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Hardware Review: BOXX Technologies GoBOXX G1840

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Big Performance in a Small BOXX

BOXX Technologies is an interesting company that builds a diverse range of desktop and mobile workstations geared for high-performance applications, such as CAD and CAE. This time around, we’re putting the GoBOXX G1840 through its paces, a machine the company classifies as a mid-range mobile workstation. Mid-range was fine with us because we hoped it would provide a good balance between performance and price. Ultimately, the GoBOXX G1840 exceeded our expectations for its price/performance ratio.

This machine will appeal to those users who need high levels of performance, as well as mobility. In other words, big performance in a small package at a reasonable price. So, let’s see how it fared.

GoBOXX 1840

Specifications and Build Quality

The GoBOXX G1840 we received has the following specifications as supplied:

CPU: Intel Core i7 – 3920XM (2.9GHz); Quad-core


RAM: 16 GB DDR 3 (4 DIMMS)


Connectivity: 2 SATAIII ports internal; 1 MSATA port; 1 IEEE 1394 port; 1 eSATA port; 1 USB 2.0 port; 3 USB 3.0 ports; 1 HDMI; 1 external DVI; 1 display port; Ethernet

Other: 8X DVD Multi-drive; 9 in 1 Flash memory reader; 2MB digital video camera; fingerprint reader; Kensington lock port;

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Edition 64-bit

Dimensions:16.22” (W) x 10.87” (D) x 1.75” (H)

Weight: 8.60 pounds (with battery)

Warranty: One-year limited

Default resolution of the full-HD glassview LCD that measures a whopping 17.3″ is 1,920 x 1,080. Screen resolution and clarity are excellent and comfortable for a full day of work.

Even when pushing the unit during demanding benchmark testing, it remained relatively cool and the fans ran very quietly with no annoying whine.

I guess the only complaint I would have, and this goes for all mobile workstations, is the physical size and weight of the AC adapter. I know there are physical limitations for power considerations, but with the miniaturization of just about everything else electronic, it amazes me that these things are still the size and weight of house bricks.

Overall, though, the feel and build quality of the GoBOXX G1840 is very solid and substantial. There is no keyboard flex when bearing down on the keys and the backlit keyboard is an excellent ergonomic touch, especially in the low light conditions that I often prefer to work in. A very well thought out and nicely executed quality package.

Measuring Performance

When we received the GoBOXX 1840, we had high expectations for performance, largely because of the high levels of performance we have experienced in the past with other machines from BOXX. The objective (formal documented generic benchmarks) and subjective (actual design and engineering software applications) tests we ran confirmed our expectations and didn’t disappoint.

However, keep in mind that the tests were performed with the GoBOXX 1840 “out of the box,” as we received it – nothing was tweaked or optimized to distort the performance numbers (such as enabling multi-threading) in a positive or negative direction. I actually get more out of the subjective testing because it’s more “real world,” but the raw numbers from the benchmarks are also useful as a means of objective comparison with other machines in the class. Your evaluations will probably differ from mine, but they do provide a point for comparison.

For objective testing, we ran two benchmarks NovaBench (geared more toward overall performance) and SPECviewperf 11 (geared more toward graphics performance).

NovaBench Benchmark Test

16281 MB System RAM (Score: 244) – this was better than recent desktop workstations evaluations

  • RAM Speed: 15,491 MB/s

CPU Tests (Score: 779) – this was comparable to most recent desktop workstations evaluations

  • Floating Point Operations/Second: 205,582,464
  • Integer Operations/Second: 882,584,872
  • MD5 Hashes Generated/Second: 1,256,129

Graphics Tests (Score: 90) – this was a bit lower than recent desktop evaluations, due to graphics card used

  • 3D Frames Per Second: 90

Hardware Tests (Score: 36) – on par with recent desktop evaluations

  • Drive Write Speed: 195 MB/s
Total NovaBench Composite Score: 1,149

The 1,149 composite score is impressive because it is within 22% of the score of recent best desktop workstation evaluations.

SPECviewperf 11 Benchmark Test

The scores for the various demanding SPECviewperf 11 suite tests (CATIA, SolidWorks, Lightwave, Ensight, NX, and Pro/ENGINEER) run at 1,280 x 1,024 resolution (without multi-threading enabled) were among the best I have ever seen on a mobile workstation that I have benchmarked and reviewed.

Subjective Test:

For subjective testing, I ran Autodesk Alias Design, Inventor, SolidWorks, AutoCAD, and 3ds Max. I used data sets of standard models that I have created over the years for this testing, including a model with 70,000+ parts, renderings of complex surfaces, and animations. The GoBOXX 1840 performed very well and did not seem to grind through any of the subjective tests. I’ll be using the GoBOXX 1840 over the course of the next several months for upcoming MCAD, CAE, and visualization evaluations/reviews to get a better sense of how it fares over a longer haul. I’ll update as I go because I’m looking forward to a continued good experience with this computer.


Final Thoughts

Although there is certainly a case to be made for stationary desktop workstations, just as strong a case could be made for mobile professionals and mobile workstations. Even though mobile workstations have come a long way in the past few years, there is often still a huge price premium to pay for mobility. However, with the quality and performance of the GoBOXX 1840, I think there is a relatively small price premium here and is definitely worth the price. The GoBOXX 1840 offers desktop-level performance in a portable and well-executed mobile platform.


BOXX Technologies GoBOXX G1840 Mobile Workstation

Pros: Excellent performance; solid build quality with backlit keyboard; connectivity options; configurability.

Cons: None experienced.

Price (As configured for review): $4,669

Final Grade: A+


For More Information: BOXX Technologies; 512.835.0400;

MCADCafe Weekly (9/20/2012): Dassault Systemes Launches SolidWorks 2013

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

On September 10, 2012 Dassault Systèmes introduced SolidWorks 2013 with new and improved design applications to enhance collaboration, speed model creation and simplify the product development process. With more than 200 customer-driven improvements including powerful design tools and new drawing capabilities, sub-model simulation, cost estimation, network rendering, and wider sharing and increased connectivity, Dassault Systèmes is demonstrating its commitment to helping its SolidWorks customers create the right value for their own users.

Powered by Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform, SolidWorks 2013 combines ease of use with broad customization allowing new users to learn fast, and experienced users to quickly become more productive at previously complex and sophisticated tasks. Building on the success of the last 20 releases, the new offering covers the range of SolidWorks applications for 3D design, simulation, technical communication, product data management, and sustainable design.

“SolidWorks allows me to get my job done faster than any other CAD package on the market,” said Robert Conley, owner of Interactive Cad Solutions. “In my line of work, I have to get jobs done quickly to make a profit, and SolidWorks allows me to do that. I’m really looking forward to the Previous Release Interoperability feature in SolidWorks 2013 to allow me to better share designs with my customers and more quickly get to a final product.”

“With SolidWorks 2013 we’ve upheld our tradition of listening to our customers by providing enhancements and functionality to help them simplify their lives and create the best products. The new additions to core geometry and expanded product offerings demonstrate our continuing investment in our flagship product,” said Bertrand Sicot, CEO, SolidWorks, Dassault Systèmes. “SolidWorks 2013 empowers innovative design with application specific tools that help users quickly define, share and validate the form, fit, and function of their designs. We look forward to watching our customers make their ideas a reality at a more rapid pace.”

SolidWorks 2013 highlights include:

Powerful Design Tools

SolidWorks 2013 makes it easier to bring engineers’ ideas from concept to manufacturing with new tools for more efficient simulation, and expanded environmental and cost analysis. In addition to the following enhancements, the recently announced SolidWorks Plastics and SolidWorks Electrical packages help users make more informed decisions that result in simplified designs, reduced mistakes, and faster time to market.

  • SolidWorks Costing – Allows customers to automatically cost more types of parts, create more accurate quotations, and stay in budget with improved cost data and new APIs.
  • SolidWorks Sustainability Quickly compares the financial impact of raw materials and the environmental impact of a design decision during the development process due to new raw material impact tools.
  • SolidWorks Flow Simulation – Takes the complexity out of flow designs by allowing users to visualize fluid flow around multifaceted geometries and more easily compare analysis results between multiple design configurations.

Faster Model Creation

Additional new offerings help users create and modify complex geometries faster and easier, providing more efficient 3D models and 2D drawings.

  • Conics in Sketcher – Full control over shapes for smooth transitions between existing geometries.
  • Intersect Feature – Quickly add or remove geometry without sketching.
  • Varying Dimension Patterns – Allows users to save time creating patterns, increase design flexibility, and reduce the number of features needed for models.
  • Section View Assist – Speed the creation of production drawings for faster and more consistent section views.

Improved Performance

The following new tools allow users to optimize the performance of a SolidWorks installation and maximize design team productivity.

  • CAD Administrator Dashboard – Simplify management and troubleshooting of multiple SolidWorks users within a company from a single aggregated view.
  • Simulation Sub-Modeling and Incremental Meshing – More accurately perform precise simulation analysis for specific areas of large and complex models faster and more efficiently.
  • Network Rendering for PhotoView 360 – Save time with faster rendering of photorealistic images by networking multiple computers to share the computational load.

Enhanced Collaboration

To address the dispersed nature of most design teams, SolidWorks 2013 optimizes collaboration with improved connectivity, enhanced viewing capabilities, and expanded sharing of designs and data.

  • Previous Release Interoperability – Collaborate with customers, suppliers, and internal teams with the ability to open SolidWorks 2013 files directly with SolidWorks 2012 (SP5). Users can work more efficiently and improve collaboration and file exchange, reducing delays and easing the transition to the latest release.
  • SolidWorks Enterprise Product Data Management Workflow – Route documents and contact users more efficiently to reduce delays and accelerate time-to-market.
  • DraftSight/SolidWorks Enterprise PDM Integration – Access DWG files within SolidWorks EPDM from the DraftSight user interface, and leverage 2D into the design process.
  • eDrawings — Users can measure, select and markup designs from anywhere using a mobile device.

Availability and Pricing

For more information about SolidWorks 2013, including video demonstrations, visit: SolidWorks 2013 is available worldwide through SolidWorks authorized resellers. Contact a SolidWorks authorized reseller for pricing. To locate an authorized reseller in your region, please visit:


Commentary By Jeffrey Rowe, Editor

Right after Labor Day, I, along with a number of other CAD media members (old school press, new school bloggers) were invited to an pre-launch event sponsored by Dassault Systemes SolidWorks at its new HQ in Waltham, MA. The purpose of the event was to introduce SolidWorks 2013, the 21st edition of the software. The new facility is quite modern, but the former one in Concord had more personality as an historic building and setting, but that’s just me. Oh well, time marches on. It was also strange not to see the SolidWorks name on the new building, but that is because the company is co-locating other DS divisions within the building (such as 3DVIA, ENOVIA, etc.), as is done at other DS facilities around the world, so Dassault Systemes is the name on the building.

It’s hard to believe that SolidWorks is in its 21st release, but it is. According to Bertrand Sicot, SolidWorks’ CEO and Gian Pallo Bassi, SolidWorks’ VP of R&D, the 2013 release is “the best ever,” and a “very good vintage”. Outwardly, at first look, these claims seemed a bit of a stretch, but upon closer inspection throughout the day, SolidWorks 2013 does have significant additions and enhancements, including (just to name a few, since there were over 200 in SolidWorks alone):

SolidWorks Costing – Something I consider to be the “sleeper” capability of 2012 because of its potential impact the top and bottom lines, as well as an engineering tool that upper management can understand and appreciate. It’s gotten better and more comprehensive for 2013. Automatic cost estimation estimates part manufacturing costs using built-in cost templates. These manufacturing templates are customizable, allowing entry of specific manufacturing costs and data, such as material, labor, machine speed and feeds, and setup costs.

Sketcher Conics – Conics are planes through cones that produce three conic sections – ellipses, parabolas, and hyperbolas. These can be mathematically complex but are very useful for controlling shapes for smooth transitions between existing geometries. Nice time saver while sketching.

Interoperability – You can open SolidWorks 2013 files directly with SolidWorks 2012 (SP5). This was done to ease the transition to the latest release. Still, no native interoperability with CATIA and nothing appearing on the horizon.

SolidWorks Plastics – SW Plastics is an extension of SolidWorks’ simulation business and is available in two flavors:

  • SolidWorks Plastics Professional – For plastics part designers, it helps optimize parts for manufacturability in the early stages of design. It is embedded within the SolidWorks CAD environment so you can analyze and modify designs at the same time you optimize for form, fit, and function.
  • SolidWorks Plastics Premium – Gives those who design or build injection molds a way to optimize them. You can create and analyze single-cavity, multi-cavity, and family mold layouts, including sprues, runners, and gates. You can also balance runner systems and estimate cycle time, clamp tonnage, and shot size for optimizing feed system design.

Prices for the various plastics packages range from ~$5000 to $14,995.

SolidWorks Electrical – A database system for electro-mechanical design available in three flavors:

  • SolidWorks Electrical 2D schematic design tools for developing embedded electrical systems for machines or products. It has built-in symbol libraries, manufacturer part data, and 3D component models. Automated management tools streamline design of PLC connections.
  • SolidWorks Electrical 3D Integrates electrical schematic design data from SolidWorks Electrical with the 3D model of a machine or other product. You can place all electrical components in 3D, then connect everything and determine lengths of wires, cables, and harnesses.
  • SolidWorks Electrical Professional A single package that combines the 2D electrical schematic functionality of SolidWorks Electrical and the 3D integration of SolidWorks Electrical 3D.

Prices for the various electrical packages range from $5995 to $9995.

SolidWorks as a company said that it has a goal of attaining 2,000,000 users by end of 2012. I believe, like the competition, the 2 million figure is cumulative from Day 1. Even so, that’s a pretty heady goal, and remember, the majority of Solidworks seats are educational, but the company seems determined to meet the number by the end of this year. Speaking of SolidWorks ongoing education mission, the company said it continues to strive to prepare qualified students for commercial customers, and continues to develop education advocates at all grade levels. Overall, customer satisfaction stands at 94%, which is up 5% since 2007.

Looking to the future, the company was careful not utter a word about the “cloud” or V6. The only brief allusion to the “Next New Product” was that it will be complementary to SW, launch in May 2013, and targeted to conceptual mechanical design needs. End of story for now. Bet on it not to be built around the Parasolid modeling kernel (licensed from rival Siemens PLM Software), but rather, CGM from DS sister company, Spatial, and will probably have a V6 moniker. When they say it will be for “conceptual mechanical design,” I take that to mean advanced sketching, and not conceptual in an industrial design context. However, time will tell. Whatever comes out next spring will be interesting.

While eDrawings for the iPad was recently introduced, SolidWorks has big future plans for mobility. Rick Chin, SolidWorks’ Director of Innovation, demonstrated augmented reality on an iPad – a 3D digital product model in a real world context that will be useful to designers and engineers. The model casts shadows and “respects” the positioning of the floor plane (you can’t push the model through the floor). It allows you to interact with the product model and complements prototyping. No time frame was given on when this lab project might hit the market, but it was impressive, nonetheless.

With this pre-launch event, it became obvious that Solidworks is becoming much more than just a traditional CAD tool — other capabilities (costing, simulation, sustainability, etc) work with core SolidWorks capabilities for more closely interacting with the business environment. Throughout the event several company spokespersons said that modeling is NOT design, and vice versa. They also stressed that the design process is a balancing act, and truer words could not be said.


Editor’s Note: When I get signed up for working copies of the above software applications, I’ll provide details on many of the aspects briefly discussed above.


The Week’s Top Stories

At MCADCafé we track many things, including the stories that have attracted the most interest from our subscribers. Below are the news items that were the most viewed during last week.

NX 8.5 Delivers Customer-Driven Enhancements to Help Reduce Time to Market

Siemens PLM Software announced the latest release of NX software, NX 8.5, that includes enhancements and new capabilities that provide increased flexibility and productivity across product engineering and manufacturing.

NX 8.5 for Design – Streamlined workflows and an enhanced user experience help improve productivity, minimize input, and reduce the effort required to accomplish design tasks. NX 8.5 continues to leverage synchronous technology, a Siemens PLM Software innovation that combines direct modeling with dimension driven design, to provide designers and engineers a better way to create and edit designs.

NX 8.5 for Simulation – New optimization tools such as NX Shape Optimization, suggest specific, detailed improvements to an existing design to reduce stress concentrations. NX 8.5 also includes improvements in simulation modeling, structural, thermal, flow, motion and multi-physics analyses to help prepare more accurate analysis models faster, and speed solution time by as much as 25 percent.

NX 8.5 for Manufacturing – NX 8.5 includes the full release of volume-based 2.5D Milling. Also new are functions to support and automate multi-part and multi-stage machining.

NX 8.5 is expected to be available in October. For more detailed information on all the new functionality in NX 8.5, please visit

Boeing Extends Deployment of Dassault Systèmes PLM Platform and Applications

Boeing Co. has signed a five-year contract to extend the use of Dassault Systèmes’ applications at both Boeing Commercial Airplanes and Boeing Defense, Space & Security. Dassault Systèmes and Boeing’s “Working Together” partnership began over 25 years ago and has resulted in numerous breakthroughs in the development and early deployment of powerful technologies that make game-changing innovations possible. “Boeing and Dassault Systèmes have enjoyed a long working relationship, and we are pleased to extend our contract. We look forward to continuing to collaborate with Dassault Systèmes to create and leverage new innovations that will enhance our product design and manufacturing capabilities,” said Nancy Bailey, Boeing vice president of IT Product Systems. “Dassault Systèmes continues to evolve and mature their solution portfolio to more completely address our needs across the entire product value stream. The Dassault Systèmes PLM solution suite will continue helping us create additional business value for our company.” “Boeing and Dassault Systèmes have enjoyed a unique partnership for over 25 years,” stated Bernard Charlès, president and CEO, Dassault Systèmes. “Both companies share a passion for innovation and for producing breakthrough experiences for our customers. We have also shared a common vision of how we can evolve our applications and Boeing’s processes to fuel remarkable innovation. Boeing has heavily influenced the evolution of Dassault Systèmes’ strategy, from 3D Design to DMU to PLM – and now to 3D Experience. We look forward to our continued partnership.”

Rev 11 release of LMS Virtual.Lab makes virtual simulation even more realistic

LMS International released LMS Virtual.Lab Rev 11, a new version of its solution for 3D functional performance engineering. LMS Virtual.Lab is a multi-attribute engineering platform, combining high accuracy with superior speed, and a highly efficient process for structural integrity, multibody dynamics, noise and vibration and durability. LMS Virtual.Lab integrates a scalable solution for structural modeling and analysis, with advanced model creation and manipulation tools to efficiently generate component, subsystem and full-system models, always innovative for enhancing the user’s experience. LMS Virtual.Lab Motion embeds the new LMS Virtual.Lab Composer supporting drag-and-drop GUI creation, for customization of industry-specific applications and streamlining the multibody dynamics simulation process. For Noise and Vibration, Rev 11 integrates a comprehensive structural FEM solver (coming from the recent SAMTECH acquisition) for fully coupled vibro-acoustic analyses. In addition, supporting high frequency acoustics, the Ray-Acoustics solver extends into the ATV technology. Running acoustic simulations up to the audible frequency range can be done more accurately and simply than ever before, an example being sound system design in vehicles. LMS Virtual.Lab Durability supports more accurate and faster simulation of seam welds through new technologies allowing the inclusion of size effects for seam welds and automatic identification of all typical seam weld topologies in an FE-mesh.

Autodesk Liberates Designers with Industry’s First Cloud-Based Pay-As-You-Go Simulation

Autodesk unveiled Autodesk Simulation 360—a comprehensive set of tools delivered securely in the cloud with a pay-as-you-go pricing model that enables any company to make simulation part of their everyday design and engineering processes. Architects and engineers can gain deeper insight into how buildings, including plants, will perform by simulating air flow to help ensure thermal comfort; analyze environmental effects on bridges and buildings; and test the behavior of structural materials including concrete — all before anything is ever built. Autodesk Simulation 360 is the latest offering to build upon the Autodesk 360 cloud-based platform. By performing computationally intensive simulation tasks in the cloud, designers, engineers and analysts can test multiple “what if?” design scenarios in parallel. The computational power of the cloud also eliminates the need for specialized hardware, thereby removing previous limitations and helping to increase productivity. The Autodesk Simulation 360 software portfolio includes a wide range of cloud-based mechanical, fluid flow, thermal and plastic injection molding tools at an affordable price. Additional benefits include direct geometry exchange; robust meshing tools; extensive material libraries; and proven solver technology to improve simulation accuracy in the areas of greatest concern. In contrast to traditional perpetual licensing, Autodesk Simulation 360’s easy and affordable, pay-as-you-go model simplifies access and offers unparalleled flexibility. For additional information on how to access Autodesk Simulation 360, visit Additional resources such as simulation experts, on-demand videos and tutorials are available at

 Jeffrey Rowe is the editor of MCADCafé and MCAD Weekly Review. He can be reached at or 719.221.1867.


This Week

Lead Story

Dassault Systèmes Simplifies 3D Design with SolidWorks 2013

Product and Company News

Industrial Espionage and PLM Security (The PLM Insider Blog)

Vuuch Enterprise Social Software to Support 2013 Autodesk Manufacturing Software Portfolio

More than 90% of customers would recommend Delcam

New 3D Printing System from ExOne Vastly Increases Print Speeds and Manufacturing Capabilities for Industrial Products

Stratasys Stockholders Approve Merger with Objet

The Future of Automotive Manufacturing: Moving Towards Digital Planning and Smart Manufacturing

ESI Group: Acquisition of OpenCFD Ltd., the leader in Open Source software in Computational Fluid Dynamics

Autodesk and Jitterbit Partner to Increase Access to Vital Product Lifecycle Management Data

VIDEO Press Release: Dassault Systèmes Introduces “Perfect Shelf”, a Game Changing Industry Solution Experience for Consumer Packaged Goods and Retail Companies

Delcam adds 40,000th customer – Lifetime Products Inc.

SpaceClaim and First Trace Announce Integration of SpaceClaim Engineer and Kinnosa

GstarCAD: the CAD Leader in Mobile Times

GstarCAD MC Free Edition is Available Now (iPad/iPhone/iTouch)

Sigmetrix Releases Latest Version Of GD&T Advisor Software For PTC Pro/ENGINEER And Creo

MSC Software Announces a New Fatigue Materials Testing Service

Quirky Fuels Invention Machine

LMS advances its solutions for mechatronic simulation in partnership with European industry leaders

Siemens PLM Software Consecutively Named HP AllianceONE Partner of the Year

A Little Homework Goes a Long Way — Research & Analysis on 3D Systems Corporation and Stratasys, Inc.

Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE Platform Adopted by Dana Holding Corporation to Improve Project Efficiency

Vax Standardizes on KeyShot for Design and Marketing Visuals

Stratasys Agrees to Settle Merger Litigation

ASCON Group Releases Beta Version of Enhanced PLM Solution for Small to Mid-Sized Companies Worldwide

ThinkDesign Product Suite Built with HOOPS Exchange and HOOPS Publish

GEOMATE announces free eLearning for GrafiCalc

ROMER Absolute Arm Now Up to 66% Faster (Hexagon Metrology)

Hexagon Metrology Releases New Brown & Sharpe TWIN-CAL IP67 Caliper

Video: Rev 11 release of LMS Virtual.Lab makes virtual simulation even more realistic

MecSoft Corporation partners with MekanoCNC

Actran 13.0 Delivers Performance, Functionality, and Ease of Use for Acoustics Simulation (MSC)

Sheet metal CADCAM can bring big benefits if you choose wisely (Lantek)

SigmaTEK Invites Fabricators to “Drop a Buck”

DARPA and Applied Research Lab at Penn State Choose PARC to Advance Virtual Product Development and Digital Manufacturing

CDS Catalog and CAD Download Solution Selected by UC Components

Comet Solutions Expands Its Presence in China

Granta Design Signs Master Software License Agreement with United Technologies for Materials Information Technology

Dassault Systèmes Supports Local Motors’ Drive to Design and Manufacture the Next Version of the “World’s Toughest Car”

GibbsCAM Technology Helps Drive DMG/Mori Seiki Standard

Hexagon Metrology Presents New Corporate Branding

IMSI/Design Announces TurboReview

Research and Markets: Global Product Data Management Market 2011-2015: Siemens PLM Software Inc., Dassault Systemes SA, SAP AG, Parametric Technology Corp Dominate

PLMIG publishes updated Product Structure Standard for PLM-ERP Series

Delcam UK expands offices

MCOR Expands its Territories with New Partner Program

Contactless excitation to study composite panel vibration response (LMS)

ZWCAD Design: More Advanced Tool Palettes in ZWCAD+

EnvisionTEC Unveils Industry Changing Availability of ABflex and ABStuff Rapid Prototyping Material

Digital Manufacturing Software Market in the APAC Region 2011-2015

Global Product Data Management Market 2011-2015

Computer Aided Design Market in China 2011-2015

IMAGINiT Technologies Earns Autodesk Simulation Specialization in Canada

New Training Courses From Cabinet Vision

SCSK Corporation of Japan Joins the Aras Partner Program

Computer-aided Design Market in the APAC Region 2011-2015

ESI Group Opens Its First Office in Russia

Delcam Polska opens second office in Katowice

Rapid Sheet Metal Inc Boosts Sales Coverage for Prototype Services

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AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology and Deutsche Messe AG Renew Successful Strategic Partnership

iPhone 5 Could Provide Big Boost to Robotics Developers

Aberdeen Publishes Contact Center, Manufacturing, Product Innovation & Engineering, GSM Research

White Paper: Proving Organic Nonlinear Electro-Optic Polymers Have Potential to Significantly Improve Performance of Spatial Light Modulators

NASA Selects Advanced Robotics Projects For Development

First Computer Displays Certified for Socially Responsible Manufacturing

Apriso Removes Barriers to Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence

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Electronics Contract Manufacturing and Design Services: The Global Market

Autodesk Streamlines Flagship VFX Software With Flame 20th Anniversary Edition

Market Research Projects Global Market for Electronics Contract Manufacturing to Reach $435 Billion in 2013

KETIV Achieves Autodesk Platinum Status, Autodesk’s Highest Tier for VARs

Mentor Graphics Calibre LFD Signoff Litho Checking Tool Certified for TSMC 20nm Process

Asia Pacific Market for Dental Prosthetics and CAD/CAM Devices – Japan, Australia, South Korea

KEMET Defense and Aerospace Capacitors Now Available at Digi-Key Corporation

Corporate Moves

Stephen Bodnar Joins Kenesto as Vice President, Products and Marketing

EOS Names Tim Morris New VP of North America

Roland DGA Announces Two New Appointments and a Promotion

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MCADCafe Awards an Amazon Kindle to Lucky IMTS Attendee

IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2012 Pre-Registration Number Surpasses Total IMTS 2010 Registrants

Michael Grieves, PLM Author, NASA Consultant, Professor, to speak at PLM Innovation Americas 2012

World Maker Faire Announces Exciting Speaker Lineup Featuring Leading Thinkers From the Maker Movement

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Rapidform 3D Scanning Event Attracts Record Crowd in Seoul Korea

NCSIMUL SOLUTIONS at IMTS 2012: Productivity-Enhancing Simulation Software

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PTC Exclusive CAD and Collaboration Sponsor of FIRST Tech Challenge Competition

MIT Media Lab Hosts Technology in the Classroom Town Hall in Partnership with NBC News’ Education Nation and Dell

Geomagic and Xisis to demonstrate the latest developments in 3D Scan, Design and Manufacture at TCT Live 2012

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PLMIG confirms Atlanta PLM-ERP Agenda to dovetail with PLM Innovation Americas

Delcam Japan to show latest in CAD and CAM at JIMTOF

Bluebeam International Rally Conference Pushes PDF and RPMs to the eXtreme

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The AMT Manufacturing Stage Set to Debut at IMTS 2012

Seiko Epson Corporation to Present at Aras ACE 2012 Japan Conference

Missler Software Inc. displays TopSolid at IMTS

ITI TranscenData Announces Sponsorship of PLM Europe 2012

20% Early Bird Registration Discount for PLM Innovation Americas 2012 ends 15th September

CGTech to exhibit at Siemens PLM Europe (VERICUT)

PTC to Speak at 2 Upcoming Investor Conferences

Corporate Newsletters

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MCADCafe Weekly (9/5/12): Autodesk Acquiring Inforbix for Cloud-Based PLM

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Autodesk continued its strategic investment in product lifecycle management (PLM) and has announced it has acquired certain assets of Inforbix, LLC. Inforbix is a software company focused on cloud-based SaaS solutions aimed at increasing the value of product data, productivity, and improved decision making for manufacturing-based companies. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. As a part of this acquisition, Autodesk also announced that it appointed Oleg Shilovitsky as Senior Director of PLM and Data Management. Shilovitsky is a co-founder of Inforbix, LLC.

“Oleg Shilovitsky is an established PLM thought leader who brings deep industry experience and a history of innovation to his new role at Autodesk,” said Buzz Kross, senior vice president, Design, Lifecycle and Simulation at Autodesk. “Since the launch of Autodesk PLM 360 last year, we have introduced thousands of new users to the power of cloud-based PLM. We are thrilled to welcome Oleg and under his leadership look forward to continued innovation and driving greater adoption of Autodesk PLM 360.”

Autodesk plans to incorporate Inforbix technology for indexing, search, personalization and data visualization into Autodesk PLM360, which will help to accelerate the vision for the Autodesk 360 cloud services.

Oleg Shilovitsky co-founded Inforbix in 2010 and served as CEO. He was Inforbix’s strategist, technologist, and ideologist and also an author of the PLM Think Tank and Beyond PLM blogs. Prior to Inforbix, Shilovitsky worked for Smart Solutions, SmarTeam, Enovia and Dassault Systems.


Commentary By Jeffrey Rowe, Editor

Well, summer’s (almost) over, and we’ve had a relative dearth of news coming out of the MCAD industry the past several weeks, but this acquisition is a big deal for both Autodesk and Inforbix.

Inforbix is a developer of software that lets users access and view product data from multiple sources without any confusing data extraction, import, or conversion required. The software also helps connect product data elements that may or may not be similar in character. Because it has always been cloud-based, Inforbix software is relatively easy to deploy and much less costly than traditional PLM applications – two characteristics also shared and touted by Autodesk’s cloud-based PLM 360.

To expand its PLM product offerings, Autodesk is acquiring “certain assets” of Inforbix. Although terms of the transaction were not disclosed (which is not all that unusual), the deal is not expected to have any impact on Autodesk’s future earnings guidance issued earlier on August 23, 2012 (see The Week’s Top MCAD Stories below). Requests for information regarding the “certain assets” and financial terms of the acquisition are still in the works, and we’ll report back what they are when Autodesk gets back with us.

It’s not too surprising that Autodesk plans to integrate Inforbix software into its PLM 360 (its cloud-based PLM suite launched in early 2012). It’s also not too hard to imagine that the Inforbix acquisition will expand the PLM 360 suite’s indexing, searching, personalizing, configuration, and data visualization capabilities.


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