SolidWorks World 2009 Recap – Real Sustainability

EDITOR’s NOTE: We recorded a number of interesting video interviews during our time at SolidWorks World 2009 and they will be available for viewing in the very near future, so stay tuned!

The Week’s Top 5

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.

DCS Announces Partnership with SIMULIA
Dimensional Control Systems Incorporated (DCS) announced the signing of a software development partnership agreement with SIMULIA, the Dassault Systèmes brand for realistic simulation. The agreement will allow interoperability between DCS’s 3DCS FEA Compliant Modeler (CM) Software and Abaqus FEA software from SIMULIA. 3DCS FEA CM is an add-on module to the 3DCS tolerance simulation software, including 3DCS for CATIA V5 and 3DCS SA (Multi-CAD).The collaboration with SIMULIA builds upon the existing relationship between DCS and Dassault Systèmes to further provide customers within design and manufacturing, such as automotive, aerospace, consumer goods and high-tech, with unmatched capabilities for achieving dimensional integrity and product quality for non-rigid, “compliant” assemblies. Traditional variation analysis methods are considered to be "rigid-body" or "non-compliant" modeling; meaning that every part within the assembly does not flex or would not be distorted through an assembly process such as welding, clamping or unclamping of an assembly fixture. While this might be the case with a few machined components, most commodities/materials like sheet metal, plastics, aluminum, etc. can be heavily influenced through the manufacturing processes (both fabrication and assembly), thus changing the dimensional integrity or shape of the part/assembly. Abaqus FEA software is used to determine the stresses and displacements in mechanical objects and systems, and is the basis for this advancement in predictive analysis. 3DCS FEA Compliant Modeler utilizes FEA methods to accurately simulate variation of compliant parts and assemblies within the 3D Variation Analysis model.

Arena Solutions Announces Winter '09 Release of Arena With New Arena-SolidWorks Integration
Arena Solutions, a provider of on-demand software that helps small and mid-size manufacturers manage product record, announced it has gone live with its new Arena Winter '09 release. With more than 30 new enhancements -- including the new Arena-SolidWorks Integration -- the Winter '09 release strengthens the position of Arena as the central hub of the product development process, connecting with systems like CAD, EDA, PDM and ERP, and simplifying how product information is shared across organizations and throughout the supply chain, without imposing overhead, demanding changes in workflow or requiring heavy investments in consulting and customization. The new integration enables engineers to access and update the latest product information in Arena -- and share updates with key stakeholders in engineering, operations, purchasing, quality, contract manufacturing and the supply chain -- without having to leave the SolidWorks design environment. From within the SolidWorks application, for example, engineers can now assign new intelligent part numbers and link SolidWorks parts, assemblies, configurations, or drawings to new or existing Arena items. They also can update linked Arena items with information from SolidWorks properties.

EADS Selects MSC.Software As Simulation Partner For Its “PHENIX” PLM Harmonization Strategic Program
MSC.Software announced that it has been selected by EADS as major partner for Virtual Product Development (VPD) solutions across all EADS business divisions as part of the EADS PHENIX initiative. PHENIX is an EADS group-wide strategic initiative launched in 2007 to achieve harmonization and standardization of enterprise PLM methods, processes and tools across business units. This harmonization will improve communications between EADS divisions, reduce time-to-market, and increase overall product quality. EADS has selected MSC.Software as major partner for building up its multidisciplinary simulation backbone strategy. MSC.Software’s SimEnterprise product suite, including MD Nastran as well as SimXpert, and SimManager are candidates for EADS’ common solution for future product development.

Trace Software Announces elecworks for SolidWorks
Trace Software launched elecworks, its new electrical CAD Product. elecworks increases collaboration between electrical and mechanical teams and allows them to create automation and electrical installation projects better designed with faster documentation generation. Trace Software demonstrated elecworks at the SolidWorks World 2009 Conference. Attendees discovered a new generation software tool that lets them work on all areas of a digital installation in real time, based on a single database with multiple views: cable synoptic, schematics, equipment management, input/output tables, etc ; including a full SolidWorks 3D Cabinet module. The elecworks 3D Cabinet module for SolidWorks is an application that allows the design of Cabinet within SolidWorks using data in real-time from the scheme project, and will enable placement and clash detection capabilties.

Actify and Aras Forge Strategic Partnership
Actify Inc., a provider of product data collaboration solutions, announced that it has forged a technology partnership with Aras, a Microsoft enterprise open source software solution provider. The partnership will provide Actify's SpinFire visualization products embedded in every download of the advanced PLM software suite from Aras to deliver seamless 3D and 2D file translation, publishing, and distribution. Actify's SpinFire technology is designed to enable access, communication, distribution, and re-use of several 3D and 2D CAD file formats throughout an enterprise and global supply chain. SpinFire enables collaboration with all major CAD formats including CATIA, SolidWorks, Inventor, AutoCAD, NX, and Solid Edge. With the partnership, every download of the advanced PLM software solution from Aras will include Actify's SpinFire for CAD viewing with additional capabilities available as an upgrade.

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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