MecSoft Ships RhinoCAM 2016

MecSoft Ships RhinoCAM 2016

MecSoft Corporation, a provider of CAD/CAM solutions, has released the latest version of RhinoCAM. According to the company, all four of the software’s modules have been updated and can be purchased independently of each other.

Enhanced features of RhinoCAM 2016 include:

  • 2 Axis, 3 Axis and 4 Axis Milling as well as Turning toolpath methods
  • Cut Material Simulation, Tooling & Feeds/Speeds
  • Knowledge Bases for the automation of programming tasks
  • Utilities for cabinet makers to help in programming toolpaths for cabinet manufacturing
  • Enhancements to the RhinoCAM-NEST module

“RhinoCAM 2016, improves upon a CAM product that consistently exceeds expectations of our users. With an emphasis on automation of programming tasks in this release, along with our continued focus on improving our toolpath generation methods, we are proud to release this product to our customers,” says Joe Anand, president and CEO at MecSoft.

For more information, visit MecSoft.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

Autodesk Announces Restructuring Initiative

Autodesk Announces Restructuring Initiative

Autodesk has released a restructuring plan that will accelerate the move to the cloud and help the organization transition to a subscription-based business model, the company states.

According to a company press release, Autodesk seeks to reduce expenses, streamline the organization, and reallocate resources to align more closely with the company’s needs going forward. It plans to reduce staffing levels in the near-term by 10% and to consolidate leased facilities.

“As we progress through our business model transition, we continue to take a comprehensive look at our company to see where we can be more effective and efficient. To realize maximum value for both our customers and shareholders, and as a follow-on to previously discussed cost reduction actions, we are restructuring so we can focus resources on areas that will accelerate the move to the cloud and transition to a subscription-based business,” said Carl Bass, Autodesk president and CEO. “To be clear, the restructuring announced today is not related to anything we are seeing in the macro-economic environment. We ended fiscal 2016 on a high note with very strong fourth-quarter billings growth and continued demand for our subscription offerings. Solid revenues, coupled with continued cost-controls, led to better than expected non-GAAP EPS during the quarter. I’m pleased we were able to deliver these results at such a critical moment in Autodesk’s transition.”

For more information, visit Autodesk.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

ZW3D, SimLab Composer Enter Partnership

ZW3D, SimLab Composer Enter Partnership

ZW3D, a supplier of CAD/CAM solutions for manufacturing, has teamed up with SimLab Composer. The company offers 3D scene building and sharing programs, helping the ZW3D user community create visualizations and run simulation analysis.

ZW3D has created a plug-in with SimLab Composer to directly connect users with software capabilities. By adding this functionality, users will have active links between the programs to keep data in sync. The main features of this integration are:

  • Quick collision detection with complex Rigid-Body simulations With the Simulation Workbench in SimLab Composer, ZW3D users can fast and accurately model, control and analyze simulations of dynamic mechanical systems using state-of-the-art engineering solvers. In this way, the R&D costs will be greatly reduced and the leads time will be largely shortened.
  • Easy share of designs with technical and non-technical users Designers and engineers can generate 3D PDF files and WebGL-based HTML files according to their 3D models, and export them to Android/iPad. Thus,designs can be shared to everyone, bringing smooth cooperation, both internally and externally.
  • Better demonstration of design ideas with photo-realistic texture baking Rendering algorithms are used in SimLab Composer to simulate shading, shadows and bumps on the surface (or texture) of a 3D object, delivering users realistic-looking designs to materialize their ideas for better presentation to bosses, clients & prospect

“We are very excited about this partnership. It gives our users a powerful toolset to create amazing visualizations and perform mechanism simulations efficiently,” said Colin Lin, Director of ZW3D Overseas Business.

For more information, visit ZW3D.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

ZigBee, EnOcean Alliances Form Collaboration

ZigBee, EnOcean Alliances Form Collaboration

The ZigBee and EnOcean Alliances have entered a collaboration to combine the benefits of energy harvesting wireless solutions and the ZigBee 3.0 framework. By partnering, the organizations hope to create an open, global specification that will extend energy harvesting wireless communication to a broader range of self-powered IoT sensor solutions.

“We are very excited that the EnOcean Alliance is bringing its energy harvesting expertise and widely deployed device profiles into the ZigBee 3.0 ecosystem,” said Tobin Richardson, president and CEO of the ZigBee Alliance. “Our goal with ZigBee 3.0 is to provide a unifying IoT standard that simplifies product development while reducing industry fragmentation and unlocking new market growth opportunities. This agreement with the EnOcean Alliance is a first important step down that path. A jointly developed specification for the ZigBee 3.0 ecosystem will bring the promise of interoperable self-powered IoT solutions to more markets and applications, meeting growing demand for plug-and-play solutions that can deliver seamless, ultra-low-power battery-less communication.”

For more information, visit ZigBee and EnOcean.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

Altair Opens Enlighten Award Nominations

Altair Opens Enlighten Award Nominations

Altair has opened nominations for its fourth annual Altair Enlighten Award. The program, according to the company, is focused on recognizing achievements in automotive. This year’s competition is offering two distinct submission categories: full vehicles and modules.

Last year’s winner was Ford for its work on the 2015 Ford F-150. To reduce weight, Ford took a holistic approach to integrate composite materials into the body of the automobile.

“Over the past few years we’ve received dozens of terrific nominations demonstrating the determination of automakers and suppliers alike to meet the challenges of continued mass reduction. As pressure continues to increase on the industry approaching the 2016-2018 mid-term review, we expect to see significant new innovations to be showcased in this year’s competition,” said Dr. Jay Baron, President & CEO at Center for Automotive Research. “We look forward to the 2016 nominations highlighting exciting new approaches to automotive engineering and design contributing to further reductions in weight, fuel consumption, and emissions for light-duty vehicles.”

For more information, visit Altair.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

GE Ventures, Autodesk Invest in Optomec

GE Ventures, Autodesk Invest in Optomec

Optomec, a provider of additive manufacturing production systems, has received strategic investments from GE Ventures and Autodesk. The funds, according to the company, will further development, promotion and deployment of Optomec’s proprietary solution for production applications.

Optomec supports additive manufacturing in areas such as 3D-printed sensors, advanced electronics packaging and 3D-printed metal. The goal of the company’s collaborations with GE and Autodesk is to reduce barriers of additive manufacturing adoption.

“The Spark Investment Fund aims to push the boundaries of additive manufacturing and we believe a connected ecosystem between hardware and software is key in spurring innovation and collaboration,” said Samir Hanna, vice president and general manager, Consumer and 3D Printing, Autodesk. “We’re excited to have a shared vision with Optomec in enabling additive manufacturing technology to be seamlessly integrated into conventional production platforms to advance the overall design and fabrication process.”

For more information, visit Optomec.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

Luxion, Onshape Partner for KeyShot Connection

Luxion, Onshape Partner for KeyShot Connection

Luxion, a provider of rendering and lighting technology, has released the KeyShot Connection for Onshape. This plug-in lets users make photorealistic renderings and animations of their Onshape documents.

The integration enables users to connect to their Onshape account from inside KeyShot, share Onshape documents with any changes and update files without losing any material, lighting or animations set up in KeyShot.

To access the capability within KeyShot, an option for “Connect to Onshape” is added to the menu after installation. While browsing, Part Studio or Assembly is selected and brought into KeyShot with the click of a button, with the model structure, part and assembly names all maintained. (KeyShot Pro adds the ability to import NURBS data for perfectly smooth, rounded surfaces.) After materials, environments and textures are added in KeyShot, the scene may be saved and uploaded directly to an Onshape Document for others to make updates.

“With the growth of Onshape and request for Onshape support from KeyShot users, we are pleased to partner with them for the introduction of the Onshape App Store,” says Thomas Teger, VP of Products and Strategy at Luxion. “This confirms with us that more 3D professionals are interested in mobile solutions with the ability to create high-quality visuals of their 3D data quickly.”

For more information, visit Luxion and Onshape.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.