Granta Designs Extends GRANTA MI Capabilities

Granta Designs Extends GRANTA MI Capabilities

Granta Design has added new capabilities to its GRANTA MI materials information management system. With a new Web application, users can figure out where certain materials are used.

With the app, designers can select a material from their GRANTA MI database and search their PLM (product lifecycle management) system to find out what existing products or parts already contain that material.

In addition to the new material usage app, Granta has extended support for Siemens PLM Software Teamcenter users. Now, designers can bulk author materials information from GRANTA MI into the Teamcenter Integrated Materials Management (IMM) data model.

“We’re pleased to provide new tools and, in partnership with Siemens PLM, a new option to author materials data into PLM,” says Arthur Fairfull, director of Materials Strategy and PLM at Granta. “Enterprises have varying strategies for materials knowledge provision to CAD, PLM and their product development process. These features help to support all customers in this area, whatever approach they choose.”

For more information, visit Granta Design.

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

Avi Reichental Departs from 3D Systems

Avi Reichental Departs from 3D Systems

3D Systems (3DS) has stated that Avi Reichental, the company’s former president and CEO, is no longer with the company. Reichental stepped down on October 28, by mutual agreement with the company’s board of directors.

Following Reichental’s departure, the board of directors has established an executive management committee to support companywide operations and initiatives. According to a press release, the company will also immediately commence a search and evaluation process for a new president and CEO.

“Over the past 12 years, [Reichental] has helped build 3D Systems into a global leader in 3D design and digital fabrication and we thank him for his many contributions,” said G. Walter Loewenbaum II, chairman of the 3DS board of directors. “We are fortunate to have such a knowledgeable and capable leadership team already in place that can execute on our strategic initiatives while we identify the right individual to lead 3D Systems into a new era.”

“We are profoundly grateful for the visionary leadership Avi has provided to our business and to our industry, and we wish him well in his future endeavors,” said Charles Hull, co-founder, director, chairman of the Executive Management Committee and chief technology officer, 3DS. “As our industry continues to evolve and we look to the future, we are focused on aligning our resources and programs to best serve our customers and are excited about the many opportunities ahead.”

For more information, visit 3D Systems.

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

Altair Releases SimLab 14.0

Altair Releases SimLab 14.0

Altair, a provider of simulation technology, has released SimLab 14.0. The software is designed for simplified modeling solutions for analysis problems.

Version 14.0 introduces a new graphical user interface (GUI) that is based on a framework which, according to the company, will be used with all HyperWorks software products moving forwards. Also added to the software is a new ribbon interface, improved optimization workflow, redesigned dialogues and a customizable toolbar to create user-defined workflows.

“SimLab 14.0 represents a first step in the transition to the new HyperWorks user experience. We feel the learnability and efficiency have been significantly improved while maintaining very familiar workflows for the experienced users,” said James Dagg, chief technical officer at Altair.

For more information, visit Altair.

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

Oracle Announces Data Visualization Cloud Service

Oracle Announces Data Visualization Cloud Service

Oracle has launched the Oracle Data Visualization Cloud Service, bringing the company’s analytics to the cloud for accessible, visual data. This solution, according to the company, eliminates the complexity typically associate with blending and correlating data sets.

The service offers automatic data blending, letting users combine data from a variety of sources — such as Oracle and other SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) applications, on-premise systems, external sources and personal files.

“Adoption and usage patterns at our 400+ Business Intelligence Cloud Service customers confirm that fast, easy-to-use data visualization is critical to their businesses,” said Hari Sankar, group vice president, Business Analytics, Oracle. “Oracle Data Visualization Cloud Service makes data visualization 100 percent self-service, empowering business users to go from raw data to actionable business insights in just a few minutes. This new service delivers rich visual analysis, rapid discovery of insights and secure collaboration, enabling fact-based decisions at every level of the organization.”

For more information, visit Oracle.

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

Siemens to Acquire CD-adapco

Siemens to Acquire CD-adapco

Read Kenneth’s Wong’s analysis of the acquisition here.

Siemens and CD-adapco have entered an agreement to have Siemens AG acquire CD-adapco. The developer of CFD (computational fluid dynamics) software, STAR-CCM+ and Multidisciplinary eXploration (MDX) has a purchase price of $970 million, the agreement states.

Last fiscal year, CD-adapco had over 900 employees and revenue of close to $200 million with software-typical double digit margins. On average, CD-adapco increased its revenue at constant currencies by more than 12% annually over the past three fiscal years. Siemens expects this business to continue to experience strong growth in the future.

According to a company press release, CD-adapco will be integrated into the PLM (product lifecycle management) software business of Siemens’ Digital Factory Division.

“As part of its Vision 2020, Siemens is acquiring CD-adapco and sharpening its focus on growth in digital business and expanding its portfolio in the area of industry software. Simulation software is key to enabling customers to bring better products to the market faster and at less cost. With CD-adapco, we’re acquiring an established technology leader that will allow us to supplement our world-class industry software portfolio and deliver on our strategy to further expand our digital enterprise portfolio,” said Klaus Helmrich, member of the Managing Board of Siemens.

Closing of the transaction is subject to customary conditions and is expected in the second half of the 2016 fiscal year.

As we reported in September, CD-adapco’s Co-founder and President Steve MacDonald passed away after leading the company for 35 years.

For more information, visit Siemens.

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

OriginLab Releases Origin 2016

OriginLab Releases Origin 2016

OriginLab, a provider of data analysis and graphing software, has released Origin and OriginPro 2016.

Part of this release are new Apps in Origin, an updated Color Chooser, Smart Plotting with Cloneable Templates and Batch Analysis. Users can also create professional report with Microsoft Word templates, manage layers and data plots in a graph with the dockable Object Manager and send graphs to PowerPoint.

“We are excited to introduce Apps in Origin. As a mature product, accumulating over 20 years of user feedback on Origin, it gets to a point where introduction of new features is often lost amid the ocean of existing features. Customers frequently tell us that they use just five percent of the software. Going forward, OriginLab can put standalone features into Apps, so users can decide what features they need to add to their Origin installation. Apps can be updated independently, so bug fixes for Apps can be timely as there will no longer be the need to wait for another version of Origin. Apps are also more visible as they are managed on our File Exchange website. Apps can also be developed by the Origin user community,” says C.P. Yang, founder and CEO, OriginLab.

For more information, visit OriginLab.

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

CD-adapco Announces STAR-CCM+ v10.06

CD-adapco Announces STAR-CCM+ v10.06

CD-adapco, a provider of CFD (computational fluid dynamics) software, has released STAR-CCM+ v10.06. This version, the company states, has Computational Rheology and several updates for user experience.

Computational Rheology, according to a company press release, expands STAR-CCM+’s scope of applications and targets problems with dominant viscous and viscoelastic effects. Types of issues that can be addressed include flow in static mixers, flow into containers, pumping slurries with heat generation and extrusions. The capability is build on the same finite element has Computational Solid Mechanics from v10.04.

“Computational Rheology allows our customers to find solutions for a whole new category of applications ranging from extrusions to polymer and material processing, and they will benefit from this new technology without requiring an additional license,” said Jean-Claude Ercolanelli, senior vice president of Product Management, CD-adapco, “Of course, this new capability is accessible from their familiar and single STAR-CCM+ user interface, leveraging all other STAR-CCM+ features from the geometry to the solution.”

Also added to STAR-CCM+ v10.06 is the ability to perform two-way fluid-structure coupling as well as compute thermal stresses and strains. For user experience, there is new interface for the Manual Surface Repair tool, helping users save time while performing manual repair of triangulated surfaces.

For more information, visit CD-adapco.

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