Autodesk Introduces 2010 Manufacturing Product Line

The Week’s Top 5

Over the course of the next several months, we hope to get a number of these new 2010 products in-house to take a closer look, because most of them are applicable and important to our readers who are interested in what’s new from Autodesk. Stay tuned!

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.

Dassault Systèmes Invests in Intercim
Dassault Systèmes (DS) and Intercim LLC, a market leader in manufacturing and production operations management software solutions for advanced and highly regulated industries, announced a new step forward in their strategic alliance, with Dassault Systèmes taking a minority position in Intercim LLC. The announcement illustrates Dassault Systèmes and Intercim’s commitment to bringing the real world of Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) into the virtual world of PLM. The partners will provide a dynamic, real-time ability to execute production orders exactly as planned by manufacturing engineers and close the loop between engineering and the shop floor. Dassault Systèmes’ investment in Intercim, a partner since 2004, follows a June 2008 Memorandum of Understanding to provide the aerospace and defense industry with Intercim's manufacturing operations management solution integrated with Dassault Systèmes' V6 platform. Creating real-time collaboration on product and production lifecycle data in a single online referential between the different communities in the manufacturing supply network, such as design engineering, manufacturing engineering, shop floor, and quality management;
Enforcing engineering-driven production execution on the shop floor, as designed and as planned.

Okuma America Corporation Selects PTC CoCreate to Design CNC Machinery
PTC announced that Okuma America Corp., a developer of computer numeric controls (CNC) and machining technology, has selected PTC CoCreate to design CNC machinery adaptations within their standard CNC product line. CoCreate is the explicit 3D CAD modeling and data management software that provides companies with a lightweight and flexible approach to designing products. For manufacturers delivering products to a worldwide market, the challenges can be daunting. For complex products, especially ones that are customized to meet localized needs, the barriers to success are even greater. Okuma America is one such manufacturer. With its parent company based in Japan, the majority of the product designs Okuma produces regularly require customization for application and use in the North and South American markets that Okuma serves. Okuma America wanted a 3D CAD solution that would deliver a complete product design environment that would be flexible and easily adaptable for its design-to-order and custom product lines. Okuma’s US-based design team uses PTC CoCreate to construct and adapt its existing product designs for these markets—custom designs that offer fast-on-the-fly interactions with geometry. Each month, the Charlotte team receives machines containing 2,000 to 10,000 components that require specific customization for these mixed American markets. By utilizing CoCreate explicit 3D modeling to adapt their existing product line, Okuma is able to satisfy the uniquely specialized customer requirements.

Mastercam’s Feature Based Machining
With its release of Mastercam X3, CNC Software Inc. introduced Feature-Based Machining (FBM) that eliminates the manual processes involved in identifying features for programming milling and drilling operations on solid parts. By analyzing the part for specific feature types (shapes, size, location of holes, etc), FBM can automatically create the individual toolpaths needed to machine the selected features and intelligently design an effective machining strategy. Mastercam X3 includes two types of FBM toolpaths - FBM Mill and FBM Drill. Both toolpath types use information derived from the part's features in combination with a stock definition to accomplish the following tasks:

  • Detect all features for the selected FBM toolpath type, based on selection criteria the user defines. The user can then review all of the identified machining features, and selectively modify or remove features from the list before generating toolpaths.
  • Select the appropriate tools, either from a preferred tools list or from specified libraries.
  • Create and assign boundaries needed to drive or constrain tools.
  • Automatically generate all of the toolpaths necessary to machine the features.

Geometric Launches DFMPro for Pro/ENGINEER
Geometric Limited announced DFMPro for Pro/ENGINEER. This design for manufacturability (DFM) product is integrated within the Pro/ENGINEER design environment, and provides a series of automated checks and analysis to assist a designer in creating designs, that are cost effective and easy to manufacture. DFMPro is a DFM tool developed for designers to facilitate upstream manufacturability validation and identifying areas in a design that are difficult, expensive, or impossible to manufacture. This design for manufacturability tool is engineered examining product manufacturability. It includes advanced design rules for manufacturing processes like milling, drilling, turning and sheet metal fabrication. Some benefits of DFMPro include:

  • Early prediction and prevention of production problems or manufacturing inefficiencies
  • Evolution of optimal design and product quality
  • Automation of manufacturability review process
  • Reduction of lead-time by reducing backtracking and design iterations
  • A scalable framework for manufacturability knowledge capture and reuse

TransMagic Helps Superlift Raise Productivity
TransMagic Inc. announced that Superlift Suspension Systems has integrated TransMagic into its design process. Superlift is leveraging the power and flexibility of TransMagic software to exchange 3D data between different CAD systems. Using TransMagic, designers visually select, automatically repair and group the needed portions of 3D CAD data from automotive OEMs before importing into SolidWorks. Superlift engineers use the data to create new product designs. Superlift has reduced reverse engineering processes and file re-creation by integrating TransMagic. Quality is also improved since new product designs are based on original OEM data rather than measurements taken in the field. TransMagic reduces the costs of translating, repairing, and repurposing 3D CAD files to any design and manufacturing applications. Visit for a free trial.

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

This Week

Lead Story

Autodesk 2010 Manufacturing Software Demonstrates Power of Digital Prototyping

Product and Company News

Hawk Ridge Systems, the World's Largest SolidWorks Reseller, Receives Reseller Awards at SolidWorks World
Autodesk Reports Fourth Quarter And Full Year Fiscal 2009 Financial Results
SolidWorks Wins Engineers’ Choice Award
Arena Solutions Announces Growth in 2008 New Bookings and Net Retention
Tech Soft 3D Releases HOOPS v17.0
Homeowners Go Green with Wind Turbines Designed in SolidWorks 3D CAD and Simulation Software
Siemens PLM Software Delivers Parasolid Version 21
Smith & Wesson Improves Product Development Process with Dassault Systèmes Software Solutions
Autodesk Names ADEPT Airmotive as Inventor of the Year for 2008
Siemens PLM Software Technology Used for Design and Engineering of Award-Winning Nissan GT-R
INUS Technology Opens Enhanced Website
think3 Partners with thinkUSA
InnovMetric Launches PolyWorks(R) V11 Pre-Release Version
Dassault Systemes Delivers New Solutions for Simulation Automation and Optimization
Lattice Technology Announces XVL v10
usb GmbH Launches European Training Center for Aras Enterprise Open Source PLM Software Solutions
KOMPAS-3D V10 SP2 is now available
ModernTech Mechanical Wins Top Sales Awards at SolidWorks World 2009
Mastercam’s High Speed Toolpaths Increase Efficiency and Automation
Deuce Snowboards Uses PTC CoCreate to Design Revolutionary New Multi-Edge Snowboard

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