Altair Engineering – Platforms for Innovation

Altair Engineering has several software and service components that fit together nicely and work cohesively. There are few companies in any industry with the breadth and depth of Altair, much less the engineering sector. The key to Altair's technical and business success, though, is the people it attracts, supports, and retains - both employees and customers. It's the people who truly provide the platforms of innovation for Altair Engineering.

During the course of writing this article, I have developed an appreciation of the technologies Altair has developed, as well as the company itself and the way it does business.

As driven as Altair Engineering is for innovation, Mr. Scapa summed up things by saying that it must come from the business side as well as the technology side. “We continue to focus on IP-based businesses and encourage risk taking and innovation from everyone who works with us. We focus on what our people are good at and will succeed while encouraging perpetual change and reinvention".

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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.

Dassault Systèmes Launches Online DraftSight Community
Dassault Systèmes announced the availability of an open, online community accessible through, aimed at providing CAD users access to new services and products to unlock valuable data stored in billions of DWG files. In conjunction with the debut of the DraftSight community, Dassault Systèmes is also launching the DraftSight solution, a free, professional-grade 2D CAD product delivered using an open business model. Currently in public beta, DraftSight provides users with a way to read, write and share DWG files. DraftSight runs on multiple operating systems including Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 (Mac OS and Linux support will be available later this year).

Raytheon Chooses Windchill for Global PDM Initiative
A leading innovator in the aerospace and defense industry, Raytheon must ensure that its products perform flawlessly under an extraordinary range of conditions including ground, sea, air and space combat and defense operations. At the core of Raytheon's ability to deliver its sensing, missile, aviation and defense creations is its design process. At the heart of its design process is a common PLM environment, PTC's Windchill. Windchill allows the global company of 75,000 employees to collaborate and integrate its technologies, processes and people together enabling them to design anywhere, build anywhere and support anywhere -- a strategic business initiative at Raytheon. Raytheon is deploying Windchill PLM software across all its divisions to manage, share and use product data more effectively.

Aras PLM Solution Selected By Textron Defense Systems
Aras, an enterprise open source PLM software solution provider, announced that Textron Defense Systems has selected the Aras Innovator suite on the Microsoft platform for enterprise PLM. Aras will support the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) with capabilities including program management, risk management, configuration and change management, and product data management with CAD/EDA connectors to NX, Allegro, OrCAD, and PADS along with integration to SAP.

New Report Explains Open-source 3D Printers
Castle Island Co. announced the availability of its report that explores and explains all aspects of open-source 3D printers. The report is entitled Everything You Should Know About Open-Source 3D Printers - But Didn't Know You Should Ask. It is written in non-technical language for those thinking about buying one of these inexpensive kits or assembled machines - and anyone else that would like to have a full understanding of these new developments. This unbiased report has been authored by Ed Grenda, a well-known expert in the field of additive fabrication. A complete table of contents and more information is available by visiting:

Spatial Introduces Development Platform for Cloud-based and Desktop Applications
Spatial Corp. announced Beta availability of RADF R3.0 , a 3D development platform for desktop and cloud-based applications, and Convergence Geometric Modeler (CGM), a 3D geometric modeler used in Dassault Systèmes' V5 and V6 products. RADF is the industry's first Web-enabled development platform, enabling the use of a single code base for both desktop and Web-based applications. The platform reduces development complexities by providing an application framework and integrated components in an extensible architecture. CGM offers proven, 3D modeling capabilities for application developers with an end-user need for native V5 compatibility. Most engineering and manufacturing applications use a range of software components for functions such as 3D modeling, CAD translation and visualization. While 3D components offer time-to-market advantages, today's greater development challenge is to ensure high-quality integration between the various components, and to leverage the latest technologies for delivery of both desktop and Web-based applications. RADF R3.0 provides a foundation for desktop and cloud-based application distribution, lowering the cost of deployment, reducing development complexities, and ensuring higher software reliability with lower cost of support.

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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