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ModuleWorks v2022.08 Released for Digital Manufacturing

ModuleWorks announces the release of its 2022.08 CAD/CAM software components for digital manufacturing. This is the second major ModuleWorks release of 2022 and contains new and enhanced features across the entire product range, including new custom tool shapes for roughing, automatic tool axis control, and vector interpolation for the machine simulation.

Custom tool shape for roughing

With the new feature for creating generic revolved tools, operators can customize the shape of the cutting and non-cutting parts of the tool for all triangle mesh-based roughing strategies. Customized tools avoid over-simplifications because they take specific features of the tool shape into account during the toolpath calculation to deliver a realistic simulation of the material removal process.

Automatic tool axis control

This new feature for multi-axis finishing adds a new mode called “Automatic” to the tool axis control. In automatic mode, the contact point as well as the lead and lag angles are automatically defined according to each available tool. This reduces programming time and simplifies tool axis definition.

RTCP by vectors

The RTCP ON command in the ModuleWorks Machine Simulation has a new option called “by vectors”. Between any two moves, the Machine Simulation interpolates the tool’s movement to ensure the tool tip points are located on a line and the tool vectors are located on a plane. The size of the interpolation steps can be controlled, and the command requires no machine kinematic knowledge, making it straightforward to use.

Further details about the ModuleWorks 2022.08 release are available in the latest ModuleWorks YouTube videos: What’s New in ModuleWorks 2022.08

The ModuleWorks 2022.08 release is available now for download from the ModuleWorks website.

About ModuleWorks

ModuleWorks is the software component provider for the digital manufacturing industry. With over 250 employees and 1000 person-years of software development, ModuleWorks’ expertise in toolpath creation and simulation is recognized throughout the industry and its software components are already optimizing the performance and quality of over 500,000 installed seats of CAD/CAM and CNC software around the world.

For more information, visit www.moduleworks.com.

Altium Partners with IPCEF, Arduino

Announce Student Electronics Design Challenge

SAN DIEGO, CA, Aug 18, 2022 – Altium LLC, the leading printed circuit board (PCB) design software company, is partnering with the IPC Education Foundation (IPCEF) and Arduino to launch the second annual student electronics design challenge. This competition aims to engage, educate, and enhance PCB design capabilities while developing STEM solutions to environmental challenges. The electronics design challenge is an excellent opportunity for students to showcase their talents and gain real-world experience.

The Innovation for Environmental Change 2022 International Student Design Competition (#PCBeTheChange) engages student teams to help address common environmental concerns using Altium’s educational tools with Arduino hardware.

Over 17 countries submitted entries to last year’s competition, which addressed various local environmental issues, including city traffic, shoreline erosion, bushfire detection, honey bee endangerment, and more.

Teams will use Altium Upverter Modular PCB design software and the Arduino Portenta H7 to create prototype designs that will improve the environment in each team’s respective local area. The teams will be challenged to tackle one or more environmental concerns, such as air pollution, water quality, and solar energy capture.

As Yu Hu, head of Arduino Education, elaborates, “At Arduino, we believe that it is very crucial to empower the scientists and engineers of the future to address the common challenges of our time by using technology for the benefit of many.  Last year’s entries showed an amazing combination of ingenuity, curiosity and technical skills in their designs, and we’re excited to see what new and innovative STEM solutions the teams will submit this year.”

Participating teams will enter the design challenge while harnessing Altium Upverter Education and the Upverter Modular tool. Altium features multiple educational initiatives designed to support high school STEM teachers and students, along with programs to support college students and industry professionals.

“It was fascinating to see 87 teams from around the world participate, leveraging the printed circuit board design knowledge they had learned from Altium’s Upverter Education, to address important environmental issues. We are excited to see more unique designs from this year’s contestants and are honored to again have the opportunity to provide the curriculum and tools students need for the contest,” adds Rea Callender, vice president of education at Altium.

Winning teams will be eligible to win cash prizes for each category: high school and college: $1500 (1st prize), $750 (2nd prize) and $500 (3rd prize), free access to IPC APEX EXPO in San Diego, California from January 24-26, 2023. Designs will be displayed at the IPC Design Booth; awards will be presented at the IPC APEX EXPO STEM Outreach Event.

Charlene Gunter, senior director of IPCEF shares, “We believe that opportunities and experiences like this will allow students to gain awareness and access to the electronics manufacturing industry and in turn help them reach their career goals. This collaboration with Altium, Upverter Education, and Arduino showcases our mutual goals of engaging and educating students in PCB design, and we look forward to seeing the creativity and solutions the teams will create this year.”

Open registration is available for the design challenge now via Upverter Education and runs through Monday, October 3. Teams must submit their designs online by Friday, November 18. Competition winners will be announced on Wednesday, December 14, followed by virtual presentations for the first place and runner-up entrants.

For more information, please contact upverter.education@altium.com.

About Altium

Altium, LLC  is a global software company headquartered in San Diego, CA, accelerating the pace of innovation through electronics. For over 30 years, Altium has been delivering software that maximizes the productivity of PCB designers and electrical engineers. From individual inventors to multinational corporations, more PCB designers and engineers choose Altium software to design and realize electronics-based products.

About Upverter Education

Upverter Education, launched by Altium in September 2020, is addressing an important societal need by empowering STEM educators teaching engineering, electronics design, and robotics with free essential tools and classroom resources. The program has been honored with multiple awards, including the EdTech Breakthrough Award, for Best Engineering Learning Solution and the Gold STEVIE American Business Award, further validating Altium’s innovative approach to supporting STEM education.

About IPC Education Foundation (IPCEF)

The IPC Education Foundation creates awareness of the careers the electronics manufacturing industry has to offer students in high school and college by providing them with opportunities to access people, courses, and knowledge through key programs: 1) The IPC Student Chapter program provides scholarships, industry-standard education, industry connections, and access to hands-on competitions, especially with the support of industry experts and professionals; 2) IPC Video Subscription Libraries provide access to industry-relevant content to students in high school and college, and 3) a variety of engagement initiatives like in-person/virtual events, webinars, and classroom activities.

About Arduino

Arduino is the leading open-source hardware and software company in the world. Born to provide an easy-to-use platform for anyone making interactive projects, Arduino has reached a growing community and adapted to new needs and challenges, branching out into products for IoT, wearables, 3D printing, and embedded environments. As of today, the Arduino community included approximately 30 million active users.

QuoteToMe Partners with Procore

EDMONTON, Canada, Aug 18, 2022 – QuoteToMe, a leading provider of procure-to-pay automation software, announced a new partnership with Procore, a leading global provider of construction management software. QuoteToMe’s integration with Procore will help increase efficiency for contractor businesses looking to improve their procurement processes.

Construction is a $10T/year global industry, over $1T is spent on materials and equipment in the US and Canada alone. Due to an inefficient incumbent procure-pay workflow, the result is billions of dollars of waste on project overspend and re-work. The construction industry standard for procure-pay workflows includes manual non-centralized communication (phone, text, email) between project teams and suppliers, many paper-based processes, and little to no visibility between contractor departments (field, office and accounting).

Using QuoteToMe’s end-to-end platform consistently saves contractor field and office teams 75% of the time spent to source goods and process purchase orders (POs) and creates up to 15% cost savings on materials and equipment.

The integration between QuoteToMe and Procore helps effectively eliminate data entry and frees time for project managers and site supervisors. Using the QuoteToMe app, field and office users will have the ability to create purchase orders from their mobile devices or desktop computers that can automatically sync with Procore’s Project Financials product.

“Today, we welcome QuoteToMe to a global ecosystem of over 300 Procore App Marketplace Partners,” said Jas Saraw, VP Canada, Procore. “The seamless integration of QuoteToMe with our platform can save our customers time and money, allowing them to protect their profit margins and reduce the administrative burden of procurement.”

“Creating a seamless product experience for Procore users unlocks value for all. Our go-to-market and product strategy places a strong emphasis on integrating with leading software companies, like Procore,” said John Chabluk, QuoteToMe’s founder and CEO

QuoteToMe’s product is a fit for self-performing general and sub-contractors across all four customer segments: Emerging, Mid-Market, Major and Enterprise. Contractors’ clients annual revenue volumes ranging from $15M/year to $1B+.

The benefits of this new integration include:

  • Request quotes from your preferred material and equipment suppliers, manage purchasing approvals, and enforce purchasing limits.
  • Send completed purchase orders, invoices, and related documents directly to Procore.
  • Create POs commitments directly from QuoteToMe’s mobile app to capture receipt-of-goods documents on-site or in the store.
  • Rapid onboarding of new contractor customers.
  • QuoteToMe syncs and makes Procore project, supplier, and cost code data available to users on-site or in the office through our web and mobile app.

About QuoteToMe

QuoteToMe is a technology company creating innovation for one of the biggest industries on the planet. We have re-imagined how materials, equipment, and services are sourced and paid for on construction projects by helping contractors buy better. Our mission is simple: We are digitizing the construction procure-to-pay workflow by creating a network that connects transaction stakeholders.

QuoteToMe is a privately owned company, with industry leading equity partners including: Builders VC, Blackhorn Ventures, Argonautic Ventures, Azure Capital Partners and the Stanford University Farmers Angel Investment Club.

Learn more at quotetome.com.

About Procore

Procore is a leading global provider of construction management software. Over 1 million projects and more than $1 trillion USD in construction volume have run on Procore’s platform. Procore’s platform connects key project stakeholders to solutions Procore has built specifically for the construction industry—for the owner, the general contractor, and the specialty contractor. Procore’s App Marketplace has a multitude of partner solutions that integrate seamlessly with Procore’s platform, giving construction professionals the freedom to connect with what works best for them. Headquartered in Carpinteria, CA, Procore has offices in the United States, Canada and around the globe.

Learn more at Procore.com.

Woolpert Launches Digital Innovations Division

to Support Google Partnership

DAYTON, OH, Aug 18, 2022 – Woolpert announced that it has established a Digital Innovations division to support its nearly decade-long partnership with Google. Woolpert Digital Innovations was established to advance Woolpert’s Google Cloud and Google Maps services for clients around the world.

“The Digital Innovations market represents our commitment to this Google partnership and our investment in the growth of Google Cloud and Google Maps services and technologies,” Woolpert senior vice president Jon Downey said. “This clearly defined division enables us to build on the trajectory of the last 10 years and to set a strategy that goes deeper, expanding services and capabilities beyond the traditional partnership structure.”

Woolpert has been providing global geospatial services for more than 50 years and employs more than 600 geospatial professionals across four continents. A Google Cloud Partner since 2014, Woolpert has earned two Google Cloud Location-Based Services Partner of the Year awards and a Google Cloud Partner Award for Customer Success in Google Maps. This summer, Woolpert expanded its Google partnership internationally to serve customers in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.

Google Global Managing Director Chip Hall said Woolpert’s growth in both customers and capabilities has allowed the firm to support the full range of customer needs.

“Woolpert has always been known as an expert in mapping and location-based services, but they also develop cost-effective solutions, troubleshoot and provide technical support to ensure customers succeed,” Hall said. “We are excited to see them move forward and advance this partnership.”

Downey said the Digital Innovations structure will enable Woolpert to connect more closely with the business core of the firm’s customers to help them migrate safely to the cloud, employ machine learning capabilities, modernize key applications, protect and manage data, and apply emerging technologies to address business-specific challenges.

“This is really about calling out who we are within Woolpert,” Downey said. “As our company continues to grow, our leadership understands that we need the resources and platforms that will help us, our partners and our customers excel. We are proud to be part of Woolpert and to help strengthen the firm with this new Digital Innovations division.”

About Woolpert Digital Innovations

Woolpert Digital Innovations provides premier location-based technologies and cloud solutions for clients around the world. Built on more than 50 years of geospatial leadership, Woolpert has been an award-winning Google partner for close to a decade and creates leading-edge technology, products, solutions and services. However, their true strength is in their people and the relationships they forge with Google clients to ensure that each of their complex, location-based challenges are solved. They are a business engine that helps drive the power of Google. Learn more at innovations.woolpert.com. Woolpert was founded in Dayton, OH, in 1911 and has been America’s fastest-growing architecture, engineering, geospatial (AEG) and strategic consulting firm since 2015. The firm has 1,900 employees and more than 60 offices on four continents.

For more information, visit woolpert.com.

Flow Science Releases FLOW-3D (x) 2022R1

SANTA FE, NM, Aug 18, 2022 – Flow Science, Inc. has released FLOW-3D (x) 2022R1, an optimization and workflow automation software that integrates seamlessly with the FLOW-3D product family. FLOW-3D (x) offers a powerful platform for users to arrive at the best design solution, achieving greater certainty while reducing modeling and analysis time.

FLOW-3D (x) 2022R1 marks a significant development upgrade to the workflow automation and design optimization capabilities of FLOW-3D (x). The development objectives for this release center around performance and improved user experience. Remote execution, running simulations in parallel, and fully integrated batch post-processing are some of the new features that make FLOW-3D (x) 2022R1 an integral tool for the FLOW-3D user community.

“Our customers are already solving the toughest CFD problems on the market, and the addition of this tool to their FLOW-3D product portfolio will allow them to do that better and faster. FLOW-3D (x) will transform your simulation workflow and let you delve into your parameter space like never before,” said Dr. Amir Isfahani, CEO of Flow Science.

FLOW-3D (x) puts power and efficiency into the hands of users through its core functionality and connectivity, allowing them to explore solutions using optimization, workflow automation, distributed solving, parameter sensitivity studies, simulation calibration, CAD and Microsoft Excel plugins, and Python interoperability.

More information about FLOW-3D (x) can be found at: https://www.flow3d.com/products/flow-3d-x/

About Flow Science, Inc.

Flow Science, Inc. is a privately held software company specializing in computational fluid dynamics software for industrial and scientific applications worldwide. Flow Science has distributors and technical support services for its FLOW-3D products in nations throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Australasia.

Flow Science can be found online at www.flow3d.com.