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

CAD-ERP Data Integration System for SolidWorks
Elmo Solutions, a supplier of CAD-ERP data integration technologies, announced Agni Link 2008, a live, bidirectional CAD-ERP connector for SolidWorks and Microsoft Dynamics/NAV (Navision). Agni Link is a SolidWorks add-in that provides bidirectional integration with Microsoft Dynamics/NAV (Navision) databases. Every time a SolidWorks document is saved, the user may enter and/or edit data shared between SolidWorks and Microsoft Dynamics/NAV (Navision) using possible values taken "live" from Microsoft Dynamics/NAV (Navision). Upon end-user confirmation, data is updated in both the SolidWorks document and the Microsoft Dynamics/NAV (Navision) database, thus ensuring synchronization of both data sets and eliminating redundant data entry. Agni Link 2008 can process and synchronize a wide range of data from either side, including:

  • SolidWorks Part, Component and Assembly data
  • Microsoft Dynamics/NAV (Navision) Bills Of Materials
  • Microsoft Dynamics/NAV (Navision) Routing instructions

3D Systems Launches New 3D Modeler
3D Systems Corp. launched its InVision XT 3-D Modeler at the RP&M (RAPID) exhibition. The InVision XT 3-D Modeler q builds three-dimensional plastic models and prototypes directly and provides users with high-definition, functional, and durable models that are able to withstand rigorous handling and testing. This new, versatile InVision XT 3-D Modeler produces models in a variety of materials colors (white, blue or dark gray), suitable for a wide range of applications. Melt-away supports enable hands-free post-processing. With the launch of this new software application targeted at addressing a wide variety of model and prototype applications, 3D Systems is responding to the growing demand for rapid and compact software applications for RP&M. 3D Systems expects to begin shipments of the InVision XT 3-D Modeler in June 2007.

Kubotek USA Releases Super Feature Technology Whitepaper

Kubotek USA, developer of the KeyCreator design and manufacturing software, announced the immediate availability of a free white paper from Collaborative Product Development Associates (CPDA.) The white paper: Kubotek USA Raises the Bar on User Productivity with Super Feature Technology by Ken Versprille, PLM Research Director, CPDA, examines the needs manufacturers have for working with designs generated from multiple CAD programs and how new geometry-based feature technology from Kubotek improves productivity for these applications. In the paper Versprille points out that the benefits of the technology are not just in the editing of models. Because the technology can find pattern and feature relationships between faces all across a model in real-time, it is a valuable tool for exploring a customer’s model. Since complex features or “Super Features” can be defined in real-time on any CAD file, designs can be re-purposed for manufacturing, moldmaking and more. Versprille provides examples of manufacturers using these new capabilities to save design time in a design-through-manufacture workflow.

Dassault Systemes Reports Strong First Quarter

Dassault Systemes (DS) reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2007. Bernard Charles, Dassault Systemes President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Dassault Systemes had a very solid start to the year as the implementation of our new PLM mid-market channel and redesigned partnership with IBM are delivering results. DS achieved a 21% constant currency increase in non-GAAP revenue and non-GAAP earnings per diluted share increased 15% in the first quarter."
Some of the first Quarter 2007 financial highlights included:

  • GAAP revenue of EUR 290.9 million and GAAP EPS of EUR 0.28
  • Non-GAAP revenue of EUR 294.7 million, up 15% (up 21% in constant currencies)
  • Non-GAAP EPS of EUR 0.39, up 15% after absorbing an estimated 9 point currency impact
  • Total ENOVIA non-GAAP revenue up 139% in constant currencies, and up 29% in constant currencies before including MatrixOne
  • DS announced plans to acquire ICEM to complement DS' offering in high-end surfacing and styling.
QLogic Taps Agile 9.2 to Manage Environmental and Regulatory Compliance Requirements
Agile Software Corp. announced that QLogic has migrated to Agile 9.2 PLM, to take advantage of its expanded version of Agile Product Governance and Compliance (PG&C) to manage product and program compliance against standards and regulatory requirements. QLogic is the leader in Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBAs), stackable switches and blade server switches, whose products are the backbone of storage networks for most Global 2000 corporations. Agile 9.2 is the latest release of the Agile 9 platform that enables organizations to manage their enterprise product record throughout the product lifecycle -- from design to new product introduction to ramp to volume and end of life. Agile Software will assist QLogic's efforts to ensure compliance with environmental regulations such as the European Union's Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) regulation and Waste of Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) directive.

Jeffrey Rowe is the editor of MCADCafé and MCAD Weekly Review. He can be reached at Email Contact or 408.850.9230.

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