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Siemens PLM Software Delivers Parasolid Version 21
Siemens PLM Software announced Parasolid Version 21.0 (V21) software, the latest release of its 3D geometric modeling component software. Parasolid V21 includes numerous modeling enhancements across a wide spectrum of functionality. These enhancements will benefit the independent software vendors who have licensed Parasolid modeling technology to produce more than 350 end-user products in the product design and analysis market space. Enhancements include:
  • Local operations – Several enhancements have been made to allow significantly more complex changes while performing local edits of geometry. For example, options have been added to automatically indicate desired behavior when features such as holes and bosses interact as the result of a local editing operation.
  • Enhanced surface creation – Sophisticated sheet and surface creation and manipulation capabilities have been extended. For example, users can perform sweep operations with enhanced control of rotation as well as with more complex configurations of guide curves. In addition, users can perform loft operations between profiles while twisting along a path.
  • Application support – A new diagnostic mechanism has been added and the tools that help application developers track the creation, editing and deletion of entities have been further developed to provide more support for sophisticated undo and rollback algorithms.
DoubleCAD XT PRO Launches
IMSI/Design announced the upgrade to free DoubleCAD XT, DoubleCAD XT PRO, an AutoCAD LT work-alike that includes features normally found in more expensive CAD applications. "DoubleCAD stands for 'Drafting & Detailing' and with our new PRO version, we really feel we're raising the AutoCAD LT bar," said Royal Farros, CEO of IMSI/Design. Based on IMSI/Design's CAD code, DoubleCAD XT PRO works like AutoCAD LT -- that is, you get high-level AutoCAD (.DWG) compatibility and a familiar menu bar, menu items, drawing tools, modify tools, command line, and an “intelligent” cursor. But DoubleCAD XT PRO goes beyond AutoCAD LT with features that include a Drafting Palette, powerful parametric 2D constraints, and workflow compatibility with other popular applications like Google SketchUp and Blender. DoubleCAD XT PRO's Drafting Palette expedites the drafting-to-detailing process. It creates associative 2D sections based on standard views or sectional planes of 3D surface or ACIS solid models, including XREFs. You can create nested, associative sections (cross-sections of cross-sections). The 2D views may be placed in paperspaces (layouts), hatched, dimensioned, and annotated. Because they are associative, if the model is changed, or the section plane is updated, the 2D profiles, hatches, and fills are also updated automatically. According to the company, DoubleCAD XT PRO also contains other CAD capabilities, such as a range of intelligent (parametric) architectural objects, Parametric Parts Manager, Bill Of Materials (BOM), Design Director, and XREFs from any supported file format, as well as innovative features like self-healing walls, self-aligning blocks, handle-based editing of selected objects, snap prioritization, brush editor, and smart dimensions.

LMS GVT Solution Helps Cut Acquisition Time In Half
LMS and its Spanish partner Alava Ingenieros have completed a GVT technology co-operation project with the Ground Vibration Testing (GVT) team at EADS-CASA that enabled the team to successfully complete a 700-channel large-scale aircraft GVT on the Airbus A400M in less than a month. Also, four additional configurations were tested in only two extra weeks. Part of an on-site support project, LMS and Alava Ingenieros engineers helped with the EADS-CASA deployment of a 700-channel LMS SCADAS III hardware and LMS Test.Lab software system over a series of three GVT tests: the Airbus A310 MRT, the Airbus A330 MRTT, and the Airbus A400M. The project covered complete LMS Test.Lab and LMS SCADAS III system installation and integration, extensive training, and on-site assistance. The entire GVT cycle took just under a month for a thorough 700 channel set-up that included placing 700 accelerometers. During this period, various GVT tests, performed by a joint team from EADS-CASA MTAD’s Structural Test Department in collaboration with EADS-CASA MTAD’s Aeroelasticity & Dynamic Loads department, were carried out on the first aircraft, the Airbus A400M MSN01, which was placed on an elastic rubber platform to simulate a “ready for flight” configuration. These standard tests measured the frequency and damping modal parameters to determine the aircraft’s dynamic behavior from an aeroelastic point of view.

Siemens PLM Software-Sponsored Race Teams off to a Roaring Start; Winning Races, Breaking Records
Siemens PLM Software-sponsored race team lead all three NASCAR Series and National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Pro Stock series standings. In the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Siemens PLM Software-sponsored race teams won the first three points races in 2009, setting multiple records along the way. Joe Gibbs Racing’s driver Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He also won the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Trucks Series races, becoming the first driver in NASCAR history to win two major series races in the same day. Roush Fenway Racing’s driver Matt Kenseth started the season with back-to-back wins. Kenseth won the season opener, the Daytona 500, and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at California at Auto Club Speedway in California. Hendrick Motorsports’ driver Jeff Gordon is the current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points leader. Roush Fenway Racing’s driver Carl Edwards is the current NASCAR Nationwide Series points leader. In addition to the success in NASCAR, KB Racing, which races in the NHRA Pro Stock series, is speeding off the line with a win and new record at the season opener. Jason Line, the 2006 NHRA Pro Stock world champion, won the Kragen O'Reilly NHRA Winternationals, and teammate Greg Anderson, the three-time NHRA Pro Stock world champion, set a new elapsed time record of 6.528 seconds to become the current NHRA Pro Stock national record holder. Line is the current NHRA Pro Stock points leader, and Anderson is in third place.

Jeffrey Rowe is the Editor of MCADCafé and MCAD Weekly Review. He can be reached at Email Contact or 719.221.1867.

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