PI Introduces S-335 Fast Steering Mirror Platform

PI (Physik Instrumente) has announced the S-335 fast steering mirror (FSM) platforms to broaden its portfolio of piezo steering mirrors. With milli-second response and settling time and dynamic linearity, the new S-335’s are ideal for precision image processing and image stabilization, laser beam steering, materials processing, and lithography.

S-335 steering mirror platforms provide precise angular tip/tilt motion of the top platform around two orthogonal axes. These flexure-guided, electro-ceramic driven systems can provide higher accelerations than other actuators, enabling step response times in the sub-millisecond range, with frictionless backlash-free motion. The single pivot-point design also prevents the drawback of polarization rotation, which is common with conventional 2-axis stacked systems, e.g. galvo scanners.

Integrated EDM flexure based motion amplifiers provide an tip/tilt angle up to 35mrad, equal to an optical deflection angle of 70mrad (4°). ID chip support allows for fast start-up and a simple data exchange between tip/tilt platforms and controllers.

PI piezo steering mirrors are based on a parallel-kinematics design with coplanar rotational axes and a single moving platform driven by two pairs of differential actuators. Compared to stacked (two-stage) mirror scanners, the parallel-kinematics design provides symmetrical dynamic performance in both axes.

For more information, visit PI website.

DuPont Offers 3D Printing Filaments in the US, Canada, Mexico

DuPont Hytrel thermoplastic elastomer filaments for 3D printing

DuPont 3D printing products allow users to achieve the true benefits of 3D printing (greater design freedom, lightweighting, reduced product development cycle times) allowing for rapid functional prototyping, parts production, tooling and customization in all sectors of the industry, such as automotive, electronics, footwear, consumer goods and others.

With Hytrel available in two different hardness levels (Hytrel 3D4000FL with a shore D of 40 and Hytrel 3D4100 with a shore D of 60) for 3D printing, customers will be able to make flexible functional parts that combine resiliency, heat and chemical resistance with strength and durability. Mechanical properties of 3D printed parts in all directions using Hytrel grades are comparable to injection molding. With Zytel 3D1000FL, customers will be able to make strong and stiff functional parts. Along with superior strength, parts printed with Zytel product also have high heat deflection temperature, low warpage, low sensitivity to moisture and excellent surface aesthetics.

Proven over decades of use, DuPont Hytrel thermoplastic elastomers and DuPont Zytel nylons offer high quality, reliability and performance in various applications in a wide range of industries. For additional information on DuPont’s offerings in the 3D printing market, visit http://www.3DPrintingSolutions.DuPont.com. Order your Zytel and Hytrel products for 3D printing at http://www.coexllc.com.

DuPont Zytel nylon-based filaments for 3D printing

“We are very excited that customers in North America can now purchase DuPont high-performance materials in filament form for 3D printing through Coex LLC,” said Rahul Kasat, business development leader, DuPont Performance Materials. “We continue to get very positive feedback on ease of printing and performance of these products from customers across multiple industries.”

About DowDuPont Specialty Products Division

DowDuPont Specialty Products, a division of DowDuPont (NYSE: DWDP), is a global innovation leader with technology-based materials, ingredients and solutions that help transform industries and everyday life. Their employees apply diverse science and expertise to help customers advance their best ideas and deliver essential innovations in key markets including electronics, transportation, building and construction, health and wellness, food and worker safety. DowDuPont intends to separate the Specialty Products Division into an independent, publicly traded company.

More information can be found at http://www.dow-dupont.com.

solidThinking Announces Agenda for 2nd European CONVERGE

TROY, MI, Sep 22, 2017 – solidThinking has announced the agenda for the 2nd European CONVERGE in Essen, Germany on October 17, 2017. Inspiring presentations from Zaha Hadid, Faraone, Stephan Henrich Robotikdesign und Architektur, Sagrada Família Foundation, Elise Alfred Wegner Institut, thyssenkrupp Elevators, PROTIQ, and TU Dresden will cover topics spanning from architecture to design and engineering. The Master Classes offered on the afternoon of October 17 will provide deeper insights on how to design for style, function and design for industrial 3D printing.

Experience a design project at the intersection of virtual reality and 3D printing, leading to the creation of a 3D printed, fully customizable, virtual reality headset based on mobile technology.

“Our 2nd European CONVERGE conference agenda offers many highlights,” says Dr. Pietro Cervellera, country manager Altair Engineering GmbH. “With seven impressive presentations about architectural, design and engineering topics and the two master classes, attendees will get insights on innovative product design and development topics as well as how design and technology intersect to create the products of the future. I’m very much looking forward to the event and am certain that attendees will leave this event with new ideas, knowledge and inspiration for their future tasks.”

The event will open with a welcome reception and pre-check-in opportunity on October 16 at 6PM.

Learn how to leverage the potential of modern manufacturing methods with the application of new development tools & techniques. See the “Making-of” of the 3i-PRINT project, a joint project of csi entwicklungstechnik, Altair, APWorks, EOS, Gerg, & Heraeus.

The first Master Class will be hosted by Turi Cacciatore of Turi Cacciatore Design, a renowned design company working for several international customers from all industries. The master class will explore a design project at the intersection of virtual reality and 3D printing, providing a step-by-step explanation of the development process that allows the creation of a 3D printed, fully customizable, virtual reality headset based on mobile technology. The project workflow covers both design and 3D modeling techniques up to the creation of fully functioning prototypes.

The second Master Class will be jointly presented by csi entwicklungstechnik and APWORKS. This Master Class will show how to leverage the potential of modern manufacturing methods with the application of new development tools and techniques. Going beyond the structural mechanics and lightweight design considerations it is crucial to identify economic solutions that can create profiting business cases with additive manufacturing. The highlight of this Master Class will be the presentation and “Making-of” workshop of the 3i-PRINT project, a joint project of csi entwicklungstechnik, Altair, APWorks, EOS, Gerg, and Heraeus, that demonstrates the potential of metal 3D printed, function integrating and crash approved structures for the automotive industry.

CONVERGE 2017 will also feature an exhibition area, presenting products and designs from customers and renowned product creators and will support the Purmundus Challenge. “Fusion – 3D printing intelligently combined”.

The conference will draw to an end with a presentation by Sagrada Família Foundation followed by closing remarks by Jeff Brennan, chief marketing officer, Altair.

Registration is open now, further details about the event are available at: www.event.CONVERGE2017.com/europe.

About solidThinking

solidThinking employs a relentless focus on delivering innovative technology with a streamlined user experience. Its tools empower users and organizations to make informed decisions and design, engineer, manufacture, and deliver amazing products to market faster than ever before. solidThinking’s tools are sold and supported through a global network of industry and domain experts. solidThinking is a wholly owned subsidiary of Altair where its products are also available through the Altair HyperWorks suite.

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 2,600 employees, Altair is headquartered in Troy, Michigan, USA and operates 68 offices throughout 24 countries. Today, Altair serves more than 5,000 corporate clients across broad industry segments.

To learn more, please visit www.altair.com.

Eagle Point Named to 30 Most Trustworthy Companies of the Year

DUBUQUE, IA, Sep 22, 2017  Eagle Point Software has been named to the Silicon Review’s annual list of 30 Most Trustworthy Companies of the Year.

“The Silicon Review 30 Most Trustworthy Companies of the Year 2017 program identifies companies which are successfully bringing more innovation to the IT and Business world than others. Winning a spot on this list indicates the company has distinguished itself from its peers by proving itself more valuable in terms of reliability, loyal customer base, innovation and market position,” said Sreshtha Banerjee, editor-in-chief of The Silicon Review Magazine.

“We are honored to be named to this list. Eagle Point is dedicated to maintaining genuine and quality relationships with all of our clients and partners. Being named to this list only confirms what we have always known – we are doing business the right way,”  John Biver, president & CEO at Eagle Point.

About The Silicon Review Magazine

The Silicon Review is the world’s most trusted online and print community for business & technology professionals. Their community members include thought-provoking CEOs, CIOs, CTOs, IT VPs and managers, along with millions of diverse IT professionals.

For more information, visit http://thesiliconreview.com.

About Eagle Point Software

Since 1983, Eagle Point has been focused on increasing the productivity of its clients. Over the last 34 years our products have evolved but our focus has not changed. Eagle Point’s Pinnacle Series is the most awarded productivity platform in the Autodesk ecosystem. With access to customizable Autodesk learning paths, workflows, cheat sheets, videos and support, Pinnacle Series allows organizations to get the most out of their technology investments.

MathWorks Announces MATLAB, Simulink Release 2017b

NATICK, MA, Sep 22, 2017 – MathWorks introduced Release 2017b (R2017b), which includes new features in MATLAB and Simulink, six new products, and updates and bug fixes to 86 other products. The release also adds new important deep learning capabilities that simplify how engineers, researchers, and other domain experts design, train, and deploy models.

Deep Learning Support

Specific deep learning features, products, and capabilities in R2017b include:

  • Neural Network Toolbox has added support for complex architectures, including directed acyclic graph (DAG) and long short-term memory (LSTM) networks, and provides access to popular pretrained models such as GoogLeNet.
  • The Image Labeler app in Computer Vision System Toolbox now provides a convenient and interactive way to label ground truth data in a sequence of images. In addition to object detection workflows, the toolbox now also supports semantic segmentation using deep learning to classify pixel regions in images and to evaluate and visualize segmentation results.
  • A new product, GPU Coder, automatically converts deep learning models to CUDA code for NVIDIA GPUs. Internal benchmarks show the generated code for deep learning inference achieves up to 7x better performance than TensorFlow and 4.5x better performance than Caffe2 for deployed models.

Together with capabilities introduced in R2017a, pretrained models can be used for transfer learning, including convolutional neural networks (CNN) models (AlexNet, VGG-16, and VGG-19), as well as models from Caffe (including Caffe Model Zoo). Models can be developed from scratch, including using CNNs for image classification, object detection, regression, and more.

“With the growth of smart devices and IOT, design teams face the challenge of creating more intelligent products and applications by either developing deep learning skills themselves, or relying on other teams with deep learning expertise who may not understand the application context,” said David Rich, MATLAB marketing director, MathWorks. “With R2017b, engineering and system integration teams can extend the use of MATLAB for deep learning to better maintain control of the entire design process and achieve higher-quality designs faster. They can use pre-trained networks, collaborate on code and models, and deploy to GPUs and embedded devices. Using MATLAB can improve result quality while reducing model development time by automating ground truth labeling.”

Additional Updates

In addition to deep learning, R2017b also includes a series of updates in other key areas, including:

  • Data Analytics with MATLAB
    • A new Text Analytics Toolbox product, extensible datastore, more big data plots and algorithms for machine learning, and Microsoft Azure blob storage support
  • Real-Time Software Modeling with Simulink
    • Model scheduling effects and implement pluggable components for software environments
  • Verification and Validation with Simulink
    • New tools for requirements modeling, test coverage analysis, and compliance checking

R2017b is available immediately worldwide. For more details on the complete list of updates, please visit the new release page.

About MathWorks

MathWorks is the leading developer of mathematical computing software. MATLAB, the language of technical computing, is a programming environment for algorithm development, data analysis, visualization, and numeric computation. Simulink is a graphical environment for simulation and Model-Based Design for multidomain dynamic and embedded systems. Engineers and scientists worldwide rely on these product families to accelerate the pace of discovery, innovation, and development in automotive, aerospace, electronics, financial services, biotech-pharmaceutical, and other industries. MATLAB and Simulink are also fundamental teaching and research tools in the world’s universities and learning institutions. Founded in 1984, MathWorks employs more than 3500 people in 15 countries, with headquarters in Natick, MA, USA.

For additional information, visit mathworks.com.

BobCAM v6 Mill Training Professor Video Series Released

CLEARWATER, FL, Sep 22, 2017 – BobCAD-CAM, Inc. has released the ultimate training professor video series for BobCAM for SOLIDWORKS users that want to learn how to program their CNC Mill without leaving the SOLIDWORKS environment.

The new BobCAM V6 Mill Training Professor Video Series gives you the power to master your CAM software for CNC mill machine programming. This comprehensive learn at your own pace DVD and digital workbook covers everything from setting up jobs with CAM wizards and Dynamic Machining Strategies™ to optimizing milling operations and simulating the job.

With these DVDs, you’ll learn about

  • Copy & paste features
  • Toolpath patterns
  • Setup sheets
  • Machine configuration set ups
  • Multiple depth hole drilling
  • Equidistant offset
  • Angle ranges 

The training set delivers easy to follow video that you can reference again and again. Whether you’re learning the software for the first time, want to sharpen your skills, or need to train new hires; this affordable training solution will have you turning better parts in less time. This new BobCAM for SOLIDWORKS v6 Mill Training Professor Video series is like having a personal training professor in a box, teaching you everything you need to know about the BobCAM V6 software from A to Z for CNC milling!

About BobCAD-CAM

Since 1985, BobCAD-CAM has been dedicated to providing manufacturers just like you with powerful and easy to use CNC programming CAD-CAM software. Their purpose is helping you effectively automate the machining process. They offer CNC programming solutions for Mill, Mill Turn, Lathe, Router, Plasma, Laser, WaterJet, and Wire EDM machines. BobCAD-CAM integrates CAD and CAM functionality in a single interface for a seamless transition from the design process to toolpath programming, simulation, and g-code processing. This design makes it easier for you to go from concept to finished product in less time.

Siemens Acquires Infolytica for Electromagnetics Simulation

PLANO, TX and MONTREAL, Canada, Sep 22, 2017 – Siemens has entered into an agreement to acquire Montreal, Canada-based Infolytica Corp., expanding the company’s simulation suite into electromagnetics (EM). Infolytica was one of the original pioneers in the field of simulating low-frequency EM and its market-leading simulation software is used by manufacturers worldwide to predict EM and thermal performance. This accelerates the development of reliable and optimized solutions for electric and electromagnetic devices such as electric machines – including motors, generators and transformers – as well as sensors, induction heating, MRI, and shielding. The Infolytica business will be incorporated into the Mechanical Analysis Division of Mentor, a Siemens business. Closing of the transaction is expected in October 2017.

The addition of Infolytica enhances Siemens’ Simcenter portfolio for simulation and test, which covers mechanical, thermal, fluid dynamics and electromagnetic simulations. Infolytica’s products are widely used in the design of high-performance electromechanical products across industries such as aerospace, automotive, consumer electronics, electrical appliances, medical equipment, heavy industry and power generation.

“From our inception we were always dedicated to providing leading software solutions for the engineering community,” said Professor David Lowther, CEO and co-founder of Infolytica. “We offer high-powered 3D electromagnetic simulation including inter-operability to other analysis packages and CAD, plus our MotorSolve product is a unique motor and drive design application. We are joining forces with a PLM market leader in Siemens to access new technologies, resources and market opportunities.”

“We have been a close partner with Infolytica for a number of years and share their vision for best-in-class engineering simulation,” said Roland Feldhinkel, general manager of the Mechanical Analysis Division of Mentor, a Siemens business. “Infolytica brings domain expertise and state-of-the-art electromagnetic simulation to Siemens. It is a perfect fit for Siemens’ and Mentor‘s combined strategy of providing full-physics and integrated engineering solutions. We especially look forward to those combined offerings in electromagnetics and thermal engineering for electrification of transportation and autonomous vehicles.”

About Siemens PLM Software

Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Digital Factory Division, is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) and manufacturing operations management (MOM) software, systems and services with over 15 million licensed seats and more than 140,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software works collaboratively with its customers to provide industry software solutions that help companies everywhere achieve a sustainable competitive advantage by making real the innovations that matter.

For more information on Siemens PLM Software products and services, visit www.siemens.com/plm.

About Siemens AG

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years. The company is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of efficient power generation and power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. The company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2016, which ended on September 30, 2016, Siemens generated revenue of €79.6 billion and net income of €5.6 billion. At the end of September 2016, the company had around 351,000 employees worldwide.

Further information is available on the Internet at www.siemens.com.