November 02, 2009
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Delcam has released the 2010 version of FeatureCAM , its feature-based machining software with enhancements across the full range of functionality, from 2D drilling and wire EDM, to five-axis milling and mill-turn operations. Most important of these developments is support for multi-threading when generating 3D toolpaths. This allows calculations to be spread across multiple cores in dual- or quad-core computers. According to Delcam, average time savings are approximately 25% on a dual-core PC. Improved algorithms have been introduced within the user interface to speed up the editing of features and to reduce the time needed to switch between machine-tool set-ups, while more efficient
handling of stock models will reduce the memory required for calculations and so enhance performance still further. The company says that the most innovative new programming option is combined drilling and milling functionality that will allow more efficient hole creation on machines fitted with automatic tool changing. It generates roughing and finishing toolpaths to produce any holes for which the appropriate drill is not loaded, using existing tooling within a machine’s crib.


PTC launched CoCreate 16.5. Highlights for CoCreate 16.5 include:
  • Enterprise Viewing – ProductView allows anyone in the enterprise to leverage the value of CoCreate models through viewing, visualization, markup and interaction with CoCreate data.
  • Technical Illustrations – Arbortext IsoDraw helps companies automate the process of creating and updating high-quality technical illustrations and animations directly from their CoCreate models.
  • Engineering Calculations – Mathcad helps companies easily create and document engineering-critical values for their CoCreate models, and capture the intellectual property surrounding engineering calculations.
  • Production Machining – Users can leverage Pro/ENGINEER NC and Tooling Solutions to create simple to complex machining tool path programs from CoCreate part data. Changes made to the CAD model can be made associatively and propagated to downstream NC deliverables.
  • Interoperability with Pro/ENGINEER – Extended teams benefit from seamless collaboration by publishing their models from CoCreate Modeling 16.5 to Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 3.0 or later.
  • Enterprise PLM for CoCreate Drafting – The Windchill Workgroup Manager for CoCreate Drafting enables companies to optimize product development processes including gaining greater control over their CoCreate drawings.
  • Advanced Simulation – CoCreate Advanced Mechanica helps companies by providing extended simulation capabilities for very complex, real-life scenarios and simulation requirements and significantly improves verification and validation processes well beyond the capabilities of CoCreate FE Analysis.


  • Moldex3D introduced its new free software—Moldex3D Viewer and Moldex3D eDesignSYNC:
  • Moldex3D Viewer– is a standalone Moldex3D result visualization tool that can be used to visualize, quantify, and compare Moldex3D analysis projects interactively. With Moldex3D Viewer, benefits or defects of the designs can be shown and discussed visually, and therefore better communication among the project team can be achieved. Those results are often best explained through visualization.
  • Moldex3D eDesignSYNC – is a free interface for Pro/ENGINEER and SolidWorks users to have direct access to the analysis capabilities of Moldex3D/eDesign. With a button embedded inside Pro/ENGINEER or SolidWorks, eDesignSYNC converts CAD models in their native format for direct analysis with Moldex3D/eDesign 3D plastic injection simulation software. There is no need for CAD users to export the model into a neutral format, such as STEP or IGES, or clear up the mess after importing. With eDesignSYNC, CAD users can focus on analysis for part design and manufacturing optimization.

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