3D Systems Expands Presence in Japan With Canon Marketing Japan

ROCK HILL, S.C., Apr 11, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) —

3D Systems DDD -0.87% announced today that it is expanding its partnership with Canon Marketing Japan to include 3DS’ complete ProJet professional series of 3D printers, desktop prototyping CubeX 3D printer and Geomagic scan-to-CAD software solutions. Canon Marketing Japan began selling 3D Systems’ advanced manufacturing products in October 2013.

Masahiro Sakata, Director and Senior Vice President of Canon Marketing Japan said, “3DS’ leading products positions Canon Marketing Japan in the best possible position to establish its offerings as the go-to-source and leading provider of 3D printing in Japan. We believe that the combination of Canon’s mixed reality technology with 3D printing brings a new paradigm to 3D business solutions.”

“We are thrilled with the success that Canon Marketing Japan has already had with our advanced manufacturing 3D printers and are excited to bring the rest of our portfolio to Canon,” said Michele Marchesan, Chief Opportunity Officer, 3DS. “We believe that the addition of our entire portfolio will be meaningful and impactful to our professional Japanese users.”

3DS’ ProJet series of printers cover a range of 3D printing technologies including ColorJet Printing (CJP), MultiJet Printing (MJP) and stereolithography (SLA) and includes the best-selling ProJet 3500 series for functional prototyping, dental and jewelry applications.

3DS’ Geomagic Solutions software includes scan and design offerings for reverse engineering, product design, medical modelling and more. It is the only software available today with a focus on design-for-3D printing.

3DS’ CubeX 3D printer is an affordable, entry-level desktop machine ideal for early and quick prototyping, small businesses and independent entrepreneurs.

Source: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/3d-systems-expands-presence-in-japan-with-canon-marketing-japan-2014-04-11

SOLIDWORKS Mechanical Conceptual Hits the Market, But Does It Hit the Mark?

April 10th, 2014 by Jeff Rowe

With surprisingly relatively little fanfare, DS SOLIDWORKS last week announced the availability of its long-awaited new product, Mechanical Conceptual (MC for short). Dassault Systemes says that MC is the first SOLIDWORKS application on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform — “that embraces the new realities of today’s world of design in the age of experience: it is more social and conceptual and delivers on the promise of ease-of-collaboration among key contributors.” All of this is something I’m still unclear exactly what it is, what it does, and what it means.

I contacted Kishore Boyalakuntla, Director, Product Management, SOLIDWORKS, who is in charge of managing Mechanical Conceptual for some clarification on what the press release announcing the launch lacked.

Mechanical Conceptual was formally introduced a few months ago at SOLIDWORKS World with the following four basic tenets — conceptual, social (collaboration), connected, and instinctive. The conceptual part I understand, because that’s the primary purpose of MC. It also lends itself to collaborative methods because it’s a cloud-based application, as well as instinctive, because it has direct modeling/editing capabilities. The connected part, though, especially to SOLIDWORKS is still a bit of a mystery.

Although SWMC is initially being aimed at SOLIDWORKS’ traditional strongest industry segment, industrial/production machinery, the demonstration that was presented at SOLIDWORKS World with some simple mechanical assemblies and a plant layout design.

As we had been told before, he said that Mechanical Conceptual has been installed and used in production environments at several customer sites, including Polyrack, Weisser, Karl Schmidt & Associates, and Kennedy Hygiene. Video testimonials from these customers are available here.

Mechanical Conceptual can be purchased through select SOLIDWORKS reseller partners, including GoEngineer and Javelin (who has posted videos of Mechanical Conceptual here). According to Boyalakuntla, the goal is for all SOLIDWORKS resellers to sell Mechanical Conceptual. He said that many resellers have already signed up to sell the product. Resellers like GoEngineer and

From the beginning the company has said that MC would be complementary to SOLIDWORKS software. Boyalakuntla reinforced this statement by saying, “Mechanical Conceptual is complementary in the workflow where conceptual designs are done in SOLIDWORKS Mechanical Conceptual and detail design in SOLIDWORKS. SOLIDWORKS Mechanical Conceptual opens native SOLIDWORKS data. SOLIDWORKS opens native SOLIDWORKS Mechanical Conceptual data, as well, today. Since this is our first release, we have not addressed all the interoperability scenarios. We plan to have the majority of them addressed in the R2015x release by the end of the year. This will be a multi-release effort and since we own both products, we will have the best-in-class interoperability, as well.”

The interoperability statement is interesting because SOLIDWORKS is based on the Parasolid modeling kernel (licensed from competitor, Siemens PLM Software) and MC is based on Dassault’s CATIA modeling kernel. What this means is that there is no native/direct translation between the two applications and, therefore, no associativity between SOLIDWORKS and MC. Previous to the interoperability statement above, I was under the impression that working natively would involve a an additional SOLIDWORKS/Mechanical Conceptual translator that is (or will be) available. I’ll have to check further if the translator is still required.

The native incompatibility of SOLIDWORKS and CATIA has always confounded me, since several competing CAD products have the ability to import and export CATIA modeling data.

Previously, I had been told that the export mechanism and file format back and forth between SOLIDWORKS and MC is 3D XML. What this means is that you export a “dumb” solid from MC and will have to literally recreate it in SOLIDWORKS. This is something else I’ll have clarified and report back.

The company has been careful to position Mechanical Conceptual as a complementary app to SOLIDWORKS, and not competing with or replacing it. DS has also quietly stressed that SOLIDWORKS Standard, Professional, and Premium would continue to be developed and enhanced. Good news to long-time SOLIDWORKS users.

As we have known for some time, Mechanical Conceptual is priced at $249/user/month. That translates to $2,988.00/user/year. Imagine the following scenario. Say you bought the SOLIDWORKS core modeling product for $3,995 and maintenance for $1,295 per year; that’s $5,290. Add to that $2,988/user/year for Mechanical Conceptual and your total is $8,278. Add to that the cost of a SOLIDWORKS/Mechanical Conceptual translator and the cost could potentially top $10,000. The cost alone may give many prospective customers pause on making a purchasing decision.

The formal launch of Mechanical Conceptual finally put to rest and clarified the confusion of the meaning of “conceptual” in the new offering’s name. It is intended for conceptual design of things that move, such as mechanisms and machines, and not concept design in the context of industrial design. Not to worry, though, DS will be introducing a true industrial design product later this year called Industrial Conceptual to address that need. Industrial Conceptual will allow simultaneous surface and solid design, and also will be complementary to SOLIDWORKS. The interoperability issue with SOLIDWORKS remains to be seen.

The cloud-based architecture is a concept that many vendors are embracing and customers are accepting, but not everyone yet has access to Internet bandwidth necessary for using MC effectively, efficiently, or at all, but that alone shouldn’t be a huge hindrance.

Although we have not yet had any hands-on exposure or experience with SWMC because Dassault Systemes, we have requested a license. We hope to give SWMC a test drive with SOLIDWORKS 2014 if and when it becomes available to us.

Admittedly, MC has been a long time coming. Was it worth the wait? Time will tell and it will be interesting to see how Mechanical Conceptual is received, embraced, and adopted by the SOLIDWORKS user community.

Source: http://www10.mcadcafe.com/blogs/jeffrowe/2014/04/10/solidworks-mechanical-conceptual-hits-the-market-but-does-it-hit-the-mark/

Graebert Announces New Plugins For DraftSight at Hanover Fair, the World’s Biggest Industrial Event

Wednesday, 09 April 2014

April 9, 2014 – Hannover Messe (Hanover Fair) 2014 – Graebert™ GmbH (Berlin) http://www.graebert.com – one of the pioneering companies in high-performance CAD solutions for desktop and mobile devices – today announced at the Hanover Fair the upcoming availability of a range of new plugins for the acclaimed and hugely successful SolidWorks® DraftSight® 2D/3D software. DraftSight was co-developed by Graebert with Dassault® Systemes and Graebert is showcasing some of these new plugins at the world’s biggest industrial fair with 250,000+ attendees as part of the Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks® booth (Hall 007 D28).

Designed to offer a range of new features and customizations to DraftSight, Graebert announced in January at Solidworks World its willingness to collaborate with interested developers to help develop exciting new plugins to extend DraftSight’s functionality, as well as leveraging Graebert’s deep technical understanding of DraftSight and worldwide marketing capabilities to market their plugins.

CAD users are now invited to discover some of the new Graebert plugins for DraftSight at the Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks booth and the Graebert team is available to discuss the new plugin architecture and how to best develop for DraftSight.

Graebert is also showcasing its “Convert to DraftSight” program, created to assist companies in their migration from other CAD Software. Graebert offers services to seamlessly convert legacy AutoCAD® or other CAD files and maximize return on investment by converting their CAD stations to the highly cost-effective and DWG-compatible DraftSight platform. Details on both the Developer initiative and the Convert to DraftSight program may be found at www.graebert.com/draftsight.

Source: http://www.amerisurv.com/content/view/12490/

APEX Optics Add-In for SOLIDWORKS Promoted to Gold Status in Partner Program; APEX Does Optical Design Inside SOLIDWORKS

April 8, 2014

TUCSON, ARIZ. — After an extensive review of Breault Research’s APEX® software, support, quality assurance, and usability, Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation has promoted the APEX Optics Add-In for SOLIDWORKS to Gold Status in its partner program. APEX joins a select few SOLIDWORKS add-ins with this distinction.

According to Robert Shroder, Optical Engineer and Director of Sales at Breault Research, “With APEX, we aimed to exceed the criteria for Gold Partner Status. The result is a beautifully executed add-in that advances the reach of optical design software into the CAD/CAE sectors.”

Breault Research Organization (BRO) has developed APEX to provide an easy, approachable optical design and analysis workflow inside of SOLIDWORKS. As a fully integrated add-in to the industry-standard SOLIDWORKS 3D-modeling environment, APEX facilitates and optimizes engineers’ interactions with optical software tools through a true CAD interface.

According to BRO’s CEO, Wayne Hall, “BRO is focused on providing the most capable and advanced optical design and analysis software. Our product suite has now grown to address the optical modeling and concurrent-engineering needs of more than 2 million SOLIDWORKS users.”

The program’s light-source modeling, colorimetry, photometry, radiometry, parameterization, and optimization features make it the ideal tool for SOLIDWORKS users designing all types of illumination systems. Applications for APEX include solid-state, LED-based lighting solutions for architectural, automotive, and aviation lighting applications, as well as reflectors, lightpipes, and luminaires for solar, consumer electronics, medical, and other industry applications.

In January, BRO and APEX made their first Gold-Status appearances at SOLIDWORKS World 2014, the international congress for SOLIDWORKS users, developers, and partners. At SOLIDWORKS World, TenLinks Judge Roopinder Tara nominated APEX for Best of Show.

APEX now enables the design and analysis of even the most complex optical and illumination systems with a simple, easy-to-follow workflow. “We look forward to working with our partners and resellers in the SOLIDWORKS network to bring this powerful capability to SOLIDWORKS users worldwide,” said Hall.

Source: http://www.heraldonline.com/2014/04/08/5850716/apex-optics-add-in-for-solidworks.html?sp=/100/773/385/