Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Autodesk Design Academy iTunes U Course Available Free for Educators
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA, Jul 1, 2015 - Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) announced the availability of the new Autodesk Design Academy iTunes U course, marking the first time the company has shared its portfolio of curricula resources through iTunes U. Developed by educators and subject matter experts across the globe, the Autodesk Design Academy provides hundreds of standards-aligned class projects to support design-based disciplines in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) while using Autodesk’s professional-grade 3D design, engineering and entertainment software used in industry, helping students develop 21st century skills and prepare for future careers.

Autodesk Design Academy provides hundreds of standards-aligned class projects, including lessons in Autodesk Fusion 360, which brings CAD, CAM and CAE together in the cloud.

iTunes U is the best way to bring a classroom together on iPad, helping educators build lessons with amazing content, collect and grade student work and stay connected with their class.

A key component of the Autodesk Design Academy iTunes U course is learning materials about the use of Autodesk Fusion 360, which brings CAD, CAM and CAE together in the cloud. It’s an integrated, connected, and accessible platform built for the new ways products are being designed and made.

Autodesk also launches the Autodesk Design Academy Multi-Touch book, which includes learning materials about Autodesk SketchBook Express, software that brings digital art and concept sketching to life. Both the iTunes U course and Multi-Touch book will be available for free on iPad this fall.

“Getting our curricula and learning resources to millions of educators for free through iTunes U and Multi-Touch books is a fantastic opportunity to empower students with the tools that will help them to imagine, design and create a better world,” said Randy Swearer, vice president, Education, Autodesk. “The new Autodesk Design Academy iTunes U course helps us to bring best-in-class resources to more schools, establishing a future pipeline of designers, architects and engineers.”

In December 2014, Autodesk announced a multi-million dollar commitment to make available free access to its 3D design software and creativity applications to schools, educators and students around the globe to support future global economies and drive innovation.

“Autodesk software is used heavily in the engineering industry, and I want my students to know it well so they can jump right into a job without the employer needing to train them,” said Jennifer Hohne, educator, Heritage Hills High School, Lincoln City, Indiana.

The Autodesk Design Academy complements Autodesk’s 3D design software and creativity applications across the education continuum to advance learning outcomes, including:
  • Building proficiency with learners to support STEAM education both in and outside of the classroom
  • Imparting industry-relevant knowledge and 3D design skills to give students a competitive edge to achieve their personal goals today, and career success in the future
  • Helping educators inspire creativity and innovation through a project-based curriculum and a multidisciplinary approach to education; facilitating collaboration and hands-on problem-solving skills that reflect today’s business realities
To request free access to Autodesk software for educational institutions, visit

To gain access to the Autodesk Design Academy, Autodesk Design Academy iTunes U course for Fusion 360 and Autodesk Design Academy Multi-Touch books for SketchBook Express, visit

For information regarding training, support and software implementation, locate your local Autodesk Academic Partner.

About Autodesk 

Autodesk helps people imagine, design and create a better world. Everyone - from design professionals, engineers and architects to digital artists, students and hobbyists—uses Autodesk software to unlock their creativity and solve important challenges. For more information visit or follow @autodesk.

Datakit Releases CAD Data Exchange Tools v2015.3

http://www.datakit.comLYON, France, Jul 1, 2015 - Datakit, a leading CAD data exchange company, releases the version 2015.3 of its CAD formats reading and writing interfaces.

This version offers several new features:
  • The Siemens NX format writing is now available.
  • The writing of SOLIDWORKS and COLLADA formats and the reading of SOLID EDGE 2D format have been added to CrossCad/Ware SDK, enabling software vendors to support these formats in their own software.
  • The latest versions Inventor 2016 and CATIA V6R2014x are now supported.
These improvements benefit to:
  • Components provided by Datakit to software vendors (CrossCad/Ware), enabling them to support many CAD formats in their own software.
  • The stand-alone converter CrossManager, enabling users to convert their CAD files very easily and quickly in dozens of different CAD formats without requiring any third-party software license.
  • CrossCad/Plg (regarding the support of new versions): These plug-ins add functionalities to CAD software such as Rhino, SOLIDWORKS, ThinkDesign and Open CASCADE, to import or export formats that are not natively supported.
About Datakit

Datakit is a private held and leading company founded in 1994 specialized in CAD data exchange solutions and services. It offers stand-alone converters, plug-ins and SDK that import, analyze and export models. Datakit exposes a wide range of geometrical and semantic data through its various range of products. It also provides services that aid in the migration of CAD databases and help customers choose the best data transfer solutions. It works closed to the Independent Software Vendors that currently integrate its CAD Data exchange solutions as components to their own software. For more information, visit

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

LFM Launches LFM NetView 4.0, Server 4.3 for 3D Laser Scanning
MANCHESTER, UK, Jun 30, 2015 - LFM Software announced that it is launching major enhancements to its laser scan technology portfolio with new releases of LFM NetView and LFM Server. The introduction of new 3D mark-up functionality to both products allows users to add, access and share asset intelligence in the form of tag identifiers, attributes and comments as well as links to associated documents and information. Alongside these new capabilities also comes vastly improved access to massive laser scan projects, supported by cloud and tablet enablement. These deliver the as-operated asset conditions to the desktops and mobile devices of all asset stakeholders allowing for secure global collaboration across multiple project teams and partner companies.


LFM NetView 4.0 provides secure, on-demand access to laser scan data via company networks or the internet. The simple, intuitive BubbleView interface has been designed using the latest web technology allowing in browser, ‘plug-in free’ global access to visualize on-site conditions and quickly add or extract reliable intelligence. Tablet enablement and the facility to take data ‘offline’ and synchronize later enables remote use for inspection tasks and on-site reviews. LFM Server 4.3 provides the data backbone for LFM NetView 4.0 by providing a live link to a master dataset ensuring all data is up-to-date and accurate.

This co-product launch also sees the introduction of cloud technology to the LFM suite. In addition to standard and client tailored implementations, LFM can utilize the Microsoft Azure cloud platform as an option for deploying LFM NetView 4.0 offering trusted and secure global access to laser scan project data.

'The latest releases of LFM NetView and LFM Server deliver a significant milestone in LFM’s vision to provide a Trusted Living PointCloud to our clients', said Gary Farrow, VP Business Management, LFM Software. 'We have dramatically improved the accessibility to laser scan data by allowing tablet access to projects, supported by our adoption of cloud computing utilizing the Microsoft Azure platform.'

'The new mark-up functionality allows users to ‘fast-tag’ their laser scan data with attributes and hyperlinks. Coupled with the ability to take data offline and refresh when back online will create huge opportunities for the use of laser scan data across the lifecycle of an asset. These advances provides our customers the ability to maintain their laser data as part of their digital asset and utilize its value throughout operational life. Combined, the new products deliver the most intelligent laser scan data to the fingertips of engineering, construction, design and operational teams in a single dataset.'

For a demonstration project of LFM NetView 4.0, visit

About LFM Software

LFM provide powerful 3D laser scanning software solutions to deliver a Trusted Living Poincloud relevant throughout the laser scan data and asset life cycles. LFM is hardware and software vendor neutral. It accepts data from all 3D laser scanners and interfaces to to 3D integrated plant design, CAD, visualization and Review platforms. For more information, visit

Vero Alphacam 2015 R2 Compatible with 64-bit PCs
GLOUCESTERSHIRE, UK, Jun 30 2015 - Vero Software announces the launch of Alphacam 2015 R2. The latest release of the game-changing Alphacam CAD/CAM software ensures that users can exploit the full power of their PC.

Alphacam 2015 R2 is 64-bit compatible, meaning its programs can utilise all the available memory. “With 32-bit computers only able to work with 2GB, irrespective of how much memory is onboard, some large files are extremely difficult to work with,” says Alphacam Technical Manager Paul Green. “We gave a high priority to this development, as it means end users can now process large files without any issues arising.”

Amongst the full array of new and enhanced functionality in Alphacam 2015 R2:

The GUI includes a new fully customisable radial menu. “It means users can set up as few or as many commands as they need.”

For Advanced 5-Axis Machining, while the previous release of Alphacam introduced surface machining, considerable enhancements in 2015 R2 give many more advanced options, including wire frame machining for effective trimming, and multi-axis roughing which allows roughing to the actual contour, removing any unnecessary fresh-air machining. Side Wall Axial Relief Feed (SWARF) machining reduces 5-axis cycle times and gives a better surface finish through effective side-of-tool machining. The strategy is to finish the part in one cut, through constant cutting conditions giving increased material removal and a constant low cutting force, along with simultaneous 5-axis vector orientation providing full access to machining areas.

Enhanced Feature Extraction makes it easier to find features on orthogonal panel faces. “There is now the option of finding holes and contours on any panel face at the same time, speeding up panel processing.”

Another major aspect of new functionality has been added to Part Management, with full associativity between a part and its copy. Whenever an original part is amended on Alphacam 2015 R2, there is the option to automatically update the copy.

Improved on-screen realism is achieved through Rendered Z-Level Geometries and Material Textures. “By rendering Z-level parts we’re making them visually clearer to the user,” says Paul Green. “And users can now apply any texture, whether it be metal, wood, granite, plastic or composite, so that it looks on-screen how it will look on the machine. Rendered clamps and fixtures can also be shown on a full machine configuration.”

A command in the Rough Finish cycle – Previous Tool Profile – automatically uses the profile of the previous tool to generate the new tool path to machine corners where form and shaped tools have left material there.

A new function in Nesting now identifies parts by name, rather than number as in previous releases. “As well as the part names showing in the nest on-screen, they also appear in reports. It helps to make in formation more relevant – users can see at a glance which part is on a nested sheet.”

Solidworks Assembly Support considerably speeds up processing. While Alphacam has been able to import Solidworks files of individual parts for many years, one click now brings in a full assembly file containing all the parts.

Subtle changes to Part Modeler give higher quality image previews, along with commands for part manipulation including rotation around a specific point or axes, and zoom to a cursor.

For more information, visit

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Pointwise Let's Talk Meshing Webcast on Jun 30, 10AM
FORT WORTH, TX, USA, Jun 27, 2015 - Pointwise will premiere a Let's Talk Meshing webcast entitled, “Grid Extrusions & Boundary Conditions: What's New?” on 30 June at 10 a.m. Afterwards from 11 a.m. - noon, our Pointwise engineer, John Dreese, who created the video and John Steinbrenner, vice president of research and development, will be available online to answer your questions.

The latest Pointwise release has several new features. Among these are updates to extrusions and extrusion boundary conditions. The boundary conditions in particular are now more similar to NASA's HYPGEN code. Other updates help you extrude off a complicated geometry. In this video, we will demonstrate how each can make your life easier and save you time.

This grid showcases our new ability to extrude from wingtips with poles

In this Let's Talk Meshing webcast, you will learn about
  • Floating X BC
  • Floating Y BC
  • Floating Z BC
  • Extrusions from Domains with Poles
For further details on the webcast and Q&A participation, click here.

The event will be hosted by John Dreese from our Technical Support team and John Steinbrenner, our vice president of research and development.

Let's Talk Meshing events encompass various communication channels, including interactive forums, webinars and webcasts, that inform and equip Pointwise users. To find out about our current events or to peruse recordings from past events, please go to

About Pointwise, Inc.

Pointwise, Inc. is solving the top problem facing computational fluid dynamics (CFD) today - reliably generating high-fidelity meshes. The company's Pointwise software generates structured, unstructured and hybrid meshes; interfaces with CFD solvers, such as ANSYS FLUENT, STAR-CCM+, ANSYS CFX, OpenFOAM, and SU2 as well as many neutral formats, such as CGNS; runs on Windows (Intel and AMD), Linux (Intel and AMD), and Mac, and has a scripting language, Glyph, that can automate CFD meshing. Large manufacturing firms and research organizations worldwide rely on Pointwise as their complete CFD preprocessing solution. For more information, visit

Delcam Announces 2015 ArtCAM User Group in Nashville

http://www.delcam.comBIRMINGHAM, UK, Jun 27, 2015 - Delcam is pleased to announce that the 2015 ArtCAM User Group will be held at Inn at Opryland in Nashville from October 1st to October 3rd. The format has changed this year to include foundation training prior to ArtCAM user group workshops, Table Top Exhibits, Technical Round Robins and a Development Round Table.

Kicking off the event will be a Network Social and all attendees are invited. At the event guest are able to pick up registration credentials while they mingle with industry professionals and other attendees.

Attendees are encouraged to book hotel accommodations early with the Inn at Opryland to receive the special rate of $137.00 which is only offered until August 28th. To make reservations, guests are asked to call the Marriott reservations line at 615 – 889 – 0800 or 855 – 584 – 3466

As at previous ArtCAM user group meetings, the team plan to offer as much information as possible through the vast experience and expertise of Delcam’s ArtCAM development team and support engineers.

Commenting on the event, Mary Shaw, Marketing Manager for Delcam North America, said, "We are very excited about this year’s ArtCAM User Group Conference. This year the format has changed so that we can bring together more industry leaders as well as people from the ArtCAM team. The new format will give attendees a chance to learn more about ArtCAM but also more about trends that will affect their business from industry professionals.”

All attendees to the User Group will receive a booklet with presentation material and a DVD of all material with videos and step by step instructions. This material is excellent to use as hands- on tutorials to work through as a refresher or for new employees to learn more. To ensure that a DVD is ready for attendees at the conference, Delcam is asking delegates to register before August 28th.

As well as learning about ArtCAM, probably the best reason to attend a User Group is to meet other users and learn from them. Like the online forum, the User Group is an opportunity to catch up with friends, find out about other equipment and materials, and be amazed and inspired by the different uses and applications for ArtCAM customers. Delegates will learn a lot about what it is possible for them to achieve and be motivated when they return to their businesses to make ArtCAM an even more productive part of it.

For more information and how to register, visit the AUGC web page

Thursday, June 25, 2015

MSC, Ingeciber SA Release CivilFEM 2015 with Marc
NEWPORT BEACH, CA, USA, Jun 25, 2015 - MSC Software Corp., and Ingeciber S.A., a specialized civil engineering CAE company with more than 28 years of experience in civil engineering announced the first release of CivilFEM 2015, powered by Marc.

CivilFEM 2015 is a unique simulation solution that provides sophisticated system-level structural simulations of large commercial buildings, bridges, tunnels, nuclear power plants, and other structures. Miguel Angel Moreno, CEO of Ingeciber, said "CivilFEM is powered by the advanced nonlinear finite element capabilities provided by MSC's Marc solver, which enable robust, efficient, and accurate simulations for the infrastructure, energy, construction and mining industries."

CivilFEM 2015 has its own user friendly multi-language GUI, extensive pre- and post-processing capabilities, is easy to learn and use, and is designed with the civil engineer in mind.

John Janevic, MSC's Vice President of Strategic Operations, said "CivilFEM 2015 powered by Marc can dramatically improve the efficiency of the structural design and analysis process, identify better solutions earlier, and reduce the risk of innovative construction processes." Key enabling capabilities include design verification according to international reinforced concrete and structural steel standards, as well as other civil engineering standards, all of which are built in to CivilFEM 2015 powered by Marc. Specific civil engineering structural analysis output such as load path history, automatic response spectrum for seismic analysis, and nonlinear time history analysis are fully supported.

Model generation is highly efficient because of the library of materials and hot rolled structural steel sections, included in CivilFEM 2015. Highly accurate solutions are possible because all material properties are time-dependent, and allow the definition of true stress-strain diagrams and advanced nonlinear behavior.

CivilFEM 2015, powered by MSC Software's Marc nonlinear FEA solution, is available exclusively from Ingeciber and its distributors worldwide. For more details about the new release, click here.

About Ingeciber S.A.

Ingeciber is a CAE specialized company developer of CivilFEM and supplier of simulation software from international global leaders and related services like technical training, support and consulting. As a pioneer CAE company Ingeciber technologies are used by a wide range of worldwide companies, academic and professionals. For additional information please visit: and

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 additional information about MSC Software's products and services, visit

CD-adapco Releases STAR-CCM+ v10.04
NEW YORK, USA and LONDON, UK, Jun 25, 2015 - CD-adapco, the largest privately held CFD-focused provider of Computer Aided Engineering software, announced the release of STAR-CCM+ v10.04, the second release in 2015 of its flagship simulation tool. The latest release represents a major step forward in the company’s vision of allowing its customers to “discover better designs, faster” using Multidisciplinary Design eXploration (MDX).

The highlight of the v10.04 release is an entirely new Finite Element Based Solid Stress Solver, enabling Computational Solid Mechanics from within STAR-CCM+. This engineering breakthrough makes STAR-CCM+ the first tool on the market to offer both Computational Fluid Dynamics and Computational Solid Mechanics from a single and easy-to-use fully integrated environment. STAR-CCM+ offers the most efficient way of modeling Fluid Structure Interaction problems.

“The introduction of Computational Solid Mechanics in STAR-CCM+ is a very important step in terms of the future direction of engineering simulation,” said Jean-Claude Ercolanelli, Senior VP of Product Management, CD-adapco. “Engineers can now easily bridge the gap between the fluid and structure disciplines within one single user interface and environment. Previously, this was only possible using multiple tools and different skill sets across several teams. STAR-CCM+ users are now able to expand their applications scope and be effective immediately. The new Computational Solid Mechanics capability is using the same interface and does not require an additional license.”

STAR-CCM+ v10.04 continues the v10 theme of providing enhancements to make customers infinitely more competitive and effective in their marketplace through the pillars of technology, experience and productivity.

Technology: In addition to the introduction of Computational Solid Mechanics in STAR-CCM+, another major step forward in v10.04 is the implementation of the Adjoint Solver for Coupled Solid Energy, enabling sensitivity analysis of solid conduction problems. This solver can be used in conjunction with the adjoint flow solver for performing sensitivity analysis and optimization for problems involving conjugate heat transfer. This is a unique capability that will enable engineers to speed up their design process while including the effects of conjugate heat transfer. For further information, click here.

The introduction of reference geometry transfer through the STAR-CAD clients now allows the user to pass more data from their CAD package to STAR-CCM+, including transfer coordinate systems and reference planes and these are automatically synchronized during updates. This functionality enables easy boundary condition creation and post-processing based on CAD references while leveraging the strengths of STAR-CCM+. Click here.

Experience: STAR-CCM+ v10.04 delivers 22 new colormaps to further streamline the visualization workflow and help users gain a better understanding of their simulation results through high impact scientific visualization. Click here.

For improved monitoring and control during a design exploration cycle, v10.04 delivers a brand-new tab in the Optimate interface, giving users the ability to get live updates of simulation progress during the design process. This feature helps save engineering time by offering instant feedback on how the design is progressing and enables troubleshooting if required.

STAR-CCM+ v10.04 also adds enhancements to Custom Summary Reports, allowing the creation of well-formatted, customized summaries of specific objects within the simulation. This helps an engineer to quickly review simulation file content without opening the file and facilitates comparing results from different simulations.

Productivity: A unique productivity improvement in v10.04 is the introduction of Boundary Data Export for Simulation History. This capability reduces the size of the simulation history files and increases the overall performance by delivering the ability to save results for boundaries only.

Another new capability in v10.04 to significantly improve productivity is the Equilibrium DFBI Motion Type for sink and trim calculations in the Marine Industry. This feature is suitable for scenarios where a force and moment balance can ultimately exist in equilibrium and drastically reduces computational expense compared to a time-accurate unsteady free motion simulations. Click here.

STAR-CCM+ v10.04 possesses many new features drawn from suggestions submitted through IdeaStorm, the innovation forum exclusive to CD-adapco customers. The company is committed to three major releases each year to ensure it is delivering on its vision for the software and, at the same time, supporting the ongoing needs of its customers.

About CD-adapco

CD-adapco is the world's largest independent CFD-focused CAE provider. Our core products are the technology-leading simulation packages, STAR-CCM+ and STAR-CD. The scope of our activities, however, extends well beyond CFD software development to encompass a wide range of CAE engineering services in fluid dynamics, heat transfer and structural engineering. Our ongoing mission is to "inspire innovation and reduce costs through the application of engineering simulation software and services."

A privately owned company, CD-adapco has maintained 15% organic year-on-year growth over the last 5 years. CD-adapco employs 900 talented individuals, working at 40 different offices across the globe. For more information, visit