MCAD Tech News #179

14 Jun, 2006 By: Jeffrey Rowe

Digital Factory Within Reach: Modular options mean even SMBs can take advantage of production and manufacturing visualization tools

In last week's edition of MCAD Tech News, I discussed the benefits of using digital analysis in the manufacturing process. This week, I'll compare manufacturing simulation and manufacturing visualization and discuss their benefits and how they are being used.

3D visualization, virtual reality and collaborative PLM-related tools are beginning to provide benefits for manufacturing processes. Like their counterparts on the product design side, production visualization tools are accelerating build cycles, reducing production costs, increasing plant efficiencies and adding to the overall bottom line. These process-oriented tools are used to simulate everything from factory floor layouts to machining processes to human-machine interaction, and new applications are constantly being explored and brought to the factory floor.

Up to now, digital manufacturing simulation tools have been largely relegated to industries and enterprises that could afford them -- primarily OEMs in the automotive and aerospace industries. This situation is changing, albeit slowly, to include more SMBs (small and medium-sized businesses). Digital manufacturing visualization, also known as digital manufacturing, is a subset of a comprehensive PLM system, primarily related to what is known as MPM (manufacturing process management). Read more>>

First Look Review: Caligari trueSpace7

by Ron LaFon

After many years of reviewing software applications, I've become familiar with their steady evolution. Sometimes I get to see a familiar product break through boundaries and make a leap in functionality that offers tremendous potential for its future. Such is the case with Caligari's recently introduced trueSpace7.

Perhaps the most significant new feature is trueSpace7's interactive, customizable 3D collaborative authoring environment that supports multiple-level projects. If you have a workgroup whose members are scattered around the globe, you can all work on a given model concurrently, or one group can work on a specific component while another group works on a different part.
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Mark Your Calendar: MCAD Events

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Webinars: Large-Format Scanning and Document Management
Tuesdays and Thursdays in June
IDEAL is offering Web presentations to discuss topics, introduce technology and provide suggestions to help with large-format scanning and document management problems. Read more 

ARC Advisory Group Sessions at the ARC 14th Annual Forum
June 26-28, 2006
Dedham, Massachusetts
ARC Advisory Group will hold several special sessions during its 14th Annual Forum, “Driving Enterprise Performance through Next Generation Manufacturing Concepts.”
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Agile 2006 Conference
July 23-28, 2006
Minneapolis, Minnesota
For those interested in learning how to successfully implement and scale Agile methodologies. Read more

COFES 2007
April 12-15, 2007
Scottsdale, Arizona
COFES 2007 brings together executives from technology, engineering, design, development and architectural companies to explore new engineering technology and discuss its effects on the future of business. Read more

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