Touchplan Partners with Autodesk Construction Cloud

BOSTON, MA, Jan 21, 2022 – Touchplan, an award-winning collaborative construction planning solution, announced a new partnership with Autodesk Construction Cloud, a portfolio of software and services that combines advanced technology, a builders network and predictive insights for construction teams.

Now, customers can easily track and analyze real-time project health, risk and performance directly in their Autodesk Build or BIM 360 Project Home dashboards.

“Effective project planning helps drive team accountability, leading to on-schedule and within-budget project delivery,” said James Cook, head of integrations for Autodesk Construction Solutions. “Integrating Touchplan with Autodesk Construction Cloud enables project managers to draw important insights as they monitor their construction results alongside their lookahead planning.”

“This new relationship between Touchplan and Autodesk Construction Cloud drives real value for our customers,” said Jimmy Suppelsa, chief revenue officer for Touchplan. “Touchplan is the premier planning and communication solution for daily jobsite operations for owners, general contractors, and subcontractors; enabling them to connect Touchplan data to the rest of their project information on the Autodesk Construction Cloud platform delivers greater visibility across teams, tightens project controls and streamlines collaboration and provides more project certainty for involved stakeholders.”

Customers can add the Touchplan Partner Card to their Autodesk Build or BIM 360 Project Home dashboard by following these steps.

About Touchplan

Touchplan is a leading daily construction planning software that makes project outcomes more predictable and profitable. It strives to deliver approachable, progressive jobsite data and analytics solutions that transform construction into a more collaborative, transparent, and predictable process for everyone involved. Touchplan is committed to its belief that learning from data is the key to rapid recovery from project variances and improving both project certainty and profitability. Touchplan is the software division of privately held MOCA Systems, Inc.

Learn more about Touchplan at touchplan.io.

Optomec Announces 60% Growth in Aerosol Jet, LENS Orders

ALBUQUERQUE, NM, Jan 22, 2022 – Optomec Inc., a profitable supplier of solutions for 3D Printed Electronics and 3D Printed Metal, today announced a sharp increase in bookings during fiscal year 2021, including nearly 60% growth in new orders for its proprietary Aerosol Jet and LENS industrial printers. The steep rise in recent sales puts business activity well ahead of pre-pandemic levels, where Optomec had already experienced 50% growth in 2019, and takes the total installed base to nearly 600 machines across more than 250 customers.

Optomec LENS and Aerosol Jet printers

The company’s high growth in 2021 Bookings is being driven by repeat sales into pre-existing production customers and major accounts, including the following select highlights:

  • Fortune 50:  $1M for +2 Additive Electronics systems (Wearables)
  • Fortune 500: $3M for +12 Additive Electronics systems (Semiconductor Pkg)
  • US DOD: $3.5M for +3 Metal Printers for production repair (Defense)
  • US Navy:  $1M for +2 Additive Electronics systems (Defense)
  • Tier 1 Aerospace:  $1.2M for 10th Metal Printer for production repair (Aviation)
  • Allied Navy:  $1.3M for 2 Metal Printers for Spare Part production (Defense)
  • Fortune 500:  4th Additive Electronics system (Mobile Device)

“After an admittedly slow start to 2021, coincident with the global spike in COVID severity, sales quickly recovered in the second quarter and remained at a robust level through year end, despite the lag in recovery for historically fruitful commercial aviation and international markets.” said David Ramahi, Optomec CEO. “While much of this activity was born of long-standing relationships with production customers, the relative strength of our broader pipeline makes us optimistic that the growth trend will continue into 2022 and beyond.”

“We are further encouraged by the purely organic nature of our growth, the strong uptake of newly released products developed over the last year, and the fact that we were able to maintain profitably throughout the downturn and set the stage for margin improvement moving forward. These developments reaffirm the differentiated and strategic nature of our offerings, with their proven high ROIs and unique ability to deliver unparalleled performance gains.” he continued.

About Optomec

Optomec is a privately-held, rapidly growing supplier of additive manufacturing systems. Optomec’s patented Aerosol Jet Systems for printed electronics, and LENS and Huffman brand 3D Printers for metal component production and repair, are used by industry to reduce product cost and improve performance. Together, these unique printing solutions work with the broadest spectrum of functional materials, ranging from electronic inks to structural metals and even biological matter. Optomec has delivered more than 500 of its proprietary Additive Manufacturing systems to more than 200 marquee customers around the world, for production applications in the electronics, energy, life sciences and aerospace industries. Our users include countless blue-chip manufacturing companies, such as GE, Samsung, Raytheon, Siemens, Lockheed and LiteOn, as well as the US Air Force, US Navy, US Army and NASA.

For more information, visit optomec.com.

Striker Appoints Danielle Lindsey as Marketing Manager

WHITE HOUSE, TN, Jan 21, 2022 – Striker Systems is pleased to announce the appointment of Danielle Lindsey as marketing manager.

Danielle Lindsey

Danielle will be working closely with the Striker Systems Senior Management to develop and manage all the marketing programs for multi-media channels, trade show events, and building a platform to expand brand engagement and awareness. She will be supporting business objectives through Striker Systems product and promotional communication and media partnerships. With Danielle’s strong background in customer engagement and sales management; she will also be providing customer relations support by partnering with the Striker Systems CAD/CAM & Nesting Software Sales team to foster customer retention and lead acquisition.

Danielle is a graduate from Eastern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with a concentration in Merchandising and an Associate degree in Business Administration. Prior to joining Striker Systems, Danielle worked in various customer driven industries where she influenced successful business growth by utilizing different omni-channel platforms. She elevated brand awareness through local community engagement as well as national industry connections. Danielle brings with her over 20 years of customer relations experience and over 15 years of Business Administration where she utilized multi-platform Marketing, Human Resources, and Brand Elevation through business analysis and managerial leadership training.

About Striker Systems

Striker Systems is a world leader in the development of CAD/CAM and nesting software for the sheet metal fabrication industry. For additional information about Striker Systems sheet metal CAD/CAM and nesting software solutions, please visit the Striker Systems website at www.StrikerSystems.com.

Infineon Releases MOTIX BTN99xx (NovalithIC+)

MUNICH, Germany, Jan 21, 2022 – Infineon Technologies AG presents the new MOTIX BTN99xx (NovalithIC+), a unique family of intelligent integrated half-bridges and the direct successor to the BTN89xx. Besides a p-channel high-side and an n-channel low-side MOSFET, BTN99xx also includes smart driver ICs fully integrated in a single package. Its ease-of-use, advanced protection and scalability make the family ideal for a wide range of automotive applications. In addition, the integration of functions in a single rugged package makes the BTN99xx suitable for applications where low PCB consumption is critical. Due to its reliability, it is also a perfect fit for seat controls, electric tailgates and sliding doors, fuel pumps and other applications.

“MOTIX BTN89xx (NovalithIC) is a well-known and a very successful product family on the market. Since 2015, we have delivered more than 500 million units to automotive customers worldwide,” said Andreas Doll, senior vice president and general manager automotive body power at Infineon. “Our new BTN99xx family comes in a small HSOF-7 package and offers a footprint saving of 60 percent compared to the previous generation.”

The new devices have been realized in a robust package using Infineon’s advanced chip-by-chip and chip-on-chip assembly technology. Due to Infineon’s latest MOSFET technologies with innovative chip thinning process, it was possible to reduce the typical path resistance for BTN99xx by 47 percent to 5.30 mΩ at 25°C, while the current limit was increased to 75 A. As a result, this family is a unique and cost-optimized solution in the market for high-current PWM (pulse width modulation) motor drives with very low PCB consumption.

The MOTIX BTN99xx complements Infineon’s current MOTIX motor control IC portfolio, which ranks between discrete gate drivers and highly integrated embedded power motor control products featuring an Arm processors. The BTN99xx family consists of two product variants, the BTN9970LV and BTN9990LV, all housed in a 7 x 8 mm² HSOF-7 package.

Availability

BTN9970LV is released for production, BTN9990LV will be launched in February 2022. More information is available at www.infineon.com/btn99xxClick here to access the MOTIX BTN99x0LV online training session. Click here to visit the MOTIX Bridges Automotive Forum.

For more information about Infineon Technologies, visit website.

MakerBot LABS Adds 3 LUVOCOM 3F Materials to METHOD Platform

BROOKLYN, NY, Jan 21, 2022 – MakerBot, a Stratasys company, is expanding its offering of advanced engineering materials for the MakerBot METHOD 3D printing platform with the addition of three new LUVOCOM 3F materials from LEHVOSS Group, a leading provider of high-performance thermoplastics for industrial sectors. This brings the number of METHOD materials up to 30, giving customers an even wider selection of manufacturing-grade materials with which to explore.

LEHVOSS 3F – heat duct manifold 3

LUVOCOM 3F PAHT 9825 NT, LUVOCOM 3F PAHT CF 9891 BK, and LUVOCOM 3F PET CF 9780 BK are available to use with the MakerBot LABS GEN 2 Experimental Extruder for both the METHOD and METHOD X 3D printers. The LABS extruder transforms METHOD into an open platform that is able to print qualified advanced engineering materials from leading filament suppliers.

Designed for 3D printing and industrial applications, the LUVOCOM 3F materials have similar properties to their compounded versions used for injection molding. These materials are specially optimized to provide an easy-to-print experience and to achieve the next level of properties and quality. Parts printed with these materials result in strong, stiff prints with a high quality surface finish, and are ideal for prototyping, jigs and fixtures, and end-use applications.

carbon clamp

“The MakerBot METHOD and METHOD X machines offer unique heated chamber capabilities which allow semi-crystalline materials to have their full properties out of the printer, avoiding the need of post-processes. In addition, its excellent precision and reproducibility in combination with our high-performance LUVOCOM 3F material range brings an exceptional engineering performance to the customers,” said Thiago Medeiros Araujo, global product manager LUVOCOM 3F at LEHVOSS.

“We are always evaluating new materials to meet the needs of our customers and their applications. The ability to 3D print additional high-performance materials on the METHOD platform opens more opportunities for those who want to test out different materials with advanced mechanical and thermal properties,” said Johan-Till Broer, VP of product development at MakerBot. “LEHVOSS Group is an expert in engineering materials and brings a range of new high-performance polymers to the METHOD platform, enabling our customers to explore new and more challenging applications.”

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The qualified LUVOCOM 3F materials include:

  • LUVOCOM 3F PAHT 9825 NT – A high-temperature polyamide (also known as nylon) material with continuous service temperature of up to 100°C and the strength of PA/Nylon 6. The material has 50% reduced water uptake and a four-times slower absorption rate compared to PA6. Low moisture absorption can help minimize printing issues as well as property changes of the printed part. This material is optimized for low warpage, high strength and impact resistance, and excellent surface finish for end-use parts, such as flanges and fixtures.
  • LUVOCOM 3F PAHT CF 9891 BK – The carbon fiber (CF) filled grade of LUVOCOM 3F PAHT 9825 NT has even lower water uptake and good resistance against harsh chemicals like automotive fluids. The addition of carbon fiber strengthens the thermal and mechanical properties, and has a continued use of up to 150°C while retaining 50% of its mechanical properties. The material is suitable for high temperature environments such as automotive under-the-hood applications, such as housings or engine covers. In addition to its outstanding mechanical performance, the material is easy to print and does not warp.
  • LUVOCOM 3F PET CF 9780 BK – A carbon fiber-filled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) material that is easy to print, with low warping, and exhibits a superb surface finish straight from the printer, reducing the need for post-processing. It provides high strength, elevated temperature resistance up to 120°C and chemical resistance outperforming PETG.

As the only 3D printer in its price class with a heated chamber that can print composites, polymers, and metals—all on one machine, METHOD brings a unique 3D printing experience to users. METHOD’s heated chamber controls the 3D printing process to allow each layer to cool down simultaneously to minimize warping and curling. This allows it to print parts with advanced materials more successfully than typical desktop 3D printers.

For more information, visit makerbot.com/method.

LUVOCOM 3F materials can be purchased through authorized LEHVOSS Group resellers, including Nexeo3D (for orders in the United States and Europe) and IGO3D (for orders in Europe).

The LEHVOSS Group, under the management of Lehmann&Voss&Co., is a group of companies in the chemicals sector that develops, produces and markets chemical and mineral specialties for various industrial clients. With the 3D printing product line, LUVOCOM 3F, the LEHVOSS Group offers innovative and customized polymers for 3D printing.

About MakerBot

MakerBot, a Stratasys company, is a global leader in the 3D printing industry. MakerBot empowers the engineers of today and tomorrow with its powerful additive manufacturing ecosystem. The company strives to redefine the standards for 3D printing for safety and emissions, reliability, accessibility, precision, and ease-of-use. Through this dedication, MakerBot has one of the largest install bases in the industry, runs Thingiverse—the largest 3D printing community in the world—and has members on the UL 2904 standards committee to ensure it is on the cutting edge of emissions regulations.

ITandFactory Releases CADISON R21

BAD SODEN, Germany, Jan 20, 2022 – ITandFactory GmbH has released CADISON R21. With over 200 new enhancements, the CADISON development team has revised and significantly improved all modules: from design & planning in 2D and 3D to the creation of P&IDs or circuit diagrams to enhance document management in MATPIPE.

The new version has been released and CADISON Users can download the R21 from the customer portal.

CADISON R21 is now compatible with AutoCAD 2022 on the Windows 10 operating system with 64-bit environment. It also supports AutoCAD 2020 and AutoCAD 2021 for customers who are still in the migration phase but want to take full advantage of CADISON R21.

Highlights at a glance:

Create a layout drawing with a click

With this new release of CADISON R21, creation of a new layout drawing is achieved with a single click. A template that already contains the details of Drawing Border and Title Block, simplifies this step considerably. And thus the exchange of a Drawing Border and Title Block is possible without any additional questions from the software.

 “CADISON Publish”: Automated export of drawings

This new command allows you to define and save configurable export options. At any point, the defined export processes can be triggered again. The export process is carried out automatically in the background so that users can continue to work during this time. In addition, export operations no longer have to be carried out manually.

Extensions to the IFC interface facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration

Previously, the attributes to be exported to external systems were fixed to the CADISON object type. In CADISON R21, another object’s property can also control the attributes to be exported. This has the advantage that the sender can specify conditions that the recipient, who does not work with CADISON, also understands the exported data. This will further simplify the data exchange with project participants from other disciplines.

In addition to this, the exported IFC data can contain information about buildings and floors from the CADISON project. This makes it easier for the recipient to integrate the data from CADISON into a building model.

MATPIPE made more advanced for Simpler Document Management

Since the management and access of the right documents is a key factor for users, CADISON R21 has been significantly improved to make the document management in MATPIPE much more simple. In addition, the automated output of the datasheets in the required language is now possible. With the new functions in MATPIPE, users are saved from a lot of manual work. And it will be even easier to fulfill the documentation per necessary standards.

Simplified import of Inventor and other 3D CAD models in the 3D Designer

With the improved import function, a pipe class is assigned to a connection port. Complete connection information can then be determined from this connection point. This also allows the automatic completion of the pipeline from CADISON, which can be used immediately, thus making the subsequent piping of the imported 3D model significantly easier and more precise. In this way, seals, counter flanges and screw groups are generated fully automatically.

Symbol editing is made easy with the New Editor

With the new Symbol Editor, CADISON users can display the definition of existing symbols (such as taps, valves or pumps) with all connections and attributes in a drawing. Based on existing symbol definitions, it is possible to create new symbols. Alternatively, users can edit existing symbols directly from the Object Manager to change the graphics, connections and attributes. This makes it easier to revise symbols. In addition, the symbols can be adapted to the client’s standards effortlessly.

Improvements in the Form Designer and Input Forms

The Input Forms and the Form Designer have been regularly improved and are now core components of the system, as CADISON users use them intensively. R21 comes with a completely renewed Form Designer. Thus, the development team has once again implemented customer requirements to the point to make it more user friendly.

About ITandFactory

ITandFactory (a fully owned subsidiary of Neilsoft Ltd.) is an Engineering-Solution provider for project planning and designing of process plants and process equipment.

ITandFactory offers complete solutions for plant design and engineering based on various technology platforms like AutoCAD, Microsoft and MicroStation to provide flexible, efficient and integrated design environments.

Their Solutions:

CADISON: 3D integrated plant design and equipment engineering software (based on AutoCAD platform).

Visio P&ID Process Designer: A Visio-based intelligent PFD/P&ID solution for process engineers and non-CAD users like sales engineers. They also have third party solution Tricad MS for Factory Design.

CADISON E&I Designer: A comprehensive standalone solution for electrical & instrumentation design, schematic & control designs, 3D cable trays & panel layouts, conduits & trenches, cable scheduler, report generation, bill of materials (BOMs) and material take-offs (MTO).

For more information, visit https://itandfactory.com/en/ and www.cadison.com.

Teknic Updates ClearCore Controller, Adds Modbus Communication

Teknic’s ClearCore, a low-cost, multi-axis, motion and industrial I/O controller, now has Modbus communication. ClearCore provides 4 axes of motion control, Ethernet, serial, USB, and wireless expandability along with 13 configurable digital & analog I/O points. Accelerate your development with more than 40 example projects, including a new Modbus HMI example project. Teknic’s Modbus project contains wiring information, example code, and open source Modbus libraries.

Key specifications and benefits of ClearCore include:

  • Hardware includes a powerful 32-bit, floating point ARM Cortex-M4 processor, 192k local RAM, 512k Flash, interrupt handler, and an onboard SD Card interface for storage expansion.
  • ClearCore provides up to 4 axes of motion control for Teknic’s ClearPath integrated servos, 3rd party stepper drives, or any brushless servo motor with a digital servo drive.
  • ClearCore includes 13 industrially hardened and electrically conditioned, 24V I/O points, including digital and analog inputs and outputs.  Extend your I/O compliment with 8-point I/O expansion modules (CCIO-8) for a total I/O compliment of 73 I/O points.
  • Compatible with XBee modules for peer-to-peer wireless communications such as WiFi, Bluetooth, ZigBee, DigiMesh, 802.15.4, and others.
  • A rich C++ library & software API including more than 40 extensively commented example projects ensures ease-of-use and accelerates your development cycle.  Teknic’s new Modbus project contains example code, wiring information, and open source Modbus libraries.
  • All source code is available for free, under an open-source, copy-right, MIT license; compatible with the Arduino IDE for rapid software prototyping.
  • ClearCore can be ordered online at https://www.teknic.com/products/io-motion-controller/clcr-4-13/.  Each unit ships within 3 business days and comes with a 3-year warranty and a 90 day money-back guarantee. 

About Teknic, Inc.

Founded in 1985, Teknic manufactures servo motion control components. Their products include integrated servo systems, brushless servo motors, servo drives, motion controllers, and power supplies. Teknic designs and builds products in the USA (Victor, New York) and provides factory-direct support to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

For more information, visit website.