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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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