October 22, 2007
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Dassault Systemes announced
DELMIA PLM Express, suited for 5 to 50+ person companies that have a need for an entry-level PLM value channel offering for manufacturing. It delivers all the functionality and benefits of DELMIA in a way that allows customers to select a role-based solution that best matches their business needs. DELMIA PLM Express is offered in five role-based domains for manufacturing with dedicated, easy-to-deploy solutions within each of the following disciplines:

• Resource Planning

• Robotics

• Ergonomics

• Process Planning

• Controls



ESI Group announced the release of Version 2.0 of
BioRID-II (Biofidelic Rear Impact Dummy, model) for
PAM-CRASH/PAM-SAFE 2G. This first industrial version of the newest BioRID-II dummy has an articulated thoracic/lumbar spine similar to the human (having 24 vertebrae). The neck is maintained under pre-tension load via a muscle substitute consisting of a single damper mounted in parallel with a flexor and an extensor spring. The abdomen is filled with a water cavity and the torso texture is a soft silicon rubber. BioRID-II with PAM-CRASH/PAM-SAFE 2G makes it possible to accurately simulate the acceleration, force, and the kinematics of a car occupant in order to minimize the whiplash injuries that can occur during a rear crash. Whiplash hurls the head violently backward
(hyperextension) and forward (hyperflexion). The injury is even worse when the head is turned to the side at the time of the accident. Whiplash is the most common case of injuries in car crashes. These kind of injuries are therefore associated with serious medical consequences (they can affect intervertebral joints, discs, and ligaments, cervical muscles, and nerves) and significant societal costs. Reducing these injuries is a challenge for all engineers involved in improving the safety of car occupants. BioRID-II dummy model was validated on series of component tests over the torso, head, neck and spine assemblies and on sled tests.



Geometric Software announced that
DFMXpress has been included in
SolidWorks 2008. Fully integrated into SolidWorks, designers can gain insight into the cost-effective manufacturability of designs. DFMXpress accelerates and enriches the entire design through manufacturing process by automating the iterative design process via a series of rules-based checks for manufacturability. Design for Manufacturing (DFM) is a technology framework developed for designers by Geometric that facilitates upstream manufacturability validation and identification of areas of a design that are difficult, expensive or impossible to machine. DFM is engineered to advise the designer on common problems faced in the manufacturing process. It is based on
Geometric's industry-leading Manufacturing Feature Recognition technology, and leverages SolidWorks Intelligent Feature Technology (SWIFT) and manufacturing tolerances.



Siemens PLM Software announced the latest version of
Solid Edge 2D Drafting. Last year Siemens PLM Software made a strategic move to redefine the marketplace by commoditizing 2D with an emphasis on the value of transitioning to a managed 3D model. There is no cost to download or license the software; optional support and automatic upgrades are available for a nominal fee. Solid Edge 2D Drafting provides a set of capabilities for creating 2D designs and documentation, including drawing layout, diagramming, annotation and dimensioning controls that automatically comply with drafting standards. In addition, it provides intuitive wizards for robust translation for smooth transition from 2D AutoCAD and other drafting applications.
The latest release adds improved translator capabilities for AutoCAD 2D data supporting color 7, xrefs, and model space and paper space drawing scales. An import wizard shows a preview with any option changes. Also available in the release is the valuable Goal Seek functionality that helps solve complex 2D engineering scenarios with free-body diagrams. It allows users to set certain parameters, while the system varies other factors to achieve the desired target value of an engineering calculation. Results can also drive 3D geometry in a hybrid 2D/3D design environment.


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