Alibre Design 9.1 Released With Adobe Acrobat 3D

Earlier, I spoke with Greg Milliken, CEO of Alibre, and he said that the company has several things in the pipeline that will be announced in the coming months. We discussed a number of future Alibre issues and advancements on a non-disclosure basis. Although we can't discuss it here right now, suffice it to say that there are some big and positive things brewing for the company and its customers that we will be relaying as they become reality.

Editor's Note: We were at Autodesk University in Las Vegas last week. We'll be reporting on some of the new and exciting things that we saw in the coming weeks.


The Week's Top 5

At MCADCafé we track many things, including the stories that have attracted the most interest from our subscribers. Below are the five news items that were the most viewed during last week.

Autodesk Reports Record Revenues
Autodesk reported record quarterly revenues of $457 million, an increase of 21 percent over the third quarter of fiscal 2006. The company's performance was driven by strong increases in revenues from 3D products, products for the media and entertainment market and strong increases in revenue from AutoCAD new seats and subscriptions. The company's 3D products, including Inventor, contributed to the overall increase. Combined revenues from these model-based design products increased 36 percent over the third quarter of fiscal 2006 to a record $98 million. 3D revenues reached 22 percent of total revenues in the quarter. In total, Autodesk shipped more than 13,000 seats of Inventor. Emerging economies also contributed to growth in revenues. Revenues from the emerging economies in Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East increased 38 percent over the third quarter of fiscal 2006 and represented 15 percent of total revenues in the third quarter.

3D Systems Receives NASDAQ Delisting Notice
3D Systems Corp. announced that it has received a Staff Determination notice from the NASDAQ Stock Market stating that the company's common stock is subject to delisting. The notice was issued in accordance with standard NASDAQ procedures as a result of the previously announced delayed filing of the company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended September 30, 2006. Timely filing of periodic reports is a requirement for continued listing under a NASDAQ Marketplace Rule. As previously disclosed, the late filing resulted from the determination of the company's management and its audit committee that, based on information presented by the company's management in connection with the preparation of the company's financial statements for the third quarter of 2006, the company's financial statements included in its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2006 and June 30, 2006 contained errors and, therefore, should be restated. The company intends to file amended documents as soon as practicable after the company's internal reviews and confirmatory processes are completed.

Geomagic Qualify 9 and Blade Extension Accelerate Part Inspection, Reporting and Analysis
Geomagic released Geomagic Qualify 9 and the Geomagic Blade extension, a digital inspection package. Geomagic Qualify 9 provides a way to compare as-built to as-designed parts and machinery. When combined with the new Geomagic Blade extension, Geomagic Qualify 9 provides a tool for digital inspection in the turbomachinery industry, with unique functionality for analyzing rotors, stators, impellers, and internal blade features. New features in Geomagic Qualify 9 include support for multiple coordinate systems, advanced 2D dimensioning features, direct access to CAD geometry, and line profiles, which improve the clarity, quality, speed and interpretation of inspection reporting and analysis.

UGS' Teamcenter Receives Technology Innovation Award
UGS Corp. announced that it is a winner of Aviation Week & Space Technology Magazine's 2006 Technology Innovation Award. Teamcenter software, UGS' digital lifecycle management package, was honored with the Design Breakthrough Award in the Defense Category for its ability to address the unique challenges of A&D programs. Teamcenter links product development with downstream lifecycle processes by offering solutions for global manufacturing; maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO); and strategic sourcing. By enabling consistent, repeatable processes and commonality, Teamcenter supports regulatory compliance throughout the lifecycle.

Roland LPX-600 3D Laser Scanner Compatible With SolidWorks 2007
Able to work with raw scanned data, SolidWorks 2007 Office Premium offers 3D CAD users compatibility with Roland's LPX-600 3D laser scanner. The LPX-600 scans objects up to 16 inches tall and 10 inches in diameter. The desktop device then automatically generates detailed models with a watertight surface and resolutions up to 0.008 inch. It captures complex data for consumer products, packaging, jewelry, and a host of biomedical applications. LPX EZ Studio supports a wide range of data output formats, including STL, PIX and 3DM. STL files are used by the industry's most popular rapid prototyping systems, including those manufactured by Roland, 3D Systems, Stratasys, Z-Corp, and Solidscape.

Jeffrey Rowe is the editor of  MCADCafé and MCAD Weekly Review. He can be reached at  Email Contact  or 408.850.9230.

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  • October 09, 2008
    Reviewed by 'R. Williams'
    As always, Mr. Rowe brings you the facts and nothing but the facts. A well written article that shows the immediate advantages of the new Alibre 9.1 flagship product. Just why it took so long for this competant MCAD package to take off and get noticed I will never understand. Mr. Rowe, proves that a great product cannot be hidden for too long. I've seen this MCAD software package come up to be a real contender in the ring for recognition. At this pace and price it could even in time take on a leadership role. Great Article my friend, I enjoy your expertise with words.

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