Wednesday, April 1, 2015

MecSoft Releases VisualCAM 2015 for Geomagic

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IRVINE, CA, USA, Apr 1, 2015 - MecSoft Corporation, the developer of industry leading CAD/CAM software solutions, has announced the availability of VisualCAM 2015 for Geomagic, a major version release for MecSoft’s integrated CAM solution for Geomagic Design from 3D Systems Corporation.

VisualCAM 2015 for Geomagic includes 2 CAM modules known as VisualCAM-MILL for Geomagic, and VisualCAM-TURN for Geomagic, each of which run integrated inside the Geomagic Design CAD program and can be bought and licensed independent of each other. Both modules were significantly enhanced and improved in this 2015 release to provide customers with a powerful and complete manufacturing platform.

“With this release we are continuing to strengthen our fully integrated CAM product for Geomagic. Both the MILL and the TURN modules of this product have been greatly improved based on user input and together with the seamless integration inside Geomagic Design, we continue to provide leading edge manufacturing capabilities for Geomagic Design users worldwide.” stated Joe Anand, President and CEO of MecSoft Corporation.

To download a free demo of VisualCAM 2015 for Geomagic, click here.

About MecSoft Corporation

Headquartered in Irvine, California, MecSoft Corporation is a worldwide leader in providing Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software solutions, addressing both Additive and Subtractive manufacturing technologies, for the small to mid-market segments. These solutions include products VisualCAD/CAM/3DPRINT, VisualCAM for SOLIDWORKS, RhinoCAM & Rhino3DPRINT and VisualCAM for Geomagic. These software products deliver powerful, easy-to-use and affordable solutions for users in the custom manufacturing, rapid prototyping, rapid tooling, mold making, aerospace, automotive, tool & die, woodworking, and education industries. For more information, visit www.mecsoft.com or call 949-654-8163.

MecSoft Releases VisualCAM 2015 for SOLIDWORKS

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IRVINE, CA, USA, Apr 1, 2015 - MecSoft Corporation, the developer of industry leading CAD/CAM software solutions, has announced the availability of VisualCAM 2015 for SOLIDWORKS, a major version release for MecSoft’s integrated Gold Certified CAM solution for SOLIDWORKS.

VisualCAM 2015 for SOLIDWORKS includes 2 CAM modules known as VisualCAM-MILL for SOLIDWORKS, and VisualCAM-TURN for SOLIDWORKS, each of which run integrated inside the SOLIDWORKS CAD program and can be bought and licensed independent of each other. Both modules were significantly enhanced and improved in this 2015 release to provide customers with a powerful and complete manufacturing platform.

“With this release we are continuing to strengthen our fully integrated CAM product for SOLIDWORKS. Both the MILL and the TURN modules of this product have been greatly improved based on user input and together with the seamless integration inside SOLIDWORKS, we continue to provide leading edge manufacturing capabilities for SOLIDWORKS users worldwide.” stated Joe Anand, President and CEO of MecSoft Corporation.

To download a free demo of VisualCAM 2015 for SOLIDWORKS, click here

About MecSoft Corporation

Headquartered in Irvine, California, MecSoft Corporation is a worldwide leader in providing Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software solutions, addressing both Additive and Subtractive manufacturing technologies, for the small to mid-market segments. These solutions include products VisualCAD/CAM/3DPRINT, VisualCAM for SOLIDWORKS, RhinoCAM & Rhino3DPRINT and VisualCAM for Geomagic. These software products deliver powerful, easy-to-use and affordable solutions for users in the custom manufacturing, rapid prototyping, rapid tooling, mold making, aerospace, automotive, tool & die, woodworking, and education industries. For more information, visit www.mecsoft.com or call 949-654-8163.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

MSC Apex Cheetah Released for CAE

www.mscsoftware.com NEWPORT BEACH, CA, USA, Mar 28, 2015 - MSC Software Corporation announced a new release of MSC Apex, the company's award winning next generation Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) platform. The MSC Apex Cheetah release introduces:
  • The third release of MSC Apex Modeler - A CAE Specific direct modeling and meshing solution that streamlines CAD clean-up, simplification, and meshing workflow.
  • The first release of MSC Apex Structures - An add-on to MSC Apex Modeler which now expands MSC Apex to a fully integrated and generative structural analysis solution.
The new release enhances the engineer's workflow and daily productivity with many innovative modeling and analysis capabilities, and gives more engineers the ability to perform design analysis.

“Cheetah is a milestone release for MSC Apex, now delivering its first solver integrated solution for interactive and incremental structural analysis,” said Hugues Jeancolas, MSC Apex Product Manager. “Modeling, validating, solving, and exploring designs has never been this efficient and easy. MSC Apex helps users to crush the amount of time that it normally takes to build and validate models, a task that does not add any value to the design process. This frees our users to focus on delivering not just acceptable designs but ones that are optimal - in an environment that is fun to use.”

Key productivity accelerators include:

Geometry clean-up and Meshing
55% of engineers spend more than 40% of their time on geometry clean up and meshing, according to a recent survey conducted with leading manufacturing companies. MSC Apex Modeler continues to deliver breakthrough capabilities to speed the CAD to mesh process and improve productivity with a new Geometry Checks tool, robustness enhancements to Geometry Cleanup Stitching and Surface Auto extend capabilities, a new user interface for De-featuring, and a new Automated Mesh Improve capability and user defined mesh quality criteria. While the previous release, Black Marlin, delivered on ease-of-use, with these enhancements, MSC Apex Cheetah brings productivity and speed, in particular for mid-surface geometry creation, clean-up and meshing.

Solver Validated Modeling

67% of engineers need 2 to 4 solver runs to obtain a converged solution. MSC Apex Cheetah enhances the simulation workflow by delivering an innovative Analysis Readiness tool that allows the user to validate models before submitting the analysis. The Analysis Readiness tool leverages integrated solver methods to check on element quality, proper material and section attribution, part connectivity, and proper loads and constraints definitions. The tool is integrated with the MSC Apex generative framework and automatically updates as the user builds the model. This ensures all models created within the application are always solver compliant and run-ready.

Assembly Representations

MSC Apex Cheetah also enhances the simulation workflow to support large assemblies with the introduction of assembly representations, and glue connections. The concept of assembly representations allows the user to manage multiple configured assemblies of parts, and enables a divide and conquer approach to incrementally define, validate, and analyze large, complex assemblies. With Cheetah, users will also now be able to manage, attribute, assemble, and analyze orphan meshes with the support for MSC Nastran bulk data files (BDF) import.

Generative Linear Structural Analysis

With MSC Apex Cheetah, users can now define scenarios, loads, and boundary conditions, analyze, and post process results for Linear Static and Normal Modes. MSC Apex Structures combines Computational Parts and Assemblies' technology with a generative framework, which enables interactive and incremental analysis. With Computational Parts and Assemblies, MSC Apex is a true parts-based solution, where each part behavioral representation (stiffness, mass, and damping) can be pre-computed and stored independently. This approach is especially efficient when combined with the MSC Apex generative framework, as the solver execution will only re-compute behavioral representations for parts that have changed since the last solver execution. This new solver architecture is especially efficient in the context of trade studies.

MSC Apex was recently awarded NASA Tech Briefs 2014 Product of the Year and Design News Golden Mousetrap Award.

To know more about MSC Apex Cheetah, register for the upcoming new release webinar at www.mscsoftware.com. Or, request a free trial of MSC Apex at www.mscapex.com.

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 1,200 professionals in 20 countries. For additional information about MSC Software's products and services, please visit: www.mscsoftware.com

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

3D Systems Releases Training Modules for Simbionix Simulator

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ROCK HILL, SC, Mar 25, 2015 - 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced the release of two new training modules for its Simbionix ARTHRO Mentor arthroscopic training simulator: the Hip Diagnostics module and the Advanced Knee module. Together, these 3D virtual reality (VR) training solutions improve surgical preparedness and planning for complex orthopaedic procedures.

“These new modules are part of the latest 3D Systems Healthcare technology, materials and know-how that are designed to power personalized surgery,” said Kevin McAlea, Chief Operating Officer, Healthcare, 3DS. “We are dedicated to helping doctors train for, plan, practice and perform complex medical procedures and achieve better patient outcomes.”

The company’s expanding digital surgical tools include accurate 3D printed anatomical models, advanced virtual reality simulators, direct metal printing for serial production of orthopedic products and personalized 3D printed surgical guides and instruments.

The ARTHRO Mentor Hip Diagnostics, the first of its kind, was developed to meet the growing demand for arthroscopic training. Over the past decade a growing number of surgeons have turned to arthroscopy for performing hip procedures in an attempt to avoid the possible pitfalls of open surgery: scarring, blood loss, long recovery times and greater pain. Until now, the lack of available training simulators made this challenging procedure highly difficult to perfect. Today, using the ARTHRO Mentor Hip Diagnostics module, surgeons have the opportunity to experience the 70-degree arthroscope, limited maneuverability and difficult orientation from different portals in the round joint. This allows trainees and experienced surgeons alike to build critical confidence and competencies without risk to patient safety.

The Advanced Knee module provides a realistic, comprehensive training environment for diagnostics, the acquisition of basic skills and practicing a full meniscectomy procedure, which is utilized to repair a torn meniscus. The diagnostics are fully customizable, allowing surgeons to determine the level of difficulty and procedure method. Using the Advanced Knee module, surgeons get a true-to-life practice experience that helps them develop the skills and confidence for live surgery.

To watch a video highlighting these two new simulation modules, click here.

3DS will showcase its full range of healthcare solutions at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) in Las Vegas, Nevada, March 25-27, in booth #1238. From the training room to the operating room, 3DS’ advanced product offerings for orthopaedic surgeons include direct metal implants, personalized surgical guides and medical models, and surgical simulation, including the newest training module additions to the ARTHRO Mentor simulator. 3DS’ display at AAOS will include the following:
  • 3D printed clinical models for surgical planning using medical image data, ranging from bone models for reconstruction to models of organs;
  • Virtual Surgical Planning (VSP System), a market-cleared, service-based approach to personalized surgery, combining 3DS’ expertise in medical imaging, surgical simulation and 3D printing;
  • Simbionix virtual reality simulators and 3D printed anatomical phantoms for realistic medical and surgical training; and
  • Leading 3D printing technologies for healthcare, including Direct Metal Printing (DMP) with the ProXTM 200, Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) with the ProX 500 and MultiJet printing with the ProJet 5500X.
Throughout its displays, 3DS will demonstrate the power of its digital thread for personalized surgery, a proprietary workflow guiding the entire process from patient medical imaging through surgical outcomes, making possible the transition from the virtual world to the physical with perceptual design tools and software, surgical simulation and 3D printed surgical guides and models.

About 3D Systems

3D Systems provides the most advanced and comprehensive 3D digital design and fabrication solutions available today, including 3D printers, print materials and cloud-sourced custom parts. Its powerful ecosystem transforms entire industries by empowering professionals and consumers everywhere to bring their ideas to life using its vast material selection, including plastics, metals, ceramics and edibles. 3DS’ leading personalized medicine capabilities save lives and include end-to-end simulation, training and planning, and printing of surgical instruments and devices for personalized surgery and patient specific medical and dental devices. Its democratized 3D digital design, fabrication and inspection products provide seamless interoperability and incorporate the latest immersive computing technologies. 3DS’ products and services disrupt traditional methods, deliver improved results and empower its customers to manufacture the future now. For more information, visit www.3dsystems.com.

3D Systems Offers 3DMe, Sense Apps for 'Select' PCs

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ROCK HILL, SC, Mar 25, 2015 - 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced a breakthrough step towards the democratization of the 3D printed lifestyle with the immediate availability of its popular 3DMe and Sense, consumer applications on select all-in-one, 2-in-1 and laptop PCs equipped with the new Intel RealSense 3D Camera. This is the first integrated camera that sees in three dimensions, making it an ideal match for 3DMe and Sense applications. Together with Intel RealSense technology, 3DMe and Sense apps bring new, immersive 3D content creation tools to PC users of any level. This powerful combination of easy-to-use 3D capture and editing functions, makes it easy for everyone - from kids to grandparents - to digitize cherished keepsakes on the go, instantly share animations via social channels and create printable 3DMe selfies. Watch a video highlighting this immersive, shareable experience.

“With Intel RealSense technology consumers can control and interact with their computers in a natural, intuitive and immersive way,” said Mooly Eden, Senior Vice President, Intel and General Manager, Perceptual Computing Group. “At Intel, we believe 3D scanning and printing is going to be a game changer for consumers, educators and makers. We are thrilled to be working with 3D Systems to jointly apply our integrated 3D camera technology to enable the creation of 3D personalized animation and printed collectibles and selfies everywhere.”

The new 3DMe app will come preloaded on select Acer and Dell PCs, including the Acer V 17 Nitro notebook series, the Dell Inspiron 15 5000 series and the Dell Inspiron 23 7000 series. The Sense and 3DMe apps can also run on a range of PC’s which feature the Intel RealSense 3D Camera from Lenovo, HP, Asus, Fujitsu and NEC. A full list of devices can be found on www.cubify.com/realsense.

“Acer believes three-dimensional computing offers unlimited potential for both professional and consumer uses,” said Jerry Kao, President of Acer Notebook Business Group. “3DMe is one of several applications that take 3D technology to a new level, with more to come.”

3DMe, the only app of its kind, transforms users into a one-of-a-kind 3D-printed collectible, like a super hero, a sports star, or a favorite character from a movie. All it takes is a quick face scan and 3DMe creates a customized figurine of their choice, including licensed figurines from Ghostbusters, Star Trek, NBA and more. Users can watch their personalized character come to life in a fully animated virtual setting, directly purchase 3D printed figurines, and share them on social media. Download the 3DMe app on www.cubify.com/realsense.

“This game-changing combination of Intel’s hardware and 3DS’ software puts easy-to-use integrated 3D scanning and editing capabilities in the hands of everyday computer users for the first time,” said Avi Reichental, President and CEO, 3DS. “These fun and intuitive apps democratize blended reality and physical photography for everyone, making the creation of personalized avatars, action figures and poseable selfies accessible for everyone.”

3DS’ Sense 3D scanning app unleashes the power of physical photography. Leveraging the power of the Intel RealSense 3D Camera, anyone can capture 3D models of objects with ease. With simple capture and editing tools, Sense generates 3D printable scans in as little as 15 seconds. Fully integrated with the Cubify print app for Android and iOS and Cubify.com, the Sense app uploads scans directly for 3D printing, either at home or through the cloud.

3DMe designed with Intel RealSense technology can be experienced as part of the interactive Intel Retail experiences in select nationwide Best Buy and Microsoft stores this spring. 3DS is also showcasing its flagship consumer 3D printer, Cube 3, printing live in stores featuring the Intel Experience. In addition, 3DS' Cubify mobile app is now running on Surface Pro 3 tablets as part of the overall experience.

For more information about Intel RealSense technology visit www.intel.com/RealSense.

About 3D Systems

3D Systems provides the most advanced and comprehensive 3D digital design and fabrication solutions available today, including 3D printers, print materials and cloud-sourced custom parts. Its powerful ecosystem transforms entire industries by empowering professionals and consumers everywhere to bring their ideas to life using its vast material selection, including plastics, metals, ceramics and edibles. 3DS’ leading personalized medicine capabilities save lives and include end-to-end simulation, training and planning, and printing of surgical instruments and devices for personalized surgery and patient specific medical and dental devices. Its democratized 3D digital design, fabrication and inspection products provide seamless interoperability and incorporate the latest immersive computing technologies. 3DS’ products and services disrupt traditional methods, deliver improved results and empower its customers to manufacture the future now. For more information,visit www.3dsystems.com.

Delcam India Seeks Resellers in Footwear Domain

Resellers from Kanpur, Agra, Delhi and Chennai regions are preferred 

 

http://www.delcam.comBIRMINGHAM, UK, Mar 25, 2015 - Delcam India is currently seeking driven and highly motivated individuals or companies in the footwear manufacturing domain that are passionate about selling the Delcam CRISPIN CAD/CAM/CAI software solutions, to sign-up as Delcam resellers in the Kanpur, Agra, Chennai and Delhi regions.


Delcam CRISPIN is the world’s largest supplier of CADCAM software to the footwear industry. It is the only supplier able to provide a complete solution for the 3D design and manufacture of lasts, uppers and soles. For further details, visit www.footwear-cadcam.com.

There is a clear shift in the footwear domain from a traditional approach to new CAD/CAM methods, and this is spreading fast across the industry in India. Delcam India is looking at partnering with prospective resellers to bring Delcam CRISPIN’s acclaimed CAD/CAM solutions to the footwear design and manufacturing industries in these regions.

Mr. Vineet Seth, Delcam’s Director for South Asia and Middle East said, "India’s footwear manufacturing industry has been embracing modern technology at a rapid pace. A number of companies have now adapted CAD/CAM technologies for the design and manufacture of footwear. Increased competition, quality requirements and shortened time-to-market deadlines require strong partners to support the process.”

"I have also seen a noticeable overlap between the custom-footwear business and the manufacture of custom orthotic insoles,” added Mr. Seth. "Such niche solutions can only be offered by professionals with cross-industry experience. Today’s consumer preferences for a non-standard and customized experience is higher than ever. I therefore invite mainstream footwear segment resellers as well as domain experts with cross-industry experience to join us in delivering our solutions to the footwear industry.”

Delcam's CAD/CAM/CAI software has helped thousands of companies around the world to meet complex and often unique requirements. Delcam's Advanced Manufacturing Solutions provide essential tools to help manufacturing companies meet successfully their customers' demands for high quality and rapid delivery. Fully-integrated design and manufacturing means that new part designs can be converted rapidly into manufacturing data for the machining of components directly or for the manufacture of tooling for mass production.

Delcam's software solutions are used by over 50,000 companies across the world in the Aerospace, Automotive, Toolmaking, Packaging, Footwear, Woodworking, Jewellery & Healthcare domains, amongst others.

Delcam’s business in India has expanded significantly since the establishment of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Delcam India, in the country in 2000. Since then, Delcam India has grown from its initial staff of three to more than 100 employees. In addition to the Pune headquarters, Delcam India operates successful regional offices around the country, to support its growing customer base of more than 2,500 customers.

For more information about how to become a Delcam reseller, write to resellers-dindia@delcam.com.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Delcam Releases PowerSHAPE Pro 2015 R2

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BIRMINGHAM, UK, Mar 24, 2015 - Delcam has added a number of new options for reverse engineering to its PowerSHAPE Pro software for the design of products and tooling. The 2015 R2 release of the software also includes improvements to speed up and simplify the editing of product designs to make them more suitable for manufacture.


By offering a combination of solid, surface and direct modelling, together with reverse engineering, PowerSHAPE Pro provides the most comprehensive range of design techniques available in a single CAD program. Having all the different technologies in the same package reduces the need to transfer data between multiple programs and so streamlines any product-development process that requires both reverse-engineering and CAD functionality.

PowerSHAPE Pro can connect directly to most scanning hardware to capture and display scan data in real time. The 2015 R2 version includes a new split-screen alignment option that makes it quicker and easier to combine multiple scans, taken, for example, from the opposite sides of a part. The new method also allows more accurate snapping of alignment points, giving greater accuracy in the resulting single CAD model.

PowerSHAPE Pro can be used to take cross-sections through the scan data to generate wireframe for the development of surface models. The wireframe can be simplified automatically into lines and arcs, reducing the number of points needed to describe the item and giving more precise geometry for the re-engineering of the model.

Another new option is the ability to morph a complete solid or surface model to a mesh. This can be used to compensate for spring-back when pressed parts are released from their tooling. Morphing can be used to update a nominal CAD model to match the part as it is made in reality or to modify the surfaces of the tool so that the part can be produced in the desired shape represented by the CAD model.

On the modelling side, analysis of models has been made easier as the Smart Feature Selector now displays the type and parameters of each feature interactively as the cursor is moved around the model.

In addition, the ability of the Smart Feature Selector to find, select and edit multiple similar features has been extended. Now, any number of items of the same type, not just similar features, can be edited in a single operation. For example, all the arcs within a model could be set to the same diameter or all the holes could be made the same depth.

Two enhancements have been made to the tools for the creation and editing of curves. Firstly, the Composite Curve tool has been more efficient so that it needs fewer clicks to create the curve, even when following fragmented edges. Secondly, the Re-point dialog now displays the deviation between the original curve and the new one, and it is also possible to re-point a curve to a known tolerance. This makes it even easier to create high-quality, smooth surfaces when re-engineering scan data or when re-modelling an existing design to allow it to be manufactured. 

For full details, including video demonstrations, visit Learning Zone, at www.delcam.tv/ps2015/lz/EN/whats-new.asp.

Delcam Pro Services Offers Free Software for Process Automation

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BIRMINGHAM, UK, Mar 24, 2015 - Delcam Professional Services is offering free Custom Software Core software to speed up and simplify the automation of repetitive operations in Delcam's PowerSHAPE design and reverse engineering software, and PowerMILL CAM system. The software can be downloaded from www.delcam-services.com/custom-software-core.

Even though both PowerSHAPE and PowerMILL incorporate automatic routines as part of the software, many experienced users like to customize the software to automate further standard, repetitive operations specific to their application or product range. Typically, this is done by recording a sequence of operations as a macro that can be replayed when a similar calculation, or series of calculations, is required. For more complex operations, this can be a time-consuming process and can produce an intricate string of commands that is difficult for other users to understand or to edit.

The Custom Software Core is a library of middle-ware that allows users to develop code more intuitively than using macros when interfacing .NET applications to PowerSHAPE and/or PowerMILL. The use of an Object Oriented design, together with IntelliSense in Microsoft Visual Studio, means that the software engineer can discover the functionality available when interfacing with PowerSHAPE and/or PowerMILL more easily than recording a macro and pasting together a series of commands.

An additional benefit is that the number of lines of code in the customized application will be reduced, typically by at least 50% compared to using macro commands. Rather than using lengthy blocks of macro commands that are hard for other users to read and understand, the new application comprises easy-to-read function calls, each of which can encapsulate many lines of macro commands.

Using the Custom Software Core also makes it easier to upgrade any custom application from one version of PowerSHAPE or PowerMILL to a newer version. Any changes between software releases to the macro command for a particular operation can be handled by downloading a new version of the Custom Software Core. This new version will ensure that the application will continue to function as before, without any need to recreate macros.

The Custom Software Team within Delcam Professional Services used the Custom Software Core to develop an automated production method for Yooshu, a manufacturer of custom-made sandals. The Team, which combines software development and mechanical engineering skills, was able to develop a system that interfaces with a third-party foot scanner to obtain scan data from the customer’s feet. That data is then passed to PowerSHAPE to design the sandal, and then to PowerMILL to create and post-process the toolpaths used by a robot to cut the custom shape.

To see a video showing the Yooshu process, visit https://vimeo.com/112876637.