September 27, 2004
Materialise Releases Magics 9.5 For Rapid Prototyping
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Materialise Releases Magics 9.5 For Rapid Prototyping
Materialise has released Magics 9.5 software. Driven by customer feedback, this latest release demonstrates Materialise' commitment to providing users with practical, innovative applications. Magics offers advanced and highly automated tools for STL manipulation. Using Magics you can interact directly on defective triangles and thus very quickly resolve any errors. It's the only software that is tuned entirely to the needs and characteristics of the rapid prototyping (RP), tooling, and manufacturing processes. Its powerful and efficient 3D tools of enable you to deliver high quality prototypes with the shortest lead times, while providing full documentation.
The key features of Magics 9.5 allow for:
Some of the most significant changes in this new release come in the tooling and STL optimization related modules. These are the highlights of the enhancements to Magics' range of modules:
In a nutshell, using Magics 9.5 cuts time and costs. Many of the world's most advanced service bureaus and toolmakers, as well as automotive, consumer electronics, and aerospace companies use Magics to gain a competitive advantage in today's business environment.
With headquarters in Belgium, Materialise started in 1990 in the rapid prototyping sector. Today, its software division develops applications enabling advanced use of rapid prototyping, tooling, and manufacturing techniques. Materialise is a software partner worldwide for companies in the automotive, aerospace and consumer electronics industries. Materialise has offices all over the world and the largest software development team in the RP sector.
processes, from STL handling and rapid prototyping, through optimization for FEA, to rapid tooling and manufacturing processes. Using STL files with the various Magics modules, you can do everything from visualizing, measuring, and manipulating designs within the files; to creating tooling directly from the STL design; to optimizing models for FEA purposes; to creating drawings of STL models. All in all, a broad range of capabilities for virtually all aspects of RP. As mentioned before, if RP is part of your workflow, you should take some time and check out what Materialise has to offer.
Workforce Productivity Gains Too Good To Be True According To New Study
competitive in their industry.
For the 2004 Convergys survey, over 300 senior executives in HR, finance, and operations at U.S. and European companies with revenues of greater than $1 billion were interviewed both in person and via telephone. The in-person interviews were all conducted with Fortune Most Admired companies.
65 percent of corporate executives surveyed said they face an increased demand for a flexible workforce to remain competitive in today's global market. Despite this awareness, the Convergys research showed that companies have trouble retaining key talent, don't have systems in place to identify skilled employees, and aren't providing more training and development for their most strategic employees -- all factors which contribute to low productivity.
The Convergys 2004 "Workforce Agility" study outlines the major obstacles companies face in maximizing their return on human investment (ROHI). For example, the corporate executives surveyed admit that gaps between workforce strategy and business strategy are common.
Moreover, the ability to mobilize their workforce to meet business demands with speed, precision, and agility remains an elusive goal. When asked to describe their company's ability to reallocate people to projects across lines of business or teams, over 45 percent of respondents rated their company as rigid, while only 16 percent rated their company as flexible.
Even companies known for employing best practices estimate that they are overspending by at least 10 percent on their workforce, yet their employees are under performing by 10 percent. As a result, companies could be leaving a significant percentage of their revenue on the table. Example: For a $10 billion company, a 10 percent decrease in workforce costs and a 10 percent improvement in productivity would represent nearly $1.25 billion in annual savings. While these results point to the need for financial discipline in overseeing HR, only 27 percent of companies in the U.S. say they have a human resources controller.
Most significant, the Convergys 2004 Workforce Agility study highlights a real gap between human resource needs and business goals. 55 percent of respondents claim that work structured around jobs versus skills and competencies is a major barrier to optimizing their key talent. In addition, 80 percent of senior executives emphasized the need to focus on retention and development of their strategic employees and most skilled talent. Paradoxically, less than 20 percent of HR executives rate their company as highly proficient at either of these.
"Companies are beginning to recognize the need to put a stronger emphasis on more strategic HR processes to manage and retain key talent," said Philip Fersht, Senior Analyst at Yankee Group. "The tough business climate is driving many medium-sized and large organizations to scrutinize how they measure, monitor, and manage their human capital."
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