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Lattice Technology, developers of the XVL ultra-compressed 3D data format, announced its newest software application, XVLstaff, aimed to prevent leaking of confidential 3D data. XVLstaff was developed jointly with Hitachi Software Engineering, and will be included with Lattice’s 3D data editing product, XVL Studio 7.0. XVL compression on CAD models helped usher in the practical use of 3D data in a myriad of downstream uses such as design review, production management, and logistics. Given the new, broader use of design documentation through XVL, the secure management of intellectual property is becoming more of a widespread concern. For the high security management of 3D data, XVLstaff grants access to files for external sharing and captures unwanted access to the data by tracing operation history. The product also enables forced expiration of previously distributed 3D data. One of the most important features of the new application compared to XVL Signer, is that it enables the change and ongoing management of an XVL file’s security setting after distributing it externally.

3D Systems Selects Canon to Manufacture 3D Desktop Modeler
3D Systems Corp. announced that it has selected Canon Virginia, Inc., a subsidiary of Canon U.S.A, Inc., to manufacture its V-Flash Desktop Modeler that 3D Systems plans to bring to market this summer. The company's development of proprietary Film Transfer Imaging (FTI) technology enabled the development of this simple, fast, compact and affordable desktop modeler. Both companies commenced working together to deliver this new revolutionary system to market. The V-Flash Desktop Modeler is expected to be the most economical machine of its kind at $9,900, making it affordable for businesses, hobbyists, and educational institutions.

SAP Unveils Co-Innovation Lab
SAP AG opened the SAP Co-Innovation Lab at SAP Labs U.S. in Palo Alto, Calif. The SAP Co-Innovation Lab will offer a hands-on environment for SAP, independent software vendors (ISVs), system integrators (SIs), and technology partners to work together with customers around current and future technologies, and to showcase how customers can increase competitive advantage and improve efficiencies by transforming their business networks with enterprise service-oriented architecture (SOA). Founding sponsors of the SAP Co-Innovation Lab include Cisco, HP, Intel and NetApp. To accurately simulate what is needed to support enterprise SOA effectively, the lab will re-create real-world performance and security required for Web-enabled and Internet/intranet-accessible business applications. Sponsors of the lab will participate in joint projects with ISVs, systems integrators and other technology vendors, and also will collaborate with SAP to develop solution blueprints to help customers create data center environments optimized to support enterprise SOA.

Toyota Deploys PTC Windchill PDMLink
PTC announced that Toyota Motor Corp. has deployed Windchill PDMLink 8.0 as part of a strategic process improvement initiative for its Powertrain Division. This initiative is aligned with Toyota's goal to improve the product development processes that lead to quality improvement, productivity gains and a reduction in powertrain development time. The deployment of Windchill PDMLink is one of the achievements of a multi-year joint development project PTC and Toyota began in 2002. The objective of this project is to improve the product development processes. PTC and Toyota worked together to carry out analysis for process improvements and then determined which technology should be adopted to achieve the targeted results. Ultimately, Toyota envisions Windchill providing the foundation for engineering data management for its powertrain division.

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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