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Looking ahead, all of the factors driving simulation remain in full force as companies strive to compete with next generation products, and with smarter products that are increasingly energy efficient and productive.The big CAD vendors can only look on in envy.
Regarding one of your recent posts on a new screen for your Palm. My TX is still faithful, except that part of the screen not no longer responds to the stylus. Being an eBay neophyte and concerned about being scammed, might you please recommend the eBay seller from which you purchased your screen.
Seller info- If the sellers are located in the USA, I chose those who ship by USPS (US postal service) to Canada, which is much cheaper than UPS or FedEx.
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The Open Design Alliance holds its second annual ODA World Conference this May 4-5 at the Doubletree Resort in Orlando, Florida. Attendees will learn about:
You can read the initial agenda and register at www.opendesign.com/conference-2010.
Autodesk is reporting its Q4 and fiscal year 2010 revenues today, and they are down:
For Q1, Autodesk expects revenue in the range of $420-$440 million.
- I Own the Data; I Take Responsibility for It
- Meeting with AMC Bridge
- Press Conference with Solido
- Press Conference with James Cameron
Q: Could you give a comment on what's happening at Toyota and Honda? Is it a risk for Dassault Systemes -- or is it maybe an opportunity, given the fact that maybe the subcontractors are not equipped by software from Dassault Systemes?Mr Charles first did not want to talk on the situation:
A: I don't want to comment about what we're doing with them related to the specific problem for the cars, but what I can say is they are not design related.But then he commented anyhow, placing the blame on the inadequacies of simulation:
A: ...Simulation has to be integrated in PLM... [You] take the risk to not being able to simulate what you think the product is, and you might be simulating the wrong usage conditions.That is what tripped up Toyota. Mr Charles also blamed the lack of integration of all aspects of product design:
A: There is a lot of electronics, there is a lot of software, and up to now those disciplines have been non-integrated... We are the only company today to be able to integrate both systems, both the software with the physical product, the only company. It’s called CATIA system in version 6.In therein lays the rub: on the one hand, Mr Charles says that only CATIA is able to perform the types of simulation needed by car and aerospace companies ("You don't want those vehicles to drop on the head of someone and so this is where we are going with CATIA"); OTOH, Toyota uses CATIA, and has a multi-billion-dollar recall problem. Source.
To Become a Company which is Trusted by All Stakeholders and which Employees are Truly Proud to be a Part of.Perhaps it was transliterated from the Japanese.No matter. It is dreadful. Here is my rewrite:
To Be a Company Trusted by All Stakeholders, of which Employees are Truly Proud.
...significantly greater performance than competitors such as AutoCAD (yet also AutoCAD-compatible), full native cross-platform support on all 3 major operating systems + mobile (planned support for Windows Mobile and evaluating iPad and Android as well), much lower price, and more.This company's older CAD software has been running on Windows Mobile (aka CE) for many years, so porting ARES should be easier for Graebert than other CAD vendors.
Time for you to say goodbye to AutoCAD!
It’s easy to fall into the trap of relying too much on digital prototyping to test products. So says Brian R. Lyons, safety and quality communication Manager at Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc., Torrance, Calif.
"To cut costs, we increased our use of CAE and built fewer prototype vehicles.
This helped reduce costs by letting engineers compare aerodynamic flows in different simulated engines rather than actually building physical engines. However, the company suddenly saw an increase in quality issues.The problem, of course, is that computer simulation lacks imagination. It can test only that which engineers and designers consider needing testing. Digital prototyping excludes everything else that the environment throws at vehicles.
But after the cars had been in operation for several years, it became evident that certain fuels used in the U.S. leave carbon deposits on the throttle body. Digital testing didn’t match real-world roads and environmental conditions in the U.S.Read it all here.
Not only did Apple fail to convince new buyers, it may have lost many potential buyers.
You can read the study here and the results to these statements:
The AIA believes that all industry-supporting software must facilitate, not inhibit, project planning, design, construction, commissioning and lifecycle management.Here's what they want to see CAD and related software to do:
This software must support non-proprietary, open standards for auditable information exchange and allow for confident information exchanges across applications and across time.This is exactly what CAD vendors don't want. To increase sales, CAD vendors want to lock in customers through proprietary file formats that they prefer not be reverse compatible.
This is best accomplished through professional, public- and private sector adoption of open standards. The AIA encourages its members and other industry organizations to assume a leadership role in the ongoing development of open standards.For its part, CIMdata wants to see this happen in industries other than architecture:
We offer this as a challenge to other associations to take a similar position or to endorse the AIA's statement.
Just 9 months ago, I recorded Bricsys's earlier schedule for rolling out its CAD software on operating systems other than Windows:
Q4 09 -- native Linux
Q1 10 -- native Mac
In a press release that came out earlier this week, the schedule has been adjusted by 6-9 months:
Bricscad LINUX is in Alpha now; a commercial release is expected early Q2. A native Mac OSX version is planned for end of 2010.So a half year later for Linux and 3/4 year later for Mac.
SolidACE is a brand-new company from Lithuania, having been formed just 14 months ago. Its founders were experienced in structural steep design, and decided to write software for SolidWorks.
The ceo of SolidACE, Dr. Vladimir Popov, is at booth #733 here on the show floor. His software, BuiltWorks, does intelligent modeling of 3D parametric steel structure models, using weldments and structural members in parts and assemblies. The package runs inside SolidWorks, and also analyses the structures, details connections, and generates drawings and bills of material.
Commenters to my post on new features in SolidWorks 2011 asked these questions:
Q: Did they port their Delmia maniquins to SolidWorks 2011?
A: I don't know. But since SW execs keep repeating that the two R&D teams work together now, it could well be. The walkthrough interface was described as "very simple and intuitive."
Q: I saw no direct modeling?
A: Yes, none was shown. However, SW World often only previews teasers. More details will probably be released later in the summer.
Q: What about interoperability with Catia?
A: It is coming, but was described in the press conference as "blurring the line."
When a reporter asked at the press conference specifically about the future of ParaSolids, Jeff Ray did not answer the question.
Attending SSWX from Italy, AMV has been around since 1985, and now has several thousand customers and 25 employees. Recently, it looked around for new opportunities and decided on metallic carpentry. As a result, they became the first company to create a steel design app running inside SolidWorks.
SolidWorks this morning announced SW PLM, the first stage being SolidWorks Product Data Sharing Space.
This consists of two parts: an app integrated into SolidWorks 2011 that lets you select community members with which to share drawings. Simply drag drawing into sidebar and the drawing is copied to "the cloud."
Community members can view and edit the drawing by dragging it from their sidepanel into solidworks 2011.
Non-solidworks users can access a Web page that uses 3DLive to view and comment the drawing.
Other features to be added include BOM, compliance checking, and so on. It looks like all this cloud stuff will cost $$$, since the phrase "select on demand to minimize IT cost". Also, this feature is limited to users of SW 2011.
From my notes scribbled during the morning keynote, these new features might not all be accurately recorded:
1. Defeature - removes features from the model; makes the inside of the model solid (completely defeatured).
2. Revolve to surface.
3. Integrated Photoview allows realtime changes to materials, lights, etc. Keep working in SW as rendering takes place.
4. Spent 50% of the R&D time on making SW 2011 more reliable (less buggy).
5. Memory use optimized; SW now releases memory after a commmand finishes
6. Nonlinear simulation
7. Planar (2D) simplification for higher FEA meshes. The results can be transfered back to the3D model.
8. Add dimensions to entire drawing at once. Adjust placed dimensions to autostagger, and respace.
9. Dual dimensions on holes.
10. Drawings checked as submitted for approval.
11. Lightweight weldments. Add weld prep directly to assemblies. Add u grooves, intermittent welds, weld table, callouts on welds.
12. Walkthrough using manikins for greater control and realism.
13. Freeze features to prevent unnecessary rebuilds. Reduces time from 65 seconds to 0.4 secs.
The Tuesday morning keynote ranged from the funny to the interesting. Some people have thought that SolidWorks ceo Jeff Ray knows nothing about his software; the myth was debunked by having him answer five questions from the certified SW professional exam. He got them all correct.
Movie director James Cameron was the star attraction of SWWX, and I was amazed by his technical knowledge. He could fling about FEA and CFM around with the best of us. Turns out he worked in a machine shop as a teenager, so he has first-hand knowledge of what CAD is used for -- to design stuff that needs to get made.
Listening to him made me wonder if a movie like Avatar could only have been made by someone like him, because he knows what is possible and has a staff that pushes itself to delivery otherwise technically impossible feats. Like the 3mm wide (total width) fiber optic cable that runs 36,000 feet long, connecting a planned undersea vehicle to the surface. Those 3mm includes the steel protective mesh and the insulation.
Later during the press conference, he admitted that there hasn't been a lot of technology transfer from what he and his team have developed and the commercial or even miltary world. There have been some talks and some interest, but that's as far as it has gotten so far.
In the evening, Luxology had some of us media at dinner across the road in DisneyLand. Their ceo described the history of his company and its emphasis on providing toolkits for rendering. They are best known for their mondo 401 rendering software, but that is just an example app based on their technology called Nexus. Both SolidWorks and Bentley use Nexus as their rendering engines.
I skipped the Aerosmith tribute band that SolidWorks had lined up back at the convention center. I hear it was dark ("couldn't find the food!") and noisey.
This morning at breakfast, I saw SolidWorks running on a Mac! Well, via Parallels. The SW user told me he prefers running SW on his Mac, and that he has been urging DSSW to do the port. He tells me that the only thing missing is hardware acceleration of the graphics, but that he does not miss it. For him, the most imporant feature is to be able to window the 3D model in SolidWorks, do a screen grab of the area, and then paste directly into email. That's what sold him.
I don't care for Kindles (or other ebook readers) and so I won't be in the drawing for one at the Citius booth 104. Qualified participants must:
"...and fill out a short marketing questionnaire..." all the more reason to not bother.
Not winning aside, Citius is showing their KBMax configuration software aimed at these kinds of manufacturing companies:
On second thought, a Kindle with an acronym dictionary might make sense after all!
A third-party seems to have figued out what is happening with SolidWorks. This narrative seems to fit the vague generalities issued by SW executives over the last year or so. The following is speculation but seems plausible to me.
SolidWorks will dump ParaSolid for CGM, the kernel used by Catia. The Spatial division in Colorado is working with the Catia division in France to make CGM work with SolidWorks. By moving to CGM, SolidWorks and Catia will be able to swap models effortlessly. In addition, SolidWorks takes advantage of the V6 technology employed by Catia -- direct modeling and editing.
The third-party said that DS management is vacellating between running future versions of SolidWorks locally (as it is now, installed on your computer) or off a server (the cloud vision described at yesterday's keynote).
The reason for the vague statements from SW executives is that they worry about the backlash from SolidWorks users, who are hostile enough to the time that DS and its CEO get at the keynotes. Even at the press dinner, I was fascinated by the reaction from the assemled media (some 100 or so) when SW ceo Jeff Ray remarked on Bernard Charles sharing the stage. The reaction to his "Wasn't that great?" was ...
Head office in Paris might think its embrace of SolidWorks is a great thing; the paying customers beg to differ.
I usually don't like new logos unveiled by corporations who have spent tens of thousands, for the old ones are familiar and comfortable. But here's a switch for me: Synergis Software (booth 420) has a new logo and I like it.
Searching for similar parts in a database and using alphanumeric-based search systems is so unproductive that designers prefer to create new parts instead of using ones already in inventory -- for lack of being able to find them easily.
This new software for SolidWorks finds parts similar to the initial inquiry in two ways:
Here on the SWWX show floor are three hardware vendors: BOXX Technologies (booth 714), Dell (booth 307) and Hewlett Packard (booth 401).BOXX Technologies (booth 714) boasts that their 4850 Series desktop computer is the the fastest single processor workstation ever designed, but at a price that's thousands of dollars below the competition (see below?). It runs so fast you can even see blue smoke coming out (see promotional figure above).
The morning keynote was entertaining, but disappointing in the lack of detail. Dassault Systemes ceo Bernard Charles came out to describe his company's plans for the next decade. After reviewing the advances of the last several decades, he announced that DS would have "more 3D" over the next ten years. Considering the company has already talked up 4D (CAD+time), 3D was a bit of a let down.
He proudly showed off the 3D model of a car transmitted to his iPhone. The editor next to me pulled out her iPhone, and brought up a 3D model made in Inventor. As he twirled the model on his iPhone, she twirled hers. But Mr Charles did outdo her: he superimposed the car model onto a photograph of people standing on the stage.
SolidWorks ceo Jeff Ray showed off new technology his company has been working on for the last three years. "I could have shown it to you earlier, but I didn't want to until it was ready." What we got was a version of SolidWorks running on "the cloud," ie, a datacenter, piping graphics to a variety of computers on the stage.
Although the accompanying slide showed logos from Windows, Apple, Firefox, Linux, and Chrome (not sure if the logo belonged to Chrome the OS or Chrome the Web browser), we were shown SolidWorks running on a touch tablet (running Windows?), a Macintosh desktop, and an HP netbook (also running Windows). The other three logos went unrepresented.
Later, Deelip Menezes asked if that was SolidWorks running on the Mac: No, it was running on the cloud. Well, at least they had a Mac on the stage showing 3D CAD (unlike Autodesk).
The hightlight was James McLurkin, who showed off a dozen small robots operating in swarm mode. Via remote control, he gave one robot an instruction, and the others followed to suit, passing communications between them. Mr McLurkin is a great talker and a bit of a media star, having appeared in a two-page photograph in Time magazine.
Later, during the press conference with him, though, we were a bit puzzled. He could not give us any commerical applications for the technology, other than "the military, because they have lots of money" and a few other fields -- but no practical applications.
The biggest drawback, he noted, was communications, which is serial. A message passes from robot to robot, and if the robots travel faster than the message speed, they end up spinning in circles. This puzzled me, for I would have thought this problem could be solved through dendritic or parallel communications. How about a method of subgrouping, where a small group of robots follow one set of instructions together, and then arriving at a midpoint destination, become independent of the group.
The biggest impact at this show is Solido and its sub-$3000 3D printer. The company uses a different technology to drive down the price: a long roll of thin plastic sheeting is fed into the printer, and then a XY plotter (like a flatbed plotter) works with three "pens": one pen lays down glue, onto which the next sheet of plastic sticks. A second pen lays down anti-glue, where the sheets do not stick, and the third pen is a tiny knife that cuts the boundary between glued and unglued areas.
Like other 3D printers, layer upon layer of plastic is slowly built up at a painfully slow speed. A typical small model takes 4.5 hours. When you peel away the unglued areas, you reveal the 3D model. This is much better than any other 3D printer, which might requires hours of curing or dangerous chemicals to free the model. Drawbacks to this method is that you cannot create working parts (like a cresent wrench) or a ball within a ball.
The other drawback is the price. You're not going to be paying "under $3000", which Solido admits is a loss-leader. No, the actual price is around $14,000, which includes lots of plastic rolls, glue, anti-glue, knives, and software. They've hired a former executive of Packard-Bell to get this product into the bedrooms of children. Really. No kidding. That's what they think. "Every child in the world," no less.
The claim was contradicted by projected sales figures that showed that in maybe five years they might be able to outfit the bedrooms of all children in a rather small town. A rather rich small town.
Nevertheless, 3D printing is a wonderful concept, and I just hope it is not doomed to languish like speech input.
SolidWorks was pleased that this year's attendence of "over 5,000" was an increase over last years "nearly 4,500". They did not suffer the 40% drop experienced by Autodesk Universtiy, but then SolidWorks does not have a parallel virtual event to encourage the folks to stay home.
In the evening, SolidWorks had their regular press dinner, but this year it was massively scaled back. No sit-down dinner, no special speaker, no lavish gifts. That's ok. We worldwide media types enjoyed each other's company for an hour or so, catching up with each other's lives, renewing acquaintences, and relaying gossip. There is the news that a CTO is quitting soon, but I cannot give the name. One editor told us he grew up in the neighbourhood where the Dahli Lama lived for several years, but never caught on to who this strangely-dressed man was -- until he moved to California. Agreeing on which pr people we like, and which ones we wish would work in a different industry. Another editor described her frustration in telling her husband to buy and iPhone, and him coming home with every model but. And I got to relate horror stories of the upcoming winter olympics near my home town.
During the official events, I'm meeting with vendors, and will write them up in next Monday's upFront.eZine. (I'd post photos but I left my netbook's power supply at home, and I'm using borrowed computers to post this.)
SolidWorks normally has an off-site event Tuesday evenings, and this being Anaheim, I figured we would get a night of free Disneyland. I think they decided to save some money, and change the offsite event to an onsite event. This evening SWWX attendees get to tap their toes to the tunes of an Aerosmith tribute band, and splash drinks against a collection of Californized cars.
Fortunately, Luxology somehow cottoned on to my pain, and invited the media to off-site dinner. I definitely pick a quiet press dinner over irritating rock music. In a few minutes, I'll be walking the 0.6 mile from the hotel over to the Napa Rose Restaurant.
The plan is that Luxology pres Brad Peebler tells us about what's going to be happening in visualization and rendering, with an emphasis on modo 401. It makes images like the not-a-photograph shown below:
From the invite: diner "will feature seasonal creations celebrating California's legendary Napa Valley, followed by conversation with Luxology staff and several of the company’s high-profile customers." The restaurant is in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel, so we get a tiny bit of Disneyland after all.
- Large deformations to simulate failures, impacts, and crushing and at high-speed.
- Complex interactions, like gear assemblies and flexible multibodies.
- Multiphysics, like fluid-structure interactions, acoustics, and thermal analysis.
- Testing highly nonlinear materials, like rubber, plastic, soil, composites, and even human tissue!
Fer instance, Pelamis Wave Power's Wave Energy Converter generates electricity through a wave farm. They used Abaqus to fine-tune the design of their WEC units (see red tubes in the figure below).
Simmula has an online demo available at this link: http://www.simulia.com/events/demo_solidworks_simweb.
Now here's a new name for me: Extensible CAD and their InspectionXpert software, who are in booth 726-- even though they've been around for nearly four years now.
At the show they are showing off: