Spatial Releases New 3D Software Components

ICEM Shape Design R17 Released
ICEM Ltd. announced that ICEM Shape Design (ISD) R17 is shipping worldwide. ISD R17 provides a range of tools for the creation, validation, and modification of any type of surface, from freeform surfaces to complex mechanical shapes. Developed by ICEM on the Dassault Systèmes CAA V5 software architecture it integrates seamlessly with CATIA V5 and other CAAV5-based PLM environments. ISD R17 is available as a “collaborative” installation where access is available to all licensed CATIA V5 products or standalone where no CATIA V5 software is required. ISD R17 delivers new functionality in geometry creation, modification and quality analysis in addition to enhancements ensuring high quality and advanced surfacing options.

Electric Car Maker Turns to Solidworks
Green cars are tame cars, right? Well, the Tango – an all-electric two-seater sprints from 0-60 in four seconds - debunks that myth. Now being redesigned and refined in SolidWorks, the Tango travels two abreast in a lane, and, at 39 inches wide, can park four to a space. Commuter Cars of Spokane, Wash., outsourced the initial Tango design to an engineering firm that used a hodgepodge of CAD software and handed over a set of files that, while well-engineered, were a disorganized mess, according to President Rick Woodbury. Woodbury and his mechanical engineer used SolidWorks to converge scattered part files in smoothly operating assemblies and to optimize Tango systems like the high-performance suspension, NASCAR-grade roll cage, and stabilizing ballast. Commuter Cars manufactures Tangos to order for $108,000 to $148,000 depending on battery options and plans to ramp up volume-production as soon as the required funding is available.

Noran Engineering and UGS Expand CAE Relationship
Noran Engineering, Inc. (NEi) announced that it is expanding its business relationship with UGS Corp. NEi's status will change from OEM Supplier to full UGS Channel Partner. The change means NEi will market, sell, distribute, support, and service UGS' portfolio of engineering software used for computer-aided analysis and simulation, for example, Femap from the UGS Velocity Series and NX Nastran software. NEi previously distributed Femap though an OEM agreement under the brand name NEiModeler. The announcement further solidifies the long standing distribution arrangement between the two companies and sets the stage for new initiatives on collaborative efforts to further develop and promote Femap as a pre- and post-processing tool in the FEA market.

Defense Manufacturer Selects IFS Applications for PLM
IFS has received an order for IFS Applications from Saab Microwave Systems for the delivery of business applications for PLM. The applications will be used to create a foundation for developing a more agile and efficient integrated flow of processes to manage product development, manufacturing, and after sales. The order also includes components for product data management and document management. The vision is to develop a common product model for organizing product data whereby the users take responsibility for and maintain the information they produce, from concept to after sales. The product model integrates data and information from processes such as software, electronic and mechanical engineering, as well as purchasing, manufacturing, and quality control, which means that different user categories can share product information in a controlled manner. IFS Applications will replace several of Saab Microwave Systems' existing solutions for a common product model and will go live in September 2007.

Honda Racing to Develop 2008 F1 Car With Help From IBM

IBM announced that the Honda Racing F1 Team will develop and manufacture its 2008 Formula One car with the help of IBM software and services based on Dassault Systèmes' CATIA and ENOVIA VPLM, with infrastructure support from IBM Product Lifecycle Management solutions, including WebSphere Application Server and IBM Rational Rose Data Modeler. Over the last year, a team of IBM project management and technical services specialists worked together with the Honda Racing F1 team to assess and evaluate the company's requirements before implementing the solution. The solution also includes Geometric Solutions' xPDM gateway to integrate ENOVIA VPLM with legacy Teamcenter PDM environments, in the process enabling the Honda Racing F1 Team to rapidly replace their existing systems with minimal disruption to their business processes.

Jeffrey Rowe is the editor of MCADCafé and MCAD Weekly Review. He can be reached at Email Contact or 719.539.8549.

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