This week’s Siemens PLM Software NX CAE Symposium 2013 at the University of Cincinnati featured more than two dozen presentations, roundtables, and panel discussions, as well as two workshop tracks. Siemens PLM Software NX customers explained how they used the software to simulate everything from tiny 0.015mm cardiovascular stents to huge, ship-based cranes and heavy-lift rockets. While the simulation projects were varied, there was a common theme running throughout the symposium: the need to reduce cycle times via collaboration and system-level engineering. Continue reading
Touting what it claims to be the most significant upgrade to its CAD platform since introducing Synchronous Technology several years back, Siemens PLM Software took the wraps off NX 9, which innovates in the area of 2D modeling and has features that promote the company’s turn toward an industry-specific focus.
Unlike the last few previous versions of the software, the NX development team took a step back with the 9 release to re-examine several key design workflows that have historically been a struggle for its user base, according to Paul Brown, the company’s senior marketing director of NX product engineering. One such workflow is 2D modeling, an area that has been historically neglected by the CAD companies as they shifted attention to 3D capabilities, Brown says.
For the most part, Siemens PLM Software thrives on desktop programs for design and engineering. In the case of its simulation products (NX CAE offerings), they’re augmented with the option to run on clusters, usually installed onsite, sequestered within an organization’s private cloud. But the launch of IntoSite, an addition to Siemens’ Tecnomatix suite, marks the company’s steps toward a territory it has so far sidestepped — the public cloud. Continue reading
The future of professional design software may look a lot more like Netflix and Zipcar, judging from the rental licensing options just launched by Autodesk and Siemens PLM Software.
Last week, Siemens began offering its Solid Edge CAD package under a subscription program. For as little as $130 a month, you could download, install, and start using the software. With no commitment to a specific time (for example, an annual commitment), you can technically subscribe to use the software for one month, then cancel your subscription with no penalty for early termination.
This week, Autodesk launched its own rental program, offering popular titles like Autodesk Inventor, Revit, 3dx Max, and Maya under monthly, quarterly, and annual subscription fees. Some of the most economic options include Standard rental plans for Maya LT at $50 per month and Inventor LT Suite for $95 per month. Continue reading
Siemens PLM Software is now executing on a foundation it’s been building toward for years — releasing a new series of industry-specific solutions, dubbed Catalysts, that aim to take some of the sting out of PLM implementations.
The Industry Catalyst Series will encompass a portfolio of solutions based on a specific industries’ best practices and culled from Siemens’ collective experience collaborating with customers. The idea behind the Catalysts is to help companies jumpstart PLM deployments and accelerate time to value. Continue reading