April 09, 2007
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The final step for Houdin and Dassault Systemes will be to prove the theory in real-life with non-invasive verification techniques conducted on the Great Pyramid’s site.

The MCAD market, valued at approximately $5 billion, is one of the oldest enterprise software markets and one of those rare big markets which has been kept in the hands of experts. Actually, Microsoft, IBM, SAP, and Oracle are not playing a strong role in the $12+ billion PLM market, leaving space for Dassault Systemes, Autodesk, PTC and UGS. This is most likely not going to change. Another challenge in targeting the extended enterprise is that several other vendors are already in that space with tools enabling the management, visualization and collaboration of the digital mock-up, DMU. Cimmetry and Adobe (Acrobat 3D) are among those who are successfully marketing their software to this
same target. The question is: does this target need just visualization, collaboration and first level manipulation, or the more sophisticated functionalities that Spaceclaim offers? Spaceclaim has assets that include the experience and the track record of its founders and management, as co-founders of PTC. Will success repeat itself with Spaceclaim? That remains to be seen.

Dassault Systemes announced that Chengdu Aircraft Industrial Group, a major Chinese supplier for the global aviation industry, is using Dassault's CATIA Composites Design to develop aircraft parts. Since composites are ultra lightweight and can be formed into any shape, they allow for inventive industrial design and provide Chengdu the means to meet aviation challenges with a competitive edge. Chengdu Aircraft is expanding its activities to cover the entire composites design process and provide customers with innovative design and manufacturing solutions. Capitalizing on its composites know-how, Chengdu is launching a Composites Manufacturing Research Center in partnership with Dassault
Systemes that will be dedicated to investigating alternative manufacturing technologies.

The new CAD integration hyperMILL in SolidWorks allows CAM programs to be created with hyperMILL under the familiar user interface while a user is concurrently working within Solidworks. Both CAD and CAM access an identical database, thus working on a uniform data model throughout the entire process. hyperMILL in SolidWorks offers an array of strategies for 2D, 3D, HSC and 5-axis simultaneous machining. They allow an optimum machining of prismatic parts, making it suited for mechanical engineering. These include 2D cycles for face and contour milling, for milling various pocket geometries, as well as drilling and helical drilling. Roughing of any stock, 3D finishing, free path milling,
ISO machining, automatic rest material machining, and multiple-job stock tracking offer numerous options for efficient 3D machining. A number of additional functions let more experienced users realize optimum machining quality and machining times.

PTC announced a comprehensive process framework that consists of industry-specific product development process landscapes. The intent of this framework is to help discrete manufacturers in multiple industries understand the linkage between product development process improvements, PLM technology investments, and business value. Over the past 20 years, PTC has worked with leading product development companies in a variety of vertical industries to achieve a wide range of business goals. Subsequently, PTC has developed a tool based on this experience. Using the tool, PTC helps companies align and prioritize business and product development goals with industry-specific process
improvements. The result is a rational technology adoption path that is tailored to each individual organization's objectives. The central communication vehicle for its process framework is the new PTC Value Roadmap – a configurable, interactive software application that matches an organization's goals with vertical industry best practices and delivers a dynamically created, customer-specific report. Currently, PTC has created seven industry/audience-specific process landscapes with plans for two additional in the coming months. Each of the 7 process landscape incorporates between 11 and 24 critical product development processes.

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