Autodesk Software Helps Develop 100 MPG Commuter Vehicle

Finally, HP did question that in the review a statement I made regarding the Xeon CPU’s performance in the review unit. I stated, “The performance hit, though, could be an issue, and we’ll address that a bit later.” We couldn’t see where you addressed that later and weren’t sure why you would see a performance hit with the Xeon processors, as they should be better performing in most cases. Would love to hear more about what you found.” On the performance issue . . . I was running the Z210 side by side with a competitor’s machine that admittedly had a lot more CPU computing horsepower for single and multi threaded applications. So, it was not an apples/apples comparison, but more an apples/oranges comparison. In fairness, the Xeon’s performance was perfectly acceptable for the CAD applications I was running, and for the purposes of the review.

Thanks to HP for bringing these issues to our attention for clarification. We’ll look forward to reviewing its workstations in the future in an engineering and design environment.

Coming Soon: We didn’t really take any time off this summer, but we did spend a good amount of time with a CAD product new to us – ZW3D Premium 2011. This was our first experience with this application and a couple of its unique properties – integrated CAD and CAM capabilities along with parametric and direct modeling. Watch for this review in a September edition of MCADCafe Weekly.


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.

CAM Software Market Leaders Named by CIMdata
CIMdata announced the worldwide CAM software market leaders for 2010 in the initial release of Version 20 of the NC Market Analysis Report. For 2010, Dassault Systèmes was the market leader on the basis of both direct supplier revenues and end-user payments for CAM software and services, and Planit Holdings was the leader in terms of industrial seats shipped. Planit Holdings was also the leader on the basis of industrial seats installed. Siemens PLM Software’s NX was the leader in industrial seats shipped by brand and CNC Software’s Mastercam was the leader in both industrial and educational seats installed by brand name. C&G Systems Inc. was named as the most rapidly-growing supplier at 91.4%, as this new company resulted from the merger of Graphic Products Japan and Computer Engineering Inc. The leading suppliers in 2010 based on CAM software and services direct revenue received were Dassault Systèmes, Siemens PLM Software, Delcam, Planit Holdings, PTC, Tebis, Cimatron, OPEN MIND Technologies, C&G Systems, and Missler Software. Dassault Systèmes and Siemens PLM Software were the clear market leaders with double-digit market shares and a combined market share of 30.6%. Delcam was listed as the largest specialty supplier. The remaining eight suppliers in the top ten had a combined market share of 37.4% and the remainder of the suppliers below the top ten had a combined market share of 32%. The estimated worldwide top five suppliers in 2010 based on CAM industrial seats shipped were Planit Holdings, Delcam, Siemens PLM Software, Dassault Systèmes, and CNC Software. The seat count rankings are significantly different than the supplier revenue rankings, reflecting differences in cost-per seat. The 2010 rankings on the basis of industrial seats shipped by brand were Siemens’ PLM Software NX, Dassault Systèmes’ CATIA, CNC Software’s Mastercam, PTC’s Creo Parametric (the former Pro/ENGINEER), and Planit Holdings’ EDGECAM. The changes in rankings are primarily due to the differences in level and breadth of product and associated software pricing among the suppliers. The worldwide five most rapidly-growing CAM software suppliers on the basis of revenue in 2010 as compared to 2009 were C&G Systems, SolidCAM, Geometric Technologies, CG Tech, and CNC Software. CIMdata is projecting that the five most rapidly-growing companies in 2011 will be SolidCAM, Geometric Technologies, Delcam, CGTech, and Cimatron. It should be noted that SolidCAM, Geometric Technologies, and CGTech are expected to be among the top five most rapidly-growing companies in both years.

MSC Software Recognized as One of "The Ten Original Software Companies"
MSC Software announced its recently recognized achievement in an article published by MaximumPC, as one of "The 10 Original Software Companies" along with other great software technology innovators like IBM, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), Apple, and Microsoft. The article points out that software, and for that matter, computers were with us long before the desktop PCs that so radically changed everything. In 1965, MSC Software won the contract through a NASA-sponsored project to develop NASTRAN, which was estimated to have returned $701 million in cost savings from 1971 to 1984. Since the company's announcement of MSC Nastran in 1971; its proprietary version of NASTRAN, MSC Software has been dedicated to helping science, technology, and commercial manufacturing industries like aerospace and automotive, excel in engineering and computer modeling and analysis.

DARPA, Dassault and Local Motors Crowdsource new Military Vehicle
Dassault Systèmes announced that it has teamed with Local Motors to deliver the first co-created military vehicle. Local Motors’ community was asked to develop a vehicle body design that could support two types of missions – Combat Reconnaissance and Combat Delivery & Evacuation. With Dassault Systèmes’ Version 6 platform and Local Motors’ expertise in crowd-based design and manufacturing, the winning vehicle went from concept to working prototype in less than six months. Participants in the challenge submitted their designs online for review. Feedback from the community of more than 12,000 designers and enthusiasts enabled participants to incorporate novel ideas and concepts from their peers, helping to create a better vehicle in an open source process. After receiving and validating more than 150 design entries, Victor Garcia’s FLYPMode design was named the winner of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Crowd-derived Combat-support vehicle (XC2V) Design Challenge and was subsequently built into an operational prototype. Dassault Systèmes supported the project on several levels by providing technology for individuals to design independently and collaborate amongst each other. Dassault Systèmes’ 3DVIA Composer was provided to each design participant as part of the project ignition kit; CATIA was used for packaging and component designs; ENOVIA was used to store and manage both CATIA and SolidWorks design data; and SIMULIA was used for virtual testing and analysis. With a focus on streamlining product development, Local Motors is pioneering a new manufacturing paradigm based upon online crowdsourcing for product co-creation where a virtual community collaborates to leverage the collective knowledge base in order to develop the most optimal solution.

Rapid Sheet Metal Inc. Unveils “Online 3D Tooling Library”
Rapid Sheet Metal Inc, specializing in the rapid turnaround of sheet metal prototypes, announced the release of its online 3D tooling library of features, including embosses, louvers, and half shears. SolidWorks users can now download a SolidWorks model of specific tooled features and immediately integrate them into a design being created. Recognizing many mechanical engineers don’t have the time to design their own basic features for sheet metal parts, Rapid Sheet Metal is providing tooling designs to ease the pain. “By making use of Rapid’s library of sheet metal tooled features, our customers will be able to save time and potentially money in both the design and fabrication processes.” said James Jacobs, President of Rapid Sheet Metal. “Users will be able to literally drag and drop native SolidWorks features in the Rapid Tooling Library into their designs.  By integrating these features into their design, the user will be confident that Rapid already has the in-house tooling for fabrication and that additional time and expense will not be required to obtain specialized tooling.” Rapid Sheet Metal continues to add new tooling downloads to their library, most recently a series of embossments and louvers. The Rapid Sheet Metal Tooling library can be accessed at

Autodesk Debuts AutoCAD for Mac 2012 Products Built for Mac OS X Lion
Autodesk debuted a range of new AutoCAD products built for Mac OS X Lion: AutoCAD 2012 for Mac, AutoCAD LT 2012 for Mac and AutoCAD WS for Mac software. This marks the first time Autodesk has offered AutoCAD LT and AutoCAD WS for the Mac. AutoCAD 2012 for Mac was built specifically for OS X Lion. AutoCAD LT 2012 for Mac and AutoCAD WS for Mac are available exclusively in the Mac App Store. AutoCAD for Mac 2012 software includes AutoCAD capabilities, such as 2D and 3D design tools, and includes 3D free-form modeling capabilities; 3D visualization and rendering; network licensing; advanced customization of the menus; support for LISP and ObjectARX and ObjectDBX applications; and more. AutoCAD LT for Mac follows common native Mac application user interface guidelines, with a familiar Apple menu bar together with a number of workflow-based palettes. AutoCAD LT for Mac also supports native Mac OS X behavior, including Cover Flow navigation and Multi-Touch gestures. Like the popular AutoCAD WS mobile app Autodesk released last September, AutoCAD WS for Mac is a free app providing basic tools for viewing, editing and sharing designs. Through its synchronous co-editing feature, users can also collaborate on designs across multiple platforms — desktop, mobile and web.

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