August 16, 2004
Elysium Chosen To Handle CAD Interoperability Issues At Ford Motor Co.
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Elysium To Handle Global CAD Interoperability At Ford Motor Co.
Elysium Inc., a global provider of digital design data exchange software, announced that Ford Motor Co. has selected Elysium to enable a global CAD vision throughout all of Ford and its subsidiaries based on the Teamcenter product lifecycle management (PLM) portfolio from UGS.
"Globally dispersed and culturally diverse customers require the flexibility of a multi-CAD vision for PLM," said Steve Bashada, vice president of Teamcenter applications, UGS. "Teamcenter leads the industry with the depth and breadth of our CAD integrations, which enable an extended enterprise to leverage existing investments in CAD systems and data. Our relationship with Elysium further extends Teamcenter's multi-CAD capabilities to meet the business requirements of manufacturers worldwide."
"The ability to translate CAD model geometry has become almost common-place in industry," said Ken Tashiro, VP and COO, Elysium Inc. "Now we are seeing that product data management consistency is required to ensure that everyone involved in a project is referring to the same set of data. Not only is the CAD data required, but also the metadata and product structure has to be accurate and up-to-date."
Elysium's intellect enables an environment where any CAD data is available to the user in the native format. The company has been developing advanced translation tools for PDM attribute and metadata for the last 2 years, in concert with its robust 3D geometry data translation technologies. Elysium is a Foundation Partner in the global UGS Partner Program.
Elysium, and if they are successful, one that will likely carry it forward for many years to come.
New Right Hemisphere Technologies Advance 3D CAD Model Reuse Across Enterprise
lighting conditions on 3D models. This takes real-time visualization to a new level of quality by removing the harsh computer-generated look and allowing users to more easily see critical functional and design aspects of a 3D model.
develop, train, and market manufactured products over the lifespan of those products."
Both of Right Hemisphere's new technologies have been incorporated in its CADtools software, an easy-to-use module that unlocks CAD data from engineering departments for reuse across the entire enterprise. CADtools software optimizes 3D objects for display and manipulation, with minimal loss in visual definition. The module also includes tools for automating the creation of exploded view diagrams and animations, as well as a range of other 3D optimization tools. The CADtools Module is available for use with Right Hemisphere's enterprise software, Deep Server 1.8.
By significantly reducing the file size of 3D CAD data, Right Hemisphere's polygon reduction technology enables better, faster responsiveness to user interaction, as well as more fluid walkthroughs, faster downloads for web-based applications, and higher quality visual content.
"While other proprietary data types exist, polygonal models are by far the most easily re-used 3D data type," said Mark Thomas, president and founder of Right Hemisphere. "It is, however, critical to make polygonal data as optimized as possible to get the widest range of re-use opportunities. Right Hemisphere's new polygonal reduction technology enables a wide range of applications that were previously impossible or impractical due to file size limitations. With our approach, you can now realistically display an entire engineering assembly -- such as a bulldozer -- as a 3D web object and at levels of visual quality never seen before."
Non-engineering users are often critical of the unnatural and sometimes "harsh" look of CAD computer graphics. Traditional real-time rendering of CAD and other 3D data is done using very crude lighting models that do not provide the contrast and detail definition needed for complex shapes and components. Right Hemisphere's Realight rendering technology achieves a more natural, higher quality rendering by changing the way the lighting is calculated.
Hemisphere's polygon reduction technology in the CADtools Module, Realight is well-suited to any application that requires both optimal quality and file size efficiency.
The creation of Realight textures for models is an easy one-step process that can be done on a per model basis via Right Hemisphere's client tools. It can also be fully automated and controlled using Right Hemisphere's Deep Server enterprise 3D processing engine to create Realight rendering en-masse for entire 3D model databases.
"The true value of 3D data previously trapped in engineering departments can only be effectively realized through the widespread adoption of 3D viewing technologies," Thomas continued. "Right Hemisphere's mission is to lower the cost and raise the quality of the 3D experience. We aim to make 3D a more natural, accessible, and pleasurable experience for all users so that companies may multiply the value of their CAD assets."
software minimizes tedious manual processes with ones that are automated, open, and scalable that make interactive 2D and 3D content for communicating technical information, marketing highlights, support procedures, or complex concepts. These technologies exploit investments and efforts in engineering design to increase sales; cut documentation, support and training costs; and accelerate product development cycles. Both Right Hemisphere's new polygon reduction and Realight technologies will be featured additions in the company's new CADtools Module release in September.
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