Volkswagen Selects AutoForm-PocessDesignerforCATIA

AutoForm_logoWILEN B. WOLLERAU, Switzerland, Oct 27, 2016 – AutoForm Engineering GmbH, the leading supplier of software solutions for the sheet metal forming industry, has announced the decision of Volkswagen’s tool shop to use AutoFormProcessDesignerforCATIA software for their process design. This strategic decision is based on the excellent results achieved during a successful joint project. By using AutoFormProcessDesignerforCATIA software, which includes a standard methodology for process design in the CATIA environment, daily work at Volkswagen’s tool shop can be carried out even more efficiently.

“Systematic methodology for rapid creation of CAD quality die faces.”

“Systematic methodology for rapid creation of CAD quality die faces.”

AutoForm-ProcessDesignerforCATIA was developed in collaboration with Volkswagen. The main goal of this project was to develop an advanced software product for process design that would enable users to rapidly create CAD quality die faces, which are required for CNC machining. The result of this joint project, AutoForm-ProcessDesignerforCATIA, is an excellent example of how distinguished technology leaders in their respective fields can successfully work together to develop an innovative product.

“Dedicated surfacing commands enable users to quickly create a process design, including deep drawing and all secondary operations.”

“Dedicated surfacing commands enable users to quickly create a process
design, including deep drawing and all secondary operations.”

In order to ensure that the new product covers the various requirements of different departments, the software went through an internal evaluation. The results achieved during several benchmark and comparative tests carried out with CATIA native and AutoForm-ProcessDesignerforCATIA were encouraging and motivating. A speed factor of up to five reached in these tests enables the user to rapidly create high quality surfaces while taking into account the initial die face design, its optimization as well as modifications made after changes to part design.

“Door inner part”

“Door inner part”

AutoForm-ProcessDesignerforCATIA combines AutoForm’s expertise in sheet metal forming process simulation with the powerful design functionalities of CATIA V5. Through dedicated surfacing commands, AutoForm-ProcessDesignerforCATIA enables the user to quickly create a die face layout, including deep drawing and all secondary operations in the CATIA environment. What is more, all generated surfaces fulfill class A surface requirements and can immediately be used for CNC machining. The software offers specially developed unique features, allows for the creation of draw shapes, supports company-wide standardization and implements a sophisticated methodology which reduces the complexity of process design. AutoForm-ProcessDesignerforCATIA is the result of an innovative, unique and quality-oriented approach in process design which improves daily work in process design departments.

About AutoForm Engineering GmbH

AutoForm offers software solutions for the die-making and sheet metal forming industries along the entire process chain. With 300 employees dedicated to this field, AutoForm is recognized as the leading provider of software for product manufacturability, tool and material cost calculation, die face design and virtual process optimization. All of the Top 20 automotive OEMs and most of their suppliers have selected AutoForm as their software of choice. Besides its headquarters in Switzerland, AutoForm has offices in Germany, The Netherlands, France, Spain, Italy, USA, Mexico, Brazil, India, China, Japan and Korea. AutoForm is also present through its agents in more than 15 other countries.

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PTC Q4 Revenue Down 8% to $288M with $28M Loss

ptc-master-colorNEEDHAM, MA, Oct 27, 2016 – PTC reported financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended September 30, 2016.

Fourth quarter FY’16 GAAP revenue was $288 million; non-GAAP revenue was $289 million. They recorded a GAAP net loss of $28 million or $0.25 per share and non-GAAP net income of $23 million or $0.20 per share.

FY’16 GAAP revenue was $1,141 million; non-GAAP revenue was $1,144 million. We recorded a GAAP net loss of $54 million or $0.48 per share and non-GAAP net income of $138 million or $1.19 per share.


Comparative analysis based on PTC’s financial results in the last 12 quarters (Result source PTC website)


Comparative analysis based on PTC’s financial results in the last 12 quarters (Result source PTC website)

“This past year clearly marked a turning point for PTC,” said James Heppelmann, president and CEO, PTC. “We exceeded our key strategic objectives for bookings growth, IoT market leadership, margin improvement, and subscription transition. We now start fiscal 2017 more than a year ahead of the objectives we outlined at our investor day last November. Our focus on improved execution led to bookings growth, beating the high end of our guidance for the quarter and for the fiscal year. We continue to see increased demand for our subscription offering across our business, resulting in a 70% subscription bookings mix for the quarter and 56% for the fiscal year, both well ahead of our guidance.”

Heppelmann added, “While our focus is on creating significant long-term value for our customers and shareholders through the transition to a subscription business model, it is important to note that a higher subscription mix negatively impacts near-term reported revenue and earnings.”

A complete chart of the financial results is available here.

About PTC

PTC (NASDAQ: PTC) is a global provider of technology platforms and solutions that transform how companies create, operate, and service the “things” in the internet of things (IoT). The company’s next-generation ThingWorx technology platform gives developers the tools they need to capture, analyze, and capitalize on the vast amounts of data being generated by smart, connected products and systems. The company’s field-proven solutions are deployed in more than 26,000 businesses worldwide to generate a product or service advantage. PTC’s award-winning CEO, considered an industry thought leader, co-authored the definitive guides to the impact of the IoT on business in the Harvard Business Review.

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BOXX Introduces XDI 8401R-V Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

boxx_logoAUSTIN, TX, Oct 27, 2016 – BOXX Technologies, the leading innovator of high-performance workstations and rendering systems, announced the introduction of XDI 8401R-V, the world’s first overclocked virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution. XDI 8401R-V hosts multiple virtual workstations on a single server while preserving the performance and experience for users of graphics intense applications. This one-of-a-kind system also provides organizations with remote access, data centralization, data security, and high speed shared storage.


(picture from BOXX Technologies website)

“All VDI systems host multiple users on a single server,” said Tim Lawrence, BOXX VP of engineering, “but only the XDI 8401R-V takes advantage of a safely overclocked Intel Core i7, providing engineers, architects, and 3D artists with unparalleled bare metal workstation performance in a virtual environment.”

The latest offering from PRO VDI, the BOXX line of both GRID-based and XDI-based optimized configurations, XDI 8401R-V is designed to fully support Autodesk Revit, Maya, Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS, and other single-threaded, graphics-intense applications. The rack mounted server relies on the same overclocked Intel Core i7 processor found in BOXX APEXX desktop workstations.

“Since 3D modeling CAD applications are single-threaded or lightly threaded, they only make use of a single CPU core,” explained Lawrence. “The low frequency Intel Xeon processors used in competing VDI systems actually limit CAD productivity. The only way to boost performance and productivity is to increase the frequency through the safe overclocking integrated into the XDI 8401R-V.”

Another key advantage of the XDI 8401R-V is the use of NVIDIA vDGA rather than vGPU graphics acceleration technology. Ideal for working with graphics, vDGA allows a virtual desktop to access a professional grade graphics card such as the NVIDIA Quadro for faster frame rates in the application viewport. Economically, it also serves to eliminate licensing costs associated with NVIDIA GRID software.

About BOXX Technologies

BOXX is the leading innovator of high-performance workstations and rendering systems for visual effects, animation, product design, engineering, architectural visualization, and more. Combining record-setting performance, speed, and reliability with unparalleled industry knowledge, BOXX is the trusted choice for creative professionals worldwide.

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Paradigm Imaging Introduces Kurabo K-IS-A1FW PLUS Scanner

ParadigmImaging_logoCOSTA MESA, CA, Oct 27, 2016 – Paradigm Imaging Group, a leading distributor of large format scanning and printing solutions, announces the release of a new and improved wide format flatbed scanner by Kurabo.


Improved Resolution

Kurabo currently offers the K-IS-A1FW 24″ x 36″ flatbed scanner with a 400 dpi optical resolution with an 800 dpi max. The latest K-IS-A1FW PLUS model has an 800 dpi optical resolution with a 1600 dpi max. Resolution is adjustable by 1 dpi increments within the range from 50 dpi to 1600 dpi. In addition, has been equipped with the latest Dual White LED system for forward and backward scanning directions. It can control light intensity individually, therefore the scanner can emphasize a shadow of textured images providing a 3D effect.

Improved Speed

Now with improved scan speed, the Kurabo K-IS-A1FW PLUS scanner can scan a 24″x36″ color document in 17.5 seconds in 400 dpi/standard-speed mode. The scan head returns to its home position in 4.5 seconds. Gigabit (1000 base-TX) Ethernet interface connects with PCs including Windows 7/8/10. The scanner has a built-in counter for the number of documents scanned.

The Kurabo K-IS-A1FW PLUS flatbed scanner is a perfect solution for scanning museum art, textiles and delicate documents.  Flatbed scanning protects valuable originals making them stationary on the scan glass while scanning with precision and accuracy.

Key Features:

  • Arch D Size (24” x 36”)
  • Flatbed
  • 800 dpi optical resolution; maximum resolution 1600 dpi
  • Scan speeds of 2.1” per second
  • RGB 3-line CCD (20000 pixels)
  • Built-in document counter
  • Limited 1 year warranty
  • Retail price: $ 55,500

Operating software is included with the Kurabo scanner, enabling the user the preview scanned images and perform basic editing functions.  With the optional Aupier-Gigastitch software you can stitch and join multiple sections of scanned images, overlaying CAD & Raster files. A variety of editing tools are available and the high-performance data management system allows operators to display, scroll, enlarge, reduce, layout, stitch, and save high capacity image data easily and quickly.

“The improvements to the new Kurabo flatbed scanner line provide the best features and benefits of any flatbed scanner technology currently in the market.” says Randy Geesman, president of Paradigm Imaging Group.

Paradigm Imaging Group will be selling the Kurabo scanners through an exclusive network of specialized dealers and VAR’s.

About Kurabo

Established in 1888, Kurabo is headquartered in Osaka, Japan and is a global leader in the textile industry. Kurabo has a diverse product portfolio including chemical products, industrial and building materials, and pollution control systems. Other divisions of the company include biomedical development, electronics and technical research. Kurabo is proud of their century-plus company history. They continue to accept new challenges that go beyond conventional approaches while continuing to cherish their corporate culture.

About Paradigm

Imaging Group is a large format solutions provider whose expertise extends from scanning and printing products to imaging systems integration, software development and product distribution. Paradigm counts among its clients companies in reprographics, architecture, engineering, construction and manufacturing, as well as numerous public agencies at all levels of government. Since 1989, Paradigm has grown to become a leading provider of large format scanning and printing solutions.

Mentor Graphics Announces FloEFD CFD Solution for Solid Edge

mentorgraphics_logoWILSONVILLE, OR, Oct 27, 2016 – Mentor Graphics Corp. announced the only fully-embedded computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solution for Solid Edge software, a mainstream CAD solution developed by Siemens’ product lifecycle management (PLM) software business. Solid Edge customers can now take advantage of Mentor Graphics FloEFD frontloading CFD product to simulate fluid flow in their design process. The FloEFD solution is especially well suited for use during the design process as it reduces overall time to a solution by as much a 65%-75% compared to other CFD tools.


Mentor Graphics’ award-winning FloEFD CFD solution automates the most onerous CFD steps which include transferring model geometry to the CFD application, modeling internal cavities if needed and creating a “mesh.” The FloEFD CFD technology takes the geometry directly from the CAD application, automatically performs the necessary translations and cavity modeling, and generates an optimized mesh before executing analysis. This approach provides accurate analysis results quickly thus enabling designers to validate their designs early and often. It also allows the designer to explore a succession of ideas without risking project deadlines.

“FloEFD for Solid Edge is a leap forward for our customers who need to do flow analysis on their engineering projects,” said Dan Staples, vice president, Solid Edge product development, Siemens PLM Software. “This tool allows engineers to quickly run various ‘what if’ scenarios and optimize their design directly inside of the Solid Edge window.”

Key Features of the FloEFD for Solid Edge Product:

The new FloEFD product for Solid Edge helps companies conduct analysis earlier in the design process. Engineers can operate within their preferred and familiar mechanical CAD (MCAD) interface thus reducing design cycle times by order of magnitude compared to traditional methods and tools, while increasing design quality:

  • Robust 3D fluid flow and heat transfer analysis software capable of solving complex real-life engineering problems.
  • Fully-embedded in Solid Edge, FloEFD technology allows users to conduct multiple design studies and evaluate how the modifications influence the design performance immediately.
  • Features an intuitive user interface with built-in intelligent automation including real-time feedback and timely outputs that can be generated quickly in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Parametric study enables user to compare a wide range of project variations.
  • Fast, automated SmartCell™ meshing technology to create realistic simulations for complex 3D models including rotating equipment and transient flow behaviors – providing unprecedented speed-up in the overall design process.

“Mentor’s FloEFD frontloading CFD technology full-featured 3D analysis eliminates workflow complexity and meshing overheads compared to other available CFD software,” said Roland Feldhinkel, general manager of Mentor Graphics Mechanical Analysis Division. “We believe Solid Edge customers will reap tremendous value in using our FloEFD solution for CAD-centric CFD design and performance optimization, while reducing time and costs to meet their product delivery goals.”

FloEFD for Solid Edge is now available for shipment.

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About Mentor Graphics

Mentor Graphics Corp. is a world leader in electronic hardware and software design and manufacturing solutions, providing products, consulting services and award-winning support for the world’s most successful electronic, semiconductor and systems companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues in the last fiscal year of approximately $1.18 billion. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777.

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Roland DG Updates VersaWorks Dual RIP

Roland_logoHAMAMATSU, Japan, Oct 27, 2016 – Roland DG Corp., a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters worldwide, today announced that its recently introduced Roland VersaWorks Dual RIP and print management software now supports several additional Roland DG inkjet printers and printer/cutters.

A Roland VersaWorks Dual operation screen

A Roland VersaWorks Dual operation screen

Introduced in late 2015, Roland VersaWorks Dual RIP is currently bundled with the newest Roland DG inkjet printers and printer/cutters, namely the SOLJET EJ-640, TrueVIS VG-640/540 and SG-540/300, and the VersaUV LEF-300. After October 2016, the following additional models will include the latest Roland VersaWorks Dual when they are shipped:

  • SOLJET PRO 4 XR-640
  • VersaCAMM VS-640i/540i/300i, SP-540i/300i
  • VersaSTUDIO BN-20
  • VersaEXPRESS RF-640
  • VersaUV LEJ-640, LEC-540/330, LEF-20
  • Texart RT-640 (Users can choose ErgoSoft Roland Edition)

Roland VersaWorks Dual builds upon the intuitive, easy-to-use capabilities of Roland VersaWorks to provide high-quality printing while adding enhanced processing and editing functions. Yuko Maeda, division president of Roland DG business development unit notes that Roland VersaWorks Dual enables users to work not only with PostScript files, but also allows for native processing of PDF files, which have become popular in the field of commercial printing, to ensure transparency effects are processed accurately. In addition, white and clear ink layers can be generated automatically in the RIP, ideal for use in producing transparent window graphics, stickers and personalized accessories with special effects. Features like offset, positioning, rotation and registration of ink layers can be easily configured in the RIP as well, without the need to return to graphic design software.

“Roland DG understands the important role that software plays in printing,” Maeda said. “We have been developing RIP and print management software for many years. A major benefit for Roland customers is that our software is tailored exclusively for Roland DG printers and printer/cutters, and thus optimized to maximize their performance and ease of use. Our proprietary color management tools and other functions have become important factors in the popularity of Roland products worldwide.”

“Now that Roland VersaWorks Dual supports native PDF processing,” Maeda continued, “we believe our printers provide an even greater level of value for not only the printing of signs and graphics, but for decorating a wide range of original goods and for prototyping applications such as package printing and press proofs. We are committed to developing powerful, world-class RIP software that makes customers’ work even easier, while expanding their potential.”

About Roland DG Corp.

Roland DG Corp. is a leading manufacturer of products designed to help professionals and hobbyists transform their imagination into reality, including SOLJET, TrueVIS, VersaCAMM, VersaUV and Texart series large-format inkjet devices, MDX milling and EGX engraving machines, CAMM-1 and STIKA vinyl cutters and MPX photo impact printers. In 2010, the company entered the healthcare market with Easy Shape DWX milling machines designed specifically for creating high-quality dental prosthetics. Roland DG also recently introduced the monoFab series of desktop 3D printers and milling machines for rapid prototyping and manufacturing. The company uses its proprietary cell production technology to manufacture products that are distributed worldwide.

CADsoft Appoints Two Infrastructure Solutions Engineers

Rick Chappell, GISP re-joins CADsoft after spending four years working across the industry in utility systems, including water, waste water, gas, electric, and communications. He has worked in both design and operations and understands the strategic impact of industry trends. Chappell is a Certified Geographic Information Systems professional and has a strong background in identifying systems and processes where he uses his skills and experience to increase an organization’s operational income while reducing waste, and he is a frequent speaker at international engineering conferences on using technology to enhance utility operations. Along with proven experience with Autodesk’s infrastructure solutions, he brings a wealth of knowledge on terrestrial scanning, ESRI, and GIS management processes. Chappell most recently worked for Pictometry, Global Water Fathom, and First Solar in Arizona.

Rob Bigelow, GISP joins CADsoft from years of experience as a GIS specialist, civil designer, project manager, and CAD manager. He is an information technology expert uniquely skilled in CAD and GIS products, networking, security, database, cloud services, and computer technical support. Bigelow is a Certified Geographic Information Systems Professional and holds an AutoCAD Civil 3D Professional Certification. His past role as a project manager positions him well to understand a customer’s project from the initial conception to the final stages of approval, consistently meeting their needs, budgets and timelines. As a CAD manager, he brings experience that will help CADsoft customers achieve their goals of implementing reasonable solutions, more efficient methods, user-friendly standards and procedures, documentation and libraries, cloud storage solutions, and ways to use database objects to their full potential. Bigelow most recently worked for Bolton & Menk Engineering and KLJ Engineering both in Minnesota, and M3 Engineering in Chandler, AZ.

“With the addition of Rick and Rob, CADsoft customers can expect an amazing level of experience and proven technical ability to guide them throughout their journey of maximizing infrastructure software and technology they depend on to complete successful projects,” stated Tim Duncan, principal and CEO of CADsoft Consulting. “Rick and Rob help to enhance our team of dedicated technical consultants across the infrastructure, architecture, and construction industries.”

About CADsoft Consulting

CADsoft Consulting, an Autodesk Gold Partner and BIM360 Advisor Partner, was founded over 25 years ago for the main purpose of assisting architecture, engineering, and construction organizations to maximize the value and adoption of advanced technologies so they can realize peak efficiencies and perform competitively in their industries.

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4D Technologies Seeks Beta Testers for Desktop, Mobile Apps

“We are excited to incorporate our powerful content and learning tools into applications that will provide true on-demand performance support when and where our users need it most,” says Matt Murphy, Senior Director of Product Strategy.

4D is currently seeking firms running Windows 7 or Windows 10 to beta test the desktop application.

Interested parties should contact Rachel Littlefield at

Individuals interested in testing the Windows Universal, Android or iOS mobile applications should also feel free to email, as these applications will be ready for testing soon.

About 4D Technologies

4D Technologies is transforming the way the world learns. Their experienced team of instructional design professionals is creating the next generation of solutions for the efficient consumption of knowledge and skill development. Using highly intuitive and adaptable content portals and in-application performance support tools, 4D Technologies is revolutionizing corporate education and technical support with proven solutions that maximize content retention, productivity and overall performance.

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About CADLearning

CADLearning by 4D Technologies is the premier learning partner for all things Autodesk. An Autodesk Authorized Publisher, CADLearning delivers expertly created content ideal for A-Z training, product help and performance support. Our on-demand, customizable learning systems identify and address knowledge gaps and provide in-application support to maximize performance for users of Autodesk 2D and 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. Our continuously growing library of self-paced learning material—including videos, exercise files and assessments—stays current with the latest software releases for AutoCAD, Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk Civil 3D, Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Maya, Autodesk Revit and more.

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