Friday, May 15, 2015

COMSOL Seeks Papers, Posters on Multiphysics Simulation for 2015 Conference

http://www.comsol.comBURLINGTON, MA, USA, May 15, 2015 - The program committee of the 11th annual COMSOL Conference invites engineers and researchers to submit paper and poster abstracts to be considered for presentation at the world’s largest conference on multiphysics simulation. The COMSOL Conference brings together more than 2,000 engineers, researchers, and scientists worldwide, providing them with the chance to showcase their work, share innovative technologies and best practices, as well as the opportunity to interact with the makers of COMSOL Multiphysics. Presenting a poster, paper, or both at the COMSOL Conference is a unique opportunity for COMSOL Multiphysics users to achieve widespread recognition within a skilled community of engineers.

Present Your Work at the COMSOL Conference

Papers, presentations, and posters from the COMSOL Conference are shared with more than 165,000 engineers worldwide, providing researchers with the opportunity to showcase their work with the global engineering community. The conference focuses on advancing cross-discipline and multiphysics simulation by providing conference attendees with a multitude of hands-on sessions, networking opportunities, keynote talks from industry leaders, and over 700 user presentations. Abstracts are reviewed by a Program Committee of highly respected industry professionals, which this year includes members from Boeing, Schlumberger, GE Global Research, Medtronic, and others. “Being a member of the program committee offers a unique opportunity to work with COMSOL and to see how other researchers are using multiphysics simulation in their work,” says John Lutian, a Researcher in Microsoft’s Applied Sciences group. “I’m particularly looking forward to seeing the latest applications of the Wave Optics Module at the COMSOL Conference 2015.”

"The COMSOL Conference is a great opportunity to advance your modeling skills by attending application-specific minicourses taught by COMSOL experts," says Walter Frei, Applications Team Leader. "Minicourses are now offered as lectures and supplemented by hands-on sessions. This provides the ideal place for asking any questions you might have. Additionally, you can attend any combination of the 30 courses offered that you would like."

Conference highlights include:
  • Over 30 application-specific minicourses taught by COMSOL specialists covering a wide array of disciplines
  • Keynote talks from industry leaders and prominent researchers
  • User-contributed paper and poster presentations
  • The introduction of the newest simulation tools and technologies
  • An exhibition showcasing products offered by COMSOL Partners
  • The chance to interact with peers and explore the simulation work of fellow engineers
“One of the most exciting things about this year’s COMSOL Conference is that we will be seeing the simulation apps of COMSOL customers presented for the first time,” says Jennifer Segui, Program Chair for the Boston conference. “We are looking forward to learning more about the innovative ways that our customers have benefited from the Application Builder and COMSOL Server.” 

The deadline to submit an abstract for the COMSOL Conference Boston is July 31, 2015. Instructions for those interested in presenting are available by visiting:
Suggested topic areas for papers and posters include, but are not limited to:
  • Acoustics and Vibrations
  • Batteries, Fuel Cells, and Electrochemical Processes
  • Bioscience and Bioengineering
  • Chemical Reaction Engineering
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Electromagnetic Heating
  • Geophysics and Geomechanics
  • Heat Transfer and Phase Change
  • MEMS and Nanotechnology
  • Microfluidics
  • Multiphysics
  • Optics, Photonics, and Semiconductors
  • Optimization and Inverse Methods
  • Particle Tracing
  • Piezoelectric Devices
  • Plasma Physics
  • RF and Microwave Engineering
  • Simulation Methods and Teaching
  • Structural Mechanics and Thermal Stresses
  • Transport Phenomena
Papers and posters presented at the conference will be published on the COMSOL website where they reach a worldwide audience of engineers. Explore the contributions to last year’s conference at:

For more details about the COMSOL Conference 2015 Boston and to register to attend, visit:


COMSOL provides simulation software for product design and research to technical enterprises, research labs, and universities through 22 offices and a distributor network throughout the world. Its flagship product, COMSOL Multiphysics®, is a software environment for modeling and simulating any physics-based system and for building applications. 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 simulation with all major technical computing and CAD tools on the CAE market.For more information, visit

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

WINCO Selects ZW3D for Hardware Appliances
GUANGZHOU, China, May 13, 2015 - ZW3D, one of the world's leading suppliers of advanced CAD/CAM solutions for the manufacturing industry, today announced that it has been selected by DWL (SHANGHAI) Industries Co. (WINCO), one of the fastest growing companies in its industry.

Established in 1992, DWL Industries Co. (known as WINCO), based in New Jersey, America, is a manufacturer and worldwide importer of kitchenware and tableware. In 2003, WINCO set up a wholly owned subsidiary in Shanghai, China, one of the largest producer of hardware products, to provide professional chefs and restaurateurs with quality products.

WINCO SHANGHAI produces mainly hardware appliances, like Electric Cooker, Electric Flyers, Chafers & Pizza Trays etc., and sales directly in America.

The Need

To stand out of the increasingly competitive hardware industry, WINCO SHANGHAI needed to speed up the product design and manufacturing to grab more market share. Thus, upgrading their 2D CAD platform into a 3D one is an essential approach.

The Solution

After thorough evaluation of functionalities and cost, WINCO SHANGHAI chose ZW3D CAD/CAM to simplify their workflow. They need to generate precise 2D sheet from the 3D drawings provided by headquarters, then arrange the mass production based on the modified 2D sheet.

With the powerful 2D sheet of ZW3D to support diversified international standards, like GB, ANSI & JIS etc., WINCO SHANGHAI can customize and build their own standard, detect dimensions automatically and mark serial numbers for spare parts, avoiding human errors and speed up the machining process.

Plus, ZW3D’s build-in file translator helps WINCO SHANGHAI to communicate with mainstream 2D and 3D CAD file formats seamlessly, leveraging their existing DWG/DXF data and ensuring data consistency of the company’s upstream and downstream.

“What distresses us every day is that we receive lots of drawings in different formats. We spent quite a long time to repair them when imported. Now, however, even large 3D CAD drawings, like UG and PROE, could be quickly opened in ZW3D with nearly error-free import, greatly improving our efficiency.” Said Mr. Cheng, an engineer of WINCO.

About DWL Industries Co.

Headquartered in NJ, America, WINCO is a leading manufacturer and worldwide importer of kitchenware and tableware. From cookware to flatware, WINCO is dedicated to providing professional chefs and restaurateurs with quality products supported by superb services. With its state-of-the-art distribution center across the North America, the company has been one of the fastest growing companies in its industry.


ZW3D is cost-effective CAD/CAM software for 3D modeling, mold design, and machining, which takes engineers from concept to finished product in one easy-to-use, single collaborative environment. For more information, visit

Delcam Launches FeatureCAM 2015 R3

http://www.delcam.comBIRMINGHAM, UK, May 13, 2015 - Delcam has launched the 2015 R3 release of its FeatureCAM feature-based CAM software. This includes a range of enhancements to give high-quality results on all types of machine tool, including complex mill-turn equipment and five-axis machining centers, while retaining the rapid programming times for which FeatureCAM is renowned. 

FeatureCAM was the world’s first feature-based programming software when it was launched in 1995. Constant development since then has ensured that the system has retained its leadership in programming speed and ease of use, while an increased range of strategies has been added to provide more efficient toolpaths that give greater productivity on a wider range of machinery, including mill-turn machines, five-axis mills and wire EDM equipment.

The most significant new option is the ability to duplicate the physical constraints of the machine tool in simulations in FeatureCAM. Machine-tool limits can be added to the models to be used in the simulation for three-, four- and five-axis milling machines, for turning equipment, and for mill-turn machines, including those with multiple turrets and/or multiple spindles. It is then possible to check that the chosen machine tool is capable of completing the proposed program for all types of equipment, from the simplest lathe to the most complex multi-tasking machine.

The simulation will pause whenever the program attempts to move the machine beyond the specified limits. In many cases, simply changing the position of the part on the machine bed will allow the whole operation to be completed. Alternatively, modifications to the fixturing or to the length of the cutting tools may be required. Whatever changes are made, the computer simulation can then be repeated to check that the modified program will run successfully. Proving out the program on the computer will save time and money on the machine tool, as well as checking that the part can be cut safely.

In another improvement to FeatureCAM simulations, more accurate representations can be created of shanks and holders. These allow three-axis and five-axis collision checking to be undertaken more reliably.

Two enhancements have been made to five-axis machining with FeatureCAM. Firstly, more control is available with the ability to set the C-axis orientation about the Z axis so helping to avoid machine collisions and to make the program more efficient by avoiding over-travel. Secondly, support for five-axis operation is possible in 2D spiral operations, giving better control of the tool axis. This can ensure uniform depth of cut and cross-section when engraving onto complex surfaces, including parts with undercuts.

Additional accessories that are supported in the new release include turning-head holders and mini turrets. Turning-head holders allow turning to be undertaken on a milling machine, while mini turrets allow more flexible positioning of the tooling and faster tool changes. In both cases, the new options can be simulated on the computer before being sent to the machine.

Full detailed information on the new release, including video demonstrations of the main enhancements, visit the FeatureCAM Learning Zone –

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Dassault Acquires Germany's Modelon

http://www.3ds.comVELIZY-VILLACOUBLAY, France, Apr 30, 2015 - 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, announced its acquisition of Modelon GmbH, expert in “ready-to-experience” content for systems modeling and simulation which are strategic to transform the transportation and mobility industry. With this transaction, Dassault Systems reinforces its portfolio of industry-leading content, applications and services used in today’s age of experience.

In the context of the Internet of Things, smart, connected objects such as autonomous driving systems are increasingly showing their potential to profoundly change consumer lifestyles, yet their highly intricate and interconnected systems must seamlessly work together to do so. Electronics are expected to comprise 50 percent of vehicle development costs by 2030 and the number of electric vehicles worldwide is predicted to reach 12 million by 2021. Model-based systems engineering is an important facet of defining, imagining and shaping virtual products and user experiences that flawlessly mimic future ones in the real world.

Modelon GmbH’s proprietary, multi-physics modular and reusable content-based on the Modelica open standard modeling language-brings industries beyond digital mock up to deliver functional mock up, transforming the engineering and experimentation of connected vehicles. From electric power storage to electric power distribution, its portfolio delivers a unified picture of complex product subsystem interaction and performance, throughout the design process as well as during optimal system operations. This accelerates virtual product development and ensures the relevance and quality of transportation and mobility industry projects.

Dassault Systems' Dymola technology, along with content and help from Modelon GmbH in high added value service projects greatly improved efficiency in making the game-changing technology of next generation electrified and hybrid cars such as the BMW i3 and BMW i8.

“Since 2009, our industry-proven content implements the latest advances in Modelica tools and standards and, as a result, has enabled major industry milestones,” said Johannes Gerl, CEO, Modelon GmbH. “As part of Dassault Systems, we can expand the reach and impact of our assets to inspire electrified and ecologic product development that will be emblematic of the bright future of experience-based systems engineering.”

“We welcome Modelon GmbH’s team of experts and its industry-proven solutions in our mission to demonstrate the transformative power of 3D universes,” said Bernard Charl├Ęs, President and CEO, Dassault Systems. “With our 3DEXPERIENCE platform and strong and growing ecosystem of content partners, we now look to replicate Modelon GmbH’s success in other industries such as aerospace, energy, process and utilities, and construction.”

Dassault Systems has long supported the use of the Modelica modeling language for the complex systems engineering at the core of the company’s flagship brand CATIA. The acquisition of Modelon GmbH marks the latest step in reinforcing its commitment to design smart products in the age of experience, following the acquisitions of Geensoft embedded systems development solutions in 2010 and Dynasim’s Modelica-based modeling and simulation solutions in 2006.

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

Jonathan Pickup Updates Training Manuals for Vectorworks 2015
COLUMBIA, MD, USA, Apr 30, 2015 - The release of Vectorworks Architect 2015 software by global design software developer Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. has prompted the availability of two updates to the company’s Vectorpress series of guidebooks, which are developed to help users make the most of their software. Expert trainer Jonathan Pickup has authored both titles, Vectorworks Architect Tutorial Manual, Seventh Edition and 3D Modeling in Vectorworks, Seventh Edition, providing new and experienced users alike with professional training tools at their fingertips.

Vectorworks Architect Tutorial Manual explains how to incorporate Vectorworks 2015’s tools into a design-based BIM workflow and how new ways of drawing can increase efficiency, all while taking readers through the basics of the software interface. Pickup’s manual breaks down each topic into three steps: read a section of text, watch a video and then complete an exercise. Sections begin with an introduction to the Vectorworks Architect platform and progress through the completion of a mock project for a residential client, including how to generate contract documents. Readers learn how drawing with objects, rather than lines and arcs, and creating projects using BIM principles can improve their workflows.

“What BIM means is that when you draw something in Vectorworks software, it’s more than just a plan representation,” said Pickup. “Many parts of a Vectorworks drawing are much more than they seem. A door, for example, has a model part to which you can attach information about the door, add door hardware or even indicate the supplier and cost of the door. This information can be generated as a report whenever you want it.”

The second updated tutorial, 3D Modeling in Vectorworks, is laid out in three parts. Part one educates readers on using the software’s tools to create 3D models on an individual basis. Part two reveals how to use the technology to create a freeform architectural project. Part three shows the workflow in action, allowing readers to learn to split up projects. The book also contains exercises that feature the new Deform tool, teaching readers the twisting, tapering, building and bending modes.

“Jonathan Pickup’s no nonsense books, with their easy-to-follow graphics and video tutorials, make his manuals the default standard for training on all the Vectorworks packages,” says Architectural Technologist Stephen J. Scaysbrook, MCIAT ACIOB, of Konstrukshon Ltd. “I love the way that Jonathan teaches both Vectorworks software and drawing techniques.”

The Vectorworks Architect Tutorial Manual and 3D Modeling in Vectorworks are part of Nemetschek Vectorworks’ self-paced training options. For more information and to purchase these manuals for $75 each, visit

Books will also be available for purchase when Pickup signs copies of his books on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET in the Paris Foyer at the Sofitel Philadelphia Hotel. All registered attendees of the Vectorworks Design Summit are welcome to attend.

About the Author

Jonathan Pickup is an architect trained in New Zealand and in the United Kingdom with over 25 years of industry experience. Pickup is the author of several of the Vectorworks training manuals. Since 2007, he has been running an online training website that has a worldwide base of subscribers that get together virtually every month to improve their use of Vectorworks software.

About Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. 

Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. is the developer of Vectorworks software, a line of industry-specific CAD and BIM solutions that allow designers to easily capture, develop and communicate their ideas with accuracy and efficiency. With more than half a million users around the world, Vectorworks software is a global leader in 3D design technologies for the AEC, landscape and entertainment industries. Nemetschek Vectorworks was founded in 1985 and has been a part of The Nemetschek Group since its acquisition in 2000. For more information, visit

3D Systems Announces Global Seminar Series
ROCK HILL, SC, USA, Apr 30, 2015 - 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced a comprehensive seminar series to give businesses, entrepreneurs, educators, designers and other professionals a look at how 3D printing is changing manufacturing and to provide insights on the power of 3D printing in their own design-to-manufacture workflows. The seminars - hundreds worldwide with new locations posted weekly - will include demonstrations of the company’s latest 3D printers, design solutions and advanced materials that are at the core of a present-day manufacturing revolution. On the heels of last year’s seminars, totaling 600+, the 2015 seminar series consists of a number of regional events through December 2015 at reseller locations around the world. Each seminar will provide information pertaining to a wide range of industries, including automotive, aerospace, healthcare, consumer products and more.

“Last year’s seminar series was a resounding success. By partnering with 3D Systems, we have access to the widest spectrum of 3D printing technologies for a broad range of applications, from desktop prototyping to full-scale manufacturing,” said Dale Ford, President and CEO of Hawk Ridge Systems. “Again this year, we’re pleased to be a part of this global effort to champion 3D printing and help our clients create 3D printing-enhanced workflows.”

This seminar series will provide a close look at the diversity and power of 3DS’ 3D printers, as 3DS authorized resellers demonstrate many new products such as industrial-grade, professional full-color, and desktop 3D printers as well as advanced materials. Attendees will see how 3D printing spans the entire design and manufacturing process, including its use in:
  • Quick, vibrant full-color concept models to convey design intent
  • Functional prototypes to test ideas and improve product quality
  • Pre-production tooling and parts to quickly get to market
  • Production parts that are lighter weight, higher performing, simpler and more reliable
  • Personalized healthcare solutions, including surgical guides and medical models.
“Each seminar is a great opportunity to experience a technology that’s transforming how we make, how we manufacture, how we convey ideas, and even how we play and learn.” said Michele Marchesan, Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer, Professional Products, 3DS. “We want to help our customers find the right balance of 3D printing capabilities to drive them into a successful future.”

Register for the seminars and learn more about 3DS’ commitment to manufacturing the future today! Click here.

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

Altair, Cray Announce OEM Agreement
TROY, MI, USA, Apr 30, 2015 - Altair announced an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) agreement with Cray Inc. PBS Professional is now Cray’s preferred workload manager and job scheduler.

The three-year agreement represents an expansion of Altair’s long-standing partnership with Cray, a global leader in supercomputing and high-performance computing (HPC) systems. Under the terms of the agreement, Cray can more easily integrate PBS Professional as the preferred scheduler on Cray systems, with the ability to bundle PBS Professional units with new systems shipped anywhere in the world.

“Our customers will benefit from this relationship as we will be able to more easily and cost-effectively deliver unique, integrated technologies, such as DataWarp I/O acceleration and application power management,” said Barry Bolding, Cray’s vice president of marketing and business development. “Altair and PBS Professional are established leaders in HPC workload management, and we look forward to leveraging this agreement for growth in commercial and other emerging market segments. Now Altair users can come directly to Cray for engineered solutions that are ready to meet their highest HPC requirements.”

“This agreement streamlines both the business and technology integrations between our companies,” said James Scapa, Altair founder and chief executive officer. “We are proud that Cray has the confidence in our PBS Works product line to invest in this manner, essentially naming Altair as the company’s premier workload management software supplier.”

Cray builds the world’s most advanced HPC systems, and offers a comprehensive portfolio of supercomputers, storage, and analytics solutions that deliver unrivaled sustained performance on a wide range of challenging applications. Today’s announcement ensures improved, out-of-the-box productivity for Cray’s customers.

Altair has served the HPC market for decades with award-winning workload management, engineering, and cloud computing software. Used by thousands of companies worldwide, PBS Professional enables engineers in HPC environments to improve productivity, optimize resource utilization and efficiency, and simplify the process of cluster workload management.

Together, Cray and Altair operate some of the largest supercomputers in existence, including many systems in the weather and aerospace industries. For more information about Cray and Altair collaborations, click here.

Customers can already access PBS Professional through Cray under the terms of the OEM agreement.

About Altair

Altair is focused on the development and broad application of simulation technology to synthesize and optimize designs, processes and decisions for improved business performance. Privately held with more than 2,300 employees, Altair is headquartered in Troy, Michigan, USA, and operates more than 45 offices throughout 23 countries. Today, Altair serves more than 5,000 corporate clients across broad industry segments. For  more information, visit

Altair to Unveil VisSim 9.0 at PCIM Europe 2015 in Nuremberg
TROY, MI, USA, Apr 30, 2015 - Altair announces that the company will present its solutions for embedded systems development at PCIM Europe taking place May 19-21, 2015 in Nuremberg, Germany. Technologies to be showcased include the VisSim 9.0 product suite, the latest release of Altair’s powerful visual language for mathematical modeling, simulation, and model-based embedded systems development. Live demonstrations and VisSim development thought leaders will be on-hand throughout the event (Booth 7-316) to present how VisSim 9.0 can accelerate model-based design of embedded systems.

Released in March 2015, VisSim 9.0 provides an intuitive visual development environment for increased engineering productivity and broader support for the Texas Instruments (TI) C2000 product family. Now with deep support for motor control simulation and embedded development on TI C2000 microcontrollers (MCUs), VisSim 9.0 enables control engineers to develop embedded systems 100% graphically without the need to write a single line of C code.

“Since the PCIM (Power Conversion Intelligent Motion) show is one of Europe's leading trade shows for power electronics and related applications in intelligent motion, renewable energy, and energy management, it is a great platform to present our products,” said Michael Hoffmann, Senior Vice President, Math and Systems at Altair. “We are looking forward to presenting VisSim 9.0 in Nuremberg and expect a lot of interest especially for our embedded, digital power, and electric drives solutions from the attendees.”

Highlights of Altair's PCIM 2015 booth are:
  • VisSim 9.0
  • VisSim Embedded
  • VisSim for digital power
  • VisSim for electric drives
You will find Altair at PCIM Europe 2015 in hall 7 at booth 316.

About Altair 

Altair is focused on the development and broad application of simulation technology to synthesize and optimize designs, processes, and decisions for improved business performance. Privately held with more than 2,300 employees, Altair is headquartered in Troy, Michigan, USA and operates more than 45 offices throughout 23 countries. Today, Altair serves more than 5,000 corporate clients across broad industry segments. For more information, visit