Product Development Solutions

April 17, 2008
A look at new product releases that will improve your product development.

Simulia from Dassault Systemes has released the Abaqus BioRID II (Biofidelic Rear Impact Dummy II) for simulation. Simulia's 3D BioRID II dummy model is for use by the automotive industry during the design phase of seats and head restraints. It is used to assess and reduce the risk of neck injuries resulting from rear-end vehicle collisions. The Abaqus technology provides simulation of the accelerations and loads occurring in the spine, neck and head during a rear-end collision.

Solidworks has released the latest update of its online community that allows engineers to download and share content globally. 3D ContentCentral, which is free to registered engineers and designers, is used to share 3D models and 2D drawings regardless of their CAD system. Enhancements include support for more content types, including parts/assemblies for most CAD tools, as well as 2D blocks, SolidWorks software macros and library features.

CAE software provider Samtech has announced the commercial release of Samcef for Wind Turbines (S4WT) 1.1, dedicated to wind turbine design and verification in dynamic conditions. The solution offers experimentally validated models, computation procedures and specific post-processing in a user-friendly environment.

Abaqus Biofidelic Rear Impact Dummy IIInfor has updated its product lifecycle management software aimed specifically at discrete manufacturing industries. Infor PLM 8.1 includes: enhanced enterprise content management functionality that centralizes critical product information; improved 2D and 3D CAD integration to allow for straightforward exchange of product drawing and model information with select CAD software; and eCAD integration that supports electronic component design.

Sopheon has integrated its Accolade product portfolio and process management software with a new version of its Strategist strategic product planning software. The new solution creates a seamless, automated process and decision framework that continually reconciles strategic product planning and operational execution. The software captures and manages project data while simultaneously modeling short- and long-term scenarios around market factors.

Autodesk will extend free use of its Inventor LT Technology Preview to its user community for one year. Based on Inventor 2009 technology, delivery of the new version is slated to precede the May 1 expiration date of the current version. Inventor LT allows manufacturers to create, share and edit 3D parts models from different CAD systems. Availability of the free software is limited to the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The company plans to expand its availability this year.

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Jill Jusko

Bio: Jill Jusko is executive editor for IndustryWeek. She has been writing about manufacturing operations leadership for more than 20 years. Her coverage spotlights companies that are in pursuit of world-class results in quality, productivity, cost and other benchmarks by implementing the latest continuous improvement and lean/Six-Sigma strategies. Jill also coordinates IndustryWeek’s Best Plants Awards Program, which annually salutes the leading manufacturing facilities in North America.

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