MCAD Tech News (#279)

22 Apr, 2010 By: Cadalyst Staff

Keytech Brings PLM within Reach of SMBs

Scalable, modular solution goes beyond document management, extending the value of CAD data across small and midsized engineering organizations.

By Jeffrey Rowe

Product lifecycle management (PLM) is a system for managing and disseminating product data throughout an enterprise, from concept to end of life, according to research firm CIMdata. PLM technologies have been around for a number of years and the concept seems straightforward, but in fact it means different things to different types and sizes of organizations. What makes sense for a large enterprise in terms of functionality and associated cost is usually beyond the comprehension — and means — of most small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).

CAD data is at the heart of any PLM system, but only a fraction of today's engineering organizations have implemented PLM. Reasons include the cost, learning curve, implementation pain, and challenge of establishing the company-wide standards associated with implementation. But the truth is, virtually every organization could benefit from implementing a PLM system that, at a minimum, connects the engineering department to procurement to the factory floor. There's no longer a good reason for not having a PLM system in place, even for SMBs. This is where keytech PLM fits in.

Keytech PLM centrally manages and controls all the information associated with a product throughout its life cycle. The process of creating, changing, and maintaining all data and files is supported, controlled, and documented in a secure environment. Keytech PLM can store and manage a wide variety of 2D or 3D drawings and models and their associated structures, bills of materials (BOMs), and Microsoft Office documents, as well as all associated metadata. Read more »

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Jeffrey Rowe is the principal consultant of his independent firm specializing in design, engineering, technical communication, education, and business development.


AMD Strengthens Foothold in Professional Graphics Market with New ATI FirePro V8800

New card with ATI Eyefinity multimonitor technology supports up to double the display real estate with 2.6 teraflops of compute performance in a single card.

By Nancy Spurling Johnson

AMD has announced its most powerful professional graphics card to date, the ATI FirePro V8800. Incorporating ATI Eyefinity multidisplay and Microsoft DirectX 11 technologies, it is the first in a new family of professional graphics solutions and is available for order immediately from AMD and its partners.

At a media event at its San Jose, California, headquarters early this month, AMD emphasized the performance/price value of this new card.

The top-of-the-line card delivers 2.6 teraflops of raw computing power with what is said to be the highest memory bandwidth (147.2 GB/s) available in any single-card professional graphics solution — more than two times the compute power of the previous generation, AMD reports. But at $1,499, the price of the V8800 is equal to or less than previous high-end models in the FirePro line. Read more »


Mark Your Calendar: MCAD Events


3D Test Drive
May 6–14, 2010
Various cities
Stratasys and NextEngine are offering a free 3D scanning and printing seminar at various locations around North America. Read more »

ESPRIT World Conference 2010
May 18–21, 2010
Long Beach, California
ESPRIT customers, DP Technology staff, and guests from around the globe will gather to learn the nuts and bolts of ESPRIT 2011, the latest version of the ESPRIT CAM software. Read more »

FLOW-3D European Users Conference
May 19, 2010
Reims, France
All FLOW-3D users — and anyone interested in becoming a FLOW-3D user — are invited to attend the 10th annual FLOW-3D European Users Conference. Read more »

For a complete list of CAD meetings, conferences, training sessions, and more, check out our calendar of events on Are you hosting an event that you would like to include in our calendar? Submit details at least two weeks in advance to


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