FEA application powered by NEi Nastran and cloud technology is said to enable engineers to answer design questions anywhere and at anytime. The unveiling of this groundbreaking new software will be February 10, at 11:00am at the Pacific Design and Manufacturing show.
Last November, Royal Philips Electronics held a design contest on crowdSPRING to design the most innovative Ironing steam generator of the future.
This contest sponsored by Phillips allowed participants to submit 3 designs per entry. Each entry included a description of the design inspiration and a usage scenario. The designs were submitted online to www.crowdSpring.com.
A panel of international experts from Phillips representing the business, technology, and design divisions judged and selected four designs as winners and an additional four for honorable mentions.
The experts judged the products on innovativeness, aesthetics, effective use of materials, ease of use, feasibility, positioning of key features and integration of Philips brand promise, “sense and Simplicity.”
Philips awarded cash prizes of $4,500 US plus Autodesk Alias Design software ($3995 value) for first-place, $3,000 US plus Autodesk SketchBook Designer software ($495 value) for second-place and $2,500 US plus Autodesk SketchBook Pro software ($95 value) for third-place, and four honorable mention prizes of $1000 US plus Autodesk SketchBook Pro software ($95 value) each.
The four winning designs are being produced into non-working mockups.
New to Version R11 is support for AutoCAD 2010, improved MicroStation DGN reader, new DWF 7.6 reader, integrated MS Visio reader, updated 3D readers and a series of new and improved features and bug fixes. It runs smoothly under the new MS Windows 7, and has a nice and modern MS Office 2007 interface.
RxView allows users to view & print more than 250 different file formats – without the design software installed on the machine. CAD drawings, 3D CAD models, plot-files, PDFs, Office documents, raster images and scanned drawings.
RxHighlight is the same software installation as RxView, but via the license, it opens up for advanced functions like redlining, markup, conversion, batch processes and text search & extraction, for collaboration between team members.
Version R11 is fully MS Windows 7 compatible.
|Fully MS Windows 7 compatible
All underlying components are now compiled with Visual Studio 2008 to make them fully compatible with Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7
Reads all MS Office 2007 files:
Updated format support:
- AutoCAD 2010 support
- Improved MicroStation DGN support
- Support for DWF 7.6 (AutoCAD 2010 DWF format)
- MS Visio reader included in standard installation
Updated 3D formats (licensed separately as optional):
- SolidWorks 2009, Solid Edge V20 and Inventor 2010 support
- CATIA V5 (R19), PRO/E Wildfire 3.0 support
New features and enhancements in R11:
- Edged Text – background color change is now possible
- Copy XML markup between drawings (both in same RxHighlight instance and others)
- Command added to markup list bar: Delete and Export as CSV
- RxRocky hardware dongle supported
- Added support for markup symbol scale settings
- 10 fixes for file format readers: AutoCAD, CGM, MicroStation, DWF, PDF and MS Word
Customers under SSA contract have already received the new version. New users can download and try the software for free on Rasterex download page.
Bentley Systems, Inc. has acquired gINT Software. gINT Software has been a leader in geotechnical and geoenvironmental products since its founding in 1986. The company’s newest product, gINT Enterprise, maximizes the value of centrally managed subsurface data through multi-project reporting and dramatically extended querying power. Offering a powerful and efficient solution for transportation operations, engineering consultancies, plants, campuses, and state and federal agencies with vast quantities of geotechnical data, gINT Enterprise facilitates the valuable reuse of subsurface mapping information to better serve civil, structural, geotechnical, and environmental information processes for owner-operators.
About Bentley Systems, Incorporated
Bentley is the global leader dedicated to providing architects, engineers, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure. Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 2,700 colleagues and offices in more than 45 countries, achieved in 2008 the milestone of $500 million in revenues, and, since 1995, has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.
Bentley Systems, Incorporated
CAD Schroer Group has announced the eSERVICES an easy and innovative new licensing concept platform for users of the MEDUSA4 Personal 2D/3D CAD software. Many MEDUSA4 Personal users, aware that the software restricts drawings to non-commercial use, have inquired about the possibility of licensing their work for commercial purposes. CAD Schroer’s response is the launch of an online service which automatically converts drawings into PDF or DXF files, removing restrictive watermarks and granting the license for commercial use.
“The CSG eSERVICES platform was designed to help users for whom the commercial version of the MEDUSA4 software may initially be a little out of reach,” says Managing Director Michael Schroer. “It enables them to use the same professional-grade drafting system, merely paying a small fee for business use of any resulting designs. We especially hope to empower small companies and individual contractors during the start-up period, where every penny counts and CAD software license and maintenance costs may seem prohibitive.”
Download the free MEDUSA4 Personal CAD software:
Visit the CSG eSERVICES website at:
Order Prototype Parts With Ease via Design World Online Network
Proto Labs now offers its quick-turn CNC machining and injection-molding services through the Design World Network of Online Sites
Maple Plain, Minn., June 5, 2009—Proto Labs, Inc. (www.protolabs.com), the global leader in quick-turn CNC machining and injection molding today announces that design engineers, via an exclusive arrangement with Design World, can now design and order prototype and short-run production parts right from various Design World partner sites, making it easy to order parts and get them fast.
Proto Labs offers two quick-turn services: First Cut (www.firstcut.com) offers CNC machining and Protomold (www.protomold.com) offers injection molding, both capable of providing parts in as little as one business day. Design Engineers who use Proto Labs for prototypes and short-run production, can now upload a CAD file at any one of Design World’s online sites, get a quote and place an order for Proto Labs services directly online. These services can be accessed directly at http://designworld.protolabs.com.
Ordering prototype parts is easy, fast and available 24 x 7 from the convenience of your computer. After you’ve uploaded your CAD file, you will receive a moldability analysis along with an interactive quote in less than 24 hours. Orders can be approved and placed completely online.
Through its online sites like www.designworldonline.com, www.makepartsfast.com, www.mcadcentral.com and others, “Design World provides valuable content to product designers worldwide. We believe the addition of our quick-turn prototyping services to the Design World sites adds significant value to the designer by making it easier and faster for them to order parts directly from their desktop,” said Brad Cleveland, Proto Labs President and CEO. “We are excited to partner together with Design World. This partnership makes our services easier to access and offers designers the ability to leverage the valuable content on Design World’s rapidly growing network of online sites.”
About Proto Labs
Proto Labs has radically changed the economics and lead times associated with low-volume production of CNC machined and injection molded parts through the use of proprietary software running on a compute cluster at over 2 trillion floating point operations per second. Proto Labs offers two services in North America, Europe and Japan: First Cut provides CNC machining and Protomold, rapid injection molding; both of which can ship parts in as little as one business day. For more information, visit: www.protolabs.com.
About WTWH Media, LLC:
WTWH Media is a privately owned leading innovator in the b-to-b media space with the fastest growing print and online design engineering network including print properties Design World Magazine and Digital Manufacturing Review as well as a number of online communities and technical site resources focused on educating engineers how to design parts faster, better, and under budget.