Tuesday, September 27, 2016

csimsoft Releases Trelis 16.1 for CFD, FEA

AMERICAN FORK, UT, USA, Sep 27, 2016 - csimsoft announces the release of version 16.1 of its Trelis mesh generation software for Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Finite Element Analysis (FEA). 

The new release includes the Smart Mesh Tool, which is a new Power Tool that allows the user to specify the meshing order that Trelis will use to mesh the model. By default, the Trelis auto scheme tries to all-hex mesh, then mix mesh, then tetmesh the model. Auto smoothing tries to shape poor elements.

Additional features include:
  • Improved mesh scaling
  • Copy Mesh functionality improvements
  • New IMPETUS export
  • New Model Tree
  • Rubber-band selection using a sphere tool
  • Improved tri and tet mesher
For more information about the new features of Trelis 16.1, click here.

About csimsoft

csimsoft is a leading developer of simulation tools for generating high-quality meshes for challenging computational fluid dynamics and finite element analysis simulations. csimsoft was founded in 2004 to provide mesh generation tools for challenging simulations. The company is headquartered in Utah, USA. For more information, visit www.csimsoft.com.

Branch Tech Team Wins Pointwise Meshy Award

FORT WORTH, TX, USA, Sep 27, 2016 - Dr. C. Bruce Hilbert and Melody Rees of Branch Technology have been named recipients of the Pointwise Meshy Award for their 3D structured mesh of a pavilion. Their team at Branch Technology: Platt Boyd, Chris Weller, Marc Simons, Tony Disanto, Melody Rees and Dr. Hilbert brought to 3D life the winning 3D structure mesh. The pavilion is on view at Cheekwood Gardens in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Hilbert was awarded the Meshy Award trophy and Melody Reese and his name were added to those of the previous winners on the trophy kept at Pointwise headquarters.

Additionally, the mesh was featured on T-shirts given to attendees at the Pointwise User Group Meeting 2016, where the winning mesh was announced.

The Meshy Award recognizes the most outstanding mesh generated using Pointwise. Entries are judged on visual appeal, originality and uniqueness.

Entries are showcased in a photo album on Pointwise's Facebook page.

“In years past, Meshy Award winners have demonstrated a strong mastery of the meshing tools available in Pointwise as well as a deep understanding of the complex fluid physics the mesh attempts to resolve,” said Dr. John Steinbrenner, vice president of research and development at Pointwise. “This year's winner, Dr. Bruce Hilbert of Branch Technologies, offers a mesh designed ultimately for aesthetic reasons. His multi-block structured mesh served as a demonstrator for a large-scale 3D printing process, the result of which resides as public art at Cheekwood Gardens in Nashville, Tennessee. Congratulations to Dr. Hilbert on his innovative application of a computational mesh.”

Dr. Bruce Hilbert is currently the primary computational researcher at Branch Technology, Inc., a Chattanooga, Tennessee based startup that has developed the largest freeform 3D printer in the world. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy in computational engineering from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga under the tutelage of Pointwise's own Dr. Steve Karman. Bruce was previously a research associate at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga SimCenter and was the primary grid generator there for almost six years, working on traditional aircraft, turbomachinery, watercraft, fuel cells, waveguides and other projects. His doctoral research was in the field of tetrahedral meshing and he is currently researching grid sequencing for Branch's 3D printing process.

Melody Rees is an architectural designer with an expertise in digital fabrication and computational design. She is a former employee of Gensler New York with a graduate degree from University of Pennsylvania's School of Design. Melody is currently lead designer and project manager for Branch Technology.

About Pointwise, Inc.

Pointwise, Inc. is solving the top problem facing computational fluid dynamics (CFD) today – reliably generating high-fidelity meshes. The company's Pointwise software generates structured, unstructured and hybrid meshes; interfaces with CFD solvers, such as ANSYS Fluent, STAR-CCM+, ANSYS CFX, OpenFOAM, and SU2 as well as many neutral formats, such as CGNS; runs on Windows (Intel and AMD), Linux (Intel and AMD), and Mac, and has a scripting language, Glyph, that can automate CFD meshing. Large manufacturing firms and research organizations worldwide rely on Pointwise as their complete CFD pre-processing solution. For more information, visit www.pointwise.com.

Pointwise v18 Released for Surface Meshing in CFD

FORT WORTH, TX, USA, Sep 27, 2016 - Pointwise announces a major new release of its computational fluid dynamics (CFD) mesh generation software featuring unstructured quadrilateral surface meshing, unstructured hexahedral layer extrusion, and tetrahedral mesh clustering using sources.

Pointwise V18's new quad-dominant and hexahedral layer techniques were used to generate this hybrid mesh for the DrivAer automotive benchmark case. The off-body mesh is colored by cell volume. A clustering source has been placed behind the side mirror to resolve its wake flowfield.

“This latest release of Pointwise includes the broadest changes to the software's core meshing functionality since 2007 when we introduced our T-Rex technique for boundary layer resolving hybrid meshes,” said John Chawner, Pointwise's president. “The addition of quad-dominant surface meshing continues our work toward delivering tools that can generate higher quality meshes and do so faster than ever before.”

A new, unstructured, quad-dominant surface meshing technique complements Pointwise's industry-leading structured grid generation methods by providing a faster, more automated method for generating quadrilateral surface meshes. These surface meshes can then be used as the basis for Pointwise's T-Rex (anisotropic tetrahedral extrusion) technique for rapid generation of boundary layer resolving hexahedral layers.

Complementing the near-wall, boundary layer resolution provided by T-Rex, Pointwise V18 now includes geometry-based clustering sources for resolution of off-body flow features such as wakes and vortices.

Pointwise V18 also includes the ability to retain hybrid meshes in their mixed-cell format for mesh metric examination and other tasks, support for faceted geometry models with a mix of triangles and quadrilaterals, high resolution monitor support, and user interface improvements that span all aspects of the software's functionality.

About Pointwise, Inc.

Pointwise, Inc. is solving the top problem facing computational fluid dynamics (CFD) today – reliably generating high-fidelity meshes. The company's Pointwise software generates structured, unstructured and hybrid meshes; interfaces with CFD solvers, such as ANSYS Fluent, STAR-CCM+, ANSYS CFX, OpenFOAM, and SU2 as well as many neutral formats, such as CGNS; runs on Windows (Intel and AMD), Linux (Intel and AMD), and Mac, and has a scripting language, Glyph, that can automate CFD meshing. Large manufacturing firms and research organizations worldwide rely on Pointwise as their complete CFD pre-processing solution. For more information, visit www.pointwise.com.

3D Systems Launches Jaw in a Day Single Surgery Dental Rehabilitation

ROCK HILL, SC, USA, Sep 27, 2016 - 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced the launch of Jaw in a Day, the latest addition to its VSP (Virtual Surgical Planning) Reconstruction product line. Enabled by 3D Systems’ healthcare expertise and proprietary digital-to-physical workflow, this patient-specific process enables surgeons to perform a full jaw reconstruction in a single surgery. This groundbreaking capability could spare patients from months of costly, painful and disruptive medical treatment.

Traditional dental rehabilitation requires multiple surgeries and persistent care over a 6-12 month period. This pattern of procedures often results in patients missing teeth, which introduces a variety of adverse aesthetic, functional, and psychological effects to the patient. This can in turn interfere with patients’ working and social lives throughout the course of treatment.

Jaw in a Day is a single surgery jaw and dental reconstruction enabled via 3D Systems’ VSP Reconstruction service. Surgeons work with 3D Systems engineers who utilize state-of the-art digital CAD/CAM technology to create a personalized surgical plan and design patient-specific surgical guides, models and instruments. These devices are then 3D printed and sterilized for reference and use during the unique procedure. Immediate placement of a provisional dental prosthesis eliminates the need for multiple surgeries, resulting in a complete dental reconstruction months before traditional treatment options.

Jaw in a Day offers treatment at a lower cost, with a quicker recovery period. Because patients are able to limit operating time to a single procedure, Jaw in a Day also reduces the chance of infection and complications that may inherently be more likely with the multiple surgeries of traditional treatment plans. According to David L. Hirsch, DDS, MD, Director of Oral Oncology & Reconstruction, Lenox Hill Hospital/Northwell Health, and Co-Developer of Jaw in a Day, "This single-stage reconstruction technique has streamlined the treatment of my patients. It avoids multiple procedures, shaving months off the time required for full dental rehabilitation."

To watch Dr. Hirsch explain how Jaw in a Day is transforming jaw reconstruction, click here.

3D Systems will showcase Jaw in a Day at booth #706 at the AAOMS (American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons) 98th Annual Meeting and Exhibition in Las Vegas, NV, Sep 21 - 23.

For more information on Jaw in a Day, click here.

About 3D Systems

3D Systems provides comprehensive 3D products and services, including 3D printers, print materials, on-demand manufacturing services and digital design tools. Its ecosystem supports advanced applications from the product design shop to the factory floor to the operating room. 3D Systems’ precision healthcare capabilities include simulation, Virtual Surgical Planning, and printing of medical and dental devices as well as patient-specific surgical instruments. As the originator of 3D printing and a shaper of future 3D solutions, 3D Systems has spent its 30 year history enabling professionals and companies to optimize their designs, transform their workflows, bring innovative products to market and drive new business models. For more information, visit www.3dsystems.com.

Dassault Launches Perfect Order for Mining Supply Chain Optimization

VELIZY-VILLACOUBLAY, France and LAS VEGAS, NV, USA, Sep 27, 2016 - Dassault Systems (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, world leader in 3D design software, 3D Digital Mock Up and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, announced the launch of “Perfect Order,” an industry solution experience for natural resources that helps mining companies improve supply chain efficiency and profitability. “Perfect Order” offers digital end-to-end supply chain management capabilities for more visibility, control and predictability across operations.

As mining companies strive to deliver commodity shipments to customers that are on time and meet quality specifications, an efficient and cost-effective supply chain is critical. However, lower commodity prices, more variable demand, and lower grade deposits are increasing supply chain complexity, making it harder for mining companies to meet customer contract requirements.

Based on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform and leveraging Quintiq supply chain planning and optimization capabilities, Dassault Systems’ “Perfect Order” industry solution experience offers mining companies a holistic view of what’s occurring throughout the supply chain, from infrastructure constraints and bottlenecks, to labor shortages or the financial impact of an operational change. In a digital environment, companies can plan across supply chain functions to ensure they meet forecast demand, visualize all activities in their supply networks and optimize the flow of goods, resulting in greater predictability for their business. 

“Mining companies are looking to experience the digital transformation that has brought operational stability, enterprise agility and improved business performance to other industries,” said Marni Rabassó, Vice President Natural Resources Industry, Dassault Systems. “Dassault Systems offers a diverse set of solutions to the mining industry that stems from decades of technological expertise. With ‘Perfect Order,’ mining companies will uncover hidden value in increased efficiency of the supply chain, which also improves the customers’ delivery experience.”

Specifically, the “Perfect Order” industry solution experience provides:
  • A single source of truth that connects all planning decisions, from mine to port.
  • Improved shipment forecasting and logistics planning integrating market demand forecasts, availability of commodities at mine sites, and the capacity of transport networks as well as predictive intelligence that leverages historical data and causal factors such as price and GDP. 
  • Real-time key performance indicators on the impact of planning decisions that allow for rapid adjustments to be made to keep deliveries, specifications and budget on track. 
  • Ability to match supply and demand to resource capacity, maximizing fulfillment of contracts and resulting in fewer penalties and an improved customer experience. 
“Perfect Order” will be presented at the Dassault Systems booth at MINExpo 2016, September 26-28 (booth 2453).

For more information about Dassault Systems’ industry solution experiences for natural resources, please visit http://www.3ds.com/industries/natural-resources

About Dassault Systems

Dassault Systems, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, provides business and people with virtual universes to imagine sustainable innovations. Its world-leading solutions transform the way products are designed, produced, and supported. Dassault Systems’ collaborative solutions foster social innovation, expanding possibilities for the virtual world to improve the real world. The group brings value to over 210, 000 customers of all sizes, in all industries, in more than 140 countries. For more information, visit www.3ds.com.

Vectorworks 2017 Released for AEC, Landscape, Entertainment Design

COLUMBIA, MD, USA, Sep 27, 2016 - Global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc. announces the 2017 release of its Vectorworks product line, which includes Vectorworks Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, Designer and Fundamentals. The English version is now available with 10 additional language releases planned during the worldwide rollout in the coming months.

“Vectorworks software is unique compared to other competing products because of our company’s dedication to pushing the programming of the products to maintain flexibility while offering state-of-the art technology,” said Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar. “Our continued commitment to re-engineering parts of the code base enables Vectorworks products to constantly evolve with the demands of designers resulting in improved software performance, reliability and functionality.”

With 100-plus updates, some of the key features from the Vectorworks 2017 software line include the following:
  • The new Resource Manager enables designers to create, find, edit and apply desired resources to their projects. Offering direct browsing of resources from multiple content locations, the new feature also includes all Vectorworks Service Select libraries for subscription users. Designers can now easily find what’s needed with powerful search and filtering, attach metadata tags and access resources directly with Vectorworks’ parametric tools.
  • With advanced door and window object styles, architects have improved flexibility in their design processes when modifying the style, data and geometry of the doors and windows in their models and producing accurate worksheets in a few quick clicks. These improvements simplify BIM workflows and management of sweeping model changes.
  • New irrigation tools streamline the site’s irrigation planning process, including considerations and calculations related to both its physical features and resource availability. The irrigation tool allows designers to create zones of similar watering needs with the new Hydrozone tool and then use built-in worksheets to analyze for water efficiency, making satisfying a site’s water budget allowance simple. Whether specifying lateral and main piping, sprinkler heads, drip systems, valves, controllers or other system components, the automated and manual placement methods meet industry standards while providing the flexibility to design, document and estimate proposed and as-built systems efficiently.
  • Professionals can easily share designs with clients and collaborators using Vectorworks software’s immersive web view and virtual reality The feature generates a link that allows anyone, anywhere, to view and experience models in 3D on any device without any additional hardware.
  • The Vectorworks Graphics Module has been re-engineered to enable smoother navigation and multi-threaded drawing for complex scenes.
  • With the new cable tools created by Sam Jones of AutoPlot, designers can plan how cables will run and keep an accurate count of the number and types of cables for improved documentation and efficiency, making onsite setup easier.
  • The Slab Drainage tool allows designers to create sloped slabs and flat roofs featuring tapered components. This feature will help inform design decisions, document all essential data and allow for easy change management across a given BIM design.
  • In Vectorworks 2017, project sharing enhancements integrates customer feedback from its initial release in Vectorworks 2016 and frees designers to work anywhere at any time with cloud integration that allows them to save project files in Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive and Box. It also offers more options to customize multi-user workflows with the ability to check out individual objects or layers.
  • New capabilities to data visualization in viewports bring together unparalleled graphic abilities with enhanced information modeling capabilities. It allows control of smart objects’ graphic attributes based upon data and parametric values, giving designers the ability to visually differentiate between objects based upon the data attached to an object.
  • All Vectorworks software products now include Renderworks features powered by the Cinema 4D render engine to better visualize a model throughout the design process while producing clear and accurate illustrations and renderings.
  • With a unified symbol library, the addition of fixture modes, enhanced Vision Data Export Mapping and a new Send to Vision command, designers will enjoy the benefits of a reduction in repetitive design tasks for pre-visualization workflows with Spotlight and Vision 2017 software.
  • Previously only available to Vectorworks Service Select subscribers, Cloud Services is open for everyone, offering the ability to easily share files between team members and provide a simple interface for collaborators and clients to tour models using the mobile app, Vectorworks Nomad.
In line with Vectorworks’ customer-centric philosophy, once again over 70 percent of the version’s updates and features stemmed from direct designer feedback. Here are just a few testimonials about Vectorworks 2017 from designers who have already experienced the latest release.

“The new Resource Selector in the tool bar for the door, window, walls, Plant and many other tools is absolutely fantastic.” –Peter Neufeld of Limelight Lighting Design Pty Ltd, Sydney

“Irrigation tools in Vectorworks 2017 offer the easiest, fastest, most accurate system I have worked with, giving us a MASSIVE competitive advantage in the market. How could a firm consider any other software!” –Bryan Goff, Director of Design + Sciences at Grey Leaf Design

“I’m REALLY eager to put virtual reality in the hands of clients to enable them to experience design in a way not possible with static images.” –C. Andrew Dunning, Owner of Landru Design

“We’ve been very impressed by the increased speed of navigation using the improved Graphic Module in Vectorworks 2017, especially when designing and moving around in larger models. It’s a big BIM improvement for larger projects.” – Chad Hamilton, AIA, LEED, AP, Principal Architect at Hamilton Aitken Architects


English-language version of Vectorworks 2017 software is available to Vectorworks Service Select customers by download. Shipping of the English-language version to all other customers had also began.

Designers can tune in to the upcoming “What’s New” webinars for insight regarding Architect on September 20, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. ET, Landmark on September 21, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. ET or Spotlight and Vision on September 22, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. ET. Registrants will receive the webinar recording on demand after the airing.

About Vectorworks, Inc. 

Vectorworks, Inc. is a global design and BIM software developer serving over 650,000 professionals in the architecture, landscape and entertainment industries. Since 1985, we’ve been committed to helping designers capture inspiration, nurture innovation, communicate effectively and bring their visions to life. With our cross-platform software, designers can build data-rich, visual models without sacrificing the design process, while collaborating efficiently throughout the project life-cycle. Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, Vectorworks is a part of the Nemetschek Group. For more information, visit www.vectorworks.net.

MSC Announces Apex Fossa for CAE

NEWPORT BEACH, CA, USA, Sep 27, 2016 - MSC Software Corporation announced the sixth release of MSC Apex, the company's next-generation Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) platform. MSC Apex Fossa is the winner of 13 product awards and 25 patent filings to date, is the result of 450+ man years of software development and is in use in over 300 companies' worldwide. Now on its sixth release, Apex has advanced from a highly productive model-preparation tool to a complete simulation system.

Redefining Vibrational Analysis

Examples of problems related to vibrations can be found everywhere. Vibration has to be addressed anytime a part or an assembly is subjected to a cyclic load, such as those found in cars, airplanes, consumer equipment, and so on. Currently, addressing these issues is a tedious trial-and-error process.

Apex Fossa allows design exploration to happen in the analysis result space, without having to go back to CAD and redesign the entire part or assembly. This dramatically reduces the time for a power-user to achieve the optimal solution (from days to hours) and democratizes vibrational analysis, making it accessible to more engineers.

Engineers can now see how a part or a structure responds to input parameters in real-time. Users can explore a large variety of "what if" scenarios, by adding or removing mass, damping or stiffness, as well as determine if they are observing a global or local behavior without leaving the Apex environment. This allows engineers to rapidly determine which part of the structure is not behaving as expected, and to quickly propose an effective solution.

Release Highlights:
  • Modeling - Even more productivity can be achieved in geometry clean-up, mesh generation and clean-up. This includes new connections, loads and boundary conditions (such as local coordinate system, distributed coupling, moments and dynamic forces), new meshing enhancements, geometry tools (such as slicing mirroring and Boolean operators), and additional export formats.
  • Simulation - Computational parts-based generative framework has been extended from linear statics to now include the first phase of dynamics, Frequency Response. This includes Structural, Modal, and Material Damping, Multi-Step Analysis, Point Sensor, XY-Plotting and Frequency Response results exploration.
  • Extensibility- Initial Python scripting capability is introduced in Apex Fossa. Python API has been carefully designed for compliance with Python standards. The API is based on true Python idioms and uses built-in, native Python data structures. The Python community of rich libraries makes customization powerful and easy.
Apex Fossa makes the CAD-to-Mesh process radically faster, gives more engineers access to frequency response analysis and makes the overall FEA process more effective, more efficient and more enjoyable. 


Apex Fossa will be available for general release at the end of September.

About MSC Software

MSC Software is one of the ten original software companies and a global leader in helping product manufacturers to advance their engineering methods with simulation software and services. As a trusted partner, MSC Software helps companies improve quality, save time, and reduce costs associated with design and test of manufactured products. Academic institutions, researchers, and students employ MSC's technology to expand individual knowledge as well as expand the horizon of simulation. MSC Software employs 1,200 professionals in 20 countries. For more information about MSC Software's products and services, visit www.mscsoftware.com.

IronCAD DSC 2016 Product Update 1 Service Patch 1 Released

ATLANTA, GA, USA, Sep 27, 2016 - IronCAD, LLC, the leading provider of design productivity solutions, officially announced the immediate availability of IronCAD Design Collaboration Suite 2016 Product Update 1 Service Patch 1.

This service patch extends the quality of the recent Product Update 1 release and continues to address reports filed directly by customers. 

All IronCAD 2016 licensed users can access the latest update, IronCAD DSC 2016 Product Update 1 Service Patch 1, click here.

About IronCAD 

Based in Atlanta, GA, IronCAD is a leading provider of 3D Design Productivity Solutions that deliver the highest levels of customer satisfaction and productivity. Individual components of this solution can be used standalone, complementary within an existing design environment, or can be used together to collaborate effectively throughout the enterprise to extend productivity. Its flagship product IronCAD has won many industry awards for its innovative technology and leads the industry in its ease of use and design productivity. IronCAD products are being used successfully by thousands of customers worldwide. For more information on IronCAD, call 1-800-339-7304 or visit www.ironcad.com.