IronCAD 2016 Now Available

IronCAD 2016 Now Available

IronCAD, a provider of design productivity solution, has released version 2016 of its software. This iteration has major enhancements for the fabrication and assembly sector. According to the company, noticeable developments are available for sheet metal, smart design capabilities and a new Mechanical add-in.

New sheet metal capabilities offer speed, ease of use and in-place design behaviors to create more complex bending operations with a new sketched bend command. Users can also import and use sheet metal data from customers or suppliers.

The new Mechanical add-in has intelligent tools for fabricators, bill of material generation and more. IronCAD 2016 also has smart design tools known as Smart eBehavior, which works with how product are configured at the assembly level to allow users to work with content and let customers and stakeholders access data, the company states.

“This release marks a huge step forward for fabrication and mechanical design customers. We specifically targeted improvements in the overall productivity of the design process as well as allowing customers to make use of 3D product data. This inclusion of people outside of design group dramatically improves productivity and communication for all stakeholders,” says Cary O’Connor, vice president of Marketing at IronCAD.

A complete list of the new capabilities for IronCAD can be found here.

For more information, visit IronCAD.

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

EnvisionTEC Launches Micro Plus 3D Printer Line

EnvisionTEC Launches Micro Plus 3D Printer Line

At formnext 2015, EnvisionTEC has launched a new line of 3D printers. The Micro Plus is available in two variations, the Micro Plus Hi-Res and Advantage. This desktop offering has a new body style, a touchscreen and an integrated embedded PC with Wi-Fi connectivity, a company press release states.

The Hi-Res provides a build envelope of 1.8 x 1.1 x 3.9 in. and a resolution of 30 micron. The Advantage has a dynamic Z resolution that varies between 25 and 75 micron with a build envelop of 2.3 x 1.8 x 3.9 in. The Micro Plus printers can produce functional parts with materials for applications such as jewelry, toy, medical, engineering and industrial design.

“The Micro Plus line is another example ofEnvisionTEC’s dedication to innovation. EnvisionTEC has always relied on a strong research and development team to ensure that we maintain our role as a global leader in 3D printing technologies,” said EnvisionTEC CEO Al Siblani. “We are not content with simply being at the leading edge, what is important is providing true solutions to our customers that include functional parts with best-in-class surface finish at high speeds and the Micro Plus line continues this legacy.”

For more information, visit EnvisionTEC.

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

Bitfusion Launches Beta Program

Bitfusion Launches Beta Program

Bitfusion, a developer of optimization technologies for high-performance, compute intensive applications, has launched Boost Beta. The program is a software-acceleration layer that automatically accelerates compute-intensive applications. It offers performance improvements for Blender, RNumPy, Octave, MATLAB, FFmpeg, Torch and more.

Boost Beta lets users automatically upgrade application performance without purchasing new hardware. To do so, it implements custom-compiled and pre-optimized open-source libraries for applications in data analytics, machine learning, rendering and scientific computing.

“So many startups and mid-market companies require faster speeds and better performance not just to keep up with the competition, but to get ahead and really flourish in today’s technology-driven economy,” said Subbu Rama, co-founder and CEO of Bitfusion. “Until now, the costs of upgrading to high-performance speeds was prohibitive. Boost Beta is dramatically cutting the price tag for speed and bringing supercomputing performance to the masses.”

The company has also released its Cloud Adaptor, letting users access FPGA (field programming gate array) and GPU (graphics processing unit) hardware in the cloud without extensive integration.

“Prohibitive pricing and delivery models are hindering innovation. Developers shouldn’t be paying for idle time when there’s better, cost-saving technology available to solve the problem,” said Bitfusion co-founder and COO Maciej Bajkowski. “With Adaptor, we are giving new meaning to what ‘bursting’ to a high-performance hardware cloud means.”

For more information, visit Bitfusion.

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

Altair to Open Source PBS Professional

Altair to Open Source PBS Professional

Altair has stated that it will provide an open source licensing option for its HPC (high-performance computing) workload manager, PBS Professional. Scheduled to be released mid-2016, PBS Pro will be available for two different licensing options for commercial installations and as an open source version.

The PBS Pro HPC workload management technology originated from NASA’s Ames Research Center and was acquired by Altair in 2003. It is currently used for scheduling, management, monitoring and reporting on clusters and TOP500 owners.

“There is growing demand for open source middleware technology to support high-end HPC computing initiatives and broader access to HPC both on-premise and via the cloud,” says James R. Scapa, chairman and CEO of Altair. “Our goal is for the open source community to actively participate in shaping the future of PBS Professional driving both innovation and agility. The community’s contributions combined with Altair’s continued research and development, and collaboration with Intel and our HPC technology partners will accelerate the advancement of PBS Pro to aggressively pursue exascale computing initiatives in broad classes and domains.”

For more information, visit Altair.

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

TOP500 Releases Supercomputing List

TOP500 Releases Supercomputing List

The TOP500 has released its list of the world’s top supercomputers, which show an increase of accelerated systems. For the first time, a press release states, more than 100 accelerated systems on the list, accounting for 143 petaflops. NVIDIA Tesla-based systems comprise 70 of the systems on the TOP500, reflecting compound annual growth of nearly 50% over the past five years.

The main drivers of high-performance computing accelerated system adoption are Moore’s law, the increase of GPU (graphics processing unit) accelerated applications and more investment in accelerators, supercomputing sites and hyperscale datacenters.

Some systems that use NVIDIA Tesla accelerators include Titan, Lomonosov 2 and Piz Daint.

“One day, all supercomputers will be accelerated,” said Jen-Hsun Huang, co-founder and chief executive officer at NVIDIA. “Leading supercomputing sites around the world have turned to GPU-accelerated computing, reflected in today’s TOP500 list. As the pace of discovery accelerates and researchers turn to computation, machine learning and visualization, we fully expect to see this trend increase.”

For more information, visit NVIDIA and TOP500.

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

MakerBot, Stratasys Form Sales Partnership

MakerBot, Stratasys Form Sales Partnership

MakerBot and Stratasys have created a sales partnership program that will extend cross-selling of products. In addition to having each company sell partner products, MakerBot is also launching a training program for Stratasys resellers and distributors to familiarize them with the full portfolio.

The new sales partnership began last month. By combining product offerings, resellers can offer customers a more thorough understanding of both Stratasys and MakerBot 3D printers, the company states. Additionally, MakerBot resellers and distributors will also become a part of the Stratasys printer program.

“We believe that both Stratasys and MakerBot can greatly benefit from each other’s strengths — and so can our customers,” said Jonathan Jaglom, CEO at MakerBot. “This collaboration between the two companies gives our customers access to a larger suite of products that is designed to speed up the design process and lower costs. The partnership program also empowers sales partners to better consult their customers on how to make their product development processes more effective and gain a competitive edge.”

For more information, visit MakerBot.

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

Luxion Releases KeyShot 6

Luxion Releases KeyShot 6

Luxion has released Keyshot 6 which, according to the company, brings even more speed and simplicity to creating high-quality visuals.

Version 6 includes improved workflow efficiency, greater material control and feature enhancements. Capabilities for evaluating geometry have also been added.

For design, Keyshot 6 has several new lighting modes powered by a new algorithm, real-time region render, multi-layer PSD still rendering and active Scene Set saving.

Material Graph is now available for greater material control. With the material graph, users can open a separate window to display materials, textures and labels as nodes in a graph to visualize connections. Also added is material animation and occlusion procedural.

Geometric views are now a party of Keyshot, which provides an additional camera viewpoint, 1;1 animation playback and camera path animation control. The updated Geometry Editor lets users split surfaces, calculate vertex normals, separate individual surfaces and close open boundaries.

Feature control now offers new plugins for 3ds Max, Maya and Cinema 4D. Panoramic camera animations are also available.

For more information, visit Luxion.