November 08, 2010
PTC Introduces Creo Design Software
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While the presentations for Creo were impressive, Creo is a major platform shift that is not without risks, and a lot of questions still need answering. The success of Creo will be totally dependent, short term and long term, on how well PTC executes and delivers what has been promised, as well as how well the apps work together. That said, however, I have to admit that at least for now the excitement is back at PTC, something it really hasn't had for a long time. Creo ushers in what I'll call the beginning of the “Heppelmann Era” at PTC and I'm looking forward to experiencing the new apps for myself as they become available for review.



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Luxion announced that it was selected by PTC as a launch partner for “Project Lightning,” now known as Creo. Luxion demonstrated the integration of Creo and KeyShot at the launch event in Boston, MA. “Selecting Luxion as a launch partner enables us to demonstrate that Creo in combination with Luxion's KeyShot rendering technology allows other members of the community such as sales and marketing to be involved early in the design process and utilize the digital data directly for the creation of product imagery,” said Michael Campbell, PTC's Divisional Vice President of Design and Visualization Products. Luxion will continue to support the PTC customer base by providing the
ability to import Pro/ENGINEER data (now known as Creo Elements/Pro) natively into KeyShot on both PC and Mac. In addition, Luxion offers a plug-in for Pro/ENGINEER that provides a dynamic link between Pro/ENGINEER and KeyShot. This plug-in is available to all KeyShot customers free of charge from the KeyShot website.



Aras announced its PLM cloud strategy that is designed to deliver enterprise PLM technology for the cloud, and provide global companies with the ability to securely leverage cloud-based data, services and analytics in the PLM workflow to enable new, more effective ways for global companies to conduct business. The initial phase of the Aras strategy is based on the company's cloud-ready platform technology and open-source business model, which together, are suited for large-scale deployments in the private cloud environments of multinational corporations and global systems integrators. Aras is a true cloud architecture that runs on the latest virtualization technologies and partitions well for distributed deployments where compute resources are automatically provisioned for elastic scalability. Partitioning also enables a wide variety of deployment scenarios including highly secure hybrid deployments where replicated file vaults remain on-premise behind the firewall while application servers operate in the cloud. The model-based SOA framework makes Aras capable of running in a multi-tenant scenario as well where a single system has different customizations and vaults for each organization and where upgrades can be conducted during continued operation without impacting system modifications. Web services federation enables secure connections to other systems whether
located on-site or in the cloud. As data sets “of record” continue to expand in the cloud, such as online parts / component databases and other third-party sources, the ability for end users to securely access and bring information to the point of use in the right context during the PLM workflow represents a powerful new approach to achieve greater agility and productivity. Additionally, services and analytics available through cloud APIs such as specification analysis, compliance validation and BPO product engineering services will further drive process innovation.



Altair Engineering, Inc. announced a 30 percent year-over-year revenue growth in the global aerospace market. A number of European aerospace OEMs and suppliers will discuss their use of Altair's HyperWorks suite of computer-aided engineering (CAE) tools in presentations at the 2010 European HyperWorks Technology Conference (HTC). The 4th annual European HTC highlighted the latest trends, developments and applications in the field of enterprise CAE and showcased cutting-edge methods, applications and industry examples of CAE-driven innovations. Presentations from Altair aerospace customers - including Airbus, MT Aerospace, AugustaWestland, EADS and Eurocopter -examined how the aerospace
industry is leveraging structural design optimization and simulation technology to drive innovation, weight reduction and improved designs. HyperWorks offers a suite of CAE tools for minimum-weight design, stress analysis, and mechanism and vulnerability simulation for metallic and composite structures. Aerospace customers that have employed HyperWorks and its simulation-driven design processes, enabled by a strategic combination of Altair experience, technology and methods, have reported an average of 15 percent weight reduction for products while shortening the product design and development cycle by up to 50 percent



ANSYS, Inc. announced the launch of ANSYS 13.0, the newest release of its engineering simulation technology suite designed to optimize product development processes. The advanced technology behind ANSYS 13.0 includes hundreds of new features that make it possible for users to bring new products to market, with confidence in the results they will achieve. ANSYS 13.0 delivers new benefits in three major areas:
  • Greater fidelity via new solver methods. As engineering requirements and design complexity increase, simulation software must produce more accurate results that reflect changing operating conditions over time. ANSYS 13.0 features an electromagnetic transient solver that produces higher-fidelity results in dynamic simulation environments, among other new features.
  • Higher productivity built on an adaptive architecture. ANSYS 13.0 includes dozens of features that minimize the time and effort product development teams invest in simulation. For example, as product designs grow in size and complexity - and consideration of a single physics is no longer enough - ANSYS 13.0 makes it easier for users with different engineering specialties to work collaboratively to exchange data and develop real-world simulations that incorporate multiphysics.
  • Performance innovation via software and computational power. ANSYS 13.0 can provide speedup ratios that are dramatically greater than previous software releases. Complex multiphysics simulations can be accomplished more quickly and efficiently, speeding up product development and market launch initiatives.


  • Alibre Inc. announced the release of its latest version, Alibre Design 2011. Alibre Design 2011 now makes 3D designing easier and more robust with major enhancements, including a complete top to bottom code re-write, native 64-bit version, powerful sheet metal conversion tools, and a myriad of time saving tools and customization features. Available immediately for download at:
    www.alibre.com/store. With prices starting at $99 for Personal Edition (PE), $699 for Professional, and $1399 for Expert, Alibre Design 2011 brings the power of 3D CAD design to everyone, from DIYers, inventors, tinkerers, entrepreneurs, designers, engineers and scientists. New Alibre Design 2011 Features Include:
  • For Industrial Design: New Sheet Metal Conversion Tools with Automatic Conversion - imported or natively designed solids are now able to be automatically converted into unfoldable sheet metal parts, so users can take libraries of dumb solids generated from other applications and convert them into fully native, editable sheet metal parts. Sheet metal parts can also be designed in a normal part workspace and then converted to sheet metal later, fast tracking many common design requirements
  • For Power Users: Complete Code Rewrite and Native 64-bit Version for Larger & More Complex Models - Alibre Design 2011 has been completely rewritten in the C# programming language, in addition to being re-architected to support a native 64-bit version of the software. This enables Alibre power users to make models of incredible complexity and size, while providing tremendous performance benefits.
  • For Beginners: New Faster 2D Detailing Framework Avoids Confusing Toolbars & Dialogs - 2D detailing is now incredibly fast with the new in-place editing framework. This set of tools is hyper-context sensitive, allowing users to avoid toolbars and dialogs almost altogether. By clicking on items, available options are shown directly at the mouse, and users can make edits to almost anything in real-time, without cumbersome dialogs

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