December 17, 2007
PTC Completes CoCreate Acquisition
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CD-adapco today announced the release of STAR-CD V4.04 that introduces new capabilities, including:

  • A new version of pro-STAR that utilizes an advanced GUI with improvements in usability and speed.
  • Improved capabilities for melting and solidification, which is now integrated with the stress analysis capability, allowing the prediction of residual stresses in the solidified phase.
  • The introduction of new physical modeling capabilities, including liquid film stripping.
  • A mesh morphing capability that simplifies moving mesh simulations, fluid-structure-interaction calculations and optimization studies.
  • Greater reliability and improved solver speed, resulting in significant decreases in run time.
  • Integration of the latest STAR-CCM+ meshing technology, including the surface wrapper and polyhedral mesher.



  • 3D3 Solutions announced the addition of Leios Mesh to its 3D scan processing product line. Previously only available as part of a packaged offering, Leios Mesh is now available as a stand lone product. Leios Mesh processes 3D scan data developed by Italian company, EGS. The software takes raw 3D data from 3D scanners or touch probes and transforms the data into a 3D model for use in downstream applications. Leios Mesh is an application for 3D reverse engineering and surface reconstruction. Key features of Leios Mesh include:

  • Point cloud processing and cleanup
  • Mesh alignment and stitching
  • Mesh repair and editing
  • Inspection and measurement
  • Solids and surface creation



  • Geometric Ltd. announced version 2.1 of GeomCaliper for Pro/ENGINEER, focusing on usability and performance enhancement related features. The major enhancements in this release of GeomCaliper for Pro/ENGINEER include:

  • Enhanced Reporting: Reporting mechanism for thickness analysis results can capture multiple critical regions along with their static image snapshots in one report now.
  • Customizable color band: Color band displayed with thickness analysis results can now be customized to specify user defined intervals including range and color for each interval.
  • Contact Distance: In sphere method for thickness analysis, the user can opt to view contact distance between touch points rather than diameter of sphere.
  • Enhancements in Critical Region Analysis tool: Enhancements in critical region analysis tool include the ability to quickly locate critical regions outside of allowed thickness range, setting default options to view region or clipped section at pre-defined angles, turning animation on-off during critical region analysis, and defining or modifying parameters like status, color, review comments on multiple regions at same time.
  • Improvements in Performance -- computation time reduced by up to 30%, and significant improvement in visualization performance resulting in 150% improvement in FPS rate. Bigger and complex models are now processed much faster.



  • ESI Group, a supplier of simulation software for prototyping and manufacturing processes, announced its acceptance to the PLM MarketPlace after successfully completing the technical and business requirements. Dassault Systèmes’ PLM MarketPlace is an online community that connects software development and business partners. Through PLM Marketplace, resellers can search and find complementary solutions provided by Dassault Systèmes software partner community. ESI Group provides a broad range of applications for CATIA users. In the composites field, PAM-QUIKFORM for CATIA enables composites designers to get fast feasibility assessment of manufacturability inside the CATIA
    Composites application. PAM-RTM for CATIA offers a unique injection simulation software for composites manufacturing integrated in CATIA. ESI Group’s portfolio of applications also includes two metal forming solutions, part feasibility check and rapid die creation with PAM-TFA for CATIA and PAM-DIEMAKER for CATIA.


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