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Alienbrain 2019 Released for Artists, Designers

LONDON, UK, Aug 22, 2019 – Alienbrain Ltd has announced the release of Alienbrain 2019, the latest iteration of its popular version control software for artists and designers. Alienbrain 2019 is a major update and includes an all-new integration with Epic Games’ Unreal Editor, additional file preview support, as well as an attractive new subscription pricing model. Interested teams can download a free trial version of Alienbrain 2019 from www.alienbrain.com.

Most version control systems are built to handle source code, whereas Alienbrain has been designed specifically to help creative teams work together on the massive digital art files required for next-generation productions. Alienbrain combines an intuitive, thumbnail-based visual user interface, with file storage, version control, and collaboration features, to keep teams focused on what’s important: creating. The Alienbrain server manages all project files and keeps a full history and timeline of each one, ensuring artists always have access to both current and historical versions of all their files.Alienbrain doesn’t require artists to change their current workflows. It has seamless  integrations with leading 2D and 3D art applications, including Adobe Photoshop, Autodesk 3ds Max, and Autodesk Maya, allowing users to gain the benefits of working with Alienbrain without ever switching applications.

New in Alienbrain 2019

Introduced in Alienbrain 2019, the integration with Unreal Editor makes Alienbrain even more valuable for game developers and 3D designers. Unreal Engine is one of the most powerful and popular 3D engines on the market, and with Unreal Editor now fully supported by Alienbrain, artists can automatically check-out, check-in, and version scenes and other Unreal assets, making it even easier to use during the production process.

Alienbrain 2019 has also been released with a new subscription-based pricing model designed to make it more accessible for smaller developers, design companies, and startups. Typical pricing per user is $250 per year, which includes the Unreal integration. Other options are also available.

“Alienbrain has long been the tool of choice for art teams needing to manage large quantities of 2D and 3D files,“ said Nic Johns, founder and CEO of Alienbrain Ltd. “Alienbrain 2019 adds a number of requested features to the mix, including an important integration with Unreal, without departing from the interface and workflow that users have grown to love over the years. And with the new subscription pricing, it has never been easier or more affordable to get started.”

About Alienbrain Ltd

Based in London, UK, Alienbrain Ltd serves the global community of artists and designers who need a version control software designed for game development, simulation, product design, and more.

For more information, visit www.alienbrain.com.

Orbex Introduces NdFeB-based Brushless Servo Motors

The Orbex Group, a manufacturer of electric motors and slip rings, now offers servo motors that combine high torque, low inertia and various customizable options in servo-driven applications.

Available in a range of frame sizes (60–176 mm), NdFeB-based brushless servo motors include incremental encoders for position feedback and electrical commutation.

Customizable windings help meet technical requirements, while integrated gear reducers reduce package size. Other customizable features include brakes, additional feedback options, connectors and custom mounting options. Frameless configurations are also available for integration into high-level assemblies.

The motors offer low-cogging motion and IP65-level protection for operation in industrial or outdoor environments. Typical applications include communications, security and AGVs, defense, packaging and robotics.

For more information, visit Orbex Group website.

ZWSOFT Releases ZWSim-EM 2019

GUANGZHOU, China, Aug 22, 2019 – ZWSim-EM 2019, a 3D full-wave electromagnetic simulator, has been officially released by ZWSOFT. With high precision, high efficiency, low memory footprint and powerful modeling capabilities, it is committed to providing users with an industry-specific, RF-related and all-in-one simulation solution.

ZWSim-EM 2019 for electromagnetic analysis (Graphic: Business Wire)

Playing an important role in industries like communication, biomedical and security, ZWSim-EM can be used to simulate antennas, microwave circuits and devices, such as couplers, filters and power dividers.

Leading Solver

For simulation software, accuracy and efficiency are users’ main concerns. ZWSim-EM adopts Embedded Integral Technique (EIT), which is a self-developed and leading technique based on Finite-Different Time-Domain (FDTD). Together with a series of advanced technologies such as upgraded conformal technology, irregular grid processing technology and leading model discreteness, the solver will bring accurate simulation results quickly.

Easy-to-Use

ZWSim-EM is easy-to-use with a minimum set of parameters, friendly user interface and clear workflow. The user interface can be customized according to user habits. Moreover, the simulation process is consistent with the design of user interface, enabling users to set the entire simulation process from top to bottom in Navigation Tree, or from left to right in Ribbon Menu.

Powerful 3D Modeling

Leveraging ZW3D’s powerful modeling capabilities like parametric modeling, ZWSim-EM enables you to build and edit models directly in it to improve modeling efficiency and facilitate later parameter sweep and optimization. Also, it’s compatible with over 20 mainstream CAD formats such as .sat, .stp and .igs. to help import and export different CAD files easily.

Advanced Pre- and Post-processing

Its preparation process is clear, convenient and complete, ensuring that your simulation runs smoothly and your results are displayed correctly. What’s more, the 1D, Far-Field and E/H Field Results can be shown intuitively and multi-dimensionally. Also, the results can be imported, exported, mathematically processed and tracked.

ZWSim-EM is ZWSOFT’s first CAE software for electromagnetic analysis, representing a big step of ZWSOFT’s all-in-one CAx blueprint. Since electromagnetics is an analysis area increasingly applicable to all kinds of products, ZWSim-EM, as an accurate, accelerated and affordable simulation software, is of great help to users.

Click here for more information about ZWSim-EM 2019.

About ZWSOFT

As the world’s leading CAD/CAM software and services provider, ZWSOFT is the only software company possessing independent intellectual property rights for both 2D CAD (ZWCAD) and 3D CAD/CAM (ZW3D) in China. With three R&D Centers in Guangzhou, Wuhan and Florida, and years of industry application experience and strong R&D strength, professional and reliable CAD/CAM solutions are provided to worldwide users from various industries to satisfy their diverse needs of business development.

Up to now, series of products from ZWSOFT have been sold well to over 900,000 users from more than 90 countries and districts in the world.

ModuleWorks Releases 2019.08 CAD/CAM Components

ModuleWorks announces the release of its 2019.08 CAD/CAM software components. This is the second major release of 2019 and contains new and enhanced features for deburring, 3-axis and 2-axis machining, the Simulator and the Multi-Axis Post Processor (MultiXPost).

Enhanced deburring

The deburring algorithms have been enhanced to detect and deburr fillets and chamfers. Users have greater control and freedom when selecting the machining areas and the algorithms reach edges that were not able to be machined before. This brings deburring to a wider spectrum of parts as well as parts with poor surface quality and rounded edges.

3-Axis machining

Adaptive passes for parallel cuts have been optimized and are now applied exclusively to areas where they are effective. This accelerates the machining process while maintaining a high quality surface.

Users can now adjust the accuracy of a flat area’s definition. This provides enhanced control over the machining area and higher productivity by avoiding over-machining.

2-Axis machining

A new feature generates toolpath slices at the base of pockets and bosses. Flat surfaces are taken into consideration when creating the new slices, and roughing and floor finishing are performed in a single operation to accelerate the machining process.

MultiXPostpost processor

The functionality and flexibility of the MultiXPost post processor has been extended to support machines with any number of fixed axes, in any position and of any type.A new dialog in the user interface enables users to define the axes and their fixed values.

Simulator

The ModuleWorks Simulator now simulates spray/painting operations. For realistic and high quality simulation, the paint droplets are always perpendicular to the surface, irrespective of the shape of the cutting part. The shape of the painted area can be extruded, revolved or mesh, and the system performs automatic occlusion with the other surfaces of the stock.

For further details about the ModuleWorks 2019.08 release, see the latest ModuleWorks YouTube videos: What’s New in ModuleWorks2019.08

About ModuleWorks

ModuleWorks is the software component provider for the CAD/CAM industry. With over 170 employees and 800 man 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 software around the world.