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Dassault Systemes (DS) announced that the technology for automatic motion and path planning from Kineo Computer Aided Motion (Kineo CAM) has been integrated with 3DVIA Composer. This integration, named 3DVIA Path Planning, allows users to communicate complicated steps of interactive documentation with automatically generated, lifelike animations, rather than photos and text. Assembly and maintenance tasks of tightly fitting components have always been difficult to describe, regardless of the communication tool used. These processes are complex to explain using traditional photo and text instructions, often leading to misinterpretation, reduced quality, or damage to sensitive components. A
potential solution to this challenge is to provide users with 3D interactive and animated instructions, which are more effective in communicating difficult concepts. Creating 3D animations has traditionally been difficult and time consuming. The combination of 3DVIA Composer and 3DVIA Path Planning now automates the animation creation process, increasing the quality and productivity of 3D interactive experience authoring. 3DVIA Composer automates the creation of assembly and disassembly procedures, technical illustrations, interactive 3D product experiences, training materials, marketing materials, and sales tools.

When geometry and mathematical issues in a design challenge are inseparable, GrafiCalc Standard 2010 provides a simple solution. GrafiCalc Standard 2010 combines the disciplines of parametric sketching, automated engineering calculations, and automated geometry backsolving in a single application that lets users solve design challenges while making informed decisions. Whether users perform "what-if" analysis of new product concepts or evaluate multi-faceted design challenges up-front at the system level, GrafiCalc Standard 2010 provides real-time engineering decision-support information and optimization. With GrafiCalc Standard 2010 users can reduce design time and costs while improving
their chances of developing products that work as expected the first time. GrafiCalc Standard 2010 is priced at $229 (US) and can be used standalone and in conjunction with Microsoft Office and all popular CAD applications on any PC running Vista or Windows (32 and 64 bit).

Autodesk announced that its online Education Community has grown to one million student and educator members representing over 28,000 educational institutions in 147 countries since its launch in 2006. As a member of the Community, students and educators can download -- for free -- the 2010 releases of 25 full-feature Autodesk titles; access high-quality training resources, including instructor guides, student workbooks, data sets and videos that reinforce key concepts; search for internships and jobs; and share designs among peers with 13-month licenses. Students can explore both design ideas and careers in architecture, engineering, and the digital arts. Autodesk supports students
and educators by providing design software, innovative programs and other resources designed to inspire the next generation of professionals. By supporting educators to advance design education and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills, Autodesk is helping prepare students for future academic and career success. Autodesk supports schools and institutions of higher learning worldwide through substantial discounts, subscriptions, grant programs, training, curriculum development and community resources. For more information about Autodesk education programs and solutions, visit

CD-adapco released STAR-CCM+ V4.06, the third major version of their flagship engineering simulation software released during 2009. In the six years since its first release, STAR-CCM+ has evolved into more than just a CFD code, and is now an integrated platform for powerful multi-disciplinary engineering simulation, including: combustion; multiphase flow; heat transfer through solids and fluids; dynamic fluid body interaction; and solid stress: all from within a single environment. Principal new features of STAR-CCM+ V4.06 include models to simulate broadband aeroacoustic noise and aerodynamic flutter, together with a range of customer requested enhancements aimed at increasing both user productivity and simulation capability. Using multi-physics simulation technology, STAR-CCM+ provides engineers with the means to predict the occurrence potentially harmful physical phenomena, providing detailed engineering data that can be used to modify designs in order mitigate their impact. Building on existing aeroacoustic capability, the latest release of STAR-CCM+ provides new tools that enable engineers to quickly and easily identify the location and strength of flow generated broadband noise sources. In addition to direct methods using LES and DDES, STAR-CCM+ 4.06 introduces broadband aeroacoustic prediction using the Lilley source term as well as four different models:
Proudman, Linearized Euler, Goldstein, and Curle. Beyond the prediction of aeroacoustic effects, an extension to the Harmonic Balance capability provides tools for the analysis of blade flutter in rotating machinery, with computational time scales that are drastically reduced compared to traditional transient methodologies.

MecSoft Corp., the developer of VisualMILL, RhinoCAM, VisualMILL for SolidWorks and other CAM software, has announced the availability of a 64-bit version of VisualMILL for SolidWorks, an affordable integrated CAM software solution for SolidWorks users starting at $999 (US).The 64-bit version of the software will be available free of cost to existing 32-bit customers.64-bit products running on 64-bit Windows operating systems can handle large amounts of memory, (4GB or more RAM) more efficiently than a 32-bit operating system. More available memory can result in greater efficiency and better overall system performance when running memory intensive applications such as SolidWorks and
VisualMILL for SolidWorks. This is a result of reduced disk paging and memory thrashing that is typical of 32-bit systems running such memory intensive applications due to the inherent 2GB address space limit of these systems.

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