On The Ground and In The Clouds At SolidWorks World 2010

In a move to economize (and who isn't these days), this year there were no offsite events (aka Disneyland) for press members or attendees, but nobody I talked to really seemed to mind, and most agreed it was the appropriate thing to do. Virtually everyone I talked to was just glad to be at the event and made the most of hanging out with other users, SolidWorks employees, partners, and resellers. Overall, I experienced a much more positive/upbeat mood and tone compared with last year. Not that everyone was jumping for joy with the state of things, but more a feeling of having survived and moving on to the future.

All in all, a well-orchestrated and worthwhile event for everyone who attended. We saw and heard a number of very interesting things, some of which might actually make it to market, and we'll stay on top of those in the upcoming months as they unfold and become more tangible.

SolidWorks World 2011 will be held in San Antonio, Texas, January 23-26, 2011 and I'm already looking forward to it.

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.

PTC Wins Strategic Windchill Contract with One of the World's Largest Producers of Commercial Vehicles
PTC announced that Volvo Group has signed an agreement moving PTC from a directional decision to a firm strategic decision to use Windchill for Volvo Group's strategic VPDM (Virtual Product Data Management) program. This decision is the result of a lengthy final validation that demonstrated the value of the Windchill software and PTC´s capability to execute as an organization. Volvo Group is one of the world's leading manufacturers of trucks, buses and construction equipment, drive systems for marine and industrial applications, and aerospace components and services.

SolidWorks PhotoView 360 and Luxology's modo 401 Open New Doors for Mechanical Engineering Designers
Industrial designers are achieving photorealistic imaging results from designs modeled in Solidworks 2010 and visualized in Solidworks PhotoView 360 and Luxology's modo software. PhotoView 360, which is bundled with the SolidWorks Premium and Professional 2010 editions for rapid design visualization while modo offers control over design visualization parameters with features such as animation. SolidWorks users Stuart Brown and Paul McCrorey have recently tapped the capabilities of both PhotoView 360 and modo 401 to improve the quality of client presentations. Brown is the owner of 3D Engineers, a specialty design firm that applies computer visualization tools to the process of classic car restoration. Stuart's work straddles the worlds of mechanical engineering and design, and was enthusiastic about how the rendering features of PhotoView 360 enhanced his SolidWorks experience. Recently, a client who wanted a custom car asked Stuart to create a virtual wooden render of a buck, which is a wooden rig used to help make automobile bodies. After using Solidworks 2010 and PhotoView 360 to realize the buck, he then used modo 401 for final visualization. Paul McCrorey, also a designer and mechanical engineer runs McCrorey Digital. He recently concluded a project using SolidWorks 2010, PhotoView 360 and modo 401 to create realistic images plus an animation of a unique Merlexi Chair wheelchair design. Like Stuart, Paul is very pleased with how this new generation of visualization tools has extended his SolidWorks modeling and design capacity.

'Bunkspeed powers its next generation of software with mental images iray Technology
Bunkspeed has selected iray rendering technology from mental images to power its next generation software to be called Bunkspeed SHOT- the company's real-time photorealistic rendering application. According to the company, Bunkspeed SHOT simplifies the process of 3D object rendering, putting photorealistic imagery directly into the hands of designers, photographers, engineers, architects, creative agencies, and other creators of 3D content. Bunkspeed was the first to offer a "virtual digital camera" in the form of interactive real-time ray tracing with its introduction of HyperShot, whose workflow enabled digital designers to bring their creations to life, in minutes not hours-freeing them from the complex technical processes so often related to 3D rendering tools. According to the company, Bunkspeed SHOT's ability to use either the CPU, GPU, or both promises to be faster than ever before, scaling on one or more machines to make optimal use of different hardware configurations. Bunkspeed SHOT's integration with mental images' iray rendering technology, fully exploits the powerful parallel processing power of NVIDIA CUDA-enabled GPUs, encouraging more rapid iterations with stunning photorealistic accuracy. The next generation of Bunkspeed SHOT fully integrated with iray rendering technology will be available starting Q2 2010 and will be available as a free 30 day trial, an upgrade to all current Bunkspeed HyperShot customers, and no charge to all those on maintenance or pre order.

New ScanTo3D Support for SolidWorks 2010
ReverseEngineering.com announced that its newest product, ReverseEngineering.com 2010, measurement-based reverse engineering and inspection software, has been optimized for maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) operations. ReverseEngineering.com supports 64-bit supported CMM hardware under Windows 7. ReverseEngineering.com 2010 is designed for feature measurement, inspection, and CAD-to-part comparison directly in SolidWorks using popular 3D scanners, laser trackers, and portable manual CMM arms. ReverseEngineering.com 2010 is a Certified SolidWorks Gold OEM plug-and-play tool-set integrated with SolidWorks 2010 3D mechanical design software. Engineers and designers use SolidWorks with ReverseEngineering.com 2010 to capture and measure data from existing parts, while working directly within the SolidWorks environment. ReverseEngineering.com 2010 is designed specifically to support MRO.

SpaceClaim Records Significant Sales Growth in 2009
SpaceClaim announced strong sales growth and a sharp increase in new global customers in 2009. Compared to 2008, SpaceClaim's sales grew 253%, with new license sales growing more than 188%. New and unique global customers included industry leaders in automotive, aerospace, medical devices, consumer goods, as well as educational engineering institutions. New commercial and educational accounts included Rolls Royce, Cooper Tire, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Bosch, Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, Eaton Corporation, IBM, Herman Miller, 3M, Purdue University, Dresden University, and Saint Petersburg State Polytechnical University. SpaceClaim's development process resulted in two major and three service pack releases in 2009, all of which delivered new capabilities. New products and capabilities included:
  • SpaceClaim 2009, the fourth release of the Company's products -- SpaceClaim Engineer and SpaceClaim Style
  • Service packs that delivered customer-requested enhancements in model repair, preparation for simulation, and surfacing
  • Strengthened enhancements for model preparation and product design and editing, and an enhanced, seamless bidirectional integration with ANSYS 11, 12.0 and 12.1;
  • SpaceClaim 2009+, the fifth release of SpaceClaim Engineer and SpaceClaim Style, featuring major enhancements for direct modeling, model preparation for simulation, direct beam and shell modeling, and support for multi-touch user interaction.
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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