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The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Interoperability and 3D Collaboration event will take place at the Marriott Renaissance in Detroit on May 2-3, 2007. Collaboration with CAD and other 3D data is one of the most important elements of modern manufacturing practice. However, problems in CAD interoperability and collaboration plague the industry, presenting one of the most formidable impediments to productivity and time to market. This two-day, international conference provides an opportunity for design, engineering, and manufacturing professionals to interact, learn and share experiences in interoperability and collaboration with 3D data. The conference also provides an
opportunity to learn about the latest data exchange software tools.

Missler Software has officially launched TopSolid'Cam 2007. One of TopSolid'Cam's main advantages is its abilility to manage all machining processes, thereby making it one of the few CAM solutions which is able to machine parts via the most suitable machining process. TopSolid'Cam is capable of piloting turning, 2 axes milling, 3 axis milling, 4 & 5 axis continued milling, 4 & 5 axis continued turning, synchronization, and complex simulation. Some of the key improvements in TopSolid'Cam 2007 include changes in approach and retract movements, automatic prevention of collisions in continuous 5 axis,

2D multi-pocketing, and management of multi-function, insert life management. TopSolid'Cam 2007 is also available in a 64-bit version, along with the entire TopSolid product range that can now work on 64-bit computers, thereby permitting work on larger projects.

Alibre and FreeDesign jointly announced the bundle release of Alibre Design Expert and FreeDimension. The software package combines Alibre’s parametric solid modeler with FreeDesign’s new method for 3D surface creation. The combination of the two technologies allows all users to create virtually any organic shape with FreeDimension. Curved 3D surfaces from FreeDimension can then be passed to Alibre’s solid modeling environment. Surface creations may then be directly combined with solid mechanical parts and assemblies, plotted as detailed 2D drawings, rendered with 3D effects, or exported to common manufacturing and document formats.
FreeDesign’s patented N-Sided Surfacing (NSS) technology represents a new method of surface generation and control. NSS frees the user from the restrictions of 4-sided surfaces prevalent with NURBS and Bezier methods. The bundle retails for $1595 in North America.

Ford Motor Co. announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell Aston Martin to a consortium comprised of David Richards, John Sinders, Investment Dar and Adeem Investment Co. This transaction is the result of Ford's decision, as announced in August 2006, to explore strategic options for the Aston Martin business as the company restructures its core automotive operations and builds liquidity. The sale is expected to close during the second quarter and is subject to customary closing conditions, including applicable regulatory approvals. The transaction values Aston Martin at $925 million. As part of the transaction, Ford will retain a $77 million
investment in Aston Martin. Other terms and conditions specific to the sale are not being disclosed at this time.

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