Vero Releases Cabinet Vision v11

GLOUCESTERSHIRE, UK, Jan 19, 2018 – The latest release of Cabinet Vision – Vero Software’s industry-leading manufacturing solution for woodworkers – includes a powerful new photo rendering engine, geared specifically towards the design market.

It provides a massive enhancement on the rendering capabilities in previous versions, and now gives designers almost photo-like images which manufacturers can use as a sales tool to show their own customers exactly what the products will look like in situ.

As well as the high-end photo rendering engine, which gives results comparable to mainstream, generic design packages, Cabinet Vision Version 11 also incorporates a host of other design features.

Cabinet Vision’s UK Northern sales manager Harry Hunter says the simplified lighting function means that natural-looking light for the images can be created quickly and easily. “Also, any object can now be selected and modified in the 3D view. Designers simply click on a cabinet and change the finish type, material and texture just on that one item from any 3D view. This is all done at the job level, so you don’t have to come out of job level – it’s all done specifically for the one job.

“And major improvements to the Auto-Fill system save considerable time, by allowing the user to automatically fill a room with cabinets easily and intelligently, through a single click.”

Harry Hunter says following Cabinet Vision’s long-term recognition as the market leader in cabinetry manufacturing software – driving almost all CNC machines, producing cutlists and pricing – developers wanted to provide one complete package from the initial design stage, right through to the product coming off the CNC machine tool.

“Previously, users would draw up rooms and layouts in a generic design package, which then had to be transferred manually into Cabinet Vision. As with any manual process, this led to a risk of human error. Now, with Cabinet Vision’s new high-end photo rendering capabilities, and additional design-led features, they can manage every step of the design and manufacturing process without having to transfer data between systems, which is faster and more accurate.”

And with the software being a specialist tool dedicated to cabinet making, he says it offers complete freedom in designing all aspects of cabinets and cabinetry items. “Drawing offices can design whatever they want, render it, produce a cut list and price list, or send it straight through to the CNC machine. It’s now a complete solution, providing a seamless transition from state-of-the-art design to manufacturing.”

The first public showing of Cabinet Vision version 11 will be on the company stand – N138, at the Kbb Exhibition between March 4 -7, at the NEC in Birmingham.

About Vero Software

Headquartered in England, Vero Software designs, develops, and supplies CAD/CAM/CAE software radically enhancing the efficiency of design and manufacturing processes, providing its customers with exceptional value through high productivity gains and significantly reducing time to market. The company’s world-renowned brands include Alphacam, Cabinet Vision, Edgecam, Machining STRATEGIST, PEPS, Radan, SMIRT, SURFCAM, WorkNC and VISI, along with the production control MRP system Javelin. Despite the diversity of application, these solutions have one thing in common: they all address the rising challenges of achieving manufacturing efficiencies and bring huge value to the operations in which they are deployed.

Vero has direct offices in the UK, Germany, Italy, France, Japan, USA, Brazil, Netherlands, China, South Korea, Spain and India supplying products to more than 45 countries through its wholly owned subsidiaries and reseller network. Vero is part of Hexagon (Nordic exchange: HEXA B), a leading global provider of information technologies that drive quality and productivity across geospatial and industrial enterprise applications.

For more information, please visit www.verosoftware.com.

Latécoère Selects Stratasys for FDM Additive Mfg

MINNEAPOLIS, MN & REHOVOT, Israel, Jan 19, 2018 – Stratasys, a global leader in applied additive technology solutions today announced that French aircraft design and manufacturing group, Latécoère, is deploying Stratasys FDM additive manufacturing throughout its design and production process, accelerating the development process and improving business performance.

3D printed tool used to install wiring in Airbus A380 camera case, produced using Stratasys’ Fortus 450mc Production 3D Printer

Faced with lengthy lead-times and costly design iterations, Latécoère – which services aerospace giants including Airbus, Bombardier and Dassault – is using its Stratasys Fortus 450mc Production 3D Printer for both rapid prototyping and production tooling. According to Simon Rieu, composite and additive manufacturing manager at Latécoère’s R&D and Innovation Center, the adoption of this technology has been transformational for both design and manufacturing.

“Additive manufacturing has integrated seamlessly into our design and production process, and has seen us enjoy improved lead-times, reduced costs and enhanced operational efficiency,” he says. “As the requirements of the aerospace industry become more demanding, we’re also mindful of the need to maintain our competitive edge, and Stratasys additive manufacturing enables us to meet that objective.”

Accelerating Design Validation

Traditionally, the company uses CNC machining for rapid prototyping, but this has presented limitations. “We recently produced a 3D printed prototype to verify the fit and function of a part for the interior lining of an aircraft door,” explains Rieu. “Previously, this would have been made from sheet metal – an often-time-consuming process. With our Fortus 450mc 3D Printer, we produced a fully-functional prototype in two days, reducing our lead times by a staggering 95%. Crucially this has accelerated our design validation process before committing to costly and time-consuming tooling.”

3D printed camera case prototype for the Airbus A380, produced on Stratasys’ Fortus 450mc Production 3D Printer in ULTEM 9085 material

Latécoère recently 3D printed a prototype camera case for the Airbus A380 aircraft for design validation with the camera’s internal parts housed inside. Prior to Stratasys FDM 3D additive manufacturing, the team would have been forced to directly manufacture an aluminum camera case for testing, with any design iterations proving costly. Using ULTEM 9085 material, the 3D printed prototype is also 50% lighter than its metal counterpart, enabling more efficient functional part testing.

Enhancing production tooling

The company is also utilizing its Fortus 450mc 3D Printer for the on-demand manufacture of customized production tools. This has not only seen significant reductions in time and cost, but also enhanced operator efficiency.

“Using metal sheet manufacturing, creating a tool can take up to six weeks. Now we can 3D print a tool in just two days and 50% lighter using ULTEM 9085 material,” says Rieu. “With our 3D printer, we can also optimize the geometry of the tool to perfectly fit the part – making the operator’s job much easier. Not only has this accelerated our production process dramatically, but I also estimate that we’ve reduced our tool production costs by a massive 40%.”

Final flight-ready 3D printed production parts

Looking ahead, Latécoère’s long-term strategy is to 3D print final production parts for next-generation airplanes from the likes of Airbus, Boeing, and other leading aircraft manufacturers. Indeed, the company has already begun exploring the potential to utilize its Fortus 450mc to produce final interior aircraft parts with certification in mind. Using Stratasys’ tough, lightweight and FST compliant ULTEM 9085 material, the team has 3D printed various air duct housing components, which has seen significant weight reductions and time savings compared to traditional production methods.

Andy Middleton, president of EMEA, Stratasys, concludes, “Latécoère, like many of our aerospace customers, are benefiting from our proven FDM technology and high-performance materials for this industry. Our application-driven approach enables us to have a close interface with our customers to develop solutions optimized for their design and production processes. Whether it’s accelerating design validation or the on-demand production of lightweight manufacturing tools, or even 3D printed interior aircraft parts, we are committed to ensuring our customers are given the right tools to optimize the use of additive manufacturing.”

About Stratasys

Stratasys is a global leader in applied additive technology solutions for industries including Aerospace, Automotive, Healthcare, Consumer Products and Education. For nearly 30 years, a deep and ongoing focus on customers’ business requirements has fueled purposeful innovations—1,200 granted and pending additive technology patents to date—that create new value across product lifecycle processes, from design prototypes to manufacturing tools and final production parts. The Stratasys 3D printing ecosystem of solutions and expertise—advanced materials; software with voxel level control; precise, repeatable and reliable FDM and PolyJet 3D printers; application-based expert services; on-demand parts and industry-defining partnerships—works to ensure seamless integration into each customer’s evolving workflow. Fulfilling the real-world potential of additive, Stratasys delivers breakthrough industry-specific applications that accelerate business processes, optimize value chains and drive business performance improvements for thousands of future-ready leaders around the world. Corporate Headquarters: Minneapolis, Minnesota and Rehovot, Israel.

For more information, visit online at www.stratasys.com.

EPLAN Partners with Siemens

ROTHERHAM, UK, Jan 19, 2018 – CAE provider EPLAN has partnered with Siemens to offer a bridge between the worlds of electrical and automation engineering.

A new direct connection is now available between EPLAN Electric P8 and the TIA (Totally Integrated Automation) Portal from Siemens, which enables data to be exchanged bidirectionally between the two platforms.

The central function of the new EPLAN Electric P8 and TIA Portal connection is the consistent transfer of detail data for engineering automation systems. Users can edit and compare data at every stage in the project. Automatically generated data in EPLAN Electric P8 includes schematics, PLC overviews, and hardware configurations as well as network designs.

Data can easily be exchanged between the workstations of electrical engineers and PLC programmers, who can freely determine when they use the data from the other discipline or place it at each other’s disposal. This allows the controlled exchange of information, even for self-contained preliminary work, and provides crucial benefits for the revision processes.

The main benefit of working with the two platforms is that it saves time for both PLC programmers and designers. Electrical engineers save time because data no longer has to be entered manually. Data created in the TIA Portal is imported directly into EPLAN Electric P8, which helps to relieve the electrical engineers of many of the design tasks that were previously carried out manually.

Another very practical benefit is that misunderstandings between the different disciplines can no longer occur. The designing of the automation components therefore becomes faster and optimal quality is guaranteed.

Engineers and programmers who take advantage of the new link between EPLAN Electric P8 and the Siemens TIA Portal can exchange, edit, and compare PLC data at every stage of the project. This simplifies the time-consuming manual comparison for changes and for iterative procedures. Users further benefit from transparent overviews for the assignment of PLC assemblies, the editing of which is supported by the system. The overall result is an optimised, interdisciplinary engineering process.

The new data exchange system also supports users in designing the appropriate hardware related to the electrical design and the PLC program. Users no longer have to think about the correct configuration of the hardware since the Siemens TIA Portal does this autonomously, while EPLAN Electric P8 automatically generates schematics, PLC overviews and hardware setups. Further, the data exchange system ensures the correct assignment of the PLC program’s symbolic addresses to the hardware addresses, which reduces the risk of errors in wiring the inputs and outputs.

About EPLAN

EPLAN is part of the owner-operated Friedhelm Loh Group with 18 production sites and 78 international subsidiaries. The entire group employs more than 11,500 people and generated revenues of around €2.2 billion in 2015. For the ninth time in succession, the family business has won the accolade “Top Employer Germany” in 2017. In addition Friedhelm Loh Group was recognized as “Top vocational trainer” according to a study of Deutschland Test and Focus Money. EPLAN is therefore synonymous with continuity and investment security. Seven German and more than 50 distribution and service centers around the globe support more than 45,000 customers with more than 120,000 installations worldwide.

For more information, visit www.eplan.co.uk.

CurvSurf Releases FindSurface 2018

FAIRFAX, VA, Jan 19, 2018 – CurvSurf, inc. announced the release of FindSurface 2018. FindSurface 2018, based on advanced mathematics and mechanics (AAMM), is an intelligent 3D industrial object recognition SDK, and it can directly utilize unfiltered dimensional point cloud (or simply ‘Point Cloud’). It enables to bring Intelligent 3D object recognition to BIM reverse engineering, intelligent robotics, and immersive 3D applications into the everyday life.

Click here to find Real Time 3D Object Recognition video.

CurvSurf provides three different types of licenses,e.g., FindSurface 2018 Trial, Standard, and Professional. Developers can sign up forfree two-week trial of FindSurface 2018.

“The FindSurface SDK (i.e., FindSurface 2018) performs real-time, human-like recognition of 3D objects in point clouds. It works with point clouds generated by any device—from a terrestrial scanner to a consumer tablet with a 3D camera.” “The FindSurface SDK (i.e., FindSurface 2018) works a lot like the human brain. First, it reads the point cloud directly to pick out geometric “primitives” like boxes, planes, spheres, cylinders, cones, tori, and surfaces of revolution. After that, it calculates each object’s dimensional information—including position, orientation, size, radius, volume, and more.” Click here to find more about FindSurface.

FindSurface 2018 is to provide a continuous industrial-feature (topologies) recognition of the environment surrounding the users, in other words, “what is here”. This vision of the area around the user is what the user typically experiences. Most of 3D depth cameras, industrial 3D scanners, 3D vision systems, and 3D Lidar systems can be used withFindSurface 2018. Developers can easily incorporate FindSurface 2018 with their applications, e.g., automatic/semi-automatic feature recognition in reverse engineering, handling occlusions in AR/MR/VR, pallet & package measurements in logistics, localization or station registration, and many more in emergent industries. Initial release is supporting Windows, and other platforms will be supported in the future.

For more detail on FindSurface 2018, visit www.curvsurf.com and https://developers.curvsurf.com/.

CATI Partners with Roland DGA

BUFFALO GROVE, IL, Jan 19, 2018 – Computer Aided Technology (CATI), the nation’s leading provider of engineering and manufacturing solutions entered into a partnership with Roland DGA to bring to market the DGSHAPE by Roland line of office-friendly, benchtop CNC Milling Machines including; the MDX-50MDX-540, and the MDX-40A. With this partnership, CATI expands their solution offering for rapid prototyping and manufacturing.

The MDX-50 benchtop CNC mill combines precise, automated milling and unmatched ease-of-use.

“We are excited to partner with Roland to deliver these solutions,” said Rich Werneth, president, Computer Aided Technology. “The addition of Roland’s DGSHAPE products to our existing software and hardware portfolio adds a new dimension to our capabilities as a full solution provider, allowing us to offer a ‘model shop in a box’. With these solutions our customers will benefit by accelerating their product development process, decreasing time to market, and improving the overall quality of their products.”

Roland DGA is the US-based marketing, sales and distribution arm of Roland DG Corp. of Hamamatsu, Japan, a worldwide leading manufacturer of digital imaging devices. DGSHAPE, also a subsidiary of Roland DG, is focused on the development of 3D imaging equipment for a variety of industries and applications, all distributed in the US exclusively by Roland DGA.

“For over 25 years, the CATI team has built a reputation as a go-to industry expert for engineering and manufacturing solutions,” said Roland DGA president Andrew Oransky. “Their experience as the leading reseller of both SOLIDWORKS CAD and Stratasys 3D Printing solutions makes them a valuable partner for Roland DGA. They have the capabilities and experience to get our products to market. We look forward to working with the CATI team and their clients.”

About CATI

Since 1992, Computer Aided Technology (CATI) has made it their mission to deliver and support the best product development solutions available. Their portfolio includes solutions from SOLIDWORKS, Stratasys, Creaform, Desktop Metal, Dassault Systèmes, and Roland DGA. Anyone can sell you software or hardware; our goal is to earn the right to be your trusted advisor.

For more information, visit them at www.cati.com.

Dell, Meta Partner for Augmented Reality

ROUND ROCK, TX, Jan 19, 2018 – Dell announced it will be the first authorized reseller of the Meta 2 Augmented Reality Development Kit, equipping commercial companies with the tools needed to more easily innovate and adopt new AR technology applications that can advance their business. In partnership with Meta, Dell aims to make AR more accessible for business deployment, particularly in healthcare, manufacturing and construction, by providing tools for creating immersive experiences unique to the needs of those industries.

Meta with Canvas

Dell is the only technology provider with an end to end ecosystem to consume, create and power VR and AR. The new offering with Meta stems from Dell’s VR/AR Technology Partner Program, which brings together other innovators in VR and AR to test and collaborate on the best technology solutions for varying applications and experiences. This program allows Dell to help current and potential customers to better navigate the new and rapidly evolving VR/AR ecosystem, by working with partners to verify and certify the best software and hardware solutions for VR and AR applications – bringing standardization where it is needed most.

The Meta 2 Augmented Reality Development Kit will make the Meta AR headset compatible with a number of Dell professional PCs, including Dell Precision workstations and Dell Canvas, as well as bundle the products together for purchase. Among the applications is a Medical Holodeck, which leverages the Dell Canvas and the Meta headset to allow medical professionals to collaborate in AR. Dell is also planning to introduce “AR in a box,” a platform from which channel partners and sales people can show off new Dell Meta AR innovations to potential customers.

Meta in action

“We’re excited about this new partnership with Meta and the opportunity to further transform industries with AR,” said Rahul Tikoo, vice president and general manager, Dell Precision workstations. “There continues to be tremendous potential for VR and AR across various industries and in addition to building technology powerful enough for the job, we’re also committed to working with our innovative partners to make AR more comprehensive and accessible for our commercial customers to explore and adopt.”

The Meta 2 offers the world’s most immersive AR experience with the widest field of view, a powerful optical engine for overlaying photorealistic content, and the ability to virtually manipulate holographic 3D content through touch. It is ideal for the compute-heavy applications required by industrial companies. For example, Meta 2 AR solutions can help engineers visualize and manipulate virtual schematics overlaid on a car or building space under construction; or train new doctors on holographic dummies which would be significantly costlier to replicate in real-life.

“We’re very excited for this partnership with Dell. Dell users will now have the opportunity to get their hands on a seamless AR solution that is considered the best on the market by many,” said Joe Mikhail, chief revenue officer, Meta. “This is a major element of Meta’s ecosystem development initiatives. We are certain our partnership with Dell will deliver our game-changing technology into many creative hands and drive productivity measures to both developers and corporates alike.”

Availability

The Meta 2 Augmented Reality Development Kit will be available for sale on Dell.com starting on February 15 for $1,495 which includes:

  • Meta 2 AR Headset
  • Access to Unity SDK (Beta)
  • Access to Meta Developer Center
  • Headset Stand
  • 2 Exchangeable Forehead Supports
  • 2 Handwashable Forehead Support Pads
  • Microfiber Bag
  • AC Adapter
  • Universal Adapter Plug Kit – Set of 4
  • Access to Detailed Instructions

About Dell

With award-winning desktops, laptops, 2-in-1s and thin clients, powerful workstations and rugged devices made for specialized environments, monitors, endpoint security solutions and services, Dell gives today’s workforce what they need to securely connect, produce, and collaborate from anywhere at any time. Dell, a part of Dell Technologies, services customers from consumers to organizations of all sizes across 180 countries with the industry’s most comprehensive and innovative end-user portfolio.

For more information, visit www.dell.com.