December 12, 2011
Autodesk Introduces Cloud-based PLM
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aPriori a provider of product cost management software solutions, released aPriori 2011r2 that offers new functionality and enhancements that expand the platform’s cost optimization capabilities for companies with high tolerance machining requirements. In response to the market need for better methods to estimate the costs of hard tooling (e.g., capital investments to support part production) that can be used by both experts and non-experts, aPriori has also upgraded its capabilities to generate detailed tooling cost estimates for components. aPriori’s Product Cost Management software platform is a costing engine that is able to quickly and precisely determine the
cost of a part or product from a CAD model, based on the manufacturing process, materials to be used, and the factory or region where it will be produced. As design changes are made, or new product specs are introduced, aPriori automatically re-assesses and provides an updated product cost.

T-FLEX CAD 12 Released

Top Systems released version 12 of its T-FLEX CAD system. Significant improvements in 3D modeling and 2D drafting in the latest version accelerate the design process with productivity enhancements, optimized technology of parametric assemblies for quick design modifications, as well as more convenient operations with complex and large assembly models. The new version offers improved tools for simulation and team collaboration. Many modeling operations, including blending, extrusion, sweeping, deformation, local geometry modifications have new features and options based on the latest version of Parasolid for parametric assemblies. In T-FLEX CAD 12 you can change parameters
of parts at any level from the upper assembly. This eliminates the need to pass parameters through all levels of assembly for parametric control. Adaptive “smart” fragments allow users to seamlessly incorporate design intent into their assemblies.

3Dconnexion Announces its Newest 3D Mouse – the SpaceMouse Pro

3Dconnexion announced the SpaceMouse Pro – its newest 3D mouse for professional 3D software users. SpaceMouse Pro combines 3Dconnexion’s patented six-degrees-of-freedom (6DoF) sensor for intuitive and precise 3D navigation with an advanced ergonomic design and innovative On-screen Display, to deliver superior comfort and a simpler, more productive workflow. The SpaceMouse Pro is backed by a three-year warranty, and is currently available at a suggested retail price of $299. The features of the SpaceMouse Pro 3D mouse include:
  • Professional Navigation: The
    sensor provides intuitive 3D navigation while five
    QuickView keys offer one-touch access to 12 view combinations – top, right, front, and 90-degree rotation.
  • Advanced Ergonomic Design: SpaceMouse Pro ensures a balanced and comfortable workflow with
    full-size, soft-coated hand rest and fifteen large, tactile and easy-to-locate buttons.
  • Application Control: Four large, fully customizable
    Intelligent Function Keys provide fingertip access to frequently used application commands while the new
    On-screen Display provides visual feedback on function key assignment.

    Siemens Seeking College Students With Skills In Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math to Fill 300+ Internship Positions

    Siemens is looking for currently enrolled college students to fill over 300 positions in its internship programs across its Energy, Industry, Healthcare and Infrastructure & Cities sectors. Each year, Siemens offers 300 student interns the opportunity to participate in Leadership and Professional Development programs or Technical Training programs. In 2011, 175 of these interns were hired full-time upon graduation. Internship positions are available in a variety of areas, including Engineering, Research and Development, Finance, Accounting, Marketing, and Sales. Most of these positions span the summer months, but a number of internships are also available throughout the
    year. Siemens is specifically looking for students with education or experience in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to match well with its portfolio of high-tech products and solutions, including green building design, renewable energy, healthcare and mobility.

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