February 18, 2008
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3D Systems Launches Two Direct Metal Laser Sintering Systems based on MCP Tooling Technologies3D Systems Corporation announced it has entered into a private label arrangement with MCP Tooling Technologies. Under the terms of this agreement, 3D Systems plans for the immediate availability of the Sinterstation Pro DM100 and DM250 SLM Systems, direct metal manufacturing systems that build fully dense parts for end products, prototyping and tooling. The DM100 and DM250 Systems build metal parts using Selective Laser Melting (SLM) technology where a laser fuses metal powder into a solid, three-dimensional part in an additive, layer-by-layer process. Using CAD data, these direct metal manufacturing systems produce highly accurate, detailed parts with smooth surface quality within hours without significant additional tooling. Unlike other niche application direct metal systems, DM100 and DM250 Systems are well suited for a broad range of medical, dental, aerospace, automotive, electronics and military applications as well as for tooling
and conformal cooling applications that require accurate, fully dense metal parts made from a wide selection of metals.


New Leica Absolute Tracker Scales Up Features, Scales Down SizeLeica Geosystems unveiled the new face of laser tracking – the Leica Absolute Tracker. The all-new laser tracker offers scaled-up features in a scaled-down, sleek housing for ultimate portability and ease of handling on the factory floor. The product introduces substantial advances in thermal stability and volumetric accuracy, accelerated start-up times, major speed improvements, and a maintenance-free internal design. The Absolute Tracker integrates future-oriented technologies providing the basis for several new metrology products being developed by Leica Geosystems. The measurement systems are utilized for a wide range of industrial metrology applications in aerospace, automotive, power generation, shipbuilding and general engineering. The Leica Absolute Tracker's compact size, at two feet tall (62 cm) and 48 lbs. (22 kg), enables the sensor and the stand to be safely operated and maneuvered by one person. The laser tracker can be easily transported from one site to another in an average station wagon. The system's overall robust design and end-to-end reliability stand up to most industrial
environments. The new Leica Absolute Tracker supports the most popular metrology software packages:

• PC-DMIS: 4.2 or higher

• Metrolog XG for Leica: 8.002 or higher

• Microlog: 2.01 or higher

• T-Scan Collect: 7.001 or higher

• PolyWorks: 10.1 or higher

• emScon: 3.0 or higher


Okino Ships Newest SolidWorks ConverterCoinciding with the SolidWorks World 2008, and on the eve of Okino’s 20th anniversary of software development, Okino Computer Graphics announced today that its SolidWorks CAD conversion system has been updated and is now available, at no cost, to current customers still within their valid maintenance period. The conversion pipeline for the last 10+ years, allows native SolidWorks BREP CAD assembly, part
and presentation files (disk based, or from a live running copy of SolidWorks) to be converted to all major animation + authoring packages, 3D downstream file formats and VisSim programs. Okino is one of the longest standing SolidWorks solution partner developers, providing 3D data translation solutions for SolidWorks users and users of SolidWorks data.


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