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FARO Acquires Open Technologies

FARO has announced the acquisition of Opto-Tech s.r.l. and its subsidiary Open Technologies, s.r.l.

Located in Brescia, Italy, Open Technologies offers a rich portfolio of compact, 3D structured light scanning solutions that specifically enable dentists, dental technicians and orthopedics to leverage the 3D world for the creation of crowns, implants and prosthesis.

Additionally, Open Technologies offers an integrated suite of industrial products that dramatically reduce time and effort across a variety of product design and inspection applications that include reverse engineering, heritage preservation, product visualization and dimensional measurement. These solutions comprehensively address a variety of market segments including Automotive, Aerospace, Computer Graphics, Furniture, Fashion Design and Public Safety.

About FARO

FARO is the provider of 3D measurement, imaging and realization technology. The company develops and markets computer-aided measurement and imaging devices and software for the following vertical markets:

  • Factory Metrology – High-precision 3D measurement, imaging and comparison of parts and complex structures within production and quality assurance processes
  • Construction BIM – 3D capture of as-built construction projects and factories to document complex structures and perform quality control, planning and preservation
  • Public Safety Forensics – Capture and analysis of on-site real world data to investigate crash, crime and fire, plan security activities and provide virtual reality training for public safety personnel
  • Product Design – Capture detailed and precise 3D data from existing products permitting CAD analysis and redesign, after market design and legacy part replication
  • 3D Machine Vision – 3D vision for both control and measurement to the manufacturing floor through 3D sensors and custom solutions

FARO’s global headquarters is located in Lake Mary, Florida. The company also has a technology center and manufacturing facility consisting of approximately 90,400 square feet located in Exton, Pennsylvania containing research and development, manufacturing and service operations of our FARO Laser Tracker and FARO Cobalt Array Imager product lines.  The Company’s European regional headquarters is located in Stuttgart, Germany and its Asia-Pacific regional headquarters is located in Singapore. FARO has other offices in the United StatesCanadaMexicoBrazilGermany, the United KingdomFranceSpainItalyPolandTurkeythe NetherlandsSwitzerlandIndiaChinaMalaysiaThailandSouth KoreaJapan, and Australia.

Viewpoint Team Launched in Australia, New Zealand

SYDNEY, Australia, July 16, 2018 – Viewpoint, a Trimble company and the established global leader in enterprise resource planning (ERP), project management and mobile solutions for the construction industry, today announced the availability of Viewpoint Team in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ). Already a popular collaborative project management solution among North American and United Kingdom clients, Viewpoint Team is a cloud-based platform enabling contractors to manage and collaborate on critical project processes with their extended teams of subcontractors, suppliers, architects and owners.

Viewpoint Team is a cloud-based platform enabling contractors to manage and collaborate on critical project processes with their extended teams of subcontractors, suppliers, architects and owners.

“Viewpoint Team is the solution that project managers across Australia and New Zealand have been asking for — a powerful but easy-to-use toolset for planning, coordinating and achieving the tight project controls, data flows and governance,” said Viewpoint ANZ vice president Ian Desbrow. “With Viewpoint Team, companies can focus on actually managing their projects and making critical decisions in real time rather than trying to navigate a sea of paperwork, coordinating multiple communication tools and struggling to make sense of stale project data.”

Desbrow noted that almost two-thirds of construction projects (59 per cent) are not built on time and almost one-third of projects come in over budget (32 per cent). Many contractors operate with razor-thin margins and just a handful of project issues or problems can dramatically affect profitability.

“Construction firms must stay on top of projects in real time and that means deploying modern technology tools. Contractors who do not adopt digital construction practices to help manage the workflows between construction stakeholders as well as gain real time access to information will lose money, and are less likely to succeed,” Desbrow said.

Viewpoint Team delivers that technology, providing a simple, yet powerful project control and collaboration solution which integrates the features and functionality currently offered by Viewpoint’s strong portfolio of products, including Vista, the world’s leading construction-specific ERP and Viewpoint Field View, a highly flexible and configurable mobile-first application to manage jobsite processes such as quality and safety.

Viewpoint Team’s dashboards help managers and users prioritize their work while the portal enables quick navigation to Vista, Viewpoint for Projects and Field View. By bringing everyone involved in a construction project together through a comprehensive, easy-to-use and collaborative platform, Viewpoint Team keeps entire project teams up-to-date and accountable at every step of the process. It creates a permanent audit trail of “who did what and when” on key tasks such as RFIs, site instructions, technical queries, daily diaries and action items.

Smart project control and governance tools are built into Viewpoint Team for process transparency across the project ecosystem. Because Viewpoint Team is designed to be clear and simple to use, sub-contractors and individual project participants can use the system quickly and accurately – without extensive training – from any browser, or mobile application accessed via phone or tablet.

“By connecting our clients’ office, team and field operations with software solutions that give real-time answers that enable real-time decisions and true project transparency, we’re doing what no other construction management software company can do right now,” said Viewpoint chief product officer Matt Harris. “We are helping contractors modernize their operations by streamlining processes to realize untapped profit potential, and we’re excited to bring these solutions to our Australia and New Zealand clients.”

About Viewpoint

Viewpoint, a Trimble company, is the leading global provider of integrated software solutions for the construction industry. They are trusted by nearly 8,000 customers to connect their office, team and field operations, improving project profitability, enhancing productivity, and effectively collaborating across the broad construction ecosystem. Their innovations transform construction by aligning financial and HR systems, project management tools, and mobile field solutions to minimize risk and increase efficiency. With clients in 28 countries, they serve more than 46 per cent of the ENR 400, and more than a third of the ENR 600.

For more information, please visit viewpoint.com.

Rockwell Updates Connected Components Workbench Software

Rockwell Automation announced the latest release of the Connected Components Workbench software. It provides controller programming, device configuration and human-machine interface editing for Rockwell Automation hardware.

An instruction toolbar organizes programming elements into tabs. This allows designers to search, drag and drop instructions into the ladder logic editor. For designers who prefer the keyboard, ladder logic can be entered in ASCII text. Designers also can now switch instruction names from the default IEC theme to a Logix theme.

Designers can now copy and paste code from the Connected Components Workbench software to the RSLogix 500 or Studio 5000 software and vice versa. This ability to reuse code can help designers modernize their small standalone machines from Allen-Bradley MicroLogix controllers to Micro800 controllers. It also can help them standardize larger machines that use Allen-Bradley CompactLogix controllers.

The Connected Components Workbench software supports all Micro800 controllers, including the Micro870 programmable logic controller (PLC). This controller can be used in place of multiple micro PLCs in large standalone smart machines or systems. The software also supports the PanelView 800 graphic terminals, PowerFlex drives, SMC soft starters, Kinetix component servo drives and various safety devices such as the Guardmaster 440C-CR30 safety relay and GuardShield 450L light curtain.

About Rockwell Automation

Rockwell Automation is dedicated to industrial automation and information, making its customers more productive and the world more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, WI, Rockwell Automation employs approximately 22,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.

For more information, visit website.

POSITAL Announces Multiturn Absolute Kit Encoders

POSITAL has expanded its line of kit-style encoders for feedback for servo and stepper motors with new models that utilize the same mounting form factor as incremental kit encoders from US Digital, Broadcom and other manufacturers.

With POSITAL kit encoders, the control system always has complete information on the physical position of the mechanical components that it is directing. However, with POSITAL absolute kit encoders, system designers no longer have to work around the shortcomings of incremental feedback in an absolute position world.

Multiturn absolute kit encoders from POSITAL are based on magnetic sensing technology that provides a very robust encoder solution. The multiturn counting system is powered by Wiegand wire energy harvesting technology, which enables the absolute encoder to maintain true absolute position over power cycles and rotation of the encoder during power-off conditions. With 17 bits (131072 positions) of single turn resolution and 16 bits (65536 turns) of multiturn range, the absolute kit encoders from POSITAL are ideal for position control applications.

About FRABA and POSITAL

POSITAL is a supplier of industrial position sensors used in a wide variety of motion control and safety systems. The company is also an innovator in product design and manufacturing processes and a pioneer of Industry 4.0 (Industrial Internet of Things/IIoT), offering customers built-to-order products.

For more information, visit POSITAL website.

3D Systems Launches e-commerce Site for FabPro 1000

ROCK HILL, SC, July 16, 2018 – 3D Systems has launched an e-commerce site for its new FabPro 1000 entry-level industrial 3D printer which combines smooth surface quality, accelerated throughput and a straightforward user interface.

3D printed cast patterns for jewelry designed by Artforge, produced on the 3D Systems FabPro 1000 using JewelCast GRN resin. (PRNewsfoto/3D Systems)

This powerful, compact additive manufacturing system is optimized for producing high quality plastic part prototypes as well as casting patterns for jewelry at print speeds up to three times faster than competitively priced systems. It’s powered by 3D Sprint best-in-class software to simplify part preparation and print monitoring and is offered with three different materials: FabPro Tough BLK for functional prototyping and production parts, FabPro Proto GRY for fine featured prototypes and models, and FabPro JewelCast GRN for jewelry master patterns used for gypsum investment casting applications.

The new FabPro 1000 entry level industrial 3D Printer from 3D Systems. (PRNewsfoto/3D Systems)

“The FabPro 1000 checks all the boxes on professional designers’ and engineers’ wish lists for entry-level 3D printing. Yes it’s a compact device, but it’s also a powerful integrated solution, including optimized software, a choice of specialized materials, an intuitive user interface, and an optional, revolutionary, light-based UV post-curing unit,” said Phil Schultz, senior vice president, general manager, on demand manufacturing and plastics, 3D Systems. “The result is that FabPro 1000 delivers very high quality parts quickly and efficiently with a low Total Cost of Operation. To make these advantages even more accessible, we’ve launched an e-commerce site for FabPro 1000. We encourage everyone to visit the site, check out the specs and pricing, and order their FabPro 1000 today.”

Customer feedback on the FabPro 1000 confirms the system’s superior price/performance ratio. One example is Simon Walker, the owner of Artforge which designs and manufactures highly accurate collectible miniatures and unique jewelry.

Simon has been using the FabPro 1000 for precision investment casting. He reported, “In my experience, I have been very impressed with the FabPro 1000’s print quality and smooth surface finish – so important when you’re producing pieces to be cast for fine miniatures and intricate jewelry. The Achilles heel of most 3D printing solutions for investment casting has been the material. However, with the FabPro JewelCast GRN resin, I am getting consistently great casts. It is very strong and robust, so much so that we can even file the printed resin patterns if needed. When we do a casting cycle using the resin patterns, the investment powder is easily removed from the now metal patterns just like regular casting operations. As the flask of gypsum investment is plunged into water, most of the investment powder dissolves away and the rest can easily be cleaned off. That’s the hurrah moment for us.

“All in all, you get a lot more for your money with the FabPro 1000 than other entry-level 3D printing solutions,” Walker continued. “The software is a good example. You import the design, the 3D Sprint software automatically identifies and fixes most problems, and adds the automatic support structures. Then you can do what you like – scale the design, create mirror images, copy it, change the support structures, etc. and then send the file to the print queue. It’s easy to use, intuitive and quiet – and that’s what people want.”

The FabPro 1000 is priced below $5000 (US)/€5.000 (EU Countries) and can be ordered online at www.3dsystems.com/3d-printers/fabpro-1000.

About 3D Systems 

3D Systems is the originator of 3D printing and an innovator of future 3D solutions. It has spent its 30-year history enabling professionals and companies to optimize their designs, transform their workflows, bring groundbreaking products to market and drive new business models. This is achieved with the Company’s best of breed digital manufacturing ecosystem. It’s comprised of plastic and metal 3D printers, print materials, on demand manufacturing services and end-to-end manufacturing software solutions. Combinations of these products and services address a variety of advanced applications- ranging from Aerospace, Automotive, and Consumer Goods to Medical, Dental, and Jewelry. For example, 3D Systems’ precision healthcare capabilities include simulation, virtual surgical planning, and printing of medical and dental devices as well as patient-specific surgical instruments.

More information on the company is available at www.3dsystems.com.

MSC Releases Marc 2018 for Rubber, Seal Modeling

NEWPORT BEACH, CA, July 16,  2018 – MSC Software Corp., a global leader in simulation software and services, announced the new release of Marc 2018 focused to further improve specific industry workflows, particularly for rubber and seal modeling. Additionally, the release provides advancements in contact analysis, multi-physics simulations, convergence control, solver interoperability, all tuned in for efficiency and quality. Some Highlights of the release:

(picture from MSC Software website)

Improvements to Seal and Rubber Workflows

The highly growing automotive industry is shifting engineers towards innovative designs that provide higher levels of passenger safety and comfort. Viscoelastic rubber materials are commonly used as shock absorbers or dampers within the auto industry to reduce vibrational effects in various types of vehicles. Design process is relatively straightforward when only considering the basic behavior of these materials under controlled loading. However, dealing with real world problems requires engineers to expand their simulation process beyond just mechanical properties and incorporate the thermal effects of viscoelastic rubbers. Under repetitive loading conditions, the energy dissipated by these materials is converted to heat. The resulting temperature increase can lead to degradation in physical properties of the material.

Marc 2018 provides coupled simulation techniques to calculate the resulting temperatures and study the self-heating behavior of viscoelastic materials under cyclic loading. The seamless process makes it easy to capture the interaction of thermal and harmonic effects and examine “what if” scenarios. This allows engineers to save operational costs by predicting the potential problems that can rise due to material degradation.

In addition to automotive applications, rubber materials such as seals and gaskets are extensively used within oil/gas, heavy machinery and other industries. Over the years, engineers have observed a major change and softening effect in mechanical properties of these materials. The phenomenon often referred to as the “Mullins effect”, leads to severe degradation of material properties and can significantly impact the operational performance of viscoelastic rubbers.

Marc 2018 introduces an additional damage model called Ogden-Roxburgh that provides engineers with another efficient and accurate method to predict the degradation process of rubbers that undergo cyclic loading. The new damage model has more flexibility in experimental data fitting and is the preferred method for many engineers, based on their own individual experience and institutional requirements.

Contact Analysis Enhancements

Creating a Contact Table for models that consist of several parts and components can get time consuming and result in errors. Marc and Mentat 2018, provide an automated contact detection method that enables engineers to quickly generate or modify contact tables based on the proximity of Meshed Bodies. This is a powerful capability that can significantly improve productivity by providing the ability to adjust the model without spending several hours.
Continuing along the same path, Marc 2018 can now use faceted (STL) surfaces directly in a contact analysis. STL is a CAD format that describes only the surface geometry of a 3D object using triangular shapes. Using this method can improve the fidelity and quality of contact definition as the solver internally uses smooth surface algorithms for rigid contact bodies.

Extended Multi-physics Capabilities

The extensive use of simulations in manufacturing operations enables users to confidently drive performance while reducing the significant costs and delayed times associated with physical testing. Induction heating processes are no exception. The physics involved in these problems are complex, and require a fully coupled FEA simulation to examine the interaction of temperatures, stresses and electromagnetic properties of materials. During the calculations, both the structure and the surrounding medium have to be included in the finite element analysis resulting in a large 3D model. Given these conditions taking advantage of symmetry can largely reduce the size of the model and thus enable users to perform detailed analyses with the least amount of time. As a multidisciplinary software, Marc 2018 provides advancements for multiphysics simulations to include symmetric and anti-symmetric boundary conditions through both coupled and sequential analyses. Some applications include optimization of gear teeth hardening through induction heating process.

Localized Convergence Checks

With over 40 years of proven industry records, Marc provides several advantages, especially for advanced simulations that require multiple iterations. Marc 2018 has a new convergence check that verifies equilibrium on a per node basis. The forces resulting from internal elements, contacts, and external loads are monitored for each node and compared to a user defined convergence tolerance: epsilon. The secondary convergence check is designed to reduce the amount of increments and improve the accuracy of results.

Use Marc 2018 to accurately predict the real-world behavior of rubber materials, easily manage analysis of multi-level assemblies, and address induction heating problems, all in a fully comprehensive and efficient workflow.

About MSC Software

MSC Software is one of the ten original software companies and a global leader in helping product manufacturers to advance their engineering methods with simulation software and services. As a trusted partner, MSC Software helps companies improve quality, save time, and reduce costs associated with design and test of manufactured products. Academic institutions, researchers, and students employ MSC’s technology to expand individual knowledge as well as expand the horizon of simulation. MSC Software employs 1,300 professionals in 20 countries. For more information about MSC Software’s products and services, please visit: www.mscsoftware.com.

MSC Software is part of Hexagon (hexagon.com), a leading global provider of information technology solutions that drive productivity and quality across geospatial and industrial landscapes.

Datakit Updates Open CASCADE Converters

LYON, France, July 16, 2018 – Datakit, a leading CAD data exchange company announces a wide range of new plug-ins.

ACIS 3D to Open CASCADE

Overview

  • Enables accurate and convenient 3D CAD data transfer from ACIS to Open CASCADE.
  • Does not require a license of ACIS.
  • Provides a function to be called (C++) in an Open CASCADE based application.
  • Converts CAD files : *.sat, *.sab, *.asat.
  • Gets solid, surfacic, wireframe models, assemblies of them.
  • Access to graphic attributes (colors, layers, visibility) and names of items.

Version

(ACIS: Up to 2016 1.0) (Open CASCADE: 6.2.0 to 7.2.0)

CATIA V4 3D to Open CASCADE

Overview

  • Enables accurate and convenient 3D CAD data transfer from CATIA V4 to Open CASCADE.
  • Does not require a license of CATIA V4.
  • Provides a function to be called (C++) in an Open CASCADE based application.
  • Converts CAD files : *.model, *.dlv, *.dlv3, *.exp, *.session files.
  • Gets solid, surfacic, wireframe models, assemblies of them.
  • Access to graphic attributes (colors, layers, visibility) and names of items.

Version

(CATIA V4: 4.15 to 4.24) (Open CASCADE: 6.2.0 to 7.2.0)

CATIA V5 3D to Open CASCADE

Overview

  • Enables accurate and convenient 3D CAD data transfer from CATIA V5 to Open CASCADE.
  • Does not require a license of CATIA V5.
  • Provides a function to be called (C++) in an Open CASCADE based application.
  • Converts CAD files :*.CATProduct, *.CATPart.
  • Gets solid, surfacic, wireframe models, assemblies of them.
  • Access to graphic attributes (colors, layers, visibility) and names of items.

Version

(CATIA V5: R10 to R28 (V5-6R2018)) (Open CASCADE: 6.2.0 to 7.2.0)

CATIA V6 3DEXPERIENCE 3D to Open CASCADE

Overview

  • Enables accurate and convenient 3D CAD data transfer from CATIA V6 – 3DEXPERIENCE to Open CASCADE.
  • Does not require a license of CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE.
  • Provides a function to be called (C++) in an OpenCascade based application.
  • Converts CAD files :*.3dxml.
  • Gets solid, surfacic, wireframe models, assemblies of them.
  • Access to graphic attributes (colors, layers, visibility) and names of items.

Version

(3DEXPERIENCE: R2010x to R2017x) (Open CASCADE: 6.2.0 to 7.2.0)

DWG / DXF 3D to Open CASCADE

Overview

  • Enables accurate and convenient 3D CAD data transfer from DWG / DXF to Open CASCADE.
  • Does not require a license of AutoCAD.
  • Provides a function to be called (C++) in an Open CASCADE based application.
  • Converts CAD files :*.dwg, *.dxf.
  • Gets solid, surfacic, wireframe models, assemblies of them.
  • Access to graphic attributes (colors, layers, visibility) and names of items.

Version

(DWG / DXF: 2.5 to 2018) (Open CASCADE: 6.2.0 to 7.2.0)

IGES 3D to Open CASCADE

Overview

  • Enables accurate and convenient 3D CAD data transfer from IGES to Open CASCADE.
  • Provides a function to be called (C++) in an Open CASCADE based application.
  • Converts CAD files :*.iges or *.igs.
  • Access to graphic attributes (colors, layers, visibility) and names of items.

Version

(IGES: up to 5.3) (Open CASCADE: 6.2.0 to 7.2.0)

Inventor 3D to Open CASCADE

Overview

  • Enables accurate and convenient 3D CAD data transfer from Inventor to Open CASCADE.
  • Does not require a license of Inventor.
  • Provides a function to be called (C++) in an Open CASCADE based application.
  • Converts CAD files :*.ipt or *.iam.
  • Gets solid, surfacic, wireframe models, assemblies of them.
  • Access to graphic attributes (colors, layers, visibility) and names of items.

Version

(Inventor: 9 to 2019) (Open CASCADE: 6.2.0 to 7.2.0)

JT 3D to Open CASCADE

Overview

  • Enables accurate and convenient 3D CAD data transfer from JT to Open CASCADE.
  • Does not require a license of JT.
  • Provides a function to be called (C++) in an Open CASCADE based application.
  • Converts CAD files :*.jt
  • Gets only BREP (JT-BREP and XT-BREP), no support of meshing.
  • Access to graphic attributes (colors, layers, visibility) and names of items.

Version

(JT: 6.4 to 10.0) (Open CASCADE: 6.2.0 to 7.2.0)

Parasolid 3D to Open CASCADE

Overview

  • Enables accurate and convenient 3D CAD data transfer from Parasolid-NX to Open CASCADE.
  • Provides a function to be called (C++) in an Open CASCADE based application.
  • Converts CAD files :*.x_t or *;.x_b.
  • Gets solid, surfacic, wireframe models, assemblies of them.
  • Access to graphic attributes (colors, layers, visibility) and names of items.

Version

(Parasolid: V7 to V30) (Open CASCADE: 6.2.0 to 7.2.0)

ProE / Creo Parametric 3D to Open CASCADE

Overview

  • Enables accurate and convenient 3D CAD data transfer from ProE to Open CASCADE.
  • Does not require a license of ProE.
  • Provides a function to be called (C++) in an Open CASCADE based application.
  • Converts CAD files :*.prt or *.asm (from ProE).
  • Gets solid, surfacic, wireframe models, assemblies of them.
  • Access to graphic attributes (colors, layers, visibility) and names of items.

Version

(ProE / Creo: 2000i to Creo 4.0) (Open CASCADE: 6.2.0 to 7.2.0)

Rhino 3D to Open CASCADE

Overview

  • Enables accurate and convenient 3D CAD data transfer from Rhino to Open CASCADE.
  • Does not require a license of Rhinoceros.
  • Provides a function to be called (C++) in an Open CASCADE based application.
  • Converts CAD files :*.3dm.
  • Gets solid, surfacic, wireframe models, assemblies of them.
  • Access to graphic attributes (colors, layers, visibility) and names of items.

Version

(Rhino: V1 to V5) (Open CASCADE: 6.2.0 to 7.2.0)

Solid Edge 3D to Open CASCADE

Overview

  • Enables accurate and convenient 3D CAD data transfer from Solid Edge to Open CASCADE.
  • Does not require a license of Solid Edge.
  • Provides a function to be called (C++) in an Open CASCADE based application.
  • Converts CAD files :*.par or *.asm (from Solid Edge).
  • Gets solid, surfacic, wireframe models, assemblies of them.
  • Access to graphic attributes (colors, layers, visibility) and names of items.

Version

(Solid Edge: 10 to ST10) (Open CASCADE: 6.2.0 to 7.2.0)

SOLIDWORKS 3D to Open CASCADE

Overview

  • Enables accurate and convenient 3D CAD data transfer from SOLIDWORKS to Open CASCADE.
  • Does not require a license of SOLIDWORKS.
  • Provides a function to be called (C++) in an Open CASCADE based application.
  • Converts CAD files : *.sldprt and *.sldasm files.
  • Gets solid, surfacic models, assemblies of them.

Version

(SOLIDWORKS: 1999 to 2018) (Open CASCADE: 6.2.0 to 7.2.0)

STEP 3D to Open CASCADE

Overview

  • Enables accurate and convenient 3D CAD data transfer from STEP to Open CASCADE.
  • Provides a function to be called (C++) in an Open CASCADE based application.
  • Converts CAD files: *.stp, *.step et *.stpZ
  • Gets solid, surfacic, wireframe models, assemblies of them.
  • Access to graphic attributes (colors, layers, visibility) and names of items.

Version

(STEP: AP203 (E1, E2), AP214 (up to E3), AP242 (E1)) (Open CASCADE: 6.2.0 to 7.2.0)

UG NX 3D to Open CASCADE

Overview

  • Enables accurate and convenient 3D CAD data transfer from UG-NX to Open CASCADE.
  • Does not require a license of UG-NX.
  • Provides a function to be called (C++) in an Open CASCADE based application.
  • Converts CAD files :*.prt files.
  • Gets solid, surfacic, wireframe models, assemblies of them.

Version

(UG NX: 15 to NX12) (Open CASCADE: 6.2.0 to 7.2.0)

About Datakit

Datakit is a privately held and leading company founded in 1994, specializing in CAD data exchange solutions and services. It offers standalone converters, plug-ins and SDK that import, analyze and export a large number of CAD formats. Datakit exposes a wide range of geometrical and semantic data (assemblies, annotations, metadata, PMI) through its varied range of products. It also provides support services for the migration of CAD databases to help customers choose the best data transfer solutions. It works closely together with independent software vendors that currently integrate its CAD data exchange solutions to their own software.

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

PROSTEP Partners with PTC for ThingWorx Integration

DARMSTADT, Germany, July 16, 2018 – PROSTEP AG, one of the leading PLM consulting and software houses, and PLM vendor PTC are stepping up their collaboration involving the integration of the digital and physical product worlds. PROSTEP has developed three preconfigured OpenPDM CONNECT solutions for connecting PTC’s IoT platform ThingWorx to the PLM systems 3D EXPERIENCE, Teamcenter and SAP PLM on the basis of its OpenPDM technology. The solutions enable digital product information to be linked with the operating data of the real product, which converge on the IoT platform. PROSTEP will also support the new ThingWorx Orchestration integration framework, which is slated for launch at the end of the year together with ThingWorx Release 8.4.

OpenPDM provides the technological basis for all of PROSTEP’s integration solutions. The software offers basic data mapping and workflow definition functions that can be used to manage the entire process involved in synchronizing data between the connected systems. OpenPDM not only provides standardized connectors to commercial PLM solutions but also to applications like application lifecycle management (ALM) and requirements management, as well as connectors for IoT integration.

ThingWorx is one of the leading platforms for linking the digital and real product worlds in production and service. PROSTEP and PTC have expanded their long-standing partnership with the aim of ensuring that the IoT platform can not only be linked to PTC Windchill but also to third-party PLM solutions. PROSTEP currently offers OpenPDM ThingWorx CONNECT solutions for 3DEXPERIENCE, Teamcenter and SAP PLM via the PTC Marketplace. The standard configurations support read access to the PLM data from ThingWorx and visualization of the data in PTC Navigate. Depending on customer requirements, they can also be configured for data export.

PROSTEP has also agreed to support the new ThingWorx Orchestration integration framework when developing future PLM integrations. ThingWorx Orchestration is an integration framework that boasts a comprehensive library of preconfigured connectors. The framework enables different IT systems and devices to be integrated using simple drag-and-drop operations, thus allowing cross-system and cross-domain business processes to be set up and supported quickly.

Working closely with PTC, PROSTEP’s integration specialists used the new middleware to implement a demonstrator for connecting Teamcenter to PTC ThingWorx, which was first showcased at PTC LiveWorx in Boston. It not only enables PLM data to be visualized in the context of IoT but also allows complete PLM data packages to be compiled and made available to external partners in a secure environment via ThingWorx.

“We are proud that we were one of the first PTC partners to have the opportunity to test the new integration framework,” said Peter Pfalzgraf, head of the products business unit at PROSTEP. “The presentation of the demonstrator underscores our expertise in the field of PLM integration and also enables us position ourselves as a competent integration partner when it comes to IoT.”

About PROSTEP AG

PROSTEP AG is recognized as a partner to the leading manufacturing companies worldwide. They count the top companies in this industry among our customers. PROSTEP is an independent consulting and solution development company, but also supplies ready-made product solutions. Their strength lies in a combination of industry-specific expertise, process know-how and technological competence. They offer their customers competent consultancy services, a comprehensive range of other services, and innovative solutions covering every aspect of product lifecycle management.

The PROSTEP Group has a current headcount of more than 250 in Germany and the USA. In addition to its headquarters in Darmstadt, PROSTEP also maintains branch offices in Berlin, Hamburg, Hanover, Cologne, Munich, Stuttgart, and Wolfsburg, as well as in Birmingham, Michigan (USA).

ProtoTech Releases 3D Measure Up v2.0.0.0

PUNE, India, July 16, 2018 – ProtoTech Solutions has released its latest version (v2.0.0.0) of 3D Measure Up with new exciting features. ProtoTech’s 3D Measure Up application allows the users to accurately measure linear, along-surface and girth lengths on a 3D scanned body. 

Main features of this release

1. New GUI: 

Fig 1: New GUI

User friendly GUI to understand features and workflow of 3D Measurement Software, new GUI provide a better look and feel.

2. Changeable themes for GUI:

Fig 2: Default theme

Fig 3: Dark Theme

Themes can be changed according to user preference. Currently they are providing two themes as shown above. One is default workspace and other one is dark.

3. Status bar:

Fig 4: Status bar

Now user can see what operation is being performed, and do actions accordingly. Also it provides context and guidance for next action/s to be performed.

4. Save as Obj file:

Fig 5: Save as Obj

User can save current model as OBJ file after correcting few details in mesh if required.

5. Quick Help:

Fig 6: Quick Help

Now user can peek Quick Help to operate in model space. It provides controls from keyboard and mouse to work in model space. 

6. Most recently used items:

Fig 7: Most recently used files

User can see and open most recently used files.

To know more about 3D Measure Up, please click here.

Why to use 3D Measure Up?

  • Allow user to measure various dimensions on mesh files (Currently OBJ and STL files are supported)
  • Allow user to measure girths on model at any location..
  • Direct distance between any two points and on surface distance measurements are possible.
  • This tool is very useful for Human body measurements.
  • Some typical human body measurements are computed automatically on single click.
  • Model can be aligned for more accurate measurements.
  • Support Mesh cleanup and mesh healing functionalities.
  • Export data as CSV.
  • Save project and restore.
  • Measure volume of entire model or selected portion only.

About ProtoTech Solutions

ProtoTech is a custom software solutions company with skills in

  • Development of 2D/3D based engineering applications.
  • AR/VR development.
  • 3D desktop/mobile/Web visualization
  • Engineering file formats & data interoperability mobile/Web engineering apps development
  • Quality assurance/testing services.

For more information, visit www.prototechsolutions.com.

AMD Announces Senior-level Promotions

SANTA CLARA, CA, July 16, 2018 – AMD announced key promotions that extend senior-level focus on company growth. AMD named “Zen” chief architect Mike Clark an AMD corporate fellow; promoted Darren Grasby to senior vice president of global Computing and Graphics sales and AMD president for Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA); and promoted Robert Gama to senior vice president and chief human resources officer.

“We believe the opportunities ahead of us are tremendous as we execute on our long-term strategy and exciting product roadmap,” said Lisa Su, AMD president and CEO. “As leaders, Mike, Darren, and Robert have made significant contributions to our success so far, and these promotions elevate their impact at AMD as we accelerate company growth going forward.”

AMD Corporate Fellow Mike Clark

Clark’s appointment to AMD corporate fellow is based on his outstanding leadership role in developing CPU core architectures, notably the “Zen” microarchitecture – the critical base for high-performance AMD Ryzen, AMD Ryzen Threadripper and AMD EPYC processors. Clark will continue to oversee CPU core strategy, design and roadmap. Promotion to AMD fellow is an honor bestowed to the most accomplished innovators, and is based on specific technical contributions, industry involvement and talent mentoring.

AMD Senior Vice President of Global Computing and Graphics Sales and President EMEA Darren Grasby

As senior vice president of global Computing and Graphics sales and president of AMD operations in EMEA, Grasby leads AMD’s worldwide sales to PC manufacturers and channel partners, and provides senior executive oversight for AMD’s EMEA employees, operations and reputation with customers and partners. Since joining AMD in 2007, Grasby has held a variety of management roles and led teams that drove successful adoption of AMD Ryzen, AMD Radeon and previous generations of computing and graphics processors globally.

AMD Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Robert Gama

As senior vice president and chief human resources officer, Gama leads the global AMD human resource (HR) organization, which includes talent management, recruitment, compensation and benefits, learning and development, and HR systems and operations. Gama is responsible for driving the HR strategy and structure to support the company’s business priorities. Gama has spent the last five years leading efforts to transform HR practices and operations within AMD across multiple leadership positions, most recently as chief talent officer.

About AMD

For more than 45 years AMD has driven innovation in high-performance computing, graphics and visualization technologies ― the building blocks for gaming, immersive platforms and the datacenter. Hundreds of millions of consumers, leading Fortune 500 businesses and cutting-edge scientific research facilities around the world rely on AMD technology daily to improve how they live, work and play. AMD employees around the world are focused on building great products that push the boundaries of what is possible.

For more information about how AMD is enabling today and inspiring tomorrow, visit the AMD website.