Archive for month: April, 2013

April 24, 2013
24 Apr 2013

MecSoft’s compatibility with 3D Systems’ Geomagic Design

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Irvine, CA, April 25,  2013:   MecSoft Corporation, the developer of industry leading CAD/CAM software solutions, has announced their CAM software is compatible with 3D Systems’ Geomagic Design 2013.

Last week 3D Systems released Geomagic Design 2013, their first release since rebranding Alibre Design as Geomagic Design. After extensive testing, MecSoft’s Support Department has verified that Alibre CAM 3 is fully compatible with Geomagic Design 2013.

“As a fully integrated CAM solution partner for 3D Systems, MecSoft is committed to supporting their latest product offering,” stated Uday Honnalagere, Support Manager for MecSoft. “With our most recent service release, Alibre CAM 3 is fully certified to run inside Geomagic Design 2013, while continuing to maintain its compatibility with Alibre Design 2012.”

MecSoft’s reputation for great support remains strong with their commitment to always providing compatibility for their companion products.

For more information, please visit mecsoft.com or call (949) 654-8163.

April 19, 2013
19 Apr 2013

RhinoCAM used in Munich for Prototype Development

‘ehlersdesign’ in Munich is specialized on the development of prototypes, which their customers need for very specific functions. All types of material are being used, from soft materials like foam to wood and hard wax, up to harder materials like aluminium and other NE metals.

All prototypes are designed in the 3D CAD application Rhino 5. They are then machined via a CNC software. To create CNC milling data, a separate CAM software is needed. RhinoCAM 2012 is a plug-in for Rhino, that uses the Rhino interface to work with. The software is available as a 3, 4, and 5 axis configuration and includes additional features for machining of 3D objects, depending on the version.

‘ehlersdesign’ has been working with MecSoft for some time and decided to use ‘RhinoCAM’ years ago. The plug-in can be downloaded on the internet and integrated into Rhino right away. The licensing is done by a dongle. The driver for that is also downloaded.

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Martin Lange reports:

For me as a beginner in CNC milling, RhinoCAM made a very professional impression right from the start. Working with RhinoCAM 2012 is very good in all areas. As plug-in for Rhino, it runs directly within the application and there is no need to export 3D geometry into other applications.

The programming is easy to learn because all the menues are very intuitive and the milling options are displayed in small pictographs. Additionally, the help menu explains all the features in a comprehensible way. With the automated error detection, erroneous operating sequences can often be solved by simple trial and error. The simulating feature shows all operating sequences very detailed and reliable.

CAD/CAM Skull Carving in Rhino + RhinoCAM

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 CAD/CAM Skull Wood in Rhino + RhinoCAM

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“For Rhino users, RhinoCAM 2012 is the perfect plug-in for milling data creation.”

Martin Lange
Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Architecture
Experienced Rhinoceros 4.0 user for several years in architecture / design / technic

ehlersdesign
Landshuter Allee 170
80637 München
www.ehlersdesign.de

RhinoCAM

 

 

April 18, 2013
18 Apr 2013

MecSoft announces Robotic Milling partnership

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Irvine, CA, April 19, 2013:   MecSoft Corporation, the developer of industry leading CAD/CAM software solutions, has announced a new partnership with Mechatronic Engineering, the developer of IRBCAM, a CAD/CAM software for Industrial Robotics.

Located in Grimstad, Norway, Mechatronic Engineering offers an affordable solution for programming robots with IRBCAM.  Mechatronic Engineering’s partnership with MecSoft allows the seamless conversion of milling toolpaths, including 5 Axis continuous ones, generated by MecSoft’s CAM products into robot control programs.  IRBCAM’s intuitive user interface and extensive support for various robots, coupled with the power, functionality and ease of use of MecSoft’s milling products make this an outstanding product combination for milling using robots.  Use of robots for milling is becoming more prevalent as it can be more efficient and cost effective for certain applications.

“The combination of MecSoft’s products and IRBCAM has been tried and tested over many years,” stated Geir Hovland, PhD, the President of Mechatronic Engineering. “As a result of this partnership, end-users are guaranteed a functional and affordable software solution for robotic milling.”

MecSoft is also very excited about this new partnership. “IRBCAM is a great addition to MecSoft’s product portfolio which enables us to adapt our milling solutions for robotic milling applications” stated Joe Anand, President & CEO of MecSoft Corporation.  “This partnership is one more step in our constant efforts to meet our stated goal of providing powerful and affordable CAM software solutions to the manufacturing industry.”

For more information, please visit mecsoft.com or call (949) 654-8163.

April 10, 2013
10 Apr 2013

CAD/CAM and the Clash of Economic Systems

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A news item that caught my eye the other day was the press release from ZWSOFT that the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has selected ZWSoft as the 3D CAD/CAM design software to recommend for 3D military design.  For those who do not follow the CAD/CAM business as much as some of us do, ZWSoft is a Chinese company that acquired VX Corporation an American Corporation based in Florida in late 2010.  This acquisition allowed ZWSoft, which until then only had software products to address the 2-D market, to move into the 3D CAD/CAM market.  While VX Corporation always had a decent modeler, in my opinion, it is not in the same class as SolidWorks or Inventor, let alone the Catia or NX modelers.  So my take on this recommendation is that the Chinese Military/Industrial complex is working deliberately to actively promote one of its own corporations.  While I don’t have a problem with this in principle, this development makes me uneasy due to the many ways it affects us here at MecSoft.  Let me explain.

First and foremost, as an American, it is disturbing to see another example of home grown US technology being bought by a foreign country that potentially could be used against us and our overseas interests.  In this case I hate to think that some of the weapons targeting our cities and citizens could be designed and manufactured by software that was conceived and built on our shores.

The second point I would like to make is that this development exemplifies the clash of two fundamentally different economic systems. It shows the ease with which open markets can be usurped and manipulated to transfer technologies that enhance the ability of closed governments to threaten us.  Note that this is an example of a legal transfer of such important technology.  But this is compounded by the bigger problem, the extent of which one can never know, of illegal transfer of sensitive technologies. Recent news of the Chinese government being implicated in large scale hacking attacks of US companies, and continuing reports of aggressive efforts at industrial espionage to steal valuable trade secrets only serve to highlight this issue.

Finally as a CEO of a small and successful CAM company, a company that relies on the free and open markets for its success, it is unsettling to see one of our competitors get such an endorsement from a Chinese government entity.  I am quite sure that the MIIT did not go through an open bidding process to select the best product that would suit their needs as it is typically done in a free market such as ours.  What is unsettling is that any subsidies that ZWSOFT receives from the Chinese military/government will be directly used to compete against MecSoft in other open markets such as the US and Euro-zone.  While I welcome any fair competition since it makes us and our products better, this however is not a level playing field and this is not fair competition.

The question is what can we do about this?  I would urge you to write to your congressional representative to make sure we have sensible and enforceable laws that safeguard such technology transfer, implement mechanisms with teeth to punish hacking attacks and finally let us also make sure that all our trading partners abide by the rules of the free market and are held accountable if not.   Apart from this, there is nothing much one can do – except to secure our servers, sound the horn and continue plugging away.  I for one am going to take every available opportunity to highlight this issue.   If you share my concern, I would urge you to do the same.

April 5, 2013
05 Apr 2013

MecSoft’s Brand New Corporate Website

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If you visit Mecsoft’s corporate site often, you may have noticed a brand new look and feel for mecsoft.com! We’re really excited for this new update, and we’ve already got a lot of great feedback from both customers and partners. This website is built on modern web technology such as responsive design, which makes it look great on any window size or mobile device. Try re-sizing your browser window and watch as our new website changes sizes automatically! We’ve added other enhancements too that make the site easier to navigate, while maintaining the current structure and resources that our customers and partners appreciated previously. We’d love to hear what you think! If you have any feedback for us, please feel free to drop a comment or send us an email at marketing@mecsoft.com.

For the official press release: MecSoft Announces New Website

April 4, 2013
04 Apr 2013

MecSoft Announces New Corporate Website

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Irvine, CA, April 5, 2013:   MecSoft Corporation, the developer of computer aided manufacturing (CAM) software solutions, has announced their new corporate website at mecsoft.com.

“In order to match the powerful and intuitive nature of MecSoft’s CAD/CAM software, our website needed a new look,” stated Tim Strifler, Marketing Coordinator at MecSoft Corporation. “We’re really excited about this new facelift which will make our website easier to use for both current and prospective customers.”

MecSoft’s new website features the latest web standards such as “responsive design” for a more user-friendly experience on any device. While the look and feel may be new, all the information, video tutorials, and galleries that made mecsoft.com a resource previously, can still be found within the same website structure.

To view the updated website, or to contact MecSoft Corporation, visit mecsoft.com.