solidThinking Releases Inspire, Evolve 2017

Altair_logoTROY, MI, Dec 8, 2016 – The new feature-packed release of the solidThinking Design Suite consisting of solidThinking Inspire 2017 and solidThinking Evolve 2017 is now available.


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For the 2017 release, the product teams employed a tireless focus on both improving current product usability, as well as adding multiple new features that have been requested by customers. Jim Hassberger, president of solidThinking noted, “We are incredibly proud of the 2017 releases. Inspire was the first tool to market that focused on putting generative design in the hands of design engineers and it continues to be a world-class product. The latest release definitively positions it to be a leader for years to come. Evolve’s flexibility and combination of polygonal, solid parametric, and organic surface modeling, as well as built in rendering and construction history make it one of the fastest and most flexible design tools on the market today.”

“With Inspire 2017, we improved our already great generative design product Inspire, by adding motion tools that enable design engineers to investigate system motion to predict loads for moving parts,” explained Andy Bartels, program manager. “Never before has it been so easy to mechanize a model or perform a motion analysis.”

Doug Hedges, president of Sintavia, LLC., notes, “Inspire does what few programs can; it takes a complex process and makes it easy to understand. My whole team was able to use the program after just a few hours of training and it has led to dramatic time savings in the design process.”

Key Updates to Inspire 2017 include:

  • The new motion tool allows users to easily mechanize their models and investigate system motion to predict loads for moving parts.
  • The topography optimization tools can be used to change shapes of shell structures by introducing stamped bead patterns for better structural performance.
  • Updated partition tools allow users to divide a part into design and non-design regions by selecting a hole, pocket, or face to offset.
  • The bolt pretension tool allows users to achieve more accurate results when bolts are under pretension.

Evolve’s hybrid modeling system has been updated with a number of new enhancements and tools primarily based on customer requests. Program manager for Evolve, Darren Chilton noted, “Our goal for this release was to focus on our customers and improve the usability of the software giving them more freedom than ever before.”

“Evolve in particular is a powerful software for enabling designs in our fast-paced development environment. It helps me gain speed not only in bringing design concepts to life, but also in driving fast iteration loops with the development team,” mentioned Jens Andersson design lead, Philips.

Key Updates to Evolve 2017 include:

  • New planar symmetry and radial symmetry tools have been added to replace the mirror and polar copy tools.
  • All images which are rendered inside Evolve now include a depth channel (tiff). This Z-depth channel can now be saved in the image browser and used in post-processing tools such as Adobe Photoshop to simulate the natural blurring of foreground and background scene elements when viewed through a camera lens.
  • New and improved import/export for SVG, PDF 2D, DWG, and DXF formats.
  • New length parameter for the line tool and rounded polyline tool.
  • Improved curve offset tool to work directly on surface edges.

Inspire 2017 and Evolve 2017 are available through more than 200 channel partners worldwide, and through Altair’s patented HyperWorks licensing model.

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About solidThinking

solidThinking deploys 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, MI, USA and operates more than 45 offices throughout 20 countries. Today, Altair serves more than 5,000 corporate clients across broad industry segments.

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C3D Modeler for Teigha Released for CAD

develops by C3D Labs in cooperation with Open Design Alliance

C3DLabs_logoPHOENIX, AZ, Dec 8, 2016 – The Open Design Alliance (ODA) and C3D Labs announced the availability of the C3D Modeler for Teigha, a new component that enables advanced 3D modeling operations through the Teigha API for CAD systems.

1C3D Modeler for Teigha was developed by C3D Labs in cooperation with the ODA. It supports a wide range of 3D solid modeling functions, including the creation of solids, editing through Boolean operations, lofting, and chamfering.

C3D Modeler for Teigha gives our customers another option for 3D solid modeling,” said Neil Peterson, president of the ODA. “C3D Modeler has been integrated into Teigha transparently, allowing our customers to use the same client API, regardless which underlying modeling kernel they use.”

Developing the C3D Modeler for Teigha proved to be a fantastic opportunity to provide our technology to all ODA members,” said Oleg Zykov, CEO of C3D Labs. “They now have easy access to a fast solid modeler in their Teigha-based applications. Even better, they don’t have to pay a lot for licensing and development.”

oleg-zykovC3D Modeler for Teigha is available through a tiered, royalty-free licensing model.

More information is available on the ODA member portal at

About C3D Labs

C3D Labs (ASCON Group) specializes in the technology-intensive market of PLM components. The company develops and markets the C3D Toolkit used by developers of CAD/CAM/CAE systems and educational institutions worldwide. In 2013, C3D Labs became a resident of Skolkovo, Russia’s state development office park.

CAD systems are the most widely known software in which components, like C3D, are typically used. As a critical software development tool, C3D is today the only modeling kit that incorporates all four modules crucial to CAD: 2D/3D modeling, 2D/3D constraint solving, 3D visualization, and 2D/3D data exchange.

You can learn more about C3D Labs at

About Teigha

The Teigha development platform provides tools for creating a rich variety of engineering applications. These include full-scale CAD systems, automation, general-purpose visualization and markup, and custom data access and editing.

Teigha supports the use of .dwg, .dgn, .prc, .rvt, .rfa and .pdf files by software, as well as the import and export of many other formats. It runs on all major desktop, server, and mobile platforms, and is available for C++, .NET, and Java developers.

Teigha is developed by the Open Design Alliance.

ProtoTech Ships WebGL Exporter for NavisWorks 2017 v2.4.0.0

ProtoTechSolutions _logoPUNE, India, Dec 8, 2016 – ProtoTech Solutions has released its latest version (version no. of WebGL Exporter plug-in for NavisWorks 2017.

image003The highlights of this release are - 

  • Enhancement: Added support for NavisWorks 2017.
  • Enhancement: Implemented new model query method to allow exporting large models.
  • Feature: Supports HTML templates. WebGL models will get automatically embedded in selected template.
  • Versions supported (NavisWorks: 2015, 2016, and 2017).

Why to use ProtoTech’s WebGL Exporters?

  • Faster export
  • Accurate geometry.
  • Easy to install and use.
  • Can handle large models.
  • Supports custom templates.

About ProtoTech Solutions

ProtoTech is a custom software solutions company with skills in

  • Development of 2D/3D based engineering applications.
  • Quality assurance/testing services.
  • Prototype development.
  • Feasibility studies and technology evaluation.
  • Engineering file formats & data interoperability mobile/Web engineering apps development.

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Tecplot RS 2016 Release 2 Announced

Tecplot_logoBELLEVUE, WA, Dec 8, 2016 – Tecplot, Inc., developer of the leading visualization and analysis software for reservoir engineers, announced the general availability of Tecplot RS 2016 Release 2.

Quick Load Option


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Engineers who use the Nexus (VIP) reservoir simulator have a new quick load option. The quick VDB loading option makes it possible to skip certain types of data during the process of loading XY data. This should speed up data loading times across networks.

Macro Debugger

Additional New Features & FixesMacro and scripting capabilities give users the ability to perform repetitive operations in one click. As macros get more and more complex, the risk of error in writing them increases. The new macro debugger in Tecplot RS steps through users’ scripts and helps them in quickly identifying issues.

Other new features include the ability to read nearest neighbor connections (NNCs) from Eclipse .init files, and the support by generic ASCII data files for network connections, connection lists, and nodes.

“Customer-requested new features and usability improvements highlight this release,” said Tecplot RS product manager Raja Olimuthu. “There are also a number of bug fixes.”

About Tecplot RS

Tecplot RS helps users manage and analyze oil & gas reservoir simulation data, uncover knowledge about reservoir model behavior, and gain confidence in making crucial decisions. The software allows users to evaluate a full range of results, including line graphs, 2D x-sections, and 3D grid plots.

Tecplot RS, first released in 2002, supports 64-bit Windows and Linux platforms.

Tecplot RS users with current Software Maintenance Service can upgrade to Tecplot RS 2016 Release 2 at no additional cost. Update Your Software.

Special pricing is available for Academic users upon request. Tecplot for Academics.

About Tecplot, Inc.

Tecplot, an operating company of Toronto-based Constellation Software, Inc. (CSI), is the leading developer of Visual Data Analysis (VDA) software for engineers and scientists.

CSI is a public company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange that acquires, manages and builds software businesses that provide mission-critical solutions in specific vertical markets.

Tecplot’s products allow customers using desktop computers and laptops to quickly analyze and understand information hidden in complex data, and communicate their results to others via brilliant images and compelling animations. The company’s products are used by more than 47,000 technical professionals around the world.

Since its founding in 1981, Tecplot has consistently delivered category-leading innovation to the engineering and scientific communities. Examples of this never-ending innovation include Tecplot 360 EX for lightning-fast analysis of CFD simulation and test data, Tecplot RS for oil & gas reservoir simulation and Tecplot Chorus for exploring large data sets composed of multiple solutions or experiments.

Tecplot, which is headquartered in Bellevue, Wash., has been named one of Seattle Business magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” four times in the past five years.

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archSCAN Selects ImageSite Document Management System

ImageSite Document Management Software

ImageSite Document Management Software

eQuorum provides comprehensive engineering document management solutions. Using the latest HTML5 technology, and no Java, ImageSite provides the security needed in today’s user- enabled world, while allowing for mobile access using any platform and without the need to download and maintain an app for document distribution and collaboration. ImageSite is available as an on premise solution, in the cloud, or as a hybrid system.

Scott Brandt, CEO of eQuorum, remarked “eQuorum is pleased to begin a strategic partnership with archSCAN, one of the highest quality document scanning and indexing companies in the country. The archSCAN reputation for quality, thoroughness, and affordability aligns with eQuorum’s values and together both companies present a beginning-to-end solution for organizations looking to digitize their paper records and then have easy access to the files using a robust engineering document management solution. As a women-owned, small business archSCAN also meets government criteria for many of key projects.”

According to Vivica Williams of archSCAN, “We have been organizing engineering and facility documents for over 15 years, but we were falling behind in today’s fast-paced world of technology. eQuorum’s ImageSite provides the perfect solution for housing the documents that archSCAN organizes and digitizes for its clients. ImageSite incorporates the metadata, file folder structure, and the files themselves in one user-friendly environment, which can be viewed across platforms such as tablets, phones, or laptops. Also, ImageSite provides security features such as a login and password and limitations on who can access or change documents once they are in the system. ImageSite brings the document management services that we were greatly needing. archSCAN is looking forward to a long partnership with eQuorum!”

About archSCAN, LLC

Founded in 2002, archSCAN, LLC provides research, inventory, document management, and scanning services. Finding “Order in Chaos,” archSCAN cleans up messy plan rooms and disorganized files. They intelligently examine documents in order to extract key metadata, allowing documents to be searchable and organized within a document management system or database. archSCAN also converts hard-copy large-format drawings and small-format documents into electronic files and organizes the electronic information into a standardized format. archSCAN provides a full-service, “turn-key” operation, converting paper chaos into an orderly, user-friendly electronic end product.

For additional information visit the company’s website

About eQuorum

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, eQuorum is the developer of the ImageSite suite of products, an enterprise-wide document management system for companies that use engineering data. ImageSite can be implemented as both an internal document management system and as a collaboration solution with affiliates, customers, and vendors for a wide variety of industries. eQuorum provides solutions including its software, business workflow consulting, training, and implementation services to help customers quickly realize the productivity benefits of their solutions.

For additional information visit the company’s website