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Walter Introduces X·treme Evo Plus Drill with Krato·tec Coating in 8 × Dc

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TUBINGEN, Germany, Feb 22, 2024 – Premium tool manufacturer Walter is presenting its X·treme Evo Plus from the DC180 Supreme product family – in 8 × Dc for the first time. The drill with through coolant and four lands is distinguished by extraordinarily good guidance in the drill hole. It consequently enables high precision – even for greater drilling depths and interrupted cuts – and increases process reliability. The same applies to the polished flutes which optimise chip evacuation (e.g. for stainless materials), as well as the straight cutting edges which likewise offer an increased level of reliability and stability. The Krato·tec multi-layer coating, specially developed for drilling and reaming tools, achieves the highest cutting speeds and increases tool life by about 50% when compared to other products on the market. With the 8 × Dc version, the AlTiN layer is designed as a tip coating in Walter’s own WJ30EY grade for the first time.

Walter DC180 Supreme with Krato·tec coating in 8 × Dc.

The DC180 Supreme drill can be used universally for a multitude of applications in all ISO materials from the P, M, K, N, S and H groups. In addition to the standard dimensions (dia. 3–20 mm), Walter also offers the solid carbide drill as a special tool with intermediate dimensions and as a step drill. With the Walter Xpress service, users also benefit from a reduced delivery time (max. three weeks). Due to its productivity and wear resistance, the DC180 Supreme can optimize the costs of complex ISO M and S machining operations in the long term, for example in the aviation industry or with components for the automotive industry. The Krato·tec coating boasts additional advantages in terms of tool life and process reliability.

About Walter

For over 100 years, Walter has stood for competence and quality in the field of machining technology. The company was founded in 1919 by Richard Walter and has its headquarters in Tübingen, Germany. The portfolio includes precision tools for milling, turning, grooving, drilling and threading as well as individual special tools and technology solutions along the process chain. With production facilities in North and South America, Europe and Asia, numerous subsidiaries and sales partners, and 4,400 employees worldwide, Walter has a global presence and customers in more than 80 countries around the world. In addition to engineering expertise, a sustainable corporate strategy and a diversity approach are part of the corporate culture. Since 2022, the Frezite Group has been part of Walter, including the Frezite portfolio brand FMT, which deals with cutting tools for lightweight materials. For more information, visit https://www.walter-tools.com.

Prototyping Solutions to Sell Meltio’s Metal 3D Printing Products

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BIRMINGHAM, AL, USA and LINARES, Spain, Feb 22, 2024 – Prototyping Solutions, a leader in providing cutting-edge 3D printing technologies and services, and Meltio – a disruptive wire-laser metal deposition technology 3D printing manufacturer – announced today their newly formed partnership. This strategic alliance positions Prototyping Solutions as an authorized partner of Meltio, enabling the company to offer groundbreaking 3D metal printing solutions to its diverse clientele.

Through this partnership, Prototyping Solutions will integrate Meltio’s advanced laser metal deposition technology into its portfolio. This state-of-the-art technology enables the creation of near-net-shape metal components directly from CAD data, significantly reducing production times and costs while enhancing design flexibility and material efficiency.

”Partnering with Meltio marks a significant milestone in our mission to deliver the most advanced 3D printing solutions to our customers,” said Eddie Hanebuth, Business Development Manager of Prototyping Solutions. “Meltio’s innovative technology complements our existing offerings and empowers our clients to push the boundaries of what’s possible in additive manufacturing.”

Meltio’s technology is known for its versatility, capable of processing a wide range of metals, from stainless steel to titanium. This versatility, combined with Prototyping Solutions’ expertise in 3D printing services, promises to deliver unparalleled value to industries such as aerospace, automotive, education, and more.

Meltio stated about this new partnership: “We are thrilled to be working with companies like Prototyping Solutions as their expertise as well as customer-centric approach are exactly what we are looking for when incorporating partners in the Meltio partner ecosystem in North America. Together, we will be able to cater to the ever-growing needs and ease the adoption of metal additive manufacturing.”

” Prototyping Solutions’ strong market presence and commitment to quality make them an ideal partner for us and together, we are set to redefine the standards of metal 3D printing and help businesses harness the full potential of additive manufacturing”, stated Michael Humphrey.

Prototyping Solutions will provide comprehensive support and services around Meltio’s technology, including sales, technical support, and post-sales services. This collaboration is set to transform the way businesses approach product development and manufacturing, offering them more flexibility, efficiency, and innovation.

For more information about Prototyping Solutions and its partnership with Meltio, please visit www.prototypingsolutions.com or contact us @ 888-220-6293.

About Prototyping Solutions

Prototyping Solutions is a leading provider of 3D printing technologies and services, dedicated to helping businesses innovate and excel in product development. With a focus on quality and customer service, Prototyping Solutions offers a wide range of 3D printing solutions tailored to meet the unique needs of various industries.

About Meltio

Meltio takes metal additive manufacturing to the next level by developing high-performance, affordable, and easy-to-use metal 3D printing solutions using wire-laser metal deposition technology. The company’s mission is to delight customers, partners, and employees by pioneering the development of affordable metal 3D printing systems that are reliable, safe, and powerful, continually reinforcing their status as disruptors. For more information, visit https://meltio3d.com.

Roland DGA Begins Sales and Support of DIMENSE Digital Printing Products

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IRVINE, CA, USA, Feb 22, 2024 – Roland DGA Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers, printer/cutters, and other innovative digital devices, announced that it has started sales and support for DIMENSE, a large-format digital printing solution with unique three-dimensional embossing. DIMENSE, which is developed and manufactured by DG DIMENSE, a new joint venture established in Lithuania in October 2023, will be available through select authorized Roland DGA resellers in North and South America.

The DIMENSE solution consists of the Dimensor S inkjet printer combined with special media that has the property of foaming when heated, a structured ink to control that foaming, and CMYK water-based ink that is safe for indoor use. After printing, the media is heated by the printer’s on-board heater, which causes areas not coated with structure ink to foam up to 1.5 mm thick, creating the envisioned textured design. This innovative solution enables on-demand output of graphics with a three-dimensional presence.

DIMENSE has also developed an exclusive line of PVC-free media – friendly to both the environment and people – for use with the Dimensor S printer. Several finishes of media are available, including matte, suede, metallic silver, metallic gold, pearlescent, and chameleon, enabling the production of a wide variety of interior decorations, including wallpaper, point-of-purchase materials, and more. The lineup also includes textile media ideal for indoor signage like silicone edge graphics, canvases, roll-up banners, and POP. Due to their compliance with safety standards such as AgBB and A+ certification, these media can be used safely in a variety of indoor situations.

“The Dimensor S printer offers an exciting creative breakthrough in the creation of wallcoverings and interior design elements. The textural and dimensional effects it produces are not only visually stunning, they also have incredible tactile appeal like the industry has never seen before,” said Roland DGA Vice President of New Market and Business Development, Dave Edmondson. “You can also paint over the embossed output from the Dimensor S with commonly available paints to create additional artistic effects.”

Edmondson is also quick to point out the potential for substantial growth of digitally printed wallpaper in the interior design market. “At present, less than five percent of wallpaper printing has been digitalized. However, we expect demand for this new way to create wallpaper to increase significantly over the coming years,” he noted. “More and more people are seeking ways to create highly unique and innovative spaces in commercial facilities, offices, and residences. We see digital printing – including the revolutionary technologies of DG DIMENSE – as the leading advanced technology to help these customers turn their visions into reality.”     

For more information on the DIMENSE large-format digital printing solution, visit https://www.rolanddga.com/dimensor-s

To learn more about Roland DGA Corporation or the complete Roland DGA product line, visit  https://www.rolanddga.com.

About Roland DGA Corporation       

Roland DGA Corporation serves North and South America as the marketing, sales, distribution, and service arm for Roland DG Corporation. Founded in 1981 and listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, Roland DG of Hamamatsu, Japan is a worldwide leader in wide-format inkjet printers for the sign, apparel, textile, personalization, and vehicle graphics markets; engravers for awards, giftware, and ADA signage; photo impact printers for direct part marking; and 3D printers and CNC milling machines for the dental CAD/CAM, rapid prototyping, part manufacturing and medical industries. For more information, visit https://www.rolanddga.com.

About Roland DG Corporation

Roland DG Corporation is the world’s leading provider of digital printing solutions. The company’s inkjet printers, printer/cutters and cutting machines are widely used to create a broad range of promotional items including banners, signs, vehicle graphics, stickers, and labels, and to provide customization services for apparel and personal items like smartphone cases. Recently, Roland DG has embarked on a promising new digital transformation frontier with the launch of its cloud-based service called Roland DG Connect which improves customer satisfaction and fosters success by providing a more comfortable and stable operating environment, improved workflow efficiency, increased business development and profitability. The company has also developed proprietary design and print management software which offers an unforgettable creative experience by enabling customers to design their own gifts, apparel, and treasured mementos.

Sigmetrix Releases CETOL 6σ v11.5 for 3D Tolerance Analysis

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MCKINNEY, TX, USA, Feb 22, 2024 – Sigmetrix, experts in mechanical variation management, announced their latest version of CETOL 6σ tolerance analysis software, version 11.5, is now available for immediate download. Tolerance analysis benefits businesses in many ways. It helps improve profitability by balancing quality with manufacturing cost. Companies can also realize faster time to market by reducing the need for additional design and prototype cycles. Finally, it allows companies to gain confidence in their product and process decisions before making costly investments.

CETOL 6σ enables product development teams to understand the often-complex impact of dimensional and assembly variation easily and fully on their designs. This knowledge enables them to make the proper adjustments before problems appear in manufacturing or, even worse, in their customers’ hands. Users of all expertise levels will appreciate the multiple levels of assistance available within the software. This new version of CETOL 6σ builds upon the powerful features already in place and adds many improvements, including: 

Inseparable Assemblies: 

  • Users can now indicate that an assembly is inseparable in the CETOL 6σ model, in which case the software treats the assembly as a part. No changes to the CAD model are required. 

(Optional and only available for PTC Creo) Create Feature Annotations from Tolerancing Information First Defined within CETOL: 

  • This optional feature supports alternative workflows in which CETOL 6σ is used earlier in the design process to help determine datum features, datum reference frames, and appropriate tolerance types and values based on the function of the part in the context of the entire assembly. Once the user completes the definition of the dimensioning schema in the CETOL 6σ model, the software will automatically create the associated semantic annotations, also referred to as Product Manufacturing Information, or PMI, in the part files that can also be shown on the drawings.

Several Enhancements to Improved Ease of Use:

  • Add geometric tolerance to multiple features – You can select multiple features and then apply the geometric tolerance to each of the selected features.  
  •  You can select multiple size dimensions, non-size dimensions, or geometric tolerances and modify their properties all at once. 
  •  The values for all tolerances for the selected part are reset to the default values (as defined on the Variation Defaults tab in Options). 
  •  Now there is an optional notification window that pops up when there is a loss of synchronization with the CAD model. 

As with prior releases, CETOL 6σ v11.5 is available in English, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese. 

Sigmetrix President and CEO, James Stoddard states, “we are excited to release CETOL 6σ v11.5 to the market. We feel this release is a major step forward in ease of use, supporting our larger solution strategy.  We feel confident that companies will see improvements in their journey to build better products through mechanical variation management.”

A short webinar of this new CETOL version is coming soon!

Sigmetrix’s comprehensive, integrated portfolio includes other products and services including: 

  • CETOL 6σ, a 3D tolerance analysis solution that works directly with NX, SOLIDWORKS, PTC Creo and CATIA V5-6 models. 
  • EZtol, a 1D tolerance analysis software that works directly with NX, SOLIDWORKS, and CATIA V5-6 models. The same technology is used in PTC Creo’s EZ Tolerance Analysis (EZTA) tool and Autodesk Inventor’s Tolerance Analysis tool. 
  • GD&T Advisor, an interactive tool that provides expert guidance on the correct application of GD&T within the PTC Creo and Autodesk Inventor environments. 
  • Training provided through more than a dozen instructor-led and computer-based courses covering basic to advanced GD&T/GPS, MBE, tolerance analysis, and instructional courses for software developed by Sigmetrix. 
  • Consulting and Implementation services team with years of experience in tolerance analysis and GD&T definition offers a variety of consulting services to augment your team, speed your project along and run analyses for your assemblies. 

Learn more at sigmetrix.com and eztol.com

About Sigmetrix 

Sigmetrix has been helping companies produce better solutions for 25 years through a combination of software solutions, training, and consulting services that focus on managing the impact of mechanical variation. For more information, visit their website at https://www.sigmetrix.com.  

Siemens Introduces Groundbreaking Veloce CS Hardware-Assisted Verification and Validation System, Pioneering Innovation in EDA Industry

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  • Innovative Veloce CS architecture unifies hardware emulation, enterprise prototyping and software prototyping to accelerate verification and validation cycles by 10x and helps to reduce total cost of ownership by up to 5x
  • The Veloce CS software is reusable across all platforms, helping to eliminate new learning requirements and accelerating full system workload execution and debug times by 10x
  • Innovative, modular and scalable interconnectable blade footprint eliminates fixed-size chassis, delivering hardware-assisted tools for all size designs – from small to very large

Siemens Digital Industries Software launched today the Veloce™ CS hardware-assisted verification and validation system. In a first for the EDA (Electronic Design Automation) industry, Veloce CS incorporates hardware emulation, enterprise prototyping and software prototyping and is built on two highly advanced integrated circuits (ICs) – Siemens’ new, purpose-built Crystal accelerator chip for emulation and the AMD Versal™ Premium VP1902 FPGA adaptive SoC (System-on-a-chip) for enterprise and software prototyping.

The solution encompasses three new offerings:

  • Veloce™ Strato CS hardware for emulation.
  • Veloce™ Primo CS hardware for enterprise prototyping.
  • Veloce™ proFPGA CS hardware for software prototyping.
Siemens’ Veloce CS system pictured as single blades (from top) Veloce Strato CS for emulation, Veloce Primo CS for enterprise prototyping, and Veloce proFPGA CS for software prototyping.

Architected for congruency, speed, and modularity across all three platforms, the Veloce CS system supports design sizes from 40 million gates, up to designs integrating more than 40+ billion gates. In addition, Veloce CS executes full system workloads with superior visibility and congruency by selecting the right tool for the task, as each task has unique requirements. This enables much faster time to project completion and assists in decreasing cost per verification cycle.

To achieve this milestone, Siemens has worked with key customers and partners to develop innovative hardware and a new, fully unified software architecture:

  • Veloce Strato CS delivers significant emulation performance improvement over Veloce Strato, up to 5x maintaining full visibility and it scales from 40 million gates (MG) to 40+ billion gates (BG).
  • Veloce Primo CS, based on AMD’s latest Versal Premium VP1902 FPGA, is the industry’s most congruent enterprise prototyping system, and it also scales from 40MG to 40+BG.
  • Both the Veloce Strato CS and Veloce Primo CS solutions run on the same operating system, which delivers exceptional congruency while providing the freedom to seamlessly move between platforms. This can dramatically accelerate ramp up, setup time, debug, and workload execution.
  • Veloce proFPGA CS, which also leverages the AMD Versal Premium VP1902 FPGA-based adaptive SoC, which delivers a fast and comprehensive software prototyping solution, scaling from one FPGA to hundreds. This exceptional performance, together with its highly flexible and modular design, can help customers dramatically accelerate firmware, operating system, application development and system integration tasks.

The entire Veloce CS system is available in a modular blade configuration that is fully compliant with modern datacenter requirements for easy installation, low power, superior cooling, and compact footprints. Further, the Veloce proFPGA CS solution provides a desktop lab version for additional user flexibility.

Veloce CS is qualified to run with the latest AMD EPYC™ CPU-powered HP DL385g11 servers.

“The evolution of SoC and system level design has brought about many changes in the last ten years that have made the use of hardware-assisted verification more necessary than ever,” said Alex Starr, Corporate Fellow, AMD. “We have been working closely with Siemens to incorporate AMD’s leading Versal Premium VP1902 device into the heart of the Veloce Primo CS and Veloce proFPGA CS systems for increased performance and scalability, as well as qualifying the AMD EPYC CPU-powered HP DL385 gen11 servers for use with the entire Veloce CS system. The Veloce CS system, including the Veloce Strato CS emulation platform, shows how Siemens responds to customer needs and showcases the innovation happening in the Veloce group.”

Customers have access to the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of apps and solutions, common across all three new Veloce CS system offerings.

“Time to market is critical to the entire Arm partner ecosystem, emphasizing a need for tools that offer modularity, granularity and speed for IP and SoC verification,” said Tran Nguyen, senior director of design services, Arm. “Siemens’ Veloce platforms have become an integral part of the Arm development process and we continue to see benefits of the new Veloce Strato CS system for hardware design acceleration and software development.”

“Veloce CS provides the industry’s only fully congruent, high-speed, modular hardware-assisted system with three systems,” said Jean-Marie Brunet, vice president and general manager, Hardware-Assisted Verification, Siemens Digital Industries Software. “With the Veloce CS system, we are addressing the specific needs of hardware, software, and system engineers who all play an essential part in delivering the world’s most advanced electronic products. By providing the right tool for the task, Veloce CS innovations speed up the entire verification process, and lower total cost of ownership, which can boost profitability.”

Availability

The Veloce Strato CS system is available now for selected partner customers. General availability of the three hardware platforms is planned for summer 2024. The Veloce CS system is planned to be cloud ready with general availability. To learn more about how Siemens is enabling the semiconductor and electronic systems industry to deliver to market the world’s most advanced SoCs and systems, visit: https://eda.sw.siemens.com

Siemens Digital Industries Software helps organizations of all sizes digitally transform using software, hardware and services from the Siemens Xcelerator business platform. Siemens’ software and the comprehensive digital twin enable companies to optimize their design, engineering and manufacturing processes to turn today’s ideas into the sustainable products of the future. From chips to entire systems, from product to process, across all industries. Siemens Digital Industries Software – Accelerating transformation.

Siemens Digital Industries (DI) is an innovation leader in automation and digitalization. Closely collaborating with partners and customers, DI drives the digital transformation in the process and discrete industries. With its Digital Enterprise portfolio, DI provides companies of all sizes with an end-to-end set of products, solutions and services to integrate and digitalize the entire value chain. Optimized for the specific needs of each industry, DI’s unique portfolio supports customers to achieve greater productivity and flexibility. DI is constantly adding innovations to its portfolio to integrate cutting-edge future technologies. Siemens Digital Industries has its global headquarters in Nuremberg, Germany, and has around 72,000 employees internationally.

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a leading technology company focused on industry, infrastructure, transport, and healthcare. From more resource-efficient factories, resilient supply chains, and smarter buildings and grids, to cleaner and more comfortable transportation as well as advanced healthcare, the company creates technology with purpose adding real value for customers. By combining the real and the digital worlds, Siemens empowers its customers to transform their industries and markets, helping them to transform the everyday for billions of people. Siemens also owns a majority stake in the publicly listed company Siemens Healthineers, a globally leading medical technology provider shaping the future of healthcare.

In fiscal 2023, which ended on September 30, 2023, the Siemens Group generated revenue of €77.8 billion and net income of €8.5 billion. As of September 30, 2023, the company employed around 320,000 people worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at www.siemens.com.

Note: A list of relevant Siemens trademarks can be found here. Other trademarks belong to their respective owners. AMD, the AMD logo, EPYC, Versal, and combinations thereof are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.

AS ONE, Mitsui Kinzoku, Yugyōkuen Ceramics, Lithoz Create Japanese Technology Network for 3D-Printed High-Performance Ceramics

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VIENNA, Austria, Feb 22, 2024 – A team of established manufacturers in Japan are aiming to better support and encourage growth in the Japanese 3D printing community. Major players in the market, including AS ONE, Mitsui Kinzoku and Yugyōkuen Ceramics, are creating a wider range of touchpoints by investing in a portfolio of 3D printing technologies for high-performance ceramics. By building this strong 3D printing network, the companies involved are leading the way to real innovation in Japanese manufacturing.

The new printing room with a Lithoz CeraFab ceramic 3D printer at the Yugyōkuen Ceramics facilities.

Included in this portfolio is the industry-leading Lithography-based Ceramic Manufacturing (LCM) technology from Austrian-based Lithoz GmbH. AS ONE, Mitsui Kinzoku and Yugyōkuen Ceramics have chosen Lithoz as a key partner in driving growth and advancement in the Japanese additive manufacturing community. As the initiative leader, AS ONE will work closely with Mitsui Kinzoku and Yugyōkuen Ceramics as contract manufacturers and Lithoz as technology provider to best serve the Japanese market.

After a successful appearance at this year’s TCT Japan, Lithoz CEO Dr. Johannes Homa looks forward to aiding in this mission: ‘It is fantastic to see commitment to investment in the Japanese 3D printing market. We see such potential there and building such a strong network of leading companies will surely lead to great achievements for the additive manufacturing world! We thank our partners in Japan for trusting us with this important goal.’

About Lithoz

Lithoz is the world and technology leader for high-performance ceramic materials and 3D printers. Founded in 2011, Lithoz is committed to breaking the boundaries of ceramic production and supporting customers in expanding the manufacturing opportunities for the ceramic industry. The company has an export share of almost 100%, more than 150 employees and, since 2017, a subsidiary in the USA. Since 2016, Lithoz has also been ISO 9001-2015 certified. For more information, visit https://lithoz.com.

3D Systems Introduces Multi-Material, One-Piece Jetted Denture Solution

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ROCK HILL, SC, USA, Feb 22, 2024 – 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) introduced a first-to-market solution for jetted, monolithic (one-piece) dentures that utilizes multiple materials to deliver a durable, long-wear, aesthetically beautiful prosthetic to the patient. This is enabled by the formulation of bespoke materials for both teeth and gums. These unique materials deliver the desired combination of aesthetics, wear- and stain-resistance in the teeth, with exceptional break resistance (toughness and strength) in the gums. This combination results in a denture product that is superior to all other currently available, monolithic, jetted denture solutions. When these materials are used as part of 3D Systems’ complete workflow solution comprising materials, jetted 3D printing technology, software, and services, high-volume dental laboratories can more efficiently deliver dentures with improved performance and aesthetics, resulting in a superior patient experience. 

3D Systems’ materials scientists developed NextDent® Jet Denture Teeth and NextDent® Jet Denture Base — the former uniquely formulated to mimic tooth rigidity and aesthetics, and the latter to absorb impact. When these materials are used as part of the company’s monolithic jetted denture solution, dental labs are able to produce dentures with exceptional performance, including high break resistance, a particularly important customer need. Additionally, the speed of 3D Systems’ jetting technology combined with monolithic denture printing accelerates total production rates in order to significantly reduce time to completion resulting in expedited delivery to the prosthodontist and patient.

In recent months 3D Systems previewed this solution to select customers including Glidewell, the world’s largest producer of restorative dental devices. Stephenie Goddard, CEO, Glidewell shared, “Glidewell prides itself on being on the forefront of technology, and continually bringing innovation to the dental community. Therefore, we need to collaborate with solution providers who share our vision for the power of transformative innovation. As a long-time 3D Systems customer, Glidewell continues to be impressed by the company’s leadership in digital dentistry. The capabilities presented by the new jetted denture solution are unmatched in the industry. The combination of 3D Systems’ high-speed printing technology and its unique materials deliver dentures with superior durability and aesthetics. I’m looking forward to our implementation of this solution later this year, and the benefits it will deliver not only for our business but for our customers and their patients.”

“With each innovation to our digital dentistry portfolio, 3D Systems has been able to help our customers transform the devices they deliver, and how clinicians deliver patient care,” said Chuck Stapleton, vice president & general manager, dental, 3D Systems. “As we announce our jetted denture solution today, I’m proud that we are once again delivering a truly unique offering to the market. We’ve combined innovation in materials and 3D printing, with software, post-processing, and applications expertise into our monolithic jetted denture solution, designed for high-volume production with unparalleled accuracy, repeatability, and lower total cost of operation. I look forward to seeing this solution change the trajectory of denture production, not only over the coming months but in the years to follow.” 

The company anticipates 510(k) clearance from the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for its solution in the second half of 2024.

The adoption of 3D printing to produce prosthodontics continues to accelerate, driven by benefits to both manufacturers and patients alike. According to 360 Research Reports, the global 3D Printed Dentures market size was estimated to be more than $1 billion in 2021 and is forecast to reach more than $2 billion by 2028. With 3D Systems’ digital dentistry solutions including its solution for the production of monolithic dentures, dental laboratories and clinics are able to produce dental devices at dramatically increased speed, while reducing material waste and capital equipment expenditures. Patients also experience significant benefits, through reductions in the time it takes to receive their prosthodontics, as well as the number of required office visits.

3D Systems will showcase its new monolithic denture product line along with the breadth of applications addressed by its digital dentistry solution portfolio at LMT Lab Day, to be held February 22-24, 2024 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago (Illinois). Attendees are invited to visit the company’s booth (A-43, B-42, East Exhibit Hall) to learn more about how 3D Systems’ portfolio of entry-level dental 3D printers, mid- and large-platform 3D printers, rapidly scalable workflows and growing range of validated NextDent materials can help expand labs and clinics. Additionally, the company will highlight how it has validated the NextDent materials portfolio to perform across a wide selection of the industry’s most trusted 3D printers. Attendees are also invited to participate in 3D Systems’ seminars to be held in the Comiskey Room, West Tower, Bronze Level. For more information, please visit the company’s website.

About 3D Systems 

More than 35 years ago, 3D Systems brought the innovation of 3D printing to the manufacturing industry. Today, as the leading additive manufacturing solutions partner, we bring innovation, performance, and reliability to every interaction – empowering our customers to create products and business models never before possible. Thanks to our unique offering of hardware, software, materials, and services, each application-specific solution is powered by the expertise of our application engineers who collaborate with customers to transform how they deliver their products and services. 3D Systems’ solutions address a variety of advanced applications in healthcare and industrial markets such as medical and dental, aerospace & defense, automotive, and durable goods. More information on the company is available at www.3dsystems.com

Nemetschek Brands ALLPLAN, SCIA and FRILO Merge to Empower and Innovate Design to Build Workflow

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MUNICH, Germany, Feb 21, 2024 – The Nemetschek Group, one of the leading software providers for the AEC/O and media industries, today announced that it will further harmonize its portfolio: Three of the Groups brands, ALLPLAN, FRILO and SCIA (both part of Nemetschek Engineering), will use their strength of experience and expertise in the AEC industry to cover the entire design-to-build workflow even better by bringing the companies together under the umbrella of the larger ALLPLAN brand.

Through the merger, ALLPLAN, a German-headquartered global provider of BIM solutions for the AEC industry, is not only enriching its portfolio but also solidifying its leading position as an expert in platform-based BIM solutions across the entire construction lifecycle. Meanwhile, for SCIA, based in Hasselt, Belgium, and FRILO, located in Stuttgart, Germany, this union spurs innovation and offers powerful as well as comprehensive end-to-end design-to-build workflows, with a strong focus on structural engineering. The collaborative effort also includes a new, unified go-to-market strategy aimed at accelerating the path to data-driven multi-material design and prefabrication and providing significant productivity benefits for customers.

Former FRILO CEO Markus Gallenberger (left) and ALLPLAN CEO Dr. Detlef Schneider (right) show unity after the merger.

Strengthening the portfolio while keeping the customer in mind

At the core of the three Nemetschek companies is a customer-focused, OPEN BIM-based approach for seamless and free collaboration among various disciplines across all projects, regardless of the software in use. With numerous established methods for structured and well-organized collaboration, architects and engineers already benefit from advantages such as direct interfaces, structural to analytical model conversion, and OPEN BIM based workflows. As a result, products from ALLPLAN, SCIA, and FRILO are uniquely positioned to provide users with unparalleled OPEN BIM flexibility across engineering and detailing disciplines right from the start.

“This merger gives us additional opportunities to drive and expand our business with a common go-to-market approach and a joint product roadmap strategy. This will allow us to better leverage the strengths of the three brands for our customers, while increasing our scalability and thus our efficiency. Moreover, the three companies share a strong specific customer focus, so they fit together very well,” says César Flores Rodríguez, Chief Division Officer Planning & Design and Digital Twin.

Dr. Detlef Schneider, CEO of ALLPLAN, emphasizes: “By merging modeling and structural engineering competence, we are crafting a unique solution technology stack in the market from conceptual design through structural analysis and design to structural detailing and prefabrication that supports the growing demand for lean delivery processes. This initiative will significantly drive digitalization within the AEC industry, empowering engineering professionals with the end-to-end workflows they need to enhance project productivity, quality, and sustainability.”

Markus Gallenberger, previously CEO of Nemetschek Engineering, will be taking on the role of Chief Marketing & Sales Enablement Officer (CMSO) at ALLPLAN: “Today marks a major milestone for ALLPLAN, SCIA, and FRILO. This alliance will integrate the best of each company, focusing on customer needs and optimizing product performance and interoperability to enhance user productivity while strengthening the company’s market position in Europe.”

About ALLPLAN

As a global provider of BIM solutions for the AEC industry, ALLPLAN covers the entire planning and construction process from initial design to execution planning for the construction site and precast design, in line with the motto “Design to Build”. Thanks to lean workflows, users create planning documents of the highest quality and detail. In the process, ALLPLAN supports interdisciplinary collaboration on projects in building construction and infrastructure engineering with integrated cloud technology. Over 600 employees worldwide continue the company’s success story with passion. ALLPLAN, headquartered in Munich, is part of the Nemetschek Group, the pioneer for digital transformation in the construction industry. For more information, visit www.allplan.com.

About FRILO

FRILO has been offering powerful and user-friendly software solutions for structural engineers for over 40 years and has become a leading provider of innovative calculation programs on the German market. The software supports structural engineers in efficiently calculating the load-bearing capacity and stability of building structures. Our component-oriented calculation approach significantly reduces the modelling effort and enables particularly simple, fast and precise verification. With over 150 calculation programs, it is ensured that the available solutions meet the requirements of the everyday work of a structural engineer accurately. FRILO, with its headquarters in Stuttgart, has been integrated into the Nemetschek Group as an independent brand since 1999. In 2022, FRILO acquired DC-Software, a software for foundation engineering. For more information, visit www.frilo.eu.

About SCIA

Founded in 1974, SCIA has become one of the world’s leading developers of structural design and analysis software that supports the Open BIM process. SCIA is a wholly owned subsidiary of the globally operating Nemetschek Group, a pioneer for digital transformation in the AEC industry. SCIA’s core purpose is to help users to create their best structural designs. To do so, the company provides powerful, cutting-edge software through a continual process of improvement, innovation and customer input. For more information, visit www.scia.net.

About Nemetschek Group

The Nemetschek Group is a globally leading software provider for digital transformation in the AEC/O and media industries. Its intelligent software solutions cover the entire lifecycle of building and infrastructure projects and enable creatives to optimize their workflows. Customers can design, build, and manage buildings and infrastructures more efficiently and sustainably and develop digital content such as visualizations, films and computer games more creatively. The software provider is driving innovations such as digital twins as well as open standards (OPEN BIM), and sustainability in the AEC/O industry, constantly expanding its portfolio by also investing in deep-tech startups. Currently more than seven million users worldwide are shaping the world with the customer-focused solutions of our four divisions. Founded by Prof. Georg Nemetschek in 1963, the Nemetschek Group today employs around 3,600 experts globally.

Publicly listed since 1999 and quoted on the MDAX and TecDAX, the company generated revenues amounting to EUR 801.8 million and an EBITDA of EUR 257.0 million in 2022. For more information, visit https://www.nemetschek.com.

Siemens Smart Infrastructure to Unveil New Products, Partnerships to Advance Transformation to Sustainable Infrastructure at Light + Building 2024

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ZUG, Switzerland, Feb 21, 2024 – At Light + Building 2024, Siemens Smart Infrastructure will shine a spotlight on the innovative products, software and services, as well as the collaborations needed to drive true sustainability impact for customers and societies.

The company’s focus for the 2024 show is ‘Technology to transform the everyday for everyone’, through which it will highlight how combining the real and digital worlds, together with customers and partners, enables the sustainable transformation of infrastructure on a global level.

At the heart of the booth will be an industry-leading approach to Siemens´ sustainable product offering. This will be complemented by spotlights on electrification, safety & security, decarbonization & energy efficiency and asset efficiency, with new products, software, services and partnerships in the fields of electronic switching and building operation and management showcased for the first time. 

 “Nearly 40% of global energy emissions and 35% of energy demand globally are related to buildings,” said Matthias Rebellius, Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG and CEO Smart Infrastructure at Siemens. “Technology is a force of progress. It sits at the heart of addressing such challenges, particularly when it fosters industry wide innovation and collaboration. We are therefore delighted to not only be able to showcase our latest technological innovations, but also present how we are working with key partners to transform how we live, work, move and make.” 

Groundbreaking transformation in circuit protection technology

Transforming safety and sustainability in electrical installations, Siemens Smart Infrastructure will introduce one of the world’s most innovative circuit protection devices with cutting-edge, ultrafast protection technology. It enables up to a thousand times faster, wear-free switching, and offers multiple functions in one device, that can be adjusted individually. Depending on the application, this allows savings of up to 80 percent on electronics, 90 percent on metals and 90 percent on plastics.

Technology to transform efficient and sustainable building operation and management

Designed to address the needs of electrification, decarbonization, and resource efficiency across buildings, Building X, part of the Siemens Xcelerator portfolio and built to digitalize, manage, and optimize building operations, will feature prominently at Light + Building 2024. Siemens’ vision for Building X is to create the industry’s most open digital building platform, maximizing data insights to enable enhanced user experience, increased performance, and improved sustainability. 

One of the newly launched highlights will be the partnership with the Norwegian tenant relationship management platform provider Bember, with X300 Edge Gateway – designed to optimize access control and parking space utilization. Through the integration of an automated billing system, license plate recognition, and an option for EV charging, building managers will have access to real-time data from sensors, cameras and smart equipment, allowing for full operational control and oversight, within one platform. 

Meanwhile, against a backdrop of industry wide challenges, including the need to improve the energy efficiency and productivity of buildings, Siemens Smart Infrastructure will feature technology to optimize space utilization and streamline operations. Its Space Occupancy Application and Plug and Play Automation solutions, both part of Siemens Xcelerator, have been developed to empower commercial buildings and pharmaceutical facilities to enhance efficiency and productivity. 

Siemens will also introduce an interconnection between its SIMARIS busbar planning software and the BusbarCheck installation app. This user-friendly planning software will allow for the creation of accurate and BIM-compliant digital representations of busbar runs, ensuring thorough planning before installation. Combined, these tools simplify installation procedures, document progress within the digital model and correlate the installed product to its digital twin.

Join Siemens Smart Infrastructure at Light + Building 2024 

Siemens Smart Infrastructure invites attendees to explore its transformative technologies at Light + Building 2024, Hall 11.0 B56. 

For more information on Light + Building: Light – Building – Siemens Global Website.

About Siemens Smart Infrastructure

Siemens Smart Infrastructure (SI) is shaping the market for intelligent, adaptive infrastructure for today and the future. It addresses the pressing challenges of urbanization and climate change by connecting energy systems, buildings and industries. SI provides customers with a comprehensive end-to-end portfolio from a single source – with products, systems, solutions and services from the point of power generation all the way to consumption. With an increasingly digitalized ecosystem, it helps customers thrive and communities progress while contributing toward protecting the planet. Siemens Smart Infrastructure has its global headquarters in Zug, Switzerland. As of September 30, 2023, the business had around 75,000 employees worldwide.

About Siemens AG 

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a leading technology company focused on industry, infrastructure, transport, and healthcare. From more resource-efficient factories, resilient supply chains, and smarter buildings and grids, to cleaner and more comfortable transportation as well as advanced healthcare, the company creates technology with purpose adding real value for customers. By combining the real and the digital worlds, Siemens empowers its customers to transform their industries and markets, helping them to transform the everyday for billions of people. Siemens also owns a majority stake in the publicly listed company Siemens Healthineers, a globally leading medical technology provider shaping the future of healthcare.

In fiscal 2023, which ended on September 30, 2023, the Siemens Group generated revenue of €77.8 billion and net income of €8.5 billion. As of September 30, 2023, the company employed around 320,000 people worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at www.siemens.com.

2024 Altair Enlighten Award Open for Entries

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TROY, MI, USA, Feb 21, 2024 – Altair (Nasdaq: ALTR), a global leader in computational intelligence, announced that the 2024 Altair Enlighten Award is now open for submissions. Presented annually in conjunction with the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), the award honors the greatest sustainability and lightweighting advancements that reduce carbon footprint, mitigate water and energy consumption, and leverage material reuse and recycling efforts.

“The Enlighten Award puts the automotive industry’s finest achievements in sustainable technology on display, and we are thrilled to once again crown the latest and greatest technology available,” said James R. Scapa, founder and chief executive officer, Altair. “As we continue to see the urgent need for greener, more sustainable global transportation technology, the Enlighten Award is the premier award that showcases the future of the automotive industry’s sustainability efforts.” 

This year the Enlighten Award features a new category, “Sustainable Computing,” sponsored by Google Cloud, which recognizes implementing practices and technologies that prioritize sustainable measurement, optimizing resource and energy efficiency, unlocking new opportunities for low-carbon transition, and building more sustainable and eco-friendly computing. This year’s full category list is:

  • Sustainable Product – Recognizes a production vehicle (or major system module) embracing emissions reduction, lightweighting, material circularity, and safety advances.
  • Sustainable Process – Recognizes processes that enable emissions reductions, material reuse and/or recycling, and water conservation during manufacturing or engineering phases.
  • Module Lightweighting – Recognizes mass reduction of a vehicle module, subsystem, or component.
  • Enabling Technology – Recognizes technology advancements that enable vehicle lightweighting, including a material, production process, design method, or joining technology.
  • Future of Lightweighting – Recognizes a process, material, or technology not in production, but has significant potential to advance vehicle lightweighting.
  • Responsible AI – Recognizes responsible AI deployment throughout the automotive value chain – from design, engineering, and operation to production and in-service use.
  • Sustainable Computing – Recognizes implementing practices and technologies that prioritize energy efficiency, renewable energy use, reducing environmental impact, and contributing to more sustainable and eco-friendly computing.

“Google Cloud is thrilled to be working with Altair for this year’s Enlighten Award,” said Justin Keeble, managing director for global sustainability, Google Cloud. “We know Altair has long committed to helping organizations design and manufacture their products in a more sustainable way – we are proud to help those same organizations decarbonize their digital footprints and work more sustainably.”

“We are certain that the 12th edition of the Enlighten Award will be the most innovative edition yet and are delighted to once again present this award together with Altair,” said Alan Amici, president and chief executive officer, Center for Automotive Research. “Automotive sustainability is a global imperative – we are honored to highlight the industry’s best achievements and recognize global organizations of all specialties and sizes.”

An award that garners interest from industry, engineering, policymakers, educators, students, and the public alike, the Altair Enlighten Award showcases the latest and greatest technology innovations dedicated to sustainability. Past winners of the Enlighten Award include GM, Ford, Stellantis, Harley-Davidson, Toyota, Nissan, Mazda, Ferrari, JLR, Mercedes, BMW, SAIC-GM-Wuling (SGMW), and many more.

Media partners for the 2024 Altair Enlighten Award include SAE, Automotive Engineering, Tech Briefs, and Automobil Industrie.

To learn more about the Enlighten Award or to submit an entry, visit https://altair.com/enlighten-award. Entries must be received by May 31, 2024. Final judging will occur in late June and the winners will be announced during an award ceremony on August 6, 2024 at the annual CAR Management Briefing Seminars (MBS).

About Altair

Altair is a global leader in computational intelligence that provides software and cloud solutions in simulation, high-performance computing (HPC), data analytics, and AI. Altair enables organizations across all industries to compete more effectively and drive smarter decisions in an increasingly connected world – all while creating a greener, more sustainable future. To learn more, please visit www.altair.com