April 05, 2010
HP Expands Desk-Side and Mobile Workstations
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All in all, a very entertaining (literally) and informative couple of days with HP as they introduced their newest hardware platforms.
The Week's Top 5
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Autodesk introduced its new 2D and 3D design and engineering software lineup for manufacturers seeking to digitally design, visualize, and simulate their products before they are built. The tight technology integration offered by Autodesk Inventor 2011 software and the complete Autodesk Digital Prototyping software portfolio helps enable designers and engineers to compete more effectively and do more work in house. Autodesk enhanced its specialized tools for product development professionals focused on conceptual design, design visualization, engineering and manufacturing disciplines, and at the same time, the company embedded key functionality from these tools within its core Autodesk
Inventor 3D mechanical design and engineering software. New direct manipulation capabilities in Inventor 2011 software fundamentally improve the mechanical design process, helping accelerate design times as compared with Inventor 2010 software by approximately 40 percent on common tasks such as assembly modeling. Inventor 2011 software also incorporates Autodesk's design visualization capabilities within the CAD application so users can better conceptualize and communicate designs with clients. New shading, lighting and material properties give users a photo-realistic representation of their designs, with Inventor software rendering designs as the user works.
HP workstations, mobile PCs, and HP OfficeJet printers are used to design the cars and manage everything from the telemetry to the engine of the team's car during the race for the Luczo Dragon Racing team. Using HP technology, the Luczo Dragon Racing team is able to maximize performance on and off the track. HP technology is used in every aspect of performance, engineering, reliability, management, mobility, robustness, raw computing power and design. Off the track, engineers use powerful HP workstations to enhance parts design, data collection, storage, analysis, simulation and optimization. To prepare for each race, engineers on the Luczo Dragon Racing team run simulations to
understand how the car's setup will affect performance for a given track. The team needs to understand the behavior of the car and the effect of changes in performance. On the track, the team uses HP notebooks to monitor every move the car makes and remotely adjust suspension, telemetry and engine systems for optimal performance during every second of the race. While the car speeds around the track at 220 miles per hour, it is critical for the team to be able to analyze the information they're receiving from sensors on the car and immediately understand where performance deficits may lie.
Luxion, a developer of advanced rendering and lighting technology, and Alibre, developer of feature-rich and low cost CAD/CAM software, announced that starting immediately KeyShot technology will be bundled with Alibre Design Expert and Professional. For under $500 customers can get 3D modeling and 2D drafting, and enjoy stunningly realistic product visualization. KeyShot is an interactive ray tracing and illumination program developed by Luxion for both PC and Mac for creating photographic images from 3D models. KeyShot is the new name for HyperShot software. Combined with its ease of use KeyShot gives anyone involved with 3D data the ability to create photographic images in minutes,
independent of the size of the digital model. KeyShot supports many native file formats, including SolidWorks, Rhino, SketchUp, Obj, IGES, and STEP.
Apriso and Dassault Systèmes announced that a Component Application Architecture (CAA) Software Partnership Agreement has been signed. Under this agreement, Apriso will deliver the integration between its suite of applications and Dassault Systemes' DELMIA digital manufacturing solutions. This new combined solution addresses the challenge of sharing information between design and planning and production execution. Synchronizing Engineering Change Requests (ECRs) from digital manufacturing systems with the actual physical production processes ensures correct component version and process plans are used consistently in manufacturing and assembly. Apriso's CAA V5 partnership with
Dassault Systèmes addresses customer needs in the following areas:
Business Integration to propagate configured product, process plan and work instructions from design and process planning to the execution system in a change controlled environment.
3D Visual Production to enable shop floor users to visualize product and process information in 3D and to record information directly by selecting components or parts.
VX Corp. announced the expansion of its VX Innovator series. VX's built-in learning system, Show-n-Tell, helps users get up to speed quickly since they essentially learn the software on their own. The new products announced included:
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