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GlobalSpec: DirectU2 Design & Analysis Software
May 8, 2007 - Volume 3 Issue 5
Sponsored by:: SolidWorks Corporation
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Industry Trends & Events . . .
CAD Vendors Chase Vista

CAD Vendors Chase VistaWith Microsoft's launch of the new Windows® Vista™ operating system and Office 7 productivity suite, CAD vendors are releasing new software versions to tap into Vista's improved search, user interface, and security features. UGS will link its Teamcenter PLM platform directly to Office 7, while SolidWorks will optimize Vista's search functions to work with 3D CAD models to encourage reuse of parts and designs. Autodesk is tapping XML and 3D functionality in Vista to facilitate the sharing and markup of 3D models. Will Microsoft's new software lineup boost your CAD-related productivity?

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LMS International
Simulate Your Product's Real-World Performance

Simulate Your Product's Real-World Performance How do you guarantee your design performs as expected, before physical testing? Will components move as planned? Will parts break or cause unwanted vibrations? LMS Virtual.Lab enables you to quickly simulate and optimize the performance of your design. Request your complimentary LMS Virtual.Lab Guide Tour CD to find out how.

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Active Sensing, Inc.: PDXpert PLM Software
Bill of Materials and Engineering Data Management

Bill of Materials and Engineering Data Management PDXpert product lifecycle management (PLM) software provides simple drag-and-drop bill of material (BOM) management, flexible document control, controlled-access file library, RoHS materials classification, free-form text search, change forms and approval workflow, secure multi-user access, and PDF/XLS data export. Affordable licensing plans complement your budget. Download our no-cost, fully-functional evaluation now.

Pro/ENGINEER 30-Day Trial Download

Pro/ENGINEER 30-Day Trial Download Take Pro/ENGINEER for a no-cost test drive. Download the complimentary Pro/ENGINEER 30-Day Trial and see how Pro/ENGINEER can help you work faster and smarter than ever. This 30-Day Trial Edition is packed with tutorials so you'll get the most out of your test drive. Download it today!

Computer Aided Design (CAD) . . .
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Simulation Heaven for Nano Designers

Simulation Heaven for Nano DesignersIntelliSuite™ 8.2 offers expanded capabilities to engineers working with MEMS and nanostructure products, including carbon nanotube simulation capabilities. Another module allows for design and simulation of electrostatic, magnetostatic, and Lorentz force sensors and actuators. The software also includes a full 3D coupled electrostatic-mechanical-fluidic and high-frequency simulator for the design of RF-MEMS devices.

CAD Refines Digital Camera

CAD Refines Digital CameraCanon engineers met their styling, performance, and time-to-market goals for the new EOS 20D digital camera with extensive use of NX 3D CAD software. NX let designers review more iterations of the camera than in the past. They also used the software's history function to refine the camera's shape and determine the best location for a new controller for focusing.

Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) . . .
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Linking CAM to Surface Modeling

Linking CAM to Surface ModelingEngineers who rely on GibbsCAM® software for programming CNC machine tools can now get fast interoperability with Rhinoceros®, a surface modeling application from Robert McNeel Associates. "Support for Rhino really came about due to its growing popularity as an industrial design system," says Bill Gibbs, company president. Gibbs will offer Rhinoceros as a freely distributed plug-in that allows Rhino 4.0 models to be sent directly to GibbsCAM from within a design session.

Software Speeds Move to Medical

Software Speeds Move to MedicalTennessee-based Bell-Memphis, a long-time aerospace supplier, reports that it is making steady inroads into the medical market, thanks to use of PartMaker CAM software in programming lathes, mills, and wire EDM equipment from different manufacturers. PartMaker has reduced machine set-up times for manufacturing high-precision orthopedic components by more than 50%.

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Newark InOne
Design and Analysis Software and Product Software

Design and Analysis Software and Product SoftwareDesign and Analysis and Product Software from Newark InOne. Newark InOne is the source for electronic parts, components, and software. Try their world-class search engine. With 425+ manufacturers offering Capacitor products — Newark InOne will always have what you need when you need it.

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Creaform Inc.
Creaform CAD/CAM/CAE Outsourcing Services

Creaform CAD/CAM/CAE Outsourcing Services Creaform is your partner with experienced resources for your CAD service projects on your chosen platform: Catia V4 and V5, Pro-Engineer, Unigraphics, Solidworks, and Rhino. To develop your products and tooling, we offer flexibility and expertise: last minute service, hourly services package, onsite resources, and turnkey projects. Creaform CAD/CAM/CAE Outsourcing Services will surpass your expectations.

Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) . . .
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Add Some Zing to Your Presentations

Add Some Zing to Your PresentationsFrom time to time, most engineers need to pitch their ideas to management or colleagues. Dryfork software, a Desktop Engineering Pick of the Week, combines 3D features with embedded multimedia information that would otherwise take several slides in traditional presentation software. You can include information that moves at a timed pace, or build a 3D slide with text and animation of a simulation. Download a complimentary demo to learn more.

Multi-Purpose Mechanical Simulations

Multi-Purpose Mechanical SimulationsA new software package delivers integrated simulation of multi-body dynamics, structures, and control systems to engineers involved in mechatronic applications. The software also allows tight integration with MD Nastran for noise, vibration, and durability analyses. Automotive OEMs and suppliers receive additional value through a new module which eases the incorporation and management of active control systems in complex mechanical systems.

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) . . .
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Setting the Pace for PLM

Setting the Pace for PLMDassault Systemes was the 2006 overall revenue leader among the top tier of comprehensive PLM companies, according to a new report by the CIMdata research firm. CIMdata's PLM Market Analysis calculated the "market footprint" of Dassault at $2.9 billion, which was over $800 million more than the nearest competitor. The report also ranked DS first in "mindshare" among customers with the largest and most innovative PLM implementations.

Get a Grip on Projects

Get a Grip on ProjectsThe new release of Omnify Empower automates management of tasks and schedules for a more accurate view of project progress, say the software's developers. A new quality control module captures and routes data related to product defects in a closed-loop corrective and preventive action system. Also included: a module that tracks required training and testing related to new product launches, implementation of product changes, and internal process changes.

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Flexsim Software Products, Inc.
Flexsim Simulation Software

Flexsim Simulation Software Flexsim Software Products has been in the simulation software and consulting business since 1993. Our object-oriented, simulation-modeling tool Flexsim is a software modeling application that can be used to simulate and visualize any business process, whether the process is manufacturing, logistics, or administration. It allows total customization of modeling objects, views, GUIs, and more.

Scienscope International Corporation
Video Measurement Software, DMP Series

Video Measurement Software, DMP SeriesThe DMP Series Measurement Software is a PC-based dimensional measurement software from Scienscope. Using the latest digital image processing technology to capture and analyze video images for dimensional measurements.
 • DMP1000 field of view measurements.
 • DMP2000 field of view measurement with edge-detection and programming.
 • DMP3000 measurement software for manual stages.
 • DMP4000 measurement software for motorized stages.

Careers . . .
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A Better Job Search by Design

A Better Job Search by Design offers thousands of quality engineering jobs at top technology and engineering companies. Find jobs in your area of expertise. Search now.

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Retirements Could Spur Engineering Crisis

Retirements Could Spur Engineering CrisisAerospace and defense are not attracting nearly enough engineers and skilled workers to replace those getting ready to retire. The looming shortfall, notes two workforce studies for Aviation Week by Bain & Co. and Deloitte Consulting, threatens the U.S. military's technological edge. Making matters worse: engineering graduates rank aerospace and defense low — if not dead last — on their list of preferred industries.

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Premier for Virtual Reality Showcase Premier for Virtual Reality Showcase

Iowa State University has unveiled what is reportedly the world's most elaborate virtual reality environment: the 100-million-pixel, six-sided C6 at its Virtual Reality Applications Center (VRAC). "The C6 is an invaluable tool for design and research," says James Oliver, VRAC director, who sees potential for "significant gains in information discovery, creativity, and knowledge through having more data available at one time."

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