Saturday, October 8, 2016

Dassault Acquires Germany's CST for 220M Euros

VELIZY-VILLACOUBLAY, France, Oct 8, 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 completion of the acquisition of CST - Computer Simulation Technology AG, the technology leader in electromagnetic (EM) and electronics simulation based in Germany, for 220 million euros. Dassault Systems will integrate CST solutions into its portfolio of industry solution experiences based on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to offer a new standard in multiphysics and multiscale simulation. 

CST STUDIO SUITE software is used by designers and engineers at more than 2,000 leading companies in the high-tech, transportation and mobility, aerospace and defense, and energy industries to evaluate all types of EM effects during every stage of electronic system design processes. CST’s customers include Airbus Defence and Space, Bosch Group, Frauscher Sensor Technology and Sirona. 

EM simulation is an essential part of the development of connected products to ensure the performance, reliability and safety of their interactions with their surrounding environment. With the integration of CST, Dassault Systems will offer full spectrum EM simulation of autonomous cars, connected homes, medical equipment, wearable electronics and other smart objects. Customers can quickly create and analyze high fidelity electromagnetic behavioral models that simulate electronic, antenna, electrical device and electro-mechanical product function across all frequencies and length scales, as well as access design synthesis and simulation tools needed for intricate electronic systems design. 

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

COMSOL Offers Rotordynamics Module, Performance Improvements at Boston Conference

BURLINGTON, MA, USA, Oct 8, 2016 - COMSOL, Inc. the leading provider of software solutions for multiphysics modeling, simulation, app design and deployment, provided attendees with the latest updates of COMSOL Multiphysics software, COMSOL Server product, and COMSOL Client at the 12th annual COMSOL Conference Boston. The latest update of the COMSOL software features major performance increases and the release of the Rotordynamics Module, which is now available as an add-on product to the Structural Mechanics Module.

Performance Improvements for the Handling of Large Models

The latest version of COMSOL software provides up to a 10x speedup for the handling of large models and mesh creation. A combination of a tetrahedral and swept mesh of a gas turbine is shown.

The latest update of the COMSOL software provides significant performance improvements compared to versions made available a year ago. The speedup is most notable with respect to the handling of models with several thousand domains and boundaries.

COMSOL is committed to continue its strive to deliver the most efficient and robust multiphysics environment for its wide range of products for electrical, mechanical, acoustics, fluid, thermal, and chemical simulations. “To fulfil this commitment, COMSOL’s development team ensures that each update of the COMSOL software provides more efficient solvers, meshing, and physics modeling functionality”, comments Bjorn Sjodin, VP of Product Management, COMSOL, Inc.

The Future of Simulation: Application Design and Deployment

This app created with COMSOL Multiphysics software allows, the user to evaluate the structural stress in a bike frame for varying dimensions, materials, and loading conditions.

Svante Littmarck, President and CEO, COMSOL, Inc. showcased examples of how customers are leveraging simulation apps to enable company-wide usage of multiphysics simulation. “These case studies provide us with a first look at how our customers benefit from building and deploying simulation apps,” said Littmarck in his keynote presentation, “The Application Builder and COMSOL Server are the tools that organizations need in order to provide multiphysics for everyone.”

The Application Builder has enabled simulation specialists to create multiphysics apps, based on their detailed models, through custom interfaces that can be easily accessed via COMSOL Client or a web browser connecting to a local installation of COMSOL Server.

Custom applications can be created for anyone from technicians, support staff, designers, to customer service representatives, empowering them to make on-the-fly design iterations and report generation.

With COMSOL Server organizations can deploy industry-specific analysis tools in a dynamic, streamlined, quick to implement format that can be scaled for global benefit.

Release of the Rotordynamics Module

Pressure distribution in the lubricant of the bearings (rainbow color plot), von Mises stress (blue color plot), and displacement of the bearings (orbit plot) resulting from a rotordynamics analysis.

The latest update of the COMSOL software product suite includes the new Rotordynamics Module, which will aid engineers in analyzing vibrations due to centrifugal forces and other gyroscopic effects in rotating machinery. This new product will be used to ensure that rotor vibrations are contained within acceptable design limits by providing functionality for evaluating critical speed, whirl, and bearings. This module will be of particular interest to those working with the design of turbines, turbochargers, electrical machinery, and pumps in the automobile, marine, aerospace, energy, and household appliance industries.

“With the Rotordynamics Module, users can take into account the effects of various components such as disks, bearings, and foundations,” explains Prashant Srivastava, a Technical Product Manager at COMSOL. “Users will also be able to easily postprocess their results directly within the software to present the results of their analysis as Campbell diagrams, modal orbits, harmonic orbits, waterfall plots, and whirl plots.”

The new module works in concert with the other COMSOL products. For example, additional tools for modeling geared rotors are available when the Rotordynamics Module is combined with the Multibody Dynamics Module.


To download the latest version of COMSOL Multiphysics software and COMSOL Server product or update your current installation, visit

COMSOL software products are supported on Windows, Linux, and mac OS. The Application Builder is supported on Windows.


COMSOL is a global provider of simulation software for product design and research to technical enterprises, research labs, and universities. Its COMSOL Multiphysics product is an integrated software environment for creating physics-based models and simulation apps. A particular strength is its ability to account for coupled or multiphysics phenomena. Add-on products expand the simulation platform for electrical, mechanical, fluid flow, and chemical applications. Interfacing tools enable the integration of COMSOL Multiphysics simulations with all major technical computing and CAD tools on the CAE market. Simulation experts rely on the COMSOL Server product to deploy apps to their design teams, manufacturing departments, test laboratories, and customers throughout the world. Founded in 1986, COMSOL employs more than 480 people in 21 offices worldwide and extends its reach with a network of distributors. For more information, visit

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Lufthansa Technik #1 to Adopt EOS EOSTATE MeltPool

KRAILLING, Germany, Sep 29, 2016 - EOS announces, Lufthansa Technik is the first customer to acquire the entire EOSTATE MeltPool solution. At the end of last year, EOS, the global technology and quality leader for high-end solutions in the area of additive manufacturing (AM), introduced EOSTATE MeltPool, an extension for its EOS M 290 system for Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS). It provides automated and intelligent process monitoring in real time - for every spot, every layer and every part. In this way, it creates the conditions for the automated monitoring of the melting pool. At the same time, it enables a view inside the part during the build process, as such paving the way for building an entirely new quality system in the future. 

EOS M 290 system for Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS)

Udo Behrendt, Key Account Manager at EOS said: “With Lufthansa Technik, we are pleased to welcome an innovative partner from the industry, with whom we will continue to develop our technology for the demanding requirements for the repair of aviation and aerospace components.”

Simon Feicks, Project Manager Additive Manufacturing, Engine Services at Lufthansa Technik, adds: “We selected the EOS solution for several reasons. The underlying metal system EOS M 290 impresses with its process stability. The technology has already proven itself with engine manufacturers. During the decision-making process, we were particularly impressed with this particular combination of EOS core competencies. On this basis, we will be preparing for future component generations that are optimised for Additive Manufacturing, so that we can continue to defend our leadership position in an intensely competitive environment.” 

The EOS powder-based process complements the already established Lufthansa Technik portfolio of Additive Manufacturing methods and in view of future engine components made with Additive Manufacturing represents an essential part of new repair processes. With EOSTATE MeltPool, the company is introducing a key quality management component to the process, which shall contribute to seamless quality control during the build process in the future. Compared to other Additive Manufacturing methods currently in use at Lufthansa Technik, the DMLS technology opens up a number of potentials that could not be implemented to date: for example, Netshape geometries and the realisation of internal cavities ideally complement the repair portfolio. 

In the engine segment, Lufthansa Technik focuses on a hybrid repair approach. Feicks explains that the company wants to get ready for the day when components from the new engine generation, which are made with Additive Manufacturing, arrive in the work shops for repairs, providing customers with cost-efficient and quality-optimised repairs. He adds: “We have already noticed initial successes in the jig department as we were able to reduce lead times and costs. Yet, this technology requires our mechanics, designers and engineers to think differently. It is precisely for this reason that, in addition to the installation of the system, the education and development of our employees forms a key component for the comprehensive use of industrial 3D printing.”

Feicks concludes: “Lufthansa Technik firmly believes that Additive Manufacturing is a technology of the future. It is time to change our way of thinking. Milling was yesterday. Today, parts are selectively built where it is needed. Resource efficiency also plays an important role. We do not want to be limited by tools any longer. The limits of production variance are shifting, and we are looking towards a future that we still have to comprehend.” 

About Lufthansa Technik

With more than 30 subsidiaries and affiliated companies and over 25,000 employees worldwide, the Lufthansa Technik group is one of the leading providers of technical aviation services. The Lufthansa Technik portfolio covers the entire service range for commercial aircraft, including maintenance, repairs, overhauling, modification and retrofitting, engines and components.

About EOS

Founded in 1989, EOS is the global technology and quality leader for high-end Additive Manufacturing (AM) solutions. As the leading pioneer of Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) technology, EOS also provides a unique polymer AM portfolio. For these industrial 3D Printing processes, EOS offers a modular solution portfolio including systems, software, materials, technical and consulting services. EOS is the partner of choice for industrial AM production, enabling sustainable solutions for the industry. Customers utilizing EOS AM solutions gain many benefits from the paradigm-shifting technology: lightweight structures, cost reduction based on functional integration, individualization as well as accelerated product development and production.  For more information, visit,

Cadig Releases AutoAttribute 9.0 for AutoCAD

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN, USA, Sep 29, 2016 - Cadig Inc. announces the release of AutoAttribute 9.0 for AutoCAD.

AutoAttribute is designed to link, import, insert the AutoCAD Attributes from Excel spreadsheet. It can make quick changes to the AutoCAD attributes of the block references in the multiple drawings. It can also insert the AutoCAD block references from Excel worksheet and import the AutoCAD attributes by a key attribute containing the unique values.

Key features in AutoAttribute 9.0 for AutoCAD include: 
  • Sorts the attributes by Y coordinates when exporting the attributes.
  • Sorts the attribute definitions in the header by X co-ordinaties when exporting the attributes.
To download AutoAttribute 9.0 for AutoCAD, click here

About Cadig Inc.

Established in 2005, Cadig Inc. is dedicated to providing effective and efficient AutoCAD Excel, MicroStation Excel Add-ons. For more information, visit

Cadig Releases AutoField v5.8 for AutoCAD, LT

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN, USA, Sep 29, 2016 - Cadig Inc., announces the release of AutoField v5.8 for AutoCAD, AutoCAD LT.

AutoField adds many efficient fields to AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT. You can import the cells of Excel spread sheet as fields or attributes. And you can use field to count blocks (including AutoCAD dynamic blocks) or calculate the area and length of multiple objects. Also you can create the field based on a specific cell of AutoCAD native table and reference mtext, text or attribute of another drawing. With AutoField, you can use some Excel functions in AutoCAD fields.

Key features in AutoField v5.8 for AutoCAD, LT:
  • Fixes several bugs.
  • Shifts the cells of the Excel Cell fields in bulk.
To download AutoField v5.8 for AutoCAD, AutoCAD LT, click here

About Cadig Inc.

Established in 2005, Cadig Inc. is dedicated to providing effective and efficient AutoCAD Excel, MicroStation Excel Add-ons. For more information, visit

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Gstarsoft Unveiled GstarCAD 2017 Beta

SUZHOU, China, Sep 28, 2016 - An innovative CAD provider Gstarsoft, developer of GstarCAD for CAD design and drafting, unveiled the Beta version of GstarCAD 2017. Design, share and visualize your CAD drawing is much better with GstarCAD 2017. Best-ever core performance, functionalities implementation and innovations are what this CAD platform offers. 

GstarCAD 2017 core’s performance improvement drastically reduces data processing and memory usage applied on frequently used objects like huge amount of blocks and hatches, allowing fast result when opening drawings, thus guarantees better operability of these objects. 

GstarCAD 2017 implements new and most compatible functionalities for a better drawing documentation such as Table (users can create/edit table and use its related commands), Hatch and Gradient Transparency, Flatshot, Edit Xref in-place, Wipeout and many other enhancements.

GstarCAD 2017 comes with value added innovative tools, easier to use, designed to simplify tedious and repetitive tasks such as drawing symmetrical objects, outlining perimeters, breaking objects in different methods, using a block reference to break or wipeout objects, and comparing drawings more accurate than before.

About GstarCAD

GstarCAD is the most DWG/DXF compatible CAD software solution used in many industries, empowered by a high performance engine with powerful functions and familiar interface allowing users design, document, share drawings much easier and port applications much faster.

About Gstarsoft

Gstarsoft is the recognized leading of 2D/3D CAD software solutions for industries involving AEC, Civil Engineering, Mechanical, Manufacturing, Electrical, Electronics, GIS, Survey, Mapping, etc. With more than 20 years of proud history of technology innovation and practical application, Gstarsoft provides the most powerful and dwg compatible CAD software and solutions for customers and partners worldwide. For more information, visit or follow GstarCAD on Facebook and Twitter.

Gstarsoft Releases GstarCAD Mechanical 2016 SP2

SUZHOU, China, Sep 28, 2016 - Gstarsoft announces the official launch of GstarCAD Mechanical 2016 SP2. GstarCAD Mechanical is a combination of CAD platform and professional mechanical design/drafting tools, which covers various fields of mechanical design. What is worth mentioning, it is the only CAD software in the world which is fully compatible with AutoCAD Mechanical. GstarCAD Mechanical 2016 SP2 includes many practical features. 

What’s new in GstarCAD Mechanical 2016?
  • Compatibility - full data compatibility with AutoCAD Mechanical 2014 and 2015;
  • FitsList - generate fits list from dimensions in drawing area and place it at selected location. After editing fits, you can choose to real-time update lists or later;
  • Library - simplify the work of managing and using engineering drawing files;
  • Mechanical Layer Manager - Do more compared with ordinary Layer Manager in CAD platform;
  • More optimization and new function/commands added to save your time, like multiple Dimensions, Dimension Break, Detail View and Section Line, etc.
Then some users may question in what aspects make GstarCAD Mechanical an efficient tool, and why they should choose it. Here are some points for you to consider: 

Its seamless data exchange with AutoCAD Mechanical significantly reduces the losses of data. By keeping the similar operation habits, GstarCAD Mechanical is a much more cost effective alternative. GstarCAD Mechanical also provides international drafting standards like ANSI/BSI/CSN/DIN/GB/GOST/ISO/JIS that are customizable. The powerful dimension tools and rich symbols annotation can meet your needs for manufacturing design and drafting. Through the BOM, GstarCAD Mechanical is able to be integrated with other PDM or PLM systems like PTC.

About Gstarsoft

Gstarsoft is the recognized leading provider of 2D/3D CAD software and solutions for the industries involving AEC, mechanical, manufacturing, electrical, GIS, survey and mapping, civil, etc. GstarCAD have focused on developing highly .dwg-compatible CAD platform for over 20 years. Versions in 14 different languages sell in over 100 countries worldwide. For more information, visit or follow GstarCAD on Facebook  and Twitter.

Chaos Group Offers Phoenix FD 3.0 Plug-in for 3ds Max

SOFIA, Bulgaria, Spe 28, 2016 - Chaos Group announces a major new release of its versatile, all-in-one fluid dynamics plug-in, Phoenix FD 3.0 for 3ds Max. Frequently used to simulate realistic water, fire, and other fluid effects for multiple television series such as Game of Thrones and The Flash, Phoenix FD has been significantly upgraded for fast-paced productions. With its new FLIP liquid solver and improved smoke and fire solver, Phoenix FD is now more powerful and able to bring more realism to visual effects projects.

Phoenix FD 3.0 for 3ds Max has been given a full makeover, with new intuitive controls, presets and GPU-accelerated previews, making it a fast and easy way to tackle tight deadlines. The new Phoenix FD integrates seamlessly into Autodesk 3ds Max and renders with V-Ray, Chaos Group’s industry-standard lighting and rendering solution.

“Phoenix FD is like a Swiss Army knife for effects. It can handle everything from flaming arrows and drops of water to erupting volcanoes or an armada of ships,” said Svetlin Nikolov, Phoenix FD Team Lead at Chaos Group. “It’s a handy tool that is fast and easy to use without being overly technical.”

"Phoenix FD is our go-to tool for fluid simulations," said Joern Grosshans, VFX Supervisor at Mackevision. "When working on the new season of 'Game of Thrones', we needed the wakes coming off the CG ships to look as realistic as possible. Phoenix FD proved to be reliable, fast, and seamlessly integrated into 3ds Max. It was exactly what we needed."

Highlights of Phoenix FD 3.0 for 3ds Max include:

1) Ocean simulations
  • Infinite ocean – Create infinite ocean waves that never repeat.
  • Ocean & beach waves – Seamlessly transition from procedural ocean waves to simulated beach waves.
2) Advanced simulations and controls
  • FLIP solver – Enables faster, more realistic liquid simulations for splashes, sprays, foam, mist and waves.
  • Improved fire and smoke solver – Realistic smoke and fire with natural rolling motion and fine details can be created without increasing resolution.
  • Cascade simulations – Create a series of simulations that trigger and interact with each other.
  • Refine existing simulations – Add detail and increase resolution without changing simulation shape or behavior.
  • Simulation retiming – Speed up or slow down simulation playback, perfect for slow motion effects.
  • Custom emission sources – Use a wide range of emission sources including animated meshes, texture maps, particles and more.
  • New forces – Influence simulations with forces like wind, spline follow, and mesh attraction.
3) Pipeline and compatibility
  • Compatibility – Compatible with top industry tools such as Alembic, Krakatoa, Stoke MX and OpenVDB.
Pricing & Availability

Phoenix FD 3.0 is available now for Autodesk 3ds Max and is a free upgrade for all Phoenix FD 2.x customers. A Phoenix FD 3.0 for 3ds Max Workstation license is $830 and includes one floating user license and one floating simulation license. Additional simulation licenses are available for $210. Contact for volume discounts.

For more information about Phoenix FD, visit click here.

About Chaos Group

Chaos Group is a worldwide leader in computer graphics technology, helping artists and designers create photoreal imagery and animation for design, television, and feature films. Chaos Group specializes in physically-based rendering and simulation software used daily by top design studios, architectural firms, advertising agencies, and visual effects companies around the globe. Today, the company's research and development in cloud rendering, material scanning, and virtual reality is shaping the future of creative storytelling and digital design. Founded in 1997, Chaos Group is privately owned with offices in Sofia, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Seoul, and Tokyo. For more information, visit