Laser Scanning Makes Manufacturing Inroads

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• SpaceClaim Professional 2007+ software
• 3D Data Exchange Package, which includes PARASOLID, ACIS, Rhino data exchange and import of CATIA v4, Pro/ENGINEER, NX, Inventor and SolidWorks files
• Access to on-line, live training classes
• Access to Technical Support
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Geometric releases version 6.0 of eDrawings Professional for CATIA V5
Geometric Ltd., a leader in Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) services and technologies, today announced the release of eDrawings Professional for CATIA V5. Major enhancements in this release of eDrawings Professional for CATIA V5 include support for:
• 3D Functional Tolerancing & Annotations (FTA)
With eDrawings Publishers users can:
• Generate ultra compact eDrawings with up to 95% compression, compared to the original CAD file
• Share and receive feedback on product designs with review-enabled eDrawings and collaborate with an unlimited number of recipients
• Manage, track and merge comments from different team members
• Share design data with password protected and self-extracting eDrawings
• Measure the geometry in part, assembly and drawing files when dimensions are absent
• Disable measurement feature to protect sensitive design data
• Examine internal details of parts and assemblies with dynamic cross sectioning
• Hide/Show/Move components to better understand assembly structure
eDrawings Publishers are available on CATIA V5, NX, Pro/ENGINEER, Autodesk Inventor, Solid Edge, and Google SketchUp.

hyperMILL V9.7 Integrates with SolidWorks and Autodesk Inventor 2008
OPEN MIND Technologies AG has completed the development of hyperMILL V9.7. With this product release OPEN MIND is now offering the users SolidWorks integration. hyperMILL’s integrations with Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire, Autodesk Inventor, thinkdesign, and hyperCAD 2007.1 have also been updated in this release.
Alongside added functionality, the newest version of the CAM software program hyperMILL brings users of hyperMILL’s CAD integrations up to date. Users of these versions can access all of the software’s functional benefits in an integrated manner, including the new millTURN module. hyperMILL offers users an array of strategies for 2D, 3D, HSC and 5-axis machining, as well as milling and turning, in one user interface. Programming efforts are reduced with sophisticated feature technology, including feature recognition, automatic mapping of hole and pocket features, feature list, feature browser, macro technology and macro database. The postprocessors, tailored to specific machines, controllers and manufacturing processes, ensure that the CAM programs are processed on the machine. With new workspace monitoring the user can check in advance whether the machining job can be performed within the given workspace or whether limit switches will be crossed. The ‘best fit’ function automatically optimizes machining with a view to the available work space and also allows optimal space usage when small or limited machines are used.

Datakit Acquires CADIQ, CADfix, and DEXcenter
Datakit has acquired the engineering data interoperability business of Ingetech and will be distributing the CADIQ, CADfix, and DEXcenter products from ITI TranscenData.
• CADIQ - the 3D CAD model comparison and product data quality product
• CADfix - the multi-CAD exchange, repair and defeaturing solution for downstream CAx
• DEXcenter - the data exchange automation and supplier CAD data collaboration portal
The services and solutions offered by Datakit are designed for manufacturers, their first-tier suppliers, and all players in the supply chain. Users are particularly concerned with the ability to effectively receive part files and complete assemblies, supply them to their partners, check the quality of incoming models, reliably and automatically demonstrate compliance with design specifications, and implementing long-term solutions for data archiving.

TekSoft is Now Geometric Technologies
TekSoft, Inc. has been renamed Geometric Technologies, Inc. This follows the decision to adopt the “Geometric” brand across all operating companies by its holding company - Geometric Limited (formerly Geometric Software Solutions Company Limited). Geometric specializes in several aspects of engineering solutions, services, and technologies. Its portfolio of global engineering services and digital technology solutions for PLM, enable companies to formulate, implement, and execute global engineering and manufacturing strategies aimed at achieving greater efficiencies. The end-user products from Geometric include CAMWorks, eDrawings Publisher, DFMPro, and GeomCaliper. eDrawings Publisher is a lightweight collaboration tool for 3D models that enables publishing of 3D model from all major CAD systems. DFMPro is an automated intuitive tool for designers to accurately predict the manufacturability of models. GeomCaliper is an integrated, automated thickness checker for 3D CAD models. The key technologies from Geometric are NestLib, Feature Recognition (FR), GeomDiff, and 3DSearchIT. Geometric licenses these technologies to OEM partners and also designs and implements customized process solutions using these technologies for industrial customers.

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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