all industries to imagine high-quality, innovative product designs that are sustainable and have an accelerated time to market. Founded in 1970, ANSYS employs almost 3000 professionals, more than 700 of them with PhDs in engineering fields such as finite element analysis, computational fluid dynamics, electronics and electromagnetics, embedded software, system simulation and design optimization. Headquartered south of Pittsburgh, U.S.A., ANSYS has more than 75 strategic sales and development locations throughout the world with a network of channel partners in 40+ countries. For more information, visit www.ansys.com.

Vero Appoints Peter Ameloot as BizDev Manager for Europe

GLOUCESTERSHIRE, UK, Jan 30, 2016 - Vero Software announces its continued growth has resulted in the recent appointment of Peter Ameloot as the newest member to Vero Software Limited’s international business development team.

Peter has been appointed as a Business Development Manager for Europe and will be responsible for some of our established reseller as well as appointing and developing new sales channels for a range of Vero software brands.

“The move to Vero Software Limited represents a wonderful opportunity for me to apply the experience I have gained from many years direct sales and sales management in the CAD/CAM industry on a much wider stage” commented Peter.

Simon Lee, EMEA Sales Director commented “Peter joins Vero at a very exciting time, we are experiencing substantial year on year growth and are busy opening up new markets for Vero products across Europe. Peter brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience that will prove invaluable in his new role”.

"We are driven by growth and Peter’s appointment will bring new momentum to our international business expansion and restructure, I wish him every success in his new role".

About Vero Software

Vero sells and supports its range of products through its direct offices in the UK, Italy, France, Germany, Netherlands, USA, Brazil, India, Japan, Korea and China, and through a comprehensive global reseller network across more than 45 countries.

Vero is part of Hexagon (Nordic exchange: HEXA B), a leading global provider of design, measurement and visualization technologies that enable customers to design, measure and position objects, and process and present data. For more information, visit http://www.verosoftware.com/.

AutoForm Hydro 2016 Unveiled for Sheet Metal Forming

WILEN B WOLLERAU, Switzerland, Jan 29, 2016 - AutoForm Engineering GmbH, the leading supplier of software solutions for the sheet metal forming industry, has unveiled its latest software AutoForm Hydro 2016. This version of AutoForm Hydro has many significant enhancements including a completely new unique set of functionalities for springback compensation. Based on accurate springback simulation results, AutoForm Hydro 2016 allows for efficient springback compensation after bending and hydroforming operations.

Springback compensation of bending operation

AutoForm Hydro is AutoForm’s state-of-the-art solution for rapid tool design for tube hydroforming processes as well as for the simulation of these processes. The latest software version, AutoForm Hydro 2016, offers new functionalities and significant enhancements. The most important one is springback compensation of bending and hydroforming operations.

Springback compensation of hydroforming operation

The bending compensation is achieved through the generation of a new bending line using the same springback value in the opposite direction and compensation of process parameters while the tool geometries remain unchanged. The hydroforming compensation takes into account springback after the hydroforming operation and all springback modes such as translation, twisting and crowning. The automatic update of tool geometries results in compensated tools which can be easily exported. By identifying and analysing the root cause of springback, engineers are able to define the most effective compensation strategy for the project at hand.

In addition to this new and unique functionality in tube hydroforming, AutoForm Hydro 2016 also provides enhancements in process description and tool design such as force controlled axial tools for bending and hydroforming operations, appropriate positioning before bending operation, generation of fillet radius for upper and lower dies as well as volume controlled hydroforming. The comprehensive in-depth understanding and validation of the entire hydroforming process leads to shorter development time and reduced tooling, material and production costs.

Dr. Markus Thomma, Corporate Marketing Director of AutoForm Engineering, stated: “AutoForm Hydro 2016 enables our users to reach a new level of competitiveness in tube hydroforming. This is the only software on the market today which allows for springback compensation in tube hydroforming. The ability to carry out feasibility, springback calculation and its compensation already in the process engineering stage reduces additional costly efforts for redesign in the CAD stage and results in significant time savings in tool making and tryout. With AutoForm Hydro 2016, part designers, process engineers as well as tool and die makers are well-equipped to meet the increasing demands in terms of part complexity, ever higher part quality requirements, implementation of new materials as well as ever shorter lead times and higher cost pressures.”

For more information about AutoForm and its products, visit http://www.autoform.com/.