September 03, 2007
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Blue Ridge Numerics announced the availability of
CFdesign V9 for CATIA V5 R17. As an integrated and associative extension of CATIA V5 R17, CFdesign is an interactive 3D flow bench and thermal test rig providing engineers with the total product performance picture without the need for physical prototypes. The ability to conduct extensive trade-off studies upfront in the process leads to substantial downstream benefits including increased quality and innovation while reducing time-to-market, Cost of Goods Sold (COGS), and warranty exposure. Geometry changes made within CATIA V5 R17 are automatically reflected in CFdesign without the need for translation or conversion. With CFdesign there is always only one product model,
and it is updated and managed within the V5 environment.

A monstrous vehicle developed in
SolidWorks and
COSMOSWorks and used to detect and remove mines in troubled areas around the world is an "actor" in the recently released Transformers movie.
Force Protection, Inc. designed its Buffalo Mine Protected Clearance Vehicle (MPCV) to be a lifesaver, but the vehicle's resume now boasts a Hollywood part as the evil Decepticon Bonecrusher. Already deployed globally and in use since 2003, the Buffalo MPCV several months ago made a trip to the DreamWorks movie studio where engineers and creative artists inspected the vehicle, which is 27 feet long, 10 feet wide, and 13 feet tall. It has a long hydraulic arm with a rake attachment that can scoop up roadside explosives. The studio's creative designers constructed a digital model of the vehicle used to put the Bonecrusher in motion.

UGS PLM Software and
Wayne Taylor Racing announced a technology sponsorship partnership formed earlier this year for Wayne Taylor Racing's No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac Riley Daytona Prototype team to develop cars with the help of UGS PLM Software's digital product development technology. Wayne Taylor Racing, which competes in Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series, uses UGS PLM Software technology for designing its race cars. Wayne Taylor Racing utilizes UGS PLM Software's digital product development solutions, to reduce part development time and virtually evaluate various configurations to enhance overall performance of the race cars.

announced that
Pennsylvania College of Technology (Penn College), an affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University, is training students on
Autodesk Inventor. The School of Industrial and Engineering Technologies at Penn College offers students two programs in drafting and CAD technology: a two-year associate's degree in CAD technology (drafting), and a four-year bachelor's degree in CAD product design. According to a College spokesperson, employers are taking note of how quickly Penn College students become productive and are crediting their extensive knowledge of Inventor, which allows them to hit the ground running without requiring time to train on software. Penn College has also focused on preparing students for the Autodesk Inventor Certified Expert examination that demonstrates proficiency and expertise
in Inventor software.

ZwCAD developers of 2D and 3D CAD products announced the debut of its interactive online discussion forum and live support options, both available now at, The aim of the online forum is to provide a mechanism for users to communicate with each other and allow free discussion between ZwCAD users. The new live support option will also enable ZwCAD users to discuss and ask questions to ZwCAD technical support staff. With the new online forum, users now have an intuitive interface for publicly posting questions or answers about ZwCAD products, getting tips and learning from other users' experience. ZwCAD hopes to build a community where users can gain insightful knowledge and
answers from fellow ZwCAD users. The ZwCAD forum and live support is open to all.

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