Optomec Partners with Dragonfly

Optomec Partners with Dragonfly

Optomec, a supplier of additive manufacturing solutions, has signed a distribution agreement with Dragonfly to expand its sales into Italy.

Optomec Aerosol Jet printers, according to the company, offer high-resolution 3D printing capabilities for smaller, lightweight and high-performance devices in industries such as aerospace, defense and consumer electronics.

Aerosol Jet technology, which is scalable for high volume production applications, uses a patented process of aerodynamic focusing to precisely print electronic circuitry and functional components in dimensions ranging from as small as 10 microns to as large as several millimeters in a single pass.

Optomec LENS printers use the energy from a high-power laser to build up structures one layer at a time directly from powdered metals. The LENS process can completely build new metal parts or add material to existing metal components for repair and hybrid manufacturing applications.

“Optomec is the world leading provider of additive manufacturing systems for high-performance applications. This is why we are very proud of this partnership” said Claudio Giarda, Dragonfly CEO. “We are sure that the Italian market is ready to embrace Aerosol Jet Printed Electronics technology and LENS powered-metal fabrication technology. This perfectly completes Dragonfly’s offer and suits the current innovation needs for the development of new smart and connected products, as well as the demand for new industrial solutions to redefine how metal parts are produced, replaced and repaired.”

For more information, visit Optomec.

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

Luxion Receives Official U. S. Patent

Luxion Receives Official U. S. Patent

Luxion, a provider of rendering and lighting technology, has received a patent for real-time rendering technology. The patent is specifically for “live editing and integrated control of image-based lighting of 3D models”

After first filing for protection of the intellectual property on March 2012, Luxion’s integration of high

dynamic range (HDR) image editing within KeyShot provided users of the software the ability to edit an HDR image, which represents omni-directional, real-world environment lighting, by easily adding and adjusting lights while seeing the results instantly in real-time within KeyShot. Additionally, users are able to modify the HDR image, adding highlights to their model, by simply selecting the area of the model to be lit.

“Creating, modifying or adjusting image-based lighting has always been difficult in, or disconnected from, rendering software,” says Claus Wann Jensen, CEO and co-founder at Luxion. “This solution not only provides a new method for adding and adjusting light, but also provides instant visualization of the light in the model environment.”

For more information, visit Luxion.

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

PLM Market to Reach $6.27 Billion by 2022

PLM Market to Reach $6.27 Billion by 2022

According to a report by Transparency Market Research, the shift from traditional and non-traditional end-use sectors such as retail, consumer goods and packaged goods will grow the PLM (product lifecycle market) to reach $6.27 billion by 2020.

The research firm states that the global PLM market for consumer products and retail end-use by components category was dominated by the software segment with a market share of 46.2% in 2014. Globally, the demand for PLM software is driven by a reduction in time-to-market new products and reduction in operational cost. Rising demand for process automation, product data management, and integration with emerging tools such as analytics software would continue to fuel the growth of PLM software during the coming years. The share of on-premise PLM software market is forecast to expand at a moderate rate during the forecast period from 2015 to 2022. The cloud-based PLM software market segment is expected to have fastest growth during the forecast period.

North America led the global overall PLM market for consumer products and retail end-use market in 2014 with the share of about 35.7% in 2014. North America is the most significant market for PLM and its growth is majorly driven by the expansion of the PLM footprint in large enterprises, increasing adoption by SMEs, and penetration of PLM in new industries, such as consumer goods, retail, and telecom

For more information, visit Transparency Market Research.

Faraday Future Designs Concept Electric Car

Faraday Future Designs Concept Electric Car

To design its newest electric vehicle, Faraday Future has chosen the 3DEXPERIENCE solution from Dassault Systemes as well as several industry specific options of the platform. With these tools, the company unveiled its concept car at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Faraday is currently using the “Target Zero Defect” and “Smart Safe & Connected” industry solutions to develop its car. According to a company press release, this emerging generation of cars requires manufacturers to integrate traditional automotive design disciplines with Internet-connectivity, alternative power-sources, and autonomous driving technologies. It is among these reasons that Faraday chose the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

“We are taking a user-centric, technology-first approach to vehicle design with the ultimate aim of connecting the automotive experience to the rest of our customers’ life,” said Nick Sampson, senior vice president, Product R&D, Faraday Future. “Dassault Systemes’ focus on customer experience and its unmatched technologies will enable us to meet our aggressive schedule to deliver the most advanced electric vehicles into the market. Dassault Systemes’ industry solution experiences like ‘Target Zero Defect’ and ‘Smart Safe & Connected’ clinched the decision for Faraday Future.”

Faraday also plans to use the “Lean Production Run” solution for its prototype and product manufacturing in North Las Vegas.

For more information, visit Faraday Future and Dassault Systemes.

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

Signalysis Updates SigQC Software

Signalysis Updates SigQC Software

Signalysis, the provider of SigQC software, has released the newest version of the product. SigQC analyzes components, subassemblies and products to find NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) issues. The system, according to the company, can be integrated into existing manufacturing lines for an automated PASS/FAIL inspection solution.

New features include:

  • Post Process Design-Time Mode
  • Order Tracking
  • Complex FRF Circle Fit
  • Dashboard configuration for Recent Failures, Real-Time Pareto and Trending Data charts
  • Speed Menu options
  • Production sequence enhancement

“SigQC provides an automated production-line pass or fail inspection solution. The program eliminates guesswork by replacing subjective testing with accurate and traceable data. As a result, Signalysis customers are reporting measurable improvements with product quality while lowering costs associated with inspection labor and warranty claims. This latest release gives users greater flexibility while providing even more robust functionality,” says Neil Coleman, president and CEO of Signalysis.

For more information, visit Signalysis.

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

PTC to Acquire Kepware

PTC to Acquire Kepware

PTC has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Kepware, a software development company that offers communications connectivity to industrial automation environments.

According to PTC, Kepware’s KEPServerEX will become a strategic component of the PTC ThingWorx IoT technology platform. Once the companies’ products are integrated, machine data will be able to be aggregated into the PTC ThingWorx platform, integrated with a wide array of internal and external information, and then automatically analyzed using ThingWorx machine learning capabilities. The integration will allow organizations to gain tremendous enterprise-wide insight and to proactively optimize mission-critical processes – enabling them to improve operational performance, quality, and time to market, a press release states.

“PTC is committed to helping manufacturers, infrastructure operators, and others realize the enormous value inherent in the Internet of Things,” said Jim Heppelmann, president and CEO, PTC. “With this acquisition, we will gain entry into heterogeneous factory and operating environments with robust technology, an impressive list of customers, and a high-quality, profitable company with incredibly talented employees.”

For more information, visit PTC.

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

Aras, T-Systems Partner

Aras, T-Systems Partner

Aras, a provider of PLM (product lifecycle management) software, has partnered with T-Systems to launch a PLM Cloud Platform Software-as-a-Service. Running on a secure infrastructure, the T-System PLM Cloud Platform offers end-to-end services with full Aras Innovator functionality, customization and integration capabilities, a company press release states.

The Cloud Platform is predefined for SMBs (small-to-midsize businesses) as well as large enterprises, has full customization capabilities, open integration and data federation functions and a PDMWebConnection for integration to Enovia, Teamcenter and Windchill. PDMWorkbench integrations to CATIA and NX are also available for design data.

“We’re excited that T-Systems has selected Aras as the PLM backbone for their new PLM Cloud Platform,” said Peter Schroer, CEO of Aras. “By partnering with T-Systems on this SaaS offering, we are able to deliver a complete cloud solution that provides all the power Aras Innovator offers, together with integrated services and expert support.”

For more information, visit Aras.

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