Ford To Create Vehicle Ethanol Corridor

ANSYS To Acquire Fluent
ANSYS announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Fluent Inc. Under the terms of the merger agreement, ANSYS will issue 6,000,000 shares of its common stock and pay approximately $300 million in net cash to acquire Fluent, subject to certain adjustments at closing. The transaction is valued at approximately $565 million based on the $44.11 per share closing price of ANSYS common stock on February 15, 2006. ANSYS will use a combination of existing cash and approximately $200 million from committed bank financing to fund the transaction.

Fluent Joins UGS Partner Program
Fluent Inc., a developer of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software and services, announced its partnership with UGS Corp. Fluent joins the UGS Partnership Program at the Foundation level, and will develop, market, and sell CFD technologies that are interoperable with UGS' NX software. Initial product plans include the Fluent Connection for NX, which includes a native reader for Parasolid software and NX enhancements that provide ease of use and facilitate the launching of Fluent's CFD tools within the NX environment. A two-way, fully-associative live reader will complement the Parasolid reader, enabling optimization looping in the design process.

German Machine Maker Switches To SolidWorks
LSW Maschinenfabrik GmbH, a German manufacturer of high-end assembly systems for the automotive industry, has purchased 80 licenses of SolidWorks. After thorough benchmark testing, the company, part of the German IWKA Group, switched from Autodesk Inventor to SolidWorks, for engineers in LSW's Bremen headquarters and at its American subsidiary, B&K Corp., in Michigan. The company said that one of SolidWorks. main advantages proved to be its speed in converting solid models into 2D drawings, an important step in design cycle efficiency already witnessed in other sectors of the IWKA Group. LSW Maschinenfabrik's assembly systems produce engines, cylinder heads, axles, transmissions, steering systems, and other components. The company designs assembly systems for use in production. The systems mainly assemble components for power trains, such as engines, cylinder heads, axles, transmission, and steering systems.

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. To Deploy UGS' Teamcenter
UGS Corp. announced Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. will deploy UGS' Teamcenter software 2005 to manage all product data for its entire, multi-national F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program. Lockheed Martin, the world's number one defense contractor, has relied on Teamcenter for more than eight years as the digital backbone for its JSF program. As the prime contractor for a global coalition of aerospace and defense companies, Lockheed Martin plans to migrate all 7,000 of its Teamcenter licenses to Teamcenter 2005. Teamcenter is also used by more than 5,000 JSF partner users and 1,500 supplier users at more than 130 sites worldwide. Teamcenter is used throughout the JSF program to coordinate a global collaboration network that includes three primary industrial partners plus more than 1,000 suppliers in 30 countries who are designing and building up to 5,000 aircraft with at least three major variations. Teamcenter manages the complete technical definition of each model and serial number aircraft which produces a massive amount of data that is expected to grow to more than 20 terabytes.

New SolidWorks Training Books Available
Sheet Metal Guy, LLC announced that three new SolidWorks training books are now available at The series of SolidWorks training manuals provides practical, easy-to-follow lessons that help reduce the time and cost of product development. "Doctor Walt's Introduction to SolidWorks" uses practical examples to quickly introduce the novice SolidWorks user to the techniques required to create part models and associated drawings. "Doctor Walt's SolidWorks Workbook" covers intermediate level part modeling and assemblies. Exercises include design tables, assembly simulation, injection molded parts, and sheet metal design. "Doctor Walt's SolidWorks Assemblies" deals with both "top-down" and "bottom-up" assembly modeling techniques. Special attention is given to the use of derived parts and the interplay of mating relationships. Associated assembly drawings with bills of material and balloon callouts are also covered.

Jeffrey Rowe is the editor and publisher of MCADCafé and MCAD Weekly Review. He can be reached here or 408.850.9230.

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  • October 09, 2008
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    I can never fathom how it is a benefit to "invent" a way to use fertile ground (they aren't making it anymore) to increase greenhouse gases, no matter how you size it up or imagine a benefit.
    Clean, non toxic, inexpensive food is one of the few things that makes sense to produce with the soil. Of course there are distribution problems galore to solve real problems.
    When are we going to stop inventing things that will make us more hated. Using the earth's very limited resources to move four thousand pound vehicles with all the creature comforts reminds me of the joke:
    There won't be problems with global warming because we have air conditioning.
    This is a short sighted (probably profitable), extremely misquided effort. What about conservation, extreme conservation? Someone please tell me how I am wrong?

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