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I'll be curious to see how Dassault responds to this latest announcement with its competing initiative, 3D XML. I'm also trying to arrange and conduct a study that will contrast and compare the two - JT Open Vs. 3D XML. This open data issue is just starting to get interesting and should heat up considerably in the coming months.

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Dassault Systemes Reports Q3 Financial Results
Dassault Systemes reported financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2005. Third quarter financial and business highlights include:
  • Total revenue EUR 213.8 million, up 14% as reported and in constant currencies
  • Software revenue EUR 183.3 million, up 17% as reported and in constant currencies
  • Process-centric revenue EUR 170.4 million, up 11% as reported and 12% in constant currencies
  • PDM revenue EUR 26.5 million, up 12% as reported and in constant currencies, with PDM software end-user revenue up 33%
  • SolidWorks revenue EUR 43.4 million, up 24% as reported (up 24% in U.S. dollars)
  • EPS EUR 0.32 on U.S. GAAP basis and EPS EUR 0.32 excluding acquisition costs, up 14%.
ABAQUS Software Adopted by Major Automotive OEM For Crash Simulation
ABAQUS Inc. announced that BMW Group has adopted ABAQUS software as the basis for all its vehicle crashworthiness simulation. ABAQUS provide software, technology, and services for advanced finite element analysis (FEA) and a key part of SIMULIA, the new Dassault brand for realistic simulation. The decision comes after an intensive four-year technical collaboration during which the two companies worked together to advance ABAQUS software to meet BMW's requirements for accuracy and robustness. BMW Group has used ABAQUS software since 1986, beginning with engine development and today encompassing substantial simulation requirements in engine, chassis, and body-in-white design. The capability of ABAQUS to accurately model complex material behavior and to capture the important physical response of automotive components and systems in these applications motivated BMW to begin a formal project in 2001 to investigate using ABAQUS for crashworthiness simulation. BMW has now adopted ABAQUS software for all crashworthiness simulations and will continue the joint development program.

VERICUT 6 To Include Native CATIA And ACIS Translation
Spatial Corp., a provider of 3D components, and CGTech, the developer of VERICUT software, announced the inclusion of Spatial's InterOp Translators in CGTech's soon-to-be-released VERICUT 6. The addition of Spatial's translators lets users of VERICUT 6 import and export native CATIA V5, ACIS (SAT), and STEP models. Spatial's access to APIs, as a subsidiary of Dassault Systemes and as the developer of the 3D ACIS Modeler, enables the company to provide accuracy in data translation of CATIA V5 and SAT files through its InterOp line. This technology is accessed through the CAD Model Import and Model Export features of VERICUT 6. Model Export creates CAD models from the VERICUT "in-process" cut model that is generated by simulating an NC program. The resulting surface or solid model contains as-machined features produced by the NC program.

MSC.Software And Engineous Form Global Strategic Alliance
MSC.Software Corp. a provider of virtual product development (VPD) solutions including simulation software and services, and Engineous Software Inc., a provider of product development infrastructure coupled with robust design tools, today announced a global strategic alliance through which Engineous' iSIGHT and FIPER will be integrated with MSC.Software's enterprise solutions. This announcement is an extension of MSC.Software's current relationship with Engineous. Engineous' iSIGHT process integration and design optimization software and FIPER, a component-based, integration infrastructure will provide design improvements using MSC's enterprise solutions. This alliance will couple MSC.Nastran, MSC.ADAMS, MSC.Patran, MSC.Marc, and MSC stochastic simulation technologies with iSIGHT and FIPER. The combined functionality can be managed with the MSC.SimManager enterprise data management infrastructure.

MSC.Software Joins Itanium Solutions Alliance
MSC.Software Corp. also announced it has joined the newly formed Itanium Solutions Alliance. As the first simulation company to provide support of Intel's 64-bit Itanium 2 processors, MSC.Software has committed to work with the Alliance to further the capabilities of High Performance Computing products based on Itanium platforms. MSC.Nastran is used for linear and nonlinear analyses of structural, fluid, thermal, and coupled systems. The Itanium Solutions Alliance was formed by enterprise and technical computing providers to work together toward a common goal of transitioning the world of proprietary computing platforms to the new datacenter based on open, industry standards based platforms.

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  • Wonder No More! January 01, 2009
    Reviewed by 'Stephen J Schoonmaker'
    In this October 2005 essay that you wrote (commenting on what I wrote), you posed the following question:
    So what's going to come of all this?
    It took a while, but 2008 has given you the answer: National Economic Collapse. Oh, we can say we managed to weather the storm, but in reality, we are still pursuing consumption (with borrowed money) of cheap Asian goods from WongMart. Keep in mind that China/Korea/Japan are just gradations of the same one-way street economic model made possible by the traitor CEO's, corrupt politicians, and industry-hating media. I wonder how many tree-hugging Left Coasters driving Subarus (Fuji Motors), Toyotas, and Hondas care that Japanese women are second class citizens, and that they're still slaughtering whales and decimating fisheries? I suspect they know full well how bad Japan is; they just hate people like me, and love to feel the rush of power as they squash me like a little bug (trees apparently need to be spared more than I do).
    And now, instead of selling more technology or factories (they're all gone), we are selling our sovereign rights. China SAFE Investments, Ltd. is now a "partner" with Bank of America. Budweiser beer is now European (its all about greedability). Do you think we control any companies overseas? I know we don't. In dealing with Asia and Germany, I find that their governments actually control the plants, not us.
    In fact, I dare anyone to find a case where an American company fired one single manager anywhere in China, Korea, Japan, France, or Germany. And I mean fired American-style (not some local law process). You know how American-style goes: Hi Fred. How's Wilma? Great. Well, this is your last day, Fred. Here's your box, Fred. There's a ClintoNAFTA-era program to turn you into a bedpan-changing nurse's aid. Sorry you used to be a skilled manufacturing worker. But, I need the money to build a factory in Viet Nam. Bye, Fred.
    And don't think Mr. Obama is going to fix this. He wants to make jobs doing construction. Well, I am an engineer in construction equipment, and every time I look at the glitzy company newsletter, its all about "partnering" with plants in Asia (or building your "own" factory like JLG/Oshkosh). Mr. Obama is going to wind up spending US tax money to buy foreign equipment (you'll think its a US name, but just like with auto's it will be with foreign content for the expensive stuff). And the media will be silent. And the academics will remind us, "you can't stop globalization". Only now they add, "even if it means we become economic vassals of sexist/nationalist/socialist governments".
    Maybe the wacko's were right. It makes more sense now that the moon landings were faked. How could we have done that? With no free trade? With no malls? With no overpriced real estate? With unions controlling all the factories? And no Japanese parts? And Mom's all at home raising kids.
    Boy, I sure miss having my own country already...

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