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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.
PTC Sets New Standard for Managing Hardware and Software Development Lifecycles with MKS Integrity Acquisition
PTC acquired MKS Inc., developer of MKS Integrity, a platform for software application lifecycle management (ALM). MKS Integrity coordinates and manages all activities and artifacts associated with developing software-intensive products, including requirements, models, code and test, ensuring comprehensive lifecycle traceability. Software has become an integral, embedded component of most products manufactured today.
SolidWorks Helps Thule Tackle Sports Gear Transport Challenges
Thule has standardized on SolidWorks to design products for transporting bicycles, boats, skis, snowboards, and luggage. Thule tests its racks to be strong enough to carry the appropriate cargo, plus whatever the customer has loaded on top of it, at 90 mph, in buffeting crosswinds, and on bumpy, twisty roads. A recent breakthrough product developed with SolidWorks is a new “foot” – the piece of the carrier that attaches to the car. The foot includes an integrated AcuTight Tensioning Tool , a built-in torque gauge, to ensure the rack is tight enough without over tightening. Thule saves time by sharing designs with business areas around the world in the SolidWorks native file format those units use. At its headquarters in Sweden, Thule’s product development department has used SolidWorks since 1996. Thule engineers further ensure quality by efficiently communicating with product managers and other non-CAD users by creating animations in SolidWorks and by sharing designs over email using eDrawings software.
Company uses CCE’s CAT5Works to Collaborate with OEM For Translations of Files Between CATIA and SolidWorks
Magnuson Products manufactures superchargers for car, truck, motorcycle OEMs and for the automotive aftermarket. The company has been manufacturing superchargers for over 40 years and uses the SolidWorks to design, analyze and manufacture its products. One of Magnuson’s customers uses CATIA and routinely provides large data files in CATIA format to Magnuson. Magnuson uses CCE’s CAT5Works product to exchange CAD files between SolidWorks and CATIA. CAT5Works is a bi-directional SolidWorks/CATIA data translator, which allows file translation from within SolidWorks. The latest version of CAT5Works is compatible with SolidWorks 2009, 2010 & 2011 on 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. CAT5Works enables design collaboration between CATIA V5 / CATIA V4 and SolidWorks systems. CAT5Works can import CATIA V5 Release 6 to 20 part (*.CATPart) / assembly (*.CATProduct) files to SolidWorks, and export SolidWorks files to CATIA V5 part (*.CATPart) / assembly (*.CATProduct) files. CAT5Works supports batch translations for handling bulk data. It supports transfer of CATIA V5 FT&A entities into SolidWorks. CATIA data can be filtered by entities and layers before conversion into SolidWorks.
Bombardier Aerospace Adds Altair's HyperWorks to its Strategic Solutions for Computer Modeling of Airframes
Altair Engineering announced that it has signed an agreement with Bombardier Aerospace under which the aircraft manufacturer will expand its use of the HyperWorks suite of CAE tools for computer modeling airframes and conducting finite-element analysis. Bombardier Aerospace will expand the use of HyperMesh and HyperView, two technologies within the HyperWorks suite, for finite-element modeling of aircraft structures, from the component level to the full aircraft. In addition, Bombardier will join other aerospace manufacturers who use Altair's OptiStruct and HyperStudy to optimize aerospace structural designs for weight reduction, robust design and design efficiency.
CIMdata Releases 2011 Executive PLM Market Report
CIMdata 2011 Executive PLM Market Report, the first of five modules of the CIMdata PLM Market Analysis Report (MAR) Series was released and provides detailed information and in-depth analysis on the worldwide PLM market during 2010. It contains analyses of major trends and issues, leading PLM suppliers, revenue analyses for geographical regions, industry sectors, and historical and projected data on market growth. The CIMdata PLM Market Analysis Report Series is packaged as five modules:
- The CIMdata 2011 Executive PLM Market Report provides an overview of CIMdata’s complete global analysis.
- The CIMdata 2011 PLM Industry Review and Trends Report is mainly qualitative in nature, and focuses on key issues facing the global PLM ecosystem of solution providers and end user organizations.
- The CIMdata 2011 PLM Market and Solution Supplier Analysis Report details measures of and forecasts for the overall PLM market and key segments, including Tools, cPDm, and Digital Manufacturing.
- The CIMdata 2011 PLM Market Geographic Analysis Report provides an additional view of the 2010 market results, by major geography.
- The CIMdata 2011 PLM Market Industry Analysis Report provides an industry segmentation view of the 2010 market results for eight different industry sectors: aerospace and defense; automotive and other transportation; electronics/ telecommunications; fabrication and assembly; process-packaged goods; process—petrochemical; utilities; and construction, infrastructure and shipbuilding.