SolidWorks 3D ContentCentral 2009 Blends Social Media and Self-Publishing Into Community for Sharing Design Knowledge
3D ContentCentral 2009, the newest version of the online service, includes an array of self-publishing tools that enable suppliers to build vast catalogs of 3D models by simply clicking a mouse. New social networking tools let 3D ContentCentral users build Facebook-like communities of members for sharing knowledge on components and suppliers. More than 450,000 registered users use 3D ContentCentral to find configurable models of engineering components from hundreds of suppliers. With this upgrade, DS SolidWorks is transforming 3D ContentCentral from an online catalog to an interactive online community where product designers and suppliers can exchange information on an infinite range of design issues.
OPEN MIND'S hyperMILL Post- Processors Available for Advanced Mori Seiki Machines
OPEN MIND Technologies AG recently completed NC postprocessors for many Mori Seiki machine tool models. These developments include on-machine testing at Mori Seiki Technology Centers and further review and confirmation by Mori Seiki's Digital Technology Laboratory (DTL). These postprocessors are available to connect hyperMILL software to Mori Seiki mills and mill-turn machining centers. For the NMV-series, NT-series, and NL-SY series machines, OPEN MIND hyperMILL customers can now obtain uniform, proven postprocessors. OPEN MIND has a strong postprocessor philosophy centered on a fixed core with a broad set of configurable parameters. With this approach, OPEN MIND customers have the assurance provided by the experienced development team, yet the flexibility to activate/deactivate various control functions or customize header and trailer command sequences. OPEN MIND postprocessors use advanced machine-control functions such as tool center point management (TCP), dynamic fixture offsets, and allows functions such as canned cycles on frames (tilted workplanes). OPEN MIND also provides a consistent environment for mill-turn applications, where milling and turning machining cycles can be used within one job and in any sequence. Various program utilities such as in-process stock models, tool database, simulation, and machine postprocessors can work in a uniform environment with combinations of milling and turning cycles.
Trace Software Announces elecworks
Trace Software announced elecworks designed to cover the electrical and automation needs of the SolidWorks engineering offices. elecworks increases collaboration between electrical and mechanical teams and allows them to create automation and electrical installation projects better designed with faster documentation generation. elecworks allows users to work on all areas of a digital installation in real time, based on a single database with multiple views: cable synoptic, schematics, equipment management, input/output tables, etc ; including a full SolidWorks 3D Cabinet module. The elecworks 3D Cabinet module for SolidWorks is a unique application which allows the design of Cabinet within SolidWorks using data in real-time from the scheme project, and will enable most convenient placement and clash detection.
China's Largest CAD/CAM Software Developer Selects Aladdin HASP SRM
Aladdin Knowledge Systems announced that CAXA CO., LTD., the largest CAD/CAM/PLM provider in China, has selected Aladdin HASP SRM to secure its product design and lifecycle management software. Aladdin HASP SRM, the only fully-integrated software- and hardware-based software protection and licensing solution, provides CAXA a secure solution for protecting, managing and deploying its products. HASP has enabled CAXA to create new business models for its software to reach a wider market and improve customer satisfaction. Using HASP's time-based licenses, potential customers are able to try CAXA's innovative software before purchasing without the risk of piracy or theft. HASP's remote update feature allows CAXA engineers to update licenses in the field, reducing time and cost.
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