Thursday, September 29, 2016

Lufthansa Technik #1 to Adopt EOS EOSTATE MeltPool

KRAILLING, Germany, Sep 29, 2016 - EOS announces, Lufthansa Technik is the first customer to acquire the entire EOSTATE MeltPool solution. At the end of last year, EOS, the global technology and quality leader for high-end solutions in the area of additive manufacturing (AM), introduced EOSTATE MeltPool, an extension for its EOS M 290 system for Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS). It provides automated and intelligent process monitoring in real time - for every spot, every layer and every part. In this way, it creates the conditions for the automated monitoring of the melting pool. At the same time, it enables a view inside the part during the build process, as such paving the way for building an entirely new quality system in the future. 

EOS M 290 system for Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS)

Udo Behrendt, Key Account Manager at EOS said: “With Lufthansa Technik, we are pleased to welcome an innovative partner from the industry, with whom we will continue to develop our technology for the demanding requirements for the repair of aviation and aerospace components.”

Simon Feicks, Project Manager Additive Manufacturing, Engine Services at Lufthansa Technik, adds: “We selected the EOS solution for several reasons. The underlying metal system EOS M 290 impresses with its process stability. The technology has already proven itself with engine manufacturers. During the decision-making process, we were particularly impressed with this particular combination of EOS core competencies. On this basis, we will be preparing for future component generations that are optimised for Additive Manufacturing, so that we can continue to defend our leadership position in an intensely competitive environment.” 

The EOS powder-based process complements the already established Lufthansa Technik portfolio of Additive Manufacturing methods and in view of future engine components made with Additive Manufacturing represents an essential part of new repair processes. With EOSTATE MeltPool, the company is introducing a key quality management component to the process, which shall contribute to seamless quality control during the build process in the future. Compared to other Additive Manufacturing methods currently in use at Lufthansa Technik, the DMLS technology opens up a number of potentials that could not be implemented to date: for example, Netshape geometries and the realisation of internal cavities ideally complement the repair portfolio. 

In the engine segment, Lufthansa Technik focuses on a hybrid repair approach. Feicks explains that the company wants to get ready for the day when components from the new engine generation, which are made with Additive Manufacturing, arrive in the work shops for repairs, providing customers with cost-efficient and quality-optimised repairs. He adds: “We have already noticed initial successes in the jig department as we were able to reduce lead times and costs. Yet, this technology requires our mechanics, designers and engineers to think differently. It is precisely for this reason that, in addition to the installation of the system, the education and development of our employees forms a key component for the comprehensive use of industrial 3D printing.”

Feicks concludes: “Lufthansa Technik firmly believes that Additive Manufacturing is a technology of the future. It is time to change our way of thinking. Milling was yesterday. Today, parts are selectively built where it is needed. Resource efficiency also plays an important role. We do not want to be limited by tools any longer. The limits of production variance are shifting, and we are looking towards a future that we still have to comprehend.” 

About Lufthansa Technik

With more than 30 subsidiaries and affiliated companies and over 25,000 employees worldwide, the Lufthansa Technik group is one of the leading providers of technical aviation services. The Lufthansa Technik portfolio covers the entire service range for commercial aircraft, including maintenance, repairs, overhauling, modification and retrofitting, engines and components.

About EOS

Founded in 1989, EOS is the global technology and quality leader for high-end Additive Manufacturing (AM) solutions. As the leading pioneer of Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) technology, EOS also provides a unique polymer AM portfolio. For these industrial 3D Printing processes, EOS offers a modular solution portfolio including systems, software, materials, technical and consulting services. EOS is the partner of choice for industrial AM production, enabling sustainable solutions for the industry. Customers utilizing EOS AM solutions gain many benefits from the paradigm-shifting technology: lightweight structures, cost reduction based on functional integration, individualization as well as accelerated product development and production.  For more information, visit, www.eos.info.

Cadig Releases AutoAttribute 9.0 for AutoCAD

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN, USA, Sep 29, 2016 - Cadig Inc. announces the release of AutoAttribute 9.0 for AutoCAD.

AutoAttribute is designed to link, import, insert the AutoCAD Attributes from Excel spreadsheet. It can make quick changes to the AutoCAD attributes of the block references in the multiple drawings. It can also insert the AutoCAD block references from Excel worksheet and import the AutoCAD attributes by a key attribute containing the unique values.

Key features in AutoAttribute 9.0 for AutoCAD include: 
  • Sorts the attributes by Y coordinates when exporting the attributes.
  • Sorts the attribute definitions in the header by X co-ordinaties when exporting the attributes.
To download AutoAttribute 9.0 for AutoCAD, click here

About Cadig Inc.

Established in 2005, Cadig Inc. is dedicated to providing effective and efficient AutoCAD Excel, MicroStation Excel Add-ons. For more information, visit http://www.cadig.com.

Cadig Releases AutoField v5.8 for AutoCAD, LT

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN, USA, Sep 29, 2016 - Cadig Inc., announces the release of AutoField v5.8 for AutoCAD, AutoCAD LT.

AutoField adds many efficient fields to AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT. You can import the cells of Excel spread sheet as fields or attributes. And you can use field to count blocks (including AutoCAD dynamic blocks) or calculate the area and length of multiple objects. Also you can create the field based on a specific cell of AutoCAD native table and reference mtext, text or attribute of another drawing. With AutoField, you can use some Excel functions in AutoCAD fields.

Key features in AutoField v5.8 for AutoCAD, LT:
  • Fixes several bugs.
  • Shifts the cells of the Excel Cell fields in bulk.
To download AutoField v5.8 for AutoCAD, AutoCAD LT, click here

About Cadig Inc.

Established in 2005, Cadig Inc. is dedicated to providing effective and efficient AutoCAD Excel, MicroStation Excel Add-ons. For more information, visit http://www.cadig.com.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Gstarsoft Unveiled GstarCAD 2017 Beta

SUZHOU, China, Sep 28, 2016 - An innovative CAD provider Gstarsoft, developer of GstarCAD for CAD design and drafting, unveiled the Beta version of GstarCAD 2017. Design, share and visualize your CAD drawing is much better with GstarCAD 2017. Best-ever core performance, functionalities implementation and innovations are what this CAD platform offers. 

GstarCAD 2017 core’s performance improvement drastically reduces data processing and memory usage applied on frequently used objects like huge amount of blocks and hatches, allowing fast result when opening drawings, thus guarantees better operability of these objects. 


GstarCAD 2017 implements new and most compatible functionalities for a better drawing documentation such as Table (users can create/edit table and use its related commands), Hatch and Gradient Transparency, Flatshot, Edit Xref in-place, Wipeout and many other enhancements.


GstarCAD 2017 comes with value added innovative tools, easier to use, designed to simplify tedious and repetitive tasks such as drawing symmetrical objects, outlining perimeters, breaking objects in different methods, using a block reference to break or wipeout objects, and comparing drawings more accurate than before.



About GstarCAD

GstarCAD is the most DWG/DXF compatible CAD software solution used in many industries, empowered by a high performance engine with powerful functions and familiar interface allowing users design, document, share drawings much easier and port applications much faster.

About Gstarsoft

Gstarsoft is the recognized leading of 2D/3D CAD software solutions for industries involving AEC, Civil Engineering, Mechanical, Manufacturing, Electrical, Electronics, GIS, Survey, Mapping, etc. With more than 20 years of proud history of technology innovation and practical application, Gstarsoft provides the most powerful and dwg compatible CAD software and solutions for customers and partners worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.gstarcad.net/ or follow GstarCAD on Facebook and Twitter.

Gstarsoft Releases GstarCAD Mechanical 2016 SP2

SUZHOU, China, Sep 28, 2016 - Gstarsoft announces the official launch of GstarCAD Mechanical 2016 SP2. GstarCAD Mechanical is a combination of CAD platform and professional mechanical design/drafting tools, which covers various fields of mechanical design. What is worth mentioning, it is the only CAD software in the world which is fully compatible with AutoCAD Mechanical. GstarCAD Mechanical 2016 SP2 includes many practical features. 

What’s new in GstarCAD Mechanical 2016?
  • Compatibility - full data compatibility with AutoCAD Mechanical 2014 and 2015;
  • FitsList - generate fits list from dimensions in drawing area and place it at selected location. After editing fits, you can choose to real-time update lists or later;
  • Library - simplify the work of managing and using engineering drawing files;
  • Mechanical Layer Manager - Do more compared with ordinary Layer Manager in CAD platform;
  • More optimization and new function/commands added to save your time, like multiple Dimensions, Dimension Break, Detail View and Section Line, etc.
Then some users may question in what aspects make GstarCAD Mechanical an efficient tool, and why they should choose it. Here are some points for you to consider: 

Its seamless data exchange with AutoCAD Mechanical significantly reduces the losses of data. By keeping the similar operation habits, GstarCAD Mechanical is a much more cost effective alternative. GstarCAD Mechanical also provides international drafting standards like ANSI/BSI/CSN/DIN/GB/GOST/ISO/JIS that are customizable. The powerful dimension tools and rich symbols annotation can meet your needs for manufacturing design and drafting. Through the BOM, GstarCAD Mechanical is able to be integrated with other PDM or PLM systems like PTC.

About Gstarsoft

Gstarsoft is the recognized leading provider of 2D/3D CAD software and solutions for the industries involving AEC, mechanical, manufacturing, electrical, GIS, survey and mapping, civil, etc. GstarCAD have focused on developing highly .dwg-compatible CAD platform for over 20 years. Versions in 14 different languages sell in over 100 countries worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.gstarcad.net/ or follow GstarCAD on Facebook  and Twitter.

Chaos Group Offers Phoenix FD 3.0 Plug-in for 3ds Max

SOFIA, Bulgaria, Spe 28, 2016 - Chaos Group announces a major new release of its versatile, all-in-one fluid dynamics plug-in, Phoenix FD 3.0 for 3ds Max. Frequently used to simulate realistic water, fire, and other fluid effects for multiple television series such as Game of Thrones and The Flash, Phoenix FD has been significantly upgraded for fast-paced productions. With its new FLIP liquid solver and improved smoke and fire solver, Phoenix FD is now more powerful and able to bring more realism to visual effects projects.

Phoenix FD 3.0 for 3ds Max has been given a full makeover, with new intuitive controls, presets and GPU-accelerated previews, making it a fast and easy way to tackle tight deadlines. The new Phoenix FD integrates seamlessly into Autodesk 3ds Max and renders with V-Ray, Chaos Group’s industry-standard lighting and rendering solution.

“Phoenix FD is like a Swiss Army knife for effects. It can handle everything from flaming arrows and drops of water to erupting volcanoes or an armada of ships,” said Svetlin Nikolov, Phoenix FD Team Lead at Chaos Group. “It’s a handy tool that is fast and easy to use without being overly technical.”

"Phoenix FD is our go-to tool for fluid simulations," said Joern Grosshans, VFX Supervisor at Mackevision. "When working on the new season of 'Game of Thrones', we needed the wakes coming off the CG ships to look as realistic as possible. Phoenix FD proved to be reliable, fast, and seamlessly integrated into 3ds Max. It was exactly what we needed."

Highlights of Phoenix FD 3.0 for 3ds Max include:

1) Ocean simulations
  • Infinite ocean – Create infinite ocean waves that never repeat.
  • Ocean & beach waves – Seamlessly transition from procedural ocean waves to simulated beach waves.
2) Advanced simulations and controls
  • FLIP solver – Enables faster, more realistic liquid simulations for splashes, sprays, foam, mist and waves.
  • Improved fire and smoke solver – Realistic smoke and fire with natural rolling motion and fine details can be created without increasing resolution.
  • Cascade simulations – Create a series of simulations that trigger and interact with each other.
  • Refine existing simulations – Add detail and increase resolution without changing simulation shape or behavior.
  • Simulation retiming – Speed up or slow down simulation playback, perfect for slow motion effects.
  • Custom emission sources – Use a wide range of emission sources including animated meshes, texture maps, particles and more.
  • New forces – Influence simulations with forces like wind, spline follow, and mesh attraction.
3) Pipeline and compatibility
  • Compatibility – Compatible with top industry tools such as Alembic, Krakatoa, Stoke MX and OpenVDB.
Pricing & Availability

Phoenix FD 3.0 is available now for Autodesk 3ds Max and is a free upgrade for all Phoenix FD 2.x customers. A Phoenix FD 3.0 for 3ds Max Workstation license is $830 and includes one floating user license and one floating simulation license. Additional simulation licenses are available for $210. Contact sales@chaosgroup.com for volume discounts.

For more information about Phoenix FD, visit click here.

About Chaos Group

Chaos Group is a worldwide leader in computer graphics technology, helping artists and designers create photoreal imagery and animation for design, television, and feature films. Chaos Group specializes in physically-based rendering and simulation software used daily by top design studios, architectural firms, advertising agencies, and visual effects companies around the globe. Today, the company's research and development in cloud rendering, material scanning, and virtual reality is shaping the future of creative storytelling and digital design. Founded in 1997, Chaos Group is privately owned with offices in Sofia, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Seoul, and Tokyo. For more information, visit https://www.chaosgroup.com.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

csimsoft Releases Trelis 16.1 for CFD, FEA

AMERICAN FORK, UT, USA, Sep 27, 2016 - csimsoft announces the release of version 16.1 of its Trelis mesh generation software for Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Finite Element Analysis (FEA). 

The new release includes the Smart Mesh Tool, which is a new Power Tool that allows the user to specify the meshing order that Trelis will use to mesh the model. By default, the Trelis auto scheme tries to all-hex mesh, then mix mesh, then tetmesh the model. Auto smoothing tries to shape poor elements.

Additional features include:
  • Improved mesh scaling
  • Copy Mesh functionality improvements
  • New IMPETUS export
  • New Model Tree
  • Rubber-band selection using a sphere tool
  • Improved tri and tet mesher
For more information about the new features of Trelis 16.1, click here.

About csimsoft

csimsoft is a leading developer of simulation tools for generating high-quality meshes for challenging computational fluid dynamics and finite element analysis simulations. csimsoft was founded in 2004 to provide mesh generation tools for challenging simulations. The company is headquartered in Utah, USA. For more information, visit www.csimsoft.com.

Branch Tech Team Wins Pointwise Meshy Award

FORT WORTH, TX, USA, Sep 27, 2016 - Dr. C. Bruce Hilbert and Melody Rees of Branch Technology have been named recipients of the Pointwise Meshy Award for their 3D structured mesh of a pavilion. Their team at Branch Technology: Platt Boyd, Chris Weller, Marc Simons, Tony Disanto, Melody Rees and Dr. Hilbert brought to 3D life the winning 3D structure mesh. The pavilion is on view at Cheekwood Gardens in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Hilbert was awarded the Meshy Award trophy and Melody Reese and his name were added to those of the previous winners on the trophy kept at Pointwise headquarters.


Additionally, the mesh was featured on T-shirts given to attendees at the Pointwise User Group Meeting 2016, where the winning mesh was announced.

The Meshy Award recognizes the most outstanding mesh generated using Pointwise. Entries are judged on visual appeal, originality and uniqueness.

Entries are showcased in a photo album on Pointwise's Facebook page.

“In years past, Meshy Award winners have demonstrated a strong mastery of the meshing tools available in Pointwise as well as a deep understanding of the complex fluid physics the mesh attempts to resolve,” said Dr. John Steinbrenner, vice president of research and development at Pointwise. “This year's winner, Dr. Bruce Hilbert of Branch Technologies, offers a mesh designed ultimately for aesthetic reasons. His multi-block structured mesh served as a demonstrator for a large-scale 3D printing process, the result of which resides as public art at Cheekwood Gardens in Nashville, Tennessee. Congratulations to Dr. Hilbert on his innovative application of a computational mesh.”

Dr. Bruce Hilbert is currently the primary computational researcher at Branch Technology, Inc., a Chattanooga, Tennessee based startup that has developed the largest freeform 3D printer in the world. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy in computational engineering from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga under the tutelage of Pointwise's own Dr. Steve Karman. Bruce was previously a research associate at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga SimCenter and was the primary grid generator there for almost six years, working on traditional aircraft, turbomachinery, watercraft, fuel cells, waveguides and other projects. His doctoral research was in the field of tetrahedral meshing and he is currently researching grid sequencing for Branch's 3D printing process.

Melody Rees is an architectural designer with an expertise in digital fabrication and computational design. She is a former employee of Gensler New York with a graduate degree from University of Pennsylvania's School of Design. Melody is currently lead designer and project manager for Branch Technology.

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 pre-processing solution. For more information, visit www.pointwise.com.