July 25, 2005

Alibre Ends Free 3D CAD Software program Id Thriller With Alibre Design Xpress

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Alibre, Inc. introduced that it’s the firm behind the X-CAD promotion launched in late Could on the Site
www.x-cad.internet. The corporate additionally introduced that the brand new software program, initially introduced as X-CAD as half a 100,000 seat giveaway contest, might be named Alibre Design Xpress when it ships — if 100,000 folks have registered. The competition objective of 100,000 registrations seems doubtless: over 94,000 have registered to this point and the registration fee is rising.

Alibre Design Xpress, initially introduced as X-CAD, is just not demo or trial software program. The product will present 3D parametric strong modeling for mechanical design and manufacturing purposes and consists of performance to design elements and assemblies, in addition to create associative 2D drawings — all at no cost.

Final week, a couple of X-CAD registrants had been handled to a sneak peak on the new software program.

“Being new to the CAD world, I didn’t really know what to expect, but I found Alibre Design Xpress to be very easy to pick up and use,” stated Jonathan Morley, new 3D person. “I also found the included tutorials to be extremely helpful in learning the basics of the system; sketching, part modeling, assemblies — they’re all there.”

“The amazing fact about this software is speed. It is both speedy to learn and speedy to use,” says Mike Rehmus, Editor of Mannequin Engine Builder journal. “The included tutorials will have you making models in no time.”

“Alibre Design Xpress is very similar to other 3D solid modelers on the market, so similar in fact that you should be up and running in no time,” stated Mike Hudspeth, a CAD trade analyst. “The familiar interface and work flow will mean instant productivity. I like the simple way you can dimension your sketches in this fully parametric modeler.”

“The response to the X-CAD contest is beyond our expectations,” stated Greg Milliken, CEO of Alibre. “We set the goal high and weren’t really sure how the industry would react, but 93,000+ registrations in less than two months speaks for itself. While our primary target for Alibre Design Xpress is the large number of 2D users who simply aren’t going to move to an expensive and complex 3D solution, we have also had registrants from virtually every Fortune 500 company.”

Given the response to this point, Alibre expects Alibre Design Xpress to have a dramatic impression on the 3D mechanical CAD market. Reasonably than emphasizing the “conversion” to 3D, Alibre is specializing in quickly rising the adoption of 3D, viewing the know-how as simply one other device on the customers’ disposal, together with 2D CAD, spreadsheets, phrase processors and so forth. Within the course of the corporate intends to foster an open, world neighborhood of customers who collectively will advance and unfold the utilization of 3D.

Milliken continued, “Alibre Design Xpress is absolutely the end result of a long-term imaginative and prescient: to make 3D accessible to everybody, not simply these prepared to pay 1000’s of {dollars}. We have at all times had a objective to liberate the trade — even our firm identify is predicated on the Latin phrase ‘liber,’ the foundation of liberty and free!

“It is superb that distributors on this market depend upon customer-hostile insurance policies corresponding to encrypted file codecs and compelled product retirements/upgrades — and much more superb: their prospects stand for it. We consider these oppressive practices and the businesses that interact in them have principally precipitated the trade to stagnate, and we’re out to vary issues.

“I also want to emphasize that Alibre Design Xpress is not a ‘bait and switch’ offer. We believe that by providing very high value software to a lot of people, and then engaging with them to learn from them — while building trust by respecting their privacy and requests to opt-out of our communications — we will increase sales of our flagship Alibre Design product family.”

For extra particulars and to register for a free copy of Alibre Design Xpress, go to
www.alibre.com/xpress, or contact
E-mail Contact for extra data. An Alibre Design Xpress person discussion board and FAQ can be found on the website.

At MCADCafé we observe many issues, together with the tales which have attracted essentially the most curiosity from our subscribers. Under are the 5 information objects that had been essentially the most considered throughout final week.

France’s Second Largest CAD/CAM/ERP Provider Declares UGS’ Parasolid World’s Greatest 3D Geometric Modeling Software program After Intensive Benchmark

UGS Corp. introduced that Missler Software program, a number one world CAD/CAM/ERP provider, has made a long-term dedication to retaining Parasolid software program because the underlying 3D geometric modeling software program for its total computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) product line. The choice was made after Missler Software program performed an exhaustive six month benchmark evaluating the trade’s most generally used commercially accessible geometric modeling merchandise. As a part of a periodic course of, the corporate just lately performed a whole re-assessment of all its know-how sourcing choices as a way to guarantee they’re using essentially the most superior know-how accessible to keep up the
performance and top quality their prospects have come to count on. Throughout this re-assessment Parasolid emerged because the clear trade chief over its main rivals. In consequence, Missler Software program will proceed to make use of the Parasolid modeling kernel.

PTC Reviews Q3 Fiscal Yr 2005 Outcomes

PTC reported income of $180.3 million for the third fiscal quarter ended July 2, 2005, up 7% from $168.4 million for a similar interval final 12 months. The expansion was pushed primarily by energy in North America and Europe, and PTC’s consulting and coaching providers choices world wide. Internet revenue for the third quarter was $26.7 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, in contrast with internet revenue of $16.1 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, within the year-ago interval. The third quarter internet revenue consists of an revenue tax advantage of $4.4 million as a result of favorable decision of a international jurisdiction tax audit. Excluding this profit, PTC’s third quarter internet revenue was $22.3 million, or $0.08
per diluted share. The year-ago interval internet revenue included restructuring fees of $3.5 million. Money and money equivalents grew to $403.0 million on the finish of the third quarter from $384.2 million on the finish of the second quarter of 2005.

Premiere Bike Producer Trek Selects thinkiD

When Michael Sagan and his staff of business designers at Trek Bicycle Corp. started utilizing thinkiD for the primary time, it was undoubtedly trial by hearth. The engineers on the 29-year-old bike producer had simply 4 weeks to design and construct a brand new time trial bike, the TTx, for the Discovery Channel Professional Biking Workforce. Designing a time trial Bike is not a easy process. In accordance to Sagan, Trek’s senior designer and Expertise Principal, understanding aerodynamics is paramount to designing the leanest and quickest racing bike in the world. Trek’s Time Trial bike frames are made of a advanced composite materials known as OCLV(R) HC
Honeycomb carbon. Modifying the body design, even millimeters, is a time-intensive exercise. With solely a month to make the TTx a actuality, the Trek staff had to collapse modification time down as a lot as attainable and guarantee the precision engineering demanded for a racing bike stayed intact. The know-how driving this kind of design is think3’s International Form Modeling, known as GSM3. GSM3 robotically makes geometry calculations beneath a form change whereas sustaining design integrity. This sometimes is a guide course of for the designer.

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