November 24, 2008
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Editor’s Correction

Following the publication of the previous edition of
MCADCafe Weekly on Autodesk’s recent ECAD acquisition, I made a statement that may have been misinterpreted by some of our readers. We received the following statement from Autodesk that should clarify things. We stand corrected.


“Thanks for your piece on regarding Autodesk's recent ECAD acquisition. There was one statement in your editorial that we'd like to clarify.

[A sentence read] ‘Is Autodesk the first company to move in this direction? No, not exactly - PTC and SolidWorks, for example, are already there, as well.’

This statement implies the recent acquisition of ESCAD was our first move toward mechatronics, following in the footsteps of PTC and DS SolidWorks. In fact, we have been focused on the integration of mechanical and electrical subsystems longer than either of those firms and actually were a pioneer in mechatronics.

While this acquisition bolsters our offering in the area of data-driven methods for controls system design, Autodesk has been focused on the role of Electrical in the mechanical design process for quite some time. Specifically, we started driving the integration with AutoCAD Electrical four years ago, [leading to our focus] on ECAD and current mechatronics capabilities.”

Clay Helm

Sr. Public Relations Manager

Manufacturing Solutions Division


The Week’s Top 5

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.

Dassault Systèmes (DS) announced that Procter & Gamble Company (P&G), the world’s largest consumer goods company, has chosen to implement DS’s ENOVIA solution as its enterprise-wide PLM backbone. P&G also uses 3DVIA, SIMULIA, DELMIA, and SolidWorks. P&G will use a common backbone built on Dassault Systèmes’ V6 technology integrating existing systems to better manage product, packaging and process information. Building on the 16,000 ENOVIA users (12,000 internal and 4,000 external) currently deployed in the Corporate Standards Systems, P&G will implement the ENOVIA Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) Accelerator for Global Specification Management to better manage products spanning
multiple brands and markets.

PTC announced that ViewPlus Technologies, a manufacturer of assistive technologies including Braille printers, has standardized on CoCreate solution. Using CoCreate Modeling, ViewPlus reduced its design process by six months, enabling the company to bring its specialized products to market in less time. Because its primary customers are educational institutions, the product development schedule at ViewPlus is externally driven by the fiscal year of the institutions. Frustrated with its previous 3D CAD solution, which, ViewPlus found difficult to use and severely limited in functionality, the company sought a replacement that would enable it to quickly create 3D CAD models and support
integration with 2D drawings to help accelerate product development. After conducting a comparative benchmark between three competitive solutions, ViewPlus chose CoCreate as its 3D modeling standard, replacing its previous solution.

Dassault Systèmes (DS) announced that Tower Automotive Holding GmbH will soon implement its DELMIA Body-in-White solution to optimize planning and manufacturing processes associated with body and frame construction. The German subsidiary of Tower Automotive develops and produces a wide range of parts employed in the construction of vehicle bodies, including stampings and assemblies for bodies and frames. In the past, any simulation of the sheet metal joining processes has been performed by outside companies using models. From this point on, Tower Automotive plans to run its own simulations using the Body-in-White Metal Structure module on all new and ongoing projects that use complex
manufacturing processes. The objective is to efficiently design, modify, and manufacture components through a more straightforward procedure than has been used thus far. The solution's modular approach allows users to merge different plan segments into their systems at any given time. These partial segments can then be integrated into one complete process later on. In addition to the Metal Structure module, Tower Automotive plans to implement other modules to enhance the independence of its workflow processes so product modifications and manufacturing processes can be validated, simulated, and evaluated directly.

Elmo Solutions announced Agni Link 2009, a live, bidirectional CAD-ERP connector for SolidWorks and Microsoft Dynamics NAV (Navision), Dynamics AX (Axapta) and other ERP applications. Agni Link is a companion application to SolidWorks, Autodesk Inventor, and AutoCAD that provides real-time, bidirectional integration with Microsoft Dynamics NAV (Navision) databases. Every time a SolidWorks, Autodesk Inventor, or AutoCAD document is updated, the user may enter and/or edit data shared between SolidWorks, Autodesk Inventor or AutoCAD and Microsoft Dynamics/NAV (Navision) using possible values obtained "live" from Microsoft Dynamics/NAV (Navision). Upon end-user confirmation, data is updated
in both the SolidWorks, Autodesk Inventor or AutoCAD document and the Microsoft Dynamics/NAV (Navision) database, thus ensuring perfect synchronization of both data sets and completely eliminating redundant data entry.

PTC congratulated its technology partner, Audi Sport, on its recent win of the DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters) Championship 2008. Audi Sport has used Pro/ENGINEER for almost a decade to develop its A4 DTM engine. This year, to address its heterogeneous CAD data management needs and enable collaboration among its different engineering departments, Audi Sport implemented Windchill. As a result of deploying the PTC Product development System (PDS), Audi Sport has experienced an additional improvement of product quality and process efficiency, realizing a 50 percent increase of evaluated design variants during product development. Audi Sport, the motor sport department of German premium
car manufacturer Audi, develops and tests highly competitive cars for long distance races thereby maintaining a closely reciprocal exchange with Audi’s serial development organization. Audi won the DTM championship for the second consecutive year, however, this year Audi started with a completely new car.

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