June 16, 2008
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At MCADCafé we track many things, including the stories that have attracted the most interest from our subscribers. Below are the five news items that were the most viewed during last week.

SolidWorks Corp. released SolidWorks Education Edition 2008-2009, which delivers all the capabilities of SolidWorks 2008 Office Premium, plus new analysis software, curriculum, and more. Students will notice the most sweeping enhancement, a new, intuitive, time-saving user interface. Students can work more efficiently than ever because the UI gives them new opportunities to interact directly with the model in addition to intuitive menu options. A streamlined workflow anticipates which tools students will need in the context of the specific task they are undertaking and presents them for use. The interface increases useful window real estate, reduces mouse travel, provides innovative
customization options, and offers task-based command selection. In addition to the interface, analysis software, and curriculum, SolidWorks Education Edition 2008-2009 incorporates more than 250 user-requested enhancements introduced in SolidWorks 2008, including powerful new features built on SolidWorks Intelligent Feature Technology (SWIFT). SWIFT Instant3D, one of several unique new features built on the SWIFT framework, lets users create and modify 3D model features simply by manipulating drag handles directly on the model.

Elysium Inc., a provider of design data exchange software, today announced the release of CADdoctor EX3.0, their flagship data verification tool. The latest release includes expanded capabilities for data translation end-to-end throughout product development—from scanned geometry for modeling to surface preparation for molding and manufacturing parts. The new software tools promote process automation, reduce design and manufacturing times, and improve product data quality. CADdoctor assists in translating data into its most usable form for CAD, CAM, or CAE applications. For instance, a reverse engineering option in the software can read the polygonal data in a stereolithography
(STL) file and translate it into a CAD model with valid surfaces and boundaries, and precise geometry, as opposed to an approximation. The resulting data are usable without further repair or re-modeling in CAD, CAE, or even CAM applications for cutting, moldmaking, and other manufacturing processes.

PTC introduced ProductView 9.1, the newest version of PTC’s visual collaboration software. With its breakthrough performance gains, intuitive task-focused user interface and unique MCAD-ECAD collaboration capabilities, this release enables a customer to gracefully adapt to their changing visual collaboration needs without having to install disparate tools or develop custom integrations. Product development is a highly visual activity and manufacturers have often struggled with multiple technology solutions to support the various forms and complexity levels of visual information required by different stakeholders. PTC’s ProductView 9.1 alleviates these challenges by offering
a scalable visual collaboration platform that supports customer needs ranging from simple desktop viewing to the interactive exploration of massive digital mockups. Its scalability means that ProductView 9.1 allows for loading volumes of viewable data previously unachievable, increases overall productivity with superlative performance, and extracts the most value from customers’ existing hardware investment. Additionally with this release, the ProductView 9.1 family supports the ProSTEP IDX (Interdomain Design Exchange) standard, a method for communicating incremental design changes bi-directionally between mechanical and electrical domains.

MSC.Software announced an integrated simulation solution for the PTC Product Development Solutions within its release of SimEnterprise R3. MSC.Software’s SimEnterprise solutions allow users of PTC’s CAD and PDM applications to enhance their design environment efficiency through virtual test and validation while increasing the level of analysis through SimEnterprise that provide several layers of simulation functionality that are fully integrated with PTC applications. The SimEnterprise solutions begin with the capabilities of MD Nastran for linear, non-linear and thermal analysis, along with MD Adams for motion coupled with other integrated analysis capabilities for noise,
vibration, and explicit analyses, such as drop tests.

Corel Corp. announced a partnership with Right Hemisphere, a provider of visual communication and collaboration solutions. Corel will incorporate a special version of Right Hemisphere’s Deep Exploration Standard Edition software into its next release of Corel DESIGNER Technical Suite. The addition of Right Hemisphere’s Deep Exploration software will give Corel users the ability to transform 3D CAD models and publish them into accurate 2D graphics without having to purchase additional CAD software. Available in two versions, Right Hemisphere’s Deep Exploration is a client software application that allows its users to automatically transform, author and publish
lightweight 2D and 3D product graphics using existing engineering CAD design data and other digital content. The Deep Exploration Standard Edition version automatically translates, optimizes and repairs a variety of popular 3D graphics file formats. The Deep Exploration CCE version offers support for over 80 file formats, including all of the major CAD applications, as well as the ability to publish 3D interactive Adobe PDF files.

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