May 24, 2010
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The SME Education Foundation and Siemens PLM Software offer SME Education Foundation sponsored schools the opportunity to use the latest PLM tools in their curriculum. Siemens PLM Software and the SME Education Foundation will provide a total solution package to the academic institution including unlimited seats of any Siemens PLM Software technology; free center-based training and free upgrades and tech support. The range of software includes Teamcenter, Tecnomatix, NX, and Solid Edge software. Siemens PLM Software Grant applications will be evaluated based on school size, academic program content, program exposure, community impact and financial need. A typical grant involves in-kind
contributions of the PLM software for a set period of time along with support and upgrades covered by the grant. Extensive training materials are also available. For more information and access to the online grant application:

INUS Technology announced that the next major release of its flagship reverse engineering software, Rapidform XOR, has begun. Rapidform XOR combines 3D scan data processing and parametric solid modeling to give users the ability to create CAD models from point clouds and polygon meshes. It also creates native CAD models from scan data for SolidWorks, Pro/ENGINEER, Siemens NX, CATIA V4/V5 and AutoCAD. New features in Rapidform XOR3 include:
  • Modeling Wizards that automate the process of creating various features, including extrusions, revolutions, sweeps and pipes.
  • Streamlined liveTransfer, XOR's CAD interoperability technology. XOR3 communicates faster and transfers more than 20 unique feature types into SolidWorks, Pro/E, Siemens NX and AutoCAD.
  • A new automatic surfacing algorithm that generates CAD-ready NURBS surfaces from polygon meshes in one click.
  • A new massive point cloud processing engine.

  • Autodesk unveiled eight industry-oriented software suites to help students learn core design and engineering skills. The suites contain the full range of Autodesk 2D and 3D design software tools used by professionals worldwide. The bundled packages encourage a multidisciplinary educational approach, helping faculty teach key concepts that help prepare students for rewarding careers in architecture, engineering and the digital arts. These suites, offered globally, are available in English and more than 10 other languages. Solutions for postsecondary academic institutions include:

    The suites consist of the 2011 versions of 21 Autodesk products, including AutoCAD; AutoCAD Civil 3D; Autodesk 3ds Max Design; Autodesk Alias Design; Autodesk Inventor; Autodesk Maya; and Autodesk Revit Architecture. The suites are supported by curricula that include professionally developed lecture notes, student workbooks, projects and other valuable tools to help instructors teach crucial skills. All curricula are available at the
    Autodesk Education Community , an online resource for students and educators. In addition to the new suites, licenses of many 2011 products are available individually for classroom use to give faculty greater purchasing flexibility. For those students who choose to benefit from product ownership, licenses of select individual products are available for purchase.

    Fire Systems Co. Ltd., introduced a new fire-fighter truck, designed with KOMPAS-3D from ASCON. In March 2010, Fire systems Co. Ltd. brought a new product to the market - a fire and rescue engine. A special feature of the truck is a new extension ladder with cradle and crane capacity of three tons designed with KOMPAS-3D. The crane arm can disassemble debris, and remove obstacles to get to emergency incidents and pull vehicles with its integrated winch. After evaluating several CAD software solutions, Fire Systems chose ASCON company as a partner. The implementation of KOMPAS-3D professional solutions from ASCON began in 2005. Currently the center uses the latest version of the
    solution - KOMPAS-3D V11. The extension ladder contains 8,820 parts. The entire project was completed by a team of seven people.

    CIMdata has released a new report entitled, “Dassault Systèmes V6 IP Lifecycle Management.” This review presents CIMdata's perspectives on the V6 platform's solutions that support the management of intellectual property (IP) throughout the product lifecycle. The report presents both background information on IP management and lays out a business case for IP management in manufacturing enterprises. It presents the essential features and capabilities of Dassault Systèmes' V6 IP Lifecycle Management solution in the context of its integration into a broad PLM solution for large- to medium-sized businesses. Dassault Systèmes' IP Lifecycle Management solution set is available and
    contains capabilities for capturing, organizing, storing, maintaining, and providing access to the IP that is created in the course of product development activities. To read more about this resource, download and read the complete “Dassault Systèmes V6 IP Lifecycle Management” report, available
    here at no cost.

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